Art of Doing Stuff Seed Saving Packets
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If you’ve been doing things right this summer there are two things you have in your possession right now. A speeding ticket and a garden full of vegetables. Who can resist the urge of rolling down the windows on a hot summer night,  blaring Southern Rock on a dusty country road?  Filled with radar detectors.

Having said that, I should point out that if you speed you probably never get ticketed. If, on the other hand, you rarely speed because you realized at a young age that your wages from the store in the mall couldn’t pay for both a pair of bondage pants AND a speeding ticket … you probably get ticketed for speeding quite often. Because THAT is the way the world works.

It’s the same law that ensures the day you’re finally getting your hair cut it looks fantastic, the one time you go out wearing pajama pants with a mustard stain on the crotch, wearing a fork as a barrette you run into an ex, and the grocery cart you pull out is always the loudest one in the store that rattles and bangs you around the store in a cloud of noise embarrassment which would only be worse if it were farting.

Then there’s the vegetables. If you planted even the smallest garden you should be overrun with vegetables and flowers by now. Unless cucumber beetles passed some sort of stupid wilt onto your zucchini, in which case you’re not overwhelmed with vegetables but merely overrun. There’s a difference.

To save zucchini seeds, by the way, you have to let the zucchini get to mammoth proportions so the seeds are big enough to harvest. The size of zucchini you’d normally eat barely even has visible seeds. So let it grow, let it grow, let it grow.

Most people also have flowers blooming, tomatoes growing and herbs going to seed. So NOW is the time to start collecting seeds to use next year. At the very least now is the time to print out really cute Art of Doing Stuff seed packets for free.

I made these just for you.


Just click on the packets above and you’ll get the full sized image which you can print on your computer and then cut them out for seed packets. 2 of them should fill an entire standard size piece of computer paper.  If it doesn’t fill the entire page check to make sure your printing mode is set to full size, or just increase the percentage until it’s large enough.  The cleaver on the package is my own, actual cleaver by the way.  I took a picture of it and then fiddled with the photo until it looked just right for the seed package.


You can print the seed packets on regular computer paper or do what I did which was use plain brown paper.  Just cut the brown paper to the size of standard computer paper.





Print the packets, cut them out and fold them along the fold lines.  Glue the back together and start sorting seeds.





As your seeds start to become available NOW you won’t have to origami paper ineffectively, therefore losing all your seeds. You won’t have to use regular envelopes that are way too big to hold the few seeds you have and might accidentally get mailed to the hydro company along with a very terse letter about how it wasn’t your fault you had to wash mustard out of p’jamas in the middle of the afternoon and you’d like the discounted “off peak” rate please.

So print at will and print as often as you like.

If you missed the link up top, here is the link to the seed packets.  

And just say no to speeding.  On the other hand I don’t want to hear that any of you have EVER turned down the volume of Sweet Home Alabama.


  1. amyfaith says:

    “Who can resist the urge of rolling down the windows on a hot summer night, blaring *Metallica* on a dusty country road?”

    There, fixed that for ya 😉

      • Katie says:

        YES. One of my favorite memories as a volunteer-art-teacher-who-also-drove-school-busses) on a South Dakotan indian reservation was dropping the last kid off on a sunny day warm day (after a long, disgusting winter) and BOMBING home along dusty country roads…and then Enter Sandman came on the radio. Oh, my. Yes, you can definitely speed in a 40-foot school bus. Gleefully.

  2. judy says:

    I feel better about paying for the speeding ticket of my more than adult son who is a great guy with ADD compliments of moi and swears he never speeds and on the occasion when he does he ALWAYS gets a ticket. One of the nicest thing about the internet for this old person has been the discovery of wonderful people like you and your fans. So smart-so funny………Thanks …………you are a gift.

    • Mary Werner says:

      Thanks Judy – as one of Karen’s fans, I couldn’t agree more. Reading her comments is almost as much fun as readying her blog!

  3. Cathy Reeves says:

    Ooohhh, you could put that cleaver on a tea towel! Print that sucker right up!!

    • Karen says:

      🙂 I’ll have to stick with the old tea towel cleaver for now. No time to do a new one, but I HAVE thought of how great it would be for the tea towel. One day. ~ karen!

  4. Ember says:

    Sigh…alas…the kidlets and I did not a lot right with the container gardening, but we had fun, got dirty, and actually, by the grace of God had actual plants grow. We do have one eggplant the size of a tennis ball growing so we feel successful! Thanks for the inspiration. My kids are 7, 6, and 4 and its been fun showing them how to grow plants this summer! Alas, maybe next year we will grow actual! Love the packets…I’m thinking craft project..:)

  5. Ember says:

    P.S.aforementioned three children under the age of 8 can belt out all the words to Sweet Home Alabama with the best of them. I’m a ‘Bama girl so its required! Love your posts! You are always so nifty!!

  6. Gwennie says:

    The last time I got a ticket I had two kids and my mother-in-law in the car, and we were ten minutes from our Door County cottage. When the officer asked if I knew I was speeding, I honestly said I didn’t. My m-i-l, so helpfully, said “oh, I knew! The limit changed a while back, but since you have been speeding the the whole trip, I didn’t say anything.” Let’s just say it wasn’t the most relaxing weekend away!

  7. Linda W says:

    Love your shoes!

  8. Teresa says:

    I live in Alabama, so I’ve seen several folks with their windows rolled down, radio blaring Sweet Home Alabama on a hot summer night! I understand the draw….not that I’ve ever got a ticket for it! Thanks for the seed packets! They are sweet. I won’t be saving any seeds from Zucchini or Cucumber because the worms got it all this summer. I only harvested ONE yellow squash and two sweet potato squash that were inedible because of the worms in them (though I did save the seeds from those two). This year it is a bumper crop of Roma tomatoes, so I am up to my elbows in ‘maters’ and mater seeds! Ah! The glory of organic gardening!

  9. Ruth says:

    Months of drought and sketchy water supply means I have no seeds since everything keeled over and gave up the ghost, but I’ll save these for next year… when I will be sensible and plant in containers instead.

    Thanks Karen. 🙂

  10. Gina says:

    Where’d you get those shoes? Are they a slipper?

  11. Su says:

    Oh my – super cute seed packets and printed on brown paper the seed packetss can used as gifts for other so inclined folks at Xmas…. brilliant… 🙂

  12. Maria says:

    Thanks for the craft idea. I was wrapping them up in paper towels and putting them in old medicine bottles but that’s not a good idea?

    For me, I never turn down the volume on B-52’s Love Shack. How else do I sing the parts and sound so good unless the volume is loud enough to 1. Make me sound good and 2. Cover the sound of the police siren coming up behind me?

    Thanks again

  13. Tigersmom says:

    These are adorable. And so handy.

    Being that I’m only in the cooking real food phase of my conversion and don’t have any seeds to harvest because anything I have that wasn’t getting hit by the sprinklers has croaked, I am dreaming up many alternative uses for these. Like holding the hardware off of furniture pieces I’m painting or separating the parts of jewelry I’m reworking.

    So, thanks. These are way cuter than the manila envelopes and, should I want to get fancy (’cause sometimes I do), I can print them on colored paper.

    There will be no confessions, er -I mean talk, of speeding tickets here.

  14. Tigersmom says:

    PS – Your nails are done! They look lovely. And I love your top. More info on that please and perhaps a proper pic of it along with the Thailand dress please.

    • Karen says:

      Thx Tigersmom. I actually had no idea my nails were done! The top is from lord knows where. It’s from one of the shows I shot a few years ago. ~ karen!

  15. Your seed packets are so cute! I try really hard not to speed but I do live down a dusty country road and you guessed it, when Sweet Home Alabama comes on, my lead foot shows! Too bad it couldn’t show in those awesome shoes you are sporting!

  16. AKing says:

    These are great, thanks Karen! I was also drawn to your top immediately, looks so comfy and cute at the same time!

  17. Lynne says:

    How cute. I was just looking at the variegated morning glories I’ve got growing in my two urns on my front porch this morning and noticed seed pods – and thought to myself “I gotta pick those and then I can start my own plants next spring”.

    Very timely post Karen. Ta.

  18. Jean says:

    Is that a kitchen-type cleaver or a horror-movie type cleaver? Because at first it looked kind of scary to me, but when you said it was your actual cleaver, I was hoping it was just from the kitchen.

  19. Diane says:

    Forget the seeds! Where did you get those SHOES! I want a pair!

  20. Jake says:

    OMG! Karen with a cleaver, scary, scary, scary. Then on the other hand, a farting shopping cart. All is right with the world.

  21. Mary Werner says:

    I love those packets and intend to use them as pockets in my scrapbooking. But I will take pictures of others peoples flowers since my garden died while waiting for me to scrapbook. Thanks so much for the freebie.

  22. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Tell Betty that you need to go back to Thailand to pick up a truckload of Union Jack shoes..I’ll take a size 7.5 W planting in containers worked out great this year..bunches of sweet juicy tomatoes and crispy leaf lettuce..I will be trying a couple more things next year..Thanks for the scary seed packets..they will look good with my scary tea towel…

  23. Leslie says:

    ohhhh! This post turned out to be EXACTLY what I was hoping it would be when I read the title!!! ADORABLE!!! Thank you!

  24. Trish R says:

    Thank you for these! Just yesterday, I stumbled upon another site that had free seed packet downloads, and was all like, “What, wait, why hasn’t Karen done this?! She should totally do this” and then fast forward to today and tada!

    Great minds!! Thanks again!


  25. Alicia says:

    OK so I had to up to the top again to see the shoes, the nails, and the top. I’m the kind of person who glances at everything then goes back and rereads. I agree the shoes are super cute. Love the seed packets although not sure about the cleaver… maybe a chicken next time? The fork as a barrette cracked me up. You are one sassy Karen girl!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Well .. the cleaver is actually my logo so I’m gonna have to stick with that. But I”ll keep chickens in mind for the next seed packet go round. ~ karen!

  26. Sandy says:

    Thank you, Karen. This is neat!

  27. Marsha Jean says:

    Well, 1 out of 2 anyway…got the speeding ticket, but the veggies? Not so much…we traveled a lot this summer and housesitter took care of pets, but, apparently, the garden was on it’s own. First ticket, been driving since 16yrs old, and am now 58. Oh, well…

  28. Cher Bartlett says:

    How much fun does that look like? I’m still trying to figure out how to get chickens in an urban back yard without the coyotes wanting to come by for a quick snack. I know, urban and coyotes don’t go together, but when they start to build into the open space, the critters come down for food and water. Therefore, cats and dogs are all in at night!
    I’m looking for someone that will let me take care of their chicken coop in exchange for a few eggs, to see if I would even like it! Until then, I keep perusing your blog! 🙂

  29. Kathy says:

    As soon as I saw the seed packets in the picture I was soooo jealous. Now, I’m not because I can download my own. Thanks Karen!

  30. LazySusan says:

    No garden, so no seeds, but I can shrink that image down to a size that will hold each of the various sizes of the hundreds of sewing needles I pulled from a pin cushion I bought for a dime at a garage sale! Thanks, Karen!

  31. Jess says:

    Can I just say I love that you include so many photos in your post so that when I go to pin them I have a good selection of options for the photo I want? 🙂

  32. Brooksie says:

    Love this! Thank you so much for sharing! Found it at the perfect time to send seeds out for the seed swap my facebook group is having. Thanks again!

    • Karen says:

      A Facebook seed swap! That sounds like fun. (I have no idea when I became the person who thinks getting a perfect cling wrap seal and seed swaps are among the most fun things ever, lol) ~ karen!

  33. David says:

    Thank you for sharing this.

  34. Paula says:

    Where did you find Mache seeds? I have been searching for ages!

  35. Paula says:

    I checked both of those places but to no avail. I had a brainwave and I just did a search for corn salad instead of mache or miner’s lettuce and voila, it was there!

  36. Mel Robicheau says:

    Thanks! This is the first year I’m foraging into saving my vegetable seeds. I shared this on a Facebook gardening page I’m part of, I bet 2 they will love it too!

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