knitting supplies.

A big fat THANK YOU to Lori for her amazing posts last week. Didn’t she do a terrific job? I can’t wait until I have some time to sit down and use her step-by-step instructions to make a hat, sweater, and baby leg warmers. So cute. If you want to keep up with Lori in all her multi-talentedness you can do so here, she’s always making something great.

And now for the giveaway. Lori, in conjunction with Unwind {the knitting store where Lori can be found working most Saturdays} are the generous hosts of this giveaway. If you are local to Utah, you should sign up for some of the knitting classes offered by Unwind, they all look fantastic! The KNITTING GIVEAWAY includes all the knitting supplies you need to do the projects Lori demonstrated last week {and then some} yarn included! This giveaway is valued at over $80.

These are all of the tools you’ll need to complete the three tutorial projects from L to R:
  • Size G Rosewood Crochet Hook
  • US Size 7 Single Point 10″ Bamboo Needles
  • US Size 5 Single Point 9″ Bamboo Needles
  • US Size 4 Double Point 6″ Bamboo Needles (not pictured)
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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!

composting.


One of my favorite sites, Simple Mom, had a great article today about composting. It’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time but haven’t really figured out how to make it happen. This article gives a pretty basic, step-by-step guide to making your own compost bin. I’m really going to do this, starting now. I can’t wait, this is going to be a lifesaver to my Summer garden as well as a contribution to the environment.


{photo via Simple Mom}.

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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!

book pick: dairy queen.

Catherine Gilbert Murdock
{via Amazon.com}
$10.88
I’ve been reading a lot of YA {young adult} literature lately. Lest you think I’m a bear of very little brain, I read a lot {4-5 books a week} and not all of it is YA. Young Adult just happens to be, in my opinion anyway, a hotbed of very very talented authors.


My new favorite is Catherine Gilbert Murdock author of my new favorite series, Dairy Queen and The Off Season. The narrator and heroine of the series, D.J. Schwenk is the hardest working, most loyal, likable character I’ve read in a long time. Murdock is an extremely talented author, I’m not the only one who thinks so, you can see a {lengthy} list of her awards here. I love her writing style and can’t wait to read more about D.J. and her life {the final book in the series is due this fall, hooray!}. Thank you Catherine, I love what you’re doing and look forward to many many more books in your talented future.

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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!

interview, featuring yours truly.

Kelly King Anderson, the fantastic woman behind Startup Princess had me over for lunch and an interview last week. She is a complete delight and her company has helped literally thousands of women. I can’t stand to watch it ever again, but I thought I’d share with the rest of you. If you’ve ever wanted to know what I sound like in real life, here I am, in all my glory.

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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!

inspiration


I often find myself inspired by the fun, creative ideas posted over at OhDeeDo. It’s a great conglomgerate of clever minds and resources. One of their latest posts: cupcake liner garland. They show it displayed in a bedroom, but I’m thinking it’s perfectly suited for birthday parties or baby/bridal showers. And can’t you just visualize it with Valentine-y cupcake papers? So simple, but also a bit charming. 

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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.

Basic Baby Sweater – Pattern and Tutorial

This sweater is constructed in 3 steps: knitting (5 pieces total), blocking, and sewing. It sounds more complicated than it really is, I promise. This is a variation of the first sweater I ever knit. I made a few tweaks as I knitted it the first time to make it even easier. You’ll be amazed at how easy it really is.


SIZE
Instructions are written for 6 months. Changes for 12 and 18 months are in parentheses.

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
CHEST – (buttoned) 22 (24 ¼, 26 ½)”
LENGTH – 8 ½ (9 ½, 10 ½)”
UPPER ARM – 7 (8, 9)”

MATERIALS
2 50g balls (approx 135 yards each – you will use just over 1 ½ of this ball) cotton or wool yarn that knits to standard DK tension (MC).
1 50 g ball (approx 135 yard – you will use less than 1/3 of ball) coordinating color for trim (CC)
One pair size 7 (4.5mm) needles
Size G/6 (4mm) crochet hook
Stitch Markers
1 – 3 Coordinating buttons
Measuring Tape
Yarn needle

PROJECT LENGTH
Approx 10 – 15 hours depending on your knitting speed
KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS

BACK
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Lori

blue room.

I’ve always wanted a Blue room. Much like I’ve always wanted a Red one. Victor says no to Red, but he didn’t have a say about Blue. Last time he went out of town I painted the Family Room Blue. Spa Blue, to be exact. The room is far from being done, but I thought I’d at least show you the paint. What do you think? The top photo kind of gives you a scale of the room {narrow!} but the color is wrong, so I tweaked the colors in the bottom photo to give you a better idea. What do you think? Help me decorate! Where would you put a couch? Couches, or two love seats? Coffee table? Shelves on the walls? Seriously, I need advice. It looks exactly the same today as it did when I took this photo a month ago and I need the room to be finished, so help a sister out.


{note: the carpet is awful, I know that. that’s why I may have accidentally/on purpose painted the carpet blue. that way we have to replace it now}

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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!

what to look for in outdoor gear for kids.


We are a very outdoor family, it’s just in our blood. Part of it is that Victor and I both grew up loving the outdoors, and the other part is that our kids just can’t be contained, they love to be outside as much as we do. P had her own climbing harness before she could walk and we took her camping when she was only a few months old. We are outside all year long doing whatever is in season: skiing, biking, camping, mountain climbing, you name it.

I discovered early on however, that there is a serious lack of appropriate outdoor equipment for little kids. A perfect example is when P started mountain climbing {at the tender age of one} and I couldn’t find shoes small enough for her. I ended up using water shoes {the ones with the rubber grippy soles} which worked fine, but I was frustrated that no one made shoes that small. The next hurdle came when we wanted to go camping but there weren’t sleeping bags small enough for her. I searched high and low to no avail, until my in-laws came to the rescue and sent us small sleeping bags all 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!

Basic Baby Hat – Pattern and Tutorial

When I started knitting my first hat, I couldn’t stop. As I saw the head taking shape I was amazed that my hands could actually do that. This is a very basic and simple pattern for a small hat. I usually have one on my needles and am building a good stash of them so I have something on hand to give out to my friends that are having babies. They are always well received.

I will add a printable PDF of the pattern by the end of the week. I will also add a similar pattern for an adult size as well. Please email me with any questions you may have while knitting this hat. lori (dot) vanwagoner (at) gmail (dot) com


SIZE
Instructions are written for 0 – 6 months depending on the size of your kid’s noggin

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
Head circumference 16 ½ “ – 18” (finished measurements vary depending on yarns stretchiness)

MATERIALS
1 50g ball (approx 135 yards – you will use just over ½ of this ball) cotton or wool yarn that knits to standard DK tension.
One pair size US 4 double point needles
One pair size US 4 16” circular needles
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Lori