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After a busy week of stitching embroidery designs, my machine is in the shop getting a well-deserved cleaning and tune up. Generally, this is something I am quite capable of doing myself, but I feel that my embroidery machine is worth it right now. And, that computer module is well beyond my scope of talent. I'll let the pros deal with it. Plus, my automatic threader needs some work. If I can't see well enough to thread a needle, I honestly can't see well enough to fix the doo-hicky that does it for me!

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.

With my baby gone, my sewing table looks seriously empty, especially because I still haven't found my smaller embroidery machine. This isn't driving me as crazy as it was a couple of weeks ago, but I still find myself dwelling on it from time to time. It would be quite helpful to have it right now, whether I use it or not, because I've had access to machine embroidery at all times for the past ten years. I feel strangely lonely without it.

To keep myself sane, I'll use the rare opportunity of a free work space to sort and organize my embroidery supplies It will be much easier than having to do it on the floor or in the dining room with much bending and stooping or many trips back and forth from the back of the house to the front. Besides, my family has this odd idea that I am available to them if I happen to come out of my sewing room. Silly people!

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).

Of course, I also spent some time browsing my favorite embroidery design gallery yesterday, which means I have some new embroidery patterns and a great new free embroidery design that I can't wait to test. And, I probably should take some time to organize the designs already saved on my computer. Maybe make a few back-up discs so I don't lose my lovelies.

And, I can always spend some time looking through my favorite designs to get some new project ideas for Spring and Summer. I'm going with a cottage theme in my new home, instead of the super modern theme at the last house, so I could use some new decorative ideas. I keep thinking about lots of free-standing lace. It's so versatile throughout the home. Of course, I'd like to get started now, but without my embroidery machine, all I can do is dream.

Unfortunately, dreaming isn't getting anything done. I think I'll make a pact with myself that if I get my embroidery supplies organized I'll allow myself to get some new thread for machine embroidery. There are some new metallic styles I'd like to try out.

Then again, maybe I should just call the machine shop every few minutes to see if my girl is ready to come home yet. They will either be so annoyed that they ignore me or they will just get her done faster to get me to leave them alone. Hmm. Nah. I'll treat them right so they treat her right.

I might be a machine embroidery fanatic, but I can be patient … at least for a little while.

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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