106 Comments

  1. Darling Lily
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:15 am

    I am FINE with sponsored posts.

    Also bank heists. I have an uncle or second cousin or something like that in prison for armed robbery; I’m sure I could get advise.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 16, 2016 @ 11:08 am

      We’ll see what I clear after selling all belongings… but I’m actually pretty set with my robbery plans: basically re-watch all scenes with Brad Pitt/Thelma and Louise.

      Should work out totally fine.

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      • judy
        February 19, 2016 @ 9:25 am

        Excuse the intrusion but if you want a spectacular example of a blog using advertisements to insure food on table..or purchase of GFThingys go to

        The Art Of Doing Stuff with Karen the Canadian. She is like the Apple Inc. of product placement in Bloggerville. She is almost as funny as you and weirdly industrious. But if I had to take only one Blog to a desert island it would definitely be yours.

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  2. shirley trevor
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    “dicey”

    Love your writing. The entire parachute paragraph made me laugh.

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  3. Amy Rosenkoetter
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    Bottom photo – Best. Photobomb. Ever.

    EVER.

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    • Diana
      February 16, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

      I totally agree!!! It was great!

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  4. Beubook
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    Girl, get PAID. You go do those sponsored posts, etc. I’ll still read them.

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  5. savannah
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    Sometimes a girl has to do what she has to do! We all know there are even MORE GFTs out there! 😉 *cheers, sweetpea* xoxo

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  6. Beverly Poag
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    Can’t wait to see what this GFT is!…with all the anguish it has brought on, it better be GOOD! Lol I’m with you on selling “things” to get a much desired “THING” I want!…after all it is just “things”…right? Praying Elvis will go to kitty heaven peacefully!! What a lovely kitty you have! My sweet Buffy went to kitty heaven after 14 years with us!! Bladder cancer…I still miss her and it’s been 8 yrs. She was such a comfort to me when both my Mom and Dad passed…she just sensed something was wrong…curled up in bed with me while I cried my eyes out! Keep selling until you have the amount you need for your GFT!

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  7. Christine
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    Change can be good ! – goodness knows that this time of year we (in our house) are tired of staring at the same old stuff, because that is what it is – STUFF. Clearly an upgrade is in order! And an open space invites something cool and new (GFTs, in your case) to come right on in 🙂 Good luck with the purchase! I can only imagine what it is, since you already have a PIANO!! LOL

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  8. mystenigmary
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    Ooooh, HEIST! Partly because I adore the word, and partly because I think it would make excellent blog fodder. I realize that instigating such activity probably makes me partly responsible (I really should have paid MUCH better attention in Criminal Law), so I will even volunteer to bail you out when you inevitably realize you saw the most fabulous GFT in the midst of your heist and can’t resist going back to grab it, thereby ruining your getaway – I would say I’d represent you at your subsequent bail hearing, but see above re: my lackluster Crim Law performance and you will see that it is really far kinder of me to NOT represent you.
    (This probably seems extremely overfamiliar for my first comment, but I just finished reading all the way back to the beginning of your blog, so I feel like we are old friends already – um, in a completely all-on-one side way. But I love your writing – I kept reading it on my phone while trying to rock my tiny child to sleep and I had to stop because I kept laughing out loud and waking him up, which caused him to wrinkle his tiny four-month-old brow into a hilarious old-man-looking way and made me laugh harder, resulting in NO SLEEP AT ALL. which was counterproductive. Also, you are my making-a-project-97%-harder-to-be-2%-fancier soulmate – I hand sewed 130 ribbon bow napkin rings for my wedding, because just tying them like a normal human didn’t look quite as cute…) And thus ends the world’s longest comment. Sorry! I am not acquainted with brevity so much.

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  9. Wendy
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    back to Elvis… When it is time, and if it is necessary, there are mobile vets who will come to your home to administer a tranquilizer and then a lethal injection. My beloved Griff , suffering and n pain from kidney failure, died peacefully in my arms at home. Best wishes.

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  10. Lisa Smith
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:28 am

    So, what’s the GFT that has created this level of lust? And why has its photo been redacted? You have piqued my curiosity.

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    • Jackie
      February 16, 2016 @ 10:33 am

      Yes, bottom photo is not showing

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  11. Amy
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:28 am

    You are clearly losing your mind. For the first time EVER, there is a typo in your blog. I was convinced I would NEVER see a typo from you and now I know you are human. 🙂

    “But now I’m unsure WHY I though I was so special… ”
    ^

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 16, 2016 @ 10:39 am

      THANK you for pointing this out… apparently spellcheck thinks that is a word.

      I once nearly used “hordes” instead of “hoards” and only caught it on the 95th proofread… I live in fear of inadvertently looking like an idiot. (I’m fine with idiocy I am aware of.)

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      • Amy
        February 16, 2016 @ 10:49 am

        LOL We all know you’re brilliant with your GFW (giant fancy words) I picture you running spell check until your computer starts smoking and then having a small crew of geniuses on standby to proof your blogs over and over before you post. Thanks for the laughs!

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      • Linda
        February 16, 2016 @ 11:10 am

        You even spin gold out of typos. Brilliant, my dear. I didn’t realize that I believe that same thing. Idiocy I’m aware of!

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  12. Melissa
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    Love jumping out of the plane & getting the parachute on the way!
    You’ve got this!
    And my oh my! I’m so stoked you share all the fun with us 🙂

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  13. Andrea
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    Love your blog!

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  14. Ann
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    I agree. Do sponsored posts. Why not make people smile AND make money?

    I just wish I lived closer to you and could take advantage of your GFT castoff items.
    Also your Average-sized FT. If such a thing exists.

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  15. judy
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:32 am

    This is both hilarious and fantastic. If you’re gonna be a Bear Be a Grizzly-or (I gotta a bunch of these) No Guts-No Glory. And Self is gloriously Gutsy! My complete engagement with this strategy is its departure from our present zeitgeist of-if everybody’s buying granite and stainless then I have to have it,otherwise people will whisper and point fingers and giggle over my complete failure to CONFORM….I don’t wanna conform…but I have to admit that granite at its most exotic and colorful is BEEUTEEFULL! You go girl and if you are happy with the result then that is what matters. And if you’re not- me thinks Self always has a Plan B! You live there and we don’t– although given an invite?…….and of course magical blessings to Ms. Elvis..If good thoughts could cure her she would be immortal….Who knows, in her next reincarnation, she may show up at your door as a Cheetah

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  16. Fred Wishnie
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:35 am

    There’s nothing wrong with sponsors, or advertising for that matter, as long as it doesn’t get intrusive. A girl has to get money for the good stuff, eh? 🙂

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  17. Jillian
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:36 am

    You MUST come to Arkansas for the GFT. You have fans here!
    And now my spare time shall be consumed with stalking the desired GFT. I must know what it is!

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    • Rebecca
      February 16, 2016 @ 3:42 pm

      Your Arkansas friends will cheerfully help you with the heist portion of your plan. We’re southern and so we are friendly like that. Come see us!

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  18. sharon
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:39 am

    Why amy? W H Y.

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  19. Tina
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:40 am

    I think as long as you let us know up front that it’s going to be a sponsored post, I’m cool with it.

    Also, maybe just a clue as to the general nature of the GFT? Because I’m going to spend all day trying to figure it out.

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  20. Marcia
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:41 am

    DO SPONSORED POSTS! I am sure they will be as entertaining as all your posts are, which is why I read yours. I certainly don’t expect you to provide such fun to us readers for free! then we can all say we knew you when you have your own comedy decorating show on HGTV. : )

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  21. elizabeth
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    Arkansas. Where in Arkansas? We’re not far from the Missouri/Arkansas border. Maybe we could have tea 🙂

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  22. Christine
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:44 am

    I totally understand where you’re coming from! When I have problems I cannot solve, I create ones that I can to help myself feel better.

    I’m looking forward to the new GFT!

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  23. Gusmom
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:46 am

    I can’t help but wonder how you keep finding all of these GFTs on Craigslist in such far-away places? Of course I realize you can search wherever you want, but I spend way too much time just searching my own home area and the surrounding locations! I have made some very awesome purchases from Craigslist, including our 1884 farmhouse! Can’t wait to see your newest find!

    By the way, pinecones can be year round decor. But I have to admit I was puzzled for a moment when the one photo looked like you had a pinecone head! I had to study it to realize the pinecone was hanging from the chandelier? Made me laugh over the new hairdo!

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    • Cheryl
      February 16, 2016 @ 11:08 am

      Me too, Gusmom, I thought it was a lady with a mullet who came to see the bookcase for sale (didn’t notice the real woman in the previous shot). I also thought she was wearing pink stretch pants!

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  24. Missy
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    Cancer retail therapy works. I am living proof. When I was diagnosed with cancer, my mother sprang to action, whole new wardrobe. I might die of cancer, but I was going to look fabulous doing it (a comment that went totally unappreciated by my therapist). And here we are 12+ years later 🙂 desperate times call for desperate measures. Hug that sweet Elvis and get your GFT. It’s meant to be yours.

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  25. Julie Frontera
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:53 am

    Sponsored posts? Yes. Of course. You do what you have to do, in defense of good aesthetics. I’m a firm believer in prostituting myself for something I really, really ‘need’. We, your devoted post-reading fans, wouldn’t even question the rationale.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 16, 2016 @ 11:03 am

      “I’m a firm believer in prostituting myself for something I really, really ‘need’. We, your devoted post-reading fans, wouldn’t even question the rationale.”

      I cannot overstate my affinity for this sentence.

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      • Julie Frontera
        February 17, 2016 @ 8:02 am

        Why, thank-you, my dear. I’m humbled and honored by your affinity and will continue to fight the good fight, standing in solidarity for all of us GFT hoarding whores.

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        • Elizabeth
          February 23, 2016 @ 8:42 pm

          “GFT hoarding whores” ! Oh, be still, my heart! Julie Frontera, you are a disciple! Indeed!

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  26. Carolyn
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    This is embarrassing- but what is a GFT?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 16, 2016 @ 11:01 am

      Giant Fancy Thing… I was so carried away, I forgot to clarify!
      (it’s surprisingly easy to forget that I am not just hanging out with a bunch of people who know all the inner workings of my mind.)

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      • Carolyn
        February 16, 2016 @ 11:04 am

        Hahah- can’t wait to see it!

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  27. Darlene
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    I am so happy when any post you write pops up. I hate when they are short because it ends so quickly. You make me cackle! Love that. I pray you sell everything quickly and it goes faraway so you can’t imagine getting it back and this glorious item in Arkansas makes you crazy hyper happy! Please write more, even your lack of anything to write writing is funny.

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  28. noele
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:59 am

    you are special and your cat is special and your husband is special and we are never bored!!!!! if you have to start doing a sponsored please please please dont stop your regular post content . i just unsubscribed to a few emails because they were more interested in sending you to their money making sites that their original posts that drew me to them were almost non exisistant anymore.love you just the way you are.

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  29. Nancy
    February 16, 2016 @ 10:59 am

    That’s just not right! Just HOW long are we going to have to wait to see this newest prize? I would be willing to pay for that information or a sneak peek. My curiosity is sky high! Go ahead and get paid!! Your posts are hilarious. I would meet you in Arkansas to help load if you let me in on the secret! hehe

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  30. Jill
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:04 am

    Your posts make my day – every single one of them! As an owner of a 125 year old Victorian house, I so understand where you are coming from! Now my husband is the opposite of yours as he says “buy it” to every item I look at or “7 days without buying a chair, makes one weak!”. He is hard to control and would have our house overflowing with antiques. (plus your fans will support sponsored posts!)

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  31. Victoria
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:07 am

    I am quite certain when the line “To thine own self be true” was written it was in the context of deciding which GFT was most direly needed. God bless you and your bless Elvis. And to add yet another quote “May the force be with you” in this GFT quest!

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  32. Jayne
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    oh boy! I’ve tried what you’re doing, selling the non attachment/attachment stuff off. And even though I have a brick and mortar shop where I can sell it, I’ve brought stuff in and when someone wants to buy it I say it’s not for sale yet!!!
    If you can do it so can I 😀 thanks for the wonderful, inspirational post!

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  33. Kimberly ~ Serendipity Refined
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:11 am

    Are you sure? “Armored car heist” sounded like such fun that I was going to volunteer to help….or at least supply dark colored stocking masks and gloves.
    Don’t over think the whole “jumping without a parachute” thing…so far, it’s working out just fine for me. (At least that’s what I told Mr. Refined when I explained that he needed to look at the unexpected inch of ice on in our basement floor as a business opportunity. It’ll probably melt before I can convince him and we’ll probably have heat by next winter. Oh well.)

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  34. Lisa Schlesinger
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    A comment regarding the giant sugar pine cones….I spent an entire day in the Calaveras Big Tree State Park in Northern California a couple of years ago seeing many of those lovely giant pine cones laying about, coveting them, but knowing it was illegal to remove anteing from a national or state park. Upon leaving the park I realized I should look for pine cones along the side of the road and was immediately rewarded spotting some not far from the park. I grabbed three, cause odd numbers are good and put them in the trunk and drove off. Those babies were packed up and moved with us to Tennessee about 18 months ago and this past Christmas I was able to use one as my front door decorations. It’s still hanging up even though all the other Christmas decorations have long since been packed away, because I love it so. It’s coming down this weekend as I’m ready for spring.

    Can’t wait to see the newest GFT and the latest in the kitchen!

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  35. Jayne Z
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:29 am

    Dear Victoria — I wanted to write in response to your previous post about Elvis, but I couldn’t stop crying. It’s not just Elvis, which is bad enough, but my sweet Bandit will be 20 in April and he’s been having some issues lately and like you, I have had to come to the realization that he’snot going to live forever. It breaks my heart for both of us and our dear little companions who have been our family , confidantes and best friends for many years. Perhaps because of the impending loss, I have been thinning out items that really have no meaning. Perhaps it’s our way of recognizing what is important in life and it’s not things — it’s our relationships with other people and our pets. My son, who my entire adult life revolved around (in a very happy way — fun to see him mature and develop into a wonderful young man) died 2-1/2 years ago from pulmonary embolism, he was 35, it was very sudden. At that time I also went through a stage of purging and getting rid of what was just stuff. I know a lot of people will question how the loss of a pet could compare to losing an only child, but as you well know, our pets are also our children and the loss of Elvis and Bandit will be quite devastating. I also have a little feral kitty, Olivia, who adopted my miniature schnauzer on our walks and when the weather turned cold almost 10 years ago, I opened the door, she ran in and has been a wonderful part of our family. I also have a miniature schnauzer, Cooper, who is 6 and they will definitely help when the time comes. I have made the decision that I won’t have any more pets after Olivia and Cooper because for one thing, I simply don’t want to go through the pain of losing them and secondly, I am getting to the age where I would hate to leave them orphans and the possibility of ending up in the pound or worse. Instead I’ll donate to shelters and rescues. You are young Victoria and I’m hoping somewhere down the road you will adopt another furbaby — it won’t be Elvis, but it will be wonderful in it’s own unique way.

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  36. Jess Hogue
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:33 am

    I hear those mid-air parachute stores are duty-free, just like those fancy stores in the international terminal at the airport.

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  37. Cynthia Choat
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    Scripture says, ‘where sin increases, grace abounds (super increase) sooooooooo I believe whatever you decide to do, you will have great grace (unmerited favor). You are special, never boring, you have great favor will all of us. I very much look forward to the unfolding of this situation. Of course, this is much more than a situation…maybe ‘life change’ ?? is more reflective…not sure. Maybe this is all part of the coming of spring???

    Recently I heard a pastor say that part of ‘faith’ is risk, stepping out and taking a risk. I’m thinking that in the decor world (can’t think of the really right word for this either) you are operating by ‘faith’ right now. Taking some risks, will I regret taking this action in order to move forward in my life, is all about faith right now. Trust your instincts, it will all work out. We are excited to see you ‘out on a limb’, anxiously awaiting the fruits of walking by faith.

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  38. Terrie
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    I am sorry but just thinking about what you would write IF you ever did a sponsored post about a mattress – my mind cannot even fathom what you would say. Love the parachute paragraph. Love the photobomb even more. Can’t wait to see what the “thing” is.

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    • Sara Teich
      February 17, 2016 @ 8:54 pm

      I’m going to agree with Terrie…if I can stop laughing. I find myself at a cross between glee and utter horror on what you could do to a ‘blurb’ about a mattress! Have these people ever read your posts? I mean seriously have they? Perhaps they are daft…or perhaps they are daft with a distorted sense of humor…or perhaps they are neither and they just got your name out of a grab-bag of people who write and describe their lives and adventures along the way…but I DO have hope that you will take up that challenge-of-the-mattress and graciously and piously -in-your-ladylike-manner take a stand on whether your like or dislike their mattresses…or whether or not you simply sleep on the floor and don’t really care..either way, I LOVE your comments and your posts and they really DO make my day brighter!! And I’m so sorry about Elvis…
      Sara Teich

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  39. Leslie
    February 16, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    Feel free to do the sponsored posts!! We’ll all keep reading, you should know that! 😀 I love when I see a new post from you pop up on my feed.

    And give Elvis some head scratches from me… I lost my two cats last summer, and it was very hard. I’ve got two new loonies, but it’s not the same.

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  40. Kelsey
    February 16, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

    You must have heard my chin hit my desk in Texas when I read that you sold the card catalog 🙁 I NEEDED that! Good luck procuring funds!

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