Just In Time! Five Adorable Denim Angel Ornaments

“When in doubt, wear denim” – unknown These angel ornaments have no doubts, whatsoever! Sporting denim robes, they sing with confidence to the glory of the season upon us. Using leftover materials from our various rehab, renovation and remodeling projects is almost a game for me.  It calls on a creative part  merging with frugality.  […]

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 […]

Spring Fever – Projects, Pruning And Grafting

 “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina For some reason, it has been a long winter here in Kansas.  I am not sure why it seems that way since I spent three weeks after Thanksgiving in Papua Indonesia.  There the temperatures were pleasant, the sun was out and avocado smoothies became […]

Grosspapa’s Passing – Most Viewed Post of 2017

In 2017 one of the last of the Steinbüchels to live in our home passed on.  The post about the passing of his ancestor, Herr von Bernard Karl Steinbüchel, was one of the most visited posts this year.  I am pleased that in this time of loss, we were able to reconnect with several of […]

Giving A Voice To The Voiceless – The Christmas Shepherds

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. – Neil Gaiman The story of the nativity would be incomplete without the shepherds “keeping watch over their flocks […]

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The First Annual Shameless Self-Promotion Of Maison Steinbuchel Products

“I’ve said it before, and by gosh, I’ll say it again — don’t be afraid to toot your own horn.”― Emlyn Chand Warning Shameless Promotion Below! You know by now from my BLOG posts, that I have an on-line ETSY shop.  This is primarily where I market items I re-purpose from vintage materials.  This the Giving Found Materials […]

Signs For The Times – Love and Joy

Words are but the signs of ideas. – Samuel Johnson These days we seem to enjoy having signs with quotes, sayings or words hanging on our walls to remind us of what we desire.  What inspires us.  What we want to focus on.  Keeping these before our eyes can serve to counteract the other forces […]

What Wreaths and Frames Add To Your Life

Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us. – Bruce Jackson  Special seasons and events, like the approaching holidays, bring out equally special decor.  Floral arrangements, seasonal colors and items that represent memories of past celebrations are displayed. They are combined with updated items that are more than simple visual beauty.  They serve […]