Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


This will be my last post of the year.

The Art of Doing Stuff will be dark until January 3rd.

I will be taking a much needed rest.

During my time off I plan to  …

Wear the same pair of p’jamas for a week straight.

Eat all of the leftover Polish Sausage, crackers and cheese.

Knit by the fire.

Read a few books.

Start to plan next year’s vegetable garden.

Learn how to make animal balloons. Out of real animals.

Invent an invisibility cloak.

Win a Grammy.

Make pie.

Eat pie.

I know what’s supposed to be the most enjoyable, relaxing time of the year often turns into a whirlwind of family fights, sleepless nights and stress scabs.  Try not to let it become that.  Try to enjoy a bit of it.

Read a book.  Make pie.  Eat pie.

You may have to just pretend you won a Grammy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.  And thank you for reading my blog this year.



  1. JebberA says:

    Merry Christmas Karen. Enjoy your well deserved time off with the fella and friends and family. Oh …. and have fun knitting. 🙂

  2. Jeanette says:

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy your time off, see you in the New Year!

  3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! Enjoy your much needed rest and recharge those creative batteries!

  4. Raymonde says:

    I wish you a very merry Christmas Karen! Have fun, eat and drink too much, relax and generally enjoy yourself!
    I’ll be going to parties, hosting parties, reading books, knitting by the fireside, playing outdoors in the snow (mostly shovelling) and eating everything in sight!
    See you next year! 🙂

  5. Laura says:

    Thanks for making 2012 a whole lot brighter!

  6. Susan says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Karen and the fella! Thank you for giving me a morning giggle! Everyday…I miss you when it’s Saturday! I may come over to see you! I need some knitting advice! Have a fabulous New Year!

  7. Just don’t answer the door: Merry Christmas!

  8. Nancyeileen says:

    Thanx a heap for making your blog available to all of us.
    Your a talented gal in so many respects and i look forward to what’s to come.
    Again, thanx a heap and Merry Christmas!!!

  9. Kris says:

    It was so nice to run into you today, on the day of your last post for the year. It was a pleasure to meet you. I told you that I never write in, so I thought I would today, just to say thank you for entertaining and informing us all year. I look forward to reading you in 2013. Enjoy the holidays and have a Merry Christmas.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kris! Sorry if I seemed a bit distracted, but I ran out for a couple of things from Dollarama and the next thing I knew it was 4 hours later and I was STILL running around. And I thought I had everything done by the 5th! Hope you got something fun at the kitchen store and nice to meet you. ~ karen!

  10. Ashley says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! Twice this week I was in a store and saw something (one thing was these cool wire vintage baskets) and thought….I should buy those for Karen….then I remembered that we aren’t real life friends….and that made me sad:( Merry Merry from NC!

  11. Leena says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!

  12. Lin N says:

    Have a very merry holiday season! Thanks for the tips, tricks and laffs. Enjoy good food, drinks, family, friends, chickens and whatever floats yer boat! See ya next year.

  13. Wendy says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen! And btw, someone in Canada has already invented the invisible cloak. Have fun doing everything else! Here’s the link

  14. rktrixy says:

    Could a won a grammy in your jammies? Good luck! I like the jammies for a week plan. Santa, I know, is bringing some books. I plan on curling up with the cat and reading, sleeping, eating. Love the holidays!

  15. Elle says:

    Merry Christmas and see ya in the new year!

  16. Judith says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Karen! Your blog was one of my very favorite discoveries this year 🙂

  17. Pat says:

    Thanks for letting us into the workings of your life and making the mornings bright! Happiness, health and prosperity for the New Year to you and the fella. Yep, a week in pjs sounds good. I plan to do much of the same…..

  18. Moe says:

    Merry Christmas to you and the fella Karen. It’s been an absolute pleasure reading your blog and is the high point of my morning. You and Garfield start my day. Almost always with a chuckle and most often with a big guffaw.
    Merry Christmas to the girls too. Does Santa come to them ??
    My plans are simple.. family, food and lots of hugs and laughs. No knitting but hopefully lots of pie and dressing.. OMG, I love dressing… almost more than I like pie… no, definately more than I like pie. I’m a cheesecake kind of girl, so maybe I should have cheesecake instead of pie. Ohhhh, decision, decisions. Neway, have a wonderful, restful holiday filled with much laughter and love.

  19. Jennifer says:

    Merry Christmas to you and you family! Your house just looks lovely, and the perfect place to hang out in PJ’s and relax. Enjoy! See you in the new year. xo

  20. Kim Merry says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! Your blog is the only one I HAVE to read every day!! Enjoy yourself!!

  21. Barbara says:

    Enjoy the season Karen! Have very much enjoyed your creativity! You are a great motivator for bringing it out in others! Thanks! Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for us in 2013! ~Barbara

  22. Sandi says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I really enjoy reading your blog. I’m always telling someone about something you’ve blogged about. When they ask me where I got the info. I tell them Karen and they know who I’m talking about. LOL!

  23. Farquist says:

    Thank you for writing your blog. Merry Christmas!

  24. Kathy says:

    Merry Christmas to you.

  25. Shae says:

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your entertaining life. Enjoy your break, and pace yourself with the sausage 😉

  26. CheekyMomma says:

    Merry Christmas Karen!

  27. marilyn says:

    happy happy karen..and the fella too..xo

  28. Bonnie says:

    Happy,Merry,& enjoy the pie. I hope Santa os good to you and the fella and the girls.
    Thanks for making so many of my morning like a holiday.

  29. Angela Recker says:

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & yours! Enjoy the pie! We’ll be here when you get back!

  30. Ruth says:

    Enjoy the holiday! I’m sure you already know that I would be curious about those balloon animals… right? 😀

  31. Anita says:

    Merry Christmas to you, the fella and the menagiere of animals!

  32. Kim says:

    Merry Christmas to you and you family! Thanks for the smiles in 2012.

  33. Sherri says:

    I’ll miss you, Karen! Have a splendid holiday and come back to us with your fully charged battery. Now on to pie eating and funky pajamas!

  34. Candice says:

    As a new follower, I’m so glad that I’ve found your treasure of a blog…can’t wait to see what ideas 2013 brings. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  35. Reg says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Thank you for all the great stuff this year and looking forward to next years stuff. Have a good rest.

  36. Gigi says:

    Happiest of the holidays to you, your fella and family. Thanks for the chuckles, the crazy advice, frugal creations, and your can-do attitude that is sorta, kinda contagious. I will miss you, and your milk through the nose snorting hilarity, while you are taking a much deserved break, and know you will come back sassy and sharp as ever in the newest years. I can wait.

  37. Erica Filpi says:

    Merry Christmas Karen, The Guy, and all of the readers.

  38. Nicola says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!

  39. Janie Farmer says:

    I don’t know if you believe in Christmas or if you have presents underneath a Christmas tree. But if you believe in love that will be more than enough for you to come and celebrate with me. For I have held the precious gift that love brings even though I never saw a Christmas star. I know there is a light I have felt it burn inside and I have seen it shining from afar. Christmas is the time to come together, a time to put all differences aside and, I reach out my hand to the family of man. To share the joy I feel at Christmas time. For the truth that binds us all together I would like to say a simple prayer. That at this special time you will have true peace of mind and, joy to last through out the coming year. THE CHRISTMAS WISH by Danny Allen Wheetman. Merry Christmas Karen.

  40. Debbie says:

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, best wishes for health and happiness in the new year! Thank you for doing what you do!

  41. SuzyM says:

    So happy that I found you in 2012 and look forward to your special brand of happiness and humor in the year to come! Merry Xmas, happy holidays everyone!

  42. Jamieson says:

    Enjoy the holidays! looking forward to more AoDS in 2013!

  43. cred says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen!

    Enjoy the break!

  44. Pati says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Karen ! Thanks for all you do for those of us underlings who would have no idea where to turn when it comes to “doing stuff”. ;o))) I enjoy your blog IMMENSELY !

  45. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year dear Karen and Fella!

  46. Beckie says:

    have a wonderful holiday vacation!

  47. Emi says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Karen and Fella. I enjoy my daily visits with you. May 2013 be a prosperous, peaceful, and joyous year.

  48. Ann says:

    Have a very Merry Christmas and get that much needed rest. To me, right now, knitting is not restful. I have made 6 hand knit items for Christmas presents and am finishing up this weekend on the 7th. 3 were big things, hoodies for granddaughters and daughter so I am really quite tired of knitting right now. Directing traffic in the middle of the busy interstate sounds more relaxing at this moment!

    But planning my spring garden does sound peaceful. Hurry, my wonderous new gardening catalogs. Give me my dreambooks and I will be a very happy camper

  49. Becca says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas. Hug the chickens. Hug the guy. Enjoy every moment of peace while it lasts… and enjoy all the other stuff that comes in between those snippets of otherworldly harmony.

  50. paula says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen to you and yours. May 2013 be a healthy and prosperous New Year. Thank you for the great laughs via your blog and I hope you enjoy your much deserved break. Salut!

  51. Deb says:

    Your pie will of course be of the pre-approved REAL pie variety?

  52. Antonia says:

    Merry christmas to you and the fella!!! Thanks for a year of amazing posts!!!

  53. AmieM says:

    It’s been a delightful year. Thanks for all the giggles and good times. Merry Christmas, Karen and The Fella.

  54. Deb J. says:

    Thanks for the stuff Karen. Best of the season to you and yours.

  55. Jacqui says:

    Merry Christmas Karen to you, the fella, the chickens….I have really enjoyed your blog and look forward to the new years adventures. I will be attacked by home made poppycock and will most likely be looking for zit advice!


  56. Jan says:

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! You deserve it. May your holidays arm you with oodles of wonderful, funny stories to share with the rest of us in 2013. 😉
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  57. Cathy says:


    Have a lovely, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hug A Llama!

  58. Patti says:

    Merry Christmas, my dear friend, Karen!

    I hope you and the fella have an amazing time, and your family, too!

  59. Charmaine says:

    As a fairly new reader of your blog, I would like to say thank you for great ideas, laughs and making the lead up to Christmas much more fun! Enjoy a well deserved break – a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  60. Jodi T. says:


    Thank YOU for writing your blog. Hope your time off is full of naps and chips. 🙂

    See ya next year!

    Jodi T.

  61. Kris Laux says:

    Hi Karen
    So glad that I found your website I share it with my two daughters and hubby.
    Thanks for keeping my spirits bright!
    We will be planting our winter garden Christmas day.

  62. mickey says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Karen. You make my mornings happy!

  63. Maureen says:

    Happy Holidays! Thank you very much for your blog. It’s really my favorite. You have the best mix of actual useful information, beautiful photography and wonderful, hilarious writing.

  64. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Merry Christmas And Happy New Yew..To Karen..The Fella..The girls..The Kitties..Betty..The Pie Nazi..Those will be true pies you will be making..Right..Thanks for sharing your wisdom..advise..talent..and your crazy world with us..Enjoy your time off..I’ll miss you..Nancy

  65. Susan says:

    Thank you so much for a year of laughs and wonderfully creative ideas. Enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  66. jules says:

    Happy Christmas!!!! you have inspired me in so many ways.
    Thank you so much for your writing.

  67. Crayzmadre says:

    Way ahead of you…sitting here in my snowman pajamas. We had our first little dusting of snow last night. Life is good. I hope you enjoy all the things that make the holidays happy!

  68. Can’t wait to hear how your holiday went,and look so forward to continuing reading your blog in the new year. Have a great one Karen!

  69. says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! Will miss you, but you more than deserve the break!

  70. Sarah ATD says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for writing such a fun and inspiring blog. And good luck with the Grammy!

  71. Alice says:

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and thanks for the laughs and inspiration!

  72. Elen Grey says:

    And a Happy Christmas to you and yours, Karen! It’s been a pleasure to read your blog nearly every day. See you in the new year. Cheers!

  73. Sarah In Illinois says:

    Merry Christmas to Karen, the fella and the chickens. Thank you for entertaining this year. I am thankful that I found your blog!

  74. Karen the Coffee Spewer says:

    “stress scab” Thank you for that little Christmas gift. Consider it worked into my vernacular. Merry Christmas and happy pieing!

  75. Leslie says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Pie!

  76. Marion says:

    Thanks for writing such a great, funny blog – looking forward to January 2013! Merry xmas and have a great new years eve!

  77. Tracy says:

    Merry Christmas and Happ New year to you, Karen. Thanks for a year of laughs!

  78. Edwina says:

    Thank you for the much needed advice! I really enjoy your blog. It lifts my spirits as I am reading it before I start eaching for my last day of this year. My pajamas are awaiting me and I know I will certainly eat a pie if not bake one! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  79. Jeannie B. says:

    Well, it’s December 21 and the world hasn’t ended, the Ikea monkey is still locked up and the Art of Doing Stuff is in limbo until January 3rd. So, I guess I’ll curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace and hibernate until Santa arrives on the rooftop. Have a Happy Holiday Karen and Everyone!

  80. maribeth says:

    Thank you for making me laugh and feel inspired. You are appreciated and make a difference!

  81. DianneT says:

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for the inspiration , laughs, wisdom, advise and creativity which make this such a fabulous blog to follow. I’ll miss you until Jan 3rd.

  82. Carole McGinnis says:

    Merry Christmas to you and the fella too! Have a wonderful time off. I know you will be trying to relax but will really be doing a zillion things. Best wishes for a healthy, happy 2013 and more success on your wonderful blog (still my favorite one).

  83. Linda says:

    Merry Christmas/Joyeux Noel Karen!
    Thank You for your daily gift of laughter and FYI-I have a big time crush on you, purely platonic. (My boyfriend knows and has given us his blessings) 😉
    All the best to you and yours in the New Year!

  84. Barbie says:

    Merry Christmas to you and the fella! Relax and enjoy your true pie! or PIES

  85. Jasmine says:

    Happy Holidays to you and your family, Karen! Enjoy your ‘relaxing’ time and your pyjamas, just be careful on the stairs.

  86. Marion says:

    Merry Christmas to you! Relax a little (if that’s possible) and eat all the true pie that you can fill yourself with.

  87. Laura Bee says:

    Having spent the last week sick in the same jammies…I think I’ll mix it up next week. Have a wonderful relaxing holiday & hope you win that Grammy. Pie’s a pretty good consolation prize though. Fa la la la la & all that.

  88. Bonnie says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you enjoy your holiday.


  89. Shauna says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I will miss you next week while I’m at work with nothing to do, but you deserve a break. I suppose I can go back and read any posts I, by some weirdness, may have missed.

  90. qtpuh2tme says:

    May the joy of the end of this year be followed by the joy of the beginning of next year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, to you and yours!

  91. Kathy says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Have a wonderful time off and here’s to a exciting 2013!

  92. Sarah says:

    Merry Christmas! Wishing health and happiness in the New Year! CHEERS!

  93. Anemone says:

    ❅ ❄❅ ❇ ❈ ❅ ❄ ❅ ❇ ❈❅ ❄ ❅ ❅ ❄
    ❆ Merry Christmas to Karen and her fella. Hope you
    ❄ guys have a great new year. ❄ ❅ ❄
    ❄ ❇ ❅ ❈ ❇ ❈ ❄ ❅ ❄

  94. Sandy says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen.

  95. Jamie says:

    I hope you get in some of that resting time. Thank you for your posts. Always well written, always entertaining and always plum full of interesting tid-bits. I feel a bit like another of your followers who left the comment that you feel like a friend. I just wish I didn’t feel like a stalker/creeper when I talk about my friend Karen who knows how to do sooo much stuff! 🙂

  96. taria says:

    Merry Christmas to you and the fella! Hope your new year is terrific. thanks for entertaining us all year. time off is well deserved. my dd started her vacation today too. i called her and she was sitting on the couch in her pj’s at noon. you kids sure know how to live!

    • Karen says:

      LOL! Not a word of a lie here Taria … I’ve been looking forward to my week off in between Christmas and New Years since the summer! I never, ever relax, but for some reason I feel like I’m allowed to be a sloth and thoroughly enjoy it during that week. 🙂 ~ karen

  97. Mary says:

    I pruned my Japanese laceleaf maple today & couldn’t throw out all those lovely little trimmings with the squiggly shapes. Surely they could be transformed, a la Karen, into clever creative ornamental beautiful somethings – but what? I am a new devotee of your blog. Have a wonderful hiatus & hurry back.

  98. wish you a Merry Christmas

  99. Janet says:

    Wow! So ditto all that above…and have the best rest and relaxing ever.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  100. Toronto Boy says:

    Christmas is truly a magical moment.
    Your money disappears into thin air.
    Bah-hum-bug! =D

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the fella and to you Karen! Good tidings and prosperity in the new year 2013!

  101. Merry Christmas Karen 🙂

  102. jessica says:

    Have a very merry Christmas you funny Canuck. Eh, and a wonderful new year!

  103. gogothrift says:

    you will be missed!

  104. Diana says:

    Lovely Karen,
    all the best, a merry christmas, a good start in the new year for you and your family!Thank you for entertaining us the last years!!

    Love from germany
    Diana and family

  105. kate-v says:

    ah, Christmas and New Year – reading and knitting – sounds wonderful. Enjoy the time off, see you next year!

  106. Anne C says:

    Merry Christmas Karen! Thank you so much for all the joy you’ve brought your readers all year long. May the next one be full of fun and creativity and success for you –which will mean a daily supplement (as in vitamin supplement, needed) of happiness for us. A.

  107. Dee G says:

    And to you, Karen, Merry Christmas and wishing you the best for 2013. Thank you for starting my days with a smile and a chuckle. Your wit is such a gift and I appreciate your sharing it.

  108. Sara says:

    Merry Christmas, Karen! You delight me with your wacky comments and ways. I so appreciate the smiles you bring!

  109. Pilar says:

    I’ve found this site a few weeks ago and I’m very happy for it. Karen, you’re so amazing, interesting, truly and refreshing! And your readers are also funny and nice as you are.
    I wish you from Austria Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to every one and specially for you, Karen! God bless you.

  110. KimS says:

    I wish I had a present for you — to thank you for your presents to me!! (Every single blog post that you’ve made this year!!!) I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to afford it. You’re great–don’t take this the wrong way, but I love you!

  111. AnnW says:

    Thank you for entertaining us, teaching us, amazing us, and otherwise knocking yourself out for us. We appreciate it. Ann

  112. Phyllis says:


  113. karenagain says:

    Merry Christmas Karen. Have a wonderful season.

  114. Rondina says:

    Happy New Year. My 23-year-old son actually had a discussion about your chickens and the coop tonight with me. I think your coop is why Williams-Sonoma is selling them for unreal prices. I think you personally created the new chicken craze. He thinks it would cool to have one in the backyard, but he doesn’t live at home and I’m not sure the pet-sitting service will chicken-sit. We both want to know if you get enough eggs per month to make up for the feed and straw cost. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rondina and son! I’ve never really calculated how much $ I get in eggs and how much $ I spend on feed and straw. The feed is probably around $25 a month for 4 chickens. Probably even less. And a $4 bale of straw lasts a month. So with a grand total of around $30 for 4 chickens and around 50 eggs a month (in their second year so their production has dropped a bit) I’d say I’m still ahead of the game. I measure their worth in terms of joy. And these stupid little things bring an enormous amount of joy to our lives and the lives of our friends, families and neighbours. EVERYONE who comes in contact with them is smitten by them. The neighbours love their clucking and cooing and the eggs they get. Go ahead. Build a coop. You will not regret it. Unless of course the bylaw officers arrest you. ~ karen!

      • Rondina says:

        Karen, thank you for doing the math. The fun part cannot be calculated. If I get this much enjoyment from a blog about chickens, I imagine I could quadruple that at minimum. My friends and family know you as ‘the chicken coop lady.’ Emails tend to have subject lines like, ‘The chicken coop lady talks about ….’ Thank you for sharing what you do. I find it all interesting.

  115. Lizbeth says:

    Hi, Made. I just discovered your blog, and I am thoroughly enjoying reading your entries, as well as the comments! I’ve never followed a blog before, but I’m pretty sure yours is going to be the first – if I can figure out how to do it.can you throw me some guidance (don’t worry, it can certainly wait until you get out of those PJs – they aren’t going to fit after today, anyway). Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Lizbeth – Welcome to my site! Yes. It’s true. My elastic waisted pjamas are now too tight. So … you want to sign up for my daily email updates? All you have to do is enter your email address into the slot provided for it under the picture of me holding the fish on my righthand side bar. It says “subscribe”. Once you fill it in, you’ll be sent a confirmation email asking if you really want to subscribe. Just click on the link in the email and you’re on your way! ~ karen

  116. Lizbeth says:

    * Sorry, autocorrect doesn’t like your name?! “Hi, Karen.” Please don’t think badly of me, I have no idea how that happened!

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