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  1. Dee
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    I love your blog! I see a lot of me in what you write. So I understand. I am not good at writing but can tell a great store…lol.

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    • Dee
      July 2, 2013 @ 11:06 am

      story

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    • Annie
      July 2, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

      I was also sent the link from my Goddaughter.. (Hi, Maria ;)..)… I laughed so hard I almost peed… my husband had confirmation of my insanity… but didn’t share it… I am now a faithful reader… & you are only the 3rd blog I follow… 2 sometimes… but you are on the short list (via e!) …Fellow unicorn believer: mine wears a teal bow!! Always believe in Christmas ;o

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  2. Vy
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    I was given a link to your giant mirror story of last week, so I checked it out and OMG. I found myself four hours later, still reading your words. I laughed. I gloried. I mentally redecorated my entire home. I mentally redecorated your entire home. I now how to buy stain off the internet, disco balls are what Christmas is about, and that Craigslist is my friend. Add one new loyal reader :)

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    • Tery
      July 2, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

      Hey Vy —

      So obviously you’re good at redecorating — how about MY house? It’s a 150 year old converted church. I have no money, no budget, now inspiration, but heck…it’s a work in progress… LOL

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  3. Melissa D-Z
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    I for one would lock you in my basement, but take you out frequently to be my partner in crime and friend. My life is closer to completion now that your blog is part of it. You have built a blog with a kingdom on top. Rock on, sister, rock on.

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    • Janice S.
      July 8, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

      A blog with a kingdom on top! That’s great!

      Victoria, I’m glad you explained where you’ve been the past few weeks. You sound like the most rational person ever. I totally would have done the same in your shoes: refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh, refresh.

      We, your people, humbly await your next tale of adventure.

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  4. Alex @ northstory
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I’ve said to this before and I’ll say it again, this is just the beginning. This reminds me of the TED talk that Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) gave. This is a quote from her lecture:

    “…I’m pretty young, I’m only about 40 years old. I still have maybe another four decades of work left in me. And it’s exceedingly likely that anything I write from this point forward is going to be judged by the world as the work that came after the freakish success of my last book…it’s exceedingly likely that my greatest success is behind me. Oh, so Jesus, what a thought! You know that’s the kind of thought that could lead a person to start drinking gin at nine o’clock in the morning, and I don’t want to go there. I would prefer to keep doing this work that I love.”

    In other words, keep doing what you’re doing. If I fell in love with your writing before the Craigslist post, I will fall in love with whatever you write after it as well. So keep writing b/c we need more writers that make us laugh and cry and the rare talent to have people read your content vs skim over your words in between renovation projects and other misc crafts that you cry over not being able to photograph in the non-existent sunlight of daylight savings time.

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    • Lara Croft
      July 2, 2013 @ 11:49 am

      Alex, you don’t know it but V is already very familiar with Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk; she posted it on my timeline a few months ago and insisted I watch it. <3 Great minds think alike.

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  5. Rebeccah
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    You know what is awesome? That you are so honest about wanting it. And how it made you feel when it did. I have a very strong suspicion that Christmas will come again. I know I am very happy to have you in my front yard, miming with your unicorns and whatnot. Congrats on your success!

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  6. Diane Lindgren
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I just came across your bog recently and love it! So count me as one of your fans and hope you keep it up!

    Thanks, Diane

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  7. Jennifer
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I. Adore. You. You,and everything you write! Your blog is MY magical door to the land of Delightful Irreverence.

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  8. Astrid S
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    Oh DEAR GOD, I thought you were going to quit blogging and I was about to have a heart attack and take the rest of the day off work….Please stay around. You make a lot of my mornings at work worthwhile.

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    • Laura
      July 3, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      Me too! I think I was holding my breath the entire time I was reading. :-) Phew!

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    • Katrina
      July 5, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

      Me too. I’ve just discovered you on the front lawn of my Aussie home….and I stated having a panic attack that you were about to abandon me just when I fell head over heels for you. Don’t leave me! I share you sense of humour. You are so refreshing, not like all the other generic blogs around.

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  9. Katrina Roesel
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Thank you for the hours of endless entertainment. I love your blot.
    Katrina

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  10. Sheri Ricker
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Victoria,
    You forgot to go gaga’s over those of us who subscribed to your posts and receive them via email!!!!! I love you, adore you, wait for your posts. I found you recently through a link on Momastery. I couldn’t believe my good fortune at finding such an entertaining way to spend some time at the computer. Laughing, agreeing, seeing myself in you. Humor is my favorite human quality so I guess that makes you my dear, one of my favorite humans. Hoard on, Craigslist rules!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Anna Loy
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    Ha, I saw a similar thing happen with the Bloggess when her post about the giant metal chicken went viral. At least your viral post is about a gorgeous decorative mirror 😉

    One of the best things about the internet is that you may feel like there is no one in the world as quirky as you are, who likes the peculiar things you do, and suddenly…BAM, you have a tribe 😉

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  12. Val LaBore
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    I followed a link a friend had left on Facebook because it looked like something I would enjoy. I did! And I like your style of writing. So I subscribed to your email list.
    Val

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  13. Garden, Home and Party
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I’m so happy you did this…it convinces me that I don’t have what it takes (desire, ambition, hard work and entertaining words) to ever have a wildly successful blog and I’m okay now. I had scratched my head in wonder at what it takes to get 55,000+ likes and now I know. You have unlocked the mystery for me and I’m good with the knowledge that I just don’t have that “drive”. It was great living through it with you…clicking ‘like’ and sharing the comedy and entertainment value that your blog brings me and my friends. But now, I can be relaxed and watch you as you will undoubtedly become even more popular…which you deserve. You are great and funny and I just want a signed book when it’s published, inscription to read: To one of my favorite blog friends, Love Victoria. 😀
    Forever your humble fan,
    Karen

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  14. Laurie@Vin'yet Etc.
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I can so relate to everything, except the amount of fame! I’ll get there though, cause there are unicorns, you said so! xo

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  15. Anne
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I personally don’t know how I have lived without your blog for this long or how I didn’t know how seeing your gigantic golden mirrors could make me lose hours of my life to craigslist…as if it didn’t already lose too many. I am in awe at your ability to stomach your husband’s moods about your finds and look to you to adopt your iron will as my own. Congratulations. You not only have a great eye, but your writing is entertaining and top notch!

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  16. Kari
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I’m one of the kabillion that showed up on your doorstep a week ago. I gotta say and this is from a jaded I’ve been on the internet since Prodigy so don’t be telling me what to do senior. I love your blog. I think I spent a couple hours here catching up. Good stuff, now don’t get overwhelmed you just keep doing your thing, don’t pull a Lindsey Lohan.

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  17. Nicky Ovitt
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    yay! I GET TO BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT!!! I love you, WE love you. Your fantastic style, writing and sense of humor GUARANTEE that was not the highlight of your life. Looking forward to so much more, Victoria! … and yes, I’m gonna share it, again!

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  18. Jeff
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Congratulations on your big day! I’m glad I found your blog because I think it’s fabulous. I have a feeling that your life will include more than one Christmas. :)

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  19. amy
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    I am so much happier now that I’ve found your blog. Also, I have mirror envy. Massive. Mirror. Envy. But I love Victorian homes, and I’m so very glad that about a half dozen of my friends posted the link to your blog for me to find and read.

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    • teresa
      July 2, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

      i know right, MASSIVE. mirror. envy.
      and those of us who do, have this blog to go to and and look and look at that wonderful mirror (both of them actually) and say ‘one day, it will be me with two mirrors that awesome’
      😉

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  20. Debi Beard
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    I found you through an Fb share…. then I re- shared your post on my page… You should read the MANYcomments there! You are a fabulous storyteller. everyone likes to live vicariously through other people’s treasure hunting adventures. Your fame is well deserved!
    I don’t have time to read many blogs but. I will definitely be looking forward to yours. Now please get back on craigslist and find something else so that I can pretend that it happened to me :-)
    Your new reader and fellow blogger
    Debi Beard

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  21. Lynn @ thevintagenest
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Yesterday, I read a face book post about how she was questioning if there is any relevance to blogging. Than I read your huge mirror blog post via a facebook share and found the answer for that question “is blogging frivolous?”. Your words make me laugh out loud and I can so identify with your thoughts and feelings on finding an amazing treasure. Been there and done that, only you expressed it in the way I never could. You bring joy and laughter to so many. Thank you :)

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  22. Bronne
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    Victoria, You are just plain “Refreshing” ! Your writing is quirky and fun.
    Now that the word is out, you will be writing a decorating book in no time. “Lighthearted decorated adventures from across the pond.” Too long? Perhaps “Paul’s Paradise”
    “Shabby Chic has nothing on you sister.

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  23. Anne H
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I am like you, love to look for that treasure out there that someone has overlooked, yes craiglist, estate sales, garage sales and flea markets are my favorites. I too drag my husband with me on some trips and yes he has to haul those treasures sometimes too. So I relate to you and find you in a sisterhood of lost children looking for that treasure out there that is yours and you got there first. Love your enthusiasm.

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  24. Mona Batchelor
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    Victoria, congratulations on your newly-found and well deserved fame. I shared your Kingdom Mirror post and facebook liked you last week because you, girl, are refreshing, refreshing, refreshing. . .

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  25. Tanya
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Yes, we Exist! And we love your Blog! Congrats!!! BTW, I am totally obsessed with the Narnia door…..we looked at a house (didn’t buy it) that had a Narnia door and that is the only reason I am sad we didn’t get that house. On the upside though, I got a laundry chute instead. Wonder if I can Narnia-that up somehow? :)

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  26. Carol-Anne
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    I don’t know about all the others, but I suspect that many of them found you through Glennon @ Momastery. She of the eleventy billion followers.

    I love Glennon with the heat of a thousand suns and if she says someone is worth reading, I read.

    And your blog has proven to me that she is right, once again. I immediately added your blog to my reader and I look forward to following your adventures for a long time.

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  27. Janice
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    I was worried too that you were saying that you weren’t going to blog any longer. So glad that you are, I love your writing style – have been having fun going through past posts. You make me smile!

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    • Kathryn Cain
      July 2, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

      Where do I start. I found your blog via another blogger. I somewhere from a normal every day read fell down the rabbitt hole and landed in a magical place. I spent lost hours reading and laughing about giant mirrors and home projects. We all have home projects but yours are dusted with some magical, quirky, funfilled, makes you happy, never want to leave dust. I am a new email following fan. You my dear are a wordsmith

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  28. Margie
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    You validate all the thoughts & ideas of a creative mind at work. Your openness about the emotional roller coaster that one rides when in process is so comforting. Those that sit in judgment of creative visionaries have just been bitch-slapped (pardon my candor) by the sheer volume of your 55,000 peers. We are strong and we are banding together. Look out you nay-sayers!!

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  29. Tricia M
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Congratulations on your much deserved success!!! Your new followers are equally excited about finding you.

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  30. Rita@thissortaoldlife
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    While part of me is insanely jealous (coming up on two years of waiting for MY unicorn), a (better) part of me is insanely encouraged: Yes, people will read actual writing about home renovation. There is an audience comprised of those who want more than pretty pictures of chevron and spray-painted furniture. Faith is great, but I love proof. Thanks for giving me some.

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  31. Bleubook
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    I found your blog about a month ago and started following you then. I admit, I linked to you on Pinterest. You’ve got a unique eye. And you are (at least on paper) living the life I hope to be living very soon.

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  32. Caroline
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    There is something that separates your blog from the masses. You can write. And you clearly take the writing seriously. I bet (and I speak from experience as a college composition teacher) that you actually write more than one draft before publishing. Ahhhh. Sweet relief.

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  33. Jeanne
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    What Vy said in her 11:05 comment? Me, too. All of it. I’m one of the 55,000, and you instantly became my favorite blogger ever. You’re so far out ahead of the pack you’ve lapped them six times. So keep on keepin’ on. We’re out here even if you can’t see us.

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  34. Linda Jarraf
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    I too somehow came across your blog post about craiglist finds. I loved it and then read everything regarding your home renovation. Love you bathroom reno, it is now perfect. I can’t wait until you do your kitchen. I just read about meeting your husband and enjoyed the wedding pics. You shy?? I would never have thought this. Enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pics of your home. Keep them coming.

    Linda from Arkansas

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  35. Laurel
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    You are fabulous. And honest about your desire for fame (I’ll be honest too, but I don’t think it’ll have the same effect), and are a fabulous writer. Great success and just another bit of ammunition next time you need to go collect a 15 foot mirror from Craigslist… “it’s for the blog.”

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  36. Cam
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    I am so happy to have discovered your blog. You had be laughing so hard my eyes were watering… and of course then I went and explored and read your other posts and now I am definitely here to stay!

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  37. Becky
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! So glad to see you blowing up all of the place. Well deserved!

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  38. Alex - Old Town Home
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    When we found you because of the AT Homies we knew it would only be a matter of time until your unicorns arrived, and there’s little that makes us happier. The fact that you own an old house and are putting your heart and soul into its restoration makes you an outlier among the blogging world, with so many MCM aesthetics and thrifted chevron and burlap tchotchkes whipped up for the purpose of “the blog.” You are working on a larger goal, and something that we value and identify with. The simple fact that you’re a self described delusional, well, you (and we) can’t do the type of work we’re doing without being a little bit delusional, and more specifically, delusions of capabilities that we can ultimately see through to implementation. Those of us that like old things are a bit of an exception to the rule, but getting traction like you’ve received in the last week allows you and your blog to take a step or two towards making the appreciation of these great things of the past just a little more accessible and “normal.” Congratulations on all of your hard work paying off. We’re glad to say “we knew you when.”

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    • Tiffany
      July 2, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

      I totally agree with Alex (above)! When we bought our 1890 Farmhouse (almost 2 years ago) I knew it would take many many years to get it to the place we wanted it to be…we don’t have the money to get it there any faster & though our life is in a perpetual state of “in progress” – this is how it should be. Creating spaces, and fixing all those details takes time, and though it feels like everyone else just clapped their hands & had these glorious renovated homes…it really isn’t like that.

      I look for old house people wherever I go, and like I’ve mentioned to you here before – I typically ramble them to death because I can’t imagine talking to them about anything else :) You have found your people & I am happy to be one of them. And I don’t mind living through you in order to enjoy “your people” too :) Enjoy! You deserve it!! xx

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  39. Laurel
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    And if we’re being honest….the smashing success of the blog may net you some local people who you could convince to help you move things, which may be compensation enough for Paul.

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  40. Cindy
    July 2, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    I am in love with you! Well, not literally, but in a figurative sense! I found your blog through a random posting on FB several days ago and am totally smitten! You are quirky, nutty, and sarcastically hilarious…..which translates beautifully in your writing! Everything I aspire to be in my own blog…..just haven’t figured it out yet!!

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