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Have a Homespun Holiday Season

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

We here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop would like to share with you a collection of holiday items that offer a heartwarming theme of a Homespun Christmas. Decorating your home with a homespun feel evokes memories of Christmas as a child and reminds us of a simpler time. It is the material used that helps create the handcrafted or handmade look. Consider any of the Sturbridge products featured below to present your home this Christmas with country charm and character.

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

Whether or not your whole family is together for the holiday season, it can be said that all hearts come home for Christmas. If you have loved ones far away, send them a little love and let them know how much you care with a sweet Heart Button Hanger, featuring various calico and check fabrics pieced together for a patchwork look, and petite buttons that add that special handmade touch. Set of plaid County Heart Ornaments is sure to warm the heart of anyone who receives them. Give a heart to each of your closest friends and family members for a charming reminder of your friendship each time the ornament is hung. Use the sweet smell of orange and cinnamon on a Scented Heart Ornament to evoke a nostalgic feel of a Christmas past.

Heart Button Hangers
Country Heart Ornament Set Scented Heart Ornament

Christmas Postcard Pillow Decorative Pillows For Use In Every Room

Bring a bit of handmade appeal into every room with pillows that will accent your style and the season. Christmas Postcard Pillow features a vintage inspired design of a feather Christmas tree, a perched cardinal, and scrolling script alluding to the magical holiday of Christmas.

Presents for Pups has bells that jingle, tails that wag, and an embroidered feather tree with ornaments and festive accents. Woodsy Owl features leather-like fabric and button eyes on a tartan plaid background with applique felt holly to bring the whole look together and offer a natural, woodland feel.

Presents For Pups Pillow Woodsy Owl Pillow

Ideas for Your Own Homespun Christmas

1. Design handmade greeting cards with extra wrapping paper scraps, felt, and buttons.

2. Replace store-bought stockings with your personal long stockings or long socks for a vintage touch.

3. Fill a mason jar with the dry ingredients to your favorite cookies or sweet treat. Write out the recipe and attach to jar with ribbon for a great hostess gift.

4. Have an evening filled with cookie making and singing Christmas carols.

Heart Button Hangers

Tall Green Felt Tree Decorative Accents With Handmade Appeal

Fill your house and charm your guests with decorative accents that look as though you just picked them up at a local craft sale. Knit stockings, felt trees, and other items such as handmade ornaments will make your entire home feel as though it was decorated by a magical handicraft fairy (and no one ever has to know that you put it all together yourself with items from Sturbridge). Hang the stockings by the chimney with care with a set of wooden stocking hooks, made right here in America from solid wood with differently colored ends on each hook to easily distinguish which stocking belongs to which person.

Red Snowflake Knit StockingWooden Stocking Hooks


What do you do with your family to create a homespun Christmas feel each year?

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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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~* Retro Christmas Decorating Ideas, all with Free Shipping *~

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks we have shared numerous Christmas and holiday decorating themes, amongst our assortment of holiday products. Today, we offer a few items with a nod to yesteryear. Take a step back in time and remember Christmases as a child, appreciate when the holiday season was less stressful, and recall what this special time of year is really all about. Decorating with a bit of retro theme is easy to do with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

To begin, pictured here to the left is our Holiday Visit Print by Vermont artist Fred Swan. For the fan of Fred Swan, this one is a holiday classic. It’s Christmas Eve circa 1955 and all is aglow in preparation for the big day soon to come. Fred beautifully captures this winter’s night in amazing color, as falling snow blankets the homestead and the family’s yellow lab waits to come inside. One glance at this piece of holiday artwork and it’s like you’re looking at an old family photograph. Smoke billows from the chimney as tonight’s dinner is prepared, and we can see the Christmas tree through the front picture window. A red pick-up truck has been parked in the driveway, and due to its noticeable make and model, it further implies the time period. Our Holiday Visit Print is a giclee print, double matted and set in a black wood-look frame, under glass for just $119.95 with FREE SHIPPING.

Next up is a customer favorite from last season, our unique TV Music Box. Shown here to the left, we find a magical scene inside the glass of the television screen. It’s a fun way to feel like a kid again, reminiscing when TVs looked like this and not a digital flat screen. The snow covered village is complete with ice skaters, carolers, houses with glowing light, and even a revolving train. The dial switch on the base controls the power, light, and volume. Enjoy listening to well known instrumental versions of eight Christmas carols. The faux wood, paneled TV box is adorned with replica buttons and the words “Merry Christmas.”

Be sure to click on the actual product page to receive a close-up look at the miniature land inside. Here, you will also find a demonstration video of the TV Music Box to witness all the action and sound. Available now for $99.95 with FREE SHIPPING, this nostalgic holiday decorative makes a thoughtful gift idea as well.

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