Category: Inspiration

The Origins of the Slow Furniture Movement

Beth Rice 14/11/2019

Life is a constant learning experience.  I know as I journey through, I’ve found myself collecting life lessons that I learn from my husband, my children, my elders, my mistakes, my triumphs and my failures. I’ve learned that running through a drive-through for a quick meal most likely means I will eat in a hurry, and that might make my stomach hurt. I’ve learned that the excitement about a cheap price for a dress is… The Origins of the Slow Furniture Movement

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Welcome to the Slow Furniture Movement

Beth Rice 24/10/2019

“My middle name is Speed,” the Hare boasts in Disney’s 1934 version of The Tortoise and the Hare. The Hare tears through the race and kicks up lots of dust, but in the end he cannot compare to the slow and steady efforts of the Tortoise. The moral lesson of the Tortoise and the Hare? You can be more successful by doing things slowly and steadily than by acting quickly and carelessly. Amish furniture is… Welcome to the Slow Furniture Movement

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Customer Spotlight: It’s All About Custom with Patricia Marquis

Beth Rice 17/10/2019

Five-star ratings. Exquisite fabrics. Quality soft furnishings. It’s no secret we have a big thing for quality craftsmanship and taking time to make a long-lasting product.  So does Patricia Marquis. If you haven’t visited Southern Shades on Etsy, we recommend you take a look. Southern Shades is home to handcrafted pillows, window treatments, and assorted soft furnishings. Started in 2013, this company and its beautiful products are featured on Etsy. Our paths crossed with the… Customer Spotlight: It’s All About Custom with Patricia Marquis

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Breakfast in Bed with Amish Breakfast Recipes

Beth Rice 03/10/2019

A cozy, custom made, colorful, comfortable Amish made bed. Some Amish made breakfast foods. Put them together and what have you got? Exactly. Heaven on earth! Welcome to Breakfast in Bed with Amish Breakfast Recipes that include Mennonite Johnny cake, an Amish breakfast casserole, a refreshing parfait from the Amish Cook and a sleigh bed, panel bed, and storage bed. What do we do with all this breakfast and all these beds? We test them… Breakfast in Bed with Amish Breakfast Recipes

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Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Beth Rice 05/09/2019

My parents adopted my sister and me when they were in their mid-forties, and my grandfather O’Connor was the only grandparent I really remember from my childhood. My grandfather died when I was 8. My fondest memory of my Grandpa was this: catching sight of him walking on my way home from school on the days he came over for lunch. I walked to and from school every day. It seemed like it was 20… Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day

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A Very Merry August Amish Gift Guide

Beth Rice 15/08/2019

My father-in-law is a great guy—a good man. He’s 91 years old and still swims, bikes and goes to the gym. Oh, and one other thing…he’s impossible to buy a gift for. Dad doesn’t want any gifts he doesn’t truly need or he won’t use. Over the years, pretty much everything we’ve bought Dad has gone back. (We’ve gotten much better about saving receipts and just taping them to the box.) When Christmas comes around… A Very Merry August Amish Gift Guide

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Happy National Lighthouse Day

Beth Rice 01/08/2019

National Lighthouse Day is celebrated every year on August 7. Lighthouses are a symbol of safety, and this day celebrates the guiding light they have provided for centuries from our shorelines. Lighthouses are structures that give off light from a system of lamps and lenses that are used to navigate those at sea or on inland waterways. According to the Lighthouse Directory, there are more than 18,600 lighthouses worldwide. On August 7, 1789, the Federal… Happy National Lighthouse Day

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Easy DIY Crafts for Summer Outdoor Parties

Beth Rice 18/07/2019

It’s time for outdoor parties. Summertime brings on the grill, the pool, and friends and family joining you in your backyard. Want to dress things up a bit while keeping costs down? Here are 3 easy DIY summer crafts to brighten your outdoor party or gathering. Pool Noodle Garland For the barbeques and pool parties, this pool noodle garland adds color and décor without costing much or taking much time to make. Items Needed: Different… Easy DIY Crafts for Summer Outdoor Parties

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For Your Summer Reading List

Beth Rice 11/07/2019

If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s shoving some new books into my beach bag and getting lost in a good story. For vacation, beach time, a plane ride, rainy afternoons and the reading time you try to steal right before going to bed, here are some recommendations for your summer reading list from our family here at DutchCrafters. Recommendations For Your Summer Reading List From Kari Jo: The Three Body Problem Trilogy… For Your Summer Reading List

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8 American Made Products and the Top Reasons to Buy Them

Beth Rice 04/07/2019

American made. Just the sound of those words can connect us to a feeling of pride. With so many businesses outsourcing to cut costs, our hats are off to the ones that keep the wheels turning here in the USA. Here are 8 American made products. Which ones do you use? Did you know you were supporting a brand that’s made in America? CRAYOLA Crayons Colorful and reliable Crayola crayons. I remember having a Crayola… 8 American Made Products and the Top Reasons to Buy Them

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Why I Can’t Take My Dog to Work on Take Your Dog to Work Day

Beth Rice 20/06/2019

I can’t take my dog to work, and I’ll tell you why in just a moment. Friday, June 21 is Take Your Dog to Work Day and Monday, June 17 was Take Your Cat to Work Day. And for bearded dragons, birds, geckos, hamsters, guinea pigs, and all the others, the entire week of June 17 through the 21 was set aside this year for Take Your Pet to Work Week. But, I can’t take… Why I Can’t Take My Dog to Work on Take Your Dog to Work Day

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The Best Advice My Dad Ever Gave Me

Beth Rice 13/06/2019

What’s the best advice your dad ever gave you? Have you shared his wisdom with someone else yet? What story did he tell you, or what memory of him sticks out in your mind? Yes, Father’s Day has come around again and has us thinking about dads. Dads, grandfathers, stepdads, fathers-in-law and all of them, and we’ve rounded up some good “dad advice.” Hope you’ll add yours to this list at the bottom. It might… The Best Advice My Dad Ever Gave Me

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Handmade Gifts We Made for Mom

Beth Rice 09/05/2019

Handmade gifts are special. Knowing someone put in the thought, time and effort to create something carries some weight . With Mother’s Day in mind, I asked the DutchCrafters staff to share some of the handmade Mother’s Day gifts they remember making, but first, let’s start with you. I would LOVE to hear and share yours. What handmade gifts did you make your mother or grandmother for Mother’s Day? Do you remember her reaction? Does… Handmade Gifts We Made for Mom

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