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Decorating Americana All Year Long

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
The joyful spirit of American pride is always celebrated here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Americana themed decorating can be bold in style or expressed through subtle patriotic undertones. It can be shown through obvious use of red, white, and blue or it may simply highlight the idea or message of pride, honor, and patriotism. Americana could be your new decorating style of choice and at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we make it easy to do.
Patriotic Pillows Americana Wreath
Liberty Coasters Americana on Parade

Showcase your patriotism in every room, all year long if you wish, with simple home accents like Americana themed candles, coasters and more, it is easy to spread your style across the house. Americana Coaster Set features artwork by Patrick De Santis on four stoneware coasters in their own storage container. Americana Candle Jar features sweet smells of your favorite desserts: Baked Apple Pie, Vanilla Crème Brulee and Blueberry Muffin. Patriotic Flowers Potholder is perfect for that special addition to your kitchen, or for giving as a gift.

Americana Candle Jar Patriotic Flowers Potholder

Patriotic Wall Art

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have a wide variety of patriotic themed prints and signs for your wall as well. Historic faces, events, and vintage inspired signs will be just the addition you need for your Americana decorated home. Start simple with an American face we all recognize, that of Abraham Lincoln, shown here on Gettysburg Address Print by folk artist Tim Campbell. Rustic Metal Stars offer country charm in addition to patriotic symbolism inside or outside your home. It is easy to see why Chuck Pinson’s American Roots Print would be a welcome addition to any Americana themed home.

Gettysburg Address Print
American Roots Print Rustic Metal Stars

Star Hooked Wool Pillow Red, White & Blue for Pillows, Too

Accent every seat in your home with patriotic pillows that offer style and comfort, all at the same time. Star Hooked Wool Pillow is a sweet touch anytime of year, matching with other star shapes in any room. Liberty Stripe Toss Pillow can be used either inside on a couch or settee or outside on a porch or deck chair where it can be enjoyed by all during warm weather events. George Washington Pillow features a delightful folk art inspired image by artist Tonya Crawford in hand hooked wool.

Liberty Stripe Toss Pillow George Washington Pillow

Wave Your Flag with Pride

We see a lot of symbolism created through the use of an American flag and we have a variety of flags to choose from. Use a flag outside the front or back door to set the tone for your patriotic theme, and then carry that theme into your home by adding just the right accents to showcase your style in every room. 50 Star Flag, is crafted from quality antiqued cotton for a truly vintage look. Mini Fan Flag offers a festive option, and Patriotic Clock will look great all year long in a kitchen or even a home office.

50 Star Flag
Patriotic Wall Clock Mini Fan Flag

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Made in the USA: Alice Backman Potholders, Hot Pads and Sachets

Monday, March 17th, 2014
Coordinate your country kitchen with matching kitchen textile collections. Unique designs by Alice Backman add charm and functionality to your kitchen or dining room. Hot pads and pot holders protect your counters and your hands. Sachets filled with various natural scents and spices produce a lovely aroma in a kitchen pantry or cupboard.
Patriotic Flowers Potholder My Dog Potholder
Kitty in the Garden

This svelte black feline peers amongst hollyhocks and sunflowers on a bright spring day. Happy to be amongst the flowers enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of the garden. Pair  Kitty Garden Hot Pad and Kitty Garden Sachet for a purr-fect addition to your kitchen. Kitty Garden Potholder pulls the entire look together for a coordinated look offering a decorator’s touch. For added charm, each of these darling kitchen accents are made right here in the USA. Imagine the possibilities for decorating and the gift giving opportunities each piece offers.

Kitty Garden Sachet
Kitty Garden Hot Pad Kitty Garden Potholder

Sunflower & Blue Jay Potholder Bright and Cheerful

Make your kitchen or dining room the brightest, warmest room in any house. Create an inviting space worth spending time in with family and friends. Bring more color into every meal with these whimsical potholders. Sunflower & Blue Jay Potholder is as bright as can be, showcasing vibrant imagery on a white background. It sure would bee cute to give this next potholder, Teapot With Bee, to a tea loving friend. Cat on Bench features a sweet kitting dreaming amongst the garden blooms.

Teapot With Bee Potholder Cat on Bench Potholder


Traditional colonial symbols for hospitality, pineapples will make your family and friends feel welcome. Pineapples are not just for eating – display them throughout your home to encourage a comfortable, welcoming vibe. To start, pair Pineapple Potholder and Pineapple Sachet for a thoughtful and traditional addition to your kitchen.

Pineapple Potholder Pineapple Sachet

Hints of Red

Many homes feature kitchens showcasing red accents. We make it easy to update your decor with this powerful and popular color. Gingerly perched on a branch, this cardinal makes it through winter dreaming of the warmer weather of next year on Winter Cardinal Hot Pad. Add in the red berries on Spice Sachet and you are well on your way to coordinating your red themed country kitchen.

Cardinal Hot Pad Spice Sachet

Winter Kitty

Holly berries surround the black border framing the central feature of Winter Kitty Hot Pad and Potholder. For year round use, adding a special touch during the holiday season and well into winter.

Winter Kitty Potholder Winter Kitty Hot Pad

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Artist Profile: Alice Backman & Alice’s Cottage

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Artist and designer Alice Backman has shared many of her designs over the years, with us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Her beautiful artwork displays nicely on our hot pads, potholders, sachets, kitchen towels and small decorative pillows. This is due to the amazing silk screen application, that allows the images to feel realistic. Alice is also the proud owner of Alice’s Home and Cottage, located in Hagerstown, Maryland. With over 28 years experience, Alice and her staff are very pleased to offer quality customer service and pride themselves in their ability to handcraft all of these home accessories right here in the U.S.A.

                                                                  At the Kitchen Table

Alice gathers inspiration from many areas in her life, but it all began they say on a county kitchen table; in a 19th century styled summer kitchen, on a property she owned a while back. Now Alice’s Cottage facilities are much bigger, but they always remember where they once began. Alice claims her days as an artist or seamstress truly began though in the 1960’s, when her mother taught her how to sew. Everything from doll clothes to her own clothing, she somehow knew she would always have a needle and thread in her hand, and maybe a sewing machine too. She now lives with her husband in the North West region of Maryland, where she continues to be inspired by nature, her garden, cooking in the kitchen and other surroundings near her home.

Pictured here to the left are our Flour Sack Towels. These towels are soft, lint free, highly absorbent and quick drying; making them the perfect alternative to paper towels. A single 100% cotton flour sack towel, like one of these will save you money on disposable paper options. Feel confident that through the use of this towel in the kitchen, it’s an eco-friendly choice. Customers will find similarity in the designs offered on our Flour Sack Towels and therefore they will coordinate well with any existing Alice Backman products carried at Sturbridge; like Kitty Garden, Pineapple, Strawberry Basket and more recent, Pumpkin Patch. Click here to see all matching Alice’s Cottage hot pads, pot holders and sachets.

Decorative Floral Pillows

Another fairly new addition to our Alice Backman selection at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop includes our Sunflower Decor Pillow, pictured here to the left. Sometimes all you need is a little extra something to make a room feel cozy and comfortable. Our decorative pillows by designer Alice Backman will do just that. Displaying a carefully written postcard from days past and a large blooming sunflower, we know this toss pillow will look lovely on a small bench or in any room in need of some sunshine. The adorned orange stamps and bold green border are crowing touches that make this decor pillow truly unique.

~We hope that these fresh home designs by Alice Backman & Alice’s Cottage will inspire you to update your home and decorate this spring.

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