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IKEA or Bust!

Guess what, IKEA is coming to Croatia!!! No, really, in 2011 Croatia will moving into a whole new socio-economic sphere. Okay so IKEA won't make that big of a difference for Croatia and her people but what a difference IKEA will make in my life!!

We headed to Austria and it was a lovely drive. Austria is a wonderfully crafty country anyways but to be there during the fall was wonderful. I didn't get lots of pictures since Johnny is a get there and get it done kinda guy but I did manage to get him to stop so I could take a picture of the pumpkins. Cool huh?

Once on the highway we were on our way and fast like too. After I saw this sign for Salzburg is was a true fight within me to either go to my beloved IKEA or drop in to Salzburg to visit Maria and the Captain from Sound of Music, and yes I know they aren't there anymore...

If you can't tell already, I'm an IKEA junkie! I love the place, actually many times while wandering it's long halls of impressive two-people dwellings I have imagined myself living within the massive store, and then the silence breaks and one of my offspring walk up with a plastic banana sticking out of one ear; I quickly tell them to leave the kitchen displays alone and I go back to dreaming.
Have you ever been to IKEA, NO! You're kidding, it's a trip of a life time in my humble openion. I love the place and there are so many reasonable things and ideas.

I have to tell you, we were at the closest IKEA to Croatia in Graz, Austria (home of Arnold S.) and I was in awe in the fabric dept. I love the IKEA style. I am the IKEA style but just uncultivated. I love the modern shapes and colors, I like the clean looks, I just like it! Really they should be paying me for all the publicity, but anyhow. I'm in the fabric dept. and I have finally found the fabric I want so I ask my sweet Johnny to have it cut for me since I don't know a lick of German and that's what they speak at this particular IKEA, anyhow, we stand there and wait, and wait and still more waiting. Then this very handsome blond lady comes over to the table where we are waiting and she is obviously not an employee of IKEA and do you know what she did? Really, she grabbed those huge sheers and just began cutting her own material. I'm like...this woman is nuts, who does she think she is touching those sheers and all. Then another women proceeds to do the same, then it hits us, this is a self-service fabric dept. Now we're cooking so I reach over and take the great sheers and begin to cut my own fabric, how cool is this. After cutting it I weighed it and stuck the little price sticker on myself. Oh now I'm hooked!!! I loved it and it was so nice not having to ask for a meter or whatever. Super cool, just another reason why I ♥ IKEA!

I bought a small amount of a few fabrics I liked, I love this bright, fun fabric; don't have any idea what I'll do with it but it's nice.

And then this great red stuff, I LOVE it! I don't know why but I do, I love it.
I didn't know what I was going to use it for but I finally figured it out. I made a wondow valance for the office with it. I actually took a 1x2 and stapled it, drilled pilot holes and Johnny attached it for me. I like it, so clean and I can still see the outside, I like that.

BTW, that's my sweetie sitting at his computer, sure love ya Babe!
Anyhow, if you ever want to go to IKEA with me, you're welcome to fly on over and we'll head to IKEA in Austria together. fun fun fun!

21 comments:

  1. Okay, Tori, I admit it.. I've never been to IKEA. When we lived in CA, one opened up in San Diego. After I drooled over the catalog they sent out, we tried to go, but got lost and never made it. And would you believe there's an IKEA here, in Israel... but I've never been to this one either. There's always the next country we live in... maybe I'll have the opportunity to try again.

    Oh, and I like the window valance you made. I wouldn't have thought to use it there; but it looks very nice!

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  2. I too, love IKEA. We have one about 45 minutes from our house. I went there on my birthday and spend every last penny of my birthday money. I like paying the price that you see on an item (not adding tax on at the end) cause I calculated in my head and spend ever last penny I had in my pocket!! I just looked for things to buy that would use up my last 50 cents. (candles..!)

    I had no idea that they had fabric...I've been looking for some cool fabric like the ones you bought. But all the store here have dreary blacks and darks used by the widows to make their clothes. I'll have to head back down to IKEA when my pocket gets a little fatter!!

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  3. Wow, I wish we had an IKEA, now! I would love, love, love to go to Austria! I hear it's beautiful! I believe Mozart is from there as well as the captain and Maria! ;) I guess it's a musical country! :)

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  4. Great fabric. I would love to be able to cut my own fabric! Most of mine comes from Walmart as I'm too far away from real fabric stores and they are more expensive. I don't like the way they cut the fabric. They lay the fabric down exactly on the line and then they don't cut straight. Lots of times I really get less than I paid for. I think they should give you an extra inch to make sure.

    The curtain turned out really nice too. I've never been to an IKEA, but sounds great.

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  5. I love those fabrics!! I'm all for the bright and colorful ones.

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  6. I've never been to qan IKEA... but it looks like a great place to spend an afternoon...I like the fabric you got...and the valance in your hubbys computer corner looks great and cheerful...
    I'll be right over to go to the IKEA with you...

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  7. I love IKEA! In fact, I want to go sometime soon to get stuff for my nursery! :) It's about 2 hours away from our house though. I wish there were one closer!

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  8. Hi, thought that I would stop over. I like your webspace, it looks really nice. Well....I am not an IKEA girl. But that first picture of fabric would make a nice shower curtain. What a great idea, self serve fabric spot. That would be kind of nice actually.

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  9. I have visited your blog before and came by again. How fun to see the pumpkin patch in Austria!! And a Ikea
    right there! How exciting for you!
    The area must be so beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed weekend!

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  10. I love the fabrics! Hmm... I've never been to an IKEA store, but I think there is one not too far away. I'll have to visit sometime.

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  11. Jim and I love IKEA! Our second son took us when we visited them In Austin,Tx. We spent most of the afternoon there.We had so much fun.

    I love your valance. It is so cherry. The other material, I think would make a wonderful table cloth. Just my idea. My daughter in law, Michele would love both materials. I wish I could come and go shopping with you. What fun! connie

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  12. This is the first time I've ever heard of IKEA. Any place you can cut, price, and bag your own fabric sounds great to me!
    I just love peaking into your lives over there!

    ~ Christina

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  13. Oh, by the way, for a looooong time the only tea I liked was with ice, too (I'm southern by birth, as well... Arkansas). But after trying the chai (with cream & sugar), I've developed a real liking for it, as well, but I still love my ice, cold glass of sweet tea. Yum!

    ~ Christina

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  14. I love the fabric!! We have one of the few Ikeas in the States, but ours doesn't carry fabric. I am so jealous!

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  15. I had never been to IKEA till we moved here, but there's one about 30 minutes away from our house. I don't like their fabrics all that much, but I LOVE their kitchen stuff - I could spend hours in there. I also love their storage and organizing things. Our entire bedroom set is from there, and I have a shower curtain and bath mat from there too. I love to go over there, but if I want to stay a long time, I have to go without Wes. He has lots of bookshelves and stuff from there too, and he likes that he can just go get what he needs and not have to deal with salespeople.

    So when are you coming to Canada to go to MY IKEA with me?! :)

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  16. Never been to Ikea. What do they sell?

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  17. Yep those IKEA stores sure come in handy. Especially when looking for a bed. (which is what I needed when I moved to Portugal) I am with Nina, they have an excellent selection of candles that you can't find too many other places here. (and at such a great price.)

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  18. LOVE the fabric!! Love it!!!

    You know what's funny? I've lived in CA all these years and I *just* went to an IKEA for the first time this summer. When we were in San Diego for Zach's fiddle camp, a friend and I went. She'd been there many times, so she showed me the "ropes". : ) Wow! What fun it was! I bought bedding and curtains for the guest room. I could have done more damage to our budget, but held back. LOL Next time! : )

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  19. My husband and teen just love IKEA! And can you believe that Las Vegas doesn't have one!
    We shop online for the time being and enjoy our IKEA purchases.
    It's a great store and shopping experience.
    You're a lucky lady. Have fun.

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  20. a couple years ago we got an Ikea here in Mi...
    I LOVE IT... its not exactly close, but I go whenver I can, even if I dont have money to spend! I understand your LOVE for Ikea!

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  21. I love IKEA. Had never been in one before until my recent trip to San Diego. My daughter finally, after 3 hours, had to drag me form the store.
    Blessings from Costa Rica

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