What Makes Christmas Special: StudioEmmaKaufmann – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

What makes Christmas special? – Emma Kaufmann from StudioEmmaKaufmann


1. What makes Christmas special to you?

Decorating the tree with the kids, listening to Christmas music and baking gingerbread cookies.

2. How do you make Christmas as special to others?

I am from England so I often make a Christmas pudding that is like a fruit cake that you steam. It has lashings of alcohol in it so goes down a storm. You can also soak it in booze and set it alight when you serve it!

3. What are three words that best describe Christmas to you?

Carols, mince pies


4. What are you most looking forward to for Christmas 2018?

Having relatives from Ireland visit will create a perfect Christmas even though they can’t cope with our huge amounts of snow. Then getting together with family and sharing a delicious meal, then falling into a food coma in front of the TV.

5. What are your social media sites?

Instagram: www.instagram.com/studiokaufmann

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/emmakaufmann

Twitter: www.twitter.com/emmakaufmann


Kitchen Kitsch

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

The word kitsch can be defined as art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

The kitchen was always the heart of our home, where family all gathered around for good food and good times.  Kitchen items always seem to be particularly garish especially cookie jars, salt and pepper shakers, as well as canister sets.

Growing up in the 60’s we had a covered wagon cookie jar that was manufactured by MCCoy Pottery Company.  I always loved the bright colors and the uniqueness of this particular piece. My Mother, who was an avid baker, always kept it filled with freshly baked cookies.  I don’t recall what happened to our beloved cookie jar, but would love to have it in my kitchen today.

Another piece of our family kitchen kitsch that I loved was my Mother’s Porcelier Teapot by Hearth Vitreous China. This beautiful vintage teapot features a pastel colored country hearth on the side. It has a spinning wheel, a fireplace, and a rocking chair.  This piece has a place of honor in my kitchen today sitting on top of my vintage Hoosier cabinet.

I asked my teammates at Etsy Christmas In July to share their stories of kitchen kitsch memories along with a kitchen kitsch item to go along with it.

Sue from SuesAkornShop shared this memory:

Since I was a young girl around the holidays I would start baking for family and friends. I used my Grandma’s cut out recipe. Every year up until Grandma’s death, I made sure I made her cookies. The cut out were rolled thick and frosted heavily with butter cream frosting. Grandma passed away over 10 years ago, but I continue the tradition baking cookies for family and friends. I miss you Grandma! This towel reminds me of her.


Christmas themed kitchen hand towel


Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns recalled:

I can remember the family always having a slice of something yummy on nice plates with a cuppa tea or coffee. When I saw this set I couldn’t resist. I actually bought it many years ago and it’s been in my Hutch every since.  Hoping for it to go to a lovely family who loves to eat and dine as much as my big Italian family does.


Snack Plates With Cups


Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit shared this:

We specialize in creating personalized keepsakes which can be both appreciated and put to good use. Our newest listing is the perfect example of how much a personalized gift will give back. The set includes a reversible bread board which is engraved on one side and we offer the additional option of engraving a gift message on the bottom. The bread knife is included and stores conveniently in the center and the three ceramic dishes may be used for presenting your appetizers in the most appetizing manner.  Monogrammed table settings make the perfect conversation starter.


Design’s Personalized Bruschetta Bread Board Set

Sue from MissIvyVintage remembered:

As a child in the 50’s, I remember visiting my grandmother upstairs on Saturday mornings when she did her baking. (In the 50’s she worked during the week right along side my Grandfather as a paper hanger.) Except for very heavy batters, she eschewed the electric hand mixer and always used a rotary hand egg beater for the lighter things like eggs and whipping cream. The smells in her kitchen were terrific! This item reminds me of her.


Vintage 1920’s Hand Egg Beater

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage said:

My passion for cooking started with my mother. As a child we would play chef and I would help her cook. I learned knife skills and the basics. I love those memories with my mom and our time together and her teaching me how to cook.

Now as an adult I love using vintage utensils, like my old garlic masher and a potato masher. I cook with my husband we enjoy making classic southern food and creating new dishes.


Vintage Foley  Food Mill Hand Crank

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage told this story:

As a teen, I remember how proud I was when I memorized the recipe for Blonde Brownies with Chips! I loved sampling a spoonful of the butter and sugar before the rest of the ingredients went into the batter!

I enjoy the tulip details on this flour sifter and hearing that “gritty” noise when I squeeze the handle!


Vintage 1950’s Metal Flour Sifter


Remembering when we had fresh eggs for breakfast. Now my daughter carries on that tradition. Her children take turns going out to the chicken coop to get them.

2 Brown Egg Soaps

2 Brown Egg Soaps


Flavor Of The Month

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

Food not only nourishes us and provides fuel for our bodies, food also has a long history in art.  Most often food is the object of our still life paintings and photographs.

These days, food plays a huge role in our visual culture:  social networks such as Facebook and Pinterest are filled with photos of meals and recipes.  Food surrounds us with a colorful palette ranging from the warm hues of oranges and apples to the cool hues of blueberries and plums.  Often times we are inspired by the texture of our food.  How many times have you taken the mashed potatoes on your plate and created sculptures or mountain landscapes?  Ever notice the hot bubbling surface of your pizza, reminiscent of an oozing lava flow.

I asked the handmade artists of the Etsy Christmas In July Team to tell how food inspires them and to share an item from their store that captures this inspiration.


Kelly from ColourscapeStudios shared this special moment:

I always had fun with Mum in the kitchen as a kid, especially when it came to baking cupcakes! There was nothing better than the treat at the end of licking the beaters… she always turned them off thankfully!

Good Mums Typography Print


















Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns shared her inspiration:

I am very inspired by food – especially eating it! So I love-making ceramic tableware to enhance the eating experience. I find unique handmade pottery makes a meal more intimate and special, and this is what I try to capture in my one of a kind tablewares.

Tapas Sushi Serving Set


Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels had this to say:

When spending time in the kitchen I always enjoy using my handy little Wool Felted Hot Pads. Using them to take out hot dishes from the oven and also having others to use as a trivet. These are nice and thick and I just love them.

Wool Felted Hot Pads














Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts responded:

I love to cook and garden too. When I posted these seeds in my shop I call them Canary bird flowers but after researching them at Texas A&M and found the blooms and the foliage are edible, with a delicious peppery flavor perfect for garnish or salads. I have not eaten them in a salad and prefer it more as a flower….but you can try it!

Nasturtium Flower Seeds















Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit answered:

Many of the gifts in our shop are centered around food. We offer personalized cutting boards, cheese boards, herb chopping blocks, cutlery, and serving trays. We have a deep love and appreciation of wine and spirits and often pair our serving trays with our personalized glassware. We accept custom order requests for any combination of the products in our shop, for custom graphic design requests beyond the design options available in our listings, and to include any of our additional gift services including gift wrap, gift cards, and redeemable gift certificates. @Designsthelimit we offer customer service to bring your ideas to your gift recipients door in the style you design.

Couple’s Monogram Personalized Bamboo Cutting Board & Ceramic Serving Platter Combo


















Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls remarked:

What better way to be inspired by food, than to peruse a vintage cookbook! There are so many interesting recipes, not to mention, great menu planning for events, cocktail parties and great information on cuts of meat and measurements!

Vintage Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking Cookbooks – Volumes 1 and 2














Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique stated:

My children inspire me daily. They are constantly coming up with ideas for me to use in my designs. My middle daughter loves to bake. Her specialty is cupcakes! She makes them for all sorts of events. Friends and family rave about them. She is only 12, but I foresee a long future in the baking world for her.

This design was inspired by her and her love of baking.

Childhood Planner Bands














Connie Lee from Bungalow42 shared this memory:

These earrings remind me of the lemon drop candy my paternal grandmother kept in a dish in her living room. Important distinction as my ‘maternal’ grandmother was more of a burgers and convertibles gal.

The beads are vintage Lucite Moonglow in a cheery lemon yellow. The Bali sterling silver ‘fancy’ headpin give the appearance of a small cluster of grapes on the end. Yum, I think it is snack time.

Vintage Lemon Drop Earrings