DIY Flower Arrangements – Part II

February 23rd, 2017

This week, we’re taking a closer look at some of the flower arrangements found inside of our  spring catalog.

Follow Silas down the page to learn a little bit more about the components of the arrangements, and learn some behind-the-scenes tips for when you create a floral look using blooms from our collection or those from a spring garden.

And if you missed Part I last week, you can find it here.

^ When putting our Calla Lily Stems (shown in the three available colors) into a vase, keep the raffia tied around the stems for a bunched look, or untie them and let the blooms expand.

> The same goes for our Tulip Faux Floral Bunches (shown in both available colors), which also come tied with raffia. The color variations of each bloom offer your arrangement even more color. You could also use ribbon or even scrap lace for enhanced decorative appeal.

< Longer stems need a little more support than most vases can provide. When this is the case, foam, sand, rocks and even marbles can be placed in the vase to keep it from tipping over as well as securing stems in place. Moss or faux grass can then be layered on top to cover the material inside – as seen in this arrangement of ten pink and red Parrot Tulip Stems.

^ Our Wire Scroll & Glass Vase is a customer favorite, and while it’s a beautiful vase for flowers on its own, we recommend varying its look by filling the glass vase with decorative items: a Cabbage Leaf Mat, decorative grass, sea glass, rocks, leaves and other nature-inspired items.

Wire Scroll & Glass Vase filled with Decorative Grass

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Tea Party Cookies and Cucumber Sandwiches

February 21st, 2017

Warmer weather is in the forecast for this week, and although it’s still February, we can’t help but get excited for spring luncheons and garden parties. Here are two recipes that go great with tea, coffee or any spring beverage.

The Garden Hare 3-Tier Server

Tea Cookies

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut 1 cup of the butter into cubes and add to flour. Combine until mixture resembles crumbs. Add cream and stir; form the dough into a ball.
  3. Roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thick and use a small round cookie cutter to cut circles out. roll in granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Prick a few times with a fork.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool.
  5. For [optional] frosting, beat 1/2 cup of the butter until fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, then beat in evaporated milk and vanilla. Frost bottom half of cooled cookies and place the rest on top to create sandwich cookies, if desired.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches (flickr user bob walker)

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1 loaf thinly sliced white bread
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced


  1. Combine cream cheese, chives, sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix and dried dill weed in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Remove crust from bread and slice in quarters or decorative shapes. Spread each piece of bread with cream cheese mixture and top with a cucumber slice (or two).

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Must-Have Home Accents: Spring 2017

February 20th, 2017

White Larkspur WreathAah, spring. While Mother Nature is still in the throes of winter, spring abounds at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (inside, at least). To kick off the first full week of Spring 2017, today we are featuring five must-have home accents from the pages of our catalog.

White Larkspur Wreath: The newest addition to our collection of preserved flower arrangements, this wreath is decorated with larkspur, natural phalaris and myrtle; a combination that beautifully complements the half-exposed grapevine base. An added touch: a green country ribbon.

Dutch Tulips Mini Pillow: The charm of this pillow is not only in its vintage reproduction design, but in its function. The buckwheat fill allows it to be heated up in a microwave for use as a heating pad to relieve aches and pains.

Vintage Vinyl Daisy Floorclothdutch-tulips-mini-pillowVintage Vinyl
Daisy Floorcloth:
Non-slip and made in the USA, this intricately detailed floorcloth would look great in a country home as well as in a contemporary room.
With many sizes to choose from, you can find the right floorcloth that fits your lifestyle.

Ruffle Melamine Dinnerware: Make your spring table even more beautiful this year with subtly accented plates and bowls. This melamine dinnerware is virtually shatterproof, can be put in the dishwasher and with a look and feel mimicking that of ceramic, you will be ready to serve guests during a formal dinner or casual garden party.

Blue Ruffle Melamine Plates and BowlsBird Nest & Eggs Canister Set: Switch out snowflakes and snowmen for birds and eggs this spring in your kitchen. This set of canisters decorates your country kitchen counters, keeping ingredients fresh, stored and within reach. Each design varies slightly, creating a more interesting look, and each are fitted with a chrome handle for easy opening.

Bird Nest & Eggs Canister Set

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