Posts Tagged ‘antique decorations’

Quick History of Bicycles

Friday, January 10th, 2014
When did you first learn how to ride a bike? Nowadays there are training wheels and helmets, arm pads and plenty of parental support for those first few bike riding experiences. Jump back in time to when bicycles were first created and used and the style, design and overall experience are much different. We here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop feature different bike style themes in our wide range of products from wall art to decorative clocks and more.
Newsprint Bike Clock Bicycle Beginnings

The earliest bicycles, circa 1817, were made of wood, and involved a not-so-complicated motion of propelling yourself and the mechanism forward while peddling your feet along the ground, known as the “hobby horse” or Draisienne. This machine was not quite as practical as originally hoped and was mainly used for well groomed paths such as would be found on a stroll through a well-maintained garden area. On Newsprint Bike Clock, a vintage image of a 1950’s style bicycle is printed on an image of historic newsprint.


Not So Successful Designs

When pedals were first added to the bicycle in 1865 they were added directly to the front wheel. This version was called the velocipede, although those who actually rode these all wood bikes around on cobblestone streets commonly called them the “bone shakers” as your body was jolted about as you rode along.

The first all metal machine did not appear until 1870, with rubber wheels and pedals still attached to the front wheel.

Metal Bike Wall Art
Speaking of the front wheel, these began to become larger and larger as manufacturers realized that the bigger the front wheel, the longer distance you travel with just one push of the pedal. This was also the first machine to be called bicycle, meaning “two-wheel”. Nowadays these are commonly referred to as the penny farthing bicycles, easily recognizable like the wall art shown above.

Bicycle Jute Wrapped Wall Art A Bicycle Built For Two

Tandem bicycles, those with seats and pedals arranged fore and aft from each other, were first popularized in the 19th century. As early as 1898, patents were being filed for two-person and four-person tandem bicycles weighing close to 25 and 65 pounds respectively.

On this jute wrapped wall art, a vintage tandem bicycle is featured with scrolling script reading, “And they lived happily ever after.”

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Trim Your Holiday Tree With Sturbridge Yankee

Monday, November 11th, 2013
Take a look at the Christmas ornament collection you have in storage. Is there a color that is more predominant? How about a theme? Perhaps you have more animal themed ornaments than you do others. By taking a moment to reevaluate what ornaments you already have at home, it is easier to add new ornaments to the mix each year. Here are some of our favorite ornament combinations for a Christmas tree that will feel new each time you decorate. No need to stress, for here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have everything you need to decorate and trim your holiday tree so that it looks its best year after year.

Choose a Color Theme

Many of us have oodles of Christmas ornaments in storage around the house, and some of us even display multiple Christmas trees just to use up the stockpile of available decorations. This year, focus your assortment by selecting a color scheme that can carry throughout the house.

Crochet and Burgundy Glass Ornament Set Clean and Bright Red and White

Red and white are opposite colors in a very obvious fashion. Red is bright, cheerful, and full of emotion. The color of poinsettias, holly berries, and Santa’s suit. White is clean, crisp, and innocent. The color of snow, ice, and angel wings. Here we have a set of two Crochet and Burgundy Glass Ornaments, Felt Pinecone Snowman, and set of 12 Chenille Candy Canes. Red and white are found quite easily on many holiday decorations, and this scheme can also be combined with green, gold, or silver to vary the overall look from year to year.

Felt Snowman With Pinecone Mini Chenille Candy Canes

Whimsical Blue and White

We all know how magical ice looks as it forms on a window pane, or as soft white snowflakes gently fall from the ice blue sky. Recreate this same feel on your holiday tree this year with blue and white ornaments and decorations. Here the set of two Victorian Glass Ornaments offers vintage charm and exquisite beauty for Christmas display. Pair these ornaments with deep blue glass balls, or along with other white accents for a Christmas tree that will look as though it has been gently kissed by winter frost. Click here to take a look at a video featuring our range of glass ornaments up close!

Blue and White Victorian Glass Ornament Set

Beaded Glass Ornament Set Classic Red, Green, and White

Nothing says Christmas more than red, green, and white. Santa standing by a green Christmas tree, and holly berries and leaves covered in snow. Spruce up your Christmas tree this year by using ornaments true to this color scheme. Small hints of gold will offer a more magical, sophisticated effect. Start with Beaded Victorian Glass Ornaments, add in a Felt Snowman with a Tree, and finish off the whole display by tucking an embroidered Balsam Fir Ornament shaped like a tree.

Felt Snowman With Tree Balsam Fir Tree Ornament

A Homespun Holiday Feel

Nothing beats homemade holidays charm, but when you are not able to make your own decorations, we have some viable options that will offer the same handmade appeal. Country Hearts will offer a simple, charming look, and can be shared with friends or used all at once on the tree. Felt Star Ornament features wooden beads and a velveteen bow.

Felt Star Ornament
Country Hearts Ornament Set

Golden Glass Star Set Glittering Gold and Silver

Metallic accents on your holiday tree will add a magical touch with a classic feel. Golden Glass Stars can be strung with string and an ornament hook for display on sturdy branches, complimented by Sitting Bunny, and the Heavenly Angel perched on a golden moon.

Sitting Bunny Ornament Heavenly Angel Ornament

What is your favorite decorating scheme for your Christmas tree? Let us know in the comments below!

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