Archive for the ‘Gardening’ 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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Weekly Spotlight: Spring Garden Lighting

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Solar LED LightVintage Tin Lantern Accent LightOur final Weekly Spotlight dedicated to Garden Month is all about outdoor lighting. The following five lighting options offer accent lighting at night and decorative appeal during the day in your gardens and yard, and they are all perfect for spring.

Solar LED Light

Starting small with this light fixture which can be attached to any standard Mason jar. The LED light gets its power from the sun so you can set up a rustic country look in your garden without much fuss.

Vintage Tin Lantern Accent Light

This outdoor lantern light is affixed with a flameless candle so you don’t have to worry about a burning flame in your outdoor spaces. While it will look charming in a garden, it would also give a welcoming impression on a porch or front stoop.

Bluebird Solar Wall SconceTulip Solar Light StakeBluebird Solar Wall Sconce

Another solar option, this time for the side of you house, a garage or garden shed. The hand painted glass and blue metal frame make this decorative stand out in any space.

Baldwin Outdoor Post Lantern Lamp

Tulip Solar
Light Stake

One of our newer Blossom Light Stakes, this pretty tulip is a smaller version of the others. It’s perfect for a small flower garden or for marking a walkway (or path) in your outdoor spaces.

Baldwin Outdoor Post Lantern

Offering a whimsical, Narnia-like look for a walkway or garden, this lantern offers the most light out of these five outdoor lighting options. This lamp does need to be plugged in, but it’s UL approved for exposure to moisture.

How do you use lighting to illuminate your gardens, yard and outdoor spaces? Share your thoughts and tips below, and happy gardening!

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