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.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fast & Health-Friendly Baked Coconut Shrimp!

After you fix this recipe, you will wonder why anyone would ever fry them again!  Baking is definiately our friend and the result is a healthier and still tasteful version.

Baked Coconut Shrimp
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
3 egg whites, beaten until foamy

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Rinse and dry shrimp with paper towels. Mix cornstarch, salt, and cayenne pepper in a shallow bow; pour coconut flakes in a separate shallow bowl. Working with one shrimp at a time, dredge it in the cornstarch mixture, then dip it in the egg white, and roll it in the coconut, making sure to coat the shrimp well. Place on them the prepared baking sheet. .Bake the shrimp until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center and the coconut is browned, 15 to 20 minutes, flipping the shrimp halfway through.  Prepare dip below for dipping.

Marmalade Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 teaspoons ground mustard (with whole grain mustard seed)
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1 dash salt
Prepare the marmalade sauce by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pink, Bright, Giving and Functional!

Starting Today thru October 18, this reusable tote in new Twirly Birds Pink is yours for only $12.  With each purchase, $3 will benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer!  These are very Limited in supply, so gets yours as soon as the promotion starts! Come see us today at either location to get yours!

Friday, October 8, 2010

From Notes to Travel Mugs ~ Personalized for Just for You!

Are you named Alyce rather than Alice? Well, as you know, you will never find a personalized preprinted item in your name. As a child, did you always want a small personalized bike tag with no avail? WOW! You can now have an Ivy Ridge 16 ounce personalized travel mugs. We print our mugs at our North Wilkesboro and yes, we can add ANY NAME! We also have samples at our Elkin shop to place orders.

It is simple! You select the background pattern, the color, and add your initial or name. Each travel mug is made of high quality Stainless steel inside and the outside is made of a high quality clear acrylic. They have a rubber sealed lid for an extra protection from spilling. Each mug also has a non slip rubber bottom. The multi-layer design helps keep beverages super hot or super cold.

These travel mugs make GREAT bridesmaids, holiday & birthday gifts! ($19.99 retail)

Now, how about some personalized note cards!  Yes, we can print these cute note cards in house also with any name and any spelling!  See you can have personialized note cards even with the name Krystal instead of Crystal to match your cool travel mug! ($11.99 retail for 10 notes in a box)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Brighton Jewerly ~ A Work of Love!

The making of Brighton jewelry is a work of love.  Each piece is cast in solid brass or zinc alloyand then dipped in pure silver.  Since silver has a natural tendencyt to tarnish and scratch, a protect layer of lacquer is added to aid in keeping each piece at its shiny best. Brighton earring posts, French wires and lever backs are composed of sterling silver (975).  Clip on earrings are not sterling silver rather they are stamped brass with a plating finish.  Brighton does manufacture certain ring styles with sterling silver. These rings will have the stamp of 925 on the inside.

An easy tip on how to keep your Brighton jewelry clean:  All you need is a dry, 100% cotton cloth and a little elbow grease. Wiping your item down with the cloth should remove any impurities or darkening that can occur from wearing the item. Also treating your jewelry with silver cleaners, water, or polishing cloths can remove the protective lacquer and cause the item to tarnish. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

October Blog Buddies Coupon! Just for You!

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.

Please note that coupon can be used one time only during the month of October.