Posts Tagged ‘kitchen decor ideas’

Made in the USA: Hostess Gift Ideas

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Attending a bridal shower, birthday party or family gathering soon and looking for a simple and charming gift to bring for the hostess or guest of honor? Take a look at this range of made in America around the house items available now on Sturbridge Yankee Workshop’s website.
Simple and Sweet, Smelling That Is

Drawer sachets never go out of style. Give a gift that keeps on giving with charming sachets filled with the calming scent of real lavender flowers. Friends who travel frequently can even tuck one into their suitcase for a real treat when they are on the road. Charming imagery on Hope Pink Ribbon Sachet or Heart Flowers Sachet is sure to make anyone smile. Wonderful aromas are also achieved with jar candles in fragrances such as watermelon or strawberry, just right for the busy hostess who wants to keep room’s smelling fresh.

Hope Pink Ribbon Sachet
Heart Flowers Sachet Watermelon Jar Candle

Life is Good Beach Clock Beach Time

Whether you have a friend who decorates their bathroom in a seaside beach theme or you have a friend who does the same in their dining room, these charming accents feel fresh from the sea to enhance relaxation and laid back atmosphere in every room. Life is Good Beach Clock will remind you of the time while keeping your mind on all things beach related, whether for an in-town home or ocean front cottage. Beach Time Placemat or Coaster Set make a wonderful duo for giving to a friend who hosts summer gatherings in their yard or coastal home.

Beach Time Placemat

Beach Time Coaster Set


Patriotic Charm

Many folks decorate with Americana theme all year round. Enhance the collection of a close friend with charming gift ideas just right for Fourth of July parties or for display throughout the year. Americana Candle Jar is available in two sizes and features rustic imagery on pasted labels and inviting scents of favorite American desserts in wax colors of red, white and blue. Americana Coaster Set and America & Flag Sign Blocks offer primitive imagery for display on patriotic occasions or all year long.

Americana Candle Jar
America & Flag Sign Blocks Americana Coaster Set

Non-slip Pastry Mat Handy Kitchen Helpers

Hostess gifts are often overlooked when attention should be paid to the guy or gal who opened their home for a special event or gathering of friends and family. Show your appreciation for their hard work, especially if they prepared the food, by giving the gift of a reliable cooking tool that they can use in the kitchen. Non-slip Pastry Mat is simply essential for any host who makes pies, cookies or other delectable desserts. Kitchen Helper Guide is always welcome in any kitchen, by new or seasoned cooks alike. Garlic Keeper offers an easy way to keep garlic fresh for friends who adore Italian cooking.

Kitchen Helper Guide Garlic Keeper

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Made in the USA: Katherine Washburn Ceramics

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Creating truly unique hand painted and hand fired ceramic creations, artist Katherine Washburn is a featured artist at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.
Golden Retriever Oval Platter
Katherine Washburn has been firing ceramics since her first, albeit unrecognizable, imaginatively hued project at the age of three. Her fascination with pottery was then nurtured and trained for years as she devoted 22 years of her adult life to teaching Special Education in public school systems around the nation. In the year 2000, Kathy returned to her art full time, with her throwing wheel, artist brushes and paints, while never far away, becoming closer as she devoted her time to them. While focusing on cats and dogs, Kathy also creates custom creatures to reach her customer’s desires.
Golden Retriever Coffee Mug Smiles From a Goldie

Sip morning coffee with your favorite furry friend smiling at you from the side of this charming bright red mug. Showcased with a lovable face and a red bandanna around its neck, this cuddly pup is ready to make you smile every time you see it. Truly unique design by Vermont artist Katherine Washburn.

Ceramic mug is perfect for your morning coffee, with your warm and fuzzy pet by your side. Even better, this ceramic mug is 100% microwave and dishwasher safe. Hand painted and fired with a food safe glaze for long lasting durability and quality not found anywhere else.


Country Cow Bowl

This bright bovine is ready to serve, your supper that is! Handcrafted by Vermont folk artist Katherine Washburn to showcase this farm animal with big eyes and a puff of black furry hair on its head. A red kerchief makes this cow look festive enough for even the most formal of place settings. Folk art imagery with tiny dots and wheat ears decorate three-fourths of the edge, as the hand painted image of the cow fills the rest of the bowls interior. Flare edge makes lifting this bowl a breeze, and the large size accommodates many dishes. Even better, this ceramic dish is 100% microwave and dishwasher safe.

Country Cow Large Serving Bowl Front View

Golden Retriver Cookie Jar Lid Off Canine or Human Treats

Store pet favorite cookies, or your own favorite batch recipe in this cookie jar featuring a playful pup with his cherished tennis ball ready for fetch. Ceramic cookie jar is hand painted and designed by artist Katherine Washburn. Perfect for pet treats, or your own treats, and a great way to celebrate the furry friend in your life. Display on your kitchen counter, and when required, you can wash this piece in the dishwasher. Microwave safe, too. Hand painted and fired with a food safe glaze.

Golden Retriver Cookie Jar Lid Detail Golden Retriever Cookie Jar

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American Made, Kitchen Inspiration at SYW

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have lots of ways to garner inspiration in your kitchen. The kitchen is perhaps one of the rooms you most often frequent, and that’s why it should be just the way you like it. For our summer 2012, made in the USA promotion, we feature a few items that decorate with baking in mind. Proudly American made, these products could be the perfect addition to your kitchen this summer. Let’s take a look below.


Pictured here to the left is our beautifully crafted, French Rolling Pin & Holder. Made of solid cherry wood, the pin and its holder have a mineral oil finish; making it food safe. Designed in a classic “European pole” style, when finished and cleaned you can easily hang back up on a wall. What exactly is a French rolling pin vs. a standard rolling pin? Regular pins have handles in order to ease the “rolling-out” process. They are also typically bigger and symmetrically round beginning to end.

In contrast, a French pin does not have any handles and is most always tapered at the ends. Tapered ends present better pivoting and overall maneuverability. Regular bakers prefer this style as it allows you to really feel the dough and the pressure placed upon it. French rolling pins offer a better weight distribution and thus result in more even dough for pastries, cookies or rolls; the better the precision, the better the end result will be. Some say the European rod style pins are easier to clean, as there are no crevasses for dough or flour to get stuck in. Our lathe-turned pin is no exception and is a functional decorative for your home. This item is now on sale for $69.95.

Another idea for adding both function and nostalgic decor to your kitchen, is none other than our made in the USA, Baked Goods Clock. “Homemade baked goods served daily,” is a great way to add comfort in your kitchen. Our Baked Goods Clock will add an inviting feel to your cooking and dining space. With vintage charm and large roman numerals, this clock is stylish and easy to read. It does require (1) AA battery, not included. Now on sale for $34.95 this summer at SYW.

Complimenting our “rolling pin” theme, a final suggestion from Sturbridge is the Rolling Pin Sachet. Designed by Leslie Evans, our exclusive Rolling Pin Sachet is filled with corn husk and has a refreshing orange and clove scent. Handcrafted here in Maine, this sachet features a wooden rolling pin, bordered by an orange trim and surrounded by a vintage wall paper inspired, green and ivory design. It reverses to a gray and white country check pattern. In particular this item, but truly any product featured here, is the ideal gift for the chef or baking enthusiast in your life.


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