I’M FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES THIS WEEKEND. HERE’S HOW IT HAPPENED.

Would you like to go straight to the New York Times article featuring The Art of Doing Stuff?  Click right here.

 

I used to rip the heads off of my dolls.  It was kind of my calling card as a 6 year old.  That was back in the day when kids played with super-cool things like dolls, firecrackers, and potatoes. I didn’t like dolls.  Me?  I wanted to build stuff.  I wanted to hammer stuff, open it, take it apart, fix it, and recreate it.

Which in the landscape of the mid-1970’s pretty much meant I wanted to be a boy, much to the chagrin of my doll loving mother.

But this isn’t the story of a little girl who became a boy, even though that story would probably make a lot more money and guarantee at least a 13 episode run on TLC, it’s the story of a little girl who grew up to be a woman who got featured in …

And here’s how it happened.

I grew up in a two-story house on a suburban street in a small town in Ontario, Canada.  Growing up, summer vacation was the same all across town. Kids were sent out to play as soon as they drank the last bit of pink milk from their bowl of Frankenberries, and 12 hours later, the street lights would come on and they would scatter like cockroaches.  It was during those impossibly long summer days that I found my fun.  It wasn’t dragging around a doll or dreaming about getting married; my fun was found in the garage.

I spent my summers building forts, go-carts, bird traps and little mounds of nothing that were nailed together.  It’s what I was born to do and nothing was ever going to change me. Until something did.  It all ended in the summer of 1977.  The winter prior, my parents had vacationed in Mexico, and they’d brought home a marble bull, a chess set, and one Mexican marionette with a straw hat named Pablo. JUST like that I hung up my hammer and became an entertainer.  Pablo and I had a 2-month run on my front porch with daily shows that summer for the neighbourhood kids.  It’s like a drug, being able to entertain people.  It’s addictive. And there isn’t a rehab in the world that can control it.

So as it turns out I was wrong, and my mom was right.  I did like dolls.  I just needed a few strings attached.

As I got older I realized being a puppeteer maybe wasn’t a viable career option so I did what every person who doesn’t know what to do with their life does.  I went to university and studied Sociology.

Which, as it often does, led to a 15 year long career as a television host and writer.

Shows came and went and series got picked up and cancelled.  I hosted lifestyle shows, DIY shows, competition shows but mostly I did a lot of commentary.  Just talking about whatever I happened to want to talk about that day.  It was a great way to make a living until I got sick of it.  Instead of complaining about how sick of it I was I quit it all and started a blob.

That’s what my mom called it anyway.

In 2010 The Art of Doing Stuff was born.

The very first post I published was about how I snapped one day, threw out, gave away or sold everything I owned and became a self proclaimed minimalist.

A year later I wrote a post titled “Hey!  Minimalism!  I’m sick of you.”  Looking back on it now, the post features horrible photos, with some questionable accessory choices but … the sentiment was sincere.

I tried to be a minimalist.  I failed. I like stuff. I like surrounding myself with memories and things and life.

It just so happens that a month or so ago a journalist named Jacoba Urist was browsing the Internet researching a story she was writing for The New York Times about whether or not minimalism is all it’s cracked up to be.  She stumbled onto my post.

She read a few more of my posts. She saw my dining room with the built in bookcases (that everyone told me I shouldn’t do) and then she sent me an email.

“Hi Karen,

I’m a New York based journalist who covers art and culture- and am working on a longer form story about why minimalism (as a design ethos and lifestyle) can be overrated- why people can get bored or over it- how life is a journey for many of us and why sometimes, we get sick of minimalism. Anyway- I saw your post- and couldn’t think of a better voice honestly for the story- to share your thoughts and your journey- as voiced in this post.”

 I responded with a single paragraph-long sentence that contained exactly 42 swear words.  But the ultimate answer was YES.  Yes, I would like to be featured in The New York Times. Thanks for asking.

We exchanged a few more emails and conducted the interview over the phone a week later.  That interview was followed up by several, many, copious fact checking emails (because it takes a lot of research to get the news wrong #fakenews) and photographer Donna Griffith coming out to take pictures of my house.

This weekend, in the Sunday edition of the New York Times that piece will be published.

My name and home and stuff will be in The New York Times.

All because I didn’t listen to a society that thought I should play with dolls.

All because I didn’t stay in a job I was starting to hate.

All because I didn’t worry when other people didn’t like my choices.

All because I chose not to be the puppet in my life.

I chose to be the puppeteer.   And so can you.

Have a good weekend!

update: the article is now up and online right here.

 

171 Comments

  1. Debbie from Illinois says:

    So cool! Congratulations!

  2. Mark says:

    Congratulations Karen!

  3. CONGRATULATIONS, GIRL FRIEND!!

    It could not happen to a better, more deserving, crazier individual than you!

    I LOVE IT!!!

    Sometime good things DO happen to good people!

    I’ll be smiling all day for you!

  4. Laura Bullock says:

    It’s about time!!!

    • Karen says:

      Ha! It’s all thanks to Jacoba, the journalist. She literally just picked me out of a crowd of … well millions I suppose. 🙂 ~ karen!

      • JoAnn says:

        And we all know that you are one of a million!! Congrats!

        • Miriam says:

          Totally agree with Joann, and CONGRATS Karen! As a person who came to your blog a long time ago via ‘how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe’, (and loved your Mom in that video too!!!), I’m thrilled to read a blog that features in the NYT!
          I hope it’s available online, cos I don’t think it sells here in Ireland, but we do have a puppet theatre!
          https://lambertpuppettheatre.ie If you ever make it over to here, give me a shout and I’ll give you a tour!

  5. Robert says:

    Looking forward to it Karen!
    You at the top of the Style (am guessing, or is it gonna be T Magazine) section on the NYTIMES app!
    I think this deserves a large bag of potato chips

  6. marilyn meagher says:

    You have to march to the beat of your own drum…good for you Karen. Well deserved.

  7. Carrie says:

    Congratulations! Not just on the NY Times article but on making your life the way YOU want it. That’s scary and not many people do it 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I’m gonna be honest with you Carrie. There were and are a lot o scary moments, lol. Thank you. ~ karen!

      • Lynn says:

        I am sure you know–bravery is not the absence of fear–it’s being afraid but doing it anyway. We think of bravery as a battlefield kind of thing but it applies to many of us in real life. Just do it–it may turn out a little wonky but you will learn so much & the next time, maybe there will be a little less ‘wonkiness’! Congrats!!

  8. Lizzy says:

    So exited for you!!!love you girl!!
    Keep being awesome!!!

  9. Barbara H. says:

    Hip Hip Hooray!!!! Congratulations. You are a great puppeteer.

  10. Cynna says:

    Very cool! I’ll be sure to read it.

  11. Tina says:

    Congrats! I may even have to buy an honest-to-god print newspaper! I haven’t done that in years! All I need to do now if figure out where to get one. Damn.

  12. Thank you and congrats!!
    I get a great belly laugh (rare these days) reading about your adventures Karen… I too used to rip the heads off dolls, so I feel we could be kindred spirits….
    I now have a farm in Oregon (lots of projects) so your blog is so helpful!
    Cheers,
    Kristin

    • Karen says:

      Well! We’re kindred spirits then. And also, I can look forward to possibly owning a farm in Oregon one day. 😉 ~ karen!

  13. Lynn says:

    Congratulations Karen for being you. Being brave enough to be you an not just a puppet on a string. You are a leader and a very good one at that.

  14. Isabella says:

    Way to go. I knew your light would shine through brightly. I tell everyone to read your ” blob”.

  15. Loralee says:

    So awesome, Karen! #lifegoals

  16. Raymonde says:

    Woohoo!!!!! Good for you!!!!! 🙂

  17. Brandy Ballard says:

    Yay!!!!! Congratulations!!!!

  18. Christine says:

    Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee

  19. Kate says:

    Yay!!
    Congratulations!
    Can’t wait to read it!
    Your posts always make my day. I’m guessing the wider audience will agree. : )

  20. Alex says:

    Yeah!! Maybe Betty will finally say, “Yes. You ARE a writer” And now that you have achieved richly deserved fame and fortune, here is your next project –

    http://www.christiesrealestate.com/eng/sales/detail/170-l-78051-1608240746173963/kilfane-house-thomastown-co-kilkenny-kk

    • Karen says:

      Well I didn’t write the piece (that would be enough to make me faint!!), so I don’t think I’ll qualify as a writer to Betty yet. But I’ll keep trying. 😉 ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      And yeah. That looks like my kindda place. 🙂 ~ karen!

  21. Megan says:

    That is fantastic news. You inspire middle-aged me and you inspire the young me who also refused to play with dolls. Thank you for Doing Stuff and sharing your story!

  22. Carole Larose says:

    Congratulations!
    You are too cool!

  23. Judy Okey says:

    That is very exciting. You deserve it because of your hard work and you are an original!

  24. Inger says:

    Congratulations, Karen! Oh, the places you will go!

  25. Brenda says:

    omg – all I would be able to think about would be … omg – I have to clean my home and wash my hair, etc

    CONGRATULATIONS (cue ticker-tape BIG balloon bursting and releasing all that stuff that falls from the sky on New Year’s Eve in Times Square at midnight – with everyone screaming and kissing) YA

    • Karen says:

      LOL, thanks Brenda. But the entire paper isn’t dedicated to me. Just a small section in a story, lol. ~ karen!

      • Brenda says:

        WEeeeEee KNOW – still pass the champs – yippp yippp peeee

        Maybe Margaret can hold the gilded frame holding the high-lighted copy (with bits of ticker tape perfectly squeezed in between the glass & copy)

  26. TucsonPatty says:

    Way. To. Go. I’m impressed, and I’ll be trying to track down the article in order to read it!! You are so good at keeping secrets! I’d be out there screaming about someone from the Times simply emailing me!! I’m proud of you, and and please know that I love your blob!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Patty. 🙂 You’ll be able to read it online if you like. I’m getting the hard copy because I’m old fashioned like that. ~ karen!

      • Suzanne says:

        Sooo happy to learn that the article will be online. In French Québec it is somewhat challenging to find the NYT on newstands…Congratulations, you work hard, you deserve this!

  27. Tracie Berry says:

    Karen, that’s fantastic! Although, as one of your many millions of followers, this is not coming as any sort of surprise. You, my girl, are definitely one of a kind…and I applaud you. Congratulations!!

  28. whitequeen96 says:

    WOW! It couldn’t happen to a better person! They picked the right woman for this article. I hope she mentions how many loyal fans you have and that we love you for so much more than decorating – the humor, the philosophy, the truly gross stuff!

    • Karen says:

      It’s always about the gross stuff with you people, lol. 😉 I think they’ll stick to the decorating but that’s O.k. I know the importance of my loyal fans and that’s what matters. Kind of. LOL!! ~ karen!

  29. Trish says:

    Oh Christ, now i have to change my whole life. Again.

  30. Debbe Van Ness says:

    That is fabulous. Congratulations! I will definitely read it.

  31. Sherry in Alaska says:

    Who’d a thunk it?? Great big deal for sure! I’m so happy for you. And it’s a pleasure to share this with the world. Encouragement to follow one’s own path is always positive. Will you be able to post a link to the article? I hope.

    • Karen says:

      I’ll post it on my Facebook page on Sunday Sherry. And if I remember I’ll also include a link in Monday’s post. (a better blogger would be certain to remember … me .. not so much) ~ karen!

  32. Mary Ann Gerard says:

    I am so proud of you! Our very own Blobber in the NYT!!!! Congratulations!!!!

  33. Kristin S. says:

    Hell yeah Karen!

  34. Renee says:

    Congratulations, Karen! I can’t wait to read the article!

  35. Marie Anne says:

    Way to go! When Jacoba discovered your blog… I bet you she read one article after another after another… Thinking “cool! I’m gonna try that! and” you can do that? ” and then all of a sudden laughing so hard there were tears! You’re awesome and this is the best blog / blob ever!

  36. Maggie Van Sickle says:

    Congrats Karen

  37. MaryJo says:

    Woo-hoo, way to go, Karen; you totally rock!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks MaryJo! I don’t rock though. I just work really hard. Actually no, at the moment I feel like perhaps I do indeed rock. ~ karen!

  38. Deb J says:

    Wonderful. Looking forward to reading the article. Congrats!

  39. Terri says:

    Omg. This could be life changing. Maybe…. congratulations!

  40. Debbie D says:

    Congrats! Will we be able to read the story on line?

  41. Beth says:

    Happy for you in the NYT, but also really like this post – it’s good to inspire others to be their own puppeteer, whether or not they ever get recognized for it.

  42. Brenda WATTS says:

    Congratulations Karen, you so deserve this. I am so proud of you, it is huge!!

  43. Jack says:

    Great post this morning. Look forward to interview. Your closing comments helping me form my realignment.

  44. Heather J Tebbutt says:

    Congratulations Karen, going to reserve a copy of NY Times at Chapters/Indigo tonight. Your blog is the ‘Greatist’!

  45. Rina says:

    That brought tears to my eyes. In a good way !

  46. Jennifer Daily says:

    What I want to know is what took them so long ? I will be making a purchase of the times this weekend!!

  47. Gwen Bosben says:

    I may quote you in a speech I am giving to the senior class in a few weeks. Every kid can use that advice for the future. Congratulations!

  48. Paula says:

    Wow! That is fantastic, congratulations!

  49. Melissa Cross says:

    Congratulations Karen. You always make me laugh. Now you will make New Yorkers laugh.

  50. Catherine says:

    Way to go Karen!
    That would qualify as HUGE NEWS, and could not happen to a more deserving blobber😁
    I love reading you, and you inspire me for many things. Will not EVER change/install my own toilet, but ready to tackle many other projects following the guiding light of the fame “New York Times” featured blogger.
    Enjoy!

  51. danni says:

    I knew we were alike in lots of ways, but when you described summer vacations… yup, exactly like that! EXACTLY right down to the hanging out in the garage messing with stuff, and the occasional gift doll losing her head.
    Congratulations! You’re an inspiration to all of us “why can’t you conform!” women! I will read and feel smug, knowing that I already knew how awesome you were.

  52. Stephanie says:

    Congrats Karen. I always look forward to your blob posts and, if they are extra good, or extra funny, I forward the blob on or print out whatever you made to remind me that I want to make one too. I work in a law firm by day, but love design and building by night. Once I finish my barn door for my pantry, I can proudly say that over the last four months I built my new kitchen from the studs out (apart from large electrical and plumbing moves left to the licenced guys (small stuff I can do)). Some of my inspiration pics came from your blob so thank you again.

  53. Laura Bee says:

    Holy f… Yay Karen!

    So you are saying there is hope for my daughter who just last night, we found with a huge pair of acissors carving eyes into a potato she stole off the counter. She won’t let me cook “Cuddles”.
    I would not lie, I couldn’t make that story up if I tried.

  54. Jules McShera says:

    Well done you! You totally deserve it.

  55. Mary says:

    Now that’s a story every parent should read to their child. Good for you!

  56. Monique says:

    Congratulations!

    So well deserved..You’re one of a kind!
    I remember when I first “met” you..I linked to your blog on my blog..I sent that particular post to one of my son-in-laws..who raises chickens..and Pinned SO MANY things form all the back posts I read.
    You write beautifully..and ‘funnily”..so creative..talented..and your pics are great!
    Kudos..mama must be beaming too:)
    Oh and I have 2 chickens now..Caramelle and Bécassine;)

    Wish I would have seen some of your shows!

  57. Sheila Turchyn says:

    Way to go, Karen! That’s great news and you deserve it!

  58. Kathy Salley says:

    Congratulations Karen! You really do deserve this, ya know. Just promise you will always remember us little people!!

  59. Karin says:

    Good for you! For the NYT article and mostly for living your life on your own terms. I guessing it’s gotta be scary sometimes, but you’re doing it right.

    And I wasn’t a dolls kinda girl either. I was a bike riding, skateboarding, running around the neighborhood kinda girl who tried to join the boy scouts because they did more fun things than the girls scouts. But I never wanted to be a boy. I just wanted to be a girl who did things. And now I’m a woman who does things.

  60. Edith says:

    WOW Karen, I’m so very happy for you. You deserve this !!!!!!!! Can’t wait to read the article.

  61. Miriam says:

    That post? It makes my heart happy. Kudos to you and your rejection of minimalism.
    I’m waaay ahead of you on that – I currently have enough furniture and chachkas for three houses all in one teensy house. All I need now is a marionette.

  62. Suzanne Herbruck says:

    Well hot diggety damn! Congratulations

  63. Katie C. says:

    Wow!! Karen, that’s awesome!!

    I seriously want to go through my house and throw out everything, but the essentials right now. I’m at that hate hate hate my house stage because it’s so small and there’s so little storage and I can never find anything.

  64. Jennifer K says:

    Karen! Congratulations!!! I’m so very thrilled and excited for you! I always share your post/writings and call you “My friend from Canada wrote this” (no, we haven’t met yet)! Thanks for sharing everything you do!!! Hugs from your friend, who you don’t know, in Texas close to that big town they call Houston 🤗

  65. Maryanne says:

    Congratulations on your NYT article! Better make sure your servers are up to snuff ’cause you’re probably going to get some serious traffic on your “blob”.

    And – LOVE this post 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration (as always).

  66. Joanne Allen Walker says:

    This is great news!!
    I do like hearing about others who left a job they didn’t like because I just did that too!
    I do think that sometimes them you find out what you were supposed to do!

  67. Margaret says:

    Congratulations Karen! Another multi-coloured feather in your cap!
    I too suck at minimalism, but I do try to keep the clutter at bay.
    I hope you re-post the NY Times article, just in case I miss it (but will be looking for it, to be sure).

  68. Elaine says:

    Sending HUGE congratulations to you, Karen! How exciting! … and I can’t help but wonder to where this might lead! You are the hardest working blogger I know and I read a lot of blogs. I refer many, many readers on Hometalk over to your blog and also readers of other VERY well-known, popular USA blogs. I wish I could buy a NYT copy but doubt it’s available around here (I can’t get to Chapters) but, hopefully, I’ll be able to read it on Facebook. I’m not too smart navigating Facebook but I’ll sure try. Again, sincere congratulations!!

  69. Michelle says:

    So well deserved. You are an inspiration. Honestly.
    This line:

    “All because I chose not to be the puppet in my life.
    I chose to be the puppeteer. And so can you.”

    Perfection. Can’t wait to see the article. Fabulous!

  70. Heather says:

    All because you’re a hoot! Well done! 😀

  71. Bellygrl says:

    Congrats Karen! You worked hard for this and must be very proud of yourself. I am proud of you too – hard work + talent + humor = success. Looking forward to reading the article.

  72. NinaMargo says:

    Karen, heartfelt and truly deserved blue-ribbon congratulations! I can see the Roman Candles and bottle rockets from here!

  73. Mary W says:

    WOW I read the title and thought finally, something NOT about Trump. Then you had to go and mention #fakenews. I think everything you do is worth a NYT story and they will have something great for all their readers to enjoy. Congratulations! (I miss hearing about Betty and hope she is doing fine – maybe for Mother’s Day you can Blob a bit about her or at least post a bunch of links to past blobs.)

  74. Meredith says:

    Yay you! I will have to pick up a copy. I used to spend a good chunk of my Sundays, sitting with coffee and reading the NYT. Now I wonder how I ever had that kind of time. Now I am besieged by projects like…..painting things in my home white, making cheese grottos, having an insanely large garden that is out of control by July 4th, cleaning and fussing with and generally spoiling chickens (actually considering letting a broody hatch eggs this year), and building a stone wall on my property. I used to blame this insane DIY drive entirely on Martha Stewart, but I’m not so sure it is all her fault anymore. Definitely read it Monday at work though! Ha!

  75. karin sorensen says:

    wooza!!! you get what choo deserve!!!! awesome, i’m very happy for you. you’re the shit! you’re awesome, you’re an inspiration, you truly are. you’re keeping it real, i love you for that.

    enjoy your weekend.

    Karin

  76. Meredith says:

    Also, at what age did you quit it all and start being the puppeteer? I’m 47 and feel like I’m almost at that point? Do I have time?

  77. Peggy says:

    Wow! I’m so excited for you. And thanks for being the vanguard for those who bravely step out of the bounds of the expectations of others. Bravo, Karen!

  78. Shellie says:

    I look forward to reading the article. I hope your personality shines in the article like it does on your “blob”. Congrats!
    Shellie

  79. Sabina Missana says:

    Inspirationally BRILLIANT! Thank you Karen! I wouldn’t play with the stupid dolls either!

  80. Melissa says:

    (deep happy inhale) <3 <3 <3

    Congratulations! You rock!

  81. Brenda says:

    Karen – it’s been a tough couple of years for me. You should know how much THIS post hit home today, in a very good way. Thank you for your humor and honesty and a big congrats on the upcoming article!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Brenda! And we really can get through just about anything. It’s shocking really. It all goes much more smoothly when we realize we are the only ones really in charge of pulling the strings. ~ karen!

  82. Westcoast Nan says:

    That is awesome Karen, but then so are you. Very happy for you and I’m sure Betty is so proud!

  83. Sherri says:

    Congratulations, Karen! You are the reason I KNOW that rabble-rousers can come out on top. Keep challenging the norm, sistah!

  84. Cathy McCoy says:

    Congratulations Karen! I’m having pancakes for breakfast in celebration of your success! 😉

  85. Mary Casper says:

    Well I’ve always known you were cool since I started reading your blog. You’re actually more badass than me, and I’m pretty cool. Congratulations! I actually subscribe to the Times even though I live in Minnesota- probably because I’m too cool for MN. How exciting for you and great bragging rights!

  86. Kim says:

    This is just fantastic…for them, for us and for you!
    Congratulations 🥇

  87. Jackie Cameron says:

    That is so great, Karen. I’m so happy for you.

  88. Jenifer says:

    You rock!!!

  89. Lynne A Burns says:

    Whoa….. So cool! I live in Pennslyvania and pay a zillion dollars a year to have the Sunday Times delivered… For just these moments… Can’t wait to read it and then clip it out and send to my friend in Australia that introduced me to your fabulous writing….. Congratulations and keep up the awesome work

  90. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Go Karen!!!! Can’t wait to read the article.

    Go every girl who ever built a fort and stepped on a rusty nail and had to be taken to emergency! (that wasn’t just me, right?)

    What a great story – and the way you found to merge the entertaining and the doing stuff and the be the puppeteer, not the puppet – that just warms the cockles of a life coach’s heart.

    p. s. – I did my own little rant about minimalism back in the day – so with you on this. (http://www.lianneraymond.com/weblog/2010/10/2/red-winkle-picker-regret-and-the-dark-side-of-decluttering.html)

  91. Brian Evans says:

    Wow !! And I can say I read you Before NYT !! 😉

  92. Elen G says:

    Woot! You go, girl!

  93. Teddee Grace says:

    Congrats! So many comments. I can see I’m not the only one happy for you.

  94. Just so incredibly proud of all your accomplishments. You are a true inspiration to those who know and want to do something they love, but are afraid to take that first step. You show us that making that leap has huge rewards in the end.

    So, thank you. I’m so glad that I too stumbled across your blog one night in search of encouragement. I know you’ve helped others, but I thank you for helping me too. We’ve all learned so much, from chickens to gardening, building and decorating, we’ve all learned to take that first step…and realize it’s not so scary after all.

    Cheers and congratulations to your success!

  95. Karin says:

    Beautiful, funny and heartfelt post. Now I have to go wipe my runny mascara so thanks for that. Excited to read the Times article and for a new audience who gets to discover that you are the shit!

  96. Linda in Illinois says:

    So Cool Karen !!

  97. Lavada says:

    Bravo! Well done and well deserved.

  98. SueSchneid22 says:

    Karen- yours is the only blog I read because I love your attitude, your writing and your willingness and desire to help your readers do things- and do them better!

    You deserve every bit of attention you get and the NYTimes should be grateful that YOU agreed to the feature piece!

    Now, all that said, please don’t get tired of blogging!

  99. Ev Wilcox says:

    “Good for you”! and “Well done”! do not say it all. Proud of you and ever so happy, Karen! You inspire many people in many ways, and we thank you!

  100. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    That is awesome girl…Never run with the crowd..also be who you were meant to be..Now to find where they sell the Times in this boring little town…Hugs!

  101. Jody says:

    How chuffed are you? As you should be. I’m looking forward to reading the article.

  102. Heather Sykora says:

    Congratulations! Look forward to reading the article!!

  103. Marie says:

    Bravo Zulu!

  104. SusanR says:

    Congratulations! I can tell you’re really chuffed by this, from the size of font you used for New York Times, as well you should be! And I’m chuffed for you!

    Celebrate for at least a week, is my recommendation. Pamper yourself. This is a large enough accomplishment that it should turn into a major celebration. I hope your family comes through and makes a HUGE deal out of this, in your honor. If they don’t, then blob about the most embarrassing things they’ve done in their lives. They would deserve it, if they didn’t make a fuss about this.

    I’ll be checking out the New York Times online, this Sunday. And I’ll have a bag of chips in your honor, while I do!

  105. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Ok, my turn . . . WOOO HOOO for you!! So very glam!
    Can I touch you? 😏
    No, really.

  106. Maureen Locke says:

    Oh Karen… that is so awesome. Congrats 🙂

  107. Kathi says:

    I am SO thrilled and excited for you! Your wit, enthusiasm, and common sense approach to so many projects has entertained and inspired me thtoughout the years of reading your blog. Can’t wait to hunt down a New York Times on Sunday! (And minimalism is vastly overrated. Not much ‘soul’ in a minimalistic house.)

  108. …you get what you give and Karen, I think you give a lot, in so many ways. Congratulations. And who says being bored can’t be a good thing! It’s amazing just how much pressure it can put on you to make a change. Ciao

  109. Nicci says:

    Super Awesome Congratulations! You inspire me all the time and now you will literally reach millions more people. What an awesome thing to have happen, and I’ll get to brag that I followed you before you were “cool”, even though clearly, this happened because you are so cool.

  110. Tiff says:

    That’s awesome Karen! Very excited for you – hoping Trump doesn’t declare it as Fake News though! I seem to have stumbled across you the same way the NY Times did (can’t remember how) but I get a thrill whenever I see an email from you because I know I’m in for a laugh! Kudos!

  111. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Just read the article on-line, all I did was google New York Times and your last name and there you were! How cool is that?! We (and I am the self appointed spokesperson for all your peeps) are SO proud of our Karen. Bet your mum’s buttons are poppin’ eh. It was so fun to see the pics and think, yup, I know that room lol. Congratulations!

  112. Deb says:

    I love this–“I chose not to be the puppet but the puppeteer..” Congratulations on the article! I love your blob…what Betty said!

  113. Nat says:

    Congratulations. Here’s to more readers for you and hopefully another TV show too. I’d love to see you do an awesome daytime diy program. You are funny, interesting and have a great voice. You’re so authentic.

    • Karen says:

      Noooo, lol. No TV show for me, but thanks. I don’t want one. 🙂 Besides, I don’t have time for two full time jobs. Not with all the vegetable gardening I have to do. 😉 ~ karen!

  114. Melissa says:

    WOW! Congratulations. So excited for you and can’t wait to read it!! Now I really will have to start stalking you 😉

  115. Mary W says:

    Great article and you were Sparkle and Shine! So happy for you for this recognition. So proud!

  116. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Well done you!

  117. Sandy Zelinsky says:

    Wow!! So impressive…and what a beautiful home you have. I couldn’t find where to make a comment on the Apr. 29th blog, so I’m commenting here. I used to live in Stoney Creek, ON and now live in The Villages, FL. I know your town very well, have friends who live there. You’re one lucky lady to live in such a beautiful town,
    just past Westdale…I remember it well. Fantastic article for a fantastic, very entertaining lady!! Congrats from Florida. Loved the article in The Times.

  118. Kelli says:

    I am SO PROUD of you I could spit! But that’s only because it’s the NY Slimes.

    *coughfakenewscough*

    But because of YOU, I won’t spit. Instead, I send you a hale and hearty WOO HOO! 😀

    Seriously, you almost can’t get more famouser than the NYT. I predict even bigger things for you. And us little folks can say we knew you when… congrats, hon!

  119. joslynne says:

    I just read the article online – great story – and so nice for you to get all the recognition you deserve. Love your blog and humor and hope it brings you more readers from the states! From one of your many fans in Japan!!

  120. Barbara Cooper says:

    Well said! However, you did make me laugh…the kitchen photo with you standing there with your signature “cleaver” was a perfect touch!

  121. Kimberly Babin says:

    Hello from you’re old sleepy hollow of a town.
    Congratulations on your success. You are evidence of finding what you love to do and making it happen. Truly inspirational.
    Can’t wait to read more of your fun frolicky stories.

  122. Erica says:

    Love it! Your house photographed beautifully!

  123. Brenda says:

    That is fantastic, congrats! Reading the (your) Times article really hit home with me. Right around the time I hit 40 I started feeling like I need to find and hang onto things from my childhood/teen years. I’m drawn to antique & ‘junk’ shows. Often times I don’t buy anything but treat them like a stroll down memory lane….makes me feel cozy and comforted. Being able to see my memories in my home and being able to tell my girls about them makes me happy!

  124. Thera says:

    Awesome!!!

  125. Pam'a says:

    Our little girl is all grown up! Or something… I remember when you were just a budding blobber, so I can confidently attest to how richly you deserve this.

    Congratulations, Karen. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Pam’a! Yup, you’ve been around pretty much since the beginning! Thanks for that. 🙂 ~ karen

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