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Throwback Thursday: Fall 2018 Blog Wrap-Up

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

That’s right – today is the last day for our Fall 2018 catalog. Which means Holiday arrives at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop tomorrow (9/14)! Before we get into the new decor and holiday prep, however, we’re taking a look back at ten blog posts from our Fall 2018 season. We hope you have felt inspired, cooked up something new or simply enjoyed reading our posts over the past couple of months; we look forward to bringing you fresh ideas up to the last day of the year. If you would still like to take advantage of special savings on Halloween decorations and our selection of lighting, just click here.

Oh, and make sure to sign up for our 65 Year Celebration Sweepstakes (for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate) if you are interested – the entry period ends at midnight tonight (9/13).

Weekly Spotlight: Decorative Lighting (Fall 2018)

Thursday’s Theme: Farmhouse Porch Lighting Four Ways

Weekly Spotlight: Practical Lighting (Fall 2018)

Monday Must-Haves: Late Summer Garden

Flowerpot Leaf Garden Trellis

Weekly Spotlight: Organized for Back to School

Family Friendly Home Office

Decorating With Color: Yellow

Photo by Fein Construction LLCMore kitchen photos

Thursday’s Theme: Pumpkins on the Porch

Weekly Spotlight: Halloween 2018

Quick Tip: Holiday Decorating in a Bedroom (Halloween)

Quick Tip: Holiday Decorating in a Bedroom (Halloween)

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Weekly Spotlight: New Spring Lighting

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Bird & Leaf Swing Arm Table Lamp

Mercury Glass Egg Accent Light Set

Spring Garden Glass Accent Light

Spring sunshine brightens our moods, yards and homes and leaves us feeling excited for the days to come. But with spring also comes rain and scattered cold nights that have us wanting to get cozy and wait for the sun to come out again, and for those days, accent lighting and task lighting are what brighten our homes.

Sea Green Lily Accent Lamp
Capiz Brown Bird Night Light

Fortunately, our new spring lighting solutions are functional and decorative, so you can illuminate your home at night and fill your home with stylish birds and flowers to admire during the day. We have shown you five of our newest spring lighting solutions here, but you can always browse our entire lighting selection HERE. For complementary home accents also new to our catalog, take a look on our website. Share with us how you are decorating with accent lighting and spring home accents, and continue to enjoy the spring season!

  1. Bird & Leaf Swing Arm Table Lamp (with matching Floor Lamp and Wall Lamp)
  2. Mercury Glass Egg Accent Lights (comes as a set of two)
  3. Spring Garden Glass Accent Light
  4. Sea Green Lily Accent Lamp (see more Lily Lamps HERE)
  5. Capiz Brown Bird Night Light (also available as a Bluebird)

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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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