Monday, November 28, 2011

A New Holiday Treasury from Design Style Guide!

Treasury from: RSS Designs In Fiber
Holiday Celebration Decorating

Ceramic wall sconce hanging vase

From: Willow Tree Pottery


Old World Style Silk Flower Arrangement

From: Silk Florals by POMA


Pinwheels in Blue Mosaic Wall Hanging

From: Memories in Mosaics


Recycled Juniper Candle Holder

From: jn3 Hand Crafted Woodworks


Mission Arts and Crafts Table Lamp

From: Grand Prairie Woodworks



From: mfeganart


Holiday Decor - Poinsettia, Anemones, Ranunculus

From: LLC


Flower Centerpiece Lace Doily - Garnet Red Flowers in Evergreen Lace - Nature In Art Decor

From: RSS Designs In Fiber


Red Teapot / Handmade Pottery

From: Pat Parker"s Stoneware Pottery


Red Fused Glass Bowl

From: Lynne's Art Glass


Man Cave Coasters, Deer Design

From: My Little Chickadee Creations


Coiled basket wired beaded edge

From: SewDanish - Scandinavian Textile Art


Monday, January 31, 2011

Which Cutting Board Material Is Best?

Inlaid Wooden Cutting Board
   Many people in the pro-wood camp point to a study conducted by Ak, Cliver and Kaspar in 1994 at the University of California at Davis Food Safety Laboratory that seemed to suggest that wood possesses anti-microbial properties and that surface bacteria die within minutes. In reality, their findings were that the bacteria actually were drawn into the wood through capillary action. Once inside the wood, the bacteria no longer reproduced and eventually died off.

   Another argument in favor of wood is that, since wood is porous and allows bacteria to retreat into the grain where it is trapped and dies, there is actually more of a chance of getting bacterial contamination from a non-porous, plastic cutting board.
   While you should certainly throw away an old plastic cutting board that has knife cuts all over it, you can plane or sand down a thick wooden cutting board and be good to go for years to come. Wood is considered a “warm” material, and having a wooden cutting board on display in your kitchen can enhance the feeling of warmth and welcome and give even a modern kitchen a hint of rustic charm.
  A final check mark in the pro-wood box is sheer longevity and tradition. Wooden boards have been used by people for hundreds and hundreds of years. High quality wooden boards can be heirlooms passed down from generation to generation.