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  1. toni
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:07 am

    I need that chair. I’m only to the eight million mark. The only chair I sit in is the computer chair. Go figure.

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    • Lisa R
      June 14, 2017 @ 11:10 am

      wait. chairs are for sitting? (note to self to observe this rule next trash night)

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  2. Kim bentz
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:08 am

    I love you. I found myself searching for “fancy” on Craigslist. Meanwhile,my budget allows for gluing bowls to posts to make a birdbath.

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  3. Rachel
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:08 am

    Hon, you need to lay off the speed! Dear Lord, it was like being inside my daughter’s head… Hummingbird brain… Also, from what I remember reading, Victorian ladies stripped down to their bottom layer of clothing and took a nap for a couple of hours each afternoon.

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    • Carol Cox
      June 14, 2017 @ 11:17 am

      Victorian ladies did strip down in the afternoons and took naps, as Rachel commented. And they used WONDERFUL hand held fans, which were and are surprisingly effective.

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      • Sue at Blu
        June 14, 2017 @ 11:22 am

        Uh-oh! Naked napping Vic mid-day!

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      • Vonda
        June 19, 2017 @ 12:03 pm

        research Victorian fans MAKE A FAN…Oh how I get your brain…

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    • judy
      June 15, 2017 @ 12:50 pm

      I do believe the Victorian afternoon nap enabled Lizzy Borden to deparentfy herself and live rich and happily ever after. The heat much have been so enervating that its effects were akin to coma or anesthesia

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  4. Suzanne Forbes
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:11 am

    I had no idea about “grimalkin” and learning that has enriched my day. I have a song I sing to the cats, it goes like this:
    “Cattity-Cat-Things, Mom’s goin’ out!
    You can’t come
    Cause you don’t have thumbs.”
    Some days all I manage to do successfully is sing them that song and go check the mail.

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    • Carrie
      June 14, 2017 @ 2:02 pm

      Bwaaahahahaha! I love this song!

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  5. Lori
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:13 am

    I was already second guessing, and am now regretting, the decision to not purchase the top with the enormous bell sleeves at the thrift store yesterday. Dang!!….

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  6. Rachel
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:15 am

    I’m assuming you made the bow in your Instagram photo did you also make the earrigns? What are they? I am fascinated by your fashion sense (in a good way)

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  7. Erin Wallace
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:18 am

    Thank you…. I’m not the only one… Organize, flit, research, work, sell, buy, write, call clients, assist clients, love clients, LAUNDRY, oh no, going out of town today and haven’t packed yet, need to finish important work assignments, water plants – wait it hasn’t stopped raining in days – don’t water plants, try to be as fashionable as Victoria Elizabeth Barnes… (she can make pants and tassel earrings/cat toys why can’t you match an outfit), eat, sleep, repeat, ACCOMPLISH and love every minute…. Cheers from one to another!

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  8. Elizabeth Speicher
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:18 am

    You are fabulous! You rescue cats, champion good causes, find giant fancy things, come up with creative ideas for using said GFT and you sew! All those talents are the product of a very active intellect. And we readers are the beneficiaries. Hoorah for your chaos!

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  9. Katacradul
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:20 am

    You’re certifiable…just like me.

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  10. Mary
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:20 am

    Same here, except all the thoughts in my head are too much so I make sure the floors, kitchen and bathrooms are clean and then lay in bed and pin more ideas. I like to say I’m an ADD-OCD designer. Thank God I don’t have the patience to sew, that would put me over the edge.

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  11. Paige
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:22 am

    Wait do you not have air conditioning? Still? And Paul is ok with this? Admittedly it makes me feel much better being about to move into a house with no air conditioning (which is acceptable due to the fabulousness of the staircase.

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  12. Sue at Blu
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:24 am

    It’s like being inside of my own head ! I have an antiques/consignment store with 8,000 sq ft and it’s just ME! Too many projects, repairs, etc. Haha…thanks for making me feel normal!

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    • Janet
      June 14, 2017 @ 9:19 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. Like how did she get in my head?!!

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  13. Rachel Nicholson
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:31 am

    This is a horrible thing to say to someone, but I think it’s warranted and I say it out of love: No more coffee for you today. I think you need to keep it down to not more than three pots a day.

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  14. Jennie Staub
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:34 am

    Oh, thank goodness!! It’s not just ME. I’m not alone in my hummingbird-ness. My husband is forever bemoaning my inability to focus on one task at a time until it is finished before starting a dozen others. He simply does not comprehend how the truly creative mind works and is forever trying to stifle mine. He’s an engineer so I know he can’t help but be that way. Bless his heart!

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  15. Patricia
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:36 am

    Post more kitten photos STAT! Your Instagram should be 90% kittens and 9 % amazing craig’s list finds and 1 % “other”.

    I would follow that account.*

    *I actually ALREADY follow you but I wanted to give you a little motivation. I would, however, urge all my friends and even random people I just bump into if you follow the formula above.

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  16. Ann Madara
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:38 am

    I’ll buy ur chair, I’m right nearby, and I’ll move it to the other house! Ann

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  17. Angel
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:44 am

    I think the ladies did a lot of fainting – oh, and afternoon naps!

    The chair is lovely – if its still for sale, please let me know.

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  18. Bernie
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:45 am

    Those SLEEVES….the 70’s lives!!!! I had sleeves like those once upon a time….My helpful tip of the day: Do not grill, or cook at a gas stove wearing those sleeves. Just take my word for it….oh yeah, and you might want to skip using any power tools too. Dont say I didnt warn you. I think we could be friends. Right now I am…(if you dont count typing this):making Christening outfits, a Halloween quilt, an Art quilt for a group exhibit, finishing (maybe) a book for this evenings book club discussion, buying paint (already done this morning!) to paint the garage, but its raining, so I am off the hook and NOT doing dishes, paying bills, doing laundry. I will, however, watch an episode of Bloodline, or House of Cards during lunch. I have my priorities.

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  19. Tammy Daig
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:45 am

    Ok, stop, breathe, reboot. Drink more wine!

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  20. Tammy Daig
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:46 am

    Just breathe. Drink more wine!

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  21. Patty
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:49 am

    This is exactly why we want you to post more often – -you are so cool, interesting, a sharp dresser, full of AMAZING ideas . . . and I want to see what you are embroidering! Thanks!

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  22. Anne Greene
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:57 am

    Thanks for reminding me of another reason why I love your blog in the first place. It makes me feel less alone in my own creative chaos. My distractions are far less fancy and I’m far less tech savvy (I could never pull off that bow or those sleeves and don’t even have an Instagram account) but my brain full of ideas and piles of half-done projects are just as plentiful. Not to mention, I’m also a huge cat lover (with a special special fondness for tuxedo cats– or “Holstein kitties” as I call them).

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  23. katy
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

    YES to all of the above. I fell slightly less crazy for redoing my bathroom on a whim on a day off work – painted the walls, floors (they will be replaced, but for now are unfortunate stick on tile, mirror, dresser, sink base, shelves, icky shower enclosure (with very stinky paint i might add), and have it all done before my husband gets home? yes! also dyed the couch and weeded a flower bed. when i get things done, i get things done.

    ALSO please share the making of those glorious earrings! I need a pair stat! My cat crew may need a pair for themselves too.

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  24. Peggy
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:25 pm

    I love you! This one feels like my life right now😂

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  25. P. Ford
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:29 pm

    I so enjoy living inside your mind, if only for a few moments every month or so ( is it really that seldom or am I just missing one here and there?).
    My life is total chaos right now also, just not the kind that one chooses. Therefore, I LOVE reading about adorable cats, sewing, Craigs List finds and so many more interesting things that make your blogs a very welcome respite.
    The Kingdom Mirror will always remain my favorite…even should you locate the Holy Grail at some point. And you probably will.
    Thank you for sharing. 💜

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  26. Dianne
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

    I believe this post simply needs to say “It’s time for a vacation.”

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  27. Edie Teubner
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    OMG!!! I love you to death! Your brain works the same way mine does, you just have a much better looking place to show off the crazy wonderful things you do and collect!

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  28. Kathy
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

    I have botanical prints that live out of my head. They certainly don’t live on planet earth. You can see them at http://www.kathleenkelly.faso.com. Will send details on my upcoming show at PHS.

    Happy day,
    Kathy

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  29. Sherry Stuifbergen
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

    You HAVE TO keep the chair! It is gorgeous! Do you have a daytime job? Is the sewing and making things what you do in your spare time? Just curious what job you hold and your title. Your home is lovely. Yes, I wish you’d post more often…let us know what mischief you are up to. Your followers love cats and antiques and decorating. We are all “off the wall” like you. Keep posting…Sherry

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  30. Jeanne Holbrook
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

    That blouse in the link ; the sleeves need to be lined. I was thinking a black and white pinstripe but you, being you , may want a botanical print lining. ????
    Anyway love your blog and everything

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  31. Erector Set 38
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

    Do you consider yourself a hot mess?

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  32. Lauren Z.
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:21 pm

    I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to see all this stuff you are crafting. Especially the turban, the roses, and the pants. May you not sweat to death in the pursuit of all things handmade and fancy. 🙂

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  33. Elise
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

    Loved this post! And I hoard chairs too but I only want ones that are super-comfy. I don’t get the ‘chair as purely decorative object.’ Well, I guess I understand it, but in my small house all chairs need to be able to be sat on, by us or guests or dogs, for hours on end. This means that I’m the person at the thrift store or garage sale who is just bizarrely just sitting there camped out in the chair like a weirdo.

    One question on the post – why would you buy TWO of the pompom fringe forever-21 blouse, then cut the arms off of 1 and sew them to the other? Are you planning on sprouting another set of arms soon (or did you already)?

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  34. Patricia McPheeters
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

    Dear Victoria Elizabeth,
    The average length of age at the turn of the century (1900) in the U.S. was 42. Perhaps heat stroke??

    Also, there was a time when a party was held for a woman turning 40, she was officially old, and no longer allowed to do heavy work, gardening, etc.

    Mighty Leaf Black Currant Iced Tea is my refreshment. It’s amazing. That and a fan blasting into my kitchen.

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  35. Nancy Cooper
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

    It brightens my day to see VEB in the mailbox. I love your ideas, humor, and compassion and just knowing there are people like you in the world.

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  36. Cecilia
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

    My dear, three things. 1. Your chair “thing” is perfectly normal (by my standards). We currently have seven lounge suites – three of them Jacobean – and other seating of irresistible gorgeousness scattered throughout the house and garden, and joke that we will need to set up an “Ass Farm” business. I counted the chairs in the back garden yesterday out of sheer curiosity: 18. There are two of us living here. 2. If you live in a Victorian house, there is often no need for air conditioning. Factor in 13-foot ceilings with high air vents plus the judicious use of door transoms, ceiling fans and thick window coverings. Our summers often have 5+ days of above 40 degrees Celsius, but our rambly old house has never gone above 26 manageable degrees. 3. Sadly, having a cat will often put a damper on some of the best ideas. I used to be a tassel person…

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  37. Sugar R
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

    You are by far the funniest, most articulate, most creative human being on the planet….Thanks for brightening my day….week, probably.

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  38. Lindsey R
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

    This post is exactly what we want! (and come to expect from you) You’re amazing. We love you, keep it up.

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  39. Rachel
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

    You are so amazing. Your level of complete irrationality and delight is the best, and I just got back to work from a lunch break where I bought two pounds of sushi grade Copper River Salmon which cost $85 because I had this idea that I absolutely had to have a Swedish Midsummer party this weekend and I absolutely had to make gravlax for the first time and now I REALLY REALLY hope it works out or that will be a sad and expensive disappointment.

    Anyway, the point is that I was worried I was totally losing it and making really irresponsible adult decisions but you make me feel not alone and I love it!!! The sleeves are amazing!

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  40. Dixie Collins
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

    I feel so exhausted now. Back to my zen/yoga position.

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