Tag: felt

Custom ornaments that are about as cool as it gets

My daughter has signed on to the idea of Christmas early. Not “early” like prodigy-early; I mean early like she discovered a teensy faux Christmas tree in our garage this summer and has been diligently decorating it for the past three months with last year’s kid-safe ornaments, pieces of colored paper, and–my favorite–her baby brother’s socks. So I am kid-on-Christmas-Eve excited about this awesome new find that gives new meaning to the term “family tree.” The handmade custom ornaments at Sklep are so fabulous, we’ve got them in our holiday gift guide this year. (You have been there, right?)...

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Get in the Halloween spirit in a pin(ch)

As the final countdown to my favorite holiday of the year begins, I can’t help but want to break out the package of fun size M&Ms and throw fake cobwebs around my foyer, like right now. Since I know I’ll only eat all the candy and end up accidentally vacuuming the cobwebs, one thing I can do to get in the holiday spirit is sport some adorably festive accessories. Made with super soft felt and stuffed with polyfil, these plump little Happy Ghost Brooches from Em & Sprout will add a touch of Halloween cheer to any outfit, be...

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When you wish upon a star

Just when I thought my daughter had sort of outgrown the wand phase, a few days ago I watched her snatch up a tulle covered one and attempt to pawn off a pointer to her younger friend. You can be the “teacher fairy”, she said. Not bad, huh? But with that in mind, I might just have to grab one of these beautiful handcrafted wands by mom Emily Bilbrey from Uff Da! Designs. It’s just so hard not to imagine the endless creative possibilities that the bright felt and ribbon combination invokes. I love the handmade flower and star...

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Ooh, Lala

Everybody goes gaga for a squishy new baby. Not only do they look like Winston Churchill and smell like heaven, but you can dress them up the cutest little thumb-sized shoes without the scuffing and “Oops, we left it at the playground” issues you get once they start walking. If you’re looking for a knock-them-over-with-unique-cuteness baby gift, you simply must shuffle softly over to Lala Shoes on Etsy. These high quality wool and linen shoes are made by hand in Croatia, and you can pretty much guarantee nobody else is going to bring them to a shower. The beautiful...

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Special gift to say goodbye to nanny?- Reader Q&A

Our nanny is about to leave us to pursue full time pilates instruction. She’s been awesome and I’d like to get her something to commemorate her time with our toddler. Any thoughts? Thanks much! Grace We’re sorry to hear your nanny is leaving and think it is wonderful you want to give her something special to remember her time with your family. Here are a few ideas we’ve put together that are a unique way for her to remember her time with all of you. –Christina Little Pink House’s Custom Felt Portraits are amazing, and can turn a cute...

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Framed! Framed, I tell you!

I still remember that excitement of putting together a little soft photo album for my babies. They’d gnaw at the pages and we’d convince ourselves that we were somehow imbuing them with essential social cues to put them on the path to heightened emotional intelligence.Gnaw gnaw gnaw. A lot of the baby-ready frames and photo albums we see these days are plasticky or kind of junky. So I was happy to discover the sweet eco-spun felt animal frames from our friends at 3 Sprouts. Featuring the same charming owl, frog, or pink elephant that appears on their toy storage...

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Snowflakes in summer

It seemed like yesterday that I was dying to put a hair clip in my oldest daughter’s nearly bald little head. And now with her bangs all grown out and her hair all grown in, she really can’t leave home without one, so I’m always on the lookout for cute hair bling sans the big bows. These subtle felt hair clips from Modern Bean are right up my alley. Handcrafted from Holland felt and featuring a simple snowflake detail inspired by mid-century design, these sweet hair clips are perfect for any season – regardless of whether your kiddo is in shorts...

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This birthday, give your prince or princess the royal treatment

Edited to add: Unfortunately, Kate Landers Events no longer exists. Why settle for paper plates with generic movie princesses on them when you can actually have a party fit for a princess, complete with a hand-made felt crown and personalized party pouches? These are just some of the gorgeous goodies I discovered at Kate Landers Events. Kate’s passion is creating charming, good old-fashion, sophisticated parties and accessories. Nearly all her items are specially made, and look it. From a personalized hand-painted plate to hand-stitched invitations, no one will mistake your party stuff as having come from a mega-store. Obviously...

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PDFs for DIY PB+J

This is one of those times when I find myself wishing I owned a sewing machine. And that I had a single crafty bone in my body. Check it out: Gulf Coast Cottage, a wonderful shop filled with soft toys, has an entire category filled with nothing but PDF patterns for felt toys you can make yourself. Many of the patterns are food–like the PB&J lunch set or the toaster set shown here (ah, so kids can play with the toaster!), but there’s also a doctor’s kit, tools, a child’s tea set, and even a retro robot plushie. If...

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Give it a wrist

Last week, I went on a tear searching for sugarless alternatives for my kids’ Easter baskets, to make up for the caloric annual care package from my inlaws.. For my oldest daughter, I was so glad to have discovered the sweet handmade felt wristlets from Cheryland. My near 6-year-old is definitely at the age where less is more, and she doesn’t need room for much more than a couple of bucks so the small size works for her little hands. If you want something a little bigger, grab a pencil pouch which also make a fun gift bag alternative when...

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Now this is my kind of egg decorating

After stumbling upon the Design Your Own eggheads felt book from Beeper BeBe, I’m on the verge of nixing the whole Easter basket thing and going with Easter presents instead. because really, when you add up the price (and let’s face it, the play life) of all the trinkets I stuff in the baskets, something like this is going to last me way beyond Easter Sunday. These felt activity books are a great way to keep little hands busy while you’ve got the ham in the oven or heck, any other time you need your kids to occupy themselves —...

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Your peewee’s perfect playhouse

When I was a kid, a tent was a musty quilt over a card table, and it was heaven. Kids have it a little better today, and the magic of a secret fort lives on with the fantastic card table playhouses by Miss Pretty Pretty of Imaginative Play Toys. Check out the pirate ship playhouse (hardy har yarr), the firehouse, fairy house, colorful cottages,  super hero hideout, princess playhouse, and more. She’s got all the childhood obsessions covered, and also handles custom orders in case your kid just can’t live without a purple Indian princess and pirate castle in...

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Headbands are the new baseball caps. Thank God.

I’ve been following the headband trend, waiting for something that I could possibly get away with, you know, as I glamorously work from home and chase three kids around. Sorry if I just can’t do the whole feather and lace thing these days. But a couple of weeks ago after searching through Etsy, I ended up at CMP fave Lou and Lee and fell instantly in love with their new headbands. Now after a bit of research, I have learned that I cannot get away with the soft style headbands, gorgeous as they are (for little girls too!). However...

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Well, hello kitty

It turns out our Valentine’s Day card contest did more than help us put together one cool card, it also introduced us to some really exciting new artists. One of them is Montreal’s Stay Home, which makes all kinds of happy little felt things from custom dolls to plush ornaments. But what I really love is the handstitched mew mew brooch which reminds me of a cross between Max from Where the Wild Things Are, and my daughter in last year’s Halloween costume. It’s made of felt and stuffed to perfect puffiness, for just $9 it’s just waiting for...

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Get into the Valentine’s Day spirit from the top down

Okay, so I couldn’t resist featuring just one Valentine’s Day themey, adorable heart barrette. Especially after I was kind of wishing I had one at my daughter’s preschool Valentine’s party this past weekend. (Not for me – for her.) The heartfelt clip from Natty Bratty‘s brand new Etsy shop fits the bill, with three layers of felt hearts–and a little repair work that your sweet girl will hopefully never experience. The neat part is that you can order it with a hair clip backing or as a pin, in case you want to wear it yourself this week. Oh,...

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Bootie-ful

I remember feeling pretty annoyed with everyone telling me how difficult it was to have a winter baby – more blankets, big coats, being stuck in the house all day. The list goes on. But what they all failed to mention was the adorableness of winter baby wear, like these ridiculously cute baby booties from Funky Shapes. Handsewn in the UK using gold and chocolate felt and Japanese fabric, these limited edition baby shoes will keep those tiny tootsies warm and cozy, and the careful seam-free construction ensures that they’re actually comfortable, not just cute to look at. Take...

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Pick a pair of Pampers

A diaper caddy isn’t exactly the most essential piece in your nursery, but when you think about it, it’s pretty important. You use it several times a day, for three or four years–not even my crib got that much use. So when I saw a Toronto designer and mom had actually gone and reimagined the diaper caddy as something beautiful and decorative, I shouted a big amen. Handmade out of wool felt then topstitched with sweet embroidery and appliqued, the WOOLi caddy from the Babies Breath Etsy shop looks structured enough to sit right on a changing table, but...

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Heirloom dolls that make you wonder why you’d even consider those mass produced ones

Cool Mom Picks readers know I have a serious soft spot for handmade dolls, which goes way back to the days that my mom taught me how to stuff an old stocking with batting and stitch the face to make a nose. But the incredible handmade dolls from Viola Studio? Well wow, she puts our amateur craftsmanship to shame. We’ve previously raved about Viola Hale’s adorable stuffed creatures. And now she’s offering simply spectacular studio heirloom dolls, meticulously handcrafted out of repurposed materials with so much attention to detail, I wonder honestly how she can make a living at...

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Holiday ornaments that aren’t just for the tree

Every year I try to find a creative way to decorate my holiday gift packages with something other than the typical curly ribbon and shiny bow. This year, I’m going with small ornaments, and I love this cute felt Reindeer ornament from Lowell & Son. These made-to-order felt ornaments are a lovely and eco-friendly way to add a personal touch to your gifts – just choose a different design for each person and you can lose the gift tags and the big foofy ribbon bunches once and for all. And really, at just under $10, these hand sewn ornaments...

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The bag my younger, cooler self would carry

Back when I was younger and presumably cooler, I’d mentally check off the things I’d need for a night out with friends: ID, money, lipstick, keys. Now that I’m a mom to three kids, this load seems laughably spartan. But for those young enough and presumably cool enough to carry a clutch, the Zip-It Bags from one of Cool Mom Picks’ longtime favorite brands, My Perennial, make a perfect gift. For those who can’t go anywhere without an SUV-sized tote, these bags are a great place to store a few necessary items within easy reach inside a larger purse....

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