It was only recently that I began to open up to people about how antisocial I was in middle and high school. My introverted, shy self preferred eating lunch alone away in a school art room creating work of my own (mostly acrylic paintings) or curled up with my school literature book. Yes you read that right, the school literature book reading poetry and short stories along with the creators of stories and illustrators of artwork. I didn’t read ahead or from cover to back to do better in school or for the purpose of getting ahead, I just really enjoyed the art in words as well as learning about authors and the people contained with in. I was an uncommon girl with a love for an uncommon pass time.
Several months ago I heard about a marketplace called UnCommonGoods that celebrates and supports artisans from low income countries, the young designer to the seasoned one. This business shares anything from handmade jewelry (see more information on here), furniture, toys, clothing and more from different designers and artisans, and the best part…each work contains a history of the maker and how they created their piece(s). Hello, new literature book!!!
When UnCommonGoods reached out to me for a collaboration I must have spent hours browsing the jewelry in particularly (you can see some jewelry selections by clicking here) and had a hard time narrowing down my choices as each artist of jewelry had such a unique craft or story to tell. A few of my favorites are worn in todays post (from bracelets, necklaces and a nice selection of earrings that you will love). I hope you will enjoy the pieces that I picked out and tell you a bit more about below.
This particular set (sold separately) is made from sewn lace dipped in 24k gold. You can read about this earring and necklace pair here and here to find out more about them. Both pieces are from the same mother-daughter duo that now reside in Vermont but that attribute their work to this art form of jewelry making to their home country of Colombia. I appreciate this form of jewelry making and think it is so unique that I just had get my hands on this pair of earrings and necklace. I do like them, however the hook on the earrings is pretty thick and the earrings are heavy at first and take a few wearings before getting use to them. The necklace is easy to put on and would go well with or without the complimentary earrings and makes for a beautiful statement necklace with a beautiful, uncommon story behind it.
I had been wanting a gold bar necklace or some form of one and fell for this one. This particular piece is made up of a resin that contains 24k gold leaf flakes in it, but you can read more about the process of making it here. It’s exclusively made for UnCommonGoods from the same mother-daughter duo of the lace gold dipped set above. I love how dainty this necklace is and can’t wait to layer it with other necklaces.
It is hard to tell about the earrings I am styling in the above photo but you can see an actual photo of them here as these are just beautiful. They are lightweight and go well worn casually and dressed up. To read more about this set and the maker from Oregon go here.
Finally, throughout these photos you may or may not have noticed the beaded bracelet I am wearing. To be honest I didn’t know how often I would wear this particular bracelet because of all the color throughout, but truthfully I have been wearing it everyday since I got it, because it actually does go with everything and I love the ethnic look to it. This particular bracelet is unique and there is not another like it as each one is made unique from recycled textiles and wood beads from artisans in India (see for yourself here).
As you read throughout I appreciate the works of the artisans as well as the history and unique craft behind each piece and challenge you to find a piece or artist that you may like to know more about by clicking here. Report in the comments below what you found out or would like to try.
*UnCommonGoods provided handmade jewelry that I picked in exchange for a review. Thank for you for supporting the brands and businesses that support this blog.
Now for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up
Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.
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Lydia is the face behind Chic + Modish blog. She is a teacher by day and a fashion blogger and mama by night. Fashion has always been her passion and even majored in fashion merchandising and marketing in college. She loves keeping up with the latest trends, but most importantly she loves incorporating them into her own style. Her goal is to share great looks that have inpired her and will hopefully inspire you, to be you!
Now on to the Featured 5 from last week: ***Since I was sick the beginning of last week for several days and had a lot of church functions going on last week I am featuring the 5 most clicked on from last weeks link up. I don’t do this often, but I thank you for your understanding******
This tee on Jaymie is too cute. I know how tee problems can be.
Irene had a problem with figuring out how to style this skirt. I think she nailed it though and so beautifully too.
I totally agree with this tee and how lovely Amanda looks in it. Like her I love how blogging has become a day dream that should never stop. See post here.
In love with Debonita’s woolover style, see what I mean here.
Perfect casual summer wear and styling a graphic tee? no? See post here.
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