Category: Inspiration

Christmas Gift Book List

Beth Rice 06/12/2018

With so many great books out there and so little time, too many titles just pass us by. With a shared love for reading, a small group of us here at DutchCrafters formed a book club called Books Without Veneers, a take on Work Without Veneers, which represents for our company commitment to authentic, solid work of substance. Books Without Veneers is determined not to let all those great books get away. Each title we… Christmas Gift Book List

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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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Planning a Grazing Table this Holiday Season?

Beth Rice 22/11/2018

The Grazing Table Craze These days it’s the grazing table that’s at the center of dinner party mingling. Just as much fun as the sit-down dinner, grazing tables offer a variety of delicious delectables arranged with props. They add decoration to your party and define your signature style. A tantalizing grazing table by lushplatters.com. What is a Grazing Table? Roman and medieval feasts involved spreading out the finest fare on tables for consumption, so the… Planning a Grazing Table this Holiday Season?

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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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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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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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Guide to Visiting Sarasota, Florida

Beth Rice 19/07/2018

If you had 48 hours to spend in Sarasota, Florida, where should you go? What should you do? Located on the southwestern coast of Florida, Sarasota is home to dreamy beaches, fine cuisine, plenty of culture, and the DutchCrafters office. The team at DutchCrafters shares some of their favorite must-see spots in this handy Guide to Sarasota. SIESTA KEY BEACH (Voted #1 USA beach and #5 worldwide) My favorite place to visit in Sarasota is… Guide to Visiting Sarasota, Florida

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6 Lighthouse Stories

Beth Rice 05/07/2018

“Lighthouses are not just stone, brick, metal and glass. There’s a human story at every lighthouse; that’s the story I want to tell.”  Elinor Dewire, author of articles and books about lighthouses (https://elinordewire.blogspot.com/). Let me tell you about some of the lighthouses that our replications represent. The Cape Hatteras, NC Lighthouse Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: Photo Credit: lighthousefriends.com Located on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks in Buxton, North Carolina Made of brick 208’ tall 257 steps… 6 Lighthouse Stories

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The Garden Club Interview

Beth Rice 24/05/2018

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. Liberty Hyde Bailey In November 2017, DutchCrafters Vice President Linse Miller started a company Garden Club. With some seeds and starter plants, some garden boxes and soil, Linse sent out an invitation to the DutchCrafters team to join in growing something together.  Now with 17 members and… The Garden Club Interview

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Must Haves for the New College Student

Beth Rice 17/05/2018

It seemed like the years stretched out ahead with plenty of time to spare and now suddenly, that time is up and you’re getting ready to send your child off to college. This year I’m joining the ranks of parents who are prepping their kids to live away from home for the first time. As I assemble my own list, I’m looking to make my new college student as comfortable and organized as possible with… Must Haves for the New College Student

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What to Include on Your Tea Party Table

Beth Rice 12/04/2018

At the heart of tea time is the opportunity to relax and share a lovely drink, a few tasty treats and some time with loved ones. What could be better? Tea time can be formal or casual and can serve a large group or just a few people. It is often served mid to late afternoon. We’re taking a look at what to include on tea time tables with a few Amish dining tables to… What to Include on Your Tea Party Table

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Are We Done with Dining Rooms?

Beth Rice 05/04/2018

The popularity of the formal dining room is on the decline, as families are more content to eat and gather together in more casual ways. With conflicting schedules leaving many dining at different times, more homeowners are growing impatient with dining rooms taking up space. Elaborate kitchen islands, outdoor deck tables and living room coffee tables are becoming go-to spots for dining, socializing and entertaining, while the old formal dining room space is being put… Are We Done with Dining Rooms?

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