KAUN slippers - Kittenhood

How I wore KAUN slippers

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Handmade sweater + Light After Dark jeans + KAUN slippers (c/o)

Slippers are the probably most underrated footwear, and it makes little to no sense! We tend to invest in fancy stilettos that we maybe wear once a year, and completely neglect the only shoes we wear on a daily basis: slippers. I’m a big fan of slippers myself because I’ve spent years working from home exclusively, needing a pair of shoes that I can rely on. So you can imagine I was pretty psyched to try the newly released KAUN slippers, which are handmade in Estonia. 

The first thing that strikes is surely the design, with visible Nordic influence. The slippers came in a cool cardboard box that I consider a fun puzzle in itself. They’re minimalist, handmade from a single piece of felt, and inspired by the pavement in its different states. Not your regular source of inspiration, am I right? The model I have is called Cross, and it takes direct inspiration from pedestrian crossings. They fit generously (I got the XS size, which corresponds to an EU 37-38 while I’m more of an EU 36-37), they’re super easy to slip in and out of, and they’re a cool design piece when they lay on the floor by themselves.

I love that they’re made of natural felt! This material is one of the few that keeps warm in winter and still allows your feet to breathe in summer. I don’t know how that’s possible, just nature working its magic. One downside is that felt tends to gather dust (and the only pets I have in this apartment are dust bunnies, you guys!) – nothing you can’t easily clean with the sponge that came with the slippers. You can learn more about KAUN slippers on their official website, and you should know that their four models are currently available to buy on Amazon

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Shop handmade // transitional weather skirts

A recent unusually sunny day made me remember why it’s worth going through winter every single year: for the spring. I had been freezing for so long, I didn’t even member how nice a dress or skirt could feel. I’ve been saving a lot of skirts to wishlists lately (my springy subconscious is to blame), so I decided to share them with you. They’re all handmade, and you’ll probably notice most of them feature the same silhouette. I can’t help it – pencil skirts just don’t suit my shape, and I’m always gravitating towards the circle and cloche styles. Surely you can see that in my outfits, that’s probably the one thing that hasn’t changed through the years.  Most of them are pretty simple – timeless basics that you can wear with an array of tops through different seasons. But since some pastel prints never hurt anyone, there are some skirts that look forward to warm weather, too. Click on the photos to get to the respective shops, and let me know in the comments if you have any favorites! 


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How to have your Etsy shop featured on blogs | Kittenhood

How to have your Etsy shop featured on blogs

For as long as I can remember, I’ve featured small artists and artisans on Kittenhood (on my regular Shop handmade feature). It probably sounds like the easiest of things: you go to Etsy, you’re struck with inspiration, you copy those beautiful pictures to your own blog and you’re done. But it’s never like that in reality. Creating a feature can take anywhere between half an hour and two hours, and that’s without counting time spent down the rabbit hole of putting things on my wishlist. One thing I’ve noticed over the years (and have been meaning to just put out there for everyone to know) is the feeling that sellers/artists are going out of their way not to be featured. It feels like they’re hiding essential information on purpose, and in all the weirdest places. I know that’s probably not the case, so I thought I’d put together a guide on how to have your Etsy shop featured on blogs (like mine). I hope some of you will find it useful. 

How to have your Etsy shop featured on blogs | Kittenhood

1. Make your products searchable. This is absolutely crucial if you’re a seller, and you probably already know it. Write the name of your product wisely, meaning: be descriptive and use keywords. Take this for example: “Made to measure black boat neck dress with two detachable collars and cuffs”. Do you know everything you need to know about the product from the title? Yes. It will probably pop up in results for boat neck dress, black dress, collar, made to measure etc. Mission accomplished. Etsy is nice enough to offer free stats for your shop (both from Google and Etsy), which is where you can find search terms used to reach your shop. Use these in the naming of your products, old and new, whenever applicable. 

2. Mind your photos. I know you’ve heard this one before! The Etsy search tool works similarly to Google. It can bring so many results that it’s easy for your products to get lost between all the others. That’s one of the reasons it’s super important that your main product photo is beautiful and eye-catching. You probably have to experiment with different types of product photos before you know what’s right for you, but consider these factors: 

  • the main photo should show the product clearly, in focus, preferably on a simple, non-distracting background. Feel free to use the same setup for all your products, to create a cohesive look. 
  • consider that in search results your photo appears cropped to a certain size. Make sure the cropped picture still shows the product and the product doesn’t appear too small. 
  • it’s nice to have several photos to choose from for a feature. Try to provide both landscape and portrait photos; with and without a model (a human touch is always nice, even if just for scale); photos on a white background (where the product can easily be cut out for a collage), and large size photos. 

In my case, if a seller has big (about 800 px wide) photos on a model, it’s more likely that they’ll get a solo feature (e.g. here and here). If the pictures are good but small, they’re more likely to be featured in a roundup along with other sellers. Between landscape and portrait photos, I do my best to crop according to what I need; but when that’s not possible, I might just skip the product entirely. 

3. Have a complete profile. I know writing an “about me” is one of the hardest things to do. But it’s also super important. This will give bloggers a few things to write about you (and it will probably make you look more approachable to customers). So fill in not just the description of your shop, but also the page about yourself. Generally, try to make use of all the features that Etsy puts at your disposal, they’re there for a reason, and you can only benefit from them! Here is an example of a well written about page. 

4. Social media links. Remember how I said to make use of all the features? That applies here as well. The “about” section on Etsy allows you to enter the social media networks you’re active on. I personally like to mention the sellers I feature on Twitter, so I’m always on the lookout for their Twitter handle! From the product page, I scroll down to “meet the owner” and cross my fingers in the hope that I’ll find the info I need. The success rate is usually about 50/50. Of course, no one says you have to be active on all networks, but remember that different people have different preferences. For some, it might be Twitter, for others, Instagram. It can’t hurt if you’re there greeting them on both. I often find artists I like on a completely different channel before checking out their Etsy shop, so. 

5. Update your shop frequently. If I’m working on a feature with a certain theme (e.g. ice cream or David Bowie), the first place I’ll look is in my list of favorite shops. Etsy offers users an option to see “new from your favorite shops”. If you haven’t updated in forever, needless you say your stuff won’t appear there. Of course, no one expects you to come up with something new every day. But if you have a big batch of products to add, space them out instead of publishing them all at once. 

6. Shoutout! Sometimes the easiest thing you can do is just email your favorite blogger and introduce yourself and your shop. Even bloggers don’t know everything that moves (shocker!), so they might actually appreciate it. I love it when I get a “pitch” email about something that truly suits my blog aesthetic (and you’d be surprised how much offtopic stuff I receive!) Remember to keep it short and sweet, be friendly and, most importantly, include links! You want your products to be easy to find and not a treasure hunt. 

So make your products searchable, show them off with pretty and varied pictures, and don’t shy away from your about page. With regular updates and some social media buzz, you’re pretty much ready to be featured! 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

10 gift tags to download & print last minute

Now that you’ve (probably) got the Christmas shopping done, and possibly even the gift wrapping, it’s time to assign each gift a gift tag! There are a lot of free resources available online, so I rounded up some of my favorites that you can simply download and print. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

1. Gift tags by Place of My Taste. You (and your little helpers) can color these before attaching them to a gift, or let the receiver do it themselves. 

10 gift tags to print at the last minute | Kittenhood

2. Gift tags by Kittenhood. A set of four stylish and feminine gift tags that cat lovers will adore. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

3. Gift tags by Homey Oh My. Adorn your packages the easiest way: with stickers! These are minimalist and very pretty. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

4. Gift tags by Kendall Jackson. Enjoy these stylish gift tags by printing them on cardstock and using them for every single gift. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

5. Gift tags by See That There. The watercolor effect is seasonless, but the words are perfectly suited for Christmas. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

6. Gift tags by Squirrely Minds. If you love gold, you’ll love these printable gift tags! They would look so good against simple craft paper. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

7. Gift tags by Falt Manufaktur. Make a fantastic bird-shaped 3D gift tag, which doubles as a decoration as well. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

8. Gift tags by The Lovely Drawer. Not only can you download these simple gift tags, but you can get the matching gift paper too. Super combo! 

Free printable gift tags | Kittenhood

9. Gift tags by Kittenhood. These small gift tags come with designs of Christmas trees, snowflakes, and people, a little of everything. 

10 gift tags to download & print last minute | Kittenhood

10. Gift tags by Almost Makes Perfect. Simple, funny, just what Santa ordered. Plus they’re so neutral, they’ll work on any gift wrap! 

10 last minute gift ideas to make yourself | Kitenhood

10 last minute gifts to make yourself

Hands up if you like to give handmade gifts! Hands higher… higher…? Alright, you can put your hands down, I can’t see anything from this side of the screen. But I’m sure some of you raised your hands. And I’m sure some of you left Christmas gifts for the last week, eek! Here you go, try some of these last minute gifts that (most of) the ladies on your list will appreciate. All DIY. 

10 last minute gift ideas to make yourself | Kitenhood

1. Pearl gloves.  Everyone can use an extra pair of gloves in wintertime, especially when they’re particularly pretty like these are. 

Salt body scrub with orange and ginger | Kittenhood

2. Ginger orange body scrub. Has anyone ever refused being pampered? I think not. And the cool part is you can make a big batch of this scrub, for all the girls on your list. 

10 last minute gift ideas you can make yourself | Kittenhood

3. Faux cross stitch wall art. I’m a big fan of cross stitch, but it takes up so much time! This version is made with a surprise material and can be customized infinitely. 

10 last minute gift ideas | Kittenhood

4. Tassel necklace. A stylish necklace that’s easy to make and always gets tons of compliments. Think of all the color combinations you could try!

10 handmade gift ideas | Kittenhood

5. Recipe display & cards. Revolutionize your mom’s recipe book with these free printables and display idea. 

10 last minute gift ideas | Kittenhood

6. Succulent plant holder. Upcycle a toothbrush holder to create a stylish succulent planter. A touch of green is always a good idea. 

DIY Faux Fur Hat | Kittenhood

7. Faux fur hat. This is the warmest hat I’ve ever had in my life, so I recommend it for all the women in your life. Just grab your sewing machine and some faux fur. 

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8. Constellation bowls. Whether used for jewelry, coins, keys or other small essentials, these bowls make the cutest addition to one’s desk/hallway/bedside table. 

10 DIY gift ideas | Kittenhood

9. Golden chain bracelet. This minimalist bracelet will take up about 20 minutes of your time and guess what? Your friend is gonna enjoy it forever. 

DIY deer hair pins | Kittenhood

10. Deer hair pins. I don’t know if you’re aware of how easy these fancy deer hair pins are to make. SO easy. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper

Are you the type who wraps all presents using the same coherent style, or do you like to go with whatever you have at hand for each receiver? I have years and years – in my craftier years, all my gifts were perfectly matched and looked great together under the tree. Some other years, well, I just couldn’t decide. A solution to such indecision is to just use brown craft paper. What comes after is pure creativity… Here are 10 DIY ways to gift wrap with craft paper:

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

1. Splatter // Almost Makes Perfect. A simple splatter of white paint completely changes the look of brown paper. And the black ribbon is such a classy touch. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

2. Sew bags // Bo3mia. For irregular-shaped gifts, bags are an easy solution. And fortunately, you can sew your own! 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

3. Metallic leaves // Tikkido. A wonderful way to decorate brown paper gifts, using all natural elements such as twine, (painted) leaves, pine cones and herbs. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

4. Felt // Kittenhood. This is a great way to get rid of some felt scraps and sequins. Just cut festive shapes and glue them to your wrapped gift. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

5. Dried citrus // Diana Dragne. Citrus is a wintertime classic, but this one is upgraded with painted wood balls. Wonderfully rustic! 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

6. Envelopes // The Merrythought. Craft paper envelopes are easy to stitch or staple, and they’re a blank canvas for numerous decorations. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

7. Dried flowers // Craft Hunter. Flowers are not traditionally Christmassy, but they are such a nice touch between all the fir! 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

8. Wreath // Craftberry Bush. Wreaths with winter greens are the perfect topping to simple, boxed packages. A little wish on a cardstock banner makes them even prettier. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

9. Stenciled // Skona Hem. These black stenciled leaves are minimalist and gorgeous. A little pine branch, twine, and a hand-stamped gift tag are all the add-ons used. 

10 ways to gift wrap with craft paper | Kittenhood

10. Painted // Inspired by This. You can always upgrade brown paper with a few strokes of paint. The red, green and gold combination couldn’t be more appropriate.

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Shop handmade Christmas cards

Shop handmade Christmas cards | Kittenhood

One | Card by Roland Banrevi. That wonderful feeling of coming back home to a cozy house during winter. 

Two | Card by The Little Canoe. For those of you who are into hugs and warm scarves and warm wishes. So, everyone?

Three | Card by Yelena Bryksenkova. An illustration that reminds me of children’s book I had when I was young, with a slight Slavic aesthetic. 

Four | Card by Kittenhood. Eat, kiss and be merry! The holidays are almost here. 

Five | Card by Sonia Cavallini. A feminine and romantic card with deers, flowers and sweet French. 

Six | Card by Daisy Beatrice. Have a little fun with a pizza-shaped Chrismas tree! 

DIY advent calendar | Kittenhood

10 handmade advent ideas

There are still a few days left before December hits. You know what that means: spending your weekend finding a last-minute advent calendar! To make your search a little easier, I’ve rounded up 10 handmade advent calendars, some of which you can make yourself, and others you can buy:

DIY minimalist advent by Hello Blogzine
Make: Minimalist advent by Hello Blogzine
Made with craft boxes and downloadable minimalist designs, this advent is quick and easy and really beautiful.
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Buy: Cubes advent calendar by Snug Studio
Buy: Cubes advent calendar by Snug Studio
This geometric calendar is stylish and subtle, while still playing on the traditional color palette.
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Edible advent calendar by Kittenhood
Make: Edible advent calendar by Kittenhood
If baking is your cardio, make these number-shaped cookies and hang them as an advent.
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Buy: Scandinavian advent calendar by Good Wishes Quilts
Buy: Scandinavian advent calendar by Good Wishes Quilts
This looks nice and cozy, it's easy to hang anywhere, and it has 24 pockets to fill with goodies.
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Countdown candle by The Merrythought
Make: Countdown candle by The Merrythought
It doesn't get any easier: download the printable calendar and stick it to a candle, then cut off the days as they go by.
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Buy: Advent calendar by Nice Nice Nice
Buy: Copper advent calendar by Nice Nice Nice
These beautiful candle holders are made of copper and they feature perforated numbers. Could totally be used year round.
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DIY copper calendar by Growing Spaces
Make: Copper calendar by Growing Spaces
This is a really impressive, grown-up advent. The copper and minimalist arrangement make it a true design object.
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Buy: Box advent calendar by Vintage Modern Mix
Buy: Box advent calendar by Vintage Modern Mix
You can fit plenty of treats in those boxes, each marked with numbers and a pretty retro illustration.
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Make: Hexagon advent calendar by Oh Happy Day
Make: Hexagon advent calendar by Oh Happy Day
The unusual color palette and the pretty hexagons design make this modern and absolutely wonderful to look at.
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Buy: Advent calendar by For Your Little Monkey
Buy: Advent calendar by For Your Little Monkey
This one has printed canvas bags, string and clothespins. You only need the sweets to make it an advent calendar.
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Krukru Studio Bags | Kittenhood

Krukru Studio Bags

Krukru Studio Bags | Kittenhood

Krukru Studio gathers together a few of my favorite things: felt, novelty bags, and fun design. The Moskow-based duo takes objects they like and transform them into bag patterns. The results are super life-like and probably the best conversation starters that ever existed. So between the jam jar, Adventure Time’s Lumpy, a canister and a giant tape, I’m torn and wouldn’t know what to choose. How about you, any faves? 

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