These are a Few of My Favourite Things

I have a little trick.  When I’m walking through a store and I really like something, I pick it up and walk around with it.  I browse the rest of the aisles or shelves while holding the random thing of beauty that’s the object of my affection.

90% of the time, by the time I’ve finished wandering around, I feel like I’ve owned it for long enough and just end up putting it back where I found it.  If, after walking around with it, I’m still in love with it … I know I should buy it.  Works like a charm.

Difficult with things like a new set of snowtires, but not impossible.

That’s how I end up with a house filled with things I love instead of a house filled with things I kindda like.

Speaking of which … one thing I always completely love without having to carry them around for half an hour, are my sponsors.  I love them, these people who choose to spend their advertising dollars on my website.  And they just happen to carry things that I absolutely love.

I also love you the readers, who support my advertisers by going to their sites and browsing and buying things. (Just so we’re straight on this, I’m using love in the rather broad sense.  If push came to shove, I’d have to admit to being rather fond of you as opposed to loving you.  I do however, love bacon.)

So, to make things easier for you, I have a selection of my favourite things starting with my newest sponsor, Brenda Watts of Cattails Studio. Brenda has been a reader of The Art of Doing Stuff for a longgggg time and she finally decided to jump into advertising this month.  Brenda creates beautiful handcrafted wood objects in her cabin in the woods in Canada’s Prince Edward Island.


Cattails Studio

You can read Brenda’s blog here, or visit her store here.

Returning advertisers include Completely Coastal, a blog dedicated to all crafts that are coastal in influence. Beautiful ideas on how to display and work with driftwood, shells and all things that remind you of breezes and saltwater.

Completely Coastal

To visit Completely Coastal click here.


Up next is the blog “Ask Mr. Pickles”.  The blog is similar to  an advice column like Ann Landers.  Only instead of asking for Ann Landers advice,  you ask Mr. Pickles, who just happens to be a debonaire cat.   I have no idea how he does it, being a cat and all, but Mr. Pickles is both informative and hilarious.


Mr. Pickles

To read Mr. Pickles blog, click here.


Deserving an extra special mention this month is Waylay Design. WayLay helped me move my site from a bad, horrible server I’d been using to a super-fantastic new server. There were no hold your breath, or cross your fingers moments. Everything was smooth sailing. If you’re in need of a web designer or someone to help you out with an Internet/website problem I highly recommend them. Why? Because they’re good. Why else? Because they’re nice. Nice goes a long way in the world.



To learn more about Waylay Design click here.

And finally, I have for you, my longest, most dedicated advertiser.  Money coach, Nancy Zimmerman from the website Your Money by Design.  Nancy offers a service for people who need a bit of help with their finances.  And she does it with humour.  Or humor.  Depending on where you’re from.

To browse Nancy’s site to see all that she can do to help you, click here.

Wanna advertise on The Art of Doing Stuff too?  Click here for rates and a little bit of boasting.


  1. Centsational Girl says:

    OK, I totally do that too. The part where you carry stuff around until it feels like it must be mine or it feels like I’m over it. Been there.
    Great trick!

    Great sponsors too, thanks for sharing! You can ship that basket of driftwood from Completely Coastal direct to my door, cause that I know I’d love!!!


  2. karenagain says:

    Really Karen? Do you put those changed your mind about items back where you found them or do you just put them where you changed your mind?

    Sorry Walmart, I’m the one that left that pair of slacks in your frozen food aisle. Slacks-LOL. OMG if we all put our stuff away (nice-like) someone might lose a job. Then they would have to hire someone to roll back the prices. OMG Walmart.

  3. Rachel says:

    I find most of my valuables at value village and realized last week that I carry items around to “test love”them too! My advice to anyone pondering if they should buy somthing is “ask yourself if you love it”..if you can’t say “yes” immediately,move on! I immediately loved your blog..proving my theory once again!

  4. Tracy says:

    Me, too!! I carry things around until I love it or hate it. Funny how it works, but often its the large, heavy, bulky items I end up hating the fastest…hmmmm.

    Also, I’ve learned I have to physically look at my hands and open them to ensure I haven’t been clutching that little something for so long that I forget its in my hand as I breeze past the checkout counter. I’ve never actually walked out with something yet, but I’m nervous I’ll do it one day and be tagged as the dumbest shoplifter ever (as the item will be in plain sight right in my hand!).

  5. Michelle says:

    So glad to hear that others do this! About 20 years ago we lived in Alaska and were poor newlyweds and we would go to Fred Meyer and do the exact same thing…to this day when we go out shopping and have something we don’t really need, we will look at each other and ask if we should Fred Meyer it 🙂

  6. Alisha says:

    *sigh* Oh Mr. Pickles, your banter makes my heart swell.

  7. Amy in StL says:

    I only do this with shoes. When I’m shopping for shoes at some type of shoe warehouse or emporium; I put on the shoes and walk around in them while I’m looking at other shoes. If they’re not comfortable for browsing the store; they’re not comfortable enough for my life. I actually put back a pair of grey leather boots last night because they were hurting my feet after only two aisles.

  8. Karen L says:

    I “give it a ride” in my basket – when I get to checkout, the basket is reassessed & only the strong survive! I started doing this at HomeGoods after I went back to get something that kept calling my name & it was gone!

  9. Shauna says:

    Oh my gosh, I totally do the same thing. I’ll be walking around with a blouse or something and the sales lady will ask if she can put it in the dressing room for me and I always reply, “No, I need to see if it owns me first.” Yes, I get quizzical looks, but sometimes someone knows exactly what I mean;)

  10. Deb says:

    Put things back?!?! Whodda thunk??!?! If it lands in my basket, I own it, right then, right there. (I need a keeper, I think. Someone to “tsk tsk” me or slyly put things away while I’m looking at something else I can’t live without). I think leaving the slacks in the frozen food section of Wal-Mart is a perfect idea (per Karenagain). Perhaps a size 6 hanging off the handle in front of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Who am I kidding? I’d put the slacks in my basket to get them out of the way and reach for the Chocolate Fudge Brownie pint. Maybe a call to the Money Coach is in order.

  11. Kinsey says:

    I do the walk around thing too. Sometimes I fully intend to buy whatever it is that I’m walking around with, but once I’ve made that “commitment” in my head I realize I don’t even really want whatever it is I’m holding.

    If I DON’T do the walk around thing, however, I usually end up buying said item and experiencing my least favorite sensation: post-purchase dissonance. It’s a rough life.

  12. Ha! I could have written those first 2 paragraphs – exactly!

  13. kelliblue says:

    I do that too, I “walk around with it” for awhile, mulling, pondering, even ruminating at times. Mom raised me right (uh, kinda), so if I don’t want something, I *try* to return the item from whence it came…but i have friends who more times than not, pull a Walmart, and hang their pants in the frozen food. Drives me crazy!

  14. dana says:

    I just read an article that said to avoid unnecessary spending, don’t touch the item in question! Makes absolutely no sense to me, and evidently lots of your readers agree. I carry it around with me, hold it up to the light, pet it, pinch it, smile at it, whisper it a secret, and then I decide if it comes home with me. Leaving it on a shelf and walking away would only burn it into my amigdala, or whichever part of the brain is responsible for obsessing about purchases, and I’d wind up having to ask someone to hold my place in the checkout while I ran back to grab it. 50:50 that it would need to be returned. Humpf. Don’t touch it indeed!

  15. Thanks Karen! When in doubt, I ask myself if I really need this. The answer almost always is of course no. Like your walking around thing!

  16. Cricket says:

    I will often leave something on the shelf, finish my shopping and go back. What I often find is that while I have been shopping and thinking about the item, when I return, it is not quite as lovely as it had become in my mind. But I have been known to carry stuff around, too.

  17. Just wanted to say thank you for the kind words. We were more than happy to help and we are so glad that we finally got everything ironed out for you.

    It’s people like you that make all of our hard work worth it, the show of appreciation…well and a paycheck of course 😉

    Keep up the good work around here and just let us know if you need anything else!

  18. Sam says:

    Of course, I carry things around. When I’m done I go right up to the check out person(!) and say, I decided I don’t want this after all, here.”
    Thank you for Mr. Pickles. Wonderful fun.

  19. Gayla T says:

    You will now know that I don’t always read your posts in the order you post them. I spent time last night learning about blue crown jars and now learn you carry them around through the rest of the flea market before buying them. Really? Well, I don’t blame you for not putting them back. Now, on to checking out the Prince Edward Island lady. I hope you get a darn good commission for your ingenious sales pitches. LOL PEI is still on my bucket list and I’m getting pretty darn old.

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