I was asked by the wonderful folks at Uncommon Goods if I would be interested in participating in their blogger review program - of course!  I eagerly await their catalogs and love to shop with them.  They scour the globe for one of a kind and clever items, from clothing to food to gardening supplies, and highlight the artists and designers behind them.  It's their mission to support artists and designers, and half of what they sell is hand made.  Most of their products are American made, and many incorporate recycled or up cycled materials.  It's a dream of mine to have something I've made featured in their catalog -- their jewelry collection is incredible.

It was tough to choose among many favorites from their awesome Mother's Day collection (which you can find here)!  I decided to give their cork watch a try.  Emma agreed it looked cool, and I suspect she was hoping she might get to wear it. NOPE!  I love it too much.

The band is cork on organic cotton, and the watch case and mechanicals are equally environmentally friendly.  It's super light and super comfortable, yet looks substantial.  

Wouldn't you like to shop for some Uncommon Goods too?  You can!  Leave a comment below and you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate.  I'll be drawing names on April 23rd!

Despite my sometimes lack of blog-y attention, I still have blog readers and Facebook like-ers.


Would you like more than my thanks?  Leave a simple comment on this blog of either "beads" or "jewelry" and I'll have a drawing for both on Thursday, March 26th.  If you don't already follow my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BeadsForBusyGals, I would appreciate it if you head over there and like my page!

Want to know more?  The beads were made by yours truly, the egg shaped bead has swirls of browns and blues and the 4 disk beads have a core of opaque orange and clear, deep cobalt blue on the outside.  All are kiln annealed for toughness.  I should know - I dropped one while taking the pictures :-)

The necklace is a soft, velvet-feeling rubber cord with another of my hand made glass beads as a pendent.  The earrings are on hand made copper ear wires with light purple Czech glass beads.

I have a thing for coloring books, probably because my Mom didn't believe in them when I was a kid - not creative she said, and instead I got blank paper.  I get where she was coming from, but still, what kid didn't want that super hero or Barbie coloring book?  So like a moth to a flame, I passed a display of interesting coloring books in the pre-holiday frenzy and threw one in my basket (click on the picture for more info):

Of course, I didn't get much chance to sit and color over the holidays, but recently I found it again, and I can't get enough.  

How do you know a 40-something is coloring?  The reading glasses :-)

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