Christmas Presents from 2013

It was a very good year in The Art of Doing Stuff household for presents.

Some years seem to be banner years in terms of getting gifts, don’t they? Not that you get more. They’re just BETTER.

Conversely, there are other years that you have to screw your mouth into what you hope resembles a smile as you graciously accept what appears to be either a sweater of questionable taste … or a monkey.

This year I’ve gathered up a few of the non-primate gifts I got that I think you’ll like too.

You cannot have them. This is a show and tell, not an offering so back off.

Actually, I take that back. I’ll link to the items so you can buy them for yourself if you so choose. Just so it’s clear though, these ones here are MINE.

Tripod Adapter

My sister got me this little adapter for my tripod so I can use it to hold my iPhone for making videos. It works GREAT!  Four cleavers! 4-cleavers

You can buy it on Amazon for $12 US.


I got the antique reproduction berry spoon from Betty …

and the marrow spoon from my sister (the one who only watches black and white movies)

Marrow spoon by ASL Pewter

Berry spoon by ASL Pewter

Mason Jar

I’ve had my eye on these for a while, but never mentioned it to anyone, so it came as a complete shock to get one for Christmas.  My sister got this cast porcelain mason jar at the best gift buying places in the WORLD.  The One of a Kind Craft show.

The mason jars are made  by Ontario born but Vancouver based artist, Claire Madill of heyday design.

Her porcelain mason jars range from $36 to $85.


Smartouch gloves so you can use your touch screen phone without taking your gloves off! Mine are by Isotoner, but I found  similarly styled ones by Pratt & Hart on Amazon.

Cookie Cutters

Toolbox cookie cutters!  I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love these.

You can buy the whole kit with hammer, pliers, a saw and more on Amazon.


Killer Magnets.  Dagger, Cleaver, Ax.  GREAT!

You can get them for $8 here on Amazon. They were from my sortta Secret Santa.


And as you can see I have left the most magnificent to last.

My niece had my website logo printed on 2 yards of organic cotton fabric from SpoonFlower.

But it gets even better.  Before giving the fabric to me, she had my other sister (the one with the pink suede toolbelt) sew it into …



Not a clunker in sight. Or a monkey.

note from the author – I love monkeys. I just don’t like gifts that throw feces at me.


  1. Attygreen13 says:

    LOVE these! I own the Killer Magnets, so feeling pretty cool 😉 Have to ask – are those marble countertops in your gift pix??? If so, I need your opinion, please – want them in my new kitchen – what are your thoughts?

  2. Amie Mason says:

    Love, love, love the PJS! I’ve never seen a marrow or berry spoon, but I now want one!

  3. Danni says:

    Nice haul! I have to say nothing beats new Jammie’s. Especially when it’s obviously homemade with love. Good job family!!!

  4. Laura Bee says:

    Mighty cool jammies! Love the jar as well and I need to get those Killer Magnets for hubby. Maybe I’ll stick ’em to a tin box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Right through those big cheesy hearts. (We don’t really do Valentine’s haha.)
    Looking forward to your organizing week – I tried…but I am missing a gene I think.
    Thanks for sharing – I am back to work in the morning so should probably go to bed now. You are my reverse alarm clock. Goodnight.

  5. SK Farm Girl says:

    I have pyjama envy; a very bad case of it!!!

  6. Jen says:

    Awesome pajama pants! I love the mason jars. These are great gifts!

  7. Jane says:

    I too am so jealous of your PJ pants!
    They are totally cool and they look mighty comfy! You made out like a bandit this year on your gifts! Thank you so much for sharing. Now what’s your sisters telephone number? I need some PJ’s made!

  8. Debbie says:

    I have a huge smile imagining you enjoying the gifts. I also have a smile at the memory of my grandmother who didn’t even need a spoon to get every last drop of marrow from a bone – she just chewed the bones. I have no idea how! I’m not sure how to use a berry spoon.

    I love the jammies. I love the magnets and wish I had a magnetic fridge! I’m wowed by the tripod – I remember the days before cell phones. I have the gloves (got mine at Costco and love them). The tool box cookie cutters are awesome.

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

  9. Liz says:

    I helped pattern test a mitten pattern that had the option to use metalic fabric so that it is conductive enough for phones etc.

    The pattern designer also sells the fabric to match 🙂 for those who are lacking wonderful present givers

  10. I love everything you got, put I’m completely jealous of your Crown Jar from HeyDay design – I’ve been eyeing them at the One of a Kind show for years, and apparently haven’t managed to drop enough hints to be lucky enough to find one under the tree.

  11. Lyn says:

    They always say “It’s the thought that counts”. Your gifts are the perfect example of that, thought actually went into them. Especially the fabric. Awesome.

  12. Grammy says:

    What great gifts — every single one of them! You have a way better family than I do. May I come and live with you?

  13. Cathy says:

    Yea, well I got my very own Brolly!!! Now I can text and stay dry whilst holding onto my Brolly.
    Seriously, though, you had an excellent Christmas….I think a certain Mason jar is in my future!

  14. Raymonde says:

    This Christmas, one of my favorite gifts came directly from your blog, a Rough Linen pinafore! Oh yeah!!!
    Thank you for the inspiration Karen and have a great and Happy New Year!

  15. Pam'a says:

    Awesome gifts, Karen! Alas, it was a mostly monkey year for me.

    But! I wanted everybody to know you can buy “conductive thread” (Google it–It’s easy to find all over) and make any pair of gloves work with a touch pad by sewing a little patch of it onto the desired fingers of your glove. Alas, it only comes in gray, as far as I know.

  16. Deb says:

    I think its wonderful when family knows us so well that every gift we open causes a squeal of delight. I love making something special at Christmas. Often its pajama bottoms for son and teenage grandsons. Of course they are too cool to squeal…or they aren’t as impressed as I am. Yours are ab fab. Welcome back.

  17. The Advicist says:

    Hope you used the tripod to shoot the PJs picture! You got some great gifts. Next up, please could we see what you bought for everyone else? (the magnets are my fave!)

  18. Su says:

    Sweet! feeling the love from your family to you… 🙂

  19. Susan says:

    Ha! I see I am not the only one noticing and curious about that marble.

    Great presents! The logo fabric and then it being made into jammies is my absolute favorite. Amazingly thoughtful. I love those magnets and cookie cutters, too. I’m glad you got such wonderful stuff for Christmas. And I have spent hours on Spoonflower. Love that site.

    I don’t like monkeys and from what I heard, feces isn’t the worst thing they will throw at you. Nasty messy creatures.

  20. Some pretty cool gifts there! Looks like there was a lot of thought put into them!

  21. says:

    There you go ….taunting me with that garage sale mirror again, sigh

  22. Ev says:

    Great gifts! Love the magnets. The jammies are wonderful-you have thoughtful gift givers around you! Stay warm Karen!

  23. Stefani says:

    I love your stuff so much I went to Amazon to check out the magnets. I didn’t get the magnets but still spent $20 .

  24. Marti says:

    I got new flannel pajamas for Christmas. From me. Made by me. They’re the gift that keeps on giving.

    The other gift I got was a hunk of pink Himalayan salt. Is it weird that I loved it and thought it was incredibly thoughtful? Last year, I got fleur de sel. Sigh.

  25. Christine says:

    OMG, love your gifts! You lucky ducky! I mean CLUCKY!
    But…is that a pre-emptive look at your recent fridge appliance in your new kitchen that for some reason you are not even giving us a peek at and is taking a very long time to finish because apparently you bought cabinets made in Tibet or something and they are slowing coming down that big hill there that I can’t put my finger on the name but it’s a mountain and so only mountain goats can carry the canbinetsts down hill on goat-shoes or something…AND why is the white jar infront of a wall that has recently the site of a massacre? Can I go home yet?

  26. NikiDee says:

    Perhaps some cleaver kitchen towels will be a possible holiday purchase for all of us? Those are adorable!

  27. Kelly says:

    I am horrible at making my face look presentable when receiving gifts, such as a feces throwing monkey. There is great lore in my family at my terrible gift acceptance abilities. My husband said he’s going to write me a script to memorize for next year’s extended family party. If they’d just me me pj’s like yours, there would be no need.

  28. kelliblue says:

    Your fam knows you so well…such cute and awesome gifts! (the tripod is perfect for you – no more tape and string!) Happy new year!

  29. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I would have loved to watch you open all of these gifts..They should have all had a tag that said “Karen Bertelsen Will Love Me”..Enjoy my deserve it all..

  30. lori jones says:

    can I buy some of the fabric??? I went to Spoonflower and tried to look it up but could not find yours. Found one with a red background but i like the white.
    i am jealous of your iphone picture holder tripod adapter! SO I if goes miss don’t look here for it. heheh

  31. marilyn says:

    love the crown jar! everything was awesome, its great when your people get you isn’t it?

  32. Amy says:

    Having seen your umbrella, I told my family I had to have the “Merde, Il Pleut” one for Christmas. I lived in Geneva as an exchange student in high school and when I saw yours, I died laughing. I’m not sure how many Texans will understand it and that’s what amuses me most!

  33. Marion says:

    Nice gifts, and the PJs are definitely awesome!

  34. Susan says:

    What a wonderful Christmas you had, and I’m so wonderfully happy for you and those thoughtful gifts you received!

  35. Bedalia says:

    I saw and loved Claire Madill’s mason jars at the Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island while in Vancouver in September. Seems like a perfect addition to your decor!

    These gifts reflect so much love and adoration towards you!

  36. Barbie says:

    ….I so jealous of your presents!! I may have to buy that tripod thingy!

  37. Amanda B. says:

    Okay I want a pair of the pajama pants for my very own! ( Picture Ralphie from the holiday classic The Christmas Story desperately pleading through the whole entire movie for the one thing he wants more than anything in the world for christmas… A red rider Bee bee gun. ” You’ll shoot your eye out kid! ”

    ~Amanda B.

  38. Anita says:

    You are right. Not a clunker in sight. I got some really pretty slippers two sizes too small. I keep hoping they’ll be like the Grinch’s heart and grow, but so far, nuthin.

  39. Sally R. says:

    In the BHG Christmas issue, on page 17, you have 3 different sized white porcelain pitchers with kitchen utensils in them. I love this idea; where did you get the pitchers? Thanks!

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