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  1. Marcia
    April 15, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

    OMG! Is that a Mathusek Piano?!
    What a deal you got…well I guess anything FREE is a good deal.
    Enjoy. I bet it will look gorgeous in your kitchen
    Marcia

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  2. Sharon
    April 15, 2015 @ 10:51 pm

    Victoria:

    This is magnificence at its best. Congrats on this GFT. Ordinarily I would be appalled at that use of a musical instrument, but it was free for a reason. I’m glad that this beauty will have continued life and use. You are truly The Envy Of All.

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  3. Nina
    April 16, 2015 @ 5:57 am

    You would!!!!

    This may be your best post yet.

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  4. Kiki
    April 16, 2015 @ 6:16 am

    This is the BESTEST post ever, I laughed so much that I spluttered over the iPad, keyboard and table…. and I won’t even go to funerals any more should I ever know when you get us a new post. Now I’m SO much behind and have 188 former comments to enjoy too. WONDERFUL video, report and shiny idea!
    You truly are the QUEEN of all gr8 things. Love you tons. And your Paul too – he so totally was in the mood 🙂

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  5. kiki
    April 16, 2015 @ 7:09 am

    I have a serious (and bothering) subscription problem. For well over an year I now ask for new posts AND follow-up of comments to my main mail account (the one I’m writing from in this comment).
    I get NEITHER, wordpress doesn’t subscribe my ‘wishes’ and neither can I get the posts on a.m. address. Could you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE move them (and heaven and earth) so that I get stuff immediately and can subscribe again (I could ab out one year ago sub scribe to follow-up of comments). Than k you so much. This is being sent from abroad (France/Switzerland) and I also cannot watch some YTube channels depending on where I am at the time. But your videos are fine to view. Thank you from the depth of my heart.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 16, 2015 @ 9:20 am

      A – I love you for caring that this is a problem.
      B – I will email the widget I use for email subscriptions. (they are rarely helpful!) There are other, more tech-savvy programs I could use, that would give me more control over access to who subscribes… it is on my list of things to do… (That will probably never get done.)
      C – I actually removed the “subscribe to new comments” option after I had a spam-comment-attack on my blog… I was getting many, many spam comments… And anyone who was subscribed to that post, of course, got notifications of all kinds of cheap drugs, etc. I was so embarrassed.
      D – I actually do not use YouTube. I pay for a video service because I myself have problems with YouTube about half of the time!!
      xoxo, VEB

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 28, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

      ok! I heard back from tech support… your email was listed as “pending” which means that it was never “confirmed.” Confirmation email could have been eaten by your junk mail, or just disappeared into the ether!

      They deleted it, and now you should be able to try again… after subscribing, you should get a confirmation email that you need to confirm subscription.
      Hopefully this solves the problem!
      xoxoxoxo!! VEB

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  6. Victoria Seeber
    April 16, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    I never get to win the giant fancy piano’s/ giant heavy/ unmovable objects and ideas.:( So Victoria Barnes I am glad that you do. The piano is a stunning idea.

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  7. Sarah
    April 16, 2015 @ 4:16 pm

    Oh Happiness! I love it so very much. Love to see it have a new and useful life 🙂 How are you going to keep stuff from running down inside the crack on the top?

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  8. Vikki
    April 16, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

    Oh my goodness, you are so cute and so is your sweet hubby. I had to subscribe to your blog after I read this. How unique and fun that is going to be. You two are so cute together, I could see my husband humoring me and going for it as well. Can’t wait to see it in place.

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  9. Pam
    April 16, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

    What an amazing piece, that will make an awesome kitchen island. And what an amazing husband, he even dances with you on your video!!

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  10. Sonja Malan
    April 16, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

    Victoria – I love your special brand of crazy, it makes my world a little bit better.
    So glad you exist, can’t wait to see how it turns out 🙂

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  11. Sue
    April 16, 2015 @ 8:05 pm

    Brilliant!

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  12. Julie Brandt
    April 17, 2015 @ 5:13 am

    Stunning! I can not picture this piece of rapture as any other but a kitchen island. Brilliant!

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  13. Ghalia
    April 17, 2015 @ 5:34 am

    “Paul thought about this. Then he went back and rifled through his rolodex of anticlimactic responses.”

    This sentence alone is worthy of a Pulitzer Price. Genius! Brilliant! Hilarious!

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  14. Julie
    April 17, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    I found one! I found one! It’s not free. And, my husband still says no. But, seriously, if this piano sells now, I think the owner owes you a cut!

    http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/msg/4955656484.html

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  15. Therese
    April 17, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    Oh welcome to Camelot! I am in love with the piano island! I would like to ask your permission, and Paul’s too, of course, to copy your idea. People around here GIVE pianos away! Yes, I said give them away, as in FREE!! I am locating one now to use as a garden waterfall. I cannot wait to share with you when finished. It is the help of many minions that will take the longest to acquire. Why is it people are so reluctant to help move a piano? No worries, I shall summon the proper channels and have it done pronto! Look forward to more of your posts. Loves to the piano island…and you and Paul of course!

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  16. Carlee
    April 18, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    Wow. Just, wow.

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  17. Leah
    April 20, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

    I am so excited to see this!!! I inherited a beautiful baby grand piano, but now am ready to downsize. I had decided a keyboard would have to do from now on because there will be no room for my piano…or so I thought until I now see that the piano’s surface can be used for many things. Bless you for opening my eyes!

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  18. Heather
    April 20, 2015 @ 3:19 pm

    I saw this post and fell in love. So much that I went on Craigslist to find one for me. And I did, only in the form of a Melodeon Organ, which fits the size of our kitchen better but looks very similar. Except the legs, which are more farmhouse in style. My husband (who shakes his head –this has happened more than once) went with me to pick it up. And now we have an organ in our kitchen that I absolutely love and am so incredibly happy about that I cannot keep smiling. You are inspirational!

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  19. Kathleen
    April 20, 2015 @ 6:33 pm

    I understand how you can find a piano like this for free…my parents have one of these (it was in my dad’s family). None of us “kids” have enough space in our homes for this beast…it may well end up on Craigslist one day…I love how you a re-purposing this beautiful piano! Can’t wait to see it in your kitchen!

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  20. Sarah
    April 20, 2015 @ 6:41 pm

    What a fantastic idea! This would look perfect in your Victorian home. Remove the piano workings and use the lift-lid to store platters and extra bowls. The fancy music holder would be the perfect recipe OR ipad stand when you cook. I LOVE IT!

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