Tag: Etsy

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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Now I know my ABCs

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by all the cool, modern updates to alphabet decor, like this recent Etsy discovery which almost makes me wish that I had another baby’s room to decorate. The Now I Know My ABCs mobile from MiChiMa L.A.N.D. on Etsy would be a lovely addition to any nursery, but would also translate well to a toddler room or kids’ play space as well. Made by hand using stuffed felt letters flying freely from a wooden ring, it’s got just the right amount of whimsy and color, a welcome change to the spinning pastel critters that never...

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A blue letter J makes it a red letter day

O, G. Can it B? Y, yes, I can C that a rainbow of letters is waiting for U. Seriously, though. Aren’t these recycled felt letter pillows too adorable for words? The Personalized Letter Pillows from MableDear on Etsy are big, snuggly, and sewn of felt made from recycled plastic bottles. Each letter is handmade of bright felt on cream with a cute, letter-appropriate shape on back. J is for Jellyfish, A is for Apple, and E is for Elephant. And we think that’s totally C-U-T-E. If you want, have them customized for a few bucks more in peacock...

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Getting the home organized and prettified at once

Why yes I still am in full-fledged January organization mode, thank you so much for asking! I am spending wayyy too much of my free time (when I’m not organizing, of course) searching for beautiful and functional storage solutions. Aren’t these screenprinted linen/cotton zippered pouches from Ontario’s Jenna Rose Handmade just beautiful? I’d love them for makeup, travel, or the piles of business cards that end up all over my office. It’s the details that are so special, like the leather zipper pulls and the “handmade in Canada” stamp on the inside. I also really like the small cotton canvas hamper which would...

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A great twin gift for double the fun

Twin gifts can be among the toughest to find for new babies–that is, if you want something more unique than two matching onesies and hats. That’s why I love this art idea. Barcelona artist Judy Kaufmann is an extremely talented artist that celebrates the beauty and closeness of twins. Her Twins artwork could be a great gift for new parents of multiples.  Her colors are bright, her characters are quirky, and there is just so much to see. It will look great in a nursery, and just as awesome in a teenager’s room.  The artist is so talented, there’s lots to love...

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A super girl doll for your super girl (or boy!)

I am all about empowering girls. Especially when it seems like so many media messages out there do just the opposite. So I’m glad to find some handmade girl power on Etsy. The Super Girl doll is handcrafted goodness to the tune of braided hair, yellow goggles and black boots that spell smart and savvy. She’s one rag doll that’s business, with a bit of spunk, and I love it. Also, check out the hipster rag doll while you’re there. Because guys with ironic glasses need love too. –Eva Super Girl is available at the Miscellany Shoppe on...

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To infinity and beyond!

I’m completely obsessed with infinity scarves after accidentally purchasing one on sale at the Gap (don’t ask) and I can’t stop wearing it. The tail-less scarf is soooo comfy and warm, and my favorite part: no annoying tassles for my toddler to pull. Since then, I’ve been combing Etsy to find another, and that’s how I landed upon Louise Dungate’s beautiful handmade scarves. I ended up purchasing her chunky infinity scarf or Supersnood, which is exactly what you might imagine it would be — super thick and super long, which means you can wear it a myriad ways. Made...

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Vintage meets handmade meets gorgeous

I have a soft spot for stitch art and it’s not just because I live in the embroidery capital of the world (yes, there is such a place). As a gal who can’t even sew a button onto a pair of pants, I greatly admire those patient enough to create detailed designs out of those tedious little stitches. Designer Jamie Davis offers a fresh take on the use of embroidery with her line of vintage luggage pieces. Jamie refinishes her finds with sweet yarn stitching and updates the inner lining with retro inspired bold designs. One of my favorites is...

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Owl love you forever

Owls are some seriously cool animals. They have big eyes, they’re nocturnal, and they “whoo.” They’re also the requisite cute kids motif of the decade, which you know if you’re an avid Cool Mom Picks reader. You know what’s cooler than an owl though? An owl with a tie and striped pants. Little DeMaura Designs has carefully crafted this little Owl Rag Doll, who’s made to withstand toddler strength with ease. I’d imagine your little dude or dudette will not be able to put this guy down. After all, artist Gina DeMaura would know–she also makes the toys for...

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From the gulf stream waters to the redwood forest

My kids have always been fascinated by maps and globes, which I think is great. One of my greatest dreams is to raise children who love travel. So we love looking for postcards, artwork, and books that commemorate some of the places we’ve been. But I haven’t seen anything like this incredible papercut art. Layered papercut art from Crafterall would be cool if you don’t even realize they’re topographical maps and not abstractions. There’s everything from New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee where I spent my summer camp years, to the great island of Manhattan to a gorgeous blue and white...

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Cool Mom Picks in Martha Stewart Living!

Well of course you all know we already love Martha Stewart Living, but we now have an extra- special thing for the February issue, since you’ll find Cool Mom Picks in it. What a huge, huge thrill for us! Check page 30 for our tips from us on putting together a theater in the box to keep the kids entertained on foul weather weekends. We’ve included a lot of Etsy favorites, plus some who might be new to you and they’ve photographed it and art directed it all so beautifully. Of course.     It’s a fabulous issue, so we’d...

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12 fabulous calendars for 2012

Am I the only one who feels like the new year snuck up on them?  I still haven’t bought my 2012 calendar–despite the fact that CMP has already found this beautiful printable calendar and this fabulous calendar for kids. But wait, there’s more! There are so many beautiful calendars out there to be had, and now that it’s January there are great sales to take advantage of.  Plus 2012 sounds like such a nice year already — I think it deserves a pretty calendar in its honor, don’t you? So here I present, 12 for ’12. Some of them are...

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