Tag: art prints + posters

Everything you need to know about Handmade at Amazon: Is it the Etsy competitor everyone says it is?

We started Cool Mom Picks shortly after Etsy launched, and we’ve been big fans ever since, discovering and happily sharing some of the coolest indie artisans and their handmade goods here on our site for nearly ten years now. So as huge supporters of the handmade movement and indie artist in general, it’s probably no surprise that our interest was piqued when Handmade at Amazon launched last week. So, we took a closer look to understand what it’s all about, and whether we think it’s something you’ll want to have on your radar, as a consumer, and for those...

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7 of our favorite gifts for coffee lovers on National Coffee Day

Let’s be honest, when you’re a parent, pretty much every day is National Coffee Day. But because we have a heart for silly food-related holidays, we’re all for celebrating. So here are just a few of our favorite fun gifts for coffee lovers that we’ve featured here. Top image: Disposable coffee cups as art via Eater    Emily McDowell Coffee Mugs All of her cups are hilarious and awesome and beautiful, but this might be a favorite. Still, there’s even more where this one came from.   Joco Coffee Cups Rather take your coffee to go? These reusable glass coffee...

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Alphabet posters for the non-couch potato generation

If you’re the type who hears news about kids needing to get outdoors more and wonder just who the heck they’re talking about, have we got an awesome pick for you. My Outdoor Alphabet is a series of beautifully designed posters, baby onesies and tees that bring to life the language of cyclists, backpackers, alpinists, skiers, and paddlers of all kinds. For example, the cyclist’s alphabet takes you from aero bars to Team Z, with J for jersey, K for kickstand, and M for Musette. There’s a small description at the bottom to fill you in on each one in...

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9 beautifully designed inspirational quote art prints for when you need a pep talk. From yourself.

I’d like to preface this post by saying that I know inspiration quote art prints aren’t everybody’s jam. Kristen, for example, prefers funny inspirational quotes for her walls. Her picks are hysterical, but I admit that when I’m in the middle of a total fail day, I often need more than just a laugh. I need words that motivate, inspire, or encourage me to get through whatever’s getting me down. What can I say, sometimes just seeing a quote that strikes the right chord can have an impact on me. Luckily, motivational posters have come a long way since the days of...

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The ABCs of Game of Thrones: A is for Arya

Hi, my name is Liz and I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones. So I’m cheering that the show has earned 24 well-deserved Emmy nominations — though oddly, no nods for comedy after that really bizarre Sandsnake fight scene in Dorne. In any case, while our children may be too young to watch the show (I told mine that 30 was an appropriate age), they’re not too young to know that W is for Winterfell. Or White Walker. Or, WHAT THE $&*!-ING  $&^%! which is pretty much what I screamed as the closing credits rolled after every episode this past season. Okay, maybe kids are a little young for that...

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In a black in white state of mind.

For some summer means pastels or bright sunny yellows and neon pinks. And it does for us too. Sometimes. But right now we’ve been drawn to lots of beautiful black and white home decor from some amazing indie makers and we wanted to share you some of the newest additions to the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our...

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17 very, very cool Father’s Day gifts under $25 | 2015 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We all know, of course, that the amount of money you spend on a Father’s Day gift has no correlation with love whatsoever. Not that there’s anything wrong with splurges. But if you’re on a tight budget, if you’re not a spendy gift kind of a family, or if you have the kind of dad on your list who really is just comfortable with a small token, we’ve got you covered with 17 super cool Father’s Day gift ideas for you that all ring in under $25. They’re also great for kids who are saving their allowances, and maybe buying their very own...

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Wonderful custom artwork for babies, kids, and kids at heart.

I still think that a great piece of personalized art can be one of the best baby shower gifts, provided you know the parents’ taste. And uh, the kid’s name. Of course. But I think this new discovery should fit the bill for lots of families and lots of styles. The new Jr. Alexander collection from Alexander & Co adds even more fantastic vintage advertising inspired custom wall art for kids and it’s hard to pick a favorite. Artist Alexander Doll has created options that are lovely for babies and young kids, and some that are even cool for older kids — or hey, dads....

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The classic world map gets an arty twist

If you have a thing for maps and globes and geography in general, then you might love this as much as I do: a paintsplatter world map spotted at The Fancy. It would be so beautiful over a desk or in a kitchen, but I imagine my kids would love it in their room as well. It’s actually a repositionable sticker in three different sizes, starting at just $19 for a 15″ x 10″.  Not only are the colors vibrant and inviting, but there’s something about seeing the land masses of this planet depicted without borders that represents the interconnectivity of our world beautifully....

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From Apricity to Zephyr: Posters that teach vocabulary, one SAT word at a time

I admit I was pretty proud of my fourth-grader when she helped me finish the New York Time’s Monday crossword, but then she was employing words like llama and Naples. Then I saw British designer Mark Watson’s graphic dictionary poster series that he created for his own nine-year old and I thought, whoa. Maybe we could be working towards the Saturday puzzle after all? Related: 13 Words to add to your child’s bookshelf thanks to Lemony Snicket According to Slate, the graphic artist behind Modern Giant first created a minimalist depiction of the word contrarian after, well, his daughter was acting like one one. The...

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Web Coolness: What parenting really looks like, teacher appreciation gifts, and a Hallmark ad that will make you cry

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them!     Minecraft Rice Krispy Treats! [h/t Pop Sugar Moms] Have you checked out our #UnguiltyPleasures video yet? Share your own binge watching confessions for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Making fun of our My Little Pony hats is optional. Respite during a tough week: Bono shares 8 Ted Talks to give you hope. Lessons from To Kill a Mockingbird (Liz’s favorite book) that still hold true today. Why moms can’t (and shouldn’t) do it on their own. Congrats...

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The coolest indie Mother’s Day gifts, now with totally free worldwide shipping

There’s only just under two weeks left until Mother’s Day, so if you’re shopping online for Mother’s Day gifts, especially gifts from small makers and independent artists (arguably our favorites) that might even be made to order, you had better get cracking! Fear not, we’ve got a ton of lovely ideas right in our Mother’s Day boutique from our Cool Mom Picks indie shop. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. What’s even better, the entire shop is now offering free worldwide shipping on every single...

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Cool city map posters that beat hanging atlas pages on the wall

One of the biggest (and best) trends we’ve noticed over the last few years are the fun homages to your home state or favorite city. So these modern city map posters by Sarah Lund that we’re now carrying in our own Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop are a perfectly subtle way to go graphic without overwhelming your walls. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. With a springtime color palate–don’t you love these tomato reds and melon-y oranges and sage greens?–I could see them working anywhere in a house, from your kitchen to...

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Shopping indie this Mother’s Day: A good thing to do.

No sooner is Easter behind us that we’re already thinking Mother’s Day gifts. And since it’s on May 10 this year that’s less than a month away already! Of course we’ll be launching our annual Mother’s Day gift guide (whoo!) this week, but we’ve also put together some of our favorite items from the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop into one Mother’s Day boutique. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. Stop over and see some of our favorite picks from indie makers for all...

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Owls and mushrooms and hedgehogs, oh my!

If you’re looking to bring some happy new artwork to your child’s nursery, or think it would make an awesome baby gift for some other lucky child, I’ve discovered a wonderfully affordable option that I absolutely love, in Woodland Friends. This colorful book is filled with twenty beautifully sweet pull-out prints, all created by five talented illustrators and designers from the US and UK. In other words, twenty gifts under $20. Not bad, right? From the simple muted tones of Dawn Bishop’s work to the Michelle Romo’s bright, vibrant colors, I like that there is so much variety in these heavy cardstock prints. And, yet, since all...

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Bezar, the new members-only shopping site is here. Design fans, hold onto your wallets.

We recently alerted you to the upcoming launch of Bezar, a new members-only marketplace from Bradford Shelhamer, one of the original founders of Fab. We knew we’d be able to expect the same phenomenal design sense, curation and discovery that we’ve come to know and love from him, and checking out the Bezar site launch today, it does not disappoint. Because this is a member’s only site, use our invitation link for immediate access right now to some wonderful designers who will be gone in a few days, along with some cool pop-up shops that will last a bit longer. You’ll notice there’s definitely...

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The Architectural Digest Home Design Show: Visit us!

This coming Friday March 20, we’re so excited to be representing at the Great.ly booth at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show NYC, showing some of our favorite makers from our Indie Shop. If you’re into design, and in the NY area, stop by on Friday and behold the gorgeousness. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. The show features the best in home decor, furnishings, art, accessories, textiles and more. Basically, the stuff that makes you realize you immediately need to redecorate every room in...

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A life without coffee? Unimaginable.

Suddenly I get all of Delilah’s posts about making coffee with a Chemex and how every drop of effort is worth every drop of coffee you get; at least ever since my unexpected turn (if you ask those who know me best)  from K-Cup coffee drinker to full-fledged coffee devotee. I never thought I’d say things like “wow, the crema on that espresso is really amazing.” And yes, I know it sounds kind of douchey so I don’t say it out loud when actual people are around. Because I’m also picky about good design, I have to give huge props to these...

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Web Coolness: Birdman interpreted by children, mom style secrets, and possibly the next big children’s author.

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Ready to laugh until you cry? Watch Michael Keaton and Jimmy Fallon reading children’s Birdman scripts. 10 Academy members reveal their Oscars votes. Get out your scorecard! Kristen shares some mom style tips and secrets that you don’t even have to be a mom to put to use. Liz has some brief thoughts on the 50 Shades of Grey movie. How to celebrate Chinese New Year without stereotypes. The next big children’s author: Pharrell? A ban on selfie sticks: Whatever will the world do?   If you have school-age...

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12 ideas for fabulous last minute Valentines gifts you can still get in time. Procrastinators, this one’s for you.

So yes, of course you can brave the crowds, hit the store, and track down something perfectly lovely as a last minute Valentines gift this week. But should you have actual kids to wrangle, or you know, job responsibilities or Netflix to catch up on, I could see where you might want to stay home and shop online. So here are a few last minute gift ideas for Valentine’s Day that you can still order in time, plus drop-dead shipping deadlines from lots of stores that are keeping FedEx in business this week. Just be sure to confirm them before you...

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