Around the House November 16, 2015

Good morning, 

Before I get ready for my day at the shop I thought I would show you a few things going on around the house. 


I absolutely love the beauty of vintage European linens. I bought this one recently from a wholesaler who travels back-and-forth to the Netherlands. I could bring them into the shop and the price would be about $68 each. Let me know if you’re interested.
Our kitchen is probably my favorite room in our home. It’s often a mess, but it’s surrounded with windows and it’s a happy place.  

I lov to have a little lamp, on the counter.  It copies up the space and makes it easier to see the mess, on the other side of the kitchen!

I’m looking forward to trying out these hot chocolate sticks, from Trader Joe’s. You just stir the sticks in hot milk. I got three boxes and hope I like them.

The ants have decided to take up residence, here in the kitchen as well. But this is the best aunt bait I have found. You can pick them up at Emigh’s Hardware.

You have probably seen these baguette boards at the shop. They really work well, if you have a long dining or coffee table, to put olives, cheese bites, crackers, nuts, etc., on.  They are also great for serving cookies, brownies and small desserts.

Yeah, I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense functionally, but as a lover of grain sacks, I use them whenever I can.

I found this antique Asian Tansu chest add a recent estate sale. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are used for storage. They often have elaborate locks on them.

The first week it was in the house, I managed to get the special key that you see sticking out of the hardware on the right, stuck for good. This is not something you can call your local locksmith for. I fiddle with the key every now and then, hoping that the lock angels will help me out. So far, it isn’t working.

While it’s a pretty room, like our dining room, I can’t remember the last time I’ve sat in either room. Is that silly? 


Do you have your tree up?  I’m amazed by all the bloggers who already have their trees up.  I can barely decorate the shop, let alone my home!

Well, I had better get going. Jill’s going to wonder if I drove into a ditch, or somesuch thing.  But, don’t forget …….


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  1. Martina on November 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Loved getting a look around your beautiful home!!

    • Barbara Bussey on November 17, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Thank you, Martina! It’s evolved slowly over the years. It’s peaceful and comfortable. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Donnamae on November 17, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Thanks for the sneaky peeks into your home….lovely! We don’t put up our Christmas tree up til after the 10th of December or so….but I do put out my old Santas after Thanksgiving. I’m a one holiday at a time kind of gal! Love that Tansu chest….I showed my hubby, since he’s admired them for quite awhile. He blew up the pic, and noticed that horizontal bar sticking out with the hole in it….could you put string through hole and pull it out that way? Hope you can open….it’s lovely! 😉

    • Barbara Bussey on November 17, 2015 at 6:51 am

      Good morning, dear Donnamae!, Thank hubby for the idea! I haven’t given up. My kids won’t be home for Thanksgiving, but the family is getting together for a pot luck. Looking forward to it! Hope you’ll have everyone home. Stay warm!
      Hugs, Barbara

  3. on November 17, 2015 at 7:33 am

    What a beautiful home! Loved seeing all your beautiful things!

    • Barbara Bussey on November 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Thanks so much, Kathy!

  4. Susan on November 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Love the baguette boards. What is your shop price?

    • Barbara Bussey on November 22, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Hi Susan,
      The baguette boards are $24.00, I believe.
      Take care,

  5. Jan on November 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Ants in the kitchen: I had this problem years ago and didn’t want to use pesticides. I spent several days killing ants & wiping up ant trails thinking they’d just go away. When that didn’t work, I dissolved some salt in hot water and wiped all the areas where the ants were coming in. I guess they didn’t like the salt, because they never came back. I don’t remember how much salt I used, so use your own judgement. Good luck!

    • Barbara Bussey on November 22, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Jan! I’ll keep your salt solution for ants in mind next time. Hate the little buggers!

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