Tag: handmade

We’ll have the sushi: onesies with wow factor

Let’s face it. Once our kids hit the age of 2 or 3, our days of choosing adorable outfits for them are pretty much over. So squeeze in all that clothing cuteness while you still can. We loved the Artoo onesies and buntings from The Wishing Elephant on Etsy, so it’s no surprise that we’ve fallen for their other cute baby clothes too. Sushi, anyone?   Yup, we’ve decided we love pretty much everything in the shop at The Wishing Elephant. Onesies are made of 100% cotton and embellished by hand with 100% eco-felt. They’re available for ages newborn through 24 months. We’re...

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Gorgeous, fashion-forward accessories straight from…Tibet

I’ve loved Shokay since I first discovered their gorgeous baby clothes and gifts, all made from a yak hair cashmere that’s unbelievably soft and gorgeous, and all made sustainably to support Tibetan artisans. Now they’ve redone the site and made the leap into a lot of great fashion-forward accessories. I love the Turkana necklace, which is all knit out of bamboo, cotton and yak hair. (And yes, I wish there were a sexier term for “yak hair,” the way we don’t call cashmere “goat hair.”) There are also some spectacular shawls and scarves, like the spring/summer-weight black and white...

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The most gorgeous handmade birthday crowns and party hats. Oof.

We’ve always loved supporting the Etsy artists making handmade birthday crowns and hats for birthday parties and special days thereafter. (Like, Tuesdays. Or Fridays.) But here’s one, in honor of all the royal baby talk this week, that just may take the candle-covered cake. At Mosey on Etsy you’ll find a remarkable array of birthday decor, including some of the most exquisite and imaginative handmade party hats and birthday crowns I’ve ever seen.   Themes include space travel, woodland critters, and of course the traditional prince/princess for a day, complete with felt and ribbon adornments like butterflies, fairies and...

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You can finally stop threatening to destroy whoever wakes the baby.

You know how it goes. You spend an hour rocking the baby to sleep, carefully tiptoe to the crib, nail the arm-to-mattress transfer, and slip out the door. You’re home free. You’re almost downstairs to the brownies, wine, and Hannibal. And then some horrible monster comes home and closes a door, and WHAMMO. Tears–until now. The Latchy Catchy is a nifty little device that slips over your doorknobs to ensure that all closing doors are silent, happy, friendly closing doors. It’s thick enough to keep the door tightly shut and fits all door shapes and sizes–even French or lever...

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Snazzy handcrafted baby shoes that really steal the show

If the baby I’m having next month is anything like me, the kid will appreciate a really good pair of shoes. (I’ve already passed that gene onto my daughter, who clamors for any beautiful pair of heels she sees.) I find most people focus on the baby clothes, but adorable shoes really make the outfit. And in the case of this Etsy shop I discovered? That cute romper set from Grandma might go unnoticed if Baby is wearing these. Sorry, Grandma! Warning: Visiting the Ajalor shop on Etsy will either make you want to have another baby stat, or you’ll...

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Celebrate La Fête Nationale with your very own French village playset

I dream of taking the kids to Paris, strolling past little cafes, and gazing at La Tour Eiffel. On this Bastille Day those dreams are still just that–le sigh. But I’ve discovered the cutest handmade play set that will have visions of croissants and crepes dancing in my kids’ heads too.  With incredible handpainted detail on both sides, this three-part French Village playset by Melbourne’s Red Loves Green would be equally at home as room decor or as a toy on the floor. Kids will love opening the “doors” to the two stores and finding a happy mother and child...

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Instant heirlooms: custom ceramic plates fired with handwritten family recipes

If your family is anything like mine, all their famous recipes are tucked away in over-stuffed folders and recipe boxes…and only the chef knows for sure where they are. How wonderful would it be to start serving some of Grandma’s famous oatmeal squares atop a handmade pottery plate, with the recipe for those very squares right underneath in her sweet handwriting? The custom recipe plates and serving ware, from Prairie Hills Pottery are pure awesome. Truly, the gifting possibilities are endless. Scan a copy of Dad’s secret lasagna recipe, and the artisans at Prairie Hill will fire it onto...

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Taste the rainbow of adorable felt play food. But don’t really taste it.

If you love showering your children with all-natural goodness in a rainbow of colors, you’ll love this veritable smorgasbord of vibrant veggies, scrumptuous sushi, and fruit fit for a king. Just don’t let them eat it. Because it’s all handmade felt food. And felt on your tongue feels pretty gnarly. We’re salivating over the colorful array of beautiful felt play food from Creation by M on Etsy… which is kind of weird, because we do know it’s not real. Each piece of play food is lovingly hand-stitched of eco-felt, which is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. And many...

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Independence Day indeed: the best indie shopping in celebration of the original 13

Of course today isn’t just about barbecues, sparklers, and if you’re lucky, a big fireworks display that kicks off a four-day weekend. It’s about those awesome forefathers (and foremothers, ahem) of ours who transformed the original 13 colonies into the beginnings of our beloved US of A. In their honor–and in honor of independence–we present 13 outstanding indie, new-to-us Etsy shops that we’re happy to support, one from each of the original 13. –Liz [After the jump, check out 13 can’t-miss Etsy artists from up and down the East Coast] New Jersey: BubbledogThis shop is like kawaii central, with...

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When you chomp upon a star: unique handmade teething toys

Move over, Sophie the Giraffe. There’s a bright star of a new chew toy in town, and it’s handmade, eco-chic, and…deliciously pointy.  These luscious fabric balls from Timo Handmade in Israel are a sparkly new addition to the galaxy of chewy-but-pretty baby toys. Each star-shaped toy is around six inches across, handmade in Tel Aviv of new and vintage natural fabrics. They’re safe to chew, baby-sized, and oh-so-pretty, sure to get quite a few oohs and ahs at a baby shower. In addition to nifty, nubby stars, Timo also makes some pretty funky rabbit, bird, and mouse dolls (like that...

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Take a ride on the Peace Van: hand knitted toys and rattles with purpose

If you’re into peaceful babies and peaceful communities, you’re going to love this sweet collection of hand-knitted rattles and toys that helps artisans in Bangladesh rebuild their lives. The toys and rattles from Kahiniwalla are all hand-knit of 100% cotton by artisans at Hathay Bunano in rural Bangladesh. They’re so fabulous we even included them in our 2013 Baby Shower Gift Guide. The program centers on providing livable working conditions and fair trade wages in rural areas so that women aren’t forced leave their families to work in larger and more dangerous garment facilities. Each piece is carefully designed...

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Life is a colander of cherries

We’ve officially entered hostess gift season, which happens to coincide with fresh produce season season. Which gives me an awesome idea.   Visit Ross Lab on Etsy for this gorgeous made-to-order, handmade ceramic berry colander and then hit your local farmer’s market or you know, Whole Foods, for the proverbial (and actual) bowl full of cherries. There are also lovely salt and pepper cellars, coffee mugs, and a really pretty, rustic sugar/creamer set. Just present with artisanal salts; the mugs with some good coffee and so on. It just amps up the gift that much more.   It’s such...

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A hostess gift that she’ll treasure forever. Or she’d better, because she can’t resell it.

Sometimes a great bottle of wine or a handmade candle makes the perfect hostess gift. But when you need something extra special, I think I’ve found a winner. This custom personalized wooden serving tray is simply gorgeous. A fabulous hostess, housewarming, or wedding gift, the tray is handcrafted from reclaimed cherrywood and features lovely design details, like the custom engraving with the names of your choice and the rope handles. If you see a different design in the shop that you’d prefer, just convo the artist. They’ll whip up exactly what you’d like to make this personalized gift even...

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Hearts.com: Gorgeous accessories for a cause. Is there a better kind?

I hardly need an excuse to shop for new jewelry or handbags, but hey, when they support an amazing cause, I have to buy them, right? Here are a ton I’m coveting for more reasons than one. Hearts.com is a new-to-me site that works with more than 2000 artisans all over the world to make a positive impact on world issues and support people who need it most. And their original designs actually help the environment too, thanks to low-impact manufacturing processes and responsible materials. Here’s just a few of my favorite items. Be sure to click over and...

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Splurgey gifts for the dad who has everything: 2013 Father’s Day Gift Guide

You know the dad who has everything? The one who’s impossible to shop for? Yep, so do we. So here, we present some of our favorite splurgey Father’s Day gift ideas for that very guy. Not that he wouldn’t love something from the rest of our Father’s Day Gift Guide, but if you want to spend a little more this year, here are some gifts that wow us. Vintage Scrabble Set For family game night, there is just no comparison between this originali style board and those flat cardboard ones. To say nothing of the digital version on your...

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The ninja lovey you didn’t see coming. Because it’s sneaky like that.

This sweet ninja is soft, cozy, and comes with a minky sword. Who better to protect your baby from nightmares? This sweet ninja security blanket from Koddalie on Etsy is a unique and cuddly way to keep your baby happy–and safe from the bad sort of ninja. Because all new moms have ninja problems, right? Handmade of black dimple-dot minky and soft pink cotton, it measures in at 12×12, but can also be made at 18×18 or 29×29, if you need extra ninja protection for the little one. She’s washer and dryer safe, and even comes with her own...

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Your kid, the fairy tale star? Handmade personalized dolls we adore

Soft, sweet dolls that are handmade with love and look like art? We’re big fans. And when you can add personalization? Even better. We love the simple, lovely elegance of these handmade dolls from the blita shop on Etsy. Each one is carefully double-sewn in Portugal of quilting cottons and felt, stuffed with polyester, and given a sweetly embroidered face. Just like our kids, they’re tough and beautiful and ready for adventure. There’s even a personalization option on this Red Riding Hood Doll: just tell them which name and which fabric you’d like for the hood, and your doll will...

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A thoughtful class art project for a thoughtful end of year teacher gift. (Nothing to do with apples.)

For those of us in the northeast and beyond, we’re in luck! Our kids are still in school, which means a little extra time to think of a thoughtful end of year teacher gift. I always love gifts that come from the whole class, which are more personal than a mere gift card, and this is such a simple, fun project for younger kids. This class art project teacher gift from Deliah Creates is so lovely. It mostly involves taking abstract art created by the kids, cutting it into triangles and assembling mosaic style, but all the instructions are...

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2 great DIY Father’s Day ideas, including the best printable Father’s Day coupons we’ve seen

I always look forward to my free online subscription to Moomah, which always has tons of fun craft ideas and other creative inspiration for parents. Today, their Father’s Day issue hit my inbox and I love the two projects they’re featuring. First there are some of the best looking printable Father’s Day coupons I’ve ever seen. Trust me, I’ve searched the web and most look kind of hokey. These happen to be clever and modern, offering a free uninterrupted Goodfellas screening, a coupon to wear whatever you want with no criticism, and even a little spicy from mama. If...

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The best Father’s Day tie just might be a bow tie. Or, a Bowie tie.

We might have found the best Father’s Day gift ever. And yes, it’s a tie. We’re crushing on the retro-cool ties made from hand-drawn images by Etsy artist Kayci Wheatley. Whether your dad’s into pin-on bow ties or tie-em-yourself neckties, you’re covered with illustrations of David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Tupac, who probably never wore a bow tie himself.  If you have deep pockets, she’ll even design a 100% cotton fabric just for you, print it with one of her original designs, and then make it into a tie. Hello, coolest Father’s Day ever. Checking her past sales on Etsy,...

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