Tag: Etsy

Perfect, perfectly cool hostess gifts from Elizabeth Benotti

I find it’s always a good idea to have a few nice hostess gifts stashed away in the hall closet in case of  last-minute dinner party invitations or weekend plans. I do this with kids’ birthday presents too, and it makes life so much easier. We’ve covered lots of cool hostess gifts, and now I’m adding to the list these pretty handmade ceramics by Elizabeth Benotti at Etsy, which are so original and fun, a little funky, and simple. I think so many of my friends would love them.   Elizabeth Benotti’s graphic style is fresh and modern, and I love that they’re not too precious or twee.Even...

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Pretty food photographs spice up the kitchen. Literally.

I don’t have much space on my kitchen walls these days (I blame it on that folder that comes home on the last day of school filled with more art than my kids could have possibly created in only one year). But if I did, I know exactly what would be going up there. Food photographs! No, not the Instagrammed, look at my meal type of food photographs. I mean lovely (and hopefully even inspiring) food photographs. The kind that feature parsley and dill and cinnamon, oh my. Right now, there are a few charming kitchen art images available at the Temporary...

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A tooth fairy pillow where any incisor would be happy to take up temporary residence.

When you have a kid losing a tooth, whether it’s the first or the fifteenth, you know how special it can be. Maybe that’s why I’ve always had a thing for tooth fairy pillows, and the lovely, affordable handmade ones from AppleWhite on Etsy just made me get excited for my youngest to start turning her beliefs into dollar bills. (Yes, our tooth fairy offers a dollar. Just one. I know she can probably get kicked out of Brooklyn for that, but tough.) The pillows are shaped like the sweetest cottages, homes, and even teepees, should you have a child who prefers something...

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Could this bowl get your kids to finish their vegetables?

I’m a sucker for cool serving dishes, and right now I’m loving these handmade ceramic bowls from Marina Marinski at her Etsy shop, Marinksi Handmades. Marina’s engraved illustrations are whimsical and seriously cool. Don’t they kind of have a Secret of the Kells, art house animated film look?  Which means even though they’re illustrated, they’re not too cute for me to set out when my own friends come over. Although mostly, with those faces hidden in the bottom of the bowl, I’m thinking they’ll encourage my kids to eat all of the carrot sticks in there just to uncover them.   Each ceramic bowl is made to order,...

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I pity the fool who doesn’t like this Mr. T teapot set

When you think tea, you think Mr. T, right? Smooth, powerful, totally in control of a rainy afternoon next to the sleeping cat, B.A. Baracus pities the fool who doesn’t enjoy a nice cuppa. This Mr. Tea Tea Set for One from Squackdoodle on Etsy is an upcycled teapot and tea cup printed with an image of Mr. T and, well, the words “Mr. Tea.” Just as straightforward and cool as Mr. T himself. Considering the three pretty colors, maybe B.A. should change his name from Bad Attitude to Blissful Afternoon.   After checking the feedback, it looks like the image...

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Modern baby quilts that don’t look like they came from your grandma’s attic

I’ve said before that a quilt is the perfect baby gift. That said, all families are different and all blankets are not created equal. That sweet pastel quilt you fell hard for might not work for your funkier friends–you know, the ones who actually dare to keep all their restored mid-century furniture with children. (At least for now.) Enter the gorgeous  handmade modern baby quilts from Nashville-based Twiggy and Opal, which I’m betting will be a hit with the mod crowd. Shop owner Jayne Willis makes every piece by hand, letting her instinct guide her style decisions as her inspiration pours in from her own children. At first glance...

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Cool unicorn clothes for girls who are obsessed with uh….unicorns

I remember keeping a certain unicorn tee in heavy rotation when I was about nine, so girls’ obsession for unicorns is hardly new. If you know what I’m talking about, I’ve tracked down some cool unicorn clothes for girls out there to satisfy any girl who dreams of flying off into the night with one. Or wait–is that a pegasus? I’m  loving the handmade-to-order unicorn hoodie hoodie from a cool little Etsy boutique (pictured above). It may not make it into the everyday rotation, but with unicorn horn, mane and tail attached to a super-soft micro-fleece hoodie, our girls would race for it when they need something to throw over a sundress...

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Teaching kids bathroom manners through art

When I was growing up, my grandmother had a lovely little poster on her bathroom wall reminding us of all kinds of old fashioned bathroom manners. My favorite was the reminder not to “keep the bath an hour or more when other folks are wanting one” because, well, I always thought that seemed like a pretty long bath. All those years reading that poster, though, and I’m now surprised (and admittedly a little disappointed) that my current bathroom wall is completely bare. But, that’s about to change now that I’ve discovered these sweet bathroom manners prints from Etsy shop, Niko + Lily. They are...

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Personalized gifts for dad: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We’re thrilled to present our annual Father’s Day gift guide series, starting off with the coolest personalized gifts for the men in our lives we love. But hurry–personalized gifts need to be ordered stat! This year, we’re also so happy to welcome back our friends at Dove Men+Care who are in part sponsoring our gift guide, since they really do get the importance of celebrating men who care for themselves and (our favorite part) care for their families. 21st century dads FTW! Plus, because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check out our massive Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at over $900, that...

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18 seriously funny Father’s Day cards. Because a dad who laughs is a dad to celebrate.

While you’re busy looking for the perfect Father’s Day gifts, you can’t forget the perfect funny card, right? If you’re like me (and your dad like my dad) then you’ll appreciate these 18 funny Father’s Day cards that I tracked down on Etsy this year. We promise they’re all SFW–unless maybe your work is in a monastery–and somehow, we managed once again to avoid tired references to lazy dads, power tools, remote controls, golf, and mowing the lawn. Hey cardmakers: Take a cue from these artist and get with the 21st century. If It Wasn’t For You…Father’s Day Card ($4.50, Hello Small World) A...

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