Posts Tagged ‘red white and blue’

Thursday’s Theme: 4th of July

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Ruffly Patriotic Wreath - Capital B BlogBy now your home is probably beautifully decorated in all things red, white and blue, so for this week’s décor article we have found some DIY projects that we couldn’t pass on sharing – and they can be done in time for the 4th. Also included are some accents that you may not be able to get in time for Saturday, but they are great for decorating next year or if you want to keep an Americana look in your home all year long.

There are many homemade wreath options for all seasons and celebrations throughout the year. A popular wreath trend, especially in the DIY world, is the ruffle wreath. They are fun to make, and with the proper care can be used year after year. We like this particular Patriotic Wreath because of the star accents; you can choose to leave them off but it definitely gives this wreath added dimension and style.

Table Setting - Better Homes and GardensIf you’ve planned an Independence Day celebration outside, there is still plenty of room to decorate in the patriotic spirit. To relieve a clean-up headache, go for paper plates and cups that are 4th of July themed or red, white and blue. Or, buy a set of inexpensive dinnerware in USA colors to add festivity to your table. You can also incorporate your condiments, plastic or silverware, and other food necessities into your table settings by upcycling and decorating empty coffee containers or Mason jars. Paint them and add colorful ribbon to give them festive flair.

America & Flag Sign Blocks

For keeping up the patriotic spirit in your décor all year long, vie for staple home accents, like pillows or rugs decorated in the red, white and blue, or decorate your home in stars, USA-themed collectibles, and infamous historical faces.
No matter your personal taste, there are endless ways to adorn your home in Americana style. So express your patriotic spirit – for the 4th of July and throughout the year with DIY projects and charming home accents!

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Who is Uncle Sam, Anyway?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Wondering who Uncle Sam really is? We did some research into this iconic United States figure and here is what we found, courtesy of the History Channel:

Uncle Sam at SturbridgeOn September 7, 1913, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam. The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812. Wilson stamped the barrels with “U.S.” (for United States), but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam’s.” Local newspapers picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained nationwide acceptance as the nickname for the United States federal government.

In the late 1860s and 1870s, political cartoonist Thomas Nast started to popularize the image of Uncle Sam. Nast continued to evolve the image, eventually giving Sam the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today.

Perhaps the most famous image of Uncle Sam was created by artist James Montgomery Flagg. In Flagg’s version, Uncle Sam wears a tall top hat and blue jacket and is pointing straight ahead at the viewer. During World War I, this portrait of Sam with the words “I Want You For The U.S. Army” was used as a recruiting poster. The image, which became immensely popular, was first used on the cover of Leslie’s Weekly in July 1916 with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” The poster was widely distributed and has subsequently been re-used numerous times with different captions.

In September 1961, the U.S. Congress recognized Samuel Wilson as “the progenitor of America’s national symbol of Uncle Sam.” Wilson died at age 88 in 1854, and was buried next to his wife Betsey Mann in the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, the town that calls itself “The Home of Uncle Sam.”

There you have it, straight from the historians themselves!

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New Made in the USA: Americana Candles

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Americana decorating is not just for the summer months.  When done well, Americana decor can exude a country, colonial, and simple feel throughout the home.  With the Sturbridge Yankee Workshop selection of Americana candles, made right here in the USA with real clean burning paraffin wax, you just landed one step closer to completing your Americana decor.


Celebrate Americana in Every Room

When looking to create a warm, inviting look and feel at your next gathering, our Americana Candle Jar is sure to do the trick.  Not only does the triple layer of red, white and blue present a festive look, the scents themselves are inspired by classic American desserts; Baked Apple Pie, Vanilla Crème Brulee and Blueberry Muffin.

The khaki colored, paper label boasts the candle’s information in old-fashioned penmanship.


Americana Style With Colonial Charm

To add colonial charm to any room, use our Americana Candle Nightlight to bring that old world feel to your modern decor.

No need to worry about fire with this candle shaped nightlight though, the flame is crafted from silicone, and the warm glow is created by a flickering LED.


Decorative Display or Year Round Use

Traditionally, when joined tapers and votive candles are made, they are hung by the wick to allow the wax to dry.  These clean burning paraffin wax taper candles are no exception.

Crafted with the same technique, these Americana Joined Tapers and Americana Votive Candle String can be displayed over a door handle, on the backs of your chairs, or on a hook in any room of the house.


Finely Crafted From Start To Finish

These Americana Candles, including our Americana LED Flickering Tapers, are handcrafted to resemble real candles with dipped parrafin wax exteriors and exuding wonderful scents that will fill your whole home with the smells of classic American desserts all year long.

Interested in more Americana decor? Take a look at what we have to offer for gift ideas, right here on our site.


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