Friday, December 23, 2011

American Home & Garden~MY FIRST GIVE AWAY~ WelcomeThe Old Painted Cottage Friends~

Hello all and Welcome!  I have so much to share with you today...I'm so excited to announce that my dear friend Jennifer from The Old Painted Cottage is helping me host a give away!  My first give away!  I ran into Jennifer a couple of weeks ago, when she was shopping at American Home & Garden (best kept secret in Ventura).  Jen purchased a couple of bus stop scrolls from me..while I'm not at liberty to share with you her BIG news, I will say....the news is worth celebrating!  So I'm celebrating my 2 month anniversary at American Home & Garden along with Jen's BIG news by doing my FIRST give away.  I'm giving away a bus stop scroll and a 50$ gift certificate to American Home & Garden! (to be used at ANY booth not just mine)
I wanted to share with you how beautiful our window turned out using these bus stop scrolls.  I have 3 different scrolls, one from New York, one from Paris, and another from London.  If you would like to purchase one they are $85.00 each. (I can ship them also for an additional $15)
Don't they look amazing??  We decided on a bus stop theme.  That awesome bench in the back ground just arrived the other day.  (the bench is from Hungary) There is also some gorgeous pillows made from the real bus scrolls by my friend Carmella.  
 A new shipment of grain sacks, dough bowls and French Demi Johns have arrived....and wait til you see the amazing selection of vintage suitcases!
 This beautiful buffet hutch just arrived also...along with a ton of ironstone...
 Even though it's winter outside, it is never too early to find amazing garden pieces at American Home & Garden.  We have lots of garden urns, benches, statuary, rusty sconces and chandeliers.
 More Carmella pillows and can you see that beautiful French iron bed in the background?  It is that French Green that we all love!
Dealers are bringing in new items daily are some Ralph Lauren Inspired black leather chairs...
So to enter the give away leave me a comment that you would like to be entered.  

Become a follower of my blog.

Hop on over to Jen's blog
and do the same.

Like us on Facebook if you have a Facebook (this is where you will learn of our sales, new arrivals, etc. 

The give away will end on December 31st..... 

I will announce the winner on January 1st ...:)

A Very special thank you to Jennifer from The Old Painted Cottage!  Welcome NEW Followers!  Good luck to you all!
Happy Holidays to you all~Happy New Year

PS...American Home & Garden is located at 64 South Oak St. Ventura Ca. 93001 
Phone 805-648-6818 

Linking to Kathleen's White Wednesday over at Faded Charm ...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

~Holiday Open House and HUGE SALE at American Home & Garden!! ~

I'm thrilled to announce that this Saturday December 10th from 9:30 am- 5:30 pm American Home & Garden will be hosting a Holiday Open House and SALE!  YES...YES...when I say "SALE"  I mean SALE!!  Each and EVERY dealer will have their entire booth on SALE 15%-50%!!  The booths are packed.. bring your list and tell a friend!  Like us on Facebook and be up to date with our sales, events, new merchandise etc.
Located in the heart of Ventura at 64 S. Oak St. Ventura  
805 648-6818
Here are some pictures (I mean eye candy) for you to enjoy!
See you Saturday! 
 The cutest sled with antique ice skates!  
 Adorable 1945 child's desk with chair.  Vintage teachers puzzle set...
 Red transferware chalkboard..vintage tags...
 OMG cutest green metal child's chairs and snow disc. 
 Another great garden piece...Plant stand lantern...great iron piece!
 Antique Rubber Stamp SET..All pieces so cool...French coat rack...European grain sacks..and lots of vintage suitcases!
 Just a sampling of what is at American Home & Garden today!  Come visit us this Saturday December 10th........bring your LIST!  
Happy Holidays to you and your families..xok 

Please take a moment and LIKE us on FACEBOOK and stay up to date on events, SALES, and new merchandise here

LINKING up to Kathleen's White Wednesday...check out all the eye candy over there!! ... here 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Holiday Booth at American Home & Garden~Do you LOVE Iron and Metal?

Words can't explain my OVER JOY of being in my new booth space at American Home & Garden in Ventura, CA.   I wanted to share with you my Holiday booth space.  Do you LOVE Iron and Metal like I do?  OMG do I have some eye candy for you!   I just adore heavy metal, cast iron, wrought iron, galvanized metal, industrial, you name it...if it is HEAVY.....I LOVE IT!!
So here are some pics of my new Holiday booth:

Fleur de Lis Iron table with a gorgeous stone top, Tall Iron rose sconces, RARE Iron garden umbrella.....just a few pieces at American Home & Garden now.  Also loving this tall French bottle dryer rack, very rare with the original bottom piece still intact!  Doesn't this make a perfect French industrial Christmas tree?  

Happy Holidays to you and yours!  Looking forward to seeing you at American Home & Garden.  Located at 64 S. Oak St. Ventura, Ca. 

Linking to my friend Kathleen's Faded Charm who host the very special "White Wednesday"  here  Now go check out some eye candy!
Thank you Kathleen for all you do!  xok

Thursday, November 10, 2011

American Home & Garden~Best kept SECRET in Ventura, CA

I've been keeping a SECRET!  I've been shopping at this little shop in Ventura, CA.  for some years now...never telling anyone where I found such great treasures.  I mean, the BEST rusty, chippy,  home and garden pieces EVER! American Home & Garden has been my SECRET for years!  All of you know how passionate I am about gardening and I  have found the most beautiful pieces for my garden here.  The dealers all up and down the coast have known about this little hidden gem right around the corner from the Ventura Pier and Fairgrounds, but have always kept it a SECRET!  I call it the best kept SECRET in Ventura...and guess what????  YEP....I opened a new booth space last week Thursday!  YAY...ok there my SECRET is out!!!  I just adore Leslie the store owner and Karen the store manager...and OMG the staff and other dealers are all so warm and friendly...I could spend all day everyday in this shop!
Here are some pictures I snapped today .....Isn't the store front cute?

I just love the clawfoot bath tub filled with Herbs and Lavender.  Rusty garden chairs, are just a sampling of what is in store.

Here are a few pictures of my booth space...I love displaying with Santos Cage Dolls.  The French table runner is the perfect backdrop.

I love Madonna's and you will find plenty of that French Nordic~Jeanne d' Arc STYLE in my booth.  Along with all the Jeanne d' Arc Magazines and books!  I have the books French Atmospheres, Amazing Retreats, The Special Christmas Edition and the 8th and final Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine all in the store right now!
There is always a dress form or two...or three in the space also!  I think they make a vignette so special..especially love them with vintage rosaries. :)

You will also find lots of vintage bottles and statues.  Rusty tables, chippy painted cabinets and farm tables!  

I will be taking more photos of the store and sharing with you this best kept SECRET in Ventura CA.  soon!
Please stop by and say hello we are located at 64 South Oak Street, Ventura, CA. 93001 and the phone is (805) 648-6818
Also please take a moment and "LIKE" us on our Facebook page here

Linking to Kathleen's White Wednesday over at Faded Charm here 

Thanks for visiting everyone~sending hugs! xok

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

JUST ARRIVED~The 8th Edition of Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine~The Christmas Issue!

The one we've all been waiting for Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine, Christmas Edition!  The 8th and last edition for the year.  So much holiday many beautiful ideas, decor and  food.  Here is the cover and a few inside pictures.  Available at The Agoura Antique Mart located in Agoura Hills, CA.  Now also available at American Home & Garden in Ventura, CA.

Stay tuned for some exciting news!  Just gathering up the pictures!  
Have a great day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Booth at The C.A. L.M. Show~And Switching GEARS!

Omg!  Three weeks and Three antique shows!  What a whirlwind~I can't beleive it is already the 17th of the month...

I had the pleasure of doing The C.A.L.M. Show in Santa Barbara Ca. this past weekend. Held at one of my favorite places Earl Warren Show Grounds!    Such a beautiful antique show with some of the finest dealers coming together to help benefit Child Abuse.  I was honored to be a part of this show.  Thank you April Thede for all your help and assistance in making my first show with you successful!

Here are a few pictures of my booth~I wanted to share some of the others, but being by myself all weekend, I didn't get around to take pictures.  (sorry)  I did however meet some amazing, friendly dealers!
 Aren't these cast iron urns GORGEOUS?  They have a new home now....I have decided to keep them!  (for those of you that really know me~I love to garden)  I have the perfect spot for them too!
That awesome finial SOLD first thing Friday morning to a decorator in Los Angeles.  (such a statement piece)

I love mannequins in my booth, especially love this child size one, very old and RARE.  She is covered in old sheet music and makes such a beautiful statement at the front of my booth.
 These gorgeous urns from a Florida Estate find SOLD!  They looked amazing on the old store counter and backed by a pair of European shutters.  The large blue French enamelware pot was scooped up my one of my favorite new customers...she also purchased all 5 of my burlap grain sack ruffled pillows for her garden!
I'm looking forward to the next C.A.L.M. show to be held the 27th, 28th, and 29th, of January.  Please visit the website for more information here

Now for the switching gears!!!  I'm leaving tomorrow for The All American Quarter Horse Congress!!  Held in Columbus Ohio from October 7th through Oct. 30th.    The Congress is the largest single breed horse show in the world.  Bringing over 15,000 horses, and 650,000 spectators  to the Columbus area.  Can you tell how excited I am??  I will be grooming 2 of my favorite horses and taking care of one very special girl Marley Mainwaring!  I love my job!!  
This is Marley and Little Credit Needed aka Buster at the 2009 All American Quarter Horse Congress!  I get to work with one of my favorite horse trainers Jan Ball,  whom I've known since I was 10 years old.  We have a blast together!  That is me with the Mini Aussie (Missy) and Jan is on the end with her dog (Smokey).  Even the dogs are excited to go to the Congress!  You can visit Jan Ball Performance Horses here
 Isn't she just the cutest kid EVER!!!?????

So that is it for now my friends....when I get back from the horse show I will be selling at the Long Beach Flea Market on the 30th of October!!  Whew!!!  What a month!!!  Have a great week!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

~Remnants of the Past~ The Fall Show~My Booth~

Good day everyone!  Charley and I had an amazing weekend with good friends, great customers, and wonderful vendors at the Remnants of the Past Fall Show. Held at the beautiful Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, Ca. Words can't say how amazing the vendors were at the show this time each brought their best merchandise !  There was so much eye candy~ over 100 beautiful booths.  Judy Watkins and ROTP have been named number 1 Romantic Flea Market in the U. S. by Romantic Homes Magazine.  It is truly and honor to be a part of this show!
Charley spent the last 2 months building the most amazing structure for our booth~even down to hand rusting the galvanized roof!  It took us 5 hours to put up the structure alone.  Even the sign, Charley made for me~with custom stenciling!  I'm so lucky to have such a talented husband!!
 The beautiful French basket lights were made by Charley also!  They were so dramatic and really made my booth stand out.
European Shutters with the original hardware, French woven Demi John bottles, French grain sack linens, French green water jugs and seltzer bottles, all displayed on two of my favorite pieces from a recent buying trip to Oregon and Washington.
Another one of my favorite vignettes ever~ this iron fleur de lis marble top table with iron skeleton frame, dress form, madonna, and lady bust~
We definitely had a variety of merchandise~saved for ROTP~The Chicken feeder a RARE find and the pharmacy sign.
 I love this scale on the left, an old farmers market vegetable scale from Budapest!  That gorgeous finial is from an Estate in Hancock Park and the Howe Scale on the right is another find from Oregon!

I have so many more photos to show you....just need to organize them I will bring you more as soon as I can!

Thank you again Judy Watkins, your amazing staff, the worker bee's that helped me load and unload....I feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing show!  
Here is an amazing video of some of the booths at ROTP:

Linking to Kathleen's Faded Charm White Wednesday~here

Monday, September 26, 2011

~Jeanne d' Arc Chrismas book~

Coming in this weeks mail ~ The Christmas Book from Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine.  The new Christmas book will be in magazine form and is a reprint of their original sold out book.  Translated in English!  We have all been waiting for this one!  
I will have these on time for my October shows, The Three Speckled Hens, Remnants of the Past, and The C.A.L.M. Show.  Also I will bringing some up to The Agoura Antique Mart.
Here are a few images to get you excited:
 Oh~ ~ I forgot to mention~ This lovely book is completely advertisement  FREE!!  You won't want to miss quantities will be available. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jeanne d' Arc Magazine 7th Edition & Where I will be in October!

Hello fellow bloggers...sorry it has been so long!  I've been on a few buying trips these past few weeks getting ready for our October shows.  I have been having the time of my life~can't wait for you to see my booths at the shows.  Each weekend in October we will be participating in three special shows.  The first weekend, we will be at the Three Speckled Hens in Paso Robles.  We will be in the same location as last time, on the corner just outside of the indoor booths.  The following weekend we will be at The Remnants of the Past Show in their new location at The Madonna Inn located in San Luis Obispo.  This time we have a double indoor space!  Look for the barn like structure that Charley has built for us!  Then the third weekend we will be participating for the very first time at the C.A.L.M. Show in Santa Barbara!  Whew!  I have been putting things away for each individual there will be plenty of new good stuff at each show.  I will leave a link to each show so you can get directions, times and dates.
Now for more exciting news:
 I should be receiving the new 7th edition of the Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine in the mail soon!  They will be available at each of the above shows and of course you can still pick them up at The Agoura Antique Mart.  
Here is some eye candy coming in the 7th edition:

Thanks for stopping by today.  I do hope to see you at the antique shows...I will keep you posted as we get closer and hopefully add more pictures of what you will see at each show.  I'm truly honored to be a part of each of these shows!!  :)!
October  shows:
Three Speckled Hens

Remnants of the Past

The C.A.L.M. Antique Show

Linking to Kathleen's White Wednesday @ Faded Charm here
Lots of beautiful inspiration!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

~IT'S HERE~I'TS HERE! ~ French Atmospheres in the Nordic Way

Jeanne d' Arc Living has done it again!  It's here, French Atmospheres,  in my hot hands now in limited quantity.  This beautiful book full of 400 inspiring pictures, 185 pages, embossed hard covered, is a pure delight.  For those of you that have been receiving the Jeanne d' Arc living magazine, this will be a wonderful edition to your book collection.  Originally printed in Danish in 2007 and sold out,  this new edition has been reprinted in English and available now!  Here is a sampling of the pictures:

Oh the eye candy....To reserve your copy please email me directly at  What a perfect Christmas gift! 
Linking to Kathleen's White Wednesday here