Posts Tagged ‘pumpkins’

Quick Tip: Decorating with Soft Sculptures

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Quick Tip: Seasonal Soft Sculptures

Soft sculptures can make a big seasonal statement in a small amount of space. Prop on a staircase, a rustic bench, a kitchen counter or chair for festive style that doesn’t overwhelm. Available for Halloween, harvest, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other occasions, you can decorate with these collectibles throughout the year!
Shown here: Pilgrim Soft Sculptures by artist ©Joe Spencer and our Soft Decorative Pumpkin in Rust.

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Halloween Decorating

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Gather around guys and ghouls, for the witching hour is nigh. We here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop cast a spell inviting you to pick your poison from own collection of to die for harvest and Halloween décor. With a wide selection of spook-tacular seasonal decorative accents available, of corpse your Halloween gathering will be the best treat this year. Let’s take a look at what we have to offer for your next ghoulish gala.
Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble

Looking for additional ways to brew up fright in your home? There are many simple ways to make the change to Halloween throughout each room.

Witch Wreath Holder displays your favorite seasonal wreath to greet guests as they arrive as Bat Weather Vane alerts folks to the whims of the wind. Harvest Cat Framed Print offers primitive folk art appeal on any wall, and can be easily dressed up with spider webs on Halloween night.

Bat Weather Vane
Harvest Cat Framed Print Witch Wreath Holder

Lace Crow Accents Brew Up Bits of Fun in Every Room

Create a grand first impression by adding festive Halloween accents into every nook of your home.

From Lace Crow Accents to affix to your drapes, windows or any wall space to nostalgic humorous signs like All About the Shoes Sign to the little details on Witches Brew Bar Soap, your Halloween guests are sure to be pleased by the decorative accents your have placed throughout your home all in the spooky theme of All Hallows Eve.

Witches Brew Soap All about the shoes sign

Let the Light Shine in the Darkness

You can easily light the way for your petrified party goers with the warm glow of lights inside your home, on the porch or even in every window. Choose colored tealights to fit with your theme like mustard Wax Coated Tealights, offering a muted golden yellow hue for display throughout the harvest season. Even the most startled soul will find comfort in the luminosity of festive lights. Grapevine Pumpkin Lights can be used indoors or out, featuring tiny white lights inside grapevine pumpkins with wire frames to keep their shape. Long cords allow for connecting these gourds together.

Grapevine Pumpkin Lights

Pumpkin Gourd Candy Dish Terrifyingly Delicious Treats on Display

Once the witches and warlocks have all entered into the inner sanctum through the creaking doors, gather around the dining room table to taste the treats showcased in Pumpkin Gourd Candy Dish. Dare little ones to reach inside the gaping mouth to retrieve their favorite treats. The body of these candy dishes are created from USA grown, naturally dried gourds that are hand painted and carved to resemble these spook-tacular Halloween guests.


For the Smallest of Guests

The great thing about Halloween decorating is that you can make it spooky or whimsical. If you have small trick-or-treaters coming over to enjoy the festivities, decorate with little sculpture characters like Wicked Witch, the Cowardly Lion or Scarecrow. Destined to become favorite accents around your home all year. These adorable Lori Mitchell sculptures are versatile enough to use for Halloween or for giving as a gift to any fan of The Wizard of Oz.

Wicked Witch Sculpture
Cowardly Lion Collectible Scarecrow collectible

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In the Pumpkin Patch

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

They only come around once a year and now that we are nearing the start of fall, that time is here. Pumpkins are a gourd like squash that are native to North America. Most commonly having a thick orange or yellow shell, pumpkins truly are a treat this season. Having received the name pumpkin by the first American colonists, from a root word of pepon in Greek; which means “large melon.” Pumpkins, depending on where they are grown, can weigh anywhere between less than 1 pound to over 1,000 pounds. The record for largest pumpkin was topped in 2010, with an astonishing 1,810.5 pound pumpkin!

In common folklore, pumpkins are associated with Halloween, witches and usually a bit of magic; as depicted in Cinderella, where the fairy godmother turns a large pumpkin into a white, royal carriage to take Cinderella to the ball. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have some pumpkin themed items that might just bring some magic into your home, like our Pumpkin Wagon Salt & Pepper Set. Don’t worry about pumpkins being out of style after Halloween, many of our items feel harvest enough to take your decor through the end of November. For example, our Small Pumpkin Accent Pillow, featuring a lovely burnt orange cotton check with detailed hand stitching and soft green, felt leaves. It’s weighted to sit upright anywhere in your home. The Harvest Crow & Pumpkin Pillow and matching Wool Hook Harvest Pumpkin Chair Pad display a similar wool hook pumpkin patch design atop a brown background; presenting a friendly black crow on the pillow. Did you know that over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced each year in the USA?

Not all pumpkins are the familiar bright orange, some can be shades of green, gray or even white. So not to be shy when choosing another color, we offer you our White Pumpkin Star Pillow. This cute little accent pillow has a white, hand-appliquéd pumpkin design, tiny berries sewn with French knots and a white chenille trim against a wool, green background; with a cotton plaid back. Or maybe you’ll like our Autumn Mix, showcasing a mix of different colored pumpkins and gourds. Use this mix as a decor filler in any glass vase or table centerpiece. Remember it’s in the details!

We all know a good pumpkin pie when we taste one, but where does all that flavor come from? Pumpkins are rich in Alpha and Beta carotene, which produce a high content of Vitamin A. Those rich nutrients translate into a healthy ingredient in many baked desserts. Best picked when ripe, pumpkins make a great puree for pie. But other areas of the world have been using them a lot differently. In addition to pies, bread and seeds like we’re used to in America, some in Mexico choose to batter pumpkin wedges and then deep fry them as a plating garnish. In Japan they use pumpkin as an ingredient for Tempura. And we can’t forget about a delicious and warm pumpkin soup, though popular in the U.S., China has the recipe perfected by including other cooked vegetables. Therefore, pumpkin dishes get their flavor by the addition of others, but are truly a great base fruit for your cooking and baking needs. (Yes, pumpkins are technically a fruit, though treated as a vegetable, just like the tomato!)

A couple other pumpkin filled products at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, are just waiting to find a spot in your country home real soon. Like our Pumpkin Wreath that is just bursting with friendly fall colors. As seen here to the right, this wreath is easily mounted on any wall in your home to really display pumpkins at their best. To add a touch of Maine, we even have some real pinecones hidden within the arrangement of the wreath. Our Harvest Time Wooly is another idea that’s perfect for your mantle or could make a great teacher gift. This Wooly is bundled up and cleaning up the pumpkin patch before the frost sets in. However you choose to use pumpkins, whether that be to eat, decorate or carve this season, we hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit more about the star of the harvest season: pumpkins.

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