Is it overkill to hang a different calendar in every room of your house? Because there are so many gorgeous 2015 calendars that I’m struggling to choose just one. Here are 11 of the coolest calendars for next year, ranging from wall calendars to desk calendars to calendars you can use as gift wrap. I say let’s just give ourselves permission to buy as many as we’d like and simply call them pieces of art. They’re all so pretty! Above is Kristina Krogh Studio’s 2015 wall calendar, which combines two of my favorite design elements: black typography and gold foil. Simple yet stunning, it would look...Read More
The history of Black Americans is filled with stories of inspiration and strength, so in honor of Black History Month, I was so happy to find artwork inspired by one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou. Each piece features quotes that have been turned into artwork and speak of that resilience, hope, and courage. I also love how universal they are in their messaging, and how her beautiful words speak to all kinds of people. Wise words for us all. Etsy’s Finding Sunshine Rae creates typographical prints on photo paper (at top) which feature a mix of lettering and colors to spell out...Read More
As I sit here feeling guilty how very far behind I am on sending thank you notes for gifts, I come across this little bit of genius from Hello, Lucky!, one of our favorite sites for funky letterpress cards and birth announcements. The monthly card subscription is such a fun alternative to box sets, if you always want to be sure to have greeting cards that are original and cool on hand. For $4 a card, you’ll get three of their wonderful designs a month, keeping you covered for all different seasons and occasions. Even sweeter, each one comes...Read More
As much as I love loving, sweet, from-the-heart holiday greetings, there are those family members of mine I can always count on to send the funniest Christmas cards. Here, 15 cards that made me laugh out loud. No guarantees we have the same sense of humor — but I do promise you no fart jokes, fruitcake references, or allusions to Christmas balls of any sort. Above: Christmastopher Walken Christmas Card ($4.25, Seas and Peas) (Just who you want coming down your chimney in the middle of the night.) I’ve Been Watching You Christmas Card ($5, Finch and Hare) Hot Cocoa Christmas...Read More
We do love shopping on Black Friday, but we just might love sharing the best Black Friday deals with our readers even more. While we know there are huge discounts at the brick and mortar stores today (and uh, last night), we’re partial to shopping from home. Preferably with a cup of coffee in hand. So we’ve rounded up the best Black Friday deals we could find, and we’ll be updating our list all day, so keep checking back. And for the best Black Friday tech deals, don’t miss our post on Cool Mom Tech with discounts on electronics...Read More
I have been in love with the indie artist-designed Tattly tattoos since we first featured them two years ago. There’s hardly a Cool Mom Picks writer who isn’t. And while they add so many fun designs so frequently (there’s a unicorn now!) that this would become the Tattly blog if we covered every single one, now there is some cool new news worth shouting about. The new Tattly greeting cards just launched yesterday and I am thrilled. Right in time for the holidays, there are five gorgeously letterpressed designs, each featuring a card-appropriate typographic tattoo design, like Today’s the Day, Awesome, or...Read More
Our hearts and souls have always been with entrepreneurs, crafters and small labels that well, put their hearts and souls into everything they make. While Etsy is a mainstay for us, we’ve always loved finding new resources for discovery. And now there’s one more, thanks to the Martha Stewart American Made collection. Visit the American Made eBay shop and find just over 200 carefully curated items ranging from handmade kids’ clothing and jewelry, to gorgeous housewares and hostess gifts, baked-to-order edible gifts, and plenty more. Even DIY kits so you can American-make your own lovely gifts. In fact, if you’re getting a head start on your holiday shopping...Read More
featured partner Even though it’s only the middle of October, this is the year we swear (swear!) we’ll get a head start on the craziness of holidays by getting our holiday cards ready. Now, we have tons of incentive with a great offer and super limited time discount from Minted. (above design by Kelli Hall of Georgia) As if Minted hasn’t always made the entire entire holiday photo card process easy from start to finish, they’ve come up with really smart free holiday card sample kits this year. Sign up and get a totally free set of a variety of Minted cards so you can see...Read More
Anybody can send a regular card, but I think you should get extra points for proclaiming your love and good wishes with these fancy letterpress-printed badges. The chic letterpress badge cards from Hammerpress are designed and hand-printed in Kansas City, and can make even the simplest expression beautiful. And they’re pretty enough to frame. Gorgeous, right? And at $5.50 each, they’re for special occasions, but still less less expensive than that farting grandpa card at the drugstore. –Delilah Find beautiful letterpress badge cards at Hammerpress. Their sale section has some rectangular cards for only...Read More
If you love handmade items by local artisans, we’ve found a collective that showcases the best of the best every week. So, basically, it’s like the cream of the Etsy crop, curated just for you. Even better: these makers are thoughtful and sustainable, and you can read their stories as you ogle their wares. Madesmith is based in Brooklyn and LA and focuses on showcasing designers and makers who produce goods the old-fashioned way–our kind of stuff. Whether you’re into jewelry, skateboards, handmade shoes, or stationery, you can read about the designer’s background, process, studio, and training....Read More
This week on Brika, I was so happy to discover the beautiful work of stationer Kristen Ley of Thimblepress. There’s so much to love in her shop, but what really caught my eye was this great DIY kit for your next baby shower. The DIY It’s a girl banner is so much fun. You can color it in yourself or make it as a creative activity with the other guests at the shower. There’s also one for baby boys, and a gender neutral “celebrate” banner that’s cute for any occasion, really. Look around the collection of her work on Brika...Read More
Egg Press has been a favorite stationery and card shop of ours for a while, and their new baby announcements just keep them on top of the list in our minds. These scallop-edged baby announcements from Egg Press are just delicious. They’re stunningly designed and hand letterpressed, and that die-cut trim really helps them stand out from the pile of other announcements that may be amassing on mantles and refrigerator doors this time of year. (September is a busy time in the baby announcement biz!) They’re not super cheap at $17/6, but then again, they’re less expensive than custom-printed versions. And...Read More
I’m hardly an inspirational quote junkie, but every now and then I find something that catches my eye. This time, though, it wasn’t a poster, but rather something I can wear around my neck. I’ve heard of (and adore) letterpress cards, but letterpress jewelry? Well, let’s just say I’m equally smitten. This line at Lulubug Jewelry, made from mostly reclaimed silver, is right up my alley, with all sorts of cool quotes, whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special, or need a little personal inspiration. I’m pretty sure no mom would be able to keep a...Read More
Sweet little bundle of joy? Yeah, right. Anyone who’s already a parent knows exactly what’s swaddled in that cozy blanket. I salute our pals at Hello Lucky for telling the truth about that adorable new baby with this stylish card: she’s a tiny little dictator, and you’ll serve her for the next eighteen years at least. The gorgeous design is letterpress-printed on thick 100% recycled paper and is blank on the inside, which means you have plenty of space to write out your tips for surviving the first few weeks of the tiny dictator’s regime. This card would be...Read More
Of course today isn’t just about barbecues, sparklers, and if you’re lucky, a big fireworks display that kicks off a four-day weekend. It’s about those awesome forefathers (and foremothers, ahem) of ours who transformed the original 13 colonies into the beginnings of our beloved US of A. In their honor–and in honor of independence–we present 13 outstanding indie, new-to-us Etsy shops that we’re happy to support, one from each of the original 13. –Liz [After the jump, check out 13 can’t-miss Etsy artists from up and down the East Coast] New Jersey: BubbledogThis shop is like kawaii central, with...Read More
Should you be lucky enough to score a Fourth of July party invite somewhere in the vicinity of fireworks–or better yet, a whole weekend at a beach house (can you tell I’m dreaming of this?)–we’ve got a host of star-themed hostess gifts that are perfect. A little different. And definitely not cheesy. That smell? That’s a blend of good etiquette and freedom, baby. –Liz Star Tea Towel Set by Anna Joyce Stars and dots are just a little more original and practical than stars and stripes, aren’t they? ($28, BRIKA) Custom Constellation Spoon This may be one the coolest...Read More
We’re always sad when we see the small businesses we love come and go, but the one silver lining are the sales for their customers. And this one happens to be a great shop with a really great sale. For years, Spoon Sisters, has been one of our favorite destination for clever little gifts, stocking stuffers (stock up now!), and fun doodads, from alphabet cookie cutters to tattoos for your Converse shoes. And now, everything in the shop is 70% off. Just a few of my favorite picks right now: Scrabble Letter mugs, from $11 to $3.30 Kids’ birthday tees,...Read More
I’ve been a long time fan of artist and designer Marisa Anne Cummings of Creative Thursday, who’s created some of the beautiful artwork, growth charts, and calendars seen on these here pages. So when I finally got my hands on her new book to help you get your creativity on too, it met every expectation. Boy, I love this book. The thing I love most about Creative Thursday: Everyday Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice is that it isn’t really just about illustrating or painting or for professionals or people who have their own “crafting rooms.” Really, it’s for...Read More
With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, many of us will be getting our kids ready for the Annual Valentine’s Day Card Exchange, held in classrooms all over the country. Get ready with this carefully curated list of attractive printable classroom cards. With just a color printer and some paper–and a few minutes of cutting time–voila! Your kids can all have beautifully designed, modern cards for their classmates. And they are all free! Isn’t it sweet that so many artists spread the love freely this time of year? -Christina and Liz Book lovers will adore Positively Splendid’s Free Printable Valentine...Read More
Second in our series of Valentine’s Day gift ideas: ideas for gifts for him or for her. Whether it’s for your sweetheart, your fiance, your longtime spouse, an awesome niece, or even just a special friend who needs a little love. This gift series is brought to you by The U.S. Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? Especially one with a stamp that’s worthy of the love with which it was sent. We’re excited to make so many gift recommendations for so many women and men in every...Read More
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