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I love IKEA. The closest one is a bit over an hour away but it's fun to go and browse around. I've been checking it out for classroom decorating ideas lately and love how you can use things for unintended purposes. I saw someone on Pinterest who bought several spice racks for $4.99 each and used them as shelves for books in her classroom library.

I bought two DEKA curtain wires recently to try them out as art gallery hangers. This is what they look like at the store in the packaging:

Mr. Starfish put one up in a corner of Kid Starfish's room to hang his masterpieces:

The clips come with the wire and hanging hardware and it's so easy to trade out artwork frequently without making multiple marks/holes on the wall. Yay! What does everyone out there buy at IKEA? I've never bought furniture - just smaller stuff.

I have a quilt top to show very soon. I love it but it involved lots of trimming of the blocks:

I need some new rotary cutter blades!

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The hanging art wire is a fantastic idea. Do you think it's strong enough to hang quilts? I need a new quilt photography strategy.


I've only bought one thing at IKEA. Two years ago I purchased a black BILLY bookcase.

It moved to our son's apartment last February. I must get one to replace it. However, it won't come from IKEA. I hate shopping there. Traffic in the area is horrible and the people at the IKEA are SO rude (the customers, not the employees). It's mostly tourists and they can be oblivious to any form of manners. :-(

Gosh --- I hope I'm not like that when I'M the tourist somewhere.

Anyways -- I NEED to get a bookcase, but mine will probably come from the office supply store.

an ikea is opening up in denver, just a couple of hours away from me. a friend and i already have a field trip planned for a visit. not on opening day though. we are gonna wait a week or so til things settle down. can't wait!

very creative idea!

Yay for IKEA! I kept looking at that hanging wire, also thinking like Dan that I might try it for quilts, but am afraid it would sag. I ended up going with dowels and curtain rings with clips, myself. You can actually see some of the goodies I've found at IKEA on my blog post at http://creativentropy.blogspot.com/2011/08/so-glad-to-have-ikea-right-here.html

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