Don’t you love stuff for under ten bucks, especially for what you really had in mind to buy?
You & I found these marvelous AND cheap flat pillows & 100% cotton striped pillow slips at the Italian version of IKEA… Gran Casa… for the pallets-cum-sofas for Our Poggiolo Party 2012. Though not nearly as much fun OR irritating as IKEA… following those darn pathways through the store’s window-less maize of mouth-watering-I-want-I-want vignettes, like you might find Mr. OZ in the Kitchen Department… Gran Casa does have some stuff to tempt and at good prices too.
Let me say… it does require An Extensive Search & Find Mission. You & I were in the darn store for well over an hour. We batted between the available options we discovered in our travels from the Garden Furniture to Home Furnishings then to, finally, the Baby Bed Department… of all places.
You, at first, thought to use self-covered chaise cushions for garden furniture. The options were few… a gold & tan stripe plump cushion, an ugly milk-gone-bad colored flat one or, a dark green awning stripe super well-padded variety. All had weird proportions or dimensions to what we needed. It took me several minutes to let You stew in his own juices trying to force a Decision from these miserable choices. How could any of them work with the transparent, day-glo apple green & fuschia re-useable… certainly after a thorough turn in the dish-washer… plastic plates & cups in we had purchased from Gran Casa just the week before? Colori, You. Abbiamo bisogno di colori divertenti!
Then, it was my turn. You nixed My Idea of flat brightly colored tufted-rugs in silver, fuschia or gold. Ditto for the square 60’s Flower Power flowered cushions in blue, brown or green. I will not divulge the accent colors in their patterns. Too ghastly. Glad You deterred me too. Those cushions were expensive, once I found a sales-person to tell us their price.
Back to Bob, who suggested we buy HUGE striped light cotton bed-spreads, cut them up to the dimensions of the pallets and draped them over some cheap-cheap baby-bed mattress. This failure led us to what we ended up walking out of the store with, having spent much less than ten bucks per pillow & cover. Shhh… not a word to You… but, what we hit upon was My Original Idea. Both You & I are happy. Onwards now with other Party Preparations. Gads.