Every morning I get up at 5:00 am to enjoy the quiet before the rest of the house gets up, and to work on adding to my virtual crafty collection filled with over 200 tutorials I’ve picked up from talented, frugal and funny people all over the blogosphere.  This collection includes the complex and useful like this Adirondack chair, 27829_392674644542_613094542_4117298_1175851_nand the quick, easy, and not as useful- like this little knitted mouse, to everything in between.  Which is why I’m loving summer…

Summer  hours seem longer and more plentiful and I’ve been taking advantage of this “extra time” to start crafting.  After one very expensive trip to Michaels, I decided I’d work on using materials I already own.  Here’s what I’ve been up to…

I wanted to start with something easy so I got hooked on making Origami Mommy’s tiny origami baskets, the perfect holder for little toys or a few pieces of candy.  Over at How About Orange,  there is a really good tutorial Magazine-bow-finishedon making gift bows from recycled magazine pages.  I am going to start stockpiling these for all my gifts.  I love a project that helps me recycle as I am making it!  Another great way to decorate gifts is with these felt rosettes from Mrs. Priss. Since I’ve started with these,  I have not been able to stop.  I used some to decorate an old purse – the rest are waiting to be hot glued to something.

Now I need a to have one place to keep all my little projects so I used Betz White’s wonderful tutorial on how to turn a canvas tote bag (of which I have many) into something more fun.  The canvas bag becomes the lining for a much cuter, new tote, and then to keep small things from getting lost in my tote I followed a super easy tutorial at three bears to make a little zip up pouch.  I was able to do this with fabric scraps and have actually made a few of them-they’ll be great to have on hand for gifts.

Since I’ve been so busy making stuff, keeping a clean house has kind of gone by the wayside so I decided to make this really cool reusable Swiffer cover that I found at Sew Much Ado out of an old slipper sock and a t-shirt. Reusing, crafting and cleaning at the same time – for me, it doesn’t get much better than that!

Happy Crafting!

Contributed by Lucy Schramm, guest blogger.