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« on: December 01, 2012 10:01:09 PM »

I was just going through my Christmas list, since DH and the in laws like for me to make a list to help guide them, and thinking of some of things I want, and the things I love, and wondering what tools others love.

One of my favourite new tools is an articulated ruler, which makes it easy to measure lengths for something like bracelets.  I saw it as I was whipping through a craft show at the end of the day and grabbed one, it cost me like $3 and I am thinking I would like a couple more to give to other friends, and to have an extra or two to throw into my travel work cases - they would even be handy at work.

http://www.michaels.com/Folding-Ruler/bd1304,default,pd.html

Mine is a different brand, but it is essentially the same thing.

I am also in love with the Vintaj metal cutters - they are smaller and slimmer than the big tin snips you get at hardware stores, so I find that they are better at smaller cuts, and fit my hand better - my hands are ridiculously short and stubby, and I find that they get sore and achy now, when handling large awkward tools.

http://vintaj.com/products/proddsp.asp?which=V-319PC

Most of all though, I am in love with the new (to me) oak table in my craft room - it is thick, and heavy, and huge - probably about 5 feet long or so, and 3 feet wide, with two very deep drawers in it.  It was an old piece that my best friend's mom inherited and she used as a kitchen work table.  She was saving it for one of her non-bio kids (like me) to take when they got their own place.  So I took her up on her offer - it was too big as a dining table for us, but when DH let me have our old bedroom for the craft room, I called her ASAP to see if the offer was still up.  It is great as a sewing table, and can handle the smacking from when I am pounding metal with a hammer on the bench block, and so many other things.

As for all around loves - I love my nylon jawed pliers - they seem to smooth out any mistakes made with wire.  I am also in love with my die cutting machines - I have used them so much this past year for so many projects - embossing metal, embossing leather, die cutting aluminum cans, making cards, cutting and embossing materials to make mini books - love my Cuttlebug!

So what are your favourite tools, and favourite newest tools?
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012 10:08:33 AM »

Ooooo! Folding ruler! I'm adding that to my wish list.

I LOVE my Addi turbo clicks and I'm thinking of giving myself the lace set for my birthday Smiley. I use my rotary cutters constantly. I need more so that I can start assigning some to paper and some to fabric duties Smiley. I'm asking for a few different craft books this year too.
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2012 03:40:37 PM »

I am totally in love with my Addi set too - I was incredibly disappointed last week when DH took me to a new (to me) yarn store so I could use a GC his brother got me, and they were out of the lace tips - I wanted a set of those too.  However, stupid me, I could have picked up some extra cables. 

Have you seen the Namaste buddy cases?  I asked for a couple of those because they look like awesome portable supply cases for knitting, crochet, beading, embroidery, etc.  I am really hoping I get a couple in the super pretty colours they have! 

http://www.namasteinc.com/products/accessories/accessories_all.php
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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2012 03:48:07 PM »

Oh my gosh!! I must have that circular case! Such pretty colors. And how cute are these... http://www.namasteinc.com/includes/products/accessories/cozy/pop_cozy_photos.php ?? I need 100 of them Smiley.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012 12:53:10 PM »

LOL - I missed those - I wonder if they are too late to add to my list?
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2013 12:21:01 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2013 01:48:27 AM »

My most favorite thing for beading on the go, is actually the hard case a set of Gear Wrench brand ratcheting nut drivers came in.  It is just big enough to hold all of my supplies, plus a little batter operated LED Ott Light (another favorite!). 

I'm also having a beadgasm over the little tiny funnels for taming seed beads.  Nary a spill was had even while cutting one string free from a hank to work with over vacation.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2013 01:27:41 PM »

Mine isn't really a tool but I LOVE the new glass paints from Martha Stewart.  No more hand washing - hand painted glasses anymore!  THese make them dishwasher safe, its quick drying , easy to cure and people love the fact that they no longer have to hand wash all the hand painted glasses. !!
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2013 06:27:29 PM »

Mine isn't really a tool but I LOVE the new glass paints from Martha Stewart.  No more hand washing - hand painted glasses anymore!  THese make them dishwasher safe, its quick drying , easy to cure and people love the fact that they no longer have to hand wash all the hand painted glasses. !!

I am going to have to check these out, I have a glass I want to make for Christmas.

I haven't gotten a new tool in a long time after I sat and thought about it, lot's of supplies though  Cheesy Other then my sewing machine I think my favorite tool is my crop-a-dile. I have the big one and I've used it on so many projects. It works great for punching holes in bottle caps. I got it on clearance for $10, best $10 I ever spent.
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2013 07:05:07 PM »

Just got this: http://www.amazon.com/Euro-Metal-Punch-Pliers-1-8mm/dp/B003JD9VX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377828033&sr=8-1&keywords=metal+punch and this http://www.amazon.com/6-Step-Multi-Looping-Jewelry-Pliers/dp/B003Y0613I/ref=sr_1_3?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1377828063&sr=1-3&keywords=stepped+pliers, and love 'em both! It's funny, because I've done things the "hard way" with my wirework forever, but these two tools just tickle me, for their ease of use! No more broken drill bits, and easy consistent loops. Wish I'd gotten 'em years ago.  Grin
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