2012 what did we learn this year?

2012 is almost over, (thank everything) so let’s talk.  What did we learn this year?  What did YOU learn in 2012? Is there anything you’d like to do-over in 2013?  My list is huge, but I guess every year we live and learn and try again to do it bigger, and better, and kinder than the year before.

2012 was a rough year for me.  I tried hard to make it a healthy one, but you know.  Some years Stupid Lupus wins, and this was one of them.  There were some amazing parts to the year though, and man did I learn a few things (or three) so let’s recap:

In January I felt peppy with the new year and made a promise to live every day like I mean it.  I highly recommend doing this for 2013.  Make a list of random things that make you happy and check them off like a to-do list.  Life, elevated.

In February I remembered that even though my husband is the patron-saint-of–Valentine’s-Day-hatred, he’s still my very favorite person to wake up with every single day.

2012 what did we learn this year

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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!

Giving the gift of art to ones you love

Have you ever thought of giving someone you love the gift of art?  I’ve done it a few times in small ways; a print of painting by a favorite artist, a beautiful photograph of a happy memory or wonderful vacation.

I have yet to meet someone who wouldn’t love to receive such a thoughtful gift, have you?

giving gifts of art

I’ve wanted to turn some photos of my family’s favorite travel moments together into canvas and hang them in a gallery all along the wall up our stairs.  Somewhere I would see them every single day, and remember especially on hard days, the great memories we have as a family.

Don’t you think that would be fun?

Like this photo of my daughter surfing for the first time on our ridiculous amazing family trip to Costa Rica this Spring.

You can’t buy the kind of joy shown on her face.  In every single photo of her surfing she’s smiling or laughing irrepressibly, completely unaffected and totally spontaneous.

I want to look at that photo every day and remember how happy we were that day on the beach.

giving the gift of art

Or maybe go a little funky and get a huge canvas of this crazy lizard our … >> 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!

Make your own DIY hex earrings

DIY hex nut earrings

// Make your own DIY hex nut earrings with a tutorial from new Petit Elefant editor Stephanie. //

Hi! It’s Stephanie from Henry Happened. Still looking for Christmas gift ideas? I’m so far behind on my shopping it’s not funny! Today I’m sharing how to make your own super simple pair of earrings that involves one of my favorite crafting activities – a trip to the hardware store! You can make this project in bulk and whip up several sets of earrings in under half an hour. So much easier than a trip to the mall, right?

I’ve long been a fan of the simple hex nut but on my last visit to Home Depot I discovered that they come in gold. A shiny, expensive looking gold! I wanted to make something delicate and dangly with them so I crafted up a simple pair of earrings and a fun matching necklace.

Ready for a trip to the hardware store?

Make your own DIY Hex Nut Earrings

DIY hex nut earrings

You will need:

  • Gold hex nuts – I recommend size 8 or 10
  • 2 earring hooks
  • Gold chain
  • Needle nose pliers

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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!

WIN an amazing Canon camera this season

Canon DSLR camera giveaway

This season I love you a little extra. Not that I don’t totally love you every.single.season of the year, but this season is something special for me. For all of us really. It’s the holiday season! which means in addition to the giving of yourself, your time, your heart, and your special cookies/toffee/dipped chocolate you only make once during the holiday season, today it’s time to give the gift of awesome to YOU.

Which is why today I’ve teamed up with 9 TOP bloggers to bring you an amazing giveaway. As a way of saying thank you to our awesome readers, together we are giving away a >> Read 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!

Pick a bag and fill it with fun jewelry

Need a fun gift idea? Pick a bag and fill it with fun jewelry for the people in your life you love the most. New teen-beat editor Lindsey shares her gift idea today just in time for a little last minute shopping.

pick a bag and fill it with jewelry

This holiday season I am absolutely loving the fun fill a bag idea. The whole point of this gift is to buy a functional and cute purse, then fill it with different types of jewelry. The reason I love the quilted heart shoulder bag for this gift is because of it’s size, color, and function. A small bag is always the best way to go because you don’t want something too big with only a few pieces of jewelry inside, but you also don’t want a clutch that holds hardly anything. This bag comes in three different colors but personally I think the creme color is the most functional for all your friends. A cross body bag has always been my favorite because you can throw it on without having to worry about setting it down (which trust me I do a LOT).

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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!

A weekend romantic comedy to see

The weekend is here guys, thank the heavens above.

Who’s off to see a movie this weekend?  A little something to take the stress off all the holiday prep I know you’re doing right now.  The holidays can be a little nuts, so I hope you’re taking care of yourself right now, for reals. I mentioned it a few weeks back Playing for Keeps opens today, so go get a mani/pedi with your girls and hit the movies to see a little romantic comedy this weekend, you deserve it.

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!

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How to make a DIY lip-gloss

how to make a DIY lipgloss

Here’s how to make a DIY lip gloss, which would make a perfect gift for the girls in your life, anytime, anywhere.  The best part about this lip gloss is the fact that a) you’re now a superstar for knowing how to make your own makeup, and b) the lip gloss is all kinds of natural: coconut oil, beeswax, essential oil?  What’s not to love?

make diy lipgloss

So, you probably want to  know how to make this lip gloss already, yes?  Here’s the skivvy:

Supplies* for How to Make a DIY lip-gloss

  • beeswax
  • coconut oil
  • essential oil
  • toothpicks (for stirring)
  • double boiler
  • cheap lipstick for lip-gloss color
  • small containers with screw on lids
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Step-by-Step:

  • Melt beeswax in a double boiler on high until completely melted.  When it’s completely melted, add coconut oil using a 2:1 ratio of coconut oil to beeswax (at least).  I started out with 1/2 cup of beeswax and 1 cup of coconut oil.
  • Mix together until the beeswax and coconut oil are completely combined and have a thin, liquid consistency.
  • Using a dropper, grab some of the mix and squirt it out on a piece of wax paper.  When it has cooled down, test the lip gloss
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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!

Wrapping presents with simple felt balls

Today, a simple present wrapping (tutorial) with felt balls today, an easy how-to from DIY contributor Steph!

 

wrap presents with simple felt balls
December is officially here! Can you even believe it? Holiday shopping time is quickly dwindling and presents need to get wrapped. This week’s project is a fun and simple way to wrap your presents for your friends and family using felt balls.

Wrapping presents with simple felt balls

 

Materials Needed:

  • Felt Balls: You can purchase these at most craft stores, or if you’re feeling extra crafty, check out my tutorial to make your own!
  • Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle


First things first, wrap up your presents! I used brown craft paper since it provides a simple, neutral background for any sort of embellishments (like felt balls, for example) you want to add to the present.

wrapping presents with simple felt balls

Cut a piece of yarn long enough to wrap around the present 5-8 times, then thread the felt balls onto the yarn.

Start wrapping the yarn around the the present and slide the balls into place as you wrap.

Once the yarn is all wrapped to your liking, tie to secure it on the back of the package.

simple felt wrapping for presents
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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!

Finding your tribe of girl friends

tribe of girl friends

A lucky girl is blessed with a tribe of friends, the best of which are girl friends.  Boys, we think you’re great too but we love our girls in a truly, madly, deeply kind of way.  Finding your tribe of girl friends is easier for some than others;  sometimes we grow up surrounded by friends, (I was blessed to have a childhood like that), sometimes we find them in high school and college, and once in a while we find them at work or church or school, or in the carpool pick-up lane.

finding your tribe

However we find them, a girl with close girl friends is a happy one.

There’s an inexplicable relationship between two women, something not eloquently explained by even the greatest of poets.  A great tribe of girl friends will tell you honestly about the lipstick on your teeth, and help you fix your slip which has fallen beneath the hem of your skirt. They’ll help you find the perfect dress, and they’ll gently, kindly, tell you your boyfriend is kind of a tool.

besties

Beyond that, a dear girl friend is there for you even especially in your darkest hours.  She’s the one who hugs you tighter than … >> 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!