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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sale Time!


Christmas Decorations are now 50% off (excludes Old World Christmas and Willow Tree)!





LONG LIST OF NEW VERA BRADLEY RETIRING ITEMS that are 30% OFF!

Microfiber Colors:
Wine
Chili Pepper

Microfiber Styles in all 3 colors (Black, Wine and Chili Pepper):
Frame Bag, item 12432
Go Round Tote, item 12442
Metro Backpack, item 12434
Pocket Zip ID, 12438
Ultimate Wallet, item 12437

Limited Edition Styles:
Gloves, item 12502
Knit Headwarmer, item 12448
Knit Scarf, item 12449
Newsgirl Hat, item 12489
Birdie Tea Towel, item 12516
Cookin' with Vera, item 11770
What's Cookin' Potholder Set, item 12515
Sweet Nothings, item 12416
Cozy Slippers, item 12525
Keepsakes Box, item 12529
Shimmer Evening Bag, item 12522
Shimmer Wristlet, item 12521

The Following Items will be 50% OFF as a Christmas Item or Agenda:
Ornament, item 12643
Ornament Trio, item 12026
Photo Ornament Set, item 12419
2013 Agenda, item 12347 & 2013
Student Agenda, item 12349

 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Great Holiday Appetizer! Bacon Cracker Wraps

The only compliant about this appetizer is the fact it is so easy to eat them all in one sitting.  This is so easy and amazingly tasty.


Bacon Cracker Wraps

1 pound bacon
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Club crackers

Cut bacon strips into thirds. Sprinkle crackers with Parmesan cheese. Stretch a piece of bacon lengthwise around crackers. Bake on rack for 2 hours at 200 degrees. 

Note:  Thanks to Paula Farmer for sharing this recipe with me years ago.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Quick Christmas Decorating Ideas



You still have time to add a few more Christmas decorations here and there. Check out the following pictures for inspiration!




Friday, December 21, 2012

New Spring Screenings Just Arrived!

Do you have someone who loves to decorate their front door and porch?  Then, check out our new arrivals below which would make great Christmas gifts!




Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nakamas by the Makers of Webkinz A Great Gift for Girls

Nakamas
also by the makers of Webkinz
A World of Friendship





Friendship is the key to Nakamas™, the newest line of beautifully designed plush toys and the newest virtual world for girls. Each of the Nakamas plush toys wears a unique ‘handmade’ friendship bracelet and includes a collectible child size version of the matching friendship bracelet!

The Nakamas brand includes plush toys as well as a soft, colorful virtual world. The world of Nakamas is a place filled with crafting, collecting and sharing activities, all revolving around friendship! As girls progress through this special world, they create their own virtual friendship bracelets—first by growing plants to create vibrant colors and then by designing bracelets and gifting them to their friends. We’ll have lots of challenging mini games and fascinating storylines as well as a central Club House where kids can post messages for their friends. Nakamas is a free-to-play game, but by registering a Nakamas plush toy, girls will bring their Nakamas friend to life in the virtual world and will receive the “recipe” for creating the virtual version of their special friendship bracelet.

Click Here to Visit the Nakamas Website

Amazing World by the Makers of Webkinz Great Children's Gifts!

AMAZING WORLD
by the makers of Webkinz
TOP 10 TECH TOYS BY DR TOY!





You’ve never seen a world like this before! This vibrant world is bursting with energy and more wacky characters than you can imagine. Wander through a kaleidoscope of colorful settings, make new friends and play hundreds of challenges and quests. Explore fantastical zones as you accept challenges by some zany hosts! Win, and bring great prizes back to your home zone to create your own Amazing World™ Home Zone. Design, chat and collect rare prizes. With both colorful plush toys and figures, there are lots of product choices for fans. You’ll be amazed! Amazing World is a free game for all kids to enjoy, but by registering a secret code from an Amazing World plush toy or figure, kids will bring their favorite characters to life and receive exclusive prizes!

Click Here to Visit the Amazing World Website


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pinterest Find: Quick Dinner During a BUSY Time!



On these busy days just before Christmas I do not have the time or energy to cook full meals.  So I am always looking for easy dinner ideas.  This one is super quick, economical and tasty.

2 loaves of French bread
1 jar of pizza sauce
Any toppings your family likes:
Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, green peppers, pineapple, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese. 

Bake at 400 degrees until done.




Thursday, December 13, 2012

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas...

Welcome to the twelfth day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)

Note:  We will also have registration forms in the shop as well.


Reminder, Today's Special, December 13th, 25% Off Fashion Accessories.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas...

Welcome to the eleventh day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)

Includes the following: 
Costume jewelry
Jody Coyote and Silver Forest earrings
Scarves and scarf jewelry
Treska Jewelry
Clothing
Rainboots
Key chains
Christmas jewelry
Any purses/handbags (Vera Bradley and Brighton excluded)
Purse protectors




Reminder, Today's Special, December 12th, is 
 30% Off Christmas Decor and Ornaments.
(excluding Old World and Willow Tree).












Tuesday, December 11, 2012

On the Tenth Day of Christmas...

Welcome to the tenth day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)


Reminder, Today's Special, December 11th, is 
Old World Christmas Ornaments Buy 2 Get 1 Free of Equal or Lessor Value.

Monday, December 10, 2012

On the Ninth Day of Christmas...

Welcome to the ninth day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
(of equal or lessor value.)
Reminder, Today, December 10th, is 
Choice of FREE Gift from our Gift Table.











Saturday, December 8, 2012

On the Eighth Day of Christmas...



Welcome to the eighth day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)


Reminder, Today, December 8th, is 30% Off Our Baby Department.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Filigree Monograms! Order Soon for Christmas Delivery.

Monday, December 10th at midnight is the DEADLINE to order our metal filgree mongrams pendants for Christmas delivery.




Deadline to order our Acrylic Filigree Monogram Jewelry is Friday, December 14th for Christmas delivery.  

On the Seventh Day of Christmas...




Welcome to the seventh day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)


Reminder, Today, December 7th, is 20% Off Any One Willow Tree Item.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

On the Sixth Day of Christmas...


Welcome to the sixth day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)



Reminder: Today, December 6th is 30% off Bath & Body Products.




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On the Fifth Day of Christmas...

Welcome to the fifth day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)


Reminder: Today, December 5th is 30% off Mailbox Covers and Flags.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

On the Fourth Day of Christmas...


Welcome to the fourth day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale. 
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
 (Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)



Reminder: Today, December 4th is 30% off Children's Toys.

Monday, December 3, 2012

On the Third Day of Christmas...

Welcome to the third day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
  Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest. 
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)


Reminder:  Today, December 3rd is 30% off All Candles.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

On the Second Day of Christmas...

Welcome to the second day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale. 
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest. 
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)



Reminder, Today's Special, December 1st is 25% Off One Item of Your Choice.
(excluding Brighton and Pandora)

Friday, November 30, 2012

On the First Day of Christmas...


Welcome to the first day of our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.  We will be emailing a different sale area or item on the day before from now through Dec 14th.  Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.  Please mark your calendar with your days of interest. 
(Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Announcing Our 12 Days of Christmas Sale

Welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas Sale.
Please note that each sale item/area is valid only on that particular day.
Please mark your calendar with your days of interest.
 (Some exclusions do apply, see store for details.) 
We will be emailing a reminder each day of the next day's sale item/area to our blog subscribers as well as the shop email list. 
Please email us at angela@ivyridge.com if you would like to be added to the shop email list. 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Vera Bradley 30th Anniversary Leather Trim Bags


As Vera Bradley commemorates the company's 30th anniversary, Liz, Vera Bradley's Trend Reporter, sat down with Executive Vice President of Design Kim Colby, Vice President of Design and Product Development Veronique Poudrier and Merchandising and Assortment Manager Emily McCabe for the details on Leather Trim.

Liz: What made you choose this combination of material to celebrate Vera Bradley’s 30th anniversary?

VP: We love the idea of dressing up our patterns for a special occasion. We were inspired by the fashion trend of mixing print with texture and colors. For our 30th anniversary we wanted to create a few special styles that give the identifiable Vera Bradley print an unexpected and polished element. As this trend continues, we look forward to giving you more colorful options to mix and match with your favorite Vera Bradley prints.

EM: Adding leather trim is an easy way for our consumer to express herself. We decided to release it over the holiday season because it is the perfect time for her to dress up her look.



Liz: How did we select the colors for Leather Trim?


VP: Editing down to a few colors is always difficult! We wanted this collection to be exclusive, so we limited it to four colors, which were selected to represent a range of Vera Bradley print styles.

EM: Each color offers a different look and feel, and ties back to the rich black or brown leather trim the design team selected.

KC: Choosing neutral-colored leather let the hues of each pattern shine. We selected some of the newest colors as well as Suzani (from Winter 2011). We just couldn’t resist Suzani’s trendy jewel-tone palette combined with rich black trim.

Liz: What is the story behind the names of each style?


VP: The Barbara, a frame bag named after our Co-founder, is Barb’s favorite. The Patricia is a crossbody, one of our most popular styles, and is stylish and practical. And, the Anniversary Wristlet, in its minimalist way, allows functionality to still be chic and timeless for girls of all ages. It’s a piece you can carry with you as an accessory or on its own.

KC: Thinking about 30 years of Vera Bradley we immediately thought of our Co-founders Barbara and Patricia, and how perfect it would be to celebrate this milestone by naming a style after each of them.

Liz: Which is your favorite piece from the collection?


VP: The Patricia Crossbody! I love its double personality. On the front, the leather trimmed flap and logo turnlock give it a great classic look. The interior is just roomy enough for all your basics, but then you unzip the back panel and find a complete wallet function. Chic and practical; it’s the best of both worlds.

KC: I love the Barbara Frame Bag! It’s the perfect mix of color, style, sophistication and fun. The size and silhouette are so good looking. It’s a great new classic.

EM: The Barbara Fame Bag is my favorite, too. I love the frame detail and the fact that it functions as a handheld style or a shoulder bag with the detachable strap. I carry a lot of things, so I love that it’s spacious enough to carry my essentials, yet stylish enough for a night out. When I carry this bag it feels like a part of my outfit and makes me feel special!


Liz: Did you have someone or something specific in mind (a certain customer, a certain trend) when designing these styles?

VP: We were really striving to cover all the features our customers love: function, great style and practicality. Plus, we wanted to give them a little extra dimension with the leather trim; that unexpected delight we love to offer.



Monday, November 26, 2012

Amazing Recipe! Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage

We all know that it is very difficult to turn pork sausage into health food.  You basically have to use another form of protein and favor it up.  I have tried several turkey sausage recipes with no amazing favor until the recipe below.  The key ingredients for a flavor different from others are the apple and onion which add moisture as well.  I often eat two turkey patties (52 calories each) with two frozen "thin" biscuits (112 calories each) for a filling low-calorie breakfast.



Turkey Breakfast Sausage

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
* 1/2 cup shredded peeled Fuji or Braeburn apple
* 1 garlic clove, minced
* 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* 2 pounds ground turkey breast (93/7)
* Cooking spray

Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Shred onion and apple in the food processor. Add onion and apple; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Remove onion mixture from pan; cool completely. Combine onion mixture, thyme, sage, salt, pepper, and turkey, stirring well to combine. Divide mixture into 24 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Cook in 2 or 3 batches depending on how large your skillet is but don’t over crowd the skillet. I did 3 batches of 8, cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining patties.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3 patties) CALORIES 155 WWPP 4

Friday, November 23, 2012

Caring for Your Pandora Bracelet


How to Clean and Maintain Your Pandora Bracelet

Your PANDORA jewellery must be carefully handled and cleaned regularly to maintain its beautiful appearance and ensure its longevity.

TARNISHING
Especially all sterling silver will tarnish over time. But it will happen much faster when it comes into contact with agents such as perfume, salty air, sulphur, skin creams, hairspray, chlorine and acidic skin ph. The amount of tarnishing (oxidization) that occurs is dependent on the skin and care habits of the wearer. Tarnishing is therefore not a manufacturing fault.

USING POLISHING CLOTHS
A jewellery polishing cloth may be useful, when you need to freshen up your PANDORA jewellery, as it can sparkle up a dull surface. But be extra gentle when polishing pieces with organic materials like wood, pearls and leather. Only polish the metal part with the cloth.

CLEANING WITH SOAP AND WATER
If you wish to clean your PANDORA jewellery more thoroughly at home, add a drop of mild soap to lukewarm water and clean the jewellery with a soft toothbrush. The toothbrush is an excellent tool for jewellery with patterns, which may otherwise be difficult to clean. If a piece of jewellery is very dirty, leave it in lukewarm water with a drop of dishwasher detergent and let it soak for a few minutes.

Please observe that jewellery with leather, wood or pearls should not be cleaned using this method. These materials may never be soaked or rubbed.

CLEANING WITH CHEMICALS
You should never expose PANDORA jewellery to liquid silver cleaner or other harsh chemicals, not even chemicals meant for cleaning jewelry. Jewellery cleaning agents may alter the colour of the jewellery and damage the organic parts such as leather, wood or pearls.

CLEANING AND MAINTAINING LEATHER
Use a very soft and dry cloth for cleaning your leather jewellery. Leather conditioner can be applied and will serve to protect the leather from spills or stains, and helps keep it soft and supple by restoring essential oils. Using professional leather conditioners is a great way to improve the overall lifespan of the leather, making it resistant to water and humidity.

Stains can be removed from the leather. They should be removed immediately before a substance has a chance to soak in or dry onto the material. The cleaning of leather should be done gently, by hand. It is recommended that you use a mild professional cleaner (without chemicals).

You can also clean leather with a mild soap such as soap flakes or a saddle soap. Create suds in a bowl and apply the suds to the leather surface with a soft lint-free cloth. Do not use the soapy water. The suds are safer to use as they reduce the risk of bleach type marks and streaks. Be careful to keep the cloth barely damp - not wet. Use a dry soft cloth to wipe up any remaining moisture and let it dry completely. Use the damp cloth on the entire piece to avoid areas, which will seem lighter after cleaning.

Do not try to dry the leather item near heat, as this will cause the leather to become brittle and possibly shrink. After the cleaning of the item is complete, rub a leather conditioner into the material.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Great Outside Christmas Decorating Idea!

This idea is so simple and easy, it needs no explanation. 
Happy Decorating.  ~ Angela

Pinned Image

Photo and inspiration from: ploughyourownfurrow.wordpress.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Specials!

For many, Black Friday is about the tradition of shopping with friends and family. For others, it's the thrill of pursuing the prettiest price. Whatever your plans, we hope the lines move swiftly, the crowd is kind and the deals are delightful. And don't forget, to stop stop by to see us, because we want to see you in action!

As always please don't hestiate to call us with any questions you may have about our specials at 336-667-4556.

A Surprise FREE Gift!

You will be pleased with our surprise gift pick this year. This is while supplies last.  Simply print out the above coupon or mention "Blog Post Surprise Gift".

Free Vera Bradley Holiday Tote with a
$100 or more Vera Bradley purchase!


On Friday, November 23 only, shoppers can score a free Vera Bradley limited-edition Holiday tote with any Vera Bradley purchase of $100 or more! The Vera Bradley freebie will be available in the Dogwood print as pictured below, and is valued at $42. What a great reward to yourself for knocking out your holiday shopping!


 Pandora Will Premiere a Special Black Friday
 Charm with a Special Box

The charm is a silver present with red enamel ribbon and a Pandora"O" tag from the top. The price is $55 and the charm comes in this cute little box shown above.  This charm is adorable!  We will be emailing a photo of the charm itself on Thursday, November 22nd to our customer email list (the date Pandora allows us to reveal a photograph of the charm).  Again this is while supplies last.

Vera Bradley Retirement Sale ~ Over 170 Items ~ 30% Off


Retiring colors: Rosy Posies, Mocha Rouge, Rhythm & Blues, Very Berry Paisley and Floral Nightingale.  The retiring styles are 30% off also (which includes bags in current colors) are: Backpack, Hatbox Cosmetic, Lunch Date, Gallery Wallet, and Chain Lanyard.

Inspired by a Perfect Man ~ Snowman That Is!


The pre-lit hat below is cute tied into the tree on the side or is a great tree topper!

 Two more unique snowman tree toppers in to color-combinations.