Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen and Garden
Personalize your preserves with hand-stamped labels
Every kitchen gardener will have at one time or another gifted the products of their harvest to friends and family. A simple bouquet of homegrown flowers, a surplus of organic green beans, or pots of jam and chutney are often the most perfect gift that can be given. Those on the receiving end understand just how much love, time, and effort go into growing your own fruit and vegetables and transforming them into culinary treasures.
While your gifts from the kitchen and garden might be appreciated whether they’re in a plastic carrier bag or potted up in old mayonnaise jars you might want to style them up a bit more if you’re gifting them formally. It doesn’t have to be time consuming and it doesn’t have to cost an arm or a leg. but wrapping items in lovely paper, adding gift tags, or boxing several items up into gift sets and hampers can add so much more value and visual impact.
Recently I was sent a couple of rubber stamps from my pals Ciara and Julie at Sweet Ginger Emporium to have a look at and review. They’re part of a series created by the Yellow Owl Workshop in San Francisco and are clearly meant to be used for labels for handmade gifts. Sized about 8.5 x 4.5 cm (3-6/16 x 1-14/16″) they’re perfect for creating sticky labels for preserves or can also be stamped on bags or gift tags. I love rubber stamps because it means that creating labels is easy, inexpensive, and results in a professional finish.
The first stamp is inscribed with the words ‘From the Garden of’ with a blank space below in which you can write your name. I love this one because it picks up a lot of ink making the resulting stamp look like a woodcut. Unfortunately the green ink that comes with the set seems to bleed a bit too much so I ended up using black ink which I like better anyway. A simple black inkpad can be purchased for a couple of quid and when this stamp is used it creates a design that you can imagine being printed on an old-fashioned printing press.
If you’re in the USA, you can purchase this stamp here:
Yellow Owl Workshop Stamp Set – From the Kitchen Of
The second stamp says ‘From the Kitchen of’ with a blank space below and is recommended for stamping on cookbooks, recipe cards, kitchen linens, jar labels, baked goods, and anything else you can cook up! I love the rustic illustrations of kitchen utensils and how nicely it works together with the red ink pad that comes in the box. I stamped it on a number of different types of paper and felt it looked great on white, kraft, and coloured card alike.
For this stamp please visit this link at Sweet Ginger Emporium
If you’re in the USA, you can purchase it online here: Yellow Owl Workshop Garden Stamp Kit
I really like both the stamps and feel I’ve only scratched the surface with their usefulness. I’ve created labels for homemade Dill pickles, my bees’ own honey, Oatmeal and Raisin cookies, Redcurrant jelly, Green Tomato Chutney, Elderberry syrup, and a bottle of amazing plum brown sauce that my friend Jayne made.
When I asked Ciara from Sweet Ginger Emporium about the stamps she said “We bought the stamps as the whole range is so incredibly cute, and they stamp so so well. the company is relatively small and their designs are so contemporary. we also love that the ink pads are so multipurpose – you can stamp onto paper, card, clay, glass, fabric, anything!”