5 Holiday Reads // Petit Collage Blog

Caught in a holiday whirlwind? A friendly suggestion: whisk up some hot chocolate, pull on everyone’s coziest pajamas, snuggle close on the couch, and dive into a stack of holiday picture books. We’ve picked out a few of our favorites.

1: The Story of Holly and Ivy, by Rumor Godden and Barbara Cooney. I wish…I WISH…This is a story about a toyshop at Christmas time, a brave little girl named Ivy, a  doll in a red dress named Holly, an ornery owl, and three wishes straight from the heart. Rich illustrations by Caldecott Medal Winner Barbara Cooney draw young readers into a wintry village glowing with holiday lights and a touch of magic.

2: Dream Snow, by Eric Carle. A solitary farmer settling in for a Christmas Eve nap; five animals sweetly named “One,” “Two,” “Three,” “Four,” and “Five”; an unfortunate lack of snow, until…! Eric Carle’s vibrant, collaged illustrations set this counting Christmas book apart (and little ones will love the musical surprise at the end).

3. The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin. The best of curl-up-by-the-tree family-read-alouds comes alive with masterful illustrations by Swiss-born Caldecott Winner Mr. Duvoisin (a favorite of Lorena’s).  The extra-tall shape of the book reminds us of chimneys and stockings, and perhaps carrots for those reindeer?

4. The Night Before Christmas, with cut-outs by Robert Sabuda. As beautiful as a snowflake, Sabuda’s intricate pop-outs add an extra dash of wonder to the beloved text.

5. The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah, by Martha Seif Simpson and Durga Yael Berhard. Warmly lit watercolor illustrations and an engaging story gently remind readers of the beauty of small miracles.

Lost + found treasures; designers and illustrators of years past; a mid-century modern aesthetic: welcome to “Vintage Picks”. 

vintage cover: saturday evening post

Christmas is in the air and, feeling festive, we gathered up an assortment of vintage magazine covers from Decembers past. We love seeing how these illustrators all dipped so generously into their red paint, and how they communicate wonder, cheer, and a healthy dose of humor: not a bad recipe for December!

Above is a Norman Rockwell illustration for The Saturday Evening Post from 1922. Scroll on down for more delights.


The New Yorker, 1939 and 1935.


Good Housekeeping, 1935.


Life, 1947.


Boys’ Life, 1921.


It’s here, and it’s here for one day only: we are so excited to offer 40% off our entire site. Think of it as a giant THANKS from us to you – and also the perfect excuse to spoil those little munchkins you adore. Have your list in hand? Then don’t delay – go pick out some treasures!


Last week we shared an easy Advent Calendar DIY, and now let’s get busy filling those calendars up. Chocolate’s fun – but chocolate will always be fun (and anyway, aren’t they already wiggly and giggly enough?). This is about childhood and wonder and sparkling eyes: so from us to you, here are 25 extra-special, creative ideas for advent calendar gifts.

1. a prism on a string for bedroom rainbows

2. tops to spin under the tree

3. oversized, patterned balloons for a family game of keep-it-off-the-floor

4. pocket binoculars for casual adventurers

5. a handwritten voucher for a just-us visit to the zoo

6. stamps for decorating January thank you notes

7. hair barrettes to keep those bright eyes clear

8. fake tattoos for covering those tiny arms you love

9. a bouncy ball to get the goofies out

10. fresh new crayons for fresh new refrigerator art

11. a paper crown for insta-royalty

12. wind-up animals for races on restaurant tables

13. a homemade ticket for at-home movie night

14. a yoyo for passing down valuable life skills

15. a pocket harmonica for portable symphonies

16. alphabet magnets for refrigerator spelling bees

17. 5 knock-knock jokes written on brightly colored paper

18. postage stamps in fun designs for raising a snail mail-er

19. a rainbow of pom-poms for everything

20. 4 quarters for 4 chances to get the best color gum ball

21. a new mini animal friend to love

22. googly eyes for glueing on the tops of bookmarks

23. moldable beeswax bars to keep car ride hands busy

24. capsules to grow magical sponge creatures

25. a handwritten voucher for twice the bedtime stories (and three times the hugs)


Advent begins next Sunday, and today we’re sharing an easy Advent Calendar DIY. We love the idea of filling the whole month of December with small moments of big smiles: it’s a whirlwind time of year, and creating a special corner of your home where you and your little one return each day adds a bit of routine (and festivity!)


Last year Lorena put together her daughter’s Confetti Advent Calendar using our patterned fabric wall decals, and it was a big hit (just ask Matilda!). Here’s how to make your own:

  •  Gather wall decals and an assortment of 25 envelopes and small bags; art, party, and even office supply stores will have plenty to choose from (and you’ll be surprised what you might find in drawers and closets!).
  • Using stamps, markers, or cut-outs from paper scraps, number your envelopes and bags from 1 through 25.
  • Arrange them on the wall: make rows, the shape of a tree, or any pattern you like.

Check back soon for our list of 25 treasures for filling your calendar (we promise, no chocolate involved).



It’s no coincidence that, as the days shorten and cool, our calendars fill with festivities. Dining rooms clatter with noisy family Thanksgivings, the kitchen table is strewn with sprinkles and crumbs at the annual cookie decorating party, crumpled tissue paper and cardboard box tops cover the living room floor as beloved decorations and ornaments are pulled out of storage: our homes become the place to celebrate joy and the people we hold close to our hearts (and also our love of pie, cookies, and other seasonal delights).

As a perfect kick-off to the season, we want to share a peek into a baby shower hosted last weekend by a friend of Lorena’s. Athena held the shower at her house here in San Francisco, and it has that warm, welcoming look of a home opened up to friends on a joyful occasion. We love her use of gentle, late-fall colors – cool greens, earthy browns, and a touch of shine – and of course we adore the special appearances by the animal cast of our Wooden Puzzle+Play! Those guys are always surprising us with their versatility and love of a party…


Seeing these pictures has us itching to dive into a season of joyous, bright gatherings in friends’ and family’s homes. We’re ready for a good serving of holiday celebrations, beautifully decorated homes and – you guessed it – pie!


This weekend we flipped our calenders forward to November and our clocks back to that time of  year when we start craving a little extra warmth and glow to fight the dark outside our windows. We’re especially keen to pile the coziness on for our little ones; after all (not to get too sappy, but), they brighten our days – why not brighten theirs? (Plus, there’s just nothing cuter than a baby in a knit hat with animal ears, right?)

This month on the blog we’ll be all about things that lighten up the gloom, and where else to start than with the obvious: lights! We’ve noticed a few especially delightful, modern kids’ lighting options recently, and wanted to share them with you. Light – whether natural or from a fixture – is such an important component of interior design and decor, and adding a new light to a nursery or playroom can change the whole feel of your child’s space. With the days growing shorter and more of playtime being relegated indoors, it’s the perfect time to freshen – and brighten – things up.

1: Modern Treetop Baby Birdhouse Light 2: Bright Lab Rainbow Strand Lights 3: Ikea Moon Wall Light 4: The Land of Nod Elephant Light 5: Miffy Bunny Lights on Giggle


We’re in the spirit of this week’s Frightening Festivities with a site-wide 20% off sale. It’s the perfect time to start stocking up for that other Festivity peeking around the corner…the question is, WITCH treats will you pick?



The Halloween countdown is speeding along – are your little ones getting SO excited?

This week we’re sharing the perfect Halloween arts and crafts project to get the whole family in the SPIRIT (sorry, we had to) of dressing up. It’s an animal mask DIY taken right from Lorena’s Craft Book; whether you use the masks to top off an animal costume for trick-or-treating next week or for dress-up every other day of the year, your kiddos will love getting to show off their wild side.

You’ll need:

  • Animal Masks templates (see links in instructions below)
  • thin, new or repurposed cardboard (such as a cereal box)
  • assorted colored or patterned papers
  • decoupage glue
  • elastic string or ribbon

+ Your Tools:

  • scissors
  • 1″-3″ (2.5cm-7.5cm) flat paintbrush
  • cutting mat
  • ruler or straightedge
  • bone folder
  • craft knife
  • pencil
  • ¼” (6mm) hole punch or large needle

Ready? Go!

  1. Begin constructing the mask pieces with the animal head templates. Select paper for the tiger head and the owl face. Using the templates for the tiger face and the owl face, cut out a piece of cardboard roughly the same outline. Coat each cardboard piece with decoupage glue and lay face down on the back of the chosen papers. Smooth it out with your hand and allow them to dry under a weight. Set aside.
  2. Using the templates, cut out the remaining animal pieces from the decorative papers you choose. Pick a sturdy paper for the tiger ears, tiger snout, and owl beak pieces. Crease the beak and snout pieces according to the templates. To do so, lay the corresponding template over the snout or beak piece. Set a ruler or straightedge on the crease lines and run a bone folder along the lines. These lines will transfer to the pieces below. Set aside.
  3. Cut the eye holes out of the tiger head, owl face, and owl eyes pieces using a craft knife. Apply the remaining pieces using decoupage glue.
  4. For the tiger snout: fold the flaps back from the center triangle of the tiger’s nose. Using decoupage glue, adhere the angled tabs together, forming the three-dimensional snout. The tabs at the base of the snout should be folded inward and will be hidden. Apply glue to these tabs and adhere the snout to the tiger’s face.
  5. For the owl beak: Fold backward away from the center diamond shape. Apply glue to the angled tabs and adhere the beak to the owl’s face.
  6. Once dry, use the hole punch to poke holes for the elastic string or ribbon, using the template as a visual guide.
  7. Thread the string through, leaving enough extra to knot.
  8. Let the wild rumpus begin! Hear them road and hoot!

The kiddos can certainly help with this project: take advantage of that giant imagination! Have them pick out the decorative paper (or even color new pieces to use), and they can help glue the pieces on, too. Need a different animal? Easy! By getting creative with color, stripes, ear size, etc., you can create a whole menagerie of creatures, real or imagined, sweet or ferocious.

Happy mask-making, and we’d LOVE to see your creations on Instagram: just tag ‘em with #petitcollage and we’ll be sure to share them.

Bonus! In the Bay Area? Need more crafting? Read on!


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