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!