1. Rose
    December 22, 2016 @ 7:05 pm

    I can’t help but notice that all of your foster babies so far have an uncanny resemblence to Elvis….hmmmm


  2. suz
    December 22, 2016 @ 7:27 pm

    what a fun-filled, love-filled post. thank you – i didn’t want it to end. months ago, i came to your blog for the decor/antiquing/dyi and stayed for the kitties. a happy christmas to you and yours and a blessed new year. –suz in ohio (and kitties muppet, louie, emma, julia and jake – louie’s kind of a tuxie/monkey face/harlequin mix).


  3. Sherry Stuifbergen
    December 22, 2016 @ 8:51 pm

    You are SO SO funny! I just read your post about your brothers and you buying them goofy presents and jumping off the front porch, etc. It was so funny. I laughed out loud! I love your blog.


  4. Wilma Galanos
    December 22, 2016 @ 9:32 pm

    Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Love your blog.


  5. Pat
    December 23, 2016 @ 12:25 am

    Victoria, you are a gem.o


  6. Berit
    December 23, 2016 @ 2:49 am

    You are so awesome. I wish I had a friend even half so awesome and “you-full” as you! Thank you for blogging. And ALL the pics of ALL the Tuxedo Cats forever and ever amen.


  7. Carrie
    December 23, 2016 @ 11:01 am

    Merry Christmas VEB! Fostering sounds like it’s been so good for you and the kittens. Still sorry for your loss of Elvis. Enjoy your time with your brothers. <3


  8. Suzanne
    December 23, 2016 @ 11:12 am

    Hi, I’m fairly new to your blog, but I’m so glad that I happened upon it. Each post fills me with envy and longing for what is clearly your super power of finding these beautiful THINGS. I always find something that i can do that I would never have thought of. I also shed a tear or two when you talk about Elvis, THE kittens or any kittens for that matter.
    Thanks for the roller coaster of emotions 😉 It’s good to feel things.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours and thank you!


  9. Diana C.
    December 23, 2016 @ 12:04 pm

    Dear VEB: I must type this quick, because I still can’t believe it myself. Have never even owned a cat, but thanks to you, have signed up to be a foster caregiver to kittens with our local Metro Animal Services. Haven’t been given a litter, or even one, yet, but the director said this is a slow time of year for kittens… but they’re coming. Okay, there I said it. I’ll keep you posted.

    Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing your life with your readers.


  10. Jen Laumer
    December 23, 2016 @ 2:22 pm

    Lovely little bookcase, obviously you need it. Thanks for the fun Christmas post and the break, as I am weary of elf-ing with my dual Kitchen Aids, tempering chocolate and tying up cello bags. Nice respite lying on the sofa in front of the tree, reading you.
    Your tux kitty looks like such a love 🙂


  11. Nancy Carr
    December 23, 2016 @ 6:47 pm

    Love your posts. Best wishes and many blessings,


  12. Terri Cnudde
    December 23, 2016 @ 11:24 pm

    You are adorable and I laugh all though your posts. 😊 I am a cat lover/owner too and feed every stray that comes my way. ( just fed “little gray” a big bowl of milk and a serving of kibble! 😊) Anyway, you and I could be bffs. If only you lived in Michigan! We could share estate sale and kitten tips and GFTs. 😊 Merry Christmas my friend, keep doing what you’re doing. You make many people happy, and you do not constantly post photos of peonies in a farm sink. 😊 Enjoy your holiday! ( I may or may not be slightly tipsy on Christmas champagne… hint: I am! lol!)
    p.s. The left behind kitten’s parents should call you. (Seriously? WTH?)


  13. Karen
    December 23, 2016 @ 11:57 pm

    I’ve (ok, ‘we’ since my husband was very interested, too) have just finished reading all of your posts from the very beginning. Wonderful blog, I wish I’d found you sooner. Thank you for sharing your boundless enthusiasm life and all of your hard work.


  14. Pamela Massey
    December 24, 2016 @ 7:48 am

    can you ship that tuxedo male beauty to Canada???


  15. Deborah Burns
    December 24, 2016 @ 10:47 pm

    Merry Christmas VEB family and foster kitties!


  16. Lisa Carlson
    December 25, 2016 @ 1:32 pm

    Dear Victoria,
    Im smiling as I write this, wishing to THANK you for the gift your posts are! I discovered your blog a few months ago when researching old home restoration tips, and I laughed for hours that day, not making it past your site. I LOVE the way you express things and not only is your sense of humor a joy, but the understanding of that need to have these certain old and often one-of-a-kind things, is so wonderful to share! So again, and thanks for sharing your beautiful finds and sweet kitties. Most sincerely~ Lisa


  17. Sue J.
    December 26, 2016 @ 8:28 am

    The glitter canon would have been epic. Next year…


  18. Laura Lee
    December 27, 2016 @ 9:58 pm

    Well I am thankful for you too you lovely loon.


  19. kmkat
    December 28, 2016 @ 2:14 pm

    When our sons were still at home we used to foster kittens every summer. Those kittens were all so well-socialized when we brought them back!


  20. Marianna M.
    January 2, 2017 @ 2:17 pm

    I just discovered your blog while aimelessly scrolling through FB and instantly fell in love with it. It was The Kingdom Mirror post that caught my eye and I ended up reading it to my husband on one our long drive to visit family. You are fabulous! Thank you for sharing your finds and your awesomeness. I look forward to reading more. May you have a very Happy And Fancy New Year!


  21. Karen
    January 6, 2017 @ 12:08 pm

    Just discovered your blog through a friend, like minded we are! Fostering is very difficult – I have three dogs right now, one was a foster, just could.not.let.him.go. I had people come and meet him, and then told them he was adopted and no longer available because…

    Love your bookcase find, have never seen one in all my years of junk hunting! We’re in the process of renovating a tiny seaside cottage and oh, would that piece be perfect for the books in one of the little nooks.

    Happy New Year, and congrats on the great “foster” commitment – it is a hard thing to do when you love them so.


  22. Laura
    January 10, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

    Kitten Lady talks about fostering:


  23. Julie
    January 14, 2017 @ 11:02 am

    Victoria you are surely the sister I was meant to have! I giggle knowingly through your posts and know my dear husband feels the pain of Paul…but is equally as supportive! GREAT job on the mini barrister in all of it’s quarter sawn oak splendor! And the chalkboard is perfection. Don’tquestionthelittlevoiceandtagrippingimpulseEVER. LOL. Your house I am sure is being transformed beautifully from the sad shape she was in. #Hoardersunite


  24. Marlena
    January 15, 2017 @ 4:14 am

    Hello Victoria, hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a good start in the New Year?! I just saw today that Ringling Circus is closing!!!!! It made me so happy and I thought of you and the Tigers from this post! This wonderful news and we have to keep up the fight!!! Also I love your posts and look forward to seeing your name in my inbox! Hope to see more of your Craigslist finds and more pix from your kitchen soon!!!!!


  25. Life on Hill Street
    January 17, 2017 @ 11:30 am

    As always – love your blog! I hope you have a new fabulous post brewing for us. And happy 2017, fingers crossed for many GFTs for you!


  26. Jacqueline
    January 22, 2017 @ 6:40 pm

    In my early twenties we did a reno on an old house built around 1858 or so. You and I suffer from the same illness, love of fancy big old things.

    Have you turned to the inside of your treasures yet. I ordered a 24k gold wallpaper from England and lined (did not use glue it was heavy enough to just lay in place & did no damage) my antique cabinet and furniture drawers with it so when friends or family (or even myself) opened the drawers or doors the inside was just like a jewelry box.

    My husband is so thankful as of now I am cured of my love of reno’s and fancy antique treasures.

    Btw the little bookcase would be oh so cute in a tiny little bathroom for antique perfume bottles or a closet to store shoes or handbags etc. I always use furniture pieces for my closets because it looks like a beautiful boutique. I realize most people can’t do that because closets are usually small and mine are larger than most bedrooms due to the reno.

    May you continue to find beautiful treasures that fill your heart and home.


  27. Sheila Jacobson
    February 9, 2017 @ 4:08 pm

    I would have arm wrestled you for that little barrister! So unique. It would be perfect for 2 miniature scenes.

    On an older post; I totally understand about filling in eyebrows. I’m almost 69; and I’ve been trying my whole life to get my eyebrows to match. I have now resigned myself to the fact that it will never happen.


  28. Spike
    July 9, 2017 @ 4:41 pm

    Wow you must be the illegitimate sister of mine my mom never knew she had but I don’t have either the time or the talent you have…. but my husband DID build an alcove into my upstairs hallway to put an antique dresser I bought that I had no place for


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