{featured artist :: Red Letter Words}

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Here at Gussy Sews we love to look at all things beautiful. Beautiful items that reflect childhood, love, and a joyful spirit; beautiful items that we can share with others.

Today is week #32 of my series on Featured Artists, which is a bi-monthly event showcasing fun and sassy handmade shops! I love searching for new wares to show the Gussy community. You can read all back Featured Artist posts by clicking here.

This week’s Featured Artist is Dee from Red Letter Words, and I’m excited to share her work with you for many reasons ~

    Dee is amazing, I’m so glad we’re friends. I first met her at The Creative Connection {in September} here in Minneapolis, then at Relevant in PA {in October}. Dee’s heart is so wonderful. I am SO proud of her :] Her shop has such a heartwarming message. I love the simplicity of her work and the faith-filled words on her canvases.

    PS. Be sure to scroll down and see what she made just for ME! :]


What inspires you?

In one word? Everything! But here is the most important ~ the Word is endlessly inspiring to me.  I love Jesus and the unchanging truth of the Word.  And that could inspire any number of designs.

Where do you call home? Are you from there originally?

Grand Rapids, MI {woot! Gussy’s home town!}.  We have lived there since I was 12 except for a brief move to San Diego. When I was little we lived in Kansas.

Name something unique to where you live.

www.artprize.org ~  Love, love, love it!

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

If I concentrate hard enough I can usually tell what color m&m I am eating.  I know its freakish.  I can’t eat them in front of people anymore.  It makes me feel like a circus monkey.  My family and friends think this is hilarious.

How did you come up with your shop name?

RedLetterWords.  I love our red letter edition of the bible.  All the words that Jesus spoke are written in red.  Words that are full of life and love and grace and mercy and peace and joy and forgiveness and healing.  And how all those promises are available to all of us everyday we choose them.

Do you have a day job or sell full-time?

Being a wife and mom is my day job :]

List a few of your most favorite pastimes.

Cooking, baking,  going on walks, drinking coffee, traveling, trying new restaurants, playing games, scrapbooking…

Read any good books lately?

* Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman
* My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself by Sue Aughtmon
* Last Christmas I read The Christmas List – does that count as lately??  It was really really good!

What are three of your favorite foods?

Chips, guacamole and salsa.

What would you like to learn to do?

Cook Thai food really well.

What are you listening to right now?

Peace and quiet.  My house is totally silent.

Name one place you must visit in your lifetime and why.

Everywhere!  But Paris for the food and shopping, Israel for the history, and Italy for the scenery are on the short list.


The Giveaway Goods:

Red Letter Words is giving away a 12×12 cafe mount art print & matching 14 oz. candle ~
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me {from Philippians 4:13},
an $80 combined value

Please note, this giveaway is open to US residents only.

To enter:

Leave a comment sharing something positive about your day.

For extra entries {leave a comment for each}:
  • blog or facebook it!
  • tweet this: I am inspired by the Red Letters ~ enter to win a 12×12 canvas & 14 oz. candle by @RedLetterArt via @GussySews’ blog! http://bit.ly/bgJzzp

  • The giveaway will close Sunday, November 7 at 10 pm CST,
    and the winner will be announced the following day
  • An email address must be listed on your blog profile or in the comment you leave
  • Find Red Letter Words on Twitter or their blog

  • Come on back Friday, November 19 for another Featured Artist post!


Dee recently made me a personalized Gussy 20×20 gallery wrapped canvas. And do you know what? IT. IS. GORGEOUS! I got to pick out the words I wanted it to have and Dee did the rest. It arrived in a fabulously packaged box and it is ready-to-hang {jaw drop}.

How fun is this?!

If you’re considering purchasing a canvas from Red Letter Words, plus do it! I know you will be pleased with your canvas. I was able to pick the words, font, and canvas color to match my brand. Love, love.

Christmas is coming and Red Letter Words can help you share the Word, which {swoon}, those Red Letters can provide so much comfort and peace.

I’m going to hang my new canvas in my studio ~ it will serve as a great reminder of where my talents come from, the friendship that have formed from sewing, and of course where my trust is.

*Red Letter Words provided me with a 20×20 canvas but the words in this post {aside from the interview questions/answers} are MINE! When Gussy has a lot to say, those words can’t be bought ;] To read more click here.

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    I LOVE this art! Thank you so much for featuring it! Those red letter words are dear to me, as well. Now I have one more thing to add to my wish list (which already includes a Gussy bag!). I just recently found your work and fell in love with it!

    Something *positive* about my day…it’s happening in just over an hour—my husband and I get to keep our sweet niece tonight! She is beyond adorable. :)

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    First off, these are beautiful! Just looking at the samples you have on your site, well I want them all, and I’m sure there are more available! Something positive about today… 1) It’s Friday! (can I get an Amen!), and 2) Lincoln Brewster is putting on a free worship concert tonight at my church.

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    I love your Gussy one! The highlights of my day: free ice cream at work, realizing I was current enough to leave work at 3, dinner & drinks with friends in 30 minutes!

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    The positive things that happened to me today: The dog is starting to take me seriously, I had a great night’s sleep, and my husband went shopping with me for a dress for our grand daughter’s wedding and I found one on sale! Yipee!

    I was at Red Letter Word’s site recently and loved everything. I am thinking that the “Two Are Better Than One” would be a nice wedding gift for our grand daughter. A good reminder on a hard day.

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    Melissa says

    I love Red Letter Word. I have been to the site many times to look. Every day is a blessing. I am looking forward to tomorrow. I get to spend time with my oldest daughter and help her pick out some thing for her and her new husband’s home. This canvas and candle would look great in their home by the way!

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    Alexandra says

    I love these canvases, especially the ones with Bible verses on them. Having Scripture promises visible around the house is sooooo good for my soul. It reminds me to practice God’s presence.

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    Something positive today is that tomorrow I’m meeting up with my parents. My mom and I are going to a favorite fabric store. yippee! I love how Dee works with the words to share the message. Beautiful.

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    I made it through the week!! We had 2, 13 hour days this week (due to conferences). Therefore, making it through the week…is a major PLUS! ;)

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    Highlight of the day- got my first round of Christmas shopping done for the Christmas we celebrate with my family over Thanksgiving!

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    Beautifully creative! What an awesome job on the Gussy art! I adore the quote from Zephaniah 3!
    My day was so blessed. I was able to sleep in, relax, get some work done and now my family is home and we are snuggling up by the fire.


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    Love these! Thanks for sharing. Something great about my day today – I finally got some answers to my migraines that I’ve been having for two years now. Sweet relief!

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    How lovely! I could use some inspirational words on my office walls. They are completely blank and so boring!

    Something positive from my day? I won a drawing at our new library’s grand opening today. Maybe my good luck will continue????? :)



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    Shannon Vytlas says

    I only worked half a day today, the rest of the day I got to spend with my babies and husband! I love Fridays :)

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I love Zeph. 3:17.

    My day has been great- it’s a Friday after all! AND, I get to have a special dinner tonight with my honey. :)

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    Lesley says

    Tonight I went to prayer meeting at my church. Anyone can come and we share requests, sing a few songs and then pray together. I left so full of God’s love and reminded of all the things he has promised to his children. I love love the canvas’. What an amazing way to showcase God’s word. lesleyking08@yahoo.com

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    Cool site! Something positive about my day today- I made 2 new friends today through a new group I just joined. Happy Friday!

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    Saira says

    I love the canvas!! Beautiful and inspirational!!
    A positive thing about my day is that I have a.wonderful hubby and two happy healthy kiddos that love me and told me how much they appreciate me :) So blessed!

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    Karen Bailey says

    I love your signs. The best thing of my day is Jesus. I am so thankful for all the good gifts he has blessed me with. One gift that I am especially thankful for is gift of life. My daughter received an organ transplant a year and a half ago. She lives because someone choose to be an organ donor. I am thankful everyday.

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    I enjoyed my day with my daughter and granddaughter at a craft fair for bumblebee and sophie…even though it was not a success selling wise. Rejoice always again I say rejoice!

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    A positive of my day was going to Christmas Made In The South for the first time, and getting to see all of the wonderful handmade goodies for sale. I love Red Letter Words.

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    I love your custom sign LOVE it!

    Something positive from today – Bought some Pumpkin Pecan Butter from work (Williams Sonoma) which means – PUMPKIN dessert bars tomorrow :) yummo!

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    Red Letter Words is so inspiring and creative!

    Today was a good day, I’m about to head out for the night to meet the boyfriends friend for his girlfriends birthday! I love meeting new people! Yay for fellowship!

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    Something positive about my day . . . . My sweet husband got up with our children {who could care less about Day Light Savings Time}, so I could have some extra {much needed} sleep!

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    LOVE your Gussy canvas girl! How gorgeous is that? I am so inspired by Dee and her faith! How awesome!!

    Positive about my day? The sun is shining, got to worship with a bunch of great people.. and headed out to pick up my new running shoes!! ;)

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    Today I got to go to church with my sweet husband, and later am going to a BlogLove event! So it’s been a positive day in and of itself! (girlwithblog@gmail.com)