Archive for the ‘Eco Friendly’ Category

Quick Tip: Bee and Insect Houses

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Quick Tip: Bee and Insect Houses | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Adding a bee (or insect house) to your backyard or garden is a great way to promote the health of bees and insects, and in turn, prolong the health and growth of your plants.
The Cedar Bee House to the left is ideal for attracting bees, while the Cedar Insect House to the right will attract bees and other desirable insects, while creating a chemical-free trap for unwanted insects. Learn more about the importance of bees and insects to your outdoor living spaces by clicking here.

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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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