Holiday Mission 2011: Winter Bonsai Wonderland

Are you ready for a sad Christmas story? It's not really sad. Years ago, I saw this "Asian-Inspired Christmas Tree" in Martha Stewart Living and wanted it so bad. So bad! Weeks later I saw a very similar artificial bonsai at a thrift store for, like, $7, but didn't get it. I thought, "Oh, there will be nonstop bonsais, I'll wait for a better/cheaper one, lalala," but I've never seen one again. This is my year!As I mentioned the other day, I'm ready for a little over-the-top holiday pizazz, and this bonsai, spray painted gold and covered in Japanese lanterns and glittered birds would be just right. I mean, just typing that sentence was fun. I will be hitting the thrift stores hard this next month, and am prepared to pay up to … $10. That's right.

Do you have any tales of successful holiday decorating missions to inspire me? Or any thwarted dreams that we can all commiserate with? Are you trying to get rid of a magnificent artificial bonsai and live in the San Francisco metropolitan area? We want to know.

Image: Martha Stewart

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