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  1. mrscarmichael
    December 4, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    how’d the bow go?


  2. Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns}
    December 4, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Your home is gorgeous, your writing is witty and I am quite certain you have won the blogging/decorating/creativity contest! lol Loved your tour, your post and am dying to know how much all that garland cost (because I’m nosy like that)! Haha!
    Thrilled to be touring with you! 🙂


  3. Kiki
    December 4, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    couldn’t comment earlier, had to watch the video first – much hilarity and smiles – standards quite varying too 🙂
    love your 200ft of garlands but am a bit worried that you might render your readers jealous with the ease you spend…. although Christmas Season shouldn’t allow for jealousy, right?!
    your home looks very lovely, the bits you let us see…. are you having a real winter season? here in France (Ile de France, nr Paris) it’s not very Christmassy, daily around 5-8C, a bit sunshine, a bit fog, cold winds but so far not a snowflake in sight…. Have to create Advent with my decorations and greenery, baubles, ties, wreathes everywhere (have about 5 or 7 all around the house), and BINGO, it works a treat… Now I need some 2 months time to write my 140 personal and personalized Christmas cards I do every year.
    i’ll have a bubbly tonight to your health – could you do a little dance for me? ta…. 🙂


  4. Nancy
    December 4, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    The garland looks wonderful!!! You have such a great eye!


  5. Nikki
    December 4, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    Read your post, shared on FB, read your post to hubs, and watched the video. LOVED it all. I am still giggling.


  6. Vanessa {a fanciful twist}
    December 4, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    Elizabeth…… you fab creature you.

    Yesterday, when I went to buy my fresh garland, I was told it wsa $15.99 per 15 feet.

    When I went to pay it was $5.00, yes! 5 bucks. Yes. For 15 feet.

    So, I put rolls of the stuff from my wrists to my shoulders.

    Then I paid. But not before I realized I should plant 500 tulip bulbs.
    (while hanging garland I am sure)

    Then as I got in my car, I thought, I NEED MORE!!

    So, I did the same thing again.

    I kept getting asked if I needed a cart, or help.

    They couldn’t give me the help I needed.

    Like, a valium and a swift talking to.

    So, I just said no with bugged out eyes and madwoman glee.

    And then, I thought, why leave 3 rolls of garland behind?

    In the end, I left happy.

    And drove off like Cruella Deville into the sunset.

    Point? I get you.

    Completely. Entirely.

    But my question is….

    Are you sure 200 feet is enough 😉



  7. Vanessa {a fanciful twist}
    December 4, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    ps: I got so carried away. How rude. I forgot to say, your house is a vision! Fit for a kingdom 😉

    Got an extra room? Will work for attic???


  8. Janet
    December 5, 2013 @ 1:01 am

    …and here is a You Tube link to how reading your column makes me feel.
    Every. Time.


  9. Christine from Decorated Life
    December 5, 2013 @ 2:16 am

    I totally understand where you’re coming from.. I just put a Christmas Decorating Guide together and exhausted myself in the process. Your house looks great.. and for anyone needing tips on how to keep your greenery alive over the holidays.. that’s on page 13, woodland tags are page 15… sorry.. the
    Following you like crazy! Good luck with google+ or hangouts ..
    If you get any opportunity to drop by and download the 2013 CDG you can get it here..

    Love Your Work!


  10. Ali Thompson
    December 5, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

    You nailed it! So funny and I will admit some bloggers are great at the home stuff but lose me at their writing and I then just look at the pretty pictures. I read yours top to bottom and even waited till the kiddies went to bed so I could offer my full attention because you are always so funny. Your holiday home looks beautiful, I expected no less! Happy Holidays, I hope you are done and can relax now !


  11. carlos
    December 5, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    Love it. I will still some of your ideas!


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  12. jody
    December 6, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Your home is absolutely stunning! I am mad and jealous! How do you do it all. You must have a rush of that glass up your nose throwing you into a panic frenzy or some really good expresso coffee beans with chocolate you are munching all day! Stunning! Inviting! Clean and not cluttered! Beautiful! And outright funny! I wish you would write daily! If you know of another author, who has your taste, vibe, beauty and charm, AND HUMOR please advise. I love you and love your posts! MERRY CHRISTMAS !


    • Morgan
      December 8, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

      Pfft. All those separate links were unnecessary in my last comment, here’s the main page of the blog I was recommending. I really shouldn’t try to function before noon, as my brain obviously isn’t!

      Looking forward to Part Two of this post. Hope Victoria hasn’t OD’d from snorting all that glitter.


  13. Kathie
    December 6, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    Hi Victoria, you are just as delightful in person (i.e. live) as you are in the written form! 🙂


  14. Sara
    December 10, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Victoria you are BRILLIANT! Really I do believe so 🙂 I am such a garland snob and the local stuff has been terrible. This year I went to the local school drive christmas tree sale and purchased boatloads of garland at a discount price. They only had Pine but it was the best pine around and I looped it up AND down my long steps leading to my home. I stepped back and thought…” More is much more delightful! I STILL need to find out where Victoria gets hers” ….and today I found this article. YAY. I will certainly be checking out that place next year. LOVE garland and theirs looks divine. Please keep us posted on how it holds up indoors.


  15. Claire @ A Little Claireification
    December 11, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    I have no words. Well, ok. I do. I am actually rarely speechless but I have just finished laughing so hard at this post that I am still catching my breath. I may have snorted {yes, out loud} several times. I realized I was reading and laughing so hard that I forgot to look at half the pictures and had to go back. What kind of home tour compadre am I, anyway??
    Your home is beautiful and your post is hilarious. Pinning now and then I am off to stalk you on all of your social media because… how was I not following along already??
    Glad to have “met” you through the tour!!


  16. Christine at First Home Love Life
    December 11, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    LOL…Seriously laughed out loud more than once! That is a TON of greenery, but it’s fabulous…all of it! Love your sense of style and humor 🙂


  17. Kelly@mysoulfulhome
    December 13, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    Fantastical as usual. I hope you snorted the German glitter…it is much smoother on the nose. Those mirrors you love certainly hold up the garland nicely! Well done. A joy to be on tour with you…alas, I am the last day. Are people tired of Christmas? I hope not! Swing on by & let me know if your garland has dried out? If not I will be an Alpine girl next year or maybe still this year!! My sincerest hope is that yours is fresh & fragrant throughout the holiday season!!


  18. Mary Jo
    December 18, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    Loved this blog! So amusing … so I made a few bows, checked out your lovely home & pinned you on my board & group boards … THANKS for the giggles, the sympathetic sighs, the affirmation that I am not alone in never having enough craft supplies & know that I will be back. I’m a sucker for being entertained & crafting at the same time. P.S. You do your mother proud!


  19. Anne
    July 18, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

    Going back through and caught this video – I love that Elvis is nonchalantly grooming behind you. You’d think she’d want to help show off the couch or something!


  20. Katie wood
    November 18, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    You’re ideas are brilliant.
    I am wondering how to attach the fake mantel to my existing mantel without damaging it?? My existing mantle is not very deep, only 6-8″. Once I attach my stockings to the fake mantel, I am worried it will flip forward and fall. Please help. 🙂


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 19, 2014 @ 8:57 am

      I don’t hang stockings, but I can see how that’s going to pull a narrow board right off. Could you hold the board down with something heavy to offset the stockings? Or secure it with a nail into the wall? (If you can avoid molding and just hit plaster?)


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