Archive for the ‘Harvest’ Category

Made in the USA: Halloween Accessories

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Decorating for the holidays can be quite the chore, especially when looking for quality products that will look great on display for many years to come.  Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, American-made Halloween themed decorations are taking center stage.

Spooked Halloween Print Bonnie White USA Made, For Your Home Display

There is something comforting about purchasing domestic goods. Perhaps it is the satisfaction that the crafting of these items provided jobs and generates local income.  Or, it could be that American-made products offer a direct connection to the artist who created them.

Whatever the reason, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop has always been, and will continue to be, proud to offer a wide range of American-made products.

Quality So Good, It’s Scary

Our Halloween themed products, including ghosts, witches, and pumpkins galore, will garner plenty of excited reactions from guests, and not just because of their domestic roots.

Grab immediate attention when guests arrive with the Headless Horseman Tabletop Display. This display is sure to delight, with the unique silhouette of the headless horseman galloping through Sleepy Hollow.

Headless Horseman Tabletop Display

Pumpkin Gourd Candy Dish Oh My Gourd!

Trick-or-treating is a pastime that many continue to enjoy well into adulthood, especially when their own children are ready for candy gathering adventures.  We recommend that candy and other Halloween treats be displayed in our dried gourd bowls, made in Pennsylvania.

With a choice of pumpkins or a ghost, younger audiences will enjoy reaching inside the pumpkin’s gaping maw for their Halloween treat.

Fun Lighting Tip!

For mood lighting on a front porch, place LED candles inside of the gourds. The flickering effect of candlelight on a porch at night is both spooky and delightful!

It also offers enough light for trick-or-treaters to find their way in the dark.

Gourd Candy Dish with LED Battery Operated Candles

Three Little Witches Print Bonnie White Whimsical Artwork

Bonnie White fans out there will appreciate the wide selection of prints available at Sturbridge, especially those geared towards the harvest season, and Halloween in particular.  With plenty of whimsical charm, the made in the USA prints titled Spooked Halloween and Three Little Witches will grace that empty space above the mantel all season long.

The Guests Have Arrived

If yard space is available, we recommend gracing a walkway with yard art that has, “spook and spunk.” Cast aluminum forms the shape of the Witch and Bat Weather Vanes.

The details on these two weather vanes are quite spectacular, and will offer a festive touch to a front or backyard all season long.  Or, proudly display these American-made pieces all year long to make a statement of the favored holiday season.

Witch Weather Vane

Witches Brew Soap Brew Up Some Soap Bubbles

Have you seen our line of American-made soaps? Our Halloween favorite bar soap, Witches Brew is a big hit. You can have your first cup of coffee in the shower with this soap, as it is Turkish mocha scented!

The detailed soap wrapper, with the delightful image of a witch crafting a Halloween brew, reads, ‘Magickal things are crafted in this Kitchen.’

Use this bar of soap for decorative display or brew up some bubbles when washing up for supper.

No matter what spell you cast this Halloween, be sure to bring American-made products from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop into your home.

Made in the USA: Harvest Home Accents

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Peace, joy, and holiday cheer. These are three important qualities shared around the world this time of year.  We are already in the holiday spirit, and spreading season’s greetings all around, by featuring some of our made in the USA harvest items.

Turkey Gourd Bowl Gourds Are Great For Many Things!

Start the harvest season of right with themed decorative accents made right here in the USA.  We first draw attention to the Turkey Gourd Bowl, crafted by hand in Pennsylvania.

The gourds are grown, dried, and carved into a multitude of shapes fit for every use and season.  This particular shape conveys a folk art representation of the classic turkey.

We recommend utilizing the hollowed out gourd bowl to showcase potpourri, shelled nuts, or wrapped candy at this year’s harvest gatherings.

A Bold Print Says It All

To showcase the colors of the season, take a look at our made in the USA Give Thanks framed print, by artist Ellen Stouffer.

Featuring a primitive Americana scene, the muted colors of the harvest on this farm are complemented by pops of color in the recently picked vegetables in the foreground. Pumpkins and gourds abound as the residents of this farm prepare for market day.

Give Thanks Framed Print

Dinner On the Run Framed Print Bonnie White Captures the Charm of the Season

If artist Bonnie White is the preferred American artist of choice, take a peek at our large collection of her artwork, including the new Dinner On The Run framed print.  Vivid colors, whimsical landscapes, and smiling faces are all features that combine to create Bonnie White’s signature style.

Brightly clothed families gather in the foreground to share the joys of the season as wisps of smoke rise from the homes in the town.

Vintage Imagery For Rustic Appeal

For timeworn appeal, with a rustic feel, the Turkey Time Linens feature a vintage image of a turkey superimposed atop old fashioned script.

Soft polyester, with the look of burlap and the feel of cotton, complement the overall look of these American-made treasures.

With a pillow, runner, and placemat available, redecorating an entire room is a breeze.

Turkey Time Runner

Adding Accents Makes A Big Difference

We have plenty of ideas for enhancing the harvest theme with small accents, and our Lacey Oak Iridescent Ornament is a perfect example.

We recommend creating an elegant appearance by hanging multiple Oak Leaf Ornaments from the backs of guest’s chairs, or creating a magical arrangement when the iridescent oak leaves are hung from the ceiling with ribbon or fishing line.

Look closely at this copper plated leaf and it can be seen that this was once a real leaf plucked from nature.  A shimmering copper coating protects the leaf, while enhancing the veins and details throughout.

We are proud of the vast selection of items that are made right here in America.  Beautiful home accents and seasonal gifts are easier to enjoy when they feature quality American craftsmanship. Browse through more made in the USA items on our website by clicking here.

Decorating with Coordinating Textiles at SYW

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
When choosing coordinating textiles for your kitchen, living room, dining room, or bedroom, we here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop like to make it easy for you.  We have compiled our favorite patterns, along with some options for coordinating pieces,  to aid you in discovering your chic style.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere!

Grab the season’s best gourds, and display them around your house for all to see.  With these adorable pumpkin themed options, it is easy to welcome the harvest theme into your home.  Start with our Bowl of Pumpkins Pillow, with soft felt and layered applique for a true handmade appearance.  The black background of the pillow will go great with the Felt Pumpkin Table Runner.  Accent embroidery stitching in warm orange looks fantastic on the dark black background!

Bowl of Pumpkins Pillow

Felt Pumpkin Runner

Danforth Table Runner

Multi-Colored Prints For Any Decor Style

Although it may be difficult to decide on a color scheme for a room, try starting small.  If you find a piece that you absolutely cannot live without, add other pieces that will complement it. You can also select a print, such as the floral design in our Danforth Runner and Placemats, and pick a color out of the palette to feature in your room.

For example, pull the muted blue Hydrangea color from this print into a dried flower arrangement, or add a toss pillow in the same color. That way, the whole room will be pulled together with complementary pieces and pops of color that catch your eye as soon as you enter the room.Danforth Placemat

Delicate Lace Works Well In Any Room

Looking for lightweight curtains that can be used all year long?  Our Rhapsody Lace Curtain Collection will do the trick!  With delicate swirls of birds and flowers and a scalloped edge that resembles petals, this collection is sure to offer you the look you are trying to achieve.  Available in many shapes and sizes for complete makeovers on various windows. To gain a cohesive floral inspired look, use our Blossom Table Topper to complement.

Rhapsody Lace Curtains

Blossom Table Topper

The Cheerful Touch of Sunflowers

Sunflowers are in bloom all summer long, many times right into autumn.  Give the same amount of cheer and bright color in your home with sunflower themed decor. Start small with the Sunflower House Chair Pad, and make an additional statement with the Sunflower House Rug.  Keep everyone comfy with the Sunflower Bloom Hooked Wool Pillow, and your guests will be glad you are celebrating the blooms of the season!

Sunflower House Rug
Sunflower Chair Pad Sunflower Bloom Pillow

Although this is a fantastic assortment of what we have available on our website for coordinating your decor, make sure you continue to look around for new designs and options!