Thursday’s Theme: Summer DIY Projects from Pinterest

June 21st, 2018

Summer is officially here! We hope you’ve been enjoying June so far, and have a variety of activities lined up for your summer season – whether that be relaxing on vacation with a Sturbridge Yankee Workshop catalog, entertaining friends and family outside or simply taking a break from a day of summer gardening.

You may also be planning some DIY projects, or hoping to at least, so if this describes you, we have some good news. To pass the time this summer while enjoying nice weather and extended days, here are six DIY projects and activities we’ve rounded up from Pinterest.

Switch up your kitchen textiles and linens with fun and colorful Fruit Stamped Tea Towels. They are perfect for you kitchen at home or up to camp, and allow you to get creative while incorporating functional decor. *Making Home Base

DIY Painted Tea Towel | Making Home Base | Summer DIY

To coordinate with your DIY tea towels, or as an accent all its own, this cheerful serving tray exudes summer charm and helps you serve guests during a barbecue or summer birthday party.
*Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Watermelon Serving Tray | Oh So Beautiful Paper | Summer DIY

We love a beautiful wreath almost as much as you do. This one happens to feature a favorite, classic flower and is of course, the result of a DIY project. *Artsy Chicks Rule

DIY Hydrangea Wreath | Artsy Chicks Rule | Summer DIY

The best craft for you and your kids (or grandchildren!) to do together is one that has lasting use. Head outside to collect rocks for this Tic Tac Toe DIY and keep yourselves entertained on hot summer days. *Balancing Home

Tic Tac Toe Rocks Activity | Balancing Home | Summer DIY

Of course, we’ve all heard the notorious message from kids on summer vacation: “I’m bored!” This is of course, easily remedied by 1. Telling them how many chores they can do and/or 2. Turning to an Activity Jar and pulling out a random note or popsicle stick with an activity written on it. *The Crafting Chicks

Summer Activity Jars | The Crafting Chicks | Summer DIY

Finally, we saw so many pins for Summer Bucket Lists on our search through Pinterest. Get creative by using scrapbook paper, stickers, special pens and markers, Washi tape, etc. and write out some things you’d like to get done, people you’d like to see, and places you’d like to visit over the summer. It will be fun to check each item off the list and look back on the adventures you had. For a little inspiration, we’ve attached a Summer Bucket List printable [here] and below that you can print out and fill out!

Summer Bucket List Printable

Remember to share your DIY ideas and upcoming craft projects in the comments below, and let us know what’s on your Summer 2018 Bucket List!

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Weekly Spotlight: Summer 2018 Patriotic Pillows

June 20th, 2018

In preparation for the Fourth of July, and in celebration of the new home accents in our Summer 2018 catalog, this week’s Spotlight is turned on five of our newest patriotic pillows. Get a closer look at them below, and click on each image for more details.

Patriotic Dachshund Hooked Wool Pillow | SYW Exclusive | Artist Dianna Swartz

Patriotic Dachshund Hooked Wool Pillow | Dianna Swartz | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Star Spangled Flag Pillow | SYW Exclusive | Made in USA

Star Spangled Flag Pillow | Made in the USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Black Lab American Dog Hooked Wool Pillow | Artist Mary Lake Thompson

Black Lab American Dog Pillow | Mary Lake Thompson | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Patriotic Dog and Cat Pillow | Indoor/Outdoor | Artist Mary Lake Thompson

Patriotic Dog & Cat Pillow | Mary Lake Thompson | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Yellow Lab American Dog Hooked Wool Pillow | Artist Mary Lake Thompson

Yellow Lab American Dog Pillow | Mary Lake Thompson | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Browse more ways to decorate with the Stars and Stripes [here] and find more Americana decor on our website.

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Tasteful Tuesday: Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

June 19th, 2018

Granola bars are perfect for after school snacks, quick on-the-go breakfasts, camping trips, car rides; you get the picture. Homemade granola bars are a step up because you get to be flexible with the ingredients.

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((Scroll to the bottom for recipe alteration tips))

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups instant oats
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup flaked coconut*
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds*
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries*

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients until fully combined. Press flat into the greased pan.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven. The edges will be slightly browned and the bar texture will be moist and chewy.+
  4. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then cut into desired squares. Cool completely then serve (or store).

*These ingredients can be swapped out for almost anything (solid). The mixing directions stay the same.
+For crunchier bars, increase the baking time by 2-3 minutes.

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