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  1. jrm
    July 23, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    My Dad is retired and makes some fabulous oversize sterling silver jewelry. Mostly using natural stones like turquoise. I’m not sure if that fits your style but I can send you a few pieces if you like. Would be happy to help you cross “free stuff via the blog” off your list. I am nothing if not an enabler. You can contact via the email I’ve listed.


  2. Jen
    July 23, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    There is no way that I will abandon your blog. So you can just forget about that ever happening.


  3. Liv
    July 23, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    You TOTALLY need to live in Versailles. If you ever get tired of squeezing incredibly large sparkly-arkly things into your beautiful Victorian home, that is. Pro: all the sparkly-arkly stuff is already in there – no squeezing required. Con: long commute given Versailles is, you know, in France.


  4. Anne
    July 23, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    So related to this post! From the raccoon that I can’t shut up – to the preference to use my money to purchase finds to elastic pants and flip flops. Make up…can we talk about make up? There was a day I couldn’t imagine leaving the house without it to now feeling like “I have to put in on AND take it off!” Ugh.

    It is not so much that your posts fit a certain topic you think you should stick to…it is your voice that keeps me engaged. It is HOW you tell your story that keeps me reading. I’m pretty sure you could write a post about something like watching grass grow and I would laugh and relate and love it. It is how you say it. It is your honesty and humor and my ability to see myself in you that keeps me and many others coming back for more. Just keep being you and believe that is enough. It is girl. It is.


  5. Mary Anne
    July 23, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    Please just keep writing – about anything at all! I love reading your posts, they are hilarious!


  6. gretchen
    July 23, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    1. I love your necklace better.
    2. I love your cat, Elvis. He looks like my cat, Tuxedo (Original, yes?)
    3. Your blog is a mood lifter. I may prescribe it to my clients even though it may put me out of a job and I won’t be able to buy any sparkly things for myself.


    • Yvonne Angus
      November 13, 2014 @ 4:25 am

      Hi, Gretchen. Just wanted to let you know that Elvis is a she. Confusing, yes. Amusing, yes. SO VEBish!


  7. Another Ann
    July 23, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    The only thing that sucks about discovering your blog is that I know how my upcoming weekend is going to be spent…catching up from the beginning. Lordy girl, you have a gift.


  8. D'Arcy H
    July 23, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    Two observations:
    1. You have a lovely neck (assuming that’s yours) for jewelry.
    2. Elvis is your best accessory. But I like the necklace idea, too!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 25, 2013 @ 10:46 am

      Elvis IS the best accessory. I tried to get her to model the necklace, but she was having none of it.


      • Nicki
        July 25, 2013 @ 11:41 am

        The only way for my kitty, Tequila, to wear ‘sparkle’, is to have sequins spread about for her to roll in. On that note, I am a seamstress specializing in prom and bridal-so I actually DO have sequins strewn about on a rather regular basis, and Tequila wanders about frequently ‘bedazzled’……


  9. Dee Hall
    July 23, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    Wow….I thought I was the only one who had a raccoon….Great post!


    • Tammi V. V.
      July 25, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

      Now I want to be-sparkle my kitties! They’re boys, do you think they’ll mind?


  10. Aloma DeVaux
    July 23, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    Ok…so now I’m jealous. I DONT have a cute little raccoooon in my head? wth? I don’t even have a screaming magpie (insert pout). I just have a voice in my head that tells me to g o b a c k, don’t walk away, you can sell something else to make room for this new thing…believe me the force it is strong with this young Jedi Padawan. It is always looking to ensnare as many shiny sparkly baubles as it can find (notice I didn’t say as many as it can handle, cause really?) … =)



  11. Lyana
    July 23, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    Could not believe my eyes when I began to read your post. Just this very day, I was out and about in my local very, very touristy town with my best friend. After a phone call which inflamed me, the raccoon took over and opened my checking account wide for the jeweler! I now have a fabulous new necklace for which I paid way too much. It is not your fab vintage brooch necklace but at least we have raccoons in common.


  12. linda spiker
    July 23, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

    I still want to be your best friend…except you are tall and thin and I make it a policy never to have friends taller and thinner than me.


  13. Sue
    July 24, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    I totally hear you. Last year I impulsively paid $74 for a long “pearl” necklace with a vintage key hanging on it, totally forgetting that I have like a bazillion of each which I’ve never paid more than $3 for. As penance, I wear it every week.


  14. Brenda Schweder
    July 24, 2013 @ 12:11 am


    Thank you!

    You should know that:
    A) You inspire me with every post (I just discovered you about three weeks ago) to write more on my own blog/site.
    B) Your words make me LOLwTiME (This is not your usual LOL at-the-end-of-every-sentence LOL, but Laugh Out Loud with Tears in My Eyes)!
    C) I’ve already turned a few more people onto you/your blog.
    D) I’m sure you will never fail to disappoint. You could recite the contents of your freezer, or junk drawer, or name all of your shower curtain rings, and you’d have me in stitches.
    E) I try to simply glance at your posts, but each sentence draws me further through, and before I know it, I’m at the end, smiling and happy that I’ve read another story that connects our humility with your own special joy!

    THANKS! Some day we’ll meet. Somehow. Some way. I just know it!



  15. Vicki
    July 24, 2013 @ 12:31 am

    I know all about the feline brain but had never considered the raccoon brain until today. I learned something new. 🙂


  16. Danielle
    July 24, 2013 @ 1:09 am

    So when are you opening your very own Etsy store? It might be time to add something new to your plate. *insert maniacal laughter here*


  17. Julie
    July 24, 2013 @ 1:46 am

    Ah refreshing!
    Keep writing! I’ll keep reading!
    LOVE the pep you give back to my step!


  18. Mary
    July 24, 2013 @ 5:41 am

    Your comments really cheered up my day. I actually think that the necklace that you did was SO much better than the one that you bought. WELL DONE!!!`~~~



  19. Kathlene Carroll Sullivan
    July 24, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    Dear Ms V.,
    If you only know how you brightened a day, and made this raccoon howl with glee, you would never again suffer from anxiety about not enough LIKES. The whole day perks up nicely the moment I see Victoria Elizabeth Barnes has arrived at my In Box.
    So as long as you keep writing them, I will keep reading them, and sharing them too!


  20. Laurie
    July 24, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Okay, I *really* like the necklace you made. When I saw it I was all like, *Oooh!! Sparkly!* because I LOVE a nice chunky, blingy necklace, but when I saw the BR necklace I said, out loud, “Holy shit!”It makes me sad face that it’s not on the website anymore. And dang, I was just at the mall!


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