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Harvest Gift Ideas for $25 or Less!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we’ve gathered some great gift ideas for the harvest season. Yes, the big gift giving season comes shortly after, but there are plenty of events where a gift this fall would be appropriate. Teachers, hosts/hostesses and those who maybe don’t appreciate candy, will love these harvest treats. A small something to show someone special you care or to say thanks for all they do, our gift ideas are thoughtful and easy on your wallet.

Candle Cards

A unique way to give a greeting card and a candle in the same gift! Our Witch Way to go Candle Card (as seen here to the right) decorated to look like an old-time greeting card, features a retro Halloween design. Our Thanksgiving Candle Card presents a big turkey with bright beautiful feathers being pulled near, by the Thanksgiving Day cook; all in a vintage color palate. Both of these candle cards are designed on canvas wrap and have a candle with an 80 hour burn time with lovely aromas. $24.95 each.

Harvest Soaps

A perfect little gift to give out as a favor to your guests at any harvest gathering is our harvest and Halloween themed soaps. Our Witches Brew Bar Soap, pictured here to the left, is spooky and fun with a light shea butter and olive oil scent. Another Halloween themed soap is our Happy Halloween Bar Soap that has a glowing full moon and pumpkin design with a scrumptious pumpkin spice scent. We also have our Harvest Apple Soap which displays a black crow waving the American flag atop a freshly picked basket of apples; featuring a yummy apple scent. All of our soaps listed here, are handcrafted of the finest all natural ingredients in the USA. $5.95 each.

Pretty Leaves

This is a gift idea that is perfect for both the autumn or holiday season. Our new Leaf Ornaments are exceptionally beautiful whether you choose to hang on a cupboard or a tree. These real leaf ornaments are handcrafted in the USA, with various natural and man-made materials. The Full Moon Maple Leaf Ornament, as seen here, appears as if it were dipped in gold. Our Lacey Oak Irridescent Ornament, simply glistens of fall spirit and showcases the intricate vein detail of the oak leaf. All of the leaf ornaments have a lovely berry or green colored organza ribbon to hang. Another idea for these pretty leaves, is to attach them to the top of a wrapped gift, for a sophisticated look. $16.95 each.

Autumn Fillers

If you’ve got an empty glass vase or glass centerpiece laying around, or are in need of a little autumn accent somewhere in your home, then these autumn fillers are for you. Our Autumn Mix, seen here to the left, contains a variety of faux pumpkins, gourds, leaves and berries in shades of gold, yellow, orange and tan. ($14.95) Though if you’re looking for something more simple, try our Mini Faux Pumpkins. The adorable little pumpkins are so bright and detailed, there are lots of ways to use them. ($19.95) But maybe your friend needs a little fall flare as well, and that’s what makes these autumn fillers great gift ideas too.

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Harvest Table Settings

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

As we get settled back inside for the cooler weather to come, we begin thinking about ways to stay warm and cozy. One of those ways is preparing meals for our family and friends; spending a lot of time entertaining around our kitchen or dining room tables. So let’s take a look at some great seasonal ideas for dressing up your tablescapes. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have plenty to choose from when it comes to setting your table right this fall.

If your like many of us here in Maine, your trying to hold on to the last final days of summer. The bright, warm sunshine and beautiful flowers are fading away as the leaves begin to turn. A great transitional decor theme for those of you still needing a bit of fresh air and nature, is Sunflowers! We have quite the variety of sunflower themed products, but in regards to your lovely table, consider our Sunflower Placemat or the Sunflower Table Runner to match. Both will provide a casual setting while bringing the beauty of cheery sunflowers indoors.

Our Autumn Leaves Placemat (seen above) is another great harvest way to decorate your table. Our leaves placemat is perfect for every day use but when paired with our Autumn Leaves Table Runner, your place settings will look spectacular. Another idea if your into leaves is our Maple Leaf Placemat, featuring an intricate lace design of a Maple Leaf, that will provide a more formal look. The leaf’s veins on this placemat are those extra details you appreciate this time of year; coming in your choice of earth, goldenrod, or paprika color.

Now when it comes to Halloween, your options at Sturbridge are endless! To begin with, we know you’ll love our Autumn Patch Trivets & Basket Set. A set of 6 braided trivets featuring a different harvest image on each. The orange, gold and brown braided border frames the whimsical folk imagery by folk artist Susan Burd. Next, we have a couple more collections that could be the big hit at your party this year. The Black Cat Placemat and Black Cat Table Runner feature a spooky black cat silhouette atop an orange and white background. Or maybe your more in the mood to cast a spell, so consider the matching Witch Placemat and Witch Table Runner, that should do the trick.

We know creating  an inviting and warm environment is important to you, so perhaps you’ll consider one of the above ideas for your country home. As the star of many family dinners and other events to come, don’t forget your tables when decorating this season. Browse the entire collection of Harvest & Halloween Decor, we may have just what you’ve been searching for!


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Meadowbrooke Gourds – A Farmer’s Inspiration

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

All of us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, are pleased to share with you, our customers, a little bit more information about our magnificent gourd products. Located on a farm at the base of Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania is a small company called Meadowbrooke Gourds. Inspired after a trip to the New England Farm Markets, Benjamin Bear, now owner, began his journey by simply shelling out a random gourd. After removing the seeds and seeing the potential of a crop that didn’t rot out like the majority of other crops on the farm and actually only gained a harder shell, Ben knew he had something special. In 1994, Meadowbrooke Gourds was born and the rest as they say, is history.

Much of what this fun loving and hard working company of about 20 or so employees does, is developed through personal inspiration and a friendly work environment.  A perfect example of what can be done with the various shapes of the gourds,  is shown here in our Black Cat Gourd Lantern. Yes that’s right, these hard shell gourds can be hollowed out and made into a unique lighting source!  Gourds can only be grown when there is no threat of frost, and in Pennsylvania that typically runs late spring through early fall. The gourds hopefully will develop a nice hard shell before the cold comes and the gourd plant dies. Not to worry though, it’s ok when your making gourds, this is when the drying out process begins. As you might assume, smaller ones dry faster than larger ones; significantly losing weight and should weigh only ounces. Next, the nice people at Meadowbrooke Gourds clean out the insides of the gourds so its ready to begin crafting. The gourds are smoothed and shaped into the desired form and are then ready for their artistic touches of carving and painting.

Some gourds have a fully carved out front, like our Pumpkin Gourd Candy Dish that can be used for a lovely candy or nut serving dish. And some are more detailed and can be used as a night light, like our Edgar, Pumpkin Gourd Lantern. Whichever your style, at Sturbridge we carry a variety of gourds that will work for the harvest and Halloween season. Our gourds also make a wonderful and distinctive gift.

The craftsmanship and humble story of Meadowbrooke Gourds is one that we are extremely proud of at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Your guests this year will love this one pictured above: our Ghost Gourd Candy Dish!

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