Archive for August, 2007

MORE HAUNTED MANSION PICS

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The Bewitching Hour is near.

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Party favors await the guests.

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Costumes have been chosen.

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"Moonlight Magic" is ready for the dance.  Debbee Thibault is so excited.

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Scott Smith’s Top Hat is in place.

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Susan Arnot’s china head doll is ready to make her entrance on stage.

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Sharon and Kathy don festive crowns by Donna O’Brien.  Now the party begins.

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Clock face collages by Ingrid tell guests that it is "time" to have fun, fun, fun!

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Lauren Mumford’s collage party dresses welcome the autumn season.

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Halloween theaters and vintage nut cup favors by Donna O. dazzle the regal trick or treaters.

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Nicol Sayre’s lighted Jack O’ Lantern glows with delight. 

We hope that your Halloween Season is simply spellbinding!

WELCOME TO THE HAUNTED MANSION

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A starry autumn canopy crowns the heavens of American Harvest.

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Our Wistful Witch now appears in the Russian window surround.

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No Haunted Mansion would be complete without a Ghostly Mannequin adorned in her finest crown and robe.  A candelabra mysteriously floats in the antique oval frame.

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Elegant creations by Donna O’Brien are served at the Haunted Mansion’s banquet table.

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Sandy, Sharon, Pam and Elizabeth show off their Halloween hats and crowns.  Sandy made her crown from an American Harvest bag, isn’t she the clever one?  Elizabeth’s quilting expertise came in handy as she created her wizard’s hat.  Notice that Pam’s hat is invisible!!!  Spoooooky!!!

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Karla models her award winning Halloween millinery.  She is both stylish and hysterically funny.

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Family portraits hang on the antique picket fence.  Do you recognize any of your relatives?

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Costumed beauties by Ingrid entice guests of the Haunted Mansion.

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Autumn dolls by Jackie welcome the fall season.

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Antique gates beckon Trick or Treaters of all ages.

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Colleen, Iva, Sharon, Ingrid, Lucille and Ulla sharing laughter and friendship.

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Jan and our sweet daughter-in-law, Sarah, welcome customers with spirited smiles.  Jan made her crown with vintage flowers and antique rhinestone buttons.  Her crown proudly proclaims her title as  "Witch Jan".

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A Nicol Sayre original doll sits atop a vintage silver platter observing the ghoulish festivities at American Harvest. 

We wish everyone a Happy Halloween!!!

FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE HAUNTED MANSION

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The high wire act by April.  Tall ladders are her specialty.
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Sharon is unpacking crowns by Donna O’Brien.  Crowns, scepters, glass theaters…Oh my!!!

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Monique will not stop "fluffing" trees until every single branch is perfect.

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Jan is putting final touches on her displays.

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It may seem a little weird when the temperature is hovering around 90, but Halloween is coming to American Harvest today!  The doors are creaking open today at 10am.

FAIRIES AND FRIENDSHIP

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We have had many inquiries and comments about the beautiful Opera Fairy that graces the home page of our website.  She also reigns supreme on the wall of the cash and wrap area of our store.  The image is enlarged, glittered and framed by an antique Russian window surround.  It’s HUGE!  I have been searching for a way to honor my new found friendships that I have made through blogging and this great image.  We have finally found a way to capture her image and share her with all of you.  One of our artist has created a charm that has the fairy on one side and the other side reads: The Magic of Friendship … Enjoy the Harvest.  To celebrate the arrival of the charm, I am having a drawing.  Everyone who leaves a comment on this post will be entered to win the charm.  If you don’t win and are interested in the charm, it is available on our website under Wearable Art.

I really appreciate how helpful and encouraging all of you have been.  Cyberworld has been a bit overwhelming on top of the day to day requirements of running a store.  However, the Dark Side of the Force has proven to be quite bright with new friends I have found in all of you.  Thanks for expanding my world with your kindness and friendship.
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Here are pictures of the front and back of the charms.  The drawing is for the larger charm.  I will notify the winner by email on Sunday, August 18, 2007.  Please don’t forget to leave your email address if you want to enter to win the charm.

A PEEK INTO THE CUPCAKE ROOM

Welcome to the Cupcake Room at American Harvest!

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The Pastry awning beckons you to enter.

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Mosaic Cupcakes await you at every turn.

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Candle Cupcakes smell like fresh baked goodies.

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Petite candle pies smell and look so tempting.

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Adorable wood prints for your kitchen

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Enjoy cupcake soaps in the bath or shower!

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Crumb muffins and strawberry shortcake candles

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Treats galore for every room

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Every Royal Couple needs a cupcake

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Birthday Cupcakes are perfect for any age.

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Add a little whimsy to your walls.

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Cupcakes make Everyday a Holiday!!!  ENJOY!!!

GIRLS NIGHT OUT – SUCCESS STORY

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Left to right –Blair, Jan, Laura, Sharon, Marian, Rodger

Sorry for my absence from Blog Land during the past week.  My computer had a slight problem of not being able to connect to the internet and with my resident computer wiz out of town, I’ve been stranded in the physical world.  Now he’s back, problem solved, and I’m up and running again.  It seems that I have a lot of catching up to do. 

"Girls Night Out" was outstanding—far beyond anything that we had imagined.  I want to say a big "Thank You" to all of my Fairy Godmothers, one Prince Charming and my Cupcake Princess who worked so hard to contribute to the success of the evening. 

Rodger – Thanks for hauling in all of the boxes, unpacking, pricing and displaying.  But most of all, thanks for being smiley and courteous amidst all the estrogen swirling in the air that night.  All the while, your fingers were flying on the calculator with speed and accuracy.  Who knew that Prince Charming was an accountant?

Laura – A woman with incredible energy!  After baking mountains of delicious cupcakes in the morning, she helped us organize and display in the afternoon.  Then, Laura returned at night to work the entire evening behind the counter with perky enthusiasm.  Wish I could bottle that stamina, tie it with a glittery bow and sell it at American Harvest.  We’d be millionaires!

Jan – After enjoying a calm relaxing day, I’m sure the high energy swarm of ladies was not the way you would have preferred to end your evening.  Your loyalty and work ethic is unsurpassed and much appreciated.  While participating in every event for the past ten years, no occasion would be complete without you.

April – A working machine!  The girl does not stop until the work is complete.  Although April could not help us the night of the event, she worked the night before unpacking, pricing, and displaying.  What a powerhouse — like the Energizer Bunny on mega doses of caffeine!

Marian – She came to help us despite being stung by a bee on her foot (her foot was so swollen she couldn’t wear her shoe).  We tried to make her go home, but she wouldn’t leave until the long line of customers died down after a few hours.  With her smiling friendly disposition, no one knew she was in excruciating pain.  Thank you Marion — you are one tough chick!

Blair – Our darling Cupcake Princess — who showed up donned in cupcake attire to complement the evening.  You charmed our customers with your sparkling personality.  We can’t wait to see your wardrobe for our Fall and Christmas Open Houses!

To our treasured customers – thank you, thank you, thank you for always making our parties complete.  We appreciate all your loyalty and support throughout the past ten years.  You are truly the people who make up the world of American Harvest.  Without you, there would be no friendships, no fun times.  We love you!

Our next post will be "A Peek Into The Cupcake Room".  Can’t wait to share pics of the yummy treats that wait inside…
With heartfelt appreciation and love,
Sharon

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GIRL’S NIGHT OUT

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We will be preparing the store tonight and tomorrow during the day for our first Girl’s Night Out Summer Sale.  The sale beings on Friday, August 3rd from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.  There will be huge savings, as many Christmas, Halloween and non-seasonal items are placed on sale for 40% off!  In addition, you may select any one item that is not on sale and take 20% off.  This includes artists’ pieces and home decor.

Please be sure to visit our new Cupcake Room.  It is fun, fun, fun.  You will not believe the creative cupcakes…mosaic cupcakes, cupcake pictures, cupcake candles, cupcake soap…all American-made and incredibly delicious (in the non-edible sense).

We will also be serving sweet treats and goodies during the sale.  Don’t miss out on this new event at American Harvest, the savings will be HUGE.