Tag: Etsy

Clocks with hands. Remember those?

As much as I rely on the digital clocks on my appliances and on my smart phone to keep me on schedule, there’s just something about pretty analog clock to make a room seem more homey. I’ve been a long time fan of decoylab, whose beautiful, handcrafted clocks are as much works of art as they are timepieces, this amazing vintage style camera clock. Made from bamboo, this silent clock (that means no ticking!) features a clever leather strap to use as a hanger. What a perfect addition to your home office or a cool accent on a wall...

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It’s a chair! It’s a dollhouse! It’s genius!

Welcome to our home full of teeny kids’ chairs that are good for one thing. Or two if you count tripping over them. But these cool handmade chairs from CMP-fave Paloma’s Nest are good for three, or more. Just when I thought we were done with kids’ furniture, I spy the amazing Children’s Chair from Paloma’s Nest that actually doubles as a doll house. Or “colonial house” to be specific. Unless you prefer the Victorian House chair. So genius, right? They can sit and then play underneath, or play while someone else is sitting, or… you get the idea....

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Birdhouse trailers = Home tweet home!

One of the cardinal rules around my house: birdwatching is better than television. My little chickadees love to sprinkle seed on the back porch and see who comes a-peckin’, especially when that family of wrens returns every year to nest in our grill. But if you can sparrow some change (ha), this fancy birdhouse might be the perfect home tweet home for your feathered friends. And unlike us, you can still use your grill. These adorable birdhouse trailers from birdhouse20 on Etsy are an unusual combination of fine craftsmanship, quirky style, and sneaky backyard biology lesson. Each one is...

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It’s you! But tiny, wearable, and made of embroidery floss.

Mamas, this might be the most personalized necklace we’ve seen in a while. Whether you’re gift shopping for the mom, grandma, or bestie who has everything, we guarantee she doesn’t have your portrait together embroidered on a tiny custom wood hoop. Bonus: the artist can also do guinea pigs. It’s no surprise that we love embroidered gifts, especially embroidered necklaces and adorable wall hangings. But we’re just cooing over these sweet  hand-embroidered portrait necklaces based on your photos, then stretched on custom hand-made hoops. The artist is more than accommodating and will work with your suggestions and photos to...

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Organic sachets bring the scent of spring…well, anywhere.

I have a total thing for sachets. It’s easy to find scary-looking ones (hello, airport giftshops!), but when I find pretty ones that smell wonderful, I tend to stock up. Gardenmis on Etsy is like awesome sachet central. I really love the French country sachets which are the perfect neutral, modern look to fit in any decor–not just French country. But if you look around the shop, you’ll find a lot of options from organic rose petal sachets with Emily Dickinson quotes meant to be hung over a doorknob; gorgeous purple sachets of course, filled with a lavender blend;...

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Need an affordable, personalized baby gift? Hoop, there it is!

Custom artwork is such a sweet gift and keepsake. These pretty, hand-embroidered hoops are affordable, unique, and light enough to hang over the crib without worrying about concussing those squishy little babies. The personalized embroidery and felt hoops from Blue Without You on Etsy are an adorable and customizable pop of pretty for your wall, starting at only $20. Really! Each design is available in colors of your choice on a four- or six-inch embroidery hoop with pretty paper backing. Select from flowers, trees, arrows, pennants, and clouds raining hearts and add your favorite word–or baby’s name. Or just...

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A Passover gift to keep kids from bogarting the matzoh

Passover is creeping up on us before we know it (quick! Buy matzoh before it’s all gone from the supermarket!) and while it’s not really the giftiest of holidays, I’m loving this sweet handmade toy set that can get little ones through a seder with minimal fussing.   The Passover peg dolls are lovely little handmade wooden dolls that represent Moses, Pharoah, and those ever-lovin’ 10 plagues in an appropriately un-gruesome way to help bring the story to life. There are also 3 random “Israelites” (dying to turn one into Leo G Carrol as Dathan), plus a clever tent...

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Sweet and simple spring bling: whimsical wood pendants

Move over, cold metals and frosty stones. Spring means warm wood, pretty flowers, snuggly bunnies, and dreamy dragons. And how cute would these pendants be for your tween? These Wood Bezel Necklaces from Twine are everything we love: handmade, whimsical, unique, and lending a timeless and simple elegance to your wardrobe. Or, if you’re buying for your tween or teen, a sweet, unlicensed bit of unblingy bling that won’t break the bank if it gets lost. Each pendant is handprinted on a piece of hand-carved maple and finished with a suede cord. So simple. So pretty.  Each necklace is...

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Awesome Doctor Who posters, for awesome Doctor Whovian homes

We love it when geek goes chic. These gorgeous posters are a great way to bring your obsession with Doctor Who to the walls with style. Whichever Doctor is your favorite–I’m a David Tennant girl myself–it can be hard to find geeky posters that still have major style and work with your decor. Thankfully, those talented Etsy artisans are here for you with a rainbow of Gallifreyan goodies. The adorable Dalek & Tardis poster, for example, is available in almost any color you like, printed on nice, heavy satin paper. Pop that baby in an IKEA frame, and you’ve...

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Wool for spring? Absolutely!

After seeing so many talented Etsy artisans use wool in creative ways, I’ve learned that it’s really perfect for any season and not just winter. And I bet you’ll think that too when you take a look at these gorgeous cases, jewelry and accessories. I’ve had my eye on The Loft Full of Goodies for awhile now, but with her addition of such pretty spring colors, I figured now was the perfect time share her work. I can think of a hundred uses for her adorable wool felt pouches, which come in various sizes to fit everything from pencils...

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The most gorgeous nursery artwork that looks nothing of the sort

There are so many options for decorating your new baby’s nursery walls with gorgeous artwork, from custom posters to colorful growth charts to giant wall decals. And now I’ve just found another amazingly creative option that you have to see to believe. Marcelle Crosby’s Folded Paper Dresses look like large-scale origami pieces made of folded maps and other cool-looking printed paper. Measuring about 17 inches in length, I would’ve loved to hang the Miss Paris Pink dress in my daughter’s nursery. It would have had me dreaming of crepes and the Louvre during those 3AM nursing sessions. If you’re...

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Paper or polka dot? Personalized pendants with irresistible charm

It’s always a red-letter day when you’re wearing or gifting something beautiful and handmade. You’ll love what one of our favorite Etsy artisans has up her (polka-dotted) sleeve. We’ve long been fans of the sweet baby gifts and lovely embroidered jewelry by Merriweather Council on Etsy, and we adore the most recent twist on the line: patterned fabrics. Those juicy polka dots are extra sweet. And the lined notebook paper fabric would make an especially lovely gift for a favorite teacher without screaming, “Here’s another apple!” There are tons of personalization options, including pendant shape, letter, upper or lower case, and...

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Shopping Etsy with Jonathan Adler. Dream? Not exactly…

One of our great honors in the years of running Cool Mom Picks was the opportunity to appear on Etsy’s blog, curating some of our favorite handmade Mother’s Day Gifts. So I always love peeking in to see what other designers, bloggers, and tastemakers like themselves. And how fun to see a few fun picks from none other than Jonathan Adler this week–plus one heck of a giveaway from Etsy. Check out the Jonathan Adler curation on Etsy this week and find just a few picks like these that I’m loving, all with his trademark combo of whimsy, color...

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Mom keepsake jewelry that doesn’t look like it

I always love finding original ideas for keepsake jewelry, especially to mark the birth of a child. (Just please don’t call them push presents. Argh.) And there’s something about this bracelet that’s so different than the typical curliecue letter stamped into silver, that I’m really digging it.   The Save the Date Bracelet by Mitsymoto Designs lets you add up to 6 numbers on a cool, vaguely industrial brass plate with bronze rivets. It reminds me more of a door number on a house without the hyphens or slashes to separate the month, date, and year, which makes it a little...

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Eep aap ork ah ah, that means I love you

Last week I discovered the adorable world of finger puppets from Lindy Brown of Stay Awake when I included her adorable finger puppets in our round up of awesome hedgehog toys and gifts. But it turns out, the Ontario artist is pretty good with the cute inanimate creatures as well. I’m geeking out over these love robot finger puppets totally handmade out of felt and guaranteed not to rust or need battery replacements. I could see giving the set to a lucky kid for Valentine’s Day, or even to your robot-loving sweetheart. Just include a card about the nuts...

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A is for Anakin: the coolest Star Wars alphabet in the galaxy

Just try to resist this super cool Star Wars print. Or as Yoda would say, Do or do not; there is no try. So just give in to the awesomeness and find a spot on the wall for this galaxy of alphabet cool. This Star Wars alphabet print from Concepcion Studios on Etsy is the most sophisticated piece of Star Wars art I may have seen yet. Screenprinted by hand on thick, rich stock, each letter is represented by an elegant silhouette of a character, weapon, or vehicle from the Star Wars universe–all of which are listed at the...

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Organize your life the old-fashioned way: gorgeous personalized day planners

We’re all about getting organized digitally, but there’s a certain appeal to writing down your plans in a gorgeous paper book that you can stick on your desk, or drop in your tote, then refer back to forever. These three customized day planners fit the bill for beauty, brains, and a little thing called never running out of batteries. If you’re looking for fewer doodads and calendars and more classic elegance, we want to pet the creamy Italian textblock paper inside these handmade journals from Oh Pangaea Books on Etsy. You get to choose your exterior from dozens of...

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Death Star for Cutie: A very Star Wars Valentine card

When you combine gorgeous letterpress with Star Wars and Deathcab for Cutie, you get a lovely Valentine’s Day card for your favorite chic geek. This Darth Vader Letterpress Valentine Card from Dingbat Press on Etsy combines three of our favorite things: Star Wars, good music, and beautiful design. The paper is delicious, the letterpress printing offers two beautiful colors, and the sentiment on the outside is the sweetest–the words are from one of Deathcab’s most poignant songs (okay, I get choked up just thinking about it). I recommend writing “I have PLANS to rule the universe by your side,”...

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Handmade crib mobiles for those looking for something a little…different

What does it take to get a jaded mother of two excited about baby mobiles? Ninjas, circus animals with mustaches, and angelic pigs, apparently. All handmade, and all so very different. Not to mention customizable. That small, squishy boom? Eh, just my ovaries exploding. Carry on. (But not until you take a peek at these gorgeous squee-worthy works of art.) Pink Cheeks Studio on Etsy is a treasure chest of beautiful, bright, handmade-by-a-mom goodies that add color, cheer and outrageous charm to almost any decor. As I may have mentioned (ha) we’re especially smitten with the utterly adorable handmade...

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Saying I love you en citron

It’s been a long time since I checked in with the Paris Print Shop (formerly known as Little Brown Pen), and with Valentine’s Day coming up, it reminded me to stop by their Etsy Shop and see what they’re up to. I’m so glad I did. I think this yellow heart photograph is just so lovely. Taken from graffiti on a Paris wall–the fact it’s Paris just makes it more romantic, right?–it’s the kind of thing I could convince my sigOth to mayyyybe hang on the wall, when red or pink would never fly. If you really love it,...

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