Tag: Etsy

Beautiful braille jewelry: understatement is always in style

If you knew me in person, then you’d know by the tattoo on my inner wrist that I’m a little obsessed with braille. (It’s my kids’ initials, if you’re curious). Now, I’ve seen some cool braille jewelry before, but these gorgeous, subtle pieces definitely caught my eye. LeighLuna creates beautiful custom braille necklaces–wonderful if you’re visually impaired of course, but if not, it’s a wonderful, subtle way to keep your kids close to your heart (without emblazoning their names across your chest in Comic Sans which can be read from 6 blocks away, for instance). Each brass pendant is created...

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Ding, dong, the witch is read: nifty 3D bookmarks

Book lovers, we’ve come across some major cuteness for you. We think you and your Munchkins are going to go (winged) ape for these adorable 3D bookmarks. And if you’re not into The Wizard of Oz, they come in several other shapes, including pirates, zombies, and Louboutins…oh my! From the Wicked Witch’s stripey socks to Dorothy’s demurely folded socks and famous ruby slippers, MyBOOKmark on Etsy offers dozens of unique and clever three-dimensional bookmarks for bibliophiles with a sense of humor. Each pair of legs pokes two inches or so out of your book. They’re hand-crafted of polymer clay, painted,...

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Ahoy! Plunder this treasure of adorable shirts for your favorite matey

Avast me hearties, it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And if you have a little landlubber who likes to plunder your desk drawers and yell arrrrrrr at all hours of the day and night, we have got the cutest little tee to add to your booty. The Pepe the Pirate tee from b. childrenswear features a kid-friendly design for kiddos with an affection for life on the high seas. I’d call the design “pirate lite” since Pepe looks like he’d be perfectly amenable to swabbing the deck a second or third time, instead of doing something truly lawless. If...

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Gorgeous quilts that look great beyond the nursery

One of my most favorite items is a quilt made by my great-grandmother, handed down to me by my grandmother. There is something so special and meaningful about a handmade quilt, although quilting for most people seems like a talent reserved for other people. I feel like every nursery should have a pretty quilt on hand. Barbara Perrino of BPerrino Quilts creates modern baby quilts at a price worth celebrating. All of her lovely quilts and quilted pillow covers are designed, cut and pieced one at a time. You can use these quilts as extra bedding or to just...

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Sachets that smell like fall

While we love tracking down hostess gifts for all those summer weekend invitations, it probably doesn’t end with Labor Day. Especially with the holidays (eep!) coming up. So I love this fabulous, affordable gift that feels a little more fall than summer. The balsam and silk sachets from Sewn Natural are the perfect little gift. I especially love the Night Sky design shown here with the pretty silver star sewn on, but there are fabrics for any style. They’re filled with balsam fir tips, which smell amazing (and less feminine than lavender) and they last a super long time;...

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ABCs from a time when B was for Balloon, not Boy Band

My mother-in-law is amazing at keeping childhood treasures — we have everything from my husband’s toy car collection to original copies of his favorite children’s books — and we treasure this vintage ephemera so. I love that these old toys and books are just as beautiful and appropriate now as they were back then, because childhood is truly timeless. Sometimes I wonder if these books will still be around when my kids have children of their own. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Which is why, while we definitely hang onto these old toys and books, I simply cannot imagine tearing...

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4 of the coolest superhero invitations for your little dreamer

I’m a big fan of superheroes, and therefore, cool superhero invitations. I’m pretty sure your kids are too. I love seeing my kids practice being good people while pretending to be courageous, powerful and strong. I mean, sure, sometimes they also pretend that they can fly from the couch to the side chairs (“nooooooo!”) but as long as the kids don’t try to defy gravity, superhero play is A-OK at our house.  Know what else I’m a fan of? The pop graphics that superheroes like to wrap themselves in. The bright colors, bold words and multiple exclamation marks are...

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Motherhood = coffeehood

I am still the world’s worst Starbucks orderer. I can’t remember whether I order the size before the “iced” and I still get the name of the coffee I love wrong. So of course I’m giggling at this adorable poster that breaks down the basic coffee types with charming graphics. The Know Your Coffees print from Kate Moore at Missouri’s Blimpcat Studios would look so cute in a kitchen (by the French Press perhaps?) or even above a desk where you might occssionally burn the midnight oil with a cup of java. Or half-caf. Or Irish. There are some hours at...

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If Wonder Woman opened an Etsy store

Judging by the awesomely geeky baby goods in this chic boutique, I would wager that Wonder Woman’s sewing machine isn’t as invisible as her jet. Whether you need to burp, wipe, snuggle, or celebrate your little Loki, this is the source of some super baby gear for fans of comic books, video games, and, of course, Star Wars. The Spry Sprout shop on Etsy bills itself as “a unique geek kid boutique”, and that just about covers it. Baltimore mom Miranda makes each piece by hand using some of the coolest geeky fabrics we’ve ever seen.  Star Wars, Avengers,...

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Affordable bangles for fall that you can start wearing now

August is a bit of a weird jewelry-buying time. I want things that will feel all light and happy with my sleeveless dresses, but I’ve also got an eye towards fall. Which his why these affordable skinny bangles are the perfect thing to take me from one season to the next. The Adele Skinny Bangles by Voz Clothing and Art are stained walnut, which means they’re not as summer-like as say, embroidery or light beading; but they’re hand-painted with colors that can suit any season. I happen to love this combo of black, peach and gold, but the Karen O set (named for the...

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Grow baby, grow.

Despite having found so many cool kids’ growth charts here on Cool Mom Picks, I confess I still use a pencil on the side of our kitchen wall. It’s not that I haven’t loved every single one of them, but they’re either too pretty or too big or just too…something for us. But that all ended with this Etsy find from Studio 1am. Sure, at a quick glance it looks like a gigantic yard stick, but upon closer examination the Measure Me Stick is a little bit of genius. Handmade in Chicago from solid wood that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship...

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One of these things is not like another

I’m definitely a devotee of handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry. And some of my favorite pieces are the ones that can’t be replicated at all, because the form comes from the imperfect shape of the stone, like a geode or a swath of quartz. So I love this San Francisco Etsy artist who features beautiful, affordable pieces that do justice to that very style. The limited edition jewelry of Frieda Sophie is treat to browse. Just a quick look, and I’m drooling over pieces like the vanilla agate druzy necklace (above) which would go with pretty much anything I own in...

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Fresh flowers for every outfit

It happens again and again: one dress-up lap around the living room and the creepy faux-metallic paint on your daughter’s “jewelry” is already flaking off and the molded plastic clasp has begun to warp. It’s not always easy to find dress-up accessories that don’t look (and act) like you bought them from a gumball machine. And then someone showed me the fantastic, hand-crafted, textile dress up delights offered by artisan momma Rebekah Desloge.    The Crocheted Flower Necklace is a sweet addition to the dress-up madness in your home, and would make such a great gift, as well. The leaves and...

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Plush and pillows with the perfect sense of humor

As a professional decorator, one of my favorite spaces to take on is a kid’s room. You can go as creative and whimsical as you want; where else could I use every color in the rainbow and indulge in prints that are easily deemed “funny?” Now there’s an Etsy shop I’m so happy to have discovered for those very reasons. When I first saw these pillows from Coucou Salut, I immediately thought of several places that I would use them in my own home.  Everything  at the shop is 100% illustrated, designed, printed and sewn by one talented pair...

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The full body baby bib, for full contact baby feeding

There were moments in my children’s earlier years that all I wanted to do was cover them in a full body raincoat.  It seemed like meal times turned into “let’s get as covered with food as we possibly can” times.  Thankfully, a brilliant mother out there has created a great solution with a full-sleeved, laminated baby bib from Baby Graybee. These bibs for babies 6-18 months keep even the most spirited eaters clean at meal time. The front of the bib is made of BPA-free laminated cotton, providing waterproof coverage for spills. The sleeves are a comfy soft jersey...

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A taste of summer, indoors

Sometimes art just speaks to you, and that’s how I felt gazing at the beautiful original artwork from artist Rachel Austin. I was poking around the Poppytalk Marketplace and discovered Rachel’s wonderful mixed media map paintings. Clearly bitten by the travel bug, her work evokes lovely images across the country, from a lakeside campground to midwestern birds on a wire in Long Island City, all created over original maps. Some are mounted on a boxy, appropriately unfussy wooden frame, and then there’s also a series of archival prints you can have framed yourself.                           I can imagine that...

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Girls headbands as casual and dreamy as summer

An insane number of crafters on Etsy are making all manners of barrettes, hair bands and baby bows, some with adornments larger nearly as large the actual baby. (I never got that, I have to say.) Searching for something tasteful can be an exercise–a long exercise–in futility. Allow me to narrow the field down a bit. Heather Funk is the designer behind Natty Bratty, a shop we discovered a while back. It’s been pretty cool seeing the evolution of her designs over the years, and now she’s introduced what might be my favorite: a line of soft braided fabric...

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Falling in love with geometry

As minor as my kids’ milestones might seem in the great scheme of things, I still do my fair share of celebrating them. All night in your own bed? Yes! So I decided that I too deserve to treat myself with a little reward for making it through another milestone with them. Fair, right? I’ve got just the thing, if beautiful handmade jewelry looks like your kind of grownup treat. I just love the geometric rings from Israeli-based Osnat Har Noy that are a little larger than a thin everyday band but not as bold as a cocktail ring....

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Turning the cities you love into amazing works of art

When traveling, I find myself falling in love with places I go. I usually try and find something to take home with me that will always remind me of it, which is probably why I love when artists create that same feeling with their artwork. Susan Taylor of Taylors Type has created these eye-catching typographical city prints.  Each print is colorful and complete with iconic image that will look familiar to fans of Berlin, Chicago, Rome and more.  There are 11 cities to choose from in this collection, all beautifully captured. All you need to do is frame them....

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Turning any table into the best playhouse ever

Its been a while since we first discovered Imaginative PlayToys, and the gorgeous handmade felt table covers she makes to turn your card table into oh…say, a pirate ship. Checking back again after awhile I discovered a new shop name and a ton of inspired new designs. In fact, while writing this post my kids saw the photo below and started shrieking WE WANT THAT! WE WANT THAT! CAN WE GET THAT? like nothing I’ve ever seen. Can you blame them? Red Double Delight Playhouse (at top) Under the Ocean Playhouse Paper Doll Boutique Playhouse   Outer space playhouse Animal sanctuary...

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