Sunday, September 11, 2011

Football inspired crafts

Fall is in the air and that gets me excited about football season!  I am an Auburn alum so it's not difficult to say that I make Auburn crafts around this time of year.  Every year I am trying to celebrate my Auburn traditions by making a craft of some sort before the season starts.  Last year it was making "AU" shirts for the Brindley girls:  Sis, Mom, and me.

Mom's shirt

Sis and my shirt

So this year I decided to try my creative painting side and make 3 Auburn paintings (one for each of the Brindley girls).  Special thanks to Mom's neighbor, Brenda, for the hardwood floor samples.  I wouldn't have been able to make this project without her!  And I must say they turned out pretty cute especially for free-hand painting each one.  I call them Auburn Aubie Art.  Take a peek...

Auburn Aubie Art painting for Mom and me

another view of the Auburn Aubie Art painting for Mom and me

Auburn Aubie Art painting for Sis

another view of the Auburn Aubie Art painting for Sis

I think Mom and Sis are currently looking for ribbon in order to add a bow.  Updates to come....

The projects didn't end there.  Not only did I make 3 paintings, but I managed to find a set of navy placemats and turned them into this...

my homemade AU placemats
(Special thanks to my husband for buying me the plates.  I love him!)

Hold on, because the crafting isn't over just yet!  Mom even got in the spirit of crafting for football season and made me this for our front door...

My very own Auburn wreath.  I LOVE it!

Stay tuned for next year's Auburn craft.  Who even knows what that will be...  And maybe Sis will get in on the crafting action.  eh, or not.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Giveaway Winner

Thank you so much for all who participated in the giveaway!  I hope to have another giveaway towards the end of the year so make sure you follow ellebeeTee Originals on facebook, the blog, or lesliebtodd on twitter. 

Now for the winner...
(I tried to copy and paste the picture, but could only do the text.)

True Random Number Generator 5

Amanda (!  I will email you today.

Thanks again!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Giveaway Time

The time has come for an exclusive giveaway to the LBT Store.  I have been wanting to do a giveaway for a while and what better time to do one then right after getting back from vacation!

I am offering a $25 store credit to one lucky follower.  The giveaway will end Saturday, July 9th at midnight CST.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 10th.  Choose from any of the following available in the LBT Store:

Tweet Tweet Wreath
How precious is this little bird?  Love it!

Black Tie Affair
I actually have this wreath hanging in my work office.

Mini Hair Blooms and Hair Blooms
These are some of my favorite hair accessories.

Bloom Bows
These add just the right amount of feminine flair.

Pure Americana
Show your American spirit with this stylish jar part of the Jars Collection.

Check out the store for more ellebeeTee products!

Official Rules:
Leave a comment about what item(s) you would buy with your $25 store credit. 
For additional entries, leave one comment for each item done:
~Follow ellebeeTee Originals on Facebook and comment that you did.
~Follow @lesliebtodd on Twitter and comment that you did.
~Follow ellebeeTee Originals blog and comment that you did.
Each comment counts as 1 entry for a total of 4 entries per person.

As an added bonus, you can receive an exclusive 10% off during this special event.  Use code SUMMER at the checkout.  Sale will end along with the giveaway.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Jar Collection

After much promising, I finally found a free moment to create the newest ellebeeTee products. 

Introducing the Jar Collection:

These glass jars are super multi-functional and stylish as you can see for yourself.

Pure Americana

Precious Vintage 

Daring Delight 

 Sassy Bold

 Classic Sunshine

Friday, June 24, 2011

Christmas in summer

I have always loved the holiday season.  Christmas is by far my most favorite holiday.  I think it is my favorite from all of my fond childhood memories.  ahh, memories.  And I can't wait for Christmas this year.

Becuase I am so impatient, I decided to celebrate early!  ellebeeTee Originals is having a 20% off sale this weekend.  And yes, that is an extra 20% off the already low sale prices.  Use the code MERRY at the checkout.

Don't wait too long because the sale ends Sunday evening.

and details coming soon about the July 6th giveaway!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

lazy days of summer

Summer isn't officially here yet, but, boy, it sure is HOT.  After spending a few days baking on the beach, the heat has gotten to me....and I have been inspired.

ellebeeTee Originals will hold its First Annual "Lazy Days of Summer" Sale.  All summer long EVERYTHING (old and new products) will be on sale.  And on top of those low prices, there will be various discounts for additional savings!  Some codes will be just for my facebook followers or just for my blog followers.  At any rate, you will NEED to follow me whether by fb or blog to get the best deals.

AND there is new lower shipping prices that will be in effect from now on!  Take advantage of these great deals starting now!

And the first discount code of the "Lazy Days of Summer" sale is SUMMER to get an additional 15% off your entire purchase.  Hurry because this deal won't last long!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Honor Those Who Serve

In celebration of Memorial Day, ellebeeTee Originals is having the biggest of all biggest sales.  Use discount code HONOR to receive 30% off everything in the LBT Store.  You can choose from a yarn wreath, Hair Blooms, or even the newest item:  Bloom Bows.  All are available 30% off!

The best part of this special celebration is that 50% of all proceeds will go to my brother-in-law's FRG Unit Fund (more specifically the 720 EOD Unit FRG Fund).  Josh is currently serving "overseas", defending our freedom by disarming one bomb at a time.  It's not easy but someone has to do it.  You can read more about my contribution to his unit and by buying an item from the "Justice Sacrifice Patriot" line (aka JSP line).

my brother-in-law, Josh

Justice Sacrifice Patriot wreath

Justice Sacrifice Patriot Hair Blooms

HONOR can be used to receive 30% off your entire order from now until Monday, May 30th
(Memorial Day).

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bloom Bows

A new product has hit the LBT Store!  Bloom Bows are here and a great accessory for the summer.  They come in any and every color combo you can imagine.  (Just remember to specify at the checkout what color you wan the flower and bow to be.)  At $2 each, you can have one for every outfit.  Need a small clip for the beach?  Bloom Bows are great at the beach.  Need a graduation gift?  Bloom Bows are a great gift!

Make your selection today!  Don't forget to stock up on Hair Blooms as well.  Summer will not be complete until you have the latest colors in the Hair Blooms Line.

I make edible crafts too

I am not a big "cooker" or "baker", but I have been known to make a mean baked potato.  I mostly use Kraft Foods for my recipes.  They are easy and don't require a butt load of ingredients.  There is nothing worse than wanting to make a quick, easy meal and having to get our 20 items.  Some of the best recipes require 6 ingredients or less.  Don't take my word for it.

A couple of years ago I ventured out into the world of desserts.  I can barely make a cake without messing it.  Just ask my sister who crunched into an egg shell by eating my very first cake to bake.  The sad part is that it was just a couple of years ago when this happened.  At any rate I was looking for a recipe with minimal ingredients and not eggs.  Problem solved!  Check out the Summer Berry Trifle recipe.  It is quick and easy and delicious.

My Summer Berry Trifle
It doesn't really resemble the recipe picture, but it was delicious.

Happy Making!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

summer lovin' project

Summer is just around the corner and Memorial Day will be here before we know it.  We have made it part of our tradition to go to the beach as much as possible during the summer starting with Memorial Day weekend. 

Last summer I decided that I needed to make a beach blanket for our many trips to the beach.  It's nice to sit in a chair, but sometimes you just need to lay down and take a nap in the sun (and wake up some odd minutes later to find you are officially friend.  ah the beach).  How in the world would I find cheap enough fabric to make a large beach blanket?  Then it hit me.  I have a ton of college T-shirts that are either A) too little, B) have armpit stains, C) both A and B.  So why not sew together my college shirts to make a beach blanket.  boo ya.  Problem solved.  So I gathered 20 T-shirts and started the process.

The 20 Auburn T-shirts I decided to use.

The next task was learning to sew in a straight line.  Not going to lie.  It wasn't the best straight line ever sewn, but they would have to do.

Close enough to straight

Row by row it slowly came together.  4 rows with 5 T-shirts in each row isn't an easy task and it's very time-consuming.

Row 1

Row 2
Honestly I can't even remember how many long hours long it took to complete this project.  It wasn't a speedy project especially with my novice sewing skills.  I think it turned out really cute though.  I have gotten so many compliments while being on the beach.

the final product!

Just to show you how big it is:  the size of our king bed.

Don't forget about the wreath sale and your free Hair Bloom when you place an order now until Mother's Day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Amy Cornwell $50 GC Giveaway: TODAY ONLY!

I am IN LOVE with some new jewelry:  Amy Cornwell Jewelry.  Her design is simple, elegant, and vintage.  Those are my favorite descriptive words when it comes to jewelry.

Check out the Captured Necklace.  How bad do I want this necklace?  REALLY bad!  And what about the True Love Ring?  LOVE it too! 

Today ONLY over at The Bird's Party Blog, there is a $50 gift card up for grabs!!!!!  I want it so bad that you have no idea.  The details are here so check it out and leave some comments.  If you aren't crazy about her jewelry, then leave comments any way and try to win the $50 gift card for me. 

REMINDER:  Don't forget about the sale and free gift happening right now at the LBT Store.  It ends on Mother's Day!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

a sale and free gift

Another sale is happening in the LBT Store.  In honor of Easter and Mother's Day, all wreaths are on sale.  YAY!  Plus when you place an order from now until Mother's Day, you will receive a special gift:  a limited edition, not currently for sale Hair Bloom.  double YAY!  Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I'll fly away...

It just kinda happened on a whim-ish.  Sorta. 

One of my co-workers told me a couple of months ago that he wanted to buy his wife a yarn wreath for her birthday.  He said she likes the color red, cardinals, and lighthouses.   ....and go!

I have been thinking about how to incorporate all 3 things, but it just wouldn't look right if I did a lighthouse with a red bird.  So I decided to ditch the lighthouse and focus on red and the cardinal.

I hope his wife enjoys it as much as I did in making it.  It really had a good time trying to think outside my box and venture to a different area with a yarn wreath.  And it didn't turn out too shabby.

Tweet Tweet

Tweet Tweet is now available in the LBT Store.

Reminder:  there's only a week left to celebrate my birthday by getting 27% off by using code thebig27.  Don't let this deal pass you by!  Easter is just a few weeks away.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

storewide discount

It's one week until my birthday.  That can only mean one thing if you read yesterday's entry.  The storewide discount has begun, peeps!  Here's what you do to get the 27% discount.

1.  Go to the LBT Store.
2.  Add as many items to your cart as you can/want/need to purchase.  Easter is coming up soon so don't forget gifts for your loved ones.
3.  Checkout and enter in the code:  thebig27 (and update total).
4.  Wait for your purchases to arrive.

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.

Thanks for helping me celebrate my 27th birthday!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

it's a celebration with a discount

It's getting close...VERY CLOSE.

My birthday weekend is next weekend.  eek!  How old will I be?  Well, older than I feel I should be.  I still think of myself as a 17ish year old.  It's crazy to to think I am another year old.  Sadly once I hit 21, all birthday years have been not-so-thrilling.  I have enjoyed my celebrations though...just not the new number that I turn.

To kick off my birthday week through the birthday weekend (that's 10 days of celebrating!), I am doing a discount store-wide!  (Get excited people!)  You too can celebrate my wonderful, new number by getting a 27% discount in the LBT Store.  (And yes, I will be 27.  3 away from 30.  Not too thrilled about that at all.)

Don't forget that Easter is roughly 3 weeks away and your loved ones would love an ellebeeTee Originals gift.

I will post the discount code on the blog and facebook page on Thursday evening. 

Happy Shopping!

and happy 27th birthday to me on April 8.  :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Fever in action

Yesterday I was feeling extremely spring-y.  I decided to change out my front door decor from

my Valentine-slash-St. Patty's Day door decor


my Spring-slash-Easter door decor

ellebeeTee wreaths look great on your front door celebrating that special time of the year...whatever season.

Have you ordered yours yet?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

the series continues: kitchen curtains

Another weekend and no new products for viewing.  It has been a bit hectic lately so there is a good excuse for not showing anything new today.  I have been in a "remodel the house" kind of mood though.  Weird.  So to honor that mood, the series (y'know the series that began with unique picture frame) continues with our homemade kitchen curtains!

When we bought our house in May 2009, I wasn't too excited about the bay (like) windows in the kitchen.  I have never really liked bay windows anyway.  They remind me of something straight up from the 80s.  And I am not a fan of fashion, trends, and ESPECIALLY music (unless it's country music) from the 80s.  I know, I am weird.  Here is what I was working with...

This was after we had painted it a guacamole green, which I LOVE!!!!  My husband wasn't too thrilled about it, but it sure does beat it being white which it was when we moved in.  How boring.  Plus we have navy blue countertops.  Again not my first choice, but they have grown on me.  They look great with my kitchen decor and colors (green, blue, orange, and yellow).  Now back to the curtains...

I knew that I wanted something different from the rest of the house when it came to window dressings for the kitchen.  The only window in the house that had blinds on it when purchased was the tiny window in the master bathroom.  We had bought blinds for 7 of the windows so blinds were out in the kitchen.  I wanted the kitchen to stand out and be different.  I was leaning more towards roman shades, because I wanted something to cover the entire window at night-time.  I get MAJORLY freaked out at night when the windows are open thinking that someone is looking in.  Creepy.

Do you know how much roman shades cost?!  Not to mention 3 custom roman shades?!  And do you know how much a cheap-o I am?!  A special thanks goes to my mom for giving the inspriation to make my very own kitchen curtains.  And voila!

My custom kitchen curtains.  I made all 3 for around $25!  Very thrifty.  Here's the breakdown:
-one bed spread of fabric from Urban Outfitters:  clearanced to $4.99
-3 spools of navy ribbon from Hobby Lobby:  $2.00 each (they were 50% off)
-Liquid Stitch from Hobby Lobby:  $2.50 (also 50% off)
-3 tension rods from Wal-Mart:   $3.97 each (11.91 total)
Grand Total:  $25.40 plus tax
I am not much of a sewer so it was MUCH easier to use Liquid Stitch instead of my sewing machine.  It wasn't until over a year later when I actually used the sewing machine to make our master bedroom curtains.