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I am the very happy owner of a brand new car! It's tiny, red and adorable. It does everything I need it to do and very little that I don't. It has an on-board computer that came standard, and was a total surprise to me, and a huge delight to my tech-savvy husband.

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.

I've driven it very little.

As excited as I am to have my very own car again, it feels much the way it did when I got a very nice, new embroidery machine. Exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Other than testing things out, it was a bit scary to think of all the things I could do, all the larger machine embroidery designs I could create, and all of the new problems I could encounter with the new machine. The same thinking is going on about the car.

I have an appointment today that I will need to drive myself to, so I'm hoping it will break the ice. With the new embroidery machine, I had to test some embroidery designs that I had digitized that my older, smaller machine couldn't handle. Because I HAD to use it, I did. And, it quickly became my new best buddy in the sewing room.

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).

Being able to stitch much larger designs added a huge layer of freedom to my creative life, much like the new car gives me freedoms that I haven't enjoyed in quite some time; having to share my husband's truck or rent a car meant very little spontaneity. Just as I sometimes like to make a quick trip to the grocery store, I love being able to do whatever embroidery pattern suits me, without having to worry that my machine can't handle it.

With the new car, which is highly customizable, I've found myself researching accessories online, something I've never done before. While I will probably not get the “eyelashes” for the headlights, a holder for the cell-phone is high on my list of priorities (don't worry; the car has voice commands for hand-free use). The only other time I spend this much time looking for add-ons is while looking for new machine embroidery designs and embroidery supplies. There is such a great selection of both at my favorite embroidery design gallery that I could spend hours there each day. I guess it's a good thing my car dealer's parts department isn't so well stocked or my husband would tease me quite a bit!

While my car is tiny and my embroidery machine is huge, neither are either the smallest or largest available. For some reason, this amuses me. Both do what I need them to do with very little extra that would just be a waste for me. When buying a car, it's easy to not choose too much, while in machine embroidery it is quite easy to choose a machine with way too many options, which can make the machine frightening to use.

Regardless of the awe of my new toys, whether it is car or embroidery machine, I'm very happy that I had experience with bigger cars and smaller embroidery machines before making my decisions on what I have now. Research may take time, but it's always worth the outcome.

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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