The Start of the Kitchen Installation.
Plus a Pink Suede Toolbelt Giveaway!



I am back from vacation and the actual kitchen installation has begun!

Bad timing.  I should not be trusted with power tools at this particular moment. It appears sometime between Thailand and Canada someone hit me with an elephant tranquilizer.

The time difference between Thailand and Southern Ontario is 12 hours. The resulting jet lag has created a sleep walking accident waiting to happen. Since returning I’ve been told it takes a day per every hour of time difference to adjust back to normal. Symptoms of jet lag include depression, mental confusion, loss of appetite, tiredness at odd times and disturbed sleep.

I don’t think this is true and in fact am working out a fairly in depth algorithm proving it. I do this every evening between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m. when I’m my most alert and awake.

What you’re seeing there behind me is the frame of my  large Martha Stewart pantry.  No doors and definitely no hardware yet but it’s still the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.

I’ve chosen the Martha Stewart Oxhill cabinets in “Picket Fence”.  Otherwise known as white.  The Oxhill cabinets are a classic shaker style cabinet.  Which goes perfectly with the classic black and white diamond floor I laid.  Don’t get the wrong idea, the kitchen isn’t going to have a totally classic feel, there will be a lot of Scandinavian and rustic touches.  One day.  In the future.  I’m not sure when.

I’m just glad things are finally moving forward with the help of Grant.



Grant is my neighbour who also happens to be an Ikea kitchen installer.
So if you’re in Southern Ontario and you need an Ikea kitchen installed, Grant’s your guy.

Figuring installing  an Ikea kitchen and a Home Depot Martha Stewart kitchen are pretty similar I gave him a call and hired him for the job.

That’s the number one rule in being a successful DIYer.  Knowing your limitations.  I’m willing to do and try pretty much everything, but I knew this job was tooo big for me.  Walls needed to be replaced, things needed to actually be level, cuts had to be precise  … best to leave that to the professionals.

Plus there’s the whole issue with the elephant tranquilizer.  I’ve never fallen asleep while using a Skillsaw, but I suspect the results would be ugly.

Throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll be keeping you up to date on the successes, failures and things the decorating shows don’t tell you about when it comes to installing a kitchen.

Now onto the real purpose of this post … the giveaway!


In honour of the pink tool belt sister who has helped immensely with this kitchen renovation, the start of the kitchen installation and the fact that you patiently waited for me to be finished with my vacation, I’m giving away a pink suede tool belt! The exact one you see on me in these pictures.

If you’d like to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you’d use it for!

Feel free to Pin, Tweet and Facebook this post. All are welcome.

Now you get commenting!  And I’ll get cabineting.

This contest is now closed.


  1. Attygreen13 says:

    Snickers bars … would keep ’em damn handy while I watch my hubby complete his honey-do list. I get snackish.

  2. Sabrina says:

    Oh, I think I would use it when painting…or maybe cooking…or maybe to hold plastic bags for dog pick up duty during walks? Glad you survived your vacation: those can be tough.

  3. Sarah says:

    Ack! We’re planning a whole whack of projects, so you can be sure that I will send you updates and pics of me wearing the tool belt if I win.

    Not sure in helping my case…

  4. Barbara H. says:

    Hmmm-how about tools? It would be nice to have some of the essentials together in one place where I can grab it and put it on and then look for new ways to delay starting my project since my tools will be right there together – if I can find the tool belt. Or gardening tools? Same problem solved – except for finding the pink tool belt! So happy to see your kitchen installation starting!

  5. Marti says:

    Knowing me? Baking. Maybe typing the occasional twerpy comment. I neeeeeed a pink toolbelt to encourage me to get out the electric drill more frequently.

  6. SeaDee says:

    What won’t I use it for! I’m in the middle of a very-low-budget bath remodel. And I built my own fence with reclaimed wood and screws (so it was free, all 70-feet worth). And I want to redo my kitchen too! And I make wooden boxes. And, and, and….

    Can’t wait to see your kitchen to steal your ideas, er, for inspiration.

  7. Raymonde says:

    I’m so happy to see you’re getting your kitchen cabinets installed and that you asked for help! 🙂
    I would love that gorgeous pink tool belt!
    I need to look cute and feminine while I keep working on my 350 year old house. A lot of work has already been done over the years, but with such a old house it’s an ongoing and never ending project…

  8. Stephanie says:

    You had me at “pink” but OMG “tool belt” !!!!! If I had that, I could do *anything* , although Attygreen’s idea to fill it with Snicker’s bars is a good one. Or I might go for the dark chocolate Almond Joys, I’m pretty fond of those.

  9. Agnes says:

    ZOMG! I just have to say that ever since you started talking about this pink tool belt…I have been secretly wanting one. It would save me lots of time from getting down off of my ladder to go get a tool…I wouldn’t have to walk as far as your journey in no weight loss for me…but definitely saving precious seconds of my life..and frustrations from putting a tool down somewhere and not being able to find it later cause its under a pile of stuff (yes I tend to work in a bit of a chaotic mess most times)! Thanks for your consideration!

  10. Dana says:

    Hmm, I usually take a handful of chocolate chips with me when I go to work outside, so they’d go in one pocket, and I need to build a deer fence next. (Since my next door neighbours out up a deer fence last year, so now the dear family grazes in my garden.) The chicken coop is next on the list after that.

  11. Oh, Oh! I would wear it while working on my Tiny Home build!!!! I’m so disorganized…I have tools spread out over 4 different outbuildings here. It’s really rather sad. My son refuses to help me any more because it takes so long to get prepared for a work day. My home will be decorated in white, copper and pale pink, so I can even wear the tool belt while lounging around every evening when the place is finished. I’d wear it with my fluffy cat slippers. Yes.

    Welcome back from vacation. 🙂

  12. Amy in Stl says:

    For all the little projects owning an old home seems to require doing every year. Maybe even for finishing my attic, should I ever find the extra time and money at the same time!

  13. Jamie Lynn says:

    I’d replace my kitchen cabinets! 🙂 Actually I’m thinking seriously about replacing the one over the stove with shorter ones so I can install an over-the-range microwave. My kitchen is tiny and I’m trying to make the most of the (lack of) space. That would help!

  14. Jj says:

    Probably beer. Or kitchen tools..or both if I’m grillin.

  15. Moo says:

    I would proudly wear it to support Breast Cancer Awareness!

  16. mia pratt says:

    Whaaaaaa……? The PINK tool belt? Do you realize that I just yesterday spoke of needing a tool belt, and joked that I could never find a pink one here? That’s scarily cosmic of you. Well, anyway…what would I use it for? Everything. I’d start with carrying my hard boiled egg and cell phone around the property of my new residence, which I’m moving into with my brother and his life partner, David, next week (out of the 3 of us, I’m the designated handy-person for the property). So along with my hard-boiled egg (cold lunch in the shell) and cell phone, I’d need to carry concrete nails and my mini-short-handled-hammer, plus my measuring tape, seeds of various kinds, the occasional tube of oil paint, plus of course dog biscuits for our new dog, which came with the house. He has never had a walk on a leash, or a ride in a car – he’s just guarded the property for 3 years after the original owner died. His name is Brandy, and now he’ll get more love than he ever knew existed, more treats and toys and hugs than he imagined in his wildest doggy dreams. And I, with one long lifetime home project ahead of me, would very much enjoy sporting a pink tool belt around the property with him at my side.

  17. Heather says:

    A tool belt would help so much when installing things in my home. My husband would like it the best because then I would not have to keep asking him “hand me the (tool item)”. He would be much happier just lounging in another room. So really the tool belt is for TWO people. You could make TWO people happy with one decision. 🙂

    glad to see your vacation went well. Loved seeing the photos on IG

  18. Jenniferm says:

    I would love to say I use it for handy woman stuff, but I think I would load it with my calligraphy tools, to have them at an easy access.

  19. Terri says:

    I’m a dog walker. It would be great for treats and poop bags. I only own a screwdriver, hammer and duct tape. Why waste a cool, pink belt on that?!! 🙂

  20. becky says:

    That’s gonna be MY tool belt…which I will use to collect eggs, and hold gardening tools.

    Come to think of it, it would hold cell phone, and car keys which would eliminate the need for a purse….I could have the coolest fanny pack EVER and I will never take it off.

  21. Jean in BC says:

    This would be perfect for putting all the Lego pieces in that I find scattered all over the house, and the pens that I can never find. My boys would never use it because it’s PINK!

  22. Grammy says:

    Tools, of course! I used to be you — well, not the adorable part, but I’ve been a DIYer since the mid ’60s. Now I’ve been teaching my grandson all that so that by the time I can’t hold a hammer any more he can do those things for me.

    When he was three I had him replace a wall switch plate to teach him use of the screwdriver. He tells people he “made that wall.” At three and a half I taught him to paint with a roller a corner of the art studio we dedicated to his use. At four I taught him to nail a scrap piece of wallboard to a larger piece of plywood just for the joy of driving nails. That day he told his mother, “I nailed a lot today. And I’m good at it.” He also has his own wheelbarrow and shovels to help in my garden.

    Don’t you agree he should have a memory of his grandmother wearing a pink suede tool belt while she teaches him the things his parents think are too dangerous?

    • Fifi says:

      Your are the best Grammy !!!! Teaching your grandson all these life skills , they are so eager to learn and help at this young age ! At 2 yrs old, my daughter helped me build her new ikea big girl bed, and she loves to use the screw driver…maybe I should give her a pink toolbelt, its her fave colour ! Sandra aka Fifi xox

  23. Kate says:

    I will use it to hold the bones of my enemies.

  24. Allie says:

    tools smools….it’s just THE coolest fashion accessory ever….geesh 🙂

  25. Kimberly Miner says:

    I would use it to look immensely cute while showing up my husband putting together all the crap we get from Ikea. I’m easy handier than he is and he doesn’t like to admit it.

  26. andrea meyers says:

    oh my, I have NOtHiNG clever to say, but I want it SO badly! wait, no wait I could finally carry around my drill chargers that the husband keeps losing of mine, and cheese, yeah cheese I would carry around cheese and my tape measurer, wahoo! ( and sorry, I still have no profile picture on here, gawd)

  27. andrea meyers says:

    also, figuring out what to carry around, would be good deflection from the projects I am avoiding 🙂

  28. Edith says:

    Welcome back Karen, we missed you!

    Hubby and I are moving our SCUBA shop to a new location this month which means lots of disassembling and reassembling of displays and such. It would keep all those little screws and washers from getting lost.

  29. Pat p says:

    I have a pink tool bag full of very good pink tools all of which match the tool belt. They must have been separated in some cold factory! So let’s reunite them and we will all live happily ever after!

  30. Kristin says:

    I’d use it to look commanding while I whip the honey into honey-do list shape!

  31. Ellen says:

    I have been lusting over that pink tool belt since day one… plus it’s suede! I have a pink tool kit, and how cool would I look with my pink, SUEDE, tool belt. I have many solo projects, plus mr. Man and I do some project collaborations. I could use it very well on silo and collaborative projects, plus I know it will look sexy… we have a reward system- cookies, carrots, Sahlen’s hot dogs… I just gotta have a pink, SUEDE tool belt!

  32. Barbie says:

    I have always promised myself that I would buy a tool belt. Hubby has always said he needs to get me a tool belt…everyone in my family has their “own” tool belt…except meeeee! I do not have a tool belt let alone a PINK one! If I don’t win that dang tool belt I’m gonna go buy myself one! What would I put in it? A hammer, some nails…some glue sticks, drywall screws, regular screws, my tape measure, drill bits, stud finder, chalk a pencil and a condom…(just in case my husband is around with his tool belt on)(there’s something about a man in a tool belt)…Thanks for the inspiration!
    WELCOME HOME! So glad you had a good time!
    PS: SO excited to see your kitchen come together! My FAVORITE thing to look forward to….ummm one would think I have no life…but I do I promise! lol

  33. Jo says:

    I’d use it for my tools of course!! And, everyday.

  34. Ella says:

    I’d wear the pink tool belt to build an addition to my chicken coop!

  35. Laurinda says:

    Well, while I do some improvements, & I also have some painting projects to do, I would totally use it to keep my yarn safe from my jerk kitty. He only wants to steal the good wool, never the crappy acrylic!

  36. AbracaDebra says:

    My cordless Skil drill would fit nicely in the Pink Suede Tool Belt! I’ve found that I use it much more than I anticipated so keeping handy would enable me to fix things more efficiently!

  37. AbracaDebra says:

    The belt would be used for my Skil drill and bits. I use it much more frequently than I anticipated so keeping it close would be very helpful!

  38. MaryAnn Poe White says:

    I would use it for tools and nails as I help with putting up a picket fence around my back porch. (So much more fun than just railings!!)

  39. Sue H. says:

    I would use the pink tool belt by just looking at it adoringly.

  40. Vickie says:

    I’d use it to keep all the things like scissors and glue that I always misplace with me. I’m sure that it’ll result in loads of saved time!!

  41. Gale says:

    Use it? It’s a fashion statement!

  42. Bobbi says:

    Tools and snacks and my cell phone. Yep, that just about covers it.

  43. I vote for Grammy.

    I was going to in the most amazingly meticulous way too if I may add, sell the reasons why I should be the receiver of the most beloved and coveted of kick ass pink toolbelt…

    However Granny is the one who should rightfully get it….

    Why? Well because she is what “we” or at least me will end up being one day and m already half way there. Seasoned, sage, not your typical sissy-la-la woman and she’s old as dirt which we all will be as well one day……

    Lastly… There is only 1 catch to this deal: Grammy absolutely MUST take at least 2 pics sportin her new kick as pink tool belt and let Susan post them. Oh and throw in a shot with you and your grand kid too.

    The End

    • beth says:

      I Second the notion, its awesome that she’s teaching him the simple and real tasks that you need in this life.

    • Grammy says:

      Oh, my. I am humbled. I am, in fact, old as dirt, and proud of it. I didn’t get a grandchild till well into my sixties, so I try to keep up. Of course I would send pictures of me teaching the little handyman cool things while wearing my kickass pink toolbelt. It’s about time for the handlebars on his trike to be adjusted…

    • Nancy says:

      I agree. I really need it if I am ever going to get out of those old overalls and look cute doing my house and yard repairs and chores and all but Grammy is teaching our Future Generation. I am apparently not going to have a future generation and my overalls are quite broken in and painted up and comfortable. I am lucky enough already to have been given a set of Tomboy tools and pink tool bag. I think Grammy should win.

  44. Janis says:

    Well, I’d have to put tools in mine since I don’t have a hubby or boyfriend to carry them for me. That’s boring I know, so I guess I could also put a milky way in it too.

  45. Janni says:

    ​ I adore that pink tool belt and could I use it! I live in a house built in ’45​ – with no foundation – sitting on a 3 acre mini-ranch. There is always something to work on:)
    BTW, I love your blog. I have been hooked since I happened to discover your “Frozen Tampon” post – so hilarious. Thanks for all the laughter you have given me:)
    Glad you are home safe.

  46. Leslie says:

    I would definitely use this smashing pink tool belt for carrying tools. But also for some highly needed motivation. I recently married a man who lives in a house in desperate need of some TLC and a whack with a hammer. I am moving into said sad little neglected house this summer, when I will immediately pounce on every project we’ve planned in our heads and on paper. Our honeymoon will be more like a handy- moon….so I guess the little pink tool belt will be my lingerie! Soooo sexy!

  47. Andrea says:

    The only problem with the tool belt is that it lacks a pocket deep enough to house my kids’ foam swords and light sabers — aka the toys I use to get my menfolk to actually help me DIY anything. Otherwise, it’s gorgeous!

  48. Kristen says:

    Never again would I misplace my pins, my scissors, my tape measure, my blocks I’m working or my scrap paper telling me how to make the quilt that needs to get done. Barring that, it’d make a good snack holder while watching the girl sew up orders for our business. Must keep her strength up.

    Thanks for a chance and welcome back. Happy adjusting to the time changes.

  49. Indira says:

    I’d use it for nightly-marriage-duty enforcement. And daily, too!

  50. Amie Mason says:

    We just bought an apartment and I plan on installing my own shelving into the ‘European Laundry Closet’ and I might even have a crack at plumbing the new trough…. I just might!

  51. KarlawithaK says:

    My first thought was to wear while cooking, then I meandered into holding my beadworking tools, and wound up with “use it for anything I please at the moment it pleases me!”

  52. Stephanie Hobson says:

    The comments are untoppable, as usual, so I’ll just say… What would I do with a pink suede toolbelt? Why, wear it of course! And maybe loan it to my granddaughter if she asks nicely.

    • Stephanie Hobson says:

      Oh, and I had to Google the Martha Stewart Oxhill cabinets. I love them, classic but simple. Looks perfect for you.

  53. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for sharing a bit of Thailand with us! Jet lag is the worst. I work 12 hour night shifts so I’m used to switching back & forth from being awake in light & dark, but I still get hit by jet lag when I visit my sister in North Carolina (I live in California).

    I would use the beautiful pink suede tool belt both for gardening, to hold my clippers & cell phone, and for tools, when I’m assembling furniture and putting up curtains & fixing leaky faucets. I promise not to use it while painting. I get paint on everything & it would be a tragedy to smudge “Parchment” or “Rolling Pebble” on it.

  54. Jennifer Guild says:

    I have just bought a house, so exciting, and have grand plans for the DIY process so I’m thinking a pink tool belt (just like the one my friend has in Brisbane!) would be just the thing to get me pumped and raring to go. Already after four weeks I’m so sick of looking for where I have put the hammer, the screwdriver, the nail jar etc. I’m nearly 59 and you get pretty forgetful once you hit 50! So the time wasted looking for tools etc, and believe me time is starting to look like it’s getting more than precious, is a daily frustration I could well do without. Just hoping that New Zealand isn’t too far away to be in contention for winning the Pretty Pink toolbelt. Hope your Springtime is close – our autumn days are upon us. Love your blog and all you do!

  55. Laura Bee says:

    My daughter could use it for her easter egg hunt 🙂 I have my old belt from a certain restaurant ( Uncle Shifty . . apps)
    Spent yesterday afternoon & evening painting my kitchen. Bright & fun – it matches my new nailpolish hahaha. Hubby didn’t even notice. Might rip out the uppers next Sunday & see if he notices that.

  56. Donna says:

    My kitchen reno has been dragging on for EIGHT YEARS!!!! (My husband and his brother were supposed to be doing it, but never really got beyond demolishing the perfectly good counters.) However I am about to retire and, by golly, finish it myself. For this I will, of course, need a pink tool belt.

  57. Charlene says:

    Sadly I am not a DIY’er….more of a DIHirer. But I am a dance -mom so I’d wear that bad boy at dance competitions to hold makeup brushes & lip gloss. But I’d rhinestone the bejesus out of it because there is a shocking lack of bling on it.Shocking.

  58. magali says:

    I would gift it to my mom who ALWAYS has a renovation project on the go. She is a little bit like you except instead of doing crafts she does more renovations and instead of planting a garden she does more renovations… you get the point!

  59. Darlene says:

    simply said – I would add lime green ribbon!

  60. Christine says:

    I’m in the process of starting over as a single gal and will be purchasing a home soon. I always feared home projects because I didn’t think I could handle project that would include a sweet pink tool belt. But now on the other side of 40 and being a loyal reader of The Art for several years now, I look forward to some DIY projects!!!

  61. RosieW says:

    Hey Karen,

    Sucking up like everyone else. Do like Becky’s idea of using it as a fanny pack. I NEVER carry a purse, always a fanny pack. I’m old and handy as hell and eccentric – would look so cool tooling around town in pink.

    Have a suede tool belt, but it was made to fit a man with a 40″ waist I think. At 100 #s, it keeps slipping to the ground.

    Wish I was nearby so I could be helping you.


  62. Rhonda Topor says:

    I would LOVE the pink tool belt because any girl that considers a trip to LOWES or HOME DEPOT as “orgasmic” should absolutely be wearing a pink tool belt. Just saying….

  63. Leslie Zuroski says:

    I would use it when hanging pictures and otherwise fixing stuff around the house. My kitchen hammer and other tools don’t fit that well in my pockets!

  64. erin says:

    We are beginning a rather large remodeling project in a few months. I expect that I will need no less than 3 pockets in which to hide snacks for those pesky times when I’m supposed to be “working.”

  65. Janalee Simmons says:

    Just about everything. It’d be my new everyday accessory!

  66. KarenJ says:

    My first thought…
    Naked + pink tool belt (shhh…a little surprise for my man)

    Carry on with your kitchen Karen:)

  67. Teresa says:

    Hoping to get chickens this summer….so I would use it to build a chicken coop!

  68. BurbHappy says:

    all the compliments I would get for actually having a pink suede tool belt!

  69. Su says:

    tools for my stain glass stuff – always seem to be scattered about the counter…. I think that hiring a pro when you know your limits is always a good idea – my dad – a fellow Canadian – (does that help my chances of winning the tool belt????) says electricians and carpenters have grocery bills too to pay… wise man…..

  70. Tigersmom says:

    Could you just let me now where to get one as I would feel too guilty winning it after having scored my lovely salt and pepper shakers?

    Oh, and I would use it as I work on the furniture makeovers for my new fledgling business. I’ll send a link to the website when its up and running.

    Good to know you’re home safe and be careful about working when you are too tired. I’ve cost myself hours of time having to redo stuff I goobered up when I was too tired to be working.

  71. Marion says:

    I am getting chickens this year – so I would defenitely use it for building the chicken coop – not as fancy or big as your coop, but I sure could use it and wear proudly as i would your pyjamas – I still could not find them on the internet! Glad you are back and finally getting on with the kitchen project!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marion – The actual make of the Target pajamas is … Gilligan & O’Malley ~ karen!

  72. Thera says:

    Tools! And maybe a Mars bar. BUT I would also wear it while yard saling, then I would have a tape measure handy!

  73. Katek says:

    Good luck with the kitchen! Am happily watching your assembly process, anticipating beautiful results! Would love a pink tool belt to feel empowered when doing the very small projects I am brave enough to tackle (although watching you do stuff makes me feel braver).

  74. Ruth says:

    Um, garden tools.

  75. J9ftw says:

    Welcome home!
    I’d use the tool belt for looking awesome, naturally.
    Also, I have never worn a tool belt, but if I did, it would have to be pink suede.

  76. Pam says:

    OMG! I would loooovve to win this…I am the QUEEN OF PINK! And it would match my pink tools & pink tool box (actually an antique dresser that I found on the side of the road, fixed it up & painted it cotton candy pink) of course I would use it to hold all my tool & show my toddler daughter that girls can be handy too! Please pick me 🙂

  77. Ruth says:

    I would use the pink tool belt for shopping ! Pockets to hold cell phone,$$$$,shopping list for Lowe’s/Home Depot and all that good stuff. Tools…are you kidding? It is too pretty.Also, the last tool hat I bought….a sliding mitre saw is too big to fit in he pockets !
    (I’m just painting my kitchen cupboards….don’t have your nerve to pull’em out …good luck with your reno )

  78. Ruth says:

    Whoops..”…tool that…..not tool hat” ! Mind you I have one of those too …..from my granddaughter’s winning hockey team…Womens’ OHA hat !!!

  79. Jody says:

    This comment isn’t for the pink tool belt but rather for a late Happy Anniversary. My apologies for sending this greeting late however it is still heartfelt…..Happy Anniversary for 4 years of The Art of Doing Stuff. Thank you for sharing your life with us, entertaining us, and teaching us new skills. I now make my own sprouts and am very proud.

    • Karen says:

      Wow! You’re right! With everything going on, Thailand … the kitchen … life .. I completely forgot! But you’re not late. Tomorrow The Art of Doing Stuff turns 4. ~ karen!

  80. Willa May says:

    I’m not sure I would ever take it off! As a mom of a 3 and 1 year old, a kindergarten teacher, and a DIY-er working with my husband on unending projects in our fixer-upper, it would always be full with…….STUFF. I can usually been seen in an apron, but I think the pink tool belt might give me a more serious, sophisticated look.

  81. Robin says:

    My daughter is in college and rents a house with four other ladies. We went to her house to help decorate and put up curtains. There was not one tool in the house. At that time I thought a pink tool belt filled with tools would be a perfect gift for her. While I would love to have a pink tool belt for myself, I know that if I ever won a pink tool belt, I would give it to my college age daughter, living in a house with four other ladies.

  82. Maria says:

    Pink SUEDE Tool Belt? It’s an IT bag. I’d use IT for everything! You name IT, I’d use IT for that! I’d also use IT to kinda sorta keep my tools together and close at hand…errr…hip for the current DIY project! 🙂 I’m already gathering tools for IT 🙂 Sounds like your vacation did you wonders. Welcome back 🙂

  83. marilyn says:

    if i tell you i will have to kill you….so i guess i wont be winning

  84. Linda says:

    I would use it while crafting for all the bits and pieces and small tools. Thanks for the chance to win this cute accessory!

  85. Kathy says:

    I’d like to wear that pink toolbelt just to look cool, haha!

  86. Mary Kay says:

    Welcome Home!! A pink tool belt!! WOW – I would so use it for working in my garden! Place for the little spade and seeds. A water bottle. Snacks – gotta have a place for snacks – and my phone so I can take pictures of all the interesting cool things you see in a garden like this: +

    Have a great day!

  87. well, immediately, I thought it would be great when you’re cleaning the house.. you put little things you find that belong in a different room in the pockets until you get to that room. At present, I take the item to the other room, get lost in the mess there, take something to another spot and realize I’ve left little messes all over the house.
    But probably, for real.. I would use it at the brewery my husband owns and flaunt it whilst I bottle beer. I’d even get my own pocket knife, scissors and sharpie marker to put in it.
    thanks for sharing!

  88. kerry says:

    Pink suede toolbelt?!? I would use it to hold our tools while my husband and I continue diy-ing our 90 year old craftsman bungalow, and making our diy crafts for local craft shows, and for my papercrafting tools when making cards and scrapbooking. And one is always looking for the perfect purse, maybe the pink suede toolbelt is it?!?

  89. Tara says:

    I think I would actually use it for tools.

    I did something really stupid several years ago. I stopped being a has-own-tool-belt kind of girl in the hopes that my husband would rise to the challenge and be the man I thought he’d like himself to be. Turns out it doesn’t work that way. Not even kinda. Our small home is one big unfinished project and I have waited years… soon to become a decade for some really basic things like outlet covers and a bedroom door. One time I survived in this house 8 days without a toilet. If I hadn’t gotten my mother-in-law to climb up his ass, I’d still be pooping in the … well, we’ll just leave that as my secret.

    The time has come for this girl to strap on her own tool belt and get some things taken care of…

  90. Allison says:

    I would wear it ALL the time, except for when I shower probably.
    I’d take treats and poop bags in it when I walk the dogs.
    I’d hold cooking utensils in it when making dinner.
    I’d hold art materials in it when being creative on my own or with my kids.
    I’d hold tools in it when DIY’ing around the house.
    I’d hold garden tools in it when working in the yard.
    I’d carry my keys and water bottle in it when I run.
    I’d carry my calculator and pens in it at the office.
    OH! I could use it in the shower to hold my shampoo bottles.

    All that to say: I would use it ALL THE TIME!
    Please pick me. 🙂

  91. Jennifer says:

    I’d use it as a skirt….oh, and for my tools.

  92. Dawn says:

    I would use it for all the bits of things I pick up all day long that usually wind up in my pockets. Then in the washing machine when I forget to check the pockets. Then in the dryer with me cursing a blue streak because I forgot to check the pockets.

    I won’t wash a tool belt.

    (I don’t think.)

  93. Anita says:

    Welome Home! I’m sure your trip was well worth the jet-lag, sick and all. I would love to win this tool belt! But only after you are done using it for your kitchen. I must admit, even though I would love to actually hold my tools, I’m afraid my 6 yr old son would grab it to put his My Little Ponies and Legos in. Of course maybe that would encourage him to actually clean up around here.

  94. jaine gayer says:

    A pink tool belt would look divine over my britches at the barn. One pocket for hoof picks, one for “Splashy Girl’s” soft face brushes (she’s such a diva), one for the shedder (if Spring ever gets here and she actually starts shedding) and one for her favorite treats, carrots and peppermints. All the other riders would be so jealous of my beautiful pink, suede tool belt.

  95. Laurie says:

    I am a “Do It Herselfer”. I have lovely tools, tool boxes, and am working on a rack. But I don’t have a tool belt! Not only that, I LOVE that this is Pink! It would be perfect for me!!!!!

  96. Anita says:

    I love that toolbelt! I would use it during my (unending) house project madness. I have a tendency to stuff everything I might need into my pockets, which of course means I have many holes in my pants. You would be saving me from a life of patched up pants. And look much more stylish at the same time!

  97. Karen C says:

    Anyone who knows me would say I’d use it for peanuts to feed my squirrels!! I always have them in my pocket. I could use another pouch for a bag of bird seed, and another for pond fish food. It would be cool to have a handy good looking pouch to feed the critters in my yard!

    • Fifi says:

      Ha! And I thought I was the only one who threw peanuts out for the squirrels, glad to be in your company 😉 PS Why do peeps think they’re pests anyways? They are just furry cute critters that scamper about and are hungry too !!!

  98. Nancy says:

    I’d love it but since I’ve (and I might have missed it) where can one purchase a pink suede toolbelt. I would like to give you credit when I buy one (and it might be a little bit).

  99. Susan S says:

    I love this tool belt. I’d use it to carry all my hooking tools with me which is my hook, my scissors, magnifying glass, tweezers, thingy to look at stuff in perspective (it’s the thingy that goes in a door so one can look out and see who is at the door, wool strips, well you get the picture. I’m a hooker and proud of it (rug hooker that is).

  100. Christy says:

    I work at a high end salon, part of our dress code is wearing a scissor pouch (fancy word for tool belt). My current belt has been with me for 5 years and is falling apart being held together with ponytail holders and bobby pins. (This is the Martha-Gyver method of repairing broken objects) anyway, I would actually use it and wear it everyday. It will be used and loved and always have some trace of a strangers hair in the bottom it. I will repair it with weird found objects if it ever breaks. Pick me, I will give her a good home!

  101. Erica P says:

    I would use it for my many DIY projects. I like to repurpose junk. (For example, I have a beat up pallet hanging on my living room wall that I use as a shelf)

  102. Laura says:

    I envision the pink tool belt as a practicing minimalist’s dream! One item for sooo many uses! I’m sure it would hold dog treats when I go on walks around the neighborhood as well as this Spring’s planting agenda and not to forget my first ceramic tile lesson, soon to come:-0
    What an awesome gift-if I don’t win, I may go against my practicing minimalism and buy one anyway!??! Oh dear…

  103. donna says:

    OMG! I love pink!!!! I have a pink tool box and that pink tool belt will look pretty snazzy toting tools from my pink tool box. I will also be enjoying a beverage out of my pink blingy cup. Will send photo via other method! I will also be sporting my beautiful pink cell phone/w personalized “pink” phone case. It pays to be in the “pink”. I WANT THAT TO WIN THAT TOOL BELT! Thanking you in advance for my win!!!!

    • donna says:

      I really want that lovely, talented, helpful, “in the pink” tool belt. Sending a pic to post.

  104. says:

    I would use it when I’m in my studio…..I’m a mixed media/encaustic artist always hunting around for the “special tools ” that I use that get thrown all over the place when the muse is on me. This wud be so very handy and would save me a lot of time and frustration (and cut down on a lot of cursing).

  105. Stacie says:

    I’d put it on my husband and LAUGH! While watching him work. Lol…

  106. Barbara S. says:

    I’d love to have this tool belt. I moved into a partially finished house almost 8 years ago and it is still partially finished. The pink tool belt would get me motivated to finish the house so I can sell and downsize to some place definitely warmer than here in WV. Love your blog and glad you got home home safely.

  107. Frana B says:

    Pink tool belt! Why I’d use it for my alpacas. What a great place to put nail clippers. I use a fiskar pruner, rather than goat clippers. The latter come in handy for teeth trimming, along with my Dremel. Then there are shots and medicine, when needed. Once in a while an alpaca has needed a 2 week regimen of Kaopectate ( according to my vet a preferable product than Peptones pink, but at least any splatters would match the tool belt. Taking temperatures would be a breeze. Water based lube, 1 pocket; thermometer covers another, old working ipod with HanDbase, a data base program where I record data on the pacas,37 of them I’m working on. Of course one pocket would have non latex gloves , another plastic bags for collecting pop samples (selective sampling to test for parasites); and. Third a magic marker for labeling . Anyway, good luck with your kitchen . Hope my uses give you and some of your readers a smile.

  108. Amy Schmidt says:

    I have never posted before although I read , laugh and cry with you almost every day. I think the pink tool belt would have two purposes – my fiance woul find it very sexy all by itself(sex toys?) and would also appreciate me following him around and having a place to put tools as we (he) remodels our 1950’s ranch house.

  109. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Welcome back…we are relieved you are home safe and sound. If I won the PINK tool belt I would use it to one up a work mate. She carries a yellow and black DeWalt bag as a fashion accessory. We are currently renovating our bathroom. Let me tell you that little pink tool belt would get tons of use, cause the kitchen is next!!! I’d carry tissues, a nail file and my tools!!!

  110. Sandi says:

    I would totally use it for gardening! Love it! 🙂

  111. Louise says:

    Love the tool belt! It reminds me of my former bartending days. So of course, I would use it for corkscrews, bottle openers, shot glasses and tequila bottles. Cheers!

  112. Auntiepatch says:

    Ummmm…….tools? Our next project is painting the LR and then the guest bathroom.

  113. Meredith says:

    Well, with a baby girl on the way (our first!) AND a house demolition-and-rebuild-modular project coinciding with maternity, I think I’ll look pretty nifty sporting this around the contractor with baby diapers, creams, snot rags, etc. handily available around my waist! BABY’S FIRST TOOLBELT! Yee haw.

  114. Tiffany says:

    Ohh Karen! The pink tool belt is exactly what I need during our home remodel! Of course no tools will be put in it, just the small bottles of booze & candy bars…you know, for my sanity!

  115. Jaclyn S says:

    What wouldn’t I use that sassy belt for?! Definitely while I am restoring furniture, a new activity of mine, and fixing the issues around the apartment I don’t trust the landlord with, haha! Definitely use it while painting. I’ve been looking for a sassy pink tool belt for those reasons and more!

  116. Charmaine says:

    As an avid traveler, I highly recommend using Melatonin to help bring your sleeping pattern back to normal. It’s natural, available at your local health food store, and best of all doesn’t leave you feeling groggy or confused.
    As for the tool belt, I’ll throw my hat into the ring to say I would use it for all my gardening tools, which always seem to be in the shed rather than at my side when I need them!
    Glad you’re back safe and sound 🙂

  117. Jake says:

    Pick me, cause (a) I have never owned a tool belt (b) I only have a few tools (room for everything) (c) Pink is my fave colour (d) I live up the highway (save on mailing costs) (e) I am the mom of the weird guy with bells on his shoes (f) I really am glad you had a vacation. If I think of anything else I’ll do an add on post.

  118. Deb says:

    Welcome Back! I would wear that sassy pink toolbelt with my jammies while I am puttering around the house in the morning with my cup of tea. It seems that is when I need a magic eraser or a hammer and nail to move a picture to that perfect location. This summer we plan to add a 3 season porch and I am sure it would come in handy for that! If summer ever comes…sigh.

  119. Marie says:

    Love the pink tool belt. I’d use it for tools!

  120. Katie says:

    Lookin’hot? Who doesn’t dig a girl in a toolbelt 🙂

  121. Eric says:

    My mom DEFINITELY needs this. Desperately!

  122. Beth says:

    Well, I’d use it for my quilting supplies!

  123. Jayne says:

    I would use it to hold tools! I repair and refinish furniture and this pink belt is gorgeous!

  124. Marion says:

    That tool belt would come in super handy! The hubs and I are moving into a new apartment in a month and will surely be hammering lots of nails into the walls to hang all of our priceless artwork (HA!). Seriously though, it would be useful to hold my hammer/nails while I take coffee breaks (and by coffee I mean beer) while decorating our new place 🙂

  125. How exciting for your kitchen!! I love that pantry too. What will you do with all that storage? Glad you and your family are back safe and sound! I already have a tool belt as I had to have one when we shingled our roof, although that pink is just unbelievably hot!! Cheers!

  126. Jen says:

    I’m a hairdresser, and a DIYer, so I would use it at the salon for shears and stuff. Plus today is my birthday, a pink suede tool belt would be a kicka$$ birthday treat.

  127. kipper says:

    I’d wear it while grooming my standard poodle (it would hold lots of tools!) and (with different tools) while fixing the 20 year old cedar deck.

  128. Jennifer Zepponi says:

    That seems to be what I am missing. A pink tool belt while I redo antique furniture!!!! 🙂

  129. April Hoffert says:

    I think I would use it to hold baby bottles & sippys, snacks and the occasional tool. 🙂

  130. Jeanne says:

    I would so use it for all my needs and tools when I am outside working in the garden and back yard. I spend so much time walking between he shed and whatever spot I am working in…and this year I plant/landscape the entire backyard! Goodbye grass! well, a lot of it I hope. Would love a tool belt, if I don’t win this one I may go buy myself one.

  131. Julie says:

    My orange drill, my wood hammer and all the other “manly” tools I use in our DIY kitchen remodel. AND I’d bedazzle it.

  132. Fifi says:

    Boy that is one beeeeuuutiful Armoire…I mean Pantry ! It does look like a gorgeous solid piece of furniture though! And look at all that storage space, and that’s just one part of your kitchen cabinets ! In a next life, when I come back as a richy rich girl….I will have Martha Stewart kitchen cabinets too! So looking forward to the reveal… serendipitous that Grant is your neighbour. Lol!

    I’m not commenting to win the pink toolbelt….I already won a blue suede one in a Facebook contest….how cool is that??!!!!…I was yippeeing around the house when I found out I won it! I use it outside when I am gardening…..and also for holding tools ….makes me feel like a pro !!! 😉 Besides …I dislike pink….but love blue 😉

  133. Anna Starner says:

    Glad you made it home safe and sound, with nothing more than a bit of jet lag and wonderful memories.

    I would put my tools in it!! Would be so cool to take on our mission trips. I would be the only lady with a tool belt and it would even be PINK. Just how cool would that be?

  134. Karen says:

    I want to say I’d use it while cleaning, hanging pictures, & doing small jobs around the house, but I don’t want to be a liar. I’m thinking I’ll be more likely to use it for a Cute Construction Worker Halloween costume…

  135. Laura says:

    Welcome back!
    Love the belt, I would use it for everything! You can always change out what it holds, so it can be used for any project. Can you tell us where to get one (for those who don’t win this one)?

  136. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    First of matches my pink tool bag and pink tools!!!!..I would use it for DIY’s…Gardening…Crafts…and anything else it might be handy for..Thanks for the chance to win one look adorable in it!

  137. Shannon Mancino says:

    On what wouldn’t I use it? I’m constantly fixing stalls, building goat houses and changing things around in the chicken coop. With eggs in the incubator, I must build another coop.

  138. jessica says:

    I would love a pink toolbelt to carry all my tools that are stored in the garage but I have to carry to the far opposite end of my property to tackle my “summer project list” of dismantling old privacy screen and installing new garden beds. Its far more seemly than the plastic shopping bag I currently use.

  139. Nancy Leachman says:

    I’d use it for knitting – to hold the yarn, spare needles and assorted related knitting paraphernalia. I would certainly be the envy of all those in my knitting group!

  140. Jennifer says:

    That would’ve come in handy when I built my fence! I used my homemade tool belt which doesn’t have the hammer holder thingy. I love the hammer loop! I’m now going to be making an outside sawdust composting toilet to take a bit of pressure off of my little septic tank. So, of course I’ll be needing this belt to help me build a privacy structure! I have some vintage blue siding, some redwood 2 by’s and a whole lot of ideas!

  141. Debbie says:

    It would be a perfect compliment to the tan suede miniskirt I wore in high school. It would also be the inspiration I need to once again fit into the tan suede miniskirt I wore in high school. I could pair it with the fringed denim vest! I still have both! It seems as though a trip to Thailand might help with the weight loss goal!!!

  142. Debby Cross says:

    Ahhhh, I’d like to use it to hold everything I mis-place everyday– glasses, keys, lists, etc. And then, I’d like to use it to hold some of the tools I learned about using in my Lee Valley course.

  143. Langela says:

    Tools. I’d use it for tools. And I’d pet it and I’d love it. And I would call it George..ette.

  144. Olivia says:

    I would use it every time I had a project like the one I finished this weekend… installing tile and trim in my powder room. I can’t tell you how many times I went back and forth from the bathroom to the garage because I would forget to bring the measuring tape or my pencil… crazy, I REALLY need that PINK tool belt! It’s also my favorite color! Although I did get my steps in!

  145. Sue says:

    I NEED it to keep all my tools in one place while doing a project. Of which there are too many to list. Love your blog!

  146. Bols says:

    Perhaps you should have specified what is the size of the pink tool belt.
    You are a hobbit size so I wonder if the tool belt is large enough to fit me (in the miraculous case I ended up with it). Believe me, I have my reasons for asking this – I have seen plenty of fanny packs and similar things that have been designed for very petite people (except that that’s not what they are marketed as).
    I am a normal sized 5’9″-er – see where I am headed with this?

  147. Tres says:

    I would use it for tools when doing projects around the house because real men wear pink!

  148. Trish R says:

    Ideally, I would use it for tools, fixing things like a super pro. But somehow, I feel, my 3 year old daughter would turn it into an art supply tool belt, for holding such useful things as stickers, markers, play dough, glitter glue and paint supplies. I could, of course, become the ultimate super mom, by whipping out an art supply faster than a speeding bullet. Imagine it now, standing on top of the washing machines with a towel flapping around my neck as I, super heroes of all super heroes, cater to my daughter’s every art supply demand. The world would truly be a safer, happier place…….that is until I hit my head on the ceiling and fall off the washing machine, or, trip and fall over the towel wrapped around my neck, or, due to my shinning example, my daughter crawls up on to the washing machine, which causes me to scold her, cause ‘shouldn’t she know better than to stand on furniture’, thus downgrading me from super mom to mean mom…On second thought, best give that tool belt to somebody else, it is pure evil and will only be my downfall, my kryptonite if you will.

  149. karol says:

    I’m pretty sure I could beat the crap out of someone with it. Does that count as “using it”?

  150. I think the tool belt would come in handy when I’m taking care of all four of the grands….fill up the pockets with a bottle, formula, snacks, tv remove….etc.!!! 😉 Would love to win!!!

  151. Luanne says:

    That pink toolbelt would be PERFECT for me in my job as a set designer for a small theatre company. It would hold my big honking measuring tape (not one of those cutsie purse sized ones), my utility knives, wire, wire cutters, wire ties, velcro strips, glue gun. and a flashlight. Loading in sets on a black theatre stage has its challenges including disappearing tools, and lighting blackouts every 15 minutes. Please, please can I have a pink toolbelt !

  152. KarenS says:

    I’d use it as a tool belt. My current tool belts are fabric (with worn-through pockets), so, not a really good choice. Welcome back and good luck with your kitchen installation. I’m truly sorry about your ordeal with ‘foodborne illness’ — I’m sure you called it other things at the time of the incident…

  153. Nancy says:

    As much as I would love the pink tool belt, if you choose me I would like it to go to Granny. I just love that she is teaching her grandson the in’s and out’s of just doing. It will not only teach him that he can learn new skills but will give him such confidence. I think back and wish I had taught my girls how to use tools. They are good at it now but what a great way of teaching children! Granny gets the tool belt! That would be a great title to a short story.

  154. Gerrylynn Geyer says:

    Hello Karen. If I won the pink tool belt, I would be overjoyed. It’s the kind of little thing that’s big enough to lift someone out of a funk and help them get going again. I think that just wearing it is enough to inspire and motivate someone to not only get up and knock out the to-do list around the house, but also to start thinking about bigger changes in one’s life, as well. Blessings!

  155. Amanda says:

    Ll the tool belts at our house (7 – one for each member, plus a spare for when friends/rubberneckers come over) are beige, and therefor ugly. There are two ladies in the house, so I figure the best way to set an example for my six-year-old daughter and set her on the DIY path is to sport a bling belt. After all, she would wear a potato sack if it sparkled. This is the girl who begged for the pink tool set for Christmas. Yup, she’s smart AND stylish!

  156. Patti P says:

    Clothes pins for hanging clothes out on the line? Sewing scissors, tape, thread, etc? Gardening gloves, tools, seeds? The possibilities are endless. I would love to walk around wearing that beautiful pink tool belt.

  157. Karen, it is unfortunate that your “evening hours” are your most alert time since you live in an urban bungalow with nearby neighbors. I suspect the power tools would be an unwelcome noise, but not a surprise to them. So why do I need a pink tool belt? Because I’m gaining on 61 years and I don’t remember where I put stuff. I found my caulking gun under the house while inspecting the new spray foam job last week. When I come in and hang up my jeans, tape measures, nails, screws, and sundry trash gathered along the way falls out onto the floor. The big plus is that I could attach my “pick ’em up” tool to it (so it doesn’t end up on the floor), so when I drop things I can have it handy to pick them up. A big plus is that it will bring out my feminine side. I left that someplace back in the 90’s, but I can’t remember where.

  158. Susie Heller says:

    How fun is this! I always envied your sister’s DIY fashion statement. I am a 6 year breast cancer survivor. I am now redoing things for my mom who is a 49 and counting year survivor. We could have a great laugh at being” in the pink.” I love to do crappy, worn out, plies pealing, should-have-been-in-the-dump furniture re-dos. Makes my husband shake his head when these dilapidated survivors find their way in our truck bed. I have to hurry them into the basement, before he commandeers the truck and whisks them off to the land fill!

    TIP: When you have plywood plies separating in a “wonky” way. Do not clamp them down while glue and pieces of wood and metal clamps. The glue can stick to clamps or wood clamped on long pieces. Glue the plies and use masking tape to hold them tightly shut. If glue squirts out, you can easily use the sander to remove glue and masking tape. Usually tape comes off easily. My other boyfriend, Bob, at our local lumber yard gives me a lot of tips like that.

    Another Bob tip: when hanging 12×12 squares of little tiles, hold them with a wide plastic potato chip bag closure to keep tiles from sagging in the middle. Bob is the best and never says, “Susie, don’t you have enough projects? why is something new coming home?”

  159. Gillian says:

    I would use the pink tool belt primarily as a mood elevator (let’s be honest) but secondarily to create a formal dining room in the house my husband and I are buying next month. We were underwater in our mortgage in June 2012 when we sold our condo but we did not short sale and we did not foreclose…but RAISED THE MONEY over the past almost two years to buy ourselves out of our previous mortgage by living in my parents’ basement. It’s been one hell of a ride and we are ready for demo! And then putting up pretty things in our own house. Love your blog, BTW. ~Gillian

  160. Benita says:

    Well, let’s see….ummmm…it’s a tool belt…sooo…I think it would be good to use as a tool belt! Awesome! I could really use one of those!!

  161. Karin says:

    Mine. I have to fix a second floor window this summer. Free hands are essential. Just saying.

  162. Becky says:

    I think gardening tools. Or sewing stuff. Embroidery stuff. Snacks. The possibilities are endless! And it is pink and cute. Smart idea and a great marketing tool for the tool belt company.

  163. Dianne England says:

    Dearest, sweetest, most generous Karen. To prove my dedication to the “Art” of Tooling, I have converted a closet (A CLOSET!!!!) in my bedroom into a tool room. It includes pegboard tool hangers, power drill/driver. chop saw, toolbox, levels, my Dad’s (he was a carpenter) finishing hammer, etc. etc. etc.

    I agree with you totally about hiring help. Some jobs are just too big and you need to hire outside help. Quite often the “outside help” need to borrow some of my tools. You should see the awe and admiration I have gotten from some muscular good-looking hunks when they take a gander at my tool closet. One even asked me to marry him, but Teddy (my guy) wasn’t too happy about that.

    I have one piece of clothing hanging in the shrine to tools -my negligee. I kinda think it is a great juxtaposition to the tools.

    That beautiful pink toolbelt would complete said tool shrine to absolute perfection. It would also be a place to hold the frickin’ hammer that keeps falling off the ladder and hitting my foot. I have broken toes several times. Had to have surgery last summer to repair it all. So, in the interest of saving a gal’s tender tootsies, plus getting the one thing I have drooled over forever, I think the pink toolbelt should come to this Mama.

    I would be happy to send you a picture of the toolroom, but I don’t know how to add one to this email. Can also send pictures of the operated on foot.

    Love, kisses, hugs and everything wonderful to my most favourite Karen. (really sucking up here) Want it real bad.

  164. MelissaM says:

    What would I use that toolbelt for? Well, I would thwack my husband about the head, shrieking about all the fix-it projects that he needs to get done. Then I would put it on and fill the pockets with peanuts, M&Ms, Skittles and pretzels and sit in front of the TV for some HGTV watchin’. How else *should* it be used?

  165. Irena says:

    I’d use it for all those times when I’m on a small ladder, struggling with something simple, like a curtain rod or shade, and discover I don’t have the hammer, right screw driver, etc. Also for emergency chocolate to get me through putting up the curtain rod or drape. And this lovely pink belt would be great help with gardening. Please feel free to send one immediately. Massive thanks.

  166. dahn says:

    Loved hearing about your trip. The hotel looks wonderful. And I am so interested in seeing your kitchen redo. (And the pink tool belt is awesome).

  167. Shirley says:

    I really, really, really need this to go with my pink hard hat (I designed our last two houses). I think I still have one more house in me …

  168. Jen says:

    Hmm. What couldn’t I do with a pink tool belt? That would be a better question. I would actually start tackling my home improvement projects for one.

  169. Jennie says:

    It would obviously hold all things edible. Candy, girl scout cookies, and a bottle of water. My hands will hold the tools, the tool belt will hold the fuel to keep me on a sugar high!

  170. Patti says:

    Welcome back! That pantry is amazing already! I would wear that tool belt when i’m puttering around the house working on various stuff instead of running back and forth to the garage. Some nails and screws in one pocket, screwdriver in another, my measuring tape so I don’t lose it, you know, tools!

  171. Ruth says:

    Tools… of course. More likely gardening tools though.

    I’m not really the hammer and nails sort of girl, although I can see myself warming up to a power drill. 😀

  172. Ruth says:

    Oh… it might also work for chocolate bars, whenever my endo symptoms start messing with me. Fight like a girl… Yeah!

  173. Lynne says:

    Cat toys. Nuf said.

  174. Jenny says:

    Painting stuff (I paint daily), a knife, tape measure, some random cured meats…

  175. Niki says:

    -Crayons for my daughter, who believes this item should be mandatory in any carry-on
    -Wet naps, as messes seem to find me
    -Lipstick, because somehow I don’t look as worn out with a little paint on the pucker
    -Tape measure because there is always a project in my mind and some measuring to be done
    -A bill, perhaps phone, perhaps cable because I always find them in my purse and hey wouldn’t this be kinda my new purse.
    -Smarties – just because
    -A copy of the thank you note I would send for choosing me because I would be that thrilled if I won

  176. Kathy says:

    Can’t wait to see more of the kitchen! Love the pink tool belt and it would be great for wearing in my garden when this snow melts.

  177. melanie says:

    I would where it just so when my husband comes home at night and I am knee deep in building or mowing or landscaping with mismatched clothes on and covered in debris and sweat and sawdust and paint- that I am still a girl, one who wears pink suede.

  178. Lisa Wallace says:

    I would use it to finally lay claim to my tools and tool box. if my husband or son is brave enough to also ‘borrow’ the tool belt – then they are more man than me! Oh wait, they ARE more man than me. Well, you know what I mean – I think.

  179. Jeni says:

    I would fill that pink suede toolbelt with those tools my husband gave me so he could sit in the shade and drink beer while I build our dream house. I mean … build a dog house. Well … bird house. Ummm …. I will build something. He did give me tools (old ones he doesn’t want), and he does drink beer. I AM going to build something … I have plans …. All I need to be successful is a pink suede tool belt.

  180. ~Jackievb says:

    The first project will be a a coop for Quail – can’t have chickens where I am, at least not any way I can hide them. So I’ve decided to raise quail for their eggs.
    Love the tool belt – Thanks for offering this.

  181. Sally A. says:

    I would use it to scare my husband..It would be the nell for the fact that I’m about to cut loose on something in the house…I picture myself looking him straight in the eye with wild eyes and a psychotic grin while I put it on with a flourish, twirling tools and inserting them like a Wild West Gunslinger and he would think: “Oh Lord God help me, what is she going to do now?” It’s fun!! I would also wear it to Home Depot so I may be taken more seriously…and possibly intimidate with my coolness.

  182. kelly in weed says:

    tools…and maybe then i could find mine and get all these little bits of lots of projects done….

    and then i’d just wear it cause i can….everywhere

  183. Kerri McKnight says:

    Firstly , pink is my favourite colour, and I would use it for my tools while redecorating my son’s room…..and then for holding the screws when I put up his art all over the house 🙂

  184. Tracie says:

    I would give it to my sister who actually has tools and would use it! Then I would allow her come over to my house to fix stuff…..:) Although she is very handy, she is also very girly, and would appreciate the pink suede.

  185. Teresa J says:

    Hey Karen welcome home,

    I would use that pink tool belt to carry around my office. Just think of it – an office on your hip- I could put in my sticky notes with a pen so that when inspiration hits me I have pen and paper. I would put in my whiteout eraser tape, need that constantly and my calculator for sure!! Oh and a pair of scissors. It would work perfectly, I love it!

    Missed you!

  186. Beth Popowski says:

    Well…I might actually give it to my husband to keep his things together!! He spreads them out in old Chinese food trays but then they get lost.

    JK – Mine, for sure!

  187. tanya says:

    EEEEK ! I would LOVE this for work. It would be incredibly functional as well as bring smiles where they are needed…I work at a shelter for the homeless that caters to folks with addictions. I swear I never have enough pockets for things I need to carry on me- pens/pencils, disposable gloves, bandaids, combs, toothbrushes…well- you get the idea. How amazing would this sucker be ??? Genius I think 🙂

  188. Kristin Ferguson says:

    So I have this possum problem. About 18 months ago, I forgot to close the door of my tiny little prefab coop and the possum came and ate Eva Marie in the middle of the night. So now I’m a slave to the chickens’ bedtime. The coop is far too small to keep them inside all day, and once they’re out of the coop, only a cunning chicken whisperer can get them back in before they feel like it–i.e. bedtime. So this effectively means I can never go out of an evening. I’m a prisoner of poultry. Chained to the chickens. A pawn of my pullets.

    So what I need to do is build a coop. With a nice roomy new coop, I can a) leave the chickens in it guilt-free for longer periods and b) install an automatic, solar-powered, self-closing door! These exist. I was too chicken shit (heh heh) to try to build a coop when I first got the chicks, but then I bought a table saw and a sander and made a huge dining table. I feel I can attempt the coop project now since WE GOT THE LAW CHANGED AND CHICKENS ARE NOW LEGAL IN MY CITY! But of course I can’t build a coop without somewhere to keep my tools. I have been using a workbench in my garage and every time I put something down it disappears into the chaos and I keep saying to myself, “Dammit! Where did that screwdriver go? What sort of dark magic just disappeared my goggles? Where on earth did the cat just run off to? If only I had a tool belt made from some sort of durable pink material, I feel I could keep my tools and pets in some semblance of order. THEN I could build a coop fit for a king!”

  189. Jane says:

    Tools of course! Thanks for the chance…… Glad you had a great trip

  190. Stefani says:

    I would fill it with tools then hang it in a prominent place. Wearable, useable art!

  191. WendP says:

    I’d wear it while using my pink power tools, of course! I’ve even got a pink Tomboy Tools t-shirt, which apparently has become a collector’s item as the company isn’t selling the shirts anymore.

    (I don’t really own any pink power tools. Just the pink shirt. But I might start marking all my tools with my pink Hello Kitty duct tape to make sure my stuff doesn’t get mixed up with anyone else’s)

  192. Amy Watson says:

    I would keep my eos lipbalm 2 rolls of mentos candy some glue and duck tape, a paint brush, and my new little kitty, Ginny….. l do love the pink suede tool belt… l might even be nice and give it to my sister. 🙂

  193. Sandy says:

    Well, i’d ise it for a hammer, screwdriver, and a tape measure, crap like that. I’m one yeat into a fixer upper, 15 to go, so a nice pink suede tool belt might survive the bathroom, kitchen, backyard, and laundry fixes to go, not to mention the hubs, who may be excited by the soft pink color and durability of sude…

  194. DebbieW says:

    I could put this tool belt to good use in our upcoming kitchen reno. Usually my tasks fall into the demo & paint category but I’m sure I could hold new paint brushes in it.

  195. Ann says:

    I’m starting my own furniture business & it would come in handy! Thanks!

  196. smfsprout says:

    Don’t you ever just need an extra set of hands when you’re picking up after the kiddos, or gathering your ingredients for a recipe or crafting? Well I do, and I think this belt would be a great help when I just need a little extra help.

  197. Alaina P says:

    Definitely tools for working on our cars/motorcycles. The damn wrenches always seem to run away when I’m covered in grease and under a car. Extricating myself is just so much work.

  198. Gwen H. says:

    I would either use it for my tools or makeup. Thanks for the giveaway.

  199. anna ransdell says:

    I would use it to hold my tools – more so to keep them in one spot vs all over my house and in bins

  200. Jebberjay says:

    I would use the pink suede belt for my triathlon training and racing. It would carry all my essentials like gels, water, sunscreen, and an Easy button.

  201. Marsha says:

    Will your sister come help with my kitchen? You’re invited too! Live in CA, so the time zones are more compatible than Thailand! Can’t wait to see the new kitchen! How did your girls (chickens) fair while you were tanning and puking in Thailand?

  202. Emily says:

    I would use that tool belt for everything. I would probably spend at least a week using it like a purse.

    Seriously, I have been waiting my whole life for 2 things: this pink tool belt and a set of craftsman screwdrivers that have glitter mixed into the handles.

  203. Erika says:

    Helping to renovate a camp for troubled kids…I need this tool belt!

  204. Terri says:

    I would use for it gardening tools. It never fails that I need a pruner, spade etc… and they’re on the other side of the house hanging in the shed right where they belong.

  205. Linda Bradford says:

    Perfect for the garden bits you have to have handy.

  206. Maria says:

    I would wear it at the beach. Where else could I store my sunscreen? I would be the envy of all for having such a novel accessory because who doesn’t want to stand out at the beach? Most importantly, it would cover my muffin-top. Bikinis don’t mask much.

  207. Myra says:

    I come from a family of carpenters who are pretty earthy guys. They would probably think a pink tool belt was ridiculous. I, however, love pink. And have been thinking for a while that I need a tool belt. Who cares if they’ll never understand me? I could rock the pink tool belt when there are projects to be done 🙂

  208. Mel says:

    I would use the lovely pink suede tool belt for tools. Mmhmm. And I would tease my husband that I have a tool belt and he doesn’t. Which would be fair since I’m the one that uses the tools. But still fun to tease.

  209. Jane Croswell says:

    I have three tape measures, three hammers, two adjustable wrenches, several vice grips, multiple assorted screwdrivers, and I can never find any of them when I need them. If I had a lovely pink suede tool belt, I could put one of each tool in it’s appropriate spot, and hang it on the wall where I would actually be able to find it, and the tools, when needed.

  210. Teresa says:

    We’re about to start demo-ing our master bathroom. I’m sure it would be a great cell phone holder for the inevitable “we better call dad” moments.

  211. Kim says:

    Pink tools, Of course!

  212. Shawna G says:

    I would use it to hold tools. Duh!

    hee hee

  213. Rayelle says:

    Ooohh!! I can use that for siding my shed this summer!

  214. Mary C says:

    My next project is building flower boxes for the base of a small arbor. The tool belt will help keep track of the many screws and nails I will be using to piece the boxes together. It will also be handy for holding lots of dog treats. My 2 hounds will be supervising my carpentry skills.

  215. Brandy says:

    Love this PINK tool belt! I would totally use this for our chicken coop that we just started! The hubby and I have an ongoing “I won’t touch yours if you don’t touch mine” tool rule!

  216. Roxanne Lucchesi says:

    Oh – to have my tools at my side (or, in this case, waist) and know where they are when I need them! I want to build a ramp for my cat tree. I have a tripod kitty who is missing a front leg. She can get up to the top of the tree just fine. It’s getting down that’s the problem. I want to make the apartment more tripod-friendly for her.

  217. Bethany says:

    Hi Karen!

    If I won the awesome pink tool belt I would be wearing it while working on the fixer upper my husband and I just bought. We have just finished our new kitchen and now it’s on to the bathrooms!

  218. Liz says:

    I really NEED that pink toolbelt. It matches the laces and lining of my steel-toed work boots. If I win, I will have to replace my worn out red gloves with pink, too, since I wouldn’t want to clash. Hubs and I are building our own home on 5 wooded acres in the Texas Hill Country and I’m having a blast, but we’re still in the brush clearing/pump house stage.

  219. fawn says:

    Craft supplies and snacks!

  220. Deirdre Fowler says:

    When my fellow of many (many) years left. I decided I had to update my house and sell it. And the first thing that happened was my central vac broke – and then I found you. Since then I have become a handy(wo)man and slowly accumulating tools and talents. So I could use a pink toolbelt to show my newfound proud independance. So even without the belt, I want to THANK YOU for showing me that it can be done and that I can do it.

  221. Carole McGinnis says:

    I would use that beautiful tool belt mostly for gardening. I could also use it to keep my tools handy while I make jewlery. Did I mention pink is my favorite color.

    I am so happy for you that you (finally) get to start installing your cabinets. Good for you. Your new kitchen will be life changing.

  222. Sabrina says:

    I would use it to keep some (of MANY) tools left behind by the slew contractors/hired help that have trooped through my home/apprentice-proving-ground/small(!)-list-of-projects-that-never-end. I bought a fixer-upper about 3 years ago as my first home and live under the delusion that I can do it all myself, and I really could, but a day job that pays the bills keeps me away. Like you say, it’s not that hard. So I don’t quite understand why I get ridiculous quotes for jobs and then when I do hire someone, they leave halfway through! Bonus, they generally leave me their tools. I have acquired a number of ladders, various hand tools and a bunch of power tools, too! At least that.
    They can’t all be in jail, can they…..?
    Sadly, I have no tool belt that I could wear during my weekends doing projects on my own! I drag around a bucket.

  223. CJ says:

    I would love to win this for my 11-year old Granddaughter – they’ve just moved into their first house from apartment living and she is having a blast fixing up,repairing and decorating. She has a couple of small tools and is just absolutely delighted with all of it. This tool belt would be the perfect thing for her. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  224. Barb says:

    Glad you’re back! I love that belt and would wear if when my daughters and I replace the rotted out wooden flooring on the decking that holds our gazebo. Hubby did not treat the wood right for being outdoors and after a few years of rain it is coming apart and unsafe to walk on. And since I use the gazebo the most AND hubby managed to break his femur in three places in November (fell riding his bike to work to save on gas money AND get in better shape – yeah right!) it is up to me and the girls to fix this. And I gotta have my gazebo since whenever we have parties my girlfriends and I like to sit out there – we christened it “The Bitches’ Lair”. 😀
    PS – if it does not fit a woman with ummm, mega-curves then feel free to give it to some little skinny thing!

  225. Betsy says:

    This would be such a better way to carry around a stethoscope and reflex hammer around the hospital!

  226. Bee says:

    Snacks and kitchen tools would go in mine, i think.

  227. Sarah A Franklin says:

    I am a soon to be 80 year old with a 90 year old husband. He is unable to do anything but tell me how things should be done. I have collected a lot of my own tools, but don’t even have a tool box. His is to heavy for me to carry so most of my tools live in coffee cans and plastic dish pans. I would love to have a pink tool belt that I could grab it and get the job done without spending so much time finding the tools I need. Thanks
    I love your blog and have learned so much from reading them. Sarah

  228. Janet says:

    Thank goodness you are back, even “a bit” tired…we missed you! I spent last week Thursday and Friday in the hospital making sure I wasn’t having a pulmonary embolism (had before), but turns out to be Vertigo…maybe…so I would love to use the pink suede tool belt to hold my pills! The pink suede “pill” belt, has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

  229. Linda B says:

    Of course I’m going to use this for the tools I’m using while building up a new bike for this summer!

  230. Diane says:

    Pink tools are the only defense I’ve found against having things go missing when I’m working with guys. Pink tools are CLEARLY not theirs, and they wouldn’t be caught dead using them. It’s reduced my tool loss by infinity. I would proudly wear this pink tool belt later this spring when I break out my other pink tools to build myself a backyard coop.

  231. Melanie says:

    I teach grade four. They’re constantly chasing me around like little ducklings, asking for this and that. I’d just wear the belt and pull out what ever they might need – pencil, eraser, stapler, gold star – whatever. They’d think I was source of everything wonderful and I wouldn’t be run off my feet trying to find what they require. Teacher-of-the year!

  232. Maria says:

    After adding extensions on the end so it would tie around my waist, I would proudly wear it to build my second chicken coop because the first one looks nothing like yours

  233. Xueying says:

    That looks perfect for doctor tools!

  234. Maureen says:

    I don’t care what colour it is, since I most likely won’t be wearing it out on a date, but I do need a tool belt for – ummmm – tools.

  235. Well Karen, I’m really excited about this giveaway! It seems that as I’m running around our bed and breakfast, I don’t have enough pockets to put all my little ‘stuff’ in. Never a pencil or pen to be found, my cell phone keeps falling out of my back pocket, I’m forever finding new little cracks that just scream for more caulking, you get the idea. Hard to keep everything as perfect as possible, all the time. Plus, I still have a hundred projects on the go to improve things (even after a four-star rating!). Anyways, this little beauty would be used almost everyday. I would just have to remember to take it off when I go into the big city to run errands. Or, maybe not.

  236. Margaret says:

    I love the pink tool belt! I would use it to hold my pink tools that I bought from Canadian Tire because I was tired of going to the basement and searching through my husband’s stuff every time I needed a screw driver. Now I have everything I need and it’s pink so he doesn’t touch it. Win win. If I won it I would probably have to buy a pink coveralls as well, and maybe get some high heeled pink safety shoes; do those exist? They should…

  237. I’m working on a dining bench/banquette seating at the moment. I have no clue what I’m doing, but I’m pretty sure that a stunning pink tool belt will fix that 🙂

  238. Stephanie says:

    So glad you’re back! Pink suede tool belt = mobile chicken coop.

  239. Elena Hemphill says:

    I found your website accidentally when I saw a picture of your chicken coop on a thread. Since I started following you I have become convinced that 1) I can and will at some point make my own pasta and 2) owning chickens is not crazy but instead people who don’t own chickens are crazy! We broke ground on the foundation for the coop a short time ago and are undeterred by the fact that we have absolutely no idea what we are doing! I think that this pink tool belt will at least help me look as though I have some reason to be out there when my neighbors are sitting on their deck pretending not to watch us.

  240. Patti says:

    Ahh! I ‘ve been admiring the pink toolbelt for so long!

    I would use it for many purposes, but first and foremost, to look as ballin’ as possible while I work away at my place. We don’t own our apartment, but our landlord is always happy to see us making improvements, which usually involves me trying to juggle too many things at once (try climbing a ladder with all the tools you need in each hand without falling and dying!), and I feel like I will look infinitely more skilled as a tradesperson as well as just awesome in general if I had this toolbelt!

  241. Shana says:

    I would use it for my own kitchen renovation coming up this year!

  242. theresa says:

    hot damn a tool belt that FITS would be celebration enough–I am just not hippy enough to keep my dad’s old one around my waist and I really don’t want to look for a Fischer Price one.
    I know I would use it all over the house doing those projects better NOT tackled by the hubby (this weekend he drilled a screw threw his finger–no worry he still has his looks to fall back on) Can you hang a coffee mug off it too??

  243. judy says:

    would be excited to use it at work; room for my tape measure, walkie-talkie and cell phone; maybe a pen and pencil, too. i really need it ’cause with jacket weather about to end, i don’t have enough pockets!!
    thanks in advance for the great gift!

  244. Shana says:

    I think I’d try to get the hubby to wear it. Otherwise I’s use it for crafting not construction.

  245. dee m says:

    Love it! My hubby and I are presently rehabbing our kitchen back to vintage. I have paint brushes, square nails and hammers jammed in my back pockets. This pink suede tool belt would sure come in mighty handy!!

  246. Ramona says:

    Welcome back, Karen! Your trip looked amazing! (Well, most of it…). I am so excited to see the progress on your kitchen. I would use a pink tool belt to work on my own major kitchen renovation (currently in progress). Bare plywood subfloors? Check! Framed walls, insulation, but no drywall? Check! Can lights complete, but only partial ceiling drywall installed? CHECK! Now let’s get down and dirty… I also need it to hold my tools while I build my chicken coop. Ala Karen style… What’s that? Why yes! Yes, I did just get my baby chickens this morning! All 15 of them, so ‘nother two weeks or so would be the perfect time to start building a chicken coop… So to recap, 1) major kitchen remodel, 2) 15 brand new baby chicks (my first time), 3) no coop in site. And did I mention that I have a *just turned* two year old and all of us are living here through the reno, chicks included? On second thought, I just need a pink tool belt to hold my wine…

  247. Robin McK says:

    I would make the lovely pink tool belt into a wall pocket tool holder for my craft room. I think it would make a great piece of useable wall art!

  248. Shauna says:

    Am I too late for the pink suede toolbelt? I have a new little shop on etsy and I’ve bought a drill press, so surely I need a pink suede tool belt too! Curious when the announcement will be, but I know I’m very behind in reading posts because I’m traveling for work:( You may have already announced for all I know and I’m getting all excited for nothing.

  249. Trisha says:

    I’m an oncology certified massage therapist. In addition to my regular clients, I volunteer in infusion centers and massage the patient’s feet and hands while they are getting chemo. I’d use it to hold my oils and hot packs. It would be ideal!

  250. WendP says:

    If I can’t win the tool belt, can I at least win Grant? 😉

  251. Lisa Thomas says:

    I would fill it with tools from my purple toolbox I got for Christmas to work on my many projects. It’s pink so I wouldn’t have to worry about my husband using it. Plus, Monday is my birthday and it would make an AWESOME birthday present! 🙂

  252. joanne says:

    Ohhhhhh…. this past year, I’ve accumulated safety glasses, ventilation masks, and 2 pairs of work gloves (the best of which are PINK) because we’ve been repairing our home after our first floor was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Total gut job on the first floor, while the second floor is fine. I won’t touch electrical stuff, but have been getting my hands dirty alongside my contractor (cousin). Now that we’re almost done, I’d use the pink tool belt to work on the decking and outside of the house… landscaping, gardening, house numbers, outdoor shower, etc.

    OR, if you could let us know where to find a pink suede tool belt, I’d be happy to purchase one on my own. I’d feel so official and handy-womanly.

    Thanks for the giveaway – good luck everyone!

  253. Celia says:

    My sister-in-law could have used this when she borrowed a Phillips screwdriver to install an air conditioner unit in her rent house. Forgot to mention she was wearing dress pants and stilettos while doing this. She rocks and the tool belt would be the perfect accessory for her!

  254. Amber says:

    I don’t know if you’ve already chosen a winner, but hope you’ll pick me 🙂
    I’m starting a welding class next month, and need to keep my stuff safe from those brutes who also weld. When I was a contractor I used to paint the handles of my hammers hot pink. Never lost one 🙂
    I’m also helping build a non-profit community Maker Space center this spring: it’s a community center with tools and machines. Think of it as a gym for artisans: spinning yarn, welding steel, building circuit boards: its for anyone who makes things. We’ve got the insurance, the sponsors, and now we’re just haggling about the space. I am so excited about it, and have put off graduate school for a half year in order to get this off the ground. I’ll be doing a lot of the drywall and OSHA stuff. I could use a cheerful pink tool belt, to remind me that there are many ways of doing a thing.

  255. sherri says:

    I might be too late, but just in case – the pink toolbelt would be AWESOME for my girl scout daughter as she’s selling gs cookies (aka $4 crack in a box). It’s hard to turn down the cute face of a girl scout cookie peddler, I think it would be impossible with that pink toolbelt added to the mix.

  256. Jessie G says:

    I did my first home repair a few months ago. It was a dripping bathroom faucet. I’m fairly certain I could’ve cut the job time in half had I been wearing that lovely thing.
    Longest six hours of my life…..

  257. allison says:

    So many frames and canvas stretchers to build!

  258. Heather says:

    I love everything about the pink tool belt. I am pretty sure I would use wear it while *helping* my husband redo our house. 🙂 Either that, or let him wear it since the one he bought is too manly and way too big for any practical use.

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