The Christmas Tree at Sunset

I finally decorated the tree that day

and placed the packages and baskets around the tree.

It was getting late.

The sun was setting.

I grabbed my camera to take a few “first” pictures of the tree this year.

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An Antique French Gathering Basket and a Winner

When I revealed my Antique French Buffet that I purchased from France . . .

~ ~ ~ there was not much attention paid to the beautiful antique French Gathering Basket . .

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ that proudly stood beside the buffet.

No, I did not purchase this beauty from France . . .

~ ~ it was purchased at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta last year.

I did not post about this basket previous to my France treasures . .

~ ~ as I left it behind at Kim’s (though not on purpose!)..

I placed one of my grain sacks that I purchased in France in the basket . . .

I also placed my “collection” of walking sticks and canes in the basket. . .

~ ~ three does make a collection right??! . . . and one of them is mine.

We love to go hiking while vacationing.

There are straps in the back so that the basket can be strapped onto your back.

I love the base of this basket…

On the left side of the buffet, I had a collection of demijohns gathered on the floor.

I decided to add this chair that I purchased at an estate sale for $10.00 . . .

~ ~ as I am always used to having a chair by the door.

Bought some beautiful tulips from Trader Joe’s . .

~ ~ and placed them on top of my Antique French book.

Tied them with personalized ribbon that was a gift from my neighbor.

~ ~ Thought it had a “Valentine feel” . .

I forgot about that ribbon . . now you may see it again, in a Valentine’s vignette . . .

Now, it is time to announce the winner of the Soft Surroundings $50.00 Gift Card giveaway.

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The winner is:

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169 Sheila Miller Gerke

Congrats Sheila! . . . please send me your mailing information!!!

Have a wonderful day everyone and thanks for entering the giveaway!!!

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