Tag: handmade

Pillows that make you want to rock. Or mosh. Or possibly moonwalk.

Sometimes you just see some random thing that you didn’t know you were looking for at all and say okay, now I want that. But in the case of the fun music genre pillow covers from Quirk & Rescue, I also get to okay, I want to carry those in our Indie Shop. So now you can want them too. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. I’m totally smitten with these colorful pillows that proclaim your love for pop, funk, rock, disco or punk, or possibly...

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Madly Wish: luxury handmade baby bedding, pillows, and blankets to make your nursery one-of-a-kind

Decorating the nursery ain’t what it used to be; the lace and bows and safari animals of nursery decor past have made way for emerging indie artists who are creating vibrant, fun, original designs for stylish parents who want more selection. We are are always on the lookout for something new and special, which is just what I found in the whimsical handmade baby bedding and beyond at Madly Wish. Related: The sweetest and sassiest new swaddle blankets, from bunnies to birds to zoonicorns Madly Wish hails from a mother of five who saw that while there was plenty of chic nursery bedding out there, none of it seemed as durable as...

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A lovely new line of natural baby and pregnancy skincare: Dear Baby

When you are pregnant or have a new baby, you are suddenly super aware of all the ingredients in everything you put in and on your body. Decoding labels can be a chore and while we’re all for splurging when it counts, it’s even nicer when we can find affordable, natural, safer options. So hooray for Dear Baby, a handcrafted line of all-natural baby and pregnancy skincare products that makes it easy to treat yourself — and your baby — while protecting all that extra-sensitive, precious skin. Dear Baby was founded by mom Kate Ansari after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer during her pregnancy–...

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Meet your new house guests: Martha Stewart, Jon Waters, and Iris Apfel.

What’s making me happy right now? Totally randomly, I’d say really good tart lemonade, extra daylight while we still have it, an available outdoor table at my favorite local Italian place, the 80’s station on Sirius/XM, the latest episode of SPAWNED, and now, The Legendary Tastemakers series of plush pillows from designer Brian Nesse. You have to check out these adorable, and pretty accurate depictions of some of your favorite pop culture icons, from Minnesota’s Loch Ness MPLS on Etsy. There’s definitely the perfect one for anyone ultra cool on any gift list you may have right now: Jon Waters for a film buff. Jackie O, Iris Apfel, Karl Lagerfeld or...

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The coolest back to school shopping finds on Etsy, all with cash back. Thanks, Ebates!

Do you know how much the average parent spends on back to school shopping? Let’s just say, a lot. We love supporting smaller indie brands, and finding the cool school supplies out there that helps make this time of year a little more fun — but we also love a great bargain. Which is why we are beyond happy to be working with our sponsor Ebates, which is now helping us all do both. From July 21 to August 3, when you sign in with your Ebates account, you get double cash back from tons of online retailers you may be shopping anyway, like Old...

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The cutest personalized baby shoes from top to bottom

We’ve always been big on recommending personalized gifts for people asking us for great baby gift ideas. Personalization makes any gift extra thoughtful, turns nearly anything into a keepsake, and it doesn’t even have to cost a fortune. So my latest find to add to the recommendation list are the personalized baby shoes from UK Etsy shop Born Bespoke. Samantha Gillan’s sweet, entirely handmade leather baby booties are fit for a royal prince or princess, but priced for many of us commoners, which I like. The styles range from not-at-all-scary dinosaurs to the cutest birds and woodland creatures, birth signs and classically simple monograms, hearts, and stars. I...

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A night light that says it all

The second I saw this Love You night light on Etsy, I thought it was the most perfect thing for about a zillion parents. For every child who wakes up in the middle of the night, trying to will themselves back to sleep, could anything be more comforting than both the soft glow of a night light, plus a little reminder that they are loved? Even if we’re not right there in bed with them? Even if we don’t want them to come into our room every hour on the hour and cuddle right up to us which is cute...

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7 fun, modern, handmade wooden step stools for kids. Because nice ones are harder to find than you’d think!

My kids’ step stools are basically these kind of industrial plastic ones you find at the Container Store. Nothing wrong with it and it’s served us well, but I will say it was the fallback option after searching for years for cute step stools that didn’t have freaky clowns, weird frogs, or curliecue monograms painted on them. Well turns out that cute step stools for kids are either more plentiful now, or I’m just a better web searcher than I was a few years back. Check out these lovely handmade options that make fantastic baby or toddler gifts, not just because they’re practical now,...

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Cute new gender neutral onesies for babies who refuse to be pigeonholed thank you very much. (Lots of progressive babies out there!)

To beat the summer heat, like lots of parents I like going with a simple and light wardrobe for our new bundle. I am currently on the hunt for some awesome onesies to showcase my baby girl’s sweetness. Yes, baby boys are sweet too. They all don’t have to be FUTURE SPACE NINJA SUMO WRESTLING GALACTIC LORDS. So I love the new gender-neutral baby onesie collection from Susie Ghahremani of CMP fave indie shop Boygirlparty. Your little boy or girl  can wear these gender-neutral, extremely charming, very cute onesies all summer long and still lounge in comfort and style. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount...

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Two fantastic new crowdfunding platforms to help the small makers we love

I love the popularity of crowdfunding independent projects, especially since it’s helped to launch so many companies we love on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And now there are two new platforms I’m so happy to learn about, because they really are dedicated to artists and indie makers, and have yet to be taken over by companies that already have $4 million in VC funding: Fund on Etsy, and Seed & Spark.   FUND ON ETSY Fund on Etsy is just as it sounds — a pilot program to help support makers who want to stretch beyond “mom who sews things on...

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17 very, very cool Father’s Day gifts under $25 | 2015 Father’s Day Gift Guide

We all know, of course, that the amount of money you spend on a Father’s Day gift has no correlation with love whatsoever. Not that there’s anything wrong with splurges. But if you’re on a tight budget, if you’re not a spendy gift kind of a family, or if you have the kind of dad on your list who really is just comfortable with a small token, we’ve got you covered with 17 super cool Father’s Day gift ideas for you that all ring in under $25. They’re also great for kids who are saving their allowances, and maybe buying their very own...

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Zuzii shoes: Handmade baby shoes we’re swooning over, because they make them for us too.

I’ve been admiring the stylish oxfords, loafers, and sandals for kids from Zuzii shoes ever since I saw them on Joy Cho‘s Instagram feed, which is one of my favorites. Joy’s style is so bright and cheerful, and these shoes fit that vibe perfectly. So of course I couldn’t help but click over to take a closer look, and wow. Zuzii shoes are beautifully handmade to order by a mother-daughter team in LA, and they work really well for an easy but still stylish summer look. That is, for those fashion-conscious toddlers of the world. You’ll find oxfords, loafers, sandals, even those perforated...

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Handmade baby gifts with an Australian accent. (But no, they don’t talk.)

It’s not often I discover a new Etsy shop and automatically think okay, every single thing in there is adorable. But that’s the case with Babee and Me, which I can forgive for being based in Byron Bay, Australia, considering what beautiful work is coming out of the shop. From soft handmade baby toys, to funky teething rattles (oh, those cameras!), and tons of gorgeous personalized wooden blocks in all kinds of styles, everything just has a wonderful sensibility about it with terrific typography, and modern color combination. I like that the selection also includes lots of black and white gifts,...

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The coolest gifts for Grandpas: Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Next up in our 2015 Father’s Day gift guide, are some of the coolest gifts for grandpas. Or grandfathers. Or papas, pop-pops…you know, that awesome patriarch in your family. We’ve got a fun range for you from thoughtful gifts from the grandkids, to spendier gifts that make a big statement, should he need a little extra love this year. And of course, don’t forget the card. Whatever the gift, they’re nearly always the best part. And hey, don’t miss our fabulous (seriously, like all-caps worthy FABULOUS) $800 Father’s Day gift guide giveaway below. Entering is easy and we think, totally...

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Wynn Ruby: One-stop shopping for the cutest baby gifts from small designers.

We’re always happy to discover new online shops that feature some of the small label designers for kids that we love, and now there’s another to add to our list: Wynn Ruby. Right away I knew it was going to be a fun selection when I saw they carried Eleventy-five clothing for kids. But there’s so much more fun to discover. Austin mom Katie Hall opened the shop less than two months ago and I’m already seeing the selection growing by the week. It’s hard to pare down my favorites, but I’m partial to the Kupukupu Kids baby clothing, organic leggings from Babysprouts &...

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Our favorite handmade toy boxes: Now personalized, on sale, and supporting a really special cause

June is going to be a busy month in the studio of one of our favorite modern kids’ furniture makers, Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture. The Shark Tank winner, cool mom, and handmade toy box builder extraordinaire — along with her dad (love that!) — are going back to basics, and building some really beautiful custom toy boxes in the garage by hand, just like she used to back in 2007 when she founded the company. And when we first shared her toy chests with you.  If you need to get your playroom or a kid’s room more organized, this is a perfect opportunity. While all her...

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12 of the coolest personalized Father’s Day Gifts: Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

We are so excited to launch our 2015 Father’s Day gift guide, because as our longtime readers know, we just love tracking down fantastic gift ideas for the dads we love in our lives. (Yay cool dads!) So we’re starting out with the coolest personalized Father’s Day gifts — not just because we really like them, which we do, but because personalized or custom gifts often require a little lead time. So if one of these strikes your fancy, get moving! Father’s Day is June 21 this year. And we’re thrilled to welcome back Pinhole Press as our sponsor of this post...

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Minecraft skin, actual size! (But not actual skin. That would be weird.)

If you read Cool Mom Tech, you may be aware of my daughters’ obsession with Minecraft. We even created Minecraft games we can play when the screens are off. So I can only imagine how thrilled they’d be to decorate their room with the custom Minecraft skin wall art from Etsy’s Lemur apps. Related: The best Minecraft birthday party ideas for kids   Of course kids love to own anything that looks like them, but in this 8-bit world, it’s about anything that looks like the custom skin of their character that they’ve so carefully chosen. This company has gone so far...

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How to clean up after those plums in the ice box that were so sweet and delicious.

William Carlos Williams has always been one of my favorite poets, and to this day, his imagery of plums in the icebox remains strong and beautiful thanks to my mom introducing me to This is Just To Say when I was young. So when I saw this William Carlos Williams tea towel featuring his beautiful words, perfectly screenprinted in a typewriter font the way he meant them to be, I thought, yep. Perfect. Denver Etsy shop Urban Bird and Co offers other fun natural cotton tea towels and sets of cloth napkins that make wonderful hostess gifts now that summer is around hte corner. But it’s that...

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Candylab Toys: Our kids can’t wait to get behind these wheels

We fell so in love with Candylab Toys and their gorgeous, modern-looking wood cars when we saw them over the holidays last year, they easily made 2014 Best Toys, Dolls, and Games list. Now our engines are all revved up again to see that they are adding to their fleet of vehicles with five new styles of handmade wooden cars. Like their original cars, these new Candylab vehicles run not on batteries, but on the imagination of the kids playing with cars like the iconic yellow cab, a mini tow truck that actually tows, or a 1970’s era Woodie station wagon which comes with...

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