1. Sandi
    December 4, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    One can only admire your dedication…to disco balls. You type drafts? I am vastly impressed. Seriously. Sadly, the blogverse is not a Field of Dreams. If you build it, they don’t necessarily come.

    But, those that visit YOUR remodeled home online are vastly entertained and that’s worth a lot. :)


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 4, 2012 @ 11:56 am

      I do. I’m a control freak. Plus, I’m compelled to write down every single thing that comes into my head without regard for whether anyone wants to read it.

      For example, I had WAY more to say about luxury blogs. And their dedication to asking the TRULY important questions… I wrote it all down before realizing the insane amount of time I’d just devoted.


  2. patinaandcompany
    December 4, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    I am just loving the disco-ball snow globe effect, and the colour of your front doors!

    And how you always capture the essence of what crazy thoughts we are thinking when we do these crazy things–did I mention how every unnecessary purchase can now be justified by the fact of how the results can be posted on said aspirational blog? “Newer, slimer, paler blogger . . .”!! Wow.

    Anyway, your blog is such a ringing endorsement of pursuing exactly “who you are” with a vengeance. So, having just read this, I am freshly motivated to do whatever-the-h*## obsessive-crazy quirk-induced stuff I want, ALL DAY.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 4, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

      I am so full of vengeance… I am sometimes frightened of myself.

      Thank you for acknowledging my play on slimmer, paler… it is probably the height of all possible wittiness and I should just stop now.


      • patinaandcompany
        December 4, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

        No, no, never stop! I enjoy the morning laughs and also you are giving me, and surely lots of others, lots of justification for all of our whimsy and the pursuit of our kicks.


  3. Karen B.
    December 4, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I was nervous that this was leading to you telling us, your loyal readers (including most of my friends who wait to comment on my blog until after you’ve commented because they love to read what you write) that you were leaving us.
    By the way, as usual your analysis and conclusion are spot on…that said, it’s blog sites like yours that make reading, and commenting, and getting to know the writer (as much as you can know someone you’ve never met) that make blogging so much fun. Persevere. I know I’m not alone in my love of your site and reading WHATEVER you decide to write about. And yes, I know it’s a lot of work (although I know I don’t work nearly as hard as you at it, which is why I have few commentators) but I believe in your case you will find fame and fortune…it takes time…more time than it should.
    By the way, our cat looks a lot like Elvis. Unfortunately she’s leaving us tomorrow…she’s 17 and become so infirm and frail. We’ll miss her.
    Have a good week, and don’t worry, you probably have more fans than you realize.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 4, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

      OH Karen! I’m so sorry about your cat. Two years ago, my family put our 14 yr old cat to sleep. He had an inoperable tumor in his nose that over time restricted his breathing. It was so terrible… he was part of our family, and every Christmas since then, I’ve been sad not to see him sleeping under the tree.

      I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow.

      p.s.- I am not leaving until someone gives me some free stuff in exchange for blogging about it…


      • Karen B.
        December 4, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

        Thanks, Victoria. It was hard because both of our sons were saddened and with one getting married I was concerned that he even know, but he said he was happy to say his goodbyes and Maggie cat truly loved him the best. There are so many fun memories of her and her antics, we’ll be fine. But loosing a pet is so darn sad.


        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          December 5, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

          Virtual hugs… Thinking of you and your family.
          It’s no fair that their furry lives are so much shorter than ours.


  4. Sher'ee Ochsner
    December 4, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    I am a fan!! Keep blogging –


  5. Sarah Y
    December 4, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    I am living a renovation nightmare, too, and also had the brilliantly unoriginal thought to blog about it. I started reading other renovation blogs for real-world DIY advice. I quickly got frustrated because most of the “renovations” were essentially glorified craft projects (nothing against crafts, but they are not going to help me figure out the plumbing for my house or figure out how much lime I need to add to my mortar when I repoint the bricks), or the true renovations were just daily reports of what their *contractor* had accomplished. I found your blog through GardenWeb, a place I alternately love (so much inspiration and information) and hate (you’re ripping out that entire kitchen because you don’t like the cabinet knobs??). I like that you keep it real. I like that you’re not as obnoxiously perky as Young House Love. I like that you’re unafraid of hanging an inordinate amount of disco balls on your front porch. I like knowing that, to normal people, renovation.is.not.easy. Because if it is, I’m doing it wrong. Really, really, really wrong.

    My blog is no big hit (I keep it up mostly so my parents can see the progress) but my only advice is to keep doing what you’re doing. You’ve got a voice, you’ve got a point of view, you’ve got something to say, and most of all, you’ve got a sparkly front porch.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 4, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

      I read your comment, and I was like—hey! My twin!! And I tried to sprint to your blog… but your gravatar doesn’t link to anything. Hello? Have you not learned the cardinal rule of blogging—self-promotion at all times?

      Seriously? I LONG for the day when this is a blog dedicated to my contractor’s updates…

      Gardenweb is alternately the best source for renovation stuff. AND a place that makes me feel like my husband and I are not spending NEARLY enough money on our house… some of the installs over on the kitchen board make my brain hurt. I mean, A- why is your house so giant. And B- what is it like, to have a full square-mile of soapstone in your kitchen?

      p.s.- If? In the end? There are awards to be given for sparkly porches? I will win all of them.


  6. Tonya
    December 4, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Found myself some baby disco balls, but hope to find some larger ones for a good deal after Christmas. Then next year (cross my fingers) I will have a space that I can hang my like you did. No porch or space with tons of light right now:(

    Enjoy sitting and watching the lovely sparkles.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 4, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

      Well… you can always just staple them to your living room ceiling and sit around with a flashlight. :)


      • Tonya
        April 27, 2016 @ 12:49 pm

        Never found any large ones, but ended up tying the small ones to the end of my fan chain in the kitchen. When the sun shines in the windows late afternoon the walls are all sparkly and happy. They make me so happy.


  7. sarajanelle
    December 4, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    This is all SO TRUE! I haven’t slept with Channing Tatum yet either… seriously what is wrong with me? It’s not like he’s down the road and I can knock on the door, knock his wife out and head on it… but… oh sigh thats not an excuse I should’ve trekked my way to LA a long time ago. :) I don’t often write interesting things on my blog, but when I do it honestly saddens me that no one will see it. haha. I LOVE your blog though. I love your writing and I love the progress on the house. Keep working hard, your work is well worth it to your followers!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 4, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

      WAIT. Channing Tatum is married? Are you kidding me???

      Nope, according to Google, you are not making that up. However, he’s been married three whole years… so is probably due for a divorce soon. Maybe we can roadtrip out to LA together?


      • sarajanelle
        December 4, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

        hahah three years in LA??? Ha yea it’s probably crumbling as I type this. Road trip? merry christmas to us! I’ll be knocking on your door first thing tomorrow morning… ! 😉


  8. Meghan
    December 4, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    LOVE the disco balls!!! .


  9. vintagekaren
    December 4, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog and totally get where you’re coming from. :) When I started my blog 15 months ago, I assumed that my readership would grow at a respectable clip and I would get all warm and fuzzy knowing that a lot of people liked what I was writing and maybe, off in the not-too-distant future, I could make $$ off it. Alas. Alas. It has not panned out that way. Now I am learning to be happy with a small, quirky following and the chance to write about things that matter to me…though I still fantasize about becoming a “hot” commodity!!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 4, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

      I do absolutely love the people who read my blog… it’s the people who aren’t reading it that I have a problem with.

      I’m like, chop chop readers, let’s move it here. Hurry up and find me already! I don’t know how that even happens… other than time, patience, random blessings from the internet-gods…


  10. Sasha Lynn
    December 4, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    You make me long for disco balls in ways I never imagined. Yes, woman. You have BALLS.

    I can’t even haul out my tree yet because I have to mud, sand, and paint my dining room first. Your blog is so much more entertaining than my giant bucket of mud and putty knife today. Between my own pointless blog on toxic sweet potato fries and your disco balls I have successfully procrastinated myself to lunch time.

    Color me jealous. I wish I had your balls.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 4, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

      I have LOTS of balls…
      I appreciate the compliment—however, I know for a fact that ANYTHING is more interesting than sanding.


  11. Ralna Cunningham
    December 4, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    The only blog in our family has been my daughter’s. She grew oyster mushrooms for the science fair. We had shrooms growing in the cabinet above the fridge in little canning jars. Readers mysteriously appeared to cheer her on, and that’s a pretty obscure topic. The box of remaining oyster mushroom spawn was left on our garage floor for too long. The fungus forced its way out of confinement and sporulated and left a large perfect mushroom print on the floor. The soil, compost and mulch forum on Gardenweb has provided so much entertainment for me. The only house blog I read is yours, for the entertainment. Also I plan to grow some enormo zinnias next year, thanks. I’m all about decorating the yard.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 4, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

      Thinking perhaps I should reconsider my blog niche. I know nothing about fungi. But, I imagine given time I could think of something to say. Plus, I imagine the competition is WAY less stiff. Also great for the compost!!

      You will love the giant Zinnia. Word to the wise: stake them BEFORE they are giant and falling over and crushing each other. I plan to maybe cage them or something. They got WAY out of hand by the end of the summer.


  12. Stacey
    December 4, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    I’m not sure if I should laugh (as usual) or cry over this wonderful post. I have felt your frustration, exhaustion, maybe even disappointment lately. Let me just say this little miss fabulous… YOU ARE LOVED! YOU ARE FAMOUS! YOU have something much more to offer than marble walls and shiny fixtures. Surely you’ve figured out by now that NONE of that is as interesting as the person behind it. For me, nothing is more real and enjoyable than someone who shares stories about their imperfect lives and the crazy shit that happens. My own disgust for the “blogging” world almost made me stop and say “screw it”… but then I realized that I’m not in a competition (and neither are you, Victoria!) I think the days of Young House Love fame are O-V-E-R!!! Besides, I’ve seen some of their “home improvements”. Okay, they’re cute… but lots of what they do is staged, temporary, or done incorrectly. (sorry, everyone can hate me now… or later, whatever… it’s true, though).

    You my dear have something much more appealing. Yes, I love your gorgeous house and great taste. I love the projects you and Paul complete and I oooo and ahhh over the results. I for one LOVE the mix of posts here and thoroughly enjoyed reading about your road trip to Texas, your best friend, the huge rock that almost killed someone, your love of dancing and disco balls, and the sheer and utter torture making decisions puts you through ….it’s all good!!! No, it’s all GREAT! It’s great because we can ALL relate. Honestly, I’m totally jazzed about hearing the stories about the boy you almost married, Kitty Elvis, or the $200 scam. THAT IS THE BEST! I know, I know, it’s not the easiest. Just write and don’t worry. You have a gift. One of my next posts will be about a stranger at Subway who invited us to a $50 a plate dinner. LIFE IS TOO FUN!

    Oh and P.S. ….
    I bet Channing Tatum sucks in bed! The real question is… can the dude custom build a medicine cabinet with glass shelves and a mirror. HA HA!
    Love ya!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 5, 2012 @ 7:36 am

      Thank you, Stacey… that is like the perfect comment. I wish you lived around the corner from me so we could go out for a beer and an in-depth analysis of whether we will be glad ten years from now that we spent all this time on blogging. Rather than, say, reading Proust.

      I’ve referenced YHL multiple times recently… I subscribed to them last month—hoping to get a better understanding of what it is they are doing that is so special/unique… They are not the standard-bearer (to me) of what I want in my blog. And, all their stuff looks like it comes from HomeGoods, which isn’t a complement, coming from me… But they have such a massive audience!!!

      My observation is their sheer ability to churn out content. Real content—their own STUFF. EVERY day. Is mindboggling. I know they do it full time. But still. If I had all the time in the world and a cleaning lady and a chef, I still couldn’t do THAT much pure text everyday.

      I don’t care if I ever make one dollar from this blog. But I am shocked at how much I care about readers. Strangers… and how it’s discouraging to not know how to collect new ones… I am such a hoarder.

      I am also shocked at the amount of effort ONE post takes. I definitely did not have any concept of the energy/thought/lack of cooking dinner… required to put words and images in a format that is appealing.

      I DO think that the best blogs are personal accounts of life-stuff. And there aren’t enough of them. But at the same time, I feel like I am drowning in a sea of blogs. Both via my own consumption of them and feeling like I’m just one more in a giant pile…

      p.s.- did you go to your impromptu dinner-invite? I will definitely write about getting ripped off. Kind of an expensive blog post… but nice to have something in my life where instead of being outraged, I was like, oh this will be a good post…


      • Stacey
        December 5, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

        Disclaimer: The following reply is really long and probably unnecessary, but I couldn’t help myself. :-)

        I’d love to have a beer with you! Until then, please feel free to vent, discuss, trash talk, and laugh about all this with me anytime.

        I think sometimes it’s hard to say what you REALLY want to say in a blog post for fear that you might piss off or alienate your readers. Blogging is a trip! I swear I’ve gone through so many emotions I feel like I’m in a relationship with a guy I can’t stand but won’t let go of. He pisses me off, makes me cry, makes me have self-esteem issues and then turns around and sweet talks me with flowers, sex and uncontrollable laughter and I can’t let him go!!! …. then he doesn’t call for two weeks. (HA HA HA!)

        I do understand the frustration when you so obviously have great stuff to offer but aren’t getting the amount of action other less interesting blogs are getting. I’m not sure if YHL mentions this on their website but my guess is they have some big-time help with what they do. It wouldn’t surprise me if they had a photographer, editor, project manager, baby-sitter or even a cook. You and I both know how time consuming just ONE post is and they’re churning them out like butter! They surely have a staff of people who contribute, guide, and push it along. I would think any business that is that big has some pretty great “employees” backing them up.

        It seems to me that most of the visitors and commenters on your blog are of a certain age, intelligence, and have a wit about them that the general population just doesn’t get. This is NOT a jab at anyone… it’s a compliment to you and the folks who follow, but it also narrows the playing field. (Not mean, just honest) I’m not sure why some follow ‘this’ but not ‘that’. I often wonder if it’s a competition thing. Like “Oh I want to hang out with the popular crowd”. They follow and comment to feel accepted or to promote themselves at a place where they know people will be. Who knows? I know I’m drawn to the opposite.

        A friend of mine once told me that he thought blogs were stupid and rarely looked at them because it seemed they were just there for bloggers to stroke each others egos. YIKES! At first it pissed me off because I know why I do it, but was it true? Are we all just looking for someone to stroke our egos and adore the hell out of us. Do we want to be that awesome?
        HA HA HA! For some I’m sure it’s a game… for others it’s a passion, a creative outlet, a way to connect with like-minded people who truly “get what you’re doing”. And yes, sometimes it turns into a career. I think the career is a rarity. At a time when EVERYONE and their grandmother has a blog it becomes more and more difficult to find the people that matter and keep them coming back. It’s overwhelming, I agree!

        I guess I’m trying to say to you (because I think this topic truly matters) is that you are pretty freaking awesome and should totally be proud of every word you type and every picture you take. To me, you are one of the MOST successful bloggers I know. Seriously.. no shit! YOU ARE! If you never got another follower you HAVE SUCCEEDED! It kills me … and this is true….. I see MANY blogs out there that advertise how many followers they have. You’ll see a number like 1,562 and when you start looking through their blog you see NO COMMENTS or maybe just one or two from their mom and dad. Ummmm, what’s up with that? Are those 1,562 people really following? Are they even interested? Or did they follow you in hopes that you would follow back? How can over 1,000 people be following you and NOBODY reach out or even say “hello, this sucks”. (one of the MAIN reasons I switched from .com to .org) The amount of attention and conversation that takes place here is as good or better than the interaction you see on any so called “successful” blog. You’re big time, girl! Bask in the glory!!!!

        Now hurry up and drink your beer… you need to work on your next post!


        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          December 6, 2012 @ 9:01 am

          I think you need to copy and paste this comment into your own blog so that everyone sees your analysis… (especially since your tortured-relationship analogy is so delightful). Everything you said I was like, uh huh, mm hmm. Including worrying that I am simply a navel-gazing narcissist. Although, that’s probably *more true than not* in my “real” life, so it’s not like blogging is turning me into someone I might not otherwise be.

          At times I’ve felt like this is some kind of Herculean effort I’m putting forth for unspecified reasons. For good, and for bad. Some of the stuff I’ve written down would have never occurred to me if I didn’t just SIT down in front of the computer. But at the same time, it’s become so important to me that I feel a little unhinged. I really think that if Paul has to hear one more word about my blog, he will be entitled to prohibit the topic entirely.

          And, it’s not like I’m devoting any of this Herculean effort to saving the planet… or endangered animals… or at the very least using the blog as a platform from which to yell at people about the dangers of pesticides.

          And, yes! WHO ARE THOSE PEOPLE who have been blogging for 3 months and have 800 followers? Seriously! When I see that, I am like—I should just unplug my computer now…

          On top of that… only interacting with other bloggers (who are incredibly kind and supportive)… it feels insulated. I don’t feel like I have any sense of any bigger picture (if there is one). I’m not sure exactly why that feels important—I’ll have to think about it. But I guess not knowing makes the experience feel less valid or important.

          I was talking to a friend/acquaintance who used to have a blog… this was back before I understood the importance of supporting her, plus we’re not super close… so I never read it or gave it any thought. And I was saying to her how I am sometimes STRESSED out over something I am doing for FREE, which no one is forcing me to do… and how that makes NO sense.

          And she was like, well are you having fun? And I was like, huh? Fun? I don’t know. I guess. I guess this is fun. Sometimes?


        • LaurieC
          December 9, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

          Hi Stacey… just had to say how much I’ve enjoyed reading your replies on here. Well said! You write like I think so I was able to relate to and understand everything you said. Which is a great complement! Sometimes I have to shake my head at how some people speak in their writing (or don’t ). I so agree with you. I just yesterday had the thought I was so tired and weary of blogs full of photos of all these totally ‘perfect’ magazine-cover homes. That is not reality for the majority of people – just the rich ones. Yes, a few nice ‘ideas’ might pop up from their homes, but ‘live like them’.. ? … not hardly, and have no desire to.

          I replied to Victoria previously somewhere on here that THE thing I most loved about her blog page, was that it gave me something to READ. I love words. Photos are nice, but they can be over-stimulating sometimes. I am turned off by blogs that feature all photos (aka bragging in my opinion) and only a few descriptive sentences in between the photos describing all their personal greatness about themselves.

          So, to also have all these wonderful replies on here to enjoy reading is even more of an eye-candy to me, than those ‘professional’ blogs full of things that I can in no way relate to, and don’t want to.

          I think of blogging in this way: everyone has a voice, and everyone has a right to speak their voice, and express who they are ‘inside’. Not everyone can get a book published and read, not everyone’s letter will get printed in the local newspaper, but, everyone can have a blog, and let their heart and soul be freely expressed. It matters NOT how ‘many’ follow or read it. It only matters that one does what one feels led to do from within one’s own heart and soul. And if it is making your ‘self’ feel happy and free and fulfilled in some way – then that is ‘success’ to me.

          I see so many ‘silencers’ all over FB pages, trying to shut down peoples voices and opinions by arguing and disagreeing and flat out telling them they basically are wrong to be who they are, wrong to like what they like, and wrong to say what they say. Blogging should first and foremost be about one’s freedom of expression of one’s self. That is the true source of joy in doing it.

          At almost 62, I’ve lived long enough to have multiple experiences of ‘things’, ‘books’, or ‘people’ coming into my life at the precise moment I needed it to – without any effort on my part. So believe me, in life, “it will come” if it is meant to, or if it is a definite need in one’s life. Trust that truth. No amount of effort will ever be able to force what is not meant to be. And no amount of effort can stop what IS meant to be. The ‘right’ people showing up at the right place, (or blog) is what is most important. Like-minded souls, and like-minded hearts.

          I too am a great fan of Ms. Victoria’s blog, and admirer of Ms. Victoria the person. I should think only the best of the best will find their way here , don’t you? The rest of them can stay at those ‘other’ kind of places. Thank you for sharing your wonderful words and thoughts. You blessed many by doing so.


    • Lara Laveda Croft
      December 5, 2012 @ 10:41 am

      Stacey–I loved this post–glad to see my V is appreciated as she deserves :)


  13. Kim W.
    December 4, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    I love your blog and your writing and your disco balls and everything. Your posts come to me via email, so I don’t comment as often as I want to. Do you realize just how much ENERGY it takes to click the mouse to leave a comment? (Honestly, I often start to write a comment and then realize you don’t know me and I’m embarrassing myself and I should probably close the laptop, put the baby down and wash the dishes. Which is what I’ll do now.)


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 5, 2012 @ 7:42 am

      I DO actually realize the effort it takes to leave a comment. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left a site open in a tab… meaning to come back to it when I had something witty and charming to say… and then just closed it at the end of the night.

      Plus, I sometimes long for the days back before I had a blog… when I would just merrily consume other people’s hard-written content without it ever occurring to me to leave a comment.

      So, thanks for yours, I appreciate it!
      p.s.- your blog name is funny and creative. When I was thinking about mine, it became obvious that all the good names were taken…


  14. Alex @ northstory
    December 4, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    Stop making me sneeze ginger ale out of my nose when I read your entries. I am seriously dying laughing.

    If it makes you feel any better, despite all the crafting I do to distract my kids from ripping apart yet another rug in the living room (instead they just ruin a kitchen table) I get NO hits for crafts. You know what gets me the most SEO? Ikea. Little conglomerate they are. I could pour blood sweat and tears into say a card and I’m lucky if it would even come into the side view as a fleck of dust for an editor or blogger at AT. The first week I went all WP.org on my ass, I got 2 views. One I am pretty sure was from you. Two hits. By the end of the month I think I had less than 50. That’s another entry I should do on what really happens when you deflect from WP.com and think your readers will follow.

    Also some of my favourite blogs are far from the mainstream ones more flashing ads than Times Square in their sidebar. Yours however is b/c of your writing and I like the disco balls!!! I can also relate to the home decor stuff though b/c when I started I thought I am totally going to do that and then the reality of actually taking photos of the clean pretty space of the “after” shot came into play and I am like there is just no way that is going to happen on a regular basis. I’m still in awe of the kids room makeovers on design blogs. I keep thinking do you have real children? I’ll send mine over. They’ll antique your painted table without you having to steep tea bags and reach for more sanding paper.

    PS – Channing. Yeah I get that.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 5, 2012 @ 8:41 am

      I am now terrified to leave .com. I have a test site set up, and have been playing with it. But if I switch, and have that experience? Of two views? Because I wanted more widgets? I will be incredibly mad at myself…

      I wish more bloggers would write about what they want out of it/how they feel it’s going… I guess that might not be interesting to non-bloggers. And I kind of forget that not everyone on the planet HAS a blog, let alone wants to talk about nothing else… I need to make some in-real-life blogger friends. Because I am wearing on everyone’s nerves around here.

      Ikea, huh? I would have sworn you had the craft market tied up. Although, I cannot imagine the number of other craft bloggers. It’s probably, what? Two? Three-times the house-blogging saturation? And yes, those kids rooms? I myself would be happy to have some of them…


  15. Jessica
    December 4, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I started my blog three years ago for no particular reason. I’ve thought a couple times about really networking and monetizing, getting sponsors, all that crap. I mean, I just read that the woman who writes TipJunkie makes $10k a month. I would not turn that down. But then I think about all the work that must entail and I just get really tired. I’m patting myself on the back for actually posting every day (well, every weekday) for two weeks. I am probably not ready for $10k-a-month-level blogging. So I’ll just stick with my dozen page views a day and my fourteen followers until I magically become a household name blogger, like the Petersiks or Jenny Lawson.

    Oh, and when I took out my Christmas ornaments, I noticed that some of the gold ones looked like tiny disco balls and I thought of you.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 5, 2012 @ 9:04 am

      I just went and looked at TipJunkie. Is she even writing anything? Or is it just a collection of other people’s craft stuff? I didn’t make an account, so maybe I would have seen more if I could log in… Either way, $10k is enough to motivate me to do some SERIOUS internet-time. Really. I could pay someone to do our kitchen… which is my not-so-secret fantasy. It would be even more exciting than if Channing showed up on my doorstep.


      • Jessica
        December 5, 2012 @ 9:13 am

        I agree. I think I could have a lot more to blog about (and thus, a lot more traffic, a lot more opportunity to get advertisers and a lot more money) if I had the money to do stuff to blog about. Think you could get a small business loan for a blog?


        • LaurieC
          December 9, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

          Thank you Jessica for making me laugh-out-loud just now. Loved your comments.

          I need to go get a FB/Blog “research” loan. I spend a great deal of time gathering information, statistics, and knowledge. It’s got to be worth something somewhere to someone!


  16. Slim Paley
    December 4, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    I slept with Channing Tatum.

    xx Slim Paley


    • Bianca
      December 4, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

      ha ha Slim :)


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 5, 2012 @ 9:12 am

      Oh, Slim…
      Won’t you come over and mastermind my life’s aesthetic aspects?
      Bring Channing.


      • Lesley
        August 8, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

        I was just about to say ‘hey, don’t slam slim’ when she popped up and made me laugh….again….all the way over here on your blog. That girl is funny…the photos on her blog are just the breadcrumbs leading you on to read her quirky, witty posts.

        But you’re funny too. Honestly.


  17. RedCandy
    December 4, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    You know what? i honestly prefer the blogs that are keeping it real. I have no interest in marble floors, or blogs with ALL their images pinched from pinterest. I like real people with real lives. It’s probably why my following is so small. 😉
    And i would love to read a post about your cat. Along with a husband, three kids, two dogs and two birds, i also have two gorgeous cats! i love cats. They are favourite….after hubby and kids of course. 😉


    • RedCandy
      December 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

      That should read, “they are my favourite”. My poor editing is probably another reason i don’t have more followers.
      oh, and chevron! I thought i was only one who wasn’t in love with it. It’s zig zag lines people…..giving it a fancy name doesn’t make it cool. 😉


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 5, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

      I love all animals, but something about cats especially… at some point I will be a crazy old cat lady. It will have to be after Paul has lost his mind though, because he is totally prohibiting my true personality. :)

      Nice of you to put your animals third in line behind hubby and kids. Frankly, my cat is right up there with Paul. He knows this, so it’s not like I’m hiding it from him.


  18. Linn @ The Home Project
    December 4, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Ah, Victoria. I’d much rather read about your love for your cat, or the boy you almost married, or some post where you write about your difficulty to choose the right color stain for your front porch, than having you write some forced post about your bathroom faucet. And I know, isn’t it HARD to keep a blog going! I know what you’re saying, it’s hard work. But I for one, really like reading your posts, so I think you should continue do what you’re doing, even though it probably won’t make you a superstar. Although I think you so have a leg up on Young House Love in terms of writing and personality, and Home Depot SHOULD give you a big, fat advertising sponsorship! Maybe you should stop thinking so much about what you should blog about, and just write what you feel like writing about. Things usually work out much better that way!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 5, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

      Thanks Linn… this year has passed so quickly, and in another four months I’ll have been blogging for a year. In some ways it’s been great… in others I think I’ve spent an INSANE amount of time on the internet. Not all of which has been well-spent or managed.

      Plus, I am an over-thinker, over-worrier, over-analyzer… I want to know what is happening at all times… where it’s going, what my options are, what the worst case scenario is… I hate open-ended unspecified things!

      On the other hand, it really has forced me to write things down in a way that I wouldn’t have, otherwise. Which I value a LOT.


  19. mrscarmichael
    December 5, 2012 @ 4:05 am

    Stepping out in the Kate Spade I’ll raise you Don Draper (I’m a one man bunny boiler) and, for your sake, I hope your bejazzled disco/glitter balls are alarmed.


  20. Shannon
    December 5, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    Don’t you dare stop!!! I always check to see if you’ve written anything new, don’t take that away from me!!!


  21. the home tome
    December 5, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    You had me a long time ago. But you REALLY had me at “If blogs provided free drinks, no one would ever leave.” Can we somehow institute this/invent this? I’m sick of this BYOB situation :) Funny post! :)


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 5, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

      We would be so golden if we invented drinks-via-internet.

      Plus, imagine how much funnier and more interesting we would seem… if our readers were intoxicated.


  22. Angela Conley from AConleyCreation.com
    December 5, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    What a fine job of using those disco balls. They could easily appear tacky, but you successfully merged them with traditional holiday decor. You rock!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 6, 2012 @ 8:52 am

      I happen to agree with you. (Surprise.) Disco balls are surprisingly classic. Elegant, even. I’m surprised they don’t use them to decorate Versailles.


  23. Danielle
    December 6, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    Oh sweet lady… your blog is one of my favorites! Hands down!! Your humor and authenticity is unlike anyone else. Anyone can write about marble… most of those blogs take themselves far too seriously and don’t offer a unique perspective. You just keep letting your freak flag fly and be sure to let me borrow your private jet someday.

    PS. I was so happy to open our box of Christmas decorations and discover that I had purchased three disco balls last year. You’d be so proud!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 6, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

      You’re the best… seriously.
      My freak flag is super shiny and also pretty big and unwieldy. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if I am just blinding myself with its sparklyness.

      If any of the people I’ve “met” get a private jet they really need to whisk the rest of us off to a private island for a weekend of coconut drinks.

      I hope you are planning to feature your disco balls prominently. :)


  24. SJPBF
    December 7, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    1. You have a gazillionty comments! Amazeballs!
    2. I am really upset to hear about 32 being the cut off. I am 32 and a month and some change-old. Curses.
    3. I found disco ball ornaments today!
    4. I briefly blabbed about them and linked to you!
    5. I love lists almost as much as I love exclamation points!
    6. Somehow I missed that your source for the big disco balls was that store that it is until now, and now I am trying to figure out a way to get to Greensboro for work and sneak over to that store to get my fix in the next two days. (This will not happen.)
    7. I follow quirky people more than I follow the really successful people. Usually they bore me, except for YHL, because they are quirky for reals.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 8, 2012 @ 8:23 am

      I am sorry to be the one to break the news about your now-ineligible-for-random-fame-age. Although, it is possible that since you are still actually 32, it might happen in the next 11 months, so maybe don’t write it off entirely.

      If you manage to go to The Christmas Tree Shop, you should probably call first… on one of my previous posts, someone commented that she went to her’s and they were all sold out. I like to think that I have caused a spike in disco ball consumption…

      The bad thing about having a lot of comments is when you have to go back to the normal amount… I’ve written about blogging three times, and each time have gotten an amazing response. We’re all here toiling away at our blogs, but not necessarily talking about the specific experience.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 8, 2012 @ 8:31 am

      p.s.- I think your spam filter ate my comment on your post?


      • SJPBF
        December 14, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

        I think so too. I am confuzzilpated. I cannot find it, though I look very hard.


  25. Julie K.
    December 17, 2012 @ 1:47 am

    I just laughed the entire way through that post! I would definitely read more. Thank you for making me giggle at 2am after I’ve been on Pinterest for so long my eyes are burning. :) But I had to find a good bow tutorial! First, I got side tracked for a few hours on felt flowers. Then remembered why I got on Pintrest in the first place, lol. Thank you, I love your humor. I very much appreciate it.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 17, 2012 @ 9:53 am

      THANK YOU so much for the comment. You totally made my day.

      I’m resisting the urge to go look at whatever felt flowers consumed you… for me, Pinterest is an absolute black hole. I’ve been alarmed at the amount of time I’ve unintentionally spent there… going in for one thing, and coming out hours later— irritated and cranky.

      If you try the bows, I hope they work for you!!


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    December 17, 2012 @ 8:31 am

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  27. hausofartistry
    January 12, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

    The decorations look so magical and beautiful. I love the way the mirror balls cast speckled light all around.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 13, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

      I absolutely love them!! I’m finally getting around to taking the holiday stuff down, and the porch is sad to be way less fancy!


      • hausofartistry
        January 13, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

        I know how you feel. It’s sad taking down all the festive pretty decorations. But your porch still looks great with or without them.


        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          January 14, 2013 @ 11:01 am

          The entire inside of the house looks empty… it should feel less cluttered, but it just feels empty!!


  28. Shannon Madigan
    March 28, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    Popping over from PSMM… love your site… love that it is filled with sparkle and that you don’t think that much of chevron! Great post and love the blog!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 28, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

      Hi! Thanks for the visit!! I got sucked into your site… (clearly you too have a thing for pretty shiny things…) Your blog is fantastic. I have about a thousand questions for you…I’ll try to narrow it down to only a few.


  29. Andrea
    May 17, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    I’ve run across you at Apartment Therapy and That Home Site a few times, and just got sucked into your blog, and I have to say: You. Are. Freaking. Hilarious. Smart, funny, and you have a wonderful way of iterating all the mad, obsessive home-renovation-and-decor thoughts we’re all too shy to say out loud. Bookmarking. Thank you.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 18, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

      I love you. You made my weekend. (Possibly my month, if nothing else really exciting happens.)

      THANK you.


  30. tammigirl
    May 18, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I just questioned my husband as to whether I had multiple personality disorder and just found myself on the internet. Disco ball conversations have been had around here lately, especially at dinner, where I first thought I could slide the idea in, under the radar.

    And when I read about the way you get an idea? OMG – this IS me! I found ME – on the internet! No wonder my own little blog is hobbling along with approximately 88 page loads a day – 77 of those probably being me, 5 from my husband, trying to see where the crazy train is headed next. Which leaves 6 actual possible hits a day from outside our own house. One of those will undoubtedly be my mother. So five. And how many of those are google web-crawly bots? I assure you I do not want to know the answer.

    P.S. I need to fill my van with disco balls. Do you think it would cause a lot of accidents on the way home? I would ask you to come along, but if you are one of me already, then you can not do it. Or you already are. Glass half empty/hall full.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 18, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

      I have to tell you that it never occurred to be that bots count as pageviews. Surely this cannot be correct? That would just be… cruel?

      I’m pretty sure that filling your van with disco balls is an acceptable road hazard. I mean, it’s just part of life—something necessary and unavoidable. Right? Why else would they MAKE mini-vans?


      • Linda MacDonald
        December 15, 2015 @ 3:18 pm


        I feel like I know you for years because I like the fun and easygoing person you are. =D
        Your creative is so awesome! Wondering do you make a video of the disco balls decoration out the porch for us to see what it looks like when the sparkles move around in the house and the porch? =)

        My four cats, three of them are black and white cow patches (Rocky, Maggie, Freckles) and one is gray and white (Prime), yes that’s his name). They think your cat Elvis is pretty!



  31. Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life...
    June 8, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    I am a newbie over here… so glad I found you today when you followed me on Twitter… I love your fab kind of funny and your home is a drool worthy project… very jealous am I!
    “Bespoke Design Blog Princess ” was a role I thought I wanted until I started blogging and realized our life and project adventures for our own home and client projects were far more real and entertaining… at least that is what I keep telling myself! 😉
    I am adding you to my “List” girl, you have a new follower in blogland! In fact, I am adding you to my “Blogs I Love” list down my sidebar.


  32. Betsy
    July 1, 2013 @ 5:28 am

    Still laughing! You write what I think….and i only have ONE funny blog post about my Halloween treats last fall…..ah, well….I can’t have everything I guess! Love your thought process….it’s also MY though process! You are too funny!
    PS I have to go to bed it is 2:30 am and i am still reading your blog posts! I think I am addicted….again…. to something new…..*Pfffffff*


  33. Sakura
    July 2, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    Johnny come late but at least I’m here! and loving it!
    Enjoying catching up on your posts and also following on FB.
    One day will get my butt into gear with my blog/website (in design phase)
    But am more visual so the words take more time …

    I enjoy your point of view and will be a follower.


  34. Debi
    July 6, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    I am having fun following the ups and downs of not being famous, then being shared by droves and such. I too began a blog with dreams of something- mine were not quite as clear cut as yours but I was sorely disappointed by the lack of noticing me on the interweb at large. At any rate, blog on impractical embellishing one! I’m totally enjoying it!


  35. El
    July 10, 2013 @ 2:00 am

    I was not going to comment because I thought, “This lady doesn’t know me. She has ten million other comments to read, I should not add to her burden” but then I considered what you said about loving your readers, etc. I totally understand the insecurities of having a blog. (Mine is brand new in it’s current format on Blogger, so I’m super sketched out about starting all over.) And I thought, “I don’t care if I had 1,000 comments to read on my blog, they would all be precious.” So now that I wasted a bunch of your time explaining why I’m wasting a bunch of your time, I just hope you get a warm fuzzy feeling that one more person thinks you’re totally awesome! I don’t even need the remodeling advice (I WISH WISH WISH I did!) I just think you’re fun!


  36. Pam
    July 10, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    You are a breath of fresh air! So glad I tripped across your blog, I am off to read more and I am wishing an amazing sponsor/s finds their way to your blog.


  37. Melissa
    July 11, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    For the record, I have NO IDEA how I got here, but I don’t want to leave.

    We are attempting to raise two small children, hold down full time jobs, and start a farm on the 33 acre homestead we bought as a foreclosure 3 years ago (we closed on the place 9 days before baby #2 was born). The website I posted is actually my husband’s, but I figured what the hell. We are rehabbing the place as we can, but projects get sidelined by pretty much everything else.

    Love the blog…you both clearly have a great eye for this sort of thing.



  38. Trying to be Creative | Cape of Dreams
    July 12, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    […] And then there is Victoria Elizabeth Barnes. She is in a league all her own. Her writing is hysterical, and just look what she did with a lot of sparkly balls. […]


  39. Carolyn V. Williams
    July 22, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    I also wallow in the details, obsessed, until I can’t care anymore. Almost every project I’ve ever attempted felt so utterly foolish by the end that I never finished it. But I did buy a massive disco ball for my living room this weekend, which is a source of never ending joy. It never occurred to me that my 2 year old son would scream “ball!” every time he went in there and want to bounce it all over the wood floors. Now I just want more.


  40. Carolyn
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Never change. You are hilarious and every time I get sucked down the rabbit hole that is this blog (seriously. I have to have a strict 2-post limit complete with screaming internal warnings for this thing) I see a kindred spirit.


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