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 […]

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.  […]

2nd Annual Shameless Boost Of Maison Steinbuchel Handmade

BUY NOW! A Shameless Boost!   “I’ve said it before, and by gosh, I’ll say it again — don’t be afraid to toot your own horn.”― Emlyn Chand You know by now from some of my BLOG posts, that I have an online ETSY shop.  This your opportunity to acquire my up-cycled and re-purposed items  handmade from vintage […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


How To Turn A TV Stand Into Wooden Easels

Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage. – Julia Cameron I have been working on my vision boards.  I keep them simple using foam core boards from the Dollar Store.  However, I grew tired of them sitting on the floor in the corner and falling over.  I decided I needed a couple of easels to put them on, […]