Posts Tagged ‘home fragrance’

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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Tuesday Recipe: National Chocolate Caramel Day

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
March 19, 2014 is National Chocolate Caramel Day. What does that mean exactly? Well, in short, it means we can share this delightful treat with you. It involves three very special parts combined into one delicious, too good to be true treat: Chocolate Caramel Shortbread.
Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Ingredients:

For the shortbread:

For the caramel:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

For the chocolate topping:

  • 1 1/4 cups milk chocolate chips

To make the shortbread:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat together the butter, sugar and flour until crumbly. Press into a 9×9 baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

To make the caramel:
Add the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and condensed milk to a medium sauce pan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir vigorously for 3 minutes. Pour caramel over the (warm or cool) shortbread.

For the topping:
Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and return to the oven for 1 minute. Spread the chocolate chips with an offset spatula or swirl with a knife for a marble effect. Cool completely and cut into small squares.

Hershey's Baking Chocolate Candle
Meadow Flowers Shortbread Pan Kitchen Helper Guide

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Decorating With Yellow

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
We love the versatility and cheerful qualities of the color yellow. You can use it in combination with wood furnishings to bring rustic, whimsical charm or with muted tones for a beach inspired feel.
Forsythia Wreath Sunflower Night Light
Sunflower Hooked Chair Pad Bright and Cheerful

Bright, bold yellow accents can make any room feel happier and, therefore, it will make you feel happy as soon as you enter the space. Sunflowers are classic options for adding a splash of sunshine to your current style as they range from rustic goldenrod to bright golden yellow in color. Sunflower Hooked Chair Pad offers a bright option for accenting any chair. Pear Felted Wool Birdhouse and Ceramic Birdbath Bowl will add a vibrant accent to your yard or porch area.

Pear Felted Wool Birdhouse Ceramic Birdbath Bowl

Muted Tones for Rustic Charm

Goldenrod and mustard are two colors you are bound to find here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. On everything from furniture to curtain collections, muted yellow hues bring rustic sensations welcome in any country home. Happy Place Block is a quick and easy way to bring happiness to any wall. Calico Crow Textiles Collection coordinates an entire room in simple, easygoing primitive style. It is easy to see how Jelly Hutch Cabinet Set, in rich mustard finish, brings rural rustic charm to a dining room or kitchen.

Calico Crow Textiles Collection
Jelly Hutch Cabinet Set Mustard Happy Place Block Sign

Forsythia Lights Brighten Up

Just like the big round ball of light in our blue sky, you can easily add bright light to any room to evoke pleasant sensations. Forsythia Lights instantly enhance a pot, planter or large vase for mood lighting and a spring sensation all year long. Pair with dark wood furniture for a rich feel or with lighter pine furnishings for a relaxed space. Butterfly Night Light adds a sweet touch to a kid’s bedroom or dim hallway. Star Light Bulb offers a look at how we perceive glowing masses in our night sky to appear, perfect for accenting your favorite lamp.

Butterfly Night Light Star Light Bulb

Tips for Using Yellow

  • Combine lemon yellow with other bright colors like red, blue or green
  • Soft, understated yellow works well with soft cream
  • Rustic mustard and rich gold pair with wooden furnishings
  • Goldenrod brings simple, primitive charms
  • White, soft yellow and soft lavender create whimsical spaces
  • Muted tones of gray work wonderfully with yellow
  • Yellow can be a cool or warm color, depending on the amount of other hues it contains
  • Purple and yellow are complementary colors on the color wheel, offering contrast
Lemon Loaf Jar Candle
Berry & Blossom Wreath Star Berry Vine Wallpaper

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