Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

Monday Must-Haves: Halloween in the USA

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Fall Memories Tile & EaselWe hope you’re continuing to enjoy our Holiday 2015 Catalog – both in print and online. For this week’s Must Haves, we’re featuring new signs and art that speak to the season, and they are all made in the USA. These make the perfect accents to your spooky décor and charming home design; happy decorating!

Pat Isaac

Halloween House Wall Hanging

The Fall Memories Tile and Easel is perfect for a small table, bookshelf or mantel in any room. Artist Pat Isaac designed the charismatic imagery and varying fonts to add a fun look to the traditional materials, giving you a unique and eye-catching accent for decorating year after year.

Black Hat Society Sign Blocks

Another Pat Isaac Must-Have complements the imagery on the tile and is part of a collectible series of wall hanging (or shelf-sitting) houses. This one incorporates charming Halloween and fall details into the design for a versatile seasonal accent to display in your own home.

Pat Hutter

Artist Pat Hutter created the Black Hat Society Sign Blocks, a unique trifecta to express Halloween spirit in an entryway, reading nook, or anywhere in your home. Vivid orange and complementary black provide the background for the Halloween-inspired text and traditional pointed witch hat; a traditionally created accent with a distinctive design.

All About the Shoes Sign

A second made in the USA Pat Hutter design is seen in this green sign, featuring classic witch shoes complemented by an asymmetrical wire hanger and black bow. Hang on a doorknob or lean against a bookshelf for an amiable, eye-catching look.

Yes, I Can Drive a Stick SignWonderful Whimsy

Last but certainly not least, this witchy saying brings a lighter feel to Halloween decorations and accents while complementing those accents with its black and white façade. Add a little whimsy to your seasonal décor as well as country charm to your home with this rustic pine sign (and our four other Must-Haves!).

Tuesday Recipe: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Pumpkin Jute TrivetWhen you’ve got your pumpkins carved for Halloween, and are unsure about what to do with all of the seeds, try toasting them for a yummy snack!

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Using a spoon, scrape both the pulp and the seeds out of your pumpkin and into a bowl.

To separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, fill the bowl with water and gently pull the pulp from the seeds. The seeds will float and the rest should sink to the bottom of the bowl. Rinse the seeds in a colander and shake them dry. Do not blot with paper towels or the seeds will stick.

To dry the seeds, spread them out in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes.

To add flavor to the seeds, first toss the seeds with olive oil and then your choice of spices. Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes, being careful not to burn them.Pumpkin_Seeds

Spice options for your toasted seeds: Add any of the following spices (to taste) to create the flavor you are seeking, whether sweet, salty or spicy!

Sweet: Cinnamon and sugar (omit the salt)

Spanish: Smoked paprika and slivered almonds.

Italian: Grated parmesan and dried oregano.

Barbecue: Brown sugar, chipotle chile powder and ground cumin.

Celebrate Any Season With Collectible Sculptures at SYW

Friday, October 11th, 2013
Collectible figurines have a long history across the world, from collectible sports cards to limited edition items released as incentives with other products, or as standalone items. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, collectible items are an important piece to the country decorating puzzle, and we are happy to feature these items by popular collectibles artists.

Artist Lori Mitchell Adds A Whimsical Touch

Some collectibles are versatile enough to be used on display all year long, whereas others are special items to be placed on display but once a year. This includes the range of themed figurines available now on our website.

From witches to turkeys, we have a sculpture for everyone. Take a look what artist Lori Mitchell has to offer in Batty Betty and Wicked Willow.

These petite figures, with whimsical details and plenty of Halloween charm, are designed to bring out the holiday loving child in everyone. Just in time for Halloween decorating, and crafted from resin with handpainted details that preserve the artists original handiwork.

Wicked Willow Sculpture

Turkey Time Thanksgiving Sculpture Williraye StudioIs Full of Folk Art Charm

Well-versed collectors will recognize these next two items, as they are from the distinctive and well-known collaboration of Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht and her husband Jeff Schuknecht, who make up Williraye Studio™.Cold cast in resin to preserve the unique richness of the artists’ carved wood sculptures, Witchy Wonderland and Turkey Time are welcome guests to a collection.

Use Turkey Time as part of the Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece, as the folk art appeal is enhanced by the snow globe encasing a plump turkey dressed as a pilgrim.

Care of Collectible Items

We recommend that collectors maintain the value of their items by keeping them well dusted when on display. When packing the figures away at the end of the season, tuck some tissue or newspaper in with the display piece to ensure that it does not suffer damage when waiting to be released next year. Resin sculptures are quite hardy, and will last for years if well taken care of.

Not to mention the fact that they make fantastic gifts for friends and family!

Witchy Wonderland Halloween Sculpture Collectible

SYW 60 Years Wooly Fuzzy Wooly® Buddies

Another easy to recognize collector’s item are the fuzzy Wooly® characters identified by their puffy wool bodies and fleece hats, often depicted completing tasks such as preparing for the winter season by chopping wood, as seen in the Splitting Wood Wooly®, or celebrating important events, such as the Sturbridge Yankee Workshop 60th Anniversary, as seen in the SYW Anniversary Wooly®.

Use these adorable additions all year long, or bring them out to enhance a mantel space during the appropriate seasons, as many options are available.

To enhance any collection, be sure to gather many figures from various artists. Although the overall style of handicraft may vary from artist to artist, they each have their own special qualities that make them unique and well-worth their display space. Right now at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have collectible sculptures and figurines available to suit every collector’s wish list needs.