Percy, the persevering rooster is hand-carved from wood and crows at the impending day. Acrylic painted accents.

A “fowl” lesson for quitters like me

A few years ago my family and I traveled to Costa Rica to visit my wife’s sister, Nancy, where she and her husband, Sean, serve with Cru in Central and South America. It was my first trip south of the U.S., and Costa Rica was full of new sights and sounds. But one familiar sound greeted me every morning—a rooster. Without fail, that Costa Rican bird crowed around the same time early each day just before it was getting light. I’m not a morning person, but I...

Image of Quiet Solitude, a sculpture in wire and cut paper on driftwood.

The power of a good book

See Quiet Solitude in the shop “It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”Oscar Wilde The quote above from Oscar Wilde, who was not known for weighty, serious comments, is worth taking seriously. Summer is now in full swing and while it's become known as the season of the blockbuster movie, it was, and is still also known as the season of books. "I will never forget the first "big kid" book I read," says...

Image of a hand-woven pine straw basket by Patti Jones featuring a hand-made base with writing by Stephen Rountree and a Scripture from John 15:7

The key to answered prayers

See the Answered Prayers Basket in the shop now If you have a red letter Bible, you'll see that every single word in chapter 15 of the Gospel of John is in red. Certainly, as the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…," but the entirety of John 15 is direct teaching by Jesus and He's sharing the secret of how to pray prayers that get answered. This is important...

salvaged wood sculpture with the word "Grace" and a Bible verse imprinted on it

A little bit of grace

Have you ever noticed that sometimes it's the small things that can be the most powerful reminders of God's grace? A small child reaching for your hand, a brilliant sunset igniting the evening sky, a simple meal on a clean plate when you're reminded of the many millions who don't enjoy that. A humble piece of barn wood reminded me of grace. My daughter, Hannah, and I took a trip a few summers ago to the mountains of Southwest Virginia, to collect some wood from my uncle...

salvaged wood sculpture with the word "Grace" and a Bible verse imprinted on it

A little bit of grace

Have you ever noticed that sometimes it's the small things that can be the most powerful reminders of God's grace? A small child reaching for your hand, a brilliant sunset igniting the evening sky, a simple meal on a clean plate when you're reminded of the many millions who don't enjoy that. A humble piece of barn wood reminded me of grace. My daughter, Hannah, and I took a trip a few summers ago to the mountains of Southwest Virginia, to collect some wood from my uncle...

Green hand-woven pine straw basket

When it’s okay to be a basket case

If you could name some of the threads woven through your life, what would they be? Do you see the thread of gratitude? How about praise? Do you see the threads that you want to be there? Are there any that you feel are too sparse or missing that you'd like to see more of? In Deuteronomy 26, God instructs His people to bring their offerings to Him in baskets and present them to the priest. Later, in all four gospels, Jesus multiplies a meager offering of fish...

Salvaged barn wood, wire, textile, acrylic paint and hand-stamped sculpture of a butterfly and a chrysalis on a twig.

Time Enough

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.— Rabindranath Tagore, Indian writer (1861-1941) Several years ago, when our girls were younger, we put a caterpillar in one of those mesh net terrariums. The girls decided it was a she-pillar and named her Cookie. We fed her with milkweed and watched as she formed her chrysalis and then, finally, hatched out completely transformed into a stunning butterfly. We said our goodbyes on the front porch as Cookie tentatively spread her beautiful wings and soon was flying,...

The Arc of the Summer Moon door topper is an original sculpture from salvaged 19th century oak barn wood. Acrylic paint, salvaged wood, cut wood.

Arc of the Summer Moon

In ancient times, the Israelite king, David, wrote, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.” Created from salvaged 19th century oak barn wood and hardwood cut from the woods near the artist’s studio, The Arc of the Summer Moon door topper is an original sculpture capturing the peaceful twilight of a summer evening. The moon's low, lazy arc across the sky is a reminder of the...

"Fishing with My Dad" wire and paper sculpture

Fishing with my Dad

Some of my earliest memories of fishing were with my dad. He loved to fish! On the opening day of spring trout season, we'd head down to the river with a picnic basket packed with baloney sandwiches, a thermos of warm coffee, and a bucket of big fat juicy worms. My mom, dad, and I would leave early to get to the best spot and stand and wait on the river bank with all the other anglers until noon. No one dared dip their line in before...

Image of Dandelions for Mom, a sculpture in wire and cut paper on driftwood.

Dandelions for Mom

Our moms have sacrificed for us, believed in us, and loved us unconditionally. When we were little, we tried to return that love as best we could with small hands offering small gifts from big hearts full from a mother's love. That's the inspiration for Patti's sculpture, "Dandelions for Mom." Patti says, "I wish I had a dollar for every dandelion I gave my mom. I would be a very rich lady! What is it about a dandelion that a child cannot walk by it without picking...