Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Bringing Back the Old Fashioned

    We may have mentioned this a time or two, but at Dixie Seating Company we like to make furniture the Old Fashioned way.  To us, old fashioned means taking the time to do something right, putting care into everything we do and being passionate about the products we make. We might have moved into the 21st Century with an eCommerce site and all the social doo-dads, but at heart we are a classic company that creates timeless pieces.

     

    It goes without saying that we like our drinks the way we like to make our chairs - the Old Fashioned way. Like many “old fashioned” ideas and ways of doing things, the Old Fashioned drink has been lost in time.  This once very popular drink has largely been left by the wayside, making room for the less artistic drinks of today (Think screwdrivers and vodka energy drinks). The Old Fashioned  is on it’s way back in, though. You can see it featured in the hit show Mad Men as Don Draper’s drink of choice. A classic Old Fashioned showcases a beautifully crafted cocktail made with simple ingredients that are blended together in just the right way.

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    Here is our recipe for the perfect Old Fashioned. Mix one up the next time you are feeling a little “Old Fashioned” yourself:

     

    What you need:

    • 2 oz Bourbon
    • 2 dashes Angostura bitters (need to put a copyright symbol there)
    • 1 splash water
    • 1 to 2 sugar cubes
    • 1 maraschino cherry
    • 1 Orange Wedge
    • Muddler

     

    Directions:

    Place 1 or 2 sugar cubes, 1 maraschino cherry and 1 orange wedge in the bottom of your glass. Use a splash of warm water to help melt the sugar cube before you begin muddling. Once you have all these ingredients in the glass, use your muddler to make a paste of the sugar, cherry and orange. As you start to smash the ingredients together, make sure to notice the aroma that the ingredients create when mixed together. This smell is key to the taste of an Old Fashioned drink.

    Muddled-and-Finished 

    Tip: This is a stiff drink and is what we like to call a “sipper” - meaning that you will be sipping on this drink for a while. Since it is so stiff, we recommend using 2 sugar cubes instead of 1.

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    Next, remove the peel from the orange wedge and put to the side to add as a garnish after you have finished making the drink. Then, add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters to your mix. Start with 2, but we find that you may want to add a few more dashes (no more than 4).

    Once you have all the ingredients, measure 2 ounces of Bourbon and pour into the drink.  We used Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve since it is the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, but any quality Bourbon will do. Add a splash of water to dilute the drink just a bit then add a few ice cubes. Mix the drink one last time to make sure all the ingredients are blended together. Finally, top off the the drink with your orange peel. 

     

    Tip: Twist the orange peel to give it a pretty spin before placing it in the drink for garnish.

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    Enjoy making and drinking your Old Fashioned. You can taste the quality of a hand-crafted drink just like you can see and experience the quality of a hand-crafted chair. Dixie Seating Company reminds you to drink responsibly and to never drink and drive.

  • High Point Market Show Space Makeover!

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    This week we are getting ready to show at the Internationally famous High Point Market trade show in High Point, NC. We are really excited about the show this fall because we are rolling out a newly designed show space. To get the look we wanted we reached out to designer/artist Kathryn Godwin to help us create a showroom that reflects the qualities that we are most proud of in our products: hand-made and comfortable. For a few weeks now we have been meeting with Kathryn to lay-out the design specs and have taken some trips to awesome antique stores  like North Carolina’s famous Cline’s Country Antiques to gather items to use within the space. Kathryn was the perfect match for our company because like each of our products, all of Kathryn’s designs are made by hand and are carefully crafted.

    Design-Plans

    We wanted to share a sneak peek into the set-up of the design and some how-to tips for some DIY projects you can take on to spice up a room in your home.  The design plans included building a temporary porch structure with a tin roof, hand-painted canvases to warm the all-white space up and display platforms made from shipping pallets. The canvases are a great solution to adding color and texture to a plain room. Hang one of these canvases in a dorm room or apartment space in which you aren't allowed to change the paint color of the room to create a crafty, shabby chic look.


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    Supplies for Canvas:

    -Paint

    -Painters Tape

    -Paint Brushes

    -Canvas Drop Cloth

    -Plastic Drop Cloth (to protect flooring)

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    How-To:

    Once you have chosen your colors, mark off your stripe design with the painter’s tape. Start painting each stripe in the coordinating colors. Let the canvas dry for a couple of hours then apply a second coat if needed. remove the tape and dry brush the edges of the stripes to make the colors blend in together.

    Tip:  Cut the edges of the canvas and pull to create frayed edges for a softer look

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    Tip: Splatter paint the canvas for a contemporary look

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    Have fun with this project, it is easy and simple. If you mess up don’t worry! This is art and sometimes art is messy.  If you decide to splatter paint your canvas, use the end of a paint stick to create the perfect splatter look without all the splatter mess.

  • DIY No-Sew Rocking Chair Seat Cushion

    Our American-Made, handcrafted rockers are perfect for any front porch or living space. As comfortable as our rockers are made by design, nothing beats a good seat cushion for a little extra support. So we decided to give you a quick guide to a DIY Seat Cushion that is affordable and will make you look like a crafty allstar!

    Step 1: Get all materials together

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    Materials

    • Poly Fill or Poly Foam *make sure to measure the seat width of your rocker so you know what size to get
    • Scissors
    • Heat -n- Bond or Stitch Witchery
    • Hot Glue Gun
    • 1 Yard Fabric (outdoor or indoor)
    • Pencil

    *Note: Don’t forget to check the clearance aisle at your favorite fabric store for the best deals on fabric. Also, a lot of craft supply stores and fabric stores offer online coupons so make sure you check those out.

    Step 2: Prepare Fabric

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    Center your Poly Foam Square in the center of your fabric and wrap the foam with the fabric like you are wrapping a present. Start by folding the width of the fabric towards the center and then folding in the sides.

    Step 3: Glue or Bond

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    As you begin to fold the fabric into place over the foam, glue or use a bonding agent like Heat -n- Bond to secure the fabric together. Cut off any excess fabric on the sides to prevent bunching.

    Step 4: Enjoy

    Finished-No-Sew-Seat-Cushion DIY-Seat-Cushion

    And there you have it. Your own no-sew seat cushion for your favorite All-American Rocker. Place on the seat and enjoy!

    This is a quick and easy way to dress up your rocking chair to coordinate with seasonal decor.




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