Archive for the ‘Eco Friendly’ Category

Weekly Spotlight: Bees at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

What’s your favorite thing about the summertime? Is it the sunshine? A warm beach? Sitting outside with a good book? How about the pollinators in your yard? Okay, this last one may not be at the top of your list, but we’re focusing this Weekly Spotlight blog post on one pollinator that is vital to the health of our plants and our planet: the bee.

We’ve introduced many new bee-themed home accents to our catalog this summer, and we hope you love them as much as we do (scroll to the bottom for an item that actually caters to the bees themselves).

Bee Skep Print | Tim Campbell | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopMetal Bees Pitcher | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Artist Tim Campbell created the Bee Skep Print to the left, which features one of the first man-made beehives used to collect honey. In true Tim Campbell folk art style, this elongated wall art is perfect for a country home. Also with plenty of charm is our returning Bees Please Pitcher, which is ideal for flower arrangements and storing miscellaneous items, like utensils in the kitchen.

Next up is another rendition of a bee skep, this time on a hooked wool pillow. Artist Dianna Swartz created this design, which coordinates with our Beehive Doormat.

Bee Magnets Set | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopBeehive Hooked Wool Pillow | Dianna Swartz | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

This set of Bee Magnets is both functional and decorative, and will keep reminders attached to any metal or magnetic surface.

Cedar Bee House | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Finally, our Cedar Bee House. This unique outdoor home accent is specifically designed to attract bees to your flowering garden and yard. It’s constructed from rot-resistant cedar, and can be situated on a stump or hung up on a post. You can get all the information about how to display it here.

Interested in more bee decor or information on why we should be creating a welcoming space for bees? Find it all on our website by clicking here.

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Thursday’s Theme: Spring DIY Projects from Pinterest

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Mother nature has finally brought us some beautiful spring weather, and although it’s rainy today, the temperature outside isn’t too chilly so we won’t complain. Because we can’t quite get to our gardens and outdoor living spaces without getting soaked, today we’ve rounded up some springy DIY projects from Pinterest that can be done inside. When the skies clear up, some of these can even be taken outside as decoratives or play things. Click on the images below to be taken to the DIY instructions.

These umbrellas may not keep you dry on days like today, but they will add plenty of charms to a window, the space above a sink or wherever you decide to hang them. *One Little Project

Paper Umbrellas | One Little Project at a Time | Spring DIY

You know how much we love a beautiful wreath, and we think this DIY Daisy Wreath is quite marvelous. *Grillo Designs

Spring Burlap Daisy Wreath | Grillo Designs | Spring DIY

Reuse some old bottle caps by painting them with fun designs or arranging them like petals on a flower. They will add a rustic look to any space, indoors or out. *Suburbia Unwrapped

Bottle Cap Garden Art | Suburbia Unwrapped | Spring DIY

A quick DIY with a lot of charm, this burlap art only requires a few materials. *Debbie Doo’s

Spring Burlap Art | Debbie Doo's | Spring DIY

The following two DIY projects are perfect for kids. The first is a sidewalk chalk recipe that takes a fun shape and makes it functional. *Project Nursery + Junior
The second is a DIY birdhouse, and this whimsical carton version is a fun craft for a child both during the process of making it and watching it function for backyard birds. *Red Ted Art
(and since there are so many DIY birdhouses out there, here is a link for a roundup of many more)

Sidewalk Chalk Pops | Project Nursery + Junior | Spring DIY

Juice Carton Crafts: Owl Bird Feeder | Red Ted Art | Spring DIY

Do you have any fun spring DIY plans? Share your ideas in the comments below, and happy crafting!

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Monday Must-Haves: Spring Cleaning Solutions

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Dusting/Cleaning E-Cloth® Glove | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopRange/Stovetop E-Cloth® | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopWith spring comes the infamous Spring Cleaning ritual. With winter receding and the freshness of spring upon us, this is a great time of year to refresh and rejuvenate our homes. To help you get started on your spring cleaning, or finish it up, today we’re featuring five must-have spring cleaning solutions and home fresheners that you can find at sturbridgeyankee.com.

Microwave Splatter Guard | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

E-Cloths® have become popular for their eco-friendliness and effectiveness. We offer two types of E-Cloths® here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. The first is one designed specifically for range/stovetop cleaning. Using just water and either the scrubbing side or finishing side, your stove will sparkle. The second is actually a glove made for dusting. The non-scratch material allows almost any surface in your home to be dusted quickly, effectively and without damage (unavailable as of May 2018).

Filthy Mutt Dog Soap | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Often our microwave gets left behind in everyday or weekly cleaning, so here is your reminder to give your microwave a good scrub this spring (you could use the E-Cloth® above!).

After you’re finished, use a Microwave Splatter Guard on your food dishes to prevent splatter and spills from sticking to the inside of your microwave. These guards are dishwasher safe, so you will end up not having to clean anything by hand.

White Floral Shrub Linen Mist | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Something else on your list of spring cleaning to-dos is likely to get your four-legged family member clean. The Filthy Mutt Dog Soap is made right here in Maine out of natural ingredients and will get your pup clean without the use of harsh chemicals. Since it’s biodegradable, you can even wash your dog outside with this soap (although here in New England we would wait until the spontaneous snow storm and mud seasons are over).

Finish off your spring cleaning with a soothing floral scent spritzed around your home. This linen mist is made in the USA and features imagery by artist Mary Lake Thompson. It can be sprayed on linens, upholstery, pillows and other home accents to create an appealing springtime freshness – especially when your windows are open and the scent can mix with a cool, refreshing spring breeze.

Do you have any spring cleaning tips or tricks that work year after year? Share them in the comments, and happy spring cleaning!

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