Month: March 2009

how to plant a garden in egg cartons.

It’s that time of year again….Spring! Which, to me at least, means gardening. We try to have a garden every year, just to give the kids Summer jobs. The produce is an added bonus, but I really want the kids to learn how to weed, water, and harvest. My kids actually get really invested in the garden, getting out to water and weed in the morning before it gets too hot, and I find them snacking on snap peas while…
>> Read more

thanks leslie!

Wasn’t Leslie wonderful last week? I have a total crush on her blog A Room Somewhere and was so thrilled she visited for a whole week. If you love her, please go visit and say hello on her site, she’s very friendly. Thanks Leslie!!! {photos via A Room Somewhere}.

sparkle power giveaway!

Who needs to decorate a nursery? Playroom? Laundry room? Up for grabs is a set of Vintage Map Wooden Blocks + a La La Love You poster from Sparkle Power. Total value = $25 + = cute! Giveaway Details: To enter the Sparkle Power Giveaway leave me a comment on this post telling me where you’d put this fabulous set of blocks + poster. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me at allison@petitelefant.com to let…
>> Read more

I blame my mother.

I don’t think you can blame your parents for everything, but there are certain things that they should certainly be blamed for. This, for example. And this. Recently I was sharing a story with my in-laws that I have not shared with anyone since the 7th grade. And this is it. In grade 6, I was put in a special group of students who had the privilege of taking a special field trip to see the junior high science fair….
>> Read more

Miss Ruby Sue

Just can’t get enough of these hot, bright colors in Miss Ruby Sue’s Etsy shop . . . Thanks for letting me visit, Allison! And thanks to all for reading and for your comments. Please come see me at A Room Somewhere! I’d love to share more with you.

Vintage Kids

Find something old and diminutive, like this vintage cotton pinafore, at Baby Hank Vintage. Or this fabulous little Mexican top, at Petit Vintage. This would be so cute with some little red shorts and white sandals. ***leslie var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-3347741-1"); pageTracker._initData(); pageTracker._trackPageview();

quote of the day.

A little something to live by: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives” -Annie Dillard- A wake up call to myself, perhaps?

richard scarry’s best storybook ever.

As a child, from a very young age, I was a voracious reader. I simply loved to read–from Dick and Jane to Pride and Prejudice. Novels, short stories, biographies, anything. Among my most beloved books was this: Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever. My mom saved my tattered copy and sent it to me last year. Now it’s one of my son’s favorites. It’s filled with short stories and little vignettes where silly animals depict human life in silly ways. From…
>> Read more

Happy Rooms

I love this image from photographer Mark Lund. It reminds me that modern, bright decor doesn’t have to be expensive or straight from the uber-chic flea market (which has thus far eluded me). Pretty ribbons on a bright white dresser with a pretty paint color on the wall? Totally do-able. My stylish and frugal sister decorated her baby, Stella’s room in a subtle mix of pinks and reds. She used the super-inexpensive fabric-in-a-hoop idea for a simple, modern wall element….
>> Read more