Tag: handmade

Adorable personalized wooden ornaments for kids who wants to see their own names on the tree. That’s, all of them.

Every Christmas, one of my kids’ favorite things to do is reminisce about each ornament as we hang it on the tree. Sure, it takes us a long time to get the whole thing decorated, but we love trying to remember the story behind each one, and some of the most special are those personalized ornaments we own, customized with names, dates, or pictures right on them. So when I saw the simple and lovely personalized wooden ornaments (they’re bamboo!) from the family-run Graphic Spaces Wood featured in our gift guide in our list of cool personalized gifts for kids, I knew my family needed one. Or...

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A new line of cute, trendy kids’ clothes from Korea by way of London

Like maybe some of you, my three-year-old has two small but separate wardrobes: The inexpensive, easily replaceable outfits he wears to nursery school; and the few higher quality, trendy kids’ clothes I save for the days he’s not painting without a smock. To add to the latter list: the darling styles from the new online kids’ clothing shop Ebabee for kids up to age 6. Ebabee offers a beautifully curated collection of cute, comfy, and slightly quirky clothing from Korea for trendsetting girls and boys–though sadly for us, the little boys’ options are more limited. There are plenty for girls, though, and if I had a daughter, I’d...

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Web coolness – The ultimate list of holiday gift ideas, Thanksgiving help, and the toy NOT to get your kids.

Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Our 2014 holiday gift guide is here filled with more than 200 gift ideas for everyone on your list, plenty of discount codes, and a huge giveaway. We hope it helps! (Find those personalized Christmas plates for kids right here.) The most beautiful Advent calendars to help you start the countdown. Still focused on Thanksgiving? Bookmark these 4 Thanksgiving cooking hotlines that can help. Start loading up the tablet for road trips, starting with this excellent, brand new Toca Boca app. New to the Cool Mom Picks Indie...

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It’s here! It’s here! Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide has arrived.

We are so SO excited to present our 2014 holiday gift guide, our biggest and best yet, if we do say so ourselves. You’ll find 20 pages of absolutely amazing holiday gift ideas (over 200 to be exact) for everyone on your list in every price range, all scoured from the ends of the earth by our intrepid Cool Mom elves. (Okay, from the ends of the Internet. Same thing these days.) As always, when you shop from our guide, you’re supporting a whole lot of small brands and indie artists, including our absolutely awesome sponsor, Micro Kickboard. They...

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Our new favorite spot for printable toys: Smallful

One of our great joys with this site is supporting small businesses and fellow indie publishers. (Hey, we still have a blogroll. Remember those?) And now one of our favorite bloggers and friends, Mari Richards of the fantastic design site Small for Big, falls squarely into both camps with her new shop Smallful, which is all about printable toys and other playthings for kids. Mari is a toy designer and graphics artist by trade–with phenomenal taste, I might add–so it’s no surprise that the printable toys in her shop are exquisite. Right now she’s transitioning from Halloween (though masks are good for any...

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12 of the most spectacular advent calendars to help you count down to Christmas

Before you deck the halls, make sure you have your advent calendar ready so you can count down the days to the night before Christmas. It’s a tradition that my kids enjoy so much,  we have a few set up around the house to remind us how much longer they have to wait for their favorite day to arrive. And whether you are super crafty, want to print a DIY calendar at home, or would rather purchase something you can use year after year, we’ve rounded up a dozen options for you to have ready by the first of December. Prices and...

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Just when you thought there was nothing new in baby bibs: Glitter!

I’m all about the function and not the form when it comes to baby bibs, so I’m not usually one to freak out over a cute one. But then I saw the glitter baby bibs from Luna on the Moon, and everything changed. Okay, that may be a bit hyperbolic, but these bibs are so stylish that I’m thinking of buying one, and I don’t even have a baby right now. Kids love glitter, and this mama loves glitter that doesn’t get all over my house. But I also love that these bibs cover baby from chin to crotch (or probably knees, when they’re...

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To the Market: Fashionable gifts and accessories that reinvent women’s lives.

Recently I was honored to attend the ONE.org Girls & Women Initiative’s AYA Summit, in which my eyes were opened to so many remarkable ways that people devote their lives to women and girls around the world who are disproportionately affected by poverty. One of the women I was amazingly impressed with is Jane Mosbacher Morris, who cut her teeth in the counterterrorism department of the State Department (whoa), then turned her life towards humanitarian action with a focus on woman’s issues, and in particular, anti-human trafficking. She also happens to have great style and a sharp mind for business. So you can see how this is all coming together. This week I’m so...

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Cloth diaper covers too cute to cover up.

Baby bums are cute, but cloth-diapered baby bums? Well, they’re really something else. So when I learned about the lovely new handmade-to-order cloth diaper covers by Carissa Halbmaier in the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop, I got just a little bit excited thinking about all the babies I’ll be able to buy them for. (Update: They’re now available at the Barrel and a Heap Etsy shop.) These bright, bold geometric prints are nothing like the plain primary-colored cloth diaper covers from my diapering days. And looks aside, these covers are also conveniently designed to grow with baby, plus lined with PUL fabric...

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Winter hats on!

Finding a winter coat for the baby always seems easy, but it can be a challenge to find a hat that is logo, character and cheesy design-free. We came across these delightful, updated-retro styles from Little Sun Hat that I think will do the trick to keep mini noggins warm this winter. The plaid winter hats will have your little ones looking like they just stepped out of a 1950s catalog in the best way possible. Designer Kara Meloy drew inspiration for her new winter collection from her childhood in the Cascade Mountains, focusing on plaids and tweeds, with charmingly classic cuts. The collection is available in three...

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Heirloom cashmere for babies so gorgeous, you might never take it out of the box.

It’s no secret we’re fans of gorgeous cashmere, for ourselves and for our kids, even if we do tend to covet it from afar. So imagine our delight when we recently stumbled upon a new cashmere line–this time, just for babies. I know, low points for practicality, but super high points for the irresistible factor, right? Inspired by his love of grey and a couple of cuddly rabbits he discovered in his black & white photo collection, Bob Andrews, the NYC-based founder of Grey Rabbit Baby who has worked for the likes of Ralph Lauren, has created some gorgeous cashmere pieces for newborns that make special gifts for...

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An adorable doll carrier for future babywearers

I’m a veteran babywearer, so it’s no surprise that the first thing my daughter thinks about when she wants to take her dolls for a walk is putting them into a carrier. We’ve always had cute little doll pouches for her babies, but with whyknotmom’s Reversible Doll Carrier, she finally has one that looks like the Ergo her little brother used to pretty much live in, and she couldn’t be more excited. These adorable customizable doll carriers come in a variety of colorful fabrics with black on the reverse to better simulate mom’s or dad’s carrier. With adjustable waist and shoulder straps, they’ll...

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Gorgeous modern home accessories that give you an excuse to redecorate

In a galaxy far far away before I was foremost a wife and mother, I managed a gallery of handmade artisan crafts and I adored it.  I still miss being surrounded by beautiful handcrafted pieces every day, but sometimes I come across an artist who takes me right back. Right now it’s the stunning handmade plywood home accessories at the Ciseal shop on Etsy. If you’re thinking it’s time to stash the summery linen pillows and throws back in the closet and get serious for fall, this might be the justification you’re looking for. Ciseal features hand crafted bent plywood furniture and home accessories created in Nicole Hodsdon’s Detroit studio. The wavy tablet stands,...

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Our favorite scarves and accessories that give back now give back to you, with a huge sale

It’s been two years almost to the date that I first visited Ethiopia and got to know some of the amazing women behind FashionABLE , making me instantly committed to helping the company with their mission to offer a living wage, medical care, education, and dignity to women in need. In fact, I’m wearing my Genet scarf this very second. Not even kidding. However FashionABLE has been around twice as long as I’ve known them, and in celebration of their fourth birthday they’re having a huge sale. As in, everything in the shop is up to 45% off for four days. Starting today, find...

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You’ve got very cute mail

If your kids get as excited as mine when they get something in the mailbox, then check out this adorable and free printable mailbox from TinyMe that will let you send and receive notes from your kids anytime, no stamp required. This printable craft looks like it could be completed while kids are at preschool, or maybe even during naptime if your kids’ nap longer than mine ever did. If you have two kids, they can each have their own mailbox as there is an all-red version and a red-and-blue version to assemble. And siblings can even write to each other that...

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Baby, you’re about to embark on a serious adventure. But first, get warm.

We recently discovered the loveliness that is Designed by Artists, an emporium full of whimsical, wonderful, handmade baby and toddler blankets, all created by local Houston artists. And I’m not sure how I missed their signature design, but it’s totally captured my heart – designer Insun Hong’s baby blanket that says You’re About to Embark on a Serious Adventure. Have truer words ever been spoken?   I absolutely love the typography, the color choices, the velvety soft backing…everything. And what’s new is that now you can spend a little more and have it completely personalized with your baby’s name and year of...

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Baby carrier covers that make instant Halloween costumes

Halloween means lots of clever costume ideas circulating for babies, but chances are that no baby under a year–or her costume, for that matter–is going to last long for trick or treating. However the hilarious new animal-themed baby carrier covers from CuddleRoo struck us as a hilarious option for an instant, no-work costume. Because let’s face it, if your infant is still young enough to be carried, most likely you’re not full of costume-making energy these days. Cuddleroo animal baby carrier covers slip right over pretty much any rear-facing soft structured baby carrier–they’re compatible with brands like Ergo, Infantino, and smaller brands like Boba and Tula. With choices like a giraffe, unicorn, lion, dragon...

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11 creative group Halloween costume ideas for kids who don’t want to be Elsa and Olaf

Once your kids get too old for our awesome Baby Halloween Costume ideas, they may want to come up with a group costume that involves their friends, as is the case with my own kids this year.  So gather them around the computer–or just send them the link to this post–and show them some of these really cool ideas for the coolest and most creative group Halloween costumes for kids. Hope they inspire something wonderful.   Social Media Icon Group Halloween Costume (GymnastLaura on Instagram) Perfect for those ever-texting tweens, though they may argue over who gets stuck being Facebook.   LEGO Justice League Minifigs (Instructables)...

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Congrats to the Martha Stewart American Made winners. So much goodness!

From the woman who tells us everything that’s “a good thing,” there are now ten more good things for us all to discover via the Martha Stewart American Made 2014 winners. Here’s just a few we’re amazingly impressed with. Kalon Studios: Michaele Simmering and Johann Pauwen’s gorgeous modern furniture is all designed in LA and US-made. From a gorgeous handmade crib we recently featured in our black and white nursery roundup,  to a modern play tent and plenty of modern craft furniture for adults, we’re coveting all of it.   Heather Lins is a Madison mom making very cool DIY embroidery kits that make terrific gifts for...

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You’ve got to know when to fold ’em. And by that, we mean awesome origami art prints.

Origami will always be cool, but some of us will never progress past making hats. Now you can display crisp, fancy origami creatures proudly, whether you actually possess intricate paper folding skill or not, thanks to these modern-style origami art prints. Our pals at Noodlehug–surely you remember the I Like Big Cups and I Cannot Lie print?–now have a quintet of prints featuring origami animals combined with typography and shadows that would look lovely in a nursery or office. They currently have a bear, a fox, an owl, a crane, and a jolly green dragon, each archival printed in a variety of sizes. And,...

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