I dunno.

That’s the answer I most often give or get when someone says “What do you want for Christmas”.   I dunno.  I dunno.

When really what I want is a country home with 2 of each animals of my choosing, my own Christmas tree farm and 4 Bingo scratch and win tickets.

It’s not a quadratic equation, it shouldn’t be that difficult.  But it is.  There are a ton of things I want but whenever someone asks me what I want for Christmas I give the ubiquitous, “I dunno”.

Ask me on December 26th what I want for Christmas though and I’ll have a list as long as a horse fart.

One of the problems is, any of the cheap stuff I want I already own.  This, of course, is because I can afford to buy them myself.  It’s the expensive things like the antique armoire, the marble topped tulip table or the mid century modern occasional chair that I want, because I don’t feel like I can afford them at the moment.

Which means whoever’s buying me the Christmas present won’t be able to afford it either.  So why even mention it?  (Although if they really loved me they’d have it bought, wrapped and sitting beside the tree already.  It’s too big to put under it, you see.)

Which is why every year I buy myself a big present. Something I feel like I can’t justify during the year when I know I need to spend money on things like new gutters or paying my taxes, which both result in my money going down the drain by the way.

I haven’t decided what this year’s gift to myself is going to be but I’m leaning towards either a marble topped tulip table or a box of really high end cookies.

If I could get my tulip table for 15% off, that’d would pretty much seal the deal on the tulip table.  If you too have been waiting for 15% off today’s your day.

My sponsors are offering 15% off TODAY ONLY with the coupon code DOINGSTUFF.

For most of my sponsors they’ve never offered a discount before so a big thanks to them for their holiday spirit.





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You have to read her post featuring The Best Gifts to Buy for each of the Briggs Myers personality types.

I took a quick look at that list and you’ll never guess what it said to buy an INTJ female.  You guessed it.  A marble topped tulip table. No it doesn’t. But when I clicked on her link I was not at ALL interested in the presents for types that weren’t mine. It was amazing.

Have a great weekend everyone.  Only 5 more sleeps!  (Until Luther is back on television)


  1. Chris van Soolen says:

    Oh, I’m not shy about telling people what I want for Christmas. However your list here? You just added a LOT of items to my list!!! hahah! thanks!!

  2. Haydée Skeet says:

    Can we just talk about the ALIEN HAND you stick on the end of your blow dryer!. That’s brilliant (and more than a little creepy). Sure beats the diffusers that are always falling off, that you have to stick your hand in front of anyway. Brilliant.

  3. Laura says:

    oOh I would love a marble top tulip table. I tried to satisfy my longing with the IKEA knock off but, alas, it was wobbly. One cannot cut a bite of steak on a wobbly table.

  4. Paula says:

    Luther is back on tv???

    • Paula says:

      Sorry, I got sidetracked by Luther – love that show! If you like tulip tables check this one out.

      • Karen says:

        O.K. I don’t know where that furniture is from but it’s BEAUTIFUL. Like … b e a u t i f u l. I only looked at a couple of things but it’s stupidly stunning. ~ karen!

        • Paula says:

          U.K. I have the table base because I had the tabletop refinished and they destroyed it. I love it, too. I did not pay full price for it as a friend of mine (who did pay full price) sold it to me when she was remodelling her home. It had been in a damp basement for over a year and the top had blistered.

      • Suzanne says:

        Whoa mama! Want want.

    • Karen says:

      Yeah. He’s kindda my boyfriend so I have the inside scoop on these things. ~ karen!

      • Paula says:

        I read a while ago that he signed to play Luther again but I had no idea that it was coming on tv so soon! I love Alice, too, she is a great character.

      • MaggieB says:

        Watched the series 1 and series 2 recap last night! That was some in-te-nse 12 minutes worth of Drama! and then immediately thought Karen must know about this series (did I miss you talking about it?) and of course, as he is your boyfriend – of course you knew – did you see his interview on The Graham Norton Show?

    • Missnicoleo says:

      I was soooooo excited to tell you all that lucifer is filming across the street from me next week. Not the same as Luther at all.

  5. judy says:

    Good Grief…am I slow or what? I get the lovely chalky board.. the art of doing stuff and I am transported to a how to wrap stuff post-I’m old and can’t remember much but I swear I’ve been here before cause I distinctly remember thinking- when your kids are in their fifties- you are way past wrapping stuff-if they are males that is. So I go back to post and see that I have so much on the top of my emails in the way of strange huge margins that I only see a small portion of the durn email. Why is this? Anyhoo- a quick scroll down and there it is a new post…now I’m really confused..what is a hair dryer with an Alien hand used for. Does it massage ones head? Then my old brain gets a shot of some baked goods and there’s a pink thing on the right that looks like a denture -oh..its a cookie. I can’t wait to get back to Karen in her beautiful house,cuddling chickens and planting stuff. But I get the need for this kind of post..its for young people who still need stuff-hey how about a post of hearing aids,walkers and adult diapers..pro and con. Now those are products I could get into….

  6. MissChrisSA says:

    I hear you………………………….
    This year when the topic came out (my old man is not good with gifts!) we kinda decided we needed outside furniture and a new lounge suite. So that will be to us, from us.

    What I really really want? An Engelsurfer pendant. Ah well!

    At least our home will be filled with family and friends (I will be knackered afterwards of course) and that to me is one of the best gifts ever – and your blog has inspired me to kick my Christmas décor up a few notches, so thank you for that!!!

  7. Mark says:

    I would totally vote for Idris Elba as the next Bond, James Bond.

    • Karen says:

      I KNOW! There was talk of that and then there was talk of him not being Bond because the director or producer or something thought Idris was too “street”. Whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean. I think it’s just an ear decoy to put us off track so we’ll all be blown away when he’s named the next Bond. ~ karen!

  8. Kim says:

    Is it am Eames Lounge? Because I want that too. Walnut. Cream leather. One day. Only black leather. Because I’m practical. Also the tulip table. I want it too. Robe concepts is a good store for high quality reproductions of mid-modern awesomeness. Though I can’t recall whether you are Canadian or not.

    I am an infj. So that’s why we both want marble topped tulip side table? Or wait, do you want a dinning table? Because yes. That will definitely not fit under your tree.

    • Karen says:

      🙂 I want the dining table, I’m an INTJ, I am in Canada and I’ve looked into Rove Concepts for the table. 😉 Oh! And no I love the Eames Lounge but it’s not what I’m looking for. I’d like a less iconic piece. Just a nice mid century chair with footstool. ~ karen!

  9. Sara says:

    Can I just say how pumped I am about the Ellenoire discount? I don’t know how to say this without sounding like an infomercial, but switching to Devacurl has honestly TRANSFORMED my curls. The stuff is so amazing. I used to have gross hair that sort of puffed out in to a triangle shape as it dried, and now I can just let it air dry and I end up with perfect ringlets. I couldn’t believe it, this stuff got rid of the frizz and showed me how curly my hair really was! I even use the stuff on my four year old son, and he honestly looks like Shirley Temple.

  10. Shana Beirne says:

    Ummmmmmm. Not to get off the subject, but I’ve never heard a horse fart. Is it long? Like, how long are we talking? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? Because that’s pretty insane.

  11. Mary Lou says:

    Totally unrelated, but I’m posting anyway. Karen, you can retire because IMHO you will never blog about anything more important or perfect or tasty than SPICY SESAME NOODLES. I’ve made the recipe at least a half dozen times, and we always want more! Just. So. Good.

  12. maggie van sickle says:

    Just purchased from Ellenoire, Damn it. Should have waited. Oh well got what I needed and avoided a rush. I agree on not knowing what to say when asked what I want for Christmas because at my particular age I do not want or need anything. Hope Santa brings your Tulip table cause I doubt he will be dropping off a country home and a gazillion animals any time soon. Have a great day Karen and keep up the good work.

  13. karin says:

    We have a rule in our house born of years of frustration; you may not buy any non-essentials for yourself at least a month before Xmas. Because who doesn’t go Xmas shopping and see something they absolutely have to have themselves? In our house it goes on their wish list now as opposed to spousie coming home with a new toy and other disgruntled spousie stalking off to their present hiding spot and dropping the same item at their feet saying ‘ Merry Effin’ Xmas.”

    • Karen says:

      OMG my mother is the WORST for another branch of that idiocy. When anyone asks her what she wants for Christmas she tells everyone the exact same thing. So she ends up with 4 of them! ~ karen

  14. Erin says:

    Christmas wish list : finished guest bedroom, refrigerated cold room for veggies, an alpaca herd and a food forest, please.
    Christmas reality : a couple nice sweaters, a few lovely books and a roast turkey dinner.
    I dunno.

  15. Michelle says:

    If there were a reasonable way to get them to you from Scottsdale AZ. I have two original mid century modern chairs with their original cushions I would gift to you. Gorgeous original rusty brown vinyl cushions. They are the real deal from Denmark they just need some glueing. Want to visit and lug them home? Lol at least the temps here are amazing! Until April. And I’ve got a friesian horse and two goats to pet! Downside my house is torn asunder and would prob frighten even you!

    • Karen says:

      I’d come just for the Friesian horse! How beautiful!!! The goat’s don’t hurt either. ~ karen!

      • Michelle says:

        I am pretty proud of my critters. Lol! The horse is a huge hairy girl and the goat brothers are my favorite pets on the planet. They are not the cute tiny goaties though being 250lb dairy hybrids. They have to be big to survive their big foot horse friend. But goats are dogs without the bark… Very smart! So if you ever drift this way drop in and give Hacienda Rojo a visit!

  16. Karen..you are evil.

    I had, up to this morning, been able to resist the Rough Linen products you tout.

    Then I had to just go and click the link. I have no memory of the last 30 minutes, but a pinafore and bread bag later, and I blame you for the entire fiasco.

  17. Ev Wilcox says:

    guess I am finally over that hill. Can someone tell me what “INTJ” means? Oh well. Hope Santa brings you the table, Karen!

  18. kelli says:

    The easiest way for me to keep track of stuff I want is via my Amazon Wish List. Then I just send the link to friends/family if they ask. 🙂 http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/get-button

    Oh and I’m probably (but not nearly) about as excited about Luther’s return as you are. Did you see “Beasts of No Nation”??? OMG AMAAAAAZZZING!

  19. Liz says:

    I tried to reach out to Brenda from Cattails on facebook, instagram and email and still haven’t heard back 🙁 I had to go with another vendor. I tried to order from her. Maybe in the future…still haven’t found anyone with her particularly awesome style. I got the Sharkuterie board from Olive Apt. http://www.oliverapt.com/allproducts/sharkuterie

    • Karen says:

      Oh! That’s too bad. Out of curiosity why did you need to contact her? Why couldn’t you just order whatever you wanted from her site? ~ karen!

      • Liz says:

        I had several questions for a custom piece and needed more info before making a final selection. The idea will keep though, so maybe for another occasion later on!

  20. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I need a car..Does anyone have a car for 15% off….other than that…I dunno…

  21. Joanne says:

    So, I am ISFP-T, Adventurer?? Doesn’t really sound like me but I also don’t fit the Aries profile, either, but that’s okay. I know what I like! So, off to do some shopping with your sponsors – I’m sure I’ll find something I like! Thank you!

  22. Yabut says:

    I have nothing but guys to buy for and they NEVER tell you what they want. I have asked every man I come across what they want, just trying to get some ideas, but they have been no help at all. “Socks” (or sure), “nothing” (ya right), “put a bow in your hair and sit under the tree” (give me a break!) and even “All I want is to make everyone else happy” (nice, but not helpful). So what do they want? I dunno!

  23. Debbie says:

    We don’t celebrate Christmas, but I told my husband that he and the kids could combine Mother’s Day and my birthday and get me the kitchen faucet that I really want. When we moved in three years ago I gave in to the faucet hubby liked as he thought it looked good in the kitchen. That was my compromise to his not liking the kitchen. I love the kitchen and I cook 95% of the time, but hey, what does that matter. My back hurts every time I have a sink full of dishes to do. So happy – now comes the fun part of figuring out the faucet of my dreams.

  24. Ardith says:

    Does that DevaDryer massage your head? For the money, I would like to think so. If it does, brilliant! Cheers, Ardith

  25. Sabina says:

    So, I may be a bit dense here, and screw Google because I know your answer will be more entertaining. But just what exactly is a tulip table?

  26. Sue says:

    Just give me more seasons of Luther and I’ll be happy!

  27. Violet says:

    I want Idris for Christmas too. If you need more Idris whilst waiting for Luther, and you haven’t seen yet, but you are all cool ladies so probably have, he plays a total badass in The Wire, a flip to his Luther characters.
    I’m waiting for a female James Bond. What do you think ladies? A female James Bond, I guess she would have to be Jaimie which doesn’t sound tough at all, but apart from that, a kick arse 007 sheila with pretty boys as decorative background, known as the Bond Boys, all models aspiring to be actors to keep the legacy going. I’m all for the chicks getting a go at mad stunts and hot spunks.
    Merry merry, I hope you all get marble tulip tables, more goats, Noah’s ark animals, and alien head massages.

  28. Mia says:

    I finally ordered the dryer balls that I’d been wanting for a long time, and they’re on their way!
    The discount was the tipping point. Thanks Karen and Tara 😀

  29. Rondina says:

    I like the picture of the lady that owns Rough Linen. One lady. One sewing machine. Success. As a small business owner, she’s probably as tired as I am. Can’t wait to buy new shams and duvet from her.

    • Karen says:

      Ha! Yeah being a one woman show is exhausting. Tricia has graduated to a several woman show so I’m not sure she does the sewing herself anymore or not. I’m sure she still does enough to make a normal person’s head spin though, lol. ~ karen!

  30. Audrey says:

    You deserve all of the things on your wish list. If you’re serious about a mid-century modern armchair, you really need to go here. My nephew imports vintage furniture and offers fair prices for carefully selected pieces. http://www.scandinavianmod.com/index.html

    • Karen says:

      I am indeed serious about the chair Audrey. I’ll keep checking back at his site. The only problem is he doesn’t put prices up. ~ karen!

      • Audrey says:

        Oh Karen, A quick e-mail to him with an question about any of the items will get you the answers you need. The best part he is in wonderful Winnipeg (heart of the continent). Tell him Auntie Audrey sent ya.

        • Karen says:

          Oh it’s from Canada too! That’s makes a huge difference. 🙂 Maybe I’ll even get him on the hunt for something. 🙂 ~ karen!

        • Audrey says:

          If you’re looking for something in particular, he can keep an eye out for it.

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