1. Siouxie Q
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    I approve. Carry on.


  2. Jennifer @ Also Known As...the Wife
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    I MUST know what is in those boxes!!!


    • maggieb
      December 10, 2014 @ 11:04 am

      Yeah me too!


    • Diana Ings
      December 10, 2014 @ 11:20 am

      Yes I want to know too! Especially what on earth is in the big one!!!!


  3. Lydia
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    Well I hate to say it but the Glitter Troll is right. This is not the Victoria Elizabeth Barnes we all know and love. Whether you post it on the blog or not you love shiny things. Embrace it, drag out the boxes, fete your Inner Raccoon and get your gold on. Denial only results in impulse Amazon purchases. Look at it like this, if an ax murderer tries to come in the house he will be blinded by the bling, giving you time to escape.


  4. bfwebster
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    This post will make my sweet wife Sandra feel oh so much better about herself.

    Also, burlap.


  5. Monica
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    I love this, hurry up and unpack!!!


  6. BrocanteuseRose
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    I second, Siouxie Q. 🙂

    Why am I thinking you must buy even more glittery goodness?! Perhaps because I can hide on my couch and live vicariously through you. Yes that sounds correct.


  7. Jayne Z
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    Can’t wait to see the results!


  8. Darling Lily
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    God bless your sweet heart. How well I know the feeling. After 51 years on this Earth, I have finally figured out that “simple” causes more angst and work and money for people like us. “Simple” is hard to pull off; everything has to be just so, and 1/8s of inches matter. A few misplaced sprinklings of glitter can throw the entire look off. And I myself am never satisfied with “simple”, so I end up not using it anyway, this wasting money and dealing a severe blow to my self confidence. So I just go insane and let the glitter fall where it may.

    If you lived next door to your mama, do you think it would be unethical to have all those boxes delivered there, so your husband didn’t see them? Asking for a friend…

    I can’t wait to see all the glory that will be wrought from your mind and those boxes!


  9. Connie Brown
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    So open the boxes already- your crazy reader must know what yourself talked you into buying.


  10. Christina
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    I agree with Jennifer! I must know what is in those boxes!!!


  11. Dianne
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Yes, yes! You must spin it into gold and share the entire experience with us lesser impulsive beings. PLEASE!


  12. Vy
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    This year I scaled back, no crocheting snowflakes for Christmas cards (I would have had to start at Halloween), no Christmas cards at all, no elaborate presents (I’m baking pumpkin bread for everyone), no cookie distributions. Let me tell you, it’s glorious.

    It’s not a forever thing, just this year. I saw Christmas looming like one of those CGI tidal waves and thought, “Not this year.”

    I still have the tree(s)(shhhh) up, I still put lights up. But half my decorations are still boxed and it feels grand. I’m enjoying the season a lot more than if I’d run around like a maniac trying to fit everything everything everything in. There is ALWAYS next year 🙂


  13. Kate Sparks
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Oh honey, we didn’t need the ‘net to od on Christmas décor… we had those all day all night shopping networks….


  14. Catherine W.
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Which is why I bought ballroom dance shoes — for me and for my husband — at 1:00 this morning. Stopped short of ordering a ballgown, however.


  15. Di Elliott
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    Well this one is all on Paul, afterall he left you alone with yourself and you, that’s never gonna end with simple. Ever…. So the pyrotechnics glitter cannon you purchased to go off every time you walk in the door and the little robot vaccuum you bought to clean up afterwards so you didn’t have to and at the same time fancy decorated to amuse Elvis as it went about it’s work are fabulous, now what’s in the rest of the boxes…. Lines up for a ringside seat at shinies.


  16. Tkraft Art & Interiors
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    Haha. It bites us in the ass every time. Can’t wait to see the results and a photo of you covered in it…


  17. cbaumgartner
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    I know your dilemma so well. I think we should just sit down and look someone in the eyes for at least 5 minutes this season.


  18. noel
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    dear victoria , i too have an afinity for sparkly shiny christmas stuff and i also like earthy twiggy burlapy plaid and country christmas stuff so i do both! I live in both my”. more is better” christmas worlds. i have a really have a hard time controlling my impulsive nature fortunately limited money helps . Lookout if i ever win the lottery!lol


  19. Melissa
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    Eagerly awaiting the spinning into gold part!! And also, dying to see more of this vintage linen treasure trove in the gorgeous glass door cabinet!


  20. Bridget from Refined Vintage
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    I have to see what’s in the boxes!!! I bet it will be worth it in the end.


  21. Jill
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    First, hilarious as always….. Second, I am so glad I am going to be starting a job after the new year working from home. My current coworkers think I am crazy because I laugh so hard from my office whenever I read one of your posts…


  22. Ann Marie
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    O … M … G. What a stash! You know, you could’ve used the old “walking in your sleep” defense or in this case: interneting (is that a word?) in your sleep….Just saying..
    Can’t wait to see what you do with all of it.
    I know it’ll look fantastic.


  23. Mary Bartkowski
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    Please know that I truly love you and your unique ability to put a humorous spin on outrageousness and insanity and make it fun and enviable. That being said; well now, this last post, well, it’s just cruel…


    If you don’t post an answer super soon, I’m driving over and opening them myself. Never mind that I live approximately 1,100 miles away.

    YOU MUST SHARE!!!!!!!

    Please…even just one box and I will be able to sleep tonight. I know you will do the right thing. Thanks so much in advance.


  24. Deb Lindsley
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    Midnight frenzy….how often have I had those. Tell Paul to go away again so you can utilize what’s in those boxes. If he does it after Christmas, just make “any time of year” bling and wow us with your usual BRILLIANCE. DON’T open them until he goes away. I say this because then it feels like you HAVE to do something with it and spoils the pleasure of new found treasures. It will be like a Christmas present in July to yourself if you wait for your next “I need to do something” attack. Maybe you’ll forget what’s in them by then. I’ve had stuff I didn’t open until 5 years after the fact, “What’s this? Oh, WOW! Forgot I ordered that”. I wasn’t being lazy; it was just move after move after move. That works good unless it’s electronics. LOL.


  25. TERI
    December 10, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    Open the boxes! We need to know. . .

    Mind you, my giant Amazon box delivered by courier today had 90% scrunched up brown paper in it, which I’ve folded and saved.


  26. MicheleFromBoston
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    Can’t wait to see what’s in all the boxes! I’m having the same issues myself. I wish Pinterest wouldn’t send you daily “drugs” that lock on to the creative side of your brain and won’t let go ’til you’ve tried them. And because I work full-time I could never accomplish…yada, yada, yada.


  27. Cassandra
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    “I said – that is compulsiveness.
    Combined with impulsiveness.
    Intersecting with a desire to win the interesting blog-content contest.
    Overlaid with my attachment to the approval of strangers on the internet.
    Hampered by indecision.”

    Pure genius. That pretty much describes half my life right there.


  28. tammigirl
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    Oh dear, it’s time to get you into some volunteer time. I know! You can teach the blogless how to blog! And they’ll be interesting, because they will have learned from you.

    I’m sure you will torment your self and do more great things this year for Christmas.


  29. liz
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    Okay, curiosity piqued – check. Rolling on the floor with laughter when I saw that pile of boxes – check. Sitting by computer anxiously waiting for next post – check. OPEN THOSE BOXES – I just know this is going to be fantastic!! And if not, don’t worry, we’ve all had those late nite attacks of insanity .


  30. June
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    Elizabeth, I love this post. My 53 yr old self still lies to me, too.
    I was reading this post to my Mom and she asked if I wrote it. Your inclusion of Paul is all that saved me.
    The clear lights on half of my very tasteful 5 ft wreath decided to depart the scene two nights ago. This betrayal after I had spent three nights, the weekend of Thanksgiving, straightening tips & lights. Reaching straight up, while staring at a lit wreath, will make you stagger around your yard in the dark causing your neighbors to surmise you’ve been in the eggnog a bit early.
    I discovered the iTwinkle tree at Lowe’s back before Thanksgiving. iTwinkle trees have C9 LED lights that have a gazillion functions, plus you can download music for it and control it on your ipad . Awesome gaudiness! Not having a place for an itwinkle tree, I bought a strand of the itwinkle lights. I hadn’t found a use for them other than turning them on occasionally to play with them. Look out tasteful outdoor wreath! The neighborhood kids are going to love you clothed in itwinkle lights.


    • Lydia
      December 10, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

      Uh-oh. iTwinkle tree? I think Mr. “This one fake tree will last us the rest of our lives” is in trouble. I think I need an iTwinkle tree now.


  31. Kiki
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    Aaah, compulsiveness.
    Combined with impulsiveness.
    Intersecting with a desire to win ….. the love of everybody
    Overlaid with my attachment to the approval of …………. everybody
    Hampered by indecision.

    I wrote a long comment but forgot to fill in the top section, therefore it went AWOL and I haven’t got the will to redo it all……….. Now I wait with baited breath for the next instalment of your Xmas saga!


  32. Diana Ings
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:33 am

    Elizabeth Barnes reminds me so much of Erma Bombeck. Most of you are probably too young to know who she is. She had the same wonderful, delicious sense of humor. I still remember her columns with fondness, as many will remember Elizabeth’s columns in years to come. I am so glad I found Elizabeth.

    Carry on Elizabeth! Do not keep the glitter troll at bay – and for goodness sake – open the boxes!


  33. Toni
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    …..and……???? You are keeping us in suspense! But seriously…..sometimes its good to actually listen to our “selves”…..she can be a protector of our sanity. Generally when “self” is telling us to “slow down”, “halt the wagons”or “whoa girl” I’ve learned in my 64 years….it is generally a good thing to listen to! We blog trolls would completely understand! Lot’s of glittery grace here!


  34. karan
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:38 am

    Yes, we love the glitter, chaos, Glitter Troll, your answer to Paul and his back to you (I love it)….but please open the boxes and satisfy our unending curiosity. We have to know what is in them!!!! And help you decirate, of course!!!!!


  35. Sue
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    …inquiring minds want to know…open those boxes!!!!


  36. Martha Smith
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    My mantra: “It’s not done until it’s overdone! “


  37. Garden, Home and Party
    December 10, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    Can you please post what you bought in a post tomorrow? Please. I can’t wait until next week, what if your computer breaks and you’re unable to reveal what wonderful treasures you’ve found for Christmas decorations?!



  38. Mrs Major Hoff
    December 10, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    Oh, how I can relate. There are times my heart stops when the package man comes with a box with the smiling arrow, and I have to think back to WTH did I order in the middle of the night? Can’t wait to see what you bought!


  39. Shelley
    December 10, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    Are your seriously kidding me right now? After a year+ of reading your blog I always told myself your Craigslist hauls are East Coast only miracles. Miraculous GFT’s are not available to this Midwest girl. I have heard rumours, read magazine articles, and watched TV shows touting the Eastern U.S.’ awesome roadside fleas markets and Craiglist treasures. The distance has saved me so much time, money, and sanity. That knowledge filled me with a restless contentment. NOW you tell me you bought on Amazon!? Victoria, *I* can buy on Amazon! What are you doing to me? You obviously want my house to be beautiful and my husband not to speak to me. (Sigh) Lets get it over with and open ’em up…


  40. Sarah Huge
    December 10, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

    Hahahahaha! Amazon One-click will be the end of my bank acct. or life!!! LOVE you, your posts, your complete normalcy!!!


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