Friday, 15 July 2016

Five On Friday

Hello and welcome once again to Friday.  Another week has gone by once more.  I seem to count my weeks in Fridays these days.  It isn't bad, but it seems to make the weeks pass by very quickly sometimes.

Just a reminder of something I mentioned last week, during August there will be Five On Friday, it will be on holiday for the month.  I will remind you when it is the last week and when we will return again in September.  Of course you can still share five things on Friday, but there will not be a link up.

This week I have finished two crochet projects, had a great time photographing the garden - as you will have seen over the last three days.  Thank you for your lovely comments about the garden, I am glad you enjoyed it.  You are all so very kind!

The winners of the blogaversary giveaway were drawn and notified and the prizes have all gone out to the winners.  Congratulations to you all!  Thank you to everyone who took part.

I have cut fabric for some new bags, fiddled with making some more progress keepers, just for me, and no doubt done countless other things too.

A new Ikea store opened not too far from us this week.  For a long time a friend and I had planned to go and visit on the opening day, but sadly my friend was unavailable after our months of waiting.  So instead I went to visit with Hubby.  I didn't buy much.  Some tissue paper in pretty colours for wrapping parcels!  Last of the big spenders.  I am sure I will go back again though.

My five today are scenes from the new Ikea.

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The entrance way.  When we came out there was a large red heart with legs dancing around, but sadly it wasn't there when I took this photo!  You missed quite a sight!


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It seems that macramé is making a comeback.  It must be of it is in Ikea?  I am not sure I have anywhere in our home to hang one of these...


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On the other hand if I had space and thought I could get away with these mixed tiles I would certainly go for it.  I love this sort of tapestry look.


Four

The obligatory wheeled cart for many a crafter.  The Raskog.  Again, I don't have space for one, but I would love one and I can certainly see the attraction.  It is a great design, moves well and has great space!


Five

I just had to take a photo of this table of domes.  Domes are a point of conversation about a shared memory between Hubby and I.  When we were on our honeymoon at dinner one night the plates appeared covered with domes.  We had ordered prawn linguine.  What arrived under the dome?  Four prawns and one forkful of pasta.  That was it!  Our entire dinner.  We are very suspicious of plates covered with domes!


So that is my tour of the new shop.  I wasn't sponsored to write this, they don't know I exist!  But as I couldn't share this visit with my real life friend I thought I would share it with you in this way.  Hope you liked it!

Plans for the weekend?  I don't know yet.  Deadheading in the garden if it is dry and not too too hot.  Crochet as always, perhaps some bag making, or reading.  I am reading a very interesting book about the Mitford sisters which I would love to just sit and read and I thinking that I may manage some reading time this weekend which would be lovely.

What are you up to this weekend?  Do let me know!  Whatever it is I hope you enjoy it and have fun.

Thank you for taking part in in Five On Friday, for visiting me and leaving a comment, for visiting other participants and leaving them comments and for writing and sharing your own posts.  It just wouldn't be the same without you!

Happy Friday!

Amy

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117 comments:

  1. I'm up way to late for this early rising household. Ikea is always an interesting adventure. Macrame!? I have a lot of plates but I'm shaking my head about those domes. After reading your dome story I can see why you are wary of them.:) Where would a person store those? Thanks for showing us your trip to the new Ikea.

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    1. I know, what would you do with a whole tables worth of domes! I have a couple for cake stands and they are hard enough to store!!

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  2. I too had planned to go but the day ran away with me. I love Ikea, especially at Christmas where I can stock up on Scandi goodies but my husband and son not so much x

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    1. I hear it is mayhem now, so you might want to wait a little while!

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  3. I love your five Amy. IKEA shops hold a fascination for me. Probably because I have to travel over water to get to one. I remember the macrame age...I made a huge amount of pot holders at one point. Those tiles are gorgeous I agree. Thanks for posting and I hope you have a sunny weekend in your garden. B x

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    1. Thank you! I know what you mean, having to travel makes somewhere more exotic doesn't it!

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  4. IKEA has been on my mind recently... I am surrounded by bookcases and a daybed I bought there, and am rather keen on their business and they don't know I exist either :) I loved your dome story! I hope you have a happy weekend as well. I hope to drive to the beach on Saturday and attend church on Sunday and stitch more on several of my projects. xx

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    1. Glad I am not the only one with a sprinkling of their furniture! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  5. When Friday cones i feel happy inside me. No words to explain it. All your pics looks good.

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  6. I LOVE Ikea! Ever since my mature student days in Liverpool, when I used to escape the city with a trip there for a hot dog and a wander round, I have loved their stuff. I used to dream of being able to afford to buy things there and I do have quite a lot of their stuff in my home now. I've not been for a while though. Perhaps I'm due a visit soon. Thanks for sharing.
    My plans for the weekend? I might just make a macrame plant hanger!

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    1. So, did you make some macramé? I am intrigued to know!! Glad the post bought back some good memories for you.

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  7. I like the tiles. Never was at Ikea, it is so far away from us and we cannot reach it without a car...
    Beautiful domes, a meal (only) for the eyes...
    Have a wonderful weekend

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    1. Perhaps you will get to visit one someday!

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  8. I love IKEA. My nearest store is in Bristol, so quite a treck, but I'm gradually getting used to their website!

    My plans for the weekend: playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the band (school fete, normal practice, and the Civic Service), a photo walk with friends and then lots of reading fitted in between - can't put my latest book down!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Hope you had a great weekend, it sounds as though it was going to be busy!

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  9. I love Ikea its the one shop I miss around here, I love there great use of space, there kitchen and office storage things are great, I will be calling into one during August as I am away for a few days :-)

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    1. Enjoy your visit!! They are a good place to drop into and nose around sometimes aren't they.

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  10. We are nowhere near an Ikea, I sometimes pop in when I visit one of my daughters. Pottering this weekend, no real plans.

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  11. We have two Ikea stores in Brussels. I like to go there from time to time and walk around just to see the nice things and often we eat there too. They have a lot of choice in all prices !

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    1. They are nice places to just wander in aren't they!

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  12. We visited Ikea on Monday last week as there were a couple of things we wanted. It takes us about an hour to get there so it is always a bit of an adventure across Derbyshire into Nottinghamshire. This time we were disappointed as they didn't have what we were looking for, still great for a coffee and wander around though. Love your photos:)

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    1. Such a shame they didn't have what you want. Hope you had a nice wander and enjoyed the coffee though!

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  13. Thanks for showing us the IKEA store, I must get over there and have a look myself. I bet Hubby was a bit worried when you said you liked those tiles in case you suggested redoing your hall area he's just finished! Have a good weekend x

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    1. I didn't mention the tiles to Hubby, he would have thrown something at me!!! Hee hee! Enjoy your visit, I understand it is mayhem now so you might want to wait a little!

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  14. Oh, the domes....they remind me of when I was in hospital after having my daughter. My dinner arrived under a dome. The nurse removed the dome with a flourish and we were both shocked to see one potato and a spoonful of peas. That was my entire dinner!

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    1. Oh no! What a horrid shock!!! You definitely needed more than that after giving birth!! Hope you haven't had any more scary dome experiences!

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  15. I love IKEA, it is full of things that I don't know I need ha! I can spend hours in there and drive everyone mad when I reach candles and plants ha! Thank you for hosting Amy and have a lovely weekend xx

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    1. I agree, the plants, candles and stationery all need a lot of close attention! As do the paper napkins!

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  16. Where would we be without IKEA? Their shelves deck out the study, we have an IKEA kitchen and more. Just don't rely on deliveries arriving undamaged. But even I enjoy a wander round one of their stores every 3 years or so :-)

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    1. I haven't had anything delivered so cannot comment, but it is a shame that you have had damages isn't it. Sounds as though you have lots of their stuff though - like us!!

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  17. Am I the last person on the planet who has never been to Ikea, or has an Ikea item in her home?
    Margaret P

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    1. No, you are not! I suppose there might be one in Kansas City (100 miles away), but we have never tried to find it.

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    2. Just in case you ever do try to find it (I live in the KC area), the one you are referring to is actually in Merriam, Kansas (a suburb of the KC area). You can see it off I-35, worth a visit if you are here but I wouldn't come here just to go there :)

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    3. It isn't a place for everyone, but what is hey! You might go one day and enjoy it just for the wander round and a coffee!

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  18. Ooh, I love Ikea, but hubby dislikes it a lot, as I take way too long looking & browsing. I have bought, but not a lot. As for us this weekend, it depends a lot on the weather, but maybe if it's cold we could go to Ikea (lol). Take care & have a good one.

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    1. I think that girls like browsing more than boys! Hope you had a good weekend!! Did you go to Ikea?

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  19. I know what you mean about counting the weeks in Fridays. And I'd seen pictures on the new Ikea store - those tiles in the kitchen are gorgeous. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for hosting x

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    1. Thank you, the tiles are lovely aren't they!

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  20. Thank you for the Ikea tour. If an Ikea opens in my corner, I will do the same thing. I would love to welcome one closer than three hours away. Now I am going back to stroll through your garden. My weekend? It'll be spent in a barn like most days these days.

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    1. Perhaps one day they will open one closer and you can go and share your visit with us! Hope you enjoyed strolling through my garden, I wish we could do it together in person! xx

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  21. I still have some macrame hangers that I use in the garden. I've never been to Ikea, not a store anywhere near us.

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    1. They would be great in the garden so I can see why you use yours there!

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  22. I enjoyed the IKEA photos. I haven't been to ours in awhile and this makes me wonder how much that you show is the British side of IKEA. I suppose they adapt the merchandise in each country they are in, for some things at least. I was especially drawn to the stovetop with backsplash tiles. It always reminds me of the story of Heidi.

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    1. I have wondered about that too. I think that something are universal - Billy bookcases! - but imagine that they must tailor others to different places. I have noticed that the cart seems to be sold in a lovely blue in America and not in the UK for instance.

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  23. I always liked macrame ...

    And had a big smile about your dome covered prawn dinner.

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    1. Oh, it was such a shock Annie, and not a good one!!!

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  24. Thanks for the tour around the Ikea shop. I haven't been to one as there isn't one near me. I love those little carts. They look like they'd be a great addition to any craft area.

    I'm going to try to get some gardening done this weekend. It's supposed to be cooler today and tomorrow and I want to get it done before I leave as I don't think husband will do it when I'm gone.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I hope you had a good weekend in the garden and managed to get a lot done. Your husband might surprise you and keep it all done while you are away, but it is nice to leave it all organised when you go isn't it.

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  25. I've never been to an Ikea, and only recently knew more the store because of commercials about their recall. I've never had a meal served with a lid either... unless McD's big breakfast counts. LOL!

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    1. In my view all meals with lids should be avoided, so you haven't missed anything!!!

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  26. Ikea is a good shop. We have one quite near and have bought a lot from there.

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  27. I haven't been to Ikea in years. I may have to go again -- free entertainment as long as I don't buy anything! Ha! Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

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    1. It is good to just wander and watch others isn't it!

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  28. I do love Ikea very very muchly. Now that is a memory I have,the plants suspended from the ceiling like that, years ago in the late 70's or early 80's when I was about three I remember an enormous one suspended over a swimmining pool. I have never seen anything like it since until now with the mini versions and it has always stuck in my head.

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    1. That is quite a memory you have! They were very popular in the 70's and 80's weren't they!

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  29. I adore tiles! Used to make ad glaze my own and sold a few, but I never had my own kiln so I spent way more money on my ceramics ventures than I actually made! :-) I had to quit. Still, just love them, and love any kind of weaving (to include tying like macramé) I want to get back to my painting and continue quilting, after I move but I may also start weaving again...I made an egg basket once and a pine needle basket. Once I get settled in, I have to start working again on the things I love! Hope you have a lovely break in August. I may not be posting much during August either.

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    1. You are such a great crafter! It is a shame that your ceramics business didn't work out, it is hard to balance costs and profit isn't it. Hope you enjoy getting into crafting again when you have moved!

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  30. I have never been to an Ikea store - it looks like there are some lovely things to be had - not even sure where our nearest one is. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Hope you get to one someday perhaps, they are fun just to poke around!

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  31. What a lovely visit, I don't visit Ikea too often although I'm not too far from one. I always head straight for the Marketplace so much browsing to do I can spend hours in there. Love their range of fabric for sewing too.

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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    1. You definitely have to have a good look around the marketplace don't you! It would be a shame not to!!

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  32. We got an Ikea store a few years ago and it is very tempting, particularly the kitchen department. Lots of lovely impliments you never knew you needed! I love the fabric and plants too.

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  33. Hi Amy!
    I've only been to IKEA a few times. I liked it more the last time I went. At first I was completely overwhelmed!
    Have a happy weekend!

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    1. I know what you mean. You have to visit a store a few times to get your head around what is where. I certainly need to go to this one again to figure it out!

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  34. Hi Amy, I joined in today! The IKEA photos were fun.. I am old enough that I was heavy into when macrame was big in the 60s! LOL! I don't think I'm ready to make another plant holder, though. The dome story was funny. Little food is crazy. I like a normal sized meal. We are not planning much this weekend. I hope you get time to read. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. I did get time to read thank you, but I am still only about 2/3rds of the way through the book - it is a long one!! I like a normal size meal too, not massive, just not tiny!!!

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  35. Loved seeing some of the new things in Ikea....haven't been for ages but I do always love a visit there! The things I find there that I never knew I needed!
    Enjoy your reading, Amy....I really enjoy books about the Mitfords too! Have a great weekend.
    Helen xox

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    1. It is good to have a visit and see what is new isn't it. Hope you had a great weekend too!

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  36. Is this the one in Reading? E and I are so excited and have a visit planned very soon. I do hear that macrame is definitely making a come back! xx

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    1. You might want to wait before visiting as I hear it is now mayhem! I wonder if macramé will really take off!

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  37. Oh my goodness what a cute trolley - and wouldn't it be good to invite friends for dinner and then with a flourish remove the domes!. I ban myself from Ikea, it is so tempting to come out with lots of little bits and pieces, just when I am trying to declutter. Enjoy your weekend
    Caz xx

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    1. I know what you mean, so many things that I would love, but these days I am good and look, and sometimes touch, but don't buy! It is hard though isn't it. I just enjoy the looking and imagining now.

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  38. I enjoy a visit to Ikea, especially with a friend. While there we stop in and have a cinnamon bun, coffee and a chat before shopping.
    This weekend we are having a family BBQ and a day of swimming at my daughter's pool.. Thankful the humid weather has broken. Praying for France

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    1. It is a good place to stop or meet for a coffee isn't it. Hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the family time!

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  39. I enjoy a visit to Ikea, especially with a friend. While there we stop in and have a cinnamon bun, coffee and a chat before shopping.
    This weekend we are having a family BBQ and a day of swimming at my daughter's home. Thankful the humid weather has broken (40+ with humidity).

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  40. I love all the Ikea offerings, Amy. We live so far from one here, over an hour.....but I think I need to take the trip. Love the cart! Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx K

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    1. I can imagine you doing wonderful things with one of those carts!! They are lovely aren't they, I would have one, but I literally don't have a suitable spot for it. Probably just as well....

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  41. Haven't been to an IKEA store but sounds interesting. What is the name of the book you are reading about the Mitford sisters?

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    1. It is called The Mitford Girls by Mary S Lovell. Very good so far!

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  42. Hi Amy! Oh, I love IKEA but there is not one any where close to me! My mother used to make macrame' things and sell them! People loved what she did. Sadly, I don't have any. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. It is sad that you don't have any of your Mom's macramé but I am sure that the things she sold made many people happy. I expect that there are people who have memories of their parents buying a macramé item and it being in their homes!

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  43. It looks like you enjoyed wandering around your new Ikea. We've only been to the one here a handful of times, I find myself craving the cinnamon rolls sometimes. They don't seem to be as good if you get them and bring them home as opposed to eating them in the store for some reason. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I haven't noticed the cinnamon rolls, better keep my husband away from those, he loves them!!

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  44. You made me want to go to Ikea!! Those tiles are just stunning, I'm a sucker for ceramics. Hope you have a lovely relaxing weekend and the weather is nice enough for garden activity :) xx

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    1. I like ceramics too, they are always so pretty aren't they! Hope you had a good weekend, we did thank you!

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  45. I enjoy going to Ikea - I like the way they set up rooms, and I enjoy many of their accessories. Luckily for the pocketbook I have to take a ferry across and back to visit Ikea, so it doesn't happen very often.

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    1. It sounds as though that journey is a good thing! Our nearest one used to be quite some distance away, so I fear too for my purse now there is a closer one.... I will be good though!

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  46. Ikea is so much fun. We have one about 45 minutes away, I have been twice and bought my craft room table there.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Is that the one you have your sewing machine on? I have seen that one in pictures and I would love one like that! One day perhaps!

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  47. Ikea: such a funny place, and the same the world over. Macrame is back? Does one admit to being involved the first time round? I love those tapestry tiles too, and they might look nice in my house. This weekend I have had all my brothers and sister here (there are six of us), for lunch and family business. Very enjoyable.

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    1. Do you remember the macramé that had shells in the hanging pieces and dangling from the bottom? I am pretty sure that remembering that is worse than remembering "normal" macramé and that is the stuff that I have most memories of!! Hope you had a great weekend with your family!

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  48. Those tiles look lovely Amy, I'm quite a fan of these tiles, have a lovely Sunday (sun out here!) ;) xxx

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  49. Those carts are a great idea for storing craft items. I can't say that Ikea is one of my favourite places, I don't have any of their furniture at all, but it's okay for a wander round.

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  50. I can't say I'm a fan of Ikea, but those tiles are very nice :o) x

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  51. How I miss my IKEA. My nearest large city is Springfield, Missouri, and we don't have the population to support one. When I moved here from California eleven years ago, I stocked up on their great paper napkins, which I use to line the basket for rolls. This way I don't get grease spots on my cloth napkins. They're large and good quality.
    I bought every solid color so I could match my tablescape. A trip to Kansas City is on my list, as I'm sure they have different colors now.

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  52. Hi Amy,

    I enjoyed seeing around the IKEA shop and thanks for sharing. The tiles are lovely and yes, macrame does seem to be making a comeback. I remember making it many years back.
    Happy new week
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  53. Oh no, I feel the pull of IKEA again - I haven't been for years. But those plant holders really are rather lovely.

    But where on earth do you store those domes when you aren't using them?

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  54. We have one in our home town, they are so handy. I have one of those carts in the turquoisey colour. It's in the kitchen full of different sized plastic containers. I'm sure I should find a prettier use for it!
    Lisa x

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    1. That isn't a use that I have seen before for those carts, but it is a great one! Shows how useful they are for so many different things doesn't it!

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  55. I love ikea and we have so much furniture from them in different spots in my house!
    Wishing you a lovely week!!

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  56. I have seen those carts all over the blog world and I need one.
    Mama Bear

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  57. I love ikea! but the store is over two hours away....however when I go up to boston to help my son more there is an ikea there....maybe just maybe I can go there!!

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  58. I love those tiles - hmmm, I might risk a visit to Ikea just to see if they're here too. First time I went in I got lost and it took me what felt like hours to get out again. but it's a great store and so many useful gadgets in it.

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