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Oddie's good advice

Posted by maddya (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 26, 08 at 21:30

Hello Everyone,
Sweet Oddie had a wonderful idea for me. I am trying to build up what may be necessary for crafting, much the same as certain staples you need for your kitchen pantry. A craft list.
So...I guess I am asking what is the item you fellow crafters find most useful and couldn't do without.
I now know to always be on the outlook for things that can be turned into something special.....at garage sales, and flea markets.....but I am sure I should have certain things always at home.
All ideas or suggestions would be welcome. Thanks Oddie for the suggestion.
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Maddya


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With over 45 years of crafting under my belt I have dabbled in just about everything and the top of the list would be.........

Have multiplies of all the basics because you are bound to lose track of the tool you were using last - lol

but seriously - here would be my partial list....

Scissors - several sizes
pliers - again a couple different kinds
paddle wire and wire cutters
utility knives
clear rulers
water soluable markers
regular markers/pencils, ect
several different kinds of glues including hot glue gun
cutting mats
plastic containers for holding small product (I keep the Stouffers containers that the frozen dinners.entrees come in - they are great for everything
general CLEAR storage containers - I like to SEE my supplies at a glance
a variety of paint brushes - I don't paint that much but they can be used for dusting out nooks and crannies, cleaning out sewing machines and other equipment of dust and scraps

another non craft item I couldn't be without is a rather large glass insert from the older big microwaves before the turntables became standard - I use that for all my hot gluing and regular glue projects

I know I am missing some very obvious things but with this crafty group I know you will get a FULL pantry list. I am anxious to see what other people have so I can add to my craft 'pantry'.....

Lynne


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First you need to decide what 'line' of crafting. Painting, sewing, building birdhouses, clay work, etc. Then you can go to that section in your craft store such as Michaels. they have supplies grouped together in areas so you can see what you may need. Think about where you will work and how you will store your supplies. You will need some containers for sure. Now that is not to say what I did. I just grabbed some stuff on sale that I want interest in at times. I just used plastic bags or cardboard boxes to put it in. I often put stuff in one of my file cabinets in the garage. And in all my moves, I have things buried in storage. So organize at first and keep stuff in tagged containers and it will be so much easier when you get the urge to craft.


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this is a list the forum put together back in '03 we all added to it.
It might /should change over the years but fun to look back on

A
acetate,
acrylic blocks,
adhesive,
adventerous (I mean you've got to try some new things!),
aluminum foil,
amazing glaze,
Angel Dust- a stamping powder,
Angels/clothespin dolls
Anti-Static bag,
Appliques Large Sequined for shirts, Santa
appliques,
Apron plastic belt
art markers,
artistic wire,

B

Baby animals
Baby bat - stuffed
Baby Stocking
baby wipes
background papers
Bandannas
Baskets - small red for favors
Beads - plain for heads Cardboard box
Beads - Red
beads,
Beatrix material cutouts
beedz,
Bells - for Christmas
Belting
bleach,
blender,
blending,
Blitzer - air art
Blue curtain material Floral Pins
Bobbins for sewing machine
bone folder
book making,
books,
boxes
brayer,
Buttonhole maker
Buttons

C

Cards for 3-D Cards
cardstock
Carving tools and erasers
chalk
charms
Christmas - misc mistletoe, wooden candle holders, etc
Christmas misc - clear balls, little stuffed bears, HollyHobby Christmas paper, Christmas ceramic plant picks
circle cutters
Clay - 20 oz Sculpy - white
Clay Fimo - grey, lt pink. flesh.choc.white
Clay Gun
Clay Impressions
Clay molds violets, Ivy, Butterfly Angel, Birds
Clay posts small
cold laminate
collage
collozzle
color wheel
Comotion stamps - fan, Star quilt, turtle, chameleon, animals
compressed sponges
confetti
COOL FINGERS
Cork - 2 rolls
Corks
Corner Pro
Corner punches
Corner rounder
corrugator
Cosy cat material
Cow Bells
crafting
Crayons
creating
Crimp for manger brown
Crochet hooks
Cross stitch Humpy Dumpty kit
crystal laquer
Curtain rings, hooks weights
cutting board

D

daubers (finger and mini)
deckle scissors
decorative scisors
decorator papers
diamond glaze, Dr. Martin's of course
die cuts
dimension
Doll stand
DOTS--the stamps and the POP kind
double-sided adhesive tape
Dough Factory
dream weaver stencils
dried flowers in paper
Drip & Drape
dry embossing/de bossing
Duplo CS

E

Elastic
Electric Scissors
embossing pens
embossing powders
Envelopes,
erasers,
EVOS templates
exacto knife

F

fabric
fabric ink
Faerie Dust
Faerie Glass
Faerie Myst Paints
fairy dust
Fans with flowers
Feathers
Felt
fibers
FINGERS
Finished tiny angels
Fiskars paper edgers
Flat Paper bag decos
Flesh color pencils by Lyra
flock
Floral Pins
Floral Tape, wires
Floss
Flower Press
Foam ball Large 5", small foam circles
Foam balls - small for ornaments
foam board
"Fit-It Custom Template Printing cd-rom"
Foam Gingerfrost kids kit
foils
freeform emboss
Freezer Paper
french fry box (makes a wonderful pattern)
fun foam
funky film???
funtustic???
Fuschia ink & pads

G

garanimals tags( makes a neat image on a card)
gel pens
gem stones
glimmer glow spray
glitter
glitter glue
glossy paper
Gloves - for puppets
glue
glue stick
glycerin,
gold leaf
Gold Foam/felt flats
Gripper materials for slippers

H

Halloween wreath material
HALOS
hand made paper
Harvest apron cutout
heart templates,
Heart wire form
heat gun
hole punches

I

ink
ink pads
Interfacing
interference
Iron on - Adhesive back scraps
Iron on transfers & kits
IRON,

J

jelly rollers (pens)
jewelry (good for collage)
Joss Paper (you can find it at oriental markets)
Judikins
juicy ink pads and pens
jump rings
junk- for embellishing
Jute

K

KAI's scissors
kaleidacolors
kat trax tool-(A kat trax tool is something the radiant pearls people put out to stipple the radiant pearls with. Kind of like a wiry brush- holly.)
kid fingers
Knives
Kreate a lopes,

L

lace
light box,
liquid Applique
liquid crystal
loop

M

Mache boxes, treasure chests , purse, frme
magic Melt Embossable Pearls
MaGill Punches
marbled stone
marbles
Marianna's doll quilt
marvey markers
Mat Frames
Memories ink pads
metallic markers
metallic rub ons
Mica
milwaukee heat gun
mulberry paper

N
nail polish (for background tech.)
needlenose pliers
Neopaque paints???
Nesting Templates
new stamps
new techniques
nylon ribbon

O

O- rings for dangly things
Oil pastels!
Old Plastic - misc mini's etc
Orgami papers
organizers
ORGANZA RIBBON
orginal works of art
Ornament hangers
oval cutters
oval templates

P

Paint - misc
paint brushes
Paint Presses
paint(tulip paint for fabric, embellishments)
Paints
paper
Paper - Linter
Paper - screen Frame
Paper - stabelizer
Paper Book marks
paper clay
Paper mold gingerbread people
paper punches
paper towels
PAPERCASTING KITS
PAPERMAKING KITS
PAPERPUNCHES FOR PUNCH ART
PATTERNS-COOL SHAPPED CARD
pearl ex
pencils
pens
penscore
perm. Ink
pigment ink
Pipe Cleaners
Plastic tablecloth
Pleater - Millie August Magic Mini
polymer clay
PolyShrink
Pom Poms
Positioner
postage stamps cancelled
powdered pearls
puff paint
Punch needle & supplies

Q

q tips for blending and chalks
Quick drying glue
Quilling toolsuestions
Quilt cards
Quilt Squares - Blue
Quilt Squares - Blue material
Quilt Squares - by month
Quilt Squares - Christmas
Quilttemplates etc
QUOTES FOR INSPIRATION

R

radiant pearls
raffia
ranger ink pads
re-inkers
Renuzit cat
Renuzit Grandma
Renuzits forms
ribbon
Ribbon Embroidery
rice in a balloon for a background stamp
Rigid wrap plaster cloth
Rollagraphs,
rubber
rubber bands
rubber stamps
Rug Binding
rulers

S

salad spinner
salt!-(for watercolor resist technique)
Samples/ Prototypes - small
sayings stamps
Scarecrow banner material
scissors
scoring tools
Scotch tape
scraps
Screen Scenes - designs
Screen Scenes - Holder
scrubber-used to scrub the ink off your stamps
seed beeds and sugar beeds
self healing mat
Sequins/Glitter
Sewing machine booklets
Sewing machine pedal
shaker cards and supplies
Shammy's
shelf liner
shrink art
Snow people pillow cut outs
Soft Impressions
spackle
sponges
Sponges - expandable
Stamp - large Christmas Ball & 1998
Stamp Embossing
Stamp pads - Colorworks (green,red,gold)
StampOrama Stamps,holders, glue, sheep, smiley, paw prints, herat & I
STAPLES
Star Trek 1977 Dish Towel
stenciling
sticker paper
Stickles- (acid-free glitter glue by Ranger)
stippling
Straw hats - tiny and up
String
stylus
Suction holders small
SWAPS

T

tack it over and over
tags
Tape
tea bag folding
templates
Threads
tidy tray
toilet paper- (faux paper casting with tp, starch, water and bold stamps)
TOMBOW markers
Tranparancy Transfer pens & markers
tria
Turn table for paint bottles
Twist - metallic and plain

U

UHU glue sticks,

V

Ultimate Embossing Powder
umounteds
unry paper(like mulberry)
UTEE
vacuum (from the mess of the embossing powder)
vampire clothepin doll
Velcro
vellum paper
velvet paper
velvet to stamp on
Versa Mark
VIDEOS FOR TEACHING,
vinyl- for attaching ums to acrylic blocks
Vinyl plastic clear
vivid ink pads

W
washi paper
water colors (crayons, paint, or pencils)
Watercolors
wax seals
weaving
Whiskers
White Baby Bonnet * rattle
Window card
wire
wire cutters
wonder tape
wonder under
Wood Picks
Wood Spoons
Woodsies

X

X-acto Knife
xerox paper
Xray film for templates,
Xtreme Gel Pens (The BEST gel pens! They color beautifully on laminate!
xyron machine

Y

Y&G gel pens
yard stick
yards of ribbon
yarn
Yarns - Metallic from Cynthia & Grandma's pillow
YES" glue
Yo Yo's
Yo Yo's scraps

Z

zebra pens
Zenas stamps
Zip lock baggies...


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Lynn, Twomonths and minnie,
What a wonderful ideas and suggestions for my new "craft pantry".
And Minnie....some of those things on the list were too funny....precious.
And I do love browsing at Michaels, however until now, never knowing what I should spend some money on.
But you can't imagine how appreciative I am of your replies. It has helped me so much.
You are a great bunch of ladies/crafters indeed.
OH, I all ready have some of those things......makes me feel already like a "true crafter".
Thanks again.
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Maddya


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Maddya - Twomonths got me to thinking about zeroing in on a craft - If you haven't decided yet exactly what you want to do (I still haven't - lol, although sewing is HIGH on my list since I did have a doll clothes business) anyway - a couple of GOOD general craft books will get you started and then you can pick a couple of crafts that you really enjoy. Many crafts are what I call cross-over crafts which involve a few different mediums. The craft books will give you pointers in just about every area along with tools needed - a good book will have a list of tools and tips plus a glossary of terms in a section that will be a BIG help. I was in Micheals just yesterday and noticed that they have a general craft book under their name so you can pretty much know that whatever craft is in the book you can get the supplies in the store.

Minnie - LOVE that list - that pretty much covers it all :D.....

Lynne


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oh my! glad you are getting alot of posting, love that list minnie, dont think I saw that one.
as you can tell alot depends on the kind of crafts you want to do, I have just been lucky to find supplies cheap at yard sales or flea markets, and there for have a variety of supplies on hand, not much of a sewer but I picked up a machine for a few dollars and have it to use when needed, I have a small toster oven for no food iteams, like saltdough, clay or melting beads, saves on your oven! I have a old blender for makeing paper pulp, different glues E6000 , hot glue , tacky and white glue, glue stick for paper, scissors used only for fabric and nothing else, you will collect supplies as you go, as you said you have many iteams on the list, so lets see some photos!
oddie


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Well, you cannot imagine how wonderful it was to read all your postings and with such good ideas......getting a "craft" book at Michaels is a wonderful idea, in that like you said, all the materials will be there, and will help in zone in on something or things I really would like to do.
You girls are the greatest. AND I mean that so much.
AND Oddie, again thank you for such a wise decision.....post it. And then reading how you got so many good things, cheaply, like a sewing machine for minimal needs, a toaster oven for crafting and such.
I have two appointments at the hospital tomorrow.....that's what it is when you are a cancer survivor, and then off to the craft store.....so exciting...I can't wait.
THEN, the next thing is to get my courage up and post. I owe it to you guys to at least let you see what I make.
Special girls...that's what you are!
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Maddya


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I could not be without my six inch ruler, a great and an old(cuts paper wonderfully) seam ripper, fabric dedicated scissors and pinking shears as well as a variety of sizes even pinking shears for other things (I even keep a pair of wire snips in with my "other" scissors). REmovable scotchtape and different sorts of sticky pads. An armband pincushion, a magnetic pin dish and a regular glass pin dish. BIG brass safety pins, regular T-pins and the "U" shaped upholstery pins. Tack hammer, tacks, tack puller and brad setter. CLOTHESPINS and black binder clips....


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jaybird if you put them in alpha order I'll add them to the list haha


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Maddya - craft supplies can be very expensive so look for bargains at Walmart, Michael's, Joann's, AC Moore Craft Stores, etc. There are a lot of times I've waited till after the holidays to get supplies of all types. Use those coupons also. Sign up for Joann's in-home mailer and get a 40% off coupon every two weeks or so. It comes in super handy when buying just about anything. You can also sign up for Michael's and Joann's online newsletter specials and print coupons from your computer. Every little bit helps.

Have fun in whatever craft you do. For me, it gives me peace and serenity and I just love my crafts.

Sal


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Minnie, now I truly know why our craft rooms get to be such a mess! LOL Wow! What a long list of items, but very clever to do it that way.

Maddya, please don't feel that you need all this at one time--most crafter's just add more as they buy the supplies needed with each project.

Luvs


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My advise: I carry a measuring tape with me when I go to Garage Sales. Never know when you need to measure something and a tape is lighter to carry than a metal tape measure. An item I can't be without is Quick Grab Glue, it really works for just about anything you need to glue and it really is Quick Grab! Just now I'm out and for the life of me I can't remember where I bought it. Walmart does not have it. I'm thinking I found it at Hobby Lobby, but we don't have those stores near me.


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Oh I am so happy with this help from everyone. I had hoped to get to Michaels today, but had to have therapy.....the same tomorrow and actually for all this week, but I have posted (tried!) of a couple of things......and will keep trying to improve on how to post so I can share pictures with you. More advice on that would help.
AND certainly, build up my stash as you go, and take advantage of all sales.
This site is good for my spirits.
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Maddya


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Bless your heart, I imagine the therapy can pretty much zap your energy. Just listen to your body and rest every chance you get. Glad you are enjoying chatting with all of us and I'm so excited that you are going to be posting pics of your creations now too. Take care and hang in there. Luvs


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Well, even with my arm ace-wrapped four times !.....I still managed to go around the house today and see what I may already have and didn't realize, would be good for crafting and I came up with much. Much ribbon, scraps of material, paints......and into hubby's tool box, and there was a ruler, pliers....exacto.....all of this makes me feel good and handle the other "issues" well.
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Maddya


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6" Ruler
18" Ruler
Armband pin cushion
Brad Setter and 1" brass brads
Fabric dedicated snips, bent trimmers and pinking shears
General use scissors and pinking shears
Good seam ripper
Large size Brass safety pins
Magnetic pin cushion
Old seam ripper for paper cutting
Pearl head corsage pins
Regular pin dish (glass)
Removable Scotch tape
Sticky Pads - various sizes
T pins
Tack Hammer
Tack Puller
Tacks
U shaped upholstery pins
Wire snips
Wooden (and a few plastic) clothespins


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