The egg holder on the window sill above my kitchen sink has been bleakly empty for the last few months. While my backyard hens molted and staged an egg strike, my family had to eat store-bought eggs, like regular schnooks. A few days ago, as we wrestled egg cartons in and out of the refrigerator, … Continue reading The Best Holiday Gift
Julia Wilk, founder of Lovewood Custom Home Furnishings, is stronger with a chainsaw than she is with Instagram. That's probably because she's too busy in her workshop, shaping, sanding and otherwise coaxing the natural beauty out of ragged tree trunks to spend much time on social media. Plus, her work gloves make it hard to … Continue reading Who Wouldn’t Love a Gift from Lovewood?
Remember when you were a kid and you drew pictures of houses? Each house had a triangular roof, square windows and a rectangular door—until some predictable spurt of brain development prompted you to add shutters to the windows and your parents declared you a savant. I'm guessing you probably never thought much more about shutters … Continue reading What’s It Gonna Take to Shutter Up?
I'm almost too tired to type this. After a day on a Habitat for Humanity build in Nashville, every fiber of my being aches. But I feel awesome. The day started with coffee, doughnuts, and a prayer for "mercies of safety and productivity," administered by a volunteer from First Presbyterian Church, which coordinated the build. … Continue reading Happy Day With Habitat for Humanity
For a third year in a row, Nelson's Green Brier Distillery honors women of vision, achievement and inspiration, with the Louisa Nelson Awards. Brothers Andy and Charlie Nelson, who resurrected the Green Brier brand—dormant for more than a century after Prohibition—created the award to honor their triple-great grandmother. Louisa Nelson was an unlikely woman of … Continue reading Green Brier Distillery Toasts Women of Vision, Inspiration, Achievement
For those occasions when my needlepoint flats and other girly shoes won't to do in the field, I carry a pair of pink-stitched-leather steel-toe work boots in the car. They're great against mud, poison ivy and chiggers, and recently they performed an unexpected function. I stopped to visit a client who was working in his … Continue reading Garden Booty
Last fall, my friend Pat McFadden and I ginned up her home workshop to make wooden games to sell at Artclectic at University School of Nashville. Over the course of the year, Pat has ridden that creative momentum to make several pieces of beautiful outdoor furniture, including two custom garden benches and my beloved Chippendale … Continue reading Swing Time Special
Sunday is the day my neighbors, family and friends fling garbage at my front door. Actually, I'm making the situation sound trashier than it really is. The truth is I've invited them to bring me the wretched refuse of their kitchens teeming with spent coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, and leftover casseroles, because my chickens will … Continue reading Sunday Supper is for the Birds
I haven't read much about parenting, because, I've been busy... parenting. But I once heard a family counselor cite a study that showed life's happiest memories coincide with the presence of three things: Dad, fried food, and an element of danger. While the speaker didn't say as much, I assume the data correlate to a … Continue reading Elements of Danger
I took a break from constructing my garden gate to attend the annual home studio sale of ceramicist Christina Cohn. Christina started making plates, mugs, planters and jewelry a few years ago, using a kiln in her basement. It has been a delight to watch her work mature and to see her confidence grow along … Continue reading My Favorite Mistakes