Tuesday, January 27, 2015

UncommonGoods and a Giveaway (Now Closed)

Hey, y'all! I'm comin' attcha today with some super good stuff from UncommonGoods. If you're not familiar with this fantastical online retailer, they've been around since 1999 and are based outta a historic army terminal in Brooklyn. They specialize in selling unique and handcrafted gifts from around the world with the majority of goods created right here in the U.S. UncommonGoods is actually my baby gift go-to because I absolutely love these sweet socks and this hilarious baby fortune-tellin' gift

So when UncommonGoods asked me if I'd be interested in picking out a couple of goodies from their site AND sharing that love with you in the form of a giveaway, y'all know I jumped at the chance. I'd love to say that I did it just for you but, shoot! Have you seen the delightfulness on their site? I was stoked to pick out some treasures for myself. After I placed my order, I seriously received my box of goodies two days later! And promptly created this unboxing video just for you. I know, I'm such a giver.
Words cannot express how delightful that box smelled! It was the Chai Tea Kit that I ordered. I'm lovin' that tea! 

Now, I know what you're thinking..."did she mention a giveaway?!" Oh, I toooootally did. Just you wait, Ima getting there. 
First lemme show you all the yummies I picked out. If you've never perused UncommonGood's website before, they have it laid out in such an easy to navigate kind of way. I spent entirely too much time scrolling through the gifts for women section as well as the jewelry and art pages. And there's this incredible section where you can personalize your gifts which I find to be all the more sweet. When I discovered this Around the World Scarf, I knew it would be just the perfect thing to wear in my art room when we discuss other cultures. I had fun wearing it both as a scarf and a shrug!
One of my New Year's Resolutions (okay, my only one. I try not to set myself up for failure) was to stop drinking coffee. It's been an absolute nightmare (coffee gives me so much power that I feel as though I could flip cars and leap tall buildings, man!) but tea has made the transition bearable. Especially tasty teas. Which is why I was excited to see that Chai Tea Kit!  
I mean, look how pretty it is! Any tea drinker would be a fan. 
Never having made homemade chai tea before, I was happy to see that it came with clear directions. AND it didn't require any fancy tea making equipment. Just a saucepan to boil the ingredients and a strainer. I can handle that scandal. 
Especially if this is the result. Do you happen to have Scratch -n- Sniff on your phone? If so, I swear, if you scratch that cuppa, you'll smell the chai-tasticness.
Another pick of mine was this belt by Jenny Krauss. I've seen these belts before and I've always wanted one. There are actually several belts by this artist on the site but this one really struck me. I love the retro colors and the motif totally puts me in a Klimt state of mind. 
Such a funky combo, right? Love it!
I couldn't help wearing it today!
Of course, y'all know I have a soft spot for needle felting. If I have a sweater in my closet long enough, Ima gonna needle felt something on it. That being said, I've never really tried my hand at three dimensional needle felting. I've always been a little afraid to give it a go. That's why I jumped a the chance to try this Owl Needle Felting Kit. It contains a generous amount of roving as well as super detailed directions. I cannot wait to start creating these cute little dudes!
Alrightie, friends, so how bouts that giveaway, hmmm? UncommonGoods is generously offering a $50 gift certificate! How awesome is that?! To enter to win, all you gotta do is the following:

*  Leave a comment below. You can tell me what you'd spend your $50 on or simply something you love on the UncommonGoods site. 

* Leave your email address! This way I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.

And that's it! The winner will be announced Monday, February 2nd so be sure to stay tuned, all y'all! 
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108 comments:

  1. The squid shower caddy.
    http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/shower-squids
    Hellokatiecatherine at gmail dot com

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  2. I can't stop looking! Any necklace or art game! Vicky S

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  3. Wow, I love Chai Tea so that looks totally yummy, however the item that I have had my eye on since Christmas is the Cheese & Cracker Board, love it ! How cool r u?!?
    Thank, Susan

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  4. I'd never heard of this store before. I like that unicorn mug. Thanks!

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    1. Ha! I got that unicorn mug as a gift for my birthday and I looooove it!

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  5. Lots of great stuff!!! I would probably go for the arts and crafts kits.
    Thanks!!!!
    cohenr@salemnj.org

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  6. Lots of great stuff!!! I would probably go for the arts and crafts kits.
    Thanks!!!!
    cohenr@salemnj.org

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  7. Shannon A1/27/2015

    Uncommon Goods is the best! It's my go-to for unique gifts. I have had my eye on the steel pizza cutter. That thing is sweet! shannonaufman at gmail.com

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  8. Wow! Lots of wonderful items! I really like the lace dipped heart necklace, but that belt is pretty amazing too!

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  9. I actually did some of my Christmas shopping from Uncommon Goods - I felt quite the cheery elf! I would probably focus on jewelry (I'm into jewels right now...), the Story of Earth set of bracelets or the Trinity Wooden Cuff. It's all good! I'm already a fan and customer!! explorefiber@gmail.com

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  10. I'd probably buy a necklace since I have sick addiction to them.

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  11. Anonymous1/27/2015

    I love the hand and heart print! Graphic black and white is my style!

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  12. Definitely that chai tea set! I love tea! Kateandart@gmail.com

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  13. Accessories, jewelry or chai tea kit! Westensmomma@gmail.com

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  14. Anonymous1/27/2015

    Ooo! I love that felting kit...but the belt is gorgeous and would go with lots of things.....and I can't find the scratch and sniff app but the pictures of the tea were sooooo soothing! (Congrats for giving up coffee- I'm not brave enough yet) elseapea@yahoo.com (Lorraine Poling aka Anonymous!)

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  15. Omg what a great site! I love the embroidered state pillows. Thanks for sharing my Hoosier friend.

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  16. I love EVERYTHING!! Especially the fun artsy stuff! Thank you Cassie for this great offer!

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  17. I love choosing artsy things from UncommonGoods for wedding gifts! The black and white version of 'Intersection of Love - Photo Print' and Alexander Doll's personalized retro prints are my favorites! kleida@comcast.net

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  18. Tina C1/27/2015

    I love so many of the things I find on uncommon goods, but I've really been considering the sky umbrella lately though. :)

    tinaotherworld [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  19. Love so many items!! I love the http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/chai-tea-kit jenna2000xx@gmail.com

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  20. Love the Agate Coster set! hartman.jd at gmail dot com

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  21. I would love to buy gifts for my soon-to-be-here twin niece and nephew. Starting with the Blank Canvas Bib. It would be the perfect gift from their art teacher auntie! :) ahmmnd [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  22. This. Upcycled Indonesian Batik Bag. Vks84@aol.com

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  23. I would totally get the kaleidoscope necklace! Saw one at the Kohler Art Center a few years ago and I've wanted one ever since. dbugalski@gmail.com

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  24. I hit preview and my comment disappeared! Hope I'm not accidentally entering twice and breaking the rules ;) I'd splurge on some nursery decor for baby #1 arriving this summer - the "Rainbow Drops" mobile or the
    "Unicorn Head Plaque!"

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  25. so many copilot items it hard to choose! I love the baby socks that look like Mary Janes.....
    Jsscmchl7@gmail.com

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  26. I have been looking for an everyday/special necklace and i like the parents nesting one.. 2 birds with 2 baby birds...my little family. But i am seriously loving that geography scarf. I'm teaching my daughter about the world with postcards from friends all over the world and how fun would that be???
    atjeles@hotmail.com

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  27. I love their site! It is my go to for gifts. I'd love to get something pretty for my school secretary she's an amazing woman to put up with all of us! Thanks! jennbraund@comcast.net

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  29. Oh, my what a treat it was just to visit the Uncommongoods site! I loved everything, but the Silk Patchwork Sari Scarf would be perfect for this art teacher! I would wear it with everything!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Kindest regards,
    Carolina Elizabeth ( carolinaelizabeth@cox.net )

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  30. So many things to love at uncommon goods. I've been wanting one of those re-wined candles, and I'm always looking at jewelry for my mom. A gc would be awesome!! mer[dot]marty[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  31. I have ordered the Pee Pee Teepees for my friends who have baby boys:) I love Uncommon! troydebill@gmail.com

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  32. Anonymous1/27/2015

    I just checked out the Uncommongoods site! I saw so many things that would be fun for my art room or to give as gifts. If I had to pick one or two items, I'd choose the single note chime for my noisy K students and the concentric circle scarf for my Kandinsky lessons. I really enjoy reading your blog! It inspires me to see the fun lessons and the cute clothes you share. Thanks Beth Ann creativechick57@aol.com

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  33. I mean where to start! I am already a huge addict to online shopping! Everything I saw I wanted!

    mrs.fouts@yahoo.com

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  34. So many goodies.... My top three choices would be :
    Scratch off world map to make cultural studies reveal the world as we learn, the thumb harp because a wv gal could impress some kiddos in the art room when there is some attention to be had, and lastly the smart phone prjector when I need an impromptu way to share all the cool stuff happening in the art room. Thanks for giving us all a moment to drool & dream!
    Artladyhbk@gmail.com

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  36. Oops. I deleted my own post. Geez. I'd buy the farm friends book set. I'm a sucker for good books to use in teaching art. Love uncommongoods.com!! bhazen@me.com

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  37. Love the glass blossom balls!
    mlathron25@gmail.com

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  38. Anonymous1/27/2015

    ohh so many lovely things. the mixtape doormat is a funnnnny thing! but i also have a thing to all the maps and artprints
    orinailah@gmx.de

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  39. Cassie! The have the most wondrous and whimsical items. I just adore the Birdie Yarn Bowl. What knitting gal could live without one? Love the beautiful earthenware bowl and the precious little birdie. Just beautiful!
    http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/birdie-yarn-bowl

    Sair x
    sairsteele@gmail.com

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  40. I really don´t know what to buy- so much to choose from! :)
    mmyheartishere@gmail.com

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  41. Oh my gosh! I'm in love with the jewelry! Anything in that section would be wonderful :)
    emily.gau@gmail.com

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  42. I love the typewriter and hubble telescope scarves. What a great site!
    artteachervanallen@gmail.com

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  43. I loooove the smartphone projector., aaroy85@gmail.com

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  44. Anonymous1/28/2015

    I'm loving the Hubble Telescope Milky Way Scarf! o_0
    mhkatzin@gmail.com

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  45. Your blog has me very intrigued about needle felting! I am a fellow art teacher and would totally get the hedgehog needle felting kit...my daughter would love those cute little guys too! allison.leland@gmail.com

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  46. I would love to use the giveaway to buy some of the baby items! My daughter is having her 8th child (yes, 8th - she has quads plus three more right now) and it's difficult to find something unusual and fun. These toys are truly awesome!!
    lizakirschner@hotmaill.com

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  47. Anonymous1/28/2015

    Love the steel pizza cutter. Thanks for sharing the site!
    sfultz@ecusd7.org

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  48. Anonymous1/28/2015

    I would definitely have to get a toy or two for my daughters. Such neat stuff! cassandra.m.phelps@gmail.com.

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  49. Love that website! I would have to put the money towards the gold branch family necklace. Thanks for the giveaway. jenniferbrasher@msn.com

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  50. Anonymous1/28/2015

    I would get the "many moons screenprint". I've actually been looking for something like this!
    debrat999"at"yahoo"dot"com

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  51. Love the earth science stacking cups!
    Email: lyndadawinda1074 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  52. Anonymous1/28/2015

    Thank you, Cassie Stephans and UNCOMMON GOODS!! Am I the only honest person here? How does one choose something from this plethora of amazingness?? I WANT IT ALL!!!
    slateg1@k12tn.net

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  53. Oh Cass, That Chai Tea Kit looks AhhMazing! If I won, I'd order the Upcycled Cotton Sari Robe - so pretty!
    All the best, everyone!!!

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  54. I would love the scratch off map for my students to keep track of the countries we have "visited" through our art projects. So many fun things. Thanks for the great giveaway! roxyneumann@yahoo.com

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  55. Well, I signed up for their catalogue because I can tell it is going to be my go-to place for presents. Oh my, the earrings! tazzle@comcast.net

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  56. Anonymous1/28/2015

    Oh my! Love, love, love UnCommon Goods!! My husband's side of the family is in to cars and we have given the recycled windshield glasses. They are so cool. I can't even tell you what I would spend the $50 on because I want to spend $500 there. At least. Ahh, I have wandered around their website in awhile. I am going to carve out some time this afternoon. christy.davis (at) knoxschools (dot) org

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  57. Anonymous1/28/2015

    I would get that chai tea kit!! oh my gosh!! I am now totally in love with UnCommon Goods!! claracrosby@sbcglobal.net

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  58. I like the Trinity Wooden Cuff.
    cbythesea5@gmail dot com

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  59. As an author and writing teacher, I can't say anything other than that fantabulous Typewriter scarf! So pretty. charlottevhbooks@gmail.com

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  60. I love browsing this site! Very unusual and lovely objects.

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  61. I'd love to get the horseshoe heart trivet :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. I love the Story of the Earth Set of 7 Bracelets on their site.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  63. Anonymous1/28/2015

    I'd love the fixie pizza cutter as a gift for my bf, & I couldn't resist the rainbow nesting storage containers. Color & organization?!
    melahayes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Those socks are adorable! I love the color your world too!

    claireelb@gmail.com

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  65. So many cool things but I'd have to go with the Maidenhair Cuff!

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  67. I would buy something from the Art section! I always love supporting fellow artists, and having a variety of art in my home!! The hard part would be choosing which one! I forgot my email address, so I had to delete my previous comment! Oops! jsl.ruder@gmail.com

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  68. What a lovely collection you picked out. If my nose wasn't all stuffed up, I would be able to scratch and sniff your cuppa! I would love to get something from their jewelry section. It's all so delicious. Thanks for the opportunity! My email is hunnymail at Hotmail dot com. P.S. Loved the video, I always pictured your voice with a drawl. :)

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  69. Oh my gosh! It's so hard to decide what I would buy. There is so much cool stuff!
    I totally love the wishing ball and the Karma Calendar!
    I also looove the fortune keeper key chains and the JEWELRY! ALL THE JEWELRY!

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  70. I love all the world maps! trish_white@hotmail.com

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  71. Wow! For real? Pick? Sari scarf, chai tea set, Himalayan salt block, birth month flower necklace, face mugs, story of earth bracelets, trinity wooden cuff, shower squids.... silakasha@yahoo.com

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  72. Anonymous1/28/2015

    I LOVE the geography scarf!
    sweetiesuzy@aol.com

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  73. I love it all. Great treasures. I'd choose the scarf too or basketball mug or glass ziplock baggie. COOL!
    lauraleechambers(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  74. That is a fabulous-looking cuppa chai!
    Flint4@bellsouth.net

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  75. I would definitely purchase the Upcycled Indonesian batik Tote bag! It's so pretty and I'm a total tote bag/purse hoarder and can't pass up a good one even when I have enough for the entire free world! I also like the healing stone mugs! :) rainbowskiesanddragonflies@gmail.com

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  76. What a great site! I'd love the Upcycled Cotton Sari Duffle Bag which would be very useful and cute. Thanks.

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  78. I'd buy the Precious Dipped Lace Heart Necklace. Such a generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  79. Anonymous1/29/2015

    The dog blueprint! Color is wonderful and the idea is so charming! I know exactly where it would go!
    YasminGamal@aol.com

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  80. I love all the upcycled bags especially the Upcycled Cotton Sari Duffle Bag but then the Upcycled Indonesian Batik Bag would do nicely too!
    therowles@hotmail.com

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  81. I love the Seven Sister necklace. jenannhayden at yahoo dot com

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  82. The smartphone projector! Perfect for art a la cart!

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  83. I love Uncommon Goods! I'm currently coveting the anatomical heart necklace, I'm hoping my special someone will get it for me for Valentine's Day/our Wedding Anniversary. But I might have to grab that belt too. . .

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  84. Oh! Oh! I would pick the deep sea sand art that changes every time you spin it... I have a lot of special friends who could use this to calm down in class.... or.... the recycled glass globes to hang in my window...or.... (I could keep going...) janetsmalone@gmail.com

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  85. It's impossible to choose my favorite item, so here's ONE of my favorite items - the Forget Me Not ring. :) http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/forget-me-not-rings

    fboburka@gmail.com

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  86. I love the scratch map! What a cool idea!

    Coleslaura2211(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  87. What a fun site for unique gifts! Did you see that darling hedgehog needle felting kit? I also love the glass jewelry by Heather Trimlett!

    joycegouwens@mac.com

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  88. Oops- spazzed out and forgot to leave my email on the previous comment!
    I lurve the sari scarves- the jewel tone one especially!

    susanbrill9@gmail.com

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  89. Cassie,
    I love all the hand made gifts--jewelry. And the 3D globe puzzle would be cool for my students. The map scarf is very cool from Uncommon Ground too.

    Mary Lee
    mleischen@gmail.com

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  90. I would purchase the mixed metals bar necklace.It is stylish and fun.

    mrsrodjac3 at gmail.com

    Thanks for the chance.

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  91. Anonymous1/30/2015

    I would definitely have to go for the Smartphone Projector! Can you imagine?.....Take your lessons outside for the day and project them on the side of the building? Yes, please!! brea.wadel@lsr7.net

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  92. Hi! I love your blog just to see your creative fashion sense. I'm not an art teacher but you make me want to be one! If I won I think I would like the New York Fashion Designer Kit. Maybe it would help me break free from my jeans and shirt wardrobe. The truth is I would really rather donate anything I won to your art classes. I know how hard it is for teachers to get the materials they need.
    lilyredcloud@yahoo.com

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  93. 3D Felting Kits!!! I would be so all over this! I have been wanting to do this for a while now. Little fuzzy animal sculptures. I would probably not do the actual kit animal, but my own creation. I could send you pics when I am done too :) dlanghans@gmail.com

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  94. Becky K.1/30/2015

    I would buy the Twinkle, Twinkle baby book because my son is 11 months old and I've yet to start one for him. Bad mother of the year award goes to me. whomp whomp

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  95. i have to say I love socks!!!!! that's my wish...
    mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. Ummm... I neeeeeeed that Around The World Geography Scarf!! I am totally diggin the library card socks too. - daniellecorrelle@aol.com

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  97. Anonymous1/30/2015

    Something inspirational for my daughter's high school graduation and maybe the mosaic earrings, because they look art teacher-y. mmitchell@byteworksinc.com

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  98. I fell in love with everything on the site but my favorite is definitely the Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag.jilliantoomeyATgmailDOTcom

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  99. Very cool store. The birth month flower necklaces really caught my eye, but there's so much awesome stuff! hhyslop@gmail.com

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  100. I love Uncommon Goods but I never buy anything for myself. So, it's be hard to pick. Therese a funky lightswitch cover I've been coveting and I love the bad dog tumblers. I'd check out the chime your husband makes, first, for school. And no, that's not brown-nosing!!!!

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  101. The Depression glass earrings are stunning! Plus, my mother collects Depression glass, so it would be something neat to have all around.

    oneticktobesick@gmail.com

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  102. So much awesome! I love that scarf and the Prairie bird feeder

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  103. This lovely earring bowl - http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/you-are-beautiful-earring-bowl

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  104. I think I would use it on the pop top six pack drinking glasses Thanks for the fun giveaway! msmissy02 at gmail dot com

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  105. I love Uncommon Goods! I've had my eye on the Literary Scarves, but I also love the world scarf you picked out!
    PS: I teach at FMS and have heard such wonderful things about you from our teachers and their little ones!!!

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  106. So much to choose from! OooOOoo! The Beard Kit for Mr. Owens and his amazing beard...or one of the Home Brewing kits for Grendel Monster? The Bee House for Mel-2the-Lissa or should I be selfish and get the Black Cat Crocheted Headphones for me? Imagine the fun I'd have teaching online in those!!! Thank-you for the chance to see a cool shop and enter the giveaway! rebekah.wrye.owens@gmail.com

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  107. anything handmade, chai tea, what's not to like!

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