All posts by "Milca Rivera"

Milca Rivera is the digital marketing specialist for DutchCrafters Amish Furniture. She studied at the acclaimed Savannah College of Art and Design and combines her design knowledge with years of at home crafting experience to provide blog posts with craft ideas that add a personal touch to holiday celebrations. Milca keeps people informed about our furniture via social media, email and on our website. She has developed expert knowledge of our living room furniture and the woodworkers who build them. The 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.

10 DIY Christmas Crafts

Milca Rivera 29/11/2018

It’s that time of year again: “There’ll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow…” For me, the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” also means that it’s time to get crafty. Last year I shared some easy holiday DIY decor ideas with you. This year, I’m sharing more involved (but super-fun and rewarding) projects that caught my attention while searching the Internet for ideas that could fit in with the… 10 DIY Christmas Crafts

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Out of the Box: The History of Bread Box

Milca Rivera 18/01/2018

Bread. Let’s all take a moment and daydream about our favorite kind… Now I forgot what I was going to say… Just kidding! But, there is just nothing like a freshly baked, crunchy-crusted, squishy-centered, moist, easy-to-break-apart loaf of bread. However, and especially since I live in humid Florida, it’s difficult to keep bread fresh and mold-free for more than a few days. At my house, we store it in the freezer. While this helps it… Out of the Box: The History of Bread Box

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Easy Holiday DIY Decor Ideas

Milca Rivera 26/10/2017

If you’re like me and can’t get enough of HGTV, DIY blogs, and Pinterest, then you’re yearning to start crafting for the holidays (if you haven’t already). I’m sharing some simple decoration and DIY projects that will get everyone in the holiday spirit. Even if you’re screaming right now that it’s too early to start decorating, keep in mind that researching décor and DIY ideas now can help you save money and time (thus also… Easy Holiday DIY Decor Ideas

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National Doughnut Day with the Amish Baking Company

Milca Rivera 01/06/2017

June 5 is National Doughnut Day and with the Amish’s reputation for making the most delicious desserts, we want to introduce you to Amish doughnuts. Sadie Peachey and her brother Nate started The Amish Baking Company in 2007, but the bread and butter, or in the case of Sadie and Nate — the dough — that makes the business has a history that goes back generations. “Before I was born, my grandmother in Pennsylvania would… National Doughnut Day with the Amish Baking Company

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Meet the Woodworker: Keystone Collections

Milca Rivera 26/05/2017

This blog post was originally written on May 26, 2017. In March of 2021, Keystone Collections was acquired by Canal Dover. — “One of the first projects Dad ever did was build heavy duty quilting frames for my mom,” Marvin Martin, co-owner of Keystone Collections, says with a grin. “Mom jokingly said it looked like it was built to hold an elephant.” Seated in a chair on a late afternoon in one of the sprawling… Meet the Woodworker: Keystone Collections

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Meet the Woodworker: Innovative Designs Collection

Milca Rivera 14/04/2017

In 2008 Herman Miller was building tables for the RV industry when two things happened that changed the course of his life: His wife Emma suffered kidney failure, and the RV industry began to struggle due to the economy. After Emma received a kidney transplant, the Millers sold their farm in Topeka, IN and moved to town. Herman had not been working as much to help take care of his wife, but once she was doing… Meet the Woodworker: Innovative Designs Collection

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Inspiration from the NIWA Expo

Milca Rivera 20/03/2017

The Northern Indiana Woodcrafters Association (NIWA) is a group of over 80 dedicated Amish furniture builders who sell to retailers across the U.S. and Canada. Their mission is to build “beautiful and unique furniture and accessories for generations of enjoyment.” Once a year, members of association gather under one roof to exhibit new furniture and old favorites for retailers. This year a few of our team members attended the invitation-only event, held at the end of… Inspiration from the NIWA Expo

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Get the Look: Friends Edition

Milca Rivera 03/03/2017

This blog was updated on July 23, 2019. Although it ended in 2004, Friends is still one of the most popular television shows. The sitcom that pervaded popular culture with such things as “The Rachel” haircut, the catchy song “Smelly Cat,” and the phrase “How you doin’?,” also features two of the most iconic sets in television history: Monica’s apartment and Central Perk. Monica’s shabby-chic apartment and the eclectic but cozy Central Perk are styled in… Get the Look: Friends Edition

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Amish Chocolate Cake Recipe

Milca Rivera 26/01/2017

I’ve got a sweet tooth. If someone offers me something sweet, it’s hard for me to say “no.” When I walk through the bakery section at the grocery store, it’s difficult for me not to pick up some melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies or cake. I’ve been doing a pretty good job of curbing my appetite for all-things-sugar the past few months, though. Well, as long as you don’t count the basket of chocolates that sit on… Amish Chocolate Cake Recipe

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