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Gift Lab: Gourmet Microwave Popcorn

March 24, 2016

Microwave Popcorn Popper

Products

Microwave Popcorn Popper and Popcorn Kernel and Seasoning Sets

Research

I first became interested in popcorn as a toddler. Microwave popcorn didn’t exist yet, but painted wood toy popcorn did.

My first real adult job entailed working very long hours in an office where the only convenient food was in a vending machine. This led to consumption of bagged microwave popcorn packets accompanied by the creepy smell of chemical “butter.” (According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, conveyed in steam containing nearly four dozen chemicals, including the ink and glue on the bag). Years later, I discovered that microwave popcorn is just… popcorn. Any popcorn can be made in a microwave. I bought a microwave popcorn popper in December, 2006 and have been conducting experiments with it ever since.

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Maker Stories

This Just Inspiration: Meet Jolie Bouchard

March 14, 2016

Jolie Bouchard

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Jolie Bouchard, the artist behind our new Personalized Family Growth Chart, Personalized Constellation Growth Chart, and Personalized Solar System Wall Art.

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Maker Stories

This Just In-spiration: Meet Christophe Pourny

February 29, 2016

Christophe Pourny | UncommonGoods

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction! Meet Christophe Pourny. Christophe performs miracles of antique furniture restoration (among other things) in his DUMBO, Brooklyn studio. He and his company developed all-natural formulas for working on antique furniture, and began selling them. Having heard from clients that they were using them on handbags and shoes, Christophe & co. tweaked the products and created some that worked even better on accessories, luggage, and of course, furniture. Behold: our new All Natural Shoe Care Kit.

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Maker Stories

This Just In-Spiration: Meet Eliza Todd

February 22, 2016

Eliza Todd | UncommonGoods
Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Eliza Todd, the artist behind our new Life by Definition Beer Glasses.

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This Just In-Spiration: Meet Shari Sweeney

February 15, 2016

Shari Sweeney | UncommonGoods
Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Shari Sweeney, the artist behind our new Cherish Spring Bath Affirmations Set.

Cherish Spring Bath Affirmations Set | UncommonGoods
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Growing up, I was a balanced little person with regard to my creative side and analytical side. One day you could find me performing experiments with my chemistry set and the next, I was enthralled with art forms like drawing and sculpting with clay. As I grew into adulthood, I maintained this balance in college and beyond. While earning my degree in Biological Sciences, I started creating my own bath products for myself as well as friends and family. I went on to become a scientific researcher for nearly a decade, while also living a holistic lifestyle. My balanced background in science and mindful living lead me to where I am today with my bath and body care business. I have the ability to create works of art with my Bath Affirmations yet still be analytical when I’m in my lab developing new products for my business.

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Maker Stories

This Just In-Spiration: Meet Suzie Thomas

February 8, 2016

Suzie Thomas | UncommonGoods

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Suzie Thomas, the artist behind our new Shades of Blue Sea Glass Necklace.

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This Just In-Spiration: Meet Alison Evans

February 1, 2016

Alison Evans | UncommonGoods

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Alison Evans, the artist behind our new Oyster Porcelain Dishware Collection.Oyster Porcelain Dishware Collection | UncommonGoods
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
When I was 14, I took a computer programing class and a pottery class (among other classes) and realized that sitting in front of computer was no fun. I wanted to have a job that was physically demanding and creative. At that time, I thought to myself – maybe I should become a potter?

Alison Evans | UncommonGoods
What was the most exciting thing about becoming a professional artist?
I’ve always been very goal-oriented, so to make a living doing what I love and being able to check that off of my list in my 20s was a big accomplishment.

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Maker Stories

This Just In-spiration: Meet Christie Little

January 25, 2016

Christie Little | UncommonGoods

Our makers never fail to motivate us, encourage our creativity, and fill us with inspiration. So, when a new design enters our assortment, we’re always excited to learn more about the people behind the product.

What gets an artist going and keeps them creating is certainly worth sharing, and every great connection starts with a simple introduction. Meet Christie Little, the artist behind our new I Love Hearts Large Canvas Market Bag.

I Love Hearts Large Canvas Market Bag | UncommonGoods

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