All posts by "Beth Rice"

Beth Rice started a dream job when she began as a content writer for DutchCrafters in 2015. She has an A.A. Degree from Manatee Community College, and studied Journalism at the University of South Florida for one year. Her published work includes a short story in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition and one children's book, "I"m Adopted, I'm Special." Conveying the qualities, functions and benefits of DutchCrafters furniture keeps her creative as she contributes to content throughout the website. An avid reader and devoted runner, Beth hopes to publish a novel in the future. DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog was started in 2012 to provide our customers and other readers with woodworkers stories, Amish culture information, and furniture selection or interior design tips.

History of the Lazy Susan

Beth Rice 08/11/2018

What Is a Lazy Susan? A Lazy Susan is a rotating tray that’s used on a table or counter to share food. It can be made of wood, glass or plastic, and it is normally round. American Made Tabletop Lazy Susan. The Invention of the Lazy Susan The Lazy Susan descends from the dumbwaiter and the original inventor is hard to determine. The path to the creation of the Lazy Susan is unclear, and its… History of the Lazy Susan

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Ways to Use Your Pumpkins When Halloween Is Over

Beth Rice 01/11/2018

You’ve picked out the perfect Halloween pumpkins. After cleaning out and carving or painting some beauties those bulbous orange babes looked great. Now Halloween is over, but don’t dare throw those pumpkins out because…… We’ve got exciting news. There are plenty of ways to get even more out of your jack-o-lantern pumpkin now that Halloween is over, and in this day and age of eco-friendly awareness we love the idea of recycling pumpkin material rather… Ways to Use Your Pumpkins When Halloween Is Over

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Homemade Amish Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

Beth Rice 25/10/2018

Pumpkin time has come a calling. When the first cool wisps of fall enter the picture, it’s easy to shift the mind to thoughts of the season and with that come pumpkins everywhere. Pumpkin Facts from History.com Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, and they are fruits. Pumpkins are low in calories, fat and sodium and high in fiber. Pumpkins are a good source of Vitamins A and B, potassium, protein and iron.… Homemade Amish Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

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The Look of Low Sheen Varnish

Beth Rice 18/10/2018

What is Varnish and What Does It Do? Varnish is a transparent hard coating that provides protection for solid wood furniture. It is applied over the stain on wood furniture. As the varnish protects the wood from moisture, sunlight and dirt, it allows the wood’s natural colors and grain patterns to be seen and appreciated and creates the most natural appearance. Varnish is always recommended for inside furniture for an added layer of protection. Low… The Look of Low Sheen Varnish

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How to Choose a Sofa Color

Beth Rice 11/10/2018

Right up there with what size bed and which washing machine is another major home furniture decision: What color should the living room sofa be? 3 Things to Keep In Mind When Choosing A Sofa Color You’ll be looking at it every day for years. Your family and friends will see it and use it too. Consider the style of your home and your color scheme. If you’re starting with an empty room, it’s easier… How to Choose a Sofa Color

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The History of French Country Furniture

Beth Rice 04/10/2018

The Birth of French Country Furniture During the 1600s, King Louis the XIV of France was on a mission. He was determined that France would become a style leader revered by all and embarked on renovating the Palace of Versailles. Only the best were employed to create, design and build for what was to be the most luxurious palace ever seen. As time went by, the masses fell in love with the lavish stylings of… The History of French Country Furniture

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Finding Balance with Lagom

Beth Rice 27/09/2018

What is Lagom? Lagom is about living in moderation. Lagom is when work, stress and happiness are all in balance and things don’t have to be perfect. Lagom is about being satisfied with what you have, making the most of what you have, and finding the middle road between too much and too little and following it. In her book Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living, author Linnea Dunne translates lagom to mean “not… Finding Balance with Lagom

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What Do DutchCrafters Chair Seats Really Feel Like?

Beth Rice 20/09/2018

It’s a question our Furniture Specialists are often asked. What do DutchCrafters chair seats really feel like? If there’s one thing we wish we could do as the #1 online Amish furniture company offering the most high-end solid wood products available, it would be this: We wish we could connect you with the feel of our furniture. The photos and the features on our website tell part of the story, but how does our furniture… What Do DutchCrafters Chair Seats Really Feel Like?

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DutchCrafters Facebook Live Event with Eugene Stutzman

Beth Rice 13/09/2018

We recently hosted a Facebook Live Q and A session in the DutchCrafters showroom with Eugene Stutzman, Debra Gingerich and Jake Smucker, the subject, producer and director of the documentary short film, Eugene Alexander: The Fashion of Eugene Stutzman. *Answers have been edited for clarity. BETH: Will each of you start by telling us a little bit about your part in this film? We’ll start with Debra. DEBRA: I am the Director of Marketing at… DutchCrafters Facebook Live Event with Eugene Stutzman

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Pine Wood Furniture Finish Options at DutchCrafters

Beth Rice 06/09/2018

Pine wood furniture offers room to play. With its straight grain and uniform texture, pine wood takes paints and stains and shows them off with zest. In addition, this softer wood is an ideal candidate for a variety of distressing options that create a vintage, time-worn look. Pine Wood Cottage End Table with Drawer The audience for pine furniture is growing. Acquiring solid wood quality at a lower cost is quite appealing! Pine wood is… Pine Wood Furniture Finish Options at DutchCrafters

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The Windsor Chair Series Part III: The Undying Appeal

Beth Rice 30/08/2018

While the Windsor chair will always be associated with colonial times and country style furniture, the truth is, Windsor chairs have the “it factor.” A chair that is still beloved and sought after since 1710 has got something special going on, which brings us to the third and final part of our Windsor Chair series where we explore the question, What contributes to the undying appeal of the Windsor chair? Video features the Windsor Style… The Windsor Chair Series Part III: The Undying Appeal

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Top 5 Reasons To Buy a Headboard Only

Beth Rice 23/08/2018

When you only want the top part of the muffin, the crust of the pizza or the egg white from the egg, you’re just selecting the part you want the most, right? So when it comes to beds, there shouldn’t be any reason why you can’t have just the headboard only, right? That’s right! Here are the top 5 reasons to go for the headboard-only look for your bedroom. Your Room Will Look Bigger The absence… Top 5 Reasons To Buy a Headboard Only

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Amish Q & A with DutchCrafters CEO Jim Miller

Beth Rice 09/08/2018

We recently hosted a Facebook Live Q and A session about the Amish. All staff gathered in the DutchCrafters showroom for the event. CEO Jim Miller fielded questions from staff and viewers. *Answers have been edited for clarity. Jim Miller grew up in a Mennonite community and lived near Amish people for many years. For the last 15 years, he’s been leading DutchCrafters in connecting customers with beautiful Amish made furniture, and he’s developed relationships… Amish Q & A with DutchCrafters CEO Jim Miller

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What’s Up With Breadboard Ends?

Beth Rice 02/08/2018

What Are Breadboard Ends? A breadboard end is a piece of wood that’s joined to the end of a larger panel. Breadboard ends are the strips that are often found on the ends of dining tables. They run perpendicular to the larger panel and contribute to defining the form of the table panel. The breadboard runs cross-grain to the panel it is added to. The Barstow Trestle Table with Plank Top and Breadboard Ends Close… What’s Up With Breadboard Ends?

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The Windsor Chair Series Part II: Features

Beth Rice 26/07/2018

The features of a Windsor chair contribute to its comfort, strength and style. We’re taking an up-close look at the features that make Windsor chairs look, feel and perform the way they do. What’s the basic breakdown of the Windsor form? The Windsor consists of spindles attached to a solid wood seat. Windsor chairs are light, durable and contoured to fit the human body. The Amish America’s Past Windsor Dining Chair What’s special about Windsor… The Windsor Chair Series Part II: Features

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