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I've always been pretty good at keeping my embroidery supplies together; or so I thought. Unpacking this house, though, has made me realize that I was sorely lacking in that area! I'm in the middle of setting up my office/sewing room, and it's difficult when I keep unpacking things I had forgotten I had (they never got unpacked in Greece) and can't find my every-day tools.

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.

When I unpacked my main embroidery machine, it only had one of the hoops with it; the smallest and least used. No thread, no scissors, no nothing. Another box contained a single hoop for another embroidery machine, and it was the largest and least used for that machine. I also have no idea where that machine is. I look forward to creating my machine embroidery with it again when it turns up.

Before moving, I didn't realize that I was missing thread. I use my machine embroidery thread for just about every stitching project now because it comes in so many colors. It turns out that I wasn't returning them to their storage box after using them, so I keep finding one or two spools of thread in several different boxes that contain either unfinished projects or the remnants of a finished one. I really let my organization go!

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).

I did find a box that contains most of the tools and supplies I need on a daily basis. No scissors or rotary cutters, though. Those were found in a box labeled “Living Room Deco” that somehow ended up in the sewing room or I never would have found it this early in the unpacking process. I was hoping to start sewing by the end of the week, but most of my fabric is still buried in the stacks in the garage. But at least I know where most of my embroidery supplies are now!

If I relied on commercial embroidery cards for my stitching, I'd be frantic right now trying to find them. Instead, I purchase all of my machine embroidery designs from my favorite embroidery design gallery and save them on an external hard-drive that I keep with me at all times. If I lost that, I'd know for sure that my organization is hopeless. I used to be known for my organizational skills, so my recent lack is quite distressing.

Today will see the final furniture placement in the office/sewing room, and I'll unpack the last of the boxes that are in there. After that, it's the fun part of actually putting everything in its place. Yes, I actually enjoy that task. Initially. After a while, it's just too much trouble to put things away where they belong because I'd much rather be working on that new embroidery pattern! I vow to be better about that in the future.

I just remembered that I need to make some curtains for that room! It is sun-drenched in the morning and has a great view of the backyard garden. However, that sun and view will blind me if I don't cover the windows. So, it looks like I have an excuse to start a sewing and embroidery project this week after all!

Hopefully I can find everything I'll need for it!

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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