All posts by "Debra Gingerich"

Documentary Debut: Eugene Alexander: The Fashion of Eugene Stutzman

Debra Gingerich 16/08/2018

Yesterday was the Internet debut of the short documentary produced by DutchCrafters, “Eugene Alexander: The Fashion of Eugene Stutzman.” It can be viewed at https://www.dutchcrafters.com/video/video/eugene-alexander-fashion-film/ as well as at the bottom of this blog post. So why did DutchCrafters Amish Furniture produce a documentary about a fashion designer? We have always acknowledged the pleasant irony of selling Amish furniture online – using the advances in technology to connect our customers to products made by people who… Documentary Debut: Eugene Alexander: The Fashion of Eugene Stutzman

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10 Uses for Wagons and Wheelbarrows

Debra Gingerich 06/06/2016

Wooden wagons and wheelbarrows may seem like a thing of the past; however not only are they still useful for gardening, they also make great wedding, party and home accents. Read on for new and trending ideas for using wagons and wheelbarrows on the big day and beyond. The Big Day 1. Flower Girl Wagon A wooden goat wagon makes for a memorable flower girl entrance! You have the perfect flower girl in mind, but she’s only been walking… 10 Uses for Wagons and Wheelbarrows

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Poly Furniture Spring Cleaning

Debra Gingerich 19/05/2016

With summer right around the corner, we’re all ready to shake off the cold of winter and get the grill fired up for some homemade barbecue. If you’re like most people, your poly furniture has sat outside all winter, accumulating some dirt and grim along the way. Now is the time to get everything ready for another beautiful outdoor season and here are a few tips to get you started. General Cleaning and Maintenance If… Poly Furniture Spring Cleaning

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Accent Tables as Design Statements

Debra Gingerich 09/05/2016

Accent tables, whether used to hold a drink, set a magazine or prop up your feet, can also accessorize a room or communicate your design style. Changing your accent tables can turn a tired room into a furniture fashion statement. Here are some ideas for using accent tables to make a room pop. Different Textures Usually people don’t think about texture when they are designing a room, but it is often what adds excitement and… Accent Tables as Design Statements

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Sofa and Loveseat Buying Guide

Debra Gingerich 15/04/2016

The sofa or loveseat is often the largest piece of furniture in a room and sets the tone for the style of that room. We all can probably think of an example where a poorly selected sofa had bad effects on the feel and functionality of a space. With so many variations in size, design, and fabrics to choose from, here are some things to consider when buying a sofa or loveseat. Measure your Room and your… Sofa and Loveseat Buying Guide

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Old-Fashioned Board Games for Summer Bonding

Debra Gingerich 08/04/2016

Summer is nearly upon us, and it’s time to think about keeping the kids entertained through steamy summer days. We have many happy memories of school break and time spent interacting with friends or family before the distractions of electronics detached us to different corners of the house. Get the kids (and adults) away from the TV or video games with old-fashioned board games that offer some face-to-face bonding time as well. Aggravation Aggravation was first… Old-Fashioned Board Games for Summer Bonding

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Making 2016’s Interior Design Trends Work for You

Debra Gingerich 01/04/2016

Everyone from interior design bloggers to the Huffington Post has been weighing in on the interior design trends for 2016. They are fun to read and provide some inspiration but what about trends that fit into an existing space and won’t go out of style? Here are ways to incorporate some 2016 trends into your living spaces without a renovation or giving up on quality that lasts. Two-tone Kitchens The two-tone kitchen trend has been… Making 2016’s Interior Design Trends Work for You

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An Arbor for Any Space

Debra Gingerich 24/03/2016

There may still be some patches of snow here or there, but summer is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about your outdoor spaces. You can create a magical, fairytale feel for your personal oasis with an American-made arbor.  To some that may be an enchanting garden arbor with a swing to enjoy nights gazing at the stars, and for others it might be a crisp white wedding arbor overgrown with red… An Arbor for Any Space

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Amish Quilt Making

Debra Gingerich 18/03/2016

March 19 is National Quilting Day. It celebrates quilts and those who make them, which means it is an important day for us at DutchCrafters since the Amish are well known for their quilt making. I grew up with a quilt frame in the dining room, where my mother would applique pieces of the Tree of Life quilt pattern during brief moments of free time. Every year, the women at the Mennonite church we attended… Amish Quilt Making

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Meet the Amish Woodworkers: Albert Barkman

Debra Gingerich 09/03/2016

Sometimes customers ask us how a company selling Amish furniture ended up in Sarasota, Florida. Though the furniture we sell is not made here (it’s made by Amish woodworkers in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio), Sarasota has a thriving Amish and Mennonite community. That’s one of the reasons why we’re here. During the winter months, the Sarasota enclave of Pinecraft busts at the seams with Amish taking breaks from austere winters up north. Tricycles (the mode… Meet the Amish Woodworkers: Albert Barkman

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Big Ideas for Small Spaces

Debra Gingerich 03/03/2016

Like many, I have been fascinated by the tiny house craze that has taken America by storm. I watch my share of home improvement and home buying TV shows that feature tiny homes and wonder where I’d store all my shoes or sun dresses. Making the best of small spaces is nothing new, though. People have been living large in big city cramped apartments for generations. Whether you’re pulling your house like an RV or… Big Ideas for Small Spaces

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