Sunday, November 1, 2015


So I got an email the other day from Uncommongoods asking if I'd like to do a sponsored post.
I was at work at the clinic at the time and when I went to the website I instantly loved what I saw.
I went up front and showed my friend/co-worker and we laughed and commented how funny the cat things were.
We laughed when we saw the cat scratchers!

How cute!
What a cool idea.
Then we looked further. 
We both picked out different items that we loved.
Of course I wanted all the different things for my cats -

and then I wanted the cute donut toys for the dogs

or the pillows for my sofa! I LOVED the pillows!

They would look so cool in my house.
Check it out HERE.
Then I came across the ceramic bee feeder!

OMG! my sister would love that.
She's all about bees.
She even has a little bee tattoo! That's how much she loves them.
And...I want one too for my garden!

Then I found a mug with a lid that holds your tea bag!

My oldest niece only drinks herbal teas. What a great Christmas idea!

I found Owl hand warmers for Lily

and Alpaca socks for my brother-in-law,

the hardest to buy for person in the world!

My middle niece loves handmade items and she loves to bake.
She's a wonderful baker, She's been one since she was little and she even worked at a bakery while going to college.
Maybe she'd like the egg separator 

or the bundt baking dish

or the batter bowl!

OMG! so hard to choose, I could have my Christmas shopping done in one swoop!
and here's another really cool thing.

They are one AWESOME company.
Read about them HERE!
They care about the environment and about their employees.
They are all about handmade, recycled and organic.
They sell nothing that would harm animals.
No leather, feathers or fur.
They try to do most sales online in an effort to save paper and are very conscientious about using recycled paper or paper from FSC forests, when they do mail catalogs.
They "give back" and even include the option to donate at check-out to a selection of non-profits.
and they are a B corporation, the Certified B Corporation seal means that a company has undergone and passed a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates areas including company governance, environmental practices, and impacts on the local community.

I've been trying to stay away from the big box stores.
The stores with almost everything made in China.
I try to buy gifts at Art/Craft shows.
Or pick up cool items at estate sales and such, as a way to pass on a treasured item and recycle.
The more that I read about Uncommongoods, the more excited I got.
I love what they are doing.
You can read their blog HERE

They are the kind of company that some day, when I've got my Art business up and running and I feel like my work is ready, that I would happily summit my work to!
They have a great selection of Art - HERE
Here are two pieces that I think have some similarities to my work -

Hopefully they would feel that my Art would fit in well with the other work that is offered.

So please take a moment and look at all the amazing things they have to offer.

I'm thinking I might need to get the Sari Bag for myself!

It's handmade from recycled saris in India

or maybe the hand-crocheted shoulder bag handmade by a fair-trade collective in Guatemala.

or maybe the cat/ mouse garden statues,

or maybe.... LOL! 
Seriously, so many cool items!
Check them out!
What's your favorite?


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

The cat toys are hilarious. xoxo Su

CheerfulMonk said...

What fun! I hope you can sell some of your art there. :) Your whimsical pictures should fit right in.

Cindi Myers said...

I know!
Are they just the funniest and most original toys ever!
There is also one that looks like a laptop and it has a "mouse" attached!

Cindi Myers said...

It was fun to browse.
I'm seriously thinking of getting some Xmas gifts.

And, fingers crossed... hopefully someday soon, I'll have my Art in several places!

tammy j said...

i totally agree with monk... i think your art work would be a perfect addition for them.
what a neat company!
definitely going to check them out...
i have one person that is really hard to buy for. and i'm NOT a shopper. i like this company's attitude.

Doreen@househoneys said...

I'm very familiar with this catalog company, and have ordered from them in the last. Their items are indeed 'uncommon'!

Cindi Myers said...

Thanks! Maybe someday!
:) :) :)
I prefer to shop online too.
I'm not much of one for crowds.
And if I'm shopping, it makes me feel better to know it's coming from a good company.
and I think it makes it much easier when we have that hard-to-buy for person!

Cindi Myers said...

So you know them!
I'm thinking of getting that bee feeder.
For my sister for sure.
It's uncommon but cool!
Thanks for commenting!

Vicki said...

It's so good to find ethical companies in this commercial world.
And, when you're ready, your work will be a welcome and wonderful addition to their lines.

Cindi Myers said...

I know!
It's so refreshing to find a company like this!
and... I hope so!

leslie said...

that cat bed cracks me up. and i really like the simplicity of the cat/mouse statues. funny, i'd forgotten about uncommongoods.