Wednesday, 4 December 2013

WOYWW 235 Ikea Safari

Another week has flown by,  must admit quite a productive one, where does the time go? I managed to make a couple of baby cards this week, created my own pattern paper for the blue one, using distress inks, water colour pens, stamps and clear embossing powder. Used a Spellbinders die (no idea what it's called) and  the embellishment was made using a Kaisercraft stamp and 6 layers of embossing powder. All the products used on the pink card were Kaisercraft. Anyone would think I like Kaiser products....LOL

A few people commented on the rosette item in the background last week so I thought I'd include a picture today... not very exciting, my attempt at making a centre piece for Christmas Celebrations no doubt it will end up a UFO. However, I did start making a storage unit for Tria Markers, each section will hold 12 pens, it's still a work in progress and it's possible it may morph into something else entirely by the weeks end.... I like to keep things interesting, in reality I never know what it will be until it's finished...

Now let's move on to my adventure of the week. The Safari at Ikea began like any normal day, (don't worry, no guns) a leisurely drive, hot summers day, you get the picture... Arrived at our destination, my hubby told me this store was big, but I had no idea, I was in retail heaven... Retail therapy for Eliza had just kicked up several notches... We had a ball, (the Bobsy twins on a mission, scary) but I must say I've never experienced so much mind changing, a few times we forgot what we'd chosen and had to retrace our steps...

Eliza (you have to love her, she's gorgeous) would see her future workspace, only to walk ten paces and find another solution...considering this store is half a kilometre long, the ten paces bit, works out be a lot of mind changing... not to mention,  measurements went out the window as the size of the desk was growing... LOL . 
Hilarious, fabulous day, at one stage I thought GF was going to wet herself, if you haven't already guessed, of course she was laughing at me and the out of control trolley. Dare I say (no offence intended) it had to be a man who designed these wretched things, my arms barely long enough to hold, wait for it, two handles to steer. Thank goodness my arms were not shorter otherwise I'd be turning in circles in the middle of Ikea. 

Word of Wisdom: Make note of the level where you parked your car before you enter the store. Ensure you exit the elevator with fully loaded trolley on the same level as the said not follow the males directions... also lazy male does not offer to push fully loaded trolley, he would rather smirk at short armed granny crashing into walls like a bee in a bottle...need I say more...

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment.  Why not pop over to see Julia at the Stamping Ground and participate in the best blog hop ever.

Happy crafting everyone, hope you have a great week and most of all happy WOYWW.



  1. Ok GF males are well in a world of their own, dare I say some are down right dumb. We got there and back with a shortening of the sitting postion for you whilst I drove slowly in comfort LOL. Stuff everywhere still but hey, I still might get that other bit before Saturday.

    Love that Tria pen holder it has a section on top that you can put stuff on that is not tria's I like that..... Talk later oh wonderful one.

    Hugs Eliza

  2. Love your chrissy tree made from corrugated discs. Is Eliza leading you astray again, gawd love her. Do yo have enough colouring pens there lol
    Bridget #19

  3. ah another post on IKEA as said on Eliza's post, I have never been to one so live in blissful ignorance, love your cards!! clever! TFS happy WOYWW Shaz in Oz.x #10

  4. Cute baby cards and how clever to make your own storage for your pens! I love going to IKEA but since we don't have IKEA in our country, I don't buy any of the big stuff. But there are lot of accessories and all sorts to make me happy! Happy WOYWW and thank you for dropping by!
    peggy aplSEEDS@9

    1. I could not imagine life without having Ikea...their storage solutions are fabulous

  5. Oh wow these cards are brilliant DeDe!! What great storage for your markers and that you made it..again wow! I am using a mug box for storing my markers at the moment lol. I went to Ikea near Brisbane and I could not get around it and had to rest!! What an incredible place!! Glad that you and your GF had so much fun :-). Happy WOYWW.
    Janene #26

  6. I laughed when Eliza told the story, now I'm laughing again... there should be pictures with it!!! Helen 37

  7. I have the same challenges being little myself, that's why I always take hubby when I need to go to Ikea. Down side is that he keeps saying no to things I want! Love your cards and that Chrissy decoration is gorgeous.
    Have a great week,
    Von #32

  8. It sounds like you have a wonderful time and what could be better than Ikea with a friend!
    Glenda #67

  9. Lol, you two sound as bad and me and Julia!! We're a danger to traffic when we both go shopping together....grin! Glad you had a good time 'helping' Eliza :-)
    Love that rosette tree in the last shot - did it take long to make??
    Hugs, LLJ 36 xx

  10. Omg - you are funny. What an adventure you had in ikea. Sounds very silly.
    Famfa 1

  11. It sounds as if you and Eliza had a wonderful time, it's always so great to hang out with friends! Helen is right, though--we would have liked pictures!

    Happy WOYWW to you!
    #28 this week, Christmasing like crazy
    and a free Christmas digi magazine

  12. Lol, I'm sorry but I have such a funny picture in my head of you and an out of control trolley! Ikea is bad, very very bad! I have one 15 mins from my house! Beautiful cards, love the giraffe one, that's a great fold. Thanks for the sock love.

    Brenda 5

  13. Nice pen bin! Not too much desk in evidence-HA.
    Thanks for the snoop around and visiting my place
    Robyn 15

  14. LOLO LOL yes IKEA is quite the adventure! I remember my first introduction to their trolley elevator! Talk about peeing your pants! Oh you and GF sound like a couple fun ladies to go on safari with. Thanks for the earlier visit! WOYWW hugs! Nan G #13

  15. What is it about Ikea carts? Here in the U.S. they're also ornery. It's a great place with load of wonderful ideas, but bring your walking shoes.

    Those are really sweet cards and I love your marker storage so far.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments.

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #3

  16. I love your pretty cards and your Ikea adventure sounds so fun! Wish I could've gone. Hugs and happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #7

  17. It sounds hilarious...although I'm pretty quick to get the arse when the workers don't actually help....would loved to have seen you driving the trolley!!

  18. Love your UFO ;-) it would make a wonderful table dec.
    Happy Wednesday to you,
    Karin #98

  19. Ah yes... gotta love Ikea! Our local one, if you the do the route through the shop as marked on the floor, is 1.5km! And that's not allowing for going to the loo, retracing your steps because you've changed your mind / got lost / lost the children / having lunch etc! Great fun. #49

  20. I have never been to an Ikea store. I think the closest one to me is in Denver (an 8 hour drive). Your two cards are very cute. I like the doily Christmas tree.

    Thank you for visiting me already!
    Happy WOYWW
    peace, Kay (12)

  21. You and Eliza, what A HOOT!! I sounds like you are both wonderful road trip partners!! I like your maker holders, are Tria markers Alcohol?? Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Ginny #18

    1. The Tria's are alcohol markers, easier to use, you can blend beautifully with 2 colours. They also have 3 nibs, paintbrush, wedge and super fine. Sorry starting to sound like an advertisement....LOL

  22. Well, what a week you have had. Ikea - hmm! Love it, when my bank account has lots in it (a VERY rare occasion!). Trolleys - why do they ALWAYS go the opposite way to that which you need to move???!! Glad you had such a lot of laughs.
    Margaret #60 - and thanks for visiting last week - I didn't do too well in the reply stakes!

  23. Hi Dede, Thanks for visiting me and wow those baby cards are absolutely wonderful, I always seem to struggle to with designs for baby cards, so I am always in admiration of people who can design such lovely ones. And I love your tree, it looks brilliant.
    As for Ikea we I have a trip to Ikea planned for December 16th so daughter and I will having a really good day, if we can persuade OH to leave us alone to enjoy ourselves.
    Chris #30

  24. Oh, my! I've never been in Ikea, but I'd have similar trouble maneuvering the cart, from the sounds of it. I love your little white Christmas tree. I'm just barely getting over here to say "thanks for the visit" from last week's WOYWW and it must be just about Wednesday again for you in your time zone. Best, Laura