Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Citadel, Fifty Miles To Harvest


The “Roaring Twenties” was the decade after World War I that was prosperous and decadent.   The automobile, telephone, motion picture and electricity was spurning growth and a new outlook on life.    A new era was dawning for Jazz music, sleek modern designs were emerging in art and  fashion, and people had more money to spend on leisure.   The two towns of Chappell Hill and Brenham wanted to keep up with the large metropolitan cities of the era.     It was decided that a country club would best serve all of the cultural and social needs of the community.    An architect was procured and a timeless structure was conceived and birthed on the hills of Chappell Hill in the heart of the county.

In 1929, the stock market crash sent the whole country reeling into a depression so deep and wide that it changed a generation forever.    The country club members were unable to meet the annual payment and the country club went into private ownership.   In the decade of the eighties,   a new family took ownership and wanted to share the property as a venue for special events.   The same family,  with the next generation,  is in the process of updating the grounds and bringing back the ambience, decadence and splendor of  the era that inspired the story of The Great Gatsby.  The only difference is we are in Texas.  Texans have a certain style in bringing together culture and sophistication in a laid back atmosphere on top of a hill with a breeze blowing, a cocktail in hand, music in the background, and gourmet food served on the grounds.

The Citadel, as the first country club of  Washington County,  still stands today and extends an invitation for their inaugural event of the season.   Please join the celebration for a unique culinary experience as Chef Jesse Griffiths prepares a gourmet five course dinner on the grounds.    The home grown foods will be provided by local farmers,  within a guaranteed fifty mile radius, making Fifty Miles to Harvest  stand out as a true culinary experience.    Live music, local wine,  folk artists will provide for a cultured and memorable evening.    For information go to

You will be able to see the progress  and join in the first event of a new generation.   I am excited to be a part of the design team from Hermann’s of Brenham to help.    Come watch as The Citadel experiences another revival.


Kickoff Round Top Antiques With Leftovers Antiques


Imagine rolling hills and green pastures with a few barns interspersed throughout the fields.   Next, think of those fields being filled with people, antiques, tents, trailers and oddities  from all over the country.   That is Round Top in an extremely brief nutshell of a description.   To kick things off a local antique shop right outside of Brenham off of Highway 290 on the way to  or from Round Top is having a special sale and promising it to be…


20% off Store Wide
6:00 – 9:00
September 28, 2013

Leftovers Antiques

3900 Hwy 290 West

Brenham, Texas  77833




Aunts Polly and Ester Make Pumpkins


Aunts Polly and Ester teamed up to make these pumpkins.

Here’s what happened.   I was given some fabulous vintage paisley fabric with moth holes in it.  The texture was polyester.   I cut out some different size circles using whatever circle shape bowls or platters I could find.

Next thread a needle with a long piece of thread and tie into a double strand.   Place the fabric with the outside pattern down.   Begin loading your needle with the fabric as shown in the picture below.


Pull through and start anew, gathering all the way around, and to complete the circle.   Once you have finished the circle, stuff with beans or pillow filler from a craft store.   Take your needle and thread and stitch the sides together to close the center.   Then glue your left over pumpkin stem or find an artificial stem from the craft store.   Aunt Polly and Aunt Ester make fabulous fabric pumpkins.



So…It’s Saturday


It is rare for me to be home on a Saturday by myself.   The sons are at the TAMU game and the husband travels and is never home anyway.   Himself, the hubby, has called multiple times to check on me.   I wonder what he thinks I’ve been doing all these years while he travels and I’ve been home for days on end with two little boys.   After all, I can sit around and eat bon bons with or without the kids.    (Sarcasm aside, we made that decision years ago so that I would be able to stay home and home school our children.   I consider it a gift and am very grateful to my husband for making it possible.)

Having a blank canvas for the day was very appealing.  Well, not really blank.   I had a few business things to take care of, bills to pay and a sinus headache which is usual anyway.   I wake up before daylight on most days.  I don’t know why.  I just do.   This morning, after the sunrise and a light shower, I found this around the front of the house.

Ezekiel 1:28

Around noon I was contemplating lunch and realized my choices were not limited to all things manly; such as:  the usual, steak or sausage, taco or burritos, burgers or pizza.   It slowly dawned on me that I didn’t not have to cook a large “stick to your ribs”  meal that would be devoured in ten minutes and two hours later the ominous, “What’s for supper?”  would waft through the house.   It was delightful to know that it could be chicken salad and fruit without any complaints and dramatic, “I have to turn in my man card now!”

After lunch I packaged my handmade pumpkin soap.   There are two colors, orange and white, both are goat’s milk with cinnamon spice fragrance.   These will be in my antique booth at Hermann’s Downtown Brenham.

Handmade Goat Milk Soap

The day is winding down, but I saw a rainbow, ate a simple lunch, finished my soap, groomed the dog, talked to a friend, designed a card, and these came in the mail…

Johnson Brothers Plates

So it is Saturday and I just might be able to embrace this soon to be empty nest.

Irish House Blessing




Wishing you always—

Walls for the wind

And a roof for the rain

And tea beside the fire—

Laughter to cheer you

And those you love near you—

And all that your heart might desire!

and if things be wrong…

It’s easy to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song.
But the man worthwhile is the one who can smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with years.
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through the tears.



May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.