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!

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