-Round and Little-



 This weekend, I let the children use some wooden discs from the Australian Map Game. I just asked them what was Australia for them and they started drawing kangourous, camper vans,the sun, a hotdog, the beach, the sea, the opera house, a tent, some red earth and my favourite: a rhino on a skateboard! We even let the friends join in!

Only the people from Melbourne will understand.;-) (The Rhino on the skateboard campaign was created to encourage pedestrians to stay alert around trams.)

Ce weekend, j’ai laissé mes enfants jouer avec les disque de bois du jeu d’Australie. Je leur ai demandé ce que l’Australie était pour eux et ils ont commencé à dessiner des kangouroux, des camping cars, le soleil, la plage, la mer, l’opéra de Sydney, une tente, la terre rouge et mon préféré: un rhinocéros sur un Skateboard!

Seulement les Melbourniens comprendront. Il s’agit d’une affiche créée pour encourager les piétons à rester prudent autour des trams.



Bonne journée!



Like Magic!


In our house, when you lose a baby tooth, the tiny french mouse (or tooth fairy) comes and a little crystal is left behind. Now that the collection is growing quite quickly, we decided to ”build”our own crystals! (thanks to my friend and the website Scope for the idea.)

Chez nous, quand la petite souris passe, elle laisse derrière elle une petite pierre semi-precieuse. Maintenant que la collection est déjà bien grande, nous avons décidé de “fabriquer” nos propres cristaux! (Merci à mon amie et au site web Scope pour la bonne idée.)

You will need: Hot Water, Borax, Pipe Cleaners, 1 plastic container, 1 wooden spoon and some string. (and 24h of patience.)

Vous avez besoin de: Borax, Eau chaude, 1 pot en plastique, 1 cuillère en bois et de la ficelle.(et 24h de patience.)


-Une tasse d’eau pour 3 cuillères à soupe de Borax-

-One cup of water for 3 large spoons of Borax-

IMG_1001Laisser suspendre les formes de chenille dans la solution et attendre le lendemain.

Let the pipe cleaner hang in the liquid and wait for tomorrow.

IMG_1036 IMG_1037 IMG_1038Et voilà!


-All I want is Pizza-

Pizza Play

Pizza: This is what my daughter wants to make for dinner every single night…well, let me tell you, she is disappointed most of the time. (6 days out of 7 more exactly.) It took me a long time to find a solution to her frustration, but one day I opened my scrap of felt box and gave it to her with just one sentence:”maybe you can make a pizza for your doll with that?” Off she went in her bedroom while I could cook something else.

30 minutes later, here is what she made: a pizza Margarita with ham, cheese, thyme, sesame seeds and mozzarella. It looked as beautiful as her smile!

Pizza:Voici le menu que ma fille veut cuisiner chaque soir…laissez moi vous dire qu’elle est déçue la plupart du temps. J’ai mis du temps a trouver une solution à sa frustration: l’autre jour j’ai ouvert ma boite à coupons de feutrine, le lui ai donné en lui proposant de fabriquer une pizza pour sa poupée pendant la préparation du dîner.

Une demi-heure plus tard, voici le résultat: une pizza Margarita avec du jambon, du fromage, du thym, des graines de sésame et de la mozzarelle. C’était aussi beau que son sourire!

from this:IMG_0718

to this:

pizza felt

felt Pizza

Now we have a lot of felted sesame seed and thyme around the house but hey that’s worth it!

Bon la vérité c’est que nous avons plein de graines de sésame e de thym en feutrine un peu partout dans la maison mais bon, ça vaut le coup!

-With them or not with them ?-

The other day, a lady at the park was complaining about the holidays and how she found it difficult to entertain her children, asking about ideas. Well, you know, I might have one or two activities for you, but the best for us is to do the thing that we want and let the children join in, and yes, it will get messy. But even with the cleaning, they will help! Yes, it will take you about 2 hours to make that tart, but you wanted to keep them busy no? 😉

Mes chères lectrices francophones, voulez-vous que je continue à traduire en français ?

Les mains dans la farineLa confiture de fraisesLes mains dans la vaisselle

But last night, while the children were asleep, I made a cake…alone…. just by myself…without helpers around….without questions to answer…just with my music, calm and absolutely no flour or sugar on the floor! Oh that was so fast! Dear Sanity, I love you!


-Around the Block at Night-

Faire le tour de son quartier de nuit, avec des lampes de poches et des bracelets lumineux, c’est toujours une bonne aventure pour les petits explorateurs.

La semaine dernière nous y avons vu une dizaine de chauves-souris géantes et un possum. Ils étaient ravis! Le lendemain, les enfants ont fait une carte du quartier. 


It is always a good adventure to go around the block at night with torchs and light bracelets.

Last week we saw a dozen of bats and a possum. The children were delighted! The next morning they draw a map of our neighbourhood.



-The Pink and Red this time-

Maintenant mes deux enfants peuvent s’envoler en même temps, avec cette paire d’ailes rose et rouge.

Now my children will be able to fly at the same time with those pink and red wings.

I need to replace my camera and I will show you both of them at the same time, maybe flying over the ocean.;-)



-Wool & Snakes-

Recently we have extended our family of snakes, they are very colourful but not scary. You don’t have to feed them, but they are really ending up everywhere in the house…

We used the same method as the necklaces in this post; here.

Notre famille de serpent s’est agrandie, elle est colorée et ne fait même pas peur. Nous n’avons pas besoin de les nourrir mais ils finissent quand même un peu partout dans la maison…

Nous avons utilisé la même méthode que les colliers de laine; ici.

wool snakes



Bonne semaine !

Have a good week !

-Let’s them fly-

Hello world, I know this blog has been on a slow motion mode for quite a while, but I have a big project going on and I am trying to enjoy every step of it!

It does not mean that I am not doing anything else…the sewing machine has still been running a long way every month. And because my children love the idea of flying on their own around the world, I needed to help them build their wings.

Wings Pari-Bourke

wings Paris-Bourke

Materials: Felt, fabric, ribbon, sewing material, a good pair of scissors and a lot of patience!

Easter Eggs

Happy Easter for all!

Joyeuse Pâques!


For those eggs, we used only natural colours: Onion Skins for Red, Red Cabbage for Blue and Blueberries for Grey. (left in water and vinegar for 3 hours)


When it’s too hot to go outside and to early to go to the beach why not try to lost the children in a labyrinthe made with Kapla or Pencils ? Who knows, you may have some time for yourself while they are stuck…;-) Labyrinth


Moving twice in less than a year makes you want to dig roots somewhere and stay there. After regional Australia, we are discovering one city; Melbourne, and we are loving it.Image Melbourne

-Busy Summer-

This summer, we spent most of our time on the beach!

We have done a fair bit of gardening, and are now amazed by the amount of vegetables and fruits we are harvesting!

Painting was a favorite too!

and we made 2 crowns out of felt:

We played with peebles on rainy days:

We spent a lot of time climbing our Jacaranda

Have a good day!

-From Children to Mother and Grandmother, with Love! –

Voici de quoi occuper les petites mains de vos enfants qui seront tellement fière d’offrir un collier de perles de laine entièrement fabriqué par eux. Avec un petit bout de laine non tissée que l’on trempe dans de l’eau savonneuse, il suffit de la faire tourner dans ses mains pour former une boule de laine compacte et la faire sécher. Avec une aiguille et du fil à broder, percer les perles de laine pour former le collier voulu. Amusez-vous bien!

The Children would be delighted to make a pretty necklace like this one, they just need to dip a little bit of wool into soapywater and turn it in their hands to form a nice bead of wool. Let it dry and then you just need to use an embrodery needle and some thread to pearce the beads and make the necklace. Enjoy!


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