126 Comments

  1. Sharon
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I love this post! And I love your 200 feet of garland. It. is. beautiful!

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  2. Sandi
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    I love the greenery. One cannot have too much greenery – unless it makes one trip and fall unbecomingly down the stairs, of course.

    Which is not your gig. 🙂

    I am so pleased you’re doing a video!!! You’re fabulous and I look forward to your continued rise in popularity. 😀

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  3. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Your home is stunning as always!!! I LOVE all the greenery and who knew there was a difference! 😉 (and the mirror is still fabulous too!!)
    Love your wit and humor…thanks for the great read! And I did one of those videos awhile back for Hometalk…and managed to not make a complete fool of myself!lol (of course that’s debatable! 😉 )
    I’ll be watching!
    Nancy

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  4. Debbie
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    I don’t know what you do for a living in your “real life,” but I hope you are a writer, because you have an amazing way of putting words together and creating the most outstanding sentences.

    I just know without thinking your home will be fantastic and magical and beautiful and you will win first prize by a landslide of whatever contest you enter!!!!!

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  5. Amber
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    I am your friend, because I read the entire post! ha! 🙂 Actually, your writing is what I love about your blog! The garland looks lush and gorgeous!

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  6. tammigirl
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    We have way too much in common… right up to the point where you actually DO the things you tell yourself you will do. I, on the other hand, make compulsive lists of things I am going to do right away. Then I do nothing. Well, that’s a lie. I snack. But only if snacks are easily accessible to me.

    Please tell me you have a maid. Or that Paul is an Obsessive-compulsive neat freak and he does it all. I really need to get to work on, well, anything around here.

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  7. Alex
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Feel free to send some extra over my way to Canada. And while you’re it, hire the Wizard from Oz to bring me your house too. XO

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  8. Colleen
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    I love how on the Google+ page you linked to, the other participants have these sweet orderly smiles, then we have you, in classic form, who looks like you have excitedly escaped your orderly. I can’t wait to watch. Please sing a song.

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    • KL
      December 3, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

      I just guffawed out loud (laughed out loud would have been too extreme an understatement and how GREAT is the word ‘guffaw’?!) at ‘escaped your orderly’. Thank you for the icing on the cake that is this post.

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  9. Barb
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    You win. I must come and steal your white cabinet. What is you address? I know, creepy- blog -stalker. But look at it this way, you started it. I really need it. Look at it as charity for an antique dealer who sells all of her stuff, keeps nothing for herself but crappy projects that never get done. Love your blog. I know, you win and you like me even more. (I have shared you with others, more creepers, on the way.)

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  10. Christy @ Our Southern Home
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    You have just made my day! I laughed and laughed because I can so relate and then I went back and Oooo’d and Awe’d! Beautiful and so worth the garland effort! ~Christy

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  11. Robin
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    It’s all beautiful, all 200 ft. of it, and you are so funny and smart. Hope you holidays are wonderful… 🙂 Trust me, Mom is looking down on your with pride. You got a lot more than just bow-making skills!

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  12. Ginny
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    You make this internet blog world marvelous! I drop whatever I am doing to read your newest post! I am in the process of decorating, so you have really inspired me! Maybe I need an overload of garland… 🙂

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  13. Paula@SweetPea
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    I am in love with your live garland and agree that it looks a million times better than the faux stuff. I’ll bet that your home smells wonderful, too!

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  14. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    Oh I hope you do burst into song, no pressure. Your home looks amazing as I totally expected. Came to see your tour this morning and since it wasn’t up yet, found myself reading about your best friend and about five other posts…stopping by here is sabotage for my to-do list! Your house looks fabulous!!!

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  15. Meghan Furst
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    WOW! I was surprised when I saw the pictures of your beautiful home today. Last week your place was such a mess. (I was gratified to see that. Actually.) Just call me petty and childish. We should get along well. 🙂 Your house is really, really nice. How are you going to keep your visitors out of the kitchen? Also – Good Luck today!

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  16. Sarah Starr
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    My Christmas preparations this year were a lot like yours–except instead of evergreen garland, ribbon. Yards and yards of ribbon to wrap around dozens and dozens of vintage wooden spools and spindles. And not just any ribbon–I made the proclamation that I would only use vintage ribbon… Because the $15+/yard (plus shipping…) vintage jacquard trim (from France!) is just so much fancier! It just is!

    I have not stopped to calculate my total ribbon expenditure because math and budgeting do not mix well with fanciful Christmas cheer–but I am almost certain I spent more on ribbons and spools than on actual Christmas presents…

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  17. Kate
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    You’ll be swell! You’ll be great!
    Gonna have the whole world on the plate!

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  18. Marty Walden
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    You are a hysterically funny writer with a gift of self deprecation and self promotion at the same time. How is that even possible? Good luck on your hangout. You’ll be fine. Just don’t forget to go live 🙂

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  19. Garden, Home and Party
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Victoria,
    Your house looks great, and yes, I did read every word. The idea for the mantle is inspired! Too bad I didn’t have it many Christmases ago, I forever have little nail holes in the top of my mantle to keep the garland, which is faux, from falling into the fire. I don’t want to hear that the 200 ft. of garland is dead by Christmas…let me know.
    xo,
    Karen

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  20. Diana C.
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Well, as I stand here feverishly cutting out my newly-inspired mantel extension board, the thought occurs to me that I almost never want to stab myself during these fits of creativity run amuck. The very real concern is preventing myself from stabbing those around me! Namely my wonderful, patience-of-Job husband as he either offers non-solicited advice, but more often wants to hand me a glass of wine (to wash down the Valium) and tell me to quit for the night. I am never sure if it’s my nerves he is looking to preserve, or his own. Either way, I plug forward and usually end up with excellent results. How my marriage of 36 years has endured these OCD fits of decorating, crafting, and repurposing, is a testament to the power of love… and more than a little prayer!

    Beautiful garland; your home must smell like Christmas Heaven. I guess that artificial stuff I picked up at a yard sale last summer is going in a dumpster somewhere. I am German by heritage and didn’t even know we had our own version of glitter; must get some… yesterday.

    See you at 2:00 o’clock!

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    • Just Me
      December 5, 2013 @ 7:26 am

      Husbands have to suffer through it all with us. I told mine to stop making comments as we were opening boxes in the garage. Need to get them out of there so we can get his car in. Moved recently. He wants me to toss everything. “That’s my stuff in there and I want it. Hush up, pub-leeze!” Him: “I can’t help it if an involuntary utterance slips out here and there.”

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  21. karen
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    Dear Victoria,
    There should be 31 bloggers for the 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers Tour and you should/will be added to the list after your bow making tutorial hits the internet. I WILL be watching and laughing very out loud and if you live up to my expectations perhaps spontaneously snorting as I learn your method for making bows for all my holiday decorations. I can’t wait for 2 o’clock and I know you probably can’t wait for it to be over so you can get back to decorating and basking in your new fame. Love your blog!!!! xox

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  22. Jennie S.
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    Wow! Okay, I’m now officially envious…yes, I just looked in the mirror and I’m literally green with envy. Thank goodness I look good in green. Picture Elphaba from Wicked but with very short red hair. I think your house is amazing and, quite frankly, I think Paul should be glad you restrained yourself and purchased ONLY 200 feet. I mean, really, can you ever have too much garland? or glitter for that matter? I’m afraid I must admit defeat this year. Our 1900’s farmhouse fixer-upper is in total remodeling disarray and I haven’t the energy to go the the garage and drag down my decorations. However, I warn you, by this time next year I’ll be gunning for you with decorations out the wazoo. I will probalby even decorate my chicken coop with lovely twinkle lights and wreaths with bright red bows. I mean, who said chickens can’t appreciate decorations too, right???

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  23. Juliette
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Your house looks like a STORE, I want to buy something!!!

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  24. Jeanette
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    You are soooo fun! I can’t wait to see you live. Don’t worry about it, if I can do it anyone can. I had a video about shelter animals and the dog started bark just as the Hometalk video started. Yikes! But, it only captured the last little yelp.
    Okay! now I want 200 feet of garland!!

    ~Jeanette

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  25. Carole@Rustic Artistry
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Are you kidding? Do you think anyone would actually just look at your pictures and not read your words? In fact, feel free to skip pictures entirely and just give us more of your profound insights about … well, anything!

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  26. Patience
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Good luck today! I would totally watch, but I have a meeting at 2:00. I love your tip about putting an extra board on the mantle to protect it–which also allows room for more garland. Our mantle is not affixed to the wall. We have it affixed with cinder blocks and pushed the couch against it, but every once in a while it collapses and terrifies our dog. I think I’ll invest in some eye-hooks.

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  27. Zandra Zuraw
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    Victoria, I adore you! (I think I start all of my comments to you this way. Let me know if it’s getting old). My biz partner and I are in the first year of our blog (www.littleyellowcouch.com), which I’ve just shamelessly promoted, and we are up to our eyeballs in decorating my house for the holidays in a deer/antler/ski lodge/plaid/post-modern theme, in time for our cocktail party on Dec. 6th, which we are throwing specifically so we can blog about it. Yes, like you, our lives are dictated by making ourselves look good and, at least in our case, so much better than we really are. Anyway, I can’t wait to see you make this bow. Live. You’re our hero. Good luck!

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  28. Jen
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    Pretty please will you tell us more about that tree stand?

    xx,
    Jen
    Ps Does Elvis try to chew the greens? My cat is OBSEssed! I had to move my tiny tree-let to the top of an armoire and he’s been trying to leap up there to get his fix.

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  29. Emily @ Two Purple Couches
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    I cannot wait to hear more about this German glass glitter!! Your Evergreen is stunning, and I hope your home smells like a magical wintery forest. Because I imagine that it does, and that would be wonderful!

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  30. Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    I don’t know what I enjoyed more– your gorgeous home or your hilarious commentary! I’m going with both! Absolutely beautiful job, Miss Victoria! Everything is stunning!

    ~Abby =)

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  31. Laurie
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    You are going to do great! Trust me. Slightly crazy translates really well on the intranets. It becomes energy! Pizazz! Charisma! Je ne sais pas.

    We’ll be there and rooting you on so just think how you are talking to a slightly middle-aged bow fan with a kitty cat walking back and forth across the keyboard.

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  32. Tyler J. Yoder
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    We used to throw themed Christmas dances, at this charmingly rustic building built by the WPA and therefore FDR, all fieldstone and exposed cedar beams. I wish, now, that I knew how many feet of garland we went through each year, because I had to make it by hand. It took hours.

    Also, I’m pretty sure that if you spontaneously make a song about making bows, you’ll get a record deal, so you have that to look forward to. I wish I could watch your tutorial this afternoon, but I can’t – will it be available to view later?

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  33. aileen
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    This has to be the funniest post I have read for some time. No insult intended… Keep your “roll” going & I wouldn’t miss your bow video for the world! The house is beautiful..reminds me of the Christmas Open house tour in town… I guess since I live by myself I have turned into a grinch… I did make my wreath…then I shut the door with the satisfaction that I decorated…lol

    Merry Christmas to All!!!

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  34. Val
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    I feel sad now. I’ve only ever had fake garlands. *hangs head in shame* But in SoCal the real stuff doesn’t last long. But dead and brown or not, I must find real ones now.
    Val

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  35. cheapdiva
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    WHAT? 2 P.M. – Eastern, Central, Mountain or Pacific???? How can I watch if you don’t give me this info VEB???? PLEASE tell me so I don’t miss you!!

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  36. Gerry
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    I read several blogs and I have to say… yours is THE MOST entertaining. Funny, funny, funny. PLUS your home is absolutely beautiful! Keep up the good work!

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  37. Clare Francis
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    I’ve been following your blog since I learned of you from the Gardener’s Cottage blog. I’m a great admirer of your antics, writing, and home. What I found most interesting, however, is your striking resemblance to Wallis Simpson, but funnier, and much more appealing–except for the jewelry, hers was spectacular and I’ve not been shown any of yours–and Paul is definitely much handier and more useful than Edward, except for the title, and private income.

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  38. Brynne@TheGatheredHome
    December 3, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    I’m afraid we’ll have to add Christmas to the list of holidays-I-do-not-rock-at. That garland is AMAZING and I think all bloggers everywhere should just agree that the Christmas Queen crown rightfully belongs to you. Honestly, I don’t know how you keep topping your game, and I’m not sure what you’re going to have to do next year to keep up with yourself! Probably glitter live reindeer and stable them in your front yard.

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  40. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion
    December 3, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    I absolutely love your fresh garland. That’s what my decor is lacking….fresh greenery. I ran out of time! The way you decorated the staircase railing is awesome and thanks for the tip on cutting a board and stapling the greenery to it 🙂

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