How To Celebrate Forty-Two Years Together?

Forty-Two years of marriage is big deal, but not in terms of milestones.  There is no special gift or stone.  It’s not rubies, emeralds, silver or gold.  It’s simply forty-two years.  So what does one do to celebrate? In our house, we chose to take a ride on a carousel.   Yep, you read that right-a […]

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. […]

Searching Frantically! Help! What Is A Dixie Maid?

What Is A Dixie Maid?  I thought I would write a bit of history and back story about the “Dixie Maid” label I used to make this cute decorative coat hanger.  What I found was not at all satisfying, so I need help.  First, here is what I found. The term “Dixie Maid” seems to […]

What To Do With Leftover Treasures 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 […]

Delightful Treasures Out Of Old And New

 “Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”Matthew 13:52 (KJV) Blending the old and new into attractive functional spaces can be a challenge, but when done […]

If It Is The Joyland Carousel Then It Is Wonderful Wichita!

 My husband and I recently visited Botanica, The Wichita Gardens.  This is the new home for the Joyland Carousel scheduled to be open to the public fall of 2019.  I have know this was coming, seen pictures and layouts, but it was not until this visit and seeing the building site, did I truly […]

What Screams, Snores And Thumps? Buck The Cat!

At Maison Steinbuchel, we have cats.  Over the years, the number has varied from two to seven at a time.  I know the latter puts us dangerously close to the crazy cat people category and to be frank, seven was a lot.  We have a big house, so we have had upstairs cats, downstairs cats […]

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.  […]

Why Wreaths and Frames Make Us Smile

The wild-flower wreath of feeling, the sunbeam of the heart. – Fitz-Greene Halleck Special seasons and events, like the approaching holidays, bring out equally special decor.  Wreaths, floral arrangements, seasonal colors and items that represent memories of past celebrations are displayed.  They serve to pull special times from the past into this new celebration. Two familiar forms support […]