Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving Blessings

Here we are in the final days
of  November.
The weeks have started  
to fly by even faster than normal
as they always seem to
at this time of year.

The holiday shopping crunch 
is soon to 
weigh heavy on our minds
 and our lists of 
"Things to Do"
will grow
and grow
before the year's end.

Focusing o
the gathering of friends and family
later this week.

Preparing and sharing a simple meal
that holds 
since it is one that we make
the biggest attempt to find each other
at that table to celebrate
the Thanksgiving holiday
t o g e t h e r.

Keeping my mind ever set
on how many blessings I have.
How grateful I am for each and every
little thing --- 
good and bad.

Knowing that FAMILY 
is the most important thing we have,
and enjoying 
without fussing too much
over the way the table will look,
or how the recipes will turn out.

Taking time to laugh
and love
and rejoice 
in the special people surrounding me. 

(And those who cannot be here too.)

Remembering to 
not get caught up
in the RUSH of the season
and instead taking time to enjoy
and breathe.

Please know
that I am 
when you stop by here.

for being 
my blogging friend!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Guest Feature: Rita of Heritage Game Mounts

Vintage Roe Deer mounted on Royal Stewart tartan and inserted into the Legacy© oak leaf antler panel.  Sitting beside the European roe is a hand painted classic salmon fly called ‘The Kate’ – the pattern was created in the 1850’s by a woman and still fished today.  Panel is shown in the Blackberry finish.

We have a featured guest 
on the blog today!

I am excited to introduce 
to all of you
Rita Schimpff
of Heritage Game Mounts.

The "Winston" tartan leaps out to surround this monarch of the glen
mounted on the Heritage Stag Panel in a Black Forest finish. 

Rita and I first found each other 
through Instagram and became fast friends.
You will see -- her style is very similar to mine
and she is mad for plaid too.

Her company,
of San Antonio, Texas
was started in 2010
when Rita realized through her own
searching that there was a need for
handsome game mounts.
Her company creates and sells 
custom elegant antler displays,
sporting art, and accessories.

Her business started with a love of antique
(also known as Black Forest carvings)
and an appreciation for the manner in which
the Europeans have mounted and 
honored their game trophies for centuries.

Heritage-Game-Mounts-January-dogs-Painting post for Women's Outdoor News Hand painted hunting dog by Rita Schimpff for Heritage Game Mounts:
Heritage Game Mounts

Rita owns a large collection of 
sporting memorabilia to include
canine, equestrian, angling, and hunting items --
 much of it inherited and other pieces collected.

Her home is handsomely appointed with 
all of these items as you will see on 
her various media links to include
Facebook, her blog, Instagram,
and on Pinterest too.

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Heritage Game Mounts


Her inspiration?

It was one of those beloved inherited pieces, 
a German charivari, 
passed down from her husband's family 
that gave her the oak leaf inspiration 
to create
the carved surrounds for some of her mounts.

Rita's antique charivari.

It's a sterling silver piece depicting 
oak leaves and acorns on a chain 
accented with deer teeth
meant to be worn over lederhosen.

Oak Leaves on Oak leaves!  This stately stag shows well in
 the popular old tartan Royal Stewart on the Legacy Panel©.

"The antique Swiss and German carvings 
that I wanted for my own antlers were rare, expensive, and never the right size 
which led me to create my own
modern day panels with Old World style."

Rita sketches each panel and a master craftsman
 carves them to her exact dimensions in walnut.
They are carved to cast one at a time 
and then finished here in the United States.
They are created not only for antlers
but also for mirrors, birds, and dog portraits too.

The applications for these hand-cast mounts are endless.

These gorgeous custom panels are
no longer sequestered to the man cave!
They are elegant and stately
and work well in any handsome decor.

 The Old World White finish on the Legacy Panel©  compliments the vintage Roe antlers
accented with Winston’ tartan.

In addition to antler panels, 
the product line also includes custom pillows,
framed artwork, tuxedo studs, writing instruments,
and jewelry among other items. 

Fly fishing and tartans are a historic marriage.
Here a plaid from Scot Meacham Wood Home collection called
"Radecliffe" pairs nicely with a hand tied lapel pin.

The center of this 14" pillow is a Brook Trout skin painted on lambskin
by Rita and then sewn on to Winston plaid fabric with carefully mitred
corners and edged with thick black brush fringe.

A pair of antique fly reels sit with a hand tied fly lapel pin
offered by Heritage Game Mounts on top of one of the
new tartan fabrics ‘Winston’ by Scot Meacham Wood
and incorporated into Rita’s pillows and antler d├ęcor.

Ready for a mountain cabin, A closeup of the Moose over the cupboard turned out in a Ralph Lauren fabric and mounted in The Heritage Stag© panel designed for larger antlers such as Stag, Elk & Moose.  Shown in Black Forest finish. 

Aren't they fabulous?

I hope you find a way to work one of them
into your home or cabin.
So nice to know there is a place where you can
order a custom hand cast panel
 to your specifications to handsomely mount
 antlers, artwork, a family crest, or whatever
your heart desires.

They are so lovely
and to think that you can
add a favorite family tartan 
or lively plaid to the mix ---
well, it just doesn't get any 
better than that!

A snapshot of Rita's family hutch full of treasures, A Plaid wallpaper has been glued onto foam core
board and inserted in the back so as to not damage the integrity of this antique early Texas cupboard.
All of these family items tell a story, but we will mention but a few: a vintage fishing creel,
bait bucket, ice fishing decoys, and lampshades made from 1930's fox hunt fabric
that once covered Rita's grandmother's sofa. 

Details on the hutch.

Thank you so much for joining us
today here at the Polohouse
to learn more about
and my friend Rita Schimpff -- 
the talented interior designer and studio artist
who creates all the lovely products 
in this stunning custom line.

I hope you too will follow her on:


Thanks for stopping by today
to meet Rita, and thank you to our
wonderful guest for sharing 
her company with us!
I hope you will stop by and say hello
to her through one of the links above.

Enjoy your week ~

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