Friday, December 31, 2010

A New Year Special Announcement for Bloggers & Our Tweets!

Thank you so much for following us on the Ivy Ridge Blog and those who read our Tweets.  You are so gracious to be willing to receive our information in our email boxes and Twitter accounts that I would like to get you a heads up concerning our Christmas Sale that will not be announced on Facebook until Monday!

All our Christmas merchandise (excluding Willow Tree and Old World Christmas) will be 60% OFF beginning Monday, January 3rd.  Stop by early for the best selection!

Monday, December 27, 2010


(Excluding Willow Tree Christmas Items)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Arrival ~ Guard Your ID Stamp!

Honestly, this is one of the most unique products we have had in a long time!  The ID Guard Stamp helps prevent identity theft by making addresses disappear from bills, junk mail, invoices, credit card statements with a simple stamp!

 A Few Points Why This is So Great!
  • Patented design completely conceals typewritten and handwritten words
  • Specially formulated ink ensures that addresses will not bleed through so junk mail can be safely recycled
  • Perfect for home, small business, college students, senior citizens and business travelers
  • Ink pad lasts for approximately 1000 stamps, replacement pads available 
Available at both shops!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Free Tote with $100 or more Vera Bradley Purchase ~ Black Friday!

Welcome BLACK FRIDAY and all the deals that come with it!  Today is the day to received a FREE Holiday Tote in Baroque (my favorite color right now) with any $100 or more Vera Bradley purchase.  This tote could be a gift in itself, because it is VERY nice. If you have someone on your Christmas list who has wished for Vera Bradley today is the best day of the holiday shopping season to purchase it!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Retiring Vera Bradley Goes on Sale Today! November 24th!

Today is the first day of the retirement of Java Blue, Blue Rhapsody, Imperial Toile & Totally Turquoise, so stop in the for best selection at 30% OFF!  Hey, and Vera only has it at 25% off!

Monday, November 22, 2010

All I Want for Christmas? Complete a IRT Wish List!

Christmas shopping has begun! Is there something on your wish list from Ivy Ridge? Then stop by one of our shops to complete a wish list, so when your friends and family stop by we can share exactly the items that you would enjoy.

It is simple:
1. Stop by and fill out a Christmas Wish List.
2. Would you like us to mail a note to your spouse or parents?
3. Just give us their address and we will let them know you have a wish list with us.
4. You can simply make shopping easy for those who care about you. You just have tell them!

Friday, November 19, 2010

15th Annual Light Up Downtown ~ Friday, Nov. 19th at 5:30 pm!

Please us for the evening as Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro presents the 15th Annual Light Up Downtown Celebration to be held on Friday, November 19th from 5:30pm – 9:00pm in Downtown North Wilkesboro. The theme for this year’s event is “Oh, Christmas Tree”.

Santa will be downtown from 5:30pm – 9:00 pm in the lobby of Wilkes Towers to listen to all your Christmas wishes. Remember to bring your camera for pictures. Hayrides will also be available to ride around the downtown and enjoy the Christmas lights and decorations. Pick-ups will be at Melody Square and the Wilkes Art Gallery  In addition, there will be lots of food, crafts, and merchandise vendors lining Main Street. Don’t forget to get a jump on your holiday shopping, as several Downtown Retailers will be open late to help you kickoff your Christmas shopping. Liberty Theater will also be open showing the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

There will be two stages of entertainment. The first stage will be on 9th Street and the second stage will be at Melody Square on 6th Street. Various singing and dance groups will be performing. Mayor Robert Johnson will be on the 9th Street Stage at 6:00pm to flip on the Christmas Lights.

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Fall 2010 Pandora Beads Have Arrived!

 These are a couple of my favorite new Pandora beads that have just arrived at the North Wilkesboro shop!  We also have new pendants and rings in stock.  Be sure to look at our Stories Collection of rings where you can mix and match and stack rings to make exactly what you would enjoy.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kameleon Jewelry Trunk Show ~ This Week!

Kameleon Jewelry is the world’s first, patent pending, sterling silver jewelry collection that offers interchangeability and with the motto, "Change is Natural." the sky's the limit (well almost) to the color versitility you have with a piece of Kameleon Jewelry.  For example, purchase a ring and three JewelPops and you have three rings!  It is simple.  The JewelPop (the colored center) can be removed and you just pop in another pop for a totally different look.  Stop by the shops during our TRUNK SHOWS!  See the details below! 
Elkin Shop ~ Thursday, Nov 11th
N. Wilkesboro Shop ~ Friday, Nov 12th
9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Pops! Pops! Pops! Two new great ring styles!
New Pendants! Lots of  rings in all sizes!

Free JewelPop with a $50 or more purchase
of Kameleon Jewelry
Note:  Our special free JewelPops supplies are limited at each shop,
 Limit one per customer over the two day period and WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

Friday, November 5, 2010

What's in My Crockpot Today?

Amazing Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup red wine
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons soy sauce
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place pork tenderloin in a slow cooker with the contents of the soup packet. Pour water, wine, and soy sauce over the top, turning the pork to coat. Carefully spread garlic over the pork, leaving as much on top of the roast during cooking as possible. Sprinkle with pepper, cover, and cook on low setting for 4 hours. Serve with cooking liquid on the side as au jus.

Note:  If you want less salt, I would recommend using half a pack of the dry onion soup mix and low-sodium soy sauce.
If you make this tenderloin, please come back to the blog and tell me how it turned out in the comments section.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Blog Buddies Coupon ~ Online Now!

Thank you for following our blog! Print out the above coupon and use at one of our two Ivy Ridge Traditions locations. You are welcome to right click on the above image and save it in a Word document to save ink and for the ease of printing.

Vera Bradley Holiday Gifts Are Arriving ~ November 4th!

Vera Bradley's Holiday Winter Gift Collection premieres at both shops on Thursday, November 4th!  We have new Vera Bradley watches, aprons, Christmas ornaments and more.  Be sure to stop in for best selection, because many of the Vera Bradley special collections are limited in their quantities.  Give us a call at either shop if you would like us to hold an item for you (up to 3 days).  This is also a great time to purchase holiday gifts from our cottage collection of bags, travel items and accessories to qualify for a free note cube with a $65.00 or more purchase, while supplies last.  North Wilkesboro ~ 336-667-4556 or Elkin ~ 336-526-4438,

Have a wonderful hump day!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Join Us Today and Saturday for Our Christmas Open House!

When: Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th

Where: Both Elkin and North Wilkesboro Shops


•Stacey Bolick of IzZy-Lo Designs (see photo below) will be presenting her handmade jewelry on Friday. She will be in the Elkin shop from 10am to Noon. and North Wilkesboro from 1pm to 4pm. She mades amazing rings priced under $20 retail.

•Free gift with every $50 or more purchase. While supplies last and one per customer to assure everyone can enjoy it.

•A special surprise discount to be announced!


•Homemade sugar cookies requested directly from Santa, himself.

Monday, October 25, 2010

1000 Facebook Friend Frenzy!

Why should I have a Facebook account?  Well, Facebook is a one-stop destination for keeping in touch with anyone and everyone from former high school classmates, out-of-town family members or just friends and family in your neigherhood.  We are all so busy that if is difficult to connect to people socially outside of our work environment.  Facebook provides away to communicate with friends and family that you would otherwise go without a connection for months even years.  I personally enjoy the photos that my friends share on their accounts like a special birthday celebration or family vacation. 

Ok, now- my true motives and the best reason to have a Facebook account- to follow our Ivy Ridge Facebook page for the daily quick, short shop updates that you can easily view without ever opening your email.  You can read status posts about new arrivals, notes about our blog updates, special coupons just for Facebook friends, as well as Facebook contests giving away shop merchandise and gift certificates! I would like invite you to join us now while we have a FACEBOOK FRIEND FRENZY contest in which you could win a $25 gift certificate as well as one for another friends. 

Here is how it works:
We are so close to 1000 FB Friends.  Let's play FACEBOOK FRIEND FRENZY! Please refer a friend to "like" us.  To qualify, they just join our friends list and post your name on our wall as the referring friend!  We will draw a friendship pair and EACH one of you could win a $25.00 gift certificate!  Share this ALL your FB friends to enter multiple times!

Heading to our Facebook page and I hope to meet you there! 


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Crossroad Collections from Vera Bradley is Here!

Both by either shop to see our five new winter colors interpreted into a new look!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Watch for Us in Yadkin Valley Living Magazine!

We are super excited to be featured in Yadkin Valley Living Magazine in the November/December issue highlighting our Old World Christmas ornaments.  We would like to thank John Norman from Yadkin Valley Living writing our piece and driving all the way to North Wilkesboro to visit our shop! Oh, I just threw in a photo was one of the cutest new ornaments for us this year-French Fries!

A little information about Old World Christmas:
Each glass ornament produced World Christmas is hand crafted in age-old tradition using the same techniques that originated in the 1800's.  New designs are released yearly.  Many families collect Old World Christmas ornaments.  Each ornament comes with a special tag illustrating the inspiration behind the design, which allows you to pick a special ornament with personal meaning for each person in your life.

Halloween + Paula Deen = Witchy Treat

Picture of Bewitched Cake Recipe
No one does food with flare like Paula Deen.  Is she our Southern Queen?  Britain has Queen Elizabeth, we have Queen Deen.  With Halloween coming up I wanted to share a Paula Deen food find I enjoyed from  Just follow the link to the recipe for a cool witchy hat cake.

A quick cake hint I read on the reviews for the Bewitched Cake:  For those who may have difficulty with the frosting of this hat, may it was suggested from one of the recipe rules to freeze your cake layers so that it crumbs less and you can frost it easier. Also use a bigger dowel to put down the center so there won't be any slipping at all. After decorating you can let it come to room temp.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Who Doesn't Love to Find a Fashion Favorite?

We will be receiving some great outerware. My favorite is a cute vest like the one pictured below. Our vest with a fur trim that can be removed (no hood) will curve (as shown above) in at your waist to give you a more slimming look . If you are like me a large puffy vest makes me look much bigger than I actually am, now we can have a trendy vest and the look of a smaller waist! I will post a status as soon as they arrive!  We will have three colors in stock-cream, green and bronze in small, medium, large and exlarge.  Give us a call at either shop and ask for a notification when they arrive and we will give you a call on the day they go out of the floor.  Elkin 526-4438 or North Wilkesboro 667-4556

Monday, October 18, 2010

Joan Rivers ~ Funny? Love Her or Hate Her? She is One of a Kind!

Ok, this is blog post simply just out of my brain onto the page and I have no idea why other than the Apprentice as returned to prime television which does make me think of Joan Rivers.

Just a couple of quotes from Joan Rivers:

I have no sex appeal. If my husband didn’t toss and turn, we’d never have had the kid.

I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was, "the man goes on top and the woman underneath." For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.

A child can be taught not to do certain things, such as touch a hot stove, pull lamps off of tables, and wake Mommy before noon.

Either you love her or hate and I love her.  I only hope I have her spunk when I am her age (39 again right, Joan?)  I was actually going to include a before and after plastic surgery photo of Joan, however I could not bring myself to show her in a negative light.  There were definitely should rough photographs of her on the internet, but who doesn't have bad photos!  Therefore, I have picked a photo that brings out her in present time with all her sassy attitude we have grown to love (or hate). However, I raise my hand as one who enjoys a strong woman with a outgoing personality!  Go Joan!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Can You Believe I Am Thinking Spring?!?

petals.jpgcelestial.jpgSquare table, Poppy ParadiseGlass Bird Bath, SunflowerBirdhouse, purple dressy hat

I know we are thinking trick-or-treating, snow and the Christmas holiday ahead, but not I said the gift shop owner!  I am thinking SPRING!  This past spring of 2010, we needed more garden stuff in the shops than we actually had for the season, so boy have I bought garden decor and things that remind us of warm days sitting under a shady tree watching the flowers grow!  After Christmas, when there is still a threat of snowy weather, stop by and see us for a breathe of spring.  The items pictured above will all be available at each shop to the feel of a relaxing garden both inside and out.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Christmas Open House! October 29th & 30th!

When:  Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th
Where:  Both Elkin and North Wilkesboro Shops

  • Stacey Bolick of IzZy-Lo Designs (see photo below)  will be presenting her handmade jewelry on Friday.  She will be in the Elkin shop from 10am to Noon. and North Wilkesboro from 1pm to 4pm.  She mades amazing rings priced under $20 retail. 
  • Free gift with every $50 or more purchase.  While supplies last and one per customer to assure everyone can enjoy it.
  • A special surprise discount to be announced!
  • Doorprizes
  • Homemade sugar cookies requested directly from Santa, himself.
Oh, yes we do have the above ornaments in stock at both locations.  They are one of my favorites!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Flags, MatMates and Mailwrap Galore!

Now is the time!!!  We have just gotten in our biggest shipment of Christmas flags, mates and mailbox covers for the upcoming Christmas season! 

I know we have carried Breeze Art flags and Mailwraps for years, however we begin stocking their Matmates in the fall of 2009 and the response as been amazing!  If you like a decorative doormat that has beautiful colors with a long life, then you need a Matemate.  I have had one for fall, spring, summer and now my fall one is out again.  Well, you cannot even tell I have used them.  You can purchase the mat alone or you may also purchase a rubber mat shell (as you can see is around the snowman Matmate above).  Customers have also had great success giving them as gifts.  The Matmates are $21.99 each.  Note:  We still have some beautiful mates in autumn floral items and a few Halloween in stock also. Below is the Matmate I am using at my door.