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uncommongoods necklace gift

If you have been following my blog for awhile now, you will have noticed that I tend to stray away from cheaply made, overly trendy items. I much prefer all things that are unique and hold a certain meaning. UncommonGoods is one such company that sets itself apart from all other online markets. It is a place where those who are looking for truly memorable gifts can visit and find something special for everyone in their lives. Operating out of the Brooklyn Army Terminal, UncommonGoods offers mostly handcrafted items, each with its own story of why it was created. Several pieces are even made from recycled materials. Additionally, being a certified B Corporation ensures that they are also interested in resolving environmental and social issues. With sustainability and creativity being two of the company’s many goals, you can be sure that they offer only the best products.

With our anniversary and several family members’ birthdays being just around the corner, here are my favourite picks for some really exceptional gifts.

uncommongoods necklace

1. Links of Love Necklace.

About: “Artist Beth Lawrence created this stunning yet simple necklace, along with a bracelet and a pair of earrings, while she was pregnant with her first child. Thoroughly modern and extremely meaningful, her pieces subtly represents the ineffably strong connection a mother shares with her child. A gold filled ring adorned with twisted wire is permanently entwined with a smaller, sterling silver hoop and suspended from a sterling silver chain. A wonderful gift for new mothers, grandmothers, sisters, or best friends, the joined pieces are evocative of the infinite connection we possess with the special people in our lives and a reminder that they’re always there for us as we carry on through life’s struggles and successes. Handmade in Nashville, Tennessee.”

More jewelry can be seen here.

uncommongoods men's kit

2. Working Man’s Hygiene Kit.

About: “This all-natural set was created by a mechanic who let his dirty, damaged paws drive his inspiration to design products for dudes. The manly salves, scrubs and balms included are specially made to meet the needs of the working man. From soothing sore feet, to healing cracked lips and knuckles, to buffing the dickens out of dry skin, this kit goes beyond simple cleansers to get the job done. Handmade in the USA.”

More birthday gifts can be seen here.

uncommongoods diy gift

3. DIY Cinema Lightbox.

About: “Turn weddings, birthdays, and clever turns of phrase into feature film-worthy displays with this retro light box. Back-lit like a real marquee, this lightweight, battery-operated design offers three slotted lines to accommodate the included letters and symbols. Set up the portable piece at your wedding reception’s welcome table, in front of the birthday cake, or in your little one’s bedroom and let the creative messaging begin! Made in China.”

More wedding gifts can be seen here.

uncommongoods blog

You can learn more about UncommonGoods by visiting their blog here. They even offer tours of the studio! More importantly, every time an item is purchased, $1 is donated to a charity of your choosing. I can’t wait to order a little something from their website.  Talk about a favourable way to help change the world.

This was a sponsored post. I’m thankful for the brands and websites that I can partner with!

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Emory

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quilted potholder : enid’s diy

Potholder DIY 3When we took our trip to America, one of the items that we brought back for my mother-in-law was a packet of fabric ornaments from Devil’s Tower Monument, Wyoming. She and my sister-in-law are incredibly crafty women. In fact, one of the first gifts that I received from Enid was a fabric bag that she had sewed, which was adorned with beautiful stitching. Since then, I have gotten many tailor-made gifts, all of which I love and use. This potholder is the most recent one, and is (secretly) my favourite to date.

I found it to be an extremely thoughtful gesture for Enid to use a present that was intended for her, and make something beautiful out of it, and to give it to her son and daughter-in-law. Thus, I asked her to collaborate with me on this post, so I could share it with each one of my amazing readers. Here’s how to make a quilted potholder.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 1.34.42 PMMaterials:

2 pieces 12”x 12” cotton fabric
1 piece 12” x 12” terry cloth (I used a new facecloth)
1 4” x 4” quilt square or any cute border print fabric
Matching thread
Contrasting thread

Potholder DIY 1Steps:

1. Turn quilt square edges under and press.

2. Center the quilt square on the right side of one of the cotton and stitch in place.

3. Place the two cotton squares right sides together.

4. Place your terry cloth square on top of the cotton squares and pin through all layers.

5. Sew around all sides and leave a 4” opening on the last side to turn it later.

6. Remove the pins and the trim extra fabric close to seam.

7. Turn the potholder onto its right side through the opening. I used a ruler to poke the corners out.

8. Press the whole potholder and fold the opening in so that you can sew it shut. I hand sewed the opening shut with matching thread.

9. Then I topstitched around the quilt patch with contrasting thread a few times, and that’s it!

Potholder DIY 4Potholder DIY 6This potholder is totally machine washable and dryable and because it is made of all natural fibers, it will actually get softer and thicker over time.

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“From contentment with little comes happiness.”

– African proverb

These items are available at Potomac Trading Post, Ltd. :

⚒ Vintage crochet runner // $4
⚒ Handcrafted Japanese tea cup // $5
⚒ Antique lock and key // $8
⚒ Travelling terrarium // $10
⚒ Indian chief bowl // $12

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Emory

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potomac trading post, ltd. webpage and launch.

PTP LogoHello, October! I cannot quite believe that you are here. Not only does today mark the first day of the new month, but it also marks the eve of the launch of Potomac Trading Post, Ltd. That’s right, friends and family, PTP will be opening its doors on Thursday, October 2!

10Why tomorrow you may be wondering? Well if you take a peek at my Store Hours, you’ll notice that I’ll only be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 11 am until 6 pm. Tomorrow marks this first Thursday of the month, so I thought that it would be a great day to launch my new store.

12Feel free to take a look at the website, and please stay awhile! You can read my back story on the About page, see my Vintage items, Handmade items, and Clothing for Men and Women. I also have a Photography page and an Instagram account. All of these pages will be updated on a daily basis, so check back often!

WritingPadI offer worldwide shipping on most items. If anything catches your eye, you can either buy it through its direct link, or else email me at potomactradingpost@gmail.com, and I will send you an invoice for any items that you may fancy. How cool is that?

Have a good Wednesday, everybody! Wish me luck!

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Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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