Haaappy Biirthday tooooo me and Why My Birthday is Blue

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Tools

Kreg Tools shelf pin jig

Yikes, it’s been awhile hasn’t it?  Yes, today I am the birthday girl.  Can you guess what I went and spent my birthday money on?  Here’s a hint–they all have blue molded plastic bodies (no, not cold Barbie dolls).  They are built by a company that starts with Kr and rhymes with egg.  When I needed help finding the last item on my list of three, the gentleman helping me at Woodcraft asked if I owned stock in Kreg tools.  After bringing home my loot, that may not be a bad idea.  Lookie here:

Kreg drawer slide mounting toolBeen coveting this one for awhile now.  The magnets hold the drawer slide in place while you attach it, and by clamping this to the face frame, you should have a drawer that is perfectly even with the face frame on all sides.  Hopefully the first time.  Remember how I said that drawer glides would be the death of me?  Hopefully this is my life saving medicine.  When I use it for the first time I’ll let you know how it goes, and if it’s worth you shelling out 30 buckaroos for it.

Kreg Tools shelf pin jigI will admit that I wasn’t pining after this one.  I have successfully used pegboard to drill my shelf pin holes in the past and wasn’t really looking for an alternate.  Then I saw Ana White using this jig and I liked the idea of how easy it seems to use and get good results.  I will be doing quite a bit of shelf pins on projects I have in mind.  Quite. a. few.  Hopefully this was $35 well spent.  I will also let you know once I’ve put it through its paces.

Kreg Rip CutAnd finally.  I have high hopes for this one and I really hope it pulls through for me.   I talked about the Kreg Rip Cut here and here.  You’ll notice that a Kreg Rep even commented if you read the second “here”.  Unfortunately Kreg didn’t feel that I was big stuff enough to get one to try out on their dime, but I will happily part with the $35 if this thing does what it’s supposed to do.  Thank you Tracy for commenting that you loved the one you bought–it is what made me shell out the dough with some confidence.

You know, if someone had asked me if I was burned out on home improvement back in May, I would have been surprised and immediately denied it, but in hindsight I do believe that I was.  And coinciding with that time, I had a major life change (at least for me).  I am now officially employed after 16 years staying home with my kids.  I guess I was already “officially employed” for the last two years (in fact, I worked just shy of 120 days of the school year this year), but it didn’t feel official until now.  I am employed by a school district now, instead of a subbing agency the school uses.  The best part?  I’m job sharing the position, so it is part time.  Another good part–I will be teaching reading, which is near and dear to my heart.  I feel incredibly blessed that this all worked out this way!

And this is good news for Pink Toes and Power Tools as well.  Now I have a set part time schedule, which means I can be much better at planning projects, building them, and then blogging about it.  Subbing meant that my schedule was constantly changing around–some weeks I was working full time for days/weeks on end and then spending my free days catching up on everything I didn’t get done working full time (none of that catching up involved projects).  Once I get into the swing of things, I feel like I’ll be able to get cracking on some of these projects I want to finish up!!  I’ve got one graduating in two years.  That seems like a lot of time to complete all of it, but some of these are pretty major.  And wasn’t I just celebrating my 40th like yesterday?  Time does not play fair, people.

So it’s been nice lazing around here so far this summer recouping from burn out that I didn’t really even realize I had, not until the other day when I got a little tingle of excitement about getting out the miter saw.  And I thought, “Huh.  Where has that been lately?”  You know what I’m talking about.  That feeling that gets you out of bed before the rest of the family on a Saturday to get dusty in the garage.  Or compels you to work in 10 degree weather in 30 minutes increments so you can come inside to warm up before going back out to brave it again.  That feeling.

Ahh, it’s good to be back.  Now our Dave-Ramsey-style budget needs to loosen up enough for me to be able to buy some plywood to put these new toys to use!!

**As of right now, I do not get any compensation for the nice things I say about products or people.  You’ll be the first to know if I do 🙂

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