I knew you’d be back here after I told you I was giving  away a KitchenAid mixer which I bought with my own money.  From me to you.

I know how these contests work, people come from far and wide to enter for their chance to win something.   They don’t want to read a post, they don’t want to hear funny stories, they don’t want to endure a bunch of words from some idiot they don’t read on a regular basis.


I get that.

Tough Noogies.

I want to tell you a fantastically interesting story about how I put too much sugar in my coffee this morning and it tasted really gross.  Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, it isn’t so much a fantastically interesting story as a pretty solidly boring one.  Luckily for you it’s also a short story.  Put too much sugar in my coffee.  Tasted gross.  Had to make another one.  The end.

See, now that’s just the sort of gripping blog post entry you can expect from The Art of Doing Stuff if you’re new around these parts.  If you really *are* new around here read my Start Here page.  It’ll give you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into including the time I dressed up like a spider and briefly dated Idris Elba (separately of course).

As a thank you to all my dedicated readers, as a welcome to all my new ones and in an unapologetic attempt to get new Twitter, Instagram and Facebook mentions, I’m giving away this classic KitchenAid stand mixer.  (which I own and love, it’s what I use to make my pizza dough)   I also want you to take a look at my new SHOP page and remember it when the time comes that you need to buy something.


You have 5 ways to win, all of which I’ve made ridiculously easy.

You can do some, all, or none of the below.  But if you do none of them  you won’t be entered to win the KitchenAid which makes your time here today fruitless.  Unless of course you’re actually eating a piece of fruit right now.

The only mandatory entry for you is to visit my shop and pick out your favourite item.  Come back here, leave a comment telling me what it is and you’re entered.

If you want MORE chances to win you can click to win, tweet to win, share on Facebook to win, or follow on Instagram to win.

Get entering!

 visit the shop*this one is mandatory. click the red button to visit my shop page, pick out your fave. thing then tell me what it is in the comment section*


Tweet to win 2

like on facebook 2


instagram to win


The contest closes Wednesday, March 30th at midnight.  Winner is picked at random from all the entries and announced  on Friday, April 1st.  Which is April Fools Day.  But this contest isn’t a joke.

Good luck!

Sorry.  This contest is now closed to entries.


  1. Ann Brookens says:

    Man. People were lined up to enter for that Kitchen Aide, weren’t they? Including me, of course.

    I really like those birch bark covered vases. They’re different from anything else I’ve ever seen. I didn’t notice the plans for a 6’2″ farmer named Jake, though. I think if you could manage a giveaway for that particular item, you could REALLY generate some interest in your blog.

  2. kate-v says:

    I like the stackable wooden bins. I am tossing out most of my old vcr tapes and need exactly the dimensions of the stackable bins to fit 3 across on two shelves in which to hold handwork projects and other related craft items and still have enough space for the vcr tapes I’m keeping.
    I know January has come and gone but I’m still working on chucking out 50 things. Now there are more than 50 vcr tapes to rid of but I’m calling it just ONE (1) lot (of all the same things) – there are so many other (‘lots’ of) things to get rid of . After the vcr tapes I’ll be moving on to coffee cup ‘lot’.

  3. Cynthia says:

    The Frye bag would be a lovely gift for my guy. The one that killed my Pro Series Kitchen Aid mixer! That’s love right?

  4. Linda Baker says:

    Love the Hunter boots…..dreaming of Spring in the garden?

  5. Muff Hackett says:

    The Secret Life of Squirrels and the Bee Earrings were close, but the chicken anatomy model is the clear winner tonight. (In fact, I will show it to my boss as she is a science teacher and will probably want one of each species.)
    Great choices in the shop – happy to use you as my jumping off place for Amazon.
    PS – I already have my own KA (and my daughter’s is in storage in my cupboard) but I’m sure I can find a good home for a fresh one – perhaps a silent auction at the school . . . that way it could be twice as productive even before it gets turned on.

  6. Cindy Sorensen says:

    Lots of great items in there…. favorite right now is…. Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill. Would love the Kitchen Aid mixer as I love to bake, and mine really needs to be replaced. I love all the things you post… most often you make me laugh when I really need a good chuckle and for that I thank you.

  7. Maxine says:

    Definitely the Frye messenger bag.

  8. Camille says:

    Oh, the dilemmas. Aside from the KitchenAid mixer of course, my faves are the two sets of gold flatware, the birch wood vases and the brass knuckle mug. Zsa-zsa, natural, and ghetto mixed into one. And then there’s the whole issue of the squirrel…

  9. Marisa says:

    I love the SuperStone La Cloche Baker with Specialty Bread Cloth and the Frye messenger bag.

  10. Emily says:

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite thing! You have great taste in vases, I think. But really, the thing I would most likely buy myself off the list is that marble lamp.

  11. Leslie says:

    I love the Hunter boots. The Bruce Trail is very muddy this time of year! (I am in Hamilton, so if I win I can save you the postage and meet you in the parking lot of Dollarama!)

  12. Seadee says:

    Waaaay tooooo many choices: 1) Hunter boots 2) Brassknuks mug 3) all the rest….

    Because of you, I suddenly wanted a KA. Found a HOBART KA on Craigslist for $50! But I would like to give one to my sister!

  13. Margaret K. says:

    Have the Kitchenaid Mixer and a bread cloche, so I would have to say the next item I would choose would be the warning sign for would-be tool borrowers. Lots of other lovely things, though.

  14. Mark says:

    Well, I would choose that throw pillow from Target. From Target?! Wow! Two reasons for choosing that: (1) It reminds me of abstract stained glass, and (2) It is colourful, and what room could not use a splash of colour like that?

    The KA mixer would be awesome. My sister (who is a truly fantastic cook!) has a really great pastry recipe that she makes in her stand mixer in about 2 minutes. It would be great to be able to make that with my own mixer. (If I win, I’ll share the recipe with you, Karen!)

  15. Lynn Askew says:

    IF I could only pick one, aside from the KitchenAid, of course, it would be the messenger bag. But I’m really bad at math, so also the Chuck Taylors. And the censored get your own tools sign. And omg the wellys would be great for coop duty. And the anatomical chicken. And of course the chocolate rabbit, but it’s sold out of course. Thanks, Karen!

  16. Jeannette says:

    I love the leather office chair in your shop..and the Frye messenger bag. Do I have to only pick one? Then I pick the office chair. It’s a beauty.

  17. Seana says:

    Well duh, the mixer is my favorite thing. But I also am strangely attracted to the see through chicken and will probably be getting one next time I have a little play money.

  18. Mary Edmondson says:

    The food saver sealer.

  19. Dani H says:

    I followed you on Instagram (user: https://www.instagram.com/ddh127/.)

  20. KATHLEEN says:

    Gotta love that chicken!

  21. Dani H says:

    My favorite item in the shop is the FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit. I live alone but like to buy family packs of meat and cook things that I can then freeze in individual servings so this system would be ideal.

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

  22. Aileen weldon says:

    I love the messenger bag but I Need the food saver starter kit.

    And the KA of course. I would clean out my kitchen cupboards to make a special home for it.

  23. Maggie says:

    What??!!?? I just tried to Tweet using a seldom-used account and it tried to make me follow O.J. Simpson.

    Hey, I love your blog and all, but I don’t want a new mixer bad enough to follow O.J. on Twitter. Just saying.

  24. Corinne says:

    The foodsaver!!!!!!! And the knife!! Already liked on facebook so I never miss a post!!

  25. j says:

    I Love the Verner Panton Style Classic ‘S’ Dining Lounge Side Chair White *Set of 2*
    by Verner Panton Style
    and I bought them 21 Mar 2016!! Think they would look great with the mixer!!

  26. Patty Martin says:

    DENY Designs Three Of The Possessed Modele Throw Pillow

  27. Julie says:

    I liked the Converse canvas sneakers best because….well, shoes, of course.

  28. Maggie says:

    Congratulations on your new store! What fun picking out what you think are the best items for yourself and others! Kind of like living in a fantasy where you get to spend other people’s money.

    I like those pretty blue onion soup bowls. I’ve been looking for something similar on ebay. But the ones I’ve looked at are not called “onion soup” bowls but rather “stew” or just plain old everyday “soup” bowls.

    I am rather partial to “everyday” soups so I doubt that I’d ever use them for onion soup, but stew or chili, would look mighty tasty in blue bowls, don’tcha think?

  29. Teresa J says:

    I love the socks – Ringmaster of the Shit Show – they would be perfect for my daughter-in-law. She would love them too cause she is always talking about what shit show is going on!!! LOL LOL I just love her!

  30. Mel says:

    The shop is lovely! And if I had a big fat amazon gift card, I would totally buy myself that Frye messenger bag. I was staring at it the other day, and now all the sites that have pop-up ads keep showing it to me in my margins!! And I would adore the mixer so much!!

  31. Olivia says:

    The black welly boots would be fantastic ( live on the wet coast :)
    I plan to grow some *luffas* this summer….thanks for your video.

  32. Kathleen says:

    *Boo Hoo. Gnashing of teeth.* Oh all right then, throw myself on the floor and wail! I don’t qualify to win this either, living in sunny South Africa. *sniff*
    However, I really like most of the items in your ‘shop’.
    For now, my choice would be Thug Kitchen.

    Wonderful give away, Karen.
    Good luck to the rest of you!

  33. Sue H. says:

    My favorite item is the Frye messenger bag.

  34. Julia says:

    I love that quirky chicken model! ;)

  35. robert says:

    I already follow you on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, not Facebook because I’ve never use it.
    I love the bronze trow pillow, the woven basket, the fancy pink rug but in blue, the converse and obviously the kitchenaid.
    Big Fat Important Question! Do you get the fee if I click on the link but buy it on another color or entirely something else??

    • Karen says:

      what an excellent question Robert. Thank you for asking. If you click on anything on Amazon off of my page I still get the “finder’s fee”. So if you buy it in blue or decide to browse over to an entirely different rug … I still get the credit. If you buy anything off of Amazon but start from my page in fact, I get the credit. If you buy the thing you looked at from my blog within a week I even get the credit! ~ karen!

  36. Bridget P. says:

    I want the Nars blush

  37. Debbe Van Ness says:

    Pick just one favorite? Has to be the messenger bag!

  38. Shelly White says:

    I wanted the toilet paper holder until I scrolled down and saw it was a lamp. I don’t want that.

  39. Mary Ann White says:

    I want the chocolate bunny!!

  40. Kelsey says:

    I love the bee earrings! I don’t necessarily have a thing for winged stinging insects but they remind me of the spelling bee where I met my similarly nerdy best friend. However I also love the abstract pillow and Frye bag…wish it wasn’t a week’s salary!

  41. Dana says:

    I was going to chose the French onion soup bowls, but then I scrolled down and saw the Secret Life of Squirrels, and, well, it has to be that!

  42. James says:

    That lamp is awesome :-) The Room Essentials™ Acrylic Table Lamp from Target.

  43. Carolyn says:

    Love the wall sconces and of course, the stand mixer. Really enjoy your blog..and your chicks!!

  44. Kris says:

    The candlesticks are my favorites.

  45. Liz says:

    I really love the Hunter boots :-) I’ve admired them since I saw them here a few years ago.

  46. Leanne says:

    The messenger bag is gorgeous. I love all the things you chose in your shop section. The dining room chairs are also a favorite

  47. Ruth Vallejos says:

    The hammered copper mugs. Lovely. It’s all lovely stuff

  48. Ellen says:

    I love the messenge bag.

  49. peg says:

    I have gifted many pairs of blue Q of socks~love them all. they have cute bags ~make up ,grocery etc…
    Love the over dyed PINK carpet.
    Love your new shop!! will check out often~ you have a fun sense of style.

  50. Kris says:

    I LOVE the candlesticks!