Month: January 2008

crayon hearts.


This is a project I have done with my daughter P every year for Valentine’s since she was about 3. It’s so much fun to watch the wax melt {her absolute favorite part} and it makes me feel better about using up all those odds-and-ends crayons. We save them up all year just for this project. The hearts look so beautiful when they’re done.

And don’t feel restricted to putting them up on windows, I hang mine from the ceiling with string and they look amazing that way. Follow the instructions here, and craft away.


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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

ThreeLovelies.

This delightful store {Three Lovelies} is a must-see for every woman, mother or not. They have so many gorgeous finds it might be hard to choose a favorite. These dinner plates are a perfect example; how could you not get excited about dinner when it’s being served on one of these?

$38 for four.
{Working Class Studio Plates}.

And honestly, how adorable are these Bubba Knit Overalls? Where were these when C was crawling around my house reddening his knees?

Oobi Baby.
{on sale now for $41.50}
via ThreeLovelies.

Now through Valentine’s Day get an extra 15% off using the code: PETIT.
Happy shopping.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

i heart jonathan adler.

$60.
Jonathan Adler
5″x5″x2.5″


I love this ceramic Heart Holder box from the Jonathan Adler Utopia collection. This perfect valentine’s day gift will stylishly hold all your trinkets {keys or jewelry perhaps?} while keeping your home clean and simple.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

giveaway!

Thanks to everyone for your great comments.
This contest is now closed, but keep your eye out
for a new giveaway shortly.

I think it’s about time for another giveaway, wouldn’t you all agree? Since it’s January {the month of all things organization} the giveaway is an organizer. Specifically, a greeting card organizer from the fantastic company Knock Knock. All the details of this perfect organizer have been outlined in the previous post about Knock Knock. Check it out.

Greeting Card Organizer
{via Knock Knock}

$21 value.

To enter the contest, I need you to tell me about the best card you have ever given or received. {Remember: short and sweet}.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

knock knock.

I love the company Knock Knock. Their stationery and gifts are right up my alley. Take this Wheels O’ Wisdom for example; a tool that offers all the features any hypochondriac is aching to hear. It allows you to choose from 40 symptoms giving you one of 5 sympathetic statements such as, “Yes, You’re Probably Dying“. Now who doesn’t need something like that to brighten up their day?

$7.50.

But for those of us not in the business of dying to be sick, Knock Knock has great things for any mommy with a personality. And, they offer some seriously great organization finds such as the greeting card organizer. For a long time I’ve had a stack of cards sitting in a drawer waiting for an organizer like this one.

$21.

Knock Knock.

It’s so practical, I love it. It includes a card worksheet notebook with a spot to write your rough draft, {eliminating the awkward wording that sometimes happens when writing with pen} the back cover comes printed with a year-at-a-glance calendar through 2011, and in between there are sections including: birthday, thanks, love, support, holiday, and friendship. There are pockets for cards {of course} and >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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mother in training.

So, I’m back from my “vacation” and I’m so pleased you were all introduced to my dear friend Cicada. She’s very clever with words as you have seen, and this guest posting was a perfect warm up for her as she is a mother-in-training. She assures me she’s not getting into the baby business for a while, but we’ll see about that…I may yet convince her it’s a lovely occupation.
Thank you for blogging in my absence Cicada.

And by the way, that’s her illustration on the banner. Not only is she clever with words, she’s also very artistic. Kudos.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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shabby apple giveaway.

Two things have been made abundantly clear to me as a result of this giveaway:

1. You all have immaculate taste in clothing.

2. We are all in dire need of more disposable spending cash. Lots of it.

And in light of that, I’d like to announce the winner of the fantastic Shabby Apple Nantucket Dress.

The winner is Carissa, who said:

“I would wear this for a night out with my sweet husband who just finished his first round of chemo and radiation treatments.”

Congratulations on both finishing the chemo and radiation alongside your husband, as well as your new dress.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

How to Have Twins


Cicada here again. This should be my last post, and I’m afraid that it doesn’t feature a fun project or product. I’m going to talk about an article I found about having twins.

That’s right. My husband and I have decided to have twins. {I’m not really serious, but I kindof am sortof serious.} I figured it would be easy since his grandpa was a twin, and I hear the gene skips a generation. So if I thought about it hard enough and ate enough food for three during my pregnancy {I manage to do that while not pregnant anyway}, after nine months twins would pop out of my womb.

Then I found this article on about.com. Apparently, multiple births is only inherited through women, and since there are no twins on my side of my family, it really didn’t matter one bit that my husband’s grandpa was a twin. But after talking about genetics, the article does give some helpful advice on what you can do to increase your chances of having multiple births.

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Alma

Easy Eco-Friendliness

I had a moment this past week (and only one moment unfortunately) to curl up with January’s Martha Stewart Living. I loved the recycled t-shirt project they featured, where you can turn old t-shirts into reusable shopping bags. My husband has a whole drawer full of t-shirts he no longer wears, and this project seems like it will take a lot less time than making a “t-shirts of my bachelorhood” commemorative quilt.


Read the article here.

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Alma