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Brooklyn Flag Project

Brooklyn Flag Project

Disclaimer: Uncommon Goods contacted me and asked to write a product review, I was allowed to pick out the products and they were given to me as compensation. The opinions are 100% mine and my assistant reviewers.

Bloggers have a voice,  we put our stories and really our lives out there for the public to see,  so we will sometimes be asked by companies to review or talk about or recommend their products to our readers. That is a big responsibility,  at least I think it is, and I don’t want to represent anything that I don’t feel strongly about in a positive way, I was approached by Uncommon Goods and asked if I would consider writing a review of some of their products. I first visited their website and browsed, I liked what I saw, then I read about the company and liked them even more. As I scrolled down one of the first things I saw was the Brooklyn Flag Project click here to learn more about it, it’s wonderful and I am so proud that someone from my block association has entered this contest. I would love to see a flag for our neighborhood.

Uncommon Goods is an online store with offices and warehouse located right here in Brooklyn, they are a company that is much more than simply a great place to buy things. They are responsible employers paying a generous living wage, they are a company that gives back to their community, they showcase products from local Brooklyn artists and entrepreneurs as well as Fair Trade and sustainable products.  They are all about community and for me that’s very important,  when they contacted me and asked me to review some products I was happy to do it, they are my neighbors and in my opinion a business that I will not hesitate to recommend. They told me to look through their incredible online catalog and pick some items. They have gifts for everyone, gifts for her, gifts for him and gifts for kids of all ages, prices are varied and mostly very reasonable.  I write about food,  so I chose a few things for the home cook as well as a couple of kids gift items.

I picked out a 100% cotton apron and hand towel set, a herb oil infuser, a potholder loom and an Hypotrochoid art set for kids. My items arrived and the first thing I did was open the oil infuser.  I knew it may take a few days for the oil to infuse with the herbs. I cut some rosemary and sage from my garden and filled the center tube with the herbs.

Ready to infuse

Ready to infuse

The instructions are on the side of the box, it’s pretty simple but I managed to add too much oil to the bottle and when you insert the tube with the herbs there will be spillage if you over fill. So watch that you fill exactly as its pictured.

instructions

instructions

After I cleaned up the olive oil spill here is what it looks like in the bottle, Now I just need to let it sit for a few days to infuse the oil with the herbs. I really love this infuser, it’s a great idea. Easy to use, attractive and who doesn’t love infused oil. This would make a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift. (NOTE: 4 days later the oil is nicely infused, used it to make a lovely fresh tomato sauce).

oil infusing

oil infusing

Salt and Pepper apron and towel

Salt and Pepper apron and towel

This is a really great apron, the quality is excellent, it’s hand drawn (so cute), the neck strap is adjustable and there is ample length straps to wrap and tie in the front,  it has lots of pockets, I love that.  One other feature I thought was a great idea is that it comes with a hand towel and there is a place you can hang it on the apron, it’s very convenient. This also will make a great gift either to yourself or anyone that cooks. Honestly, when I bake I always wear an apron, for everyday cooking, not all the time,  but I really appreciate the quality and practicality.

hypotrochoid art set

hypotrochoid art set

I picked out two items for kids (adult kids would like too). The Hypotrochoid Art Set and the Potholder Loom. Both are great fun and my two assistants, Maia (9 yrs) and Laila (6 yrs) tested these items for me. Here is Maia’s review of the Hypotrochoid Art Set:

This hypotrochoid art set is really fun, but I think it needs more instructions. The instructions are on the back of the box. You have to write lightly or it will rip the paper, it takes practice but in the end it’s all worth it.

I will add that both girls used the art set the younger of the two lost interest after a few minutes,  but Maia, age 9 really got into it and when she successfully made some beautiful shapes she was immensely proud and happy. This is a really fun item with a lot of learning potential and I highly recommend it. It got a thumbs up from the girls.

Maia using the art set

Maia using the art set

Success

Success

When I saw the potholder loom it was exactly like the one I had as a child, it hasn’t changed. When I was young I spent hours with my loom making potholders and I was a young entrepreneur and took them door to door and sold to my neighbors. I chose this item partly for nostalgia but I also wanted to see how the girls would like it. Laila, chose this item and quickly set out to stretch the cloth bands on the loom. The instructions are clear but I think that this turned out to be a little more than Laila could handle so she handed off to Maia who finished it. If your child loves crafts this is a great product, it’s fun, teaches dexterity, patience and develops a love all things handmade. The girls both gave this a thumbs up and so do I.

First layer done

First layer done by Laila

Maia finishes

Maia finishes

68 Comments Post a comment
  1. So very cool, Suzanne! That had to be so much fun! I would definitely try the oil infuser…and would love that apron. I’m an apron kind of girl, so I’m going to check out the website. Your assistants are adorable, and gave wonderful reviews on the products. I remember the potholder maker when I was little too! I loved making them, and I probably still would make them if I had one of those looms!! 🙂 Awesome post! Fun!! ❤

    September 3, 2014
    • Thanks Prudy, I love the infuser, I have added some garlic to the herbs now and am letting that infuse. Next I am going to add some hot dried peppers. Great for dipping bread. I got so excited when I saw that loom, it immediately brought me back to my childhood. The girls had to take it away from me, I wanted to make a potholder. Thank you so much, the girls had a great time and loved their gifts.

      September 3, 2014
  2. Sue #

    I also love the oil infuser and apron. Alas, I must not violate my sabbatical from buying kitchen things . . . I’ve got til January! Great work here and thanks for sharing!

    September 3, 2014
    • Ha, a sabbatical from buying kitchen things, I wish I had your willpower. Of course that would not apply to gifting for the holidays of course. LOL!! I really love stuff for the kitchen, I have way too much and always get more. One day I will possess your willpower.

      September 3, 2014
      • Sue #

        Suzanne, I have no willpower. It’s a day at a time thing. I’m about to head to the legendary Wednesday farmer’s market, where I always seek out not only my staples but anything unusual (which ends up being expensive) and colorful that strikes my fancy.

        September 3, 2014
      • I wish we had a Wednesday farmers market here in Brooklyn, I’m with you when it comes to food and stuff for the kitchen I am a hopeless shopaholic!!

        September 3, 2014
      • Sue #

        also, thanks for the link to the garum factory. I love Jody Adams and always have! But now I suffer: I want that theme they’re using!!!!!! xx sue

        September 3, 2014
  3. That oil-and-herb infuser is awesome! Such a great idea.

    September 3, 2014
    • I love the oil infuser. It’s definitely something I will use all the time. Thanks so much.

      September 3, 2014
  4. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    I love your review of this company as well as their products, Suzanne! Knowing the background of a company and what it stands for sure does influence my purchasing choices.
    That potholder loom is GENIUS – I must be a child trapped in an adult body because I so wanna go find me one of those looms!

    September 3, 2014
    • I love the potholder loom, the kids had to take it away from me reminding me it was for them. I am just a big kid. LOL. Thanks so much.

      September 3, 2014
  5. Cool gift ideas, Suzanne! I love that oil infuser too and will check out their website for more gift ideas!

    September 3, 2014
  6. wow !!! this is so cool !!!

    September 3, 2014
  7. Very cool. I love the oil diffuser and the Flag project. What a great company. Thanks for you thoughtful reviews.

    September 3, 2014
  8. I’ve never heard of Uncommon Goods, what a nice way to find out about it! I like the infuser idea, too, and LOL…I had THAT same pot holder loom when I was young 🙂
    Can’t wait to hear about the Brooklyn flag results!

    September 3, 2014
    • LOL, that potholder loom brought back such great childhood memories. Wonderful and they are a terrific company, Thanks Linda, I am so anxious to hear if my neighbor could have won.

      September 3, 2014
      • Agree, great childhood memories – re: the loom

        September 3, 2014
  9. Nice review, and what great looking stuff! That oil infuser looks super good and definitely great for inspiring you to try different flavours. I’ve gotta get me one of those 😉

    September 3, 2014
  10. Thank you. I do love that infuser, I love dipping bread in infused oil, it’s also so great on salads.

    September 3, 2014
  11. I love that infuser. I need one of those in my life. I remember making the loom potholders as a kid and just loved them 🙂 Great reviews!

    September 3, 2014
    • I know that infuser is my new favorite kitchen gadget. Thank you and I think so many of us had those looms, what fun they are.

      September 3, 2014
  12. The oil infuser is a great idea. And even better – when I click across to the Uncommon Goods website the first thing I see is that they ship to the UK!

    September 3, 2014
  13. What a great review, Suzanne! It must have been fun! The oil infuser sounds fantastic and I’m pretty sure Her Majesty would love that art set. Great idea for the upcoming holidays. There so many l

    September 3, 2014
    • Thanks Francesca, the kids loved the art set (so did I). I plan on doing some of my holiday shopping there.

      September 3, 2014
  14. What a great review, Suzanne! It must have been fun! The oil infuser sounds fantastic and I’m pretty sure Her Majesty would love that art set. Great idea for the upcoming holidays! There so many lovely products!

    September 3, 2014
  15. Nice review Suzanne. These products sound like they are great quality and love the potholder loom! We infuse quite a bit of olive oil and I really like that infuser. Nice to skip the step of straining the oil through a fine sieve.

    September 3, 2014
    • Exactly, I love that the herbs or aromatics are encapsulated in the tube. Thanks so much.

      September 3, 2014
  16. Wow cool Suzanne. ..your reviews are great and love those oil infused cans. ..great idea to use flavourful oil in dressing….

    September 3, 2014
  17. Bevi #

    I loved my little potholder loom, and then Eva loved hers. The oil infuser is a terrific item.

    September 3, 2014
    • My Mom had to buy bags of those little cloth loops for me when I was a kid, loved making those pot holders. I was crazy about craft items when I was little. Thanks Bevi.

      September 3, 2014
  18. High 5 to a local, must go and check it out. Love that apron!

    September 3, 2014
    • Yes I love local business and Uncommon Goods is a great company. Thanks Pamela.

      September 3, 2014
  19. This is a really cool and interesting post Suzanne. It’s so great when you find a business right in your area that you can be proud to have as a neighbor. Hugs!

    September 3, 2014
    • Thanks Teagan, I was happy that they contacted me. Love Brooklyn based businesses.

      September 3, 2014
  20. Some lovely ideas for Christmas presents here Suzanne! I’m sold on the oil infuser too – I could definitely put that to good use! Great that you’re able to support and promote this local business. 🙂

    September 3, 2014
    • I will definitely be buying some of my Christmas gifts from them. Can’t wait to see what they stock for the holidays, Thanks Margot, that infuser is fantastic.

      September 3, 2014
  21. Neat post Suzanne! I really like the herb oil infuser…and would love and could us an apron for the grill! Love your post today 🙂

    September 3, 2014
    • Thanks Michael, the infuser is great, it’s reasonably priced and works. Gotta love that.

      September 3, 2014
  22. Awesome review Suzanne! I believe that you are right about bloggers taking responsibility in reviewing and publishing.
    On this note, I have a question if you don’t mind! Would the companies like these be ready to sponsor the blogger events? Like I am doing the Oil Free Cooking Event, would the companies entertain? Since you are in the blogging arena much longer, unthought of seeking your help and pointers here.

    September 3, 2014
    • Yes companies will definitely sponsor bloggers events like your oil free cooking event. I would join but can’t figure out facebook and the people at facebook are no help at all. I made a page and then deleted it because I could not get any answers. I think it’s a wonderful idea having sponsors and companies would jump at the chance for the exposure they will get it’s a win win for all. I do that all the time in real estate, get sponsors for events, open houses etc…

      September 3, 2014
      • Suzanne, let me know if I can be of help with your Facebook page set up.
        What kind of vendors should I contact?

        September 4, 2014
      • Is it ok if I email you? I will give you my suggestions for vendors for your event and YES I would love some help with facebook.

        September 4, 2014
  23. Suzanne,Oil infused can and apron are super cool. I remember using something similar to hypotrochoid art set I call it stencils do it all day. Guess kids had fun doing the mat

    September 3, 2014
    • I also remember something similar to the art set as a child. So much fun. Thank you, all of the items make great gifts and are good quality and fun!

      September 4, 2014
  24. It is good, I think, when companies behave ethically and also give back to the community in which they are based. It seems Uncommon Goods do both those things so I wish them well. They have a great and memorable name. I love the idea of the competition for a neighbourhood flag and I hope you will show us the winning entry. 😉

    September 4, 2014
    • When I read about the company ethics I was very impressed and the fact that they are local clinched the deal for me. Thanks so much. I think they are a really good company.

      September 4, 2014
    • If the winning entry is in fact my friend and neighbor I will certainly, with her permission display the flag.Fingers crossed for her.

      September 4, 2014
  25. Suzanne, love the Salt and Pepper apron and towel and the herb oil infuser. Great ideas and great post 🙂

    September 4, 2014
    • Thank you, yes the apron is really nice and love the infuser also. Great quality and practical items.

      September 4, 2014
  26. Definitely I would pick the infuser!

    September 4, 2014
  27. What a fantastic review my friend 😀
    That herb infuser has definitely got me smiling, I really want to try it for some new oils!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    September 4, 2014
    • Thanks so much, yes that infuser is fantastic, opens a world of flavored oils, yum!!

      September 4, 2014
  28. Wow, those are all such great items! That’s so cool you got a chance to get all those items and a wonderful review, I might add. Your assistants are adorable! Love that apron and I remember those looms!

    September 4, 2014
    • It was fun and I really like the company. They have really great gift items. Thanks Brandi, my assistants had fun as did I, that loom made me feel like a kid again.

      September 4, 2014
  29. Looks like they have some really great gifts! I would have some fun with an oil infuser!

    September 5, 2014
  30. CC #

    I love to see children doing anything other than having their nose in a video game! Wonderful!!

    September 6, 2014
    • Exactly, these toys are great for kids, gets them away from TV and video and ipads etc…. Thanks so much.

      September 6, 2014
  31. Ooh I love the oil infuser. I sometimes buy garlic flavoured olive oil, but I bet it would taste much better homemade. I’ve got some home grown garlic that’d be great! Shame they don’t ship it in the US, I’ll have to have a look for one in the UK.

    September 11, 2014
    • Hi Nicky, I thought they do ship outside the US. It’s a great infuser.

      September 11, 2014
      • Yeah, I thought so too, once you get to the checkout it says they don’t ship that item outside the US. I guess they probably only ship bigger/more expensive items.

        September 11, 2014
      • Thats too bad, I bet Amazon UK would have it.

        September 11, 2014

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