Be sure and check out the SUPER SALE going on now on my Facebook Page! Fabulous deals on out of season merchandise! Click HERE to check it out!

Sunday, January 31, 2010


It’s GIVEAWAY time!  Today’s giveaway is a SUPER treat for Saints fans, courtesy of Metry Chick and Lady Fleur Designs.  You have a chance to win a Saints Super Bowl pendant and an exclusive, limited edition Saints Super Bowl t-shirt! The shirt is printed in gold on a super-soft black cotton Ladies' cut shirt by Alternative Apparel. These were printed in very small quantities and were only available for purchase for a few days, so it is sure to be a unique item!

This giveaway will only be open until Tuesday at noon to allow the winner time to receive their prize before the big game.

Two lovely ladies, both my team members on Handmade Louisiana, have generously offered one of their black and gold products to one lucky winner!
Celeste from Metry Chick was born and bred in Metairie, LA (a suburb of New Orleans) and has been artistic her whole life.  She started making her etched glassware by hand when she needed Christmas gifts for friends one year.  It’s hard to believe she does all her etching by hand!  Her business has expanded to include glass pendants by happy accident.  Much of her work is inspired by New Orleans icons and culture.  Visit her Etsy shop for great gift ideas with a New Orleans flair, including many fleur de lis and Saints items!
Glass Fleur de Lis dish, $15.00:
Fleur de Lis Coffee Mug (set of 4), $35.00:
We Can Do It Glass Pendant, $12.00:
Lady Fleur Designs is an apparel and stationery line by graphic designer and New Orleans-native, Cristina Triana.  Many of her designs feature a fleur de lis, the original inspiration for her brand.  She says, "The idea for Lady Fleur Designs sprung from my roots as a New Orleans girl, and the beauty and hope the fleur de lis has come to represent for our great city, especially in the past four years [since Hurrican Katrina]. As a graphic designer with a love for apparel and stationery, I wanted to develop a line that encompassed both of these things."   She strives to provide unique, high quality items at a reasonable price.

This past year, Cristina added a few baby items to her line, like the Reversible Saturday/Sunday bib, and they have been well received. In addition, she also offers freelance design services to small business owners like herself, in hopes of bringing them uniquely tailored design solutions at an affordable price, as well as custom stationery, invitation & announcement designs. You can contact her at for more information.

You can read more about Lady Fleur Designs at or shop online at  You can also follow her on Twitter @ladyfleurdesign or on Facebook at
I ordered this t-shirt from her earlier this year, and I’ll be wearing it this weekend for the Superbowl:
And I bought this adorable onesie for my “niece” for Christmas:
  These notecards are next on my list:
So here are the details for the giveaway.  The winner will receive one pendant and one t-shirt in their selected size.  You may do ANY or ALL of the following to enter AND you MUST leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each entry:

  • Leave a comment with your Super Bowl score prediction. Extra entry if you have the Saints on top (haha, just kidding)!

  • Visit Metry Chick and/or Lady Fleur Designs and leave a comment sharing your favorite product.

  • Become a follower of my blog, follow me on Twitter (leave your Twitter name), or become a fan on Facebook (1 entry for any of these).

  • Tweet, blog or Facebook post about this giveaway linking back to this post.  Leave a link to your post in the comments.
That’s FOUR ways to enter!! You do not have to have a blog to enter, but if you leave an anonymous or blog-less comment, please leave an email address where I can contact you.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will close on Tuesday, February 2 at 12:00 central.
Come back tomorrow for another fabulous prize!  Also, for more awesome giveaways, head over the the Knetteam blog.

Blog Anniversary Week: Giveaway Central!

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It’s time for another party here at Embellished Bayou, and this one is complete with prizes for YOU!  My one year blog anniversary is coming up on February 6, so to celebrate, I am hosting fabulous GIVEAWAYS all week long!! Be sure and visit every day for your chance to win some really cool stuff!

When I started this blog a year ago, it was really as a support for my Etsy shop, but it has developed into so much more.  I never dreamed I would be posting nearly every (week)day and have close to 300 followers.  I have discovered a whole new world and have gone into crafting and decorating overload!

This week I’ll be doing two posts per day.  One to look back at some of my earliest posts and highlight some of my favorite projects from the past and one hosting a GIVEAWAY!  So let’s get started….

Last April I did a quick post featuring a chandelier I transformed for my best friend’s little girl.  This is still one of my favorite projects I have done.  You see these fancy chandeliers all over boutiques and online, often for hundreds of dollars.  I used her old dining room chandelier and transformed it from this:


to this:



All it took was a can of spray paint and some new crystals (in addition to the existing ones that I cleaned) to have this chandy dripping with pink girly-ness!  How cute is it over her little drawing table?? chandelierafter2 chandelierafter3Now, CLICK HERE for a SUPER giveaway!  Also, please visit these parties I’ll be linking up to:

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Mardi Gras Week: Decor, Part Two


Okay, are you ready for part two of Mardi Gras Decor?  Check out the previous post for my decor, I’m featuring my mom’s decorations in this post.

Her Mardi Gras tree puts mine to shame:IMG_0230IMG_0211

She replaced all her Christmas ornaments with sparkly purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras ones:


I absolutely love her Mardi Gras mantel: IMG_0190IMG_0192 IMG_0209IMG_0193

Lots of sparkle and glitter here, of course! I lettered the large green ball for her last year using a paint pen and glitter.


These jeweled crowns are actually napkin rings!

IMG_0204IMG_0191Once again, Christmas decor has been re-purposed and transformed with Mardi Gras colors and beads.IMG_0194

And finally, her purple tinsel tree by the back door:



You should definitely be in the party mood now!  So come back next week for an even BIGGER party!  I’ve got something extra special planned, you don’t want to miss it!

P.S. I’ll be a late entry in Beth’s Mantel Party, go check it out!


Mardi Gras Week: Decor, Part One

pggfleurdilisWell, the party is winding down here at Embellished Bayou, but it is just getting started down in New Orleans and all across the gulf coast! Thank you for joining me for Mardi Gras Week, it has been so much fun.  Be sure and check out the previous posts:

Mardi Gras History & Fun Facts

Mardi Gras Memories & Photos

Mardi Gras Crafts

Mardi Gras Wreaths

And today I’ll show you my Mardi Gras decor! 

I always have a little seasonal centerpiece on our island, and I had so much fun making a new one for Mardi Gras this year.  I used one of the gold sequined cone trees from Christmas and copied an idea I saw in a local store.  They had fun picks coming out of the top like a fireworks explosion. Here’s my version:



Go big or go home! Spread the glitter wealth:

IMG_3980I just cut the tip off the top of the tree and shoved the picks in.  I used one bunch of purple shiny disks.  I ended up taking the pick apart so I could use the individual strands:

IMG_3878IMG_3880  I also used this wired pick of purple, green and gold sequined disks.  I like it because I can bend it in to a curly-q shape:


Finally, I shoved in some foil sprays I found in my stash:


I love it! A Mardi Gras explosion!


The candlescape on the coffee table:


I just had to keep this candle embellishment I made for myself instead of putting it in my Etsy shop!

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And my Mardi Gras tree, topped with the leftover picks from the gold sequin cone tree:


I strung on some fancy beads like garland:

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Every Mardi Gras tree needs a sparkly gold fleur de lis:

IMG_3966   Another candlescape in the center of the dining room table:


You know my motto concerning decorating for Mardi Gras:  the more glitter, the better!


I even decorated the chandelier for the first time ever:  IMG_3973

All of these garlands and ornaments were after-Christmas clearance bargains. I decorated the purple balls myself with a paint pen and glitter.


The large wire fleur de lis was in the center of my Christmas garland and stays displayed in our entertainment center when it’s not holiday time.


Finally, one last centerpiece on the kitchen table.  I wrapped a feather mask around a glittered (gasp!) candle and surrounded it with doubloons on a fun Mardi Gras pewter tray my friend gave me.  The purple beaded charger came from Target after Christmas on clearance:

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This is just part one of Mardi Gras decor! I’ll share my mom’s decorations in another post later today.  Wouldn’t want anyone going into glitter-overload! So come back, you don’t want to miss it!

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