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  1. Jamie
    December 23, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

    So I just found your blog via Hometalk and I’m in love! Off to explore 😉
    Jamie @


  2. Ghalia
    December 25, 2013 @ 12:09 am

    Officially my new favourite post. I’ll have you know my eyes almost popped out from the pressure of trying to stifle my laughter the entire time I was reading this (I’m at work…).

    Also, nice bows.


  3. Becky
    December 29, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    They look gorgeous! Totally worth the drama!


  4. Liz
    December 29, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    Where did this ottoman come from? I LOVE it.

    The post was amazing as always, but I am distracted by the shiny, perfect for my space ottoman 🙂


  5. Taylor
    December 31, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    As always, eloquently hilarious. At least the bows look nice for the next 2 days or so until it’s time to start decorating for another occasion!


  6. Margaret
    January 1, 2014 @ 12:53 am

    I’ll have to come back later and look at the pics again. Right now, tears are streaming and my sides are aching from laughing so hard. What a wit you are and Paul’s response was pure perfection!


  7. karin
    January 1, 2014 @ 5:53 pm



  8. Barb
    January 4, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

    Victoria, too funny! Okay, I was laughing so hard again with your poor hubby calling you a dictator! Now your mother is part of your sweatshop… 🙂 But, sage woman that she is she understands. :)))

    Be kind to Mr. Paul, after all you married him for his wonderful good looks, personality, ability to fix all kinds of things — just not his cutting-with-scissors-skills. 🙂 This comes after being married to my wonderful but irritatingly-human husband of over 26 years now, and me being the head-biting-off perfectionist that I am and Charles giving me crap back like Mr. Paul. Remember the best parts of marriage and say, “I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me.” These three simple phrases would save a lot more marriages. 🙂 And, besides… Who would get the house?!

    Loving your posts, as usual,
    Barb Chapman
    Murrieta, CA


  9. Barb
    January 4, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    OH!!!! I had another thought! You can use these pillows/bows over through Valentine’s Day! Why not?

    Happy New Year’s (posted Jan. 4th),
    Barb 🙂


  10. Grace
    December 3, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Oh my goodness, that’s HILARIOUS! I’m crying. Thank you for a much needed laugh. How do I not remember this post from before?

    That said, the bows are GORGEOUS.


  11. Janet
    December 17, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

    Got a laugh out of me since my husband learned early to screw up a new requested task (doing my laundry) so that he’ll never be asked again. Fortunately for his life and my blood pressure he does not remain nearby to create badges for others. Also, when she was alive, my mother adored him and thought he could do know wrong (except for perhaps choosing me as his wife!). Kuddos that you all manage together, somehow.


  12. Kathy
    December 18, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

    I love the pillows and bows, especially your fabric choice, but what is that white thing you seem to be using to attach the ribbon to the fabric? Is it a new type of glue machine? I think I want one!


  13. Ellen
    January 21, 2015 @ 3:27 pm

    Just stumbled on this blog, and can’t stop reading posts. This one made me laugh out loud. You seem to do a lot of sewing/crafting, so in the best interest of your marriage, I will give you a simple suggestion, in two words:

    cutting mat
    rotary cutter

    Okay, that was four words, but those four words will save you all sorts of frustration in the future. Keep up the posts, I can always use a good laugh. (And the tons of decorating inspiration is great too!)


  14. Hope Eilertson
    July 25, 2015 @ 11:40 am

    Wow, I stumbled across your post on Pinterest (of which I’m obsessed) and now I fear I have transferred this obsession onto your blog. This is the part were I validate you….YOU are awesome! and I will enjoy reading more!


  15. Pam Clark
    December 12, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    I.AM.DYING. On a related note, I’m using this post to teach my 7th and 8th grade Language Arts students the concept of writing with voice. THANKS! love all your posts, but this one is the absolute pinnacle!


  16. Vikki
    December 12, 2015 @ 10:38 am

    Hey VB. Love your bows, love you and love Paul and your mom is great also. Have to tell you when I saw the “ta da” picture of the sofa with the pillows (next to last pic) my eye was immediately drawn to the round object on the floor to the right of the settee. I though – Don’t tell me she has had Paul but a drain in the floor! It does look like a drain, yes? What is that? Vikki in VA (another VB)


  17. Carrie
    December 22, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    This post is one of my favorites. Read it at least 3 times. Merry Christmas, Kim Jong-il.


  18. Colette
    July 16, 2016 @ 11:43 am

    I am dying laughing at this story! ???


  19. Jenn Baker
    November 23, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    This was brilliant.

    I once asked my husband to help me with mailing out our wedding invitations. He had one job. To seal up the large envelopes that held our invitation and smaller rsvp card and envelope. He finished rather quickly- looked at me with a huge smile and said, “I’m done!” Yeah. He sealed all of the rsvp envelopes as well. WITH the cards in them. All 150 of them.



  20. sweetfe
    November 25, 2016 @ 3:13 pm

    Your pillows are beautiful! I was amazed and horrified at the slaughter of your fabric. Fantastic recovery! I also thought you might like to know about how quilters cut their binding fabric….as I think that is just what you did! The first link is about how you cut the fabric to have one continuous piece of fabric….the second is the math to held determine the size of the fabric you need for cutting.
    Hope the surgery goes well! Happy Holidays!


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