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  1. Sue J.
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    The urns are fabulous. (Fake moss?)
    Merry Christmas and Happy GFT-filled New Year.


  2. Garden, Home and Party
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    If I ever get to your neck of the woods, honestly, I want you to take me antique auction hopping. You find the best buys on the planet.
    Have a wonderful holiday with your family. Send me some of your mom’s pecan tartlets.


  3. Diane Essary
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:39 am

    Oh my gawd! What a deal !!!!! Im jelous like you wouldnt believe. Ive seen urns like this go for thousands and i also dream of owning even 1 ….no idea where it would even go but just owning it would be fine with me .lol congrats on your amazing win and happy new year


  4. Michelle Anthony
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:40 am

    Victoria – I am knew to your world and am so glad I made the decision to join your fan club! Yours is the only blog that I’ve ever subscribed to and I wanted to thank you for speaking our truth! Happy, happy Holidays to you and yours! Looking forward to an impossibly fabulous 2016!


  5. Julian
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  6. Carrie
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    I check your blog every day hoping for some new fantastic, unreasonable but totally understandable, life changing GFT. Thank you for sharing your humor, your obsessions, your self reflection, your house plans, your husband, and your sweet cat with us. 🙂 Happy holidays to you too!!


  7. Jayne Z
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    The best part of this blog (and all others) are the pictures of sweet Elvis! Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy your blogs and your wonderful writing style and thought process, but Elvis just warms my heart and I’m so glad he is doing well! Happy holidays!


  8. Annika
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    …where is this auction house, I have…a friend… who wants to steal GFTs………


  9. Amber
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

    Don’t you dare paint that white one black! I agree with you that it is perfect just as it is! I can totally see beautiful amaryllis growing in it, or you could do a moss covered topiary (it doesn’t sound like moss growing is all that hard – at least according to pinterest). Or you could get one of those gorgeous spiral topiaries that I have long coveted and want to put on each side of my front door in the fantasy world where my dream house resides. P.S. I love Elvis in a Santa hat and I hope you all have a wonderful, fun, lovely Christmas!!


  10. Lesley B
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    You DO NOT want a matching pair of black urns! No Way No Way No way. Just throw some white paint over the other one and leave outside for a while. Matching urns are just not you Victoria – only boring women have matching black urns and you are never boring. I love hearing of your adventures, you make me smile. Love and blessings to you all for the holidays (hope Elvis is staying well ? xxx )


  11. Kristin
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

    Your use of language, love of GFT and Don Draper, and your glorious home give me great joy. Thank you for being so wonderfully you. You’re the coolest. Plus, I live right outside Philly as well, so I like to think I *kinda* know you because of our geographical proximity.


  12. Katherine
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    Merry Christmas, VEB! Elvis looks adorable, and the urns are lovely. What a steal! 🙂 Thank you for bringing joy to all of us.


  13. Nancy
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    Love your funny, interesting and always educational blog and look forward to reading it. Merry Christmas to you and your husband and Elvis.


  14. anna mcfarland
    December 21, 2015 @ 1:02 pm

    Victoria, you are truly a gifted writer. You could give Erma Bombeck a run for her money. Thank you for sharing your love of GFT with us. Merry Christmas to you and Paul and Elvis.

    (You forgot Happy Festivus! Are you a Seinfeld fan?)


  15. Rose
    December 21, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    Love the tree in the urn! And so enjoy your posts. I don’t comment very often, but today really stuck to me.

    As a long-time auction attendee and wife of the auctioneer, I can completely understand the crazed need for beating someone from the thing you want.

    And I can tell you – theft comes in many ways at an auction. Once the auctioneer says SOLD, you’re responsible. They don’t have the staff, nor the memory of who bought what, so the guy who steals your stuff could be a regular auction goer. Nobody would question that he didn’t buy what you bought. Oh, and it happens when you’re there or not. Have had a few things stolen in my years and it’s happened while trying to get stuff to my car & was by myself.

    Big stuff isn’t usually an issue when loading your car…if it has drawers, take them out. If it has cushions, take them off, shelves, take them with you. But easily moved items are screaming, “Steal me! Steal me!” Oh and boxes…with the cool stuff and the crappy toilet seat…pun intended, they pick and choose, so be wary and wise. Pack it up and put it somewhere safe or ask someone to watch it for you if they’re just standing around bidding.

    Finding an auction house you like and become a regular and get to know folks. It’s a social thing besides an adrenaline rush! Once you get to know a few people and become friendly, they take care of one another. Get a seat, carry some Rubbermaid containers and something to wrap the precious goods and people watch your stuff.

    Thanks for the great posts and hope you have a lovely holiday!


  16. Laurie
    December 21, 2015 @ 1:20 pm

    Victoria, your interactions with Paul so mirror how I relate to my husband! It just makes me laugh and feel like I am not as crazy as I seem. I live in a new Victorian filled with antique furniture that is “pretty, ornate and over the top”, but totally non-functional for my 6’3″ hubby who eats his knees if he attempts to sit on any of it, whose feet hit the footboard of any GFT bed I find, and whose practicality makes justifying any GFT a great challenge. He indulges me, just like your sweet Paul does even when it doesn’t make sense to him. Thank you for sharing your incredible wit, sense of humor about yourself and your fabulous design sense that I so relate. My Midnight likes to crawl inside my pump organ and then cry for help to get out…. I so relate to your Elvis adventures. Merry Christmas! I can’t wait for the fun to continue in the new year!


  17. Dianne
    December 21, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

    Don’t you get it…all I want for Christmas is Paul!!! LOL
    Merry Christmas and thank you for many hours of pure laughter during the year. So looking forward to your kitchen final reveal.


  18. Debbie W.
    December 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

    Reading your blog ALWAYS makes my day. Thank you so much for being there to entertain all of us.

    I find myself going into antique stores or junk stores or Restore, and saying “I know Victoria would love this mirror/urn/huge sideboard/whatever GFT” . It cracks my husband up that I talk about you like we are great personal friends (which I feel like we are, never mind that I have never met you IRL).

    Happy ALL Holidays to you, Paul and Elvis


  19. Suzanne Forbes
    December 21, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

    Hi Victoria! New reader/subscriber, long-time craigslist forager and fancy-house aspirant. I just moved into a huge Art Nouveau flat in Berlin and my (third!) husband’s patience with the endless craigslist, DIY and eBay overspending is saintlike, like your Paul’s. I am so comforted by the knowledge that you too are risking bankruptcy for the sake of a beautiful home 🙂 and your Elvis is a precious baby.


  20. Kay
    December 21, 2015 @ 2:50 pm

    Agree that the urn looks perfect as is.

    You are wonderful, as is Paul, and dear Elvis is looking exceptionally adorable. I hope for more years of looking forward to your blog posts and cackling over your experiences and the way you record them. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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