Tag: Etsy

DIY printable invitations you’ll love to send and they’ll love to get

As much as I love the ease of dropping an email to friends to invite them over for a summer BBQ or pool day, there’s something special about sending invitations the old-fashioned way.   These DIY printable party invitations from Girl in Gear Studio make sending real paper invitations super easy, and not to mention, stylish. Just purchase the PDF and then instantly download and print it. Here are a few of my favorites:      Of course, you’ll need to grab the brown paperstock and typewriter to make them look this cool , but honestly, the simple, bold...

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Geeky cookie cutters from Game of Thrones, Dr Who, and more. Because who doesn’t want to eat Jamie Lannister’s hand? (Eh, forget we said that.)

NASA recently announced a 3D printer concept that could potentially cure world hunger. We’re not there yet, but here’s a cool way to use 3D printers to make food more fun. And more geeky. Introducing Tyrion Lannister, the cookie. WarpZone Prints is an ever-evolving Etsy shop by a geeky mom of two, producing one-of-a-kind cookie cutter designs to showcase your favorite geeky and otherwise fun pop culture references, including Doctor Who, My Neighbor Totoro, My Little Pony, Mario Brothers, Monty Python, and many other fandoms.  You won’t want to miss the chance to eat your favorite characters considering the results...

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In a past life, these sunglasses could do a mean Ollie

I love upcycled art and design, but more so when the designs are so fantastic, you’d like them even if you didn’t know a thing about their past lives. And in this case, that past life was a little dangerous, a little edgy, and had nothing to do with UV protection. Update 2015: The shop is no longer making sunglasses but they are making very cool handmade watches! The family run Ontario shop, Second Shot, was born from a passion for skateboarding, art, eco-mindfulnes and well, cool stuff. In a collaboration with BotanyCo Eyewear they’ve created an awesome line...

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This Star Wars onesie is where it’s AT-AT

Can we keep her, Mommy? I’ll feed her and walk her and clean up the oil spills–promise! If there’s a special baby Star Wars geek in your life, this sweet onesie is a great way to induct her–hold the cinnamon-bun Leia knitted hat. The My Star Wars At-At Pet Onesie from EngramClothing on Etsy is everything we love: unique, geeky, and high quality. The onesie is availble in sizes 6m to 18m in super soft 100% cotton with soft printing designed and done by hand in Calgary. And the design is such a marvelous take on “Star Wars is...

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A hostess gift that she’ll treasure forever. Or she’d better, because she can’t resell it.

Sometimes a great bottle of wine or a handmade candle makes the perfect hostess gift. But when you need something extra special, I think I’ve found a winner. This custom personalized wooden serving tray is simply gorgeous. A fabulous hostess, housewarming, or wedding gift, the tray is handcrafted from reclaimed cherrywood and features lovely design details, like the custom engraving with the names of your choice and the rope handles. If you see a different design in the shop that you’d prefer, just convo the artist. They’ll whip up exactly what you’d like to make this personalized gift even...

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The coolest embroidery kits just for kids, hold the needle!

With all the fun my oldest daughter had making the DIY cross-stitch keychains and necklaces I found on Etsy, I can’t wait to try this awesome embroidery project with her.   This amazing DIY embroidery kit for kids is perfect even for your younger but still dexterous kids since it doesn’t require a needle. Instead, it uses scoubidou tubes (don’t ask me to pronounce that!), which are thin, plastic “threads” that are easy for littler children to manipulate through the wooden holes.    And the final product, with a little help from an adult to attach the metal hangers,...

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The hippest paper dolls in the history of paper dolls. (Possibly a true fact.)

My kids have definitely developed an obsession with paper dolls since I unearthed the ultimate guide to free printable paper dolls on the web. But if you’re willing to spend just a few dollars, I’ve found some that are seriously fantastic. And uh…not just for kids. The paper dolls by illustrator Clauda Varosio are mindblowingly fun, because they’re based on pop culture icons from David Bowie to the Big Lebowski, and even (be still my heart) Annie Hall. They’re as arcane as Vincent Gallo from Buffalo 66, and as sweet as Holly Golightly which would happen to be adorable...

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The ninja lovey you didn’t see coming. Because it’s sneaky like that.

This sweet ninja is soft, cozy, and comes with a minky sword. Who better to protect your baby from nightmares? This sweet ninja security blanket from Koddalie on Etsy is a unique and cuddly way to keep your baby happy–and safe from the bad sort of ninja. Because all new moms have ninja problems, right? Handmade of black dimple-dot minky and soft pink cotton, it measures in at 12×12, but can also be made at 18×18 or 29×29, if you need extra ninja protection for the little one. She’s washer and dryer safe, and even comes with her own...

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The multitasking mug for moms

Coffee to wake up with in the morning. Wine to relax with at night once you’ve sung your last lullaby. Luckily, this mug is perfect for the yin and yang of beverages. Of course, this adorable mug from ChantillyStay on Etsy wouldn’t work for me, because my voracious reader would let the secret out. Still, one opaque mug that handles my morning coffee IV and my evening wine session is a pretty good deal.  Each 14-oz ceramic mug is hand-stamped with shhh…there’s wine in here, or another quote of your choice, including the substitution of your favorite spirit in...

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16 of the funniest Father’s Day cards. Hold the tired remote control jokes.

Looking for the perfect (and perfectly funny) Father’s Day card, it’s hard to find ones that aren’t all about tools, beer, golf, remote controls and yardwork. Stereotypes abound in 2013, whoo! Instead, here are ones that made us chuckle. There’s a lot of sex references here. And yeah, we couldn’t resist one good fart joke. You’ve been warned. –Liz   Pulling Out ($4, The Defiant Peanut)If he has a good sense of humor…well, only you know for sure. Bucket Card (Seas and Peas, $3.75)Truer words have not been spoken.   Thanks for Teaching Me (Pink Orchid Press, $5)Because some...

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The best Father’s Day tie just might be a bow tie. Or, a Bowie tie.

We might have found the best Father’s Day gift ever. And yes, it’s a tie. We’re crushing on the retro-cool ties made from hand-drawn images by Etsy artist Kayci Wheatley. Whether your dad’s into pin-on bow ties or tie-em-yourself neckties, you’re covered with illustrations of David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Tupac, who probably never wore a bow tie himself.  If you have deep pockets, she’ll even design a 100% cotton fabric just for you, print it with one of her original designs, and then make it into a tie. Hello, coolest Father’s Day ever. Checking her past sales on Etsy,...

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This Father’s Day, let the kids show their love on their chests

Everyday dads are heros, from giving superman flights in the hallways to chasing away the monsters in the closet. So this Father’s Day, why not let Dad know how their biggest fans really feel with these awesome Father’s Day tees.   The adorable Daddy Is My Super Hero shirts from Alison Scott’s Etsy shop Once Upon A Story will make any Daddy’s heart swell with love. Bold comic book colors combined with the hand cut and stitched designs give this shirt a really sweet homespun quality. Available in toddler and youth sizes, this made to order shirt is a great standout that beats...

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The scoop on cute custom embroidered hoops for kids’ rooms

Lately, we’ve been loving this trend of personalized embroidery hoops for babies. And now, we love this troop of adorable animals that will be a major hit for unique kids’ room decor. These Personalized Embroidery Hoops from Otak on Etsy are a fun way to add a pop of color to a kid’s room. Each hoop is a little over five inches wide and can be personalized with a hand-embroidered name, and your choice of four animals on various background fabrics. The hoops can go super girly, traditionally boyish, or as gender-neutral as you wish. And we love how...

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A crown fit for a queen

She already thinks she runs the house, why not adorn her tiny little head with something that will fit the role? Plus, you’ve got to love a princess-y dress up prop that isn’t pink, plastic, or sparkly, but is still totally adorable. Rita J Felt’s Petite Crown Headband will make any child feel regal during dress-up, a birthday party, or just when her heiness travels to the supermarket. Handmade in Lithuania of golden-yellow wool and affixed to a flexible headband, this comfy crown not only conveys stature, it keeps the hair from fluttering into her eyes. Just make sure...

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Flying high

Personalized nursery art is one of our favorite baby shower gift ideas, especially when it’s as sweet and affordable as this custom print.   I love this simple little personalized airplane art print which can feature a letter or name on the side–though I love the single initial. It’s a great option when you want something that will look great in a newborn nursery, but won’t be so easily outgrown. –Liz Find the personalized airplane print for kids and lots more very cool art online at Let’s All Make Believe....

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Gorgeous waterproof picnic blankets: if only they kept the rain away too.

Even though it’s not quite summer feeling everywhere just yet, it’s the official start of summer, which means picnics. Yay! We recently featured this post with our top picnic tips for parents with new babies, and number one: Use a waterproof blanket. Fortunately, we found a great Etsy shop selling a ton of them.   Sewn Natural makes lovely handmade blankets of all kinds, but it’s the thoughtfully-designed waterproof picnic blankets I’m really digging right now. In polka dots, chevrons (of course), traditional checks and even Marimekko fabrics, they all roll-up into a super convenient 14″ roll and button closed. They’re...

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Sewn Natural: handmade girls dresses that can clear away the May showers

I’ve always loved peppering my daughters’ wardrobes with just a few special handmade pieces from indie artists, from Courtney Chu to Ses Petites Mains and Baby Bean. Not only do they freshen up an otherwise ordinary wardrobe of leggings, tunics and tees, I find they are constructed amazingly well. When my two girls are done with them, Kristen’s younger daughters get a care package! I’m so happy to discover Etsy Shop Sewn Natural, which uses classic but contemporary patterns in their handmade girls dresses, brought to life with gorgeous organic fabrics, vintage-inspired prints and textiles from names like Marimekko....

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Look down, buddy. Nice pair, right?

Psst. Look down. (Okay, not at the post-baby boobs, although they are pretty great.) Check out my cute shoes. And my adorable necklace. Do you love cute shoes, mamacitas? We have good news! This Look at My Shoes acrylic necklace from Zubinski Products on Etsy is made in Frankfurt, which means you’re not going to see another one at the playground. It’s available in five colors, including clear, and is probably a little bigger than you think. It comes on a 27″ ball chain and will probably survive your baby’s teething. When you’re having one of those bad-hair-didn’t-do-the-laundry days,...

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Literature in bloom

I’m not usually one for fake flowers around the house–I much prefer the real thing. But when they’re as cool and crafty as these, I could easily make an exception. Julie Romero’s Handmade Paper Flowers are all made to order with 50 blooms crafted from recycled books. I happen to like the ones from classics like Pride and Prejudice and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; but you can also find popular favorites like The Notebook or Twilight. (Although shouldn’t those be dead flowers? Anyway.) It’s a cool gift for a writerly type, a literary lover, or just someone who appreciates...

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The best baby’s first year calendar: Precious and totally low pressure. (We like low pressure.)

I am a planner: to-do lists, calendars, and Post-Its rule my universe and make me feel complete. You would think that I would have been all over the baby book record keeping, right? Looking back, I think it was a commitment issue, the same way I never feel right about writing in nice journals. The concept was just a little too permanent and formal for my freewheeling, note-scribbling self. So while I might have to tune into my husband’s YouTube channel to see what my babe was doing when, I have found the perfect solution for others looking to...

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