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  1. Eliesa @Pinterest Addict
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    You’re a nut! I am totally going to make my own paint color now. I don’t even have anything to paint…. It will be some kind of blue, in case you were wondering. Hey – Your Elvis has the same white mark as our Elvis. Too many indications that we should be friends in real life 🙂


  2. Bonkers About Buttons
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    ha -I need me some of that ‘holier than thou’ paint!


  3. Rena
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Enjoyed your Q and A! I know what you mean about seeing something you own on TV, I bought a beautiful Arabian Majolica Horse for my glass coffee table, and then I saw a picture in a magazine of a set in the Soap “Young and the Restless”, and there was my horse on a credenza in Catherine Chandlers home! Freak’n Validation!


  4. Becky
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Yay for the bench and the possibility for space/time continuum transport!


  5. Sandi
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    All I can say is that I would LOVE to wake up to a post from you EVERY morning. Thanks for the reality and the laughs!! I am enjoying your journey right along beside you. 🙂


  6. Alex - Old Town Home
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Q: what will you be for Halloween?

    This is obviously the most important Q: you’ve answered, yet I’m left wondering, if you go the Liberace route will you or Paul play Liberace? And the other Scott Thorson? I don’t think you need therapy, just a fabulous outfit.

    I do wish you had bought the home on the river, just like I wish we had purchased that awesome Victorian in Colora, MD, or the one in Culpeper, VA on 50+ acres but without plumbing. Maybe some day.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 10, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

      Does it really seem likely I’d let anyone other than myself be Liberace? I may have to dress the cat as Scott, since I’m not sure Paul is interested in this (clearly) awesome scenario.


      • Alex - Old Town Home
        July 10, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

        So I’m thinking you’ll put some gold rings on Elvis, maybe some lip gloss, and put him in an over the top limo driver’s outfit with a white fur coat. It’s all in miniature for him, so that’s way more affordable. I just want to see the look on people’s faces when you begin to describe what you’re dressed as. And the look on Paul’s face as he stands off to the side, probably dressed as Scott Bakula or something.


  7. Mellissa Rose
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Why hasn’t anyone told me you can name your own paint?!?! I have custom mixed all my interior house paint. (and by custom mix I mean I had gallons & gallons of oops paint in the basement and I mixed them all in a giant bucket)

    I cannot stay away from collecting $5 oops paint. I think it is a wonderful new hobby.

    Seriously…add a paypal button to your blog. I would totally donate. You entertain me that much!


    • Toots
      July 10, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

      Paul would surely approve of the paypal idea.

      I am now a devoted follower, plus I converted a friend today. Just got a text telling me her husband is on board. It’s a pyramid scheme. Sort of.

      I have a confession…I had to google to find out what it means when someone says,”Word.” I hate being out of the loop.


  8. linda spiker
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    That bench!!! Be still my heart!


  9. Whitney
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    I just love you; you are hilarious!!



  10. Mellissa Rose
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    My sister & I were JUST talking about dressing up. I would go as Anne of Green Gables disguised as a superhero at a ballet. That way I could wear a sailor dress, cape and a tutu.


    • The Diva
      July 12, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

      OMG. That is the Best. Idea. Ever.


  11. Bee
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Nothing like a blog post from the CL Queen just before I dash out the door to meet a CL Kidnapper myself this morning! Nothing as fab as your latest finds for me today, but I will be capturing 2 wooden rockers for the porch that match the one I already have, for only $20 each! Score!!


  12. Julie
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Okay, this is lame, but I HAVE TO HAVE SEMI GLOSS WOODWORK.

    My husband rolls his eyes about this requirement, but there it is.

    I also use the stuff off the shelf…I’m just not precious enough to look at all of the WHITES and make a decision. I did that once, and it was a complete pain, and totally unnecessary. I’m lazy, too.

    Another entertaining post!


    • Apple Hill Cottage
      July 10, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

      I let my husband go to Sherwin Williams last time for paint (alone) and he brought home Steamed Milk Oil base paint for the woodwork in Satin! He Knows all the other woodwork has been painted in semi-gloss. He is a Professional. Aaargh! I think that was as shiny as he could bring himself to buy… Needless to say, next time I am going by myself.


    • Kathryn
      July 10, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

      Reading your blog is like a new chapter in a fun novel


  13. Terry
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    I can’t help but comment again…and you don’t have to respond since you are overloaded with comments…You are the cats meow and I can’t wait for another post…almost like crack to an addict!


  14. Laura Ingalls Gunn
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Recent convert to your fabulous blog! I’ve also converted two cousins and a husband. (Better than two husbands and a cousin.)

    I wanted to let you know that my 11 year old son has been wanting to go as Barry Gibb of the Bee Gee’s (Stayin Alive) for the past 2 Halloween’s. (Yes, you can totally tell the environment we are raising him in.) The problem is that he has yet to convince two of his friends to be Maurice and Robin.
    If you do throw over Liberace and decide to be Tony Manero my husband and I will gladly fill the platform shoe wearing roles and totally come to the party.

    I myself am currently sewing a polonaise gown so I can channel my inner Marie Antoinette. Husband still hasn’t agreed to be the guillotine.


  15. Garden, Home and Party
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    Can I be your manager when you go on tour?
    The only thing I’ve ever seen on TV that I own is a mandolin (a kitchen slicer) that I bought on Amazon for next to nothing…Alton Brown raved about the very same one that he had used for years. Oh, and a dress that I once bought, then saw Richie Cunningham’s mom wear it on the show and new I had hit a fashion low since I was twenty-something at the time and she portrayed a mom with a teenager!
    P.S. no reply necessary until you catch up, if you catch up with all the correspondence.


  16. PJ
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    I stepped through the portal into your blog. I told my husband to be afraid, be very afraid that I was taking notes…

    Philadelphia Craig’s list is so much more interesting than Berkeley’s.


  17. Barbara Castelli
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    is it possible to buy something on Craigslist that would help make my house look cleaner/more organized/not cluttered…..
    just thought you would know.

    also you are a RIOT!!!!!!!!!!!11
    xoxo love u


    • Sareena
      March 17, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

      You can’t buy something to help make your house look cleaner/more organized/not cluttered, but you can rent (hire) one.
      It is called a maid, and I want one.
      Or two.



  18. Tara
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    I am getting married soon, and instead of buying the dress first… I ordered a custom made petticoat from England and now I am having my dress made from a Vintage Vogue 1957 pattern. I too am waiting for my Time Portal. When I open the right door, closet or find the portal key…. I will come pick you up. We can have black coffee and talk about how difficult it is to pick the right preschool and find good hairdressers.


    • lizaanne
      July 10, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

      Tara!! Please – take me too!!! I think I’ve finally acquired enough vintage handbags and full pleated skirts to make the trip. I’m still working on gloves though – pretty cotton gloves, in multiple colors, in a size 7.5 are hard to find.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 10, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

      My brain cannot even comprehend the awesomeness of this. WHY DID I DO MY WEDDING SO WRONG?

      Also, why do you not have a blog for me to SEE this creation?


  19. Tammi@1914house
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I love your posts. You write like I think – I think. What made me laugh out loud today was the big bold “not returnable” on the paint can cover. That pretty much sums it up! Haha!


  20. tammigirl
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    I found my friend the guts from a 1910 upright piano. My next door neighbor was selling it for $25! After I went outside to see what neighbors I could corral into helping us load it, and she and her daughter left, the neighbor said to his wife “You should have given her that piece!” This piece was standing back by the wall and it was like a frame. My brain did backflips and I told them “I want it!” They told me I could just have it. I told them I was going to put a mirror in it. My neighbor told me he would bring me one. I went inside, propped the mirror up against the front door, and looked around my front room. I decided I needed to figure out why the antique chinese checkers board wasn’t staying the way it used to on the piano. While the cast iron JFK “Ask not what you can do for your country” was crashing to the floor loudly? The neighbor rang the bell with a big mirror! Now I just need to have the mirror cut to fit the piano piece and I have a cool, one-of-a-kind-until-I-do-it-again mirror!

    My husband said “My bookshelves come first, mind you.” About… oh… a year and a half ago? I went to Pittsburgh, spent a day in IKEA gathering Billy Bookshelves, spent the equivalent of 2 full weeks in Lowes and Home Depot, and watched my mother and sons pull trim, assemble bookcases, and put the thing together. Now I still need to caulk and do more painting. I leave everything approximately 85% finished. This way nobody can judge my work. Hey! It’s not finished!


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