The first thing I did was PICK UP A MAP -- as there really are no employees to help you at IKEA.
I leisurely walked around both gigantic floors of interesting merchandise. (most of which, of course, I have no room for at this point in my life.)
When I found the fabric department, I took my coat off and settled in to choose my fabric. Their fabric is a lovely, home dec weight, and 54 inches wide...and only $4.99/yd!!. Mary had explained that at IKEA, it's all self-service...
|NO PROBLEM -- I HAVE LOTS OF EXPERIENCE!!|
|The fabric is hanging, with the numbers and prices on end tags...|
WHAT IS IT ABOUT BUYING FABRIC THAT BRINGS SUCH JOY TO A WOMAN'S LIFE??
|Once I got behind that cutting table, I took off my coat and made myself comfortable...|
As I settled into my task to consider the wonderful fabric options -- a woman came over and asked, "do you know where I can find a match to this bedspread?"
I said, “Sorry -- I’m just a customer”.
She was annoyed...and kind of went off in a huff...
Hummm....since I had a map, and I'd been inside the store for at least 40 minutes -- I decided it would be more helpful if I just answered their questions....
So, with a smile on my face, I embraced this new mission...and, with my map in hand...
”follow the arrows, and you’ll get back to the food court...”
"Go about another 25 feet, and there is a shortcut over to the Rest Rooms."
“The pots and pans are down on the first floor...take the escalator down and go to your right...”
Hummm. I had almost forgotten how much fun it is to work with the public...
Even though I was now acting like a valued IKEA employee (yes -- THERE'S THE SARCASM) -- I didn't lose sight of my task at hand...
|This great stripe was ON SALE FOR $2.99/yd.|
|love it, love it...|
|This pattern was a real contender...|
|But then, I saw this new bolt.|
|Since, right now, I'm having a love affair with circles...|
So now I have to decide who's worthy of a Mary Mulari Criss-Cross apron...??