Freebie Friday ~ Letter A Resources

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Letter A Resources
Here is the first of a new Letter Resources series. This is Part 1 of 26, Letter A Resources. Below you will find all of the resources, and some new ones, that I used with all my littlies.

Baby Animals Printable Pack {free} from 1+1+1=1
Letter A Resources
This is a Preschool Pack featuring many different FREE printables all about baby animals! You can use many of these with tots,
preschoolers and even Kindergartners!

Prek Letter A from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Letter A Resources
Welcome to the Letter A where we’ll be having fun with Ants!

Letter of the Week – Letter A from One Beautiful Home
Letter A Resources
Each packet has a total of 8 printable sheets, that not only focus on a specific letter BUT they will also introduce / work on:

A lot of Handwriting Practice
Search & Find
…and more!

Alphabet Letter of the Week A from Tweet Resources on Teachers Pay Teachers
Letter A Resources
For your letter of the week activities, Tweet Resources has created a comprehensive alphabet program that will compliment your classroom. There are more than 20 pages of printables that include fun activities such as letter crowns, letter bracelets, interactive notebook activities and foldable booklets. There are also 2 alphabet songs recorded by Tweet Resources included. This letter package is part of a series of letter packages that are available via the links below.

1. Word Wall Cards: For your letter of the week classroom display, teachers can print out these cards for student reference and writing activities.

2. Let’s Print the Letter A (1): Your students will love this printing worksheet for mastering their handwriting and once completed they can color and cut out a Letter A bracelet!

3. Let’s Color the A Words (1): Students are to find and color all the words that start with the Letter A.

4. Let’s Spin the Letter A (1): In this popular activity, students are to use a pencil and a paperclip to make a spinner and then graph uppercase and lowercase A’s.

5. Let’s Find the Letter A (1): Students will learn to discriminate between different styles of writing by following all the different styled Letter A’s in the maze with a bingo dabber.

7. Let’s Sort the Letter A (1): Students will learn to distinguish between words that start with the Letter A sound, and words that don’t, by cutting out the picture pieces and sorting them into the two categories.

8. Let’s Group the Letter A (1): Students will learn to distinguish between uppercase and lowercase A’s by sorting the two letters into two groups in this cut and paste activity.

9. Let’s Make a Letter A Crown (2): Your students will love making their own Letter A crowns in this activity.

10. Letter A Foldable Booklet (1): A mini foldable reader has been included for students to take home and share their new letter sound with their parents, family and friends.

These alphabet activities are ideal for your preschool or kindergarten class, as well as ESL and ELL students.

This resource is compatible with Common Core Standards, including:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.3a Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.K.1d Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

5 FREE Preschool Worksheets for Preschool Alphabet Letter A from Happy and Blessed Home
Letter A Resources
Hi, I’m Monica, an Early Childhood Education Certified Teacher. I started out as a homeschool preschool mom, but quickly learned I have a passion for helping other moms and teachers with their preschool at home efforts. Now I teach other moms how to preschool at home through my online preschool program: Visual Montessori.

I spent over five years developing a preschool learning curriculum for my two boys and I used the principles of Montessori, and everything I learned about childhood development, to create a preschool learning curriculum based upon the 12 Sensitive Periods for children between the ages of birth and six years old as outlined in Montessori.

Tot School: Letter “A” with FREE Printables! from Izzie, Mac and Me
Letter A Resources
Letter a Flashcard
Letter a Apple Basket Sorting
Letter a Apple Tree Coloring
Apple Tree Letter a Cut and Paste
Apple Numbers 1-5
Apple Patterns
Alligator Colors (Colors)
Alligator Preposition Actvitiy

A is for Apple Themed Lesson Plans (one week) from Melissa Schaper on Teachers Pay Teachers
Letter A Resources
Exciting, engaging, easy to use lesson plans for ages 3-5. Great for preschool, in-home daycare and homeschool. Edlah lesson plans are colorful, visually simple and easy to understand. They are fun and cute with out the unnecessary fluff.

Edlah themed units are one week units that include many fun hands on theme based activities, recipes, sensory ideas, arts and crafts, fine/gross motor skill practice, journal ideas, printables (including easy reader books, word wall cards, sight word cards, and much more) and letter handwriting sheets in both block print or D’Nealian. Download the free preview for a snapshot of what you will get with this awesome set of lesson plans (click the download button below the thumbnail pictures on the right)!

Though the lesson plans are designed to build on each other through out a school year, they can be used individually or in any order.

FREE Romping & Roaring Letter A Printable Pack + 40% Off Additional Packs from 3 Dinosaurs
Letter A Resources
Color the Letter, Color the Pictures that start with that letter, 2 Color & Trace pages per each letter, Decorate Upper Case Letters, Decorate Lower Case Letters, 2 Writing Practices, Color the letters, ABC Matching the Same, Matching Upper Case Letters, Matching Upper Case Letters & Pictures, Matching Lower Case Letters, Matching Lower Case Letter & Pictures, Matching Upper Case & Lower Case, Which One is Different, Roll & Count Die, Roll & Trace, Roll & Color, Sorting: letters, pictures & words, 4 Part Puzzles, Letter Pattern Coloring, Fill in the Missing Pattern, ABC Finger Puppets, and ABC Review Game.




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How Elf on a Shelf almost ruined Christmas

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Elf on a Shelf
Last year our Elf on a Shelf, Tinsel arrived. There was much fun and excitement before Christmas and the children loved it. This year Pixie told me she was scared of Tinsel and didn’t want him to come visit us because she doesn’t like that he watches her and flies around the house when no one is looking.

It really freaked her out.

Papa and I then decided to tell her the truth and to show her that Tinsel was just a toy that I had hidden away in my closet. She was petrified when I took him out of the box and wouldn’t even touch him. It was heart breaking. We then had to break the news to Koko and Fifi, who weren’t impressed with me for lying to them about it. While Koko was fine, Fifi took it badly and wanted to know why we had lied to them. Explaining to them that it was just to make the countdown to Christmas a little more exciting, she seemed to settle down… eventually.

And then we got asked the questions, IS SANTA REAL? Is the Tooth Fairy real? What about the Easter Bunny?

I refused to lie to them, and told them that Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny were just fun things adults did for children for these occasions. Daddy is Santa (that’s why he hands out gifts on Christmas morning, Momma and Daddy are the Tooth Fairy and Momma is the Easter Bunny. We had 3 very sad children in our home that day. They had to grow up very fast.

We have decided that since they know Tinsel isn’t real, that they got to choose what Tinsel did every night. Each child, including Noo, gpt a turn to have him do something special, naughty, etc. The kids had loads of fun leading up to Christmas getting Tinsel to do their bidding and it made Pixie so much happier knowing that he is just a toy and not some magical Peeping Tom that is stalking her.

We forget that our children are sensitive creatures and that, while some think its fun, others might be freaked out about it. While I think its great that we like to add a little magic to Christmas for our children, we need to be honest when they ask the questions, or it may come back to bite us. Parenting can be hard sometimes, but lying to our children when they ask pointed questions about things like this is something I learned a lot about on this particular day.

You can follow the adventures of Tinsel the Elf on my Instagram account.




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Superbalist Kids Shoes

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Superbalist Kids Shoes
Yes, you read right, Superbalist recently added a new category, Superbalist Kids Shoes! I LOVE this website and have bought quite a few goodies from them for myself (before their new kids section was introduced), now I can get the kids shoes without leaving the comfort of my home! Seriously though, the range is awesome and I just HAD to share my favourite finds.

Girls’ Shoes

My brother Shaun is getting married in March and I’ve been looking for some cute navy shoes for the girls to wear to this formal wedding. I just couldn’t find anything I was happy with and then I stumbled across these Cotton On Kids Ballerina Pumps while looking for shoes for myself and just fell in love! Seriously though, who doesn’t love glitter pumps? Fifi and Pixie are besides themselves with excitement and can’t wait for these to arrive.
Superbalist Kids Shoes

Pixie’s feet have been growing so much over the last few months that we can’t keep up. When I was placing my order for their wedding shoes, she begged me to buy these Cotton On Kids Hippo Clogs that look “just like Daddy’s, only pink.”
Superbalist Kids Shoes

Fifi, on the other hand, asked if she could get a new pair of sneakers since she has outgrown her current pair (again…). She is currently deciding between the Adidas Infant Superstar and Convers Kids All Star HI high tops. This may take a while….
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Boy’s Shoes

Koko is so much easier to shop for. He took one look and chose these red Connverse Kids All Sta LO Junior and the Adidas Orignals Kids Stan Smith sneakers. Though neither pair is for the wedding. I think the red converse would rock his outfit, but he’s not biting.
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Baby Girl Shoes and Baby Boy Shoes

As soon as Shaun and Minette (my future Sister in Law) get married, they best get to working on a niece and nephew for me so I can buy some adorable baby shoes. I just LOVE the Shooshoos the they have in stock at the moment. How cute are they in pink and blue?
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Superbalist is currently running a promotion for first time buyers. Get R250 off when you spend a minimum of R600! What a Bargain!

Baby Girl Shoes | Baby Boy Shoes | Girls’ Shoes | Boys’ Shoes

Did you know that Superbalist have a mobile application? I didn’t. You can download the application on your Android or Apple device here:

Superbalist Kids Shoes
Superbalist Kids Shoes

Please let me know if you have had as much fun shopping on this site. I absolutely adore it and wouldn’t recommend it otherwise.

Happy shopping!




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7 Reasons Why Traveling Is The Best Form Of Education

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Through traveling, you’ll learn a lot while having fun at the same time

One of the best ways of getting an education is through traveling. It enables you to learn new things while having fun at the same time Travel can affect career choices. One survey revealed that 70% of millennials mentioned the desire to travel as a reason to work.

Below are 7 reasons why traveling is the best form of education:

1. You Learn Different Cultures
Whenever you travel, you get to learn more about other cultures and their way of life. Learning about other cultures in class won’t be as interesting as learning first hand from the people from a particular culture. According to one research, 86% of millennials mentioned experiencing a new culture as a motivating factor for traveling.

Culture is not concentrated on lifestyle only. You get to know more about the different types of food and etiquettes. Moreover, you get to know the things that various cultures have in common. Your understanding of different cultures plays a crucial role in your education.

2. You Learn History
You’ve probably learned about the different historical events and civilizations in class. However, nothing beats visiting various historic sites and getting to know more about a city’s culture and history.

When you walk through the streets and visit national museums, you get to know more about that country’s history. Learning more about various dynasties, conflicts and changes will be much easier when you get to visit a particular country than just learning about that country in class.

Moreover, the history learned from textbooks is sometimes distorted. Talking to the locals will enable you to get accurate information. It will also give you a different perspective.

3. You Acquire Social Skills

Social skills are crucial to our existence here on earth. Traveling exposes us to various scenarios that will assist in growing our social skills, for instance, asking the locals for direction.

Traveling on your own to a particular place will enable you to improve your social skills more than going to class to take up a course on personal development. Most of us lack skills in public speaking and conversation, thus, limiting many opportunities for us. Constant travel will enable you to master these important skills.

4. You Learn More About Nature


You’ll learn more about Mother Nature

When you get out of your comfort zone and venture out into the world, you will get to witness some of the most majestic scenes that Mother Nature has to offer. You’ll be able to enjoy nature’s grandeur first hand.

Understanding nature is central to solving some of the issues of the world, for instance, climate change, and water and air pollution. When we get to see firsthand what we are going to lose if we do not change the way we interact with the environment, then, dealing with these issues will be much easier.

Therefore, instead of spending a lot of money on conferences, send the people to some of the most exotic forests, mountains and plains of the world.

5. You Learn New Languages
It’s always good to learn the native language of the place that you intend to visit. In a way, traveling forces you to do so.
After learning the basics of a language via videos, books, etc, you will learn more when you interact and speak with the native speakers. Through putting your language education to use, traveling improves your listening and speaking skills.

Traveling is the ideal way of mastering a language, even if you’ve studied it in class. When you travel, you not only test your language skills in a real-world scenario, but you also get to learn that language’s slang, accent and intonation.

6. You Learn New Technologies


You’ll come across new technologies

Technological advancements vary from country to country. Different countries have different kinds of technologies.

The difference in technology is clear to see in developed and developing countries (and also in urban and rural areas within a particular country). Whenever you travel to a different place, you might come across some new technology. The technology used in a given place serves to solve a particular problem in that locale, and it might also be of importance to you.

7. You Become Independent
Traveling alone to a new place can be scary. However, it will help you to become independent. Traveling on your own exposes you to scenarios that require you to make quick decisions. You develop skills on how to keep yourself safe.

Independence is crucial to succeeding in your education and your survival out there.

Traveling to new places will expose you to new things while at the same time enable you to have fun. Many who have traveled attest to having learned a lot. Also, when carrying out some research, say, on an ancient civilization, traveling to actual sites where their cities, dwellings or temples have been excavated is much more engaging and interesting. Doesn’t this make you want to pick research topics that will require traveling?


Author’s Bio:
Kevin is a professional educator and a private tutor with over 8 years of experience. He is also a content writer for various blogs about higher education, entertainment, social media & blogging. During his off time, Kevin enjoys traveling and cooking. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter, Linkedin & Google+.

True Christian Christmas

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happy birthday jesus

Christian Christmas

True Christian Christmas
Christmas isn’t showy gifts
Or glittering decoration;
It’s honoring our Savior, Jesus Christ
In humble adoration.

It’s serving those less fortunate,
Meeting their needs before our own;
It’s making sure at Christmas time
That no one is alone.

It’s taking what we would have spent
On things that no one needs,
And using it to help someone
With service and good deeds.

Our Savior showed us how to live
With charity, faith and service.
It makes the holidays a joy,
More peaceful, and less nervous.

So let’s remember Christmas is
About our Savior’s birth;
That’s the way to happiness,
The way to peace on earth.

By Joanna Fuchs

Wishing you and your family a very merry and blessed Christmas

God Bless




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My favourite finds on UncommonGoods

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UncommonGoods, the best find since sliced cheese!!!!

Christmas is but 3 months away and with that comes the starting of Wish Lists and letters to Santa. This year, I found some awesome gifts on UncommonGoods.

We LOVE different and unique goodies. UncommonGoods is full of intriguing, mostly handmade, items that I think are great for gifts. These have made it to our wishlist for Christmas 2017.

Wittling these down to just a few was incredibly hard. Here are my top 3 items per category.


Stop Motion Animation Kit
Build Your Own Movie
Learn some of the magic behind stop-motion animation with this comprehensive construction / production kit. Stop-motion animation utilizes the principle of “persistence of vision” to create the illusion that inanimate objects are moving through a series of still photos displayed continuously like frames of a movie. A collaboration between a popular toy company and a UK animation studio, this kit pairs the imagination-fueling fun of a building toy with an easy-to-use stop-motion camera and software to edit individual frames together and share your results. The figures you can create lend themselves to the incremental posing of the stop-motion process, while the camera and software will have you shooting and sharing the antics of your own unique characters in no time. 101 pieces. Made in China.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Make Your Own Kaleidoscope Set
Through The Looking Glass
Encourage your kids to see stars through their own handiwork with a buildable kaleidoscope that shines mesmerizing webs of color at the turn of its scope. Part art project, part construction task, the Make Your Own Kaleidoscope Set offers an engaging way for young minds to cultivate composition skills while building a timeless keepsake. Like a personal treasure spinning geometric swirls, each one-of-a-kind craft will have your child marveling at their work and imagination. Set comes with everything needed–from glitter to glue–and easy-to-follow instructions to build your very own kaleidoscope. Includes cardboard tube, plastic mirror pieces, assorted beads and rhinestones, adhesive paper, foil confetti, craft glue and instructions. Made in New Zealand.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

My Comic Book Kit
Pow! Zap! Draw!
Whether you have a child who lives to draw or you’re an adult who hasn’t lost a love for illustrated adventures, this DIY comic book set might just be your action-packed dream come true. It comes with pre-formatted blank pages for you to create your story, along with a booklet of instructions, inspiration and helpful tips. Once your illustrated story is complete, simply seal it in the pre-paid envelope and slip it into the mail. Soon you will receive your very own, professionally-bound copy of your original comic book, complete with an “About the Author” page all about you! A great opportunity for your child to explore their imagination, the possibilities are truly epic. Books are made in the USA. Markers made in China.


Wishing Kit
Genie Not Included
What kid isn’t excited by the promise that comes with blowing out birthday candles? With this kit, they can create more opportunities for wishing—and granting wishes—on any occasion they like. It also offers a playful way to talk to your children about some big topics. What is a wish? What’s the power of a wish? Is wishing about giving, or getting? How are wishes, luck, and magic related?

With the included materials, they can create eight cute crafts, including a wish in a bottle, a magic wand, a good luck charm, and a dreamy wish pillow in the shape of a heart. Depending on their mood or personality, they can make secret wishes for themselves or others, or share their wish-craft as a group activity.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Fairy Kit
Pixie Play
Bring a DIY dimension to a miniature universe of magical beings. Kids will love making everything from tiny fairy doors, to fairy beds, to a welcoming garland, a “fairy dust” necklace and of course, the pretty fairies themselves. Girls and boys with their own fairy gardens will happily spend a rainy day or two indoors with this kit, which contains all the materials for eight cute projects.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Design Your Own Doll Kit
A Doll for All
Delight your little one while providing a less fortunate child a little something to lift their spirits. With some imagination and a touch of magic, your child can create their own plush pal with this kit. Inside an adorable kraft suitcase your creative kid will find an organic cotton doll and all the fabrics and accessories he or she will need to create a darling toy with three changes of clothing. For every doll your child creates, one is sent to an orphan or vulnerable child in need, allowing them to make it their own through an art workshop. A constructive activity to help children overcome tough circumstances, the process of creation gives underprivileged kids an opportunity to process what they have been through, reflect, and control at least one piece of their world. The doll is handmade made by a women’s collective group in India. Kit assembled in the United Arab Emirates.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


Financial Learning Ledger for Kids
Dollars and Sense
Even before she leaned how to write, designer Stephanie Johnson understood the value of a dollar. Her parents set her up with a ledger early on to keep track of her $1 a week allowance, a tool that helped her develop accountability and good money habits that she’s carried with her ever since. Inspired by her own junior bank book, she developed this kid-friendly financial log as practical (even fun!) way to help your mini magnate allocate their earnings and see how their allowance adds up over time. Made in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Storymatic Kids Game
Telling Tales
Have you heard the story about the princess whose dragon wore funny clothes? Or the sumo wrestler whose sneeze changed everything? Then you just haven’t told it yet! This special edition of the Storymatic storytelling game was created for kids ages five and up, and is full of zany story prompts that will get their imaginations spinning.

Creating a story with the Storymatic couldn’t be easier. Simply draw two yellow cards to reveal who your tale’s characters will be. Maybe she’s a couch potato who can talk to cows, or he’s a sea captain who only knows three words. Then the blue cards provide the situations that put your tale into motion.

The included booklet contains instructions, games and prompts, and soon you’ll be off exploring the reaches of your imagination. Makes a great tool for bedtime stories, family car trips, and creative writing activities. And while it was made with kids in mind, adults will have just as much fun joining in. Made in the USA.

American Sign Language Blocks
Show of Hands
Grasping the ABCs of American Sign Language is child’s play when your little learner gets a hold of these educational blocks. Character-filled cubes are printed with easy-to-follow diagrams of alphabetic hand signs and embossed letter forms that can be traced by tiny fingers. Handcrafted in Michigan of basswood grown in the Great Lakes area and printed with non-toxic inks.

There are so many great gift ideas for children on this site.


Buying things for teens can be tough! That’s an understatement, right? UncommonGoods has a great range dedicated to our awesome teens. Since our teen is heading out to boarding school next year, these are perfect for him. I just love the variety of items available for everyone. There is literally something for everyone.
Travel Cord Roll
Tangle-Free Travel
Luggage shifts, cords tangle, but you can keep your electronic companions organized in style with this travel roll. No more untangling a messy handful of cords just to charge your phone, rather, neatly tuck up to eight cords and two plugs into your stylish organizer. It’s also great for stowing small knick-knacks like watches, hair clips, or other on-the-go necessities. Designed in Los Angeles; made in China.

Video Games Collection Puzzle
The Big Picture
Photographer Jim Golden has an eye for striking imagery. His passion has been strategically funneled into this magnificent jigsaw puzzle. Comprised of 1,000 pieces, it features a large, vintage collection of video game consoles, controllers, and cartridges. Made from recycled chipboard in the USA. Photographed in Portland, Oregon.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Personal Shower Locker
Hands Off My Loofa!
Soap bar still wet from your shower 24 hours ago? Shampoo disappearing faster than you can say scrub-a-dub-dub? Tell roommates, little brothers, and house guests, “Hands off my loofa!” with this shower locker. Featuring a combination lock, anti-fog mirror, removable shelf with holes for a toothbrush and razor, and two commercial-grade suction cups capable of holding up to forty pounds, you’ll keep bathing essentials within reach and off limits. Made in China.


I have never found it difficult to buy for Papa, but UncommonGoods has definitely made it much easier with their great range of products.

Kinetic Gear Key Holder
Cult Classic
You’ll never forget to grab your keys before you suit up for a full day of tracking down replicants, traversing the galaxy, or just wrangling your inbox with this steampunk-inspired key holder. Lance Nybye Jr.’s laser-engraved plywood design lets you mod a blase set of keys into a kinetic expression of your retro-futuristic style. The individual gears move in unison, and the movement opens and closes with ease, allowing you to add additional keys when your next adventure calls. Made in San Diego, California.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

Great Moustaches Mug
The Manliest Mug
No longer will people be able to merely gaze upon you and say, “That is one impressive moustache you have.” Instead, as you stand sipping your coffee, onlookers will be dazzled by the sheer spectacle of the fourteen iconic and historical lip warmers that grace your mug. From push brooms to handlebars, you’ll find the facial hair sported by some of the great men of poetry, art, science and philosophy. Not sure which stache is which? A numbered answer key is printed on the bottom of the mug for your post-beverage convenience. Made in China.

The Gentleman Grooming Set
Gents’ Scents
Got a big date? A whiskey tasting? A meeting of the Well-Groomed Gentlemen’s Society? Get spiffed up with the classic clean and sophisticated scents of this grooming set. The Power Shower is a refreshing, efficient hair and body wash, while the solid cologne provides a finishing touch as crisp as an arrow collar. Both feature a portmanteau of masculine scents, with bright citrus anchored by woodsy mahogany and a touch of sweetness from sugar maple extract. The set also includes soothing citrus and musk hand “rescue” cream, citrus-mahogany pomade, and a solid hickory comb. Once you’re clean, dry (like your martinis and your wit), and coifed, you’ll be ready for any genteel endeavor. SLS, paraben, and dye-free. Made in the manly environs of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.


Birdie Yarn Bowl
Strings Attached
Your knitting circle just got a little sweeter. With a hand-sculpted sparrow perched along its edge, Aaron A. Harrison,’s stoneware bowl keeps skeins of yarn in place while you knit, crochet, or weave. A hooked opening allows the yarn to unfurl in a steady stream, and holes pierced in the bowl’s side offer a convenient resting spot for needles between knits and purls. A little bird told us that this is the perfect crafting companion for when you’re creating your own homespun creations for all your close-knits. Handmade in upstate New York.

Kitchen Utensil and Tablet Holder
Take a Stand
Heather and Myles Geyman’s modern cookbook stand puts your go-to gastronomical guide out of harm’s way while keeping your low-fi kitchen tools at an arm’s reach. With a convenient notch specially designed to fit your tablet, the holder keeps the screen in view and your counter clutter-free. The artist slip cast the dock/holder from white stoneware that is finished with a subtle speckled glaze. Handmade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

Himalayan Salt Foot Care Set
Salt of the Earth
Putting your best foot forward is easy when you treat your tootsies with this soothing kit. Elizabeth McElwain makes every component of this spa set on her West Virginia farm, even the canvas bag. Inspired by naturally beautiful powder-pink Himalayan salt, she infuses each element of her kit–the foot soap, foot scrub, and beeswax foot balm–with this luxurious ingredient plus more than 80 minerals and vitamins. Handmade in West Virginia.

The inspiration for UncommonGoods came in 1999, when the founder, Dave Bolotsky, visited a Smithsonian Museum craft show in Washington D.C. and was captivated by the variety of unique handmade goods and the talented people behind them. He saw there was a significant public demand for beautiful design. At the same time, he realized that the artists working to make those pieces were often traveling great distances in order to sell their wares at the show. Inspired by his experience, Dave had a vision to create something that had never existed before—an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper. Dave turned this idea into UncommonGoods. He continued traveling to craft fairs and trade shows, meeting artists and finding stand-out merchandise, while running the business out of his home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before long, the company had outgrown Dave’s apartment, and moved through three successively larger offices in downtown Manhattan, eventually settling in our current location in Brooklyn, NY. [Source]




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