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  1. tammigirl
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    After your message this morning I was ready to jump and see what it would be.

    ONLY.
    YOU.

    Could find this awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Heather
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    Laughed through this….needed it with Christmas coming.

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  3. RamonaQ
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    :oO I had no idea anyone else felt the same way about presents. I’m not alone!

    ♪ ♫ ♪ \(◠o◠\) (/◠_◠)/ \( ◠o◠)/ \(´ ˘ `)/ ♪ ♫ ♪

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    • Maggieful
      November 25, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

      I, too, hate surprises. Anytime a gift-giving day is coming, I can’t stand it. I beg, pester, and generally annoy anyone who could possibly have anything to do with giving a present or a surprise. I’m a complete nuisance for the entire two weeks leading up to these days, but I can usually get people to give in and tell me what’s going on/what I’m getting so that it’s no longer a surprise. My go to statement usually has something to do with it being akin to torture for me to know there is a surprise, but not what it is. That’s when everyone gives in, because who would want to torture me? 🙂

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  4. Ann
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    O.o

    We agree on a lot of things..until it comes to this topic. I love surprises!

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  5. Jessica
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:32 am

    Just bought the silicone lids for my man friend who doesn’t own tupperware. Brilliant – had no idea those things existed.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 25, 2014 @ 10:39 am

      They really ARE the perfect gift because they are so neutral AND incredibly practical… when I found out about them I was like– how did I not know about these???

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  6. Tiffany
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    Oh my goodness! I personally would never be able to pull off such fabulousness, but I know just the person who could!

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  7. Edith
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Hi Victoria,

    You’re not alone in this. I HATE getting presents too, but I never realized WHY until I read your analysis – and you’re right on! It’s the hate of SURPRISES. Plus the hate of WASTE. Thank you for that lightbulb moment!

    I love how unique you are. And lovable. And elegant.

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  8. Janet
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    My best gift(s) are the ones I am allowed to pick out for myself…and I’d have to say my Bosch axial glide compound miter saw and Bosch table saw with gravity rise stand are right up there with the best purchases I have made (close seconds are all of my power nailers, LOL!) I think the best gift is to spend time with the ones you love, hopefully with a fantastic glass of wine!

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  9. Kimberly ~ Serendipity Refined
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    I am currently envisioning myself in these giant fancy earrings….I can imagine how much style they will add to my Christmas morning flannel nightgown and slippers…sweatsuits aren’t the ONLY attire that would be improved by these. ….The ladies in the grocery store check out line would be SO jealous too….oh my gosh…I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! xo

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    • Maggieful
      November 25, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

      I really wish there was a “like” button for your comment, because I totally would have clicked on it!

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  10. Nicki
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Awesomeness x a trillion! And who wouldn’t want some Giant Fancy Schmancy earrings? It would be a lovely SURPRISE! I LOVE surprises…well, good surprises..like big, shiny ones or pretty high heeled ones but NOT the kind of surprise that the cat has upchucked in the middle of the night that I step in first thing in the morning…but I digress….

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  11. Sandra
    November 25, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    Love the fab earrings, I said a big loud “wow” out load.

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  12. Dianne
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:02 am

    Yes! I must own these. 🙂

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  13. Meredith
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    I love your sense of humor, and I have to get some of those container covers you mentioned. Awesome idea!

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  14. Janice
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    Love your humor & taste. Fun to read before the craziness of the holidays sets in. You are fun and adorable.

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  15. Meredith
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    I just ordered the lids!

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  16. Monica W
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    Those silicone lids are marvelous!

    We usually buy these labels for housewarming presents, so that friends can mark their trashcans and recycle bins. We get odd looks, until windy weather kicks in. Not fancy but super useful :http://www.labeldaddy.com/product_previews.php?ProductID=9

    And ZOMG The Earrings That Came To Dinner are Fabulous!

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    • TJF Design
      November 25, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

      MONICA ~ Love these labels….Who would ever think of something like this, but OH super perfect now that all the city distributed bins look the same. And in time for Christmas for all my (like me) ocd & neurotic friends! Thank You ~!~! VEB has such awesome giant fancy things, and such an awesome hubbs, and …Well Elvis would be enough all on his own, but then to top it off…..AWESOME READERS with great ideas!!! Love VEB & Love the labels.

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  17. Carol White
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    I MUST have giant bling! Love those earrings1 Total awesomeness1
    I so love these and love everything you post, Victoria Elisabeth Barnes! You are a treat that I so look forward to. (I am still in envy of the kingdom mirror.) If I receive nothing else for Christmas, I want the gorgeous earrings to wear with my sweats, hiking gear, office wear, party wear, tights and sweaters, to to the football games here at Mississippi State University (Go DAWGS!) Merry Christmas, Victoria Elisabeth Barnes!

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  18. Kacy
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:29 am

    I like good presents and the phrase “you shouldn’t have” has been known to be uttered with truth and a fake smile.
    Those earrings are fab!!! Yes I like to abreiv but only in words not in accessories.

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  19. Robin
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    Lordy girl! You never fail to slay me as well as improve my morning! A thousand thanks. And the gargantuan baubles are sheer brilliance! These may Change.My.Life! Well at least they’ll “make” the outfit that is my jammies, read toile flannel top and pants. Keep ’em comin’!

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  20. Marta
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    I have, to my great dismay, turned into my mother-in-law (choke, gag) who used to say, “You wouldn’t do it to suit me.” And I didn’t. Whatever I did, whatever gift I chose for her, no matter how hard I tried to please her, it didn’t suit. Which was only fair because her gifts to me didn’t suit me. (Well, one time I managed to please her and that was with a Rowena iron to replace the old and ineffective cheap iron she used to iron everything, even bras and underwear. I am not kidding.) Now I find that the gifts given to me don’t suit me and I struggle to appear happy and grateful when inside I am thinking, “Why in the hell did think I would like *that*?” Except for the gift card for massages my husband gave me last Xmas. That suited me fine. 🙂

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  21. sharon
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    Victoria….you are WEARING chandelier crystals…..why?

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  22. Elizabeth Speicher
    November 25, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    The image of a Iris Apfel and Diana Vreeland accessories duel will amuse me all day long.

    The picture of you modeling the earrings reminds me of the Duchess of Windsor. The pictures of you and your brothers – not so much. You look like you are having so much fun in all of them.

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  23. carol frederick
    November 25, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Love the earrings! I just clicked over and order several sets of the silicone thingamabobs for my adult kids. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through your archives and seeing the beautiful restoration job you’ve accomplished.

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  24. Garden, Home and Party
    November 25, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    Well, that eliminates the stone urn I was going to surprise you with! Too bad because it originates from Buckingham Palace and I just know you would have liked it, but I don’t want to irritate you with a pesky surprise. 🙂
    I love the photo books and treasure the one’s I’ve gotten each year from our granddaughter’s parents…they are the ideal way to keep the best of the photographs of family and friends for the year.
    You really pull those earrings off, they are so you…do you wear them with your fabulous pearls?
    xo,
    Karen

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  25. Therese
    November 25, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    I love love love giving and making presents, and wrapping them and seeing the surprise on the faces of my friends and family when they receive them, and I try to run before they hand me anything. I’ve been told I am ingracious because I can’t receive gifts with the enthusiasm that I give gifts. Oh, well, at least you understand. Thanks for sharing all your adventures with us!

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  26. Devaney
    November 25, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    My brothers and I, ranging in age from 33-40yrs old, still email each other Christmas wish lists because we don’t want any surprise gifts we don’t want. I feel pathetic even typing this out…

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  27. Claire @ A Little Claireification
    November 25, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    I big puffy heart those silicone lids. They are a great gift. And those earrings… I die.

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  28. Jessica V
    November 25, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    I feel I must have these earrings!

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  29. Melissa Rose
    November 25, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

    I am slowly reading through each of your blog entries (some of them more than once because I am compulsive and needy). I’m in love. Also, I’ve learned that I am suffering from a terrible, life-threatening disease of having no giant gilded mirrors. So thanks. I love/hate you.

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  30. Lynne Rutter|the Ornamentalist
    November 25, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    Surprises are highly over-rated. I love giving gifts but only when I am sure its a useful and beautiful thing, and I hate getting gifts because i am 98% of the time disappointed and that makes me feel guilty for not liking people in general. Those silicone lids are the best. They even have a cat food or tuna can size, also perfect for covering an unfinished drink, and they also work as hot pads and unlike other hot pads they won’t catch fire when you accidentally leave them on the stove!

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  31. Sherri W
    November 25, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

    Holy Smokes! Those are killer!

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  32. Lori
    November 25, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

    You could buy several pairs of them and embellish a chandelier with them. But, then you would match your room, and that is a bit gauche. I am wondering if my daughter’s dance company could use them in a dance competition?

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  33. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse
    November 25, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

    I’m a teacher and yes, I’d rather have 30 $5 gift cards than 30 “made in china” mugs… In France, teachers don’t get gifts for Christmas, though. I’d like your giants earrings in real diamond, please, so I can buy with them the new windows my Cottage needs upstairs.

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  34. Jill
    November 25, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    For the first few years of our marriage I would look online at the credit card statements to see where my husband went shopping.. He figured that out eventually due to the hints I would drop about how I would really want “xyz” from a certain store and not from another one.. My need to know because I hate surprises and gifts resulted one year in all my gifts literally shoved into the walls of our house during renovations because he thought I wouldn’t simply look there.. Silly boy… Now he goes shopping on Christmas Eve with cash… 🙂

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  35. Diana
    November 25, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    STOP IT!! Those earrings are just….. I LOVE them!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  36. Diane M.
    November 25, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

    WOW! would go with any of those Christmas Sweaters!

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  37. Lora Hart
    November 25, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    No gift cards ever!!!!! Or if you must, American Express. I still have the JC Penny ones from last year, gave away the Olive Garden one, and misplaced the Nordstrom card. On the other hand, I had to pay out of my own pocket for the red, east Indian bench made from a donkey cart. Which I wouldn’t have had to do it the afore mentioned cards had each been from American Express.

    Love the giant, fancy earrings! So fun.

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  38. Nicole
    November 25, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    I buy something I’ve been dying to have but can’t justify the expense, wrap it up in occasion appropriate paper, and sign with card ‘with love from (husbands name)’. I’m NEVER disappointed and we are both happy! My three sons are always amazed at how their dad can pick the perfect gift. Once a very long time ago he questioned the amount of money spent on my gift. I smiled and asked him if he would like to shop for my gift next time and it’s never come up again in all these years!

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    • Vikki
      November 27, 2014 @ 9:06 am

      Perfect!!!

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  39. Sylvia
    November 25, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    Victoria, I love, most of the time, to read your blog and I can tell when it is tongue in cheek and outright hilarious. Today not so much. It is the time for gift giving and most people love gifts and surprises. If you do not enjoy surprises then I suppose Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and such are a total holiday buster for you. How very sad for you and those who responded with similar comments as yours. I will take joy and surprises any day…..Sylvia

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  40. TJF Design
    November 25, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    VEB ~ I wish you blogged more often ~ for completely selfish reasons. You make me smile, ALOT. Like pretty much constantly. Over the years I keep reading about “blog crushes” and I totally didn’t get it. Now I find myself yelling from the home office out into the family room where my husband is trying (emphasis on trying) to enjoy a tv program, so that I can share the adventures of Victoria, Paul & Elvis…..He’s annoyed that you blog. I’m THRILLED !!!! THANK YOU AGAIN ~Terri

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