Thanks for popping in. Good day today. A Billy-Building day! There’s nothing like a mindless exercise to clear the head, is there?! Mind you, building BILLY Bookshelves does require a little focus – as I found out! There IS a set sequence, and it’s best to stick to it, and not be the first in the process. So we formed a production line, Paul and I. Paul started the step by step. He likes unboxing things, so I let him!
Then I was supposed to push the dowel plugs in the holes, and promptly put them in the wrong holes. So Paul took that job off me, once he had tracked down a pair of pliers to get the errant plugs OUT of said holes. Long story short, Paul pretty much built the shelf unit to completion; then my job was to hammer the nails in the back, to hold the backplate in place. Bit of a sledgehammer to crack a nut, but hey. You use what you’ve got, and Dave had sloped off with the toolbox!
According to the packet, it should take 20 minutes to complete erecting a Billy Bookcase from start to finish. That may well be correct, provided you haven’t got to spend half an hour hunting down the screwdrivers, pliers and mallet, then shoot over to Greggs for a cuppa and a sausage roll. NOTE TO SELF: Must buy kettle.
I detect definite cutbacks at IKEA. Back in the day, they provided you with the little screw thingies, didn’t they? Alan keys I think they’re called. Alan, Billy – whatever.
In the meantime, our other two accomplices were downstairs, painting. Leanne, on arrival: Where are Barb and Paul? Jilly: Upstairs, banging away.
I even failed pulling the completed shelf along the freshly cleaned carpet into one of the rooms. How hard can THAT be, I asked myself. Dragged it over a stray tack and scratched the Bejeebers out of the entire left side. Scheisenhausen!
If you don’t know what a Billy bookshelf is, where have you been?!?!? It’s probably THE most bought shelving unit of all time. Did you know…117 million Ikea Billy bookcases have been sold since its inception 40 years ago (Quote from 2019).
I remember when I lived in Germany in the early 80’s my entire living space was IKEA – from the kitchen and the bed, to the Billy Bookshelves!
In Germany, IKEA stands for Idioten Kaufen Einfach Alles Idiots Buy Simply Anything). But what does it really stand for?
Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd. The acronym is derived from Ingvar Kamprad (the store’s founder), Elmtaryd (the name of the farm he grew up on) and Agunnaryd (the village in he grew up in). How did you not know that?!? And did you know, young Ingvar was only 17 years old (in 1943), when he founded IKEA. Mmm. The rest of the world is at war, and he is making furniture out of chipboard. Go figure…
Back in the day, I always used to say we should invest in IKEA shares. The entire younger German population built their foundations on it! Tell you what though, I’d want shares in Greggs nowadays!
Now for some other riveting news! Greggs was founded by John Gregg as a Tyneside bakery in 1939. See? The war starts, and they start up a bakery! It opened its first proper shop in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1951. When Gregg died in 1964, the bakery was taken over by his son, Ian, assisted by his brother, Colin. There are now 1,650 Greggs Bakers in the UK. The Highstreet may be dying, but at least we’ve got Greggs! There are no less than 29 in Newcastle alone!
I’d best go indoors now. ENough woffle for one night!
Oh. A winner! We need a winner for the competition. Thank you to all of you who joined in and tried to guess how I made the Clockwork card.
Well, the crafter who came closest to the way it was made is… drumroll….
Well done Hilda. A £20 Clarity Gift Voucher is yours! Thanks again to all the other clever crafters. So many great ideas – probably would all have worked admirably too – but this time Hilda nailed it.
I will step it up for you tomorrow morning.
Love & Hugs