Tea Towel Winners


Well. You’re lucky. I managed to find time in between hauling buckets of sap into the house and scrubbing maple syrup off of every surface of my kitchen, myself and my cats to do my Tea Towel drawing.

And by tea towel drawing I don’t mean a pencil sketch, I mean, drawing for the 5 most recent winners of the tea towels I’ve made. And by made I mean silkscreened and then folded up with a ribbon. And by ribbon I mean silky stuff that you tie around things to make it look more impressive and attractive. Attractive, as in “pleasing to the eye”. Eyeball. Not the eye of a needle.

(I recently got an email from a reader who thought my writing was confusing. I’m trying to make a point of being clearer.)

SO! As I was saying, I’m giving away 5 tea towels and I am pleased to make the announcement. Just not yet.

First I want t…. HEY!!! STOP SCROLLING DOWN TO SEE IF YOU’RE NAME IS THERE YOU ASSHEAD! Just hold on a second. I have a very short, tea towel related story I wanted to share with you.

Tea Towels – A Short Story by Karen

Tea Towels. They are functional and sometimes pretty. I like tea towels.

by Karen

O.K. Was that so hard? Onto the winners.



Congratulations, and thanks for being a part of the Art of Doing Stuff’s 2 year anniversary.  Email me at karen@theartofdoingstuff.com to claim your tea towel. (apparently The Art of Doing Stuff has an inordinate amount of readers with names that start with M.)

I couldn’t have done it without you and I thank you from the bottom of my Art.




  1. Angela says:

    Guess I should have put my last name in when I entered, it begins with an M.

  2. Bonnie says:

    I was going to say, I think your hand got stuck in the M section of the hat when you were drawing.

  3. Preston says:

    Please, price these and let us buy them from you 🙂 I would die for a tea towel from you <3

  4. gloria says:

    Notice. I have just officially changed my name to Mloria. Thank you.

  5. Diane says:

    Damn it. 🙂

  6. Stacy says:

    I’m confused…..oh, nope….that’s just anger boiling up inside me. Mmm, could be remnants of dinner though. Either way, lame. I knew I should have used my alias..there’s a couple of kids that run around my house calling me mama….

  7. Alix Bouchard says:

    Aw drat.

  8. Jeanne says:

    Confusing? Me thinks not. Entertaining? Most definitely! Makes me smile 🙂 More often than not…Maybe that’s enuff M’s for the next drawing?

  9. bex says:

    Clucks! I knew I should have changed my name to Mex when entering this comp 🙂 those lucky eM’s!

  10. Sue says:

    My that’s a lot of M’s!! And I even know one of them. I’m sure she won’t want her tea towel so can I have it? I will be marvelously grateful! I will tell her next time I see her how much I like it! Many thanks Mom! … Er Karen! :-)!

  11. Karin says:

    my husband’s name starts with an ‘M’ !

    Why couldn’t your machine choose a nice
    little ‘B’ ?

    Next time ….

    Greetings. Karin B.

  12. Diane says:

    Damn it! Why wasn’t I born with a better name?! Congrats to all the lucky winners! I wish I was you, or you were me…or…yeah, you know. 😀

  13. Nicole2 says:

    Hey, I noticed that there’s a little cleaver at the beginning of your blog address. How. Cute. It’s so adoresies. I think there’s a blog about serial killers who has the same thing. Just kidding.

    Do I get a teal towel for noticing it? No? Oh well, it was worth a try.

    You should send these winners an M&M gift pack instead of the tea towels. You know, just to keep with the “M” theme.

  14. Elle says:

    Congratulations to the winners.

    It is a fine tea towel. Both for doing stuff and for pleasing the eye.

    Wish I had an M in my name.

  15. marilyn says:

    yeah i won…thank you thank you thank you..hey its all part of her mmmmarch mmmaple mmmmadness peeps get over it lol xoxo m2

  16. Pati says:

    Mati was my name in a former life…and CONFUSING ???? I beg to differ !! ;o)

  17. gogothrift says:

    how come I NEVER win anything. Hey Karen, have you ever won anything???

  18. Shelley says:

    As a scrolling down mmmm…asshead..congratulations to the winners!

  19. Melissa says:

    Towels, shmowels… where’s that silk screen tutorial you promised? If you’ve taught us one thing, it’s that what we can’t buy (or win from our favorite blog), we can make ourselves!!! (small, dutiful voice: just sayin’)

  20. Amy Schmucker says:

    MAHV-a-Lus Dahling Just simply MAHV A Lous

  21. Colleen says:

    Love the tea towels, congrats to the winners!

    Karen, your writing style is creative, much more interesting than many of the blogs I frequently read. There’s really nothing confusing about it… there’s always someone who’s going to complain!

    If we all wrote the same, what a boring blog world it would be!

  22. Barbie says:

    …..I wish I had an “M” name! lol

  23. Melissa Leach says:

    My name starts with an M, how could you have missed me??? I love your writing…clear or unclear, don’t change a thing.

  24. Dru says:

    Hey, don’t pander to the idiots..you write as clear as can be..encourage people to visit the DIY bloggers who write like their readers are still in middle school..plenty of them..keep up the great work you do!!

  25. Rats! I could see myself hanging that one with the cleaver on it to tell my family what lind of “sharp” mood I am in!!! Oh Well, I can dream. Or… I could try and make some myself.

    • Danielle M. says:


      I’m one of the winners and I must say I took GREAT joy in telling my mother that the towel had a cleaver on it! 🙂

  26. OOps.. what Kind of mood! HAHA

  27. Karen says:

    mmmmmmmmmmm…simply marvelous for all of those M named people that won a beautiful butcher towel from you. And to the reader that found your writing to be confusing…mmmmmmm me thinks not. More like, fun, delightful, deliriously unsettling at times and a little fowel at times but that’s why I love you and follow your blog. Now about those towels, when do they go on sale?

  28. Audrey says:

    Karen, I apologise for this having nothing to do with tea towels. Last night my husband suggested we have sweet potato fries for dinner. I, cleverly, had your recipe sitting on my desk top and read it to him. Because I was somewhat preoccupied by making a polymer clay necklace for a friend’s birthday, I said baking soda instead of cornstarch. Try to imagine something more hideous. I tried to scrape the stuff off mine and then poured a heap of balsamic vinegar on my plate. Yikes, a chemistry experiment! Great, loud hissing. I thought the roof might blow off the kitchen. What a stupid mistake. Will do it your way next time. Promise.

  29. Audrey says:

    P.S. I’d like to buy a tea towel.

  30. Jake says:

    Hey, anyone with a name beginning with M can win, how about making it really hard. Sell them, why make life harder than it needs to be. There are suckers out here who will buy anything, so please consider it. By the way have you seen my long lost peckerhead son (weirdo with bells on his shoes)he’s gone again.

    • Karen says:

      Hah! I remember him fondly. 🙂 Haven’t seen him in a while though. ~ k!

      • Mary Werner says:

        Pecker – now I remember. It is another name for Dink. Did you have that one? Great post today and so very confusing to read. You need to do something about that. You aren’t 3 for nothing. Fix it and you will be 97 for sure! HA

  31. Patti says:

    Congratulations, tea towel winners! I’d like to see photos of those badboys in use!

  32. ruth says:

    congratulations you lucky ones! Gonna spend my day looking for an ‘m’ to put in my name……….:)

  33. Lynn says:

    I couldn’t help but notice the sound of crickets coming from good old tea towel winning Marti – reveling in her mmm good luck I suppose…. 🙂

    • Scouty says:

      Yes, where is Marti? She has been kind of quiet lately…..
      I look forward to reading her crazy replies!
      (well actually, I love reading ALL the replies)

  34. Gayla T says:

    Dang trolls! I never thought of you having them but I’m sure she feels like a nut caae now. Somebody famous whose name I forget once said something I was going to tell you………..oh yes. You can please some of the people some of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. That may have been Will Rogers whose mind worked a lot like yours or Teddy Roosevelt. No, I think Teddy said to carry a big cleaver or that might have been Lizzy Borden…or Carrie Nation…or Laura Ingalls……never mind…

  35. Denise says:

    Congrats to the winners! Jealous!
    R u going to sell them Karen?
    I understand your writing style as clear as a bell’s ring. The sound, not the one on a finger. Bells don’t have fingers.

  36. brie says:

    I love the tea towels! You should set up an art of doing stuff store and let us buy them via paypal- you know, because you aren’t busy enough or anything.

  37. dalesq says:

    You know, AUDREY probably needs a tea towel to clean up the mess. LOL and had to read it to the husband again for more laughs! I really enjoy this blog ( and yes, voted for you on AT).

  38. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Congrats to all of the winners..I have been haunting my mailman waiting for mine to arrive..It is amazing how slow mail service is between our two countries..Confusing??..You break everything down into baby steps so that we can follow without any confusion..of course some people are born confused and never grow out of it..That’s mostly men though..lol

  39. Carole McGinnis says:

    Hello, McGinnis here – I know I would have been the next winner. Well, I will be the first to order when you sell them. Congrats all you fellow “M’s.”

  40. Patra says:

    If someone doesn’t claim their prize you can send it to me. 🙂 Looking forward to the silk screening tutorial!

  41. Jill says:

    Yes, I’d throw some money your way for the honor and privilege of owing once of those lovely tea towels.

  42. Elise says:

    If we had more tea towels we could make tea towel aprons!! aaaahh!

  43. Sherri says:

    Boogers! I was on a Keno winning streak and thought for sure I was far enough into the lucky zone that I would win a tea towel. I’m still interested in purchasing one if you decide to go that way. Seems like I’m not the only one. I’m sure your mom and sister would help you make them. They told me so…really.

  44. Chau says:

    Hey Karen, if you look at the drawed names and didn’t know any better, one would say you favored the names started with “M”. Except for Danielle of course but then she has a last name starts with “M” too. How strange is that?

  45. nancy says:

    dang I hardly ever win anything. Please don’t change your writing, that’s tedious…….I like it much better the difficult to understand way. U be a reel gud riter, in my opinion.

  46. lori says:

    yes!! I won!! NOT!! 🙁 hehe

  47. Amie says:

    Yay, Meg!

    Seriously, you have no idea how much she loves this site. And how excited she was to learn she won a tea towel. It was the first thing I saw on my facebook page this morning 🙂

  48. Terri J says:

    Oh no! Why didn’t my mother name me Merri? Now the June Cleaver towel will never exist. That is, unless you decide to make and sell a few more of these…
    Or unless one of the winners reads your comments and decides to name their towel June. I like the first option better, though.

  49. Anemone says:

    Congratulations to the winners. How clearer can your writing become? Anyway…I think your writing is just fine. So you are just yummying syrup eh?

  50. deanna says:

    Mmmmmmmmm…and I was hoping it was me.

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