Posts Tagged ‘Americana’

Monday Must-Haves: Summer 2018 Patriotic Decor

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Americana Garden Wreath | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopSummer may not have officially started, but we’ve been fully immersed in the sunny season for a couple of weeks now (shop our Summer Sale here). Since the Fourth of July is a summer holiday most of us look forward to, today we’re featuring five patriotic must-have home accents to fill your home with well before America’s birthday.

Americana Garden Wreath

The half-exposed grapevine base enhances the natural look of this dried wreath, which also gives the red, white and blue colors a more earthy, rustic look. Hang up on your front door, on a wall or above the fireplace and enjoy this Sturbridge Yankee Workshop exclusive item for weeks, months and years to come.

Patriotic Angel Sculpture | Artist Jim Shore | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Patriotic Angel Sculpture

New from artist Jim Shore, this beautiful angel collectible features the stars and stripes accented by folk art symbols. The texture and primitive hues enhance the character of the angel’s face, offering a peaceful, rustic Americana look on any bookshelf or table.

Potted Geraniums Garden Flag

Artist Susan Winget designed this lovely arrangement of geraniums and patriotic jars that will brighten up any garden or yard. The fade and mildew resistant fabric protects the colors and imagery from the outdoor summer elements.

Potted Geraniums Garden Flag | Artist Susan Winget | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Long May it Wave Throw Blanket | Artist Cindy Shamp | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Long May It Wave Throw Blanket

A perfect representation of Americana style, this throw blanket was designed by artist Cindy Shamp and made in the USA. This home accent makes a perfect addition to the end of your bed or on the back of a sofa, making it easy to reach and adding decorative appeal to your home.

Made in the USA Print

For this post’s grand finale, there’s no better wall art than Tom Wood’s Made in the USA Print. Get caught up in the farmhouse imagery, Fourth of July celebrations, small-town charm and all the other details when you hang this print on your walls (the title also reflects the print’s origins).

Made in the USA Print | Artist Tom Wood | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Thursday’s Theme: Memorial Day

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

CC Image courtesy of Flickr user Jim BrickettMemorial Day decor is all about – you guessed it – Americana themes. As you acknowledge the sacrifices made by generations of Veterans during celebrations with your family and friends, surround yourself with all things red, white, and blue. Combine homemade decorations with statement decor for a full, spirited look around your home, and don’t be afraid to keep the more “permanent decor” in your house all year long; chances are those Americana-themed items will complement any room.

Here are a couple of simple ways to decorate for Memorial Day, and some ideas on how to incorporate the pride of the USA into your home all year long.

Whether they are in the garden or inside your home, flowers offer versatile and simple options for decorating (no matter the occasion). For Memorial Day, choose flowers in the red, white, and blue color schemes for bright, patriotic spirit. Flowers like daisies, roses, and morning glories are great options, and check with a florist for others to create the optimal bouquet or arrangement. For more permanent decor, opt for faux arrangements in a wreath or garland – these require the lowest maintenance and you can put them on display whenever you are feeling floral, no matter the time of year.

Americana Pillows

A staple in any home, a comfortable and decorative pillow can set or complement the mood of any room. Patriotic colors and symbols offer great Memorial Day style, as well as year-round style for any home. Mix and match with your personal favorites, or switch them out throughout the year for more seasonally-directed designs. 

Banners and PrintablesUSA Banner
Finally, it can be fun to create your own decoratives, and any handmade banners or decor can be used many times, or just once to give your yearly decorating some variety. You can make a USA banner or red, white, and blue emblem with simple craft supplies; use ribbon, paper, and a little sparkle to dress up any outdoor or indoor celebratory space. There are also a variety of printable decorations and imagery on blogs and in magazines that can be hung up or placed in picture frames to create a holistic patriotic theme throughout your home. If you would rather go the craft-store route and purchase already-made banners and posters, add a personal touch to it, like a sprinkle of glitter or star scrapbook stickers for ultimate style.

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Who is Uncle Sam, Anyway?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Wondering who Uncle Sam really is? We did some research into this iconic United States figure and here is what we found, courtesy of the History Channel:

Uncle Sam at SturbridgeOn September 7, 1913, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812. Wilson stamped the barrels with “U.S.” (for United States), but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” Local newspapers picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained nationwide acceptance as the nickname for the United States federal government.

In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast started to popularize the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today.

Perhaps the most famous image of Uncle Sam was created by artist James Montgomery Flagg. In Flagg’s version, Uncle Sam wears a tall top hat and blue jacket and is pointing straight ahead at the viewer. During World War I, this portrait of Sam with the words “I Want You For The U.S. Army” was used as a recruiting poster. The image, which became immensely popular, was first used on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly in July 1916 with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions.

In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.”

There you have it, straight from the historians themselves!

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