I have been to Ikea. I went to get some eggcups (that they didn’t have), a replacement recycling bin – as mine was stolen from outside the house (that they have changed the design of so now it’s 2 inches taller than the old one and thus doesn’t fit in my cupboard), some metal hangers for Master J (they don’t make them any more) and some material (out of stock). It was a bit of a disastrous mission really until I turned the final corner and saw this …

Mmmmm, lovely lovely wrapping paper. I had entered the Ikea Gift Wrapping section.

Do I need some matching tags to go with that lovely lovely gift wrap?

Yes I do. But what about these number ones?

That also come in white …

but then there’s these picture ones …

With matching stickers.

And how about some Washi Tape

Don’t mind if I do, and to finish it all off, some curly wurly ribbon.

Thank you Ikea my faith in you has been restored.

(In true Ikea fashion nothing here was more than £5. The tags and stickers were 50p-£1, the ribbon £2, the gift wrap £4 and the Washi tape £5 … which is pretty damn good for Washi Tape. I couldn’t find them on the Ikea website so you’ll have to get yourselves down to a store (Top Tip: don’t go on a Bank Holiday, go when there’s some football or other national sporting event on, it’s well quiet then.))

Today’s post is bought to you by the letter Z

1. This letter Z is 20cm high
2. It’s made of cardboard  and slightly padded material (to disguise those sharp corners)
3. I bought it in America – Las Vegas or New York – from Anthropologie, where it was in the sale (I guess there’s not much call for the letter Zee). I love an American Anthropologie sale; not only are things reduced but they’re also in dollars (which I can never work out the conversion rate on so I just halve everything then add a bit more) AND they don’t have tax on them so everything seems extra extra cheap … problem is when I’m in the English stores I’m still thinking the prices are in dollars. They’re not. You can buy similar ones here (Well they’re not similar at all but they are from Anthropologie and still nice).
4. I bought it for my friend Lady K as she has a Z z Z zzZzz collection in her bedroom
5. It’s a bit too flowery for her new decor so I’m supposed to be covering it in a nice spotty fabric… haven’t got round to it yet … soz.
6. It’s a Helvetica
7. Good words that begin with Z are: Zoinks, Za (ever so useful in scrabble that one) and Zowie (as in Zowie Cavey!)

 

Did you like this?

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And remember when I showed you this?

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And how many of these have you made?

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Love you. Thank you.

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My mum is a very clever lady, she pretty much taught me all the craft stuff I know (apart from the stuff that happens In The Garage which I learnt from my dad). She’s also a lady who likes to be busy All The Time so when I can I like to keep her occupied setting her tasks and problems to solve that help me out with projects I’m working on.

The latest task I set her was making some miniature knitted bunting that I plan to use when I shoot my next books. I cannot knit. Well I can, I can make scarves and blankets for dolls and things that are square and things that are rectangular. Anything that doesn’t involve more than casting on, knitting and casting off then I’m your gal but when it came to triangles they are slightly beyond me. One wheedling phone call later we have Mums Mini Bunting. Cute.

MUMS MINI BUNTING

Cast on 12 stiches
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (=10 stitches)
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (= 8 stitches)
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (=6 stitches)
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (= 4 stitches)
Knit 3 rows
Knit 2 together at either end of next row (= 2 stitches )
Finally Knit 2 together and cast off. Ta-dah!

Mums top tip? These are much easier to knit when you are not watching telly and trying to help Dad with the crossword at the same time as it’s easy to lose track of your rows.