Tag: handmade

Handcrafted leather bags as gorgeous as those from any big name designer

I love designer bags from big names, don’t get me wrong. But there’s also just something awesome about handcrafted bags from indie designers and smaller names, especially when they are as modern, sophisticated, and hot (did I mention hot?) as the ones at Opelle Creative. For the price of a big name mass-produced designer bag, you can get a handcrafted leather bag made to order especially for you at Opelle,  a Toronto-based label on Etsy that creates each of their gorgeous designs from original patterns. Let’s just say it’s as close to getting a bag made just for me as I’ll probably ever get. I already feel like...

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Get the write stuff with cool pencils for a back to school ego boost

Of course we are all guilty in today’s society of overpraising our children; everyone gets a trophy right? Yeah, not in my world. However, there is nothing wrong with a little extra parental encouragement. So, as I am starting to assemble the back to school shopping goodies, I came across these cool pencils that double as a clever “you can do it!” back to school goodie, and just could not resist. This update on the classic No.2 pencil reads Not No. 2…. Always No. 1, and is just straight up smile inducing. These cool pencils are a perfect addition to the pencil...

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Perfect, perfectly cool hostess gifts from Elizabeth Benotti

I find it’s always a good idea to have a few nice hostess gifts stashed away in the hall closet in case of  last-minute dinner party invitations or weekend plans. I do this with kids’ birthday presents too, and it makes life so much easier. We’ve covered lots of cool hostess gifts, and now I’m adding to the list these pretty handmade ceramics by Elizabeth Benotti at Etsy, which are so original and fun, a little funky, and simple. I think so many of my friends would love them.   Elizabeth Benotti’s graphic style is fresh and modern, and I love that they’re not too precious or twee.Even...

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PS, I Made This: Easy DIY tutorials for makers with a heart

When I was a kid, my mom put me in sewing camp for a week one summer. My style has since progressed from the neon purple and pink poufy overalls I made then, but I still craft — and I still need some inspiration from time to time. For a fashion-forward take on all things DIY, I’ve been turning to the easy tutorials on PS, I Made This a website filled with easy DIY tutorials which all pack a lot of style in just a few simple steps. Erica Domesek is the creative talent behind this site, which is full of stylish, attention-getting projects, like...

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Lucky Palm Tree: Luxury organic baby clothes that make you happy to have a baby to shop for.

Well, here I go again. After five years of heavy spousal debate we are expecting a brand new bundle of girlie joy this winter. And YES that counts as my big announcement! We are ecstatic, but we’re finding ourselves in the position of shopping for baby clothes again, only this time for super warm ones that our summer baby never needed. Luckily I found a treasure trove right away at Lucky Palm Tree. And if you hurry, some of it is on sale. Which is great. Because I did say luxury. Lucky Palm Tree features fresh and adorable organic threads for babies and toddlers...

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Gorgeous personalized nursery art prints, exclusively at the Cool Mom Picks indie boutique

We announced our new Cool Mom Picks Indie shop at Great.ly a few weeks ago, and I have to admit that I’m staying up way too late most nights looking through all of our stylish, useful, pretty, and some just plain fun items. The shop is getting better every day, especially now that we have partnered with some talented artists to offer exclusive items. Ooooh fancy, right? To kick off this exciting new shop feature: Personalized nursery art by artist Amy Lowry from Field Trip. Isn’t it gorgeous?   So we might be a little biased (or okay, a lot), but we think these would make such a special baby shower gift for...

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Cool handbag organization tips and accessories for the (sometimes) organizationally challenged.

As organized as I may be in other aspects of my life, I consider myself a bit organizationally challenged when it comes to my handbags. No matter how big or small it is, I always manage to lose things I need in the black hole of my tote or purse, or pull out the wrong thing at the wrong time. Have you ever tried opening the door with a crayon? Or a tampon? Yeah. So in an effort to reorganize my stuff and make my life slightly easier, I put together a few handbag organizing tips, then scoured the web for some of my favorite...

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Handmade toddler blankets for your future hipster who will claim to have had one before they were cool

True story: when my daughter was born in 2006, I struggled to find a stroller blanket that wasn’t either pink butterflies or blue trains. I basically taught myself to sew just so I could make a black blanket with flame-printed fleece. So I’m jealous of anyone with a hip baby today who can take advantage of these gorgeous, hip, and super soft handmade toddler blankets from Designed by Artists. If you’re on Pinterest, you probably have a board donated to pretty typography and clever quotes (we sure do), and now you can have that modern design sensibility on your baby blankets too. Whether you...

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Pop culture dolls: Ridiculously hip, surprisingly cuddly.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own David Bowie to snuggle, we’ve got good news: These pop culture dolls by French artisan My Name is Simone are just as much for you as they are for kids. Whether you’re into Ziggy Stardust, the King of Pop, or a certain fabulous fashion designer named Karl, they’re all based on her favorite style icons who will look equally as posh on the couch or on a shelf in a mod nursery. There are five dolls available now from Little Collector, each made of 100% organic, sustainable materials. Along with the three you...

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Custom nursery art that has us on cloud nine

We’re anticipating a new baby girl in our family soon (!!) and I’m having so much fun procrastinating from real life–er, balancing my bank account–by searching the Internet for pretty custom nursery art for her room. This sweet bamboo cloud from Hudson & Daughter is one of my new favorites at the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop at great.ly. It’s modern and sleek but still gives me those baby warm fuzzies. This piece is made to order with your baby’s initials and birth year, hand-stamped on eco-friendly bamboo in non-toxic ink. (Not that you’ll let your baby chew on it. But still. Environment.). Plus, it’s made right...

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