I love tools. Tools make all the difference in a project. They help you make, break, fix and fake. Here’s a little insight into my tool box.

Sewing & Embroidery Machine: MACHINE QUANTUM® Futura™ CE-200
(a.k.a Dracula or Drac for short)
Even though we may not see eye to eye from time to time (when my laptop doesn’t recognize he’s connected) we are mostly fools in love.

Craft Printer: Xyron® Design Runner Personal Papercrafting Printer
A wireless printer that can print on virtually any surface – paper, tissue, photographs, fabric, ribbon, wood, vellum, metal and more.

Label Maker: Brother PT-65 P-Touch Home and Hobby Labeler with LCD Screen
Ahh, where are my glue sticks, oh wait… there they are! Pefectly labeled in their proper container!

Paper Cutters: I’ve got 3 because it only seems reasonable. Small for card making, medium for scrapbooking and Big Daddy for the hefty duty jobs.

Distressing & Eyelit Tool Kit: from Making Memories
For a little extra zing or zang to a project.

My tool box

my tool box

In any project, there are several staple tools that are always used. There is nothing more annoying that having your project “one piece of tape away” from completion and having to go in search of the tape. Instead, I carry around the house with me a fully stocked basket of goodies. Contents change with the seasons but here’s a list of what’s in my basket this month:

  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Ruler
  • Wire Cutters
  • Floral Wire
  • Stapler
  • Staple gun
  • Lint Roller (a must have as a dog owner)
  • Exacto Knife
  • Hammer
  • Tack Nails
  • Masking Tape
  • Duct Tape
  • Packaging Tape
  • Wood Saw
  • Prunning shears
  • WD-40 No Mess Pen (it’s got 300 uses)
  • Ribbon
  • Pens (lots)
  • Pencil

12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Judy Lohse  |  January 10, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Your website is the neatest – some of your little comments remind me of your mom when she was your age Ha Ha

  • 2. Kendall  |  June 14, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Hi cousins in laws! I like the colors. Big hugs and kisses, Kendall

  • 3. Rebecca  |  June 15, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    I love your site! You are everything that wish I could be! 🙂 I strived to be “that girl” before I had my baby. Anyway, just wondering about your terra cotta pot shower favors. I am throwing my friend a pea-pod themed baby shower, also, and I’m so glad I found your site. I am wondering what size you used? Did you pre-mix the seeds in the soil? I hope mine turn out as beautiful as yours!

  • 4. Penelope Strack  |  February 19, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Dena! Wow, you are talented and apparently WAY more organized than I am. I can’t seem to download my pictures to my computer let alone the internet. Got your Blog site from Suzi Lamping. My husband Brian, 2yr old Vivian and our dog live in coastal North Carolina until Fall when we move to Northern Virgina (again). Hope all is well with you. Any Wayland gossip to share? Take care, Pen(Hommel) Strack

  • 5. Nannette Stueck  |  March 20, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    OMG, I’m in love with your website. I knew I liked you from the start. I must introduceyou and your website to Deb Beane, and we’ll have to talk more. Welcome to Maine, the way life should be…….with a few side trips to Boston and Ireland anyway!

  • 6. Kat Allen and Pam Allen (w/ Nessie by our side)  |  April 6, 2008 at 9:25 am

    I LOVE your website! Vanessa has been raving about it for so long and now I know why. I am going to go home and cook, maybe sew, and definitely get back into my passion of painting and drawing…THANK YOU!

  • 7. Polly Liu  |  May 28, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Dena,

    Just came across your site and think it’s great. Absolutely loved the beachy shower invitation you created for your friend. I work at a company called Beau-coup and we have some really unique and pretty bridal shower favors ( as well as baby wedding and baby things in case you’re interested. You mentioned that you love all things wedding so thought I’d share. :-).

    Kudos to your site!

  • 8. Jess Frack  |  February 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Hey Dena —

    Great to see you this past weekend. That diaper bag I made was an Amy Butler patter and her fabric too. You can use her website to find authorized fabric dealers. Have fun!


  • 9. Kate Bachman  |  April 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Where’s your cricket in this tool list? 🙂

  • 10. LeNore Schill  |  June 11, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Dena Like your website have used it a couple of times for a receipe, keep up the great work. Talked to your mom today and have went to their site of life in the north woods. Joanne and I have gotten clay pots and painted them. Alot cheaper and nicer looking than the $20. colorful pots at Wal-Mart. Have painted one for my sister-in-law in Beloit. We have been trading craft idea’s, so now I will be using your site and your mom’s for new ideas. Thanks for the help. Say Hi to Matt for us. Take care.

    Love Aunt LeNore

  • 11. Nannette Stueck Reed  |  January 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    was looking for inspiration today and thought of you – remember me? your ol’ PM friend at CSC. I left CSC last January to go work direct for BIW in Design, currently in year long training as a Six Sigma black belt….meanwhile looks like you had a baby, Sophia? and are talented as ever. how is Miss Dens?? how old is your little princess?

  • 12. mary bachman  |  February 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This is so neat Dena! What a great resource you have put out there! Thanks so much!


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