It seems a lot of baby toys are awfully loud these days. They light up, crinkle, beep and blast music, so sometimes its nice to just have some low-key playthings to appease our easily overstimulated little ones. These quiet handmade soft books from Cutiful Baby and artist Vanessa Giguere are a perfect example of what I am talking about. Vanessa, a fashion industry gal, started making fabric toys for her daughter while on maternity leave and soon found herself taking orders from friends and family, and we can see why. For a household dabbling in vegetarian living, I especially adore these handmade fruit and...Read More
I make it no secret that I have a huge crush on the Canadian Ryans: Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling. But since I’m not 15 anymore, I’m pretty sure the glossy posters on my ceiling or calendars on my wall are out of the question. But a tea towel? Oh that’s more than fair game. You better hurry and snatch up the Hey Girl I’d Rather Be Doing Dishes tea towel before I buy it. Artist Colleen Pugh has translated the hugely popular Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” Internet meme into a must-have kitchen accessory for R-Go fan. (I just made that...Read More
One of my children’s very favorite thing about Grandma’s house is the the swing in the backyard. We are city-dwellers after all, and swings are generally something you have to wait in line for. This one started as a little baby swing hanging from a sturdy tree branch, evolved to a tire swing, and who knows what it will become after that. Maybe even this beautiful, totally handmade swing. The handmade tree swing from Philly woodworkers Margaux and Walter Kent is totally made of reclaimed wood and each one is made to order. The one in the photo is...Read More
If you’re like me, then you’ve got a couple of boxes in the attic with a few of each of your kids’ baby clothes. Every now and then I wonder what exactly I’m going to do with them when I pull them out in ten years and they’re all dusty and mildewy. I’ve always liked the idea of keepsake baby quilts made from baby clothes, but so few actually look as gorgeous as these. Each Keepsake Quilt is handmade by mom Lucinda Snyder, who works with you to create a beautiful 30 x 30 blanket made from 12 to...Read More
Finding that Higgs Boson particle is pretty cool, I guess. But maybe it’s time to go back to the roots of invention and adventure that make America so great. Namely, dirigibles, freeze rays, lasers, and zombies. all of which come to life in this most wonderful set of handmade blocks. The Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet Blocks by husband and wife team Xylocopa Design on Etsy are probably my very favorite wooden blocks ever. They had me at T is for Tentacle and kept me at I is for Invention, and this Invention is half axolotl and half tractor. I’m...Read More
When I find myself with a little square of wall space to fill, I’ve found that ornaments can add nice texture and dimension, instead of another poster or print. And this Etsy shop makes ones that are so cute, I might just clear some space. The little red moon with owl ornaments from the Intres shop look adorably cute for a nursery that needs some brightening up. Considering you get two for just $15, it’s even worth the international shipping from Vigo, Spain. Although having been there last summer, I’m thinking maybe I’ll just fly back there again and...Read More
Every summer for the past few years, my entire family makes a pilgrimage to the Jersey shore for a week of pure old fashioned beach and boardwalk fun. I spend the other 51 weeks of the year making solo trips to the beach… in my head. But thanks to Meg Venter and her SUN-drenched photography series, I now have a little help getting there. A short pass through the September Wren Etsy gallery and you’ll be wishing you had a brand new beach house to adorn the walls with the entire collection. In reality, I am thinking a few...Read More
At least once a day (sometimes more), my husband is searching for his keys and wallet. And don’t even get me started about the piles of change all over my house. So that’s why I think this new Etsy find might be a cool, surprising Father’s Day gift for the sometimes-scattered dad in our lives. Or maybe just for the really organized ones. This locally salvaged Maple Key tray might just be the answer to all our woes, with a special cut-out that’s big enough for what my husband needs to keep track of — nothing more, nothing less. Handcarved with...Read More
During one of my late night Etsy search sessions (Yes, I like to live dangerously), I happened upon this amazing artwork that I think would my kids would love just as much as I do. And that’s exactly the combination I’m looking to cover their walls with. And boy do they need covering. I’m having a hard time choosing which of the unique artwork by Matte Stephens that I like most. For my kids, I’m really digging the Adventurer’s Club (left), which I think is pretty fantastic for a boys (or girls) room, or even a playroom. But for me, I’ve got my eye...Read More
Rainbows are a classic design staple. When I was a little girl, my entire room was decorated in rainbows, which might have been a little too much, come to think of it. But one here and there adds color and whimsy. This hand painted rainbow wall shelf is a not-so-distant cousin of the handmade cloud shelf from the same artist, and it’s simply adorable! More than just decor, it offers storage and a place to display your child’s favorite books and knicknacks–up to 75 pounds of them. The cloud detail on each side of the shelf isn’t just...Read More
Confession: I’ve never totally understood the stuffed-animals-that-turn-into-blankets thing. Pulling a blankie out of a stuffed animal’s middle always seemed kind of… weird. Of course, it’s not up to me–kids seem to love them. And luckier still, I just found a handmade version that’s way cuter (and more sense-making… to me, at least) than some of those seen-on-TV versions. Kenzie of Bewhiskered makes adorable stuffed animals that she calls Ruggles because they–you guessed it–also convert to teensy little rugs. Teensy little man-cave style tiger skin rugs. Of course there are plenty of other choices, from cute lambs to fuzzy unicorns,...Read More
When giving a gift to an expecting mother, I prefer finding something that’s of very good quality, a reasonable price point and aesthetically pretty–but practical at the same time. Fortunately, those three thing are becoming easier to find all together. Especially at this amazing new shop. My first response when seeing Little Hip Squeaks was pure excitement. This new Etsy shop has the cutest products all made from soft organic jersey in a variety of patterns and colors from vivid chevrons to owls to marching elephants. Owner Amy Richardson designs all of the fabrics herself. Also everything from her...Read More
We love Mother’s Day and we love lockets, and we love handmade, and we love surprises, especially when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts. So we are so happy to have found a really beautiful custom Mother’s Day gift that combines so many of so many of our favorite things. We’re digging on the custom lockets from Stella Saves the Day on Etsy. One half of the locket is a photo that you can insert yourself, while the other is a beautiful bit of monogramming. Choose up to three simple letters or a single monogrammed letter and Brooklyn artist...Read More
As a mom, I am on a constant schedule of life. If I lose track of time, I am in deep deep trouble. So of course clocks are an important accessories in my house. (No, I have not yet given them all up in favor of smart phone clocks.) These modern minimalist clocks from Whitevan come in a variety of colors and shapes, so they’re perfect for the kitchen, living room, bedroom or even in the nursery. They’re made in a collaboration between painter/sculptor Dennis Beach and designer/engineer Greg Wolos. The result is high quality art and beautiful design,and...Read More
It’s hard, hugging Grandma from a thousand miles away, but here’s a way to remind her how very far those heartstrings stretch. And just in time for Mother’s Day– if you hurry! With the Personalized Heart Strings Map Pillow from Felix Street Studio on Etsy, you can visualize those tendrils of love connecting you and family members from LA to NY or Piscataway to Pasadena. (Or Stockbridge to Boston, as James Taylor might have said.) Just select up to four points in the US and how they connect– a wheel, a triangle?– and Felix Street will put little hearts...Read More
Who doesn’t love an old fashioned pop up book? For Jane of the Etsy shop Little Blue Frogs, her childhood love of pop up books resurfaced when she had kids of her own, and lucky for us, her fascination resulted in a crafty and completely adorable collection of Pop Up t-shirts for baby. Nature-loving parents can choose from designs like puffy clouds and sun or a leaf and ladybug while hipsters can indulge in the retro record album and music note combo. I personally can’t decide which one I like best, but even this music lover finds the cloud...Read More
With all of the amazing choices for Mother’s Day jewelry out there, it can be difficult to pick just one. Well of course you don’t have to pick just one, but with this beautiful custom necklace, you can be sure you’ll get some serious bang for your buck. Custom keepsake pendants from Crafted by Kerstin is as gorgeous as it is unique. The custom jewelry includes a silhouette of your child, an initial, and even his own handprint–miniaturized that you can clip to a necklace. The handprint is an especially lovely, unique touch–and you can order a footprint instead,...Read More
Discovering the Paper Statement Etsy shop was like looking at your own perceived craftiness in the mirror and laughing at it. I am absolutely blown away by the things true artists can do out of paper and cardboard. The first thing that caught my eye from German artist Dorisse is this very cool paper necklace made from corrugaged paper beads. It looks great with multi-colors like this, but the simple natural beads or single-color options are pretty amazing too. [see more incredible paper jewelry and sculptures after the jump] Really impressive book sculpture. Statement bracelet from paper beads. Very...Read More
On Earth Day or any day, I love the feeling a wooden toy creates; fresh, clean and perfect for a creative little mind. It’s no secret we are fans of Little Sapling’s all-natural wood toys. Now the husband and wife team, Nick and Kimber, have done it again with this charming little piece just added to their collection. The wooden toy camera makes it pretty obvious why the Christensens have the top selling toy shop on Etsy. (Not that we don’t have other favorites, of course.) It’s an excellent, original gift idea for the kid who has everything or for your...Read More
Run, don’t walk, to get your hands on this sharp set of bookends. From Boneshaker to World War Z, you’ve finally got a place to keep your favorite books about how to survive the coming zombiepocalypse. Not into zombies? That’s okay, too. This awesome Etsy shop offers cool bookends for book lovers of all stripes. Handmade and designed from solid steel by Knob Creek Metal Arts, these Zombie Bookends in hammered black cut steel would even be helpful in case of zombie attack. I mean, can you imagine facing the undead with those adorable balloon dog bookends we covered?...Read More
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