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DOLLS AND OTHER HANDCRAFTED CREATIONS FOR SPRING 2012

American Harvest is always looking for the best handcrafted creations for our customers.  Nicol Sayre, Debbee Thibault, Wendy Addison and Susan Arnot continue to amaze us with their new dolls and Spring items.  In addition, we have great jewelery designs using vintage finds used in necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  Here are some pictures of a handful of handcrafted items available now at American Harvest.  None of these items are in our shopping cart section of the website.  Please call Sharon at the shop for availability (925-485-1577).

Nicol Sayre doll is completely made by hand and features vintage fabrics and vintage belt buckle.  The doll is holding a vintage lamb under her left arm.

A beautiful doll by Nicol.

The gold metal trim is very old on Nicol’s doll.

Nicol’s dolls are the most detailed creations.

Here is a group picture of Debbee Thibault’s Spring line for 2012.  To view her creations individually, please see the blog post called Spring Open House Preview.  Then you can scroll down to see her pieces individually.

Wendy Addison has taken vintage Easter Eggs marked Western Germany and glittered them with German Glass Glitter.  Final touches include dresden, ribbon and spring animals.  Each egg opens to reveal the vintage paper marked Western Germany.

The small round boxes are also Western Germany stock and are adorned with vintage berries and dresden.

These are some of Wendy’s boxes that she has printed with beautiful birds.

Susan Arnot’s attention to detail is incredible.  Her dolls are made with vintage crepe paper, fabrics, trims and some have vintage German porcelain doll heads.  Each creations is unique.

This doll is sitting in a vintage crocheted baby bootie.

This is a new jewelery artist for us.  She uses vintage parts from watches and crosses to create these wonderful necklaces, earrings and bracelets. 

American Harvest has many antique and collectible items for sale, from the small shoe pin cushions to large furniture and everything in between.

The Eiffel Tower tiara is new, but made with beautiful rhinestones.  The necklace on the left is made with antique buttons and stones.  Pictured to the right…the compact is vintage with a French scene and finally there is a beautiful broach made with antique buttons.

More jewelery made with vintage components.

Finally, a little bit of whimsy…..These are Trissy Crenshaw’s Easter creations.

Happy Springtime to all.

Please call Sharon at 925-485-1577.

 

SPRING OPEN HOUSE PREVIEW

At your request, I am posting pictures of some of the great finds that are now for sale at American Harvest.  Most of these items are very limited or one-of-a-kind creations.  For pricing information, please call Sharon at the shop 925-485-1577.  Remember this is a small sampling of the fantastic items available.  Sorry, there are no pictures of Nicol Sayre’s original dolls yet!

These are vintage patriotic pins.

Every traveler this year will want new, exciting luggage tags.

Lavendar filled sachets, made with vintage fabrics by Jan, exclusively for American Harvest.

Sharon always says this quote….the ribboned tag makes for a great gift tag or hang it on your mirror for inspiration each day.

These bottles are filled with vintage findings by Tinsel Trading!

Here is a Springtime beauty designed by Nicol Sayre.

The swinging doll is made with a vintage German doll head and vintage fabrics and crepe paper.  Created by Susan for American Harvest.

Vintage peat pots are adorned with ribbons and French inspired labels.

Bangle bracelets made right here in San Francisco Bay Area.

Quimper cup and saucer from France.

These are antique Ex Votos from Italy.

More beautiful jewelry made by a local artist.

The picture above and all of the pictures that follow are Debbee Thibault’s creations for Spring.

We hope that you will join this Saturday, March 10th for our 15 Year Anniversary Party and Spring Open House.

AMERICAN HARVEST…CELEBRATING 15 YEARS

American Harvest will be celebrating our 15th year anniversary on Saturday, March 10th from 10am-5pm.  Nicol Sayre will be our featured artist and will be signing her original dolls from 10am-1pm.  In addition to Nicol’s dolls, there will be wonderful original creations for Springtime and Easter by Wendy Addison and  Susan Arnot.   Debbee Thibault just sent us her newest Spring collection for 2012.  These are some of her best characters that you will absolutely love!  We have a great collection of Summer Teal’s baby accessories, hair adornments, bags and coin purses.

We are styled in a Paris theme for our event.  If you haven’t heard….we now have licensed baby clothes for Cal Berkeley and Stanford!  We hope to see you this next Saturday, March 10th for our anniversary party and Spring Open House!

Vintage camera and Paris themed picture set on an antique chair.

We have many Eiffel Towers (new and vintage souvenirs).  This large Eiffel Tower’s shadow is cast across a large Angel print.  To the left is an array of vintage clocks on an antique dressing table.

An antique child’s chair plays host to three French inspired jars.

We have a very extensive collection of French antique religious items in stock.  Most of the leather bound Missels and Bibles are from France or Germany and were printed in the late 1800’s.  Rosaries, Holy Water fonts and statues are just a few of the highly collectible religious items that are featured at American Harvest.

Our French inspired theme is evident throughout the shop.  Can you say….”Ooh La La” ?

Our baby selection continues to receive rave reviews by Grandmas, Aunties and Moms.

Here is a licensed Stanford Cheerleaders uniform for the young ones.  It is also available for Cal.  There are onesies, rompers, hats, fleece hoodies and booties with these Universities name and logo’s.

Sharon has been very busy finding the latest and best in beautiful jewelry for our anniversary party.  This is a small sampling of her finds.

We always carry Tokyo Milk and Tokyo Milk Dark products, as we are the Tri-Valley area top retailer for these parfumes, soaps, lip balms and handcremes.  We have the most extensive selection in town!

These vintage bow ties have been a huge hit at American Harvest.  Use your imagination in making these items a great accessory to your wardrobe.  One of our favorite customers bought three different vintage bow ties and used them as clasps on her sweater.  She is stopped constantly and asked, “Where did you get that fabulous sweater?”  Her answer…”I simply added these vintage bow ties that I found at American Harvest!”  Thanks, Jana!

Again, we hope to see you this Saturday, March 10th at American Harvest, as we celebrate our 15 year anniversary!

 

 

 

MAGICAL HOLIDAY EVENING, NOV. 19th

In conjunction with the Pleasanton Downtown Association, American Harvest invites you to a Magical Holiday Evening on Saturday Nov. 19th from 4-8pm.  This is a great holiday kickoff to your celebrations.  We will be featuring our latest Christmas and holiday decorations, gifts, jewelry and perfumes.  There will be festivities throughout downtown Pleasanton.  We will also have a gift basket drawing at American Harvest that night.

EARLIER THAN THE BIRD…..

On that same day, American Harvest will be participating in the Earlier Than The Bird event in downtown Pleasanton.  We will open very early at 7am…..that’s right 7:00 in the morning.  Many stores will be having special treats and surprises.  At American Harvest, we will be giving out free mini snowmen ornaments with a purchase of $10.00 or more, while supplies last!  So hurry and come to American Harvest first!!!!

As always, American Harvest is your best place to find one-of-a-kind holiday decorations.  We take great pride in bringing you the very best Christmas creations!

Our store is decorated this year in an ICE PALACE theme.  Our ”show stopping” window display this year conveys the theme of an ice palace courtyard that welcomes you to venture into the ice palace halls and out of the cold night air!

American Harvest features nationally renowned artists, Debbee Thibault, Nicol Sayre, Dee Foust, Wendy Addison, Eric Cortina, Susan Arnot and many more.

Many of our holiday items are made with vintage findings, such as this doll made by Susan.  We also welcome back Susan’s sister, Victoria who made many special items for American Harvest this year.

We hope to see you soon at these two great events at American Harvest on November 19th!

Sharon and Rodger

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE 2011 PREVIEW

The Ice Palace is complete and ready to open tomorrow, Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10am.  The “elves” have been extremely busy this year in the preparation of the open house.  There are so many great holiday decorations and gift ideas, you will not want to miss out on the excitement of this big day!  So to intrigue you, here are some pictures of this year’s Christmas Open House at American Harvest.

 

With wishes for a very Happy Holiday Season….Merry Christmas,

Sharon and Rodger

PS…a huge thank you to April, a great friend and special little elf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT AMERICAN HARVEST 2011

 

You are invited to American Harvest’s 15th Annual Christmas Open House November 5 & 6, 2011.  This event has become a holiday tradition you will not want to miss.  Celebrate Christmas at the “Ice Palace”.  There will be wonderful Santas, snowmen, dolls, vintage Christmas decorations and antiques.  Share the tradition and come both days for inspiration and fun at American Harvest.

We will be closed October 31 to November 4 to prepare for the open house.

Open House Hours:

Saturday  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday      noon to 4:00 p.m.

Many thanks go to Ingrid Pomeroy for designing this great postcard for us!

 

HALLOWEEN FUN AND DEBBEE THIBAULT

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!

 

 

 

 

WITH THANKS AND APPRECIATION….

Rodger and I want to thank all of our loyal customers and friends for attending the Halloween extravaganza, Hotel de Mise.  Without your faithfulness, we would be one of those small shops that have gone out of business in the past few years.  It has been a struggle to keep our doors open during the recession, but you have been our encouragement to press forward and not look back.  This year’s Halloween open house was our most successful fall event in the 14 year history of American Harvest.

I typically come up with the majority of ideas and the theme for our events, but without the help and dedication of my friend, April, many of these ideas would not come to fruition.  April spends countless hours at home and at the store designing and making the facades we use at our events.  She works tirelessly with Rodger and I  hanging props from the ceiling, setting up displays and making certain that no little detail is overlooked.  She even furnished her truck when our van broke down during the week of setup.  We are so grateful to have April in our lives.

Ingrid Pomeroy designed our incredible postcard and poster for this event.  She always captures our theme perfectly in her designs.  Nicol Sayre has been so generous to us and our customers with her time by attending and signing all of her wonderful original dolls.  Susan Arnot created beautiful Halloween items for our event and drove for hours to deliver them to us.  Even Jan Atkins was able to make some pretty Halloween fans despite the fact that she is suffering from a badly injured shoulder.  We have been blessed to have the help of our friends, Monique, Marion and Joyce in working so hard on Friday evening during our Halloween open house.

With thanks and appreciation to everyone,

Sharon

Hotel deMise at American Harvest

Your rooms are almost ready at American Harvest’s Hotel deMise.  We will open today, Friday, August 26th at 7pm.  We hope that you will find a sweet resting place in our humble abode.  For your viewing pleasure…..we present some pictures of what to expect at this year’s Halloween extravaganza at American Harvest.

You will be greeted by our Doorman and Bell Hop, who will be certain to carefully detain your luggage.

Although we no longer have a doctor on duty, we do have his doctor’s bag.  You can see a picture of his last victim patient praying for mercy.

 

Our registration desk is professionally staffed to assist you in your quick check-in, but never your check out.

Having a difficult time falling asleep?  Then go to the hotel library, the heavy books will help you get that deep, restful peace that you will just die for.

This guest on the 13th floor loves his floating bed.  He used the ASCENSOR to arrive at his final destination.

Before you go to your final resting place, you may want to feast on our new dinnerware in the Ghostly Dining Room.

Our kitchen staff uses only the finest and deadliest ingredients in preparing your repast.

These guests truly ate to their heart’s content.  Don’t they look satisfied?

Did you forget your toiletries?  Our “Lotions, Potions and Perfume Counter” can fulfill your needs.

These ladies discovered the latest cosmetic treasures….don’t they look beautiful?

The Black Widow Boutique is open 13 hours a day at Hotel deMise.  You will find many lovely gift items to send back to your loved ones who miss you greatly.

This hotel guest was so excited with her new ensemble that she literally lost her head!  By the way, her husband went out of his mind.

We hope to see you soon at American Harvest’s Hotel deMise……..may you RIP.

SPRINGTIME 2011 AT AMERICAN HARVEST

We have been really busy finding great vintage collectibles and antiques.  It is amazing how great vintage and new items blend together when decorating your home.  We have been inspiring home decorators for over 14 years.  Daily, we are told by those visiting our shop, American Harvest, how wonderful our displays are.  We appreciate those nice compliments.  We continue to set the bar even higher, when it comes to decorating with new and old.  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we hope that the following images bring a smile to your face, a lift to your day and inspiration to your home.  What does Mom want for Mother’s Day?  Well, we guarantee that flowers are nice, candy is sweet, but what Mom really wants….a gift from American Harvest that inspires her home decorating!

Santos stand proud in front of a large “Ave Maria” mirror.  We use lots of vintage books for risers.  These great old books complement the vintage inspired Santo and bust.  By placing objects in a glass cloche, you can make a statement that these collectibles are truly special.

This late 19th century French Wedding Cushion has a new crown that is set on top.  It is rare to find the actual bride’s headpiece that would have been made of wax flowers.  The crown looks perfect in this arrangement.  We like to use mirrors in our displays to give depth to the collection and to reflect light.

Two antique books (“City Ballads” and “Country Ballads”) set the tone for this display of city and country vintage items.  The large barn vent is newly made with vintage woods.  The city is represented with the topiary on the left and the wire cloche on the right.

Old cameras are one of my passions now.  I have brought in many vintage cameras and they have flown out the door.  I find one or two at a time at good prices and have been able to sell them at very low prices.  The sweet tags are handmade with high quality papers and ribbons.  The images are of Coco Channel and Audrey Hepburn….two women whom photographers loved to capture with their cameras.

As all of you know, Debbee Thibault is one of our finest artists in our American Harvest Family of Artists.  We carry an important collection of her outstanding creations.  This photo shows some of the pieces in her latest collection for Spring and Summer.

I have always loved to cook for my family.  My personal collection of antique spice tins has gotten so large that I decided to part with  some of them.  My favorite is the Martha Washington spice tin.

These two beautiful hand blown glass lamp shades are from the Phoenix Art Studio.  These were made in the 30’s.  We have a very good collection of them for sale.  These beautiful creations would look great in your home to replace those tired looking standard fixtures in your bathroom.  We have also used these lamp shades as backdrops for other collectibles.

These lovely bird jewelery pieces are a small sample of the fabulous jewelery we have for sale at American Harvest.  The birds definitely say “Welcome Spring”.

I did not grow up Catholic, but was always fascinated with religious icons.  Most of my friends were Catholic, as I grew up just two blocks away from the historic Mission San Jose in Fremont, CA.  These religious medals date from the 1920’s to the 1960’s.

I also have a sweet collection of Bunnykins plates, bowls and cups.  All of my pieces are from the 1930’s.  You can buy new dishes still, but look for the vintage ones.  I am selling my duplicates now.  All are in mint condition, as I am very select with this collection.  Tip of the day….Pass up dishes with chips and hairline cracks.

At American Harvest, we love all things French.  The above pillow is one of the many French-inspired decorating items we have in stock.

We sell many books about France, Paris flea markets and Provence markets.  This is a new book for us and we love it.  The book is about authors from all over the world, who were inspired by France.  Pictured on the cover is F. Scott Fitzgerald and family.  He wrote Rodger’s favorite American novel, The Great Gatsby.  Rodger’s all-time favorite novel is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  Of course, it is set in France.

The Eiffel Tower art tag is made by one of our great AH artist.  She uses the highest quality of paper, glitter and ribbons.  We have a wonderful selection of her French inspired images in various sizes.

Here is a fantastic display of vintage-inspired ribbons.  These are all hand dyed and sell for very reasonable prices.  Call us for colors and minimum yardage.  Perfect for tying special packages and for draping with your collectibles.  Use your imagination…the possibilities are limitless.

I love old books, Bibles and prayer books.  I know that many people are ripping off old book covers, tea staining the pages and tying these “worn” books with ribbons.  I like that look too, but cannot bear the idea of destroying old things.  I buy books for the cover, the stories, the pictures and the COLOR.  COLOR??? yes, use them as risers with similar color tones found on different objects.  This really makes for outstanding vignettes of your collectibles, including Debbee Thibault collectibles.

Speaking of Debbee Thibault…..Don’t you love this outstanding Patriotic creation from her new collection?

Well, Happy Spring to all and please have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your families.