Spotlight on JCCMP Challah Bake
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JCCMP Second Annual Mother-Daughter Challah Bake
Join in the fun on Thursday evening, October 26
Register at www.jccshabbosproject.eventbrite.com, $20 per person
You’ll get the chance to create your own ready-to-bake-challah, get tips from a professional chef, and engage in the priceless opportunity to partake in the mitzvah of challah.
Here’s a sneak peek at our challah presenter and noted food blogger, Chani Apfelbaum, AKA Busy in Brooklyn!
How did you get started as a food blogger?
I’m a very creative person by nature. I’ve always loved to host and create a beautiful presentation at each meal; that’s how my love for food developed. Until the birth of my third child, I worked in web design. Eventually, I stopped working outside my home and began looking for another creative outlet.
What is your most requested recipe?
I’d say my hassleback salami. It’s a staple in many Jewish households today. The funny thing about that is that the food that terrorized me most as a child was salami! When I was growing up, my mom used to serve us salami sandwiches every Friday. Unbeknownst to her, my siblings and I would sneak outside and chuck them into the incinerator one after another. Then, when I was a newlywed, my husband introduced me to fried salami. I learned that when you heat salami, all that congealed fat melts and it becomes crispy and delicious. Salami is a traditional Purim food (it’s hung like Haman), and I feature it in my Purim recipes each year.
What are your top three challah tips?
1 – The more you knead your dough and work the gluten, the more elastic it will be, yielding a fluffier challah. I like to knead my dough for at least ten minutes.
2 – To ensure a good rise, feed your yeast with sugar to activate it before you add any other ingredients.
3 – Streamline the process – and minimize the mess – as much as possible. One way to do that is by placing a plastic tablecloth over your work surface. That way, if flour flies everywhere, you’re not stuck cleaning it out of every crevice. Instead, you can just roll up the plastic and throw it out.
Do you ever do anything interesting with your challah dough?
Sometimes, I stuff my challah with marzipan. We call it “rainbow cookie challah” because it tastes like three-layer rainbow cookies.
Join us at the JCCMP Mother-Daughter Challah Bake for more tips and new ways to use your challah dough!
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Student Spotlight: Nina Lichenstein | Stonecoast Review
What do you write?
I have an academic publishing background, but recently decided to take a creative turn, because academic lingo felt too conforming, distant, and pretentious. Since I had dabbled in personal essays for a while (a column about being an ex-pat, a blog, etc) it was the “natural” place to start this creative journey.
Is there an author or artist who has most profoundly influenced your work?
My answer to this might seem diffuse, but my literary influences are too heterogeneous both in languages, cultures, generations, and genres that I can’t isolate one, or even a few. I will say that I have felt profoundly influenced by the writing, language, and ideas of Norwegian, French, English, and Israeli authors, and that without these influences I would not be who I am or write (or strive to write) the way I do today. I will admit that I am all over the place, in more ways than one.
Why did you choose Stonecoast?
See last answer! But all kidding aside, it was the fact that Stonecoast encourages what I call trans-genre exploration and interests, that is what really spoke to me. Also, I had heard exceptionally great things about the program, and it didn’t hurt that I had just moved to Maine…
What is your favorite Stonecoast memory?
Haha, even this is kind of fluid: Since I am a first semester student, and have only attended one residency so far, I expect I am just at the beginning of building and collecting favorite Stonecoast memories. But I will say that the feeling I had during the summer residency was that I had landed in a really special tribe of amazing and eclectic minds that I felt privileged to be counted among. And that feeling is a fond memory.
What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
A Norwegian author I admire, Jon Michlet, recently passed away from cancer at 73. On his deathbed, full of morphine, he finished his 48th book, and it was his best one. I hope to continue developing and engaging as a writer until the end; to be disciplined enough to finish the books and stories I have in me, and to make a difference in the writing lives of a few students.
If you could have written one book, story, or poem that already exists, which would you choose?
You’re killing me with the choices…But, I found The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam, to be like a perfect, tiny, gem, on so many levels; I would love to have been able to write something like that.
Featured WorkA Little Man Named Leo
The following is a work of fiction exclusively for Stonecoast Review.
“I can still give pleasure, you know,” the barely 5’ tall Holocaust survivor told Nora, in his thick Polish accent. His eyes beamed at her, his chin held high as if to give the impression of a certain stature, after all. “I know how to make a woman happy, even if I am not as virile as I used to be in my youth.” An 85-year old widower on dialysis, Leo lived in a small efficiency apartment in Federation Square, a housing complex for the elderly Jewish population in their community. Nora paid him a visit now and then, after her teenage son had interviewed him for an essay project, matching survivors with teens. So we will never forget. In Leo’s over-heated living room, faded black and white photos of his family lined the walls, all of who perished in the camps—his mother, father, brothers and sisters. His grandparents were killed too, as were his aunts and uncles. A photo of the Polish woman who saved him hung next to theirs.
Leo was an enchanting man with his gentle manners and positive outlook on life, despite the brutality he had experienced as a child during the war. He was sociable and loved to shower his women friends with chocolates and flowers, even if it wasn’t Valentine’s Day. Now his rosy cheeks were full and warm, and his blue eyes sparkled with anticipation, as he crossed his arms, resting them on his distended belly under high-waisted blue sweatpants layered over a loose-fitting gray sweatshirt. He looked like a little happy gnome, she thought, his bald, round head encircled by a monk-like tonsure of short, gray hair. He always smelled clean, a mixture of baby powder and Old Spice. “I am sure you can,” Nora answered with a smile, not wanting to diminish her octogenarian suitor’s desire although she did not want to encourage his advance either. She thought he was brave, and decided not to change the topic, despite feeling awkward. She was in her mid-40’s and just divorced, and Leo knew to seize an opportunity when it presented itself. An indefatigable optimist, he had escaped the Nazis at age eleven by jumping out of the cattle car transporting his family and their entire village to their deaths, and then he spent two years hiding under the basement stairs of his Polish neighbor’s house—a righteous gentile—who brought him scraps when no-one was looking, under the guise of feeding her rabbits. When the war ended, he had trouble standing up straight after hiding on a bed of moist hay, camouflaged by a stack of empty crates; his body full of flea-bites and his hair scraggly and knotted and infested with lice. He was thirteen in 1945.
Now, Nora and Leo shared a stuffed tuna Subway grinder, seated facing each other at his kitchen table covered with a plastic table cloth; a large blue log-book and a long, pink, plastic pill organizer sat in a corner. He had once shown her how he kept track of everything in that log: the dates, times and consistencies of his bowel movements, as well as his daily weight AM and PM, his diet, and his medications. The payment amounts for his personal assistants were also recorded there—everything had its place, information about the minutia of his daily routines available at his fingertips. Today, Leo told Nora that the indulgence of a little added cheese on his sandwich already felt like he was pushing his luck. He knew that restraint and order helped him survive. “You know, I’m seeing someone,” she said between bites. “I am flattered by your proposition, though.” With a coy smile he answered, “Just remember I’m here if you change your mind.”
The last time she saw him was a beautiful but chilly day in the fall. She picked him up from his home where he was standing outside with his walker. He was always ready early, never wanting to keep anyone waiting. Bundled in a warm and over sized fall jacket, a checkered woolen scarf neatly tied around his neck, his army green cap had ear-flaps covering his round cheeks. Nora helped him into the car, and when she stretched the seat-belt across his front, she noticed he was freshly shaved for the occasion. She folded up his walker and put in in the trunk. Then she brought him to the park nearby, where they sat side by side on wobbly, sun-bleached Adirondack chairs, bundled in the wool blankets she had brought along. Under the blue, cloudless sky, they shared a tuna grinder—without cheese —while ducks and swans and Canada geese glided quietly on the pond, and colorful leaves rustled in the tall, majestic trees. “This is nice,” he said. “In the spring I want to take you and your son out to Chinese!” “That would be great,” she answered. “We will look forward to that. ”
But Leo didn’t make it through that winter, because his kidneys stopped functioning, and his heart was too weak to support his slight but declining body with its massive memory. The night before he died, he called Nora from his hospital bed. Holding his little black book with all the phone numbers to his friends, young and old, he made the rounds to say goodbye. “I love you,” he said. “I love you too, Leo,” she answered.
Nina is a native of Oslo, Norway, and blogs under the name of The Viking Jewess. She is the mother of three grown sons who recently flew the nest in CT, which allowed her to migrate north to Maine. She has a background in teaching languages and literature, enjoys live storytelling, and dreams of starting/joining an impov group. When she isn’t writing and busy hosting at her AirBnB, she tries to find her zen doing yoga, and volunteers as an editor for The Telling Room’s online Stories page. Nina’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Brevity, Literary Mama, and Lilith, among other places. She is a first semester student at Stonecoast.
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This outdoor PATRIOTIC tassel garland costs less than $5 to make!
I do love a good patriotic project, but this one is stealing my frugal heart!
At a mere $4 to create, this may be one of my new favorite crafts.
Allow me to introduce you to my new Outdoor Patriotic Tassel Garland!!
Making garland and buntings are a favorite pastime of mine, but I only have so many places to put them.
Inside, that is!
Now that I have an outdoor option I may hang them from every tree in my yard!
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2) Unfold it one time to the right then begin cutting the strips. When you pull open the strip, the length will be the width of the tablecloth.
3) Continue to unfold to the right as you go.
Once you have cut all 3 tablecloths into strips, gather the ends of 1 each of a red, white, and a blue strip in your fingers.
Repeat so that you have 6 strips total in your fingers.
Fold the length of the strips in half.
Make a knot where the strips are folded in half so that a 1-inch loop remains.
Continue these steps until you run out of strips.
You should end up with approximately 45 tassels.
Thread the tassels onto the clothesline.
Tie the clothesline wherever you intend to hang your garland.
Since the tassels are made of plastic they should hold up outside for quite a while.
The strands rustle in the breeze.
It’s just dreamy!
While you can surely make these in any color scheme, I do love the red, white, and blue for summer!
They would be fun to coordinate for any outdoor party though.
Think birthdays, weddings, graduations, and more!
If you leave the garland outside all summer, it will probably be ready to trash by the end of summer.
But then you’re only out the $3 for the cost of the tablecloths.
And you can easily make another one for the next summer!
I hung my outdoor patriotic tassel garland over our hammock.
The tassels rustling in the breeze while you swing on the hammock is super relaxing!
Where would you hang your tassel garland outdoors??
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This post was originally shared June, 2015.
Stepping Into The Zoom Spotlight: My Summer Experience Working At A Virtual Performing Arts Camp
By Elisheva Hirsch
This summer I had planned on being in the Poconos organizing night activities, helping counselors and leading cheers as a head counselor at NCSY Camp Maor, a performing arts overnight camp for girls. I have been a camper and counselor there the past three years and was looking forward to taking on this leadership position. But when the world turned upside down, it became clear that, in the interest of everyone’s safety, we would not be engaging in the usual on-campus activities this summer. Instead, founder and director Sari Kahn and assistant director Rena Rubin decided to create a virtual Maor experience called [email protected] We worked together with other staff members to convert and adapt the traditional Maor program to the digital space. I welcomed July by covering my bedroom wall with a plastic tablecloth co-opted as a green screen and Amazon Priming some cute blue light glasses — unsure of what to expect but excited to begin.
[email protected] garnered 45 campers (occupying a total of four bunks) from 25 cities across the United States and Canada. We sent each camper a “Maor box” that included a camp t-shirt, mask, green screen and other supplies they would need. Campers picked between concentrations of acting, singing and dancing, each of which culminated in a final performance. They also chose from a selection of master classes on art, dance, singing and acting which focused on improving skill and technique. Maor’s talented professional staff instructors (choreographer Rhonda Malkin is a former Rockette, play director Rachel Klein is an off-Broadway director — the list goes on) utilized the digital experience as an opportunity to explore new creative spaces with the girls. In addition to being a head counselor, I was the stage manager for the younger campers’ play; my excitement and awe grew daily as I watched our original Zoom play — a spaceship mystery which features the crew members communicating via video — develop into an incredible production. The schedule also included daily bunk time, shiur (Jewish studies learning), and other activities I helped create and run: electives, night activity, chessed, and other special programs. Our goals when planning were to reshape some classic Maor activities for Zoom usage and also take advantage of the opportunity to do things we couldn’t otherwise do at an in-person camp. Some of my favorite memories from camp were the guest workshops from Broadway actors and actresses; our partnership with a Brooklyn public school our assistant director teaches at for a social justice dance program; and writing, filming, and acting in a Murder Mystery night activity.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in [email protected] this summer. The performing arts have a unique power to uplift spirits and connect us with each other and ourselves; in Maor, they bring a diverse group of Jewish girls together, creating an energy and atmosphere that is truly indescribable. I learned this summer that this holds true even across state lines and time zones, when new campers fit right in with the old. Although pulling off such an extensive and unprecedented program on such a short notice was hard and stressful at times, it was all well worth the effort seeing the joy it brought so many girls who really needed it during this difficult time, myself included. And hey — if you ever need someone to run a Zoom garbage bag dress fashion show, you know whom to call.
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Every year the materials used in everyday life become more and more diverse. This phenomenon even affects such mundane and familiar things as kitchen table coverings.
Recently, silicone tablecloths (flexible glass) can be found in living rooms and kitchens. They are a thick layer of transparent and extremely durable material.
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- writing desk
This is a practical and versatile accessory for any desks in any part of the home or office.
The transparent tablecloth (flexible glass) looks great on wooden, plastic and glass countertops – it can also be laid over a cloth or lace tablecloth. The absence of a pattern allows such a product to be used even in strict, minimalistic interiors, which are very popular today.
properties, composition, dimensions, shapes, pros and cons
A kitchen is a place where various processes are carried out every day, related to cooking and caring for dishes and other utensils.This explains the fact that this particular room, like no other, needs frequent and thorough cleaning. Frequent use of detergents and abrasive materials can deteriorate the appearance of kitchen furniture over time. This is especially true for work surfaces and a dining table.
Soft glass – a film on the table made of polyvinyl chloride.
What is a “soft glass” tablecloth
Tablecloths or oilcloths have always been used to protect the table cover.However, experience has shown that they can be quite impractical. However, progress does not stand still, and for modern housewives there is an alternative option: a transparent or translucent tablecloth “soft glass”. It is not only very practical, but also versatile and perfect for any interior.
This is a modern, practical and original tablecloth.
Soft glass tablecloth is a thin (2 mm) smooth coating with a transparent or opaque surface. It is very flexible and does not form creases, kinks, folds.
The material is not afraid of exposure to moisture, ultraviolet radiation, high temperatures and household chemicals.
Advantages of the film “soft glass” for the table
It goes well with textiles, stone, wood and other materials. The transparent texture is able to make the texture of the countertop more voluminous and multi-layered.
It is versatile and fits easily into any interior style.
- Additional protection for the tabletop.
This kitchen tablecloth will prevent premature wear of the furniture. It protects the table well from the effects of almost any destroyers: cuts and stabs with a knife, dents, the absorption of cosmetics by the countertop, fat, both vegetable and animal, alcohol, fillers for felt-tip pens and paints. “Soft glass” is not afraid of high temperatures, alkali and acid (if they are not concentrated).
The covering is harmoniously combined with textiles, natural wood or stone.
- Variety of shapes and colors.
This feature makes this tablecloth suitable for any kitchen.
Performance characteristics allow you to install Soft glass on any table.
Soft glass film is durable and durable. She is able to serve for more than one year and at the same time not lose her appearance.
It will protect the surface from wear caused by external factors.
The material from which these tablecloths are made is non-toxic, non-allergenic and non-flammable.
Despite its high transparency, it is thick enough to protect the countertop from accidental cuts with a knife or office supplies.
- Pricing policy.
The cost of the protective film “soft glass” is low, which makes it affordable for a wide range of users.
The thickness of the layer of soft protective glass is 2 mm, which is quite enough for household needs.
Properties and composition of the product
“Soft glass” tablecloth is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), that is, a polymer compound that is often used in the industrial sector or construction, or silicone. These materials are not susceptible to the harmful effects of sunlight, moisture and aggressive household chemicals. They adhere well to any table surface.
Tablecloth Soft glass can withstand several years of active use.
Due to a number of positive properties described in the previous paragraph, the “soft glass” tablecloth is an irreplaceable kitchen attribute.
It does not wrinkle even during long transportation, does not form creases and folds.
Which table-tops are suitable for the “soft glass” tablecloth
Such a tablecloth is a real find. It is perfect for worktops made of various materials.
For glass table Soft glass will provide additional protection.
Protects against cracks, scratches and chips. Due to its transparency, the soft glass tablecloth will be almost invisible on the glass.
- Wooden or metal.
A kitchen table made of natural wood or metal will be protected from particles of grease, juice, hot broth or products with coloring properties.
Particles of products and household chemicals will not destroy or stain the surface. Such a film will extend the “life” of the countertop many times over.
The product can also be combined with a plastic worktop. This combination is most often used in the nursery.
Dyes and grease will not eat into the pores. The table top will also be protected from scratches and cuts.
Due to the cushioning properties of polyvinyl chloride, it will soften shocks and prevent moisture from entering the structure of the stone, thereby prolonging its service life.
Will soften shocks and prevent mechanical and chemical damage to the surface. Silicone and PVC are heat resistant, so this coating will be an excellent protection for stone countertops.
Sizes and shapes of flexible glass tablecloths
Depending on the shape of the table, “soft glass” tablecloths are like this.
- Round (standard size – 100, 115 cm).
- Oval (standard size – customized).
- Square (standard size – 50×50 cm).
- Rectangular (standard size – 50×100 cm – 100×250 cm with the possibility of modification).
The peculiarities of the material from which they are made allow giving them practically any shape, even the most intricate and fancy. The same goes for size. It can be easily adjusted to the desired number.
Compared to other types of decorative coverings, transparent tablecloth Soft flexible glass has many advantages.
There is a general rule that will help you choose the right size for the tablecloth (if it is silicone). It states that this decorative element must exceed the countertop area by at least 20 percent. This applies to everyday tablecloths, but if we talk about festive, then 70-80 percent are permissible here. Depending on the individual preferences of the owners of the house, these indicators may vary.
The material complies with international and domestic safety and quality standards – hypoallergenic, non-toxic, non-flammable.
Tablecloth “flexible glass” (both PVC and silicone) can be made strictly according to the size of the table, without going beyond its borders. It can also be laid on a textile covering, then the pattern or pattern on it will look more voluminous and effective.
Tablecloth Soft glass requires elementary care: it is enough to wipe it with a damp microfiber cloth or any other soft textile.
How to properly lay and cut a tablecloth on a glass table
As a rule, soft glass is packaged in a roll. This does not affect its shape and texture in any way. However, do not use a knife when unpacking.
To prevent mechanical damage to the material, it is wrapped in a layer of cardboard or craft paper.
There are no difficulties in laying it, but if we are talking about a glass surface, then for a quick and good result it is better to follow a special algorithm.
- Spread the film on a horizontal surface to shrink and straighten it after unpacking.
- Fit it to the table (if necessary).
- Prepare your worktop: remove dust, moisture, dirt and streaks.
- Place the seamy side of the film on the table.
- Press it down, moving from the center to the edges.
- If air bubbles remain, spray the film with water and repeat the steps.
It does not require additional fixing: despite the low price, the soft glass on the table is easy to use.
If the shape or size of the transparent glass tablecloth does not correspond to the table, then it can be cut.
Spread the soft glass on a cutting board, mark the place of the cut with a marker or pen. Using a clerical knife, cut out a piece of the desired shape and size.
The silicone foil can be left hanging from the worktop. It will look very colorful.
It is forbidden to use abrasives (dry powders), gels interspersed with hard granules, undiluted alkaline and acid compositions for cleaning the film-tablecloth.
But the PVC tablecloth is better to fit the size of the table surface (2-3 mm less than the main surface). How can this be done?
- Make the required marking with a marker.
- Place on a cutting board.
- Cut off all unnecessary with a clerical knife.
It is important that the edges of the transparent PVC soft glass tablecloth do not protrude beyond the table, otherwise the cover could be accidentally caught.
Recommendations for the care of “soft glass”
Transparent tablecloth “soft glass” or “soft glass” does not need special care.It will be enough to wipe its surface with a soft sponge or a piece of lint-free cloth (it can stick to the film). In the fight against grease stains and traces of dyes, simple household chemicals for the kitchen, which is available in every home, will help.
It is convenient to store it folded or rolled up – after unpacking the film will return to its original appearance without additional efforts.
Pay attention! Do not use abrasive products (hard scourers and brushes, liquid gels with abrasive granules) and undiluted alkalis and acids.They can damage the product.
The “soft glass” tablecloth appeared in the kitchen not so long ago, but quickly became an indispensable tool in protecting surfaces from damage. She is also able to add a special accent to the interior and become an original and practical solution.
The characteristics of the material allow it to be used in various climatic conditions: air humidity, thermal effects will not spoil the layer of the protective film.
VIDEO: Detailed review of the “Soft glass” tablecloth.
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A tablecloth is not only a good tradition. Indeed, in the days of our grandmothers, great-grandmothers, tablecloths were an obligatory attribute of the table and were embroidered with patterns on their own. Moreover, the more skilled the craftswoman was, the more she was valued – such a girl could find herself a good, rich groom.If the craftswoman has “golden” hands, the house will always be cozy, clean, and orderly.
If you look into the more distant past, for example, in Ancient Egypt, then not everyone could afford to have a tablecloth on the kitchen table. Only the nobility had cloth tablecloths with embroidery or interlacing with gold threads. In Russia, the tables were covered by everything. At the same time, every home had a festive and everyday fabric.
And how not to remember about the folk signs concerning the kitchen tablecloth! Firstly, you cannot beat a fist on a covered table, which is a bad omen when attracting an ailment to the whole family.Secondly, to sit down at an uncovered table means to incur poverty. Thirdly, the efficient hostess must collect the tablecloth with crumbs before the guests get up. Otherwise, a woman is considered a bad housewife. And if she has a daughter of marriageable age, the girl will not see a good groom, because she will be as slow as her mother. And these are not all signs. But our article is about something else.Tablecloth with embroidery
In the modern world, the presence or absence of a tablecloth on the kitchen table is an individual choice.For some it is a necessary attribute of the interior, for others it is a bright accent of the room. But more often than not, table cover is a beauty, as well as protection of the surface of kitchen furniture from damage. So what kind of tablecloths does the market offer us today? Let’s list the most common ones.
Today kitchen tables are some kind of work of art. The more expensive it is, the greater the desire to show the acquired beauty, without hiding the table top behind colored tablecloths.On the other hand, there is a desire to protect the surface from scratches, chips, stains that are difficult to remove. For such a case, a transparent film was created.Transparent silicone tablecloth
Transparent silicone tablecloth
Silicone kitchen tablecloth also known as flexible / liquid / soft glass, protective film, table overlay. However, in all cases we are talking about a tablecloth made of silicone or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) up to 3 mm thick. This means that the film can be thin, thick: 1 mm, 1.8 mm, etc.The flexibility of the transparent pad will directly depend on this – the thinner the silicone, the more flexible it is.
- Transparent silicone oilcloth is practically invisible on the surface of the kitchen table. The original beauty of the tabletop will be visible: a beautiful saw cut of wood, a textured surface, carving, a marble-like pattern or a classic white table …
- High temperature resistance – the film is not afraid of high temperatures up to 80 ° C. It does not lose its properties down to -10 ° C.
- Practicality. Flexible glass is resistant to scratches and other mechanical damage. But in the kitchen the main “pests” are a knife and a fork. Also, the protective film is not interchangeable in a family with small children.
- Easy to clean every day: the smooth surface does not accumulate germs, bacteria, dirt, so to clean the tablecloth you just need a soft sponge / cloth with microfiber and a non-abrasive cleaning agent. The film is not afraid of felt-tip pens, paints and other dyes.The water-repellent composition of the material will provide protection to your kitchen table.
- Silicone tablecloth is suitable for any furniture surface: wooden tables, glass, natural or artificial stone. Even classic fabric tablecloths can be covered with a transparent overlay. At the same time, the soft film does not slip on any surface, fits tightly, leaving no air bubbles.
- Due to its flexibility and lightness, it is very easy to work with the tablecloth. Special skills for laying it on the surface of the kitchen table are not required.
- Suitable for any worktop shape: from round to sophisticated design. Silicone is easily cut with a clerical knife, and if you need to get a complex shape, you can make an individual order.
- Environmentally friendly material does not cause allergies, it is absolutely safe for people and animals. Virtually odorless, does not emit toxic substances, even under the influence of high temperatures. Therefore, table manufacturers recommend using a silicone tablecloth on the kitchen table.
- Non-slip material will not break dishes. Plates, cups, glasses, forks do not slip on the transparent cover.
- No sounds! Whichever cutlery is thrown on the silicone, there will be no ringing sound. The material absorbs it completely.
Note the drawbacks of , which we collected from numerous customer reviews of the transparent silicone tablecloth:
- Most transparent flexible glasses turn yellow on the table over time due to sunlight.But there are manufacturers who add special chemistry to the silicone composition, which preserves the transparency of the protective film for as long as possible.
- May “ripple” if the tablecloth is pulled too far to the sides. This is especially true at the moment of buying flexible glass by the footage, when the seller literally pulls the silicone out of the stuck together roll. This must be done carefully. Be careful when buying.
- Odor. Like any new thing, silicone film still has a specific, rather bright chemical smell. Therefore, before laying the transparent oilcloth on the table, it is recommended to hold it outside or on the balcony. As soon as the smell disappears, the tablecloth can be laid on the table.
- Soft glass is insignificant, but deforms, decreases in length. However, if you cut off the tablecloth, leaving a small margin, after a while the edges will take on a small wave. According to customer reviews, the protective film shrinks within one month. So please be patient.
- Despite the heat resistance and protection from scratches, it is not recommended to put pots on the silicone tablecloth from the fire or cut food without a board.Take care of the thing and it will definitely answer with a long service life.
How to stick the protective film on the table without bubbles. Film installation. Flexible glass. Video
Colored silicone tablecloth or patterned
Any plain table (or maybe not a plain one) can be assigned a new color or a complex pattern can be added. After renovating a kitchen, it is not necessary to throw away a table that may not “fit” into the new interior.It is enough to purchase a colored silicone tablecloth. Due to the low cost, you can change the look of your kitchen by changing transparencies at least every year.
A flexible rug can be less boring, barely visible on the kitchen counter. Manufacturers offer soft colored glass, with a complex pattern, with lace or fringe, matte or glossy . .. You will definitely find “your” tablecloth in a wide assortment.Colored silicone film on the kitchen table
Which is better: glossy or matte silicone tablecloth?
Before purchasing a clear table protector, consider the surface it will be covered on.
Transparent glossy film is better suited for kitchen countertops with corrugated or matte surfaces. The contact between the film and the table surface will be maximal, without bubbles. Such an overlay will not slide. However, it might seem that smooth, flexible glass is ideal for a glossy table (such as a glass top). But if you lightly press your fingers on the oilcloth, or put the mug on the table, traces will remain, as if there is water or traces between the overlay and the table top.After lifting the tablecloth, the marks disappear. To avoid this, use for glossy surfaces only matt silicone .
Matt glossy silicone film has a glossy surface on the upper side, and a corrugated, so-called “shagreen” surface on the bottom. If your table has a smooth surface, including glass, plastic, choose frosted flexible glass. However, unlike glossy film, matte film will not completely touch the corrugated pattern of the table, so some slipping is possible.Matte silicone overlay
A new tablecloth on the kitchen table is always a holiday, like any novelty in the house. We meet often at the table: at dinner, on holidays, when guests come … And how nice it is when each holiday has its own elegant tablecloth. What is just one New Year!
The most popular kitchen table cover material is fabric. Most buyers prefer to see natural, natural textiles in their home, including table coverings.Consider some fabric materials:
- Linen . A favorite of many housewives. But behind its beauty, environmental friendliness and density of the material, logical disadvantages are hidden: high cost, easily wrinkled, gives strong shrinkage after washing, stains are hard to remove, short-lived. However, linen textiles will emphasize the nobility of the interior of any kitchen.
- Silk . This material has always talked about the wealth of the owner. If you want to create a real holiday – a silk tablecloth will only emphasize taste and luxury.Silk has many advantages: nobility, long service life, durability … However, its main disadvantage is its high cost and tenderness, which is why silk requires careful handling. Silk fabric is afraid of puffs, animal claws. It should also be protected from high temperatures.
Variety of silk fabrics
- Burlap . Naturalness is a trend in recent years. Therefore, a burlap tablecloth can become the main accent of your kitchen. Jute is most often used as fibers, and this material can be called the hallmark of styles such as Provence, country, shabby chic.The burlap tablecloth can be made either independently or with additions in the form of guipure, braided white or colored lace, sewn along the edge / center of the fabric. A completely natural material is the main advantage of burlap. We also note its durability, low price. Such a tablecloth has many advantages, but among the disadvantages is the shrinkage and deformation of the fabric after washing, and it also crumbles at the edges.
- Polyester . With this synthetic fabric, you get a tablecloth that is easy to wipe off stains.Also, as the advantages of synthetics, we note its wide range, low cost, and long service life. However, no natural fabric, be it linen or cotton, can ever compare to synthetic. It’s like heaven and earth. But the choice is always yours.
Recommended overhang of everyday fabric – 20 cm, festive – up to 40 cm. But this does not mean that it is indecent to lower the tablecloth below, to the floor – this option is mainly used for banquets.Tablecloth to the floor
You can also use a double tablecloth as a festive dress for the table.As a rule, the color of such fabrics contrasts with each other, or the textiles have something in common with a line or pattern.Double tablecloth on the dining table
Paper cannot be associated with durability, especially when it comes to tablecloths. Many of us have been to a cafe where waiters lay disposable paper tablecloths with a logo, advertising, kitchen recipes, etc. on the tables. Such a marketing ploy is commendable, but can a tablecloth of this material be used at home?
The most budget-friendly option is a tablecloth made of high-strength Kraft paper.Despite the fact that this is a disposable tablecloth, the variety in the print will make you think that it is a pity to throw away such beauty. Typically, this paper is sold in a set of several pieces or a roll.
Information for conservationists: Kraft decomposes completely from several weeks to 4 years maximum.
Let’s move on to more complex material and, accordingly, more expensive. For home use, a paper tablecloth impregnated with grease and water-repellent impregnation is produced. Above for protection, lamination is applied in the form of a polyethylene film. Such “paper” is very different from the classic one: by touch you will feel some roughness, density of the material, reminiscent of cotton fabric. Considering that most paper tablecloths are sold in rolls, you can cut as much material as needed at any time.
A paper tablecloth is unlikely to replace a textile one. However, its use is fully justified if it is a children’s holiday, when there will be a lot of spilled juices; spontaneous tea drinking, when a beautiful tablecloth is quickly needed, etc.Craft paper tablecloth
Most people associate the word “Teflon” with pans, so actively advertised on television. However, now you can find teflon-coated tablecloths everywhere.
As a result of complex chemical reactions and physical influences, Teflon is created, which looks like a waxy, transparent substance that is applied to the inner side of the fabric at the end of the technological process. But the tablecloth can be created from a piece of fabric (linen, cotton, polyester, acrylic) pre-impregnated with Teflon.As a result, due to the application of Teflon, the fabric is protected from moisture absorption, which is abundant in any kitchen. Also, Teflon-impregnated textiles do not absorb odors, fats, and retains their original color for a long time. At the same time, the denser the impregnation of the material, the more protection from contamination the Teflon tablecloth will provide for your table.
Of the shortcomings, we first note the main one – this is the presence of chemicals in the material, which does not mean the environmental friendliness of the Teflon tablecloth. What to prefer, a natural natural composition or with a chemical impregnation, it is up to you.
Among the shortcomings, we also note the exposure to high temperatures – you cannot put hot dishes on such a tablecloth. In conclusion, let’s add a low service life – on average, no more than 6 years. After each machine wash, the Teflon film is depleted, the tablecloth gradually loses its original properties.Teflon cloth that does not allow water to pass through
Remember the simple rules that will allow you to enjoy a Teflon-impregnated tablecloth for a long time:
- Remove spilled food or liquid from the surface of the cloth as quickly as possible.Use a paper towel, soft cloth, sponge.
- When cleaning the cloth, use a mild detergent. It is enough to moisten a dried spot with warm water, and then wipe it with a napkin or rag. Abrasive chemicals will only damage the surface, shortening the life of the tablecloth.
- Wash as seldom as possible, but at a low temperature (30 ° C) and on a delicate program without spinning. The best washing option is hand washing. Spinning will only damage the integrity of the Teflon.
Classic oilcloth has long been used as a dining table cover.Inexpensive material, a wide range of colors, patterns, excellent functional characteristics – all this speaks in its favor. However, no artificial fabric can compare to natural. Tactile, visual perception, spiritual satisfaction of owning a tablecloth made from natural components cannot be replaced with oilcloth, albeit with a high-quality 3D pattern. However, oilcloth is quite suitable for daily use.
The main advantage of the oilcloth is not only its affordable price. Note the resistance of the material to moisture and almost any kind of pollution.Transparent oilcloth with 3D print
Until recently it was impossible to imagine a dining table without a tablecloth. Then it became fashionable to show in all its glory an expensive tabletop made of natural wood or stone, but such tables also need protection from damage and stains. Years have passed, and linen and cotton are still the most popular materials for kitchen tablecloths. In recent years, they have been joined by burlap, paper tablecloth and silicone.
Transparent flexible water-repellent silicone film deserves special mention – it entered our life, bringing practicality, convenience and beauty to it.