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  1. tammigirl
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    OH NO! I do not have a giant cloche filled with little disco balls.

    But? I have a bird cage filled with little disco balls.

    Still, I am, of course, coveting your cloche.

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    • Marta
      December 3, 2014 @ 11:00 am

      I am a word geek and I did not know those things were called cloches, so I am entirely impressed! Plus, of course, I now want a cloche *and* a bird cage filled with little disco balls.

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    • Kristine
      December 4, 2014 @ 6:45 am

      I lOVE the red ribbon wrapped pillows on the fantastically white couch. I have a three year old that would rip those ribbons off so fast, make them into her own personal disney gown and proceed to sneak chocolate from the kitchen and smear it all over the beautifully crisp white, bright white, white white pillows. Come to think of it, she would also make a fort out of all the garland and set fire to the bookcase… I have to live vicariously through you and your blog. Thank you for making it look wonderful!

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  2. maggie b
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    It looks beautiful. Especially liked the disco balls on the front porch – FABULOUS!

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    • Janice S.
      December 3, 2014 @ 10:59 am

      Yes, I can never get enough of the disco ball porch. It may be the most mesmerizing holiday decorating EVER…although, there is that smoke-breathing, enormous Godzilla tree: http://imgur.com/2rqMzoT

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      • Susan
        December 3, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

        OMG a Godzilla tree–you just let me make my brother’s day!! Best tree ever!

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  3. maggie b
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    P.S. I’m in awe. I have been known to stick discarded Christmas Tree trimmings found on the curb into empty wine bottles and call them “The Christmas Bush”. We did make home made ornament for it with cardboard, foil & colors. And we strung some popcorn.

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  4. Wilma Galanos
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    Love the look and your enthusiasm. I look forward to your posts. Merry Christmas!

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  5. Patricia
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    If I had done all that work last year, it would still be up for this year … just swap out snowflakes for glitter valentine hearts and glittered pumpkins come fall. Of course that would presume you’d used artifical greenery, not the real needle shedding amazing stuff.

    I did go crazy nuts (one project involved gilding nuts and hot gluing to a wreath form … golden take on Della Robia) making crafty golden (instead of glitter) stuff and artfully draping all over the house.

    But I got lazy … or smart … or both. Now I don’t even decorate my own Christmas tree (pre-lit of course). I just put it up and set out a bunch of non breakable ornaments and fuel up my grandkids with lots of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and let them have at it. The eight year old is an old pro at it but the two (almost three) year old is coming along nicely. Everything is hung at knee level. And I’m okay with that.

    You could replace grandkids (I’m assuming Elvis is more of an “undecorator” than a decorator) with neighbor kids. I’m sure their parents would be more than happy to loan some out for a little free babysitting…

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    • AC
      December 4, 2014 @ 8:07 pm

      I so wish you lived next door.

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    • patricia
      December 5, 2015 @ 11:24 am

      Christmas 2015, I’m still pushing the easy button on Christmas decorating. The three year grandkid (nearly four) has upped her game on tree trimming with demands to be lifted up to just the right spot for her chosen ornament. I think she’s a Victoria Elizabeth Barnes in the making. If she starts hitting the glitter, I’m cutting off the hot chocolate.

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  6. Curt
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Crap, Victoria – another Christmas and I have no decorations – or kitchen, or master bathroom. And I don’t have that crafty talent to make giant snowflakes. So I’ll just look at this post when I feel all Christmasy… Merry Christmas

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  7. Ann
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    So beautiful!

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  8. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    Victoria, I was just thinking about your bow tutorial. It helped me make a bow for the top of our tree last year!

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  9. Regina Stavrakis
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    I love the greenery! How to you keep the greens on the mantel from scorching? Mine got all yellow last year as soon as I turned the fireplace on!

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  10. Diane
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    Love your posts! They are very clever and entertaining. Where can I get disco balls to put on my front porch? Do not want to spend a lot of money. Any guidance would be appreciated. Love your adventures with Paul! Merry Vhristmas to you and your family!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 3, 2014 @ 10:53 am

      I got mine at The Christmas Tree Shop… (here is a post where I load up the van with an entire cartload of them: http://wp.me/p36IiD-10b )

      I was there yesterday and they have them AGAIN. (it was hard not to clean them out)

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  11. judy
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    WOW! I remember being more than impressed with your creative effort on behalf of We your People last year……but seeing the whole panoply in one swell foop is awe inspiring. Good Grief girl-you sure know how to make the Pretty! However You tricky Minkey -you have bedazzled us with the former Magnificence. I would beg a peek at this years efforts but I fear you might actually take me seriously and literally injure your self with some crazed mad dash to 6 different Craft Stores –in other states………….with Clydesdales and a Christmas Sleigh! So I accept yesteryears Christmas loveliness and wish you, Paul and Dear Miss Elvis a very Joyous Christmas and A Happy New Year.

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  12. Karen Cooper
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    You inspire me to do …….nothing. I am exhausted and overwhelmed by this post. But I do love the bows

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  13. JFSinIL
    December 3, 2014 @ 10:56 am

    You obviously must not have a cat….or those dangling garlands, etc., would be TOAST. They sure are pretty, through. Since I live with a couple cats (and a Labrador) in addition to humans, I can never have dangling decorations. Sigh. I will have to just live out my festive holiday decorating desires vicariously via your posts. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Janice S.
      December 3, 2014 @ 11:01 am

      You must not know about Elvis. But I wondered, as well, how she manages to stay out of the garland, because my two would be all up in that and chewing it to pieces.

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      • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
        December 3, 2014 @ 11:07 am

        I have zero explanation why Elvis is not appropriately cat-like and destroying all things Christmas… she loves the boxes, but other than that, none of it interests her.

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        • Janice S.
          December 3, 2014 @ 11:11 am

          Lucky you!

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        • DB
          December 3, 2014 @ 11:14 am

          Look for the zipper. That is something else in an Elvis cat costume.

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          • Lara
            December 3, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

            ^ I loled.

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          • Patricia
            December 3, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

            Snort! In Elvis’s defense (of actually BEING a cat, not something else in a cat suit) my cat Shredder leaves the decorations alone too. Since she has a vertical leap of about four inches, she has no choice… Now if you leave any paperbags on the floor …

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            • Yvonne Angus
              December 4, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

              “my cat Shredder”

              LMBO!!! I love that the cat does not shred the decorations with an excellent name like that!!!

  14. Marce
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:02 am

    Wickedly, funny! The war zone is so accurate. You have a talent for decorating, and writing…you bring Christmas cheer to all of us that aren’t so fancy. Bravo for sharing all your tips and not hiding the fact, that it all hard work. Definitely over the top and beautiful! Merry Christmas!

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  15. Garden, Home and Party
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    My favorite thing you’ve done is the front porch, it makes it look like its snowing. Maybe that’s a bad thing for you folks that live where it actually snows, but for SoCal the look of magical snow would be a bonus. I did the whole live garland once…problem for my Type A personality is that I want Christmas decorations finished by the first Saturday in December. Read: garland be dead by Christmas!
    Karen

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  16. Dianne
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    Christmas at your house would be such fun with or without fancy décor. Is it alright if I ask Santa to bring me Paul for Christmas? I have so much that needs to be done around here. And…I love to dance!!! 🙂

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  17. Kathy Kelly
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    Silver balls, silver balls,
    It’s Christmas time ala Vicky……

    Well done!

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  18. Vicki
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    Beautiful Christmas home!

    Vicki and Paul
    P.s. One of my great grandmothers was “Victoria”.

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  19. Gerry
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    Beautiful post, beautiful decorations and beautiful home!!!! I don’t see how you could top that! If it were me, I would just use everything all over again this year…. those snowflakes and disco balls should last you for years and years….:) Your posts never fail to make my day, Happy Holidays!

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  20. DB
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    V,
    Thanks for decorating my home.
    When company arrives your holiday pages are up on the big TVs. A little holiday music, very festive. Easy-Peasy.

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  21. Katherine Farrow
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    That is a very Jumanji Christmas.

    Audrey II is lurking somewhere in that Little Shop of Disco Balls demanding to be fed, Seymour.

    That greenery is totally going to come alive at night and eat your leg, just like in The Ruins.

    Also, spiders.

    I’m so sorry.

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  22. Flipwiz
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    “…but I ran out of care.” You are my anal-retentive soul sister. Love it, love you!

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  23. Maria M
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:29 am

    Love the fresh look of your home decorations. The disco balls are the highlight!!! Question…do you use fresh garland or is that really real looking garland?! Merry Christmas!

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  24. Jeanette
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    I can’t help but love you and your posts…although I think you are my husband’s worst nightmare LOL. Maybe someday if we ever *finish* our reno I will have walls to actually decorate. I LOVE your porch with the disco balls! I am filing that one away. What a sparkly festive, great idea.

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  25. Margy
    December 3, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

    Lovely. I used to make a huge mess for years, now I just try to bring out a few things at a time. I totally identify with moving the mess from one place to another, lol! And your front porch is magical!

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  26. April
    December 3, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    Oh my gosh. I read your disco ball porch post with my daughters(ages 17 and 14) a couple of weeks ago, and they were all like “NO MOM!!!!! NO DISCO BALLS ON OUR PORCH!) I don’t know who raised those girls, because I ADORE THE EFFECT.
    Also, your greenery is AH-MAZE!(In my best Barbie voice.)
    And I am dying of a chest cold right now, but cannot wait to laugh my way through your bow tutorial…when I can laugh without risking my breathing forever. Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday-getting-ready season!
    🙂
    ~april

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    • Catherine
      December 3, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

      I just laughed out loud at your Barbie reference! Ha ha, my daughter and I quote that series all the time.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      December 4, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

      So funny! My daughter, grown, with grown daughters of her own, recently told me that glitter was craft herpes! Clearly she was switched at birth!

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  27. TucsonPatty
    December 3, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    How awesomely, gorgeously, glittery beautiful. I loved seeing this last year, loved reading about it this year and would love to look at it all again next year!
    Don’t ever stop with the giant shiny things, please!
    I have a question, though…did you skip it all this year, after such an undertaking last year?
    The holidays are my busiest time of year, (Hairstylist) so all I ever get done anymore is a wreath on the front door. I love seeing others beautiful decorations, and I had forgotten about your glittery wondrousness! Thank you.

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  28. CMoore
    December 3, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

    I love the disco balls!!!! What size are they? Hopped on over to The Christmas Tree Shop web site….waaahhhh they don’t have any. Love ur blog…..ur posts always make me smile…….

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    • Debbie
      December 3, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

      I too looked for the mirror balls, but found them on this web site:

      http://www.save-on-crafts.com/search.html?keywords=mirror+balls

      They may find their way into my home soon…..

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 3, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

      They are pretty large- 7″. I got them in the actual store (otherwise shipping might have been prohibitive).

      They were only $3.99. (which is obviously $4, but feels better to say $3.99… so much bargain-y-er.)

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      • CMoore
        December 3, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

        LOL…thanks. I try that bargin-y-er (love the word, it’s now a part of my vocab) logic on my hubby……hasnt worked yet…..but I will never give up!

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  29. countryroses
    December 3, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    I love & look forward to each blog that you have – I get so excited when I read them. You remind me of me once upon a time. I’ve slowed down some now & if I could only get the stuff done that needs to be done, maybe, just maybe I can get back in the groove of things decorating for the Holidays.

    Thanks for your pick me ups!!!

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  30. Sue
    December 3, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    Love and adore it all. I remember all of this from last year except I don’t remember the porch and all its shininess, just love it! Thanks for the show.

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  31. Laurie
    December 3, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    Hey, I know how to make you feel better about your Christmas decorating…confess that I still have Halloween decorations out!

    Yup. I’ll be ready for Christmas in February. See you then!

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  32. Sarah from Soymilk + Honey
    December 3, 2014 @ 12:48 pm

    This is freaking fabulous. Loving the Glitter Troll. I hope she’s back and even better this year!

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  33. Pamz H.
    December 3, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    Fabulous! Disco balls are a great addition. Keep up the great work! We love your blogs and pics of the DIY projects. Deco in the house is amazing.

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  34. Jeana Ball
    December 3, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

    Best Quote Ever: Besides, why do something quickly that you can actually finish, if you have the option of getting involved in a project that will spiral out of control? – Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    This describes so many of my little projects. Something as simple as cleaning a single junk drawer leads to a month long closet/drawer/pantry purge of every closet/drawer/pantry in the house. Truth be told, I like that gene (that we apparently share). I believe it’s attached to the gene that gives me flair, but I would like to turn it down a little every now and then.

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  35. brenda
    December 3, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    any idea when you will be revealing this year’s Christmas tour?

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    • Patricia
      December 3, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

      I’m guessing December 2015 …

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  36. Laura
    December 3, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

    So pretty…and you posted it in December, so that counts as this year’s holiday decorating!

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  37. Mary
    December 3, 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    This was gorgeous last year and this year! In homage to your skill and ideas, last year I put disco ball ornaments in my Amazon Wish List and they are still there, gathering dust. The Amazon wish list is like other things in my life. Like buying patterns for items and clothes when they have the up to 10 Butterick patterns for $1 each. That way, they are all mine to make, someday, when I get time or feel like it. Then, 10 years later, when I can’t remember why I wanted to make stuffed bunnies dressed in Victorian clothes, I give the unopened patterns to a non-profit thrift store.

    You are a riot!

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  38. Ann Marie
    December 3, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

    You know, New Hampshire (where I live) is reeeeeeaaaaaalllly beautiful this time of year…Wouldn’t you like to visit?

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  39. Ann Marie
    December 3, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    And while you’re at it: help me with my decorating? ( it got chopped off the initial comment)
    Just thought I’d take a stab at it LOL… Can’t wait to see what you have planned for this year..

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  40. debi
    December 3, 2014 @ 5:35 pm

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful!

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