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Today is a big day in the United States. A very big day and for a number of reasons. While I see it as a day of joining, not all share my view and it makes me sad. Our country is ever growing, ever changing, and still a land of greatness and opportunity. For all. And yet, as important as it is, I am barely paying attention. We finally found a new home, and the prospect of being able to set up my new sewing studio in two weeks' time is taking precedent in my little world.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

While I make my living through machine embroidery designs, including quilt embroidery, all I can think about right now is making quilts. Several of mine got ruined in the great basement flood of 2012, so I am planning on making new ones to go with our new home and the new decor (thanks to a decorative minded landlord). Never before have I had designer-color painted walls, but I know I'll enjoy every moment of them. Trouble is, my few remaining quilts go better with bland white or cream walls. Not the blue, grey, yellow and taupe walls throughout the new house. Instead of the traditional white, I have modern colors to play with, which means more modern quilts as well.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

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This is exciting, but also a bit daunting. I'm traditional to my toes, which shows in my fiber art obsessions of quilting, sewing, embroidery, crochet, cross-stitch and more. I do enjoy mixing up colors, though for totally unexpected twists. Machine embroidery quilt designs come in handy for this! I can make a non-traditional quilt and then quilt it using traditional-style embroidery quilting designs, or I can make a totally traditional quilt and finish it with modern quilt embroidery for that element of originality. So many choices!

Other than seeing family and friends we missed while in Greece, being back in California also means that I have numerous fabric stores to visit. Most of my quilting supplies remained boxed up in Greece, so I have only a vague recollection of what I actually have. Even though I want to buy, buy, buy, knowing that I probably already have this-or-that item puts a real damper on my shopping joy. But, I'll know what's in my stash in a few short weeks, and then I'll go on a stash-stuffing, quilting supplies frenzy! Of course, I'll also have to add to my stock of embroidery quilt designs just to make sure I've got the perfect options for my upcoming projects. You know there is no such thing as “enough” in quilting!

I'm pretty sure that my husband suspects that making quilts is more important to me than outside events most of the time, but I don't want to give him definite proof of that! So, while I daydream about embroidery quilting, I'm off to go spend time with him while he pays attention to the worldly important things. If I do it right, he will never know that I've got visions of fat quarters and colorful thread on my mind!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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