Tag: hearts

Sweet, but not-sugary, Valentines gifts for under $20

When it comes to giving Valentines gifts, I’ll refrain from saying that my kids are “sweet enough already.” But, let’s face it: they’ll be bombarded with candy hearts, lollipops and other sweets on the 14th. My plan is to find some non-sweet treats they’ll love for a lot longer than that pink lollipop. Here are some of my favorite choices for kids of all ages. –Christina The Woodland Love wooden blocks from Tiny Giraffe Shop come packaged in a little drawstring bag ready to give to your Valentine. The illustrations are so sweet, they’d be perfect on top of...

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Wood you still love me tomorrow?

We’ve seen a ton of heart jewelry leading up to Valentine’s Day, but the one that’s stolen my heart isn’t flashy, blingy, or loaded with diamonds. In fact, it isn’t even shiny. I discovered designer Andrea Panico’s Pico Designs at the gift show this week and fell in love with her modern, architecturally-inspired handmade jewelry–but perhaps none more than this laser-cut wooden heart necklace. Made out of cherry wood and dangling from a gold-fill chain, it hangs just below the collarbone.  I think it will look cool even when the paper valentines are long tucked away in a shoebox. Find the...

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A stitch in time makes a great Valentine’s Day gift

My husband and I do Valentine’s Day Lite, meaning that we will not be forking out $200 for a fancy meal, or buying each other expensive jewelry or electronics as a sign of our devotion.  But that doesn’t mean I am totally comfortable with handing him a greeting-store card and calling it a day. Which is why I love this little token of my affection that is personalized, handmade, and won’t break the bank. Cozy Blue’s “I Love Us” cross-stitch pattern reminds me of initials carved in a tree, but this version is a lot easier to hang on...

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Penguin Love

2012 may be the year of the dragon, but the penguin still needs some attention. And  just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re found one of the cutest ever ways for a baby to wear his love for penguins–or his love for love–on his chest. [don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump] I love the simplicity, the attention to detail, and the yummy organic cotton of this Penguin Love shirt. Plus, it is available as a onesie for even the tiniest lover. It’s all of the fun of a black tie affair without the fuss. -Eva Penguin...

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Web Coolness – Special Valentines, getting organized, and hugs from the internet

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re digging these Valentine’s garden recipes, like these colorful plantable paper hearts. Had it with hearts already? Kristen has rounded up some pretty arrow jewelry that we’d love to get from a special someone. Take charge of the clutter with these 20 smart and easy ideas for getting organized. Oooo, Hobbits! A sneak peak at the new LEGO Lord of the Rings minifigs. Let your kids play movie critic by voting on their own favorite films of 2011 at Kids Pick Flicks. ...

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Rubber stamp out boring Valentine’s cards

My four year-old can spend an entire afternoon playing with rubber stamps. And I must admit, I never thought of using them much myself until watching her and seeing some of the results. (She’s good!) So when I came across Mollie Flatley’s Etsy shop packed with the lovely handmade rubber stamps, I was lured right in. I especially love this triple rose rubber stamp from Norajane, which would be a perfect way to decorate Valentine’s cards in a few weeks, but would still be great for weddings, birthday cards, and anniversaries all year round. There’s a heart doily stamp...

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Heart tattoos for Valentine’s Day! (Don’t worry, they wash off.)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, and plenty of parents’ quests to steer clear of cavity-causing treats to pass out in the classroom (not that there’s anything wrong with it!), our friends at Tatt.ly do it again, with a totally fabulous line of indie artist-created Valentine’s temporary tattoos. And by the way, they’re not so bad on adults either. Hit the What’s New section to see designs created by designers Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss, Julia Rothman, Bianca Gomez and more. When I was in high school I would have been all over those besties heart tattoos, but...

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Home is where the heart is

I like pretty designs. I like hearts. I am a girl. It’s not all that complicated. But I don’t believe that girlie has to mean cheesy. A perfect example of that? This funky heart patterned pillow cover. Texturas Urbanas is a one-woman show operated by a visual artist/designer from Buenos Aires. Her creations are imaginative, bright and dynamic. Look at her collection and you just know she is having fun at work. One of our faves from her home spun collection are these soft, cotton pillow covers perfect for the nursery, playroom or even master bedroom. Printed with water based...

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She will be loved

One of the best things about having a baby is knowing how loved she is by so many people, even before drawing her first breath. Gifts that express that very sentiment just might be my favorite. Another thing I love: this organic baby gift set put together by two of our favorite small brands. Whether you’re having a boy, girl, or an “I’ll find out soon enough,” your baby will look sweet in the organic “Loved” lap tee from Barley + Birch, plus an adorable heart teether from Little Alouette. Best, it’s all for just $35. Sweet. –Liz Find...

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Take my heart, please.

Some mornings, as I leave for work, my daughter says, “Mommy, give me something from your bag so I can remember you!” I reach in and pull out a business card, a pen…anything will do really. It’s become a sweet little tradition between us. But now I think I have a new thing with which to send her off to school that’s better than a dog-eared ATM receipt. The second I saw these first day of school felt hearts I was smitten. So basic, and yet so adorable. And the price is just right. Of course, the price can...

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Web Coolness – Found hearts, cooler strollers, and a truck with a huge nipple on the top

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.  Boy Sees Hearts: Such a simple idea with results we love. (via Design Mom)   Waitstaff tells you to nurse your baby in the bathroom?! Who you gonna call? The Milk Truck! (via @royhandy) The simple joys of a tire swing, with a few tips for getting it just right. Muppets invade Manhattan? Actually, it’s the new Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image. If you feel like freshening up the kids’ bedrooms, we love these three DIY...

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Have a heart on Valentine’s Day

We were first introduced to the Children’s Heart Foundation when we donated the proceeds from last year’s color-your-own Valentine’s Day card contest to their worthy efforts. So this year, we figured it was timely to remember their fantastic cause on a day that is all about spreading the love. This lovely organization provides support and assistance to children and their families who are affected by congenital heart defects (CHD), which just so happens to be the number one birth defect in the USA. In fact, a child is born with CHD every fifteen minutes. Wow. If you were looking...

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Heartfelt Valentines musings, totally erasable

I love the idea of leaving sweet little notes for my son and husband on a daily basis. You know, like: You’re perfect; I love you; and Put your dirty socks in the hamper. Which is why this Chalkboard Heart from Wall Candy Arts is the perfect accessory for my daily musings and directives. Less of a commitment than painting a wall with chalkboard paint, these chalkboard heart wall decals still let you and your little ones have some erasable fun. You can peel and stick this set of fun hearts (including some XOXOs) multiple times without worrying about...

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Go ahead. Make my cookies.

We were delighted with the Martha Stewart makes Cookies app when it was introduced this past fall for the iPad, and now there’s one more reason to like all this four-color, interactive deliciousness–more yummy cookie recipes and a new lower price. At least for a limited time. The app is just $2.99 for the next week; a nice discount over the original $7.99 price. Especially since there are now more heart-shaped treats that look so fantastic, my five year-old just enjoys scrolling through the pages as if it were the best storybook in the world. (A story that ends with me eating...

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Put a little love in your (h)EAR(t)

I’ve never been the biggest fan of heart-shaped anything. But now that I have kids–and one in particular who likes to draw hearts on just about everything–well, they’re starting to grow on me. Especially around Valentine’s Day. These darling little heart earrings from Kris Nations would be so perfect to wear on the 14th and any time thereafter. Made in the United States from reclaimed sterling silver or 14K gold fill, these little studs are as simple as it gets. One solid piece of metal hammered into a heart shape. That’s it. No backs to fiddle with or lose....

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Be still my beating heart… shoes with hearts.

My mom gets teary-eyed when talking about a pair of red Mary Jane shoes I had as a little girl and so I’ve always envisioned getting a similar pair for my daughter. And then I saw these red Mary Jane shoes with white hearts. Seriously. Can it get any cuter? See Kai Run’s Smaller Collection for babies and toddlers does it again with their handcrafted leather Monica shoes. Mixing the perfect amount of sweet and modern, the Monica shoes are ideal for Valentine’s Day but can also be worn well into the spring and summer. The whole Smaller collection...

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You can heart punch all over my page, any day.

We’re perpetual fans of Martha Stewart’s craft supplies and if you’re a DIY-er, it’s a good investment for Valentine’s Cards and crafts this month. Their new heart punch aptly called Heart Punch All Over the Page lets you achieve the impossible–an absolutely perfect heart shape anywhere on the page. Even in the center. For someone like me (an imperfect crafter with ridiculously high standards), this heart punch is a coveted tool. For someone like my daughter (a three-year-old who expects me to create perfection), this is a headache saver. We’ll be using it to decorate her class valentines, to create...

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The Valentine’s gift that made me go Wow.

I love the Valentine’s cards my husband picks out for me each year. Truly, I save each and every one of them. But wouldn’t it be amazing if you got a personalized piece of hand-painted art to hang on your wall and enjoy it year after year? If you said yes, well then I’d have to agree. Check out these exquisitely personalized Heart Portrait Prints from Rifle Paper Co. The artist makes them complete with illustrations of you and your sweetheart, and a little banner featuring your hand-lettered names. Although it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day it doesn’t scream it,...

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Now your daughter can wear her heart in her hair

Most girls–my own daughter included–have lots of these little metal snap barrettes lying around and, if you happen to be a crafty type, you probably also have some pretty wool felt at home, too. If so, in just about 15 minutes you can make a couple of gorgeous Valentine’s heart barrettes and your daughter will be ready for the 14th. I love crafting. Love it. But I am the queen of unfinished projects. Time and time again I start something new instead of, say, putting the binding on the sampler quilt I started two years ago. Needless to say,...

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Custom hearts for the one you heart

I think I’m in love. The object of my affection: The selection of decorative artwork embellished with handcut paper hearts from the brand new Etsy shop Paper Cut Works. Ania Alyson, Seattle artist by way of Poland, creates artsy, anatomically-inspired hearts out of repurposed materials from an old dictionary page featuring the word “mother” to a custom map or vintage sheet music. She then mounts the paper hearts on either card stock, or small 4×4″ birch block frames which are finished to look like paintings. In the end, you get all the sweetness, but none of the sap. The...

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