Thursday, April 16, 2015

Uncommon Goods Review & Giveaway

When I was recently given the opportunity to review a piece of jewelry from Uncommon Goods, I jumped at the chance.  They had several pieces that caught my eye, not only for myself, but as gifts.

 Typewriter Key Necklace

I chose a personalized piece ~ the Typewriter Key Necklace with the letter “K”, for my first name.  Simple, timeless and classic, in my opinion.  A necklace that would go with just about everything, and one that I could wear to work or just hanging out with family.

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For those of you wondering how a piece would arrive as a gift, it comes in a box with the Uncommon Goods name on the lid.

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Inside you will find the necklace within a lovely printed velvet bag, along with a small card that indicates that the typewriter key is, indeed, from an actual vintage typewriter.

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There is a clasp on the pendant, so you could add it to a charm bracelet even, and the lobster clasp that is also on the chain provides a secure closure for the necklace.  With Mother’s Day coming up fast, they have some lovely gifts for anyone’s Mom!  Not just jewelry either.  Here are some items I came across and all very reasonably priced.

Literary Scarves

Literary Scarves

Gardener's Tool Seat

Gardener’s Tool Seat

Mariner Cheese Board

Mariner Cheese Board

Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices.  You can search for gifts for him, her and by price!  Uncommon Goods has kindly offered a giveaway here on my blog for a $25.00 gift certificate.

Entering is easy and there are three ways to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to be entered for this giveaway.
  • If you’ve ever purchased something from Uncommon Goods, leave me another, separate comment telling me about it.
  • Visit Uncommon Goods then come back and leave me a separate comment telling me about something that caught your eye.

This giveaway will end on April 22, 2015, at midnight EST.  Giveaway is open to US residents only (sorry!).  Winner will be chosen via random.org.  Winner will have 48 hours to confirm their win after being notified or a new winner will be chosen.  You do not have to have a blog to enter, but you must leave me a way to contact you in your comment.

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods.  I was selected for this opportunity and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thrifting Finds

I dropped off a car load of stuff the other day at Goodwill and, as always, had to go inside to look around.  Not very much caught my eye, but I did come across these two items that just had to come home with me.  This wall basket.  I’ve seen some bigger ones on other blogs and even in magazines, and I love the look of them.  {The faux hydrangeas are my addition}.

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This smaller size is just fine for me since we have down-sized.  In fact, there are not too many places to put this since we have an open floor plan and limited wall space.  I was thinking I could take down my bread board here in the kitchen and put it here for now.

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What do you think?  Maybe just for a bit of a change I will keep the basket here.  I stole these hydrangeas from my coffee table Paris tote so I will have to get more.

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I think it is a bit too deep to use on the front door.  It may even make its way into one of the bathrooms as wall d├ęcor.  We’ll see.  For $2.99 it was worth getting to play around with.

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The other item I found was this cute little tureen. 

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It’s in perfect condition!  I almost didn’t get it, because it is too small to really add in to the collection above my kitchen cabinets, but when I saw the ceramic ladle inside {and that there were no chips or cracks}, I knew I had to get it.  Plus, it was only $5.99.

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I just need to figure out where I want to use it.  Maybe the small buffet in our dining area.   I’ll have to play around with some vignettes and see what I can come up with.

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I felt rather pleased with these finds!  It’s been awhile since I’ve found anything I’ve liked at the thrift store for my home.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nice News

I had some nice news recently that I thought I would share.  Both came within a couple of weeks of each other and I hope it is a sign of more to come!

Women’s World magazine contacted me to use my toile lampshade makeover from my master bedroom in a feature they are doing on toile.  That will be in the May 4th issue. 

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Then I was contacted through an Etsy convo for the show Cowboy Builders, which airs on channel 5 in Britain, for permission to use a picture of a table I made-over a few years ago {the one pictured below} for a mood board for one of the episodes. 

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I still have this table in our current living room.

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I don’t have a date on that, and who knows if it will even make the edits, but it was nice to be found {through Pinterest, no less!}.  So any of you who read my blog that live “across the pond”, let me know if you see it! 

Cowboy Builders

Yup, so that’s my nice news and very exciting for me, I  might add!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Custom Order

I just finished up a custom order today.  A pillow cover with an anatomical skeleton image. This image is from The Graphics Fairy.

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You might remember this image from a post about a pillow I made for my son.  He is an Athletic Trainer and I thought he would get a kick out of this image.  A picture of his pillow is below.

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This pillow has proven very popular on Pinterest and I believe that is actually how the buyer found me and contacted me through my Etsy.  This pillow is also going to be a gift for a son; a medical student, from what I understand. 

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I’m doing pillow covers with an envelope backing rather than full pillows now.  The pillows take up too much room on my craft sewing room shelf space and, as room is at a premium in there to begin with, pillow covers make more sense storage-wise, plus they will be less expensive.

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Feel free to contact me for a custom order.  Most of the time I can do what is asked for (and will tell you if I can’t).  I hope the recipient of this pillow cover will enjoy it!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Forcing Spring

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It seems like Spring is taking its time here in Ohio.  There’s the odd crocus blooming here and there, but just a hint of yellow where daffodils will be in full glory soon (I hope).  The weather this week seems to be more consistently above 55 degrees and the grass is greening up a bit.  It’s taking a bit too long for my liking to fully arrive though!

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When I went food shopping last night, I stopped at the stands they had set up outside with flowers.  I couldn’t take it anymore, so I bought two Martha Washington geraniums, a $5.00 pot of pansies for my outdoor table, and a purple tulip for my dining room table.

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If Spring won’t give me flowers naturally, I will just have to bring it to my front door.  Literally!

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I will restrain myself for the next month and wait until the last frost before I buy any plants for the beds. 

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I think this will hold me over for now!  Have you bought any plants yet?

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