Canadian Content – The Art of Doing Stuff


Now that we’re settling in back here in the “old country” I’ve decided that the worlds needs more Canada and I’m going to do my part by bringing you some Canadiana now and then.

I just got back from the Story Circle conference in Austin, TX and, as is often the case, I had trouble sleeping in unfamiliar hotel rooms. Wide awake one night, I found myself poking around the blogosphere and somehow came upon The Art of Doing Stuff.

I spent more time than I should have poking around the categories on this site that long and sleepless night. I found all sorts of ideas for projects I want to try in the garden, in the kitchen, everywhere. It’s better than Pinterest!

One of the things I found that inspired me was a lot of info about growing garlic. You have to plant garlic in the fall so I’m filing a lot of this away for future reference, but I am kind of smitten with the garlic scapes that should be showing up in the next couple of months. Sure, you can cook with them but I think they look pretty neat in a vase too. I have noticed that a lot of the plots in the community garden where I have my plot have garlic growing in them. I might have to befriend some of my garlic-growing community gardener compadres and get me some scapes come June or July.

Head on over to The Art of Doing Stuff and check it out and don’t be surprised if an hour goes by while you’re clicking, reading, taking notes, and getting inspired. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Moving to Canada has really opened up your zany side, Linda. Of course I mean that in a good way!

    I did click on the link and the first thing I saw was The Face Corset. I remember buying one of those kits about 20 years ago. Now when I really need a lift, I’ll have to look for it and probably not find it. Since you have recently been in the sort-throw-out-recycle mode, you probably know where everything is in your house.

    I also clicked on the garlic scape link and though I might find something including society garlic, a pretty plant we havein Florida with purple flowers in the summer, but what I saw was very twine-y looking. This would be a good website to have at your finger-tips when you are in “wait” mode: airline flight, doctor’s office, etc. Interesting . . . .

    1. Oh that zany side has always been there, Marian!

      And no, I don’t know where everything is in my house! In fact, there are some things I’m still looking for (a particular book comes to mind).

      Agree with your comment about The Art of Doing Stuff being a good place to browse when waiting. I’ve found all sorts of neat things on there in the past few days.

  2. I just got back from a conference myself, and I find I am so busy – making a lot of new connections, FB connecting, Twitter following, blog hopping. And along with all that, I was so inspired by the presentations at the conference. Good conferences (and this one was awesome) do much to get the juices flowing. I will check out The Art of Doing Stuff.

    1. Isn’t it great to be able to find inspiration in the work that others are doing, Karen? I’ve been busy blog hopping since I got home too.

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