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Lath and Porcelain – Leftovers From the Attic

What do we plant when we plant the tree? We plant the houses for you and me. We plant the rafters, the shingles, the floors, We plant the studding, the lath, the doors, The beams  and siding, all parts that be; We plant the house when we plant the tree. by the American author, Henry Abbey […]

Leftovers – The Loaves and Fishes of Life

Using leftovers.  I enjoy re-doing and re-making things.  I always have.  Taking what I have on hand and making something useful again: Whatever I might have in the pantry or frig becomes a one-time kind of meal. Pieces of cloth become a comforter, pillow or something for the wall. Scraps of wood become art, wooden […]

Signs Of Life! A Stunning Surprise From The Compost Bin

Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. It is the signs of life in a mortal body, that is to say, of a state of progress and change. Nothing that lives is, or can be rigidly perfect; part of it is decaying, part nascent. – John Ruskin Signs of […]

How To Repurpose Cute Knob And Tube Components

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook I re-purpose stuff.  I primarily use materials left from rehabbing our 120+ year old houses. There are oodles of vintage wood many rehab-ers toss out as scrap, especially the raw stuff from the plaster walls:  lath.  I […]

Happy Awesome Birthday Mom – A Love Letter

“I know that despite whatever stupid thing I do, I’d be able to go to my mom and she’d still love me. I honestly believe that” ― Nellie Christine, RID I generally do not write about my mother, unless it is in reference to her family ancestors, the Rightmeiers.  Writing about the connection I have with my dad […]

Five Great Reasons To Pause A Project – The Little House Attic

It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities. – Kristin Armstrong I am not great at pressing “pause” on anything.  I […]

Repurposing Tree Bark Into A Landscape Carpet

“Giving Found Materials Fresh Form And Purpose” is one of the subjects shared about on this BLOG.  It falls under the FOUNDATIONS pillar of my Stonebridge.  In today’s terms it is called up-cycling, re-purposing or re-cycling.  In Kansas we just call it making-do!  Even tree bark gets into the act. This activity uses materials ranging […]

Happy Birthday Mom – A Love Letter

 With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. – Psalms 91:16  And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.  Genesis 6:3 I write a bit about my paternal DNA, the […]