10 of my Favourite Sites & An Opportunity to Add Yours to the List.

Every night I sit down and say I’m DEFINITELY going to compose a blogroll.  For those who don’t know, a blogroll is a list of websites someone likes.  Bloggers usually put it in their sidebar.

Good and conscientious bloggers do anyway.  I’m a bad blogger.

I have really good intentions.  It’s just that snacking, television watching, post writing and photo editing gets in the way every night.   And snacking.  Sometime I actually have to leave the house in the dark of night to go out and GET snacks.  So clearly, my time is limited.

The other thing about a blogroll is, once you put it up, you have to update it. What if your once favourite blog suddenly becomes boring and stupid.   Or disappears altogether.  What if you have a new favourite blog but don’t have time to add it to your blogroll leaving that blog feeling slighted?  What then?!

Admittedly, I’ve given this some thought.  I just haven’t done anything about it.  Again.  Bad blogger.

So, I have for you today a list of the blogs I like to visit.  It’s not a bona fide blogroll.   It’s just a list of some sites I like.  And I’m sure I’m going to miss some sites and thusly make some people feel bad.  I apologize in advance.

There are some sites that I visit every day, others I take a peek at every once in a while.  In no particular order (don’t want anyone’s feelings hurt) … my BLOGROLL.  Which by the way, includes sites that aren’t actually blogs.

1.  Centsational Girl Centsational Girl was a lawyer until she quit lawyering to write a design blog. Seriously.  She’s been featured in Style at Home, Spanish Glamour and has appeared a couple of times on The Nate Berkus Show. None of which would have happened had she continued lawyering.  Do what you love folks and you’ll be a success.


2.  Design*Sponge Grace from Design*Sponge was the first person to post my work on her site.  She supported me and The Art of Doing Stuff from day one.  At the time (a year ago) I knew it was a big deal. I just didn’t know how big a deal.  Thanks to Grace and her team.  HUGE site, huge heart.


3.  The Nester You probably remember The Nester from when I guest posted there last week.  She just seems to lead a nice family life.  Things are pretty but not “I’m perfect” pretty.  It’s a comfortable place to go.  Plus she’s funny.





4.  This to That This is a site that literally tells you how to glue things together.  How to glue this to that.  I’m probably the only one that would ever have this site on their blogroll.


5.  Remodelista Endlessly inspiring design photos.


6.  Pint Sized Pioneering Jenn’s the gal that made me realize you really could have backyard chickens.  She’s a locovore.  Don’t know what that is?  Go to the site and find out.  She doesn’t post every day.  In fact she hasn’t posted in a month.   She’s busy.  Blogs take a LOT of time.  Deal with it.  Her site isn’t filled with ads and flashy crap.  She’s a gal with a blog about her chickens, preserves, gardening, cooking and such.  It’s a nice site where you truly believe you’re getting a glimpse into this person’s life.  I like it.


7.  Heather Bullard I only recently discovered Heather Bullard’s site while searching for chicken coops.  Actually that’s a lie.  Someone posted the link to her site for me on Facebook. Heather is a Senior Editor at Flea Market Style Magazine.  I love her flea market style and she’s a great photographer.


8.  Foodgawker, Dwellingawker, Craftgawker – This conglomeration of individual sites allows readers to submit the best of food, design and crafts from around the web.  As the word  “Gawker” implies, it’s all about the pretty.  It could be the best recipe in the world, but it doesn’t have a drool worthy photo accompanying it, it won’t make it onto Foodgawker.  Conversely it could be a crap recipe, but if it has a great recipe to accompany it, it goes up on the site.  Ditto for their other site incarnations like Dwellingawker and Craftgawker.

9.   ??????  (this could be you)

10.  ?????? (this could be you)


Like I said, this is not an exhaustive list.  I’m sure by the time I post this I’ll remember a variety of other sites I should have included for you.  But like eating pretzels when you don’t have potato chips … it’s better than nothin’.  Chances are I’ll do this again in the future, in which case, I’ll get you next time around.

As I’m sure you noticed, there are spots 9 and 10 available.  This is where you come in.

Leave a link to your site in the comments section if you think I or the other readers would like it with a short description of what your site is about. Feel free to link to one of your favourite sites if you don’t have a blog.

Remember to link your site like this:  http://www.(yoursitename).com  If you forget the http:// people won’t be able to just click on it to go to the site.

Next week I’ll pick the 2 sites I think are the best and link to them in Friday’s post.   If any come out as fan favourites in the comments section, I’ll list those as well.

Have a great weekend everyone!  Enjoy reading the blogs and wish me luck with thinking about, thinking about planning to think about building a chicken coop.

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  1. Oh my, blushing the color of 1980’s neon pink jelly bracelets, of which I had many.

    I think you’d enjoy this site, she’s so funny, and I love her sense of humor, just like I love yours. Bri is my new second favorite. Who’s my first? I’ll leave you lying awake at night.



    • Karen says:

      O.K. I haven’t even looked at the site and it’s my new favourite based on the name alone. ~ karen!

  2. Wait, don’t you Canadians say ‘humour’ or something. You’re always adding that extra ‘u’. Wanna arm wrestle?

    • Karen says:

      Again? I’m sick of virtual arm wrestling you over the letter U. Can’t we have a thumb war or something this time?

  3. Laura says:

    I need to know how to glue the rubber seal thingy back onto my dryer door so I am heading right over to “this to that”. Thanks once again, Karen.

  4. Jenn says:

    GAH!! The guilt, ack ack ack!!

    And then I go to sign in to my blog to write a guilt-ridden “so sorry I’ve been gone” post and Blogger is down!!!!!!

    Ugh. (insert curse words of your favorite color here)

    Thanks for including me on your list, Karen. I’m super duper honored. I shall now slink back to my hidey hole and consider a witty post to write so as not to disappoint your legions of fans. 🙂

    Hugs, jenn.

  5. Hi! Love your blog and especially the portable fire pit! SO SO SO creative. I am a new blogger at http://www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com and have lots in my head to add but mainly keep getting sucked into crafts sewing diy and health stuff. I plan on adding more household management stuff (organizing time, finances, just helpful tips etc.. I also plan on adding some of my old posts from another blog from when we lived in Vanuatu as missionaries (Vanu what? I know, don’t worry no one knows where it is! IN the South Pacific.) We adopted from there and now have 4 kiddos 6 and under. It is not a yackety yack blog more of a tutorial link,& my own creative ideas, all healthy and thrifty of course!! Let me know what you think. Being so new I would love some constructive criticism! Thanks for looking! Kristy

  6. Adrienne Audrey says:

    Thanks for the new blogs to check out!

    Here is mine: http://craftylittlegnome.blogspot.com

    It’s about home and garden, DIY tutorials, strange home remedies and beauty recipes, my life living on the farm.

  7. Jenny says:

    I’m a blog reader, not a blog writer. But most of the time I’m a blog photo looker-atter instead of a reader.

    But there are a few that I always read. I read your posts because they’re funny and I often learn stuff. And I love The Brick House and Manhatten Nest because they’re both hilarious…and they have great pictures.


    Thanks for a great read every day!

  8. Valentina says:

    I would love to be on your blogroll but at the moment my blog is only in Italian (I have added a translation thingie to each post but the results of automatic translation on what I write are probably embarassing, too bad). If you will ever add a “rest of the world” blogroll section I’m up for that! 🙂



  9. Sharon says:

    It’s not my blog, but that said, http://www.younghouselove.com is one of my favourite blogs, and they do some great designs and fun things. Which is also why I love your site so much!

    Thanks Karen!

  10. Oh I must submit! (while jumping around like a little kid asking for a piece of candy PULEEZE???)

    Of course, Blogger has been playing games with it’s blog owners since yesterday – very cruel, psychological, make you want to pull your hair out games – and I’m not so sure how my posts are lining up.

    And I really like that glue site!!

  11. Meg says:

    I’ve only been reading since The Nester introduced us. I showed so many people the pictures of your house makeover. I even showed my mom who thought your before pictures were her house.

    Anyways…I blog about my life, specifically, house decor.cooking.my son.becoming crafty so I can make stuff instead of buy stuff. I coat it in a bit of humoUr and sarcasm. Your comment section kicks my humoUr’s ars.

    have a good weekend!


  12. my site isn’t so much geared to your audience, but you may get a kick out of the dry humour tucked away here and there.

    {plus, we live really close to each other … no, not stalker close … and I remember watching you *ahem* ‘a few years ago’ when you’d appear between shows creating magnificent schtuff}


    But here’s a site I KNOW you’ll love.

    it’s a recent discovery of mine and I adore it.

  13. Carol-Anne says:

    I read your blog daily and I also really like
    http://www.desiretoinspire.net/ the two co-bloggers have an interesting story and I love Kim’s :Pet’s on Furniture” posts on Monday!

  14. Carol-Anne says:

    OMG I just went to timmythewienerdog site briefly – hilarious! Thanks for that Centsational girl and thanks for this posting Karen. There goes my weekend; I’ll be busy on the computer!

  15. Heather says:

    Thanks for your list. I read a few already and will soon check out the others. I’m new to your fabulous blog since you shared on Nester. My blog is a tale of a Loud House with Four Loud Monkeys…hence, fourloudmonkeys.blogspot.com. It’s just me blabbing and sharing. Looking forward to your other recommendations!

  16. Alicia says:

    I don’t blog, well actually that’s a lie. I started a photo blog January of 2010, in hopes of posting 365 photos for the year. I made it to day 36 or something.. and then a few sporadic ones.. and now it’s been sitting in Limvo since October…

    Anywho, I’m sure you’ve been there, but one of my favourite blogs is http://www.younghouselove.com it’s the story of John & Sherry, as they decorate and DIY their home. They have excellent writing skills and it’s a joy to read them.

    Also, http://www.ana-white.com is another favourite. She posts easy to follow, anyone can do it plans for furniture, usually knocked off from pottery barn, or west elm. In fact, I JUST finished making the little kitchen set for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.

    • Alicia says:

      Darn. and by Limvo, I obviously mean limbo. Maybe I should start proof-reading before I post, and not after.

      • marné says:

        I thought limvo was a cool new meta slang word, I like it and I think we should start using it for something.

        I have a site, but I tend to meander and not write about any one topic in particular: knitting, cooking, chickens, my dog Winston, iPhone apps. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. And I now also realize I need to clean up my list of links and add some new ones.


  17. Hi Karen..I will spend the evening checking out all these new blog links..I do get a huge chuckle reading yours. I am new to blogging..10 years ago I quit my day job, I was in my early 40’s and figured life should not consist of ‘living for weekends’..enrolled in a full time Fine Woodworking Course at a visual arts college, stayed three years…begged the bank to help me build a shop..and 10 years later I am still LOVING my work, the list of things I want to make just gets longer.
    Hmmm I do not have the regular paycheck, no benefits…but I do not mind working weekends, my co-workers are 2 Labradors, my bosses are 3 clever British Shorthair Cats, no commute to work..LIFE IS GOOD !! You can check out my new blog http://www.brendawattswoodwork.com/
    Oh and I LOVE chickens too !!

  18. Tiffany says:

    What fun! I love finding new blogs and I totally binged on yours last weekend when I found you via Nester.
    My blog is Eat at Home http://eatathomecooks.com Everyday Food for Busy People. Quick, yet delicious recipes and nearly 2 years worth of free menus + complete grocery lists. And things like S’more Nachos and Nutella Strudel.

  19. Hi Karen-

    Heather Bullard’s blog was the first blog I ever stumbled upon and knew at that moment I had to become a blogger, too. ( and a better photographer) Love This to That, CG and the rest of your list that is starting to roll. Never been to Pint Size Pioneering, but if you like it- it must be a fun and interesting site. Gotta go check it out.
    I have a page full of blog buttons from my fav blogs on my Blogspiration page, but need to redo it as many of the blogs I read don’t have buttons. I need to make a new presentation that includes everyone button or not.


    My best- Diane

  20. Michelle says:

    I wish I could recommend my blog for you blogroll, but I’ll admit that I’m not quite there yet in terms of being a ‘must read’. I’ll keep working at it though in hopes you someday pick me 🙂
    Here are two I read everyday:


  21. Erin says:

    Well, I will add my humble little blog to this post: http://luckybydesign.blogspot.com

    It’s just a place where I post about stuff I like and stuff I make. It’s fun. 🙂

  22. Sharon says:

    I am a blogger. Therefore, I blog. About what?
    I like to blog about my little life here in Ontario. It includes that latest “ugly room makeover” series, shopping for fabric for the next quilt (there is always another quilt over the fence), cottage life, gardening, a bit of photography, Dakoda, our French-Canadian bilingual understanding Golden Retriever (honest to goodness she should have her own website). On my days off, I can be found puttering in my studio, digging in the garden, going to yard sales (cause I love a deal and looking at other people’s castoffs!!) and riding my motorcycle (Yep, I ride a bike. Why do you ask?)

  23. Karen says:

    … and there goes my whole morning. Never mind I have company coming tomorrow, no groceris, unmade beds and a dog dripping with mud wanting to come into the house and “spread the wealth”. I have just spent my time getting totally inspired and I have only gotten to the first blog. I can’t WAIT to paint some furniture! Watch out Discount Warehouse, here I come. Thank God the grocery store is next door.

  24. Michele says:

    The only blog I read religiously is yours! (and design*sponge, though not lately because I’ve been distracted by crazy-a** wedding blogs since I have a wedding coming up).
    I love to know what you’re reading, although, I have to say that I was definitely expecting a recipe for cheese souffle today.
    Speaking of food, what are you snacking on while on your super healthy diet? I need some tasty, good-for-you snacks.

  25. Michelle says:

    I love your blog and sense of humour it always squeezes a smile out of me when I’m having a crap of a day! I have no misconception that my lil ole blog comes anywhere close to your top 7 but it has a bit of Aussie humour, and tells the tale of me stripping down my first do-er-up house inside and out and sharing recipes that turn out edible and disasterous (just to be fair). Would love you to check it out http://jarrahjungle.blogspot.com/

  26. Oooh, thanks for this list! I frequent some of those already, but had never heard of the others. I’ll check ’em out.

    If you or your readers would like to visit mine, I’d be happy to show you around. =) It may be called PrettySweet, but it’s not all chocolate and marshmallow fluff…even though I do like to share recipes here and there. Amen. I write about traveling and tea parties and homemade rockets and container gardening and Christmas wreaths and funny things my husband says.

    Can’t wait to hear more about these chickens of yours. That would be my mom’s worst nightmare – she is deathly afraid of birds – but I’m intrigued.

  27. fifi says:

    Mine is not a shelter blog, and I really hold no high hopes for blogroll status, but it’ll be cool to see visits jump when I check site stats. ‘Fifi’s Year Off’ is that special place in my own head where I think I am the most entertaining/funny/adorable thing ever. And I felt that I would share it with the world. So far, about 35 people come on a regular basis. And feed my ego.

    PS – Karen is on MY blogroll…

  28. Ann says:

    I don’t know that my site is worthy of your blogroll as I’m not especially funny (well, my kids think I am; does that count?) but I post about All Things Paper… things I make and cooler things that other people make. So if paper is your thing, come on over!


    As for one of my faves that I think you might love too, is Cold Antler Farm.

    Jenna is into chickens and lots more animals in a very big way – she bought her own farm and takes care of it herself, in addition to her day job… how she finds time to write about it, I’ll never figure out. I’m just glad she does.

  29. Kelly Sidoryk says:

    Hi Karen. I really enjoy your blog. It is the one I have continued to read every day. A friend and I also started a blog a few months ago, after much debate and finally a push from our families, we went for it. The other day you said your blog was good for your soul, and I can completely relate. Ours is about life on the prairies, food, fun, animals, families. Hope you enjoy.

  30. Mindy says:

    Looking forward to checking out the sites that are new to me. Can I just say that I’m so glad I stumbled upon yours? I look forward to your wit daily.

    It would be my hono(u)r to have you pop in and check me out. http://rindymae.blogspot.com/

    My posts are a mix of food, yard, house, crafts and the occasional shameless photo of a kid or two thrown in for good measure. (by the way, I don’t mean random kids – they belong to me)

    You’re even on my sidebar. 🙂 Thanks for the smiles!

  31. What a great idea! Your list rocks so far!

    Here is my site:


    daily decorator provides inspiring decorating ideas daily! Designer spotlights, handmade finds, design trends & DIYs are just some of the things I cover. I also provide affordable online room makeovers. Hope you come visit! ~Tracy

  32. Eywa's Basket says:

    Hi, check out our blog site and our marketplace, Eywa’s Basket, http://eywasbasket.com.
    We are a relatively new blog site and are welcoming guest authors to come in and talk about hobbies or issues that are important to women.
    Our related marketplace is a forum for women to find localized services in their neighborhood offered by other women. You can also sell used or self-made items.
    Check it out. Hope you like it!

  33. Jessie says:

    Ok, now the rest of my day is going to be taken up looking at all of these blogs. 🙂 But that’s ok – otherwise I’d just be working! Ha!

    I blog over at http://mommysmiddleground.blogspot.com/ about, well, me! Lately a lot of sewing, remodeling (160 year old houses will do that to you), gardening, some crafting, cooking, work hacks, life hacks, beauty, a few reviews of books that interest me, and some mommy-ness.

    It’s finally warm and sunny out and all I want to do is go out and play in my gardens (I have two this year!) or mow the lawn. You know it’s early in the year when mowing the lawn is still a thrill!

  34. Paulina J! says:

    I’m proud to say that I recommended the Heather Bullard one and now have a few more for you to waste your time. I read some of the ones already mentioned above (great minds think alike), but here’s oem more.

    House reno: http://fortheloveofahouse.blogspot.com/
    Decorating: http://theletteredcottage.net/
    Time wasters/hilarious: http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/ and http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/

    I have so many more, but these will keep you busy for a few weeks 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Paulina! I searched for who recommended Heather Bullard’s site to me but I couldn’t find it! I’m glad you told me it was you! I know the other sites you’ve recommended. Yup. All good choices. Especially the time wasters.

  35. Paulina J! says:

    Forgot one; best all round and best stick figures


  36. Shari says:

    Since several of my posts were inspired by posts I read right here on the Art of Doing Stuff, I couldn’t resist posting my link. Check out ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ and ‘Vertigo’ for two posts that were inspired by Karen herself – a girl after my own heart!

    I started my site at the beginning of January as a creative outlet. Unfortunately the blog has fallen by the wayside since I started writing a craft book (there’s just not enough hours in the day!), but I’m hoping to cut back to part-time work and get back to blogging soon. My last post ‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall’ is sure to be an inspiration to those of you with small gardens that are looking to visually expand your space.

    You can check it out at:


  37. Jodi J says:

    Hi Karen! I absolutely adore your blog, your craftiness and your sarcasm. I look forward to reading your blog every morning when I first get to work and it never disappoints.

    I have recently (with a friend) started an event planning company and crafting blog, which we are actually in the process of morphing into more of just a crafting blog (with a twist). Changes to come soon! 🙂

    I would be honored if you would check it out. And thanks so much for giving me a lovely post to look forward to every morning!




  38. Kathryn says:

    Tiny faith {it only takes a mustard seed, right?}, tiny family, tiny mom who blogs . . . BIG life!

    Love for you to visit!

  39. Sometimes, it seems some bloggers just want to be in a huge popularity contest! I’ve read blogs and thought this is so good, and then you see them sell themselves to sponsers and have all these adds in your face! I then move on….
    I like your blog as it seems your so down to earth and not trying to win us over!!!! (But you are)
    My blog is not going to be on your top 10, but that’s okay…it’s just me doing some projects here and there, fixing up my old farmhouse and showing you some inspiration pics that make me happy! I don’t do multiple posts in a day,or always everyday. But that’s how I roll.

    Your blog list is great. I will try and visit them soon.



    • Karen says:

      Thanks Design Love – Yeah, um … count me in with those willing to sell out. This sucker takes at least 60 hours a week. I’d sell out in a heartbeat, LOL ~. Karen

  40. Jill@BarrioAdjacent says:

    If you put me on your blogroll I promise to post daily. Ok, maybe 3 days a week – don’t want to overextend myself. Twice a week? I’m a bit lazy.


  41. homepodge says:

    Check out http://homepodge.com too!
    It’s full of links to the best home, garden, and craft ideas on the web.

  42. Jess says:

    My friend Mary and I just started a blog devoted to great ideas in home design. Mary rents in Austin, Texas and I am a new home owner in northwest Missouri, but we’re both devoted to ways to make something better by doing it ourselves whether it’s furniture or a full room remodel. (My husband and I gutted and remodelled our house which will be featured off and on.)

    Anyway, like I said, we’re new but we’re having fun and there’s enough content up there now to get a feel for what we’re doing so check us out.


  43. Caitlin says:

    Thanks for sharing your favourites! I’ve been reading The Art of Doing Stuff ever since my husband came home from work (he works for CBC on the Steven & Chris show occasionally) and raved about the table-top fire pit project. I’ve submitted my blog for consideration but it is relatively new in the world of blogs and I’m still finding my groove. Anyways, here it is…


  44. Shauna says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love Centsational Girl too – great blog. Can’t wait to check out all the blogs you and others have listed. I think you’ve been to mine once before, but not sure it’s up your audiences alley. It’s a lifestyle blog – parties, recipes, etc. etc. I do A LOT of free printables. It’s big with a certain audience, so I keep doing them. Plus, they’re fun for me. Anywho, if anyone is interested, my blog is http://www.yourlifevents.com.

  45. I’m gonna shamelessly send you to my own blog! Haha.


    I hate to call it a “lifestyle” blog. But I guess that’s what it is.

  46. LOL.

    60 hours….your a blogging maniac!


  47. Britt says:

    Karen, you are definitely in my Top 10 for blogs that I MUST read on a daily basis… For reals, I have your feed in my reader listed under “FAVS – Must Read”

    I follow most of your “Top 10…err… 8” blogs already. The one I have never heard of is This to That… I also agree with Sharon that Young House Love is a great blog to read…

    If you’re interested here is a link to 59 (or so) Canadian Design Bloggers on my blog… bookmark them… follow them… like them! K?! lol… But really, they are all awesome peeps!


    Keep up the good work!

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