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Posts tagged ‘antiques’

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It’s feeling more like summer, a busy time for weddings. I’d like to invite you over to Southwest Cottage Designs where I blog about southwestern cottage living. This month I’m blogging about a wedding series that includes a wedding ring quilt giveaway. Go by and enter to win the quilt. There are three ways to enter:

  1. Enter your ideas on how to decorate a country outside wedding
  2. Follow Southwest Cottage Designs blog
  3. Make a donation that goes toward the wedding ring quilt expense and/or the bride’s and groom’s mission trip

This pretty vintage quilt was purchased at Carriage House Antiques. It is old but has been well taken care of.

Wedding Ring Giveaway Quilt

What have you planned for the fathers in your family for Father’s Day? Last weekend my husband and I went by Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures and Antique Station on Hwy. 18. Incidentally, these are not just antiques for ladies. We saw several gentlemen browsing, too. If you’re looking for a unique antique perfect for your man, visit these fun shops. Sunday we went by Carriage House (had to pay on the quilt layaway). My other half found an old brass toilet paper holder, perfect for our little high desert cottage cabin. Now if you’re wondering what kind of things the gentlemen might look at in antique shops, look at these photos:

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If you see any antique items in the slideshow you’d like to have for a Father’s Day gift, take some time to go antique shopping this week. Tell them Angi from High Desert Blogging sent you.

In regard to the latest High Desert Blogging news, I’ll be teaching a blogging workshop soon in the High Desert. The workshop will include information on setting up a blog, how to blog, how to connect with other bloggers and how to build traffic to your blog. If you are interested in attending, contact me for the details.

Come back soon for another visit to High Desert Blogging. Enjoy your summer, and plan some fun family time in your busy schedule.


High Desert Artists

Lately I’ve been focusing on antique shops in the High Desert. That’s because I love antiques. If you ever need to be inspired, visit a couple of antique shops. First, do some window shopping. Yes, you may see things you don’t want to leave without. Pick them up, and carry them on your first walk around if you may. But focus on observing. Maybe it’s your house you need inspiration for or your writing or blogging. When my mother passed away three years ago, I would go to Carriage House Antiques for comfort reasons. My mom was an amazing decorator in her home, an artist, a fabulous cook, excellent seamstress. She had the creative knack. I would walk around the antique shop and see things that reminded me of her, and it made me feel close to her. Occasionally in that first year, the reminders of those things would bring the tears on, and I would have to cut my inspiration visit short. Once, Bunny, the owner of Carriage House Antiques, was so sweet to give me a hug and comfort me with her caring spirit. So whatever your need for inspiration is, see what a walk through an antique shop will do for you.

While visiting antique shops and talking with owners and vendors, I meet the sweetest people who live in the High Desert. These are people like you and me, looking for inspiration, shopping for antiques, and who also have their own creative ideas. One such beautiful lady I met at Blue Goose Antiques, a fascinating blend of antiques. This little lady, Twania, and I found out that we are both from Texas. Not just from the big state of Texas but from two cities right next to each other. It’s an area on the Gulf Coast called the Golden Triangle, three cities together kind of like Hesperia, Victorville, and Apple Valley. What a coincidence. We enjoyed getting to know each other and met for tea and shopping later over at Carriage House Antiques. Since then I had the privilege of seeing Twania’s art. She is a fabulous abstract artist, and her art is beautiful. Let me introduce you to Twania and her art. Take a walk through the photo tour below.

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Mother’s Day in High Desert, So Cal

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.

High Desert Easter Weekend Events

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.

High Desert Blogging

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

  • Are you a blogger?
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  • 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?
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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.