1. Garden, Home and Party
    October 25, 2016 @ 11:47 am

    I’m so happy to read your most recent post. I always miss you when you’re doing life without updates to your faithful fans.
    Love the treasures.
    The final piece about Canada Goose makes me ill. Do people still buy fur? Why!?? The faux fur is amazing.
    I couldn’t be a foster mommy to animals, I’d end up with 200+ pets and be kicked out of our city as they put serious restrictions on the numbers of pets one can own.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 25, 2016 @ 11:49 am

      did you get an email notification of this? I am losing my mind/tearing hair out/I HATE TECHNOLOGY.


      • Suzanne Forbes
        October 25, 2016 @ 12:16 pm

        I did get an email notification if you are worrying about them going out 🙂


        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          October 25, 2016 @ 12:25 pm

          I sent it roughly 47,000 times… so there’s the exciting possibility that someone out there got ALL of them and is unsubscribing immediately.

          if you are that person, I AM SORRY.


      • ssd
        October 25, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

        I got an email notification, if that helps/hinders your hair situation


      • Yvonne Angus
        October 25, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

        Yes, got the email notice. (I hunt eagerly for them).

        The Canadian Goose piece was heart wrenching. I don’t wear fur, wouldn’t even if I could. (Animal allergies.) These videos are heartless. I’m shaking with anger and indignation that these practices are still legal.

        Love your finds. Would have loved to get my hands on that awesome trunk!!!


      • Stephanie Hobdon
        October 25, 2016 @ 5:37 pm

        I did. 🙂


  2. Lorraine Syratt
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

    Leg-hold traps are still legal in many parts of the US as well. Horrific, this age we live in. I think people in both countries are fighting for a ban. This is the 21st century. We should be better than this.


  3. Suzanne Forbes
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

    I don’t own any fur but wow it is very useful to know furs can be donated to wildlife rehabilitators!


  4. Allyson krauel
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

    Ooooo I live in Utah! When you come let me know and I will buy you lunch! Allyson


  5. Alexandra Welch-Zerba
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

    Thank you for coming to New Hampshire! My sister and I were thrilled to see (and meet) VEB in person! Your presentation was incredible. We loved shopping at the Sage Antiques Farm antique fair. Great vendors. I couldn’t agree more about the fur-trade. It’s horrific. Why anyone would, in this day, buy and wear fur, is beyond me. We are not survivalists! There are so many faux fur alternatives. When my husband and I lived in Cincinnati, I had the pleasure of shopping at Donna Salyer’s Fabulous Furs store. They have some great items and you can see Donna on http://fabulousfurs.com/about-fabulous-furs/a/donnas-story/. A pretty cool lady. Also, so great to hear that the foster kitties are doing well! As always, keep up your amazing work with design and for the animals!


  6. RamonaQ
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:32 pm

    Are the flowers on the bush in the pram photo -real-????? O.o

    If so, will you please tell me what they are??


  7. devon
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

    Was so excited to see an update from you today………. love the video of you and Paul getting the mirror up the roof!! I got to the pictures of the coyotes and my heart literally broke. I know they have the reputation of being a nuisance to some people, but the thought of some living thing being trapped, terrified and in pain makes me ill. I have never understood how certain human beings can be so heartless to animals, but there are an awful lot of them out there and it goes on and will continue to go on. There have got to be better ways to deal with unwanted animals, but i don’t think many people have the compassion, patience or money to do things humanly, its too much of a bother. Continue to spread the word of animal cruelty, if people actually knew how rampant it is outside of their daily lives I think they would be shocked.


  8. Carol Sybrowsky
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

    Hello VEB – great post. I love Coyotes! We live in the mountains in southern California where we have hoards of rabbits who eat our lawn, eat newly planted roses, eat Lavender (until they decide they don’t like it) and anything else they want to “taste”. The rabbits crawl up on my patio table to eat baby lettuce greens that I planted there to keep them away from the rabbits. The rabbits even have the nerve to poop on my patio furniture! I welcome Coyotes and give a little yelp of joy whenever I find Coyote poop that has rabbit fur in it. Hope no one traps them here!

    VERY envious of your community yard sale. OMG! The things people practically give away!

    Happy antique / junque hunting!

    Smiles from Carol


  9. Becky
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:43 pm

    Oh my, I am new to your blog and didn’t expect a post about the Canada goose coats. I did not watch the videos but I will be aware that these products are out there. Those products would definitely not be for me. So sad.


  10. Laura
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

    Thank you for the update and the synopsis off all your fantastic finds. At the end of each of your posts I spend several minutes contemplating moving somewhere with better yard sales and Craigslist finds (jealousy, your name is me). Most of all thank you for the Canada Goose post. I do not buy their apparel and now I never ever will, and I will share this info with everyone I know.
    Good luck with the kittens. I know it’s unlikely but I do hope they can stay together.
    PS – while I was getting all emotionally wound up reading your GG exposé and sharing it with everyone, I burned my lunch – that’s how good your writing is 🙂


  11. Katherine
    October 25, 2016 @ 12:56 pm

    Victoria, you and Paul need to keep those kittens. That is all.


  12. Dianne
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    I so want to see the kitchen. Has it been completed yet? Update please!


  13. Pattie C
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    The pictures of the animals in the traps are incredibly sad to me. I hate that crap. The picture of the three kittens in the window on the other hand is adorable. How did you get them to all look at you at the same time and stand still?


  14. Kate Sparks
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:14 pm


  15. Linda
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:16 pm

    Thank you for the post about the Canadian Goose Project. I was shocked , disgusted and said.
    On another note. Is the GFT really in Utah? Or is this a ploy to keep us off track of your next GFT?


  16. Jayne Zabala
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

    I always look forward to your posts – I live vicariously through you! Since you mentioned your eyebrows I thought you might want to check out a u-tube video by Dominique Sachse — she is a gorgeous and sincerely nice newscaster in Houston. When she was younger, she either plucked or shaved off her eyebrows. She has many wonderful videos about how to apply makeup which is is great at, but said that having to fill in her eyebrows on weekends or days off is a pain, so she did a lot of research and decided to have them tatooed. Here is the cite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22W6dga53II

    She is also on facebook: KPRC2 Dominique Sachse – you might enjoy following her.

    Your dahlia’s are gorgeous — I’m jealous — they don’t do well in Dallas. The kittens are adorable — not sure how you will be able to give them up. I bet they get in the buggy when you’re not looking! And don’t get me started about how disgusting it is to wear fur — just makes me beyond angry.


  17. Judith
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:25 pm

    You are so pretty and chic, soft hearted and moral,a reader! and incredibly smart and creative. I wanna be you when I grow up…except darn! I’m 76 so that definitely ain’t happening. Maybe in my next Life. I couldn’t watch the video-I made the mistake of watching one about how Turkeys are processed for the upcoming high season…horrible torture while they are still living… we never eat turkey except for the Holidays and never never again. It makes me want to V…t just thinking of that ghastly video. We have been eating less and less meat and I have decided to stop completely. It is just too disgusting. It’s the whole concentration of everything into vast corporate systems. A Farmer in the past took care of his Animals and when they were to be food their end was swift and I hope as painless as possible. But raising and processing millions of animals for pure profit has turned it into a dirty,unclean,cruel and heartless travesty. I thank you for making me remember what my values are and to think about my impact in the life I live for good or ill. I had become too used to and accepting of the Status Quo.


  18. Ann Mingo
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

    Thank you for speaking up on behalf of the animals.
    What is the value of anything when brutality is accepted.


  19. Katherine
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

    Got an email, but don’t know if I’ve missed other recent notifications as I didn’t know anthing about the three sweet kittens until this. Thank you for urging us to boycott products that are the result of cruelty to our fellow inhabitants of earth. I need reminding and I appreciate the information about products I didn’t inow about. It also pays for us all to research products before we purchase, to make sure they live up to anti-cruelty standards.


  20. Sharyl Murphy
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

    We loved having you in NH Victoria….I love your town wide yard sale finds and I vote that the
    doll pram in the red plaid please be inserted in your Christmas card with said foster kittens…I mean how cute would that be 🙂
    <3 <3 Sharyl 😉


  21. Alison
    October 25, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

    I know this might not be the place to say this because I can tell there are a heck of a lot of anti-fur people who read this blog lol but I have two things to say about the boycott for Canada Goose jackets.

    A) Canada actually has an overpopulation of coyotes and in fact they can be dangerous to both themselves and people/pets. I live in the country and I cannot tell you how many times I have to be careful when letting my dogs out. The packs have to get hunted at least once every other year or so because they don’t exactly stay at a distance and get far too aggressive (And by the way, when I say I live in the country, know that I live literally next to Ontario’s busiest highway and less than a 10 minute drive to the nearest city… which is by no means a small town)
    B) Canada Goose has actually done a lot of research on fur vs faux fur and have come up with the same results time and time again that today’s versions of faux fur cannot actually compete with real fur in terms of retaining warmth. That is why, despite a lot of animal rights activists asking they change to faux, they refuse. Their product was originally made with warmth being the first priority. Another reason why the design hasn’t really changed much.

    I would agree with you that leaving them in a leg trap is inhumane (and the coyote hunters that I know locally do not hunt in this manner) but I do not agree with boycotting the company.

    Also, just to put things in perspective… I don’t even own a Canada Goose coat lol so this isn’t coming from brand-loyalty.

    Anyway… I just had to put my two cents in. You are obviously welcome to have a different opinion from me. Nor do I think less of anyone who does so. That is everyone’s right in a free society 🙂


    • Abby Bean
      October 25, 2016 @ 2:49 pm

      Hi Alison, I live in an area with a large deer population and I can tell you that hunts do not help overpopulation. You know what the first tell-tale sign is? You have to keep doing it. As for Canada Goose continuing to use real fur because it retains warmth better than faux- hogwash. They do it because it’s cheap and animals are expendable- including the vast numbers of geese who are mutilated and killed to fill their coats with feathers. It’s not just the fur that is cruel; it’s the whole damn thing.

      If we want to reduce what we consider animal “over-population,” we must reduce human over-population- which contributes to over-development that pushes animals out of their natural habitat and creates what we consider a nuisance. Too damn bad; they were here first.

      I firmly believe that animals are not ours to use and it’s nothing to lol about.


      • Alison
        October 26, 2016 @ 11:47 am

        As I said, you are absolutely entitled to your own opinion Abby. I have a different view on the subject. and I merely stated a few facts to support that view. That’s all 🙂


  22. Sherry Stuifbergen
    October 25, 2016 @ 2:08 pm

    I could not read the rest of your post for the image of coyotes trapped, etc. I abhor cruelty to animals and the image stays in my mind…I can’t bear it. You love animals as much as I do..there is no need for suffering and barbaric ways to kill! I love your spontaniety (sp) in all your posts. Your enthusiasm for antiques is the same as mine. It is a “vice” when you have limited funds. Take care


  23. Jess
    October 25, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing those horrific videos. I am most struck by the looks on those intelligent animals’ faces before they are shot. They seem to say “maybe you won’t hurt me…” They look so scared but hopeful. Then BAM. It is frightening that other humans have the ability to look into their faces and blow their heads off. I will never buy from Canada Goose.


  24. Kelli Robertson
    October 25, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

    Don’t jump to the conclusion that coyotes are the innocent victims that some tend to believe. You wouldn’t feel nearly so bad for them if you saw them carry off your little dog, and I have lost many many cats and kittens to them. They are becoming a very real problem in so many areas. They travel in packs and can be very dangerous and cruel. I agree trapping seems cruel, but it is a viable solution to a very real problem for those who live in the country and now even in the suburbs.


  25. Carla
    October 25, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

    And yes, I think you need to keep all three kitties.


  26. Elayne Chapman
    October 25, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

    As a Canadian I am always astounded and ashamed how barbaric we must sound to the rest of the civilised world what with our baby seal culling and now the knowledge that beautiful animals are being trapped and slaughtered so we can have fur trimmed coats filled with down. We are generally a very great country, polite, full of humour and we take our education and healthcare very seriously. I can only apologise that we have not evolved when it comes to the hunting of animals in the name of fashion.
    I love your blog and yes, I don’t think you’re ready to fill Elvis’s void, fostering kittens for now is very fine indeed. 🇨🇦


    • Crystal Brown
      October 25, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

      Elayne, thank you for your post. Americans are not much farther along in the hunting animals for sport/fashion. I don’t condone it and I don’t understand it. We have coyotes here too, and while some have become a nuisance in suburban neighborhoods, with a little common sense, i.e. don’t let your pets outside unattended and for Pete’s sake, don’t let them run loose, use an led flashlight at night, coyotes don’t like it, and keep garbage and pet food (read don’t leave your pets outside unattended, which also means don’t feed them outside and then go off and leave the leftovers), they can be managed. I know farmers, ranchers, etc have different concerns than the ordinary pet owner, but this post was intended for the pet owner. Live and let live. And no, I’m not naive, I’ve both lived on a working farm, and in the burbs and am well versed in coyotes.


  27. Catherine
    October 25, 2016 @ 4:24 pm

    Victoria, I just love you! Seeing your email in my in-box is such a treat. I love how you are unapologetically quirky and delightfully modest. How refreshing! Stay well, my friend. I wish you a blessed autumn.


  28. teri in England
    October 25, 2016 @ 4:48 pm

    you’re a darling, and yes I got an email update 4 hours ago, and no I didn’t watch the animal torture films ( vegan so I’m excused) ♥


  29. Eliza B.
    October 25, 2016 @ 5:41 pm

    Victoria , I enjoyed your post very much … it also brought a tear to my eye a couple of times . Thanks for sharing your superb sense of style , thanks for being so funny , thanks for fostering those adorable kittens and thanks for speaking up for the animals that suffer under the cruel hand of humans NEEDLESSLY . There is NO NEED to wear fur , use down , or trap animals of any kind . If people are afraid coyotes will kill their pets than they should keep their pets inside. Letting a pet out unattended seems insane to me anyway … anything can happen to them , the list is endless. Thanks for posting …. oh and my mom had a wire laundry basket just like yours …. that she bought because she loved it too !


  30. Teri Reymann
    October 25, 2016 @ 5:46 pm

    I love reading you! I too am an antique enthusiast, so I appreciate all your efforts! (Love the vid of you and hubs getting the mirror upstairs…the dancing is impeccable! You are destined for DWTS!) This post was great until you started talking about Canadian Goose. I couldn’t even view the video, I bypassed it as fast as I could. So sad!

    Wand of narcissism…indeed!! So funny!


  31. Pamela Massey
    October 25, 2016 @ 5:54 pm

    Victoria I apologize for my country and I had no idea traps were still legal here. Coyotes are not dangerous like that woman said . Sure they will eat a small dog or cat but that’s what animals do get over it. Their main diet consists of plants and snakes anyways. I wish stupid people would educate themselves on wildlife.


    • Kelli R.
      October 25, 2016 @ 9:52 pm

      Stupid? Really? Victoria, I have followed your blog for some time now and have enjoyed your writing so much, but I will now unsubscribe as I really hate to be called “stupid” for something I live with every day. There are always two sides to every question, and to be uneducated and express such strong opinions is showing ignorance of so many issues. Thank you for your time


      • Judith
        October 25, 2016 @ 11:17 pm

        I reread Victoria’s post thinking I had missed something and I couldn’t find any indictment of anyone’s intelligence just a heartfelt plea to have pity on the animals used for their fur and feathers when there are myriad alternatives. I feel bad that something about the post made you feel bad but imagine how these animals feel and their hurt involves agonizing prolonged physical pain and therefore attention must be paid if we are the higher beings and the dominant intelligent species.


      • Erin
        October 26, 2016 @ 8:22 am

        It seems unfair to hold VEB responsible for content she did not write?


  32. Janice
    October 25, 2016 @ 7:43 pm

    I want that TRUNK LOL you sold already , it’s me


  33. Beth W.
    October 25, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

    Oh phew! I was literally just thinking of you today, and lamenting about how I hadn’t gotten an e-mail about a new post in a while. I hoped that your adventures were going so well you just didn’t have time to share… and I was right 🙂

    Love hearing about the VEB adventures, thank you for sharing and inspiring!


  34. Kimmie
    October 25, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

    VEB, you are absolutely delightful!
    I will never buy Canada Goose and I will spread the word!


  35. Marci
    October 25, 2016 @ 8:49 pm

    Awareness is always a good thing. Definitely worth considering. However people are missing the whole point of this post! You’re coming to Utah!! I’ll host dinner! Come! Eat! I’m normal I promise. Also, how does Utah possibly contain a giant fancy thing better than what you find back east!? Inconceivable. I’m dying to see what it is. Google does nothing when I type in giant fancy things +Utah. Craigslist barely survives out here as we have KSL CLASSIFIEDS. Self has to avoid that site alltogether. Too many afternoons have been spent lost down that rabbit hole.


  36. Liz
    October 25, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

    Thank you for informing your readers about the sad source of fur and down for the jackets. It’s appalling


  37. Cherie
    October 25, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

    Love your writing!

    First, thank you for fostering! You make a difference in their world. Also, as an animal foster, I’d like to advise you to not keep the kittens! Kittens are easy to place – 3 full-grown cats will be difficult to place. And .. Elvis. And… There will always be more fosters who need you. We had ferals, one of whom has cerebellar hyperplasia and we kept him and returned two. Then a 24-lb cat in quarantine for being picked up with a bite who’d spent 3 months in a cage. Then, a pregnant young cat who’d gotten out and whose person was 80 and couldn’t keep her to have babies, so we kept her through the birth and six weeks later the shelter spayed and then returned her to her person and adopted out the babies. Then we had a 90-lb dog. And a lot of little dogs overnight. And then four 9-day-old kittens who lost their Mom and needed bottle-fed every few hours who truly believe we are their parents, and we adopted them all. And the n last year we adopted a 16-year-old dog and now we can’t foster any more because we are beyond full and we are busy paying for our veterinarians kid’s college. But the point is, I wonder all the time about all the animals who haven’t come to us and who need a soft place to land. Let the kittens go.


  38. Carla
    October 25, 2016 @ 9:57 pm

    Sigh…I commented earlier today that of course you must keep the kitties. However, Cherie’s post above reminded me of MY last visit to Pet Smart. There were quite a few cats and several kittens. One of the cats, “Shirley”, had been adopted and even declawed (horrors!) but then her owners moved away and just left her behind to fend for herself. There were other adult cats with similar stories; sweet “Mark” who was back at Pet Smart for a SECOND time because his owners has a baby and decided that Mark had to go. Happily, “Ginger” and “Emmett” had an “Almost There” sign, both adorable kittens. So, yes, VEB, although it will be difficult, the kitties will have to go at some point so that the Marks and Shirleys of the world will have a loving foster home for awhile until their forever owner discovers them.


  39. Carla
    October 25, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

    I commented earlier today that of course you must keep the kitties. However, Cherie’s post above reminded me of MY last visit to Pet Smart. There were quite a few cats and several kittens. One of the cats, “Shirley”, had been adopted and even declawed (horrors!) but then her owners moved away and just left her behind to fend for herself. There were other adult cats with similar stories; sweet “Mark” who was back at Pet Smart for a SECOND time because his owners has a baby and decided that Mark had to go. Happily, “Ginger” and “Emmett” had an “Almost There” sign, both adorable kittens. So, yes, VEB, although it will be difficult, the kitties will have to go at some point so that the Marks and Shirleys of the world will have a loving foster home for awhile until their forever owner discovers them.


  40. Katie O'Brian-Robles
    October 26, 2016 @ 10:34 am

    Thank you so much for your blog… I look forward to it and enjoy every word.


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