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As I sit with my well-deserved cup of cappuccino at my favorite little coffee bar, recovering from a bit of Christmas shopping, I am reminded of why I love this little section of Greece so much. While the day began cold and rainy, it is currently sunny and my coat has been entrusted to the patio chair beside me. The weather here, while extreme, is always presenting these little moments of delight.

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.

The feeling I have right now, including the physical tiredness, is much the same as when I stitch out new embroidery designs . There is just something so magical about a bit of free-standing lace with so little effort or a perfect applique patch with just the touch of a button!

While I have sewn and quilted since I was six years old, I resisted adding machine embroidery to my repertoire because I had no real need for it, nor did I think I had time for it. Finally, for no real reason, I added the first of many embroidery machines to my studio.

My son and I spent several fun hours test stitching the designs that came with the machine. At the age of 13, and with no sewing experience, he picked it up as quickly as I did! In fact, he continued to test designs while I went to prepare dinner that night. That was a definite moment of delight.

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).

It didn't take me long to realize that the dozen designs that came with the machine weren't going to be enough to keep me happy. I began looking at the commercial designs for machine embroidery that were available and immediately got depressed because I knew there was no way I could afford even a small portion of the ones I wanted.

Luckily, I soon discovered online groups and independent sellers of embroidery designs! This was a treasure trove I had never expected and a huge moment of delight when I realized that there were also many free embroidery designs available! The fact that I needed a special card reader/writer device to get the designs from my computer to the machine didn't dampen my enthusiasm at all. While I waited for it to arrive, I downloaded many free designs and learned more than I could ever hope to remember about techniques and all types of embroidery supplies.

Little by little, I discovered that I did have time for machine embroidery and a multitude of uses for it. Christmas that year was all about free-standing lace bowls and embroidered bread cloths! Any towel not in the hamper was fair game for monogramming, and even the bed sheets weren't safe from random hooping.

Every new design stitched or technique learned was a moment of delight.

I'm happy that I can take a break from my stitching and still feel the delight while sitting outside with my coffee, watching the lovely Greek people bustle about. Today, I can even say, “ochi parakallo” (no, thank you) to the vendors of bootleg movies and genuine Rolex watches with a smile in my heart.

Be sure to invite delight into your world!

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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