thank you.

I can’t tell you how much it means to me that after sharing something so personal about myself, {the fact that I suffer from the most craptastic disease ever} that I had a huge outpouring of love and support from you. You, my awesome, fabulous, dipped in glitter readers.

Seriously your comments, emails, and tweets over the last few days have brought me to tears. Social media is awesome, and hugely powerful, and your support and kindness has been phenomenal to me. So, thanks for that. And thanks for hanging in there with no posts for the past few days. One is coming shortly, I’m working on it right now. Promise.

THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart.

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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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!


  1. jenB :

    and a beautiful heart you have…

  2. Amanda K :

    Isn't it amazing how much virtual (and physical) support can mean to you?

    Our little baby girl was born at 24 weeks, and is currently ruling the NICU. The amount of support we have received, the amount of prayers that have been offered is overwhelming. It's fantastic. It's humbling. It's encouraging. It's the only thing that gets me through the day sometimes.

    I'm devastated that you have to endure such a yucky illness, but I'm glad you've had such a glorious outpouring of love and support.

  3. Amie aka MammaLoves :

    See…getting to be dipped in glitter is why I keep coming back. ;-)

    We'll wait. You just feel better.


  4. ALC :

    It is a wonderful thing about the blogging community. I would be very afraid to share something like that at work.

  5. Raleigh-Elizabeth :

    i really appreciate your post, honestly. i was diagnosed with lupus this fall after a serious bout with the swine flu, and there's no way to explain to people "really, i'm just sick." i take more sick days than anyone logically should. and when i do, i'm dead to the world on my bed and just thinking how nice it would be to have the energy to call the take-out place and have them deliver some soup. but i don't even have the energy to THINK about it. i'm in a phd program at columbia (did you know that flannery o'connor had lupus too? i figure if she can do incredible things, so can i) and i have to work FT at the same time… and some days, i just feel like stale death. but i sometimes worry about what happens when i'm finished – i'm going to have to get a real job, but how can i when i can't even function without 16 sick days every four months? i figure this. we're all otu there. and we're all in it together. and there's a universality in that i take great comfort in.
    and also, lots of takeout.