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SideboardĀ 

I’m trying to reorganize our office room so that I have my own space for doing my craft. My first step in reorganizing was getting some storage to replace some plastic drawers that I had. I got this sideboard from wayfair.com. It was about $180 before tax. I love the look of it. The quality isn’t the greatest (as in it’s made out of particle board), but you get what you pay for, I guess. It took me a few hours to get this f$@ker put together (it comes flat packed), but in my opinion it was worth the effort. My second step will be to buy a desk for my sewing machine. We already have a huge desk in our office, but sharing the desk with my husband is a bit difficult. If my husband works from home he needs the whole desk, so I can’t really use my sewing machine.

Dear Santa,

You know what I really want for Christmas? An American morse code poster like from The Walking Dead.

K, thanks.

bye

Ange
p.s – you better deliver. I’m the one that puts out the cookies and beer on Christmas eve.

Quiet book

I made my toddler this little quiet book for church. My first try. Felt is fun to work with because it is very forgiving.

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The monkey is my favourite. Pinterest has some great ideas and there are some heaps cooler things you can make. I really wanted to make a little washing machine. Maybe next time. I need a few more supplies.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

   

    
   
   
  
    

   

We went to Brooklyn Bridge Park on the weekend. Getting there and back on public transport wasn’t too bad, but obviously travelling with two young children (one being a toddler) can be very tiring. We didn’t bring our small stroller with us this time because it would have been one extra thing to carry on the train/subway. My super mum powers emerged at the end of the day when I had to carry my toddler on the 20 minute walk in the heat back to the subway.

We had a great day. The kids played in the Water Lab, the giant sandpit and the playground. We found a spot in the shade near the volleyball court and we had a lovely picnic with our friends. We got some great photos and made some memories. My daughter was so tired that this morning she slept in until 8:30 am. HAHAHA, 8:30AM is considered sleeping in since I had kids.

More bread!

   
 
OMG! Best bread ever! Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Same four ingredients: flour, yeast, salt and water, but baked in a French/Dutch oven. The other bread I made does not even compare! Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but this one was amazing. Will definently make again!

Jelly berry slice and baking bread

   

The berry jelly slice. I haven’t made this slice in a very long time. It’s very easy to make and the kids loved it. The base part is normally a lot thinner, but I had to make do with the baking pan that I had. The base is dense and goes well with the jelly (jello) and berries on the top. It was a hit with my 6 year old especially.

   

I’ve also been doing some bread baking for the last 2 months. It’s good simple bread. Flour, yeast, salt and water.

I was also lucky enough to be gifted with some home made French baguette, made by a lovely French lady. Both of our husbands work for the same company and we both relocated to the USA at the same time. The above photo is not of her bread though. Her bread was amazing.

4th of July

   
    
  
I know I’m not American, but I embraced the 4th of July! Our town had organised celebrations at the local park. We had a lot of fun. The kids got to ride pony’s (which they loved), there were jumping castles, fire trucks, toy trains, balloons and games. There were also fireworks  in the evening.

I love the town we live in. They always organise events for the community. I’ve been to more community events here in the U.S than I ever went to back home. They always seem to have something fun going on here. I don’t remember it being like that back home where I lived, but it could simply be that I never made the effort to find out. I also worked weekends back in Australia. So that may have had something to do with it too.

Payless shoes for big feet

I have big feet for a woman. I am 6’2 (and a half :P) so I guess it comes with the territory of being tall. I use to wear a size 12, but depending on the brand of shoes I can be between size 12 and 13. It’s not easy finding cute shoes in my size. Regular shoe stores in Australia usually stop at a women’s size 11. It can be very depressing going shoe shopping. I’ve stopped browsing in regular shoe stores, because they usually never have my size. Back home in Oz I use to shop at Long Line Shoes (they specialise in larger sizes) or I would buy online from BareFoot Tess (I think they were bought out by Long Tall Sally. I haven’t bought anything from them since they changed to long tall sally). Converse have some great unisex styles in large sizes that I have bought too. I love converse. I’ve found that they normally run a half size larger than other brands. So a size 12 fits perfect on me, but its probably more like a size 12.5.

So as you can imagine, I’m very excited to have discovered that Payless here in the USA carry my size! I bought a few cheap pairs and I’m actually very happy with them. I bought them online. Sometimes stores will sell larger sizes online, but not have them in store.

Anyway, here they are. I intend to buy many more pairs. I love the sparkly sandals. I’m going to buy a few more sandals but in different styles. The closed shoes are very comfy. They are a tad wide for my narrow foot, but still okay. I fit a size 13 at Payless. They don’t seem to sell sizes above 13.

 
    
 
  

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