Ribba and Torenia

Hannah in the toy tig soft toy basket at IKEA

This Saturday just past, I finally dragged husband out to Ikea (a gruelling hour’s drive due to Ikea planting itself right in perpetually bad traffic area), Richmond, VIC to purchase some simple white frames for the original artwork I scored on Etsy. (Will show soon!) It has been so hard looking for simple clean white photo SQUARE frames anywhere! I’d traisped Target, BigW, Bunnings, Spotlight, Freedom and Lincraft with no luck. The $80 per frame at the local framers was an expense that would have to wait until we struck oil in our backyard.

Hannah in the toy tig soft toy basket at IKEA Hannah in the toy tiger basket at IKEA

Ikea was my best bet. Clearance, year-end sale was on so IKEA was packed with strollers, parents, children etc… but we made it out with our picture frames. I also grabbed a white $7.95 lamp for my desk (only to discover it illuminates very little so I’m reorganising lamps in the house a little… again!).

On the way to pay for our little items, I saw the first real big YELLOW for my study/guest bedroom: the Torenia yellow and black quilt/pillow set! Only $19! Yay.

The IKEA Torenia yellow and white sheets on my bed

Now the room is starting to look “yellow”. On the upside, I now get a $7.95 lamp to do up creatively to have some “yellow” for the bedside table in guest bedroom! And we gotta get back to Ikea to purchase some red $7.95 lamps for master bedroom!

I know now as well where to get a reasonably priced red glossy kitchen! And bathroom cabinets/fittings. Makes purchasing a fixer-upper a little less daunting when the husband is not a handyman!

1 July 2007



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    3 July 2007

    heyyy wait a minute, i think we were there at the same time that you were!!! Except I was in the cinema area. She’s so adorable.

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    3 July 2007

    yeah yeah… can she say aayee yet? what are you teaching her about me? *wink*addie

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    3 July 2007

    They are working on finally building an IKEA 20mintures from where I live. Right now I drive 5 hours to go!!!! We have many more trips with our new house!!(But its fun!) I saw that bedding when I went last time,..I like it alot. I bought an orange and white one for my bed. I LOVE THE RED CABINETS!!!!! So pretty. I hope you get to do it one day!!!

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    3 July 2007

    An hour? That’s nothing – mine is 6 hours away so I never get to go. Hannah looks like she’s having a blast and I think your yellow bedding looks great. A red kitchen sure sounds fun as well.

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    4 July 2007

    addie: no she can’t say ahyee yet. she doesn’t even say mum or mummy. just mum mum for me because im the food source :Pjessie and Pink: i never knew that the Ikea-being-too-far-away was an USA malady too! i would have thought they had them everywhere in the US.yes ok i’ll count my blessings then that it’s only an hour away! you know, an hour of fun driving is not a bad deal, an hour through blistering traffic is so horrid!i was really surpsied that the kitchens werne’t as expensive as i would have expected! good on Ikea!


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