holiday card.


Since my holiday cards are still sitting on my desk unaddressed, unstamped, and unmailed, I thought I’d post it for all of you. That way I don’t feel quite so guilty for not getting it all done this year. Thanks for all your support of Petit Elefant this year; I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings! Happy Holidays!

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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!

smart shopper giveaway winner!


The winner of the Smart Shopper Giveaway is Baba, who said:

Oh I would love to have this! Wow what a great way to do your shopping
list! Never forget anything again! I so want to win!

Congratulations Baba! Get in touch with me as soon as you can so you can start your Smart Shopping {it really is very fun}. Thanks to everyone for entering, I loved reading your comments and knowing I’m not the only “bear of little brain”, I loved that one. And thank you to Smart Shopper!

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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!

things I’m grateful for this season.

In no particular order…

1. It’s going to be a White Christmas.


2. My husband still has his job. You know the one he was supposed to be out of in July? Still there, {thank heaven!}.

3. My 9-year-old P:


4. My 4-year-old C:


5. I live in a beautiful part of the country.


6. Books.


7. This blog of mine that has grown and become such a fun part of my life.

8. My super talented, lovely co-editors Kimberly and Alma. They put an enormous amount of time and effort into this blog; I couldn’t do it without them. Both women are wonderful and both {!}are lucky enough to be with child this holiday season.

9. I’m married to my one true love.



{books photo via flickr}.

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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!

land’s end giveaway winner!

The Land’s End Giveaway winner is: drum roll please……

Randi! Who said:

I love a nice sweater and I really like the wheeled duffel.

Congratulations Randi!

Thanks to everyone who Twittered, Blogged, and Buttoned this contest! And especially thanks to Land’s End.

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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!

men’s ties.


Were any of you around when Victor wrote about Nankeen? Nankeen is this amazing company that uses ancient Chinese techniques to hand print their wares. They make the most exquisite bags and totes for women, pillows, drop bags for men, in addition to ties and scarves. Every last item in their line is unbelievable, hand dyed, and one of a kind. I love the colors as well; the indigo blue against the white makes quite an impact.

Hands down my favorite tie in Victors’ closet is his Nankeen tie. Victors’ as well. It’s head and shoulders above other ties; which is why one of you is going to win one! See the details below to enter the Nankeen Tie Giveaway.

  • 100% golden yellow cotton lining
  • 59” length, 3.75” w tapers to 1.25” w
  • 100% Nankeen hand-dyed cotton
  • $65


Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the Nankeen Necktie Giveaway leave a comment on this post telling why the man in your life needs this gorgeous tie.
  2. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me to let me know you’ve posted about it with a link to the post.
  3. If you put the Petit Elefant Button up on your blog
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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!

5th day of christmas giveaway #3 from the peanut shell!

Serendipity Gown.
{via The Peanut Shell}
$89.

My mother just pointed out to me that I’ve been counting down the 12 days of Christmas backwards. Backwards, people. This is the same mom who has had a stroke and suffers from an additional T.B.I. {Traumatic Brain Injury}. So if I’m getting it backwards, well good grief; is there any hope at all left in the world?

Onto the giveaway! On the 5th day of Christmas my true love, Petit Elefant, gave to me: a hospital gown from The Peanut Shell. Doesn’t sound very festive you say? Well, try delivering a baby in your traditionally nasty and unflattering hospital gown. I mean, besides your wedding day, or some other hallmark day in your life, when else will you be starring in so many photos? Wouldn’t you rather be in some darling, custom made hospital gown? Yes? Me too. Too bad my delivery days are over and all the photos of me in the hospital look slightly like a beached whale in blue and white. Not cute.

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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!

Giveaway winners: Claim your prizes here!

If you entered a giveaway and your comment has been chosen (you know who you are), look for your comment here. If you find it here, you have won and please get a hold of us as soon as you can that we may get these things out to you as soon as we can.

We hope that everyone is having as much fun entering and crossing their fingers as we do giving this stuff out.



Daisy Princess Paperie

Donna said…
I absolutely love the Beauty Bird calendar. I love the colors and the swirls and flowers and of course the birds! They’re beautiful!

d & k Buckmaster said…
Beauty Bird is super cute- fingers crossed!


You Can Make This
stephanie said…
loving those twirly skirts!

Belinda said…
If I won I would buy “3 Perfectly Preppy Skorts & Skirts – Sizes 6 mo – 12 years! Doll sizes included” because my daughters have a wide age gap and I could use this pattern for both of them. I’m getting a sewing machine this Christmas (I hope!) so I would be absolutely thrilled to win.

The Land’s End Giveaway winner is: drum roll please……

Randi, who said:

I love a

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Michal

This is Michal's profile description. This is were Michal tells you how awesome and wonderful he is. He's just one cool cat.

5th day of christmas giveaway #2! family talk game.

Family Talk Game.
{via Around the Table Games}.
$12.95

Do you find your dinner table conversation a bit stagnant? {if you have time to even eat dinner together, we hardly have time!} Or do you chauffeur your kids around all day and need some conversation starters for the car?

“Family Talk is so uncomplicated that you can play it almost anywhere-around the dinner table, in the car or anyplace your family or friends congregates. Just draw a card, read the question and let the fun begin! Diverse topics reveal surprising answers – even from hard-to-talk-to teens. And with Family Talk, everyone’s a winner!”

Looks kind of cool right? One of you can have this baby in your glove box in the new year. See giveaway details below.


Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the Family Talk Game leave a comment on this post telling me why you think this would spice up your dinnertime conversation.
  2. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me to let me know you’ve posted about it with a link to the post.
  3. If you put the Petit Elefant Button up on your blog you can get an additional entry, send me an
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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!

5th day of christmas giveaway #1!


How about some toys for the kids today? I promised to double up on the giveaways today so here we go!

I had never heard of Jishaku, and am totally intrigued by it, to say the least. It’s “a portable strategy game like chess or checkers that can be played anywhere – the kitchen or the beach. But unlike chess, there is an element of surprise when the magnets jump out of position, without warning. Surprise, then laughs, follow as two or more players try to beat force fields with strategic thinking plus careful and precise handling of the game’s magnetic stones.”

How cool does Jishaku sound? I’m thinking the possibilities on road trips alone would make this game totally worthwhile. Get commenting…


Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the Jishaku Giveaway leave a comment on this post telling me where you think you’d play this game.
  2. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me to let me know you’ve posted about it with a link to the post.
  3. If you put the Petit Elefant Button up on your blog you can get an additional entry, send me an email with a link to your blog so
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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!