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  1. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    I always look forward to your posts, and this one did not disappoint! Love the earrings, and Paul is definitely a keeper!

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  2. tammigirl
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    More is more – that’s why it is called more. Duh!

    Just yesterday I was telling my daughters about how I need another (2nd) house to hold my stuff.

    Because stuff is good, especially *my* stuff. They thought different. Obviously I have failed as a mother.

    Paul is great and definitely meant for you!

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    • Lori
      November 14, 2014 @ 10:48 am

      Tell them they better be careful, or you will move them out so you will have room for your stuff and not have to worry about cleaning another house or having it somewhere else!

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  3. Kelly
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Love the earrings, love Paul! My husband’s version of the earring event occurred when we had been dating a mere 2 months. I decided I wanted acorn garland like Martha Stewart (it was 1998 – I wanted everything like Martha!). He spent weekends helping me fill buckets with acorns from trees in his neighbors yards. He taught me how to drill holes. I taught him how to string the acorns on craft wire with metal spacer beads. We decided to bake the acorns to kill bugs and he allowed his house to smell of….whatever….for a few weeks until we were done baking. He spent nights alone (while I was in grad school in another town) drilling holes in hundreds of acorns. Hundreds.

    I still have those acorn garlands, I use them pretty much every year, and I always remember how I knew he was the man for me!

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    • Julie Williams
      November 12, 2014 @ 10:36 am

      Hope you kept him! He sounds like a winner!!

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      • Kelly
        November 12, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

        Married 14 years last month 🙂 And, he better live to be 103 too!

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    • Michelle
      November 12, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

      Wow, he’s a keeper !

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  4. Karen V.
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    Love That!!

    And when “The Time” comes, you can switch to these babies….they keep you cool.

    http://www.hotgirlspearls.com/index.html

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    • Patricia
      November 12, 2014 @ 10:43 am

      Damn, these make me long for hot flashes again … okay, maybe not. But these are super cool in both meanings of the word…

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    • Goldnrod
      November 13, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

      I want those!

      Problem is, I go from temperate to blazing hot to artic cold. I would be constantly taking them on & off.

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    • Lori
      November 14, 2014 @ 10:50 am

      Holy Hell!! Just when I thought I had seen it all. Granted, I am only 41, but still…

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  5. Michelle @ The Painted Hinge
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    LOVE the earrings!!! But don’t wear them a lot if they’re really heavy… you don’t want to get that saggy earlobe thing going on.

    I am fortunate to be blessed with a “Paul” of my own… he’s currently repainting a good portion of the interior of our house because I got tired of the mocha brown that I chose and he also painted five years ago when he built the house.

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  6. Kerri
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    Your eyes are so pretty – they really complement those giant pearl earrings!

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  7. Cat Ohala
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    LOVE the fact that you made me laugh out loud on this cold (1 degree), snowy (6 inches) morning! However, I’m a-thinkin’ you’re wearing the earrings backward. Shouldn’t the GIANT purl be in front?

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  8. cl
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    Thanks to my hubby who carried a huge tapestry I had to have, all around Europe. Anything I want to buy he supports, and carries! Once a beautiful expensive and very heavy Windsor chair that is worth $600 +, I had to have. It was only $60! We were on foot and he carried this behemoth home upside down on his head for over a mile. The back and seat of this thing is extra thick. I did my part by tucking a table cloth under the chair for padding. How about the huge oil painting we found while walking that someone was selling. Again he had to carry a massive heavy picture home, over a mile. Our dr saw us doing it and was laughing. Or the massive crystal chandelier from Spain we passed on the road for sale we got for $40. I made him back up real fast! It barely fit in the car, we had to put it in the trunk. A lovely two tier piece that was no fun hanging. I had to hold the weight twice while he put it up.
    Now, I have to say he has his moments. He just talked me into a headboard that we just barely got in our big car. Then he has a table and dresser thing which I have to continually tell him no, please, no, we have too many. We do! He did talk me into a new DR table, which we did need, but only because the spiral legs are to die for and we got it for $22.50! He is working on getting it ready. And we both love this whole type of thing.
    Sometimes one or the other one of us will buy something that the other one looks at like what are you thinking?! But these items many times turn out to be the best of all!
    But he can’t say no to me and so he lovingly goes along with my plans. Why are men so caring to do this? He is my Mr. Fixit, helper, carrier (even with his bad shoulder) and fun partner-39 years next month of marriage. Thanks honey!

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  9. Sandee H
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    I love it, I’ve been wondering how they did the earrings, but was always otherwise occupied with something to think of just looking it up. Thank you:)
    Victoria, I love your posts. You write the way my overly excited brain thinks, shreeeeeks and all. I’m always looking for your posts, because I can’t help but laugh, and what a way to start a day.

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  10. phyllis
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Love your posts and personality! Write faster. 😀

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  11. Dee
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Sounds reasonable to wear vase fillers. That opens up an entirely new earbob category I hadn’t thought of. I’ve been hooked on oversized earrings since reading a fashion article about a decade ago that said big earrings make you look taller. Being a munchkin I was all over that like white on rice and have sported stunning earlobes ever since.

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  12. phyllis
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    EARBOBS! That is what my aunt and uncle always called them (shaking my head).

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    • Dee
      November 12, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

      Yep. Bet your aunt and uncle are about my age. 😉 Earrings used to come with either a clip or a screw on back to tighten them to your ear. (Only loose women pierced their ears back then.) I decided our dog would look fetching with a pair of my mother’s earbobs. Unfortunately, I got them too tight, Pekinese Beebee ran off down the road to the cow pasture with her earbobs flapping in the wind, and I got spanked with the dreaded hairbrush for torturing the dog. (I thought dress up would be fun for Beebee.) I was five and that was over 50 years ago. Still remember it like yesterday.

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      • Lori
        November 14, 2014 @ 10:52 am

        You just wanted your doggie to look as pretty as your momma! That is what my angle-working kids would tell me anyway.

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  13. gusmom
    November 12, 2014 @ 10:59 am

    re: “You will never wonder if people are judging you or looking at you weird, because they are. But you get to decide what for.”
    A girlfriend of mine always takes her kids and spends a week vacation with her parents and extended family. Her mom always seemed to zero in on one particular thing to gripe about for the entire week. Most times, it was how they were raising their children. So my friend decided that she would be in control of that situation by doing something she knew would blatantly irritate her mom, like paint her toenails bright green, or add another piercing on her ear. And it always worked! This way, she got to choose the target and it was one that she could deal with (and laugh on the inside that it always worked while the rest of the family was taking it over their kids’ appearance or behavior!)

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  14. Garden, Home and Party
    November 12, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Those earrings turned out like the Dior version, only way more affordable. I’m still pondering whether I want to order the Hot Girls Pearl necklace your reader provided the link to. I’m always warm and that could be the answer. Do you think it would be weird to wear pearls to bed?
    On the whole “perfect for you” part, I agree 100%. I often wonder how miserable life would be if my husband didn’t “get” me and be totally willing to accommodate my OCD tendencies!
    Fun post…I hope you’ll have some additional DIY ideas for the upcoming holidays!
    xo,
    Karen

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  15. Kathy
    November 12, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    Why else would vase filler have holes?

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  16. judy
    November 12, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    I hope you recognize what a unique individual you are and know no one leaves you-witness the loyalty of we your readers. (Well. There were a couple who kept kvetching about a lack of Kitchens), But I’m sure they have located a Blog without wit or humor but reams of info about KITCHENS! When you are a famous Author or Stand Up Comedienne-or both………..you will look back @ these your “olden days” and be amazed at how Modest you were!
    *aside* Did your area get a snow dump yet? Not looking forward to Winter but Spring always follows and I planted two! bags of Costco Bulbs so maybe the Squirrels will leave a few to bloom.

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  17. devon
    November 12, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    YOU CRACK ME UP…… HYSTERICAL (that first photo is TOO funny!!!)

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  18. Sherry
    November 12, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    Love the blog.
    Love the post.
    Love the earrings.
    Love the lumpy eye *aside* joke.
    Laughed out loud.
    (It was a joke wasn’t it? ) 🙂

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  19. Anne
    November 12, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    Your mani! ! Love <3 <3

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  20. Michele
    November 12, 2014 @ 11:55 am

    I love the earrings – but I actually love your manicure MORE!

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  21. Stacey
    November 12, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    I LOVE this post and of course (love your blog) – I often bring my husband in to read your posts so that he can feel better knowing he’s not the only one. You are so funny and I love how perfect you and your husband are for one another 😉

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  22. Sarah from Soymilk + Honey
    November 12, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    These are fabulous. I’m new to your blog and I am loving it. Thanks for all the laughs!

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  23. Cassandra
    November 12, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

    What a fabulous post. I can assure you, I tell my man on a daily basis the many things that make him the only human in the universe for me. So lucky for you to have found yours!

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  24. Matt Packwood-Ace
    November 12, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    I love your blog, as I totally share your obsession with large shiny objects and the need to collect items deemed unnecessary by your other half.

    The last paragraph was particularly poignant as I made my wife come with me on a 50 mile round trip to the otherside of London to pick up an enormous steamer trunk that now lives in a storage locker as our house is too small to keep it in. I keep telling her that one day we will have a house big enough!

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  25. Tina C.
    November 12, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    Oh how i wish that you were wrapping little presents to fill up my x-mas stocking… i would be so glad.

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  26. Candice
    November 12, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    You are too funny! And I thought that was Diana Vreeland! I think she “discovered” Lauren Bacall.

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  27. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    November 12, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

    You never cease to amaze me — and in a good way. I’m sure Paul knows that life is never dull around you. He is so lucky that you caught him. My Honey and I have been married for 45 years and we’re still crazy about each other.

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  28. Kelly Nelson
    November 12, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

    Hi Victoria! I met you in Philly at the conference (that you only came to on the first day…..) I signed up for your blog blindly because I could not imagine what I would find interesting about a victorian rehab. Well, you are a hilarious crazy girl and I love reading your posts. How’s the kitchen coming?

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  29. Lynne Rutter
    November 12, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    You are so right when you find that mate who gets you and can do. One day I asked Erling to write me a waltz, kind of a sad Russian style waltz. so he wrote me two! more is more! http://blog.erlingwold.com/2009/03/two-orchestral-waltzes-for-lynne.html

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    • Janet
      November 13, 2014 @ 1:55 am

      Loved those waltzes and that started me on a whole classical YouTube evening tonight. Thank you!

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  30. Margaret
    November 13, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

    What a sweet love letter to your Paul. Each time I read your posts I want to know where you fall on the Briggs Meyers personality test.wish you would take it and share the results. I bet I have you pegged! Your enthusiasm is contagious and delightful. Thanks for the posts.
    Margaret

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  31. nancy
    November 14, 2014 @ 9:09 am

    Being 4’11” and having 9 foot ceilings I feel the same way about my husband especially when the smoke detectors and light bulbs don’t work on these high ceilings. He fixes things that I would never be able to do on my own.

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  32. Sue
    November 14, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    Love this. My hubs is like this too and I could not be more grateful. We are (mostly him) building an entryway and he is magically making our dream come true. I’ve tried to subscribe but for some reason it won’t let me, maybe you can sign me up Scotty.

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  33. Helene
    November 17, 2014 @ 7:30 am

    This was a super-sweet terrific post, a beautiful love-letter to Paul who marvels everyone and absolutely deserves it! He better get his cholesterol checked, 103 is a long ways off. You both are a lovely example of what marriage should be. And thanks for being so funny!

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  34. JamieAbe
    November 17, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    Great!!! So, now the next time I am itching to make my own fashionable accessories I not only have to spend and hour and a half looking at everything in the jewelry section three times, but I also have to spend an hour or so in the floral section?!?This is why my kids despise shopping with me.
    BTW, I came here to show you this! http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/atq/4758076689.html
    I thought they might be worth a trip to Texas!

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  35. Michael
    November 19, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    Those are some big pearls. That necklace is oddly entertaining.

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  36. Andie
    November 19, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    Handsome Husband doesn’t string ping pong ball sized earrings. He doesn’t carry beds up a tightrope. He doesn’t accompany me on Craigslist jaunts.
    He has mentioned his desire to live in a log cabin with a dirt floor. He would happily buy an RV and travel the country like BJ and the Bear.
    But he doesn’t. Instead, he works side jobs so I can buy the right shade of grey.
    I think I make him feel normal.

    xo

    Andie

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  37. Laura
    November 19, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

    How have I just found you?! We must be sisters from another mother! My poor husband tolerates all my wild and crazy ideas too. His most dreaded words from me are “Honey, I’ve been thinking…..” ! I have just begun my own blog and want to stay up all night reading your past posts but I have to drive 9 hours tomorrow – but I’ll be back!!!

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  38. Kristen
    November 21, 2014 @ 7:02 am

    Yes, yes, yes! The several times that I have asked you about your bead source and then fruitlessly searched the internet I came across vase filler, but didn’t purchase any because I was concerned that a) It would not work to make a necklace and b) I would waste a gargantuan amount of money on that potential failure since there seemed to be maybe two enormous pearls in each packet. Now, I can go buy vase filler without care, hooray! Thank you for the update!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 21, 2014 @ 9:08 am

      You are right – there are only four giant beads in each of the packets I bought. But I guess you have to ask yourself – can you put a price on a necklace of invincibility?

      PS – if you find a craft store that carries them, and have a 40% off coupon, and do a couple of different transactions, the price might not be too bad? (Also, one of those Amazon links was a large quantity – still mixed beads, but I thought the price was good.)

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  39. Maureen
    November 22, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    You and Diana look “absolutely marvelous darling” as Fernando says. “And you know it’s betta to look good then feel good.” (Had a great morning reading this entry and then You Tubing Billy Crystal!)

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  40. Julie
    November 23, 2014 @ 3:19 am

    Wait, what?! I’m all caught up? (I’ve read all the posts, in order.)
    But but but, I want to read more…. oh. Hang on, I haven’t been to see your Facebook page yet. (Whew! That was a close one.)

    Also. I have a Paul, but his name is Dan. And yeah, THANKFUL doesn’t even come close.

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