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  1. Lori @Vintage Charm Restored
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    I think this fits in just perfect!! It’s a little more of you- which by the way we love and is why we come here!!! So share shiny things and more of you!!! Could never forget about you!! Have a great day!!

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    • Janice S.
      July 23, 2013 @ 10:50 am

      This exactly. It’s you, Victoria. You are what we love with whatever that raccoon is hungering for next. You are the disco ball that draws us in every glittery second!

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  2. SSdGJ
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    did you see the report on Dateline about Craiglist scams… yes… I thought of you
    You’re Welcome

    and thank you for this post… I love the necklace… don’t return it… keep it

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 23, 2013 @ 11:51 am

      Now I’m sad they didn’t interview me… don’t they know I’ve appointed myself the official Craigslist spokesperson?

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      • ki
        August 24, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

        Hi! I love how you diy your brooch necklaces! Lol I have a question, issue is where do you find such beauties? Lol i know for a fact you ain’t going all out for them! Or were you blessed with a vintage jewelry collecting grandmother?
        (i’m reffering to the brooches/pins)
        Thanks

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  3. Jenne
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Honestly . . . I like yours better 🙂

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  4. Jane
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    Dude, that is AWESOME!
    I too suffer from raccoon-in-head brain.
    Which explains why the closets in the rooms of my house are unavailable for use by guests when they come to stay. LOL!

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  5. Susan
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Don’t you worry, Ms. V, we ADORE you! We won’t leave you! Promise.

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  6. Ronda
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    I succumbed to this same necklace! For many of the same reasons, even. I could have made it myself out of my grandmother’s stash but oh, well. But I didn’t get to wear it til 2 months later because my 2 daughters were taking turns with it! By the time it got around to me it had lost its raccoon appeal. A little.

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  7. Enya
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Fascinating. I was just talking with a friend about pins and brooches last night. I have no place to wear pieces like that (most days I forget to put on my watch… a necklace would be too much pressure) but I adore looking at them.

    In my mind I am very fancy. In real life, it’s yoga pants and painted up denim.

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  8. Nicki
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Dare I say, I LOVE your version….the purchased version being a ‘tad’ to busy for me, and would perhaps require a visit t the chiropractor, should I have worn it. BUT, now I have a new mission in life to put my jewelry pliers to good use with….hi ho hi ho….off to the thrifts I go! (Please tell me those were amazingly gorgeous, rip your earlobes off, earrings, on each side of your stunning piece of loveliness??!!-and if not, how in the heck did you manage to buy TWO of the same brooch???)

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  9. Jane
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    PS: Your creation is SO much better! : )

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  10. Cherie
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Oh, bless you for posting this!!! I, too, had a horrible few days last week and thought I’d lose my mind…glad you found a way to make something even more beautiful than your original purchase. I love your writing, it doesn’t matter what subject you bring up, your humor just makes my day brighter!!!!

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  11. Sandi
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    I love the necklace. I’m not anywhere near as remotely awesome as you are AND I have to say that elastic waists and flip-flops are more attractive on you than they are on me, BUT I concur that they’re the ultimate in elegance. 😉

    I mean, aside from this necklace. I bet the raccoon wants one with edibles.

    So what kind of swag do you want? 😀

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 23, 2013 @ 11:57 am

      I’m so glad you asked.
      1. a new kitchen.
      2. someone else to install it.
      3. for the installer to look like Channing Tatum.

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  12. Brynne
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    You had me at shiny things. Flourishes, furbelows – the more ornate and faceted and gaudy, the more I love it. I own a similar necklace, and I think I’ve worn it twice (?) in two years… but the purchase was OH SO worth it. Because I love it. Because I can sit and admire it even if I’m not wearing it. Because it’s a little bit of the universe’s fantasticness that belongs to me.

    I hope your day/week got better and brighter – both from your gorgeous new accessories and from the outpouring of fan-love that will surely follow this post! 🙂

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  13. Kelly
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Do we have to get rid of berets? it’s somewhere else to put the pins!

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  14. Cathie
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Hi Victoria,

    I do not read your posts for any giveaways or diy projects but because you are so awesomely funny and articulate and I swear you must be my cosmic twin because we think alike. I will never leave you. In fact I want to be you when I grow up!! ( I’m sixty by the way…)

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    • Toni
      July 23, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

      Make that triplets. I sent this post to one of the “girls” who helped me design my kitchen. She accused me of letting bright, shiny objects distract me! And I’m only 67!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 24, 2013 @ 9:28 am

      Saving this in my “comments that made my day” folder.
      xo, your sister.

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      • kerri
        July 25, 2013 @ 1:47 am

        “If you build it, he will come.” If you write , we will read!

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  15. Anne @ Planting Sequoias
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    I made a brooch bouquet for my wedding and so for months I had those glazed-over raccoon eyes (“SPARKLY THINGS!!! I MUST HAVE THEM!!!”). I still have a hard time passing by lovely brooches.

    But this? This post? IT VALIDATES EVERYTHING.

    Thank you.

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    • Julie
      July 25, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

      I have seen your bouquet, Anne, and it is brilliant. I have another friend who had one made (probably using your tutorial) and it was gorgeous.

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  16. Jeanne O'Dowd
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Love your blog and totally understand that raccoon brain thing. And your Craigslist story was the best! Keep writing and I will certainly keep reading.

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  17. Brenda J
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Love every word you write !! Hilarious !!

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  18. jenny
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Keep the great posts coming! Just be you! And based on the things you like and the pictures I have seen online -you should totally do peplum and big pearls or sparkly necklaces!

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  19. Alex @ northstory
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    You and my older daughter need to hang out. She will take all of that off your hands. Perhaps you can convince her your ways to get me to use more glitter in my crafts too b/c we both know that’s just not going to happen!!!

    Though you will be proud. I gave in and am buying her a chandelier for her room. She calls it the diamond one. Seriously I have no idea how I gave birth to her. She calls my kraft paper the ugliest wrapping paper ever.

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  20. Rachel
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    I wear pins and brooches; almost everyday! When you’re tired of the ones you have send them to me. 🙂

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  21. Aloma DeVaux
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Victoria…my dear how can anyone tire of you? You are amazing, deliciously funny and someone I am certain I would have gotten along with famously if we lived even remotely close to one another. Everyone has “bad” days, you are not impervious to what the rest of us experiences…although my image of you being a superwoman with uncanny strength that can defy the social media strains may now be slightly tarnished. (just kidding!) Write on love, you do it beautifully!

    May this find you well on your way to the next big adventure!

    Aloma
    http://sweetaloma.wordpress.com/

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  22. tammigirl
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    My husband keeps laughing (nervously) and saying “She’s nuts!”. Which is, as you already know, the highest form of praise.

    Also? You just described my Sunday. Except I did not go to the mall.

    I did have the deep desire to purchase a french Kingdom and rage, though. BIG TIME.

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  23. Mellissa Rose
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    I love yours better too. I have dozens of pieces that I never wear. I put them on and then wind up taking them off before I go out the door. Things around my neck (or in my ears or around my wrist) drive me crazy. And yet I still buy crap.

    This is truly not a spam thing but I buy a lot of my sparkly stuff on Groopdealz (dot com). They currently have a J. Crew inspired bracelet for $10. Score!

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  24. Melissa from the Blue House
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    I like yours better.

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  25. Gwenette
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    “Also, in this case it was called– overwhelmed/trying to buy 5 seconds of stress-relief/Versailles was not for sale.” This is SO insightful. I never realized that’s what I’m doing when I buy something so unnecessary. Thank you for putting it into words for me.

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  26. Elizabeth
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    It’s easy to be a revolutionary during a raccoon purchase. A real revolutionary is the one who is comfortable with her decision when she lays in bed and thinks about what her mother would think… 🙂

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    • tammigirl
      July 23, 2013 @ 10:53 am

      Oh my gosh Elizabeth, I think we are related!

      One time, years ago, I ran into my cousin in the parking lot at a department store and the first words out of our mouths were a simultaneous “Do not tell my mother you saw me here!” I was a grown woman with four kids of my own!

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  27. doderama
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    omg – you are me. I love you. I am telling everyone on earth how completely brill you are.

    I also have a sparkly racoon in my head and a mirror troll on my shoulder. I feel like I have finally met someone who truly understands me. Don’t ever quit writing, otherwise 1) I will have to be productive at work and 2) will have to go back to thinking that I am the Only One. Kind of the the Highlander, but with fewer swords and worse hair.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 23, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

      “Kind of the the Highlander, but with fewer swords and worse hair.” Actually made me laugh out loud.

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  28. Cat
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    I still love you. I won’t leave you. YOUR version of the necklace is WAY better than Banana Republic’s (and I won’t shop there because the CEO hates voluputuous women and refused to make clothes for them). Sorry for the political aside. Crabby. Not enough sleep for the past, oh, 27 days. I ADORE sparklies! Keep on posting, girl!

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  29. Toots
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    You made me tear up. I know you feel the pressure, but not to worry….I doubt any of us are going to forget you, nor any of the people I’ve told about you and your blog. Nor the ones they’ve told……ad infinitum. Write on, about any topic that gets into that raccoon brain. You’ve already won our loyalty, Victoria Elizabeth.

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  30. Siouxzie Q
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. “I’d like to say that I’m returning the one I bought… but the raccoon is still licking it.” Never mind the sparkly necklaces, that imagery is a true gem.

    2. I totally get that self-combustible rage drives random purchases… as evidenced by the dinner-table-sized Gothic mirror that’s taken up residence on my bedroom floor. (Still working on that “finding a wall” thing.)

    3. Oooh, pretteeeeeeeeey. I covet your necklace much more than the other. (I also wish I had a neck like yours. Very model-y.)

    4. Quiet your worries. You’ll never be alone. I suspect the army of us who snap to attention at the notification of a new VEB post is building like a Stalin five-year plan.

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    • tammigirl
      July 23, 2013 @ 10:55 am

      Dangit Siouxzie Q, you are not clickable. I wanted to get to know you better. 🙂

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      • Siouxzie Q
        July 23, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

        That’s right neighborly of you. I suppose I should make myself clickable, but it sounds sorta painful and complicated. BTW, I went to your site and read your latest post. Now my raccoon wants a chocolate milkshake. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

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        • tammigirl
          July 24, 2013 @ 9:34 am

          You’re welcome. It’s a service I provide; going to mid-level eateries and getting too excited about it.

          Last night it was The Melting Pot. Mmmmm warm melted chocolate all over everything.

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  31. Amy Cole Farrell
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    Thank you for naming your fear of blog abandonment. Blog-bandonment? Regardless, sign me up ! I’m here to stay.

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  32. Karyn
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    I love your necklace! I think it’s much prettier than the one that was ridiculously expensive. Plus, how could any of your loyal fans forget about you??

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  33. Meg
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    OMG . . . raccoon brain! I knew there was a name for my desire to have all things that sparkle! LOVE IT!

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  34. Cam
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    The shiny craving raccoon in my head LOVES them both.

    And now, for the first time in my life I’m thinking… I don’t have enough pins and broaches…

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  35. Victoria Montelongo
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    I understand completely the strange notion of impulse buying! Your necklace is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Jeri Church
    July 23, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Leave you? YOU are my Racoon-in-the-head so I can’t leave you! Glad you don’t lick though. :P~~~

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  37. Garden, Home and Party
    July 23, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    Victoria,
    As your much older, “been there done that” friend, you must know:
    I could never tire of your endlessly entertaining take on all things VEB LIFE…it’s wildly fun to follow (or try to) your train of thought.

    Second, how many little old ladies did Banana Republic have to mug to get those broaches? Sorry, that is what grandma used to wear and stringing it on a pretty gold chain wouldn’t entice me…but that’s my old ladyish thought process. The pictures of the one you made looks great on a younger person, namely you! 😀
    xo,
    Karen

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  38. Emily
    July 23, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Oh! Sparkly! Love it!

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  39. DB
    July 23, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    Hhhummmm, “overwhelmed and close to crying hysterically/tearing your hair out. But ALSO LIKE YOU ARE ON FIRE WITH RAGE.” Check your calendar, darling.

    I know, sometimes you just have to buy something to calm the nerves and keep you from beating the swag out of someone you love.

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  40. Lisa
    July 23, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    this explains it… a raccoon in my brain, huh. I, too, MUST have the sparkly stuff, all shapes sizes and colors… then I, too, don’t wear it more than a few times, ha ha. I believe – if it doesn’t sparkle, then it’s not very valuable, right?
    Can’t see me (or anyone else) tiring of you (and your blog) for a long, long time.
    xoxo

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    • Lisa
      July 23, 2013 @ 11:33 am

      Actually a friend long ago likened me to a Myna Bird from a Disney movie. One who ‘appropriated’ sparkly things to call her own, ha ha ha. 😉

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