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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Autumn DIY

Autumn is here, but almost coming to an end! Temperatures are now quickly going down. I almost expect the snow to start falling any day now ;) - I am exaggerating a little bit. It will probably be another month before the first snow fall. Anyway, here are some of the stuff we made last year. I had not got around to showing you then, and since this year we are not making much because N. is in the Kindergarten, why not finally show you these? 

All you need is:
- pipe cleaners
- acorns, conkers, wood...
- wooden beads

- a glue gun
- some yarn
- anything you want to use for decorating

It was a lot of fun to make all those guys and N. was proud to have a little present for all the members of her family and her best friends. And I was happy to be able to use (and get rid of!) the stuff the children had collected in the forest!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Backpack for the Kindergarten

Still in the spirit of making N. happy in the Kindergarten, I decided to sew her backpack. I found a pattern on this blog: At Second Street and I used two different fabrics: old jeans from my husband and some cotton patterned fabric (formerly curtains). I used different material than on the original backpack: a magnet closing system, backpack band and strap systems.


I definitely recommend that pattern. The instructions were good, the whole process was easy. I only made the bag bigger than the pattern because the lady mentioned that it was a little small for her 4yo and just right for her 2yo. Since I wanted it for a 3yo and I wanted it to last a little while, I made it about 4cm bigger (if I remember well).

One and a half month after making it, I can say that it is a good one. N. uses it daily and is very happy about it.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Pouch for the Kindergarten

Hi!

I know it's been a long time since I last posted. Since beginning of September at least... Well, my oldest, N., started Kindergarten on the 15th of Sept. and we had one week of varying schedules since it was the "adaptation" period. Then she got sick, naturally *sigh*, and had to stay a whole week at home. So the third week became her second adaptation week. It went much less well than the first and still now she isn't completely settled in.

In order to make her feel a little bit "at home" though, I made her several things. Here's the first: a small pouch for her favourite plush-toy, the one she needs for sleeping (it is called Doudou in French).
There is probably nothing easier to make than such a small pouch with a ribbon to pull it closed :)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Cookies

 I do not have the whole recipe for those cookies, I received as a present this beautiful jar and was told to add: 250g of butter, 2 eggs and vanilla :)
 
They were just delicious! Thanks again many many times Steph!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Candles and sea-shells

At the beginning of the summer we went to the sea-side in France. We had a fantastic time there and collected a large amount of sea-shells. 
 I am planning on using them for making jewels or small decorations. But first I made a small souvenir jar:
 And then I experimented and made candles:
 I removed the wax from a tea light and melted it.

 At first I was planning to do this with my 3yo, but I have decided against it. Manipulating hot wax is too delicate and has too much risks for now.

 I will post later when I know when I get on with the rest ;)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Doll bibs

For her birthday N. got a highchair for her dolls. It is now standing next to her toy kitchen. But the dolls also needed protection, they might have made stains on their clothes while eating ;) 
So I made some bibs:

Monday, 15 September 2014

A hand-made dress

Crafting runs in the family! I am now 100% sure of it ^^ - for N.'s birthday my sister, her Godmother, M., made her a dress entirely by hand. No sewing-machine involved, "just" a few days of hard work for an amazing result!

N. LOVES that dress, she is always asking to wear it. 
 M. completed the outfit with a white lace sunshade and a pair of sweet white net gloves!
 Doesn't it look brilliant?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Labels

I've decided to label the drawers of my children's wardrobe, as well as their toys boxes. It helps them tidying their toys as well as finding what they want to play with. They are proud when I send them to pick out their clothes by themselves. I hope to encourage them to be a little more independent. So far it seems to work.