totally kewl: fork, knife, spoon

#45 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet.

Confession:  I LOVE to set the table.

Even more than cooking the food that goes on it. Not quite as much as I like eating the food, but still. Give me soup bowls and cups and saucers and teapots and little dessert plates and best of all, dishes with words on them. Let me stack them, place them, wink at them. Shiny dishes, see-yourself-in-their-reflection dishes, the promise of sustenance-to-come dishes.

And what would these peachy keen dishes be without cute cutlery? Only some of us lick our plates, but most of us lick our spoons and forks (at carefully prescribed times after licking our chops). Ecstasy!

I’m here today to tell you word lovers who revel in fine flatware that it’s possible to kick up your enjoyment yet another notch: behold vintage silverware you can actually READ! Oh sweet literary feasting!

Bella Jackson Studios of Napa, California, lovingly hand stamps delicious bon mots on silver knives, forks and spoons. They’ve got something for everyone — lines of poetry, witticisms, puns, nursery rhymes, holiday greetings, expressions of endearment, names of cheeses and spices. And of course they’ll custom stamp anything you like to fit the occasion. I like the idea of pieces selected for their charm and uniqueness, each with a distinctive patina and the “imperfections” resulting from hand-stamping one letter at a time.


Got any cheese?

These make such fun gifts; something for the birthday girl, the bride and groom, the coffee or tea lover in your life. Have a friend who fancies gardening? Check out these cool garden markers. Love them!



Visit the Bella Jackson Studios Etsy Shop for lots more! Their repurposed silverware is a cut above (sorry, couldn’t resist).

What’s your favorite table utensil? I love spoons spoons spoons. “SPOON” is a perfect word, when you really think about it. Say it. Notice how your lips tap together gently like a little kiss and teasy pout. Perfect!


Happy Eating!

♥ More Alphabetica here.

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Certified authentic alphabetica. Handmade just for you with love and sassy spoons, titillating tines and naughty knives.


Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

32 thoughts on “totally kewl: fork, knife, spoon

  1. What a lovely feature! I’ve seen stamped cutlery around, but have never stopped for a moment to consider what a wonderful addition they could be to our existing collections 🙂


  2. Hear that sizzling sound? Do you smell smoke? It’s the sound of my credit card going up in flames. These are fantastic, Jama. I can’t wait to place some on my own table and purchase as gifts for friends. Thanks a bunch.


  3. Er, um, wouldn’t that be the pattern of the silverware? With words on knife blades and bowls of spoons, though, the pattern might take second billing :).


    1. Yes, but – I was wondering about what the opposite-of-the-bowl end of a spoon was called, for instance. I guess handle? I found “tang” as a contender; I kinda like the “twang” of “tang.” But as you say, I’d be too distracted by all the wonderful words on these to notice anyway! ;0)


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