Uncommon Designs


Trish and Bonnie are sister-in-laws and stay-at-home moms who share a love of sewing, decorating, entertaining, and all things crafty. At Uncommon Designs, you will find a variety of handmade home decor inspiration and fabulous step by step craft...

Uncommon is a winner of Top 25 Creative Moms - 2013

Where do you discover new kid-friendly crafts?

The inspiration of new kid-friendly crafts can be from almost anywhere! You can find cute ideas on Pinterest, Family Fun Magazine, blogs, websites, even cereal boxes!

What's one creative product you would recommend to all moms?

I think that every mom needs a hot glue gun, for sure! Hot glue is perfect for all crafts that you will be working on with your children. Let your kiddos do the creating and you glue in place! No more waiting for glue to dry on last minute projects, either!

How do you encourage your child to explore their creativity?

In my opinion, giving your child the freedom to experiment with different mediums will help their creativity grow by leaps and bounds. Set up a craft station with paper, glue, uncooked macaroni, paint, and string... let them go to town!

What helps you stay organized? Whether it's a special coupon binder, calendar app or color-coded closet, we want to know all the little tricks and products that help keep your life organized. Please share a photo if you have one.

Trish Flake and Bonnie Mauney

We are super busy family and are always on the go after I pick the kids up from school. I have a son and daughter and their activities after school are very different and each of them has down time to complete their homework prior to getting home. This allows more family time once we get home! I created a portable homework station that stays in the car so that we have everything at hand to get assignments completed while on the go! The homework station is filled with pens, pencils, papers, sticky notes, dictionary, thesaurus.... you get the idea! Everything has its place, including their class schedules, teacher contact information, and anything else that might be needed! It is a true lifesaver for this mom who lives in her car after 2pm!!
View All Answers