The Ivy Accessories by Susan Reader

Ivy’s Little Things

Ivy & Innocence Accessories

The expression “little things mean a lot” is certainly true in Ivy. 

It’s appreciating the way Ivy shimmers in the late afternoon sun when touched by a gentle breeze. It’s seeing flowers in bloom just about everywhere you look because they make everything they’re near prettier.

Accessories shown here:
Emily’s Welcome 05182, Special Delivery 05184, Cool Water 05185, The Garden Gate 05183, The Garden Bench 05188, and The Sparkling Fountain 05200.

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Emily's Welcome by Susan Reader

Emily’s Welcome 05182

First, we would like to introduce you to the charming accent piece, Emily’s Welcome. She is the youngest historian of Ivy & Innocence. Emily is the pretty, little girl perched on an old stone wall, reading all about the history of the place she lives… so she can share it with others.

The book she’s reading is The Ivy Diaries (studying the section about the Quilt Tree). These diaries provide first person accounts of who did what and when in Ivy. Just having Emily around will make you feel more knowledgeable. She knows everything there is to know about Ivy having memorized all the storybooks. Now, in her Sunday finest dress stitched lovingly by her Nana Lila, she is ready to introduce you and your friends to Ivy so everyone can get to know this very special place in time.

Special Delivery 05184

Special Delivery 05184

Among the first things Emily would tell you if she could is Ivy always prided itself on being a very progressive little community. It was one of the first towns around to enjoy the convenience of home delivered mail. That explains why, almost overnight, mailboxes just like the one we call Special Delivery sprung up on folks’ lawns all over town.

Nobody took a vote, but when the ladies of the Garden Club planted ivy and flowers on their mailboxes, everybody followed suit. So, while Ivy can’t claim the most mailboxes of any town, it can safely say it has the prettiest. Although folks could pick up their mail any time, most walked out to greet the postman on his rounds. For, you see, in addition to his formal duties, he was Ivy’s walking, talking daily “newspaper.”

In the early days in Ivy, just about everybody had what was called a “dug” water well. What they did was dig a deep hole ’til they hit water, then shored up the walls with stone or bricks. The well filled partway up with water and you got it out by the bucketful and carted it into the house. The Ivy Inn’s Wishing Well is the kind we’re talking about.

Cool water 05185

Cool water 05185

Then what passed for ‘modern technology’ came to be in the form of drills that spiraled their way down into the earth until they found water. It was easier and safer. A hand pump atop the well eliminated the chore of raising and lowering a bucket. Getting Cool Water became almost as easy as a hearty handshake. While no match in convenience for a spigot indoors, there’s nothing that tastes as fresh and pure as a ladle of spring water you’ve just drawn for yourself on a hot summer’s day in Ivy.

The Sparkling Fountain be Susan Reader

Sparkling Fountain 05200

Everyone in Ivy agree that Harry Saunders (husband of Lila owner of the Quilt Shoppe and Emily’s Grand Papa) is one of the handiest men in Ivy. He not only built The Sparkling Fountain in the market square but, also, prides himself on being its self-appointed custodian. With each onset of spring’s warm weather, Mr. Saunders primes the fountain and turns it on to the delight of all the folks in Ivy. As Ivy’s symbol of freshness, its purity can be seen sparkling and dancing in the sunlight. Its splashing water is one of the loveliest sound of spring!

The Garden Gate 05183

The Garden Gate 05183

As you walk around Ivy, you’ll notice that native stone is used for everything from foundations to fences. It was and is a plentiful natural resource, and much of what you see was cleared long ago from farm fields. That’s the case of the stone fence that supports The Garden Gate. It’s typical of the kind folks in Ivy built in front, around or behind their houses. Nowadays we tend to think of fences as things that keep people out, but back then in Ivy their function was more to keep toddlers and pets in… or just to look pretty. And they looked even prettier, most people thought, when ivy twined its way up and over them – particularly if you added some flowers.

The Garden Bench 05188

The Garden Bench 05188

Amid all this quaint and colorful beauty, visitors can’t help but be tempted to take some extra time to “stop and smell the flowers.” And what better place to rest for a few moments to prolong the pleasure, than by taking a seat on The Garden Bench. You may happen upon one of these charming benches just about anywhere in Ivy. The first ones were made – all by hand, of course – by Josh Tucker, one of the carpenters responsible for the Jackson’s award-winning renovation of the “Towering Cottage.”

When people saw them, they somehow knew without being told that the heart carved in the backrest represented the craftsman’s love of this one-of-a-kind community. Naturally, they all wanted one. That’s just the way it was…and, happily, still is.

The remaining accessories continue on Ivy’s Back Porch…

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2 thoughts on “Ivy’s Little Things

    • Don’t I feel sheepish…
      The lighthouse is a beacon of hope and one of my favorites. My only defense is lack of sleep and not enough caffeine.
      The piece will be added just as soon as I get home. In the meantime, no one whisper a word of this to Mayor Lathrop!


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