1. elizabeth
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    Next? Minimalism? I almost fell off my chair at that one. Just the pick-me-up I needed on this gloomy morning. Thanks.


  2. Lynne from Design The Life You Want To Live
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Gurl, you crack me up! That was still a hoot!

    Editors note!! hahaha.


    Don’t feel bad. I did something stupid this week. (that’s supposed to make you feel better) If I had a third leg, I’d kick myself with it.

    Love ya!!
    Lynne xx


  3. Monica
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    It doesn’t matter what you do for Christmas, it all looks FABULOUS!! I love it!!


  4. Lynne
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    You know what, Victoria? We love you because you’re real and not a hyped up QVC saleswoman trying to talk us into more stuff. So nothing spectacular got created this Christmas. Oh well. There will be next year. You still have a lovely home and a dear husband and will have a very merry Christmas!


  5. rachel
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    You dear woman. Thank you for all your words. They are fancy enough (read: spectacularly fancy) without listening to the glitter troll. I am not disappointed. I love the Merry and Bright on your lovely mirror. Thank you for that.

    If it is encouraging at all to know: my only Christmas décor this year includes a wreath with a plaid bow from last year, about 18′ of icicle lights I put on my deck banister, friends’ Christmas cards taped on the wall, electric candle lights that I have had for 10 years, and a bowl of oranges that may or may not get cloves stuck in them. Some years I trick out my house. But this is not that year. I recommend it. But if this makes the glitter troll jump up and strangle you, by all means, ignore me.


  6. judy
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    THANK THE SANITY SAINTS! Your home looked spectacular last Christmas Post and really didn’t need one more embellishment to make it a wonderful warm pretty place for you and friends and family to enjoy the Holidays. I think this Blogging -especially for one of your writing prowess) could come to be a bit of a trap of one-upmanship over your own endeavors. Very dangerous. I can guarantee you that we all come for the writing and all of the comments about desperate pleas to !open the boxes! were offered tongue in cheek. We can’t be that desperate can we? Relax and enjoy your wonderful home and family and thanks for all of the wonderful humor you have provided.


  7. Traci
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Victoria–you are beautiful. You are amazingly talented and entertaining. Your home is beautiful. Paul sounds like a prince of a guy. We love you just as you are. Let go of the madness, the fight for the perfect this and that. Allow the holiday to be about the wonder and the gifts with which you are blessed. Take a break, a breath, and enjoy the season of love. Peace to you and yours.


    • Jean Moore
      December 17, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

      AMEN to that Traci. Best advice so far.


    • Linda
      December 18, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

      What she said….about amen. Cut yourself some slack. You made us laugh.

      One other note…..in desperation for something to put in one cache pot, I went to my local Kroger store and bought the last poinsettia that was the right size. The shameful part…..it had glitter on the leaves. Glitter belongs a lot of places but not on the leaves of a poinsettia. Desperage peo0ple do desperate things.
      I’m going to enjoy Christmas in spite of it. I have lowered my standards since the days when I would have immediately rejected such a thing. No real shame has come to me. One adjusts as one gets older and tired-er. Jingle bells.


  8. Nikki
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    You have cheered me up immensely! We are going out of town for the holidays (think MIL in assisted living…can it get any more cheerful?) So decorating is minimal this year…and I will be scooping it all off the mantels before we leave as I don’t want dead greenery staring at me when we return.

    I got crazy on Cyber-Monday with discounts and free shipping….wine was also included…the more wine, the more presents I was giving. I sent it ALL back yesterday and am mailing checks as my gifts…..as now I don’t have time to shop. Valuable lesson learned: The colors of shirts on my computer are much brighter in person, (imagine Grinch Green.)

    So you are my new hero…..enjoy the shopping, enjoy thinking about it all, and then save money and send it back!

    Hope your holidays will be so much less stressful and more jolly!


  9. Jacqui
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    That was a good giggle to start the day! I feel guilty for enjoying you getting all stressed while I kick back with a coffee and observe it. As a dedicated reader I must help you in your guilt! You are forgiven, glitter is not my reason for reading your blog, it’s your humour! That is your gift, not the glitter. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday. See you in the new year. XXOO


  10. Mary
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    I agree, Victoria; your dive back into reality makes you human and responsible and a partner in your marriage (once in awhile we need to compromise with those guys ,right?). We are, and always will be, big fans and I can’t imagine how you could ever be a disappointment. Perish the thought, and Merry Christmas!


  11. Donna Marchlewski
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:31 am

    I am not the least bit disappointed! You and Paul are so lovely together, that, in itself, is worth a bucket of shiny gold baubles!


  12. Ginny
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:32 am

    Victoria, I think we can all relate to the panic the holidays create in those of us who are so committed to the idea of creating the most memorable holiday decorations on planet earth. This year I decided instead of more decorations I wanted less stress. Now here I am at the 11th hour panicked because all of the adult kids have just informed us they are coming home. (The youngest informed me; “you can put the tree up now mom”) Ha! He forgot who he was dealing with—–already up! Anyway, I have (mostly) enjoyed “less is more” this season and instead of 7 days of decorating, making cookies, crafting, etc. I spent the time with my elderly mom.

    I must have missed something, are you starting the kitchen remodel during the holidays? Also, how did you banish Paul to live in the basement? So glad you resisted the urge to reorder everything. Frankly, you don’t have to prove to us that you are the best decorator/blogger/comedienne around; we already know it! Happiest of Holidays to you, Paul and Elvis.


  13. Carole @ Rustic Artistry
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    Whenever I see one of your posts in my inbox I have to stop whatever I’m doing and read it immediately, because I know it will be so gratifying. Nothing like a little snarky humor with my morning coffee.

    The day that you go minimalist is the day that I fill my house with shiny glittery things, so you don’t have to worry — ain’t gonna happen 🙂 And your sense of priorities is clearly rubbing off on Paul if he decided to do that kitchen project right in the middle of the Christmas extravaganza. Good job!!


  14. Bryna
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    Wait, so does this mean the kitchen remodel is finally starting?


  15. Diana Ings
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    Elizabeth as others have commented, we are not disappointed. Your gift to us all is your ability to make us laugh out loud! Many of us see a reflection of ourselves in your comments (I too respond to EVERYTHING as if it were a crisis, and never let totally satisfactory alone). So enjoy you beautiful home and Happy Holidays to you and your husband!


  16. Melissi
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    GASP…. Less is more?! Yes Victoria, Christmas will be wonderful because of your terrific husband, family & friends. The glitter troll might pout this year but just think, you won’t be sweeping up glitter for the next 6 months… Merry Christmas!!


  17. Amanda
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    Don’t worry, Victoria, with all my glittery crystally dangles hanging from every possible vertical surface in my house, I excessed (is that a word?) enough for all of us. Mystery boxes are fine until you get the bill…and then what would you have left to buy all of those fabulous Craigslist and yard sale finds waiting after the New Year?


  18. Katharine
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    I love you and your holiday rabies.


  19. Lisa
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    I felt compelled to reply, even though I NEVER reply or even read the comments to the blogs I enjoy. (Does that make me silly in some way?). Your blog is one of two that I always read, no matter how busy I am. I am here for your wit and charm, your writing style, your honesty, and your grounded-in-reality-and-ready-to-please-when-not-impossible-hunk-of-a-husband, Paul. (I have a husband that is a lot like Paul sounds like, so I get some good laugh-out-loud sessions going when I read your posts.). Do not fall prey to trying to please us. Just be you. We will love you even more if you do.


  20. Cynthia @ her lovely nest
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    good on you for choosing sanity over glitter trolls. though I have no doubt we would’ve been duly blown away with your creations, I’m happy you’ll get more time to enjoy the season!


  21. Diane Amick
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    Oh you dear, dear woman…..I am still lusting after your giant disco balls from way back when, so don’t worry that we will be disappointed. We are NEVER disappointed when we have a post from you. We are EXCITED to see what Craigslist find/yard sale gem/kitchen genius idea/ crafty plan you and Paul have come up with next. Our glitter fairy lives at your house so that we don’t have to entertain him/her/it every hour of every day. Take heart – we love every idea, every failure, every success right along with you.


  22. nancy
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    Seriously Victoria! Reading your post today has saved my sanity. For the first time (in 56 years) I have NOT decorated to excess for the holidays. A dear friend of mine is terminally ill and I just can’t seem to find the normal holiday spirit as I am gathering all my courage and energy to help her on this final journey. Are my family members and friends disappointed that I won’t be hosting the annual overly-excessive festivities this year? Probably. Am I concerned about how they feel right now? Not really. This year I will concentrate on celebrating the life and love of my friend and hope that the glitter troll will make an appearance next year if I can find the holiday spirit again.


    • Melissi
      December 17, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

      Bless you Nancy for keeping priorities straight. I’m so sorry you are losing someone so special to you. Enjoy these moments and memories.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 17, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

      sending you hugs… from me, Elvis, and the Glitter Troll.


    • Cyndia
      December 18, 2014 @ 2:37 am

      Nancy, you have your priorities just right. I’m so sorry about your friend.


  23. JamieAbe
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:59 am

    Not only do you reorder it all, but now, just for the extra trouble, you order the more expensive options of the same crap. That’ll show him!


  24. Helene
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    Those huge gilded mirrors are enough fanciness for an entire decade! I don’t think you need to decorate anything for years to come! And this post WAS spectacular, as they all are, just because of your writing and personality and the ever-patient Paul in the background, always interjecting with his reasonable thoughts. Why are husbands so darn reasonable ALL THE TIME? It’s the height of aggravation.


  25. Brenda Schweder
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Yours is the ONLY blog that I subscribe to. And you make me laugh with every darn post. Out loud! But, no pressure!

    You and Paul have a beautiful holiday, Victoria! Oxox!


  26. Dianne
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    I actually love that garland. It looks so Greek. So if these photos are from last year…what did you actually do this year? I want to see the house decorated however grand or small. 🙂


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 17, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

      the photos are current, but I made the mistake of captioning them with a link to last year’s mirror, which made sense at the time, but now I see was confusing!


  27. Meg C
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    I read you because you write out my inner voice perfectly! Loud, extremely irrational, and obnoxious. If you only wrote the arguments you have with yourself my day would be complete. I need no pictures.

    Also, I’d give you a hug and a soothing, ‘Shhhhhhh’ if that would help.

    P.S. I strive toward minimalism so I have fewer aneurysms. Instead of ‘DECORATE ALL THE THINGS!’ its more like ‘THROW OUT ALL THE THINGS!!’


  28. sharon
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    Oh thank GAWD….first of all, ALL those quilts. Folded-ohsooonice-tiny towels on top…what the HELL???? Second, like- glitter?….thought I was at mustard seed!!!! No, Victoria Elizabeth Barnes….nevereverever let that happen….I personally enjoy AND look oh so forward to the Christmas photo of YOU and your BROTHERs…..so please. Please .PLEASE….don’t screw that up!


  29. Nikki
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    oh, to see into your mind…. LOL

    You have such a gift for writing. Please continue.


  30. Sherry
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    Loved the post.
    The mirror looks great.
    The cat must think it is fabulous too because the cat is in EVERY SINGLE PICTURE !
    Loved that.
    P.S. I hope the cat has a glitter collar.


  31. Susannah
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    i do thank you for identifying the existence of the glitter troll. She shows up in my life EVERY DAY! Sometimes she demands I buy more gifts, sometimes it’s a You can DIY that and it will be SO MUCH BETTER than what you could buy for 1/4 the price, currently she demanded MORE Glimmer Strings from Pier 1 to go along with the ones I still haven’t hung up.


  32. Sandy
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    Don’t know what to add. So enjoyed your post You crack me up.
    Hysterical life you have. Enjoy Christmas however it is decorated


  33. Shoham
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    Wonderful, wonderful. I, too, have had the experience of a husband’s reaction. Usually it starts with “What have you done now”, right? I also have two large ornate mirrors that blew his mind completely. Now as retirees with two homes we are downsizing, OMG-now that is really hard. So I gave away most of our furniture in one state to family, etc. and then he thinks maybe we should wait for the market to change. He doesn’t realize he’s created another new monster of RENEWAL! Now I have to figure out how to redo a home, oh boy!


    • Gayna
      December 17, 2014 @ 2:38 pm



  34. Beth Lee
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:42 am

    I am inflicked with the same compulsive disorder. But hey, we get things done right? And WELL AHEAD OF TIME, right! Nothing…. NOTHING, goes undone… As we speak, I have planned dinner for CHRISTMAS, bought the food and am mentally preparing for decoration takedown organization. I love your blog. We are on the same page…
    Thank you for sharing… You are talented, creative and witty.


  35. Marta
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:42 am

    Darling, darling girl! Shhhhh, it’s alright, it’s alright!

    It’s time to give Paul his annual gift: “You were right, dear.”

    You could never disappoint us. Thank you for not setting the bar higher for yourself, for us your readers, for women everywhere. Relax. Enjoy the holidays. Laugh. Sleep late. Above all, go dancing!


  36. Marta
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    P.S. I wish there was a Like/Thumbs up button for comments! My tribe!!! Love you all!


  37. Lindy
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    I’m confused. The pictures are from last year. You sent the glitter boxes back. Are you doing ANYTHING for this year? Knowing you I can’t believe you’re going to leave it blank. But are you? Are you going to re-do your last year’s decorations? (Why not, they were fab) But just to clarify.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 17, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

      the pictures are from this year… I flubbed by captioning it with a link to last year’s mirror… I thought that made sense, but now from another perspective, I can see how that’s confusing!!


  38. Dana
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    Everyone is posting in relentless support. Everyone loves you so much that they want to be you. I , for one, am disappointed. You had me a a hint of a glitter cannon and you ended up painting words on a mirror? Did you really need a grid laid out? You even wing it with a plan. I catch myself being mad at you for all of your finds and aspirations. Mad at you for Paul and his willingness to satisfy your creative urges and lust for cool junk. Mad at you for your name- it’s so Victorian house and big mirror (my own seems like a potato farmer tossed it around with his mariner friend in the docks.) I don’t even like the way you yard sale. I can tell that you’d beat me out of the best stuff by your sheer energy and romp while keaving me with a naked Barbie collection that have all been given haircuts by a sadistic 8 year old. Shame on you, VEB…. Shame. 🙂


    • Gayna
      December 17, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

      AHAHAHAHAHA! Gotta love those sassy fans! #family


  39. Shelley
    December 17, 2014 @ 11:59 am

    Here’s a little story. Every year I set out to make 12 different kinds of Christmas cookies/candies. I did it ONE year and it was a magnificent monstrosity of butter and sugar. I received accolades from far and wide. My kitchen was a disaster, but LOOK! I made fudge! It was the embodiment of Christmas Joy.
    You get the idea. I set a bar so high that I would never be able to attain it. I never took into account silly things like REAL LIFE. It never occurred to me there might be illness, another pregnancy, a toddler running around, a Decmber vacation, etc. to throw it all off.
    Every year now I think people expect this of me because I expect it from me. I took an embarrassingly small cookie assortment to a party last weekend. There were only 3 kinds! No one said anything. The world didn’t end. Sigh…in other words, I understand, Victoria. It’s ok. Paul was wrong. We are not disappointed. I’m actually grateful because I might have ended up with Amazon boxes on my own stoop in an effort to mimic your greatness. Then my husband wouldn’t be speaking to me . So thanks, you did me a favor. Merry Christmas!


  40. Diana C.
    December 17, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    WHAT??? No glitter cannon? My sparkle fairy just dissolved into tears. She was counting on that to renew my decorating spirit this year, which seems to have fallen a bit flat. My trees are up and fabulous; but the mantel and stair banisters are bare, and only two door wreaths will have to suffice as well. Could it be that a decorating Grinch of sorts has invaded our home? Well, not to worry. We will save up for extra glitter and sparkle next year and all will be back to normal. Sometimes sanity must intervene to keep us from going completely off the glitter rails.

    LOVE, and always look forward to your blog Victoria. Never change. You are me and sometimes we just need a break from the madcap fast pace to sit back and enjoy what we have. My “Paul” (Frank) was glad I took the simple approach this year as well, as it meant much less work for him. I told him to save his strength for next year…


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