Tag: handmade

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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The scoop on cute custom embroidered hoops for kids’ rooms

Lately, we’ve been loving this trend of personalized embroidery hoops for babies. And now, we love this troop of adorable animals that will be a major hit for unique kids’ room decor. These Personalized Embroidery Hoops from Otak on Etsy are a fun way to add a pop of color to a kid’s room. Each hoop is a little over five inches wide and can be personalized with a hand-embroidered name, and your choice of four animals on various background fabrics. The hoops can go super girly, traditionally boyish, or as gender-neutral as you wish. And we love how...

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A crown fit for a queen

She already thinks she runs the house, why not adorn her tiny little head with something that will fit the role? Plus, you’ve got to love a princess-y dress up prop that isn’t pink, plastic, or sparkly, but is still totally adorable. Rita J Felt’s Petite Crown Headband will make any child feel regal during dress-up, a birthday party, or just when her heiness travels to the supermarket. Handmade in Lithuania of golden-yellow wool and affixed to a flexible headband, this comfy crown not only conveys stature, it keeps the hair from fluttering into her eyes. Just make sure...

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The smallest Father’s Day gift he’ll love: An awesome DIY

There’s no doubt that our three kids are on their dad’s mind during the day while he is off at work. But I’ve just found a hilariously awesome (and easy) Father’s Day craft that will have him seeing them hanging around too.   I cannot look at Oh Happy Day’s Shrinky Dink Father’s Day ideas without grinning, imagining all the poses my three kids will want to try in the making of this unique craft. I love how a tiny photo easily becomes a tie tack that is bound to get noticed in the office. More than one child?...

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Gorgeous waterproof picnic blankets: if only they kept the rain away too.

Even though it’s not quite summer feeling everywhere just yet, it’s the official start of summer, which means picnics. Yay! We recently featured this post with our top picnic tips for parents with new babies, and number one: Use a waterproof blanket. Fortunately, we found a great Etsy shop selling a ton of them.   Sewn Natural makes lovely handmade blankets of all kinds, but it’s the thoughtfully-designed waterproof picnic blankets I’m really digging right now. In polka dots, chevrons (of course), traditional checks and even Marimekko fabrics, they all roll-up into a super convenient 14″ roll and button closed. They’re...

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Sewn Natural: handmade girls dresses that can clear away the May showers

I’ve always loved peppering my daughters’ wardrobes with just a few special handmade pieces from indie artists, from Courtney Chu to Ses Petites Mains and Baby Bean. Not only do they freshen up an otherwise ordinary wardrobe of leggings, tunics and tees, I find they are constructed amazingly well. When my two girls are done with them, Kristen’s younger daughters get a care package! I’m so happy to discover Etsy Shop Sewn Natural, which uses classic but contemporary patterns in their handmade girls dresses, brought to life with gorgeous organic fabrics, vintage-inspired prints and textiles from names like Marimekko....

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Literature in bloom

I’m not usually one for fake flowers around the house–I much prefer the real thing. But when they’re as cool and crafty as these, I could easily make an exception. Julie Romero’s Handmade Paper Flowers are all made to order with 50 blooms crafted from recycled books. I happen to like the ones from classics like Pride and Prejudice and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; but you can also find popular favorites like The Notebook or Twilight. (Although shouldn’t those be dead flowers? Anyway.) It’s a cool gift for a writerly type, a literary lover, or just someone who appreciates...

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5 easy handmade Mother’s Day card ideas from the kids. Promise.

Yes, we’re getting down to the wire on Mother’s Day cards and crafts. You’ve got just two more days–unless you’re sending goodies out overnight, in which case get on it stat! While we’ve got some cool DIY Mother’s Day card ideas and gifts for moms in our archives, here are just a few more that I’ve chosen because…well, they’re so easy even I could do them.  Really. No MFA, no Modge Podge, no high-speed multicolor laser printer required. Watercolor Mother’s Day Card Grab one of the free printable templates here, print on decent paper, and let your kids go to...

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The fairest trade gifts of them all (for the fairest mom of them all)

Once upon a time there was an online store filled with beautiful gifts from all over the world: bags, scarves, jewelry, quilts, stamps, and decor. Every purchase helped transform lives and make the world a better place.  It’s not a fairy tale, and it’s not magic, but it is a great way to shop for the special mom in your life. The shop is called Connected, and it really is filled with hundreds of unique and lovely gifts hand-made by artisans in Africa, South America, and India. Most of the goods are made by members of the Fair Trade...

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Earrings that give a school lunch to a child in need

I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Leonard jewelry since we first featured her on Cool Mom Picks many moons ago. But now she’s launched a simple, crazy affordable line of pieces that help support a wonderful cause. Lisa’s new hope{full} line is fair trade and sustainable, giving work to Ecuadorian women and helping build their community. Each pair of disc earrings is made from tagua seeds dyed in all sorts of gorgeous colors, like rich green, blue, or my personal favorite, yellow. And they’re only $6! But the best part is that a portion of the proceeds for...

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A Mother’s Day gift for new moms: a very friendly blanket. (Yes, friendly.)

Whether you know a pregnant typography geek who’s starting to look like an uppercase B, or even a grandmother who asks you to call more often to say hi, this luxe, and very amicable blanket is the perfect way to greet her on Mother’s Day. We want to snuggle the stylish simplicity of this beautiful “hi” blanket by YarningMade on Etsy. Hand-knitted in a 50/50 blend of acrylic and wool, it’s soft but not itchy and a nice small size for laps on cool days or new babies in strollers, come fall. You might be thinking, “Off-white with black?...

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Clocks with hands. Remember those?

As much as I rely on the digital clocks on my appliances and on my smart phone to keep me on schedule, there’s just something about pretty analog clock to make a room seem more homey. I’ve been a long time fan of decoylab, whose beautiful, handcrafted clocks are as much works of art as they are timepieces, this amazing vintage style camera clock. Made from bamboo, this silent clock (that means no ticking!) features a clever leather strap to use as a hanger. What a perfect addition to your home office or a cool accent on a wall...

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It’s a chair! It’s a dollhouse! It’s genius!

Welcome to our home full of teeny kids’ chairs that are good for one thing. Or two if you count tripping over them. But these cool handmade chairs from CMP-fave Paloma’s Nest are good for three, or more. Just when I thought we were done with kids’ furniture, I spy the amazing Children’s Chair from Paloma’s Nest that actually doubles as a doll house. Or “colonial house” to be specific. Unless you prefer the Victorian House chair. So genius, right? They can sit and then play underneath, or play while someone else is sitting, or… you get the idea....

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Birdhouse trailers = Home tweet home!

One of the cardinal rules around my house: birdwatching is better than television. My little chickadees love to sprinkle seed on the back porch and see who comes a-peckin’, especially when that family of wrens returns every year to nest in our grill. But if you can sparrow some change (ha), this fancy birdhouse might be the perfect home tweet home for your feathered friends. And unlike us, you can still use your grill. These adorable birdhouse trailers from birdhouse20 on Etsy are an unusual combination of fine craftsmanship, quirky style, and sneaky backyard biology lesson. Each one is...

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It’s you! But tiny, wearable, and made of embroidery floss.

Mamas, this might be the most personalized necklace we’ve seen in a while. Whether you’re gift shopping for the mom, grandma, or bestie who has everything, we guarantee she doesn’t have your portrait together embroidered on a tiny custom wood hoop. Bonus: the artist can also do guinea pigs. It’s no surprise that we love embroidered gifts, especially embroidered necklaces and adorable wall hangings. But we’re just cooing over these sweet¬† hand-embroidered portrait necklaces based on your photos, then stretched on custom hand-made hoops. The artist is more than accommodating and will work with your suggestions and photos to...

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Need an affordable, personalized baby gift? Hoop, there it is!

Custom artwork is such a sweet gift and keepsake. These pretty, hand-embroidered hoops are affordable, unique, and light enough to hang over the crib without worrying about concussing those squishy little babies. The personalized embroidery and felt hoops from Blue Without You on Etsy are an adorable and customizable pop of pretty for your wall, starting at only $20. Really! Each design is available in colors of your choice on a four- or six-inch embroidery hoop with pretty paper backing. Select from flowers, trees, arrows, pennants, and clouds raining hearts and add your favorite word–or baby’s name. Or just...

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Oppan Euro Style: bold, bright kids’ accessories with real zing

Pink and baby blue? Bunnies and choo-choos? Not today. We’ve got a hankering for cozy, slouchy hats, slippers, and newborn mittens with vibrant, European style that we’ve just found.   The owner of Rattle Tat goes straight to Sweden for the sort of bright, iconic fabrics it’s hard to find over here in the States. Clouds, stars, buses, monkeys, mushrooms and more, work for both genders in a stretchy mix of 100% cotton and Lycra. Each piece is designed and handmade by a Swede living in England, which means prices are in pounds and shipping is a bit high....

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A Passover gift to keep kids from bogarting the matzoh

Passover is creeping up on us before we know it (quick! Buy matzoh before it’s all gone from the supermarket!) and while it’s not really the giftiest of holidays, I’m loving this sweet handmade toy set that can get little ones through a seder with minimal fussing.   The Passover peg dolls are lovely little handmade wooden dolls that represent Moses, Pharoah, and those ever-lovin’ 10 plagues in an appropriately un-gruesome way to help bring the story to life. There are also 3 random “Israelites” (dying to turn one into Leo G Carrol as Dathan), plus a clever tent...

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13 of the absolute cutest Easter gifts for kids

Hold the jellybeans! Well okay, don’t hold the jellybeans–maybe just supplement them with some of these adorable Easter gift ideas for kids. It’s coming early this year and so we scoured some of our favorite indie shops and artists for ideas for your little ones that might make them forget all about the candy aisle.      Maileg Ballerina Rabbit Dolls ($48.60+ at My Sweet Muffin) This is the kind of Easter gift my girls would flip for. No doubt they’d be dragged to ballet class each week too. Bunny Ears T-Shirt ($19.50, threadless) Get it? Rabbit ears? Psst…comes...

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The most gorgeous nursery artwork that looks nothing of the sort

There are so many options for decorating your new baby’s nursery walls with gorgeous artwork, from custom posters to colorful growth charts to giant wall decals. And now I’ve just found another amazingly creative option that you have to see to believe. Marcelle Crosby’s Folded Paper Dresses look like large-scale origami pieces made of folded maps and other cool-looking printed paper. Measuring about 17 inches in length, I would’ve loved to hang the Miss Paris Pink dress in my daughter’s nursery. It would have had me dreaming of crepes and the Louvre during those 3AM nursing sessions. If you’re...

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