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April 17th, 2010

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your kind and loving comments about my upcoming fabric!  I think I read each comment 5 or 6 times - soaking it all in knowing how lucky I am to be surrounded with such warmth and kindness.  So much is going on at my house, and I wasn’t able to answer the wonderful comments.  Please forgive me.  I’ve been sooo busy - that even most of my bolts are STILL wrapped in plastic.  I KNOW, crazy.   I had some really cool company come last week, so I had a lot to do before hand (because I’m not blessed with he cleaning gene).  Probably the most exciting visitors I ever had… and I can’t talk about it until 2011.  I KNOW, crazy.  

So last week in prep for my company - I decided I needed to go to Ikea and redo my living room.  I KNOW, crazy!  But not to worry, I didn’t.  But… Ikea did give me a thrill.  A red and aqua thrill.  I’ve been loving the red and aqua since before September 2006 (I know this because that’s when I partook in my 1st red & aqua swap), and NOW, almost 4 years later… Ikea is FINALLY on board with the color combo.  I KNOW, crazy.

I don’t need any more drinking glasses… but I had to get these. My cupboard complained. I KNOW, crazy!
IKEA hops on to the red & aqua train

Have to have the dinner napkins. And the best part… I get to rub red and aqua all over my face and not be looked down on like a weirdo. I KNOW, crazy.
IKEA hops on to the red & aqua train

Picnic trays.
IKEA hops on to the red & aqua train IKEA hops on to the red & aqua train

The cherry on the aqua pie:
IKEA hops on to the red & aqua train

I did find a really cool red shelfy thingy at Ikea that I HAD TO HAVE. It was intended to go in my studio, but it didn’t work out there. I tried it in the kitchen and then twitpic’d it in it’s temp spot… and then I got tweeted that it’s a good spot. I do what my tweet peeps tell me. And plus my DS walked into the kitchen and said, “wow, perfect spot” (I KNOW, crazy).
IKEA hops on to the red & aqua train

My favorite thing to do at Ikea (besides filling up the yellow bag), is to pick out a showroom flat (notice I didn’t say apartment - because I always feel so Euro when I’m at Ikea) and pretend it’s mine. This was my flat pick - my Mo Faux Home - I’m gaga over the navy/pink/red/white combo. Ga. Ga.
My IKEA fantasy flat (MIFF) - my MO FAUX HOme

Here’s the living room - I love the pink club chair (bottom left, just barely). Perfect to have *Secret Society of Something meetings in.  Jona is bringing cheesecake, and Mary is bringing her specialty.  Anyone else want to bring a snack?
My IKEA fantasy flat (MIFF) - my MO FAUX HOme

*So secret - it’s not even been established yet. I KNOW, crazy.  No membership dues, no business meetings, no blech… just food, fun, sewing, crafting and friends.  Some day - so be ready!

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65 Responses

  1. The fabulous Laurel allegedly said:

    I love reading your blog! I know….Crazy!



  2. The fabulous Sabine allegedly said:

    Oh!!! Dear Monica,
    I never knew that you have IKEA in your country! I know…Crazy!! And it makes you feel so Euro, hehehehe…..
    We have IKEA just “around the corner” and I love to go there. But it´s always the same. I say to myself not to buy ANYTHING, but I have always some nice stuff in the big yellow bag!! I know…Crazy!!!
    Ganz liebe Grüsse und einen schönen Sonntag!
    Schlaf gut!
    Sabine



  3. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Ohh how wonderful!!!



  4. The fabulous Kaye Prince allegedly said:

    Can I come and live in your Ikea flat with you? That would be awesome! And I thought we had decided that it was a secret T***** society? Oh well, back to the drawing board with my rap then - just be sure it’s something I can pseudo-sorta-rhyme with Market ;)



  5. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:

    Monica
    I love going to IKEA too.. Dags calls it the ‘mothership’ but I have never bought anything from there! LOL I have been there three times and bought ONE lampshade (and it doesn’t fit my lamp) its a 4.5hr round trip for me to go!

    Lissa
    I dont think you are crazy.. just slightly unhinged *W*



  6. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Oh man, when IKEA first opened in Portland I went there so often my kids thought we lived there. I want my whole life to look like one of their catalog pages. Everything is so clean and organized.



  7. The fabulous Adrienne allegedly said:

    I’ve never been to an IKEA (I keep meaning to visit the one in PDX but the $$$ eludes me)

    I must say those green (celadon?) jars on the bottom shelf of the new kitchen shelf are *gorgeous*! I’m hoping I can find similarly awesome shelving solution for my own kitchen!



  8. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    So I’m HOPING that your special guests were from Where Women Create or American P & Q…’cause I’d love to see your studio featured in one of those magazines! Congrats again…I got to sew with Nanette and Lori Friday…and everyone is just so happy for you!



  9. The fabulous Sew Create It - Jane allegedly said:

    IKEA has A LOT to answer for in my house. I have one room that apart from a desk, everything is from IKEA. You can’t beat it, good stuff, affordable prices.

    Look forward to hearing about your mystery guests in 2011! I bet it will be something fab!



  10. The fabulous Polly allegedly said:

    OMG! I love IKEA, too! I know, crazy! That shelf does fit there perfectly!! Good job, you!! Polly



  11. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    OK, IKEA’s cool, yadda yadda, red and aqua look good, yadda yadda!

    Ahem. I’ll stop yelling now.



  12. The fabulous Diane allegedly said:

    Hi Monica,

    Thanks for sharing your aqua/red adventure! Can’t wait until 2011 to learn of your next adventure!

    Waiting patiently for your fabric to come - love the Santa-gnomes!



  13. The fabulous LauraJ allegedly said:

    This whole blog post was crazy. I KNOW! :)



  14. The fabulous Sivje Parish allegedly said:

    I love it!! I love your new little shelf and you DID pick the perfect spot!
    And I was thinking that I would bring some hot artichoke dip to the secret society. Well, either that or margaritas. Hm…I am sure that Ikea would have some cute margarita glasses dontcha think?

    And if you are crazy, then so am I because I love the bedroom you picked out. Perfect!



  15. The fabulous badlandsquilts allegedly said:

    That shelf is soo perfect there!



  16. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    I wish we could go to IKEA together. Dang Portland for not opening that IKEA before I left. I’m glad you had a successful trip over there. Even when I don’t find STUFF to buy at IKEA, I always leave with at least 1 bag of swedish fish. :) I love the shelf and where you put it, but of course, you know I love your house….gift shop! :) Now, stop being so dang busy and get to playing with all that fabric! :)



  17. The fabulous amylouwho allegedly said:

    I heart IKEA almost as much as all your red and aqua! I thought the same thing the last time I was in there about all the cute red and aqua stuff!

    I’m catching up on old posts - gotta go read about your fabric. I’m having a baby in 10 days - so I may be in absentia for a while - but still excited for you!



  18. The fabulous Robyn allegedly said:

    And I thought I was the only one who sat in my Faux Ikea rooms. I even asked for coffee and a magazine!
    Love the shelf.
    OOOO! and I want to be part of the Secret Society. Sewing? Food? I’m in.



  19. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    My mom directed me here because you wrote an IKEA post! I am obsessed with IKEA and even when anyone drives by it, they call me to let me know! I saw the glasses you purchased on my last trip there, and I should have gotten them. I guess I will have to go back! It’s an hour’s drive from me, so we often have IKEA days! PS: The red shelf looks great!!



  20. The fabulous Deanne allegedly said:

    Ohh a secret society - love it! My dream secret society involves lots of chocolate and pitchers of icy cold margaritas! I’ll bring the margaritas if you save me a pretty pink (LOVE pink!) club chair! See you at the next meeting of the “Secret Society of Something Wonderful Which Needs No Name”! Not so crazy, ya know?!!



  21. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Ikea is wonderful… crazy! You are wonderful… crazy! You put a smile on my face… crazy!



  22. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    It’s about time Ikea caught up with you! Love the new shelf thingy in the kitchen. Too cool!



  23. The fabulous Melody allegedly said:

    I would love to join your someday Secret Society! Sounds like fun! I love your shelf, Your faux flat is fab and I can’t wait to see who came to visit you! I am so happy for your success. I have been following your blog for quite some time and really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your creativity!



  24. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    DS is right. That is the perfect spot for that shelf! Riff hates going to IKEA with me. It seems that entire days pass and I’m still hanging out in my perfect flat. So love that place!

    Congrats on your secret visitors. Can just imagine that they were someone(s) super super cool!
    (Oh - are you free Wed night for a little stitching action?)



  25. The fabulous mo allegedly said:

    I love it when Ikea brings out the summer goodies! I make a mean bread pudding and I would be happy to bring it to the secret society of whatever the big secret of the society meeting is. I have to agree that the shelf looks pretty darn good there.



  26. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    So I would be thrilled to join the “Secret, secret” society. I can bring killer Olive Cheese bread if you want savory or I do sweet too like Coconut Cupcakes. Cosmo..oh yes, my fav is a blood orange one but I’ll take a cranberry one any day. (Did you know there is a restaurant in Chicago that does martini samplers? 4 sample martinis in a sample rack..so stinking good.)



  27. The fabulous Jodi allegedly said:

    When did you go to Ikea !? I was at Ikea last week! I saw the pics of the glasses come up and I said to self, “She went to Ikea!”. LOL ;o)



  28. The fabulous Brenda Kula allegedly said:

    How utterly exciting news about the fabric! I’d be over the moon. Love the IKEA shelf.
    Brenda



  29. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Can we drink out of the red and aqua glasses at the meeting? I’ll bring stuffed mushrooms.



  30. The fabulous Kristen allegedly said:

    Sooo jealous! I wish we had an Ikea here!!



  31. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    Always excited to hear your exciting news. I can hardly wait! But really, 2011? Geez.

    Love all the Ikea stuff. I was at Ikea today, but was with hubby and we were on a mission - so it was just a big race through. *sigh* I did not see those shelves, though - what are they? I’d love to know.



  32. The fabulous Nancy Lindblom allegedly said:

    Bless your little heart, I have a side ache from laughing and just plain enjoying your adventures. Thanks for being crazy just like the rest of us . . . You are amazing!
    Nancy in AZ



  33. The fabulous Carmen allegedly said:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who picks out an Ikea flat :P And I get to say flat because that’s what they are here :D :D Doesn’t it just bug you though when you get totally random people just walking through YOUR flat like they have the God given right? Like don’t they know you picked it? It’s YOURS and they just walk in and start touching stuff? I know! Crazy! :D

    I’m loving that shelf in the kitchen there, going to Ikea hopefully this week, need more baskets… and an Ikea breakfast! I’ll have to sneak a peek at the shelving!



  34. The fabulous Natalie VV allegedly said:

    This and that, inspiration and anticipation… more fun than a society page, more intrigue than a mystery novel. You are one Hot-Happy Zombie!



  35. The fabulous kern allegedly said:

    I love that shelf-that would be great for my little for all their treasures.



  36. The fabulous Camila F. allegedly said:

    That red shelf is so amazing! Looks perfect in your kitchen!



  37. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    I’ve never been to an Ikea, even though we now have one nary 2 hours away… and I really want to go there!! I love that quilt with the red pink navy and white! And it’s sooo funny that I’ve actually been wanting to do just that theme for my summer living room. So far I have an antique quilt in those colors hanging on the wall, next are some cafe curtains! Oh, and I totally know that your company was Bobby and Whitney. x



  38. The fabulous jaybird allegedly said:

    yay for ikea… i have one 10 minutes from me… which can be super dangerous… especially at times like this!



  39. The fabulous Evelyn allegedly said:

    I love that little red shelf! Now I’m walking through my house trying to figure out where I can put one. Or two… :-)



  40. The fabulous Kasi allegedly said:

    Those are not “MORE” drinking glasses…they are SPECIFICALLY drinking glasses for your studio time! Totally necessary!



  41. The fabulous Jona allegedly said:

    I’m heading to IKEA tonight to get more supplies for our super secret society (my flat needs sprucing too)! Maybe some lingonberries for the cheesecake too? Yes, I think so!



  42. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    A big get together would be awesome…instead of, you KNOW…crazy!



  43. The fabulous nadine allegedly said:

    Okay, I have an IKEA, an In & Out burger, that alone spells a visit to Utah. Love all your new finds!
    Nadine



  44. The fabulous tina allegedly said:

    You are crazy. I love it! :)

    Thanks (not) for the help in going yet nuttier on the red/aqua thing. I’m late to the party but catching up. sigh. Moving (again) this fall, batten down the red and aqua hatches folks.



  45. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    Crazy like a fox, fer sure! Leave it to you to cadge all the red/aqua in IKEA-land. I love that shelving unit, what a great item. Share the product# and name willya, purty please (with red and aqua on top)?



  46. The fabulous kersten allegedly said:

    Crazy!!! ;)
    Secret Society of Something…can’t wait to hear all about it…someday.
    GO OPEN THAT FABRIC!!!



  47. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Crazy good I say!!



  48. The fabulous Karen a/k/a TheLazyQuilter allegedly said:

    Mo faux - you’re soooo clever! :)



  49. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    Love me some CRAZY!!! You are full of surprises aren’t you??



  50. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    oh oh oh to have ikea. drool. pant. but the nearest is across the ditch and they won’t ship because someone here has a franchaise. whether there is a store or not is immaterial. rules my sp are rules. wail. boo. hoo!! there are constant rumours floating about when and where we will get it but as yest they keep us dangling.
    love the shelfy - parfait!
    love you x



  51. The fabulous Sharrieboberry allegedly said:

    I remember reading about a group that has an IKEA party. They dress up, they take snacks, and play games at the IKEA setting of their choice.

    I think it may be on cockeyed.com.

    So tell us when you host you IKEA party, we’ll bring cheese n crackers.



  52. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    A Secret Society !!!! YAHOO!!!! Can it be “The Queen Bee Society”? You can be the President Queen Bee and I wanna be the the Vice President Queen Bee …. and I think a secret handshake is absolutely necessary and a uniform … like a tiara and a sash ….. or a flower covered bathing cap and a moo moo …. (the bathing cap and moo moo could be our everyday uniforms and the tiara and sash could be our dress uniforms …. like when we’re in a parade …. but we would never be expected to actually walk in a parade … no I think a special float would be just the ticket …. OR hanging off the back of a firetruck driven by some REALLY cute firemen !!!!1



  53. The fabulous Mom Wald allegedly said:

    I vote to have our meetings at IKEA. Hey they get to have their own fan club, aannnd all of these great creative people at their place!



  54. The fabulous rosalie quinlan allegedly said:

    from one lucky LECIEN designer to another, congratulations on a fabulous range! I love it! I can’t wait to get some sampling (perks of the trade!) Guess what? it doesn’t get any easier to cut into the fabric when the bolts arrive!



  55. The fabulous KathiD allegedly said:

    Man, that is all just freaking, uh, CRAZY. Like, Patsy Cline/Ozzy Osbourne/Gnarls Barkley crazy. Crazy, man!



  56. The fabulous Doe allegedly said:

    I lovelovelove your Mo Faux Home! You have a way with words. Brilliant! XD



  57. The fabulous Pascale allegedly said:

    I think we are all very jealous of you. Your own fabric!
    I will keep an eye open and am sure to see it the next time I go to a patchwork show here in England. Love your blog.



  58. The fabulous Auntie Pami allegedly said:

    Ok, Mon, when we go to AZ and retire, you will be my decorator. And, promise I’m hiring the guys to put it together! Bring sun screen.



  59. The fabulous Chase l Oh The Cuteness! allegedly said:

    Lol, I was so close to buying the turquoise and red lawn chairs but they sold out! Love the new fabric!



  60. The fabulous Anna Gagnon allegedly said:

    Hi! I really enjoy your website and I added you to my blog roll. If this is not okay for any reason, please contact me and I will remove your name. Thanks so much for all the great posts!

    Anna



  61. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    You are funny. I spotted the quilt from Ikea on that bed. I love it. Simple and scrappy. I love that combo.



  62. The fabulous Kristin allegedly said:

    I am so happy for you with your awesome fabric line. I can’t wait to start the santa gnome workshop. I love the red and aqua, too, in fact I saw a a quilt on another blog you should check out - all red and aqua and birds. . . crazymomquilts at blogspot, april 30 post. you will love it i am sure.



  63. The fabulous amandajean allegedly said:

    i LOVE that red shelf. it’s perfect in that spot. meant. to. be!!!



  64. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    That IS the perfect spot for the very cool red shelf from Ikea. Love the glasses and napkins, too. And I’m so glad Cole and I aren’t the only ones who pick flats at Ikea and plan how we’re going to live there!



  65. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    Hi! I found you via “Castle Peeps Summer Camp” … anyway … I WANT that red shelf! I’m redecorating my kitchen to be aqua/red and it would be perfection. Also on the whole “IKEA flat” thing, you need to rent {500} days of summer. :) Really, there is one scene that you will love! Plus Zoe Daschannel is adorable as always in this indy-woody-allen-non-romantic-comedy-flick.



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