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Hunting Lodges that Inspire

Stack stone fireplace at Trinchera Ranch - fabulous taxidermy

Hunting Lodges that Inspire

Lodges that inspire more than the Hunt

Be it Fin, Feather or Fur – I think the decor of a hunting lodge should be as inspiring as the hunt!

Stack stone fireplace at Trinchera Ranch - fabulous taxidermy
Stack stone fireplace at Trinchera Ranch – fabulous taxidermy in Colorado

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Antique sporting art inspires the colors for this handsome room at Mississippi's Longleaf Plantation
Antique sporting art inspires the colors for this handsome room at Mississippi’s Longleaf Plantation
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BRING THE WILD INSIDE: Birds and Feathers


Birds are beautiful creatures.  Their meat and plumage has been enjoyed in a variety of ways over the years.   Gamebirds and their feathers offer limitless decor and entertaining opportunities; not only are they appetising on the dinner plate, but look just as pretty surrounding the plate, on the table, on the mantle, bookcase or wreath.  I wish to inspire you or your hunting partner to bring ALL the birds and feathers home from the field and into the house.  DON’T THROW ANYTHING AWAY!




I save all the feathers, wings, bird bands and tail feathers.  This year I am trying my hand at saving the whole pheasant for a hanging still life. Eldena Stearns at Santa Anna Hunting Preserve beautifully skinned 5 of my pheasants.  I brought them home and prepared them for drying.


This is the look I am hoping for when my pheasants are ready.


I like to make theme related vignettes like on my mantle below.  I have the perfect base for a bird theme, my Audubon print Mississippi Kites and my clock featuring huntress Diana with her gamebirds.  Then I just started adding from there with color, texture and feathers, eggs, skulls and even a nest that recently blew down in a storm.

Add a little of the absurd in your vignette  – the leaves, twigs and nest from outside with some sparkling crystal or shiny silver – worn leather books.

a nice contrast in texture & tone, yet keeping with the avian theme.
How about feathers instead of candles? Pop in a little Oasis to steady pheasant feathers, moss, acorns & leaves. A found Blue Jay feather for accent.


Bring your taxidermy to the table.


Blue & Brown, prints and pattern.
A shock of lime green with a nest and egg.
Add a pop of unexpected color like hot pink!


An inspiration for sure, add bird taxidermy to your bookcases……
…Over the bookcase or ….
..over a clock…
Add feathers to your favorite hat.


Would look nice on a ladies jacket too.
Feathers in fall wreaths


Gold leaf antlers, dried pheasant, pine cones, feathers, oak leaves and acorns.
…and arrangements – super feather, moss and mushrooms.


Vintage duck call hung over lamp finial and a great place to string those duck bands.


Easy & pretty on invitations & personal note cards.


Feathers, eggs, nests & bird taxidermy- be inspired – Save them and reuse them.




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Roads Recently Traveled: Celebrities, Pheasants & Fly Fishing

Skip & Rita flanking special guest, Tim Borksi of Florida at the Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival 2012.

Most of our hunting dies down in late January, but I still had a few upland hunts left and the anticipation of the fishing season to come. We seemed to be on the road a lot in Jan, Feb and March traveling Texas. Along the way we met some fun outdoor celebs: Noted wildlife cook and author of GirlHunter, Georgia Pellegrini , then we attended the Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival in Houston and met the wildly interesting and talented fly tyer and artist, Tim Borski of Florida.  Then to Troutfest in New Braunfels, TX where we had our trade booth and were entertained by keynote guest, Pat Dorsey owner of the Blue Quill Angler of Evergreen, CO and then to Sportsman’s Finest in Austin to have some fun while learning bass fishing tips with Bob Clouser from Pennsylvania and inventor of the Clouser Minnow


Meeting Georgia at her book signing in Austin. Love the Red! Her book GirlHunter takes this classicly trained chef out into the wild to 'hunt' for her food.


Troutfest speaker, Pat Dorsey (center) has over 1400 fly bins at his Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, CO!


Georgia also introduced me to Key of A shotgun jewelry. Skip gave me my 28 ga bracelet for Valentine's Day!










Bob Clouser--Not only did I pick up some great tips on fishing bass in heavy cover, but he was nice enough to give me a signed cap for St. Patrick's Day! I had the pleasure of meeting him 2 yrs ago in Houston - charming man!












Also, at Troutfest I had my booth for Heritage Game Mounts and introduced my new “Trout Skins” pillows.  I handpaint fish and outdoor scenes on lambskin and then sew into pillows of rich trims, velvet & suedes. 

HGM's Booth at Troutfest - introducing 'Trout Skins'
Middle of February found us once again on a fabulous shoot at Gerry & Eldena Stearns’ Santa Anna Hunting Preserve.   Even with the cover down from the Texas ‘exceptional’ drought, the hunt was a success thanks to Gerry’s great dogs: American Field Brittanys, German Shorthairs and a sassy little French Brittany named Lucy.
I love dogs.......



The 3 Schimpff's and pheasant take - Thank you, Rico (my wonderful bro in law)!
Eldena does such a wonderful job with the birds: the care and breeding.  And as a special favor to me she skinned a couple of the beautiful  pheasants and told me how to tan them.  We will see how I do!
Blow drying the pheasant after washing in Dawn detergent!

                                      HAPPY TRAILS & STREAMS!