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Thursday, November 26, 2009

15% Off Now-Sunday and Free Shipping

100% Cashmere Scarves for Him or Her! They make a luxurious gift for anyone. Made in England. Reg: $44 On Sale: $37.40

Put something special in her stocking this season. Grab a design from local Jewelry Designer Kate Jack. she blends her eye for detail into wearable pieces of art.
Reg: $69 On Sale: $58.65

Killer Kushionz are on every girls wish list! Seriously created to help make shoes more comfortable, and stop annoying, painful issues.
Reg: $13 On Sale: $11.05

A great gift for him or her, Mink Oil softens, preserves, and polishes all smooth leather. Mink oil is a natural water repellent and this product can be shipped to anywhere!
Reg: $6 On Sale: $5.10

What woman doesn't love a good leather handbag? Try this ILI Hobo bag in a stunning purple leather with contrasting tan whip-stitch detail up the sides.
Reg: $84 On Sale: $71.40

Another must have on every girls shopping list this season! Button Ups are a silky soft cable knit legwarmer. Classic Betsey Johnson flair.
Reg: $38 On Sale: $32.30

Monday, November 23, 2009

What we do...

Today we are introducing you to our featured Artist Kerry Alonzo...

"My name is Kerry. I live in the lovely town of Ashland, Oregon. I happily work at Village Shoes, but I also make jewelry. My pieces are pure fun! I make mostly bracelets and some necklaces. They are put together on stretchable clear elastic with a wide array of beads that I hand pick myself. I use it all - from Vintage to Plastic, as well as semi-precious stones, wood and crystals. For me, the thrill comes from arranging the beads in unexpected combinations. "

Please come by and check out my offerings at the
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Holiday Art and Gift Fair.

Friday December 4th 5 - 9 pm
Saturday December 5th 10 - 6 pm
Sunday December 6th 10 - 4 pm

Great Hall
70 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520
next to the new Motif Restaurant

Friday, November 20, 2009

Village Find: A Diva Divided

"Which one to choose? Crystals or pearls? Why not wear both? This piece is almost in two distinct sections that merge to create a beautiful whole.

One half is Swarovski crystal rivolis and round crystals, surrounded by seed beads, the other side is dyed crazy lace agate cabochons, seed beads and multiple strands of freshwater pearls, and 14 kt. gold-filled beads, terminating in a gold cone and handcrafted clasp, both 14 kt. gold-filled. This connects to the "crystal side".

The crystal/seed bead side is bead embroidered backed with ultrasuede.

A Diva Divided measures 14"/35.5cm around the inner neck. Back to front is 9.75"/24.5cm and side to side measures 7"/18cm. "

Find it from Bellabeadjeweled at esty.com

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fall Recipe #2 - Zucchini Bread

Another easy recipe that is purely divine is an all time favorite of mine is Zucchini Bread.
I made this bread the other night and the intoxicating smell wafting through the house was amazing. Justin, my partner looked at me funny when he saw me grating zucchini to put in the bread, but an hour later when the warm bread from the oven
was melting in his mouth
and his eyes were rolling in the back of his head
he understood completely. It's the best sweet bread!

Recipe # 2 - Zucchini Bread
by Stacey Larnerd

3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup Canola Oil (or Applesauce for less calories)
3 tsp vanilla
1 cup nuts (pecan or walnut)
2 cups grated zucchini (leave peel on for color)

Put ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat together. Split the batter into two bread loaf pans and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
Let cool for half an hour then slice and enjoy!

If you whip this up some night - tell me what you think!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pleasure and Meaning: Joan Hornig Jewelry

At this time of the year, we are reminded of the importance of giving back. We are encouraged to be thankful for the things we have and to share our good fortune. I recently discovered an article about a jewelry designer named Joan Hornig that really drove this message home.

"In 2003, Joan developed a way to encourage others to join her in support of educational and other philanthropic initiatives. Her model of giving 100% of the profits on each piece of jewelry sold to the purchaser's charity of choice challenges women to use beauty and fashion in a new way.

Those choosing to purchase Joan Hornig designs are meant to derive pleasure not only from the jewelry, but also from the meaning of giving back. All profits from each item are donated to charity. Purchasers are able to direct the donation to a charity of their choice."

Not only is her jewelry exquisite and stunning, it's something you can feel good about splurging on. "Make a statement, make a difference." This is her motto. What an empowering message and way to be. Thank you Joan for setting a beautiful example.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Wrapping - Simple and Affordable

One day I was shopping at Michael's which is always dangerous for me. Aisles and aisles of endless possibilties just staring me in the face. I'm not a scrap-book junkie but I love beautiful paper and I found a gorgeous book of paper I couldn't refuse.

Once I had this thousand sheets home with me I had no idea what to do with it. My first creative project was making fancy hand made business cards for an artist friend of mine. She loved them. My second endeavor was handmade gift tags which came out fantastic. Then I realized that scrapbook paper is an excellent gift wrap especially for those in-between seasons when Christmas or Birthday paper simply doesn't fit the occasion.

So if you're looking for a way to make Holiday Gift wrapping simple and affordable, try using scrap-book paper, old comic newsprint, plain brown paper with stickers... anything really. The possibilities are endless. It's a great way to be creative, which I believe helps to reduce stress this time of year.

-Post by Stacey

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Staff Favorites- Fall Recipes- Pumpkin Cake

We decided not everything in life revolves around your shoes... although we do love fabulous shoes! We'd like to take this time to get to know you and let you know those of us here at Village Shoes. As the daylight gets shorter and it begins to get colder outside we'll warm you up with some of our favorite recipes as well as other interesting and delicious tid-bits of information we think you'd love to know.

Recipe #1: Pumpkin Cake
by Stacey Larnerd

3 cup flour
2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 cup pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
1 cup Canola oil
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Mix all together and pour into bread loaf pans or a decorative bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 70 minutes if cooking in a bundt pan and check at 60 minutes if using bread loaf pans. The cake is done when you stick a knife or skewer in and it comes out clean.

For an extra special touch you can serve this with whip cream! Yum


This was one of my favorite recipes my mom used to make when I was a kid. The chocolate chips make it extra delicious. This is a great recipe to make with kids because it's easy.
Hope you enjoy it!

Send us some of your favorite recipes. We'd love to know what you're cooking up this season.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Sexy and Tough: Frye Harness Boots in Red

Be tough and sexy in this motorcycle boot from Frye! With the definitive O-ring, straps and studs, Frye's classic Harness Boot holds a treasured spot in American culture. The timeless design features stunning burnt red leather uppers, cushioned shock-absorbing memory insoles, a pitched heel with rubber heel lift, durable Goodyear welt construction, and Neoprene oil resistant sole. Antique brass hardware. Made in the USA.

Only $218 at village-shoes.com