What a fun mishmash of goodies we have this week! An introduction to a new partner of EYTO, a fabulous must-have item for entertaining, and even a giveaway of the item I got to review. It’s a great week to be a reader!
In an effort to support high quality and truly wonderful items, I’ve been blessed to be able to partner with a company I’m uber excited about. When you do business with a company, what kinds of things make you want to shop and take part in their customer channels? For me, what draws me in first and foremost are the items or services they represent. But it’s what’s under the surface that makes me keep coming back for more and spreading the good word. In my mind I’m contemplating what the brand represents, how they treat their employees, what are their employees like, do they have larger goals than topping last years sales numbers? It’s all the answers to these questions and more that make UncommonGoods stand out and be a proud partner to Eat Your Tarte Out.
Just so we’re clear, I’m not being paid by these guys to say anything. And I owe it to my readers to give you full transparency. I actually came across UncommonGoods last year when I featured their Mix Tape Drinking Glasses for the Gadgets and Gifts- Beverage Must Haves for 2013. Once they found out who I was, we started talking and all those conversations blossomed into what you see in this post. It’s all about those ideas under the surface vying for better business practices and products that help individuals be unique and uncommonly good for the benefit of readers and customers alike.
The employees, bloggers and people behind UncommonGoods have a unique flare for creative living and mindful giving. They live and breathe what they sell. And through the inspiration they find in everyday life, designs and handcrafted gifts emerge that are created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Pretty rad huh?
The next step in our relationship was to put the goods to the test. I searched for something that meant a lot to me, got me excited about entertaining, and maybe even celebrated a little love in the air with Valentine’s Day on the horizon. What I found were these screen printed napkins with famous love letters on them. Writings from Emily Dickinson, Jack London, Mark Twain and D.H. Lawrence; it was ideas of love expressed in a witty, sweet, profound or downright bold manners. As a writer it gives me something to aspire to both in my craft and when I search out literary pieces.
“It’s Better to Give” – we donate $1 of every order to our charitable partners
“Our Products Are 100% Cruelty Free”
“Creative Living, Mindful Giving”
and the list goes on….
The napkins themselves were handmade cotton, light to the touch, with bold lettering declaring statements of love. The seams were all handmade and whilst small flaws were detected it added to the charm that the original type written letters held. While it was a bit difficult to smooth out the cotton fabric, I found distinct charm in that. A love letter should never seem cold and untouchable. It should be warm like the embrace of the individual being highlighted. I’ll take the wrinkles and crinkles for immeasurable depth and character any day. These napkins deign to be brought out when serenading, or when striking up thoughtful conversations at the dinner table.
Now that I have you dreaming of the dinner parties you’re bound to throw, or a night with your lover, muse or eventual partner, how about a giveaway?
To Enter: Follow the directions below via Rafflecopter. You’ll be asked to chose an item that your heart desires from their unique and eclectic selection. After that, feel free to submit additional entries by following UncommonGoods‘ Facebook page, twitter page and/or joining their mailing list.
The Details: The winner will be announced right here on EYTO on February 12, 2014. Entries close February 11, 2014 at 11:59 EST.
Good luck everyone and don’t forget, even if you don’t win, be sure to thank UncommonGoods for their awesome hospitality and maybe we’ll see more of them in the future.
To full plates and eating your tarte out,