Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fall Vignettes


October has come and is quickly passing to November.  Before we leave the abundance of fall I thought you might like a few fall decorating ideas from some of the fall vignettes I have in my own home.

In the back entry near the laundry/mud room and powder room…

The Irish Lady

On top of the fridge in the kitchen…

The Irish Lady

Colorful fall on the back porch…

The Irish Lady

Pumpkins in drawers near the arch between great room and living room…

The Irish Lady

Front entry hall…

The Irish Lady

Coffee table in great room…

The Irish Lady

Something simple at the fireplace…

The Irish Lady

Giant pumpkins on the front porch…

The Irish Lady

May you all have a peaceful and insightful autumn.   Thank you for allowing me to share these vignettes with you.


Imagine Someone Telling You How To Run Your Business


Hobby Lobby Founder-May Close ALL Stores

The wisdom that comes from above is, first, pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruit…s, without uncertainty or insincerity. James 3:17

By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames.  Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word.

From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states.   Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are:
(1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and
(2) to focus on people more than money.   And that’s what we’ve tried to do.
We close early so our employees can see their families at night.  We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest.

We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and He has blessed us and our employees.   We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row.  Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that.

A new government healthcare mandate says that our family business  MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance.   Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill.  We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs.  It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. 

If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy.  Our govern-ment threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running.  Our
government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs.  It’s not right.  I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true.
The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost.  But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice.  With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice.  We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream.  We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult.  The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law.  I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief.  They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.Since you will not see this in the liberal media, please pass this on to all your contacts.
David Green
CEO and
Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.


The Porcelain and Claw Foot Tub Man


Once upon a time there was a client who had dreams of an antique tub.  Yes, you read that correctly a “tub”, but not just any ordinary tub.   It was a pedestal or claw foot tub.   

The dream was planted in my ear and the search began.    Eventually, this journey came full circle back to my very own hometown where I found “The Tub Man.”

The Tub Man

He finds old tubs that have seen better days, puts them back together again,  repairs the porcelain and bakes on the enamel in a very hot chamber.  It all happens on his farm where he works long hours creating works of beauty in custom colors or in just plain white.

After some sand blasting, painting, baking and magic touches, The Tub Man turns out a splendid product ready for a soaking hot bath.

Finished Tub

The rare pedestal tubs are a specialty and he grabs them whenever he finds one.   As quickly as one is found discerning buyer’s scoop them up.

Pedestal Tub

There were telephone faucets to be found and exposed drains to learn about.   At the end of the day, my client found her dream.   The tub was  installed and everyone lived happily ever after.

For more information on claw foot tubs or pedestal tubs that have been saved and restored to their former glory contact me at:

The Irish Lady At Hermann’s Antique Mall


If you happen upon Hermann Furniture in downtown Brenham take a sharp right as you enter the door, keep walking to the furthest room past the “Antiques” sign into the second room, take a left, pass the staircase and the inner chamber to the old meat market and you will find my space dead center and in the space adjacent.  You can find me by asking for Booth #195 or The Irish Lady.   Here is what the booth space looks like today.   A friend found this spectacular mantle in a junk pile.   I chalk painted it and stacked a few open frames on top.   It’s priced at $495.    Sitting in front of the mantle is a pedestal leg, double drop leaf Duncan Phyfe Table with four matching Duncan Phyfe Tulip Back Chairs.   There are a few pumpkins, including some hand made goat’s milk soaps and stuffed miniatures.

Fireplace Mantle, Open Frames, Duncan Phyfe

Hand Made Goat’s Milk Soap in Pumpkin Shapes,  wrapped for gift giving,  Hand Dyed Cheese Cloth for Table Scapes, as a runner or table cloth,  or Gift Wrap!

Hand Made Goat’s Milk Soap, Hand Dyed Cheese Cloth

Cute Chalk Board Photo Frame that says, “Yes, I can drive a stick!”   A good supply of battery operated Flickering Candlesticks ready for your candle holders at home or take a look for a few of those in the booth.

Yes, I CAN Drive a Stick!

Stop on by for old and new at Hermann’s in Downtown Brenham.  Store hours are 9 to 5:30 Weekdays, 9 to 5 Saturday and 1 to 4 on Sunday.  Call for directions at 979-836-7231.