Year: 2011

What’s in Your Purse Series Week Thirty Seven

leather purse

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Leadia at Breeder’s Digest.  Thanks Leadia. If you’re interested in submitting your purse to this series send me an email: allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom with two photos of your purse: one of the outside, one of the inside.  Send me a listing of the contents so we all know what we’re looking at. — Here’s what’s in my purse!  I have 5 kids, and one still in diapers so as hard as I…
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how to recipe for homemade clay


My mom used to make clay for us when we were little, in big huge batches.  We’d all put on aprons and sidle up to the kitchen table on snowy afternoons where we played away for hours. The recipe couldn’t be easier, and making homemade clay with your kids is a really great activity.  There’s lots of measuring and mixing and distracting from the fact that mommy probably feels a little bit bananas and needs something for the little people…
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Casting Call for 30 Strangers


I don’t know if you remember me blabbing on and on and on last year about this super cool photography project my friend Justin Hackworth was doing.  Do you remember?  Well, if you don’t, I’ll remind you. My friend Justin Hackworth is a photographer, an amazing one at that, who does this really cool project every year called 30 Strangers.  I was a part of it with my cute daughter last year and it was an amazing experience.  It’s an…
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how to make your own inspiration board

style collage

In January I spoke at a design conference called Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City.  I was one of the teachers of a design camp class about making your own design boards.  I’ve been making inspiration boards for a while now and find them to be really useful in helping the creative process no matter what I’m doing.  A ton of you have asked me to guide you to a resource for creating your own design boards, and since I couldn’t find a great one, I’ve created a how to post just for you.

Here’s How To Make Your Own Inspiration Board.  By the way, this post is long.  If you’re not interested, come back tomorrow or go check out my nit-picky opinions on the Best and Worst Dressed Oscars from Sunday night.

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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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

best and worst dressed oscars 2011

best dressed

I do realize we have important world events happening right now.  Hosni Mubarak is no longer the president of Egypt, Muammar Gaddafi is about to be overthrown in Libya, and there’s been a terrible earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.  It seems more than a little trivial to talk about a handful of Hollywood celebrities strutting down a red carpet before they all give each other awards, but it is what it is.  Watching the red carpet before the Oscars is…
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office remodeling

office remodel

A couple months ago I realized I really need an office of my own.  I’ve been working in an office/study/playroom in the front room of our house and it’s been driving me slowly crazy.  I really needed a space of my own, someplace to go to close the door and make conference calls.  Someplace besides my closet, where I was working/hiding from the kids while making cross country business calls and silently slamming my bum against the locked door to…
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What’s in Your Purse Series Week Thirty Six

arm purses

It turns out you all still love this series, so we’ll just keep on going until you’re good and ready to be done with it.  Meanwhile, here’s your purse this week.  A day late and a dollar short, but I’m here all week! Kachow! This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series is from faithful reader and commenter Tami Warner from Tami’s Eclectic Corner.  Love that Tami.  If you want to submit your purse, let’s do this thing.  Send two photos…
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Skiing with kids for the first time

skiing with kids

–This giveaway is now closed.  The winner is: Suzanne Crunchy Green Mom– We’re an active family.  We just are.  There’s not any help for it, so I’ve just embraced it.  My husband can’t sit still, and my kids are genetically programmed to be like him, happiest while in motion.  There is one sport I fought for years though: skiing. I didn’t grow up skiing; it’s just not economically feasible for a family with 8 kids {outside the Kennedy family} to…
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vintage barber shop


The next photo shoot I’m doing with my friend Ed is a Vintage Barber Shop commercial. We’re shooting in a barber shop in Salt Lake City that’s been around since the 1950’s.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Here’s my inspiration board for the shoot. here’s where I found the: Barber Pole, Barber Jacket, Florsheim Wingtip Oxford, Vintage Men’s Eyeglasses, Wool Trousers