1. Laurel
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    My husband refers to my cleaning/cooking/organizing/painting method as “Roomba-ing.” Because I get started on one thing, notice something shiny, and then attend to the shiny before then getting distracted by something else which I will work on for a while before once again distracting myself, and eventually ALMOST finish everything, but never fully finish anything.


    • Jenny
      November 26, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

      Laurel, this is why we have not eaten at our dining table in a month. And I really don’t see it happening until December. Maybe. But yes, one must attend to the shiny, and oh look, no one has fed the fish yet, and geez, look at all the pony beads the cat has been stashing under the tank, and oh my gosh I think that dust bunny just MOVED! Let’s go to Starbuck’s, Youngest Child (who is in her late teens and is home-schooled, so I’m not a bad mom really), and hope the cat kills whatever is under the couch, and oh, there’s a craft store right next to the coffee shop, what a coincidence! I was thinking Victoria’s dining room looked a little like my TV room, where Eldest has set up two different gaming systems and Older Daughter still hasn’t put away the pattern or remnants from making her boyfriend’s Halloween costume…. And let’s not get started on the dog’s rawhide addiction. She doesn’t chew them, she just leaves them around and dares the cat to touch them.


      • MissFifi
        November 27, 2013 @ 10:39 am

        “And let’s not get started on the dog’s rawhide addiction. She doesn’t chew them, she just leaves them around and dares the cat to touch them.”

        That may be the greatest thing I read this morning LOL


    • Marguerite
      December 10, 2014 @ 10:54 am

      Whew, I am just so happy to know I am not the only one, lol!


  2. The Domestic Goddess
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    ZOMG. The disco balls! My son is autistic and that shiz is right up his alley. Now, to find a gazillion disco balls…


  3. Karen V
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!! I am Thankful for finding your blog. I always find myself smiling when your post is in my inbox! (has the glitter arrived?) I can’t believe you are already on to the Christmas decorations….I haven’t even pulled out my ceramic Pilgrims made by my mother in the ’70s to put on the table.


  4. Jeff Beaver
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    Soak the mason jars in oxi-clean unscented to clean them. Any crud should wash right out. Then try out some star-san to sterilize them. http://www.amazon.com/Star-San-32-oz/dp/B0064O7YFA super easy


    • tammigirl
      November 26, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

      Why on earth would one sterilize a Mason jar??? If they want to reproduce, let them!


      • PrincessPindy
        November 26, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

        LOL! Thank you TG, I needed that laugh!!


  5. Sandi
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    This sounds exactly like me! One of the reasons I get so overwhelmed at the holidays! I just want to get all my stuff out , put 3/4 of it back and decorate simple this year. 🙂


  6. Garden, Home and Party
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    I hope you plan to share the end result! I still love the reflection of the disco balls on the ceiling and walls image the best. I was this close to running out and buying some disco ball ornaments last year, thankfully I didn’t because while you have “Christmas Box #1 and #2” I have 20 Christmas boxes of various “trends” in our garage. Ugh!
    It’s a mutual admiration society, my blog friend. BTW, at my dinner party the other night, 2 of the 3 women friends in attendance commented that they liked my blog, followed by, “but Victoria’s blog, OMG! She’s hilarious, I never miss her posts”.
    Have a warm and delicious Thanksgiving.


  7. Kim Elizabeth
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Thanksgiving blessings to you, Paul, and of course, Elvis! I’m loving your blog and somehow, I have a feeling that by Christmas time, all your “junk” will come together to make a beautiful Christmas house!


  8. Doderama
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    Again, you can see right inside of my mind. I don’t know if I should be excited and scared (for you.) Love the blog and foist it on everyone I know.

    And I have 118 jars of glitter. ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN. See? Feel better?


    • Babzy the Elder
      November 26, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

      Oh, I love, love, love it!! It’s makes me gleeful to find so many other supply junkies here. And what does it say about someone who counts all those glitter bottles? I can’t stop chuckling. Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving. 🙂


  9. Tammy
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Check out Make-A-Flake website for creating beautiful snowflakes on your computer. Careful though, you can really get carried away and spend way more time than you should here… http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/


  10. Debbie L.
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I’m oh, so thankful I stepped through the Kingdom Mirror and found your site! I used to scour the earth for things to bring home, but alas, I have filled it up with no room to spare, so now, I can live vicariously through you and wait on pins and needles for your next post! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please post pics of the finished result of your Christmas decorating…I’m sure to be inspired!


  11. Magdalena
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I too am thankful for your blog, your story retelling and all your creative endeavors! Happy Thanksgiving from Fort Stewart, GA!


  12. Grannypoppy
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Too funny! I soooo ‘get’ you! And I think we are the norm! Ha! Ho! Ho!


  13. Elizabeth
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    I love reading your blog because it makes me laugh out loud and dance around the room. Of course I have to read it to my husband who says, “OMG, there is a younger you out there,” well he really doesn’t say, “OMG”, but I can’t write what he really says. So Victoria, take some motherly advice and sit down and write a book. You sense of humor rivals Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who is one of my favorite authors. Just think about it….please! I have read all of her books and I need another author who could make me laugh and dance around the room!


    • Donna Grobell
      November 26, 2013 @ 11:37 am

      I would definately read your book and probably order a bunch for Christmas presents……


      • Bonnie Marsden
        December 6, 2013 @ 10:51 am

        I would read your book too…please write one! Your blog is an utter delight to receive in my inbox and makes me feel infinitely better about my enormous stash of boxes of Christmas ‘things’ that are taking up the best part of our 1 bedroom flat in London. There is no room for anything else. I can’t believe I’ve only just come across your blog and absolutely loved your bow tutorial yesterday. You are wonderful. Merry Christmas xx


  14. Anne @ Planting Sequoias
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    This sounds like every Saturday of my entire life. It’s a good thing that I work Monday through Friday, other than I would drive myself completely crazy. I mean, crazier than I already am.


  15. Judy
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    A: You must realize you are a Genius come to save us all from the tedium of the ordinary .
    B: In between mad inventive epiphany’s turn your laser like concentration to solving the planets major problems-For instance a giant disco ball hovering over the planet might solve the whole CO2 thingy. Thanks for being the most entertaining person I have encountered in the last 7 decades.


  16. Val
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to a fellow SQUIRREL!! I can so relate to your decorating angst. I’ve even done a Pinterest board to collect all my ideas, and am making a photo sheet of what I’m doing this year. To keep on track.
    Wait, don’t go to Pinterest! You’ll never get your turkey done.


  17. KatieQ
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    In my entire life I have never given disco balls a second glance. Now I crave and must have them. Thanks. Just what I needed another piece of useless stuff cluttering up my house (I assure that is my husband’s opinion, not mine).


  18. Kathleen
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    Your blogs make me bark-laugh out loud. Please write more, more, more! I can’t wait to see everything


  19. Laurie
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    That’s always the way it is at the beginning like this because it’s all POSSIBILITY and that is excting. And a little overwhelming.

    I’m not only distracted from one shiny thing to another, I can’t complete a single task because everything seems to be dependent on another task. So I’ll go to put away some clean towels and realize I really need to put the shelves back in my linen closet (that I took out for an organization project that has been forgotten) but then I can’t find the shelf brackets. I have to clean off the table of all the vacuum bags and parts to see if the shelf brackets are on there which means putting the vacuum bags and parts in a box and on a shelf but then I have to go find a magic marker to write on the box and and…

    I might literally be walking around in circles.


  20. Shirley
    November 26, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    Love the flowing greenery on the mantel. Is it real or artificial? If artificial, where to purchase?


  21. Brenda
    November 26, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    I can relate. Help?


  22. Pam
    November 26, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    The Mason Jars would make a great chandelier made out of wire, a good use for hubby! he would love to make that for you! fill the jars with red candles for Christmas, it would look lovely on the front porch!

    I gave up making these types of messes long ago! but I still feel your pain!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


  23. tammigirl
    November 26, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    My Christmas crap has been strewn about for almost two weeks. All I can think about right now is how much I need some key lime pie!


  24. Diana C.
    November 26, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Well dang! I was going to explode that you have taken OCD to a whole new level of heights unknown, and then you go and spoil it all by being sweet and generous in your well wishes for my holiday… though I am now depressed because my house looks far worse than yours, plus is dirty. And my front porch has never come close to looking that festive and would be better suited with a poster of The Grinch taped to it so everyone will be afraid to venture inside.

    I may get off this couch sometime today and possibly get dressed, wherein I might manage to go to the grocery and buy ingredients for two of the most complicated dishes I have committed to bring for Thanksgiving dinner… that is, if I actually remember (and have the energy) to make them.

    So, while you, and my industrious sister in- law who also manages to run a small home-based business on the side, beat your turkey drumsticks over my head, I think I’ll take a nap. You can still find Chinese take-out on holidays right?

    Happy thanksgiving.


    • Babzy the Elder
      November 26, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

      Thanks for the laugh. I love Victoria’s blog and her followers. If this is what group therapy is like – I’m in. 🙂


      • Diana C.
        November 27, 2013 @ 7:39 am

        You are welcome Babzy; I love to laugh too, but could cry at all of the extra work around the holidays. I need a fairy godmother who will appear, wave her magic wand, and put everything together like a dream. So far, she hasn’t shown up. Until she does, I need “group therapy” as much as anyone and found Ms. Barnes’ blog just in the nick of time.


  25. Katherine
    November 26, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    What Laurel said. And a little of Diana C., too. Ouch.

    This may be the funniest line I’ve read in a long time:

    Instead of labeling the boxes Christmas 1, Christmas 2… I should name them mess, irritation, waste of time, why did I buy this, and where the hell are the wire cutters.

    Brilliant. Happy Thanksgiving!


  26. Valerie
    November 26, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    Are you saying the floor isn’t supposed to look like that?


  27. Ellen
    November 26, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    Love the “May he not show” line!! I wish. Happy Holidays toy you! Ellen


  28. Carole@Rustic Artistry
    November 26, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    I officially declare you my favorite blogger. Please procrastinate on your projects and write more blog posts so that we can read them and procrastinate on our own projects. Thank you.


  29. Heather
    November 26, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    Now I know how to label my boxes of Christmas decorations! I love that you somehow seem to have gotten into my brain and mined the craziest part – the creative part. I have endless ideas, and endless piles of unfinished projects. I am an artist, and keep waaay too much stuff, cause someday I may need it! Ah, the curse of the creative mind!


  30. JamieAbe
    November 26, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Hey, hey, hey! Don’t abandon your candy cane centerpiece! I say, throw some shiny glass ornaments/or disco balls in that bowl and tie a ribbon around the canes with a pretty bow. Try it! I wish you could see the Christmas project that has been weighing on my mind for the last two years. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been collecting supplies and building up the courage to start it. Maybe I can get it STARTED this year.


  31. Mary
    November 26, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    haha I will start this mess this Friday and my main floor rooms will be unlivable. I will clear most of it and finish it, sort of, until 12/23. At that point, I shove anything undone, laying out or messy in a closet to deal with when I do tear down. I love it all and will be very gleeful about it until tear down. I label nothing which makes it even “gooder”.

    I wish you the best Thanksgiving EVER!


  32. Babzy the Elder
    November 26, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    I love reading your blog, because I see so much of you in myself and it is very comforting to know that I’m among so many other crazy, crafty, collecting creatures. I should take photos of what I have going on in my home – it would give you an idea of what is in store for you if you continue down this path of insanity. I’ve been doing this since my twenties, and fifty years (or so) later, I could just open up my front door and invite everyone into my “craft store”. Every time, I’m wowed by a new idea – off I go to get more supplies, invariably duplicating something I already have, because who knows where it my be in my house. Last year I gave away two huge cartons of undecorated wreaths – many hand made from materials I found when wandering around local wooded areas. It may not seem like much, but it’s a start. Cross stitch, knitting, jewelry making, sewing, card making, stamping, punching, paper making, ribbon art, calligraphy, painting, art and craft books. Yup – I’ve got the supplies – in closets, under beds, in the basement. I guess I have a long way to go to get this “store” under control. 🙂

    So keep up the good work! You’re just beginning your collection of stuff that will be useful someday, and if you get tired of it, you can always give it away or sell it to some other creative person. Thank you for sharing your creations. Love, love the snowflake idea, and the front door looks FABULOUS! How you manage to do all that you do and write a blog on top of it all is amazing. I always look forward to your postings. You’re one of my favorite creative people! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  33. Danielle @Storypiece
    November 26, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    I love that you shared this. I’m secretly convinced that every blogger everywhere has their home looking exactly like yours just outside of the camera shot. Or at least that’s what I tell myself so that I don’t dissolve in a pile of tears. Happy Thanksgiving, friend!


  34. Sunnie Mitchell
    November 26, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    Oh wow, that is the best ever Thanksgiving-Holiday wish EVER – “…If you’re hosting, I hope the one person who most sets your teeth on edge can’t make it….”

    Dang, that made me cry! Thank-you, and back’at’cha!


  35. Just Me
    November 26, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Oh, my child. Does it comfort you to know there are other members of your tribe out here. I have, for several years, tried to conquer that part of my right brain that over-reaches and leaves the mess for my left brained self to clean up. A long process. My goal now is to simplify so my life will be easier and my husband will be happier. I don’t have enough years left to complete the projects for which I collected the materials. And I’m tired. I still have that tendency to stray when something shiny catches my eye. If I can just limit the times I go off into some fantasy land, I’ll feel good. Too bad I didn’t have the writing ability to entertain others with my escapades. I have such an appreciation for you and your talent. You are quite a delightful young lady….the pearls prevent my saying young “woman”, even though you are a young woman also. The world needs creative people. Keep it up.


  36. Alex
    November 26, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    This post is the reason I have had my kitchen table covered in craft supplies and every time I have sat down to make my cards, decorations etc. I reached for a glass of wine instead. I am currently drinking a beer while I type this and fanning my smoke alarm who knows my culinary skills all too well b/c I was distracted by something else (reading your blog) while cooking dinner. I think maybe if I am lucky the kids presents will get wrapped by Jan.


  37. Patricia
    November 26, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    All the REAL bloggers had their homes perfectly decorated for Christmas before the soggy decaying jack o lanterns hit the compost bin ( of course they compost, doesn’t everyone?). Score one point for reality (REAL reality not television fake “reality”).
    Not only do I love your posts, I love all the quirky comments afterwards … and I want those upside down witch cupcakes Garden, Home and Party’s response led me to. And how many other squirrel brained readers know exactly what I’m talking about? Those cupcakes are awesome!


  38. Anne
    November 26, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    Oh, let’s just put the box of tiny vintage candy molds I am convinced I will drill holes in one by one and fashion them on a string of lights for my tree to the awe and amazement of all right there in your world of started and never finished…three years and counting.
    Thank you for your blog. It makes me feel like I’m not alone in my procrastination, hoarding and ability to be distracted by shiny things. Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t wait to see the end result of your efforts… I’m sure it will be mind blowing.


  39. Cindy
    November 26, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    Apparently I am the yang to your yin. I always complete everything I start– ahead of schedule, rarely misplace anything, know how to break down a complex task into easily achieved parts and never have anything on my dining room table that is not related to, well dining. Maybe that’s why I enjoy your blog so much. You poke fun at yourself and entertain with each post. It’s always a happy day when your craziness invades my world. Happy Thanksgiving — it’s in two days, make a list…


    • judy
      November 26, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

      yang is defined as positive, bright, and feminine-yin as dark, masculine, and negative-I don’t find the yin qualities in this blog at all-your comment is the first that is kind of a downer and smug to boot. Sorry-I probably should have refrained but the crazy invasion of “your” world was just more than this very imperfect human could let slide and I do wish you and yours a very lovely and gracious Thanksgiving.


      • Claudia Stayton
        November 27, 2013 @ 5:26 am

        You may have missed the broader meaning of yin and yang -which has morphed in literature and in regular speech into something that represents two sides of a coin – complementary but different.
        Have a great day.


        • judy
          November 27, 2013 @ 9:34 am

          I am sorry I commented-I do get nuance-but was the comment meant to convey complementary versus different or incompetent and self deprecating versus -um- “absolutely perfect in every way.” I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of this wonderful blog-I was just more than gob smacked by the comment. All of you were sensible enough to ignore it or not interpret it as I did and boy I wish you would have left out the parting “Have a great day.” Ouch. and again Sincere apologies. Another lesson-well deserved of keeping my opinions to myself.

          and then I found this blog and it said Hey look how smart,amusing and talented a person who is a bit disorganized I am


          • Cindy
            November 28, 2013 @ 7:38 am

            So sorry if I gave a wrong impression or offended anyone. I love this blog, appreciate Victoria and was not trying to be smug in anyway. I was trying to convey, apparently not well, that people wired in totally different ways and with totally different gifts can enjoy and appreciate one another.


  40. Jennifer
    November 26, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    I love the labeling system for Christmas boxes! I have so much crap, I just don’t even open most boxes anymore. Throw them away? NOOOO, they may contain children”s handmade ornaments aka keepsake heirlooms. Being a procrastinating perfectionist takes it’s toll on me this time of year.


    • Judy
      November 28, 2013 @ 9:26 am

      And I am doubly sorry I commented-just try to envision a 73 year old coming to what I thought was a defense of someone I like and respect-As all of the other comments were made- yours (and mine would have slipped away without a ripple- and mine definitely should. I hope Miss Victoria will do us both a favor and delete, delete, delete. Back to basting and everyone have a Yummy Thanksgiving.


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