Thursday, December 8, 2011

Merry Christmas

                                                  He is the reason for the season
It's impossible to look at these darling nativity scenes and not remember why we celebrate this wonderful holiday! Be sure to stop in before these are long gone!
We also have a huge selection of gifts for even the hardest people to shop for! We hope to see you and share in this wonderful time of year!
Holiday Hours
Our Holiday Hours are
Tues- Fri.  11-6
Sat 10-5
Now thru Dec. 23rd
We will be closing at 3 on Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas,
The Ivy Cottage

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Side walk sale!!!

Our side walk sale starts today!!!! It's a pretty big sale, you can receive 50-90 % off of regular priced items!!! That a steal!!! So much cute stuff to choose from!!!! Be sure you come in early and get the best selections!!!!  Can't wait to see you there!!!


Class Schedule
Sept  22nd @ 7  Countdown Calendar  $25

Sept. 29th @ 7  Witches Boots  $25

Oct. 1st. @ 11 Skeleton   $15 Great for kids

Oct. 6th @ 7  Tabletop Turkey  $50
must register by Sept. 29th

Oct. 8th @ 11  Halloween Blockheads $5 ea  Great for kids!

Oct. 13th @ 7  Mr.&Mrs. Pilgrim   Sample coming soon

Oct. 20th @ 7 Accordian Christmas Album  $25

Please bring a paper cutter with scoring blade IF you have one and you will also need double sided tape
All classes must be paid for to register and hold your spot. This can be done with a C.C. over the phone. You must sign up for classes at least 1 week prior to the date. Kids 8 and older may come to the easier classes. Kids under 8 may attend with adult supervision.  Treats are definitely welcomed =)

Who wants to get FREE STUFF???? You can do it by hosting your own in store Party. You are the hostess, you  bring the guests and treats if you like and you will earn 10% of all sales over $100 in free products.
Would be great for Conference Weekend when the men are at their meeting. Or... deer hunting weekend or....ANYTIME. These party days are not limited to Thurs-Sat.

You can also do a Kids Birthday party too. Let each of the girls decorate the first Letter of their name for just $10 ea. We will have a variety of things for them to use to decorate with.

Call 801-731-8343 Thur-Sat to schedule any of these great activities!!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

We are OPEN!!!!!

While the big party isn't until September 10th, The Ivy Cottage is now OPEN!!!! That's right!!! The wait is finally over and the store is oh so cute if I do say so myself!!! We have an abundance of cute Halloween home decor!!! When I say cute...I mean SO FREAKIN CUTE you wont know what to do with yourselves!!!!! We have some absolutely darling home decor for every day as well, and you are going to love your options and the trendy things we have to sell! The baby boutique is filling up with some extremely cute hand made baby clothes, burp clothes, knitted booties, wipe covers and soooo much more!!!!

The DIY side of the store is full of crafts just ready to be taken home and made up to fit your stylish needs! There is no way you will leave empty handed!!! There's too much cuteness to get!!! Like we said before we have the biggest vinyl selection in the area and if we don't have it, we can make it!! We also have Metal and wood that have been specially cut by our favorite men! And they are ready to leave with you (the metal and wood, not the men)!

Thank you again so much for all your support!!! I can't believe what a turn out we have had already today! You guys are the best!

The Ivy Cottage Store hours
Thur & Fri 11am-6pm

Sat 10am-3pm
3615 North 2000 West, Suite 1

See ya soon!

Saturday, July 23, 2011


We are so excited to announce that we are opening a new location in Farr West, Utah this August!! We have been so blessed to have so many wonderful customers who are making this new store possible! We will have the same type of  "do it yourself" crafts in the back, we will also have the largest selection of vinyl in the area, and the front of our store will be a boutique with beautiful home decor and children's clothing!!! But wait...that's not all we will also have a classrooms and we can't wait to have you come in and sit for a lesson!! In fact if you want us to teach you something specific let us know and we will do what we can to hold a class!! Please stay tuned for more about the new store! Eeeeks I can't wait!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

More Summer fun

We are ready for sunnier days and to prove it we have been working on a ton of Summer Decor and of course 4th of July Decor! I am so excited for you to come in and check out what we have new in stock right now! Here is a little taste of some yummy summer time fun! 
Doesn't this just make you wanna go soak up some sun on the beach or have a picnic with the little ones?! Bright colored papers really make this something special to look at! And the watermelon u! How can you not love this!?!
These are bought and used for so many decorative purposes! They are perfect for creating a summer ambiance but I am not going to lie a lot of customers have gotten these for bedrooms and play rooms! They convey a sweet calm feeling, don't you agree?! 

Look at the cuteness that is Uncle Sam! We have wood and beadboard cutouts for this darling patriotic set! We sell paper that has this fun distressed look or you can get some inks and distress it on your own, which is one of my favorite things to do!
These stars are so cute. The are extremely versatile to decorate. You can use bright red, white and blue paper and give it a more traditional fourth of July look or give this a rustic country fourth of July feeling like the one we have here! Either way you are going to be so happy with the results! 
I love these! I think all Americans should have these hanging in their living rooms! Aren't these a great reminder of what a wonderful country we live in?! 

Again thank you so much for letting me part of you home! Wishing for Sunshine and good memories in your homes this Summer! 

Behind the Ivy Cottage

I have been abundantly blessed with an amazing crew that I love so much and love me enough to work really hard so that I can live one of my dreams! Everything that is cut for my store is done in house by some extremely talented guys and gals! This includes the wood, vinyl and metal! We also design our own stuff and we come up with all the display pieces as well! We are so passionate about what we do and I want you all to meet the people who put all their hard work, sweat, and in my case blood into the Ivy Cottage.

Cris Strank Owner/Desinger/Master mind.  She lives, sleeps (okay not sleeps because she is up all night dreaming up new ideas for growing her business), eats The Ivy Cottage. This is her dream and her dedication and love shows when she works!

Ed Strank my Amour and Wood Shop Manager.  He is an incredible craftsman! I don't know what I would do with out his hard work and talent!
Skyler Strank Metal Shop Manager. This kid's patience and skills are mind blowing to us!  I shouldn't say kid because he really is a grown man, but you know me he is still my baby!

Jim Strank Shop Associate. Jim has been a strong asset to our shop team. He is such a great worker! 
Judy Strank Design Associate. Judy is crazy talented! She can visualize exactly what we need and is extremely dedicated to the success of The Ivy Cottage! 

Trish Strank is our multi media manager. She is the one who comes up with the words! She is always able to convey the words I want to say to my customers! 

Thank you for stopping by our blog today and meeting my crew! We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More Summer fun!

Well before we leave to soak up some sun in California (okay fine it's actually going to be sunnier at home) I thought I'd share some more sunshine with you all!
Our Seasonal plaques look darling on easels or even better, inside our square wreaths! Not only do we have cute summer designs, but we have something for every month & you will have a lot of fun making these up! This is the perfect way to welcome friends into your home!

Stackable blocks. That's all I need to say! These are the most popular and timeless home decor! You can make them to fit any season or have them be part of your everyday decorating! They are a lot of fun to make at craft parties! Very easy to make and you will get so many compliments on them! Don't forget you can buy your papers and decals from our store to give them any look you want!
As always we are so excited to have you stop in!  Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Summer Time Stuff!!!

We are so excited over the new summer time lines we have in!

The Summer Garlands are so much fun! They look adorable in pretty much every color scheme! Embellishing these are the funnest craft project! We have flowers, paper, ribbons, colored wire, sparkles, well you get the point! We have a lot of really fun things to make this craft project truly unique!

We are really loving the Watermelon door hangers! And we think you will too! These wooden cut outs with the bead board center are so much fun! You have to get the black glitter to spunk these up! This is a great project to do while you day dream about picnics at the park! Putting a decal on them makes them that much more cute! And Ribbon! Oh the ribbon! Stop in soon to get yours! We will be coming out with more really soon so be sure to come back often!
Well my adorable grand babies just got out of the bath tub and are running around naked, and there is nothing cuter (even my watermelons!) than those witto bums! So I am going to go enjoy their little laughter! Good night all!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gotta love you some Banners!

It's no secret that Banners are all the rage right now! And why shouldn't they be? They are the perfect way to celebrate! And they are so much fun for everyday home decor! We have darling burlap banners, papers, and decals to customize these to fit perfect in any room or for any occasion!
Have fun!


Bunnies are the perfect thing for Spring! They aren't just for Easter Decor! Come on in and get your Bunnies, papers, glitter, ribbons and flowers to make these your very own! Hurry fast once these hop away they are gone, so don't miss out on em! And did I mention, they are so darling in little girl's rooms!?SO SO CUTE!

Hoppy Spring!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Soccer moms are you out there?!

What better way to kick off the Soccer season than with some fun soccer decor! These look great in your little soccer player's bedroom or even in your living room with a cute picture of your soccer champ! (we also sell picture frames, so you can do some fun coordinating)!
Soccer moms this is a must have this year! You will have so much fun adding your child's personality to the letters or better yet, make them WITH your child! You are going to love showing your pride with these fun letters!

Can't wait to see you soon!

Spring in for some cuteness!

Did you hear?! Spring is here! And to celebrate we have a new line of darling spring time decor! They are a must have this season!

What says spring better than colorful flowers! We have so many fun papers and glitter to really brighten these up! They are sure to bring smiles to all your guests! And you are going to have so much fun making them!

 These darling birds are a favorite! They have been selling out quickly and it's not hard to see why! Stop in and get yours! They are so much fun and we have some darling papers that make these birdies just charming!

 Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Metal letters

Our metal letters are a must have right now! They are specially made in our little shop and are the perfect craft project! We have a huge selection of scrap book paper and embellishments that are sure to fit your unique personality! They come unfinished so that you can make them up quick and easily and you get to brag about your creations when visitors compliment them (and they will I promise!)
Please stop in and check out all our darling metal letters! I am excited to see ya!

Storage Compartment Tutorial

The Ivy Cottage just got in an assortment of these darling, fun storage compartments from Kaiser Crafts. They are perfect for jewelry boxes, ribbons and bows ,organizing your craft items or office supplies.  Come in and pick the perfect one for your needs... or even more than one =o)

  After choosing your desired papers paint all surfaces of all the wood pieces. Trust me it takes more time but I tried to figure out what parts were going to show and only paint them to save time. There are things I didn't think of and ended up trying to touch up unpainted spots without getting paint on the paper.

 Decide what paper you want where and trace the wood piece on the back of the paper.  Cut it out about 1/8 to 1/4 inch smaller than the pattern to leave a border showing. I found it better to assemble any drawers first so you don't miss the sides that you might not realize will show. I used packing tape to keep my drawers together.

  Apply the paper to the wood using Mod Podge or I have had great results using plain old Elmers glue.  I just draw a line of glue around the edge and squiggle through the middle then take a damp sponge brush and paint the whole surface of the wood with glue.  Place the paper down and smooth it into place. Use a squeegee or pencil or something similar to rub over the paper and press it into place removing any air bubbles you might have missed.  If you are using Mod Podge you can apply a layer over top. I have even done this using the Elmers glue.

 After it has all dried ink the edges using a stamp pad. I like the Cat eyes from Colorbox because they are small and easy to control.

  Assembly will be much easier with 2 people (ask me how I know). I used wood glue to give mine added strength while assembling.  Some parts will be a very tight fit but trust me, they will fit. I needed to use a rubber mallet on a few stubborn parts.

  Add your embellishments. Buttons, knobs, rhinestones, flowers. Anything you want to give it that finishing touch. Now.... go show it off to all your friends and family. They will be so envious! And don't forget to tell them where you got it. We also have a fun selection of scrapbook paper and even some things for embellishments!

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