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Reclaimed Wood Gifts for Mother’s Day

Reclaimed Wood Gifts for Mother’s Day

Reclaimed Wood Gifts for Mothers Day

Reclaimed wood comes in many forms from deconstructed building wood to driftwood, but engineers, architects, builders and craftsman are finding numerous ways to incorporate reclaimed wood into their work. The list of items on this page are all made at least partially from reclaimed wood, and are unique gifts in a range of prices that are suitable gifts to give for Mother's Day. They are loosely listed in the categories of accessories, gardening, furniture and art. Understand that for each one of these beautiful pieces listed on this page, there are more created by these same artists on their Etsy sites as well as other similar products made by different artists. This page is just a small representation of what is available. Even if you only want to spend $10 to @$20 on a gift, you can find special reclaimed wood gifts for Mother's Day.

Accessories

Accessories is a loose term to define anything that is not in a major category such as furniture or art. This group of items includes everything from building accessories to wood coasters to protect your surfaces.

Live Laugh Love Set

Mom will love this set of small signs to grace her kitchen wall or another room in the house. You can also lean them on a bookshelf for display purposes.

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Rustic Wooden Heart

Show your love to Mom with the rustic wooden heart shown here for her living room or bedroom shelf. You can also hang it up on the wall with an added hook in the back.

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Reclaimed Wood Shadow Box

I love shadow boxes, because they are and ideal way to show off small framed pictures or collectibles from your trip to the beach or from a family reunion. This one has six open spaces to place your collection. The deep wood color also gives a nice contrast to the lighter colored items in the showcase.

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E - Corbel (set of 2)

This artist makes a wide collection of these corbels, the E-Corbel is only one of them. you can find all sorts of cool shapes to hang a shelf on or use as sconces for your wall. Click through to see the entire alphabet of corbels.

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Rustic Reclaimed Wood Memento Box

For anyone who loves to collect boxes and put their belongings in them, this box is perfect. Stained reclaimed wood has a rustic appearance, and will hold your memories nicely.

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Reclaimed Wood Coatrack with Vintage Style Hooks

Great for your entryway, this coatrack keeps guests' jackets and coats off the floor and allows them to air out and dry before they have to leave. Made from reclaimed wood, it has an arrow patterned background.

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Rustic Tree Bark Coasters

For a small gift, these coasters are beautiful. Their rustic appearance is perfect for a cabin or industrial style home. Click through to see more styles of reclaimed wood coasters.

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Maryland Pride Crab Mallet

If you love crab or lobster, this crab mallet is just what you need in your kitchen utensil collection. Great for anyone who eats freshly cooked crab regularly.

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Reclaimed Wood Serving Tray

Serving trays are always handy when guests come over, or when you just want to sit in front of the television and veg. Mom can appreciate one of these trays for bringing food to the picnic table.

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Beverage Pallet Drink Coaster

These little pallet coasters are very cute and you can buy as few as just one. Such a great idea for the Mom who entertains.

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Chandelier Wood - 17 Unique Pendant Lights

These chandelier lights hang from a piece of reclaimed wood and are perfect for a rustic style home. Each light is a different shape and hang from varying heights. They would look great above a reclaimed wood dining table.

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Wood Serving Tray

This serving tray can also be used as a work desk to work on a couch or in bed. it is a bit more refined that the one listed above with lower sides, yet is still fine for serving. Great for bringing mom breakfast in bed on Mother's Day.

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Rustic and Antique Round Wall Clock

This is only one of so many incredible reclaimed wood clocks on Etsy. I chose this one because of its eclectic style and mix of colors. It was a very hard choice though; I had a lot of others that I liked.

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Gardening

Reclaimed wood is perfect for a garden because it blends right in to your outdoor setting. You can use these items indoors too, depending on where you like to place your plants. For indoor use, you may want to coat the wood with polyurethane.

12" Rustic Planters Box

This planter box looks like a railroad tie from the outside and can be placed directly in your garden, on your patio or porch. If you do use it indoors, coating it with clear polyurethane will keep it from leaking moisture in your home. You can also line it with plastic before placing plants in it.

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1212" Rustic Planters Box

Succulent Planter Pot

This is a beautiful planter designed for succulents which can be placed indoors or outdoors depending on your climate. Perfect for home or office, this planter makes a lovely gift for mom.

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License Plate Birdhouse

These rustic license plate birdhouses are so cute for a patio or to hang from an awning. Mom will love the recycled nature of these birdhouses.

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Art

Artists can truly make art out of the most interesting materials and that includes reclaimed wood. These pieces range in style and price, but mom will surely appreciate the work that went into making them.

Reclaimed Wood Art

Usually when reclaimed wood is made into art pieces, they are rustic in nature. This contemporary piece is completely different, attractive in a colorful way. Gorgeous for home or office, this is one of several pieces made by this artist.

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Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

Love farmhouse decor? Then, this sign is perfect for the kitchen. The background is made of reclaimed wood, with a foreground of lower-case letters spelling out "eat."

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Rustic Fairy Sign

This sign is perfect for a garden or indoors as a wall piece on on a shelf. If fairies live in your home or garden, you may need to warn people. Great gift for a mom who has a fairy garden.

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World Map on Reclaimed Wood

For a bedroom or office, this world map can take center stage giving a vintage appeal to the room. The map is on top of the frame with a vintage look to the surface and edges.

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Reclaimed Wood Art - "Gradient"

A stunning piece, this reclaimed wood wall art shows one color blending into another in a rainbow effect although using alternative colors. Very striking for home or office.

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Reclaimed Wood Wall Art

A more rustic piece, this wall art depicts mountains in wood through use of wood color. Simple, yet evocative, this piece would look great in a bedroom or den. Great idea for Mother's Day.

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Personalized Family Name Sign

Mom will love this great piece personalized just for the family name. Put personal details on this sign for displaying in the window or on the wall. Great for an office too.

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Reclaimed Wood Picture Frame

These picture frames are ideal for a Mother's Day gift. They look especially good on a light-colored wall because the wood will contrast the wall color. Great for images of children or grandchildren, these frames will definitely be appreciated.

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Reclaimed Wood Missouri Sign

Get your own state sign for your home made in reclaimed wood. This one is Missouri, but you can click through to see examples of other states. Use this as a base for something else or just as is.

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Furniture

Reclaimed wood furniture comes in many forms. We took a look at some coffee tables in another post. Below are a few pieces that I have selected for Mother's Day gifts, although there are many more to choose from on Etsy. Just like other wood, reclaimed wood can be made into all kinds of furniture or combine with other materials.

Reclaimed Wood Nightstand

This nightstand is the perfect bedside table for a bedroom, but it can also be used as a lamp table in a living room or reading table on a patio. So many uses that Mom will love it as a gift.

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Set of Three Rustic Bar Stools

These bar stools are great for a rustic-style kitchen or bar. Seats are made from reclaimed wood on a metal chair frame. Great gift for a Mom that has a farmhouse, industrial or rustic home.

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Industrial Coffee Table

This is a lovely table for in front of your couch or chairs in a living room or television room. The surface is reclaimed wood with metal legs with a mid-century appeal. Sturdy and beautiful.

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10" Deep Reclaimed Wood Shelves

There are a lot of lovely shelves on Etsy made from reclaimed wood including some with hidden drawers. This image really appealed to me because it showed the contrast of the shelf with the brackets and decorative accessories. Click through for more shelf ideas for your home.

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Reclaimed Barn Wood Desk

A very cool desk that Mom will love for a work space no matter what type of work she does. It is hardy and sturdy while also showing off the unique wood. You can order this desk in several dimensions and it comes with a 3-inch shelf to put your laptop or tablet. This artist makes several pieces in this style and you have several options when ordering.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 17/03/2016

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Using Wall Decals for Christmas Decor – Easy and Cheap

Using Wall Decals for Christmas Decor – Easy and Cheap

Christmas Wall Decal DecorationsIf you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to decorate for Christmas, especially in a rented or temporary space like an apartment or dorm room, one of the easiest is using Christmas wall decals.

Wall decals have been overtaking the wall decorating market as a substitute for wall paper. They are much less permanent, easy to change out and cheap. You can apply them in minutes, and use them for kids rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and more. However, for Christmas wall decor, they are supreme. While similar to stickers, they don't leave behind sticky residue, and can be taken down almost as quickly as you can put them up. Also, they are very cheap compared to many other decorations.

Here are some great examples of Christmas wall decals that you can use, but click through for many more examples:

Custom Color PopDecals - Christmas Decals - Christmas balls - Removable vinyl wall art home decor decals stickerRoomMates RMK1317GM Tree Branches Peel & Stick Wall DecalsRoomMates RMK1412GM Christmas Tree Quote Peel & Stick Giant Wall Decal

Article publié pour la première fois le 08/12/2013

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What is an Ammeter?

What is an Ammeter?

AmmeterAn ammeter is an instrument that measures the current in an electric circuit. The principle that governs the operation of the ammeter was discovered in 1820 by the Danish physicist Hans Christian Oersted, who found that a compass needle is deflected when it is placed near a current-carrying conductor. In 1882, Jacques Arsene d'Arsonval of France devised a moving-coil, permanent-magnet galvanometer similar to the ammeter now most commonly in use.

The moving-coil ammeter consists of a horseshoe-shaped permanent magnet, a moving coil, hairsprings, a pointer, and a scale. The movable coil of fine wire is suspended in a cylindrical air gap between the permanent-magnet poles.

This lightweight coil is pivoted on bearings so that only a small force is required to rotate it. The hairsprings, which are attached to the coil structure, establish the static, no-current position of the coil. The pointer, which is attached to the coil, moves over a calibrated scale to display the meter reading in units of amperes.

Direct current (d-c) passing through the coil produces a magnetic field that interacts with the permanent-magnet field. This interaction produces a torque that drives the coil against the hairsprings. The pointer stabilizes when the magnetic force is balanced by the spring force.

In most ammeters the pointer deflection is directly proportional to the coil current. For measuring alternating current (a-c), moving-coil ammeters have a rectifier that converts a-c to d-c. Many commercial ammeters are designed for both a-c and d-c measurements.

An ammeter can measure a wide range of currents because it has a device that allows only a portion of the current to pass through the coil. In d-c ammeters a shunt is used for this function; a-c ammeters use a current transformer.

Besides the moving-coil ammeter, there are moving-vane, electrodynamometer, and hot-wire types of ammeters. These types are used mainly for a-c measurements. Where a-c measurements must be made and it is not practical to open the circuit, clamp-on ammeters are used.

Technicians use ammeters to measure the current drain of household appliances to determine that the capacity of house lines is adequate and to troubleshoot household appliances.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 15/07/2013

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Beach House Decor Accents

Beach House Decor Accents

Beach House Decor Accents

When decorating a beach house, many people choose items that are related to the beach, ocean, or nautical type themes. Etsy offers a variety of handmade beach house decor items that you can't find anywhere else. Choosing handmade decor makes your beach house even more special than it already is by adding a touch of unique charm you won't find in a retail store. Here we look at some unique beach house decor items offered by Etsy shop owners. Choose from everything from wall decor to wreaths and throw pillow covers to give your beach house a great look and feel.

Life Is Short, Buy The Beach House Sign

This is a hand made, made to order item constructed from wood, acrylic paint, and jute. Sign bears the saying "Life is short, buy the beach house", and can be ordered in two sizes of 8 inches by 18 inches, or 12 inches by 24 inches. Background color choices include basic black, royal blue, nautical navy, ocean aqua, beach bum blue, and shoreline green. Sign features a distressed and weathered appearance and hangs with a jute cord. Perfect beach house decor that lets everyone know you're glad you made the investment.

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Beach Wall Clock

This is a made to order, hand made clock that features a lovely beach scene with sand, blue sky, and small ocean waves. Clock measures 10 inches in diameter and is 1.75 inches in depth. Face is made from high-impact Plexiglas and is easy to hang using the backside hook. Uses one AA battery, not included. Clock face contains no actual numerals, you just tell the time by the positioning of the hands.

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Beach Block Set

This is a set of five wooden blocks of various sizes that are decorated using acrylic paints and scrapbook papers. Block set contains the letters B, E, A, C, and H to spell out the word Beach. Blocks look great when displayed on a shelf or mantle and make perfect beach house decor.

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Gone To The Beach Throw Pillow

Attractive pillow cover comes in your choice of over thirty color options. Available in sizes 16 by 16 inches or 18 by 18 inches. This is a hand made item made from organic cotton sateen and eco-friendly water based inks. Pillow cover has an invisible zipper and sports the phrase "Gone to the Beach". Slip cover over any throw pillow for a great decorative beach house accent.

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Beach Wreath, Summer Shell Wreath, Sand dollar - Starfish Wreath

A great wreath to use either indoors or outdoors as a beautiful decorative accent for any beach house. Wreath can be used on front door, hung from a fence, or displayed on a mantel, wall, or shelf. Handmade from a grapevine wreath, shells, sheer aqua ribbon, raffia, shells, and a starfish. A small sign hangs from the inside of the wreath that says "Beach". Circular wreath is decorated with natural materials and shells, and the ribbon color gives it a great beach feel. Available in a 12 inch, 14 inch, or 18 inch diameter.

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Large Mosaic Mirror in Aqua, Blue, Copper

Beautiful hand made mirror is constructed from glass, mirror, mosaic tiles, and grout. Can be made to order in sizes 17 by 19 inches, 18 by 24 inches, 20 by 28 inches, 24 by 30 inches, and 30 by 36 inches. Decorative mirror shimmers in the light and features a beautiful mosaic in the perfect beach house color scheme of white iridescent, white glass, aqua ice, metallic white pearl, light aqua FL glass, metallic nude, metallic birch, fawn, and cornsilk. Makes a stunning focal point for any room.

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The Sand May Brush Off Picture Frame

This hand made frame measures 12 by 12 inches with a 4 by 6 inch area for displaying a photo. Frame comes with glass and backing. Made from a wood panel, stain, and a professional print. Front of frame displays the words " The sand may brush off, the salt may wash clean, the tans may fade, but the memories will last forever". Makes a perfect accent to display in any beach house and allows you to display your special memories you've shared there together.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 15/04/2016

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At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen Cookbook

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen Cookbook

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen

A sophisticated vegetarian cookbook with all the tools you need to be at home in your kitchen, cooking in the most nourishing and delicious ways—from the foundations of stocking a pantry and understanding your ingredients, to preparing elaborate seasonal feasts.

Imagine you are in a bright, breezy kitchen. There are large bowls on the counter full of lush, colorful produce and a cake stand stacked with pretty whole-grain muffins. On the shelves live rows of glass jars containing grains, seeds, beans, nuts, and spices. You open the fridge and therein you find a bottle of fresh almond milk, cooked beans, soaking grains, dressings, ferments, and seasonal produce. This is Amy Chaplin’s kitchen. It is a heavenly place, and this book will make it your kitchen too.

Read more about this great cookbook by clicking through below:

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating WellAt Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well

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Article publié pour la première fois le 09/11/2014

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Hot Pink in the Kitchen

Hot Pink in the Kitchen

Choosing Hot Pink for Kitchen Decor

When it comes to choosing a color for painting or decorating a kitchen, why not consider hot pink in the kitchen? This bright and colorful shade of pink can really brighten up a space, adding color and style to a kitchen in a home, apartment, office, or college dorm. This lively berry tone can be used strictly for creating a fun and eclectic look, for example, for female roommates in a college dorm. Or, it can be used to create a sophisticated, warm and inviting space in an area where families love to gather. The way you choose to decorate the hot pink kitchen and the accessories chosen can make all the difference in the appearance of the finished room.

To achieve a fun, youthful feel, choose really bold shades of pink. For a less bold look, while still using the same basic hot pink color, choose shades of fuchsia or berry. Some great ideas include painting an accent wall in pink while leaving cabinets and the other walls white or off-white. Or, you might choose to paint all of the cabinet door fronts the fuchsia shade, leaving the walls white or off-white. For another creative painting idea, consider painting the ceiling of the kitchen pink. Just remember to keep some white or off-white showing as opposed to having everything pink. A large, bold pink area rug, or a few smaller pink rugs could be used on the kitchen floor to add color and keep with the theme of the kitchen.

Set of 6 Reversible Placemats Hot Pink

How Pink to Go?

When it comes to adding hot pink to your kitchen you need to decide how far you want to take it. Do you want it to predominate or to provide surprising pops of color? Both work surprisingly well in a kitchen though I'm not sure my husband completely agrees. That said, hot pink is a real funky color that pleases more people than its paler more feminine pastel pinks.

Personally I like to use appliances and accents to surprise people. Here I've searched out suitable appliances that are functional and also attractive to look at. I've picked out well known brands that get good reviews. You can check those out by clicking on the links.

Add to that some nice table linens, towels and accessories and you have a completely new look in your kitchen.

DeLonghi Kmix 54-Ounce Kettle

DeLonghi Kmix 54-Ounce Kettle

This stylish design is just want you want in a modern kitchen. Dare to be different. This kettle is a gorgeous shade of pink and the finish makes sure it will last for years. It even has a lime-scale filter.

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Fuchsia Coffee Maker

Fuchsia Coffee Maker

Do you like gadgets? Do you love coffee? Then you are going to love this hot pink coffeemaker. It looks a bit retro but has all the modern technology you could want. It includes a water filter function that makes sure you get the very best tasting coffee. Check out the listings for complete tech specs.

DeLonghi Kmix 2-Slice Toaster, Magenta

DeLonghi Kmix 2-Slice Toaster, Magenta

This is an easy to use and good-looking toaster that will sit well on your counter top. It is made of durable alumionum. Great for toasting bread, buns or crumpets.

Raspberry Ice is Another Name for Hot Pink

After decisions have been made regarding where to use the pink color on walls, cabinetry, and floors, it is time to focus on bringing the hot pink color into other areas of the kitchen. Some fun ideas might include hanging some framed wall art in shades of pink, as well as incorporating some small appliances in the pink shade to add a dramatic splash of color to your countertops. The popular brand Kitchen Aid offers a bright Raspberry Ice colored standing mixer that fits the bill perfectly.

KitchenAid KSM155GBRI 5-Qt. Artisan Design Series with Glass Bowl - Raspberry Ice

5-Qt. Artisan Design Series with Glass Bowl

How do you like this for hot pink? It has al l the functions you need in a mixer and looks fab too - check the listing for details.

KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender with Polycarbonate Jar

KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender with Polycarbonate Jar

This matching blender has 5 speeds that allow you to stir and chop, mix and puree to your heart's desire. Leave it out on the counter-top to provide that essential pop of color.

Cuisinart HM-50WM Power Advantage 5-Speed Hand Mixer, Watermelon Sorbet

Cuisinart HM-50BK Power Advantage 5-Speed Hand Mixer

If you don't so a huge amount of baking, this hand held blender might be all you need. It even has it's own recipe book.

Crock-Pot SCCPLC200-PK 20-Ounce Lunch Crock Food Warmer, Pink

Crock-Pot SCCPLC200-PK 20-Ounce Lunch Crock Food Warmer, Pink

Cuisinart CSB-76PMSLT SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Metallic Pink

Cuisinart CSB-76PMSLT SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender

I confess I am fond of stick blenders, they take all the chore out of cleaning and storing a bit blender.

Cuisinart FP-12MP Elite Collection 12-Cup Food Processor, Metallic Pink

Cuisinart FP-12MP Elite Collection 12-Cup Food Processor, Metallic Pink

Adding Hot Pink Accents

Other cute but functional items that can be displayed in the kitchen include fuchsia colored oven mitts, that can be hung from a knob on a cabinet door to add color and for easy access when needed. Consider hanging a bold, berry colored utensil rack on one of the white walls to display your cooking tools and make them easy to find at the same time. A cute apron with a darker pink or with hot pink accents would look great hanging from a hook in the kitchen.

For fun accents, try some fuchsia place mats. If none are readily available, cut your own from a roll of foam shelf liner in the proper color. Adding some dish towels here and there also give the kitchen a welcoming feeling. Place a bright pink dishtowel through the handle of the refrigerator, and wherever else one might add a little dash of color. For kitchens that have windows or a door with a window, consider hanging a light, airy curtain in a matching shade of pink. White stripes or white polka dots in the pattern create a fun look. If dining table chairs lack chair pads, this is another area in which you might use the pink color. If you cannot find pink chair pads to fit, consider buying ready made ones to fit your chairs and covering them yourself with an inexpensive fabric in your chosen color.

 Kitchen Towels Slotted Turner Mixing Spoon Silicone Mitts

Pink candles and candle holders may be used to decorate a kitchen table. A sturdy vase with pink flowers also makes a nice, decorative accent. If you have any other furniture pieces in the kitchen, especially ones that stand along a white wall, you could possibly paint them a berry color to coordinate along with the rest of your kitchen.

 Round Plastic Cover Paper Placemats Tablecloth Roll Table Skirt Linen Tablecloth

Don't Forget the Backsplash!

Hot Pink BacksplashAnother location within the kitchen that may go unnoticed when considering painting is the backsplash area underneath the cabinets and above the sink. This is a perfect accent area to apply color to, by either painting or applying ceramic tiles which are perfect for an area that gets splashed with water daily.

Using a bold pink color in a kitchen can really make a statement. When used properly, this color can bring warmth and whimsy to tiny college dorm kitchens, friendliness to a shared office kitchen, and can provide a colorful place to gather, eat, and socialize in the smallest of apartments or the grandest house on the block. Consider using hot pink in your next kitchen decorating project.

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Article publié pour la première fois le 24/09/2015

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KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer KSM150 Review

KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer KSM150 Review

KitchenAid Artisan 5 Quart Stand MixerI have a baking specialty, baking biscotti, and recently I broke my third hand held mixer while making biscotti dough, so I decided it was time to upgrade to more heavy duty stand mixer.  One of the problems with making biscotti is that the dough can be very tough to mix, so a mixer needs to have a lot of power, and also be made for mixing cookie dough with strong beater.  In the past, I have worn out the motors of mixers, and broken beaters.

I wanted to have a mixer that would be long lasting and versatile, so that our family would be able to use it for other cooking projects.  My husband likes to make cookies, and I also like to experiment with making fresh hummus, and other dips.  I had been using my Cuisinart, but it is not ideal.

Since I go through hand held mixers so much, I was willing to invest good money in this new mixer, but I also wanted to get a good deal.  After much thorough research, I decided to buy a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer from Amazon.

For those of you who know me well, you would have thought that I would buy this mixer in teal or orange, because I am an artist, and I often do buy items in unusual colors to brighten up a room, but I ended up buying the KitchenAid Artisan Mixer in black because it was significantly cheaper, even though there are some really cool colors I could have gotten.

As I already mentioned, my main concern was having a mixer that I could make endless biscotti with, and this was the primary reason that I bought the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer.  This mixer is a 325-watt mixer with 10 speeds so it has the power to withstand the tough biscotti dough.  In addition, it comes with a flat beater and a dough hook which can both be used for mixing the biscotti dough.  I also love the feature of the tilt back head because it makes it so much easier than my old stand mixer to access the bowl, put in ingredients, and split the dough to press into loaves for baking.

Amazingly enough, the KitchenAid Artisan mixer is pretty enough, even in black, to keep out on my kitchen counter, which means that I use it more, and it is easily accessible.  It is definitely built for tough jobs, but can also make whipped cream easily.  This makes the mixer extremely versatile and also hard to break which is a great feature in a household with two teenagers, one with a propensity to break things.

I used to get a sore arm even when mixing the biscotti dough with a hand held mixer because it was tough to keep the mixer in place when I wanted to get to all parts of the bowl.  The KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer not only has the power to hand a double batch of biscotti dough, but it does the work for me, getting to more points on the bowl without tiring my arm out.  It gives a nice even mix too.

I also don't have to worry about breaking the attachments because they are much more heavy duty than the small beaters I had with my other mixers.  There are other additional attachments that you can buy for this mixer from Amazon that do not come with the basic set including a citrus juicer, ice cream maker, food grinder, pasta press, grain mill, rotor slicer/shredder, and extra bowls.

One of the best things you get when you buy any KitchenAid mixers are the support and service of KitchenAid.  KitchenAid is a super company that really stands by its products, and their support department is top notch.  They really take the time to help you work through any problems, or instructions that you do not understand when you first get the mixer.  The most technical detail on this mixer is getting the beater bowl clearance set when you first get it.  But if you can't figure it out yourself, you can call them and they will walk you through the adjustment.  Once the beaters are set correctly, you get perfect mixing.

Another feature that I would like to mention about this mixer, is that it is very simple to attach and remove the various attachements, and to take apart the mixer elements for cleaning.  It is tough to be a neat cook or baker, and mixing cookie dough generally gets it all over the mixer, and the baker.  However, with the 5-quart bowl, that happens less, and the mixer itself cleans up nicely.

In addition to the great price you get for the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer on Amazon, KitchenAid is also offering rebates.  You can get the rebate paperwork when you go onto Amazon to buy the mixer.  A one year KitchenAid warranty comes with the mixer as well.

For more information about the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Mixer, its attachments, colors, and more reviews, you can go directly to the mixer page on Amazon.  This product is definitely a winner for anyone who loves to cook and bake.

Article publié pour la première fois le 23/02/2013

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