Now that our Julia 1933 collection has hit the shelves, we
have many folks asking us where the name came from. Julia was my mother-in-law. It wasn’t until the last decade of her life
that she discovered solace here in the Texas Hill Country. You see, Julia grew
up on a farm in Oklahoma, and she left that farm at 14 years of age in 1947,
thinking she would never be back. She
was heading to the big city. Alone.
Headstrong and stubborn – and believe it or not, right most
of the time - Julia wanted to make a better life for herself.After all, what was there to lose? Julia was
born during a tumultuous time in 1933, right in the middle of The Great
Depression.In 1947 it was a rough life
in rural Oklahoma, still struggling from the depression and then World War II.Farming was not for the weary.Especially when your father, the farmer and
breadwinner of the family, suffered from crippling rheumatoid arthritis at a
time when there was little that could be done for the disease, except slowly
wither away in dreadful daily pain.
So I have to say I completely understand where Julia was
coming from.She would be one less mouth
to feed and probably able to do more in the city than her father would have been able to do on that farm with his ailing health and crippled hands.
And she did just that.She headed to Fort Worth, Texas, a large financial trading center at the
time.She rented a room in a boarding
house and got a job in the financial district as a “chalk girl”.Her job was to climb up on a ladder to write
stock quotes on the “big board,” a large chalkboard that wrapped around the
trading floor.She wore a suit, hat, and
white gloves and spent her day on top of that ladder writing chalk quotes as
they came in for the traders to see.The
idea of the electronic ticker tape was not even a thought that would have been
comprehended at the time.
Barely making ends meet initially, she always managed to
send money home every week to help with the care of her beloved little
sister.She didn’t want her going
without as she had.I guess it was no
surprise that Julia began to thrive in the financial industry; it became her
home away from home, and it was a world away from the farm in Oklahoma.With a piece of chalk in her hand, Julia
became a sponge absorbing everything she could learn about trading.I suppose she was only destined to become one
of the first female stockbrokers in the state – and with no high school
diploma, much less a college degree.
Conquering all that she felt she could in Texas, Julia left
for Florida in the 70’s where she lived in a high-rise condo on the 12th
floor with floor to ceiling windows and white carpet and sparkling clean marble
countertops.Again, it was as far from
the spectrum as possible from where she came.She lived out the rest of her life half a continent away from Oklahoma
overlooking Tampa Bay and shiny downtown St. Petersburg.She maintained her brokerage license and
traded stock until she died.
You have all heard me say life really does come full circle.It did for me and I suppose it did for Julia,
too. Perhaps this is why we related so much to each other.Although she never returned to Oklahoma, she
did discover the Texas Hill Country during her twilight years, where she enjoyed
spending much of her time.
On mid-summer evenings we would find her sitting just
outside the farmhouse at Hummingbird Farms beneath the ancient live oak,
sipping local wine and watching the hummingbirds zip and flutter in the
fragrant Hill Country air. During this cherished time on the farm, Julia
recounted a lifetime of adventure and drew comfort from the simple pleasures
Inspired by our very own Julia and our treasured memories of
her and those beautiful summer evenings at Hummingbird Farms, we have blended
what we believe portrays that glamorous bundle of energy we knew: quite
spirited, sometimes misunderstood, impressively accomplished, always loving. We
hope you come to love her collection as much as we loved her.
We are thrilled to be there this year, thru October 5th, with Skye & Henry's from Fredericksburg. Skye & Henry's is a fabulous shop in Fredericksburg, TX with some of the most fantastic finds you will see anywhere. This year you can find Skye & Henry's in Warrenton at Tree Park Antiques. Please stop by and say hi to Margo, the store owner and designer extraordinaire. You will love all her fabulous finds.
If y'all ever come visit me at my farmhouse at Hummingbird Farms you will see a bit of Margo everywhere, as practically every piece of furniture in my house is slip covered by fabric from Margo at Skye & Henry's. She has gorgeous fabrics and textiles, among so many other one-of-a-kind finds.
Here are some photos from this year's Texas Antique Week at the Skye & Henry display in Warrenton at Treek Park Antiques:
I had the most
enjoyable weekend a couple of weeks ago with my very dear friend, Joan, in
beautiful Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.Both, Joan and Carmel, are two of my most favorite things on earth!
Joan and I were college
roommates and remained roommates when we were both single girls trying to
establish our careers.It is really
quite amazing to me how Joan and I have gotten this far in life….being
almost 50 and everything.You see, we are
kind of air heads at times.
(Or “arrow heads” as Joan
calls it; she’s such an air head she doesn’t even know the proper term….)
Somehow when we are together
the air in our heads gets more dense and we just tend to do stupid
stuff.It is the strangest
phenomenon….It is as if we lose control
of our own abilities and our bodies begin to channel Laverne & Shirley or
Lucy & Ethel, if you will.
I want to tell you about
our great trip to Carmel-By-The-Sea, but before I do, I have to tell you about
our last road trip together:
On this particular trip
several years ago we went to the wine country in Napa Valley (we have
a thing for the west coast).Because we
would be flying out of different airports (Joan out of Dallas and me out of San Antonio), we planned very carefully to ensure
we would arrive at our destination airport in California at approximately the same time.
Joan would arrive about
an hour before me, so we planned that she would go ahead and pick up the
rental car and then just drive around to baggage to pick me up when my plane
My plane lands and I call
Joan to tell her I have arrived.She
says it is perfect, as she has the rental car and will circle around to get
me.I tell her exactly where I am standing
on the curb and I wait.And I wait…And I wait some more.
I call Joan again. Where are you?
Joan: "I am circling around for the fifth time.Where are you?"
I carefully describe again
where I am on the curb and at which baggage claim pick up area I am standing.She says she can’t figure out how she missed
me and will circle around again.I have
her describe the rental car to me again.Perhaps I just didn’t see her….
And I wait.And wait.
Joan calls again, frustrated - as she is now a good 20 minutes into circling around the airport: "Okay, I have now circled another three times
and NOW I am actually parked on the curb, I am looking at the sign ‘Baggage
Claim A’.Where are you????"
At this point we are both
getting frustrated.I tell her there is NO WAY – I, too, am looking at the same sign.
Well – we finally figured it
out.I was at the San Jose Airport, she
was at the Sacramento Airport…..
We’ve been busy little bees, or hummingbirds, here at
Hummingbird Farms the last few weeks.First off – after 7 years, we decided it was time to update photography
for our alleged new website.I say
“alleged” because for one full year we have been talking about overhauling our
website, but as I type we are still “talking” about it…Hopefully, our new photography from our
fabulous new photography friend will kick us into new website gear.
I couldn’t help but think about our photo shoot from 2007
while Anne of Anne Lorys Photography was out here doing our new photo
shoot a couple of weeks ago.Thank goodness for the world wide
web thing and blogging, as I was able to really reflect back on that day with a blog I posted regarding the photo shoot from seven long years ago. You can read it here.
In the meantime, it just so happens that our new fancy
shmancy photographer friend also blogs under the name Fiona and Twig. I really hope you take a look at her blog– it
is precious and really portrays her photography personality. Did I mention that Anne is a published, noted
photographer with work seen in magazines such as Romantic Home and Cottages
& Bungalows? I just think she is so
talented, fun, and creative. Please click here to read about her day spent with us.
I hope you enjoyed a trip down memory lane with us back in
2007, as well as gaining insight as to what we have planned for our future.Back in 2007 we were very much focused on
being a lavender farm, but today find ourselves very much committed to being a
bath & body company – all inspired by those lovely little purple flowers
that bloomed so beautifully in 2007.You
just never know where life will take you….