Would you like to come and meet me?

I write for the Lee Valley Newsletter.  If you aren’t familiar with  Lee Valley I’m not sure how you ended up in a place like this, but I’ll explain it for you.

Lee Valley is like the Disney World for anyone who likes to do anything.  Actually, if you’re a lump who doesn’t have a single interest in the world, even you would like Lee Valley.  Lee Valley is like the retail version of me.  They carry all the best, most useful, interesting and odd items you’d ever need for gardening, cooking, woodworking and life in general.  Need the best little pressed glass cupboard knobs?  Lee Valley.  Yes. I own em.

I also own their push mower, knife sharpener, U Digger, brix tester, planters and a bunch of other stuff I can’t remember because it’s just a part of my life.  I love Lee Valley.  Always have.

So a couple of years ago when they called and asked if I’d like to write an article for their newsletter I screamed I LOVE LEE VALLEY!!!  Only I didn’t really scream it because it was in an email.  I did however say yes, and I’ve been writing articles for them pretty much every month since then.

I bet you’re wondering how this all leads to coming to meet me?

A couple of months ago Lee Valley told me they were opening a brand new store in Kingston, Ontario.  And they wanted me to be there for it.  Would I come and do a couple of workshops for them and meet people in the store.

You BET.



But the fun doesn’t end there.  I’m going to be giving away some of my Art of Doing Stuff cleaver tea towels, bookmarks and a sharing some of my favourite Thanksgiving recipe tricks.

I’ll be showing you how to make a Thanksgiving themed table runner that revolves all around the harvest.  Once I show you what to do, you should be able to go home and make this table runner yourself for about $25.

And did I mention that the workshop is free?  I think I mentioned that.  There are 2 workshops.  Both will be exactly the same, it’s only the times that are different.

I’m really, really hoping that some of you that are within driving distance of Kingston will come by because you all know me but I never get the chance to talk to you.  The reader who comes from the furthest distance gets a tea towel!

As you know I don’t ever promote or talk about things I don’t actually use and love.  Lee Valley is no different. I’ve been a fan of theirs for years and I’m genuinely excited to give this workshop during the opening of their newest store.







  1. Jamieson says:

    Poop, I’m up north that weekend with the family or I’d suggest you invite me along for a chatty road trip!!

  2. Jill Riley says:

    I am sad that Lincoln, NE is a little far for a road trip! Have fun!

  3. Therese says:

    If I come over from Melbourne, Australia, would I get the tea-towel? Only joking – I’m doing something else that day 🙂

  4. Auntiepatch says:

    Let’s see. A trip to Canada from San Diego CA for a tea towel. I would if I could but I can’t so I shan’t. But have fun!

  5. Brit says:

    Sigh…Northern California is just too far away. Have fun!

  6. jamie says:

    Darn it! Would TOTES love to meet you. But, alas,Northern California to Ontario is a wee bit far. And Lee Valley sounds amazing

  7. Gretchen Sexton says:

    Wish I didn’t live in Alabama…

  8. TucsonPatty says:

    What she said, but from Tucson…sad face. Have a ton of fun!

  9. Kelly Wolfe says:

    I am up for a 2 hour road trip to have you show me how to make a fall table runner. Maybe it will be my lucky day and I will walk away with a cleaver tea towel, too! See you in October!

  10. Sandi says:

    I’ve loved lee valley for years and years too!!

  11. Lin N says:

    Hey come do a workshop at Lee Valley, Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C!!!

  12. Paula says:

    I second the sentiment re: Lee Valley – I LOVE Lee Valley and I don’t think that I could list everything that I have purchased there on one page. My first purchase was at least 15 years ago and it was an irrigation system for planters on my deck. The catalogs arriving at my home are the highlight of my week, whatever week they happen to arrive.

    Anyway, I won tickets to Upper Canada Village so perhaps I could combine the trip considering they are in similar neck of the woods.

  13. Elaine says:

    Gee, I wish I could come, Karen!! Wondering if you will ever do a show in Dundas, Ancaster or Burlington?? I love Lee Valley too and their amazing gadgets and wish they would bring a store to the “Power Centre” in Ancaster. I bet it would do well. I’ve been a fan of yours forever and would get a kick out of meeting you.

    Have fun in Kingston!

  14. Mel Clench says:

    Lee Valley to me is like a kid in a candy shop

  15. nancy says:

    Lee Valley is so awesome! and I love to get their emails. I went home to Louisiana a few weeks ago and there is my redneck vegan (confusing) brother in the recliner reading his new Lee Valley catalog. A moment of true bonding for us.

  16. Bobbi says:

    Well, first I’d have to get a passport…..hmmmmm….

  17. what Auntiepatch said but from L.A. shame. I would’ve loved to meet you. look me up when you come out to the coast.

  18. Kathy Hartzell says:

    I most certainly would search it its to see if I could come from San Francisco Bay Area…..but it is Honeciming and I have 550 Cal Bears coming for lunch!!!

    I adore Ler Valley. And you.


  19. Wendi Miller says:

    It’s an eight hour trip for me, but I would actually consider doing it anyway. But OF COURSE that is the weekend that we’ll be visiting my daughter who is away at college! GAH!!! Please keep letting us know when and where you’ll be making appearances. One of these days…. :o)

  20. M says:

    Where’s the link to the newsletter?

  21. Shauna says:

    Let’s see, Google Maps says the drive time is 1 day, 16 hours, but only 1 day, 14 hours without traffic. Maybe if I time it right…

  22. Pam'a says:

    I’ve loved Lee Valley since forever! The husband and I fight over the catalog when it comes in the mail, and I’d have a hard time listing everything around here that came from them. Only once did I ever purchase a “lemon” from them, and they cheerfully refunded my money, no questions asked.

    I can’t think of a better company to pitch, Karen. 🙂

  23. Kiki says:

    We Need a Lee Valley in South Africa…. then maybe we get to meet you too!?!

  24. MaggieB says:

    Google Maps is pants! It won’t even try to calculate a route of any kind from Germany – sulky bottom lip. I also second the motion that Lee Valley should consider international branches!

    Am positive that the day will be stellar. Lots of fun and interesting absolutely necessary purchases to all lucky enough to be able to go.

  25. MissChris from SA says:

    Alas, South Africa is a tad far to come…………………

  26. Robert says:

    I’m not as far as South Africa but I’d still need a passport to go met you

  27. Erika Collins says:

    Well Washington State is a little too far away but based on your recommendation I will check out Lee Valley!
    Erika C.

  28. Jim Mills says:

    I am a Lee Valley person too.
    Wanted to add for our American friends they have a U.S. Website.
    Jim M.

  29. Roxy says:

    Love Lee Valley. Got my Bogs there before they were trendy. Now every idjiot is wearing them.

    Also bought the little doorknobs for my birch cupboards. Still good after 20 years!

  30. Kim C says:

    2 hours…hmm. I love Lee Valley, your blog, Kingston, tea towels,and road trips! I see a plan coming together (rubbing chin in deep thought).
    Besides all the great products, Lee Valley also has the best customer service around.

  31. Jack Barr says:

    Hi Karen:
    Great blog, keep it up.
    I wouldn’t have doubted that you’d be a Lee Valley fan; they both make and sell quality items, most unavailable at “big box” hardware stores. As a wood carver/woodworker, I’ve been going to Lee Valley since Leonard Lee had one tiny shop just off Carling Ave. in Ottawa and was just publishing his first (then tiny) catalogue. My wife thinks I have shares in the company. I’m an easy “buy” for Christmas and birthday- a little disposable cash to spend at- you guessed it- Lee Valley.

  32. Ann says:

    I am not sure who I love more. You or Lee Valley. But alas, like most, I am too far away for that kind of road trip.

  33. Alana says:

    If my passport were only current, I would seriously consider coming from Harrisburg, PA, USA for a chance to meet you!

  34. Carolyn Boyd says:

    Oh, I love Lee Valley! Used to go there when I lived in the Toronto area, now I go to the one in Dartmouth, NS. My hubby and I love their merch. I think they should bring you to beautiful Nova Scotia and do a workshop at the shore here?!

  35. Karol says:

    I would have had a better chance driving to Graceland to meet you, Florida is too far away. I’m jealous of all who will get to go.
    And apparently I’ve been living under a rock. I’ve never heard of Lee Valley, but I am investigating. Thanks.

  36. Fran says:

    Would it be possible to see a photo of the runner? I was thinking of asking my daughter to come with me to meet you.

  37. I was SOOO hoping it was going to be Burlington…but THAT Lee Valley is ALREADY open …I vote you do this gig there too, and I will be there for sure!!!

  38. Heather says:

    I would so do the 3 hour trek to Kingston and maybe stay at one of my favourite hotels (http://www.bestwesternkingston.ca/default/) They have the best roast beef dinner anywhere and the nicest rooms. But I am committed to a girls’ weekend up north. Girls weekend? Road trip? Girls weekend? Road trip? I think I better stick with girls weekend (it’s only a 2 hour drive).

    You need to convince Lee Valley to do a workshop at their Burlington location.

  39. AngieC says:

    Alas, I am not allowed in Lee Valley without adult supervision. Also, I’m in Alberta so it’s a bit of a drive.

  40. Ev Wilcox says:

    Too far. Would very much like to meet you though! Surely there must be something about northeast Ohio to draw you here! Well, not really. Just wishin’. Have a good time anyway! @#$%^&*(lucky people….

  41. marilyn says:

    lee valley 🙂

  42. Mel says:

    I’m only about 2 hours away. But with two babies that equals about 16 hours, so we will see. My husband and I really like Kingston, they have an awesome brew pub and cute downtown.

  43. Carswell says:

    ^^ This. I would come in a heartbeat being a big fan of yours – and of Lee Valley.

    I loves me some Lee Valley catalogues – I can sit and read them like a recipe book. The product blurbs are always so interesting and informative. I’ve learned tons of stuff about things I will never need nor use – and lots of stuff about their products that I do own.

  44. cbblue says:

    We could form a caravan! I would have to sneak across the border which I am considering anyway. Karen if all your fans came for your class they would think Lee Valley was under siege. A wonderful, slightly screwy siege.

  45. Janalee says:

    Only 2 hours away, sounds like a great day trip!

  46. Ann Brookens says:

    It looks like Lee Valley needs to expand to Germany, Australia, South Africa, and various US locations, including central Illinois! If they sent you to all those openings, just think how many new customers they would get! Your legions of admiring fans would mob the stores.

  47. Karen says:

    Yes, but don’t forget. You also get a free workshop! So it all balances out. ~ karen!

  48. Karen says:

    2 hours … that’s pretty good Kelly! I’m hoping there’s at least one person that has to drive further than me though, lol. I’ll start screen printing those tea towels today! (3 hrs) ~ karen!

  49. Karen says:

    I bought that irrigation system too! I forgot all about it, lol! ~ karen

  50. Karen says:

    I’ll be waiting for you. ~ karen!

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