Happy Birthday Stuff.
You’re 3.

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, my blog is now 3.

Yes.  The Art of Doing Stuff and I are celebrating our 3 year anniversary today.  We’re not going to make a big fuss.   We’ll probably just stay in, have a nice dinner and curl up by the fire.

You may remember last year on this date I celebrated with you by giving away 10 Art of Doing Stuff silk screened tea towels, lovingly crafted in the depths of my basement with my own two hands.

I’m not doing that this year.

At this point I would like to draw your attention to the rectangular button on the right.

I am happy to announce The Art of Doing Stuff tea towel is now for sale.

I never intended to sell these tea towels because they’re a bit of a pain to make frankly.  But over this past year so many people have asked if I would sell them that I decided I had better.  It’s not that I’m necessarily afraid of you, I’m not.  I am uncertain about you though.  So I thought complying with your wishes in this instance was best.

If you haven’t seen them before, take a look at this post where I show you how to silk screen.  The tea towels are made from 100% cotton.  They’re a flour sack tea towel with a screen printed cleaver on the bottom right corner.

The fella hates them.  He thinks they’re terrible tea towels because they always get wet.  I tell him that’s because as opposed to regular tea towels, these things actually absorb water from dishes as opposed to just smooshing it around.  He considers that a defect.

The price is $10 plus $4 shipping  anywhere in the world.

So there you go.  A gift from me to you.  That you have to pay for.

I sincerely thank you for reading The Art of Doing Stuff, especially those of you who read every day.  Had you not been here I would have given up and become a fish monger after the first 6 months.

Happy Anniversary to us.

Update: The Art of Doing Stuff tea towels are already sold out. I clearly underestimated the popularity of this item. Keep checking back over the next few weeks for more inventory.


  1. Deb says:


    Happy to hear you are selling the tea towels now…. I clicked on the link (left box) but get the following:

    Error 404 – Oops!

    Oop! Looks like something went wrong. Probably my fault. Sorry ’bout that.

    • Karen says:

      Oops is right! I believe I’ve fixed it. Hopefully. Fingers crossed and all that stuff. Thank you for letting me know. ~ karen!

  2. Judith says:

    Happy blogiversary! I wonder how in the world people figured out how to Do Stuff before you came along. Hmm…we’ll be christening our renovated kitchen pretty soon, and should probably have new tea towels…

  3. Amie Mason says:

    Happy Birthday! xxx

  4. Susan R. says:

    Congratulations, Karen! Your blog is an internet treasure! Have an excellent bottle of wine. A gift from us to you! That you have to pay for.
    Hey, we learned from the master!

  5. Keta says:

    Happy birthday and thanks!

  6. Karla C says:

    Now if you could only be convinced to do a matching apron…..

  7. Laura Bee says:

    Happy 3rd! I really want to write more but I’ll be late for work! I’ll talk to you tonight…whether or not you talk back. And I like that about you!
    I can just sit here & talk to myself and listen to others talk too. You really have a great little meeting place here. More interesting than a coffee shop.

  8. Mary says:

    Hi Karen,
    I’ve been enjoying The Art of Doing Stuff right from the beginning and I’ve had a laugh and learned a thing or two along the way. Happy Anniversary and best wishes for continued inspiration!
    Your loyal reader,

  9. Jamieson says:

    Congrats! Well deserved and happy to see you are acting your age.

  10. happy anniversary……I say it calls for a celebration. Three years is awesome. Get out the cleavers and start juggling. Of course, that would require you to get out the bandages too because you wouldn’t want to be unprepared for the inevitable cleaving accident that could happen. but i say live large and live on the edge….cleaver edge in this instance.

  11. arlene says:

    Flip Side — I married a fish monger — best move I ever made.. best cook I ever met too – especially if it is Halibut ~~

    Happy Birthday – 🙂

  12. Maggie V says:

    Happy Happy Birthday to you Blog.

  13. Erica Filpi says:

    Congrats. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. i love your blog.

  14. Reg says:

    Congratulations. Happy Birthday #3 and many more.

  15. ev says:

    Happy Anniversary Karen! Discovered your blog about a year ago. It’s my first click of the day now! congrats!

  16. Sherry (BTLover2) says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen!

    Has it really been 3 years? All I can say is thank you. Thank you for teaching me so much. Thank you for making me laugh on a daily basis. Thank you for setting my fanny straight about “true pies” and yogurt tampons. Thanks for the delicious recipes and hilarious chicken videos. You’re amazing and I love ya!

  17. Mary Werner says:

    Ordered and can’t wait to have it get wet – I do my dishes without a dishwasher so Love the absorbent cotton towels and will be so happy to hang your cleaver/stuff.

  18. Judi says:

    Happy Anniversary dear Karen! One of my happiest days thus far in my 48 years on this good earth was the day I googled Chickencoops and happened upon your blog. I read everyday that I am in the vertical position (and a few days when I’m horizontal). LOVE YOU AND YOUR BLOG!

  19. I bet you’d make a very good fishmonger. I say that because I originally found you, way back when, as I was searching for how to turn a hunk o’ meat into steaks. You were pretty nifty with a sharp knife. Congrats!

  20. Nancy Eileen says:

    Happiest Birthday Wishes to your Fabulous Blog!!

  21. Langela says:

    Happy birthday, Art of Doing Stuff! Glad you’ve stuck around, Karen.

  22. Mary Kay says:

    Happy Birthday!! I enjoy reading you every morning Karen – you start my day off right!

  23. Happy Birthday to you and your blog. And what’s wrong with being a fish monger says the lady who sells beautiful fresh fish?

  24. cred says:

    Congrats on your 3rd! I must have a tea towel- glad that you decided to offer for sale.

  25. Lisa says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  26. julie says:

    Happy happy birthday! & thanks for 3 years of funny/interesting/educational/daunting/gross/chicken-y posts!

    & here’s hoping the tea towels are just the beginning of buyable STUFF.


  27. Natika33 says:

    Happy Third Birthday! *\(^o^)/* <- cheering person

    Awesome! If I get the new job I'm going for I will reward myself with one of your tea towels.

    I just also came across your blog mentioned on Curbly. It's from a few years ago, but still, I like it when my worlds collide.

    Have an awesome day!

  28. Thera says:

    Happy anniversary!

  29. Rondina says:

    Happy Anniversary to my favorite blogger. I even click on your ad tabs—something I never do on other blogs.

    Now, how about a chicken update coop-lady? That one that showed you spending quality time with them one day this winter was really beautiful.

  30. Happy Birthday and thanks for blogging! You are awesome!

  31. Patti says:

    Three years already? Holy crap!

    Karen, I found the Art of Doing Stuff when I was working a soul-sucking job that I hated. Your blog brought sunshine into my day back then, and now I continue to be inspired by you, daily! Happy 3rd Birthday, Stuff! 🙂

  32. Pati Gulat says:

    Happy Blogaversary, Karen ! I can’t IMAGINE someone just reading you one time and not CONTINUING to read you every day ! WHATTA TRAVESTY ! They must have some sort of defect is all I can say. ;o) Thanks for offering the towels for sale…you do of course know that now you will be spending every waking minute in your basement ???

  33. Cheers to an amazing blog! Happy 3rd Karen!

  34. Happy Anniversary Art of Doing Stuff Blog and Karen. I enjoy your blog every day, especially the ones about chickens. I also enjoy the comments from people much wittier than I am. Have a great day!

  35. Alex says:

    Happy Blogiversary!!! 🙂 Thank you for always keeping it real.

  36. Theresa says:

    Happy Birthday, “The Art of Doing Stuff”! We love you Karen!!

  37. Happy Anniversary Humour Blog! Oh. You, too, Karen!

  38. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Thanks for the laughs, and of course all the neat things You teach us!

    Happy Day!

  39. Sandy says:

    Congratulations! Happy 3rd Birthday!!

  40. marilyn says:

    happy anniversary karen and the fella..and the art of doing stuff! love all of you xo

  41. mickey says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen. Hard to believe that it’s been three years. Your tea towel that I was lucky to receive last year makes a beautiful wall hanging in my craft room. Too pretty to use on dishes!

  42. Tracie says:

    Congrats Karen! I look forward to my tea towel as soon as I get the pay pal thingy going…Thanks for your blog, I continue to have my coffee with you daily. I always learn something, even if it’s just that I am able to laugh out loud before I’ve sucked back my first cup! Very diverse site you have here, thanks. 🙂

  43. Debbie R says:

    You always make me laugh! Thanks and Happy Birthday!

  44. Janet says:

    Happy Birthday Karen! Here’s to a other 3 years of fun and laughter and great ideas!

  45. Barbie says:

    WOW! Sold out already….despite the Fella’s (always very good opinion) …..you’re on to something!!

    Congratulations on your 3rd b-day!

  46. rev59@shaw.ca says:

    How could anyone NOT read AoDS everyday! It’s my first blog read every.single.day. Happy Birthday!

  47. kate says:

    three years!? — I had to go back into the archives to see when I first started reading your blog – it must have been in the earliest days as I do remember the die, orchid, die blog – still that seems like only a short time ago. Ugh! I have now lived so long that three years is a short time (and has been for quite while). Best wishes for many more years; thank you for your blog.

  48. Jacqui says:

    Congrats on three years. I read your blog every morning with my coffee, a great start to my day. Now if only we could figure out how to get us folks on the west side of the country in on the offers before the east side gets all the tea towels because they are up earlier! Hmmm

    Have a celebratory day Karen, you have an entertained and loyal following.

  49. Call Me Patty says:

    Congratulations Karen! You’re amongst a small handful of bloggers that are reliable and consistent. I can always trust that your blog will always be in my inbox….and I look forward to that every morning. Keep up the good work!

  50. Happy Birthday/Anniversary
    I’m not surprised the tea towels are sold out, maybe you could start a factory…oh they wouldn’t be hand printed then but you might be rich!

  51. toekneetoni says:

    Bonne anniversaire! Your blog rocks! Sold out tea towels and it’s not even 12 noon EST? You’ve def underestimated your popularity. 🙂

  52. Jeannie B. says:

    Congratulations Karen, on your third anniversary. I think that I found your blog when I was looking up,” spots on my cat’s chin.” I always look forward to your blogs with my morning cafe au lait. Your tea towels are ” tres chic” and lovely, but the sight of a cleaver has always made me anxious. I worry about your chickens. Should they worry too?

    • Karen says:

      Jeannie B – A week or so ago they would have a right to be worried. They’ve gone through the world’s longest chicken moult. (they don’t lay when they’re moulting) But today there’s 2 smashed into the nesting box so it looks like they’re back on track and out of harm’s way. ~ karen!

  53. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    See..I told you last year you should sell them..Glad I got mine already..Now did I hear someone mention an apron?? Anyhow..Happy Birthday to you and everyone at TAODS who keep us entertained all year..We love ya!

  54. Naomi says:

    Happy Anniversary! I found your site recently when I was googling how to darn socks, and have checked out many of your pages since then. Thanks for posting so many great how-tos and for making me laugh – it makes the task at hand seem alot less daunting, which makes it more likely that I’ll actually try it out.

  55. Janet says:

    1 day and sold out! You are awesome.
    Happy bday! I made your beeswax sandwich wraps and they are fantastic.
    Thanks for all the tips & laughs!

  56. DzynByJules says:

    Happy 3 years old! Kinda like dog years in the blog world! Congrats! Hey girl, knowing that you and the fella are conscious of what you eat, (excluding the potato chips), what are your thoughts about the latest buzz about using coconut oil as a supplement, metabolism booster, and general health improver. Using as much as 4TBS or more a day, I just started taking it last Friday and 3 days later, I have lost 3.5 lbs of the 10 I want to lose. BUT, I’m running out of ideas on how to use it in tasty recipes, and thought you of all people would have some “stuff” to say about it… or maybe your tough mudder has some input or experience with it. Thanks Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jules – We do use Coconut Oil, but I have to say it really tastes like … coconut. To me anyway. So I usually only use it in dishes that can handle that sort of thing. Like coconut chicken or something that already has coconut milk in it. Coconut macaroons … you know. I think it’s a trend, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good for you. ANd if it’s helping you lose weight .. all the better. You can just substitute it for olive oil for frying and such too. ~ karen!

  57. Chau says:

    Happy 3rd birthday ‘The Art of Doing Stuff”. Your blog is awesome!

  58. kathryn says:

    Stuffy blogiversary dear capitalised Karen, you lighten my life a little every day. Here’s to you and all who accompany you along the way.

    kathryn x

  59. Susan S. says:

    It seems your blog and I share a birthday, though I was born on 3/3/81 I’m a good deal older. Hopefully we’ll continue to celebrate together for a good many years to come xx

  60. Bobbi says:

    Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy !!! Thanks for 3 years of information and entertainment. I don’t miss a day.

  61. Crybrug says:

    Thank you for sharing with us. I hope it has been a happy 3 years. You have added many giggles and great how-to-do-its for this household!

  62. Debbie B says:

    Thanks for 3 years and may we spend many more together!

  63. Susan says:

    Happy Third Blogiversary, Karen! The apron idea sounds like a good source of additional income, as the apron blanks aren’t that expensive. I enjoy your blog, especially the crafty parts and, of course, the writing. Congratulations on having made it a successful endeavor!

  64. Anemone says:

    Hello Karen. Hope you had a great anniversary. Glad to see your towels got sold out. I love your Blog.

  65. Jasmine says:

    Happy Belated Anniversary! I guess my punishment of coming a day late is the damn towels are already sold out. Oh well, good for you for doing so!

  66. Laura says:

    Happy birthday, Karen! That’s what I get for falling off the face of the earth for a few days.

  67. Erin says:

    Likewise-Happy BELATED Birthday Karen and TAODS!

    Karen, you’ve got a real talent for teaching and inspiring us in a hilarious way. TAODS has also created a great community – I’m not surprised the tea towels are sold out. Bummed, but not surprised.

  68. Pam'a says:

    Has it been that long? Really?? Well-played, my dear. It has been an inspiration to watch your audience grow and grow.


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