31 Comments

  1. Naomi
    November 20, 2018 @ 11:48 am

    This should not make perfect sense but it does: “The only sensible explanation is that I myself created them in my previous life when I was an iron smelter.”

    Welcome home, urns!

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    • Judith
      November 20, 2018 @ 12:25 pm

      Actually, it does not make sense at all. The correct designation would be an iron founder, not an iron smelter. An iron smelter would be someone who is processing the raw ore to make the iron that would then be melted by the iron founder to pour into a mold and make the urn.

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      • Avery
        November 21, 2018 @ 7:37 pm

        Maybe she was an iron smelter with a dream to one day make urns.

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  2. Valerie Kokocinski
    November 20, 2018 @ 11:53 am

    Need More about the auction. Waiting……

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  3. Barbara H.
    November 20, 2018 @ 11:58 am

    The ending to the video could not be better! Smiling here.

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  4. sarah
    November 20, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

    Fabulous find and what a sweet kitten!!

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  5. do
    November 20, 2018 @ 12:32 pm

    TOTALLY UNDERSTAND! I bought a similar piece at the “Thieves Market” flea market in Mexico City 25 years ago. We took it all apart, packaged it in a big suitcase – jettisoned all our underwear and checked that bad boy in. Still sitting in our garden in Boston!

    Love your posts, your style and opinions!

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  6. LeighTX
    November 20, 2018 @ 12:32 pm

    I think each kitten needs their own, so clearly you’ll need a few more.

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  7. Leanne Farman
    November 20, 2018 @ 12:49 pm

    Need a suggestion on how to have a large cast aluminum fountain repairs, does your cute husband miracle worker extraordinary handyman have a suggestion?

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  8. Julie Dawson
    November 20, 2018 @ 12:51 pm

    They are beautiful. The End.

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  9. Ina
    November 20, 2018 @ 1:05 pm

    Oh, the face! 😻 I’d take him over any urn any day! ( And your urn is beautiful; lucky you to have a great auction place). Happy Thanksgiving. 🍁🦃

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  10. Deborah
    November 20, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

    Love the kitty in the urn! You continue to be hysterical! Happy Thanksgiving. I bet a turkey would fit in one of those urns.

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  11. JeanFB
    November 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

    aaaaahhhhh, urn envy!

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  12. Donna Gibson
    November 20, 2018 @ 3:32 pm

    i Love your blog, but I’m so over the kitchen angst. Just finish already and blog about kittens, holiday decorating, chunky jewelry, and How- since Jon Hamm has been single for a while- are you still married to Paul? Kidding! Just do you! You do it so well!

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  13. Crystal
    November 20, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

    Well…. self should be pleased because I am getting your post in email! Praise be!

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  14. Elaine
    November 20, 2018 @ 6:32 pm

    URN ENVY!

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  15. Lisa D.
    November 20, 2018 @ 9:36 pm

    Beautiful urns. Fabulous looking auction. But the kittens…PRICELESS! So, send this comment to American Express. They can put your post, and your readers’ comments in their next commercial, and won’t even have to pay an expensive advertising agency. You and your readers have done it for them. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. Maureen Thomas
    November 20, 2018 @ 10:52 pm

    both posts got through… In case you wondered!

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  17. judy
    November 20, 2018 @ 11:17 pm

    Half asleep reading post,viewing video and actually jumped when up popped a very teeny tiny fancy thing. Your porch in total is sublime. I see you and magic man sipping wine on a balmy autumn evening imerced in profound topics of micro-versus no micro-exhaust fan ..ditto. On second thought never ever bring those up. Kittens and dancing,totally non controversial.

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  18. judy
    November 20, 2018 @ 11:19 pm

    immersed-duh…

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  19. Bobbi Garcia
    November 21, 2018 @ 7:55 am

    You have attained front porch perfection! And. . . now my black and white cat wants her own enormous urn — frightfully jealous of your cat now!

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  20. Lauren K.
    November 21, 2018 @ 9:23 am

    We just got a personal loan to consolidate credit card debt, the interest rates were better than the services that are advertised specifically for debt consolidation. FYI! Love the urns and the kitteh. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, thanks for the joy you bring!

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  21. Payton
    November 21, 2018 @ 11:16 am

    Hello Victoria – have you considered adding a Paypal tip function onto your blog? I’m sure people would be happy to offer what help they can, in return for so generously sharing your adventures and permitting us to sigh over Craigslist-buried treasure. I’m sorry if you’ve already considered this and I’ve missed it.

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  22. judy
    November 21, 2018 @ 4:21 pm

    ditto the paypal button-if I can spend hundreds of dollars on books and kindle reads-some of which are complete duds-I can certainly pay for your talent and your writing- comes with videos and frosting on a cake- dancing & kittens. I watched your wedding video so much I had it memorized- kittens!. Install the button-you need another house to make wonderful. A yummy Thanksgiving to all.

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  23. Ann
    November 21, 2018 @ 7:53 pm

    I love the big tall secretary in the auction house video-/I am looking for about a 9 foot one in mahogany

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  24. Gail
    November 22, 2018 @ 7:58 am

    What is the name of the song that is playing in the video? My mother used to play that!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 22, 2018 @ 9:47 am

      It’s Liberace, “Nola”… my dad would play his version of “Third Man Theme” and we called it “dad’s song” … many years later I heard it in a movie and was like!!! They stole Dad’s song!!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  25. Sandy
    November 24, 2018 @ 1:41 pm

    Right in my inbox. I too, now have urn envy. Other envies also! The GFT you have in your neck of the woods!! Swoooon 😉 Admire your “patience” to complete the kitchen exactly as you want (delete want) NEED it to be.

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  26. Audrey
    November 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

    Victoria,
    You seem to have a knack for finding amazing (bordering on magical) places to shop for unique things that I do not want to live without. I lack this knack. Do you have any advice on places to find GFTs other than Craig’s list? Where do you find auction houses that allow you to bid by cell phone from the middle of nowhere, or the show house currently featured on this blog that offers large collections of mega-gigantic urns? I would love to discover such a place – preferably one that is located within driving distance of me in Utah. Other than regular antique stores, do you (or your readers) have any tips for finding places to spend more money than we can afford on impractical, yet completely necessary GFTs that will give our husbands new challenges to their visual/spacial/dimensional reasoning skills? (My husband once had to remove a wall in order to get my new master bed up a [ridiculously slender] stairwell…I wish we’d seen your video on the window entrance first! ) Now that I have found a community of like minded individuals, I need to mine your collective brilliance for any assistance you can offer. Where are the best places to shop? Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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  27. John Kilborn
    November 26, 2018 @ 4:32 am

    Just love the urns, Victorian Gothic, and i bet really heavy. I’m jealous. Really jealous. Caste iron, black , and heavy. Well done.

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  28. lilibet
    December 8, 2018 @ 7:19 am

    Only a voracious reader could write like this. The iron smelter piece was gold. Oh. In Canada our Craigslist is called Kijiji. Isn’t that a nice, upbeat sounding name to go bankrupt to?

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