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IKEA 2009 Catalog & Etc.

I was invited to an event recently down in New York to celebrate the launch of the 2009 IKEA catalog. I couldn’t make it with all that I have going on right now, but after looking over their new catalog online I’m thrilled to say that 2009 is looking really good for IKEA. The cover is fantastic, love the art, the rug, the bold black paired with crisp white, and of course the shot of pink. I know I’m a total geek for posting this because you can see all of these images online but I don’t care, I like affordable design and feel sometimes like IKEA doesn’t get the full respect that they deserve. I was always so hesitant to purchase from them but after a few purchases I’m all for IKEA nowadays.

Home is the most important place in the world is their mantra. Like it. I agree totally. When the world wipes its snotty nose on your sleeve, you have your home as an escape. Of course, home isn’t just for hiding from the cruel, cruel world. :) It’s also for entertaining, creating, dreaming, and so many other good things and most of all it’s the place where you can be YOU. You can do crazy things that you’d never do in public. You can burp the alphabet, treat yourself to a can of Spaghetti O’s at midnight watching reruns of Will & Grace, and walk around naked no matter what shape you are in. That is what makes it the most important place in the world. There really isn’t a spot on earth where you can be yourself 100%, let’s face it, we try to behave most of the time. At home, screw it. We LIVE. And that is just so lovely. I remember when I was 19 and moved into my first apartment, away from family, and how I just laid on the bed the first night gazed up at the ceiling and thought, “You made it, you have your own home now”. It was a great feeling of ‘arrival’ and the only time in my life when it hit me that from that point on, I could do whatever I wanted, when I wanted, in the privacy of my own home. No longer confined to pure freedom in only the bedroom of my parents home, I had run of the house. I ruled the roost and there is no better feeling. Home rocks. :)

Back to IKEA. There are many new products that are very stylish and affordable, and I’m really enjoying the overall presentation of the rooms in this catalog — they feel a bit different from the ’08 one and I’m unable to put my finger on why exactly. I have my eye on this entertainment cabinet for my new apartment. It will be perfect for the space I’m looking to place it. I’m waiting for this white Samsung to become available so I can order it. I told my husband we’re doing a white television in our new place. You would have been proud of me ladies, I put my big girl shoes on and down went my right foot. I was prepared to hold my own and battle it out. We have a big black shiny thing here in the states (I lost during our last television purchase) and I’m just so over the massiveness of it and wasn’t interested in the whole rinse and repeat of buying the same black ‘window to the world’ all over again. And there I was in my living room, ready to duke it out, and he was like, “Sure no problem mausy”. As calmly and as sweet as that. He’s fine with a white television as long as it has everything needed to do what he needs it to do. In other words, it needs to be pimped. So white it is. I LOVE THIS MAN.

Speaking of shopping for new stuff, I’m going to IKEA in Germany this weekend. I leave on Thursday from Boston, arrive on Friday, and Saturday I’m taking the train to the big blue box. I’m fully charged, lists are in hand, and I’m ready to go. I have my shiny new EC card (kind of like an American debit card) and the money I’ve slaved to save for the past several years is linked to my card and calling to me. “Spend me!”, it cries. “If you desire”, I reply.

I’m not rich and yet people assume this because oh-la-la I have two apartments in two countries now so I must be swimming in cash. Truth is, I’m kind of good with money and so is my husband. I sucked with money in my twenties but my god the planets must have lined up and hell perhaps froze over because in my thirties I started to climb out of debt and into the plus. Now that we’re embarking on this exciting new journey, I cannot lie, I’m extremely excited to have a second pad abroad and the money to do it. And warning: You may have to suffer through me talking about it a few more times but please allow me to bask in all of this. It was my dream for many years and I’m finally reaching it so of course it’s all I’m thinking about right now. When I was getting married I was more excited of course, but this is the second most exciting moment of my life to land in Germany on Friday, pick up the keys to our new abode, and turn that shiny key. I think I may pee the second I open the door and breathe in all of that new apartment smell. It may be empty, but with IKEA and the myriads of retail stores waiting, it will be OUR HOME in no time flat.

And yes, of course I’ll share all of this with you as we go. I’ve already launched a second blog called Haus Maus, so you can follow my adventures as an American in Germany over there. I doubt I’ll post my home photos and such here on decor8, but I tell you what… When I post them on Haus Maus I’ll put a link in the Daily News section so you can go over there and see them.







By the way, and I apologize for rambling… But I found it so funny over the weekend when I was trying to place an order for a German IKEA catalog to be sent to my apartment there and newsflash! Some error message appeared that homes within my zip code would automatically receive a catalog within a few weeks. HELLO GERMANY. I smiled and asked my husband about this and he said that they are usually sent directly to homes without residents having to request one. Now how cool is that? Shows you how popular they really are over there I guess.

(images from IKEA US)

Posted by decor8 in furniture, shopping on August 05, 2008

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  1. Adrienne commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 11:31am

    I live and breath by Ikea. At least 95 percent of what I own is from them. My only qualms are with their bookcases. The backs are not sturdy at all and eventually the whole thing wobbles. Other than that, you get a terrific bang for the buck.

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  2. Amanda commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 11:59am

    You go on and talk about your new place and this big endeavor all you like! It IS very exciting. AND, it’s also your blog! So bask away. :)

    Amandas last blog post: Hair salon + time machine

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  3. Kerren commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 12:01pm

    I love IKEA too! The best value for money and oh so simple and stylish. Thanks, Holly, for your uplifting post about home – you are so right – my home is my haven and I revel in its sense of comfort, light and family. How special it is to feel that rightness of being.

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  4. Jen commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 12:06pm

    We are within 10 miles of 2 Ikea stores… Philly and Conshohocken so we just got the catalog in the weekend paper delivered right to our door! We were there shopping on Saturday… new (to us) house – we will be there every weekend for a while! I love that they have affordable design.

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  5. Ruth commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 12:12pm

    Oh! I didn’t know about having to request! We in Singapore get them automatically in our mailbox too.

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  6. Tracey commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 12:13pm

    Huge fan of IKEA! This is the second post on their catalog that I have run across- must be a really good one! I stay away this time of year- college dorm buying- but will be there soon. Visit my last trip to IKEA in early summer in my photo collage at www. TrendyBlogger.com.

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  7. Tracey commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 12:13pm

    Huge fan of IKEA! This is the second post on their catalog that I have run across- must be a really good one! I stay away this time of year- college dorm buying- but will be there soon. Visit my last trip to IKEA in early summer in my photo collage at http://www.TrendyBlogger.com.

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  8. Marianne commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 12:20pm

    I love Ikea too. I live in the Netherlands and we receive the catalog automatically too. I am looking forward to it.

    Mariannes last blog post: Picture perfect!

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  9. mod*mom commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 12:29pm

    i collect the ikea catalogs like porn (2000 is my fav)

    congratulations on your new blog design :

    mod*moms last blog post: aptera hybrid 260 mpg test drives

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  10. Anna @ D16 commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 12:59pm

    IKEA is one of the only (if not THE only) furniture manufacturer living up to the ideals set forth by the Bauhaus (and later Charles Eames and other American modernists) to support the mass production of quality design at a low price accessible to all. Earlier modernists were never actually able to pull this off, and it’s a shame that IKEA has not received the full acknowledgment deserved for accomplishing such a massive feat. And they’ve managed to do it while being environmentally progressive, fair to their employees, and supportive of designers on a philanthropic level, too.

    I have to roll my eyes when I hear complaints about the quality of furniture at IKEA, by the way. I’ve spent enough time at the DWR Annex to feel confident in saying that spending $3000 on a coffee table does not give you any more of a guarantee of quality or durability than spending $50 does. I evaluate everything I buy from IKEA the same way that I do the high-end, expensive pieces I own, and as a result, I have made very few IKEA purchases that have not lived up to my expectations.

    GO, IKEA!!!

    Anna @ D16s last blog post: GUEST BLOG: Evan on collecting (and letting go).

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  11. steven commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 1:19pm

    hey holly..ikea rules..a few weeks ago when my boyfriend asked me what i wanted to do for my birthday..ikea was the obvious answer..and the 20 meatballs i consumed were just an added bonus….and so a great birthday was had by all..well by me it was..my boyfriend just pretended to be interested..
    xx

    stevens last blog post: i should be so lucky

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  12. decor8 commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 1:29pm

    Steven I am SO happy you dropped in today because I have to show you something that you are going to LOVE:

    http://vol25.typepad.com/vol25/2008/08/you-make-my-heart-go-boom.html

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  13. shayla commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 2:48pm

    Yay! :o) Your whole “rambling” post was very encouraging. My husband and I are currently recovering from being stupid with money in our 20s, as we near the end of our 20s, and hopefully get into the plus side soon so we can accomplish our goal: 2 homes in 2 different places. :o) Only, my Germany is Hawaii.

    heh! :oD Either way….. you remind me that it’s totally possible. Thank you.

    shaylas last blog post: A Bigger Boat

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  14. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 3:04pm

    Oh, I love this post Holly! I love your sweet sentiments about “home” and I concur! I am so excited for you in your new adventure and know how thrilling it must be to get to create a new home from the ground up. Have a wonderful trip, and a glorious time. I adore the image of you opening your new door and breathing it all in(I hope you don’t pee :)
    xoxo
    Melissa

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  15. puglyfeet commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 3:44pm

    My home is a product of Ikea. We wouldn’t have been able to furnish our house without Ikea’s style and great prices. Thanks for posting pics from their latest catalog. They’re all so inspiring!

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  16. Martin commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 3:49pm

    IKEA does not distribute any catalogs in GERMANY, I think you have to request them. I do not like to go to IKEA, because they force visitors to walk through the entire place even if you just want to have a look at office chairs for example. Shopping at IKEA means a maximum of stress with a minimum of fun for me. Service is difficult to obtain if at all, waiting and searching for free service personal is typical. Their products regularly have problems, there is always a list of products on recall at the cashier desk. Last example for us was a matress called “Sultan” which had to be returned because of some poisson content. How cool was that?
    IKEA is cheap,yes,but that is with consequences for the quality of their products.
    An earlier post here was “IKEA lost it?s charme”. I still see this,our last visit about 2 weeks ago was a real dissapointment. Their designs get more and more boring from my point of view.

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  17. kelly commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 3:52pm

    I heart ikea. I am in love love love with the curtains(black and white circles) in the second photo- but going on ikeas website they are nowhere to be found…
    Anyone have ideas? I love them! Maybe they are secretly in ikea stores on not on the site?

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  18. Trina McNeilly commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 3:53pm

    Congratulations on your new flat overseas! That is so VERY exciting and something you should be proud of. Can’t wait to see photos.

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  19. decor8 commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 4:04pm

    Martin: I think, as I mentioned in my blog post, that it’s by zipcode or something because in my new ‘zone’ the catalogs arrive to all households without pre-ordering. Maybe it’s in major cities only? Hmmm.

    Your perspective is interesting because when I compare what you say to Anna I see such contrast. I have friends in Germany who love it and others who hate it. My friend Christian thinks it’s “absolute rubbish” to quote him directly. His wife and I go there and THEN tell him where we disappeared to for the evening and he proceeds to roll his eyes in a most dramatic fashion.

    :)

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  20. Emily commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 4:22pm

    Thanks for sharing! I love a good bargain as well. I am going to have to take a trip out to Frisco to go check it out!

    Emily @ Material Girls Blog

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  21. Marion commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 5:24pm

    IKEA distributes catalogs to almost every household in Germany – at least in the major cities for some years now. I think they did this already back in the 90ties but stopped for several years for whatever reason but in the last year I always received one. There is no possibility to order them, so I don’t know where you have your information from, Martin..
    But be careful, Holly. Often they just put a pack in the staircase and do not put them in every postbox so if you come late they might all be gone…

    I’m completely with Anna. But yes, they do regulary recall products, have had (and sometimes maybe still have) quality issues and I can see that not everybody likes shopping at IKEA. But then again if I compare IKEA products to those of other furniture stores here in Germany within the same price range IKEA beats everything. I think I do not need to talk about the design at all…most just can not keep pace with IKEA. They also have one of the most liberal returning policies I know here in Germany at all, the quality is way better than what most other furniture stores offer (within the same price range) and they allow you to be very flexible (well, this might not be the right expression but tell me anyone which other furniture store in Germany carries their series for that long and offers that much possibilites by providing such a variety of sizes and colors and covers of/for one product?).
    And well, I’m also not expecting that an IKEA bed for 300 ? lasts as long and offers the same qulaity that a Ligne Roset bed for 5000 ? but not everybody can and/or wants to afford a bed or any other piece of furniture for that much money.

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  22. i.d. commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 7:42pm

    I love IKEA too – their stuff is affordable, creative and environmentally friendly. I think the key is simply to mix it up with other finds – vintage, upscale, quirky – to create your own style.

    I also agree that there is no place like home…there’s nowhere else where you can truly unwind and be yourself!

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  23. phoenixc commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 7:50pm

    i confess, ikea catalogs are my porn too.

    phoenixcs last blog post: Keep Calm & Eat Cake in the kitchen

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  24. deb commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 7:58pm

    One must not get Ikea fever…. (bad disease)

    Ikea is kind of an interesting situation. To much good stuff. I love it all.
    It’s hard to go to Ikea and not fill your cart up over the top with a pile of candy colored yummy home wares. I get so consumed by the modern fun, the swirling colors, cheap prices, that I’m like a kid at a carnival. I sometimes get to check out and realize what is all this stuff in my cart???? Why did I put this lime green thing in my cart? Why ? What was I thinking?
    I just do the Ikea chant, Only buy what I need… Only buy what I need… Only buy what I need…..(boy its hard!!)

    debs last blog post: New vs. Old

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  25. erin commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 8:21pm

    i happen to be a lover of ikea. for the most part i’ve been very pleased with everything i’ve bought. me and my hubby will begin buying new furniture together- as of now its been my stuff college stuff and his bachelor pad stuff mixed together, and ikea will likely be our first place to hit up. i love seeing all the new rooms and vignettes in stores and in their catalogs. it always gives me such great ideas. i dont mind how busy the store is… to me its just part of the ikea experience and i only get to go a few times a year…

    lately im going through a white phase… so i’m loving how light and bright the rooms in this catalog are!

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  26. erin commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 8:26pm

    kelly, the black ‘n white curtains are actually fabric panels- its from the gunvor fabric collection online:

    http://tinyurl.com/5kde24

    i love that fabric as well!

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  27. Margaret commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 8:34pm

    Hi Holly,

    I went to the IKEA event and it was really well done. You had a guide (IKEA manager from different sites) take you through the 2009 product line, one by one. At each “site” an IKEA product manager took you through each product — media cabinets, beds, bedding, pillows, and mattress, kitchens, cookware, furniture, etc. They set up rooms in an empty warehouse in Red Hook and it was incredibly well-done. I was impressed by how passionate the product managers were about their expertise and line — and how much information they imparted about home decor and green issues in general, not just IKEA-specific.

    On a personal note, I’ve had a MALM dresser in my hallway since January. Neither my husband or I can get it together properly (it’s in a million pieces). It was great to hear about their assembly services now that we have one in Brooklyn — our dresser might finally be useful!

    My favorite thing about having an IKEA in my backyard is the affordable frames for all of my Etsy prints — with IKEA and Etsy creating a home bursting with affordable art is truly possible. I love it.

    Now I need to create a project to take advantage of the amazing new fabrics they’ve debuted this year.

    Best,
    Marg

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  28. All Things Lovely commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 8:58pm

    Holly, your excitement is so infectious. :) You should be incredibly proud of yourself!

    I love getting the Ikea catalogue! I sit for days and look at it, put it down and then look at it again. I’m hoping many of the things in your catalogue come out in Australia also.

    All Things Lovelys last blog post: Wedding Invitations

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  29. Sondi commented
    August 5th, 2008 at 9:44pm

    Well, I felt like the big dork in school who had to wear clothes from sears to school when all the other kids got their gear from Macy’s……why? Because I am so utterly in adoration with everything IKEA (i took pictures of both my shopping trips there) and it technically is a ‘big box store’. Hearing you gush about their stuff makes me feel so way less geeky for being so in love with it. I luuuuuv their stuff and apparently with all those comments, I’m not the only one. I’m sending you a big warm happy hug with only a smidgen of jealousy. *grin* Happy travelling ….and shopping!

    Sondis last blog post: Courage to be happy

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  30. Pina commented
    August 6th, 2008 at 3:07am

    I also like things from Ikea but I have to say that the quality of some of their products has hugely declined over the years (talking from my own experience – most of the furniture I have at home is from their shop).

    It seems that Ikea’s color this year is black… I can’t wait to get their new catalog next week!

    Pinas last blog post: Beekeeper

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  31. Alison commented
    August 6th, 2008 at 3:27am

    My boyfriend and I recently moved to the Netherlands from the US and had to furnish a home from scratch. IKEA has been a lifesaver for us and allowed us to make good progress in creating a home that suits our aesthetic, rather than making do with whatever random bits we can afford. Another benefit is that you can find inexpensive simple items that you can then alter to make it more personal and suddenly more unique. I’ve taken the ?4 throw pillows and painted some floral designs on them to make them more interesting and perfect for the room we’re using them in. We’ve also altered a buffet stand we bought there by removing the legs and using it as an entertainment center.

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  32. carolyn commented
    August 6th, 2008 at 3:38am

    I had the same discussion with my husband about the white TV and we were on a waiting list for a white Samsung one (in Australia). When it came in, however, we were appalled at how low-quality the sound was compared to some of the other brands. The speakers on it were about a tenth of the Panasonic (silver, sniff) one we eventually bought. We aren’t people that watch a lot of tv, but really the quality difference was so great I couldn’t go with the Samsung in the end. Just my experience…

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  33. mandy commented
    August 6th, 2008 at 8:05am

    hi holly,
    i am in love with ikea too. and i am a bit jealous because you have the new catalouge in your hands.we here, in germany, have to wait till the end of august for the new one. i can give you just one advice: don’t go to ikea on a saturday!!! it’s packed with people, because everybody(well, the working part of the german people) will went to ikea on a saturday. if you wanna have a look and choose wisely and stressfree go on a weekday in the morning.it’s empty and you will have a proper look at all the things you are interested in. i, for myself, try to do so.it’s much better and you feel better afterwards. my whole room is from ikea. a year ago i decided to redecorate and redo(?) my whole room.it was time for a change.i added new colours,new furniture, new decor from ikea(mostly) and after we done it(me and my boyfriend)he was ‘oh well, we should have took a picture,so people have the chance to see before-and-after’ and he suggested i should send the pictures to ikea.sounds like i did a really good ikea-room-job;-). i felt and still feel very proud. so, i will welcome you the day after tomorrow in germany, then. have a good flight.oder: gute reise!

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  34. steven commented
    August 6th, 2008 at 8:24am

    hey holly…WOWZER.. thats just made me smile a happy smile…thanks for sharing.. you must be so excited by now…have a safe flight..xxx

    stevens last blog post: i made something nice

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  35. Susanne commented
    August 6th, 2008 at 9:55am

    Hi Holly,
    I am German and living in Canada and we get the IKEA catalogue delivered to our homes,too !… feels like Germany.
    Check also this store in Hannover area http://www.moebel-hesse.de/
    most Moebelhaeuser (furniture stores) in Germany also have textiles, dishes, flatware and decoration…you have probably seen it already
    and check out these places in Hamburg or Berlin http://www.stilwerk.de/.
    I also love this shop in Hamburg http://www.die-waescherei.info/….there is lots to see…..enjoy it !
    Susanne

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  36. Susanne commented
    August 6th, 2008 at 10:44am

    Hi Holly,
    I forgot something….I would not ship too much curtains etc. It is not worthwhile you will get everything over there

    this shop is supposed to be great according to some of my friends and it is not too far from Hannover
    http://www.traumfabrik-24.de/konzept.php (which is a branch of finke Moebelhaus) happy shopping !
    Susanne

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  37. Gizel commented
    August 7th, 2008 at 6:56am

    I luuuuuv IKEA! It’s affordable, they always have new stuff, they rule the storage solutions arena and if you have some basic pieces it’s a great background for you to built up in your own style.
    Here in Israel the catalogs are also delivered to our mailboxes but I never wait for it to happen. I go to the store and pick mine as soon as it’s released.
    When I went back to living in Brazil the only thing I missed about Israel was IKEA, I swear! In Rio and other big cities in Brazil they have Tok & Stok which is also very nice. Looks a lot like IKEA but it uses a lot of local design and materials. http://www.tokstok.com.br
    Good luck with your moving!

    Gizels last blog post: new old crafts

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  38. Aston commented
    September 21st, 2008 at 10:18am

    What a lovely blog!

    These very days I’m selling my own seven-piece collection of Hebrew, extremely rare IKEA catalogues. I wondered if you’d be interested!

    – Aston

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