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  1. traci
    July 23, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    I love the DIY necklace more than the other. Very pretty!


  2. Kathy Woodman
    July 23, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Love this. Totally relate to trading in vanity for laziness. A win-win for sure.


  3. Gina
    July 23, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    1. I set up a bloglovin’ account just so that I could keep track of you regardless of how frequently or infrequently you post.
    2. I check to see if you have a new post first (and you are “last” alphabetically in my list so that means I do extra work to find you
    3. I squeal with delight when there is a 1 by your name on said bloglovin list and immediately read it first
    4. I love your necklace WAY more
    5. I don’t have a Raccoon in my brain. I have a Magpie. She can spot not just any sparkly thing but THE MOST EXPENSIVE sparkly thing in any store or boutique in less than 3 seconds and shrieks hysterically in her Magpie voice until I buy this shiny and expensive thing.
    6. This post made me concerned that you have actually been holding back on us because you thought we only cared about your house. Hello? Knock that off right this minute and write whatever you want because it will be awesome.


  4. Shar
    July 23, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Hey there, remember, dont try TOO hard to write for an audience, its sorta like when people are trying to get pregnant and its all they focus on and it doesnt happen, then they finally give up and leave it alone and then BAM, BABY! Just be you, k?


  5. Laura
    July 23, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    I love everything about this, and immediately thought of two friends who MUST read it, because they will too. Never stop writing!


  6. Becky
    July 23, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    Love both necklaces! Very shiny and fun and perfect conversation pieces to wear to blogging conferences. 🙂


  7. Nan Tubre
    July 23, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    ah….raccoon in the head, huh? Down here in Louisiana we call it alligator scare. You never know when you might run into an alligator so the best thing is to get what you want, when you want. Of course, if you do happen to run into an alligator before you get what you want, we call that bad JuJu. Lol.
    By the way, I feel your craigslist pain and I’m not leaving you either. I am reading and learning from everything you post. Someday, I hope my blog has as big a following as yours does.
    And your necklace is obviously superior to the ‘store-bought’ one!


  8. Darling Lily
    July 23, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    Your creation is by far the better.

    If I were to pass you on the street wearing it, I’d probably debase myself by offering to buy it straight off your swan-like neck.


  9. Darling Lily
    July 23, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    Also, you might want to Google Paula Montgomery On (re)Purpose. No affiliation at all, I just love her stuff.

    I myself would be thrilled whatever topics you venture off to…be it marital advice, the appalling lack of stylish, comfortable clothes, or this trend of wearing bizarre colors of finger nail polish on very short nails.


  10. teresa
    July 23, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    i can’t ever leave you, you are the part of my start up page. i check you, just to see what chaos/order there is in your life.
    like mini-me, you complete me.
    plus i live vicariously through you and your ‘adventures’


  11. Lynne Hoover
    July 23, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    NOW I know what to do with all of my mom’s pins that I just couldn’t bear to give away! (1940s style)


  12. Linda Billett
    July 23, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    Morning sunshine!…I got up at 5am as the racoon was scrambling around in my grey matter making room for new things….anythings…and found this post by you. As many have said before me, I like your version of the necklace better…I especially love the biggish blue pins on either side at the top, and the pink one near the center…..and the liking is exponential as you add them together!……also love the cardi with the ruffly trim. Having said this, you are 2 feet taller than me and I am 2 feet wider than you so i think you would carry it off with more aplomb. ….AND….With your looks, cigarette pants, simple top ( yes I know you might struggle with simple!)and the huge jewells = glamourpuss +…….love your work girl! xx


  13. Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches
    July 23, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    The raccoon in my head loves giant/odd/fancy housewares and jewelry as well. And I have plenty of both to prove it.
    Love the BR original, and your original creation. Now, I must be going; I’m off to troll through my grandma’s costume jewelry for some pins…


  14. Eadie
    July 23, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

    Love it! Love your necklace more! Agreed, write about anything you wish. I will read it. I will laugh. I will feel more connected. It will make my life a little brighter. Yep!


  15. Susan Garner
    July 23, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    Love your stories, love your style….along with your humor and that beautiful cat. No pressure from me. Just post when you have something (anything) to say…or even when you don’t. I don’t care…..I’ll be here, no matter what!!
    I find that I’m also compelled to read all the comments on each post as well. The fun never ends over here!


  16. Ileana Keltz
    July 23, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

    Why don’t I just have my medical records transferred to you? You have nailed my problem and finally given a name to my illness. Raccoon -In- Head syndrome! Why couldn’t anyone else figure this out? I LOVE your blog and have shared you with many of my friends, who now think I’m wonderful for finding you. I will never leave you, you make my day. My hubby finds your antics quite entertaining, and he sympathizes with Paul, because I do the same thing to him with all of my home remodeling plans. It has become our joke when I find something I want him to build, or add to our current kitchen remodel, or just ask if “this” could be done in our kitchen (this being maybe taller ceilings, adding 10ft to the kitchen, knocking down walls, you get the general idea) I say, “Paul” can I show you something? He knows he’s about to see some dream kitchen in the Hamptons that is 4000 square ft. LOL Oh, my zinnias are absolutely breathtaking.


  17. Teri Reymann
    July 23, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Are you kidding me? Forget you? That will never happen!!! You are the light in my otherwise boring, ho-hum life!! And when you don’t post, I just peruse other posts and read again and smile and laugh. Other than you and the new royal baby, there is just not that much in this world to smile about anymore!! I love you!


  18. Toots
    July 23, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    All day…..50 or 60 emails about this post. I forgot that I checked the box to notify me of follow-up comments by email. I should have known better.
    I now have this mental picture of you trying to keep your doors locked while all of us are outside begging for you to come out. Now that you’ve got us hooked…… can run, but you cannot hide.
    I feel like we’re all members of Victoria Eta Beta. I’m proud to pledge.


  19. Elaine
    July 23, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    I think we might be psychic twins. I did the very same thing with a very similar necklace or make that necklaces because I always buy two of everything. And what was the outcome of said purchases? One I never wear because it is scratchy and uncomfortable and the second one broke after exactly two wearings. I definitely had buyer’s remorse.

    As for my style, yes I think elastic pants and flip flops are perfect wardrobe staples!


  20. Cheri Hage
    July 23, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    Actually, I really prefer YOUR version of the Sparkly, Shiny, Outrageous Necklace 🙂 Thanks for the entertainment !


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