So I’m thinking of renaming my blog. Instead of :: My Closet Catalogue ::, a more befitting moniker would have to be Serendipity Strikes. Because how often have I used that word in correlation to my life? Ummm, let me count the ways…one, two, three…
But seriously, folks, here’s one for the record books: as you all are now aware, I’d decided to take an indefinite hiatus from blogging because life. And boy, howdy was I enjoying the freedom! In the first week of being blog-less, I’d once again taken up knitting (a blanket, no less!), reading (I checked out eighteen books from the library all in one shot), anime viewing (Noragami, ftw!), and – my guilty pleasure – Facebook app-ing (Pet City for the iPhone?! Wot?!).
It was a startling revelation: my one, lone hobby had apparently been occupying the time of four. That’s INSANE!
But right as I was settling into my slothful, blog-less groove, I received an email from Tom over at Uncommon Goods, inquiring about a possible partnership with ::MCC::. I would get carte blanche with their catalog, a Christmas shopping spree on them, and all I’d have to do is post about my largesse. The email arrived in my inbox just when I’d almost made up my mind to put ::MCC:: on hold permanently.
Serendipity strikes, indeed.
It’s as if the universe is yelling, “We’re not done with you yet, ingrate! Get to writing!” And when the universe yells that convincingly, you’ve just gotta listen.
Also, there was no way karma was going to let me get away with refusing this company. After all, Uncommon Goods‘ mission states that they
feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people…Most of the products we carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of our entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way.
And serendipity strikes once again. Because I’ve expended a lot of blood, sweat and tears into Project Prometheus, most of which was spent creating and committing to this essential question: What is the best pathway to a sustainable energy future? There’s no better way to practice what I preach than to support companies who are already well on their way to answering it for us.
So what did I end up choosing? For the ten-year-old daughter who is a budding artisan in her own right, I got the DIY String Art kit (found here). For the twelve-year-old son who is impossible to figure out because he’s both a pre-teen and a boy, I got Das Horn (found here). No, I am not encouraging underaged drinking. It’s just one of those kitschy things I think he’ll like.
For the husband, I got the Bad Dog Wisdom tumblers (found here) because it matches both his sense of humor and his unfathomable love for our own bad dog. And then, because Tom was generous enough to allow me to fudge on the budget and overspend just a little bit (Thanks, Tom! You are a prince among men!), I also added the Pick Punch (found here) since I couldn’t decide between the tumblers and it.
Topping it all off, and going even more over budget, I snagged a pair of Genius Socks (found here) for one very lucky individual who is not expecting a Christmas present from me at all which makes it even more satisfying anticipating the surprise.
Since these are all to be Christmas presents, I can’t give a traditional review because, clearly, I’ve not opened them to examine them closely. I’ll definitely do a follow-up post after the big reveal, though, so stay tuned.
But why no pictures, you ask? Well, I’m counting on this generation’s overt fear of large blocks of text to dissuade close perusal of this post by the very recipients of aforementioned largesse. In other words, I’m gambling that I’ve written enough words that my family decides to skip reading this, thus avoiding Christmas present spoilers.
If you managed to get down this far, however, and are a visual person, why not hop on over to Uncommon Goods and browse their aesthetically pleasing website for these and even more amazing, sustainable, unique products? They even have everything conveniently laid out for your shopping pleasure: categorized into gifts for him or her. Just in time for the holiday gift-giving.
Do it. Do it! I double dog dare ya! And I’ll meet you there myself. I have a hankering for that Master of My Fate necklace since we all know it’s my most favorite poem ever…