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.  […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Leftovers In Madagascar

BUY NOW “Don’t make excuses for not working – make things with the time, space and materials you have, right now” – Austin Kleon – Steal like an artist   In August 1993 I was assigned to a team of four to conduct a civil aviation assessment of the country of Madagascar’s aviation system.  The United States FAA had […]

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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 […]

Imagine – The Value In Leftovers

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

The Denim Collection – The Diverse Life of a French Fabric

“When in doubt, wear denim” – unknown “I’ll never throw away my blue jeans.” –  Susan Ford                           I like denim.  I am glad that denim has burst well beyond its original hard-working, sturdy, cowboy, country ranch realm and into all things blue.  In fashion […]