It is our pleasure to introduce Ron and Carol Butler of GrumpaandMe as this week's Featured Artist. Ron and Carol create wooden puzzles and Nativity sets together at their home in California.

grumpaandme handcrafted puzzles nativity sets
Grumpa and Me
Introduction to you: We are retired and live in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. We have been making Nativity sets and puzzles for approx. 25 years. We have participated in professional craft shows but have "slowed down" production in our senior years. Ron cuts and sands all of our items and Carol does the painting. Ron has worked with wood most of his life. Carol has always enjoyed crafts but about 25 years ago took a tole painting class and has been "hooked" ever since. We have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Giveaway: Ron and Carol will add a 3-D Nativity to the first two orders (of $18 or more) received after this blog post. (See photo below for an example.)
How did you get your start on Etsy? Our daughter-in-law introduced us to Etsy. She set up our site and she and our son did the photography. They felt that this would be physically easier for us than doing professional shows. It has been a blessing to still make our items at home and be able to share our talents with others.
How did you choose your shop name?One of our granddaughters has always called Ron "Grumpa" instead of grandpa, so that is how we came up with the name "Grumpaandme".

Children Around the Wood Puzzle Wooden Handmade by GrumpaandMe
Children Around the World Wooden Puzzle

What does a typical day look like for you? Before we get out of bed each morning we pray. After breakfast we each do our daily devotional. As weather permits, we work on cutting out wood and painting about 3-4 days a week. Carol participates in a quilting group at church one day a week. They make quilts for orphans in different countries. Ron attends a men's bible study group. We also participate in many church and Sunday school activities as well as a church service at an assisted living facility where Ron sometimes gives the message.

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
 Heaven! We are looking forward to the time when we will be Home with our Lord.

What is your favorite Bible verse? John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

wooden nativity puzzle handmade Christmas gift by grumpaandme
Wooden Nativity Puzzle

What is your favorite listing to feature? Our favorite Christmas item is the "Nativity Puzzle" because it reminds us of the birth of our Savior. Our favorite birthday or other occasions gift is "Children Around The World" puzzle. It reminds us that Jesus loves ALL the children of the world.

Comments (9)

On May 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM , Lorrie Esposito said...

What a great shop from my neck of the woods :-) Love that Children around the World puzzle. Continued success to you both.

On May 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM , C. Weed said...

Your puzzles are so precious! :) The children around the world puzzle is my favorite.

On May 15, 2013 at 10:43 AM , Sara/WormeWoole said...

What a lovely story of how you work together.

On May 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM , Abby Butler said...

I loved reading this story!! Thank you for sharing! I love and miss you guys!! See ya in September. -Abby

On May 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM , NellywithWings said...

I love this. The nativity set is my favorite.

On May 15, 2013 at 1:34 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

What a WONDERFUL shop.

I am retired also and just LOVE your existence.

Your items would make great gifts. I have a few little ones to give to.
Get ready for Christmas.


On May 15, 2013 at 1:46 PM , Charsbeads4u said...

Precious creations! What a sweet couple! =)
I love your creativity!

On May 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM , sammysgrammy said...

It's lovely that you are able to enjoy together, what you love to do.

On May 16, 2013 at 8:04 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

What a lovely shop!