uncommongoods

When I was recently asked to review products for UncommonGoods, I was super excited. They are a great company that has some really cool business practices – buyers get to vote on the items they want to see on the site and UncommonGoods donates to several charities.

Great gift ideas at UncommonGoods

This is a site I love to visit anytime we need a fun, unique or personalized gift for our friends. I especially love the selection they have for men, since it’s always hard to find a good present for the guys. Check out their fun gifts for the boys here.

The hardest part for me was choosing. I kid you not, I asked for an extra few days to pick out what we wanted….because we wanted it all. Since we love our wine and we love having guests over, I was drawn to all of their wine glasses and tools. We loved the Silicone Wine Glasses as an easy option for picnics or a backyard happy hour – especially with all the pups we have running around all the time.

                             

You can see plenty of other entertaining and wine gifts here. We also love their Tasting Plate – the possibilities are endless with this. You could use it for different dips for bread, dessert with customizable toppings, olive sampling and more. It was the perfect way to try out several new cheeses – we filled the small compartments with various jams, truffle salt and honey and went to town on all the combinations. Yum!

 

Best part, both of these items were under $50! Check out all their other items under $50, all easily searchable here. They have a huge selection for every price range, person or occasion…or even just for yourself. The website is easy to search for exactly what you need. They even have a section for wedding gifts that can personalized so you can be sure you show up with a one-of-a-kind gift. I’ve always got UncommonGoods bookmarked and ready to go for easy gift ideas!

Posted on 9/03/13
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convention swaps: lacy + lovely

This is the last of the swaps we made for convention. These are made to fit right into a standard letter envelope. Wanted to do something unique as far as card shape went. The close ups are to show that certain circles were stamped in different colors and popped up for a 3D effect. Love this stamp set….it’s so versatile!

 

Color Combos- 

Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White 

Island Indigo, Primrose Petals, Smoky Slate, Rose Red, Whisper White

Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Stamp Sets - Lacy & Lovely Stamp Set

Punches - Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, 1 Inch Circle Punch, ¾ Inch Circle Punch

Tools/Accessories - Pearls Basic Jewels

Tips: For the Rose Red, ink up the stamp, stamp off once onto scrap paper, and then stamp onto card. This will give a lighter Rose Red that coordinates better with the other colors. Otherwise, the Rose Red and the Primrose Petals look too much alike.

 

–Sandhya

Posted on 8/19/13
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convention swaps – thoughts + prayers

Yay, almost Friday! Having a Girls’ Craft Night and can’t wait!

Here’s another card I made for convention (I say I, but really nothing could have been done without all my great girlfriends, and even our hubbys!). This one was a bit more time consuming but really came out great. I CASEd a card we did in SU club for it but changed up the embellishments a bit and the colors.

 

Colors - Wisteria Wonder, Basic Gray, Whisper White OR Summer Starfruit, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray (for stamping only), Whisper White  

DSP- Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Wisteria Wonder) OR In Color 2012-2014 Designer Series Paper Stack (Summer Starfruit)

Stamp Sets - Thoughts & Prayers Stamp Set

Punches - Itty Bitty Shapes Punch

Framelits - Labels Collection

Ribbon - 5/8 Organza Ribbons

Tools/Accessories - Festive Paper Piercing Pack

Tips: I only used the Basic Gray to stamp so I’d have a darker image. The cardstock is Smoky Slate. (On the Summer Starfruit one). Also, some of the little flowers are flat on the paper and some are popped up – this made a really nice flower bunch effect. 

 

–Sandhya

Posted on 8/08/13
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convention swaps – apothecary art

Here is another card I made (last minute – literally was working on these on the plane there, as well as in the hotel room) for swapping at Convention. Love how the colors turned out, even though my bows always have some issues.

 

Colors - Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Whisper White

DSP- Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack

Stamp Sets - Apothecary Art

Punches - Scallop Trim Border

Framelits - Labels CollectionBitty Banners

Ribbon - 3/8 inch Stiched Satin Ribbon in Primrose Petals

Tools/Accessories - Blender Pen

Tips: I only used the Basic Gray to stamp so I’d have a darker image. The cardstock is Smoky Slate. And I colored in using the Blender Pens and Smoky Sate for the leaves and Primrose Petals and Pool Party for the flowers. Did them lightly and went back in to do them a little darker with the colors over the lines for shading.

 

–Sandhya

Posted on 8/05/13
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Convention Swaps – Mosaic Madness

As promised, still posting! 2 in the whole year so far is better than none, right?

I attended Stampin Up’s 25th Anniversary Convention just a few weeks ago. It was insanely large – about 6,000 demonstrators. Needless to say there were long lines but SO much creativity and inspiration. One of the things I was super excited about was all the swapping that would be going on. So my girls and I made 100 cards to swap out. Here’s one, based off a card my upline had in one of our club meetings, with a few personal tweaks. Made it in 4 different colors (love the monochromatic look) and they were a huge hit – and fairly easy/quick to make! 

 

 

Colors – Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White

DSP- Quatrefancy Specialty

Stamp SetsIt’s a Wrap Occasions, Alhambra Wheel

Punches - Mosaic Punch, Petite Curly Label

Embossing Folders - Modern Mosaic

Tips: You don’t need to really get all the cartridges for the wheel – I just ink it up on the ink pad itself. But I do recommend the retired Stampin Around Wheel Guide or something similar to get the lines perfect. Also, be careful where you do the embossing because you want to make sure you end up with a mosaic design so you can punch it out right where you want it. So align it carefully when you run it through. If you have questions about measurements, just ask!

 

–Sandhya

Posted on 7/30/13
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Refresh

Hi y’all!

I know it’s been nearly a year since my last post. Life just got in the way and I wasn’t motivated. I spent the better part of the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013 mourning the loss of the love of my life and baby boy,  Bond:

 

I’ve also been focusing on my business and expanding into new classes and offerings.

And I’ve found a love of papercrafting. I’ve joined Stampin Up as a demonstrator, mostly because I’m my biggest customer, and have been having a ball hosting Girls’ Nights and making cards. I find it really therapeutic and it’s been fun finding such a great creative push.

 

One thing I hadn’t been as interested in over the last year was fashion. That had a lot to do with why I wasn’t motivated to continue with my ‘fashion blog’.  I had put on weight since my wedding due to pain medication and poor eating habits but I made some changes this Spring and am feeling a lot better, although I have a ways to go yet. I think slimming down will certainly reboot my shopping so I’m sure some of that will find it’s way on here as well in small doses.

 

Hope to hear from anyone still out there as well as new folks. Maybe the third time really is the charm…

Posted on 7/25/13
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mint is really hard to photograph

With the weather as hot as it is here in Texas (although I hear other places are just as bad or worse this year) my uniform is basically shorts and a tank top.

When dressing it up make it a silk tank top, cute shorts and add some heels and you’re ready for a night on the town. Totally obsessed with these t-straps by the way…close up of the unique heels  below.

Top – Vintage
Shorts – Area Boutique (Santa Barbara)
Shoes – Michael Kors
Clutch – JCPenny’s

 

P.S. My top is a light mint. You’ll just have to believe me.

Posted on 8/18/12
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