Archive for September, 2007

A SHOP KEEPER’S RETREAT

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Two of the questions I am most frequently asked by my customers are "Does your home look like this store?" and "Do you decorate your home for every holiday?"

The answer to the first question is…yes and no. My house does look like my store but not exactly.  First of all, April (alias "Monkey Girl") does not live at my house, so I do not have as many decorative elements hanging from my ceiling.  Also, my decorating is a little more tranquil than the shop.  It is a quiet retreat from the intoxicating visual stimulation I experience throughout the day at American Harvest.

In regard to the second question – YES, YES, YES!  With my passion for display and my love for the incredible creations of American artists, how could I not decorate for every season?  I have been known to creep downstairs in the wee hours of the morning, say 4:00am and start decorating.  I can’t help it – – -ideas just come to me while I’m sleeping and I simply must act upon them.  That’s probably why I fall asleep while watching CSI in the evening.  Can you believe that I have never seen the ending to a single CSI episode?

Back to decorating, I thought I would share a few glimpses of the Halloween decorations in my home.  I am not a purest.  I mix antiques, vintage and folk art, (I encourage my customers to do the same).  I buy what I love.  I surround myself with artists’ creations that make me happy and send my imagination flying.  Therefore, you may see a bit of a French Halloween theme or sly wicked cats next to smiling jack-o-lanterns.  I don’t know if they even celebrate Halloween in France, but in my living room the dolls are all attending a Parisian Gala Halloween Ball.  Please feel free to join them!

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Have fun decorating your home each season!

 


A COTTAGE BOUTIQUE – PLEASANTON, CA

Yesterday, Donna O’Brien and I ventured out of American Harvest to see the exciting creations at A Cottage Boutique art show.  There were many wonderful artists displaying and selling their work.  I am not going to list them all for fear that I might omit someone by mistake.  But here are a few examples of the fine work at this show.

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Stacy French embellished a vintage silhouette with ephemera, vintage frame and vintage easel.

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Melissa Tereck‘s creative "Avril" box made with shells and satin.

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Christine Lefever‘s carton doll.

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This is a lovely French wig doll by Christine Lefever.

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Connie Govea Stuart’s altered art creations – a small book and coin purse complimented with vintage photos and charms.

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Jenny Adams Hernandez surprised me with this highly detailed doll that she brought to me at the store as a gift.  It was a delight to meet Jenny and I will treasure this gift always.

I am fortunate to have a career that I love and be surrounded by talented artists.  It was great to have a gathering of creative women all in one place so close to my shop.  My wish is that you will be able to come to Pleasanton and be a part of the special world that I live and experience everyday.

LISA KAUS’ ORIGINAL ART WORK

We are proud to announce that American Harvest is now showcasing the original art work of Lisa Kaus.  Lisa’s innovative and whimsical designs make excellent additions to your home’s decor.  Please click here to view all of Lisa’s original art that is available at American Harvest.
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Pictured above is "Eat Cake" displayed on a yellow cake stand.

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Lisa’s original art called "Stroll Thru The Meadow" on display at American Harvest.

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"Penny For Your Thoughts" is painted on wood.  All of Lisa’s originals have a beeswax finish.

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Lisa took this picture of two of her originals in her beautiful yard.

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"Sunflower" is painted on wood, mixed media with antique papers.

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"Heart" is painted on canvas.  This is a truly magnificent creation, I wish that my photo could show you the depth of color and details in the painting.

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"Birdy On Branch" like all of Lisa’s original art is signed by the artist.  This one is painted on chunky canvas.

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I bet you agree that Lisa is one of todays best multi media artists.  Whether she paints on canvas or wood, her creativity is truly amazing. 

FALL OPEN HOUSE WITH NICOL SAYRE

Today is the official opening of our Fall and Halloween Open House.  Guest artist, Nicol Sayre, will be on hand to showcase her wonderful original dolls.  Also, pictured are latest arrivals from Lisa Kaus, Michelle Legler, Debbee Thibault, Susan Arnot, Donna O’Brien and Ingrid Pomeroy.  Here are pictures of some of the store displays that we did late last night….our "in-store customers" have not even seen these displays yet!  Please enjoy!
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A beautiful Halloween crown by Donna O’Brien

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Small Halloween Theater by Susan Arnot

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Clock face collage and journal by Ingrid Pomeroy.  Magic Jack by Dee Foust.

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Initial crowns by Donna O’Brien

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Mosaic cake and cupcakes by Michelle Legler

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We are now showcasing Lisa Kaus’ original paintings in addition to her prints.

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Autumn Sunflower by Lisa Kaus

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More incredible originals by Lisa Kaus

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These are pictures of Debbee Thibault’s latest arrivals from her Fall and Christmas 2007 collection.

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