Welcome Steven & Chris Viewers!

Steven Sabados, Karen Bertelsen, Chris Hyndman


I appear/appeared on the Steven & Chris show today (depending on when you’re reading this post)!  You may have guessed this because you are an astute and well informed Art of Doing Stuff reader. Plus, there’s that picture of me with the two of them right there at the top of the post. Yeah! That’s me!  If you look at the picture while listening really closely, you can actually hear me singing my #9 hit “I Ran (so far away)”.

It was my first week with a new haircut.  I’m a little more used to styling it now.

The Steven and Chris show airs on CBC in Canada at 2 p.m. (Toronto time).  It also airs in the States on channels I am not aware of.  If I can’t even figure out if Toronto is Eastern Standard time or Central or Pacific or whatever, what are the chances I’m going to be able to figure out what American channels Steven & Chris are on?  Slim.  Let’s just say I’m not great with numbers in any capacity.

Steven and Chris have a television show, a product line, and have had their work appear on Oprah.  Yes, that Oprah.

As a welcome to all  of you who saw the Steven & Chris show and took the time to stop by my  website I’ve gathered up a few of my most popular posts to give you an idea of what The Art of Doing Stuff is all about.  Aboot.  (I’m Canadian)

Plus for my already dedicated readers … a couple of my personal favourites you might have missed.

I’m going to start things off with the personal fire pit I showed Steven & Chris how to make today.

Most Popular

How to Build a Personal Fire Pit


The Dollar Store Mirror Box


Video – Opening a Bottle of Wine with a Shoe and a Tree Trunk


How I Rebuilt My Entire Backyard and How You Can Too!  If You’re An Idiot, that is.


How to Recover a Chair in 5 Minutes!


How to Raise a Monarch Butterfly


A Couple of my Personal Favourites.  Or Favorites for my American readers.

Tie Dye Beets


Ode to the Ikea Hot Dog


Video – The Art of Catching a Fly


The Art of Doing Stuff is about how it’s not all that difficult.  None of it. I’m an average gal with below average math skills.   If I can do it, YOU can do it.  It’s as simple as that.

Oh.  And, just so you know.  As a general rule, my posts usually contain at least one curse word.  Please accept this curse-free post as my introductory offer.


If you stopped by after watching Steven & Chris let me know! Just say “Hi!” in the comments section. I know it’s scary to leave a comment. I think so too. I have no idea why, because it’s a totally unreasonable thing. But so is composing a poem in honour of an Ikea Hot Dog so … 🙂


  1. Jenn A says:

    Oh, Karen. You’re ridiculously marvelous and I’m sure all your new fans will agree!!

    • Karen says:

      Awww, thanks Jenn. But I’m not marvellous. I’m just curious. Plus I have a lot of power tools. It’s amazing how marvellous you can appear when you possess those 2 things. ~ karen

  2. Julie shinnick says:

    Hmmm yes you are being well behaved! Stop it! lol

    MMMMM Powertools mmmmmm goooood

  3. I love that firebox. I don’t really have room for it in our tiny back yard, but I want one of these!

  4. shirley huang says:

    I love that firebox DIY. This can be a nice table centerpiece too. I’m sharing this idea. Thanks.

  5. Natalie says:

    Hahah Aboot! Awesome. I don’t know who Steven and Chris are (until now…forgive me I’m American and I’m not good with numbers either so I don’t know which channel they reside on), but congratulations on being on their show! 🙂

  6. Nancy says:

    Karen, simply love your fireplace,I have never done this before so I really hope it reaches you.You keep up the good work.

  7. Sarah P says:

    I actually laughed out loud when I read your bit about singing “I Ran (So Far Away),” which was awkward because I’m at work.

  8. mick says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed you on the Steven and Chris show. They should have you on as a regular.
    Your bathtub scene was hilarious!

  9. Katie says:

    Great introductory post Karen! If I didn’t already love your blog (and powertools) I would now 🙂
    I eve made my pumpkin w a hand drill!

  10. we have added you to our home page on facebook. welcome, now our friends can check out your site.

  11. I wanted to watch the segment but a message comes up saying streaming is not allowed outside of Canada 🙁

    • Karen says:

      I know! I had no idea you weren’t going to be able to watch it outside of Canada! (I get that all the time as a Canadian by the way … I can NEVER watch American video clips). I’m going to look into it and see if there’s some sort of solution. I’ll post the results on The Art of Doing Stuff’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Sorry ’bout that! ~ karen

  12. Krissy says:

    Hi Karen,

    Indeed I found you through the Steven and Chris show. I loved your DIY and thought you were so funny and clever. Turns out you’re funny and clever on your blog too! Yay! Must add you to my Google reader so I don’t forget to come back and visit again.

    Nice to meet you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Krissy! Thanks for leaving a comment! I got at least a couple of thousand extra views today from the show but you were the brave one to leave a comment! Sign up for the RRS or Email feed and you’ll never miss a post! Thanks again. ~ karen

  13. Janelle says:

    You were fantastic! I just watched it on cbc.ca because I don’t have t.v. (perhaps our U.S. friends will have more success there – link below). You can even fast forward it to the Karen part, though might want to stick around for the shoe bit after. Karen, you’re such a great writer and it turns out you are a most poignant speaker, as well! Wonderful job!


    • Karen says:

      Thanks so much Janelle! As you may (or may not) know, my actual profession is a television host, so it’s not like I was walking on there with no experience. So, I can’t really take any credit for being “good”. It’s my job. I’m supposed to be good at it. IF I went on the show and did really difficult math problems … THAT would be impressive! 🙂 Thanks again! ~ karen

    • Langela says:

      I tried it but was told I was too dorky to watch it (outside of Canada)

  14. Serena says:

    Morning Karen!
    Watched the segment last night! It was great! I loved the look of horror when the glass broke!
    Keep up the good work! I look forward to your blog everyday – it starts my work day off with a smile! =)

  15. Stephanie Krajicek says:

    I love love love those guys! I used to watch their show religiously until it was moved or pulled or whatever happened. Lucky them for being smart enough to grab you before you got too famous!
    Congratulations. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Stephanie! This is the very sad part where I tell you I’ve actually been hosting television shows longer than they have! And I’ve been famous. I’m no longer quite as famous. I’m something better. I’m happy. (have YOU ever had strangers ask you to sign an autograph while you’re peeing in a public bathroom?) LOL. Blech.

  16. Samster says:

    This is amazing!!! I came across your DIY fireplace on S&C’s website and was thrilled! My fiance and I have been looking for something similar for our teeny tiny condo without breaking the bank…lets just say we gave up! Thanks for this brilliant, super cheap and chic idea.
    One question though – We like square/rectangular shapes but what other bases could I use instead of a metal planter since its pretty hard to get at this time of year? I’ve even thought of filling a wooden box with soil but I’m concerned about the heat.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Samster! Glad you like it! I would definitely not use a wood planter. For well … obvious reasons. 🙂 You can use terra cotta instead. One trip to a garden centre and you should be able to find something. Good luck! ~ karen

  17. Pam - US says:

    Hi. 🙂

  18. Cheri says:

    Karen, followed you for a WHILE! Great website…and yes, linked you from the Steven and Chris site….went to their show right after your show (awwwww) and had a blast! Keep up the hilarious work you do!!

  19. Gisele says:

    Hi, I stopped by because I saw you on the Steven and Chris Show. I’m glad to have found you.

  20. I just came across your blog randomly and wanted to let you know it look great. I can’t wait to check out more DIY!

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