How To Make Your Own DIY Boot Holders

Let’s make DIY boot holders!

 

DIY-boot-holders

Did you know you can make your own DIY boot holders with a couple of empty paper towel tubes?  And it’s SO EASY.  Because you basically have to do nothing.  This is one of those DIY’s where all you have to do is show up, so even your mom can do it.  Especially your mom.  (sorry, mom joke. I can’t even help it.)

 

DIY homemade boot holders

I have a few pairs of leather boots, all of which end up sad and collapsed in my master bedroom closet if they don’t have internal reinforcement.  And it’s not great for boots (or any shoes, actually) to collapse in on themselves when they’re not being worn.  Which is one of the reasons shoes in stores are filled with cardboard and tissue paper.  Shoes need something to hold the place of feet when they’re not in use, otherwise they crumple, and leather (and suede and every other material) can fold in on itself and crack.  No bueno, friends.

 

Make Your Own DIY Boot Holders

The easiest solution, for boots, is empty paper towel tubes.  I was pretty skeptical the first time I tried this trick, but it’s basically cheap magic (which is the … >> 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!

How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft

This craft how to for making painted plain wooden pencils is so easy and adorable!  Let’s get started.

 

painting plain pencils

 

I love pencils.  I just do.  I love the way they smell a little bit like fresh wood, I love it when they get sharp to a perfect point, and I love writing with them.  It takes me all the way back to Kindergarten, which is basically the very best year of anyone’s education.  Freshly sharpened new pencils, treats, crafts, and nap-time.  I wish all of life was like that.  The best!

 

Plain Painted Pencils Craft

Anyway.  Let’s paint some pencils.

 

paint plain pencil craft

How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft Supplies:

  • plain wooden pencils
  • craft paint
  • sharpened pencils or pins (to make dots)
  • masking tape (to make stripes)
  • paintbrush or small paint sponge
  • newspaper or recycled paper

 

Step 1: Lay out your craft supplies on a few layers of recycled paper or a newspaper so you don’t get paint on your nice counter or table surfaces.

Step 2: Squirt some craft paint onto the newspaper or in a small bowl.

Step 3: For polka-dot pencils, dip the sharpened tip of a pencil or the top of a pin into the paint and gently press … >> 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!

Golden Globes Fashion Favorites

Alright, I admit it. I watched Golden Globes, almost all of it even though I’ve only seen one–that’s right, one–of the films or television programs mentioned or honored last night. There were some bad jokes, and some lackluster moments, but I do love me some red carpet and evening gowns. So, congratulations to all the wonderful, beautiful, handsome talented winners, and now how about those dresses?

Golden Globes Gina

Gina Rodriguez wore a beautiful navy blue gown by Zac Posen. I love navy for evening gowns, and this one was sophisticated and feminine, a smidge youthful and sweet with the perfect splash of ice with her earrings and bracelet. Navy is always a good choice for evening gowns.

Golden Globes Rachel

It’s always refreshing to see patterns and prints on these fabulous gowns, and Rachel McAdams nailed it in this one with a gorgeous red and black floral with a bit of shimmer and drape. The red lipstick was the perfect accessory. I’d wear this one, you know, if I ever go to the Golden Globes.

Golden Globes Kate

Kate Winslet. Again with the navy. She doesn’t stray too much from understated, svelte looks, but they really work for her. I especially like the neckline and the contrasting textures on this … >> find out more...

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.

Life as an Expat

Catching up with our Travel Editor, Jen Price, and the quirks of living abroad.

Expat Life Title

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “expat,” let me enlighten you. An expat, or expatriate, is simply someone who resides in a country other than the one of their citizenship. My name is Jen, andI’m an expat. My family and I reside in South Africa, and it wasn’t until this last trip to the USA that I realized just how weird the expat life can be.

Although I will never be South African, I have settled in quite nicely to the culture. It is home. So is America, and yet, I find myself having to make mental shifts every time I return to my home country. If you’re an expat, have ever been an expat, or travel extensively, then you will know what I mean. It’s just weird. To get a glimpse into the life of an expat, read the weird challenges I face when I return to the country of my birth.

Expat Life Bikes
  1. Driving takes total concentration. Not only driving, but getting into the car takes mental energy, because we drive on the opposite side in South Africa. I hate it when I’m in a busy
>> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

How To Bath Salts With Lemon And Rosemary

Lemon is having a moment in my life right now.  Which is a euphemistic way of saying, I’m kind of obsessed with everything (everything) lemon.  I don’t know how it happened, but I’ve fallen headfirst and I never want it to end.

 

lemon rosemary bath salt

The thing about lemons is this:

  • they’re pretty to look at
  • they’re delicious
  • they’re so refreshing
  • they’re SO good for you
  • they’re ridiculously multipurpose
  • d, all of the above

 

lemon bath salts

I’m whipping up all sorts of lemon creations in my kitchen right now; to eat, to clean with, and a bunch of recipes for the bath.

My current favorite bath + body concoction is this recipe for lemon + rosemary bath salt.  It smells like fresh summer deliciousness and is actually really detoxifying for your body.  Winning, all around.

 

bath salt

Once you make the lemon + rosemary bath salt (see printable recipe below), pour it into a hot bath and soak for as long as your body can take it.  The lemon and Epsom salts will pull all sorts of bad stuff from your body, and the smell of fresh rosemary mixed in will help maintain your fantasy that you’re actually bathing in the South of … >> 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!

Quote Of The Week Work On Dreams

Dreams! I love this week’s quote. A good dream makes the world tick on from day to day, year after year.  Dreams are what gets us out of hopeless situations into better ones.  Dreams are what make us reach for hard things that feel just a teensy (or a lot) out of the realm of possibility, but often enough turn into reality.  So keep on dreaming, friends. I don’t know about you, but dreams are the reason I get out of bed every day to do the hard work of life.

 

goals

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

 

Never give up on a dream

because of the time it will take

to accomplish it.

The Time will pass anyway.

– Earl Nightingale –

 

If you’re just starting with this series, or need to catch up, here are all the quotes so far:

>> 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!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

happy 2016

Hello, hello, and helllllooooo.  How are all of you?  I’m finally back after a very lovely, very long Christmas holiday and am so excited to start the new year.  I have so many fun projects in the works to share with you, along with continuing old projects like the Quote of The Week and Organizing Your House series.  I’d really love to start a makeup + beauty series again, and we have a lot of DIY projects in the works on my house, and I can’t wait to share what we’re working on in the coming months.

I have a new Quote Of The Week coming later today, but I just wanted to pop in and say I hope you had a delightful holiday season.  I really do.  And I can’t wait to jump right into the new year with you!

xoxo,

Allison

>> 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!

Quick Homemade Christmas Neighbor Gift

Christmas just isn’t Christmas until I’ve made my famous homemade toffee.  It’s gotten to the point where if I don’t make it and hand it out as gifts, my neighbors ask if everything is okay at my house.  It really is that good, but it takes enough butter that I only make it once a year.  It’s my favorite quick, homemade Christmas neighbor gift.  And this year I added caramel popcorn for something a little extra delicious.

neighbor-giftHere’s how the whole thing goes down:

  • Use my homemade toffee recipe to make as many batches of toffee as you need. One batch makes about 1 pound of candy, so I make about 3-4 batches to have enough for about 15 neighbor gifts.  This year I added caramel popcorn to the treat bag.  It not only adds extra deliciousness, it also fills out the bag so the homemade toffee goes a little further.  I got about 20 neighbor gifts out of 3 batches of toffee after I added popcorn.

Everyone wins.

 

homemade-neighbor-gift

 

  • Using any labels you want (I used Martha Stewart labels from an office store) write out your Christmas / holiday message.
  • Stick label to a cellophane bag before filling.
>> 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!

Stocking Stuffers Guide for Grown Ups

If you are stumped on how to fill those stockings for your husband/wife/parent/adult offspring, look no further. We’ve compiled a guide to our favorite stocking stuffers for your favorite grown ups. Let’s start with the gentlemen, shall we?

stocking stuffers for grown ups stocking stuffers for him
  1. His new favorite shaving and skin care regimen. My husband loves this brand of shave cream, and many other items from their lineup, so I make sure to include it every Christmas.
  2. And for the guy that likes to look polished and dapper at all times, a suave shoe care kit will fit just right in his stocking.
  3. Something practical, perhaps? A slick little multi tool is perfect, and slides right into his wallet.
  4. A new book in his favorite genre–thriller, history, humor, whatever.
  5. For the guy that never quite outgrew legos, a nano block set is sure to delight–wildlife, architecture, or world travel themes available. holiday-gift-guide-for-women-1

stocking stuffers for herNow for the ladies.

  1. For the gal that’s forever losing her hair pins and elastics, a sleek set of several will see her through the next year with every hair in place.
  2. The latest selection for her book club, or a beautiful copy of her favorite novel. I always love a great new book
>> find out more...

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.