Archive for September, 2008

AT HOME WITH BLACK AND WHITE

I love untraditional Halloween themes.  Although I have many vintage 1930-1950 Halloween decorations as well.  This year I thought I'd turn "it" up a notch.  Since American Harvest is decked out in Theatre Mystique for Halloween, I changed my home decor to just black, white and gold for this year's fall decor.
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I started out very simply with an old iron African Violet plant stand.  I added a Dee Faust pumpkin on top with black glittered candles below.  I also added black shiny shred under the candles.
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Then I placed two child mannequins on top of an antique armoire.  The one on the left is not old, but it is decorated with antique ex-votos from Italy.  The black mannequin is very old.  I found it in Paris last year.
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This beautiful antique dress form holds my Donna O'Brien crown and scepter.  The banner across the front is from Wendy Addison's Theatre of Dreams.
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I think that my dress form is so pretty that I decided that it must have won a ribbon or two in a pageant.  Two great black ribbons adorn the hem line.
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I adore all of my many antique candy jars.  This year I placed black and white items in them for the season.  None of the items are strictly Halloween, but they certainly do set the mood.P1012329

A pair of antique doll eyes are somewhat distorted in the candy jar.
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In another candy jar you'll find a pair of antique child's high top button shoes.
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This is an autograph book (again black and gold theme) dated 1885.  The calligraphy inside is amazing.
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This black and gold cover of this book was a tremendous find!  The book is dated 1923.
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Not everything needs to be old.  A silver beaded spider web sets off the Debbee Thibault creation.  It stands proudly next to a skull based Halloween tree. 
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This silver boot was enhanced by Donna O'Brien.  The boot itself is a vintage shot glass from England.
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Here is another candy jar (I have 14 in all in my living room filled with black, white and gold items).  This one is filled with gold vintage millinery.
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Normally I have pale pink flowered pillows on my white furniture in the living room.  But for this time of year, I replaced the pillows with simple black pillows in a variety of shapes and textures.
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Finally, I placed black silhouette bat candlesticks on my table.  I like how the sun is setting behind them.  I encourage my customers at American Harvest to "think outside the box".  My goal is to make our shop inspirational and creative.  Be passionate about your own designs for this Fall season.  Your family and friends will be amazed at how creative you are!  Let me know your design tips for this Halloween season.  After all, sharing ideas is half the fun!

THEATRE MYSTIQUE STARRING NICOL SAYRE DOLLS

Here is a preview of what is in store for those attending Nicol Sayre's doll signing today at American Harvest.  Let the show continue at Theatre Mystique.
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These are just a few of the beautiful dolls on stage at American Harvest today, Sept. 6th.  You may call the store after 12 noon Pacific time to check on availability.  Please no early phone calls.  925-485-1577.  I hope that you have enjoyed this Third Act of Theatre Mystique!

NICOL SAYRE SIGNING, FALL 2008

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This wonderful doll in a theatre by Nicol Sayre will be presented for sale this Saturday, September 6th at American Harvest.  Nicol will be bringing a terrific collection of her dolls to our store.  This talented artist from Pleasanton still amazes everyone with her desirable creations.  Nicol will be at American Harvest from 10am to 2pm.