Sorry for being a bit “missing in action” for the past few days and not posting any new cards. I had this big plan to do many challenges the last weekend, but then this happened:
|Please, please, please ignore the mess on the floor … I feel rather ashamed for not having cleaned that up before taking the photo.|
Yep, I rather spontaneously decided to paint the wall in my craft room (which is the guest room, but hey, if no one is visiting…). It’s amazing how fast that goes, even after two glasses of wine. Two coats of paint and I was done. The only thing that remains: I want to get a wall sticker, a quote I like, and put it up as well so it doesn’t look as empty.
The main reason for my spontaneous paint job? My friend Ramona from ScrapStüble offered to drive me to IKEA and back (I don’t own a car) and help me save 50 Euros in delivery costs. So I went on a shopping rampage to organize my craft room better.
My main goal: my desk was a bit flimsy (my floor seems to be uneven) and I didn’t have enough drawers to store stuff in – I don’t like it all being out in the open. It looks cluttered. I wanted my desk to be much sturdier and have more storage space to make everything look neater.
So, with two Alex drawers and one Alex desk unit, this happened:
|Just looking at this makes me breathe easier … and wonder how on earth I could work in such a messy workspace before. Putting this all together took about three-four hours, but I had a lot of fun and my cat Sissy “helped”.|
The major disappointment of the shopping spree was the rudeness and complete idiocy (sorry for being so blunt) of the IKEA employees. When I asked how to connect the EKBY TÖRE to the EKBY ALEX drawers (atop my desk), the lady first told me I needed to fix them to the wall (huh???) and after I insisted they were really meant to be attached to the desk, she claimed the screws I needed were inside the EKBY ALEX package. Which didn’t make any sense since you can use that in many different ways and not just how I had planned it. Upon going back to the section in IKEA where the EKBY combo was on display, the guy there was incredibly condescending when I asked him how to connect the two things. He kept telling me I needed screws (duh, really?), his tone of voice suggestion I was a complete idiot, and after asking him five times where I would find those, he finally admitted that IKEA wasn’t even selling them. He could have just said so.
While I was pretty disappointed about the way the IKEA people had behaved, the upside was that the metal rails for the drawers were already prefixed for the two big ALEX units. That saved me about one hour of construction time per unit – yay for that!
The idea for the two small flowers is taken from Laura Sterckx – she did a walkthrough of her (beautiful) craft room recently and I just loved that she had some flowers in her room among all the crafting supplies.
I’m so much happier now. Everything looks cleaner, neater, and to me, that makes it easier to actually be crafty. The total cost of my purchases today was just around 150 Euros. Considering the value I got out of it, it’s well worth every cent.