The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Sarah Stenseng

March 8, 2013
Sarah Stenseng, UncommonGoods Senior Product Development Associate

My hometown is…
Harlingen, TX.

My favorite product that I helped develop is…
The Pancake Plates designed by Jon Wye.

I’m inspired by…
People’s behavioral quirks.

My guilty pleasure is…

An uncommon fact about me…
Hmm. I’ve broken my left wrist twice.

My favorite place to eat (and drink!) in New York City is…
Thistle Hill Tavern in Park Slope, Brooklyn. They have a great veggie burger and cocktails!

My style is…
Simple, minimal.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
A lot! My background before joining UncommonGoods was in design, so working here has given me the opportunity to learn about the business side of the industry.

With a pile of stuff in front of me I would make…
(You’re given straw, a balloon, string, tape, a silver pipe cleaner, and a set of googly eyes. What do you make and who is it for?)

The first thing that comes to mind would be to make a toy for a cat. I would put the googly eyes on the balloon (of course), tape the straw to a table, thread the string through the straw and tie it to the balloon in a make-shift pulley system that would let me manipulate the position of the balloon by pulling the string (thereby provoking the interest of the cat). Unfortunately, I have a hunch the balloon would not last long in this design.


  • Reply Ne'Quana March 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Love That Final Picture!

  • Reply Melanie March 12, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Love this! Are we doing an Uncommon Personalities series? 🙂

  • Reply cassie March 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Yes! You can see them all here: (More coming soon!)

    Cassie | UncommonGoods Community Moderator

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