Today is our third wedding anniversary! And with lucky timing, it actually ties in directly to a review I have to share, that I planned especially for today.
Awhile back, I had the pleasure of being contacted by Uncommon Goods. Uncommon Goods is a socially-responsible and environmentally-conscious company featuring handcrafted and unique gift items, most of which are made in the US, and many of which are handmade. They donate to non-profits (including their Better to Give program which donates $1 for every purchase), and they’re also a Certified B Corp. That means they have to meet several rigorous standards in terms of living wages for their employees, environmental impact, social responsibility and transparency in business. In short, it makes it a company that I’m happy to support.
So when they generously offered to send me an item to review, I was thrilled to say yes. It may not relate to vintage or knitting or sewing, the things I most often prattle on about here, but supporting companies that are focused on sustainability and supporting artists are two really important things.
It was fun looking through their personalized gift items here, and their anniversary gifts here, as I saw all sorts of lovely items including jewelry, art, home goods and gifts for couples. I don’t typically go for super couple-y things, but as our anniversary was coming up, my mind looked towards something Mel and I could both enjoy. So we sat down together, and picked these—a porcelain set of faux bois mugs, personalized with our wedding date.
My first thought—whoa, these were gorgeous! Just what I was hoping they’d look like. Of course each is slightly unique since they’re hand crafted, and the quality is great.
I was initially worried the size would be a little too small, but they’re plenty large. Quite sizable, in fact!
So we gave them a trial run one weekend morning.
p.s. still haven’t painted the kitchen!
Something I really respect is that for all of the items made by artists, Uncommon Goods doesn’t keep the artist secret. There’s no “these are especially made by a local artist” vague statements that make you wonder if it’s really true.
Not so here. You get the name and a detailed background of each artist.
In the case of our beautiful mugs, they were made by Ohio ceramics artist Gina DeSantis. It helps me feel a little more connected to the maker of my item, and I really appreciate that. And the mugs actually were shipped direct from the artist herself. I thought that was pretty cool touch, personally!
One of the things that Mel and I love is getting out into nature and taking walks in the woods, camping or hiking, and these mugs really remind me of that. Faux bois is an art technique that imitates the grain of wood, and I love that these mugs are a modern take on the age-old tradition of carving a heart in a tree.
I was initially quite tempted by the personalized tree trunk glassware which are adorable, but we stick with stemless for wine because of our cat, and prefer pint glasses to pilsner glasses for beer. But tea and coffee on weekend mornings is a favorite ritual, and we love having an assortment of different glassware and mugs. So faux bois mugs were perfect for us!
I love these mugs, and they’ll always put smiles on our faces since they commemorate our wedding in such a fun and quirky way.
If you’re looking for a unique gift, Uncommon Goods is a great place to start. Check out their personalized gifts, and their anniversary gifts here. They have lots of options perfect for yourself or a loved one, and great gifts for your favorite couple, too (even if that couple includes you!). They’re definitely going to stay on my radar when I’m looking for special gifts.
And supporting a socially and environmentally conscious company? That feels pretty great!
Thanks, Uncommon Goods!
Disclosure: I generously received these products free to review on my blog, however all opinions expressed are my own.
Today is me and the hubs anniversary too! 7 years. Happy Anniversary!!
Aww, it’s a good day for an anniversary then! Happy anniversary to you guys!!
Those are pretty. I’m off to check out Uncommon Goods!
Random question. I saw your china in the back of the last picture. Is it by chance “Old Country Roses” by Royal Albert? If so, that’s our pattern too!
Nope, it’s two different Spode patterns that my step-grandmother gave me. 🙂
Awwwwh so romantic and cute. What a great and personal gift idea!
Sewcial Warrior says
Congrats! It’s my wedding anniversary today too- 6th. Have a great day
Thanks, and to you too! Great day for an anniversary! 😉
Lisa Suit says
Happy Anniversary!! Also those mugs are awesome!
Thank you! 🙂
I love Uncommon Goods! I’m glad you found mugs that are meaningful to both of you. 🙂
Thanks! I’m having tea out of my mug right now in fact. lol
Sweet! Can’t wait to shop there 😉 Happy Anniversary!
Awwww, happy anniversary! What a sweet way to commemorate the occasion. I love the style of the mugs – it’s great that you’ll get a sneaky reminder of your husband every time you sit down for a nice big cup of coffee or tea.
I know, it -is- cute and kind of sneaky! 🙂
Happy A!!! That’s a lovely reminder! I love that company; they have great gifts for family members that I find very difficult to shop for. Random question: what is that awesome color on your nails? I must know!
As for the nail polish, it’s a Couture Gel Nails color called Pretty Little Liars. One of my favorite reds right now!
Neat website, neat mugs, neat couple! Have a wonderful day. 😉
Jessica Cangiano says
joyful anniversary wishes!!! Those mugs are uber darling – just like you two are.
Here’s to countless more years of wedded bliss to come!
Thanks, Jessica! 🙂
Those are all sorts of adorable!
I know, they’re very modern but definitely have that slightly kitschy vibe that I love, and mixed with handmade, total win in my book. 😉
You guys are the cutest!
Rochelle New says
I know I said this already but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! I love the mugs 🙂 …and the shirt you’re wearing lol. Too cute!
Gina DeSantis says
I am so happy you love your new mugs. It is so great to read such kind words about my artwork! And your photos are amazing! I love seeing my work “in action”. Mugs are happiest when in use. I hope you enjoy them for years to come.