I love gifts and artwork that have personal touches – if it has a monogram, sign me up. Our new house has so many blank walls just waiting to be filled, and one piece of personalized art that I knew I wanted to make for it was a framed silhouette portrait of my toddler. Once the realm of skilled paper cutters, if you have a computer and a printer, and you’ve always wondered how to DIY, I’ve got an easy shortcut for you so you can make your own silhouette portrait. Have an older child? Get her in on the action too and...Read More
As modern as my tastes tend to be, I have a thing for personalized silhouette gifts for Mother’s Day, especially when they can be customized with your own family members’ profiles. For years, we’ve included the indie shop Le Papier Studio on the site and in countless gift guides, because they’re constantly updating their selection with so many cool (and surprisingly affordable) silhouette gifts that are both modern and timeless. And just in time for Mother’s Day (it’s coming!) their jewelry category is bursting with wonderful gift ideas. I’m a big fan of the new Personalized Silhouette Charm Necklace made out...Read More
Considering how well the drawer organization stickers we found have been working for my kids, I thought it might be cool to try some new storage organization around our house thanks to a little inspiration from this tutorial at See Jane Work. Now I’m not exactly the craftiest mom on the block, but even I think I could make these DIY silhouette storage boxes which would be an awesome addition to our family room. Unfortunately, as much as I try to organize our bins by category, without labels they end up becoming a jumbled mess by the end of the week. ...Read More
Posted by Cool Mom Staff | Aug 10, 2012 |
Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are 5 pins this week that we’re digging. If you’re going to do “mom jewelry” do it with this spectacular gold and diamond pendant. Playmobil toys as hooks – so genius. Crazy good party idea: Serve fruit popsicles in Prosecco. Just the photo makes us thirsty. An adorable, affordable back to school outfit for boys hitting preschool or kindergarten. We don’t always like inspirational quotes, but this one is hilarious. And true. We hope you’re following us on Pinterest – we’d love to see you...Read More
We’ve recently shared 10 of our favorite personalized Father’s Day gifts, and now there’s one more we’re in love with. Now let me first tell you, normally, I get a little panicked about Father’s Day gift-giving, while consoling myself with the knowledge that, worse comes to worst, my husband always sincerely appreciates a card from the kids. But with this discovery, I’m totally calm–because he’s getting personalized cards of the kids. [don’t miss an exclusive, limited time discount after the jump!] Cool Mom Picks loved the unique holiday cards from Dear Ida, and now we’re completely smitten with their new...Read More
With all of the amazing choices for Mother’s Day jewelry out there, it can be difficult to pick just one. Well of course you don’t have to pick just one, but with this beautiful custom necklace, you can be sure you’ll get some serious bang for your buck. Custom keepsake pendants from Crafted by Kerstin is as gorgeous as it is unique. The custom jewelry includes a silhouette of your child, an initial, and even his own handprint–miniaturized that you can clip to a necklace. The handprint is an especially lovely, unique touch–and you can order a footprint instead,...Read More
As I’ve learned, finding the perfect holiday gift for nieces and nephews can be tough, particularly when I’m trying to avoid picking out some random thing from the giant toy store chain. This year, I’m thinking about something personalized and special that they will love for years to come–and my sister-in-law will adore right now. Each of the canvas silhouette pillows from CMP favorite Le Papier Studio is handcrafted; you choose the fabric and one of 25 silhouettes, or send a photo and have the artists create a custom silhouette. Instant keepsake. I love that these aren’t pillows that...Read More
Our fabulous Mother’s Day Gift Guide just came out and already I’m ogling the mom jewelry section and crossing my fingers. (Don’t worry. I will also send the link to my husband with detailed directions because, we all know, finger crossing alone would get me nowhere.) I’m head-over-heels in love with the silhouette pendants from Vicente Agor. So very simple, yet also exceptionally sophisticated. What a fantastic new spin on mom jewelry. But with three kids, I’m not sure I’ve got a shot; not unless each kid gets a job and pays for one themselves. But that’s kind of...Read More
Even vegetarians can get behind this pick. Because the well-plated rabbits that have captured my heart are from our clever friends at Le Papier Studio– you know, the folks who brought us that ingenious Easter Egg Silhouette tutorial and end up in our gift guides year after year? They’ve got a whole mess of pretty stuff cooking up for spring. The Spring Silhouette Plates are one of six Easter plates available, each custom made in melamine just for you. You can choose your silhouette image, background color, font, and text, making each plate a phenomenal heirloom. And for a $10...Read More
When it comes to Easter egg decorating, as with a lot of crafting, I’ve been known to bite off more than I can chew. Which is maybe why I’m so keen to try my hand at this awesome silhouette Easter egg dying tutorial which looks as beautiful as it does easy. The tutorial from Le Papier Studio looks downright simple–easy instructions, few supplies needed and adaptable for all ages (I imagine little ones might be okay with using basic shapes, rather than silhouettes). Sounds absolutely perfect for an afternoon activity at my house or something fun to do on...Read More
Ready for a beautiful new twist on custom vanity jewelry? We’ve got it. And it involves lasers. The new laser-cut silhouette pendants and cuffs by Le Papier Studio are everything that we love: elegant, interesting, goes-with-anything-y, and environmentally sound. Each custom piece is made of recycled sterling silver laser-sliced to your specifications with one or two silhouettes. And here’s the cool part: You can choose from their gallery of designs or send in a photograph and have artist Vana Chupp create your own unique silhouette for only $20 more. It can take 3 – 4 weeks to produce each...Read More
My children are fortunate to have extremely generous family members who love to spoil them with lots of Christmas gifts. And since my 6-year-old can now write well enough to ask them for specific presents, my feeling is she can do her own thank you notes this year too. I’ve tracked down two adorable card options for kids that are perfect for the job. The personalized kid silhouette stationery from Lotus and November are so unique, I really just love them. And they’re excellent not just for holiday thank yous, but for other occasions throughout the year. You just need to submit a...Read More
When my kids were young, I found a trio of very cute stockings in a small local store that I thought were totally unique and special for our family. And then my mother saw them and said, Oooo, I saw those at the card store! So much for originality. Want something hanging from you chimney with care that you can be sure is unique to your own family? Then check out these custom stockings which go way beyond monograms, and be assured that the only way you’ll see two alike is if you have identical twins. What makes the aptly...Read More
My refrigerator is a time capsule of my son’s life to date, covered with school pictures that show how much he’s changed over the years. Especially the awkward ones. Unfortunately, each one is pretty much a glorified mug shot, only with a soft-focus forest in the background. I would love to fill out the collection with the custom silhouette portraits from STELLA+HODGE, which lend a great modern twist to a traditional technique. Devon Adrian, a super talented graphic artist, transforms your digital pix into timeless works of art on heavy archival paper, and even designs the colorful, patterned backgrounds...Read More
For as long as I can remember, my grandmother had silhouettes of her six kids hung along the fireplace. I loved the fact that just by looking at the profiles of these children I could identify the adults around me. I was happy to discover how Pretty Faces has modernized this classic heirloom. It’s really cool to see Jackie Fisher take profile pictures of my son and daughter and turn them into pieces of art that I can’t wait to get on my wall. And while she provides excellent instructions on how to submit the best photo, she’s very...Read More
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