Tuesday, March 08, 2005

A Special Delivery

Yesterday we arrived home to see this at our house:

Yes, that is a furniture truck! We ordered furniture from the Amish Furniture store in town over Christmas. The purchase was my birthday/Christmas present--and a very good one at that! The Furniture store contracts with Amish furniture builders in Indiana. They custom make all of the furniture to specification. I love the idea of Amish furniture for a couples of reasons. The biggest reason to buy this is that it is well made. So much of the furniture that we looked at was not well made. Our idea is that we buy a dining room set that we never replace. And, the other big reason to purchase this furniture is because of my family connections--my family are Mennonite Pennsylvania Dutch. The furniture from my family has the same lineage as this new set--all of the anabaptist tradition!

So, here's the old, cheapo set that Bruce bought in his bachelor days:

I recovered the chairs when we remodeled our kitchen, but the child has trashed them completely. Plus, the table, expanded, only sits 4-6. We wanted at 6-8 people, an average dinner party at our house.

Here is the new set:

Another shot:

There are 6 chairs and the table expands with another two leaves. We don't have a separate dining room, so this does all the dining experience duty!

The wood is maple with a cherry stain--really a hard wood to hold up for years:

Anna is pleased with her matching "big kid" chair:

The chairs are so much more comfortable than the old set and the wood blends in well with our decor (yeah, like I think a lot about decor--call me the reformed Martha). Love it!

FBS Comments:

Thanks to all who commented on my shawl. Tess asked about the pins/wires that I bought. I have a bunch of the fork pins from clover that I normally use for blocking. They work well, but you have to be careful that you get everything nice and straight. The wires are just easier--slip them in, give them a tug, pins them in place and no fiddling. I really think I will use wires for all of my knitting--I can see them making a sweater edge nice and straight in a way that pins just couldn't.

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