Tag: Etsy

What do Ron Burgundy, Yoda, and Pee Wee have in common?

There’s something to be said for small children looking adorable wearing characters on their chests, and yet having no earthly idea who they are. We’re smitten with the Micielomicielo shop on Etsy, where pop culture icons are transformed into adorable eco-felt and screenprinted designs applied to handmade bodysuits and t-shirts for kids and adults. Their Star Wars designs go beyond the main characters– because they have 17 different choices. That’s so awesome, I just “felt” a tremor in the Force! Other options include Mr. T, badgers, Spock, Totoro, Hello Kitty, Sesame Street, Muppets, and Transformers. Speaking of Ron Burgundy,...

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Pretty cameras fit for the wall

As much as I love seeing my camera savvy friends’ own photos on their walls, I think this cool print from Project Type might just be the next best thing for that favorite shutterbug in your life. The colorful Oh Snap retro camera print features a set of six cool old skool cameras and is such a perfect gift or addition to your own office or studio. Each print is signed, dated, and ready for framing. Just be prepared to feel your age when your kids ask you what those things on your wall are. Film? What’s that, Mom? ...

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Easter gifts for kids cuter than headless chocolate bunnies

Our inbox is jammed lately with parents asking for non-caloric Easter gift ideas. As luck would have it, we have quite a few. The latest being the adorable, affordable handmade creations from Etsy’s Bossy’s Feltworks–and just in time for the first day of spring!< The three felted baby birds in a nest are melting my heart–I’d imagine my kids would be giving them wacky names in no time and putting on weird plays with them. You can also find more traditionally Easter gifts like this Easter chick in an egg in several different colors, or a cute felted bunny....

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Is that a bird on your head, or are you just happy to see me?

Sometimes, I want serious jewelry. But sometimes, I just want something unexpected and playful that goes well with jumping on trampolines or doing cartwheels in the yard. So this would work. This fun line of illustrated wooden necklaces from depeapa in Granada, Spain,  tiptoes the fine line between whimsical and hip. Whether you like kids with birds on their heads, mustaches, or slightly confused bears, you can get your cute fix as a necklace or a brooch. Although the pieces aren’t unique, the illustrations are designed and hand-printed by the artist on hand-cut wood.  Plus, just look at his sweet...

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Quilts for the design snob in all of us

When I think of quilts, modern isn’t the word that jumps to mind. Cozy and comforting? Yes. Hip and fresh? Not really.  So when I came across the quilts made by Etsy seller Deer and Hippo I was delighted and more than a little surprised by just how at home they would be in the most modern of nurseries. They’re just the thing to add a bit of warmth to baby’s room. Each quilt is a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece meant to be loved and used for many years, just like a traditional quilt. But unlike a traditional quilt, these will...

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5 great Easter cards – because as we know, it’s all about the egg hunt

In our family we have a tradition we like to think of as Peaster–an Easter, Passover hybrid that acknowledges all the traditions of the diverse, wonderful people in our family. The one thing that holds the whole thing together? Eggs. When we’re done hard-boiling them, painting them, hiding them, and finding them, one of them (usually blue for some reason) ends up on the Seder plate for eating. So I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of Easter cards and invitations that are all about the eggs. If we could customize them to say PEASTER…all the better. {See five cool...

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Five adorable Easter basket ideas for last-minute ordering

I am a terrible procrastinator when it comes to Easter basket ideas, always shopping for my kids’ gifts a few days before the holiday and wishing I had planned ahead for once. But, this year, I’ve found a few special picks that you’ll need to buy now if you want to have them in those baskets by Easter morning. Related: 19 truly special Easter basket ideas that don’t include candy To start, you’ll want to make sure you have a basket, and I love Good Wishes Quilts natural cotton baskets that are just the right size for a few small...

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Pop culture junkies, your finger puppets await

So I’m a sucker for everything handmade with a nerd-chic pop culture reference built in. It’s like three of my favorite things all in one glorious, slightly weird package. And the handmade finger puppets from Abbey Christine fit the bill perfectly.  I mean, where else can an NPR fan find an Ira Glass finger puppet? Or most of Wes Anderson’s characters from Max Fischer to Steve Zissou? They’re all free hand cut from recycled felt, giving them that perfectly imperfect handmade look. Keep them in mind as a great inexpensive little gift for your coolest indie friend. I was...

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Pirates vs Ninjas, the final showdown

Ready to put an end to the old question about how one man can defeat 10 ninjas? Well if he’s a pirate in the hands of a very good checker player, it’s not only possible, it’s likely. The pirates vs ninjas checkerboard from Brooklyn artist Anna Donado of Goosegrease, is amazing both in concept and in execution. It’s all handmade and handpainted using non-toxic materials. (She specializes in cake toppers, so one would presume that she knows a little something about non-toxic paints.) Of course 34 handmade characters, the checkerboard, and a little muslin bag for storage doesn’t come...

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Bedrails for kids that are so much cooler than bedrails.

My kids graduated to a big-kid bed in need of a bedrail, right around the same time that they discovered the joys of sneaking book under the covers to “read” past their bedtime. I love their thirst for books but don’t enjoy finding books twisted into bedsheets or flung on the floor in the morning. If you too have a bedtime bookworm in a new big kid bed, take a look at this smart combo bookshelf and bedrail that keeps your sleeping child, and their books, safely in place.   Tambino’s Alpha Bookshelf Bedrail is a smart-looking way to keep...

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In the year you were born… your parents were actually cool.

Let’s face it, by the time our kids are old enough to ask what the world was like when they were born, they are going to consider us tragically unhip. Luckily, this charming (and affordable!) baby gift will help recall fond memories of hipster TV hits or the price of a microbrew where Mom and Dad lived. Every baby book has a couple of pages devoted to recording the price of a gallon of milk or that year’s president. But these Year You Were Born cards take a different spin, with place-specific memory prompts like “The Price of the Sunday...

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Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess puts the cross in cross-stitch

I want to live at Downton Abbey. I want a Mrs. Patmore to cook dinner and a fleet of Annas to clean up and a closet of gorgeous, beaded dresses.  Unless my husband ends up being a long-lost heir, I doubt all that’s in the cards. But at least I can have this adorable cross stitch of one of my favorite characters. We’re in love with Downton Abbey, and I’m a huge fan of the Dowager Countess of Grantham, played with panache by Dame Maggie Smith. Every week, she manages to steal the show with a perfectly proper put-down,...

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Motivational posters that don’t suck

Thank you, internets, for sometimes making us feel less than fabulous. When your friends and family use the Facebook to share only their children’s premature accomplishments, their own wildly Photoshopped portraits, and pictures of themselves with your imaginary boyfriend, John Krasinski (ahem, editor Liz!), it’s easy to feel jealous. But you know what? You’re awesome. And these fantastic prints will remind you exactly how awesome you are. Seriously, I can’t stop loving the BettyTurbo shop on Etsy. First, there’s the colorful series of Motivational Speakers prints that use old-fashioned boomboxes to tell you how hard you rock. Then there’s...

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The end of hat head

After taking the time to blow dry my mane, the last thing I want to do is pull on a claustrophobic thick wool hat and destroy all my hard work. So what? Just suffer the cold? Deal with the hat head?  Etsy artist Cheryl Bryan has my answer.  We just discovered these totally sweet and rather pretty knit headbands from 4th Generation Designs. Cheryl’s handmade cozy creations will keep you warm, looking lovely and won’t leave you with a flat top. Plus, I have to admit, the crochet flower accent is mighty cute. It’s like saying “Yes, it’s bitter...

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A bicycle built for a little one.

My 5-year old son’s now security blanket is a handmade one we featured here on Cool Mom Picks awhile back. Cool how that happens. So when I saw these beautiful baby blankets at Dandelion Baby, I imagined that they could easily become a favorite for one of your lucky kiddos too. Handmade to order by mom-of-3 Nicole Brown, these lovely blankets combine two of my favorite fabrics: modern cotton prints and a soft plush underside. I’m loving the gender-neutral styles, like the hip bicycle print blanket (pictured), but I’m also taken by the sweet lime giraffes. Admittedly I’m not...

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Here’s to us, framed.

While we may not be the kind of family to have our last name on a welcome mat outside our front door, it doesn’t mean we aren’t super proud of our clan. So, when my anniversary came around this past year I thought, sure, a traditional romantic tribute for my husband would be nice, but in the end I went another direction entirely. I decided to pay tribute to us, our lives, choices and our creations together with a custom family print. I have seen a few different artists doing this now but I really love the simple and...

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A stitch in time makes a great Valentine’s Day gift

My husband and I do Valentine’s Day Lite, meaning that we will not be forking out $200 for a fancy meal, or buying each other expensive jewelry or electronics as a sign of our devotion.  But that doesn’t mean I am totally comfortable with handing him a greeting-store card and calling it a day. Which is why I love this little token of my affection that is personalized, handmade, and won’t break the bank. Cozy Blue’s “I Love Us” cross-stitch pattern reminds me of initials carved in a tree, but this version is a lot easier to hang on...

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Rubber stamp out boring Valentine’s cards

My four year-old can spend an entire afternoon playing with rubber stamps. And I must admit, I never thought of using them much myself until watching her and seeing some of the results. (She’s good!) So when I came across Mollie Flatley’s Etsy shop packed with the lovely handmade rubber stamps, I was lured right in. I especially love this triple rose rubber stamp from Norajane, which would be a perfect way to decorate Valentine’s cards in a few weeks, but would still be great for weddings, birthday cards, and anniversaries all year round. There’s a heart doily stamp...

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This sheep rocks!

My kids inherited a rocking horse that’s all bells and whistles–it whinnies, neighs, clip-clops, and plays some sort of country song. I’m pretty sure it says “yeehaw,” too, which doesn’t really make sense. It’s too much, even for them. Who wants to rock on something that shrieks and beeps the whole time? If you ask me, this Rocking Sheep by Bright Spark Design is the ideal rocker. Inspired by a Danish design, it’s handmade with Baltic birch plywood, reclaimed scrap wood, and real sheepskin. Plus, every one is test-ridden by the designer’s own 18-month-old daughter before it’s deemed acceptable. Beautiful, classic–and...

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Infinitely beautiful

Wabi sabi suki is a Japanese concept that means “tranquil beauty.” It is based on the simple elegance of form, texture, and color and occurs when human hands bring out nature’s beauty in a way that echoes the material’s inherent nature. Or, in other words, THIS. THIS SCARF. GIVE IT TO ME. The Orla Cowl by Tickled Pink Knits on Etsy is utterly gorgeous in its simplicity. Hand-knit in 100% certified organic fair trade cotton, it’s a wonderful scarf alternative for those with allergies to wool or… ahem… super-cheap acrylic accessories. If you like the idea of lush, stylish...

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