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In the spirit of online shopping, er, giving, I’ve been browsing through any and all catalogs that make their way into my mailbox.  A little over a week ago, the Uncommon Goods catalog caught my eye with its quirky, humorous and unique inventory.

Their motto, “find anything but ordinary”, fits them to a T.  I enjoyed searching through the one-of-a-kind items for possible gifts – and maybe even things just for my home.  Here are the items that I particularly like.

Uncommon Goods

1)  These Paper Pots hold a stack of Kleenex tissues or a roll of toilet paper.  {Click on the link and view the You Tube video to see how they work.}  They’re a pretty clever alternative to the boring cardboard Kleenex box.

2)  One of my goals for the next year is to start composting.  {I know, I know.  I should be doing it already.  I’m awful.}  These cutesy Ceramic Countertop Compost Containers would make it easier and prettier.

3)  This bag o’ goodies may not seem like anything special but look again.  It’s actually an Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag.  What a creative way to display treats!

4)  I’m one of those people who must have their checkbook balanced to the penny.  This Lined Paper Checkbook Cover is simple and fun…in contrast to the act of balancing your checking account.

5)  Ok, so I totally want one of these Cardboard Animal Heads.  {Hear me, Santa?  The deer, I like the deer.}  They’re a great way to add some hunting lodge appeal to your home minus the hunting part.  Plus, they have cool names like Bucky, Fred and Eyan.  They just need an Earl and my family tree would be complete!  Handy Hubby thinks I’m crazy to want a paper deer hanging from the wall but not a stuffed one. Oh well.  It wouldn’t be the first time he thought I was crazy.

6)  I could see my boys manipulating this Evolutionary Dinosaur Puzzle Set into loud and scary beasts.  Roar!  The fact that they’re made of non-toxic wood and water-based paints is music to my ears.

7)  The Destruct 3 would be a great Family Friday game to play with all my boys {Handy Hubby included}.  You know how kids {and their fathers too} like to build things and then knock ’em down?  Well, this game is meant just for that.  Players take turns building a block tower while their opponents try to demolish it with either a catapult, ramp or pendulum.  Now if that doesn’t mold my lil’ men into spittin’ engineer images of their Dada, I’m not sure what will.

So, that’s me window shopping, uh, maybe ‘web shopping.’  Do you like anything you saw?  If so, go to the Uncommon Goods website to find even more {and more unique!} gifts for everyone on your Christmas list.  And tell me…  Am I a Scrooge for avoiding the store bought hustle-and-bustle? Or maybe you already compost and could give me some tips?  Or, better yet, you’re with Handy Hubby and find paper animal heads just ridiculous?

Happy shopping!

FYI – I was not compensated in any way for featuring Uncommon Goods and their goods.  I just like sharing fun stuff.

images:  1) Uncommon Goods  2) collage by Dana Miller with Uncommon Goods images

My master bedroom makeover is still a few weeks away from being ‘finished.’  {That’s what I get for trying to do it in the midst of the holiday season!}  But I thought I’d share a little peek with you…unmade bed, unhung artwork and all.

I wanted to make the wall behind the bed a focal point, so I painted it Suitable Brown by Sherwin Williams.  The dark wall makes the white bedding feel so fresh and light.  {I love me some white bedding.} Handy Hubby and I hauled home a bunch of old fence boards from his family’s farm back in Pennsylvania.  A few I’ve used to create custom artwork/a makeshift headboard.  The rest will become a sliding barn door to the master bathroom.  The dark pillow was a Ballard Designs outlet find for less than $12.  {It was my inspiration for the wall color.}  The ruffled mustard pillow is from Etsy…big surprise there, huh?

In other news, Handy Hubby went through his massive clothing collection and got rid of a ton of stuff.  {I guess calling him out on the world wide web did the trick.}  I’m so proud of him.  Now, I can finally get that old white dresser out of the bedroom.  Just like anything that happens around here, this makeover is happening ever so slowly.  But the end is in sight!

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images:  all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

After last week’s post which discussed a few of my favorite Etsy shops that offer handmade pillow covers, I’ve decided it would be fun to feature Etsy sellers from time to time that offer affordable and stylish items for the home.  So, today I’d like to introduce you to The Home Centric.  I purchased the vintage ruffle pillow cover in my living room from this Etsy shop.

I was a little nervous about having a satin pillow cover in the house with 2 young kiddos, but I’m happy to say that it’s held up well against wrestling matches and pillow fights.  It’s just as sweet and feminine as the day it arrived.  In fact, it’s one of the rare sweet and feminine things in this house full o’ boys {and me}!

The Home Centric is based out of India and specializes in handcrafted pillow covers that add texture, color and even a bit of glitz to any room.  Just look at a few of the gor.ge.ous pillows below all bedazzled in The Home Centric’s best.

Crazy good, right?!  Ruffles and sequins and buttons, oh my!  Seriously, these pillow covers are like jewelry for your furniture.  Many of the covers are available for less than $30.  And if you purchase more than one cover per order, you only have to pay shipping charges for one pillow cover. Nervous about ordering online from an international seller?  Don’t be.  The Home Centric has over 1,000 feedback responses with nearly 100% of customers reporting a positive shopping experience.  {Did you know you can check all Etsy sellers’ feedback ratings?}

If you’re in the market for a fresh throw pillow or just want to kill some time looking at pretty things, click on over to The Home Centric and see what else it has to offer.  You won’t be disappointed. Pinky swear.

FYI – I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I just love sharing good stuff.

images:  1) Dana Miller  2) collage by Dana Miller using The Home Centric’s images