Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Stash (Surviving Ikea)



In 1995 I had a scarred-for-life Ikea experience. It involved the store in Wembley, London, an eighty pound budget for extremely basic new-to-the-country, new home essentials, a bleak, blizzardy, mid-winter Saturday, a (this time I’m just not exaggerating) mile long checkout queue and multiple forms of sardine-style public transport. Consequently, subsequent forays to the haven of all things Swedishly flat-packed have adhered to strict criteria:

1. Not in London. See above.
2. Not on the weekend. Too many people are not at work.
3. No anklebiters. Or at a stretch, one child of an age where snacks and restraining straps still work. Maximum.
4. Mental preparation for the inevitability of the ‘Temporarily Out of Stock’ sign posted on the warehouse shelf, when the only item that you actually went for just isn’t there. And possibly never was.
5. No $1 hotdogs. Or take a close-up look first.

The Mr, two year old and I ventured midweek into the nearest superstore in search of an item which we have long agreed we could no longer ‘live’ without. Alas, alack, the item was unavailable. The day was saved by the accumulation of further revelationary, must-have, (and really must start sewing), contributions to the fabric stash. Heavy weight, cut-it-yourself, prints of goodness.



And somewhat unpredictably, a moose.



More Sunday Stash to covet over here. And head on over to Kate’s speedy-like, because she’s really nice anyway and also hosting a stashy giveaway...

Note to self: Contemplate potential detrimental effect of large amount of time spent by kids’ with cardboard boxes/paper bags on heads.

33 comments:

CurlyPops said...

Ugh I hate going to Ikea. I follow the same rules (except for number one cos there's no chance I'll be in London)!
Is the moose an artpiece or does it have some amazing Ikea function?

Nikki Cardigan said...

All Ikea paraphernalia should come with a written warning, sort of like alcohol. It sounds like fun, you think you need to it and you always feel terrible afterwards. And funnily enough, after some time has passed, you tell youself that it wasn't that bad and you put yourself through it again!

Having said that, your fabric is gorgeous.

Nikki said...

My preferred Ikea time is Thursday evenings... although it usually means a small girl out after bedtime and eating bad dinners (ok - TWO small girls... one 30-something years older than the other).

I reckon it's worth the pain to get Ikea fabrics. I'm going to blog a few more of my Ikea fabric creations tonight or tomorrow.

Gina said...

Oh, gimme gimme. The ikea fabric, and the moose, and possibly the paper bag as well, as right now I'm hyperventilating out of desire for the fabric. Everyone is making stuff out of ikea fabric these days... well, all the cool kids anyway.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I love your fabric ! And I love the cut-it-yourselfness of the fabric counter . Apparently you can phone ahead to ascertain if the item you want is in stock ....but they won't put it to one side for you . So all you've done is throw Tantulus and a breathless ,undignified gallop to the stockroom into the mix .
But , let's face it , knee-high moose(s) in a fetching shade of red are a must .

Jodie said...

- Love that moose ! I adore that heavy weight fabric.

Karin said...

I live really close to an Ikea store. As in a 5 minutes walk close. And I would never, ever go there on a saturday. On saturdays, it seems like whole Germany and half of Holland empties in that particular Ikea. Not good. Really. Doesn't work.

If I go (and I don't really go that often) I go on a tuesday morning or so. That's about the only time when it's possible to just browse through the store quickly, without having to walk over heads to get somewhere. :-)

Anyway, cool moose!

GUGAW said...

i love how ikea trips have similar themes for all of us! i also have a post ikea fabric stash and a collection of unexpected peculiars that i haven't quite got around to using yet!

willywagtail said...

I love getting fabric at IKEA because you get to cut it yourself. Makes me feel all grown up and professional. LOL Cherrie PS I'm from the country and have only been a couple of times which is probably all for the best because I don't think I could afford to live nearer.

Kylie said...

Love Ikea fabric. Great idea not ringing first for availability of said-necessary item in order to actually get fabric!... must remember that one ;) K

Andi said...

I heart IKEA fabric!!

Mel said...

Hilarious! I just survived an Ikea trip yesterday myself! In my case it's the husband who gets left behind. Seriously I could write a book about the number of domestics I overhear in that place! Yesterday's best from a bloke to his Mrs was;

"Don't keep telling me what you DON'T like and start telling me what you DO like. And then let's just bloody get it!"

Oh and I dig the moose :)

Cath from chunkychooky said...

I think one of the reasons I have a happy marriage is becasue the nearest IKEA is 500kms away. Seriously how many couples break up after a visit!!!???! How many couples do you see with the major s*its with each other?? They should have couples counselling in the section where you have to pick up your own stuff.

.....Having said that I refer to the catalogue- as "porn" and I drool over the possibilites and friends and I dream of hiring a truck and going to IKEA - no partners or kids and just casually drifting through...
love the fabric and the moose.

elly bee said...

in the place where I life we have the famous IKEA obstruction on the motorway on weekends. so even if you don't need to go to ikea you have to stand in line with your car because the whole highway is obstructed at the height of the side-way to ikea.
If, I say IF, we go there we go by bike on a Wednesday morning. But most of the time we just don't go there. Also because the times I went there I get tempted to buy somethig I really really really do not need.
eb

Grace said...

Funny, I woke up thinking about Ikea and going today or one day this week (when hubbie is off work). I follow the no ankle biters rule too. I am easily confused/lost/overwhelmed in Ikea. I'll have to check out fabric when I go too. Ikea is so many places now (I go to Ikea Atlanta)

Amanda said...

Oh yes the Ikea madhouse I know the feeling too..

I am a little curious to know what was wrong with the hotdog, but at the same time I don't want to know haha...

Love your fabric and moose...Gotta love the quirky things you end up coming home with.

Hayley Egan said...

I follow all above Ikea rules (it's easy for me not to go in London,and without kids.) I have many others that basically limit me to buying glasses, knives and corkscrews. I may have broken them for that moose though. It's fantastic. (P.S is it Whitlam?? This is killing me...)

Kaylovesvintage said...

we got so many Ikea"s here, to many,lol
is nice to see that you have different fabric, we got the Ikea headquarters in Delft, which is different from the other Ikea shop"s..bigger and more,more, more goodies....english &dutch speaking
so that"'s a cool store but I only go there if I need some swedish bread...

craftschmaft said...

The only good thing about going to IKEA in london was that you could only purchase as much as you could carry on the stupid tram. I can't seem to get out of that place without spending at least $300!

Love your fabric pics Tania. We went on the weekend too (freaky) and I gazed longingly at the fabric but had to keep walking as the child was about to have a melt down.

Alisa said...

Oh GREAT, now I've got the itch to go! : (
Love those prints!! : )
And yeah, know what you mean about IKEA in London, we were horrible (and repeatedly... what were we thinking) scarred by the Croydon store.

One Flew Over said...

Fantastic prints and always worth the hellish experience.

Mr Moose is pretty cute too!

Claire (ethel loves fred) said...

I'm huge fan of Ikea fabric, so I brave the maddness everynowandagain, just to stock up! Loving the new range!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Love, love, love Ikea fabric - your acquisitions are fabulous. I have worked out a secret way to duck and weave through stands, partitions and teeny tiny flat packed kitchens to get to the upholestry more quickly.

PS. We take your Ikea paper bag and raise you an Australian Post Tuff Bag.

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

T
Thanks, NOW you're telling me to take a close-up look at the $1 hotdogs... does it have anything to do with the moose?
W

said...

i went there myself this weekend, ok, in portugal... i bought i tiny drawer for my pins and laces:)

Sandrine said...

Oh Ikea...The amazing store that means that I can find my brother and brother in law one in France the other in England and we have the same drawer or shelves...Isn'it something INCREDIBLE!!!And I realsise I have the same red and white fabric I think;))But we keep going back for more as some people point out!

Christie said...

yep, i have rules too:

NEVER on a weekend

ALWAYS as close to opening time as possible

NEVER with more than one child & said child MUST be restrained & bribed in some fashion

ALWAYS with a list of what i need

ALWAYS check availability of items online first

otherwise it WILL end in tears

that said, I do love ikea...

Sue said...

Wow! the trip would have been worth it just to own that moose.
I'm getting close to 60 so the chances of shopping with a 2yo....or at least one I'm allowed to smack... are remote. I love IKEA, where else to you get to buy unexpected, unnecessary things which will remain unused but give you so much pleasure...oh that's right the quilt fabric shop, of course.

Clementine's Shoes said...

Oh, so true. Definitely mid week, and definitely have to make a stop at the fabric section. Although we were so rushed on our last visit that all I got was a fleeting glimpse- enough to tantelizingly spot that there are new fabrics available.. (We went there to get new toy storage furniture for C's room. Merficully only one item of the 6 or so wasn't available, and it was something we could get by without for a few weeks until -fingers crossed- they have more in stock...)

Cindy said...

I need to go but I keep putting it off. It is the kind of love hate realtionship and I am trying to play hard to get at the moment, but I know at the first drink there will be no hope

Angie said...

if you ever brave the second trip and feel inclined to snip some extra fabric for the ikea-less across the straight let me know - with my money of course!

Angie said...

that would be across the strait!

Angie said...

I'm on a roll...the last post's word verification was 'typture'....so apt when typing one-handed while breast feeding babe parked across ones lap!