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Mainely Wreaths 2013

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

One way to easily transition into the holiday spirit is with a fresh Maine wreath. At Sturbridge, we are proud to carry real balsam greenery from our friends at Mainely Wreaths in downeast Maine. For the upcoming holiday season we have a selection of freshly picked balsam branches that are formed to create the most beautiful wreaths and centerpieces.

Local Crafters for Better Results

Mainely Wreaths is a local company out of Waldoboro, Maine, which is about an hour and a half away from Portland. They pride themselves on their ability to ensure the up most freshness in their products due to their efficient delivery schedule.

While gathering boughs, or tree branches, each day as the orders come in, they promise a 100% satisfaction guarantee for their customers. The same goes if you are a Sturbridge Yankee Workshop customer. Adding a festive flare to each and every handcrafted piece, are beautiful decorative accents such as: red holly berries, pinecones or a bright red bow for the final touch. Their bows are always built to withstand outdoor elements due to their quality and water proof capability; so no worries if there is snow or sunshine outside your door.

Traditional Balsam Fir Wreath with Red Bow

Acadia National Park, Maine

Downeast Maine

The downeast region of Maine refers to our eastern most coast. This includes places you might be familiar with, like Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Downeast Maine is also home to beautiful wildlife and vast regions of none other than the Maine Balsam Fir, which is a variety of our state tree, the Eastern White Pine. This fir tree is the only fir tree of its kind that is truly native to Maine woods. They can grow to 60 or 70 feet tall and their trunks usually measure 12-20 inches in diameter. As they are one of the most abundant trees in Maine, the damp forest and well drained hillsides in this area, allow the tree to thrive.

Balsam Fir trees are distinguished from Spruce trees by their flat needles and upright cones; making them ideal for use in wreath making. You will find that our wreaths made from Mainely Wreaths, will bring the true spirit of holidays in Maine to life in your home. Their attention to detail and experienced craftsmanship are above the rest.

Pinecones a Plenty

Our Pinecone & Millet Wreath, seen here to the right, will complement holiday scenes from the front door to the back yard. Whether your taste is traditional or contemporary, this exclusive wreath features pinecones and millet sprigs. Millet is typically referred to as a group of small species of grains, that appears to look like wheat grass you might see in a field. Our Pinecone & Millet Wreath is great because it offers an alternative to traditional style wreaths, like our Traditional Wreath with Red Bow, pictured above. Including mini red berries and mini pinecones, this wreath option creates a warm welcome for all your guests this season.

Pinecone and Millet Wreath

Maine Candle Centerpiece Other Options for Display

We also carry one of Mainely Wreath’s centerpieces, our Balsam Centerpiece. Real Maine grown greens and a pillar candle make this centerpiece one you’re sure to love. Bring the fragrance of real balsam and the enjoyment of candlelight to your table this year; decorated with a bright red bow and pinecones.

Our fresh wreaths measure about 24″ in diameter and the centerpiece measures about 14″ in diameter, which should fit most doors and tablescapes just fine. Capture the essence of the deep Maine woods with beautiful handcrafted, balsam decor and you’ll be glad you did.

Delivery Guide:

Week 1: 11/25/13 – 11/29/13
Week 2: 12/02/13 – 12/06/13
Week 3: 12/09/13 – 12/13/13
Week 4: 12/16/13 – 12/20/13

Thank you Mainely Wreaths for sharing your talent and expert wreath making skills with your customers over the years and all of us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Order your wreath today by clicking on any of the links above!

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Vendor Spotlight: Lucuma Designs, Handmade in Peru

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Pictured here to the left, our Cat and Owl Gourd Ornaments are new at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop for holiday 2012. These petite gourds are hand carved from natural gourds, and are designed as either a black cat or orange toned owl. The Cat Gourd Ornament is painted black with a pink nose and fine ‘fur’ details. The Owl Gourd Ornament is presented in gold and orange coloring, with large orange eyes, spots, and a raised black beak. Our gourd ornaments offer a native inspired and old world look to your tree for the holiday season, or year round in a window. Both are indeed handcrafted, and thus details will vary as the artist intended, based on the shape and size of the gourd. Available now for just $14.95 each, they also will SHIP FREE to our customers.

Lucuma Designs

Each of the Gourd Ornaments is handmade in the country of Peru through a fair trade company named Lucuma Designs. This style of Peruvian folk art is one that dates back over 4000 years, as a traditional craft of the people of Peru. Gourds in Peru were originally used to store food or spices, or even drink out of. They were also a means for trading between villages. Today, master carvers of the Andean region of Peru, travel to gourd fields to find the best quality gourds. After peeling the outer green skin of the gourd and leaving to dry naturally in the hot sun, the creative process can begin. Skilled artists first sketch the pattern onto each gourd. Next the design is hand carved with hand chisels and high attention to accuracy. Gorgeous shades of black and brown that are exhibited on our Cat and Owl Gourd Ornaments, are achieved through a technique called pyrograpy; essentially  burning areas of the design to add texture and enrich the “natural” appearance. The craft of carving gourds brings with it a history and cultural significance, often times telling a story that has been passed down for generations.

Feel good about your purchase of a Gourd Ornament from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop this season; you’ll be helping to support the communities of woman entrepreneurs and families working together to make these beautiful works of art. You might consider either one or both of these ornaments as a thoughtful idea for a friend or hostess gift. Everyone will surely be happy to receive such a well crafted, fair trade product.

~For more information on the fair trade practices of Lucuma Designs, click Here.

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New from Williraye Studio: Collectible Halloween Sculptures

Friday, September 7th, 2012

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we continue to add to our collectible sculptures so that you too, can add to yours at home each season. We have shared many artists and designers of these whimsical characters with you over the years, but one collection that remains a customer favorite, is that of Williraye Studio. Today, we feature two new additions that are perfect for the Halloween holiday.

Pictured here to the left is our Witchy Wonderland Halloween Sculpture, just in time for the festivities this fall. Dressed for a night of trick-or-treating, this sculpture adds quirk in true Halloween style to a mantle or side table in your home. This witch holds a large black cat with matching purple and black striped hat. And her bat companion doesn’t leave her side on this Halloween night, on top of her pumpkin-head broom. This resin reproduction was originally hand painted and handcrafted by Bobbe Punzel-Schuknecht and Jeff Schuknecht, the talented designers of Williraye Studio.

The creative process of such sculptures as Witchy Wonderland, begins with the imagination of Bobbe and is then partnered with the accomplished carving talents of her husband Jeff. Their art studio sits nestled in the rolling hills of rural Wisconsin, where life on the farm is expressed in their art. **An interesting fact: the name Williraye is a combination of their middle names. Willi short for Jeff’s middle name William, and Raye for Bobbe’s middle name.

Next up is our Devil-iciously Good Halloween Sculpture, seen here on the left. Also ready for a spooky night of trick-or-treating, this sculpture complements other Halloween decorative displays very well. The large black cat’s hair stands straight up on his back, as both the cat and the boy appear to be frightened by something near by. Dressed in a red devil costume with every detail in place, this sculpture is packed with Halloween fun. If you look closely, you will even find a spider along for the ride.

The joint effort shared in creating each of these comical characters, is one that Williraye Studio is very proud of. Bobbe feels as though she is telling a story through her work, and the detailed carving and painting bring them to life. In their spare time, Bobbe and Jeff enjoy life on the farm and collect various antiques together. They are both very pleased that through their work, they are touching the lives of folk art lovers everywhere. As always, either of these collectible figurines would make a great gift idea too.

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