1. Katrina
    April 13, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

    Does Paul have a Brother? 😉 Just askin’


  2. Sharyl Murphy
    April 13, 2016 @ 2:15 pm

    Absolutely beautiful piece Victoria! See you in the fall 😉


  3. Deb
    April 13, 2016 @ 5:06 pm

    Because You. Are. The. Cutest .Thing. Ever. Except for Elvis maybe.


  4. Cheryl
    April 13, 2016 @ 9:23 pm

    I agree with Princess Buttercup and Katie; I so knew #9 was not gonna happen else too many of us who live vicariously thru you would be crushed! And OMG, Paul said he retrieved GFTs for you just because he loves you and wants you happy?! You absolutely ROCK, and I am sooooo jealous. I need time to recover, but I am sure I will communicate with you again. You write like I think, so you validate me…….Thank You, Thank You (I am doing the little rolling hand/arm thing while bowing to you…..I know you can see me).


  5. Leslie
    April 14, 2016 @ 3:32 am


    First, I’m so happy you got your GFT to end all GFTs (or until the next amazing GFT comes along)

    I stumbled across one of your blog entries a few weeks ago and have become obsessed. It takes me forever to read a post from you because I click all your links to other posts you’ve written. And then click the links in THOSE posts and so on and so on until I’ve gone off on so many tangents I’ve forgotten which post I started with. Also, because of this, I have NO concept of the chronology of your adventures. But, who cares, because it’s ALL awesome. And I’ve decided you are my soul mate. Or tiny twin separated at birth.

    I had my husband read one of your blog posts (Only Idiots Stop To Think…) In the hopes that he would 1) recognize your genius and 2) recognize that since you’re CLEARLY a genius and we think so similarly I must ALSO be a genius and 3) take some comfort in the fact that there are others like me so I must not be as crazy as he (frequently) implies.

    Remarkably, that was not his take away. His only responses to your post and my excitement at having found my soul mate were:
    “Poor Paul” and “Maybe Paul is my soul mate”
    To which I replied “Don’t try to make this about you”
    Love you Victoria. Keep writing. I’ll keep reading and trying to puzzle together the timeline.


    • Em
      April 18, 2016 @ 12:32 am

      Victoria (and Leslie),

      Can I be a triplet? I stumbled upon your blog about a year ago while procrastinating regarding some of our own old house projects (I felt in a funk and was looking for inspiration to kick me back in gear on our house projects, but really I just found a great way to procrastinate more). I too kept clicking on threads and found myself laughing out loud so many times at reading so many descriptions of myself.

      I also shared (forced) my husband to read some posts so that he too could enjoy how brilliant and hilarious you are. My husband only appeared to resonate with Paul.

      I recently had a sudden obsession that I needed to acquire a church pew for our foyer. Countless hours were spent on looking for THE pew and when I finally found it, I quickly showed it to my husband. He is usually the voice of reason, but sometimes he sets me off-kilter by quickly jumping on board. The pew was located several hours away and I mentioned that we could save substantially if we (read “he”) drove to pick it up. He agreed that he could make a long day trip of it and I made the arrangements. I wondered and asked WHY he would do this for me and received a similar response to the one you did. I have few redeeming qualities that benefit my husband and his response only confirmed this as I am pretty sure I would NOT make a similar trip for an item he decided HE needed. Thank goodness for our enabling husbands (and our willingness to help them on their path to sainthood)!

      Thank you for all of the fabulous posts!


  6. rudy
    April 14, 2016 @ 1:32 pm

    Did you say you worked at the CIA? I can’t tell if you are joking or not, but please tell us if that was really your day job. How absolutely cool. Was that for real??????????


  7. Leah
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  8. Penny
    April 14, 2016 @ 4:38 pm

    This is indeed the Greatest Fanciest Thing! Good Work!
    It is indeed worth selling all your possessions to get! Amazing!


  9. Julie
    April 15, 2016 @ 9:59 am

    “…the logical progression to that suggestion is that I am his path to canonization.”


  10. Julie
    April 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am

    “…the logical progression to that suggestion is that I am his path to canonization.”
    BAHAHAHAHA priceless!!! <3


  11. Kathy
    April 15, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

    Victoria – The bookcase is nice and everything, but I LOVE YOUR EARRINGS! They’re beautiful. My birthday is in March and they look like aquamarines. Hmmm…. I’ll have to tell my husband. Do you recall where you bought them?

    Just kidding about the bookcase. It’s absolutely gorgeous and fits into the total oeuvre of your wonderful house. Since I live not too far from Arkansas, I was trying to decide if I could find out where your hidden treasure was. Cleveland? You sly girl!


  12. Janet
    April 16, 2016 @ 9:14 pm

    When does Paul’s lecture series bring him to MI? My husband needs to hear his philosophy!


  13. Payton
    April 18, 2016 @ 3:25 pm

    I saw your not-decoy bookcase and basically started crying. THAT, that is BEAUTIFUL. I am so jealous of your great taste and inner-treasure-hunting instinct! I’m serious, you could probably be a professional craigslist shopper (have you tried answering “wanted” ads for a reward? you could find whatever they wanted). Wow!


  14. Alice
    April 20, 2016 @ 11:06 am

    I’ve been a longtime reader/lurker, but this story has delighted me so thoroughly that I just had to comment. What a wonderfully satisfying GFT acquisition! I love it, and I both love and envy your steadfastness and dedication. I wish I knew what I wanted and liked this much! 🙂


  15. Carisa
    April 21, 2016 @ 5:35 pm

    OMGolly! You are fabulous! I’ve just found you and am tickled pink, cause that’s just an amazing shade to be! I think many beautiful pieces got left behind on your side of the country, cause we don’t see many here on the Pacific coast. GFTs don’t travel well in covered wagons after all. Lucky duck you are! Love the blog, can’t wait to read more, and yes, your man is on his way to sainthood.


  16. Maggie
    April 22, 2016 @ 8:49 pm

    “I too was confused… so I asked him – WHY would you do this for me?

    And he said – is it not a reasonable explanation that I love you and I want you to be happy?”

    Sweetest lines on your blog, ever 🙂


  17. Payton
    April 26, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    I’m a little nervous you ended with “the end of my hunting on Craigslist and hunting down my blog” bit. I love reading about your house, and you, and Paul!


  18. Natalie
    April 28, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

    Smiling and laughing for the entirety of this post. GFT is truly beautiful! You and Paul dancing in the video…total swoon!


  19. Megan
    April 30, 2016 @ 11:17 pm

    I think we may have been separated at birth! I shared your Kingdom Mirror story and my friends and husband agree too. This story totally seals the deal. I too find deep unwaivering love for things…frequently they do involve carved wood pieces and “pointless boxes” according to my husband – I assure you everyone serves a point! Although, I must confess you are way better at sticking with a style and convincing your husband to go pick up huge things (Super eclectic here and my husband applies logic to my crazy purchases – which I have no use for)! Congratulations on achieving this bookcase. It is devine!


  20. Gwen
    July 19, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

    I like to remind my ‘long suffering’ husband that my ability for that same deep and abiding love also extends to husbands. It makes dealing with my quirky a little easier to take.


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