About Ivy

Ivette (aka Ivy) is an artist, writer, self-taught photographer, vintage Etsy shop owner and mother to Grace and Claire.

When she is not busy with her children she likes to create art, take photos, hunt for vintage treasures, visit with friends and of course, blog!

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Ivette now lives in Portland, OR (it’s a long story) with her amazing husband, their two daughters and their sweet but slightly crazy cat, Toby.

Art, design, photography, travel and treasure hunting all bring Ivette much inspiration and joy.

This blog is dedicated to exploring creativity, inspiration and to document life’s precious moments. Features on beautiful vintage finds, talented artists, photography and inspiring interiors are often included among the posts. You also get to check out some of Ivy’s art projects and creative crafts plus tips on photography.

Grace & Ivy is a place to come relax, read, get inspired and reflect on all the beauty around us.

35 responses to “About Ivy

  1. Christy Boutte

    Beautiful, Ivy! So Proud of you. xoxo

  2. Hi, Ivy! I saw your inspiration board on Blogging Your Way Flickrs page and I was very impressed. I am glad to find your blog. I love how you organized your blog (and you use wordpress, too! There are so many blogspot users.). It’s beautiful. I read your profile and you are very talented. I am happy to learn that someone like you chose to be a stay-at-home mom since I’m one as well. I look forward to exploring your blog more. Kaho

    • Hi there Kaho,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate the encouragement. Often I feel like I’m not delivering enough to my blog readers so it’s nice to hear you like what I’m doing! :) I’m going to head over to your blog now to have a look! Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying being a stay at home mom. It’s a tough job but so worth it. xo.

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  4. Hi Ivette,

    I really enjoyed looking through your blog! Very inspirational.

    My name is Kristen Crosby and I’m with Design Shuffle. I wanted to know if you could email me at kristen.c@designshuffle.com

    Thanks Ivette and I look forward to hearing from you!

  5. from Italy. Dear Ivy I’m happy to find your virtual home.

  6. I just pass by. But I cant help my self but to notice. Your Blog site is so Beautiful and Well organized.

    The Vintage Category is to Die for. Let me qoute “Rick Dale””Remember back in the day when things were made by hand, and people took pride in their work.

    Madame Ivy should I stay or should I go. Gee I’m may want to stay here forever.

    Best Regards


  7. Hi, Ivy — I just happened across your site… I wish I could tell you how, so you could use the information, but I am honestly not sure. It was earlier in the day and I came across a link somewhere along the line and opened it up. I’m glad I did. Your work with your daughter is wonderful. I am doing a similar thing with my girls, albeit (perhaps) without the skill you bring… I love the collage work. I think my girls will, too. We will check in on you guys from time to time to see if we can steal ideas. :)
    I never know how icky it seems to self-promote. But in the spirit of offering you a view into our little world, in case we do something that you and your daughter find interesting, you can look in on us at http://www.chilledart.com. I provided a link on my site to yours, along with other cool art stuff to do that we plan on attacking sometime in the future. Keep it up. Very inspirational.

    • Hi Chris – Thanks so much for visiting and I really appreciate your kind words. Love that you are creating art with your girls too! Thanks for the link and sharing some of your world. :)

  8. begreatbeoriginal

    This is a great blog. Lovely ideas here :)

  9. Hi there!
    Well, it sounds a bit bold, but I discovered your blog last week (or the week before last) and it is sooo beautiful! I love your pictures and your little texts, the quite tone of your blog and the calmness of everything you post.

    So, during the last one-and-a-half weeks I’ve been reading your postings, working my way slowly but surely through your archives, sipping on hot tea (English Breakfast) ;-) and eating cookies.

    Tonight, I stumbled over a great posting in my blogroll – the blog is called “The Grass Skirt” and is written by Erin, a very cheery, nice woman who lives in North Carolina. She works as a health coach and her recent posting contained a list of brands with non-toxic cosmetic brands. She has asked whether we knew any other companies, and although I haven’t tried any of your brands (I live in Germany) , I posted your link in her comments section … Hope this was okay. :)

    Sorry for all the babble – have a very nice day! And please keep writing and crafting – it’s all so beautiful!


    P.S.: Oh, I almost forgot! You might want to know what I’ve gotten you into, right? ;-) Here’s the link to Erin’s blog: http://thegrassskirtblog.com/

  10. hey I am an artist at university and I love your mad hatta ring, I would love to know a little bit about how you made it, and what technique you used, and also if you found it difficult. All this information would be great for my project, I am studying metal and I will hopefully design a great ring. please email me at

  11. Hello Ivy;

    My name is Danny w/ Architectural Art Tile. (We’re in Salem, Oregon)

    I can across your site from Houzz & very impressed by the images you have on your blog!

    We manufacture custom murals on glass & granite tiles; and we would like to offer you our services free of charge just in exchange for you to blog about us & your experience in dealing with us.

    Take a look at our site http://architecturalarttile.com/ or our profile on houzz http://www.houzz.com/pro/architectural-art-tile/__public

    Please contact me at archtitecturalarttile@gmail.com to discuss.

  12. Hi Ivy,
    I have just found your blog, but way too late I realized! What a beautiful place you have here! Really inspirational!

  13. I just wanted to let you know that i enjoy your blog so much that I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”! Go to: http://luv4wickless.wordpress.com/ for details. :] Congrats, you deserve it! – Melanie

  14. About Ivy | Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  15. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one today.

  16. Very useful info. Hope to see more posts soon!

  17. I love your blog and nominated it for the Liebster award. You can check it out on lovelaughbelight.com. Your photography is BEAUTIFUL! xo.

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  19. Dear miss Ivy, I have been following you for a while and I think that you run quite an interesting and inspiring blog. I nominated you for an Inspiring blog award. You do not have to participate in this but check it out if you like.

    Here’s the shortlink to my post:

    Good day to you :)

  20. May you live all the days of your life.

  21. Nice to meet you Ivy! I love your site because it speaks from your heart and I am enjoying getting to know you through your blog.

  22. Wonderful blog Ivy. I have fallen at your feet.
    I following

  23. Hi, I have nominated you for the versitile blogger award. I hope you will accept it. Keep up the beautiful posts!

  24. Hey Ivy, I really admire your artwork. Absolutely stunning!!

  25. KBT

    Beautiful gallery and blog!

  26. There’s just so much loveliness going on around here, I could stay forever. So I simply had to follow. Beautifully done, chapeau!

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