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Made in the USA: Winter Wall Art

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we are always expanding our assortment of beautiful framed prints for you to add to your home decor. We have wall art for all seasons, making it easier to decorate all year long. Here we have gathered a few of our favorite winter themed prints, all made right here in the USA! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the peaceful scenes that a winter theme has to offer.


Artist Dianna Swartz

Holiday Art Shelf Rack, and White Christmas, feature simple style and primitive charm, offering hopes for a white Christmas this year, and a peaceful holiday season. Artist Dianna Swartz is a renowned, self-taught artist, currently living in Ohio. She is admired for her simple approach to depicting scenes from everyday life, in classic folk art style.

Holiday Art Shelf Rack White Christmas Print

Artist Charles Wysocki

Ready or not, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Cape Cod Prints will put you in the holiday spirit with their unmistakable folk art charm. The late artist Charles Wysocki became famous for his detailed pieces of American folk art, notable farm scenes, and a unique primitive style that was all his own. Appearing in galleries throughout the country, Charles even published two books sharing his work.

Cape Cod Christmas Print Twas the Twilight Before Christmas Print

Artist Fred Swan

Although the brisk weather taps on your cheeks and nose, the warmth provided by the sights in An Evening Ride makes it easier to spend another peaceful moment outside. Vermont artist Fred Swan masters the art of creating comforting, warm winter scenes.

Hang this print all year long for dramatic effect in any room. Giclee print is double matted, under glass, with a black frame.

An Evening Ride Print

Artist Charlotte Sternberg

The overall winter scene depicted in Over the River is quite quaint, and quickly transports you back in time. Marlborough Tavern features realistic, exquisite details that create a holiday scene that reminds us of the simpler times in life. Talented artist Charlotte Joan Sternberg is well known for her charming New England holiday scenes that are often seen on greeting cards. Our giclee print, originally painted in egg tempera, is double matted and under glass, with a rustic wood-like frame.

Over the River Print Marlborough Tavern Print

Trim Your Holiday Tree With Sturbridge Yankee

Monday, November 11th, 2013
Take a look at the Christmas ornament collection you have in storage. Is there a color that is more predominant? How about a theme? Perhaps you have more animal themed ornaments than you do others. By taking a moment to reevaluate what ornaments you already have at home, it is easier to add new ornaments to the mix each year. Here are some of our favorite ornament combinations for a Christmas tree that will feel new each time you decorate. No need to stress, for here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have everything you need to decorate and trim your holiday tree so that it looks its best year after year.

Choose a Color Theme

Many of us have oodles of Christmas ornaments in storage around the house, and some of us even display multiple Christmas trees just to use up the stockpile of available decorations. This year, focus your assortment by selecting a color scheme that can carry throughout the house.

Crochet and Burgundy Glass Ornament Set Clean and Bright Red and White

Red and white are opposite colors in a very obvious fashion. Red is bright, cheerful, and full of emotion. The color of poinsettias, holly berries, and Santa’s suit. White is clean, crisp, and innocent. The color of snow, ice, and angel wings. Here we have a set of two Crochet and Burgundy Glass Ornaments, Felt Pinecone Snowman, and set of 12 Chenille Candy Canes. Red and white are found quite easily on many holiday decorations, and this scheme can also be combined with green, gold, or silver to vary the overall look from year to year.

Felt Snowman With Pinecone Mini Chenille Candy Canes

Whimsical Blue and White

We all know how magical ice looks as it forms on a window pane, or as soft white snowflakes gently fall from the ice blue sky. Recreate this same feel on your holiday tree this year with blue and white ornaments and decorations. Here the set of two Victorian Glass Ornaments offers vintage charm and exquisite beauty for Christmas display. Pair these ornaments with deep blue glass balls, or along with other white accents for a Christmas tree that will look as though it has been gently kissed by winter frost. Click here to take a look at a video featuring our range of glass ornaments up close!

Blue and White Victorian Glass Ornament Set

Beaded Glass Ornament Set Classic Red, Green, and White

Nothing says Christmas more than red, green, and white. Santa standing by a green Christmas tree, and holly berries and leaves covered in snow. Spruce up your Christmas tree this year by using ornaments true to this color scheme. Small hints of gold will offer a more magical, sophisticated effect. Start with Beaded Victorian Glass Ornaments, add in a Felt Snowman with a Tree, and finish off the whole display by tucking an embroidered Balsam Fir Ornament shaped like a tree.

Felt Snowman With Tree Balsam Fir Tree Ornament

A Homespun Holiday Feel

Nothing beats homemade holidays charm, but when you are not able to make your own decorations, we have some viable options that will offer the same handmade appeal. Country Hearts will offer a simple, charming look, and can be shared with friends or used all at once on the tree. Felt Star Ornament features wooden beads and a velveteen bow.

Felt Star Ornament
Country Hearts Ornament Set

Golden Glass Star Set Glittering Gold and Silver

Metallic accents on your holiday tree will add a magical touch with a classic feel. Golden Glass Stars can be strung with string and an ornament hook for display on sturdy branches, complimented by Sitting Bunny, and the Heavenly Angel perched on a golden moon.

Sitting Bunny Ornament Heavenly Angel Ornament

What is your favorite decorating scheme for your Christmas tree? Let us know in the comments below!

Perfectly Plush Pet Pillows

Monday, November 11th, 2013
Using holiday pillows in your decorating has many benefits. From the comfortable cushion to the vibrant array of color variations pillows offer support and interesting accent to a home all year long. In our catalog and on our website, we feature hooked wool pillows, embroidered pillows, felt pillows, and many more – some of which our exclusive items, so be sure to browse through what is available!
Assortment of Holiday Pillows

Precious Pups

Dogs and cats all have a place in our lives as pets and companions. Showcase your love for a special pet with a hooked wool pillow showing imagery akin to the likeness of your personal furry friend. On the Scottie Dog Hooked Wool Pillow, designed by Stephanie Marrot, a friendly black Scottie dog prowls through the snow, looking for his friends no doubt. A festive bow with holly leaf and berry accents decorates his collar. Makes a fitting gift for a friend with Scottish Terriers at home!

Scottie Dog Pillow
Dog in Snow Pillow All Dogs Deserve a Pillow

For Labrador fans out there, look at Dog in Snow, featuring a black Labrador holding a bit of greenery in his mouth, ready to play outside. Along the same lines, the playful pup looks as happy as a clam in the middle of the winter snow storm on the Snowy Dog Hooked Wool Pillow, with coordinating rug, designed by Mary Lake Thompson.


Versatile Pillows

Pillows are for more than just sleeping, and we encourage home decorators to use cushions all over the house from entryway benches and guest room chairs, with seating areas in the living room or family room. Delight guests with the vibrant imagery on these pillows, in addition to their comfortable support. Prop several pillows in your staging around the Christmas tree, or use them as part of the scenery for your holiday family photos. It will be fun each year to bring out the Christmas themed decorations and enjoy seeing your old pillow pals again.

Snowy Dog Pillow
Skiing Dog Pillow Jack Russel Pillow

Cat in Hat Pillow Festive Felines

Who doesn’t love a cuddly cat? These funny felines are featured on a vast number of pillows here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, perfect gifts for cat fanatics this holiday season. With a cat in a hat, and dressed to impress, the Cat in Hat Pillow features a cuddly kitty looking quite warm with a purple hat and gray coat. His avian friends have gathered around to see what treats the cat is offering on this cold winter day.

Oh how enticing the holiday ornament is to this next Christmas cat, on the Cat With Ornament Pillow. Raising a paw to touch the precious prize, this cat seems to think he will be getting away with the sneaky act, but this images catches him before any damage was done. Kitty in Gift Box is simply too cute to pass up.

Cat With Ornament Pillow Kitty in Gift Box Pillow

Well-Known Artists

Kitty in Window shows us how cute a cat can be, taking a peek at his cardinal friend as the snow gently falls. The only question is which animal is inside the warm house and which animal is outside in the elements? Artist Karen Cruden designed this pillow exclusively for Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, so it cannot be found anywhere else on the market. Sturbridge supports many artists, and has a wide range of information on their website for each of the designers who create the imagery and design for their products.

Kitty in Window Pillow

Puppy in Boot Pillow Picture Perfect

Why not give a pillow featuring a pet that looks just like the one a friend or family member may have at home? Imagine the excitement on Christmas morning when the gift is opened to reveal a picture perfect representation of their sweet pet.

Although everyone would love to receive a real puppy for Christmas, an alternative is Puppy in Boot Pillow, featuring a darling pup propped in a large Santa boot, ready to charm his new home with wet nose kisses and furry cuddles. Designed by artist Donna Rice to exude charm and holiday cheer.

Holiday Pillows on a Bed

Do you have pillows at home with pictures of your favorite animals? Share in the comments below!