Month: January 2009

Cute Superhero Capes.


Just yesterday my little guy expressed that he needs “superpowers”. As if the powers of destruction, mayhem, and charm weren’t enough for a 2 year-old. So glad I stumbled across yet another delightful Etsy find: BabyPop offers the coolest super-hero gear around! Capes, masks, fingerless gloves for super little boys and super little girls. The pieces are custom done by Sherry in dazzling super hero colors appropriate for any little one amazed by their own abilities, real or imagined. And the workmanship is exceptional–flawless stitching and sturdy construction.  Velcro fasteners on the capes make for easy-on, easy-off, and the coordinating masks are easy, too. Pieces are available separately or as  complete sets with Tees, Capes, Gloves and Masks definitely cute. Something I especially like: the great options for little girls–ideal whether you are riding the princess wave or the girl-power wave.

I’ve got a super “M” cape just waiting to grant it’s powers to my kiddo. He’ll receive it when his baby brother arrives in a few weeks.  A special gift to tell him what a Super Big Brother he’s going to be. I can only imagine his exuberance when he dons his shiny blue cape and
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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

cheap kid storage solution

From the word go as a parent I’ve wondered how to go about decorating the way I like while integrating all the gear that comes with kids. While I know that IKEA gets a bad rap for being really cheap, it has saved my hide time and again when it comes to decorating. Especially in small spaces, and with children. Not many companies are conscious of children in their design, but IKEA is, and I love them for it.

Take for example, my study. It’s the first room people see when they enter my home and it’s my office as well as being the main play area for my children. It wasn’t my idea to design it this way, but I’m trying to make the best of it. And that means that I get to hang out with my kids at the epicenter of activity in our home while I’m working. This has been a bit of a challenge as far as storage goes, and the best solution I’ve found is using these bins from IKEA. Sure they’re not the prettiest, but they’re indestructible, they fit almost any space, and they were literally .99 cents when I bought them. >> 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!

automoblox.

T9-SE Limited Edition
$40
{via Automoblox}

Remember when I wrote about Automoblox? How much I love their cars, and I wish they made life size cars, or at the very least that Automoblox would pimp my ride. They are honestly my hands down, top, favorite toy car. The engineering is ridiculous, in a really good way. Someone with a small little destructive 4-year-old boy has put some serious time into these cars because from what I can tell, they can’t be destroyed. In fact, it’s encouraged to take them apart, pull the wheels off, & change the people around. You can even pull the tire tread off the rims and switch it up, should you {or your destructive 4-year-old} feel so inclined. Do you see the seam in the car? It comes apart. And it has little jutting out shapes so your little one will know how to put it back together again, and become smarter in the process. What’s not to love?


The model you see above is the newest, limited edition T9-SE series. Only 2000 will be made. Like, ever. So if you want one of these {who doesn’t?!} grab one while you still can >> 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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valentine crafts.

I’m loving the Valentine themed ideas going on at Tip Junkie right now. My personal favorite? The heart button pillow from Katie. Here’s the tutorial. Love love love it.



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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 Make A Scrabble Pendant

Hi! Heather from The Gift Closet here! I’ve had lots of fun “meeting” some of the readers here on Petit Elephant this week! In case you didn’t see my earlier posts, Allison has been sweet enough to let me be the guest blogger this week here on Petit Elephant!

I have shared pictures of some of the products I make this week, and one of those was my Scrabble Pendants.
Emily left a comment and asked how these were made, so I thought I would share!

I promise I am not being lazy, but I thought I would send you directly to the link that taught me! Instead of me re-typing all of it and possibly missing something, I am sending you directly to the pro!!!

Annie Howe makes gorgeous pendants! She shared on her blog last year how to make them, and that is how I learned!

Click here for How To Make A Scrabble Pendant.

I was able to find most of the supplies at a local craft store. I did have to order a few things online. I have used paper out of magazines, drawn designs on them by hand, and some of the best ones have … >> find out more...

Heather

get started on twitter.

Are you using Twitter? I think Design Mom said it best when she described Twitter as Facebook on crystal meth. I’ve been on Twitter for a while now, but I just haven’t been using it to its fullest capacity. I recently learned about Girls Night Out on Twitter or to the expert, #gno. It was started by the two ladies behind Mom It Forward and is the hottest place to be on the internets on a Tuesday night. I honestly met over 50 new ladies last night {hi twitterers!} and had so much fun networking, catching up on girl talk, current events, and randomly, what to do when your girl is getting bullied by other girls at school. I’m telling you, it’s just the greatest place to be. Start Twittering, right now. I’ll wait. Go, shoo, get signed up already!

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!

cheap, stylish baby gear.

Have you seen the new line by Fisher Price at your friendly neighborhood Target? Beloved children’s product giant Fisher Price has teamed up with the coolness of Dwell Studio to launch a limited line of infant gear. In general, the line is better looking than most of the others readily available at common outlets. I haven’t seen it in person yet, but I’m liking it for the following reasons

  • Fisher Price is a brand to be trusted
  • The designs are whimsical but not garish, cartoonish, clownish
  • I like the cocoa/soft blues color scheme
  • The pieces aren’t too bulky
  • The price range is moderate
  • The pieces are fundamentals, not gimmicky

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

sugarplum dreams giveaway!

It’s about time for another giveaway isn’t it? It’s a bit of a dreary snow day here, so I thought it was about time to do something fun.


Do you remember the adorable Twilight Turtle I wrote about here? It came from the Über customer friendly boutique Sugarplum Dreams where you can find anything from kids apparel, furniture, and decor to keepsakes and toys. It’s a really cute store. And one of you is going to win a $50 gift certificate to spend as you’d like at Sugarplum Dreams. Yay! See below for details.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the Sugarplum Dreams $50 Gift Card Giveaway, leave me a comment on this post telling me how you’ll spend your money.
  2. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me to let me know you’ve posted about it with a link to the post.
  3. If you twitter about it, you will receive an additional entry. Again, email me. This means you can get TWO extra entries for this giveaway! What are you waiting for? Shoo!
  4. If you post my button on your blog, again, you guessed it, an extra entry.
  5. Leave only one comment please.
  6. Anonymous
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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!

Scrabble Anyone?

Hi there! Heather, from The Gift Closet again! I am delighted to be a guest blogger on Petit Elefant this week!!

The other day I shared about some Bath & Body products I make & today I wanted to share a little something I started making last year.

Last Summer I came across some beautiful Scrabble tile pendants on Annie Howe while cruising blogs (something I rarely have had time to do lately!;). I fell in love with them, and decided to give them a try!

I have had lots of fun making these Scrabble Pendants. The most popular ones have been personalized & monogrammed pendants.

I also learned how to turn them into magnets. Those are lots of fun & something unique for the frig!

As I said the other day, you can learn how to make just about anything on the Internet! But be careful….you may end up like me!

Wanting to try everything you see + not enough time to do it all=hundreds of bookmarked websites in your sidebar!!! LOL……

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Heather