Did you notice the new header on my blog? Yes, after having my little blog for 6 years I have decided to change its name. So long to "One Crazy Stampin' Mama" & hello to "Random Craft." Why the name change? Well, I've been thinking about it for a couple of years now actually. I no longer sell Stampin' Up! products, my crafting has become so much more than stamping & I hardly ever really stamp anymore so I decided to change it up. I like the name "Random Craft" because that's what I feel I do. I make random crafts. I like to craft in general & so you will see a lot of random things on my blog. Hopefully no one else is already using this title for a blog, I tried looking & it didn't seem like it. Anyway, I'm trying it out.
So...on to my random crafts of late.
A few weeks ago I decided to make a cushion for the bench in our entryway:
We have had this bench FOREVER. And it has taken lots of abuse from my children. There are sticker remnants on the top, crayon marks, pencil marks, etc. I wanted to make a cushion to cover up all of the markings & to add some color into our family room. And I didn't want to sew a cushion cover. So, thanks to some ideas on Pinterest, I made this really fast & easy cushion. I bought the fabric at JoAnn's & then I bought some thick foam there too. (Use your coupons for JoAnn's!) Then I had my hubby get a piece of plywood for me one day when he was at Home Depot. They cut it to the exact size we needed for the top of the bench. I used the plywood as a guide to trim the foam to the same size just using a serrated knife. Then I just laid the fabric out upside down, laid the foam on top of that, laid the plywood onto that & then started stapling the fabric down with my handy staple gun. Of course, I went slowly, making sure the fabric was pulled tight & that the corners were folded nicely. Took me maybe 10 minutes & it was on my bench!
I love it:
Now just as soon as little Quinn (14 month) stops eating shoes we can move our tan show bins back into those cubbies in the bench & it will be much more functional again.
We also spruced up the girls' bathroom a little bit:
Gosh. Sorry my photos are so dark. Anyway, thanks again Pinterest for these great ideas! My hubby hung a wood strip along the entire wall of our bathroom where the old towel bar was. Then we added 5 simple hooks. Now we can hang 5 towels up instead of just 2. It is so great! Especially when we have visitors staying at our house, everyone has a place to hang their towel to dry. And I love the shower curtain too! It nicely covers up our outdated tub/shower combo until we can afford to re-do it. Thank you Home Goods!
I also printed out these bathroom printables that I found on Pinterest & stuck them in cheap white frames:
They look cute! And I love the pops of color they bring into our very tan bathroom. Just search "bathroom printables" on Pinterest & they pop right up. I'm still trying to decide what color I want to paint that bathroom...
Also a few weeks ago I managed to find some time on a rainy day to make a few more coloring purses. I made one for my daughter & then 2 others for her cousins. They all turned out really cute:
These things are so handy & get a lot of use from my girls.
Here's the crayon side:
And then a simple ruffle on the other side:
I made these ones slightly larger than I usually do so that they can hold a full-size coloring book.
I have to say it was so nice to have my sewing machine out again. I just love sewing. It is so fun creating things from just some simple supplies like fabric & thread. And it is a great stress-reliever! Well, as long as the kids are asleep!