Tag: felt

Flowers for Mother’s Day, crafted and arranged by your favorite florist

I will never turn down a dozen roses, although I also have a soft spot for the handful of dandelions my son proudly presents to me as a token of his affection. But now that I’ve seen the floral creations my kids can make from our favorite Kiwi Crate, I think I’ve found my bouquet of choice for Mother’s Day. Kiwi Crate’s Felt Flowers crafting kit is a very sweet way for kids to create a Mother’s Day gift that will occupy a place of honor on the dining room table long after the holiday has passed. This mini-crate...

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Wool for spring? Absolutely!

After seeing so many talented Etsy artisans use wool in creative ways, I’ve learned that it’s really perfect for any season and not just winter. And I bet you’ll think that too when you take a look at these gorgeous cases, jewelry and accessories. I’ve had my eye on The Loft Full of Goodies for awhile now, but with her addition of such pretty spring colors, I figured now was the perfect time share her work. I can think of a hundred uses for her adorable wool felt pouches, which come in various sizes to fit everything from pencils...

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Born to craft: two amazing artists not yet old enough to drive

We love finding new crafters and artists, especially when they’re just getting started. And no one seems to define that better than two talents we’ve just found–especially considering they haven’t even hit their mid-teens yet. Yes, really.   Amelia (top left) is the 13 year-old daughter of Anna Fader of Mommy Poppins fame. Her Jumprings and Jellybeans blog features tutorials for many of the crafts (mostly jewelry but also some watercolor and paper crafts) that she’s making, all presented with such a charming, wry tone. A natural blogger! An excerpt for a make-your-own button tutorial intro: I keep seeing...

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Eep aap ork ah ah, that means I love you

Last week I discovered the adorable world of finger puppets from Lindy Brown of Stay Awake when I included her adorable finger puppets in our round up of awesome hedgehog toys and gifts. But it turns out, the Ontario artist is pretty good with the cute inanimate creatures as well. I’m geeking out over these love robot finger puppets totally handmade out of felt and guaranteed not to rust or need battery replacements. I could see giving the set to a lucky kid for Valentine’s Day, or even to your robot-loving sweetheart. Just include a card about the nuts...

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15 of the absolute cutest hedgehog gifts, all handmade

When we first started this site it was birds. Then owls. Then foxes. Now, neck-in-neck with the fox, the cutest animal trend to emerge is definitely hedgehogs. (Not that owls show any sign of going anywhere.) If you think the spiny mammal of the subfamily Erinaceinae is cuter than its Latin name might suggest, well I do too! So I’ve combed the web to share 15 of the cutest handmade hedgehog gifts, toys, tees, artwork and more, all at great prices. After all, they’re too adorable just to come out at night. –Liz Wooden Hedgehog Pendant by decoylab ($16)...

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It’s National Hat Day! Why not celebrate with a new hat?

Cover your noggins, people! It’s Hat Day, a tragically overlooked holiday, in my opinion. Here it is, January 15. And to my knowledge, there have been exactly zero fez parties planned, zero berets exchanged, and zero Viking helmet cards sent. A crying shame, particularly given how much we here at CMP like hats, hats, and more hats. And so in honor of National Hat Day, I’m going to let you in on two little hat secrets of mine. I’m talking hats so spectacular, you will get stopped in the streets daily by people wanting to know where you got...

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New year, cool new storage bins! (Man, we love bins.)

As I continue to knock through my New Year’s resolutions, I decided it was high time to replace the scraggly looking bins sitting on my kitchen counter. You know, the ones full of mail, and chargers, and poker chips from 2004 (Oh, just me?). In addition to the stylish home storage solutions we recently rounded up, I found one more great option, in these lovely, affordable finds from Etsy. Made by Fitzcraft,  I can think of a billion uses for their felt storage bin (above), like replacing that awful letter bin sitting on my counter. It’s such a prettier option,...

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The coolest jewelry, bags and accessories of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

This year felt like an extra amazing year for discovering gorgeous jewelry, bags, and accessories that keep mamas feeling cool. (Even if we’re just faking it.) Here, a few of our editors’ very favorites of the year. And phew…it wasn’t easy paring it down. So congrats to all our favorites! Kristen Leigh Luna braille jewelry It’s no secret that I love braille; I have my kids’ initials tattooed in braille on my wrist! But even I can appreciate the gorgeous braille jewelry from from this artist, which is a personal but much less permanent option. Metallic Cambridge Satchels I...

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Custom Christmas ornaments that you will swoon over

With Christmas just around the river bend (how very Pocahontas of me), the search for festive ornaments is underway. I like to hunt for ornaments, especially handmade ones, in unpredictable places, and my first visit is always Etsy. It’s my one-stop shop for unique and creative custom ornaments that won’t be seen on every other tree in my neighborhood. When I saw these pretty ornaments from¬†Eleni Creative, I right away envisioned a rustic tree full of these beauties. Each one of these ornaments is handmade and takes her up to three hours to make–meaning it would take me twice...

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Cast a spell on little wizards with this DIY Harry Potter Quiet Book

Kids may need to wait until their 11th birthdays before they can start looking for a Hogwarts acceptance letter, but there’s no reason to keep the magical world of Harry Potter away from our youngest wizards.  If you’ve got some good ol’ muggle sewing skills and a penchant for the Boy Who Lived, here’s one quiet book for which you’ll want to yell, Accio!  Created by Julie Gillrie, whose quiet books we have loved for quite a while, Harry Potter and the Quiet Book has totally put a spell on me with its special little details and hands-on tricks. With...

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