I happen to love ivy. I used it liberally at my wedding, and one day, I hope to have a stone cottage with ivy 'round its arched front door. For now, I'll content myself with Hedera plants I started from small sprouts.
Both indoor and outdoor ivies are a snap to root from cuttings. You might keep your eyes open for an overgrown bed in a shopping center, or ask a neighbor whose ivies are escaping their bank. Just clip a sprig a few inches long, dip the end in rooting hormone from a garden center, and plant in potting soil. One bottle of rooting hormone will last you for YEARS.
These quick climbers will send out new roots in no time. Now, while the weather is agreeable, you can also start ivy outdoors in glass jars of water, to which a few drops of rooting hormone have been added.
Make your own rooting hormone