Tag: handmade

From Brooklyn, with love

I am an advocate for shopping online. As a mom, I rarely have time to visit the mall or shop at my favorite local stores. So it’s always a treat for me to come across new sites with an effortless style that’s as fun to browse as it is to actually shop. Brooklyn Makers is one of those sites. Brooklyn Makers offers a beautifully curated selection of clothes for boys and girls, creative and educational toys (like these cute ABC peg dolls, seen above), sweet hats and hair accessories. You will also find cool stuff for grownups. And if...

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Team Star Wars or Doctor Who? Crocheted hats for little geeks in training

What can we say? We heart these adorable crocheted hats, which are just as good for fighting crime in the playroom as they are for keeping little ears warm on Hoth. Our pals at Geekling have a new line for babies and kids: geeky crocheted hats. [Updated link] They’re beautifully handmade in soft, stretchy cotton yarn and available in four sizes from newborn up to XL (which supposedly fits ages 3 to 8). But here’s a secret: that Leia hat fits me just fine, and my head is by no means small. I know what I’m wearing on May the...

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Paper or polka dot? Personalized pendants with irresistible charm

It’s always a red-letter day when you’re wearing or gifting something beautiful and handmade. You’ll love what one of our favorite Etsy artisans has up her (polka-dotted) sleeve. We’ve long been fans of the sweet baby gifts and lovely embroidered jewelry by Merriweather Council on Etsy, and we adore the most recent twist on the line: patterned fabrics. Those juicy polka dots are extra sweet. And the lined notebook paper fabric would make an especially lovely gift for a favorite teacher without screaming, “Here’s another apple!” There are tons of personalization options, including pendant shape, letter, upper or lower case, and...

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Shopping Etsy with Jonathan Adler. Dream? Not exactly…

One of our great honors in the years of running Cool Mom Picks was the opportunity to appear on Etsy’s blog, curating some of our favorite handmade Mother’s Day Gifts. So I always love peeking in to see what other designers, bloggers, and tastemakers like themselves. And how fun to see a few fun picks from none other than Jonathan Adler this week–plus one heck of a giveaway from Etsy. Check out the Jonathan Adler curation on Etsy this week and find just a few picks like these that I’m loving, all with his trademark combo of whimsy, color...

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It all adds up to one very adorable personalized pillow

We’re entering the gift-giving season around my house, with a series of family members’ birthdays evenly spread out of the next few months. And as many personalized gift ideas I’ve got in my arsenal, I’ve found one that I think will be perfect for a couple of lucky people on my list.   I’ve found all sorts of lovely gift ideas at Wicked Stitches, and the Family Math pillow is no exception. It’s such a sweet, simple gift for mothers or grandmothers in particular, with up to six names embroidered in black and red, or the colors of your choice, and something...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Embroidered heart handmade card

Last up in our DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series, here’s an embroidered heart handmade card that your kids can easily sew and send, created by Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte and brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp. If you’re like us and get a little nervous when you see the word “sew,” you won’t believe how easy this card is to make and how truly wonderful it looks. You’ll just need a few craft supplies plus the free, printable heart card or XOXO card. For more Valentine’s Day...

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DIY Valentine’s Day craft video: Keepsake handmade handprint card

When it comes to Valentine’s Day cards, we think the best ones are those handmade by our kids. So how exciting that we teamed up with Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte (love her!) in a DIY Valentine’s Day craft video series brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service and its new limited-edition Sealed with Love stamp. Sweet! Up first, here’s a DIY keepsake handmade handprint Valentine’s Day card you can make in just a couple of minutes with your little one. And even better, we bet you’ve got everything you need right in your arts and crafts cabinet at...

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Mom keepsake jewelry that doesn’t look like it

I always love finding original ideas for keepsake jewelry, especially to mark the birth of a child. (Just please don’t call them push presents. Argh.) And there’s something about this bracelet that’s so different than the typical curliecue letter stamped into silver, that I’m really digging it.   The Save the Date Bracelet by Mitsymoto Designs lets you add up to 6 numbers on a cool, vaguely industrial brass plate with bronze rivets. It reminds me more of a door number on a house without the hyphens or slashes to separate the month, date, and year, which makes it a little...

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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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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: 17 sweet gifts you can make yourself

Next in our series of Valentine’s gift ideas, ideas for gifts you can make yourself. It’s brought to you by the US Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? And isn’t the stamp just gorgeous? (We want it on all our letters, not just Valentine’s cards!) Whether you’re super crafty, a maestro with the convection oven, or just handy with construction paper and the kids’ leftover glue sticks, here’s a great array of 17 DIY Valentines Day gift ideas you can make yourself–with varying degrees of help. clockwise from top Cupid’s Arrow Cupcakes,...

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Utterly adorable little girls’ dresses from Sailor Rose

My daughter, like me, is addicted to dresses. Oh, occasionally I find she’s dressed herself in MC Hammer pants and a sequined tee (she’s a style maker, what can I say). But mostly, she adores dresses–and I adore her in them. When I find pretty dresses like these, my heart just skips a beat. Sailor Rose’s little girls’ dresses are stunners: beautiful, playful and perfectly designed. There’s an array of options: floral patterns, stripes, two-toned dresses and box pleats (my absolute favorite). All of the dresses are made in NYC using Liberty of London Fabrics as well as organic...

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Handmade quilts for some very lucky babies

Nothing finishes off a nursery like a beautiful handmade quilt. A mix of modern and handmade can create a stunning element of decor, especially in a child’s space, but there’s no reason artfully crafted baby quilts can’t be put to use as real blankets too, when they’re made as well as these are. These breathtaking handmade baby quilts by Painted & Patched are each unique, original work of art. Made from the finest fabrics in England today plus hand-dyed silks, soft eco cottons and peace silks, each quilt is made look better and better over time. All of Painted...

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Handmade crib mobiles for those looking for something a little…different

What does it take to get a jaded mother of two excited about baby mobiles? Ninjas, circus animals with mustaches, and angelic pigs, apparently. All handmade, and all so very different. Not to mention customizable. That small, squishy boom? Eh, just my ovaries exploding. Carry on. (But not until you take a peek at these gorgeous squee-worthy works of art.) Pink Cheeks Studio on Etsy is a treasure chest of beautiful, bright, handmade-by-a-mom goodies that add color, cheer and outrageous charm to almost any decor. As I may have mentioned (ha) we’re especially smitten with the utterly adorable handmade...

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Sleeping on a cloud: heavenly handmade pillows

My girls have a weird obsession with pillows. While they won’t seem to sleep with the proper fluffy kinds, anything that’s an animal, a shape or a giant stuffed doll will do. So add these pretty ones to the list. The handmade cloud pillows hail (ha) from Etsy’s Oh No Rachio, which we’ve already admired for their great stationery and handlettered cards and notebooks. The pillows, however, will make you happy to look at them on a couch or against the back of a rocker. They would make my girls happy to sleep on. And hopefully, I can convince them that...

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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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Kiss your feet? Don’t mind if I do.

The only thing cuter than adorable baby feet is adorable baby feet wearing sweet little baby booties. And if you’re planning some Valentine’s Day photo ops, we’ve got the shoes for you. These lovely little Valentines Baby Booties from Good Wishes Quilts on Etsy are cozy and fleecy and ideal for keeping sweet baby feet cozy warm if they’re smaller than 6 months. Each pair is hand-made in red felt and hand-embroidered with a Valentine-appropriate X and 0, but you can also buy them with hearts or snowflakes.  Once your baby’s outgrown them and moved on to big kid...

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Stylish storage solutions for an organized home

Let’s talk storage solutions, shall we? Or rather, my lack thereof. Bills and random paperwork end up mishmashed into the Play-Doh tub (which, of course, contains no actual Play-Doh). There’s not one item of winter clothing in the winter clothing box, but for some reason there are six spoons in the bathroom drawer. My only real consolation? A lot of you are living exactly the same way. Luckily, these storage options offer those of us dreaming of a more organized home the chance to sort out our stuff in the most stylish, prettiest way possible–meaning that this just might...

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A letterpress recipe for success

The holidays might be over, but we’re willing to bet you know a hostess, bride, or prize-winning baker who deserves the world’s loveliest letterpress recipe cards. This starter set even comes in a handmade wooden box. Delicious, right? The Letterpress Recipe Box from 1canoe2 on Etsy is the sort of gift that delights now and for years to come, thanks to thick, recycled French card stock and deep, hand-drawn letterpress designs. Each set comes with seven hand-cut dividers and forty-two recipe cards in six different colors, packaged in an unfinished oak box handmade by the artist’s father. Love that....

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Decorating with winter whites

When the tree is down, the tinsel away, and everything glitzy and shiny and blinky put safely back in the closet, I always have this need to surround myself with the serenity of white in my home.  I collect white mid-century ceramic vases in various shapes–along with a few modern ones– and l would love to add any one of these from Frances Palmer Pottery to the collection. You kind of can’t go wrong with a white vase–just look at how artfully they display everything from Sweet Pea to Ranunculus to those gorgeous striped Parrot Tulips. And really, they...

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