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Crowning the Winner of the Uncommon Bedroom Pinterest Contest

March 9, 2012

The decision wasn’t easy but the process sure was fun. Julia, Cassie and I, each admitted Pinterest-aholics, sat down to determine who created the mother of all pin boards for our Uncommon Bedroom contest. Our work was cut out for us with almost 300 entries, but I promise no arguments ensued. Sadly, there can only be one winner but we wanted to share the honorable mentions that kept us debating before we crowned our Queen of Pins.

We really loved Heather’s board for its rich jewel-tone colors and excessive doillies. We also appreciate the fact that her idea of breakfast includes Nutella and her idea of a bedtime story is Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.


Nicole had some pretty uncommon items in her dream bedroom. We were drawn in by the fancy bathroom tile and stayed for the pebble pillows and little black dresser.


There seems to be a very consistent affinity for the color purple on Alexandra’s board. Check out the furniture made of repurposed suitcases and wine crates!


Kristi‘s board was full of rich purple hues, hidden closets and spooky details. Her zombie bed kept us talking for days (Do I smell a DIY…)


But the board that stole our hearts belongs to Carter. Her dream beach bedroom makes us long for summer, sun kissed cheeks and sand in our sheets. She put together a cohesive mood board with a combination of decorating styles and mixed media to create a beautiful story that ignited our imaginations.

Help us congratulate Carter on Pinterest and check out the boards that stole our hearts.


Summer Picnic Design Challenge

February 29, 2012

It might be cold outside but we have summertime on the brain at UncommonGoods! We are dreaming of backyard cookouts, sandy beach blankets, frisbee in the park, driving with the windows down and picnics with friends. We can almost smell the barbecue sauce.

Why are we so summer crazy? We are very excited for our first design challenge of 2012. We have teamed up with SustyParty and Recyclebank to search for the cutest, funnest, most delicious graphic that will be stamped onto sustainable plates and cups to furnish your summertime meals. Designs will be selected by UncommonGoods merchants, our Voting Tool community and an impressive panel of guest judges, including Diana Yen, of The Jewels of NY.

The winning designer will receive $500. Find out contest rules and how to enter here.

The Uncommon Life

A Haiku For You

February 17, 2012

We don’t mean to seem immodest here, but our emails are pretty awesome. Wouldn’t you agree?

This month, we’re inviting you to help us write them. Here’s the contest: Write a haiku poem for one (or all) of these four products. If we pick your poem, you’ll be featured in an upcoming email and win the item you extolled! Read on for the rules and details:

Periodic Table Building Blocks: These 20 toy blocks contain the entire periodic table– every known element in the universe. Pretty deep, right?

Tipping Tea Cup: Tipping back and forth to brew your tea, this cup sure has some poetic rhythm.

Stump Ring: Is there anything more symbolic than your true love’s initials carved into the trunk of a tree?

Recycled Glass Owl Night Light: Our night owl’s eyes seem to gaze right into your soul.

The Rules

  • Your poem must be a haiku. What does that mean? Glad you asked! Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry with a rich and storied past, but we’re going to simplify the rules for the sake of good fun. Your poem must be contain 17 syllables: 5 on the first line, 7 on the second, and 5 on the third.

    Here’s an example that Marisa wrote for our soup & sandwich tray:

    “I love you, Grilled Cheese”
    “And I you, Tomato Soup”
    -Doomed never to touch

  • You can write one poem for each of the four products.
  • Leave your haiku(s) in the comments below.
  • By submitting a poem, you’re giving us permission to post your name and haiku poem throughout our site, social networks, emails and maybe even catalog!
  • Deadline to enter: March 2
  • Fan us on Facebook. We’ll be posting contest updates along the way, and expect to see some fun poetry gracing our wall soon!
  • We’ll announce the winner(s) by March 20, 2012. Each winning poet will receive the product they best objectified in their haiku.
  • Questions?

    Ok, go. We can’t wait to see your creative poetry!

    The Uncommon Life

    What Did the Ketchup Say?

    May 19, 2011

    What did the ketchup say?

    You guys have squeezed out some great quotes, and we need help picking the winner of our latest caption contest.

    We’ve narrowed it down to our favorite five, so leave a comment letting us know which caption you want to see featured on our website!

    1.) “The ketchup is rushing to my head!”- Denise Doldron
    2.) “Mustard beat me to the burger, I’m just trying to ketchup.”- Jennifer Meehan
    3.) “Don’t squeeze me, bro!”- Alyson M. Olander
    4.) “Wait, wait, I can’t see what I’m doing.”-Nancy J Fedder
    5.) “Oooh-hoo-hoo, that TICKLES!” – Jen Fletcher

    Want a few more good laughs? Check out our facebook page, where you can view all of the entries.


    And the Shower Squid Says…

    March 9, 2011

    This week, we’ve gotten dozens of submissions for our caption contest. Now we need your help to pick the winner.

    Here are our favorites so far (but leave a comment if we missed a good one!):

    ‎1. “No, I won’t wash your back, my hands are full…” — Marcie Kuehl

    2. Many hands make light work. — Heather Berkner Stratz

    3. Is that a shampoo bottle in your hand or are you just happy to see me? — Lori Humphrey Waller

    4. I got this… and that, and that, and that. — Jane Heron Bennington

    5. A little dab here, a little squirt there, all clean. — Mike Guessetto

    6. “Honey how many oz. can we put in our carry on?” — @mmc67

    7. Don’t worry, I’ve got a HAND-le on that– @alas3lads

    Leave a comment below to cast your vote!

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    Prizewinning Pets

    February 28, 2011

    More than 100 UncommonGoods customers shared their best photos, videos and stories with us during the last week, and we sure had a hard time picking our favorites. But here they are, the prize-winning pets.

    First Prize:


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