A blog about High Desert places, events, and people in So Cal

Looking for a Father’s Day present? Go to the big sale at Carriage House Antiques tomorrow. It’s an enjoyable place for the ladies to shop. They have a special man’s cave, too – well, they don’t call it that, but it’s at the back set apart from girly antiques. Last week, however, my man found a set of cactus book ends in one of the other vendor’s booths. Someone, however, took those book ends to the front counter before my husband could grab them. Imagine who! They certainly would make the perfect Father’s Day gift for a special dad and husband.
When you walk in the antique store, turn to the right. Go all the way to the end of the aisle. Curve to the left a bit, and look on your right. There you’ll find that man cave with many very old and interesting antiques. Now for the ladies, if you love the comforts of nostalgic antique treasures, you’ll love Carriage House Antiques.

Last week I purchased a cottage book I couldn’t pass up. Call it country, nostalgic, or comfort, decorating and living in a cottage makes life pleasurable for a southern girl like me. If you love to garden or entertain your friends in the back yard, you’ll find the nicest and cutest table and chair sets for the outdoors and garden items . Let’s certainly not leave out the kitchen. Beautiful china, tablecloths, aprons, kitchen gadgets, and a multitude more you’ll discover. Never do I leave this friendly place without inspiration for writing my books and blogs, adding to my garden, or decorating my cottage.
Carriage House Antiques will welcome you with their friendly manner any day you go in, but on this Saturday, May 21st, they are offering even more. You’ll find special sales, food, live singing, and giveaways throughout the day. This Saturday hours are from 9:00 A.M. ’til 6:00 P.M. Music begins at 10:00 A.M. Mention that you heard about it from Angi at High Desert Blogging. Read more about Carriage House Antiques on their Facebook page.


Explore the High Desert in So Cal for vintage treasures and experience Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasure, a shop that has become a popular spot for Route 66 tourists to shop. Since this shop opened a few months ago, many High Desert antique hobbyists enjoy shopping there. Already, visitors out of state and out of the country have visited. You’ve heard those stories of how a person lives in a community for years and never knows about the interesting sites that have attracted many from afar. Don’t let that be you. Go discover this enchanting vintage shop. Drive out on Highway 18 to Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. Special events are coming soon at the beginning of June at this shop. To find out more information, go to: http://www.lindamarie’senchantedtreasures.com/. On my last visit there, the front of this enchanting shop was filled with outdoor antiques. Ms. LM was adding more in the back. Today when I went by for a visit, I was amazed at the addition of antiques, wood treasures, plants, and so much more in the back. It’s like a little mini vintage village. There’s even a vintage travel trailer that you can walk inside. It’s adorable and filled with more treasures. I had an appointment to make with my hubby and hadn’t allowed myself near enough time to shop, but Ms. LM gave me the opportunity to take photos today. I look forward to returning soon with more time and money to spend. If you’ve read previous gardening articles of High Desert Blogging, you’ve figured out that I enjoy gardening. LM’s has a delightful array of garden decor and plants that I fell in love with today. If you like container gardening, you’ll enjoy shopping in the garden section outside.
Shopping at Ms. LM’s out back is like taking your favorite colors, furniture, decor from inside and decorating a garden with it. Who says you can’t move your favorite art, chair you like to relax in, etc., to your back yard? That’s the fun in decorating gardens and your private backyard. I hope that you’ll visit this special shop soon. Tell her Angi from High Desert Blogging sent you. She is a lovely person, and you will enjoy antique shopping at this fun place.
Now that you’ve kind of been introduced to Linda Marie, let me introduce you to another acquaintance I happened to see in the High Desert today. Her name is Missy, and she and I went to a coffee shop at the same time this afternoon. Missy is an iguana. My husband met Missy and took a picture of her and her owner. Missy was covered with a blanket but seemed to be curious about her surroundings. Others looked quite curious, too, to see Ms. Missy enter the coffee shop. I stood on the sidelines, a little shy about meeting this stranger.

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Truthfully, I’m glad Missy has a devoted caregiver. I do love pets, but an iguana even in my garden would not provide me with the enjoyment I get out of caring for my pet dog and cat and her kittens. And though I can picture an iguana making a home in an outdoor garden, I’d rather read about that type of pet ownership enjoyment than experience it myself. Pictures would satisfy me. If the iguana would have jumped out of its owner’s arms today, I can imagine the chaos of people running out of the door – and I’d have been right on their heels. On the other hand, my husband happily met Ms. Missy and now you and I have the photo to prove it. You never know who – or what – you may meet when you visit the High Desert in So Cal.

Do you like antiques, gardening, and spring?

Mark your calenders for May 21st, the semi annual sale at Carriage House Antiques…Hot dogs, singing, door prizes etc. When you walk into Carriage House Antiques, notice the warm welcome you receive. It’s a friendly place. You’ll love this place and will want to have extra time and cash on hand. There are a variety of antiques to choose from and even a spot for the Mr. in your life to hang out. Incidentally, I’ve found many beautiful gardening items at Carriage House Antiques. Looking for fun tables to add to your garden or yard this spring? You can find them there. Great prices, too!

Don’t you love the spring colors in yards and gardens in the High Desert? I’m amazed at how roses thrive in the High Desert. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can grow roses. Rose plant fertilizer helps, too. Last year I planted roses and snap dragons, and this spring they’ve grown quickly. Must be that fertilizer and water I’ve been giving them. Want spectacular color in your garden? Plant roses and snap dragons. Add some lavender. It’s supposed to deter certain unwanted critters from roses. Plus lavender plants add more color.

Back to the green thumb, the key to a thriving high desert garden is to plant native plants and flowers. Often, hummingbirds visit my gardens. They are a joy to observe as they appear in front of you, hovering in mid air and sounding like little motors running.

Gardening is an ever-learning experience and rewarding. Community gardening has become an interest to many lately around the country. The High Desert has joined in, too. If you’re interested in community gardening of the High Desert, find out more information from The Green Maven. The Green Maven on Facebook mentioned that Hesperia Garden Club is having a plant and yard sale from 8-5 on Saturday May 14th at 10783 Oakwood Avenue, Hesperia.

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If you like antiques, gardening, and spring, share your antique finds and gardening tips here. Your comments are welcome.

Looking for something fun to do on Mother’s Day weekend? I love antiques, and this weekend Crestline is having this fabulous Art-Tiques Walk Saturday evening.

FREE Crestline Art-Tiques Walk-Saturday, May 7 atLake Drive, Crestline, 5:00 pm. Walk along historic Lake Drive, and visit antique stores and local artists’ booths and enjoy art, live music, and family activities. The Art-Tiques walk in Crestline has become a new tradition on the first Saturday of each month. If you are interested in participating in the Crestline Art-Tiques Walk, contact Pamela at: pamela@anarklectic.com.
Another of my favorite antique places to go are:

  • Carriage House Antiques on Hesperia Road

If you’ve never been to Carriage House Antiques, take your mom there this weekend if she likes antiques and hot tea served in real china cups. She’ll love browsing in the many shops. It’s a lovely place, and she will leave there inspired and feeling good.

Carriage House Antiques Photos:

  • Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures

19222 National Trails Highway

Historical Route 66

Oro Granda, CA


Linda Marie’s antique shop is lovely, and you’ll enjoy meeting Linda Marie. Her shop is near another large antique shop, also. Have fun antique shopping!

For more antique and home and garden reading, visit Southwest Cottage Designs, a conversational blog. Love cooking, cookbook collecting, gardening, and recipes? Visit my kitchen blog, Kitchen Hospitality. Blogging about home and garden, flowers and nature, families, antiques and more is more than just a hobby. I love blogging about these things, but I also love showing beginning bloggers get their own blog set up. It can be quite frustrating to set up a blog and blog when you don’t know how. Though it may seem unbelievable to the professional bloggers and blogging hobbyists, there are many individuals who don’t know much about computers, blogging, setting up websites and social networking on the Internet. Contact me if you need assistance setting up a blog and and learning how to blog.

Are you looking for something FREE and/or FUN to do in April or May around the High Desert? While fuel and food prices continue to rise, families are looking for more frugal and free family outings and menus to enjoy. Consider the following places to visit:

      • NOOK Event-Saturday, April 23, 2011 9:00 AM – Saturday May 28, 2011 Recurring Barnes & Noble at Victorville Mall
        The Mall of Victor Valley, 14400 Bear Valley Road Suite 107, Victorville, CA 92392, 760-245-3370            A NOOK seminar for all of your NOOK questions. New NOOK owners can receive assistance with setup.
      • Hesperia Community Church hosts Angel Food Ministries, a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. Angel Food provides a different menu monthly. The menu consists of both fresh and frozen items. According to their comparison shopping figures, these food items would cost you an estimate between $42 and $78 at a retail grocery store. There are no applications or qualifications required. To place your order, visit the church office at 16775 Olive St., Hesperia, CA 92345 between 9am and 4pm, Monday thru Friday.
        FREE Crestline Art-Tiques Walk-Saturday, May 7 atLake Drive, Crestline, 5:00 pm. Walk along historic Lake Drive, and visit antique stores and local artists’ booths and enjoy art, live music, and family activities. The Art-Tiques walk in Crestline has become a new tradition on the first Saturday of each month. If you are interested in participating in the Crestline Art-Tiques Walk, contact Pamela at: pamela@anarklectic.com. 
      •  3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt & Duck Derby FREE Easter egg hunt for children 12 & under followed by 3rd annual Duck Derby. The ducks are launched from the top of two 320 foot long winding water slides. They land in a splash pool & flow into theLakeGregory. First one to the finish wins $500 cash. Over $1,000. in cash prizes. All funds go to CCDA non-profit organization for enrichment of the community. GregoryRegionalPark, 24171 Lake Dr., Crestline, CA 92325
        (909) 338-2233
      • Easter Eggstravaganza-Saturday, Apr 23 9:00a to 12:00p at James A. Woody Community Center, Apple Valley, CA. Easter egg hunt, games, bouncer slide, face painting, family kickball game. Egg hunt starts at 9 a.m. on Field 1.
      • Easter Egg Hunt-Saturday, Apr 23 9:00a at Hesperia First Assembly, Hesperia
      • Carriage House Antiques-Saturday, May 21 Semi Annual Sale

Visit High Desert Blogging again soon for more events.

Looking for gardening inspiration? Visit Carriage House Antiques on Hesperia Road. Curious to know how many pink garden accessories I could find there recently, I found these beauties:It is about that time for spring gardening, and I came home with two magazines on vegetable and herb gardening. When you visit Carriage House Antiques, tell them you heard about them at High Desert Blogging.

High Desert Blogging

Interested in blogging? If you fit any of the following categories, High Desert Blogging may benefit you.

  • Are you a blogger?
  • Would you like to know more about blogging?
  • Are you looking for a High Desert blogging community to join?
  • Are you self-employed and want the High Desert community to know what your business is about?
  • Do you need someone to blog for you about your business?
  • Are you interested in beginning a company blog?

High Desert Blogging is a blog about individuals, businesses, opportunities, places, High Desert gardening, photography, antique shopping, thrift shopping, things to do, and more about the High Desert and near the High Desert. High Desert Blogging is a service for Victor Valley communities of and near Victorville, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Lucerne Valley, Adelanto, and Phelan.

For example, did you know that the High Desert branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) meets at the library in Apple Valley once a month? That is a fast-growing group. Today one of their members, Holly La Pat (also known as Sierra Donovan) held a workshop on romance writing at Hesperia Library. CWC is a non-profit organization with numerous critique groups available. For more information, check out the group’s website.