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Uncommon Goods Meditation Box

Meditation Box from Uncommon Goods

Uncommon: Unusual, rare, exceptional.

I’ve mentioned before that I LOVE gifting — I get so much joy out of the whole process: searching, buying, wrapping, giving, and watching their expression. SO FUN. In my opinion the best gifts are always unique, as in something they’d never expect or have never seen before, OR something handmade.

When time doesn’t permit me to whip up a gift (because KIDS), I often check my favorite source for unique gifts, Uncommon Goods. So full of unique, creative pieces – sourced from top quality makers, they do such an amazing job of supporting artists and curating the coolest stuff!

From their website:

Uncommon Goods

I’ve been a fan for years, ever since I received their first little paper catalog in the mail. I use them often for Wedding and Anniversary gifts because they have some of the sweetest things that can be personalized. Great ideas for baby showers, too!

Since this blog centers around creativity, I thought it would be cool to share with you some of the fun crafty items they have that make great gifts for your creative friends and family, or even just fun things for yourself!

Ya’ll know I sew… do you? Do you know someone that does? They want this. I WANT THIS!

Sewing Station from Uncommon Goods

Sewing Station from Uncommon Goods

So simple, and so darn cute – it’s the perfect little holder for your basic sewing needs, which is really all I want to have on my desktop for when I need to do some hand sewing.

Opened Sewing Station

Opened Sewing Station

And it OPENS! You can store notions INSIDE!  Add this to my Christmas list, please.

If you’ve been following my sewing posts for a while, you know I use felt flowers ALL THE TIME. Pretty sure I’ve even posted about my happy place being the felt flower aisle at the craft store. So, my new happy place will be my desk, because..

Felt Succulents

Felt Succulents

..they have a felt flower kit. Felt SUCCULENTS to be exact (even better). They are so pretty!!! And you get to MAKE them!!!

Felt Succulents Kit

Felt Succulents Kit from Uncommon Goods

This would be such a fun thing to do with some girlfriends and wine. “We could MAKE those!” — an often spoken phrase that turns in to an expensive night full of mess and laughter. At least with this KIT, it won’t be expensive and you can’t mess it up!

Any knitters or crochet mavens out there? I LOVE yarn almost as much as fabric, and have a large stash to prove it. But what to do with that tangled mess of a ball once you get going on a project? Especially towards the end it’s just a mess! So imagine my squeal when I saw this yarn bowl the other day..

Yarn Bowl

Heart Yarn Bowl

Isn’t it lovely? No tangles here. And how about that gorgeous shade of blue? It’s even prettier on the inside..

Heart Yarn Bowl Inside

Heart Yarn Bowl Inside

Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift, I can think of a few crafty ladies that would love one of these!

We have the holder chosen, how about something to do with the yarn? I found two super fun projects that are simple enough for anyone, even the non-crafty type.

First, this weaving loom! These are awesome because they knit without you having to know how to knit (score!). That means you can make endless amounts of handmade scarves for your friends and family – which they will LOVE, btw.

Weaving Loom

Weaving Loom from Uncommon Goods

Second, this Yarn Tree kit! How fun would it be to yarn bomb this tree – I don’t care how old you are, or how un-crafty you are, you KNOW this would be fun and probably pretty therapeutic.

Yarn Tree

Yarn Tree

This is easy enough for kids to do, too – perfect for rainy days.

Yarn Tree Kit

Yarn Tree Kit

And then when done, use it to display jewelry or just as a decoration for their room. I totally want this for MY jewelry, ahem.

One last item I fell in love with, not as crafty but I love the idea and the use of COLOR in this Wishing Wall!

Wishing Wall

Wishing Wall from Uncommon Goods

Such a sweet and thoughtful idea for a wedding or a shower, right? Send them off with sweet wishes from their nearest and dearest! I can also see this being used for a teacher gift from the whole class, or a going away or retirement gift from co-workers.

I hope you like the fun crafty things I found at Uncommon Goods! Be sure to bookmark them, and add them to your favorites — if you’re on Pinterest or Instagram you can follow them there to get great gift ideas in your feeds!

Happy Crafting ~ D

*Imagine my surprise and glee when Uncommon Goods contacted me to collaborate on a post! This is sponsored by them, but these choices are my own, and I was ecstatic to share the company and the products with you.

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Plastic Canvas Note Holder

Plastic Canvas Notepad & Pen Holder

Another resurrection from the pre-hacked days. I’m trying to re-post the ones that I lost and re-direct the old links to the new ones (for those of you wondering why I’m posting old stuff!). So if you’ve seen this before, just move on, but if this is your first time, do check it out! I found working with the plastic canvas very soothing, and it was easy enough to do while sitting on the couch watchin’ my Greys Anatomy. 🙂

pcbloghopPC Blog Hop: Plastic Canvas Notepad & Pen Holder

So, thanks to the creative and uber cool Craftypod, I was lucky enough to join the Plastic Canvas Blog Hop in 2014. I had never worked with plastic canvas before, so I was excited to take on the challenge and try something new.

I came up with this little notepad & pen holder that I made for my favorite niece (I only have one niece, so of course, she’s my favorite!). I used pink and black because, well, HELLO – it’s obviously one of my favorite color combos!

plastic canvas notepad & pen holder

Read on for supplies and tips and such… I found the following video tutorial on you tube SO SO helpful! It taught me how to start with the yarn and needle, and how to join my pieces together. This how-to guide is also a great place to get started. Plastic Canvas Supplies

 

Supplies (I purchased at Michaels)

  • Plastic Canvas — I chose this cool black stuff. It comes in different sizes
  • PC Needles – I used size #16
  • Yarn — I chose some worsted wool (recommended) and some neat shiny ones… but note, I did learn a lesson about the shiny ones:

plastic canvas supplies - yarn matters

I had this picture in my head of what I wanted to make, and went about trying to determine how to cut up the plastic and what sizes to make everything. This is what I came up with — you can count the squares or measure it like I did:Plastic Canvas Measurements

This is how it laid out before I started stitching, this helped me keep track of what piece went where: Plastic Canvas Pieces

So now the fun part — fill up them there holes with pretty thread! I played with different stitches after checking out this basic how-to guide. 

And I totally wasn’t joking about doing this on the couch while watching TV… I was, by the way, hugely pregnant during this project and on limited activity! working

PC Notepad Holder Detail 1

PC Notepad Holder Detail 2

PC Notepad Holder Detail 3

I left the bottom empty since it would be covered by a notepad or loose paper

PC Notepad Holder Detail 4

Add paper, pen and other cute desk accessory essentials, and wrap it up!

Plastic Canvas Notepad & Pen Holder 2

Check out some of the other PC Blog Hop projects here!


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