Category Archives: Folk Art

Our Store’s Upcoming Christmas Open House & Northern California Shows

We are excited to invite you to our store, Chocolate Soup, for our annual Christmas Open House.

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There will be delicious refreshments throughout the weekend,
including our “chocolate soup.”
Please note that the store will be closed Nov. 2-6 to
transform the store for the Holiday Season.
Also, something new this year! 
As a special treat for our Chocolate Soup Facebook friends,
we will be posting a
“12 Days of Christmas” Sneak Preview
as a countdown to our Christmas Open House. 
Beginning October 26, you will have the chance to see some
of the items we’ll have during the Holiday season! 
Visit the Chocolate Soup Facebook page {here}.
For more information on Chocolate Soup, please visit our website {here}.
Here are some of photos of my furniture and home décor mixed in at Chocolate Soup.

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We will be participating in two Northern California shows this Fall.
We will be bringing lots of new merchandise as well as old favorites —
one-of-a-kind furniture, lamps, shelves, folk art and more!
Always hand crafted with quality and care.
We hope to see you there!
San Mateo Events Center
Friday – Sunday — November 14-16, 2014
For more information about the San Mateo Harvest Festival Show, please visit the Harvest Festival website {here}.
Old Opera House, in Downtown Sonora
Friday & Saturday — November 28 & 29, 2014
For more information about the Home Town Crafters Christmas Faire, please visit their Facebook page {here}. 

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Works-in-Progress Bound for Pomona

The final show of our busy on-the-road season is this weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Pomona Fairplex.   Come see us at the Harvest Festival Original Arts and Craft Show!  Here’s a glimpse at works-in-progress that will be finished and for sale this weekend:

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Special offer to the first THREE people to comment on this post with a promise to attend this weekend’s show in Pomona: ONE FREE ADMISSION PASS put under your name at will call!  Simply respond to this post with, “Yes!  I’m coming!” and leave your FULL name by Thursday at Midnight.  We’ll be happy to welcome you to our booth!

Find us in: Building 4, Booth A37.

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At home and further afield…

We celebrated our Christmas Open House at Chocolate Soup in Mariposa this past weekend, and we send out a hearty “thank you” to all our friends and customers who came out to shop and enjoy the festive weekend.  If you didn’t make it to Chocolate Soup this past weekend, plan a visit to Mariposa this holiday season and come see us!

We head out on the road again later this week for two, consecutive Northern California Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Shows.  Come see us and shop our booth, full of seasonal decorating delights, and of course, our unique, one-of-a-kind furniture items and accessories.

San Mateo, CA

San Mateo County Event Center – Expo Hall

Nov. 9-11

Booth G01

Sacramento, CA

Cal Expo – Pavilion Building

Nov. 16-18

Booth F05

Special Offer for our Harvest Festival Customers!

FREE ADMISSION vouchers at will call for you if you are one of the first THREE customers for San Mateo or one of the first THREE customers for Sacramento to respond to this post!  That’s three free admission passes for San Mateo, and three free admission passes for Sacramento, just waiting for a name tag!  All you have to do is comment on our blog by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov.7 telling us which show you’re coming to.  Act fast!

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Thank you, Ventura!

We are full of gratitude for our best craft show in recent history–thank you, Ventura!  It means a lot to us to know that our work is resonating with so many, and that the opportunity for in-person connection at shows still exists.  There is hope for American hand craft yet!

We look toward Anaheim this coming weekend with encouraged hearts.  See you there!


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September Spotlight: Folksy Fall

Rotund pumpkins, falling leaves, crows circling the corn patch, meaty mushrooms raising their caps to cooler, wetter days–fall is almost here!  In our family, fall has always been greeted with joy: we happily pull favorite sweaters over our heads again, put on the kettle in the evenings to make hot chocolate, and we turn bushels and bushels of apples into the spiced apple butter we spread on buttermilk biscuits the rest of the year, and apple strudels that we stash away in the freezer to enjoy for dessert or a Sunday breakfast later in the winter.  In the work shop, fall also means the busy season; we work long days in preparation for numerous craft shows that usher in the holiday season.  We hope to see you at one of our upcoming shows!


If you come to see us at one of this fall’s Harvest Festivals, you can expect to find our booth salt and peppered with charming, seasonal folk art and home décor.  From pumpkins to leaves to mushrooms to crows and more, our wooden folk art adds autumnal whimsy to any room.


  • Pumpkins range in price from $5-$15
  • Scatter Leaves:  $3/ea; 5 for $14; 10 for $27
  • Mushrooms range in price from $12-$27
  • Crow: $18

These items will be available at any of our Harvest Festival shows, along with Christmas items such as chunky snowmen and trees (we’ll feature those here later in the season!).  Please note that these items are not yet available through our Etsy shop, but we hope to make them available there in the future.  If you cannot make it to one of our shows, or you live outside of California and would like to make a purchase, please call us to place an order: 209-742-6624.

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Reminding You to Visit us in Arnold!

The truck is nearly loaded and we will be on the road tomorrow afternoon to the lovely central Sierra town of Arnold!  We hope you are getting ready to make your way there too, for the  Sierra Nevada Arts and Crafts Festival.  Festival highlights include 65 booths of fine crafts, art, gourmet foods, and beer, as well as continuous live entertainment, swing and country music, jugglers, face painting–truly a family friendly event–all in downtown Arnold on Highway 4!

If you’re coming to town, make a day of it and plan to enjoy:

  • The Lion’s Club pancake breakfast (7:30-11 a.m.)
  • A walk through the Festival, with special time and attention given to hunting down our booth!
  • A locally-grown snack from The Arnold Farmer’s Market-Certified Growers (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Cedar Center)
  • The Cedar Center Summer Concert Series: “The Sound Hounds” (jazz) from 6-8 p.m.–free!

See you in Arnold!

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Spring Open House and Murphy’s Irish Day


Come see us at Chocolate Soup’s Spring Open House on March 16-18, 2012.  The whole store will be decorated with new merchandise for the Spring season.  The “Potting Shed” has been completely redone and will feature specialty items for your garden.  Our room will feature several new furniture pieces including the February Spotlight, our Farmhouse Dry Sink, a refurbished vintage Library Table and a  Beadboard Cupboard with our new “washed denim” blue finish.  You will also find our folk art wooden flowers, birds, bugs, nautical collection and so much more.  You can shop from 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10am-5pm on Sunday.  Don’t forget to treat yourself to some goodies at the chocolate fountain, too!   Chocolate Soup is located at the intersection of Hwy 140 and 49 in downtown Mariposa.

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If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17, come to Murphy’s Irish Day in the historic downtown of Murphy’s on Hwy 4, just east of Angels Camp.  Festivities include a parade, live music, food & drink and an assortment of arts & crafts booths in which we will take part.  The hours are 10am-5pm, rain or shine.  Come out for a fun day and don’t forget to wear your bit o’ green!  We’ll be booth # 3o.

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