I just started Level 6 of french class this week! Its been almost 1 year that I've been taking french classes and my comprehension and writing is very good. Gilles has been great to practice with but I just can't seem to start my own conversations aside from "As-tu faim?" (Are you hungry?). Like thinking of a topic in general to talk about is really hard, but I can answer people fine when they ask me questions. So this week, I decided to talk to myself in French in my head. At least I could just start asking myself questions or think of neat ideas...kinda. I probably look like a crazy woman walking down the street because I'm sure my brow is furrowed as I think to myself -- wait, le or la, ce or cette, celle-ci or celle-là? féminin or masculin? argh!
As you all know, I'm very into crafts especially Japanese craft books and sites. (I think I love all foreign craft books like french Marie Claire Idées and British Rowan.) I love how they have projects that revolve around their interpretations of France or Paris. Like these little french eggs as salt and pepper shakers with toothpick holder. (The link is through google translator so the engrish is quite funny.) These little things are $5 bucks each (converted from Yen) but I haven't check yet if they ship to the US.
Here's another book that's half about visiting stores and getting cute french trinkets, then the second half is making craft projects out of your trip.
Here's some sample projects to make from your Paris metro tickets - gift tags or make a lamp.
Here's an excerpt from the book Handmade Zakka (French Style) showing all the different parts of the little dog Mischa.
Another page showing cute felted toys.
Kitty-Craft.com is a great site to get lots of Japanese crafty books and goods if you can't find one locally near you!