1. Karyn
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    It looks fabulous!! I love it.


    • Rebecca Ando
      December 18, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

      It was all worth it! It looks beautiful!
      Maybe introduce Paul to a quilting fabric cutter, it would have been so easy! LOL
      I can’t tell you how I squealed with laughter!
      Merry Christmas!


  2. Kathy
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    HAHAHAHAHA – typical male … do it all wrong so services won’t be required again. LOL – I have 3 sons & 1 husband, and ALL do that. LOVE LOVE LOVE the bows, BTW. Sewing was much quicker than painting red stripes on. I’m sure you’ll think of some worthy payback using the jagged red fabric.


  3. AEKoester
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Obviously Paul needs a rotary cutter and cutting mat for Christmas. He is so lucky to have you! And the pillows are gorgeous, VERY Christmas-y. I did this with purchased ribbon, yours is infinitely classier.


    • judy
      December 18, 2013 @ 11:07 am

      This I think would be absolutely side splitting funny Christmas morning to give Paul all sorts of home made instructional manuals and tools/implements for helping ” Great Leader” with projected projects. Or maybe not………. Maybe just some sort of Hernia belt …………hand sewn of course for the next great Kingdom mirror which we all know karma wise awaits you.


    • Jane Stapp
      January 19, 2018 @ 4:54 pm

      Oh, dear………not a rotary cutter for that man. Can you imagine the blood when he “checks” it to make sure its sharp? On the other hand, you wouldn’t have to buy as much fabric – I think blood-red would be just about the right shade.


  4. Karen Rainwater
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I am speechless, really. But, it appears that I might be the first to post, so I wanted to be the first, so I’m posting.



  5. Laurie Wanat
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Ah, yes. Husbands. Even better helpers than cats.


  6. Karen Rainwater
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Ah man, I hesitated too long! Now, I’m not the first! 🙁


  7. Kim
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Too funny! LOVE the gift-wrapped pillows! I’m glad someone besides me does things the hard way!


  8. Brenda Schweder
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    1) I’ve decided that I’m going to comment on every post you write that makes me LOLC (laugh-out-loud-cry) . . . no pressure, but I expect that I’ll be posting every week.
    2) The People’s Cat bow makes me giggle.
    3) The People’s Worker badge has me wiping tears off my computer keyboard . . . with a mop!
    4) I’m pretty sure that if we lived near each other, I’d be stalking you for best friend status!


  9. Patricia Hall
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Yes, your sofa is waaaaaaaaaaaaay more Christmassy than mine. In fact, mine still has the same pillows as the rest of the year. Something is clearly wrong here (with me). But, since I’m not a blogger and contractually obligated to have a nicer, cheerier, Christmassier house than everyone else, it’s okay.
    Next year, and yes, we know you will be doing something equally nuts next year, do consider not trying to make your own fabric. Just ponder it briefly before plunging in again.


    • carolyn atkinson
      December 19, 2013 @ 1:26 am

      Remember, she has not had kids yet!! You have to give her allowances, LOL!


  10. Laurie
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    Yes, that technique has been used quite successfully by the men in my family. You just don’t get in the way of someone on a Christmas decorating “mission.” It’s all the holiday energy focused into a single point and it’s like a laser.

    I do question the wisdom of putting yourself on the Naughty List right before Christmas. Rookie mistake.


  11. Julie @ Creating This Life
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Oh my gosh. Laughing so hard. Bless the people’s worker.


  12. Ruth
    December 18, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I love you. That is all.
    (except that my son is convinced that you are me. Or I am you. Or something like that)


  13. Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Dear Supreme Leader, Your bows look amazing and you had me in stitches (get it? Ha. Fabric humor!). Merry Christmas!


  14. Rena
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    OMG I am so sharing this! Well first let me say “You have found my hubs long lost twin”!! But with all the looks I’m sure your shot his way, this Mother of a project has turned out really Uber Festive! I am in love with your Bows! Applause! Have a Wonderful Christmas.


  15. Nancy cox
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    You crack me up! The part about your mother thinking Paul can do no wrong, girl, I can so relate to! Perfect post and I do love your pillows. I laughed so hard that my husband asked if I were laughing at him which made me laugh even harder.


  16. blackbird
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    I barely survived this post.
    And STILL I haven’t mentioned my word garlands in the dining room. Washi tape is the DEVIL.


  17. Parnassus
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    I still want to know your reasons for hating Ted talks.


  18. Jolee
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    Seriously, there are few writers who can make me cry with laughter. You are one of them. Paul, observing and doing stand up from the door. As if all is right in his world and you are the crazy. When crazy has ensued because of his blatant fabric chopping fail. To make certain that he won’t be asked to help on said project any further. There, I’ll show her how inept I am. Oh my, Victoria. You are beyond entertaining!


  19. Laura
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    My dear, the bows are beyond fabulous. I am absolutely in love with them. Also, it pleases me to no end to know that someone else’s brain works the way mine does.
    Additionally, I’ve decided: you need a biscuit. Move on to baking crafts before you shrink too much and disappear altogether. 😉 Merry Christmas and congratulations on your (basically confirmed) forthcoming triumph of the holiday!


  20. Nicki Mackenzie
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    Alas, I, too have a ‘Paul’, but I call mine Jeff. After 40 years, I know, without a doubt, that he is physically/mentally incapable of what he calls ‘fiddly stuff’. Even the kids know he has no capabilities to do the ‘fiddly stuff'( I was the Lego builder, stuff-put-togtherer)! Those ribbon strips woulda looked awesome to my husband, and he woulda clapped Paul on the back for a job well done. I digress-the bows are freakin’ amazing….


  21. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    There was an episode of That 70’s Show where Eric and Donna are registering for gifts for their wedding and Eric is finding the task tedious and horrible, so he decides he’s just going to purposefully do it badly, register for horrible things, so Donna will take over. He says “I guess I’m just bad at it.” with a shrug. I think Paul is that kind of evil genius. 😉


  22. Amy B.
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    Your mother loves your husband as much as my mom loves my husband. A woman always wants her mother to love her husband, but it starts to feel a little bit wrong when it starts feeling like mom might love hubby more than she loves her own daughter. 😉

    Your bows are completely lovely. The red satin is really the most perfect red. Your post makes it worth the head ache for the rest of us. I hope it makes it worth it for you too.


  23. Sandy @ You May Be Wandering
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Absolutely hilarious post – and truly gorgeous bows! You made my day!


  24. Amanda
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    I come to you and you alone for a good laugh….please don’t ever stop


  25. Jean
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Oh, I love Ted talks! And I love this blog….everyone needs to laugh, and often. Tell that to MY husband 🙂


  26. DB
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    E, Everything looks perfect EXCEPT those People’s Party Armbands.
    Paul, Another shoddy job. You cannot win. You know we are ALL on her side.


  27. SSdGJ
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    the pillows and ribbon look so very beautiful, congratulations on your beautiful work

    my desk however needed (1) immediate cleaning and (2) an emergency blow-dry to my keyboard as I read your new title of Supreme Dear Leader and more when I saw Dear Mom’s Patch, hahahahaha… but wait… there’s more

    don’t hate me… but I LOVE that Dear Supreme Leader Husband indulges your every want in his own special way… so I concur with Dear Mumsy that he’s very nice

    Happy Holidays… may I please have the 3 asian dolls… I love them


  28. My Crappy House
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    This post was ridiculously chaotic. I LOVED it! 😀


  29. Babzy the Elder
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Once again, hysterical – but the outcome is beautiful and classy. When my kids were still very young, we lived in an historical house – country, not Victorian, and I was really into decorating for the holiday. Garlands around the fireplaces. Homemade holiday table runners with coordinated napkins, etc. That year we were hosting our entire family on Christmas Day, but I wasn’t deterred from staying up Christmas Eve until 4 in the morning, because at the last minute I got it in my head that for the already decorated tree to be perfect I needed to sew ribbons out of holiday fabric to wrap around our tree. Thankfully, it didn’t occur to me to do two-color ribbon. Never mind that the excited kids would be up bright and early. Well, I have to say that the tree looked spectacular when I finished. Me? Less than spectacular. No amount of makeup was able to conceal those circles under my eyes. But hey – guests weren’t supposed to be looking at me, right? They were supposed to be distracted by my awesome decorations. I can still remember the exhaustion and saying to myself, please, just let the company arrive so I can stop all this preparation madness, and get back to obsessing over those other projects I’d been neglecting.

    Thanks, once again, for your great post, and making me laugh. Have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas.


  30. Carole @ Rustic Artistry
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    We are all so grateful that your brain works the way it does. Or doesn’t.


  31. Mary
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    I know I said this the last comment I made, but I LOVE Paul. I would start a Paul Fan Club but I am too busy with my own over reaching ideas of what should happen for Christmas.

    The bows are stunning and worth all the effort especially when it is SO entertaining for all of us, your adoring fans, to read about. I, too, would rather make something I could easily buy because the made one always looks 100 times nicer. I am also very fussy about color. I love color and see about a million more shades than the average person.

    Love your blog SO much.


  32. Jen
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Love that you are wearing gorgeous sparkly earrings, pretty lipgloss and pajama pants. 🙂


  33. Stephenie
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Great post! Still wiping tears out of my eyes from laughing so hard. Hey, I see in you new picture with Don Draper that you are wearing one of your bows! By the way, thats the first time I’ve ever approved of the use of hashtags. Obviously you can do no wrong in our eyes.


  34. S
    December 18, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    No better way to start the day than looking inside your beautiful brain.


  35. Guy
    December 18, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    As a guy who happens to be named Guy and the only guy that appears to be adding a comment, I’d like to say something in Paul’s defense. He showed up ! (Note to Paul: I love you man but you gave me very little to work with in this particular situation. Stay strong ! )


  36. Gloria R.
    December 18, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    You are amazing. I have followed in others footsteps and decided I will have to comment on every post that makes me start the day laughing and crying! LOVE LOVE LOVE the bows and I also have a mission that my house be the Christmassiest at least of my family and friends but do not worry, I am not in a class that could qualify as your competition!! I can’t wait to get home and start the bows…in other words “the next project to prove to my family that I irreversibly insane!”


  37. laura
    December 18, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    You always make me laugh, and so does Paul even though he isn’t trying! No store bought ribbon could ever compare…it was totally worth it!


  38. karen
    December 18, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    INSANELy funny….love your bows and best wishes for a quick recovery from your surgery. Make sure you have a bell handy to call Paul when you need anything during your recovery period. xox


  39. Renee
    December 18, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Oh, I am crying from laughing so hard! And then I read this post to my husband, who replied with, “Is this woman your long-lost sister?”
    Hilarious, he is. Hilarious.


  40. Tanya
    December 18, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    Earlier this year I saw one of your posts somewhere, probably from another’s blog, and immediately subscribed to your blog. When I got your email notice this morning about a new post, along with those few words in the email to tease me with, I clicked on the link to see the entire post because I was sure it would be filled to the brim with some wonderful last minute decorating technique that I would just have to fit into my already filled schedule.

    About the same time I was waiting for your page to load, I received an email from our administrator that our internet is down for the time being. WWHHAAATTTT??? I asked to be excused from the office so I could go home to read the post but they felt it more important that I stay here and find some busy work until the network came back. What an agonizing two hours I spent perusing an 800 name christmas card list for one of my bosses, weeding out old names and adding new.

    Finally, the time arrived and I was able to read your post with very few interruptions (which were met with the stink eye and the questioner promptly slinking back to his office to wait for me to finish).

    As usual, you didn’t fail to amuse! Thank you Victoria Elizabeth Barnes for showing us that you are human, have an equally human husband and an extraordinary mother. And, I forgive you for not showing us those wonderful step by step instructions because I’m sure I don’t have the time to complete this beautiful project and could never measure up to your expertise anyway.

    What I do enjoy most about your posts is your honesty and ability to show us your errors in judgment – you know, not using ribbon in the first place AND trusting your husband to cut fabric (come on, Victoria, really?).

    I hope you recover quickly from your minor surgery and have a most wonderful Christmas!


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