Monday, November 24, 2008

A Monday Mini -- Featuring Ellembee

Happy Almost Thanksgiving! The Downtown Boutique is working on getting as many featured guests in, as we are able to, before Christmas. (I apologize, but I have been under the weather with a yucky cold, so I just haven't gotten the chance or the time now, to do the in depth gift guides that I started doing.)

So today, we're featuring Ellembee, a shop which I found on Etsy, by doing some looking around in the Time Machine. This shop has clothing that is TOTALLY my style! I just love the designs on Lisa's products. Here's her Etsy Mini so that you can see what I'm talking about:


I asked Lisa to share a little about herself, and here is what she shared (adapted from another blog interview in which she participated):

TDB: How long have you been screen printing and working with clothing, and how did you become interested in it?
Lisa: I just started screen printing about 5 months ago. I was a bedding designer in California for the past 4 years, until I got laid off in January. I moved back to Michigan, where I grew up, and had to find a way to make some money! I had taken a screen printing class in college, so I knew the basics. I looked at some how-to videos on Youtube, and read a few books on the subject, and just sort of fumbled my way through figuring out how to do it!


TDB: What is your personal favorite of your collection and why?
Lisa: I have a love/hate relationship with lacy indigo. The design that I originally thought of for that shirt looks totally different. I sort of happened upon the way it ended up looking, and I think it turned out great. That shirt is my best seller, and I think it's the most original in my line, but because of the bleaching process that I do, and the intricacy of the design, I mess up a lot of them that can't be sent out, (that's the part I hate!)


TDB: Things are tough these days, especially for many of us "starving artists". What do you do to stay positive in such a difficult field?
Lisa: I LOVE working for myself! I love the fact that how much money I make is completely up to me; I take full responsibility for my income. With amazing places like etsy.com and the local craft fairs that I do, the sky is the limit. I find myself working 14-hour days, 6 and 7 days a week, and it doesn't even faze me, because I love what I'm doing! I love my job!

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Ok, now for the FUN part! Lisa is offering a wonderful giveaway to our readers...the WINNER gets to pick one item from Lisa's shop. Yes, you heard right, you have your choice of what you want if you win!!!!

Here's what I would pick if I were eligible to enter:

How YOU can enter to win your choice of item from Ellembee: Please visit Ellembee, then come back here and let us know what you would choose if you won.

For one extra entry: Please blog about this giveaway and then post the link to your blog post in a separate comment.

For one more extra entry: For Bloggers only, you can "Follow" us by clicking on "Follow This Blog", up on the top right hand side. It doesn't count if you are already following us. Please leave a separate comment if you decide to become a "follower".

For one more entry: Add our blog to your blogroll. Please leave a separate comment with the link to your blog.

For one MORE entry: If you TWEET about this giveaway, you can earn an extra entry. Please put "@rioosodesigns" at the beginning of your tweet, so that I can see where you tweeted. Then come back here and leave a separate comment about your tweet.

WHEW! Ok, deadline to enter is Sunday, November 30th at Midnight PST. You MUST have a valid email attached either to your blog account, or to your comment. This giveaway is open worldwide.

Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!
Angie

167 comments:

Sandy said...

Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo is beautiful- very nice items.sexy without being showy- like that

reb said...

I like the Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo.

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

Annie said...

Omgosh!

The work on these clothes is gorgeous!

My daughter would flip for the "Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray"

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Vicky H. said...

I like the Floral Tank in celadon.

lilnamekangelivy[at]aol[dot]com

abbygirl said...

I really like the Chandelier long-sleeved T. The black design is very dramatic on the blue - dressy/casual.

Lisa P said...

I think the Floral Tank in Celadon is just so girly!

Terri Fisher said...

What unique work! My favorite item is Fo' Shizzle my Sprizzle Scarf in Oatmeal...love the colors!

tfisher83 AT myexcel DOT com

Jennifer J. said...

If I win I will choose the Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo. It is so cute.

Jenn S. said...

I would choose the Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Celadon.

Kelly F said...

I really like the Vintage Damask Pullover Hoodie in Black. With the cold weather coming, this would be perfect for layering.

Kelly F said...

I sent out a tweet about this giveaway!

username: wordsmoveme

Gina said...

I would want the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray
ginabx[at]yahoo[dot]com

lisagee said...

Twigs Scarf in Gray would be great for the winter chill.

elaine said...

I really like the Antique Damask Long Sleeved Tee in Avocado,size XL please.

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

sito50 said...

Well, I really like the Elliot the giraffe onesie, but the sizes might be too small, so I choose the Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo as what I would select. Probably. I like the Twigs scarf, too.

Lauralee said...

At Ellembee I really like Lucy the Ladybug Onsie in Lemon Yellow, but if it wasn't available I'd pick the Petey De Plane Onesie in Baby Blue. Good luck to all.

Dumaurier said...

I like the Lacy Indigo V-Neck Short Sleeved Shirt

Dawn said...

I would choose the Dandelion Wishes short sleeve shirt

oona said...

I think "Tricked Out Tree" would brighten up my gloomy winter here in the NW. Gorgeous designs, I love everything!!!!

Thanks!
foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

The Green Yak said...

I'd love to own the awesome "dandelion wishes" tee in brown. Cool design!

greenyak [at] yahoo [dot] com

Shannon said...

I like the blossom pullover hoodie.

oneinamil23 said...

love it all! but the twigs scarf is super cool!

autumn398 (at) yahoo.com

Christina said...

My favorite is the Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Robin's Egg Blue!

Christina said...

I tweeted (stinawins)!

Hil'Lesha said...

I absolutely love the Chandelier Tank in Turquoise. So unique!

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

drming said...

My wife would love the Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo.

ky2here said...

'tim the dinosaur' onesie is MINE>

sweepmom said...

I would choose the Flake-i-fied Long Sleeve Organic Tee in Blue, size medium.

Amber said...

Wow - I love all of her designs, but if I was to win, I would pick the Floral Long Sleeved Tee in Celadon.

Thank you for the giveaway and please enter me :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

bluenude3 said...

I like the Tim the Dinosaur Onesie. Thanks!

kmbennet said...

The Fo' shizzle my sprizzle Long Sleeve tee in cafe latte. Love the name of that one.
Thanx for the contest.

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I would choose twigs tee in leaf green!

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

samsakara said...

I would love the Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

Kirby McCauley said...

I would choose the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray ♥

Kirby McCauley said...

I am a follower :)

Lauren said...

A popular item: Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray.

Love it.

Shel said...

I'd pick the "These are a few of my favorite things" Long-Sleeve Tee in Green Apple size XL. That tee is so cute and I don't own anything green. It would be perfect with jeans or the one pair of brown cords I won.

shel704{at}aol{dot}com

Shel said...

Your button's on my blog, too

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Shel said...

I gave you a tweet (username:Auntiethesis)

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mogrill said...

The Twigs scarf in Grey is nice!!

vboackle said...

Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo.

Damla said...

I'd like to win this: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16494177

damlakayi (at) yahoo.com

sherri419 said...

I would choose the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray! It looks awesome and super comfy!!!

sherri419 at gmail dot com

Shelley said...

Dandelion Wishes on Chocolate Brown Scoop Neck Tee would be my pink. So pretty and delicate.

Thanks for a great giveaway.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

llinda29 said...

Lacy Indigo V-Neck Short Sleeved Shirt is my choice

mverno said...

Lacy Indigo V-Neck Short Sleeved Shirt

cathy2406 said...

I love the fo shizzle my sprizzle tie neck tee in mocha-ashlyn@chuparkoff.com

toughturtles said...

Dandelion Wishes on Turquoise Scoop Neck Tee

DePro said...

I like the Dandelion Wishes on the Tie-Neck Tee.

Erica C. said...

the twigs long sleeve pullover is cute!

Taylor said...

Blossom pullover Hoodie, ty. skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

Belinda said...

I love the Blossom Tee.
Thanks!
1bmore @ gmail .com

Smooshy said...

i like swirly girly!

Jingle said...

I love this stuff!!! I think I would choose this way cool Damask Hoodie if I won! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17798808

Although...the Favorite Things jacket is wicked cute, too! LOL!
jinglesells at gmail dot com

Jingle said...

I signed up to follow you!

pipasmom said...

My favorite is the Blossom Pullover Hoodie.
anastacer at verizon dot net

getpalmd said...

Ooooh no.. hard to choose.

I have 3 I love.
Lacy Indigo V-Neck Short Sleeved Shirt
Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Celadon
Fo' Shizzle my Sprizzle Scarf in Oatmeal

As much as I'd like to say all of them, I think I might lean towards the scarf if I win..!

getpalmd said...

I also follow your blog for 1 extra entry.

Jenna said...

I really love everything. this is totally my look. I would pick the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray if I won. Thanks for the giveaway!

Elsie B. said...

The Blossom Pullover Hoodie in Gray is one of the cutest blossom items ever...a little longer for comfort and coziness, too! It would balance a gray day, it's so adorable!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

Jennifer said...

I love these shirts! I would pick the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray! Love it!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Celadon. It was hard to pick just one though!

email: keithadanielle[at]yahoo.com

Bebemiqui said...

I like the Tricked out Tree cadet jacket.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Pinkadot said...

I'd pick the Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Robin's Egg Blue.

Roni said...

My favorite is definitely the Dandelion Wishes tee!

mikaroni at gmail dot com

Wehaf said...

It is hard to choose, but I am particularly drawn to the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray.

urchiken at gmail dot com

PS said...

I'm so in love! I would choose the Vintage Damask Pullover Hoodie in Black, but I also LOVE the chandelier tank. I totally added her as a favorite etsy seller...LOVE! Thanks!

Laura said...

Super cute shop! I would love the Blossom Pullover Hoodie in Gray. Long sleeve hoodies are so handy, and I love the design. Fingers crossed!
laurachilton {at} hotmail.com

Laura said...

I'm now following you, yay!
laurachilton {at} hotmail.com

chazvgo said...

I'd choose the Tricked out Tree Cadet Jacket.

Jayme said...

i would pick the Fo' shizzle my sprizzle Long Sleeve tee in cafe latte. cute stuff!

jayme[dot]bouwens@yahoo[dot]com

sarah said...

it was very hard to pick a fave but i like the Twigs long sleeve pullover hoodie in gray!

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

jenn said...

Oh. My. God. These are so awesome. It's so hard to pick, but I'd get ANYTHING with the Twigs design. I really like it on a shirt but the scarf is oh-so tempting!

its.a.hit at gmail dot com

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

piccoladonna2006 said...

I love the Vintage Damask in chocolate shirt...i really hope to win it!

I Do Faces said...

ooo I'm lovin the Antique Damask Long Sleeved Tee in Avocado!!! I think it's perfect for maternity too because the damask pattern is right under the belly!!! I want it!!
Tasia
idofaces56@aol.com

The Saunders Family said...

love the "these are a few of my favorite things"
great items
mom2maria at hotmail

Jenna said...

I love the Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Robin's Egg Blue. Thanks!

Jenny Karlsson said...

This was so hard! All of the designs are brilliant, but since I am such a sucker for trees, I'd pick Tricked-Out Tree Tee.. (Whimsical Weeds on Granite Tee!)
:)

jen.karlsson[at]gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Lacy Indigo V-Neck Short Sleeved Shirt.

Thanks,

Dee

mhgatti (at) yahoo (dot) com

Buki Family said...

i really like the Tricked out Tree Cadet Jacket... so cute! and cool!

dcala said...

So pretty and very hard to choose. I love the Blossom Pullover Hoodie in Gray

Sunnyvale said...

I like the long sleeved woman's chandelier shirt

tiff said...

i looooooooove the Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Celadon!

texan_michael(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Bunny B said...

I love the Whimsical Weeds on Granite Tee!

bunnybx at gmail . com

Skywaywaver said...

I love all of the designs, but most of all the floral long-sleeved in robin's egg blue.
hematopoiesis at hotmail dot com

suburban prep said...

Oh the store is going to Chicago at the Pulaski Park Field House I might just have to stop by because these clothings are so unique. I like the Flake-i-fied and the Entanglement long sleeve shirts too cute.

ecky said...

love the dandelion wishes on the short sleeve scoop neck tee in brown.
elkesten at yahoo dot com

Roxy said...

wow I would love to win the Chandelier Dress in Chocolate Brown.

It's gorgeous!

hockiemack at hotmail.com

Roxy said...

here's the blog post I wrote:
http://roxyshops.blogspot.com/2008/11/ellembee-clothing-giveaway.html

hockiemack at hotmail.com

Roxy said...

I've added you to my blogroll on roxyshops.blogspot.com

hockiemack at hotmail.com

Kitty said...

I like the Twigs Scarf in Gray

Roxy said...

I am also now a follower!

hockiemack at hotmail.com

donna said...

Entanglement T in the bamboo. . thanks for the contest.

alexandrea said...

I think the Lacy Indigo V-Neck Short Sleeved Shirt is gorgeous!

arielle said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17768651

This one is my favorite ^^ :-) She has so many great shirts it was hard to choose!!
Thanks

ariellezander at gmail dot com

arielle said...

I follow your blog

ariellezander at gmail dot com

Juicebox Mom said...

I would also pick the Blue Floral longsleeve womens shirt, Thanks!

Mama Zen said...

This is my favorite: Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray!

silverbele said...

I would love to own a bamboo T shirt

Mistress Meeyee said...

I would choose the blossom tee as a gift for my sister!

Mistress Meeyee said...

I am now a follower

nannetterya said...

I would choose the Flake-i-fied Long Sleeve Organic Tee in Blue, size x-L

Aisling said...

Fo' Shizzle my Sprizzle Tie-Neck Tee in Mocha. This is a great design and I like the slightly looser fit.

DOODLEGIRL said...

Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Robin's Egg Blue

poodlemom said...

I like so many but Swirly Girlie Tank in Lime is real sweet!

kagey10 said...

I think the entanglement Tee is beautiful. thanks for the chance and the intro to a such a pretty shop!


karissag at gmail.com

kagey10 said...

following!


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kagey10 said...

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got you on my blogroll!

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kagey10 said...

http://twitter.com/kagey10/status/1028929493

twittered!

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Anonymous said...

Love it all! My favorite is the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

janehixon said...

I love the Twigs Scarf in Gray.......

betty R. said...

the black Damask Pullover Hoodie would be great this winter! merry christmas and enter me please...

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etrnlone said...

everything is so nice, but i love the Twigs Scarf in Gray

SeahorseLady said...

I love the graphics on her designs. However, the sizes aren't for plus size-large breasted women and none of her great clothes would fit me. I would be willing to pay extra for larger sizes because the designs are so great.
I would pick the beautiful Twigs Scarf in Gray for myself or the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray for my younger sister who could fit in her sizes.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I also follow your blog.

Anonymous said...

I would choose the " Chocolate Vintage Longsleeve shirt (Large). It is such a pretty design, and would look great with my jeans :)

goddesspaula17@aol.com

AllieOop said...

The black and white Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo is gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway.
aghendrick@aol.com

Jen said...

I SERIOUSLY love her stuff! If I won I'd pick the floral long sleeved tee in celadon

ikkinlala said...

If I won, I'd choose the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray.

Betty C said...

These tees are awesome. I especially love the Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo.

Bunny B said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/bunnyb/status/1030275035

bunnybx at gmail . com

Bunny B said...

Blogged: http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2008/11/downtown-boutique-giveaway.html
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Bunny B said...

You're on my blogroll.
http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com

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NesieBird said...

Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Robin's Egg Blue is my favorite. Thanks!

bonobo said...

I love the blossom pullover hoodie.

Emily said...

Beautiful designs! I like the Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo.

martha said...

My favorite is the Chandelier Tee in Raspberry. Please count me in and thanks for the contest!
codisweepstakes at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I was immediately drawn to the Vintage Damask Pullover Hoodie.
I love the contrast of the white ink against the black cloth and the longer length is perfect for creating a lean look.
The graphic being solely on the back is great as I tend to shy away from prints across the front (walking billboard for company XYZ)
Thank you for the opportunity and for introducing me to a wonderful line.


aka_burtsgirl@hotmail.com

sehurtad said...

I'd choose the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray

Smiles Across Miles said...

I would choose the Flake-i-fied Long Sleeve Organic Tee in Blue

Rhonda said...

What beautiful clothing! My girls would love the Floral Long Sleeve Tee in Celadon. Thank you for offering this giveaway!

rhonda (at) acedesignstudio (dot) com

Blessings Abound said...

I like the flake-i-fied long sleeve organic tee! Thanks!

akblessingsabound[at]gmail.com

jennem said...

I'd choose Antique Damask Long Sleeved Tee in Avocado
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
Vintage Damask Pullover Hoodie in Black

joannaonthelake said...

Wow, all the designs are just spectacular and so very unique! I love them all! My very favorite is the Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Celadon. I think this is simply the most beautiful shirt I have seen in a long time. I love to wear a pair of hot jeans and pair this shirt with them. To me, the perfect outfit! Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

Xenia said...

My favorite is the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray, it looks so comfy yet chic.

Thanks!
xpsundell(at)gmail(dot)com

lace said...

These are all beautiful shirts. I'd pick the Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Celadon.

Kari said...

Vintage Damask Pullover Hoodie in Black is my favorite!

Kari said...

Im a subscriber!

Bonnie in FL said...

what beautiful shirts it was so hard to deside on just one but I love the Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Robin's Egg Blue

Bonnie in FL
blday50@gmail.com

valerie2350 said...

dandelion wishes is really cute :)

micaela6955 said...

I like the Chandelier tee in Raspberry, such a pretty color!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

micaela6955 said...

I am a new follower of your blog!

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Rockin' Mama said...

I like the Twigs Scarf in Gray

jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

Tanya W. said...

I like the Entanglement Tee Made From Bamboo

Leah said...

I love, love, love the Tim the Dinosaur Onesie (12 to 18 months)!! Perfect for my ds!!! : )))

Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

Leah said...

And, I TWITTERED about this fabulous give~away.......user name: leahita.

https://twitter.com/leahita/status/1031411648

@rioosodesigns. Love your fabulous Ellembee giveaway!! http://tinyurl.com/62ebqx

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rosannepm said...

Fo' shizzle my sprizzle Long Sleeve tee in cafe latte in medium would be one of my favorites
rosans4@comcast.net

Renee G said...

I like the Antique Damask Long Sleeve Tee in Avocado the best (Medium).

rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

Stacie said...

I would get the Vintage Damask Pullover Hoodie in Black (medium). Great store!

stacie_vaughan@hotmail.com

C.L. Morin said...

I would take the Fo' Shizzle my Sprizzle Scarf in Oatmeal.

tlpounds said...

Too many cute ones! I think my favorite is Floral Long-Sleeved Tee in Robin's Egg Blue though.

Thanks for the great contest!

traceys [at] suddenlink [dot] net

Embee said...

I'd love the Flake i fied long sleeve t.

Samantha P said...

the These are a few of my favorite things... Cadet Jacket in Heather Gray is really cool!

Lilith Silvermane said...

Lucy the Ladybug Onesie in Lemon Yellow would be wonderful in 18-24 months for my dark haired princess!!

LilithSilvermane(at)gmail(dot)com

kohndr said...

Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray

kohndr@gmail.com

Swtlilchick said...

I love the Twigs Long Sleeve Pullover Hoodie in Gray.it is so cute.Thanks for the giveaway


CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Jinxy and Me said...

I would like the Dandelion Wishes on Turquoise Scoop Neck Tee. Very cute!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the Vintage Damask Pullover Hoodie in Black, from Ellembee: I just love the white-on-black design on the back of the hoodie!

Helen said...

I love the Tricked out Tree Cadet Jacket.

Heather said...

Twigs Tee in Leaf Green is pretty awesome...but then again, they're all awesome.

memetu said...

dandelion wishes tee in brown sz L

donna444444 said...

I would get the Vintage Damask in Chocolate.
donna444444@yahoo.com

donna444444 said...

I put you on my blog roll.
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Bakersdozen said...

I would get the Chandelier Long Sleeved Tee. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

holly said...

I'd get the Lacy Indigo V-Neck Short Sleeved Shirt!
hollyollyberry[at]yahoo[dot]com