Tag: jewelry

Born to craft: two amazing artists not yet old enough to drive

We love finding new crafters and artists, especially when they’re just getting started. And no one seems to define that better than two talents we’ve just found–especially considering they haven’t even hit their mid-teens yet. Yes, really.   Amelia (top left) is the 13 year-old daughter of Anna Fader of Mommy Poppins fame. Her Jumprings and Jellybeans blog features tutorials for many of the crafts (mostly jewelry but also some watercolor and paper crafts) that she’s making, all presented with such a charming, wry tone. A natural blogger! An excerpt for a make-your-own button tutorial intro: I keep seeing...

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Mom keepsake jewelry that doesn’t look like it

I always love finding original ideas for keepsake jewelry, especially to mark the birth of a child. (Just please don’t call them push presents. Argh.) And there’s something about this bracelet that’s so different than the typical curliecue letter stamped into silver, that I’m really digging it.   The Save the Date Bracelet by Mitsymoto Designs lets you add up to 6 numbers on a cool, vaguely industrial brass plate with bronze rivets. It reminds me more of a door number on a house without the hyphens or slashes to separate the month, date, and year, which makes it a little...

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15 of the absolute cutest hedgehog gifts, all handmade

When we first started this site it was birds. Then owls. Then foxes. Now, neck-in-neck with the fox, the cutest animal trend to emerge is definitely hedgehogs. (Not that owls show any sign of going anywhere.) If you think the spiny mammal of the subfamily Erinaceinae is cuter than its Latin name might suggest, well I do too! So I’ve combed the web to share 15 of the cutest handmade hedgehog gifts, toys, tees, artwork and more, all at great prices. After all, they’re too adorable just to come out at night. –Liz Wooden Hedgehog Pendant by decoylab ($16)...

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Falling in love with Rose Gold

Everywhere I look, from fashion magazines to the fingers and earlobes of the Meatpacking District fashionistas in NY, it seems that rose gold jewelry is here and it’s not going anywhere–prepare to see loads of it this spring and summer. It’s not just pretty though; it’s practical. The subtle pink sheen means you can pair with silver or gold, and you never feel that idgy feeling when you mix metals (is that just me?). Here are just a few pieces I tracked down in a variety of price points that I could definitely see myself wearing. If you’re the...

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Pretty Valentine’s Day jewelry that won’t break the bank

As much as I love Valentine’s Day, I know not every woman wants (or needs) an expensive Valentine’s gift. So I love these pretty necklaces which do a beautiful job of telling someone she’s special, for under $20.  These pretty mother of pearl charms are handprinted and hang from a thin silk cord. It all looks fairly lightweight which means it might not hang straight down like a heavier metal charm, however that also makes it a nice choice for a tween or teen. especially since the cord can be tied to any length.   If you’re a Valentine’s...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and catch cool new picks like these every day. 1. Fun, free retro Valentine’s printables that make great DIY cards too. 2. The essential guide to making an iPod Touch safe for kids. 3. The cutest black boots that don’t even need breaking in. 4. Children’s tees to make your kids look smart. Which they already are. 5. Pretty new mom keepsake jewelry that’s actually...

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4 fabulous outfits to match 4 fabulous pairs of glasses

There’s no faster way to make people say, “Wow, you look great–what’s different?” than new glasses. Faster even than a haircut. Seriously. And possibly cheaper, considering there is hardly a pair over $95 on Lookmatic, including your prescription. So we’re thrilled to welcome them as our newest sponsor (yay!), especially because they were so kind as to allow me to put together some cool outfits around some of my favorite Lookmatic frames on their site. And there’s a lot. Narrowing them down may have been the hardest part. –Liz [Don’t miss a big giveaway PLUS an exclusive, limited time...

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Watch out! These wooden timepieces are stylish and sustainable

Watch out, world. (Ha, get it? Yeah, sometimes we can’t resist.) Whether you’re a hip mom, a cool dude, or someone with metal allergies, we bet you’ll groove on these natural wooden wristwatches, and the fact that each watch purchase funds the planting of a new tree.   WeWood Timepieces crafts light, comfy, breathable watches out of real wood–it’s that simple. They’re truly little pieces of art, and definitely conversation starters. The pics on the WeWood website support their assertion that the watches are ridiculously pretty for a girl or ruggedly handsome for a guy. Considering I wear a...

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It’s maple season. Maple earrings.

I’m definitely a fan of big statement jewelry–big rings, big earrings, chunky necklaces–but the thing about it is, too much of it at once makes the wrong statement. So I’m always on the lookout for great earrings that tamp down the bling so that the neck or the fingers or the wrist can shine instead. Amy Bengston is such a popular designer with the team at Cool Mom Picks, I think that at least half our writers own something from her collection. Now there’s one more piece to covet: her sleek new polished maple earrings. I love that they’re...

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The coolest jewelry, bags and accessories of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

This year felt like an extra amazing year for discovering gorgeous jewelry, bags, and accessories that keep mamas feeling cool. (Even if we’re just faking it.) Here, a few of our editors’ very favorites of the year. And phew…it wasn’t easy paring it down. So congrats to all our favorites! Kristen Leigh Luna braille jewelry It’s no secret that I love braille; I have my kids’ initials tattooed in braille on my wrist! But even I can appreciate the gorgeous braille jewelry from from this artist, which is a personal but much less permanent option. Metallic Cambridge Satchels I...

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Rockin the winter white

I’m a sucker for winter white jewelry, because that whole no white after Labor Day thing? Bah. Not that you’ll ever catch me in white pants (before or after Labor Day), but a bracelet like this one–totally. The White Beaded Bracelet from Etsy’s By Jodi is made of a combination of white turquoise, magnasite and a single sparkly sterling ball. Because everyone needs a little sparkle. You can even customize it with gold instead, if that’s more your color. I love that it’s a great way to pair with flashier metal earrings or a necklace, so you don’t shine from limb to limb. Or pair...

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The coolest collar necklace and bib necklaces: this year’s must-have New Year’s Eve statement jewelry

Should you be lucky enough to have willing grandparents or a dedicated babysitter for New Year’s Eve this year, it’s a good excuse to find yourself some sweet jewelry to jazz up last year’s little black dress. (Or you know, the one from 2008. Should it still fit.) The bib necklace and the collar necklace are pretty much the hottest things right now, and I’ve rounded up just a few that I’m loving, in every price range. How to wear them: Both tend to look best with a low cut top that leaves enough skin for the necklace to sit...

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Party-perfect earrings with a big purpose

Metallic feather-look earrings crafted from leather? Yes, please. The style is super cool and party-perfect. Even better, these earrings look ridiculously expensive, but only cost 24 bucks. But wait, there’s something more amazing about them. Raven + Lily is a longtime favorite of ours, for their beautiful items and their goal to empower women through design In keeping with that, these earrings are each handcrafted by marginalized women in India, using locally sourced leather. The proceeds go straight back to these women, in the form of literacy programs for them, their children, and their community.This holiday season, I can’t...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find fun pins like this daily. 1. A cool handbag that gives back in an amazing way.  Surely there’s someone on your list who will love this. 2. Move over eggnog! This yummy holiday cocktail recipe is giving you serious competition. 3. Need a last-minute gift for your kids, nieces, or nephews that they’ll adore? Found it. 4.We wouldn’t complain if we found this gorgeous necklace under the tree this year. 5. Want a head start on your New Year’s fitness resolutions? This gadget will be a huge...

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8 of the coolest personalized gifts that there’s still time to get for Christmas!

Whether you’re down to the last present on your list or still only just getting started (ahem), you don’t have to panic. There’s still time to order super-cool gifts that are–get this!–personalized, so no one will ever know that you didn’t buy them weeks ago. Here are some of our favorites. –Lexi We like this affordable little peronalized rockstar coin pouch from Psychobaby so much, we included it in the CMP holiday gift guide. And you have until 12/17 to order (via 2nd day shipping).  Personalized pocket mirrors from Olliegraphic sport your kid’s name–and you can choose the hair...

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Christmas gifts that kids can make themselves (really!)

It’s a tradition around our house that my kids give handmade gifts (made by their hands!) to their siblings and grandparents. But coming up with new ideas–especially ones that don’t require me to be the one doing all the work–can be a challenge. If you love giving handmade gifts as much as we do–or want to start a tradition like our family’s–then here’s a plethora of cool and crafty gifts that your kids really can make themselves. Pinky swear. For those of you with little artists, just imagine the possibilities with these DIY modern art plates. Perfect for young scribblers...

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BRIKA is more than another flash sale site. It’s less–in a good way.

While overall, I admit I’m growing a little weary of all the membership-only shopping sites (and the subsequent eight million “OUR SALE IS STARTING!” alerts in my inbox each day), there is a new one I’m excited about. I love its focus on artistry, creativity and the kind of talented designers that we always get excited about when we discover them on Etsy. The new site BRIKA seems to me a bit like a cross between Fab, Uncovet and Joyus. It’s a rather minimalist site–all about beautiful items from artists and small brands you get to learn a little...

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12 gorgeous holiday jewelry picks for less than $50

As mamas, sometimes the only sparkle we get to wear with any real regularity is what sticks to our shirts from our kids’ glitter-and-glue projects. And while we obviously love our kiddos’ creations, it’s nice to have some purposefully placed glitter every once in a while…like the holidays! We love these beautiful baubles–holiday jewelry that’s sparkly, fun, and all costs less than $50. -Lexi [DON’T MISS AN AWESOME JEWELRY GIVEAWAY (WORTH MORE THAN $50!) AFTER THE JUMP] Proof that holiday jewelry need not reference the snowman pin your great-aunt Maude wears to Christmas dinner every year: this It Girl Collar...

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Add some sparkle to your holiday wish list with custom earrings

Dear Santa, I have been a very good girl, working thoughtfully through my shopping for this holiday season. However, I could use a little more motivation. I think these sparkly earrings might do the trick, if you happen to be passing through town early. On second thought: Never mind, Santa. I know you’re busy. I’ll just scoop them up myself. Yes, I’m thinking these spunky “posh” earrings from Sonyarenee are the perfect pick-me-up for any holiday outfit. Whether you’re hitting the mall or headed out to party, these might be your new go-to bling. The cool part is you can customize the design to...

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Consider us charmed…and with an exclusive Black Friday discount code, you’ll be too.

We love small businesses, we love mom-run businesses, and we really, really love one-of-a-kind personalized charms. (Even if we do avoid calling it Mom Jewelry.) The good news is that one of our long-time favorite shops is offering some unique new custom designs just in time for the holidays–and we’ve got a sweet discount code just for you. We’ve been fans of Heart and Stone for several years and our love is still going strong. We’re especially digging on these gorgeous new personalized message Charms, which come in three sizes, made of reclaimed fine silver and are completely customizable...

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