Today, having waited a whole week, I finally stopped resisting and went to the new Ikea store in Belfast. Those who don't know me so well, may not appreciate quite what a momentous occasion this was. For nearly 20 years, since I visited my first Ikea store in England I have had a passion for this store, it's catalogues, it's weird names for products, it's meatballs in the restaurant....I could go on......
Finally, after years of an annual visit, always restricted by having to bring my purchases home on an airplane (and I don't think a Billy bookcase would count as hand luggage) or into a car to come by a ferry from Scotland, I am finally able to have unrestricted access!
There was of course the year we lived in Bristol, and we did have a removal lorry coming home with us, so it would have been silly not to completely fill up the lorry. So I have had some close contact with an Ikea store in the past, but this one is in BELFAST!! And I can go when I want! (within reason, although me, reason and Ikea do not normally appear in the same sentences!)
So tonight, after blogging, I will sit down with my new catalogue, mince pie and mug of tea....wonderful....
Enough about Ikea, or you will be calling me IkeaGoddess the 2nd.
Christmas Survey (now quite unrecognizable from the original inspiration, so I hope you are still with me)
What christmas craft do you love? Anything made by my kids.
I love this time of year when all the kids bring home their various Christmas craft items. I do love and cherish them , while secretly giving thanks that they get enough of glitter and glitter glue in school that they do not require it of me too. Much as I love craft, I just don't DO glitter.
I will post a collection of their "creations" another night, with a pride that only a mother can have for the talent of her off-spring, but tonight is just about Rudolf.
Sam came out of playgroup yesterday, looking adorable with his hand-made rudolf hat, smudged red nose and so proud of himself, that I went into camera/photo shoot overload. I will spare you the entire collection, and give you just the edited highlights (and for that you should be VERY grateful).
Thanks for joining me. I am still a bit overwhelmed and amazed by BooMama's Christmas Home Tour, and the number of lovely visitors who dropped in. I still have LOTS to visit, but aim to visit as many as possible, and it has been so enjoyable.
Til tomorrow, take care