New to You - Fran Meininger

Picking up the pieces

Picking up the pieces

Julie Sobaszkiewicz gets a little tingle of delight when she hears the sound of a breaking plate. As we tour her back yard studio,... Continue

Reuse in the garden

If you are like me, you’re just getting to the garden. We planted our tomato plants last weekend and I finally got the containers... Continue

Is this a real one?

Designer handbags can sell for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Handbags from the design houses of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and... Continue


Mommy-nomics. Yes, I know it’s not a real word, but it could be. It’s how moms everywhere budget, prioritize and allocate resources.... Continue

Giving new life to old stuff

I received a nice response to the piece I did on 12 days of homemade, recycled and repurposed holiday gift ideas. So, in celebration... Continue

Trashion is in fashion

The Trashion Show that premiered last spring at Sonoma Community Center is, in my opinion, one of the most creative and exciting local... Continue

Hitting the Resale Trail

If your new year’s resolutions include reducing your carbon footprint, conserving and buying local – here’s a list of the... Continue

The family jewels

A friend recently asked me to sort through several cases of jewelry that had been handed down to her. It occurred to me that many of... Continue

The reincarnation of brick and mortar

Adaptive reuse. The definition may not roll right off your tongue, but you walk by examples everyday – buildings like the former... Continue

Gift it forward

The holidays are upon us. And with them comes lots of talk about the stress, commercialism and overspending. I started wondering... Continue