The Art of Doing Stuff Shop is now open.

The Art of Doing Stuff now has a shopping page.  “What is that?!”  you curious questioners ask. Well I’ll tell you.  If you look over to the right hand sidebar of the page you’ll see something that’s never been there before.  It says SHOP The Art of Doing Stuff.  And if you click that button, that’s exactly what you can do.

Over the years I’ve received hundreds of emails from people asking what the best jigsaw is or what face cream I use. O.K. just one person has asked about my face cream and I’m fairly certain they were disappointed when I said I just buy whatever’s on sale a la Aunt Jean.  I *wish* someone would ask me about my blush because THAT’S something to talk about.  It’s called Multiple Orgasm.  What’s not to like.  Although having a multiple orgasm on your cheek sounds questionable I can assure you it’s good stuff.

The cream stick blush looks good on pretty much every skin tone and has almost invisible gold shimmer in it.  It’s very J Low.  I wear it every day (that I can be bothered to put makeup on and look like a Fly Girl).

Enough about blush (or rouge as Betty would call it), this post is about that  Shop button on the right. Or in this case … below.



Shop The Art of Doing Stuff


The Art of Doing Stuff shop is where you will find all the things I like, love, use and want.  That jigsaw recommendation is in there  (no one makes a better jigsaw than Bosch by the way), the blush, ALL of my favourite cookbooks (the ones I actually use as opposed to the ones that I bought because they had nice covers).  There’s makeup and candles and my favourite tools and gadgets for the kitchen.

Like this chef’s knife I’ve used for the past 15 years.





Wusthof chef’s knife

It’s only in the beginning stages, and I’ll be adding more and  more to it but I wanted to get it up and running before all of your Christmas shopping is done.  I’ll bet you’re wondering how it works.  What I’ve done is create a webpage that is linked to Amazon, Etsy, and other places where I’ve found things I think you’ll like and where you can buy the stuff that I have and love.  So when you click to buy the beautiful set of glass cloches that I’m recommending you’ll actually be buying them from Amazon.  They deal with the money, filling the order and sending it out.  So you’re not relying on busy stupid me for that stuff. Which is good.  A Fly Girl is a free spirited, dancing kind of girl.  Not a stockroom girl.




Set of 4 garden/decorative cloche

Everything is categorized with sub-categories to make the shopping experience easy.  At the moment the categories you can shop are Kitchen Stuff, Home & Garden Stuff, DIY/Workshop Stuff, and Beauty Stuff.    I’ll be adding more categories as the shop page evolves.

The OTHER thing that makes this page a little different than the regular shopping page is each product has a little story from me.  Why I like it, what makes it so great, when I bought it or who gave it to me. If it will make your cheeks glow.

If there’s anything I use/have that you’re wondering about or want me to list leave me a note in the comment section.

Back on Wednesday with a regular fun filled post on some easy DIY gift ideas, then Friday it’s going to be your chance to show off anything you’ve made, wrapped, crafted or decorated for the holiday season so if you have something photo worthy start taking shots now!


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  1. Heather says:

    I’m from Canada, and tried to order the Starry Lights. Sadly, they can’t be shipped to my address through and I love the idea of your centralized catalogue of Karen-recommended items! I’ll keep looking.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heather. I tried to search through my online ordering emails to see if I could find the exact same ones I bought last year but I couldn’t find them. 🙁 I’ll look again tomorrow to see if I can. They were inexpensive and good. ~ karen!

  2. Laura Bee says:

    My boyfriend was asking for a Wusthof Trident a few years ago. Never could find one. Thank you! (he wants a 10″ though)

  3. This is awesome Karen!

  4. LazySusan says:

    This was a great idea to implement! You have such good taste, and can benefit from sharing that taste with everyone. Just one small item, the Furniture link results in a 404. The prices are off a bit on the Amazon items, but that’s Amazon – prices can change several times a day on some things. If you haven’t already looked for one, I think there might be either a code string or an Amazon plugin to get the current price for items as the page loads. And your excellent web host could likely help with code that would convert that to Canadian dollars, so you could display both prices. I predict your shopping site will be a great hit!

  5. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Why isn’t that farmer with the nice ass on the top banner of your page on the Christmas list??? Asgrow, nice name for the company, too!!! 🙂

  6. Kristin Ferguson says:

    Karen! I have a product that I would like to send you. If you don’t remember me, I’m the one who built a pizza oven and works as a pastry chef in Los Angeles. Worked as a pastry chef. I quit my job/career a couple weeks ago in order to concentrate on my small business of making and selling artisanal (and super-delicious) nougat candy. If you ever tried nougat and thought you didn’t like it, you should try mine. I’ve had gross nougat myself, and mine is the opposite. I want to send you a sample. Contact me if you would like some.

  7. Tyler Lane says:

    Tell me everything about this lack clay cookware, right meow!

    No really, how does it compare to good ol’ cast iron? besides that it’s beautifuller.

  8. Maria says:

    Nice job Karen! Did you know that “La Chamba” in Spanish (Mexico) means “the job (work)?” Tienes chamba? (Do you have a job?) Vas a la chamba? (Going to your job?) I guess you know I’m going to ask a question of La Chamba cookware. I opened a few links on them and I couldn’t find if they were usable on a glass cooktop. Oven, microwave, gas, grill yes. But nada on a glass/ceramic cooktop 🙁

  9. Paula says:

    It looks wonderful! Looks like I joined at the right time.

  10. Kristi says:

    Uh oh! This shopping site is dangerously AMAZING!

  11. Nancy Blue Moon says:


  12. Nancy says:

    Y’all couldn’t picture Karen being into jigsaws?????? I’m so confused by those remarks.

    Anyway, the Maybelline long lasting lipstick for rouge sounds good to me as I work 12 hour shifts. I used to use Tarte rouge and it’s beautiful and dewy and lasts about 3 hours. (Both of my grandmothers called it rouge and applied it in round spots.) Speaking of applying, I’m not too good at blush application, especially cream types. I get too much and then try to wipe some off and then my cheeks are so red I don’t know how much I actually have on. An hour or so later I look and there’s nothing there or still too much.

  13. brenda says:

    Thank you Karen…’re my new makeup consultant : )

  14. julie says:

    Question for you Karen…how are YOU able to get these fabulous items if they are not available in Canada? I was disappointed … I had felt I could count on a Canadian blogger featuring items which could be purchased in Canada…yeah, yeah, I know 80 percent of your readers are American, but you know they do have a larger population!

    • Karen says:

      Yes, I do know that, lol. But I have to look at the numbers. In most cases the link will go to the Canadian Amazon equivalent. The makeup can be found at either Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart. The La Chamba pot is from a local kitchen store as are many of the gadgets. Some of the things I got on Amazon myself like the Starry Lights. If you read the product descriptions I give, in most cases I say how I came about the item myself. ~ karen!

  15. maggie van sickle says:

    Got such a bang out of the name Betty and the word “Blush”. I lived in that era and we did indeed call it blush. I laughed out loud as I was reading your blog when I came to this part. Thanks for starting my day off in a perfect way and kudos to Betty. I don’t know her but I wish I did.

  16. brenda says:

    I thought you were kidding about a blush called Multiple Orgasm
    You were not.
    Do you know if this blush looks good on African Americans?

    • Karen says:

      I would say yes but I’m going to check with Andrea – the on call worldly makeup artist. 🙂 Hold on … !~ karen

    • Karen says:

      Hi Brenda! Here’s what Andrea had to say ” YES. Orgasm is great on African American Skin. Also tell her NARS SIN is lovely- so is @BobbiBrown Chocolate Cherry!”. Hope that helps. ~ karen!

  17. Kat says:

    Great idea Karen, Blush is way over my budget. Can’t wait for Friday to see peoples Stuff!

    • Phyllis says:

      Hey Karen
      Thanks for doing this – of course I immediately started shopping. I might be missing something though. When I clicked the “buy” button for the Emjoi – the site indicated that the price was $43.11 not the $24.95 identified on your blog and when I did the same for the refill rollers the site indicated that the product does not ship to Canada?

      • Karen says:

        Hi Phyllis. I’m going to look into it. Part of the problem is you can only list the product in one currency so I list in American because that’s where most of the readers/shoppers come from. But I’ve also fiddled with the site to make sure that if you’re Canadian and you click on a product you’re brought to the Canadian site once you click. Problem is sometimes the products that are available in America aren’t available in Canada or they won’t ship to Canada. I’m working on it. In the meantime, once you get into from my site, just search Amazon for the same product (the rollers). Also check to make sure you’re getting the best price on the Emjoi! Sorry for the confusion. ~ karen!

  18. jainegayer says:

    Oh no, I am going to be in such trouble now!
    I’m loving that callus remover and the blush.
    Thank you, you badass, fly girl for the list!!

  19. Mel says:

    I’m just going to point out that this is not in time for Christmas shopping for those of us that did the Christmas pledge… I must not spend more, I must not spend more, I must stop shopping!

  20. Su says:

    this is great! been on vacation and am now ready to get this shopping thing done – THANK YOU

  21. Farquist says:

    Are you quoting the American prices of your beauty lisitngs? When I click BUY PRODUCT and go to the price is double or triple the price you quoted. Example: mascara $5.84 is $28.70 + $5.00 shipping. Ouch.

    • Karen says:

      It is American Farquist, because the majority of my readers are American. (like 80%) But that’s RIDICULOUS! $28.70 plus $5 shipping??!! Stupid. Just search for it yourself on and find a better price. OR just get it at your local Shoppers Drug Mart the next time you’re out. It should be about $!0 Canadian. 🙂 ~ karen!

  22. Kim C. says:

    Yay, another way for me to shop online! That sounds sarcastic doesn’t it? It isn’t . I’m way excited you’ve put this together…going there now to check out and hopefully buy some STUFF that comes recommended by such a Fly Girl. 🙂

  23. Leslie says:

    Timely post – I was planning to touch base with you this week to ask if you knew where I could find a nice teapot for flowering tea. Any suggestions?

  24. Hahaha! I was confused by the jigsaw thing too! Just couldn’t picture you being that into jigsaws, then read Bosch make the best ones and thought “Bosch must have diversified”!!!!!!!!!!
    Shop looks great Karen…well done!

  25. Anna says:

    I was picturing a jigsaw puzzle for the first half of your post and was oddly excited about it and disappointed when you confirmed that you were actually talking about a real saw (which I already own and love). I don’t even like puzzles that much…

  26. Sidney says:

    I love reading your posts. Some days I just need to end the night with a good laugh. You always deliver <3

  27. Meg says:

    I’m wondering if you sharpen your own (Wusthof) knives.

    I have a couple good knives and they are SAD and DULL right now. In fact, I’ve kind of gotten used to them not being razor sharp anymore – which means when I sharpen them I’ll probably lose fingers. I should probably just google it and woman up to go figure out how to do it. I guess I’m wondering if it’s something I SHOULD be doing on my own….

  28. SusanR says:

    Sorry, miscommunication. I’m looking for your stories about the items. I called them comments. My error.

    • Karen says:

      Oh! It’s in the product description to the right of the photos. (the odd thing doesn’t have my story but that’s on multiple items like the La Chamba pots) ~ karen!

  29. SusanR says:

    Is the uber expensive cast iron that much better than my Lodge dutch ovens?

    • Karen says:

      Probably not, but it’s kind of like owning a Tiffany ring. The quality is indeed better (it will last a lifetime, the knob will never fall off, etc. etc. , it has nicer design (which you’re paying for) and cache (which you’re paying for). Is it worth the extra money? For me who is cooking obsessed, yes. For someone else, probably not. I can tell you that it doesn’t discolour, is easy to clean, and doesn’t stain inside or out, none of which I can say about my much loved but much cheaper enamel dutch oven. ~ karen!

  30. SusanR says:

    So cool. Congratulations, Karen. Hankering for the jigsaw and the espresso machine. Interesting that you have espresso at night. Me too. Must be the “I dont have to get up early to go to work” Club.

    Not to be dense, but on the mobile version, I don’t see your comments. Ok, I am dense, but I still don’t see them.
    Technical note: On mobile, I don’t see any way to get back to your blog from the shopping page; no link. But then, we already established that I’m dense.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan! There are no comments on the You have to push the back button to go back. I’ll look into making it easier. There is no comment section on the SHOP page, because it isn’t actually a part of my blog conversation. It’s a shopping page, separate from my actual blog. ~ karen!

  31. Barbie says:

    Oh Good for you!! Going to go take a look now! Going to see if you have the lights listed that went in the cloches last year! I did those (I had some of the cloches for prototypes projects in my warehouse that were not being used) but could not find the lights you used inside them last year. So I used regular ones…NOT THE SAME!!! I keep saying “one day I’ll get some of those lights Karen had”

    • Karen says:

      I hadn’t listed them Barbie, but thanks for reminding me. I’ve put them up now! Starry String Lights under Seasonal. ~ karen!

  32. Tigersmom says:

    This is awesome. And dangerous.
    And you probably just did it to get me off your back about all the cool crap I see in the background of your pics.
    That alone probably makes it worth thd effort.
    And, yes, I am up way past my bedtime.

  33. Cynthia says:

    OK I went straight to the blush, because we all know it is almost impossible to get the perfect blush.

    Am I being too anal if I ask for a photo of you wearing the blush? To prove for sure that it gives a nice sheen. Or should I shut up now and just buy it? Aren’t you glad you said we can ask questions, or am I making that up?

    Does it stay on? Right now, I use Maybelline 24 hour Super Stay lip colour as blush and you need a scouring pad to get that stuff off, but it is the perfect colour too.

    Nice idea to put up the shop. Can never understand people who think if they share they are losing something. It’s fun to share.

  34. Pati Gulat says:

    Heading there THIS INSTANT !!!! WOOHOO !!! Been waiting a long time for this !

  35. caryl hodgdon says:

    About time!!! I’m going shopping right NOW…

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Don’t get too crazy excited. Like I said, I’m still adding stuff. And if anyone has anything they’d like listed, or things they’re wondering about that I have or use, let me know in the comment section. ~ karen!

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