The Uncommon Life

Handmade for Mom:
DIY Mother’s Day Card

April 19, 2016

DIY Mother's Day Card Printable Template

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve outgrown your macaroni art years. Maybe you already picked up the perfect Mother’s Day present, or maybe you’re still on the lookout for a creative gift for mom, but just because you aren’t sitting down to handcraft a gift masterpiece doesn’t mean you can’t include a little something handmade. Print off our template and follow the simple instructions below for a DIY Mother’s Day card and show mom that you’re not too old to whip up something she’ll be proud to hang on her fridge!

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The Uncommon Life

#Momisms: Share Your Favorite Quotes From Mom

April 18, 2016

My Grandma Hannah was the first person to introduce me to palindromes, words that read the same backward and forward. Her name, with its impeccable symmetry and simple syllables, still wins as my favorite palindrome. “Mom” is another favorite, though for different reasons. Sure, it was one of the first words I uttered and it holds powerful meaning in my life. But what really tickles me is that the word “MOM” when written in all upper-case letters spells “WOW.”

How perfect is that? Seriously.

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Gift Guides

Infuse-a-Palooza With Our New Tea Infuser

April 18, 2016

I’m generally a coffee-drinker, but following a string of over-caffeinated mornings that left me shaking at my desk, I’ve been looking for a lighter replacement. Enter our new Citrus and Ginger Tea Infuser – a unique to-go bottle with exchangeable attachments that allow you to enliven your teas with tang and spice. The infuser includes:

• Steeping basket – perfect for loose leaf or bagged teas
• Reamer – get those juices flowing!
• Grater – a two-piece attachment that lets you flavor your tea while keeping the grated fibers locked away, (no floaters!)
• Bottom compartment – anything you can’t juice or shred can be chopped up and placed in here.

It’s called the Citrus and Ginger Tea Infuser Bottle, but don’t let the name limit you – a whole produce aisle of fruits, roots, and veggies awaits! I journeyed to my local grocery store and put five flavor fusions to the test. Continue Reading…

Maker Stories

This Just In-spiration: Meet Jason Wolff

April 18, 2016

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 Jason Wolff, the artist who, along with his wife Sarah, is behind our new Garlic Keeper. Continue Reading…

Gift Guides

Gift Lab: A Scarf Dye Kit That Will Make You Believe in Magic

April 14, 2016

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Product:
Magic Jar Scarf Dye Kit

Research: 
I’m a big fan of tie-dye! I’ve even hosted tie-dye workshops to teach other people how to turn a plain t-shirt into something fun. However, tie-dye is a pretty messy activity to do, especially indoors during the dead of winter which is the context I’m working with at the moment. I’ve been eyeing the Magic Jar Scarf Dye Kit for some time now, so when our assistant  jewelry & accessories buyer, Jackie,  told me we got a new color in (turquoise!) I knew I had to try it.  The scarf comes in a glass jar with the dye powder mixed inside. The only thing to add to it is water. How simple is that?

Hypothesis:
Admittedly, I was skeptical because the directions seemed just too simple. There had to be a catch. All I was asked to do was fill the jar up with room temperature water, close the lid, let it sit for an hour, wash the scarf with detergent and let it dry. Sounded too good to be true. Continue Reading…