Going fishing

  Just two weeks before going back to school, last August summer days have got a particular taste, full of both excitement and nostalgia… To start again Sweet Cabane’s diary, I’d precisely like to talk about a children book dealing with Summer holidays, childhood and nostalgia : Going Fishing, written and illustrated by French mum of 3, Charlotte Virfolet. It’s part of a book series called ‘Siblings’. Charlotte’s stories are small pieces of art mixing simplicity and poetry and all…

Spring elegance

Today, I’m very proud and happy to introduce you to my friend Olga Prinku, a creative and talented English woman making the most beautiful wreaths I have ever seen. I met her a few months ago on Instagram and I deeply appreciate her creative work with wool or flowers, depending on the season. Here, she’s sharing with us how to make a beautiful Spring wreath in 5 easy steps. This wreath could be amazing either on your wall, or as a table…

Children at play

We spent our last Spring break in a lovely cottage in the middle of Sologne countryside (near Orleans, in France), as those who follow me on Instagram have probably already known. Our house was located in the heart of nature : wide-open spaces, rivers, ponds and beautiful woods of oaks, birches and firs. My little Parisians could enjoy the freedom that living outside offers, far from the well-organised activities of the city. On the program : football game, play in the recently acquired tent, drawing on a bench,…

A whole day doing nothing

Who never got tired of seeing her son playing on games console … or her teenage daughter talking on Snapchat or on Instagram, lying on her bed? All these everyday connected objects certainly have many benefits, but they can deeply hurt children’s creativity. At home, I’ve observed that as soon as we deprive the kids of using the laptop or the games’ console (for various reasons that I will not explain here 😉 ….), after a detox’ phase, they feel again like reading, drawing…

My favourite doll

Just two days before Christmas, as we’re all looking after our latest gifts, I would like to introduce you to the work of Merrilee Liddiard, an American mother of three, living in Utah. Ttwo years ago, this young woman, originally illustrator and blogger, began to create life-size dolls  for her little girl. These dolls are the fruit of her imagination, but are also inspired by a childhood with a very creative mother. Faced to the success of this doll on her blog,…

Pink Christmas mood

A few weeks ago, I fell in  lov ewith pink pepper and its pretty stylish little balls … To such an extent that I decided to make it a central element of our Christmas décorations … This pink pepper is so lovely directly placed  on a table, or in a pretty plate. It can also make pretty bouquets in metal tumblers … And if you have more time and you’re ready for a DIY activity, here are some simple decorative ideas which immediately bring a festive…

Night stories

Night is for all of us, a special moment. Once the sun sets, emotions and feelings change. For little ones, this passage from day to night is rarely serene, perceived rather like a rupture. The period before bedtime can also be a time either of anxiety, or excitement. I imagine many of you have experienced, like me, these moments : crying, multiple round-trip, the last kiss (third time), the glass of water asked for the night … . All of…

Moulding activity for happy kids

When I was a child, I loved making some MAKO Moulages plaster figurines during long winter afternoon … This brand, created in the 60s and whose mascot is a lemur, remained in my mind with a kind of nostalgia and I’ve been regretting for a long time to not find it in stores. Fortunately, a French mum, also nostalgic of this period, had the idea of buying Mako Moulages firm in 2013 and restarting this company. This was not that easy and Agnes Beuchet took…

A story of wood and family

Wooden toys are now a serious competitor to plastic toys and are very imaginative to be more and more attractive to children … and their parents. Yet all of them are not necessarily respectful of the environment and do not follow a sustainable production process. This is probably why, at home, we completely fell in love with Wooden Story! This small Polish brand creates handmade toys, while respecting the environment. Borowy’s family, at the origin of this beautiful adventure, has been working…

Redcurrants and so on

Last week, we went to my parents’ house in the French countryside, near Lyon. We were lucky to wander through the fields and to play in the garden … It is a pleasure to see how kids simply play with branches, herbs, insects or lizards they find on their way. They also spent time helping their grandmother to pick redcurrants that were ripe to the point … They enjoyed them in the moment while picking them and also helped their grandma to make jelly or…