Archive for September, 2011


Our Halloween Open House on August 26th was so much fun!  We went crazy with our theme of a haunted hotel called Hotel deMise.  Don’t miss out as the Halloween fun will continue with a Fall Signing with Debbee Thibault on Saturday, September 24th 10am-5pm.  We are so fortunate to have Debbee visit our store each year.  She is one of America’s great folk artists.  She will be bringing many one-of-a-kind creations made exclusively for American Harvest!!!  Not very many stores can say that!  Here are some pictures of our recent Halloween event.  We hope that you will stop by and visit Hotel deMise at American Harvest.

All of us got into the Halloween spirit as we dressed up for Hotel deMise.

Your Hotel staff from left to right:

Nicol Sayre, April Koska, Marion Green, Sharon Mattern, Joyce Aris, Rodger Mattern and Monique Paiva-Ching.

Enter Hotel deMise….an antique Memorial plaque from France, a memorial ribbon and large spider web on a very old door.

Our center table featured lots of antique chests and suitcases filled with Nicol Sayre’s designs of witches, witches shoes, pumpkins and black cats.  Scary morphing pictures and vintage photos added intrigue to this display.  In the foreground is an antique wood violin case (coffin).  You’ll notice the clock…your time has run out!

Old doll heads were decorated with vintage flowers, feathers and other millinery items.  Placed under a large glass bowl for added spooky appeal!

Vintage Halloween costumes were featured at the Hotel deMise.  This one is complete with top, pants, wig, mask and hat.

These desert plates were a huge hit in the Ghostly Dining Room.

The Screaming Skeleton scared the pants right off of many of our customers at the Halloween Open House.  He is motion and sound activated, he bends down, pops up and SCREAMS a blood curdling scream like you’ve never heard before!  Only one left.

Nicol Sayre made a great collection of Halloween and Fall dolls for our event.  Here is a frightful ghostly delight!!!  Nicol’s original dolls are highly collectible.  I am sorry to tell you that all are sold.

The Ghostly Dining Room featured a great collection of antique poison bottles and a few new ones too.  The amber bottles went really quickly.

Ingrid Pomeroy not only designed our Halloween postcard and poster, but she made these great skeleton in coffin items.  Not pictured are her intricate Halloween greeting cards…beautifully designed with scary, yet lovely images.

Wendy Addison created these fantastic Bat boxes.  We had many of Wendy’s original creations for Halloween.

Any hotel would not be complete without room keys…..Our keys are antique skeleton keys from France and we attached them to room tags featuring a praying skeleton.  Creepy and fun at the same time!

We also featured very pretty Halloween creations by Susan Arnot.  Susan made a huge collection for us and each and every one of them was perfect!  The antique German doll head, vintage crepe paper and Susan’s creativity make this item simply breathtaking!

So, there you have just a few of the great vignettes that Sharon, Rodger and April put together.  We cannot possibly show every little detail in these pictures.  You have only one choice….you must come into American Harvest and see all of the displays for yourself.  Thank you to all of our faithful friends and customers who make each event at American Harvest so successful.  We also want to thank you for your comments and encouragement.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Signing with Debbee Thibault on Saturday, September 24th!






American Harvest invites you to….


Saturday, September 24, 2011, 10am-5pm

Debbee will be featuring many one-of-a-kind designs made exclusively for American Harvest.

We will also present all of Debbee’s latest Halloween and Christmas figures.

This is a fun event and a great opportunity to meet and speak with one of America’s best folk artists.

Come early for the best selection of her one-of-a-kind creations.

American Harvest

438 Main Street

Pleasanton, CA 94566