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Locking up Loctite.
A Look into what else I do.

Hi. My name’s Karen. I do stuff.

Whenever Twitter, or Instagram or any other Internet thingee asks me to include a small description of myself that’s what I write.

Because that’s really what it boils down to.  I cook, I clean, I design, I invent, I succeed, I fail. But no matter the outcome or product, I do all kinds of stuff.

And this blog is just one of the things I do. I also write for magazines, newsletters and sometimes other websites. All of which just sort of happened because of this blog. People see what you write on this Internet thing and decide whether they like you or not.

If they like you, they come back and read some more. And other times if they like you, they offer you jobs.

I got one such offer about a month ago from a company far, far away. London, England to be precise. That’s the most astounding and fun thing about this Internet we browse every day. It has made the world much smaller while making the scope of opportunities much larger.

So I thought it would be interesting for you today to tell you how one of these offers comes about and how it all works.

To make it even more fun, I’ve chosen to write it in diary format.

Monday.

Dear Diary,

Today a company from London, England contacted me to see if I’d be interested in making videos for one of their clients. I asked them who the client was and did they eat a lot of fish and chips.

Thursday.

Dear Diary,

Today I agreed to make videos for the client’s Youtube channel. They asked what I would charge for this sort of thing so I made up a number based on what it would cost me to buy a slightly used Shetland pony. They’re going to email me my contract tomorrow.

Friday.

Dear Diary,

Today I ate some cheese. Oh! And the company sent me my contract. I printed it, signed it, scanned it and sent it back to them. We’re in the video making business for Loctite! (they make superglue)

Tuesday.

Dear Diary,

An insane amount of super glue arrived in the mail today. They had to mail me the UK version of Loctite glue because I’m making the videos for their UK audience, therefore I need to use the UK product with the UK packaging in my video. Not the North American versions. Still no answer on the fish and chip thing.

Saturday.

Dear Diary,

I shot my Loctite video today. They let me decide what I wanted to do and then just suggested the glue they would recommend for that particular job.  Tomorrow I will edit my video. I did not accidentally glue any of my body parts to anything.

Monday.

Dear Diary,

I finished editing my video and have sent it off to Loctite. They have approved it and I will get a cheque soon. I’m going to spend some of it on fish and chips, as I now have an unexplained craving I can’t shake.

 

So that’s the gist of how that sort of thing works. Someone emails you out of the blue, you decide whether you think the offer is legitimate or not and then proceed.  For instance, the initial offer came from a PR company.  So I simply Googled the PR company and discovered yes indeed, they were real and they were reputable.  That got the ball rolling and glue gluing.

Speaking of which, this is the glue I received.

 

glue

If anyone breaks a life sized reproduction of The Last Supper done in wood, glass, metal, plastic and rubber …. I’m your gal.

And that video? The video I made for Loctite for their Loctite Youtube channel? It’s making its premiere today!

To watch the 2 minute masterpiece I made for them watch it here on Loctite’s official website.

 

It’s just like one of my regular videos. Only I got paid to do it. Which means as far as I’m concerned, it’s the best video I’ve ever made.  Seriously though, it’s a really good video and I’d show it right here if I could but, that’s part of the deal where I make money.  You have to go watch it on their website. So get going!

Monday

Dear Diary,

I never did get an answer on the fish and chip question. I’m a bit worried they found my question to be perpetuating a stereotype. Or it could be just because they prefer a good curry.


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153 Responses to Locking up Loctite.
A Look into what else I do.

  1. Marti says:

    Love your “time passes” clock. That was fun and wonderful. Congrats on the new gig.

    Um, perhaps when the check arrives, you’ll be able to afford a proper microphone?

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Marti! And yeah, I know. I have to get a wireless lav that’ll work with an iPhone. ~ karen!

      • Marti says:

        Oh! Send me a link when you buy that one. I’m going to want to see which one you buy, so I can avoid having to research it myself. ;)

        And really, congrats! Did they tell you which glue is best for attaching fingers to plumbing?

    • KiwiKat says:

      If you are getting payment through the post, it will be a cheque. Unlikely that it will smell of fish and chips though. And they’re much better (fish and chips) in New Zealand….you should come visit to find out. Summer has just started.

      :D

  2. Laura Watt says:

    Can you fix my fiestaware teapot? It’s little knob broke off and we’re all to sad to do anything about it.

    • Karen says:

      Lol. Oh no! That would make me sad too! Is it original or a repro? Either way, booo. And yes. I have a BOX of every type of Loctite superglue you could imagine here, lol! ~ karen

  3. Jasmine says:

    Well that was freakin amazing. (Notice how I have cleaned up my language since it was pointed out to me that perhaps I swear too much). I ‘almost’ didn’t recognize the fancy Karen picture at the beginning of the ad though. Good Work!

  4. Sara says:

    Yay! Now you can be like Jennifer Lopez in the Wedding Planner and carry around super glue in your overcoat, just in case you need to fix something while out and about. Hopefully you won’t ever find yourself in quite the same superglue predicament she was in though. ;)

  5. Jane says:

    Dear Diary,

    This girl on a blog I read (The Art of Doing Stuff) is absolutely adorable! Her name is Karen. She is just as cute as they come. She made a video for Loctite Super Glue which premiered today. It was a great video and that “stuff” really works! She got paid lots of money for this video. I can’t wait to see pictures of her Shetland pony!

  6. Teresa J says:

    Way to go Karen! You are an international star!! Love it! The offers and euros will be rolling in now!!

  7. Terri says:

    Awesome!!! Congrats and you looked beautiful!!!!

  8. Therese Bourne says:

    The clock was so cute! Good job.

  9. Kathy Hartzell says:

    I do stuff, too. A lot of stuff in the house and garden. My fingers split in the winter if I forget to wear gloves doing stuff. At the corners of my thumbs. So I use Locite to squeeze the tough skin together and get back to work on stuff. Sometimes, however, I glue my other hand to the hurt one, so I have to be careful doing that sort of stuff. It was my dentist who taught me about this fantastic use of the super glues!!

  10. Tracy says:

    Very cool – enjoy your fish and chips! ;)

  11. AnnW in the US says:

    Hysterical! I think they should sign you up to be their permanent spokesperson. I’m going to try that trick on a knife of mine also. Ann

  12. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Nice job! And I’m so happy to see that you didn’t compromise by disguising your true nature! lol

  13. Amie Mason says:

    I just about screamed – I though you were going to stick the knife in the socket! Phew!

  14. Lin says:

    Well that was an excellent video! I hope they pay you enuff money to take yourself and at least two other peeps of your choosing out for fish’n’chips. I just had to use a ‘super glue’ to fix the comb on my big kitchen rooster that the cats knocked on it’s head onto floor….love that glue!

  15. Julia says:

    Wow, and you really dressed up! Was that to impress us British?!!
    You know we are are already totally under your spell don’t you?

    Must buy Loctite, must buy Loctite…

  16. Kat says:

    Hahaha! It was perfect! At first I was thinking this is kinda boring then got to the “real life” part and laughed really hard and seriously do not know how many times I have used a butter knife as a screw driver! You couldn’t have done a better job! Just today I seen some commercial on TV where they used the word Fajita as a supplement to the “F” word (remembering your post on swearing) but in a good way, so I will just say it was really Fajita good! You just might become famous like that brother on the show 2 and a Half Men when he got ridiculously rich from a stupid jingle he wrote.

  17. Maggie Andrew says:

    Brilliant Karen, love the clock. You’ll get better fish and chips here in Aberdeen, home of several award winning chippers. You can even get a deep fried Mars bar. You could use your newly repaired knife to cut it! X

  18. Auntiepatch says:

    OMG, Karen, that is a riot! Do the Girls get extra feed for being extras?

  19. Kristin says:

    Awesome you! I loved that (crazy British) video! (Just kidding, it wasn’t a crazy video!)

  20. Jennie says:

    LOVE loctite…. it is great on EVERYTHING (like curry). Great start on your Youtube career. :)

  21. Jeanie says:

    Loved the video. It was alot of fun to watch and iI love the real life uses.lol

  22. Denise Leavens says:

    Karen, my dear, that video is a genuine HOOT!

    The panache with which you ended it, knife in back pocket – well, it was perfect! (Just to be clear; panache here refers to the like with which King Henry IV wore his white feather, NOT antlers! Whew – dodged an obscure bullet there!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panache

    I am so tickled that I know you. (Grin)

  23. Kyle says:

    My dog Ryder says hi. He wants to meet the pony. Congrats on the global takeover. I haven’t watched the vid yet as it’s 3 in the morning here in Jersey but in other news, I do know that you fit in a really big soup pot. The Ohio Players had a song out in the 70s called Sweet Sticky Thing, I think that might be your theme song now. Awesome song too. They have a famous album cover with a woman covered in honey! I saw them in concert and have that album signed by the band. Guess the glue thing made me think if that.

  24. Irene says:

    That clock. And that nail polish. Awesome. :-D

  25. RosieW says:

    Keep wearing that exact shade of red. It’s wonderful on you.

    Fun video. Know it’s going to boost Loctite sales in the UK. I’m certainly convinced.

    My best, Rosie

  26. Pat Green says:

    I have been reading your blog for a little while and I have to say you brighten my day. Great Locktite video. Regarding the fish and chips, certainly when in the UK we would have them regularly, say twice a month. However, since living in France for 7 years I have to make my own because we don’t have a fish and chip van or takeaway, pity. On the other hand there are compensations, boeuf bourgignon, coque au vin etc are easy to come by. Keep up the good work, love it.

  27. nycRed714 says:

    Great video! I’ve LIKED and Tweeted and posted it all over the place. I hope you get a commission for every click!

    It is so refreshing to see a female doing stuff that does not involve cooking, needlework or makeup – and don’t get me wrong, I love those blogs as well – but yours is truly unique. Bonus points for excellent spelling, punctuation and grammar – lol!

    Gotta run and order some Loctite – it looks like it beats the hell out of Crazy Glue!

  28. Antonia says:

    Wow! Amazing video!!! I believe you’ll be getting many more video contracts in the future!!!

  29. Louise says:

    Well done! I wonder if Loctite could be used as a topcoat for nail polish… I noticed you manicure took a beating in the filming of your video : (

  30. Sue Ann says:

    Awesome video!! And awesome product!! As soon as I finish my fish and chips for supper I’m going to go buy some and find something that needs to be glued!!
    Just so you know, you make my mornings happy!!!

  31. magali says:

    love it! especially the clock and how the chickens make an appearance!

  32. Karen Rains says:

    Now see, that would convince me to buy their glue! Maybe it was the part where the chickens were stomping all over the repaired knife that did it… Great job!

  33. Farquist says:

    Beautiful and funny! So is the video.

  34. Jody says:

    Congrats! You are creative and funny and talented. And….congrats for the plug in the Spectator today for your blog and the gift guide on Etsy.

  35. mayr says:

    The poor little manicure.

  36. Tigersmom says:

    Love it! And I love the damage to your manicure in the last shot. And hats off to the folks at Loctite for appreciating and paying for your kind of humour. (I used the British/Canadian spelling there so they would know I know what I’m talking about.)
    And the photo of you in the sweet grey tank makes you look somehow…..I don’t know…… normal? Don’t take that the wrong way, but in that photo, at first glance, you could pass for a teacher or for someone who is incapable of doing 95% of the stuff you do. You look very pretty and with that sly smile you really have to look for a second to see and recognize that crafty glint in your eyes that says there is so much more to you underneath all that pretty. (This is supposed to be a compliment, by the way, but I think it may be hard to tell.)

    Anyway, congratulations on being recognized and paid for your many talents and for finding a way to make a living staying true to who you are. That is why I do not earn a paycheck. I’m incapable of being anything but me and have yet to find anyone to pay me for that.

  37. Lush says:

    I LOVED IT!!! 2 thumbs up!! There was truth, comedy, action, chickens. Who could want more?
    I have some of their product here with a massive pile of stuff that was broken in our move from Australia.
    Need to clear the decks & get onto that!!
    Cheers
    Lush
    Worthing, UK

  38. Emie says:

    FUN video…. I hope you get to do more like it!!!! Off to buy some Loctite…. unfortunately the North American version…….

  39. Suanne says:

    Red is definitely your color! another fun video from our friend, Karen!

  40. Ev says:

    So now you can add “cinematographer” to your arts! I know you are an accomplished TV person. Your video was short, fun, to the point, and awesome. Glad the girls got a walk-on part! What are they going to do with their part of the paycheck?

  41. Looks like you LOCTedITe up! Well done.

  42. Danni says:

    best
    glue
    EVER!!!
    and great video!! girl, you crack me up! “real world uses”… so true!

  43. jainegayer says:

    Karen, the glue video was great!
    When your check arrives you’ll be able to get fish and chips, a pony and a manicure.

  44. Rachel says:

    Adorable! You win!

  45. Sandy says:

    Love the clock!! Great video.

  46. Ann says:

    I love that you start out as a real and normal person. Then all of a sudden the real Karen comes out!!

  47. Now I’m craving fish and chips!

  48. Sue says:

    Love your videot! And I love the knife – I bought the same cutlery set about 15 years ago at Eaton’s (R.I.P) but at my house, it is a spoon that refuses to be fixed. Looks like I need to invest in some Loctite.

  49. Leisa says:

    You crack me up! Cutlery really isn’t just used for eating – maybe now the cutlery companies will put a little more thought into manufacturing!

  50. That was so true to who you were. Not some fake post or video about a product that you are being paid to promote. Loved it and love your blog. Can’t wait to see the kitchen reveal.

  51. Becky L says:

    Loved it!!! Even though I don’t officially “know” you……I’m so proud of you!! Very funny and unique twists in the story line, which is why I stalk, ahem, follow you on your blog! Way to go!!!

  52. Melanie says:

    Please tell me you only needed one take for the chicken to kick the knife away…you should dig the giant Oscar statue out of the basement and put it in the coop for that performance!

    • Karen says:

      It was the second take. I threw the knife in the corner of the coop and they weren’t interested in it. Then I threw it in the middle of the run and they were all over it. Took about 30 seconds before one kicked it away. I was thrilled! ~ karen

  53. Ella says:

    Very creative and enjoyable diary format!

  54. Mary Werner says:

    WOW that was really cool – loved your video but was impressed with Loctite. They sure picked the right person to make videos!!!!!!

  55. Ella says:

    Video is amazing in so many ways!

  56. audrey schneider says:

    freaking awesome! that is all.

  57. LeeAnne says:

    Wow gluing metal! Who knew? YOU that’s who! Between this and Shazam, life is much better. What colour of Shetland are you going to get????

  58. Maryanne says:

    Great video! I see that you’re still rocking the black matte mani – love the before and after pics with the knife :)

    Have a fun day of doing stuff.

  59. Pat says:

    Great job! Very entertaining yet informative….

  60. Sam says:

    Love it Karen, you are so like me and will use whatever tool will do a job, even a non-tool like a knife. Would love your drawer of loctite though.

    And you have to be careful where you get your fish and chips from over here, not all fish and chips are created equal!! So miss fish and chips from the chippy (the shop you buy fish and chips from) as I’m gluten intolerant and if I eat them, I end up really poorly :( Just trying to decide if it’s worth it as now you’ve got me craving them lol xx

  61. pat barford says:

    You’re the best! Locktite should be glad they found you. Great vid. and fab pic on the site. A selfie? If so, I want to know how to look that good.

  62. laura gerber says:

    OMG – best Loctite video ever!! Karen you are the best way to start the morning (much better than the ticket this morning for my expired license plates – oops)

  63. cred says:

    Awesome video- how do you come up with these ideas? I like how your nails start off well-manicured and by the end, their condition are evidence that the knife test was not staged.

  64. Marie says:

    That WAS your best video yet! I’m sure other offers will roll in. But those of us who have seen your basement know what an empty threat it is for you to “throw away” a broken knife.

  65. Jodi T. says:

    Hahahah! I loved it. “Real life conditions”. Great job!!

  66. Natika says:

    Cute video! Also, I very much like the sweater. And the prying things out of walls. And the chickens.

  67. marilyn says:

    great job! loved the chickens pecking at it!

  68. Julie says:

    Very clever, Karen! Of course you made the making of this video look effortless. Seriously, how many hours did you put into this? Did they give you any parameters to work with or did they give you free reign?

    It was fun seeing in you action!

  69. Alice says:

    Reminds me of the “screwdriver knife” in our drawer — I ~thought~ I’d grabbed one of the old knives to work on a tough screw…

  70. toekneetoni says:

    That was great and you look great too! Love the black nail polish! Congrats on the gig too!

  71. Di says:

    Nice vid! Love all the “uses” you have for that knife. And, Loctite ROCKS. Seriously good glue.

  72. Sally A. says:

    Congratulations!! That is so very exciting! I get envious of all the neat stuff you do, then I remember that it requires hard work. Ick. :)

  73. Sherri Hanigan says:

    Super ad for super glue! My fave part was toward the end after you had beat the crap out of the knife using it as a tool for a variety of tasks. You held the knife in your hand and it looked great and still in one piece. Your nail job, however, (which had been perfect at the start of the video) was a complete disaster! Are you angling for a contract with a nail lacquer company now?

  74. Charlotte says:

    I have to say that I really appreciate your approach. So many bloggers are frustratingly vague about sponsorships and the like, but you aren’t. You don’t treat your readers like idiots, or pretend sponsored posts are casual favours for a friend when you’re really doing something for a significant company. You do a great job and you’re paid for it, and you admit to that. Anyway, I probably didn’t word this very well as I’m sick and sleep-deprived. I just wanted to you to know that you are a breath of fresh air, and the blogging world is lucky to have you!

  75. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    AWESOME! What a great video…my favorite parts include the clock, the girls and the messed up manicure.
    Can’t wait to meet your new slightly used Shetland pony.

  76. Noelle says:

    Nice job KB! I can think of a zillion things that need gluing. Can we buy this glue here?
    I want some? Can we buy it here or is this all a tease? So many questions, so little time. I’m off to work to make body butter and sugar scrub. Boring?

    • Karen says:

      NO! NOT BORING! Fun!!!! And yes, Loctite is available here. I genuinely use it myself! The packaging will be different, that’s all. ~ karen!

  77. Feral Turtle says:

    I used to rip the heads off dolls too….hmmmmm do you think it’s cuz we are both called Karen? I think my little sister hated me for this. I loved your time passing clock! I think i will make one of those for my son’s Christmas present! He would love it. BTW, I use Loctite for a lot of projects but just the Canadian kind. In fact I will make his clock with some. Cheers!

  78. Alicia Herron says:

    this is seriously the best ever! LOVED IT! Especially the bit with the chickens! :)

  79. Susan says:

    I am SO impressed. You look fantastic, your chickens look fantastic and the video was lighthearted but a good sell. The clock was priceless but if you ever do a post on building a clock, it might come back to haunt you.

  80. Marion says:

    ahhh love it! So glad your girls got a little cameo in there too.

  81. gogothrift@etsy.com says:

    And to think for a few seconds I thought YOU weren’t going to be YOU in the video. That somehow you would morph into a plastered on smile and QVC voice just for a check. Yay YOU for staying true.

  82. JebberJay says:

    You made me happy with that video. Smilingly so!

  83. amy watson says:

    HaHa….Well Done !!!!!!

  84. NikiDee says:

    You’ll know when you really hit it big…the company that makes “the goop to remove super glue from your fingers/face/furniture” will contact you to make a video ~ that is if you can unstick your fingers from the video camera ;) A BIG congrats to your new venture!!!

  85. Nancy Tubre says:

    I’m going to go out and buy a lot of Loctite !

  86. Nikki Kelly says:

    Ha! I loved it! I was a little worried that it wasn’t going to have the usual Karen attitude and flair (since they were paying you and all) but you did not disappoint. Also, I love your ruined manicure at the end!

  87. Leslie says:

    Gee, Karen. How’d you manage to break that knife in the first place? hahahahaha!

    (this reminds me of my (now ex) husband who dismissed all my DIY projects as “cooking” because I always found a way to use silverware to get things done instead of using the “tool shopping” delay tactic he favored)

  88. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    WOW Karen..You clean up pretty good..I didn’t know you could make clocks too..lol..great job..I love Loctite products!!

  89. Jacqui says:

    Brilliant! They say that a lot on the UK? My favorite part was the dirty hands and messed up manicure, really shows how hard you worked! Again, BRILLIANT!! In case anyone from the UK is reading

  90. ally says:

    Lovely. But you might want to alert them to the typo in the blurb. I presume you ripped the heads OFF your dolls. :)

  91. shauna says:

    Just posted your story on FB. Love this one. You ROCK Karen. May you continue to flourish and prosper doing stuff. : )

  92. Debbie says:

    I loved the last shot of the knife in your back pocket as a weapon. You trust your safety to Loctite, even when in with those killer chickens! LOL

  93. mumzy says:

    I just have to say that that ‘testimonial’, ad, bit of useful funniness was b r i l l i a n t! You are amazing and have a hilarious sense of humour… love it and had a hearty guffaw or two….

  94. Victoria says:

    Love it! and great ass shot in the end! You go girl!! ;)

  95. DianneT says:

    Loved the video, Karen. I’ve never heard of that product, but you’ve convinced me to try it. I thought you might go all serious doing a video for another country and all-but you were just… YOU! I laughed when the girls just kicked that knife away.

  96. Laura Bee says:

    Hee Hee – digging in the garden…I usually use a spoon for my house plants! Brilliant job on the video – congratulations! If we didn’t use it already, you would have convinced me to try it. Hubby’s hobby is gluing & painting miniatures – I brought the Loctite squeeze gel home one day and he stopped swearing when he glued the bits together and he says it’s better than the crap they sell at the hobby store.

  97. Jenny says:

    You. Are. Spectacular!

  98. Leah says:

    Great video! I love the music. What band is it?

  99. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Oh my, that video was not what I was expecting at all! Loved everything about it.

    Love the red sweater!

  100. Elen Grey says:

    Congrats on the new gig, Karen! Love you walking away with the knife sticking out of your back pocket. The chickens were a total scream.

    Um. It’s about the ring you’re wearing…………………………………. HEART!

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