The Uncommon Life

Fall Giveaway!

October 7, 2011

ETA October 10, 2011: Congratulations to our Fall Giveaway winner, Joanna Z!

Joanna said, “I love the smell of ripe apples on the trees, the crisp, cool mornings, and pumpkins showing up at every grocery store, every produce stand, and on just about every front porch.”

Thanks to all who entered for your fabulous fall stories!

Colorful leaves, warm beverages, new fashion, and Halloween. What’s not to love about fall? To celebrate our admiration for autumn, we’re giving away some of our favorite fall goods! Read on to find out how you can win.

Vawn and Mike Gray aren’t novices when it comes to creating kiln-formed glass art. In fact, they developed their own process to turn old glass bottles into fused-glass masterpieces using an energy efficient, computer-controlled oven.

We love Vawn and Mike’s recycled glass nightlights. Their Recycled Pelican Nightlight and Recycled Sandpiper Night Light are so popular, we added another bird to the lineup, just in time for fall!

“When Uncommon Goods asked if we could create an exclusive Night Owl nightlight design in Reborn Glass, without a second thought, we said, ‘of course’,” says Vawn. “Here in Cape Coral, Florida we are proud to host one of the strongest populations of the highly protected Burrowing Owl, a pint sized, 9-inch bird who makes their nest underground rather than in trees. Our neighborhood is home to several active burrows and the fun thing with these guys is that they are active during the day and provide loads of comical, creative inspiration.”

Although Burrowing Owls are active by day, the Grays creation is a ‘Night Owl,’ appropriate for a nightlight. “With that in mind further inspiration was drawn from one of my favorite characters, Owl, from Winnie The Pooh collection of films,” Vawn explains. “For us, it was all about the eyes—we literally build each owl around the eyes keeping them bright and focal. Broken beer, wine, vodka, and whiskey bottles provide the color pallet for this UncommonGoods exclusive autumn design.”

Owls are quite lovely, so while we’re on the subject of beautiful wildlife, we’re also going to give away one of our brand new Recycled Cotton Fox “Stole” scarves.

This clever, and cruelty-free, alternative to fur is cute, cuddly and fashionable. We’re giving away the autumn-toned fox, a fall fashion must, but these critter-themed scarves are also available for purchase in Raccoon, Skunk, and Mink.

These adorable animals will keep you warm and toasty on the go, but fall is also about getting cozy indoors. We’re making comfort a little easier by giving away Teas of Encouragement.

These calming teas, Live Forever Tea, an antioxidant packed organic green tea and jasmine blend, and Instant Karma Tea, containing organic roobios and warming coconut chai, are the perfect companion to a good book or a classic movie at home on a rainy fall afternoon.

You can win our fall giveaway by leaving a comment below. What do you love most about the autumn? Don’t forget to leave a comment on our Facebook wall and double your chances to win.

We’ll announce the winner on Monday, October 10.

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  • Reply Nichole Leighton October 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I love that hint of coolness in the air, the slight smell of damp in the morning while I drink my coffee on the back porch, taking evening bike rides, decorating with mums and hay and that our wedding anniversary and my sons birthday are both in Oct!

  • Reply Addy October 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I love the spectacular colors that come from trees, mums, pumpkins and other fall veggies!

  • Reply Sabrina October 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I love so many things about fall. I love the deep, vibrant blue of the sky and how everything seems to stand out so crisply against it. The nip in the air and being able to wear cute sweaters and boots and knitted accessories. Being a knitter, it’s the most exciting time for me to plan what I am going to knit and wear all fall and winter. And finally, though I am sure there are a ton of reasons I am forgetting, I love that burning leaves smell in the air! It’s definitely the best time of year. 🙂

  • Reply Deanne Ross October 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I love the flavors and smells of the season!

  • Reply Joanna Z October 7, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love the smell of ripe apples on the trees, the crisp, cool mornings, and pumpkins showing up at every grocery store, every produce stand, and on just about every front porch.

  • Reply Susie October 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I love the leaves changing color…gold, orange, red, burgundy. I love the salmon coming home to the hatchery. I love the smell of pumpking cake and Chex Party Mix baking in the oven.

  • Reply Chantal October 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I love the windy nights and the coldness for cuddling, the bonfires with friends, and the inevitable smell sweet potato and pumpkin pie being made in the kitchen. But most of all… I love that its my birthday and my busy family stops, relaxs, and enjoys each others amazing company the most during the fall. 🙂

  • Reply Kimberly October 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! I absolutely love pumpkin flavored everything that comes out on the shelves this time of year. Coffee, donuts, muffins, bread, cream cheese, yogurt…

  • Reply Heather Devaney October 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    My favorite part of fall is seeing all of the animals busying themselves for the winter. This is the time of year they all come out- we always get a family of black bears that move into our backyard for the season. Chipmunks scurrying around our decks, raccoons climbing our porch posts, and the squirrels cutting the acorns off of the oak trees. I swear they think it’s funny to throw them at our heads! =) The beautiful changing of the leaves, the cooler, crisper air, opening all the windows to let nature cool the house…ahh yes, fall in the Great Smoky Mountains is DEFINITELY my favorite time of the year!

  • Reply Victoria Shuler October 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    My favorite thing about fall is watching the season change, especially the change of the leaves from green to golds and oranges. The cooler air is lovely too…perfect for sweaters and scarves!

  • Reply Kelli Rogers October 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I love seeing the changing colors of the leaves. The coolness in the air. Picking fresh apples from the tree in the mountains. Halloween is a big Love in my family. I love decorating for Halloween and look forward to it every year.

  • Reply Susanne October 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Uncommongoods is the go to site for that special, unique gift….love it! Such an exciting time of year as I go to visit all the grandchildren for fall as there are several birthdays and Halloween which is such fun for seniors and babies to act the same! While I live in the Smoky Mountains being in Montana has that special twist of major love!!!

  • Reply Karen October 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    This is going to sound crazy, but my favorite part of the fall is the extra darkness! I love summer’s long days, but after months of overbooked schedules of summer, of less sleep because there’s so much to do and so much light, there’s a sense of quiet, calm to these shorter days. In the evening, instead of a walk or a squirt gun battle with our son, we cozy up in the house. There are board games to play, homework to help with and tea to drink. And earlier to bed means a more rested me. : )

  • Reply marie October 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    What do you love most about the autumn? <- i luv the pretty colors of the leaves and the season of halloween and the smell of pumkin pie and the colors of red yellow and green =]

  • Reply Amanda Moore October 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I love the beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the scents of fall baked goods (pumpkin, apples, and spices). I also love the cooler temperatures; summers down South can be brutal, so the change is such a relief!

  • Reply Britt T. October 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I like the leaves!


  • Reply domestic diva October 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I love crisp mornings, and baking with pumpkin.

  • Reply Sally K October 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Not mowing the lawn for the next 7 months!

  • Reply Tiffany H October 9, 2011 at 4:46 am

    The reason I love Autumn so much is because I love to cook! All the good, warm food starts sounding amazingly delicious again, I can turn on my tiny oven again, in my tiny apartment because now that heat feels good and not like it’s going to burn me alive! I can also start layering my clothing with the cool weather starting to roll in. I would love the changing color of the leaves outside, but since I live in SoCal. All in all, I love Autumn.

  • Reply Amanda Francis October 9, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I love the cool, crisp air. I love the crunching of leaves under my feet and I love having a warm drink with pumpkin spice in my hands.

  • Reply Becka Mayfield October 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    My two favorite holidays take place during fall. I love giving out candy to the adorable trick-or-treaters who come to my door on Halloween, and I love spending that 4-day weekend back home with the whole family on Thanksgiving. Some people see fall as just a sign of the impending winter, but I see it as a chance to reconnect with my childhood.

  • Reply NANCY m October 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Ahhh, FALL! Here in Florida it means just another day in Florida! So to keep the fall spirit I surround myself with things that remind me of fall…
    -back to school items – fresh sharpened pencils, a new box of crayons.
    -pumpkins -from drawing them in my art classes to picking up a pumpkin muffin on the way to school!
    -fall colors- (it helps that my fave color is ORANGE!) buying & eating yellow & orange iced cookies and getting my toenails done in glittery fall hues.
    Whatever I can do to trick everyone around me into feeling the fall spirit! I just had my students draw “fallen leaves” in their sketchbook, most of them had NO clue what fall leaves REALLY look like!

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