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.

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.