Let’s make 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.)
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.
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...
This craft how to for making painted plain wooden pencils is so easy and adorable! Let’s get started.
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!
Anyway. Let’s paint some pencils.
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.
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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?
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.
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.
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...
Catching up with our Travel Editor, Jen Price, and the quirks of living abroad.
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.
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- 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
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.
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
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.
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...
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.
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:
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Happy New Year!
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!
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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.
Here’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.
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- 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.
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Something practical, perhaps? A slick little multi tool is perfect, and slides right into his wallet.
- A new book in his favorite genre–thriller, history, humor, whatever.
- For the guy that never quite outgrew legos, a nano block set is sure to delight–wildlife, architecture, or world travel themes available.
Now for the ladies.
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- 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.
- The latest selection for her book club, or a beautiful copy of her favorite novel. I always love a great new book