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Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Great Repurpose ~ Rake Jewelry Holder


This is another great Pinterest find! Who knew a great solution for my jewelry storage may be hiding in my tool shed? Using an old rake to hold and separate necklaces is an inventive way to add some character to any one's closet.

How about using this idea in a kitchen for utensils? ~ Angela


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Provencal to Premiere!

PROVENCAL ~ another great color premiering from Vera Bradley, on Thursday, August 30th. Feast your eyes on Vera Bradley's ode to the sun-filled sights of Provence, France. Vivid, folkloric beauty from the region inspired this charming floral delight. A warm collection of colors including spiced orange, golden saffron, brick red, olive green and teal dance across an earthy mustard background. (This is my personal favorite. ~ Angela)





Vera Bradley Premiere ~ 3 New Colors and 5 New Styles



Starting Thursday, Which One Will You Choose?
Left to Right: Canyon, Portobella Road or Provencal

We also have TWO GREAT SPECIALS!
First, purchase any Vera Bradley tote (see shop for details as
 to which totes) and receive a FREE Small Cosmetic!

Second, don't need a tote, then any purchae Vera Bradley of
$15.00 or more receives your choice of a
Free Va Va Bloom or Lime's Up Market Tote.


 New Vera Vera premieres a new color, Chili Pepper!
Black and Wine also available.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Portobella Road Will Arrived on Thursday!

Portobello Road ~ yet another great color premiering from Vera Bradley, on Thursday, August 30th. Earthy clay and mushroom tones get a delightful lift from grape and magenta accents with touches of pistachio and white. A sweetheart chain de...sign inside provides the perfect contrast, sure to steal your heart.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Sidewalk Sale, Saturday, August 25th, 60% Off


We are putting out a special SIDEWALK SALE tomorrow.  Everything will be 60% off.
  Come down to enjoy the car show and SHOP!

A Huge Shipment of Lily Pulitzer Just Arrived!



We have the following items:
I Phone 4 Cases
Market Insulated Totes
Large Insulated Totes
Two Types of Lunch Bags
Pencil Set
Pencil Case
Small Agendas
Large Agendas
Tumblers
Umbrella
Wine Bag
Ink Pens

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lenny & Eva is Here!

Lenny & Eva Jewelry gives you the freedom to choose! Each piece is handmade from the finest leather, antiqued metals and beads. Choose your bracelet and combine with your favorite sentiment and charms to create a look that is all your own.

My favorite new arrival all summer! ~ Angela


Couple of New Arrivals!

A new shipment of clothing has arrived.  Check out this cute dress. Be sure to drop by early to assure we have your size instock.  Please note we never reorder a clothing style, rather we
bring in something brand new.


New unique colorful necklaces.  Located on the green table beside the cash register area.  Shown below of the pendants.  Each are actually on a chain.  Retail price: $19.99




Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Preview of Vera Bradley's Canyon

8 More Days (Thursday, August 30th) until THREE NEW VERA BRADLEY COLORS and they are all about fall.

Here's our first one: CANYON which is derived from an organic palette of rich browns, bark and sand, punctuated with elements of rusty or...ange and pale slate. Modern geometric shapes play well in this bandana-inspired design.



Special Note:  We will be opening at 9:30am on Premiere Day with door prizes and a free Vera Bradley small cosmetic when you purchase any Vera Bradley tote.

Monday, August 20, 2012

10 Days and Counting...New Vera Bradley


Mark your calendars!  August 30th.  We will open at 9:30am with three
NEW Vera Bradley colors that are all about FALL!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Vera Bradley ~ Messenger Bag $75 and a FREE Composition Book.! Two Amazing Deals!



We have a great promotion going on right now. Pick up the Messenger Bag for just $75 (reg. $86) and get a free compostition notebook with any $75 purchase! 
Open Monday-Saturday, 9:30am to 5:30pm

Friday, August 17, 2012

New Arrivals at the N. Wilkesboro Shop!

 A new shipment of Breeze Art Flags, Mail Wraps and MatMates for Autumn.
 New design frames in unique patterns which are on the trend lists for home decor.
Bright kitchen accessories including some unique kitchen gadgets as well.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Two Way Traffic ~ All the Way in Downtown N. Wilkesboro

Two way traffic begins today, August 14th, in downtown North Wilkesboro. Be watchful both ways as you cross the street. We do not want to see any of our customers on the front page of our newspaper! ~Angela


Monday, August 13, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Healthy and Delicious! Stuffed Pepper Soup

If you have not discovered Gina' SkinnyTaste.com, then you are missing out on a lot of great healthy recipes.  Here is one I have tried several times and always love.  It makes a great lunch and I will also eat it for dinner if I have had a lot of rich foods during the day.

Stuffed Pepper Soup


Servings: 6 • Size: 1 1/3 cups soup, 1/2 cup rice • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 261.2 • Fat: 4.8 g • Carb: 37.5 g • Fiber: 4.7 g • Protein: 17.6 g • Sugar: 6 g
Sodium: 606.3 g (without salt)

3 cups cooked brown rice
1 lb 95% lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup finely diced onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cans (14.5 oz each) cans petite diced tomatoes
1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
2 cups reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
salt and fresh pepper to taste

In a large pot or dutch oven, brown ground meat on high heat and season with salt. Drain fat if any, reduce heat to medium-low, then add peppers, onions and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes on low heat.

Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, marjoram and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Serve about 1 1/3 cups of soup in each bowl and top with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice.
Makes about 8 cups.

Another Recycle & Reuse Idea ~ Paper Towel Holder



One thing that comes with being a shop keeper is the over abundance of jewelry I cannot pass up.  I definitely have a bracelet pile going on all the time.  This is a great way to organize from halfofvamh.blogspot.com that I found on Pinterest and it only cost around $5 bucks if you don't have one on hand to reuse. ~ Angela

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August 9th (Thursday) is the Last Day for the Vera Bag Birthday Special!



YES, IT IS THE LAST DAY, THURSDAY, AUGUST 9TH!  In honor of  Vera Bradley's birthday, you can purchase the Vera for just $68 (regularly $86), for a limited time! This tote is a longtime favorite, with a spacious interior, six perfectly placed pockets, a sturdy base and a front zip pocket.  Happy Birthday, Vera Bradley!

A Great Asheville Find...You Might Enjoy




I am in Asheville on a mini "shop and eat" vacation and stumbled onto Antique Tobacco Barn (70,000 square feet).  It has really unique stuff and was a blast to walk through.  If you are in Asheville and like antiques this is a most.  I bought a small metal table to use at the shop.  ~Angela

Here is their website for more information: http://www.atbarn.com/

Note: There is also another huge antique place down the road from this place, so you get double antiquing!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Vera Bag Birthday Special!


VERA BRADLEY SPECIAL! Starting August 7th, the Vera Bag is only $68 (regularly $86), which makes a great bookbag! While supplies last and in stock colors, so please shop early.

Recycle! Reuse! Item: Old Toolbox

I am adding a new component to the Ivy Ridge Blog highlighting old items and repurposing them into new as I find unique ideas on Pinterest and other sources. I love a good project as long as it is fast and easy! This simple flower box does not require repainting since the rustic aged toolbox has character as it is. Simple attach it using metal brackets (recycled ones would be great, but you can also find great brackets at your local hardware store).


Planting tip: This is shown with pansies. Since fall is around the corner, go ahead and plant your pansies as cool weather begins. Pansies will be much fuller and healthier if they are planted early too late fall. Through winter, they will grow a better root foundation and flourish in the spring. For very cold weather, simply cover them with a light layer of pine needles.  ~ Angela

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Great Brighton Promotion! Free Bracelet with $50 charm purchase!

Based on this weekend's Brighton charm sales, these will not last for the total promotion time.  Shop early, because it is while supplies last.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Different Twist on Pizza ~ Philly Cheese Steak

I try to make a pizza weekly for dinner, simply because it is so quick.  This week I was determined not to do the traditional Italian-style, so I switched things up a little with a recipe I discovered on the Weight Watchers message boards - Philly Cheese Steak Pizza using regular roast beef deli meat.  I was pleasantly surprised how tasty it turned out.  This is definitely a keeper! ~ Angela

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls (I used a refrigerated (canned pizza dough)
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 pound thinly sliced deli roast beef
1 tablespoon Italian salad dressing
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I used a little less and it still tasted great)

1. Unroll crescent roll dough and place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Press onto the bottom and 1/2 in. up the sides to form a crust; seal perforations. (Angela Note:  If you would like a crispier crust, then try using a pizza stone or pan, instead of the 13x9 inch baking dish)  Bake at 375 degrees F for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the green pepper, onion and bouillon in oil until vegetables are tender; set aside. Arrange beef over crust. Brush with salad dressing and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 4-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Top with green pepper mixture. Cut into squares. Servings: 6