Month: November 2012

Travel to Camden Market England

traveling to camden england

// New travel editor Gemma recently took a little weekend side trip in Europe and has the scoop on what you need to see when you travel to Camden Market, England.  Which you totally will do after reading this.  (I want to jump ship yesterday.  But then I always want to travel, especially to Europe.) // Most adolescent girls had a picture of Big Ben taped on their bedroom wall (next to their 2’ x 3’ Jude Law poster). We…
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What are you playing for?

What are you playing for this holiday season? Nothing says holiday season like seeing an all-star romantic comedy that pulls at your heartstrings and offers up a look at what can happen when given a second chance. “Playing for Keeps” stars Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, and Uma Thurman, with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid. The feel-good flick focuses on a divorced ex-pro soccer player (Butler) who reluctantly becomes his son’s soccer coach, and learns what it really means to be…
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Recipe for making mint chocolate brownies GF

making gluten free brownies

Here’s a recipe for making mint chocolate brownies gluten-free (GF).  Everyone needs to have a good (tasty, tasty chocolate) brownie recipe in their repertoire, and this is mine.  With all of those holiday parties just around the corner, whip up a batch or two to take to parties or to give to neighbors who may have gluten issues.  And if you don’t have issues with gluten?  Substitute all-purpose flour for the gluten-free flours for equally scrumptious chocolate brownie-ness.  They’re great…
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How-to balloon Christmas tree decoration

DIY ornament

This week: How to balloon Christmas tree decoration (okay, ornament) to spiff up your holiday tree. The Holiday Season is now in full swing, and I, Stephanie, am knee deep in Holiday crafting projects! Over the long weekend, I made this pretty ornament with my mom (see forthcoming disclaimer) that will look lovely on a tree or mantle or anywhere else you want to add some holiday bling. Disclaimer: This how to isn’t quite as simple as the past projects…
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Make jeweled bobbies from earrings

make jeweled bobbies

This week: make jeweled bobbies from earrings (inspired by Anthropologie jeweled bobby pins). Hello again! Steph here to show you yet another fabulously easy DIY project you can make with simple materials you probably have around the house. I often peruse Anthropologie’s website for DIY ideas. I absolutely love their style, but it can be a bit out of my price range especially when some of the items can easily be made at home. When I saw these bobbies on…
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Black Friday craft machine deal

I’ve got a black Friday craft machine deal for you crafters out there.  Even though I’m sitting inside at home, by a cozy warm fire instead of fist-fighting the crowds at a big box store, I’m feeling the black Friday love right along with you. Minus the black eye(s). So, Silhouette America is this pretty cool company that makes crazy cool electronic cutting machines that whip out advent calendars, cut vinyl, and make labels for all those handmade gifts you…
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$100 giveaway for some cute kids clothes

Christmas gift card

Giveaway deadline EXTENDED one week! Since my blog decided to 404 all over the place with the rest of the interwebs on Cyber Monday yesterday (fun, fun, FUN!) I’m extending the deadline of the Totsy giveaway by one week until Tuesday December 4th!  Thanks for playing (and for your patience) xo! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Thank you for entering! Today’s giveaway is $100 credit to Totsy. Just in time for the holidays, a little giveaway to help clothe the…
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Best tasting GF holiday stuffing recipe

gluten free cornbread stuffing

Today’s holiday recipe is for the best tasting GF (gluten free) cornbread stuffing out there.  Eating gluten-free can be challenging–easier than it used to be, but still difficult.  Last year was my first gluten-free Thanksgiving and it went pretty well.  I’m hosting my in-laws this year and we’re having a (mostly) gluten-free menu.  Everything I’m making will be GF at least.  That goes for the cornbread stuffing too.  I experimented last year and this year I think I’ve got it! …
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How to napkin rings for the holidays

how to napkin ring


Today’s DIY is how to make napkin rings for the holidays.  Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner the blog world has been chock-full of amazing recipe ideas and round ups. Which, don’t get me wrong, I am totally enjoying every mouth watering picture of turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pies. However, we can’t forget about the rest of the table during the holiday meal!

To help spruce up the place settings, here is an easy do-it-yourself napkin ring project made out of simple materials you probably already have at home.

How to napkin rings for the holidays


  • Toilet Paper or Paper towel rolls
  • Yarn Scraps
  • Hot Glue

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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!