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    21 Treats For Anyone Who's Really Into Cottagecore

    *sing-whispering* 🎶Baby, you're like lightning in a bottle...🎶

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    Cottagecore — the aesthetically pleasing, DIY-revival TikTok trend — is still gaining in popularity. And why wouldn't it? Baking from scratch, pressing flowers as gifts for friends, wandering through fields until you find the perfect place to rest and read some poetry...sounds like heaven to me.


    A lot of the trend is based on thrifting, and that's wonderful — do that when possible! But for anyone who wants to get a lil' Cottagecore treat for themselves or a pal, here are a few things I think you'll love:

    1. Some linen towels for helping you wipe up little spills, tying up baked goods in to take on a little picnic, or laying on a cake stand to display something scrumptious.

    stack of the beige towels

    Linoto is a Black-owned business specializing in all things linen. From kitchen textiles to sheets to boxer shorts (!!!), their offerings are a linen-lover's dream. All of their products are made in their workshop in Westchester County, New York.

    Get it from Linoto for $8 (available in four colors).

    2. A whistling teakettle you can place directly on the stovetop that'll gently and charmingly alert you when the water's ready.

    reviewer's yellow kettle with a stainless steel and wood handle and spout

    Promising review: "I love this thing. It has a very soft and kind whistle that isn't screeching which is nice. It's the perfect size for two cups of tea in the morning, and it is fairly easy to keep clean and take care of. I love it and it was definitely a successful purchase. I also love the color and the wooden handle and whistle cover/latch on the nozzle." —Emma R

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    3. And some accompanying loose leaf tea from Brooklyn Tea to go with! I particularly recommend their Vanilla Rooibos and Darjeeling.

    the writer's two bags of loose leaf tea on a wooden tray with a mug and small saucer of looseleaf darjeeling
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Brooklyn Tea is Black-owned and based in — you guessed it! — Brooklyn, New York. I love their tea because it's very high quality *and* they give you super precise brewing instructions on the back of the packaging. So helpful! Due to high demand, orders will take three to four weeks, but it's worth it! And hey, it's something to look forward to.

    Get them from Brooklyn Tea: the Vanilla Rooibos for $5.99+ (available in six sizes) and the Darjeeling for $6.99+ (available in six sizes).

    4. The Forager's Harvest, which will teach you to history and uses of 32 edible North American plants. You're out wandering in the woods anyway — might as well pick up lunch!

    the forager's harvest by samuel thayer

    This book is a guide to 32 of the most common edible plants in North America. Learn how to find, identify, and prepare them in one handy volume!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.20, Bookshop for $21.11, or look for it at your local library.

    5. A botanical embroidery kit you can meditatively enjoy working on while outside with actual ferns. Art imitates life.

    black fabric on a hoop with embroidered ferns and plants in various green shades

    Get it from jennyblairkits on Etsy for $26.79.

    6. A French butter crock so you always have fresh, softened butter on hand and another gorgeous piece of pottery to display.

    writer holding the full lid of the white speckled butter crock next to the base
    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    I'd go so far as to say I'm a butter fangirl, so of course I want nothing but the best for my favorite dairy. This butter crock isn't just gorgeous, it keeps butter unbelievably fresh at room-temperature. Now you're guaranteed to always have some softened butter around so you don't have to do the trying-to-spread-cold-butter-on-bread-and-failing tango. Just put some butter in the top portion, a little water in the bottom portion and put them together to make a perfect seal. This baby also just looks fantastic on my countertop. Love a functional piece of art!

    Get it from CPClayArt on Etsy for $33 (available in two colors).

    7. A latch hook set like this butterfly or horse to keep your hands busy and have a fun little rug to display at the end of your toil.

    Jo-Ann Fabrics

    Each set comes with the canvas, how-to instructions, pre-cut yarn, and a chart. It does not come with a hook tool, so don't forget to pick one up!

    Get them from Jo-Ann Fabrics: the butterfly for $18.99 and the horse for $36.99, and the hook tool for $4.49.

    8. A mushroom growing kit that puts the ~fun~ in fungus and lets you cultivate your very own pink oyster mushrooms. What a tasty treat!

    reviewer's large colony of pink oyster mushrooms

    The kit comes with an all-in-one already colonized block as well as a spray bottle for keeping your bb mushrooms nice and hydrated.

    Promising review: "This kit worked extremely well! My family and I were shocked at how full and quickly the mushrooms grew. They're delicious as well. The directions that come with the kit are very simple and clear but I HIGHLY recommend watching the short video online. These would be great for the classroom because of the ease of growth and ability to see the whole mushroom (mycelium). Can't wait to try the brown oysters next!" —J. Dochtermann

    Get it from Amazon for $30.49.

    9. A hand-blown glass cake stand to display your handmade treats in a true place of honor. I have honestly never seen a more beautiful cake stand.

    Estelle Colored Glass

    Estelle Colored Glass is a Black woman-owned company specializing in hand-blown cake stands and glassware in all the colors of the rainbow. The pieces are reminicint of founder Stephanie Summerson Hall's grandmother Estelle's vintage glass pieces used at Sunday dinners. Every piece is made by glass artisans in Poland. I have enormous heart-eyes for literally everything they sell.

    Get it from Estelle Colored Glass for $225 (available in seven other colors here).

    10. A coffee percolator for brewing up some coffee the old-fashioned way, indoors or out.,

    Promising review: "One of my childhood memories is that of smelling coffee percolating on the stove and the smell of bacon sizzling early on weekend mornings. Well, when my 13-year-old drip system finally gave up the ghost, I decided to get this instead another overpriced system. I love it. It took a couple of times to fiddle with the amounts to get it just right, but it's finally there. It feels sturdier than the coffeepots of old, almost insulated in comparison to the single layer that the old pots used to be. So glad I bought this." —I. King

    Get it from Amazon for $17.78+ (available in two sizes).

    11. A French rolling pin to get all of your doughs to *just* the right thickness without much fuss.

    Promising review: "Excellent rolling pin, easy to use and stores in a drawer. Solid but not too heavy, it makes lovely pie crust and cookie dough for cutting." —Miss Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98+ (available in three shapes and two wood types).

    12. A beginner scarf-knitting kit so you can feel pride well in your heart as you don your first hand-knit garment. This is just the beginning for you and this useful hobby.

    model wearing long yellow garter stitch scarf
    We Are Knitters

    Get it from We Are Knitters for $51+ (available in 20 colors and with circular, straight, or no needles).

    13. A picnic basket set for creating memorable outdoor meal experiences for just yourself or some properly socially distanced pals.

    reviewer's open basket on a blanket at the beach with plates, etc strapped securely to the lid

    The set comes with four ceramic plates, four sets of stainless-steel flatware, four wineglasses, four cotton napkins, a bottle opener, salt and pepper shakers, and a picnic blanket.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this picnic basket!!!! It has a classic look and feel. I loved the fact that the plates are real plates and not plastic. The blanket has a sturdy plastic backing and folds easily into the basket. It is a little small on space for the spill proof containers you will need to pack, but overall it’s a great product and I look forward to many years of use." —Officer B

    Get it from Amazon for $89.95.

    14. Some teeny tiny pinecone earrings — you already collect so many of them, might as well have two more you can wear!

    small silver pinecone earrings with J-shaped hooks

    Promising review: "The earrings are so dainty and absolutely gorgeous, my mate will love them! They came really quickly and in the cutest, tiny box. They’re really well made and just look amazing, exactly as pictured. Will definitely be buying from this shop again." —Alaciana

    Get them from BecauseofAnnie on Etsy for $6.76+ (available in three different post materials).

    15. A harvest leaves Bundt cake tin to welcome autumn with open arms and a full tummy.

    reviewer's fall leaf bundt cake

    Promising review: "This pan is so pretty I couldn't wait all the way until September to use it. End of August was close enough! I made a maple butter pecan coffee cake and the design came out perfect — not a crumb left in the pan! Also, the bronze finish inside and out is gorgeous. I look forward to using this again." —Aaris Delilah

    Get it from Amazon for $35.20.

    16. A record player, because Rumours just isn't quite the same if it's not on slightly crackly vinyl.

    reviewer's black and red plaid record player playing "meet the beatles"

    Promising review: "A very sturdy product and built to last. It is very well designed and great for the price. I love how it is easy to travel with. It was a Father's Day gift and my dad loved it." —T. Ficklen

    Get them from Amazon: the record player for $52.97+ (available in 33 colors and patterns) and Rumours for $23.70.

    17. A mascara with entirely plastic-free packaging to complete your natural makeup look and add a vintage touch to your routine. This is how it used to be packaged, after all!


    NudiGoods is a small woman-owned business based in Santa Cruz. Due to the wildfires in the area, shipping may be a bit slower than usual, so please be patient. The mascara is formulated with bentonite clay, activated charcoal, coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter.

    Promising review: "Very nice. As other reviewers have said it is for more of a subtle look. But I like it because I don't have to worry about it smudging as much as thicker mascaras. Easy to use with a spoolie. I've also been putting a little on my brows to darken them and it works well. Love how it is plastic-free. Rock on!" —Monique Hanson

    Get it from NudiGoods on Etsy for $8.75+ (available with or without a spoolie).

    18. A cross-back apron so you can stay clean while happily wiling away the hours in the kitchen or in the garden.

    Promising review: "So much more than I expected! Fits wonderfully, easy to put on, sturdy yet absorbent fabric, and PERFECT pockets!" —Charles Villezcas

    Get it from Amazon for $20.89+ (available in five colors).

    19. The Homestead Canning Cookbook, because winter is approaching and it's time to preserve all of your late summer produce so you can enjoy it during colder months.

    the homestead canning cookbook by georgia varozza

    The book has instructions for beginner canners, as well as over 150 recipes for canned fruit, veggies, meat, soups, and sauces.

    Promising review: "FANTASTIC canning book! I am a beginner at canning and can’t wait to dig into it. This book provides easy to read instructions, has beautifully categorized recipes and has nice pictures. Very happy with this purchase and recommend it to you all." —Pamela M. Harris

    Get it from Amazon for $18.39 or check for it at your local library.

    20. A three-piece ceramic planter with excellent drainage to keep your indoor plants happy and healthy as well as serve as your cutest piece of decor. WHY do so many cute planters not have drainage?! And because of its unique design you can mix and match colors if you get multiples.

    three planters with a bowl-like top, narrower tall base, and a saucer at the bottom

    Jungalow is a Black woman-owned business started by designer Justina Blakeney. Their mission is to sustainably make your space more creative and inspirational. Just do yourself and favor and check out their entire site — everything is perfection!

    Promising review: "I was honestly shocked at the high quality of this planter. It is absolutely gorgeous. The cream-speckled color is rich and beautiful and not at all boring. I love how the style is simple and funky at the same time, and of course love that drainage! I will definitely be getting more of the Kaya planters in the future." —Kristen

    Get it from Jungalow for $68 (available in eight colors).

    21. A printed bandana to both accessorize and protect your neck from getting burned should you fall asleep on a picnic blanket after a filling lunch.


    Get it from Madewell for $12.50 (available in nine patterns).

    Shout out to the Mother of all things Cottagecore, Miss Honey HERSELF!


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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