Thursday, February 28, 2013

Uncommon... and Oh So Good [Review and a GIVEAWAY!]

You know, I’m really grateful that you guys come back post after post, to see what’s happening here On the V Side.  Your feedback and your encouragement have become a super awesome perk that I didn’t anticipate when I stumbled into this blogging gig. 

So that’s why I’m REALLY excited to be able to offer you such a cool, cool giveaway opportunity today!

I try to be judicious when it comes to some of the offers that come through for product promotions, sponsored posts and giveaways.  I try to always keep you in mind, and stick to the things I’ve always blogged about: Home Décor, DIY, and a little slice of life.  A lot of times, that means saying no to certain opportunities (I won’t talk about the company that wanted me to review antifungal foot cream…ewwww).


So when the fine folks at Uncommon Goods approached me about reviewing some products and offering On the V Side readers some free swag, I jumped at the opportunity.  Uncommon Goods focuses on offering unique gifts and creative design for every person, every occasion.  You can spend hours surfing through cool stuff on their website.  
Ask me how I know. ; )

The first item I received was the Repurposed Layered Frame. 
I was not expecting it to be so substantial and just plain cool.  The frame is made of legit 100% reclaimed wood, so every piece is unique and one-of-a-kind (which is kind of Uncommon Goods’ M.O.).  The frame was well-crafted and I love love LOVED its perfectly chippy paint.
I found the perfect home for this guy sitting on top of Blue Betty in the guest room   I added a picture of Mr. V. and The Redhead from a trip to visit friends at their lakehouse this summer, and I couldn’t be happier with how everything fits together. 
The frame also comes with a gold-trim option (this one is the teal version), and I’m already brainstorming a place elsewhere in the house to incorporate its twin. 

The other product that arrived was the Sandy Paws Print Kit
It guides you through making a keepsake plaster cast of the pawprint of your canine pals.

 I enlisted the help of my favorite furry friend to give it a shot.  Newman was a little skeptical at first. 
But, the process was easy.  Make a pawprint in damp sand (you’ll have to provide your own sand)

Mix the plaster according to directions and pour in the mold
 Let dry.

Mine obviously didn’t turn out as pristine as the pictures on the label – one broke, and the surviving print is a bit…. Lumpy.   
BUT, Newman is an imperfect dog (however lovable, like his owner ; ) ) so some imperfections in his print are apropos.  
 This would make a fun gift for any pooch-loving friend.  You can find even more affordable gift ideas HERE 

SO.  Cool company, cool products…..BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!! :)
 Uncommon Goods has generously offered my readers the opportunity to score their OWN ‘uncommon goods’ for free!  One of you fine folks will get $50 to spend however you’d like at  Buy something fab for yourself, or maybe you’ll finally be able to find the perfect thing for that hard-to-buy-for someone special.

Here’s how you enter (it’s so simple):
- Become a public follower of On the V Side (using either google friend connect OR linky blogs) and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did so.  If you’re already a follower, leave a comment telling me what you would pick out from Uncommon Goods with your loot!  :)

For extra bonus entries to beef up your chances of winning:

-          Like Uncommon Goods on Facebook (HERE)
-          Sign up for the Uncommon Goods email list for cool promotions (link HERE
-          Become a Pinterest follower of On the V Side:
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With each of the bonus entries, make sure you leave a comment to let me know you’ve done it.

I’ll announce the winner Monday, March 4th so you’ve got plenty of time to get entered!
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  1. I'm a follower! I would get the portable iphone charger! My phone always seems to die when I have no where to charge it so a portable charger would be super handy!

  2. Emily ~ I follow you on Pinterest!!!

  3. I've signed up for emails from Uncommon Goods!

  4. I'm now following you publicly through Google. I think I've completed my connectivity to you, short of meeting to shop! :D

    Now off to pursue more from Uncommon Goods to see what I'd love to spend the gift card on. The first thing that caught my eye was the mom/daughter aprons. So cute!

    1. Ok, I'm in love with the unzipped glass bag. How cute would that be on a desk with candy or for a party? <3

    2. And now, we are connected FOR LIFE! HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA! ;)

      I saw that glass bag, too. Super cute! I love the idea of it with tulips or daffodils just dripping out of it, too.

  5. I'm already a follower. So hard to choose from Uncommon Goods!


  6. Also following all your boards on pinterest :)

  7. I am a current email subscriber and love Uncommon Goods...and I would choose FLAVORS OF AMERICA SALT COLLECTION

  8. Hi, for my 4 entries:
    1) I am already a follower and would get that cool chippy frame, but with the gold trim from Uncommon Goods;
    2) I "liked" Uncommon Goods on FB;
    3) And I signed up for their promotions;
    4) And I am following you on Pinterest! (could get lost there for days :)

  9. I like uncommon goods on FB (Shannon Michelle)

  10. I follow your blog publicly via Google Friend Connect as shala_darkstone.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

  11. I Like Uncommon Goods on Facebook (FB name: Madeline Brubaker).
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

  12. I follow you on Pinterest (username: Madeline Brubaker).
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

  13. I'm officially a blog follower and a Pinterest follower -- with my $50 I'd have to buy a combination of the following: the mustache and giant tongue dog toys, Colored Smencils (say wha?!), a Pantone Christmas ornament, one of the # journal books.