The Art of Doing Stuff is 2 Years Old.
And What’s a Birthday Without Presents?



This Sunday, while you were all going about your weekend business … running errands, reading books, cleaning clothes … something very special was going on.  The Art of Doing Stuff turned 2.  2 years old.  Which in blogging years is as old as dirt.  Zsa Zsa Gabor old.  As old as Zsa Zsa Gabor’s dirt.  Old.

About a year ago The Art of Doing Stuff and I  were considering an early retirement but instead decided to stick it out.  Now … at the age of 2 … we’re humming along nicely.

Not only are we humming along nicely, we’re actually thriving.  Partly due to an enormous amount of work, endless encouragement from the fella, bewildered astonishment from my mother and the support of few Internet friends.  That’d be you.

Without people actually reading and doing the stuff I blog about … I’d have quit long ago.    There were many of you who took pity on me and donated to my site when I put up my “donate now” button for a few days.   I appreciated that.  And I didn’t forget it.

So some time ago, around Christmas actually, I started plotting, planning and executing a little gift for some of you. The time to unveil it is now …




Yup.  The Art of Doing Stuff has it’s very own tea towel.  I considered mugs and tee shirts, but settled on the tea towel for a variety of reasons, not the least of which they’re the cheapest item to ship.  ‘Cause I’m cheap.

I put a lot of thought into the design and materials.  I also figured, since this is The Art of Doing Stuff … a site dedicated to doing stuff yourself … I would design and silkscreen the tea towels myself.  I chose to use  flour sack cloth as the tea towel fabric on the recommendation of a friend who owns a kitchen store.  It is without a doubt, the best tea towel material I’ve ever used.  It actually *gasp* dries things.  It’s soft and looks good when it’s wrinkled and I just love it.

Next came the design.  I knew I wanted a cleaver with a little chip out of the blade.  That was easy enough.  I drew it up on Photoshop in no time.  I chose a dark, dark charcoal as the colour.  It’s just shy of black, without having the harshness of black.

Finally, I had to choose the placement of the clever on the towel.  Most tea towels you buy with a design on them, have the design dead center on the towel.  And when you buy the towel and it’s all folded professionally with each side folded in, all pretty and professional like … and that’s fine.  But when I get a tea towel at home I either don’t fold it at all, or I fold it in half and throw it over the stove or dishwasher handle.  Like so …


Stove 1


Stove 2


So that pretty much dictated the placement.  The logo was NOT going in the centre of the towel, but instead off to the side so you could just fold it in half like a normal person and it would still look good.

The only thing left to do was silkscreen them.  Oh.  And teach myself to silkscreen.  Which I did over the Christmas holidays.  (don’t worry … I’ll be teaching you very soon)

I did some of the tea towels solid, some of them I liked the faded effect I got when I didn’t use as much pressure while silk screening and some of them are somewhere in between.  I was worried about them all being different at first.  Then I decided I liked it.  Each one of them is truly unique.

I’ve done test runs on tee shirts and my own tea towels and they wash perfectly.  They’re pre-shrunk and ready to go.

So now … as a thank you to all the readers of The Art of Doing Stuff I have an announcement to make.

To those of you who donated money to me.  I kept every one of your names and email addresses.  Last night I randomly selected 5 of you.  I will be sending each of you an Art of Doing Stuff Tea Towel.


I also have a lot of dedicated, supportive readers who are always commenting, reading and forwarding my posts.  Last night I randomly selected 5 of you.  I will be sending each of you an Art of Doing Stuff tea towel.


You folks I just mentioned can email me ( with your addresses and I’ll ship your tea towels off to you immediately.


And finally … for everyone else … I am  giving away 5 Art of Doing Stuff tea towels.  Want one?  Just leave me a comment today telling me what your favourite post of all time was.

Contest open until Sunday, March 11th at midnight.  Winner will be randomly drawn by computer thingamabob, and announced  next Tuesday.

And just before we go … don’t forget to vote for The Art of Doing Stuff.  (link at top of post)  This can be your blog birthday gift to me.  

Thank you!

And don’t forget to enter the contest.  Holy crap.  There’s a lot going on in this post  isn’t there?  Birthdays, Awards, Winners!  Somebody break out the Creme de Menthe and cocktail wieners  … this has turned into a party.


p.s.  My ass looks pretty good in this picture.



This post is still accepting comments, but the contest is now closed.


  1. Jackie says:

    Yep! Your rear looks dear and the towels are lovely, too.

  2. Rita says:

    I know the contest is over but just wanted to let you know that my fav post is the one about how to make outdoor orbs. That’s the one that led me to your blog!
    Thanks for all you do – you’re an amazing woman!

  3. Susan says:

    Today, the 19th of March, 2012, by happy accident I discovered your blog. Sadly, your present giveaway is over but happily I have been laughing out loud at the way you write and feel completely rejuvenated. I look forward to reading and learning and laughing more. Thank you! Happy Blogday!

  4. Kate says:

    Oh crap, I missed the contest!

    Love that tea towel.

    I’ve been a reader since the beginning, but the post that really lives in my memory is the frozen yogurt tampon. I laughed, I cried, I now regard yogurt in a new light.

  5. Pam'a says:

    Happy Blog Birthday, Karen.

    I knew you could do it!

  6. J says:

    Your bum looks great! Thought you’d like a reaffirmation of what you already thought.

    Love the towel, wish I could buy one.

  7. mothership says:

    ooops…. didn’t finish/edit that thought…
    shoulda been:
    “Ahhhh yes… WHEN humans invented clothing… must have happened when life expectancy passed 30!”

    (not that u OR your ass look a day past 19)

  8. mothership says:

    OMG! best tea towels ever… will go with the Halloween party decor I NEVER take down (like those people who leave up their xmas lights year round!)
    and BTW… your ASS is going on my fridge for inspiration!

  9. sundaycooking says:

    I loved “Uh oh, Tuco Part II: The Fate of a Rooster.” It was a great, funny story and had fantastic pictures. Every so often, I wonder how he’s doing. I bet he’s cock of the walk 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Sundaycooking! I actually get the odd update from Tuco’s new owner. Very nice of him to let us know how Tuco is doing. He’s doing well apparently and is as happy as can be. ~ karen!

  10. Lisa says:

    I’m still a relative newbie to this blog, and have spent many a (name your favorite time increment) clicking around the site. It was the “throw 50 things away” post that drew me here. But right now I am most inspired to emulate is the one on darning socks. Several of my favorites are holey, and I just got a very handsome acrylic egg to rescue them!

  11. Aimee says:

    And good grief, I hit Send too soon…my favorite post is the “I got an egg!” post. Ah, found it! LOVE IT, and I fell in love with your humor that day. I emailed it to my sister when I first read it.

  12. Aimee says:

    Gah, just under the wire to enter for an awesome tea towel! That’s what I get for not checking my RSS for a week.

    LOVE the design – and not to have to tri-fold the towel? PRICELESS.

  13. Carolyn says:

    My favorite was your post about making the perfect hamburger. Not so much the post itself, but the comments by you and your readers. The arguments about hamburger vs. meatloaf were hilarious.

  14. Stacy says:

    My favorite post was the one where you *tried* to open a wine bottle by banging it on a tree. Because you were so cute in the video. And it was a cool little party trick. But mostly you were funny in the video. And cute. Did I mention how funny and cute you were? Can I have a tea towel now?

  15. Carly S says:

    LOVE the teatowel!! So simple and pretty.
    Fav post of all time was replacing the BBQ ignightor thingy… Didn’t even know it could be done 🙂

  16. Alix Bouchard says:

    Can I revise my answer? My new favorite post is the fella on: the English language. Fall on the floor funny

  17. Alix Bouchard says:

    Ooooo yaaay. Not late! I’m never not late! Well, I, for one, love love love my tree stump table. So, I suppose that one takes the cake.

  18. Tamara says:

    I love the outdoor fireplace, the lights, and the 10 kitchen gadgets. probably those are my top 3

  19. Mandi says:

    My fave post…at this moment anyways…is the Glowing Orbs for the garden post. I have plans to do that this Spring!!!! But really, love them all!

  20. Jen C M says:

    Congratulations! I attempted to resurrect my own blog this year after letting it lie fallow for, um, two years or so. And my new posts have totalled…3. So I am all admiration!

    For some reason which seems utterly random to me, when I think about all the different posts I’ve enjoyed, I come back to the one with the finished chicken coop. It was just so far beyond the normal awesome.

  21. Alix Bouchard says:

    Missed it by a few days, is there a way to purchase a tea towel?

  22. Kira says:

    Happy 2 years, Karen! I can safely say that your “How to chop an onion” post was my favorite. I’m pretty sure I spit out my iced tea laughing when you revealed your onion goggles, because I 100% believe that you actually keep those in your kitchen for onion-cutting purposes. Love the blog, Karen, keep it up!

    • Karen says:

      Kira – LOL, It’s no joke … I really do use the onion goggles. They’re in my top kitchen drawer for easy access. ~ karen!

  23. Dina says:

    One of my most favorite posts was the one I stumbled across on the internet leading me to your blog – Building the Coop. That post led me to your gorgeous coop, how you got your chicks, redoing your backyard… I read for hours that night. I was hooked! Another all-time favorite has to be the Fella on How Young Teenage Girls Dress – freakin’ hilarious!

    Oh, I got my vote in for you on The Homies. Good luck

  24. Karen Eggleston says:

    My favorite post is the chicken laying ans egg. Imagine someone filming the rear end of a chicken.

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