Tag: felt

Easy DIY baby Halloween costumes are nothing to be scared of

If you are juggling a needy infant or a get-into-everything toddler this October, the last thing you probably want to think about is spending hours creating a fancy Halloween costume for your little pumpkin. It’s one of the reasons we love Halloween costumes for babies like this one. But if you’re up for a DIY, fear not! Especially when these ideas are so easy and yet so perfect for Halloween. Promise. With a colorful onesie, some felt, and a pair of scissors, you can pull together one of three simple costumes from NYC’s Pins & Needles: a surprised ghost,...

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Virtuoso! Handmade handbag masterpieces

It’s no secret that I have a handbag obsession. That’s pretty clear the second you walk into my closet.  But these handcrafted beauties I found on Etsy are on a whole other level. And if you think this violin bag is amazing, just wait until you see the other ones. Each amazing krukrustudio bag is designed by two Russian artisans and created completely by hand out of wool felt. And, wow, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen anything like them.  While they certainly look like works of art, these beautiful felt handbags are all completely functional. Talk about a...

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Turning any table into the best playhouse ever

Its been a while since we first discovered Imaginative PlayToys, and the gorgeous handmade felt table covers she makes to turn your card table into oh…say, a pirate ship. Checking back again after awhile I discovered a new shop name and a ton of inspired new designs. In fact, while writing this post my kids saw the photo below and started shrieking WE WANT THAT! WE WANT THAT! CAN WE GET THAT? like nothing I’ve ever seen. Can you blame them? Red Double Delight Playhouse (at top) Under the Ocean Playhouse Paper Doll Boutique Playhouse   Outer space playhouse Animal sanctuary...

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If you believe they put an owl on the moon

When I find myself with a little square of wall space to fill, I’ve found that ornaments can add nice texture and dimension, instead of another poster or print. And this Etsy shop makes ones that are so cute, I might just clear some space. The little red moon with owl ornaments from the Intres shop look adorably cute for a nursery that needs some brightening up. Considering you get two for just $15, it’s even worth the international shipping from Vigo, Spain. Although having been there last summer, I’m thinking maybe I’ll just fly back there again and...

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Secret affordable earring resource, revealed!

I’ve posted a few pictures of me lately wearing these awesome new earrings I found, and I’ve gotten so many requests for the purchasing info, I give! Uncle! I will just have to accept the fact that my secret find is no longer my secret find. I’m often skeptical of felt-based jewelry, especially when I’m ordering online and can’t see them in person. But when my Feistyelle earrings arrived, I was nothing but thrilled. These thick, substantial, laser-cut felt designs look amazing, and because they’re so lightweight, they feel amazing too. I am a proud owner of the dahlia...

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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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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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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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Your fortune: A very sweet Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day creeps closer, I’ve been looking out for treats that don’t list corn syrup or “chocolate-y” filling among the ingredients. One ingredient I do like: Felt. And that’s pretty much all these adorable fortune cookies are made of. The Valentine’s Fortune Cookies from Helen of CMP favorite Curly Birds is ridiculously adorable. You can tuck your own fortune inside and send it off in your kid’s lunchbox on the 14th, leave one at each place setting at breakfast. The box of 3 cookies plus fortune slips is only $8, but Helen, being as awesome as she is,...

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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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Old-fashioned modern dolls

I grew up playing with muñecas de trapo (rag dolls) so when I saw the new modern doll line by Cool Mom Pick favorite Petit Collage I was instantly smitten. They’re just like the dolls I grew up with — except that, well, they’re not exactly made of rags.  Far from it, actually. The fabrics designed by Petit Collage are so pretty and whimsical that you almost forget these dolls are toys meant for children. But they are! And how beautiful would they look on a shelf until your baby is old enough to take good care of them. There are three...

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Take my heart, please.

Some mornings, as I leave for work, my daughter says, “Mommy, give me something from your bag so I can remember you!” I reach in and pull out a business card, a pen…anything will do really. It’s become a sweet little tradition between us. But now I think I have a new thing with which to send her off to school that’s better than a dog-eared ATM receipt. The second I saw these first day of school felt hearts I was smitten. So basic, and yet so adorable. And the price is just right. Of course, the price can...

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Eco-friendly felt name tags – back-to-school awesomeness

I’ve been staring down the task of tagging a bunch of different items for my daughter’s foray back to school. I don’t know if it’s because she’s now a pre-K-er–a.k.a., one of the “big kids,” (sniff)–or if that eau de Sharpie isn’t my favorite scent in the world. Either way, I’ve been putting it off. Not anymore, thanks to these adorable personalized felt name tags. Hand-stitched on soft crafting felt and available in 17 different colors, these, personalized nametags from Chloe in Style are as cute as can be, and totally reusable. Of course you’re not going to buy...

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Easy lies the head that wears a birthday crown

A few years ago I got really ambitious and made birthday crowns for my two children. Flash forward a bit and I’ve now got a third child and still only two birthday crowns. Any guesses where this is going? Yeah. I’m kind of thinking these pretty, personalized felt crowns over at Chloe in Style would be a perfect stand-in for that last crown. Pretty, 100% wool felt crowns feature hand-stiching and personalization options that include either an initial or an age. I prefer the ones with initials to the ones with ages, simply because they can be used for...

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Flowery, beautiful, non-hurty hair accessories

Lately, my daughter is looking pretty sheepdoggy — how is it that bangs grow five times as fast on an almost-4-year-old? — and, occasionally, she will concede to wearing a hairband or ponytail so that she can actually see things before she, you know… trips over them. So these amazing hair accessories that I just discovered? Well, they’re nothing short of miraculous. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Ribbies Clippies, a longtime CMP fave, were created by a pair of sisters who went from their kitchen counter with piles of grosgrain ribbon to a thriving business of...

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Now your daughter can wear her heart in her hair

Most girls–my own daughter included–have lots of these little metal snap barrettes lying around and, if you happen to be a crafty type, you probably also have some pretty wool felt at home, too. If so, in just about 15 minutes you can make a couple of gorgeous Valentine’s heart barrettes and your daughter will be ready for the 14th. I love crafting. Love it. But I am the queen of unfinished projects. Time and time again I start something new instead of, say, putting the binding on the sampler quilt I started two years ago. Needless to say,...

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Time to pull a Jamie Oliver on the plastic play food

When my kids were younger, they received a big bag of plastic play food filled with such gems as skinny hot dogs, rubbery pizza slices, flat burger patties and even a few brown chicken nuggets. Well, this grass-fed beef buying, farmers-market visiting, chicken-coop contemplating mama has had enough. It’s time to go all Jamie Oliver on their plastic play food and clean out the toy bin. I’ve found an alternative to their junky plasticky food that will make me feel way better about the pretend meals they are serving each other. I would so much prefer to see my...

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Deck the YOU.

Hanging boughs of holly and popcorn is fine for the mantel, but you wouldn’t want to wear them yourself. I mean, think of all the cleavage sap full of popcorn crumbs. If you’re looking to decorate yourself for the holidays while staying comfortable and chic, you won’t want to miss this free tutorial on how to make adorable, wearable garlands out of felt. Bonus: it’s easy! The Purl Bee Blog, which represents the popular yarn and fabric shop Purl Soho, always has loads of adorable projects to knit, embroider, and sew. But we really love the cheery Twisted Felt...

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The 10 coolest finger puppets, one for every finger

I’m such a huge fan of finger puppets for kids, which inspire all kinds of creativity and good thinking. I’m thinking about tracking down a finger puppet theater this holiday, so we can have a more formal stage for all that tiny entertainment. If you don’t have access to the guy on the street in SoHo who sells adorable knit ones cheap from Peru, here are some of the incredible finger puppets I’ve come across online. Some of them even for kids!  –Liz An arty and eco-friendly option that I just discovered: the fabulous Finger Dolls by Loopy Dolls...

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