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Hello to Spring! Linen, Antlers & Horns

Welcome Spring….and my love of linen, antlers & horns


Kudu lamp with linen shade, vintage Blesbok & Reedbok mounts on linen.

A South African still life I made from vintage horns I have re- purposed for new life in linen.

This Spring also brings two new finishes to the Heritage Game Mounts line:

BlackBerry Finish

BlackBerry is a beautiful black distressed finish with highlights of red & umber that compliment black horns.

Old World White Finish

Old World White is a white patina finish that looks terrific with naturally sun bleached antlers & as an elegant contrast to colored walls or stone.

The Old World White finish has an Alpine Ski Lodge feel
The BlackBerry finish compliments the black horns of the vintage 1980 Steinbok

Another new addition to our line is custom monograms to the Legacy

Black bold face on gray linen
Brown script on natural linen



The African Collection:

One of a kind vintage Reedbok
Vintage Blesbok on linen



The European Collection

Top: Roe Deer on Legacy Panel
Middle: Vintage Chamois
Bottom: German Shooting Targets


German shooting targets are made from my original chromolithographs pat’d in 1897

All of these are available on our products page

Questions? Give us a call 210.822.7224

Give us Call  210.822.7224

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Texas Designers Offer Handsome Gifts for the Sporting Lifestyle

Recently while showing in Holiday Boutiques in Houston and San Antonio, I had the opportunity to visit with some very creative Texans – with unique finds for the sporting style in all of us.

Having time to visit with these talented designers put their art in such a personal light – I had to share.

Clint Orms, a renowned silversmith who works out of Ingram, TX with designs so fresh – he might have just stepped out of the fishing stream.

Sterling silver and gold trout buckle – Martin 1819.

 The Safari lifestyle is represented with several Big 5 offerings – my favorite below – look close at the elephant skin on the buckle set.


Another African Big 5 – featuring a drop lock Westley Richards. Clint works in sterling, rose and yellow gold to create handsome works of art.

  It was such a pleasure to visit with Clint and Jim and share some fly fishing tales, and marvel over one buckle with a tiny, real bead head nymph on it!  Clint offers so much more…ladies fashions too. Visit

Another new friend from Houston is Gardner Landry who makes a fabulous 100 percent 3.5 ounce linen camp shirt with an original hand-dyed pocket – called The Sessanta Camp Shirt.

Whether you are a sporting participant or spectator this shirt marries minimum weight with maximum style.
Each shirt features an original hand-dyed pocket – no two are exactly the same.

 The Sessanta is a contemporary interpretation of the  Dolce Vita-era Italian shirt worn by Gardner’s grandfather in the 1960’s. 

A long sleeve version of the Camp Shirt is also available and I think looks terrific for the ladies as a tunic with the sleeves rolled to 3/4 length and worn over skinny jeans.

 Rita Schimpff with Heritage Game Mounts has a new offering to pair with her vintage and new antler mounts – the German Shooting Target.   These colorful lithographs pat’d in 1897, were used in Germany for small bore target practice.  Rita has reproduced them and put them on a hand striped pine disk.

Use them alone on an easle or two or three together paired with antlers or art.

 The series includes the Stag, the Hare, the Boar, the Bear, a Chamois and a Roe Deer in either 6 3/4″ or 8 1/2″.

Happy Hunting!

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BRING THE WILD INSIDE: The Angling Lifestyle

This time of year I turn my attention to cool streams, lazy lakes, sweet tea with mint and angling.  There is always a way to bring the joy of the wild inside – so be it FISH and The Angling Lifestyle!

I collect.

I save (part of the Heritage thing).

I fish.

I come from a long line of ‘savers’  (some may have been hoarders, but I am glad they were!)  Both sides of my family and my husband’s had places like farms and lake houses to save generations of goodies, and all sides loved the outdoors.  I never turned down anything or any opportunity to scour an attic or barn and be gifted (often with laughter at ‘that ole thing’) my finds!  I saved therefore, I collect.

 To save and cherish items that family have touched is a Southern thang!

I love to fish, especially fly fish.  My mate has made sure I have premier equipment- some of my favorites are my Sage 5 wt. and my San Miguel Reel.

You need not fish to enjoy it in your decor — if you have it use it – if you don’t, collect it!  It is soothing decor and it need not be expensive.

Shop flea markets, estate sales, thrift stores and your partners tackle (with permission).

The lamp is new.  The wicker shade makes a nice contrast with the rock wall and the scale of the net in the vintage fishing net, a gift from my best friend’s grandfather who used it in the 30’s &  40’s.  I found this old duck call at an estate sale (yes we have family one’s too) and decided it needed to accent the lamp shade like a finial would.  How about a colorful self hooking lure instead?

I collect.

 I collect antique wooden ice fishing decoys.  They are each tiny works of art as varied and individual as the carvers who made them: catfish with metal whiskers, a turtle and even a frog I have found.  The aged paint and sometimes whimsical nature made me display them on our coffee table ‘swimming’ toward an antique English bait bucket.  The lid is open and perfect for a green plant surrounded with spanish moss (please do a better job than I did covering the plastic pot!!)

We save.

Make an interesting display in your bookshelves, include family memorabilia and at least 3 fish related items.  Here we have a framed fish etching I did long ago, fishing books, a vintage creel* and a carved wooden crappie I painted as a gift for my husband.  You could also use a reel (doesn’t have to be old) and some colorful lures.  The old metal trade sign, German figural beer steins and antique fireman’s hat are all family relics.  *CREEL – If you recall my Post BRING THE WILD INSIDE – Christmas   I filled a creel with red poinsettia and another with red berries, feathers and greenery.  For summer try some silk or real yellow and white daisies for a picnic feel inside.

Don’t overlook the tops of cabinets for display space.

I think a bit of the outdoors makes the indoors more fun!  How about this carved bass nestled with greenery and old duck decoys (use your current decoys-it is out of season) atop a cabinet filled with gleaming silver?   Again, the contrast makes things interesting – like wearing denim and pearls!   The bookcase is an early Texas piece by Otto Brinkman of Comfort, Tx.  My grandmother saw it for sale in 1936 and purchased it for $45.00 and saved & loved it all these years – just as I do.  (See where I get it?)   How about a fishing trophy made out of paper?  GirlHunter  author & cook, Georgia Pelligrini told me about this new store on her blog.  Red    New and vintage  China  have an abundance of fishing themes in plates and platters that not only make a pretty dinner table, but make a wonderful display alone, on a stand in a bookcase or countertop  or hanging on the wall!

Dinnerware by Portmerion  and Red Cabin Pottery ( made in Texas!).

You always have room for a pillow or two – bring the wild inside with color and rich trims, velvets, and suedes.  I handpaint each one on lambskin using different techniques and metallics – then I finish by hand sewing into pillows.  Each one is unique.  The fine leather gives a great texture that mimic the fish skins.  These are available now and will be featured on my new updated website.

My hand painted tin rainbow by Stephanie Woolley of Tailwater Gallery and Flyshop in Taos, NM.
I save, I collect……and I fish.

Here I sit on my vintage 60’s Water Wagon, originally made in Amarillo, Tx!

Be it old or new—–find it, fish it but by all means


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Fresh Water Fish grace Vintage Door

I recently finished painting a 1920’s door with fresh water fish for our 81 year old neighbor at Medina Lake.  He had seen our 1920’s door I painted for my husband for Father’s Day and wanted one too. Our families both built little fishing cabins at the lake around 1926.

Father’s Day door I painted – note the bullet hole in upper right!

Our door is complete with a bullet hole in the upper right hand corner that I thought should be left!  The shooting took place well before 1950.  In the early 30’s my husband’s grandmother shot a deer through the window!


Our neighbor with his ‘new’ – vintage door


Black Bass detail.