18 Days Til Christmas…Oh My! December 7, 2011

As a quick note about the Alemeda Antique Faire on Sunday, oh my gosh! The event is everything I had heard it was and more! I’ll post pictures, once they’ve found a spot in the shop, but I quickly filled up our mini SUV! I scored a couple of huge oil paintings, that I sat under, on the way back to San Francisco, along with even more pillows, a couple of black velvet riding helmets and a very cool wire basket! My favorite goodie found on Sunday, was this wonderful sunflower still life, for $40.00!


Next time we go, we’ll be taking “The ‘Burb”, our 12 year old Suburban, that can hold a small village!

Now as far as Christmas is concerned, 18 days away and 10 days until the kids arrive, we have our tree now…in a big bucket in the garage. So many of you already have your entire home decorated to the max…I’m starting to develop an inferiority complex!

But while at the nursery, I did get supplies to make my not so famous 5 minute/$15 dollar centerpiece!

And I asked for some of the greens they had cut from the base of trees sold, and was able to put this arrangement together for free, with hydrangeas from the yard.

My new favorite product find, with all the silver I buy for the shop, is Tarn-X! It works on all metals and as a clear liquid, is much easier to use than the paste products on the market! No, I’m not getting paid for this stunning endorsement, but if you have silver to clean, trot on over to Target and get yourself some!

Well, I’m off to Veranda to fill in a few holes with my new merchandise! I’ll post pictures, once I’m done!

Merry Christmas!,
Treeless in Sacramento

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  1. Karena on December 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Barbara, Beautiful painting and I adore your centerpiece!!

    Glad to hear you recommend Tarn-X….one of my least favorite things to do!!

    Please Come and enter in My 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways. There are so many exciting & special Gifts! Tis the Season!


    Art by Karena

    • Barbara Bussey on December 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Hi Karena! Thanks for dropping by and Merry Christmas!

  2. Carmel on December 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    What a beautiful painting and your floral arrangements are just gorgeous!

    • Barbara Bussey on December 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! (why didn’t my mother give me a beautiful name like Carmel? Life isn’t always fair!) 🙂

  3. kristie@thedecorologist on December 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I love a good sale! Love the new oil painting – what a find 🙂

  4. karen@strictlysimplestyle on December 10, 2011 at 5:20 am

    The sunflower painting is so lovely. I could see it being placed in a dozen spaces throughout a home. If it were mine I think I’d want to put it in a breakfast room to put a smile on my face when I drink my morning coffee.

    • Barbara Bussey on December 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Thanks, Karen! It’s always fun when you find something you love at a great price too! I almost left it at the market and am glad I didn’t. Glad you stopped by!

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