Look What’s New!

Over the next couple weeks we will be featuring new pieces of my furniture that are currently available in our store, Chocolate Soup. If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces, please contact us directly at the store during business hours at 209.966.5683. The store is open 7 days a week: Mon.-Sat. 10:00am-5:30pm and Sun. 11:00am-4:00pm. Thank you!

Today, we start with:

Dining Table and Benches
Made from reclaimed wood, the table top and bench seats are beautifully grained old fir.
Bench bases feature a layered paint finish in Dark Sage Green.
Table: 5′ x 3′
Benches: 56″ long
$795.00 (3 piece set)IMG_1795IMG_1798

Completing the look:

Vintage School Chairs
Also painted in our Dark Sage Green
$98.00 each


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In a couple days, I will be heading up to Sonora, CA for the Home Town Crafters Christmas Faire this Thanksgiving weekend.  I am looking forward to being in a small, local venue and will have a beautiful selection of small furniture pieces, shelves, lamps, wall pockets, folk art, holiday and home décor items.  This is a great opportunity to shop for unique, hand crafted items and gifts and support your neighbors’ small businesses.  If you are out of the area, Sonora is a delightful gold rush town located along Hwy 49 and the perfect place to escape from the busy, hustle and bustle of the valley and city…even if just for a day.  Plan a trip to come up and see what this Christmas Faire and small town have to offer you.  I look forward to seeing you and may you have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas Season.
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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San Mateo, Here We Come!

Well, we are finishing packing our trailer and getting ready to head out bright and early in the morning to the Harvest Festival Show in San Mateo this weekend!  We have lots of handmade, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, folk art, and home accessory items.  We are really excited to show you the new creations we are bringing with us so, be sure to stop by and see our booth if you’ll be attending the show.  Here’s a few photos of some of the new furniture Michael made that we will be showing:

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For more info about the San Mateo Harvest Festival Show, please visit the Harvest Festival website {here}.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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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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Heading Out to Ventura Harvest Festival

Here’s a sampling of the new work that is heading your way, Southern California!  Ventura Harvest Festival is the only show we are participating in this Fall for the Southern California area—see you there!  For more information on the Ventura show, please visit the Harvest Festival website {here}.

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Hello Again! And…our Upcoming Shows!

Dear Friends,

We can’t believe it’s already been a year since we took over “Chocolate Soup” in our hometown of Mariposa.  Robbie’s been busy at the store decorating each room, creating displays, ordering merchandise and over-seeing the day to day operations.

I’ve been building furniture for the store and for custom orders.  Unfortunately, it leaves little time for keeping up with this site.  For that I apologize, but want to show you just a few of the pieces I’ve made over the past year.

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Our Upcoming Shows

We will be showing at only 2 Harvest Festival shows this Fall:

In Southern California, see us at:  Ventura, Oct. 3rd-5th

In Northern California, see us at:  San Mateo, Nov. 14th-16th

For more details about the Harvest Festival Show, please visit the Harvest Festival website {here}.

ALSO — if you can make it to Mariposa, our big Christmas Open House is November 7th-9th at Chocolate Soup at the intersection of Hwy 140 & 49.  Five decorated rooms in a Historic house along with the Cabin, Cottage and the Potting Shed.

Please visit our store website {here} for more information about Chocolate Soup.

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A New Venture and Upcoming Shows

Hello Dear Friends!

We apologize for being somewhat absent from our blog the past couple months–we’ve had a lot going on!

We are so excited to tell you we are the new principal owners of the gift shop, Chocolate Soup, here in Mariposa.  We have proudly been a part of Chocolate Soup for  19 years—so, when the previous owner and our dear friend, Elaine, said she was ready to retire and wanted to hand over the keys to us, we went for it!  We intend to keep it much of the same while bringing in more of our own hand-crafted furniture and home décor items.  It will be a balanced mix of home, vintage, garden and gift items.  We also have an annual Christmas Open House–an event not to be missed–always on the first weekend of November.  This year the dates are Nov. 1-3.  We will have extended store hours {Friday/Saturday: 9:00-6:00, Sunday: 10:00-5:00}, refreshments and beautifully decorated rooms bursting with Christmas cheer.

We’d like to invite all of you to come visit us in our new store.  Plan a trip to Yosemite and stop by to see us!  We’d love to show it to you all.  If you do plan to come up, please note that we will be closed Oct. 26-31 to decorate for the Christmas Open House.

As for our upcoming show schedule,  we will be on the road through the end of the year with Harvest Festival.  Our first show is THIS coming weekend, Sept. 20, 21 & 22, in Pleasanton, CA at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.  The show runs Friday-Sunday and the hours are Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm.  We have been hard at work creating and building inventory and hope those of you in the area will be able to come see us!

We will also be at the following Harvest Festival Shows through the end of 2013:

October:  Ventura, Anaheim and Del Mar — Southern Califonia

November:  San Mateo and Sacramento — Northern California

December:  Pomona — Southern California

For the Harvest Festival Show information in your area, please visit their website at:  http://harvestfestival.com

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all as we travel around California this Fall!

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