How to Survive The Ikea Shopping Trip – My Guide, and Yes it Includes Meatballs!

I use Ikea alongside salvage yards and junk shops to bring the rooms to life and make them my own.

How to Survive The Ikea Shopping Trip – My Guide, and Yes it Includes Meatballs!

How to Survive The Ikea Shopping Trip - My Guide, and Yes it Includes Meatballs!

I love interior design. I adore art. I love beautiful things and want to be surrounded by them. Sadly my budget doesn’t always match my aspirations.

Over the years I’ve lived in rented one room apartments, mortgaged victorian terraces and larger ex-council properties. Whilst renovating my various homes over the years, I’ve made no end of mistakes, some more costly than others. I’ve learned by them.

Let me help with a few tips to keep you safe and sane.

They may just save you from making those time consuming or expensive mistakes.

The best friend of the interior designer on a budget is Ikea. Can you believe it’s nearly 30 years since they opened their first UK store? I’m a self confessed addict. It started with a mutual love of wood and candles and has developed over the years as we’ve both aged and matured.

I use Ikea alongside salvage yards and junk shops to bring the rooms to life and make them my own.



Here’s how I do it…

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Townsville – historic stop over

PLASTIC BAGS ARE NOT GOOD!! They end up in the sea, look like jelly fish, animals and fish eat them and die.

Yachts in Townsville Harbour
Townsville Harbour

Anyone who helps such a beautiful creature fight another day deserves a heads up. A subtle reminder folks – PLASTIC BAGS ARE NOT GOOD!! They end up in the sea, look like jelly fish, animals and fish eat them and die.

A big thank you to those who do great work with turtles at Reef HQ.
Modern view of colonial architecture in Townsville
Modern view of colonial architecture

I didn’t spend long in Townsville itself, although I had time to take in some beautiful old architecture, colonialist buildings that have survived, many still in use although sadly others falling into disrepair. It looked a bit tired around the edges. The hostel was a little peaceful haven next to the main road and exactly where and when it was needed. Just a quick stopover, but worth the effort. An

Christie Adams feeding a large white bird
Birds of a feather

injection of funding is needed to bring it back to what was obviously a former glory.

We spent a day at Billabong reserve, a really engaging place, educational and hands on. If you do or don’t agree with animal reserves sadly Australia is losing so many native creatures they Sign about Ray Charles the Koalaneed all the help they can get. I discovered a total love for wombats, even more than koalas. Why are so many

Cassowary bird
Cassowary

prehistoric creatures being written off by, the most dangerous beast on the planet, humans?

 

Top 5 of Townsville:

Turtles

Colonialist architecture

Reef Lodge

Billabong

Reef HQ

5 Things Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

We have to get a grip with plastic. If we can’t stop people making it and using it at least we can try to stop it going into our oceans.

Recycle image with three arrows as a heart We have to get a grip with plastic. If we can’t stop people making it and using it at least we can try to stop it going into our oceans. This was brought home to me at Reef HQ in Australia, so may see creatures are injured or die due to plastic pollution.

1. Fleece made from recycled plastic bottles

Recycled fleeceWow, how cool is that! Well, warm actually, get it, fleece? OK, rubbish joke but brilliant idea.

 

 

2. Bench made from recycled plastic bottles

OK, so I’m on a roll, you can get rid of yet more plastic bottles by just sitting on your bottom! Result!

 

3. Rug made from recycled plastic bottles

Now you get the idea, you’re sat on the bench, and you forgot your flip-flops, what do you rest those toes on, yes a recycled rug! Can be used outdoors or indoors. Gorgeous!

 

 

4. Shoes made from recycled plastic bottles and rubber tyres

These actually sound bizarre but look great. Just the thing for a sunny day sat out on your bench!
What to do whilst you’re sat there, why write something of course…

5. Pen made from recycled plastic bottles

Everyone needs a handy pen and what better than one made from, yes you guessed it recycled plastic bottles. This one gets the award from me for best design too, great branding!
I did find book covers you can make yourself from plastic bags but for now I’ll let you off with a paper pad as long as you promise to use recycled paper!

P.s. There is an argument that plastic bottles made into clothing can make the problem worse, I don’t understand all the science but it relates to the different size fibres. You’re more likely to keep a fleece long-term. I think for now these ideas are a start, if only to get people accepting we have a problem with plastic, discussing it and being imaginative with its repurposing.

Further reading:

Bored Panda

Pinterest has numerous ideas for recycling projects

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A little typing test

I am just typing this on a shared iPad. Can you see me? I guess so. I remember the good old days of paper and carbon paper, dictaphones and typewriters but really love the current tech available. God bless copy and paste and edit find replace. Here here! I hear fellow writers reply. 

Question is which Tech is best, I guess it’s a personal choice similar to which journal you buy at the stationers, writers will always write, so I’ll just try out different ways to get the words on the screen, or even paper if I can get the tech to speak to the printer.

Then recycle/donate all my defunct stuff in cupboards and drawers. Why not streamline your collections, feel free to add links to ethical recycle organisations who reuse hardware.