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Nico Made and Kahala Mall collaborate again for Mother’s Day

Posted on May 03, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

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I was so honored when Kahala Mall approached me to collaborate with them for a second time on a special Mother’s Day tote bag. Kahala Mall is a special client to work with – they respect and understand the family-work-life balance, which can be very difficult to maintain as a mom-run small business owner.

I’m always juggling work and two lively toddler boys so I know the importance of a good “grab-and-go” tote. It needs to be sturdy, big enough to hold the “momsentials” like wipes, snacks, and water bottles, but not too big that it’s cumbersome to carry. I really think we hit the nail on the head with this tote, both in functionality and its “looks cute with everything-ness.”

These bags are limited editions, and are only available through Kahala Mall. So, how do you get your hands on one, you ask? It’s simple:
1) Shop at Kahala Mall during May 1 - May 14
2) SAVE your paper receipts because when you spend a combined total of $200 (and that includes all those purchases from Whole Foods) you get this bag for FREE. Yep, Free!
You can see all the promo details here.

This tote goes out to all the hard working mamas. You know who you are.

XOXO,
Nico Made

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Posted in aloha, canvas bag, custom, design, free, freebie, graphic design, illustration, island style, local design, Mother's Day, prints, textile design, tote bag

Coco Moon expands line with products featuring Nico Made prints

Posted on May 02, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

nico made aloha print leggings

Local mama, entrepreneur and swaddle maven, Coco Moon, has done it again. The Honolulu-based company initially started with a collection of swaddle blankets, which we were so honored to have designed. Now, the company has expanded into crib sheets, towel sets, and clothing which feature designs by Nico Made. We worked with Coco Moon to re-size and scale our designs so the prints would work better on those itsy baby clothes and teeny towels, and using their creative superpowers Coco Moon created the cutest little baby outfits that you ever did see (some OMG items - those leggings and this hat).

nico made pineapple print baby gown and hat

nico made honu turtle print bath towel

nico made pineapple print and shark print

Photos courtesy of Coco Moon

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Posted in aloha, apparel design, blankets, crib sheet, custom, design, graphic design, illustration, kids, kids bedding, kids clothing, local design, pineapple print, prints, rainbow, swaddle blanket, textile design, textiles

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day cards for kids

Posted on February 02, 2017 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

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Valentine's Day is coming up, and this will be the first time my boys will celebrate it at school. I’m really excited for them, because though it’s been a very long time since I’ve been a little kid, I vividly remember loving all the mini cards, origami hearts and trinkets that were exchanged.

Our preschool has a couple of guidelines. First - candy and sweets are out. I can totally get behind that because, I mean really, who wants a bunch of toddlers amped on sugar?? Not me. Second, they encourage keeping it homemade. Again, I'm down with that because I love getting a little crafty. But, if you are anything like 99.9% of the mamas out there, you have very little free time, plus if you have multiple kids, that means cards for multiple classrooms, teachers, assistants, etc., etc. Yeah, it’s a lot.

Whether you have to make a lot, or just a few, here is a super easy, super quick way to pump out a bunch of homemade Valentine's Day cards for your little ones. 

Here’s what you need:
• Our printable mini Valentine’s Day card
• Colored cardstock
• Scissors or paper cutter (I use this one which really saves on time. You can find it at most office supply stores)
• Double-sided tape
• Pen 

Here's what you'll do:
1) Print our mini cards using your desktop printer or local copy shop.
2) Trim the mini cards using scissors or paper trimmer.
3) Cut cardstock into 3" squares. I used Kraft paper, but use anything that fits your vibe.
4) Using double-sided tape, stick the mini card to your cardstock. (I got my toddlers to help with this part.)
5) Have your kiddo sign their name at the bottom. Boom, you are done. 

We hope you and your littles enjoy spreading love and joy this Valentine’s Day. We would love to see your creations - Tag your images with #nicomade and share, share, share. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

Posted in cards, crafts, design, diy, free, freebie, hearts, kids, kraft paper, make, printable, valentine's day

DIY gift wrap in 3 simple steps, plus free gift tag printable

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

DIY gift tags 1Ready to WOW your friends this holiday season? OK, let’s do it! Here’s your guide to make beautifully wrapped gifts in three simple steps that will have all your friends saying “Oh my gosh, that’s so cute!” And then you get to say, “Thanks, I made it.” with a lovely little smile on your face.DIY gift tag 2DIY gift tag 3

Here’s what you need to make the gift tags:
• Kraft cardstock (or heavy-weight paper of your choice)
• Our printable gift tags
• Scissors or paper cutter
• Hole punch (I used a 1/8” punch, but any will do)
• Baker's twine
• Tape
• Pen

Steps:
1) Print gift tags on the paper of your choice
2) Trim the tags using scissor or paper cutter
3) Address your tags and affix to the fabulous gift that you just wrapped (see tip below). You can either punch a hole at the top of your label and run twine through it, or just tape it to your gift.

Voila!

DIY gift tag 4And if you really want to channel your inner Martha Stewart, you can even trim the corners off the top of your tag. Wow, now we’re really getting crafty!

Wrapping Tip: Keep it simple. I keep white wrapping paper on hand because it works for all occasions. I like to use contrasting materials and colors, and I’m really into the kraft and white paper combo right now. Add a little P.O.C. (pop of color) with baker's twine, washi tape, or fresh seasonal sprigs from your local florist. So simple. So cute!

We’d love to see how you experiment with your own combinations. Comment below, or tag your creations with #nicomade on social media.

Happy wrapping!

 

Posted in bakers twine, crafts, diy, free, freebie, gift tag, gift wrap, holiday, illustration, kraft paper, living, make, printable, style, wrapping

nico made as seen in Vogue

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

As if designing wallpaper for the super rad Surfjack hotel wasn’t amazing enough, this happened – nico made was highlighted in Vogue for our work done in said hotel. Ahhh, pinch me because this might be one of my biggest OMG moments yet!

It’s tough being a creative entrepreneur. You constantly second-guess yourself, your skills, your projects. And then every now an then, you have an amazing moment like this, and it’s like pure rhapsody for your creative spirit.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Surfjack, you need to. Like now. It’s dripping in creative sauce and is a wonderland for photogaphiles. Oh, and while you are there, make sure to take a selfie and post it to Instagram. Because Vogue, that’s why.

Surfjack Pool

Photo: Courtesy of Brooke Dombrowski
Pool lettering by Matt Tapia

Posted in graphic design, hotel design, illustration, instagram, interior design, island style, living, social media, style, tropical decor, vogue, wallpaper

Taking a chance leads to big rewards | Creating wallpaper for the Surfjack Hotel

Posted on October 18, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

I’ve always dreamed of creating my own wallpaper, but it was something that I stuffed into my “that would be awesome, but I doubt it will ever happen” basket. Well, a year ago I must have really been putting out positive design vibes, because the stars aligned and I was presented with the opportunity to create wallpaper for a new hotel in Waikiki. My reaction was somewhere along the lines of, “whaaaaat?!? OMG! whaaaat?! No way! Yes, I'm in”

The hotel project was sort of “under-wraps-slash-hush-hush”, so I wasn’t given too many details. I didn’t know the hotel name, brand, location, or size. Oh, and of course it was somewhat of a rush project. All these things would normally raise red flags for me, but I honestly think I was so excited for the opportunity to fulfill a creative dream that I just took a chance and went for it. Soon after signing on with the project I learned that several local artist would be tapped for various projects and I instantly knew in my heart that I took the right chance at the right time.

Fast forward several months and it’s unveiled that the project is for the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club (which happens to be the coolest - check out their vibe), the wallpaper is up (and I’m in love), and I’m happy to report the project was a smash hit on so many levels. The hotel renovation was part of a movement that encouraged uniqueness and selfless progression. I’ve made friends with so many talented artists and pushed the boundaries of my creativity and confidence. 

Nothing would have been possible without the vision of the talented people at The Vanguard Theory and commitment to unique design by the Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club. Mahalo!!

At the Surfjack opening party. Hey, look, that's me!

Working on the scale of the pattern. The bigger and bolder, the better!

Touring the property with Michelle of The Vanguard Theory.

The devil is in the details. Surfjack branded crates for in-room dining service.

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Our favorite shave ice in Hawaii

Posted on September 27, 2016 by Nicole Ferrara | 0 comments

As the rest of the northern hemisphere gets deeper into the fall season, we islanders are still soaking up the warm sun, enjoying our cool treats, and pretty much unaware of any other season BUT summer. While our friends in the cooler climates are going crazy for Pumpkin Spice eeeeeverything, we are still in “cooling off mode” with some shave ice from our favorite neighborhood shop. What’s our other favorite place to get shave ice you ask? Well, it just so happens to be the Rainbow shave ice (t-shirt) from online retailer Izzy and Luke, designed by, you guessed it …. nico made. I think it keeps these littles looking pretty cool, dontcha think?

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