We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin Pritchett and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Robin, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?

“Lorie darlin’, life in San Francisco, you see, is still just life. If you want any one thing too badly, it’s likely to turn out to be a disappointment. The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things, like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk, or a feisty gentleman like myself.” –Augustus McCrae in the book Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.
I love the movie Lonesome Dove, but I love the book even more. I have loved it since the moment it was released and I think it is filled with life lessons. This quote is powerful if you let it soak in. Life is hard and in the world we live in, we want what we want— when we want it. It is a beautiful thing to have dreams, goals, and to seek those things out. It is also marvelously fulfilling to be able to look around you and allow yourself to feel joy in the small and sometimes routine gifts we are given throughout the day.

Start with Jesus.
Stay with Jesus.
End with Jesus.—I am a believer and I rely on my faith to get through all things life.

Press on. Hosea 6:3
 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always had a difficult time talking about myself. I am doing better, but l am still introverted about tooting my own horn. What sets my work apart is that I don’t want to be like anyone else. I follow my own beat, and I don’t want to be in a certain box. I love eclectic, vibrant, rusty, and classic styles–all mixed together. I am most excited about coming into my own again. I have dived back into my roots where I started over twenty years ago. I am a metalsmith, a silversmith, and I create jewelry and numerous other items. I offer permanent (clasp-less) jewelry on site. My history and knowledge of metallurgy sets me apart from others offering this service. I only use precious metals and guarantee my welds and materials. I have created jewelry for over twenty years. I create unique pieces of jewelry using turquoise and various other gemstones. My jewelry has sold in retail stores such as Cavender’s, Maverick Fine Western Wear, and Drysdale’s as well as a number of smaller boutiques over the years. I freehand plasma cut and weld pieces of art out of found objects. This is one of the things my dad nurtured. I told him I wanted to plasma cut and described what I had in mind. The next day we were at Air Gas in Athens, Texas purchasing my first plasma cutter and compressor. I am self-taught, and since 2007, plasma cutting has been the medium of my choice. I have a truck hood that I created in 2008 which hangs above my checkout stand to remind me that I can do anything I want. It has certainly not been easy. I have seen the economy rollercoaster, and the retail and art industry have all changed tremendously. The independent, small business must fight daily to stay in the game. The only way to overcome the challenges is to hone in on what sets me apart and stay in my own lane. I do what I love and am good at and leave the rest to someone else.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Corsicana’s downtown is phenomenal. Amy Tidwell, our Main Street Director, has done an excellent job in helping make our historic downtown a destination place to shop and attend special events. Visitors should come on the Friday preceding the second Saturday of the month to attend Mimosas at the Market and shop downtown. We would start with breakfast at Across the Street Diner. The menu item “Hometown Tradition” is delicious. Next, peruse all the downtown shops during Mimosa’s. We would have dinner at Old Mexican Inn (the “orange dip” is a must-try), and then brunch outdoors another day at The Harbor Restaurant on the shores of Richland Chambers Reservoir. Napoli’s is a must as is Harbor Pizza one evening. I would take them to Athens and have dinner at The Boathouse and visit Chandler Country Store in Chandler, Tx that my old friend, Olivia Tedford owns. I love Timbers Coffee shop and Mita’s Coffee House and Fine Food. Oak Cove Marina has the best fried catfish. I would arrange for Katharine Hable to give a tour of her place on Collin Street. Kat is a beautiful and fierce woman whose company, Hable Construction, is a must know for all things design. The Pearce Museum is a gem, and without a doubt I would have them take in a show with me at The Palace Theater and The Warehouse. We are truly blessed in our community with many interesting and unusual venues.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

My husband, Bob, is my complete opposite when it comes to creativity and entrepreneurship. I was a tornado, and I am blessed he decided I am worth a little wind. Bob has truly amazed me over the last few years when I expressed that I wanted to go back into brick-and-mortar business. He embraced it and supported me. I am so grateful for his support. My Dad encouraged and nurtured my creativity from an extremely young age. Dad could also be my biggest critic, but he has always taught me that I could do anything at all that I put my mind to – any crazy thing I wanted to learn or try. He might shake his head and we might butt heads a few times, but he has always helped me learn or learn from it. I don’t ever remember a time when he told me I couldn’t learn something.

My Mom is amazingly talented in many ways. She really is modest in her abilities. She has taught me so much and probably does not realize just how much. She is an excellent problem solver, and she has always had a keen sense of style. Mom has unique and somewhat eclectic taste and I know this is from where I’ve drawn by style. She loves vintage and rustic like I do. She is also always there, she may scold me or she may question certain paths, but she is always there. She is my go-to for all of life.

I have an indescribable group of friends who encourage me and support me. I need to give special recognition to my friends Amy, Julie, and Sarah. There are numerous friends who have shown up for me, these girls have shown out. For Gracie and Ally—my girls that keep me sane and the wheels turning at 222 N. Beaton; I love you both dearly. Thank you.

My customers-without them, I would not still be in the game. I am grateful beyond words for my amazing customers, extraordinary friends and family. Each person in my life has blessed me with their unwavering support and friendship.

Last and certainly not least—my amazing children and my beloved nieces. When I doubt myself—they’ve always made me feel like I can do anything and I press on.

They own my heart.

Website: www.theredbrumby.com and birdiestx.com

Instagram: theredbrumby

Facebook: The Red Brumby Company and Birdie’s tx

Other: We are currently in transition with a rebrand. The Red Brumby Company products such as our logo tees, etc will still exist, but our new brand and logo will be under Birdie’s Tx. We recently moved locations and decided this was the perfect time to rebrand.

Image Credits
Gracie Gullatt

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