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Who We Are

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Holly Simonette

 Owner / Fiber Craft

Paul Simonette

Owner / Glassblower

From an early age, I've expressed my creativity through dance, theatre, sewing, gardening, and knitting. I deeply appreciate the sensual beauty all around me, whether it’s nature or man-made creations. Oceans, mountains and the Texas Hill Country, enjoying the seasons, and drinking fine wine have all provided inspiration for my craft. Weaving gives me the ability to use colors and textures to express the beauty of the world around us and to create items that are warm, comforting and personal. My affordable, one-of-a-kind woven accessories and clothing are joyously created for you to help express your personal style.

Since retiring in 2015 after a career in public relations and local government, Paul and I hit the road to live full-time in an RV with our two cats, Dickens and Lucie. After volunteering in national and state parks across the western half of the U.S., we bought this 22-acre ranch in 2020 to pursue our crafts, restore the land, and fulfill a dream we didn't know we had.

I manage the business side of the ranch and Purple Shack Makers Gallery and am working on my Native Plant Landscaping certification.

My love of glassblowing began after a 37-year firefighting career for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Forest Service. When I retired, Holly got me a gift certificate for glassblowing lessons and the rest, as they say, is history. 

 

We bought this ranch after falling in love with the Texas Hill Country, and Fredericksburg in particular. The warm people, history of the community, and location near the beautiful Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, inspired us to settle down after 5 years on the road volunteering in the our country's beautiful public lands.

 

You'll find me in the glassblowing hotshop or remodeling the interiors and exteriors of the ranch buildings, helping bring Holly's landscape vision to life, and doing whatever else needs to be done to revitalize the ranch.

I also continue to serve as a volunteer firefighter with  Willow City Volunteer Fire & Rescue and as an interpreter at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the LBJ State Park in Stonewall, TX.

Meet the Team: Our Team
Meet the Team: Our Team
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