The Winner of The Great Gargantuan Giftmas Giveaway.




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    You are the lucky winner!  Sorry everyone else.  I know you’re all disappointed.  That’s the part about these contests that suck. On the upside if you’re following The Christmas Pledge you should have some cookie dough in the freezer that you could dip into for a little pick me up. Thank you to everyone who entered and thank you for supporting The Art of Doing Stuff and its sponsors. Without readers there would be no Art of Doing Stuff. I would have no blog. I would still be toiling away in the world of television hosting making scads of money, having my makeup applied for me daily and enduring the harsh, harsh world where in order to make money I have periodically wander over to a specific spot and say things out loud. Once those two minutes are over I wander back to the carefully laid out food table where someone is waiting with a coffee with a straw in it for me. So clearly … I’d like you to all stop reading this site. What the hell are you trying to do anyway? Ruin me? I COULD HAVE COFFEE WITH A STRAW AND A PERSON THAT HOLDS IT FOR ME WHILE I’M AWAY FROM IT. Now go away. Until Monday that is, when I have a really great post on present wrapping.  It’s the present topper to top all present toppers. [shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”5342563″]


  1. Barbie says:

    Catching up with reading your blogs! Congrats to Kat! WHOOPIE! Also so glad your still getting they same amount of view Karen! Good for you! I am doing the Christmas pledge (sorta revised for me) and I am WAY ahead of the game this year! It feels so good! All my 20 Thanksgiving guests will get to see my Christmas tree up already! HA! My husband and son did NOT like the idea at all but they are happy that it makes “me” less stressed. :)

  2. Debbie says:

    Congrats to Katherine!

  3. Laura Bee says:

    So nice to see a person who appreciates the simple things win. Congratulatons Kat! And yay! for wrapping!

  4. jainegayer says:

    Katherine gets to have Christmas early. Congrats!!!

  5. Elen Grey says:

    Congratulations, Katherine. Enjoy your Giftmas!

  6. Traci says:


  7. Dagmar says:

    Hi LazySusan :-)
    as per your earlier comment of gathering things throughout the year, and smartly keeping extra things on hand for extra guests and hostess gifts etc. I have found that I never put everything in one spot, and then forget it’s there. That is the one downside. I thnk I still have some presents meant for my favourite cousin that keep getting new hiding spots, but somehow have never found their way to her. That is the one down-side to being over-zealous, I think.

  8. Beth says:

    Congrats, Kat! And just wanted to chime in to thank Karen for the Christmas pledge. It’s kicking butt. Cards: addressed! And this is the first year I’m even sending out cards, so that’s just amazing to me. Also, I’ve been enjoying the 3 posts a week. I know it caused quite the stir, but I personally have been clicking through quite a bit more the last couple of weeks. Hope the one extra page view helps :).

    • Karen says:

      :) Thanks Beth! I’ve actually found that to be true for a lot of people. More people are clicking on the posts because there aren’t quite as many of them. I guess everyone else is as busy as me, lol. So really, my pageviews haven’t gone down at all! ~ karen

  9. Kathy Nethken Daniels says:

    Well, dang it! I opened the email and thought it was ME! Turns out it was another Katherine, different spelling. Next time it’s MY turn, o.k? In the meantime: Katherine, enjoy! Happy Holidays, everyone! And no, it’s not because I won’t say Christmas, it’s because at this time of year, there are 3 major holidays coming! God Bless!

  10. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Congrats Katherine B..Enjoy!

  11. Sandra says:

    Wow, all this AND a Big Mouth Billy Bass fish plaque. You’ll have to start buying lottery tickets! Merry Xmas!

  12. LazySusan says:

    Congratulations, Katherine, I’m delighted that you won the grand prize!

  13. Kat says:

    When I got up this morning and seen Karen’s post in with my emails I looked at it and thought, I would go check and see who won. I thought I know it wasn’t me because I never win stuff! I don’t buy lottery tickets because I never win anything. Then I thought if it was yesterday I might have won as I had a really good day yesterday. Well then when I finally got here and seen my name in that swanky gold ribbon I just sat there thinking it was a joke, one of Karen’s funny jokes. I kept sitting there waiting for that name to change to the real winner. Many minutes later of staring at the monitor my name was still there. Then tears started welling up. I had to get up and walk around. I started to go make a peanut butter sandwich… the 2 slices of bread is still sitting on the counter getting stale. Thanks to all of you guys for the congratulations even to Tracie, and sorry Nicole I am claiming it and Jennifer I hope that pen did not hurt too much! Karen you have heard this many times on here from all of us, you are the best and you are still the only blog person I follow. Damn did I really win the wood mason jar lids? I need to go back and look at all the stuff ! Thanks to all the sponsors for making Karen’s blog the most unique place to be. Want to know why yesterday was such a good day. I went thrift store shopping and found one of those stupid singing, tail flapping Big Mouth Billy Bass fish plaques for the Chinese gift exchange at work for $2.00. He is even wearing a Santa hat! They are going to hate me Hahaha! OK now what do I do, this day can not get any better!

    • Ev Wilcox says:

      Nice thank you. (Put someone else’s name on the fish)! You won some great stuff! Congrats!

    • Aww..that is such an exuberant response to winning. I loved reading it and even got “teary-eyed” happy for you!! I did not enter but I am so glad you won Kat!!! I love how you thought it was a joke at first…. Enjoy all your great goodies!!!

    • Cred says:

      Congratulations Katherine

    • Lez says:

      Kat, this to me is unbelievable! I have never written a comment on this site or a reply before, but you won’t believe this! I literally, half an hour ago, replied to your comment on the rusty keys thing! What were the odds of out of almost 13,000 entries the picture comes up of you as the winner & the same person I just left my first ever reply to!???? Unreal! Congratulations & now you don’t have to be so sad about not being able to afford those keys! Lots to make up for it!

      • Kat says:

        Lez… Now that is a coincidence!!! Your 2 comments were really confusing me as I just woke up and read the first one on the rusty keys and then seen this one and was trying to figure it out. I find being able to converse with someone in South Africa truly amazing in itself, never mind on a blog that had 2 different topics. But what is even funnier if you go back and look at the prizes one of them is a sterling silver skeleton key pendant from Tiffany’s. So I will try not to miss the rusty ones too much but they were beauties! What a score for you to find a bunch of the rusty ones for $2.00. I am jealous LOL! Here is a quick weather report for you from here in Alberta, Canada… snow, snow and more snow the temp. is -22 degrees Celsius but feels like -32. Now I want to go back to bed till spring! Lez thank you for your 2 comments and that my friend will put me in a good mood for the rest of the day even with the ridiculous temperature here!

  14. Gretchen Sexton says:

    Lucky you, Katherine! Congratulations and enjoy!

  15. Marion says:

    Congratulations Katherine! What a wonderful way to start the holidays!

  16. Lynda Grimes says:

    Rats. I haven’t made the pledge either so have no solace in cookie dough.

    On the plus side, I did see the cookie advent calendar. So all my loved ones will be getting that instead of all the wonderful things that Katherine’s getting. Hmm, I wonder if Katherine would trade her ollas for a cookie calendar?

    Congratulations Katherine! And, many thanks for the sweet dreams, Karen, and her sponsors.

  17. amy watson says:

    Congrats to Katherine…enjoy all your goodies.

  18. Joy O'Oonnell says:

    I’m not going away. I’m going to stay right here and wait for monday and get some ideas for how to Karen-ize all the Christmas gifts i’ve got ready. Well, I’ll be addressing Christmas cards and sticking to the pledge, but just maybe Karen will get ahead of herself and post early, Sunday night? I’m ready.

  19. Linda J Howes says:

    Lucky Katherine!

  20. Jennifer says:

    I won’t be here on Monday, as I am throwing myself into a dead fall on my ballpoint pen.

  21. Kris Wilson says:

    Congratulations Katherine! Don’t know you , but I’m very happy for you. Karen is so generous, and so are her sponsers! Lovely.

  22. Mary Jane says:

    Lucky duck! Congratulztions to you, but asking why there isn’t a bag of chips included with this fabulous package? Karen should have a chip sponsor in there.

  23. Erin says:

    Congratulations Katherine!

  24. Shelly McKay says:

    Congrats Katherine! What a great early Christmas bonus. Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to head on over to the sponsor’s pages & place some orders – lol ;)

  25. Heather says:

    Congratulations, Katherine! Enjoy what looks like a wonderful prize package.

  26. Tigersmom says:

    Congrats Katherine!

    I didn’t enter because I’m still basking in the delight of my piggy salt and pepper shakers and if my name had come up I would have been wracked with guilt. Thank you, Catholicism.

  27. Su says:

    lucky lady…. happy for her sad for me and everyone else….

  28. DanniS says:

    Congratulations Katherine! Happy Holidays :)

  29. Debbie Bashford says:


  30. Nicole says:

    So… If Katherine doesn’t claim her prize… Can I have it?! Just sayin…;)

  31. mimiindublin says:

    Congrats Katherine, I’m not disappointed cos I forgot to enter, so I’m thrilled for you!

  32. Dagmar says:

    Years ago, I decided that life is too short to wait for Chritmas to share presents and joy with those whom I love. So during my shopping outings, if I spot anything that I think anyone I care about might like, I purchase it right there and then. And then I don’t make myself sick whenever Christmas rolls around. No more anxiety, no more uncomfortable dinners and no more exchanges. But for you Katherine, I bet you won’t have anything to exchange, and will enjoy your booty all throughout the year! A very proud congratulations to you! Well done to all of the sponsors too!

    • LazySusan says:

      That’s my shopping method, also, for the past 30 or so years. I have a present closet where everything is placed, awaiting birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries. I even maintain at least some generic male, female and child gifts, and a hostess gift, on hand, just in case. Gift buying is never stressful, it’s fun!

  33. Tracie says:

    Are they the same toppers I saw in Canadian Living Magazine? Cause if they were…well, I did admire them a tad. I must admit to sour grapes, yet AGAIN for not winning…sigh. And to whoever this Katherine person is…..suck it, cause that’s the last prize you’ll ever win from me! I mean from Karen, of course…..

  34. Sue says:

    Congrats, Katherine! Enjoy all the goodies.

  35. Jean says:

    Wahhh. And I even have all my own teeth like Aunt Jean.

  36. Nancy says:

    Congratulations to Miss Katherine! What a lovely bunch of stuff. And quit drinking with a straw. Straws and puffing on cigarettes work your lip muscles so that when you get old your mouth looks like an anus. Clearly, Aunt Jean never used straws.

  37. Holly says:

    Congratulations, Katherine. Enjoy!

  38. Mindy says:

    Boo hiss. Just kidding. Boo, aw piss.

  39. Marilyn says:

    Congratulations goes to you

  40. judy says:

    What a nice early Christmas Gift. Loot! Always a good thing.

  41. Jennifer says:

    Congrats Katherine, you lucky duck!! :)

  42. Grammy says:

    Congratulations, Katherine. Merry Christmas.

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