Good news is something we’re all searching for today, high and low. Yesterday was a rough day in the news, and as usually happens when something tragic and horrible takes place, the tragic bombing yesterday at the Boston Marathon got me thinking about my life in a philosophical way. As I tucked my little son Charming into bed last night, I tried to refrain from weeping as I repeated to him the words another mother, Mister Fred Rogers’ told him when he was fearful,
“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Charming in turn thought about all the good and helpful things people had done in Boston, and all over the globe during the tragedy of the day, repeating them to me one at a time as he drifted off to sleep. In the end his little worried mind was too much to handle and he found himself tossing and turning, restlessly fighting for slumber. We bantered quietly across the hallway separating our bedrooms as I tried to comfort him for the better part of an hour when finally I called out for him to come tuck himself in bed next to me, to find … >> find out more...
Today: 4 DIY crafts in celebration of Earth Day. You might want to put your seat-belts on because things are about to get all glittery up in here. Today’s post is pretty great; some recycled accessories in the form of DIY t-shirt necklaces with beads AAAAAND 3 bonus crafts from three other amazing bloggers. All the crafts you’re about to witness (they are a thing to behold I tell you, 4 DIY crafts in one post) were created using only a few craft supplies from Consumer Crafts (the sponsor of this post) and re-cycled, up-cycled, and re-purposed materials. That’s a lot of DIY cycling folks, and I knew you’d be excited, that’s why you’re wearing your seat-belts!
I slay myself.
P.S.s.s.s.ssss. There’s a surprise at the bottom of this post. Be a very patient person and wait until the end to see what fun is up my sleeve! Ssshh!
Without further adieu, here’s a whole smorgasbord of DIY, starting with the recycled t-shirt necklace.
I know you’ve been searching your closets (or your hubby’s) for old t-shirts to make fun DIY polka dot scarves, right? And if you’re anything like me, as soon as you decide to start … >> find out more...
Time to make your own DIY thread wrapped belt, guys. Check out the cute refashion DIY Steph has cooked up today. -Allison
Hi friends! You know when you’re flipping through catalogs or surfing the web checking out the latest fashions, and you see something that is just sooo DIY doable you say to yourself, “why would I pay that much money when I could just make it myself!?”
Well, guess what. That totally happened to me a few weeks ago when I came across this belt on the J Crew website. I couldn’t pass it up! For one thing it is simply a scaled up version of these bracelets I made last summer. I have to say, I think I hit the nail on the head on this knock off version of the Spring accessory; plus it’s so easy, you’ll want to make these in every color!
Materials for Thread Wrapped Belt
- embroidery floss in the colors of your choice
- brown leather belt
- hot glue
Check out Target, Forever 21, H&M, or wherever you shop–I know you guys are savvy shoppers and know how to find a good deal! Or maybe you already have a spare brown belt in … >> find out more...
A master bathroom remodel is way less fun than you think it would be, and I know you think it would be fun. The most fun in all the land, ripping apart your personal space and tearing out your closet. So much fun they should have entire TV shows dedicated to remodeling people’s master bath … oh wait.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’re in the middle of our master bathroom remodel part I
aka ripping up moldy sub-flooring and sledge-hammering our carefully selected (not by me) semi-turquoise counter top and vinyl flooring. It wasn’t as bad as … No, yes it was, it was awful.
Right now we’re ripped down to the studs and framing out the steam shower (oh have mercy it’s going to be beautiful) and I’ll show you pictures of that, but first I wanted to show you the look and feel of the future gorgeous Czarnecki master bathroom. If it ever gets finished.
My inspiration for this master bath remodel is all oceanic, naturally. I may have mentioned a time or ten I was misplaced in my birthplace. I *should* have been born in California
. Or Hawaii
. Or maybe even, … >> find out more...
Making homemade soap is one of those crafts that sounds intimidating, doesn’t it? You picture yourself slaving over a stove, scorching your fingers pouring hot soap into tiny molds. But fear not! Homemade soap is actually one of the most insanely simple things to do at home. If you have a microwave, then you’re all set. No special equipment is required – not even tiny soap molds.
And if you like knowing what goes into your cleaning products, especially the ones you use on your skin, definitely give this homemade soap a try. Your hands will thank you!
The fun part of making homemade soap is playing around with different recipes. You can take things you already have in your kitchen – like fresh herbs or citrus – to make all-natural scents. Adding fruit, like strawberries, would be fun too. And I like giving mine a bit of decadence by adding chocolate cocoa powder or shredded coconut.
Homemade Coconut Citrus Soap Supplies:
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- 1/3 of a block of shea butter soap base. This is available at most craft stores (mine came from Michael’s). They also make goat’s milk and olive oil soap bases.
- 1 tablespoon of citrus zest.
A custom made suit. Sounds like something for the jet setters, the rich and famous fabulous people who are not me and you, doesn’t it? That’s what a custom suit sounds like; something I will never have made for me and mine, no matter how great they look on Justin Timberlake with his fancy moves and even fancier lady hair. However as it turns out, if you’re in Utah, you too can be one of the fabulous people with a great suit designed and made just for you.
No, for serious. This is a thing. And you’re not even rich and famous! (okay, maybe you are, but keep reading)
Here’s the lowdown: a company called Dress Code makes custom suits & shirts at a sweet price-point. Dress Code does not have store fronts but they come to you with all the patterns and fabrics to design your own suit. Reps are in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, pretty much all over the place. Not cheap-o fall apart suits, not Nordstrom / Bloomingdale prices, a good $300-400 middle ground for a great suit. Is it tricky getting one made for you, you ask?
I’m so glad you asked, because … >> find out more...
This giveaway is closed. Our winner is #43, Ashley. Congrats. Ashley! Send us an email so we can get you all squared away and looking hot this summer.
New swimsuit time. I know, it’s rough sometimes, but I have a feeling you’ve kept in shape all winter because you’re good like that.
It’s your lucky day then, good for you hitting the gym during the cold months, because it’s time for a swimsuit giveaway. Albion, a Utah based company, is having a grand opening of a storefront in Utah of fitness gear and swimwear at Creek in downtown Salt Lake City. To celebrate, we’re hosting a giveaway of a swimsuit from Albion. They’re so adorable, you definitely want in on this action.
If you’re in Utah, you should come to the grand opening for the new store on Monday, April 1st at City Creek from 11 am – 2 pm. I’ll be there, before I launch myself at the rest of the shopping center. Come during the grand opening and you’ll get a discount coupon of $20 off any one-piece swimsuit or top/bottom swimsuit combo or $20 off any fitness top/bottom combo, (just say Petit Elefant sent … >> find out more...
Spring fashion – it’s not as trumped up as Fall fashion, which is a little bit of a travesty. I mean, really. Fall fashion ushers in 9 months of frigid frosty weather and nothing but grey skies. The fashion world should really get on that and switch up the pomp and circumstance, make it a Spring thing. Spring, which heralds in the greatest season of all … Summer!
I know not everyone agrees with me about Spring fashion, I have friends (you know who you are *ahem* CARINA) who much prefer Fall fashion and all it brings, but I personally prefer taking my clothes off more than putting them on.
No, not like that!
But seriously, I’d rather be at a pool or the beach or I don’t know, COSTA RICA wherein not much more is required than a cute swimsuit and a cover up, if you’re so inclined to cover up in 80% humidity, that is. I’m not.
Anyway, I think Spring fashion is where the good stuff lives. This outfit is perfect for almost everything in your life. Well, I don’t know if I should go that far, but the outfit is pretty great. A thin chambray … >> find out more...
// Tin can desk organizers, with cork and polka dots. So very recycled and crafty. //
Guys, it’s officially SPRINGTIME! Even though its currently snowing in Central Ohio (seriously, snowing), I’m trying to stay focused on the fact that the calendar says warm weather is approaching, and I can’t help but get going on bright and happy crafts like this adorable polka dot cork desk organizer. And the best part? It’s made out of tin cans, which I know you all have in your pantry. Cook up some of those tomatoes or corn that you have in those cans tonight and then get crafting on this simple project!
Materials for Polka dot tin can cork organizer:
- tin cans – cleaned and dried, labels removed. Don’t limit yourself to tin cans! I also had a giant pill bottle that I used for some extra height.
- cork sheet
- scissors and knife
- acrylic paint
- a “polka dotter”
- large, colored rubber band
Do-it-yourself can desk organizers tutorial
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- 1. Trace each can around on the felt, then cut out and glue the circle into the bottom. This step is actually optional, but I wanted to keep scissors in my tin cans and