"We have always been and always will be friends. That in itself is a tremendous thing." A.A. Milne & E.B. White
The Story Behind This Tile
The second of two very special Spiritiles released in honor of Houston's second-born son. 'Sterling' is dedicated from Houston's first born son to his new baby brother, and is a representation of the power of lifelong friendship. The name 'Sterling' comes from the nickname Houston's oldest son gave to his soon-to-be-born baby brother. To view the Spiritiles created in honor of his first-born son, see 184 'Lil Llew under the retired collection of Spiritiles. The story is a mixing of two quotes - the left side from A.A. Milne, the right side from E.B. White, combined to show the efforts of two becoming one. Read below for Houston's release announcement of 238 'Fulfillment' and 239 ‘Sterling.’ - "Three years ago, I was scared and overjoyed to welcome my first child into the world. He took life by the wing and pulled my wife and me into a new world, making the face of our days completely new. When we learned we would welcome another child this year, my oldest became so excited to have a friend like him join our family. Along the way, one day I was designing new Spiritiles in my workshop when my son wandered in to see what I was doing. He saw the elephants Spiritile design, loved it (he loves animals!), and asked if he could give it to his soon-to-be-born baby brother. “Of course,” I said. “In fact, you can give him this very first one.” It was his turn to be overjoyed. When the time came for my second son to be born, I wasn’t nearly as scared. My oldest was testament that I could keep a child alive, love them, and teach them to love in return. It is with this feeling of fulfillment and unwavering joy that I release these two Spiritiles as a humble gift - the first from me, the second from my oldest - to the newest love of my life. My son, thanks to you, your mother, and your new best friend of a brother, my life is made complete." - Houston
Release Date:July 30, 2019
Made by hand with USA-sourced copper, glass enamel, and a custom wood box frame.
- akin to the size of a novel.
CARE: Enamel artwork is best polished with household glass cleaner and a soft cloth.
DISPLAYING: These delicate yet durable artworks are made to last, resist fading, shine under light, and fire up a meaningful conversation. Spiritiles can stand up on a flat surface or hang on a prized wall. They can stand alone, but love company. Each piece is sized the same to mix and match for a collection that tells your story.
HOW TO HANG: Drywall screws work great! When affixing the screw, leave a ¼" lip to rest the frame's hollow on the screw head. The art will sit securely and flush with the wall. When hanging multiple pieces, the ideal spacing between screws is 7¼" horizontal and 10½" vertical.