Frédérique & Friends is a blog intended to share ideas, recipes, show you my projects and works as well as those of my friends and family who want to post on this blog. You can find a lot: embroidery, sewing, felt toys, photographies, cakes and a lot of other things.
All ideas are not originally mine, but I try to link to the other blogs that inspired me as much as possible.
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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!
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 Streetand 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.
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 :)
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!
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.