Tag: handmade

A handmade hostess gift that gives back from glassybaby

Confession: If I don’t have a hostess gift, the first place I look is the cabinet full of wine bottles I have  received as hostess gifts myself. Sure, it looks like a fine, old vintage–but that’s because I haven’t had a party since 2005. Oops. But here’s one gift I wouldn’t let out of my cold, condensation-frosted fingers: a handblown glassware cup with a great story. We love glassybaby’s votive candles, which grew from mom-of-three Lee Rhodes’ battle with cancer and her desire to spread hope and serenity. So it’s only natural that we’d love the idea of getting...

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Cool leggings for babies that help kids in need. (Not just kids in need of leggings.)

When I first laid my eyes on the cool leggings for babies and kids at LA mom and pop-owned Chaboukie, I dug the fun patterns and soft fabrics. But the fact that they’re made by hand here in the USA and help kids in need, well, yeah, it turned into a full-blown crush. Chaboukie is the brainchild of LA parents Leah Piehl and Greg Bertens who wanted cool, well-made leggings with a little more style. So they created their own brand, featuring funky, light fabrics that are super comfy and soft, sized from baby to a 4T toddler (though they seem...

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Beautiful Native American jewelry that does beautiful things for the artists too

They alway say its not what you know, it’s who you know. I say most often it’s both, and this is true for some talented Native American women in New Mexico whose jewelry making craftsmanship is celebrated and shared by a group of super supporters at Etkie. – Don’t miss an exclusive offer for our readers below –  Founder Sydney Alfonso grew up in rural New Mexico, and founded Etkie for the financial and social empowerment of Native American jewelry artisans there. And you know how much we love businesses that empower women. Etkie partners with Kiva to offer the women micro-loans and business resources...

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Going coastal; better than going postal.

I am a sucker for kitsch, as long as it’s clever. My apartment is filled with funky knick-knacks that I believe add to its charming–or what my mother likes to call “eclectic”– style, so these witty coastal Reed Wilson Design coasters are perfect for me. Spotted  in part of the Martha Stewart American Made collection on eBay, you’ll find a set of four coasters repping the North, East, West and Gulf Coast. Get it? Coaster?    These double entendre wooden coasters add a touch of artisanal fun to a coffee table. Along with protection from dreaded drink rings, of course. And how great are they for a Fourth of July hostess...

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Personalized gifts for dad: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We’re thrilled to present our annual Father’s Day gift guide series, starting off with the coolest personalized gifts for the men in our lives we love. But hurry–personalized gifts need to be ordered stat! This year, we’re also so happy to welcome back our friends at Dove Men+Care who are in part sponsoring our gift guide, since they really do get the importance of celebrating men who care for themselves and (our favorite part) care for their families. 21st century dads FTW! Plus, because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check out our massive Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at over $900, that...

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The Maker Dad book: A Father’s Day gift for the DIY dad in your life

I love the idea of a father’s day gift that’s actually an experience rather than, you know, another tie (not that there aren’t some cool ties out there), and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects, a new book from Boing Boing co-founder Mark Frauenfelder. A big DIY-er himself, Mark scoured books for cool projects that he could create with his daughters, but couldn’t find just the right fit. (Maybe he hasn’t seen our Pinterest boards?) So he complied his own ideas in Maker Dad,...

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Frazier and Wing mobiles: You don’t have to be a baby to smile up at them

I’ve been singing the praises of the gorgeous handmade mobiles from Portland’s Frazier and Wing for a while now, and as much as I love the artistry Heather brings to her paper mobiles and reusable handmade paper garlands, I’m so excited to see her getting into new materials. She’s just introduced the striking new Auden mobile made from German felt circles and  natural maple. It’s a gorgeous piece of original art that can transition from a baby’s room to pretty much anywhere in the house. If you love wood, then you may like the Sandro mobile in a dark walnut that looks...

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Cool custom family dolls, because everyone needs a mini-me. Or a mini-us.

We have a thing for personalized dolls at Cool Mom Picks, but I am legitimately swooning over these sophisticated (but still adorable) custom family dolls, handmade by Liliana Tijeras of Citizens Collectible on Etsy. They may be made in Spain, but the couple with the square glasses could have stepped right off of the sidewalks of Brooklyn or Los Feliz. They may even be two dads–hard to tell. Liliana perfectly captures personality in felt and canvas, customizing every doll’s hair color, facial hair, skin tone, and any of more than a dozen hair styles. You can also choose from a slew of fabrics for their outfits, and even...

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The silver lining over the crib

One of the most fun things about opening the Cool Mom Picks shop last week at great.ly is the ability to introduce new artists to all of you. One of our favorite finds: the lovely handmade cloud mobiles from Jahje Ives who was one of the very first makers we knew we wanted to feature. I was never a big fan of mobiles with music–especially now that it’s so easy to pump in your own favorite (and decidedly less repetitive) sleepytime music via MP3. These mobiles, on the other hand, do everything I want a mobile to do, floating and twisting and enchanting...

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Tons and tons of cool last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas. Tons. But hurry!

We’re going to go with “it’s the thought that counts” here, because we understand that a last minute Mother’s Day gift doesn’t mean you love her any less. Hey, we’re so busy looking for cool gifts for moms here, sometimes we get behind on our own Mother’s Day shopping ourselves (ahem). So here are just a few of our favorite last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that you can still have shipped, make yourself, or pick up in a local shop. Hope one is just perfect for the cool mom in your life.   Gourmet Food Gifts Most gourmet...

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