Tag: Etsy

Handmade Halloween costumes for kids who don’t really want to wear costumes

I still remember trying to coax my then 18 month-old into the carefully selected Halloween costume. Nothing. The best we could do was stick an apron on her over her diaper, put a wooden spoon in her hand and call her the Naked Chef. (It actually went over very well with the neighbors!) That’s why I love this shop that makes a ton of Halloween costumes–for kids who aren’t necessarily ready to wear a head-to-toe costume. The handmade Halloween costumes for kids at LA’s seven white rabbits are beyond adorable. Each one is actually a cape, not a full...

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Map happy? This chic handmade bracelet keeps your favorite place close by, wherever you go.

Aren’t the lines on this handmade cuff striking? If you’re from Boston, they might even be familiar. Here’s why. ShopJoyo on Etsy offers tons of pretty cuffs, each one made of laser-cut cherry wood over brushed aluminum, lined with soft ultrasuede. We’re especially smitten with the Map cuff, which can be custom made using the roadmaps from the city of your choice. The example above is Boston, but the shop owner is happy to use any address you supply. And the other bracelets are cool, too. Of course, the map idea is the one that intrigues us most since...

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The loveliest literary prints we’ve seen. And you can quote us on that.

Thoughtful quotes from amazing writers rank high on my list of favorite things. And a favorite literary quote deserves only the loveliest of typography. Fortunately, this collection of hand-lettered designs fits the bill, with beautiful words and beautiful art. These beautiful prints spring from a collaboration between artist Emily McDowell and Design Mom, who we just love. Each print features a favorite quote from a classic book, hand-lettered digitally and printed in archival ink.   Li Each print is available in several different sizes and also as a greeting card. That Shakespeare quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is...

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Natural handmade wooden block sets for kids, ready to become the city of their dreams

We’re always on the lookout for wonderful wooden, eco-friendly kids’ toys as an alternative to the plastic stuff that seems to be eating up the toy store aisles more and more each year. Etsy is always a great place to turn, and this wonderful new shop is doing some nifty things that aren’t your average wooden building toy.    Cubiciti makes some super funky modular block sets in both natural unpolished maple, and gorgeous painted wood–all non-toxic, water-based paints, of course. The blocks have pegs that fit into on a small plastic base, allowing your kids to configure the cars...

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Fantastic felt party props for great photo booth opps.

There you are, planning a nice simple kid’s birthday party, and bam! Suddenly your best laid plans to keep everything simple go haywire and you’ve reached wedding planning levels of crazy. Gearing up for my 4-year-old’s birthday party this year, I was determined to keep things as handmade and low(ish) budget as possible. After a bit of Internet hunting I found a fun party helper that will definitely add to the festivities–and the photos–with a minimum of fuss.  We settled on a Scooby Doo theme–my kid’s major obsession. While searching Etsy for Scooby artifacts, I discovered these cool handmade felt...

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Embroidery hoop art for your kids’ walls to inspire. Both of you.

Back when we started this site in 2006 (and we have the archives to prove it), messages for kids were all about irony, irreverence and sass. Over the years, it’s been thrilling to see the trend turn towards positivity, encouragement and smarts. And not even in a cheesy, “Hang in there, it’s almost Friday!” kitten poster kind of way.   I love the embroidery hoop art from Athena and Eugenia on Etsy, and while there are a few wonderful pieces for various places and spaces, these in particular would be so great in a child’s room.   The truth is, it’s nice...

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Swear to Mod: Amazing mid-century vintage shop on Etsy with an extra reason to shop there

Browsing around Etsy as I am apt to do…oh, every hour or so, I discovered the wonderful Swear To Mod shop, featuring so much of the mid-century, 60’s, and 70’s housewares and art that I love. Only this experience was a little different than most.   I had the best time gazing at her colorful, well-curated vintage selection and settled on a fabulous fondue fork set from the 70’s (don’t judge; I had to have them)–but right after purchasing, my money was refunded. I asked Theresa if something was wrong, and she explained that she discovered one of the...

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The only thing cooler than Hoth is this Star Wars book shelf

You can’t buy your kid a life-sized AT-AT or landspeeder. But you can give them the coolest Star Wars-themed book shelf we’ve ever seen. This AT-AT Imperial Bookcase from WhittledinWood on Etsy is a masterpiece of engineering. Handmade of birch plywood, it’s made to order in Vidor, Texas and arrives raw and unpainted.  The cool thing is that the company can make a bookcase out of almost anything your heart desires–the website currently shows this AT-AT, a Millennium Falcon, an unbelievable tree, and the Incredible Hulk. The prices aren’t as insane as they could be for bespoke geek furniture,...

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The only thing better than a cupcake? A cupcake tucked into this gift box.

It’s still a little toasty outside for me to consider baking, but I’m busy lining up recipes for when the temperature takes a dive. And because I usually bake more than my family can eat, I’m also collecting creative ideas for sharing my wares with friends and neighbors. One of the top finds on my list: The printable retro oven cupcake boxes from Claudine Hellmuth’s Etsy shop. Just download the PDF files, gather the materials on her list, print and assemble. Plus, there’s a link to a super detailed how-to video. You can even omit the cupcake tray and...

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Monsters: way better on the wall than under the bed

The coast is clear. We checked under the bed, in the closet, and behind the curtains. The only monsters we found are these utterly adorable ones framed on the wall. And they look friendly. Well, except maybe for the chupacabra. If you have kids who dig monsters or adventures, here’s a cheap and stylish way to decorate their walls (or entice them to write those overdue thank-you notes). This four-pack of Monster Postcards from Quill and Fox on Etsy are only $7 for the set and carry a lot of design punch. You get Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster,...

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