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  1. Patty
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:49 am

    This is exactly why we want you to post more often – -you are so cool, interesting, a sharp dresser, full of AMAZING ideas . . . and I want to see what you are embroidering! Thanks!


  2. Anne Greene
    June 14, 2017 @ 11:57 am

    Thanks for reminding me of another reason why I love your blog in the first place. It makes me feel less alone in my own creative chaos. My distractions are far less fancy and I’m far less tech savvy (I could never pull off that bow or those sleeves and don’t even have an Instagram account) but my brain full of ideas and piles of half-done projects are just as plentiful. Not to mention, I’m also a huge cat lover (with a special special fondness for tuxedo cats– or “Holstein kitties” as I call them).


  3. katy
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

    YES to all of the above. I fell slightly less crazy for redoing my bathroom on a whim on a day off work – painted the walls, floors (they will be replaced, but for now are unfortunate stick on tile, mirror, dresser, sink base, shelves, icky shower enclosure (with very stinky paint i might add), and have it all done before my husband gets home? yes! also dyed the couch and weeded a flower bed. when i get things done, i get things done.

    ALSO please share the making of those glorious earrings! I need a pair stat! My cat crew may need a pair for themselves too.


  4. Peggy
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:25 pm

    I love you! This one feels like my life right now😂


  5. P. Ford
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:29 pm

    I so enjoy living inside your mind, if only for a few moments every month or so ( is it really that seldom or am I just missing one here and there?).
    My life is total chaos right now also, just not the kind that one chooses. Therefore, I LOVE reading about adorable cats, sewing, Craigs List finds and so many more interesting things that make your blogs a very welcome respite.
    The Kingdom Mirror will always remain my favorite…even should you locate the Holy Grail at some point. And you probably will.
    Thank you for sharing. 💜


  6. Dianne
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:33 pm

    I believe this post simply needs to say “It’s time for a vacation.”


  7. Edie Teubner
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    OMG!!! I love you to death! Your brain works the same way mine does, you just have a much better looking place to show off the crazy wonderful things you do and collect!


  8. Kathy
    June 14, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

    I have botanical prints that live out of my head. They certainly don’t live on planet earth. You can see them at Will send details on my upcoming show at PHS.

    Happy day,


  9. Sherry Stuifbergen
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

    You HAVE TO keep the chair! It is gorgeous! Do you have a daytime job? Is the sewing and making things what you do in your spare time? Just curious what job you hold and your title. Your home is lovely. Yes, I wish you’d post more often…let us know what mischief you are up to. Your followers love cats and antiques and decorating. We are all “off the wall” like you. Keep posting…Sherry


  10. Jeanne Holbrook
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

    That blouse in the link ; the sleeves need to be lined. I was thinking a black and white pinstripe but you, being you , may want a botanical print lining. ????
    Anyway love your blog and everything


  11. Erector Set 38
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

    Do you consider yourself a hot mess?


  12. Lauren Z.
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:21 pm

    I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to see all this stuff you are crafting. Especially the turban, the roses, and the pants. May you not sweat to death in the pursuit of all things handmade and fancy. 🙂


  13. Elise
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

    Loved this post! And I hoard chairs too but I only want ones that are super-comfy. I don’t get the ‘chair as purely decorative object.’ Well, I guess I understand it, but in my small house all chairs need to be able to be sat on, by us or guests or dogs, for hours on end. This means that I’m the person at the thrift store or garage sale who is just bizarrely just sitting there camped out in the chair like a weirdo.

    One question on the post – why would you buy TWO of the pompom fringe forever-21 blouse, then cut the arms off of 1 and sew them to the other? Are you planning on sprouting another set of arms soon (or did you already)?


  14. Patricia McPheeters
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

    Dear Victoria Elizabeth,
    The average length of age at the turn of the century (1900) in the U.S. was 42. Perhaps heat stroke??

    Also, there was a time when a party was held for a woman turning 40, she was officially old, and no longer allowed to do heavy work, gardening, etc.

    Mighty Leaf Black Currant Iced Tea is my refreshment. It’s amazing. That and a fan blasting into my kitchen.


  15. Nancy Cooper
    June 14, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

    It brightens my day to see VEB in the mailbox. I love your ideas, humor, and compassion and just knowing there are people like you in the world.


  16. Cecilia
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

    My dear, three things. 1. Your chair “thing” is perfectly normal (by my standards). We currently have seven lounge suites – three of them Jacobean – and other seating of irresistible gorgeousness scattered throughout the house and garden, and joke that we will need to set up an “Ass Farm” business. I counted the chairs in the back garden yesterday out of sheer curiosity: 18. There are two of us living here. 2. If you live in a Victorian house, there is often no need for air conditioning. Factor in 13-foot ceilings with high air vents plus the judicious use of door transoms, ceiling fans and thick window coverings. Our summers often have 5+ days of above 40 degrees Celsius, but our rambly old house has never gone above 26 manageable degrees. 3. Sadly, having a cat will often put a damper on some of the best ideas. I used to be a tassel person…


  17. Sugar R
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

    You are by far the funniest, most articulate, most creative human being on the planet….Thanks for brightening my day….week, probably.


  18. Lindsey R
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:10 pm

    This post is exactly what we want! (and come to expect from you) You’re amazing. We love you, keep it up.


  19. Rachel
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

    You are so amazing. Your level of complete irrationality and delight is the best, and I just got back to work from a lunch break where I bought two pounds of sushi grade Copper River Salmon which cost $85 because I had this idea that I absolutely had to have a Swedish Midsummer party this weekend and I absolutely had to make gravlax for the first time and now I REALLY REALLY hope it works out or that will be a sad and expensive disappointment.

    Anyway, the point is that I was worried I was totally losing it and making really irresponsible adult decisions but you make me feel not alone and I love it!!! The sleeves are amazing!


  20. Dixie Collins
    June 14, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

    I feel so exhausted now. Back to my zen/yoga position.


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