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Building a Totem Necklace with Ana Sheldon

April 9, 2012


Ana Sheldon is the artist behind the Custom Totem Necklace, a collection of stones that is intended to be a play on physical and spiritual balance. Each necklace is unique with a set of hand-picked stones that represent different qualities. Creating a Totem Necklace for yourself or a loved one is a special and personal process so I asked Ana to share her inspiration behind the piece and how she would create a Totem Necklace for the women in her life.

How did the Totem Necklace come about?

Totem was one of my first designs. Really Totem is just about using different shapes and colors stacked up together to create a visually pleasing composition. I wanted to create a cool way to wear a “stack” of beads that I liked to look at together.

Erin, the UncommonGoods head jewelry buyer, saw Totem on a website and approached me with the idea of doing custom pieces with meanings. I chose some stones that I work with often and did the research on what they mean. I hope when people wear a Totem that they have created or someone has created for them that they remember what it represents. To have something that reminds someone of their strengths or that a friend believes in them is a powerful thing.

What stones would you choose when building a Totem Necklace for the women in your life?

If I were to create a Totem Necklace for my sister Rene, I would choose Amethyst for clarity and Blue Lace Agate for calming. She has a lot going on in her life-hectic career, active family, and many people who depend on her-so clarity for her in her day to day and a sense of calm at the end of the day. Rene has a great way of accepting an unavoidable obstacle and being proactive in creating a solution without wallowing in it so I would add Apatite for acceptance and Onyx for strength. Rene is also an artist so I would choose Picture Jasper for creativity.


Ana and Rene in center

For my mom I would choose Moonstone for emotional balance. She is always striving for balance in all aspects of her life and I admire that. Rose Quartz is for love and my mom shows me unconditional love always. I would add Amazonite for hope because she has a positive outlook on what could come to be in every situation. Garnet is for devotion. I appreciate how devoted she is to me and my husband and kids. She would do anything for us and it is apparent. Last I would add Green Adventurine for confidence. I would hope it would bring my mom the knowledge of all the great qualities that I listed above!

Anna and her mom

Lastly, for myself I would choose Picture Jasper for creativity, Yellow Jade for inner peace and Green Adventurine for confidence. Being a wife, mom, artist and small business owner I can use all the focus in the world so White Jade would be useful. That being said, I am living a life that I love so I would add Ocean Jasper for appreciation.

Maker Stories

Mother’s Day Gift: Retro-inspired Garden Art

May 5, 2011

Whether Mom loves gardening, has an impeccable yard filled with great decorations or just loves colorful art, Reclaimed Record Pinwheels make a great Mother’s Day gift. And if Mom’s a music lover, well that’s an added bonus!

Since she began painting in 1994, artist Christine Claringbold has embraced the use of reclaimed and recycled materials in her work. Her reclaimed record mandalas, the basis of these pinwheels, are now her signature design.

Christine took a break from painting her vibrant mandalas to tell us more about her process.


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The Uncommon Life

Hope’s Uncommon Mom

May 3, 2011

Our Uncommon Moms are beautiful, intelligent, caring and all-round fantastic! Since Mother’s Day is just a few days away, we’re showing the world just how much we love our mamas by sharing what makes them so special.

Hope, a member of our warehouse team, is stationed in our giftboxing department. She’s careful to make sure Mother’s Day gifts are handled with care when they’re being packaged in those blue boxes and tied with big bows!

Hope says that she and her mom have similar personalities and share much in common. Hope’s mom, Jannie, is now a great grandma! Read on to learn more about what makes this great grandma great!


Hope’s Uncommon Mom

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We Love Our Uncommon Moms!

April 30, 2011

Sarah attributes her intellectual curiosity to her mom–a quality we’re glad she embraces as a member of our product development team! Since Sarah helps us come up with great new uncommon goods, we would like to thank her mama, Susan, for passing along the innovation gene!

Here’s a bit more about what makes Sarah’s mom great.

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Gift Guides

Our Top 10 Gifts for Mom!

April 29, 2011

Mother’s day is just a few days away, but there’s still time to get great last minute gifts that are sure to make your mom’s day!

Birth Month Flower Necklace

These birth month flower necklaces aren’t just for birthdays! Choose your mom’s birth flower or take the alternative route and go with her favorite color, her favorite flower or a month that has special meaning to her!

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The Uncommon Life

Ja’von’s Uncommon Mom

April 27, 2011

Mother’s day is May 8th, but we’re skipping the greeting cards and opting to show our moms some love blog style! Today, Ugooder Ja’von tells us a little about her Uncommon Mama, Denise.


Ja’von’s Uncommon Mom

What’s one of your favorite memories with your mom?
Her kindness. She rarely ever gets upset!

What valuable lessons have you learned from your mom that you couldn’t have learned without her?
There are so many things that I’ve learned from her! My top 3 are:
1. I learned that being a single mom doesn’t have to be the end of your life but the beginning of a fun-filled chapter, in a book that’s even better than the first.
2. You never know who’s going to see you, so always be ready to make a first impression.
3. Nothing is owed to you and no one will work as hard for you as you will for yourself, so always dig your heels in and bring your “A” game.

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The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Moms

April 25, 2011

Mother’s day is just around the corner—and we’re celebrating by sharing a bit about the fantastic moms that helped us grow into uncommon individuals!

Here, Ugooder Emma, shares a bit about her mom, Mary Jo.

What’s one of your favorite memories with your mom?

When I was little we lived in the tiniest apartment in Dallas, TX, because my mother was a single parent and it was all she could provide at the time. She always wanted to give me a big yard to play in, so every summer she would improvise. We would blare the radio in her Ford Pinto, in front of our stoop, and have “water fun” outside in our bathing suits. She would wash the car and I would play in the sprinkler while we both belted what we believed to be the words of the song (usually totally wrong words, by the way) and dance.

She didn’t always have a lot to give me in the way of luxuries, but these days out in the yard were some of the best summer days I can remember to date. When fall and winter would creep up on us in mid October, I would be heart broken to have to let go of those moments we shared!

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The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Moms

April 20, 2011

Here at UncommonGoods, we wanted to do something extra special for Mother’s Day. We know that our moms helped us become the fun bunch of uncommon people we are today, so we’re taking this opportunity to shout out to our outstanding mamas!

I’m happy to kick off our Uncommon Moms series by sharing a bit about my mom, Carrie.


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