Tag: Etsy

Creativity inside the box

I love living in Boston, but every once in a while something so great comes along that it gives me serious New York envy. The Moomah NYC creative arts cafe is one of those things. But for those of us not within taxi distance of their organic cafe, cool classes, and drop-in kids craft station, they’re offering some of their craft projects now in handy kits just in time for holiday gift-giving. These kits include everything — down to the kid’s scissors — so you can bring the arts home, or really, anywhere you go.  I love the Imagination Creation Do-It-Together...

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Life is like a box of handmade snowflake ornaments

Because I live in the desert, snowflakes are as rare as… well, snowflakes in the desert. We dream of white Christmases but they don’t often happen. So snowflakes are my holiday totem, and I absolutely love how they’ve come together in this affordable, handmade set of wooden ornaments. The absolutely gorgeous mini snowflake ornaments collection from Timber Green Woods are the closest I’ll get to the real thing–and I’m perfectly content with that. Made with sustainable wood harvested from the company’s family farm, each unique design is laser-cut and finished with nontoxic oil. Then they’re all popped into an...

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Handmade Holidays: Ten DIY gifts that don’t look like you cheaped out

If you’re the type who likes to fill your holiday gifts with handmade love, we’ve got a whole bunch of beautiful ideas for you. My grandmother was a crocheter who made such hilariously bad gifts (sorry, Grandma!), they were the highlight of our holidays. Thankfully, Grandma was a great sport who laughed the loudest. But after looking at these 10 beautiful and interesting handmade gifts, I think maybe I could follow in her footsteps (in a good way) and create something of my own to give. Crafty moms? This one’s for you. –Christina 1. RETRO MAGNETIC PAPER DOLLSMy girls...

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4 modern nativity sets, not one of which lights up

Though my religious affiliation can best be summed up with a long puzzled silence, there are certain things from my youth that I carry with me to this day, like praying when the plane jets down the runway, and setting up the nativity scene before Christmas. Our nativity set is a bit battered though, so I’ve been on the lookout for something a bit more contemporary to add to our decor this holiday season. Here, a few beautiful (and sometimes pretty funky) sets that may fit into your holiday as well. –Christina As a long time fan of the...

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Personalized initial necklaces made with real thread. Not fake gold.

I have an arsenal of go-to occasion gifts and one of my favs for the ladies in my life is the classic initial necklace. Perfect for a new mama or a friend’s birthday it always leaves my girls feeling extra special. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the discovery of these sweet embroidered initial necklaces from Boston jewelry designer Danielle Spurge. In her Etsy shop, the Merriweather Council you can customize your own darling pendant from the background fabric and thread colors to the style of the lettering. It is just a perfect and adorable little gift appropriate for all ages being...

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Sweaters like Grandma would make. Because a grandma did.

I feel like, every fall, I end up on on a mission to find handmade sweaters and other goodies that have that little extra bit of TLC knitted in. You know, like someone made them just for my kids Robbie Carmack of RCforkids is pretty much that someone. Her sweaters are the picture of vintage sweetness: just check out this kitten cardigan (can you stand how cute that cat button nestled in a fabric flower is?) and this crochet poncho in mohair yarn. What’s especially cool is that Carmack (whose granddaughter models the clothes on her site!) makes her gorgeous pieces from...

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Green with envy

Just one dangerous flip through Etsy.com and I’ve got tons of things added to my favorites list just itching to be bought–which is the case with the amazing leather bags from Adeleshop. And they happen to be on sale through the end of the weekend. I swear the gorgeous leather clip satchel is calling my name, handmade with plenty of room for all your essentials, even your laptop. It also comes with a handy clip on strap to turn it into a versatile cross body style that will give any mass produced designer bag a run for its money....

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Beautiful ornaments with a past life.

Garfield has never been called elegant, nor is Snoopy considered stylish. And yet, in the right hands, the Sunday comics are being transformed into stunning holiday ornaments. The Sea Urchin Recycled Newspaper Ornament from kissadesign on Etsy is a fun new twist on traditional Polish folk art. In fact, the artist’s family has been hand-creating such decorations for over fifty years. This is serious crafting–each ornament includes eighty meticulously hand-formed points for a delicate and celestial look. Hang them from a tree, dangle them from a chandelier at a party, or even use them for a year-round splash of...

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Sew you want to be in pictures

This holiday season, you can do almost anything with your fancy photos: make books, cards, puzzles, even an afghan. But we found one artist putting a beautiful homemade twist on capturing your family’s image, and we think this one’s worthy of framing. Etsy artist Norma Andreu of Cara Carmina uses your details to hand-stitch fabulous art collages of your family using her sewing machine as her brush and black thread as her ink. The results are intricate, unique, and gorgeous. You can choose the hair and clothes, not to mention the words or sayings stitched along the top. Buttons, hearts, and old book...

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And a hug around the neck

When I came across this gorgeous lilac crochet scarf on Etsy, I just about clicked “add to cart” right on the spot. Good thing I didn’t because then I would have missed all the other beautiful colors. Brooklyn’s VitalTemptation is a name that pretty much says it all. I adore their handmade crochet scarf in vibrant colors like the purple, red, or emerald, but over a heather gray wool coat, that black one is pretty fabulous too. Perfect for this time of year when scarves tie an outfit together more than they keep the snow out of our v-necks....

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Adorable growth charts from Creative Thursday, for adorably growing children

Growth charts are one of those things that I don’t think about until I realize that my kids look like they’ve added inches to their legs overnight. Get me a cute growth chart, stat! And when you’re in need (or in want), this chart is a gorgeous option. Created on artist’s canvas, the growth charts by Marisa at Creative Thursday are seriously cute works of art. My favorite is We All Fly Together at top right. Love those adorable painted characters! But all three have grommets in each corner and comes with decorative tacks and ribbons for hanging. You can even get yours hand monogrammed...

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Etsy Kids makes online shopping even more fun!

I am a total Etsy junky; it’s my first stop when I’m looking for cool, quirky accessories or for gifts for friends and family. I’m always particularly amazed by the beautiful handmade kids’ clothing on Etsy, which is why you see so much of it on these pages. Now Etsy has made it even easier to find the best of the best in one-of-a-kind children’s wear — and all other things kid-related. We’re so happy to discover the launch of the Etsy Kids hub. Here, all of Etsy’s offerings for the wee folk are gathered in one convenient and...

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No glove…

When the heat started clicking through the radiator this past week, I knew it was time to start trading the cotton for wool and bringing the gloves out of the back of the closet. The handknit gloves from Etsy’s Reflections By DS are making me mourn the loss of summer just a little less. While I love the look of the mohair fingerless gloves and cowl set, I’d have to save them for non-child days. (Not sure how well they’d hold up against the velcro of diaper bags.) For every day, I’m totally digging those wool fingerless gloves in...

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Supercute superhero dolls

Sometimes it feels like we’re in the middle of a plastic doll takeover. Those little dudes are everywhere (pretty sure most of them are in my living room) I am more convinced than ever that the last thing the world needs is another plastic guy. These handmade superheroes just might save the day. Hand-knit with the softest cotton yarn by a mom who’s been there, these little superhero dolls by Dents de Loup are totally adventure-ready. There’s nothing artificial about them, and they remind me of Teeny Little Super Guy from “Sesame Street”–a retro superdude with lots of heart and ’70s-sass. The...

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Special custom invites for very special days

I am fairly confident in my taste, and know when I see an invitation that’s special and different. But making it myself? No way. So I am happy to know there are some wonderful artists and designers out there who are willing to work with picky people like me to make us feel part of their custom creative process. Catherine Polacek of St Paul design and letterpress studio Printerette Press, has a style is just so darn cute, I could eat it all up with a spoon. I can honestly admit that I am straight up jealous of her...

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W is for Walrus, Wookiee, and Wrench. Also Wow.

We’re suckers for anything that turns the alphabet into an art form, and this poster series takes the cake. Not literally, though. C doesn’t actually include a cake, although it does have a cuckoo clock, a camel, and California. Etsy shop eakdesign makes an utterly delicious Alphabet Poster Series complete with a signed-by-the-artist image on 11×17 cardstock. All of the letters are gorgeous, vibrant, and full of fascinating details that bring the letter to life. I mean, yes, that’s a weasel in the W. And also a teeny, tiny weight lifter. They’re colorful enough to go with anything for...

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Poof, you’re a leaf!

Regardless of temperature, I never believe it’s actually fall until the calendar reads October. Which…hello, October! Now that I’ve spotted this Autumn Oak Leaf Wand from one of our favorite Etsy artists, I realize I’m definitely in the spirit. It’s handcut from sustainable wood, hand-finished with non-toxic paints and natural finishes, and capable of performing as much magic as those mass-produced plastic star wands with lace tulle around them. Maybe even a little more. –Liz Find a nice selection of eco-friendly wooden Waldorf toys online at Imagination...

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a dinosaur?

Halloween is just around the corner and the overpriced costume catalogs are rolling in. As I do not own a sewing machine, I of course will be buying. Personally I am hoping to acquire something affordable, easy to get on and off, reusable and without any pink or glitter. Easier said than done right? Or is it?  You know, I never even considered a cape costume until I saw this clever little creation by Pip and Bean. Their Etsy shop sports capes of various concepts, but the coolest by far is this adorable dinosaur cape. This inspired little creation...

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Stamp of approval

Need a gift for the superstar girl who has everything? She could be 8. Or heck, 38. Either way, I think she’ll like this adorable necklace which it turns out, is a lot more than a necklace. The Super Star Stamp Necklace is an adorable, eco-conscious masterpiece from artist Sarah Neuburger of a CMP favorite shop, The Small Object. Each wood necklace is hand-painted and hand-dressed, then strung on a 28″ hemp cord that can be shortened for half-pints. But what’s really neat, is you’ll find a hand-drawn star stamp on the bottom, and each necklace comes with a...

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Masquerade, pretty faces on parade

In spring, a young man’s thoughts lightly turn to love. In fall, everyone’s thoughts turn to a really kickass Halloween costume. Right? If you’re looking for something really special this year, that will last past midnight on the 31st, the lovely leather masks from Etsy shop Sundries and Plunder are entirely handmade… and entirely gorgeous. Each creation is made just for you; hand-cut and tooled from one piece of leather and hand-painted on both sides with acrylic paints.Then it’s sealed for added protection before arriving with a lovely ribbon for tying or hanging on the wall.  What do I...

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