Tools of the Trade

Courtesy of Urge Studio

I was wandering blog-land yesterday and came across one post that was purely photographic.  It was a photo of a book binder’s tools, all laid out on a white background and numbered.

I LOVED the idea, so, I decided to try a few layouts of the tools of my various trades…

Mom Tools

  1. Various first aid and medicinal supplies, for when I need to play nurse.
  2. Bible, for those times when I need a survival guide, to teach a lesson, or offer comfort or counseling.
  3. Cleaning supplies, for when it’s time to be the maid.
  4. Cooking tools, for when I put my chef hat on.
  5. Car keys, for my taxi and errand service.
  6. Cell phone, AKA, the Bat Phone…you know…the one number to call when you don’t know who else to turn to.

Sewing Tools

  1. Sewing needles…um, yeah, gotta have ’em, otherwise you can’t sew.
  2. Lots of different color threads…goes along with the “gotta have ’em” group.
  3. Sewing gauge – to make sure I’m measuring up.
  4. Various sewing machine maintenance tools.
  5. Rotary cutter – time-saving cutting miracle.
  6. Cast metal fabric shears and embroidery scissors – timeless, essential, and cherished.
  7. Pins, lots of them.  You can never have too many pins!
  8. Jean-a-ma-jig (TM) – mysterious and wonderful tool…I’ll have to do a tutorial some day 🙂
  9. Bobbins – your machine won’t do a thing for you without them!
  10. Plexiglas straight edge – paired with the rotary cutter, and you’ve got the dynamic duo of fabric cutting.

Blogging Tools

  1. Laptop computer – gotta have it.
  2. Cup of coffee – gotta have that, too.

Well, there you have it…those are my most important tools.

What are some of your most important tools?

Maybe, if you have a little time to play, you might think about taking your own “Tools of the Trade” photo.  If you do, share it with us, won’t you?

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5 thoughts on “Tools of the Trade

  1. Boy, most of your tools are also in my arsenal 🙂 The one tool that is my ULTIMATE favorite right now is Clover’s Wonder Clips! If you sew and put bulky things together (think quilt binding or purse layers), these are a MUST HAVE! I’m absolutely serious. Here is an Amazon link so you know what I’m talking about:

    http://www.amazon.com/Clover-Wonder-Clips-Per-Pack/dp/B004ZKPX8A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333046715&sr=8-1

    You might be able to get them cheaper through Joann Fabrics by using a 50% coupon code. If you quilt or have large projects, you’ll want the 50 count. I used all the clips making my alphabet banner.

    I know you purchased a set, what do you think?

    Have a FABULOUS day!

    ~ Caren Smith
    http://www.SewDarnFabulous.com
    http://www.MyScrapbookStudio.net
    http://www.facebook.com/SewDarnFabulous

  2. Reblogged this on HMDDesigns and commented:
    I posted this on my other blog this morning, but I had so much fun with it, that I thought I’d share it with you all here, too. Enjoy!

  3. adorablebanner

    Tools, let’s see…supportive husband, understanding son, skilled daughter. I couldn’t do it without them!

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