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Guest Curator: Katie Woolsey of Country Living Magazine

May 13, 2009

by kdwoolsey13 handmade and vintage goods

Nobody loves products more than Country Living markets editor Katie Woolsey — especially the quirky-meets-sophisticated variety that is characteristic of Etsy’s artisans! During her four years covering home design she’s always looked to this creative gang to help make her pages sing.

I’m always telling my friends and co-workers that I can’t wait to get a great apartment to myself so that I can fill it with my favorite finds from Etsy. Until then, take a look at the trend that I’m inspired by right now — country kitchen with a twist!


Set of two hand-embroidered rose towels (white and blue gingham)

The folks at ChezSucreChez mix a needlepoint flower with some classic gingham fabric to sweeten up the traditional tea towel. By ChezSucreChez, $30.

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Salt and Pepper Aqua blue and Lime GreenTags

The aged look of these gorgeous kitchen themed gift tags from SunshineandRavioli remind me of the contents of my great grandmother’s desk drawers. (In a good way…) By SunshineandRavioli, $4.

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Ants On My Deluxe Set

I can’t get enough of the adorable ant-covered ceramics from baileydoesntbark.  They bring back memories of picnics by the river — without the actual critters. By baileydoesntbark, $151.

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Quilt Magnets – Colorful Patchwork Patterns – Set of 5

eclecticselections’ punchy patchwork magnets are drawn directly from old quilt patterns.  They’ll warm up any stainless steel kitchen appliance. By eclecticselections, $6.

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Lover Fighter plate duo

A cheeky update on vintage china, these plates from Trixie Delicious can be eaten off or hung for display purposes. By trixiedelicious, $35.

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Do The Dishes – tea towel

showpony’s hilarious tea towel warns of the major porcelain pileup that occurs when one doesn’t do the dishes. By showpony, $15.50.

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The traditional floral teacup from domesticconstruction becomes a gorgeous pendant lamp when wired and turned upside down. By domesticconstruction, $58.

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Hand Made Ceramic Bowl with Decorative Heart Pattern Rim

These handcrafted bowls from Lucinda Chips mirror the delicate lines of a doily without feeling fussy. By LucindaChips, $20.

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Gold Edged Dusty Rose Lace Bowl

Grandma’s lace gets gorgeous when stamped onto ceramic plates. Put these beauties from dgordon in a display cabinet that needs a girly update. By dgordon, $26.

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Vintage Cloth Sandwich/Snack Bags with Food Safe Liner 2 BAGS

Lunch time goes gourmet with these adorable countrylifenaturals sandwich bags made from vintage tea towels. By countrylifenaturals, $22.

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There’s nothing that makes me happier than heading to the farmer’s market for some fresh fruits and veggies. That’s why I love this pre-packed produce bag of stationery from Yeehaw Industries. By YeeHaw, $50.

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Vintage Cloth Sandwich\/Snack Bags with Food Safe Liner 2 BAGS
Vintage Cloth Sandwich\/Snack Bags with Food Safe Liner 2 BAGS
Lover Fighter plate duo
Lover Fighter plate duo
Gold Edged Dusty Rose Lace Bowl
Gold Edged Dusty Rose Lace Bowl
Salt and Pepper Aqua blue and Lime GreenTags
Salt and Pepper Aqua blue and Lime GreenTags


  • yeahhello

    yeahhello said 8 years ago

    I really like the rustic/antique theme with a twist of modern esp with the ant dishes. I can absolutely see myself forgetting about them late at night and accidentally freaking myself out at first sight.

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 8 years ago

    that teacup light is inspired. new favorites for me... yay! thanks

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Very nice selections! Love Lucinda's bowls!

  • maiziedesigns

    maiziedesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these picks! I've read Country Living for so long and find so many of the photographs inspiring and the photos included here are as well.

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    What beautiful pictures!!! So pretty!!!

  • lamarquisedesanges

    lamarquisedesanges said 8 years ago

    yhanks for sharing ...this selection is so great !!! I like EVERYTHING !!!!

  • dlkdesigns

    dlkdesigns said 8 years ago

    Love the S & P tags, too cute!

  • amyhatch

    amyhatch said 8 years ago

    I love country living magazine, and this is a lovely selection!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    Those Farmer's Market cards are wonderful!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 8 years ago

    Nice picks, I love the ants cup and saucer... it's really delicate.

  • aimeesarmoire

    aimeesarmoire said 8 years ago

    What fun picks! They make me want to go and play in my garden, or even better, have a picnic out there :-)

  • vilte

    vilte said 8 years ago

    lovely picks

  • cutiepiecompany

    cutiepiecompany said 8 years ago

    love your picks!

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 8 years ago

    Whimsical Picks :) I love the Do The Dishes tea towel!!!!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    Beautiful picks!! I love the ant tea set and the farmers market greeting cards package. They are so unique and special!!

  • BeautifulSoaps

    BeautifulSoaps said 8 years ago

    I need the DO THE DISHES sign... for my husband - hehehe!

  • timberdoodledesigns

    timberdoodledesigns said 8 years ago

    I love your quarky picks, Katie! Also love C-L magazine. Say hi to MWillis for me :-). Hope to see the C-L crew at the Farm Chicks again this June!

  • jenniferlynnstudio

    jenniferlynnstudio said 8 years ago

    I have always enjoyed Country Living. I tend to save the issues and go back thru them over and over again!

  • swanmountainsoaps

    swanmountainsoaps said 8 years ago

    My favorite magazine! I also save my back issues - they are a constant source of inspiration to me. And I love these picks too ... the only thing missing is a great bar of handmade soap! =]

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 8 years ago

    I like Country Living Magazine, and I really like the tea cup lamp. That would be perfect next to my tea pantry!

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 8 years ago

    I love show pony and YEE HAW- really fresh and inspired design~ thanks for the collection of goodies.

  • PrudenceOctavia

    PrudenceOctavia said 8 years ago

    what lovely things you have chosen. I love exploring Etsy!

  • raegunfabric

    raegunfabric said 8 years ago

    oh these are such fantastic finds, I LOVE the ants!

  • ToxicInk

    ToxicInk said 8 years ago

    This is all so fab!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 8 years ago

    Great picks! Wish I was doing some country living...

  • TianaCHE

    TianaCHE said 8 years ago

    Absolutely stunning collection! Love Ants On My Deluxe Set!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 8 years ago

    Eaten off or hung for display? Those plates were made to be thrown, baby!

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 8 years ago

    Hi Katie, It's interesting to read about Country Living in this feature because I am attending the Country Living Women Entrepreneurs event this year in Chicago and have been chosen to "Pitch Your Product", which will be my Echo quilts/bags/totes. I just sold the one I had left in the shop to a very kind buyer that will allow me to send it to her after the event. I'm just as excited to be there for the event as I am to see old friends as I grew up in Chicago. If you are planning to attend the WE event I would love to meet you. Thanks, Lisa

  • LunasaDesigns

    LunasaDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great finds! Love those Ant dishes!

  • michon

    michon said 8 years ago

    beautiful finds - I love the quilt magnets

  • kennafoster

    kennafoster said 8 years ago

    Ha! The ant dishes are too much! I had a set like that once in college-- didn't wash the spoon after putting honey in my tea! Ooops. Katie, I think it's great that you brought a taste of Country Living to the Storque to share with us! Looks like you're getting quite the collection built up-- I'm sure your apartment will be quaint and lovely when you do get it.

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 8 years ago

    Lovely picks! Great take on the country kitchen!

  • FoundVintageStyle

    FoundVintageStyle said 8 years ago

    very nice selections! love the s & p gift tags!

  • prettypeardesigns

    prettypeardesigns said 8 years ago

    Great choices! Not sure which was my favorite since they all brought a smile to my face. Love living in the country and the magazine is a great reminder of how lucky I am to do so.

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    great picks! I love the ant trails china and the "do the dishes" towel!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 8 years ago

    Such pretty and delicate items!

  • bovinebubbles

    bovinebubbles said 8 years ago

    my kinda article. great finds

  • madebysam

    madebysam said 8 years ago

    Great find!i love the Ants On My Deluxe Set

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 8 years ago

    YeeHaw & Showpony's wares always bring a smile to my face! Thanks for this fresh collection.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    you brought my attention to some really creative minds. i love how these artists reused everyday items to make them new again. lots of great things inspired by vintage.

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 8 years ago

    Really great finds! I love the teacup lantern!

  • niTeBecOmEsdAy

    niTeBecOmEsdAy said 8 years ago

    great picks! i've always admired the creations of bailydoesntbark.

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps said 8 years ago

    Hand down my favorite magazine- and I'm not just saying that :0 Love those tea towel lunch bags

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps said 8 years ago

    "Hands" oops

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 8 years ago

    she looks so nice : )

  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    Great collection for our homes -- Country Living is amazing -- such amazingly beautiful featured items -- it's an endless journey into happy possibilities ;)

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 8 years ago

    Oh, she looks gorgeous. She is one of those who got it all.

  • PeriwinkleSu

    PeriwinkleSu said 8 years ago

    Very impressed with your teacup light. I like it!

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 8 years ago

    How cool are those sandwich bags?! Wish I had one of those with me right now full of yummy goodies!

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse said 8 years ago

    now we see why she makes the big bucks! katie that collection was spot on trend and i love love love the pendent lamp and the "do the dishes" dishtowel, both very clevah!

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 8 years ago

    Love the ants plates and do the dishes towel! So Cute!!!

  • desertsoapstone

    desertsoapstone said 8 years ago

    I have to say that the older I get (only 32) the more interested in country living I become. I used to be all about modern design, but after having kids I am craving country living and the hope to one day raise my own chickens, have a garden and a white picket fence, or at least the rolling countryside behind me. Great finds. I especially like the Ants on My Deluxe Set. Thank you for sharing.

  • PamperingBeki

    PamperingBeki said 8 years ago

    CL is my all time favorite magazine. I love it when I see etsy features in it! I'm waiting on the call/email from them to feature me. haha! Great finds!

  • LifeInThePastLane

    LifeInThePastLane said 8 years ago

    Country Living is the best....I have issues from 10 years ago that are still inspiring me! Love your picks - especially those gingham tea towels.

  • pinkeyswear77

    pinkeyswear77 said 8 years ago

    You must be able to love what you do. In order for it to come out good. :) Very nice stuff. I love the ants.

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby said 8 years ago

    yikes! I love the ants!

  • dandelionland

    dandelionland said 8 years ago

    Fun collection! I love the ants and the tea cup lamp.

  • bellagracedesigns

    bellagracedesigns said 8 years ago

    Great picks!!!

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 8 years ago

    I soooo love Country Living ..... I may be in Latvia but I read it every month without fail!!! Fantastic finds, although they made me a little homesick ....... Thanks for a great article Katie!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 8 years ago

    i love that ants on deluxe set..soooo cool!

  • BeckyJoyArtist

    BeckyJoyArtist said 8 years ago

    Very nice selection.

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird said 8 years ago

    Reading Country Living Magazine is a wonderful way for me to get inspired, so I am really happy to see that Etsy also inspires the creative people who work there. :)

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 8 years ago

    Love the letterpress greeting card gift set. Great country finds!

  • Nushkie

    Nushkie said 8 years ago

    Love the rose towels. So sweet!

  • blendastudio

    blendastudio said 8 years ago

    So fun to look at and be inspired! My fav - the salt and pepper gift tags.

  • dogties

    dogties said 8 years ago

    Great stuff! We love Country Living!!

  • OneEcoTree

    OneEcoTree said 8 years ago

    Love the teacup lights! Great pics!!

  • veroque

    veroque said 8 years ago

    I love your picks, every pick is really unique and wonderfull.

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns said 8 years ago

    Great picks!

  • magpiefelts

    magpiefelts said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous finds!

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 8 years ago

    Country Living magazine is my favorite magazine. I have been getting it for decades! I savor reading and looking through it. It is a treat that I save for a special day when I know I won't be interrupted. Of course, I loved all the picks. In addition to creating jewelry, I am into making cards so I loved the salt and pepper gift tags and the girly tags on her site. How cute are they?!

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 8 years ago

    Very sweet picks! I love having all kinds of plates - one day it's ants...another day lacy scalloped English ironstone...and SOME DAY it will be trixielicious plates!

  • SilverSynergy

    SilverSynergy said 8 years ago

    Great picks!

  • Artistico

    Artistico said 8 years ago

    just beautiful stuff:) i love them

  • MAKUstudio

    MAKUstudio said 8 years ago

    Love the ants pottery and dgordon's lace platters!

  • ShaneLilyRain

    ShaneLilyRain said 8 years ago

    What Wonderful Items !!

  • jennifersquires

    jennifersquires said 8 years ago

    Wonderful selections! I particularly love the ants on dishes and the sandwich bags!

  • CollectionObsession

    CollectionObsession said 8 years ago

    Wow! I love every last one of these picks.

  • Feltathome

    Feltathome said 8 years ago

    fantastic finds here...I esp love the letterpress produce bag....fantastically inovative idea

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 8 years ago

    Such pretty things, what a wonderful collection of finds!

  • RolyPolyPlanet

    RolyPolyPlanet said 8 years ago

    Everything makes me smile and think of simpler times. I love the packaging of the stationary! Packaging is half the battle.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    YeeHaw could quite possibly be one of my favorite shops on Etsy. All of their stuff is wonderful and so it their packaging.

  • GoldhawkPotteryEtc

    GoldhawkPotteryEtc said 8 years ago

    Great finds, especially the ants design on the china. Will have to explore Country Living magazine more...

  • whitemetal

    whitemetal said 8 years ago

    awesome :) I need that "do the dishes" tea towel for my place!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 8 years ago

    very feminine selection, thanks for the article!

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 8 years ago

    Beautiful items,I love that modern country charm.

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 8 years ago

    Great picks!

  • blueautumnmoon

    blueautumnmoon said 8 years ago

    reusable sandwich bags....what a great idea!!!! and vintage too....

  • pinpinn

    pinpinn said 8 years ago

    WOO! I love LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE Showpony's towels, they are just awesome! Great designs too!

  • anniepoo

    anniepoo said 8 years ago

    love Country magazine and those ant-covered tea cups are adorable!!!

  • misseskwittys

    misseskwittys said 8 years ago

    I've been a big fan of Country Living for years! Great picks...really enjoyed this article!

  • bobnstitch

    bobnstitch said 8 years ago

    So fresh and cute! Love the lace bowl!

  • NovemberRoseAtelier

    NovemberRoseAtelier said 8 years ago

    Fun! Yeah for Katie and Country Living! Thanks for sharing!

  • ireneagh

    ireneagh said 8 years ago

    Cool selections! :)

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing - such sweet selection, especially the sandwich pouches.

  • babook

    babook said 8 years ago

    a little romantic of all and my favourite it ted : )

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 8 years ago

    awesome!!! I love CL I met editor at blogher last year!!! LOVE YOU! xooxxo

  • kathip22

    kathip22 said 8 years ago

    Love your collection, so nice!!

  • pixieblossoms

    pixieblossoms said 8 years ago

    Lovely selection!

  • yippeevintage

    yippeevintage said 8 years ago

    I've been a subscriber of CL for years and I still love it! Katie, your 'country kitchen with a twist' picks are great :) I just bought some S&P tags from SunshineandRavioli this morning... so fun!

  • Perceptions

    Perceptions said 8 years ago

    ooooooo, love everything, great collection! ♥

  • kittyanydots

    kittyanydots said 8 years ago

    i love country living magazine! the handcrafted bowls from Lucinda Chips are lovely, and yeehaw's produce bag of stationery is so clever!

  • Unwaveringfaith

    Unwaveringfaith said 8 years ago

    One of my very favorite magazines is Country Living...I am loving this article and all the items shown! I have a thing for tea towels and pottery!

  • enfantjoli

    enfantjoli said 8 years ago

    those little lunch bags..I've just hearted them. always seeing new and unique items on etsy.

  • truLuxe

    truLuxe said 8 years ago

    Those cups with the ants... fantastic!!!!

  • pinkdandyshop

    pinkdandyshop said 8 years ago

    Love these finds...the ants on the ceramics are my fav!

  • cloud9designstudio

    cloud9designstudio said 8 years ago

    Ooooh, I LOVE Country Living magazine! Great picks! Nice to see people finally heading to for some amazing thigns from some uber-talented folk! :)

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 8 years ago

    my goodness, each and every pick is fab. I love the gift tags, very nice.

  • sugarpinkboutique

    sugarpinkboutique said 8 years ago

    Beautiful collection! Love the bowls!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Very cute items!

  • myeuropeantouch

    myeuropeantouch said 8 years ago

    Wonderfull selection...and "green"... ;o)

  • miraculousmosquito

    miraculousmosquito said 8 years ago

    cool stuff!

  • cityfarmhouse

    cityfarmhouse said 8 years ago

    I always love to catch a glimpse of what inpires someone else. Cute picks, thanks for sharing. Hope to see you at the CL show.

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms said 8 years ago

    I'm so glad Etsy finally connected with Country Living Magazine, my favorite! These are wonderful selections. The vintage cloth sandwich/snack bags would look great at a picnic.

  • cindyforrester

    cindyforrester said 8 years ago

    I love the ant dishes...too cool!!

  • Rokemet

    Rokemet said 8 years ago

    Great stuff. I love the embroidered tea towels and the mug lights.

  • blithegardens

    blithegardens said 8 years ago

    I love all this stuff. I think I first found out about Etsy through my Country Living subscription.

  • Studio111

    Studio111 said 8 years ago

    The ant dishes and the doily bowls are wonderful.

  • fadaseprincesas

    fadaseprincesas said 8 years ago

    wonderful picks! The ant dishes are great

  • flanchico

    flanchico said 8 years ago

    Great picks!

  • ItsBella

    ItsBella said 8 years ago

    oh what a great group of sellers!

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