{new product :: Gussy Totes}


Praise the LORD, all bags are now sold out, but I added one more yellow ruffled bag!

I’m going to use this post as an opportunity to brag:

These tote bags are smokin’ CUTE!

Like sew cute I’ve had to force myself to list them for sale. I found this yellow floral fabric last week and it is DARLING! I love that it has gray mixed in. It’s sturdy bag has quilted batting sewn between the layers and is about 5″ wide at the base, so you can fill it with lots of fun things.

Tote bag — diaper bag — gym bag {peww ;] } — How would you use this bag?!

I only made 3 — two with pink ruffles and one with yellow. Click here to shop.

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{(in)courage :: the shop}

Have you been to the (in)courage shop? Many of the (in)courage writers have their wares available — unique wares created just for the (in)courage shop. Inside, you’ll find gifts to decorate your home or yourself — all celebrating life, joyfulness and family.

Here are some of my favorites:

Decorative tassels by The Nester
Be Grateful:

Encouraging books by Holley Gerth
“Rain On Me” collection:

Jewelry by Lisa Leonard
By Grace Alone necklace:

Posy Pins by The Pleated Poppy
Crisp Posy Pin Collection:

Other amazing links: Colorful Kitchen & Tableware Collection, Book Crops — wooden signs, and Everyday Inspiration for Your Home.

What is your favorite item from the shop?

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{this spring & summer…}

…I’m so looking forward to a little more R&R.

Reeses & Rambunctious activity.

Oh? That’s not what R&R stands for?


Rest & Relaxation.

I’ll take that, too :]

The other night, Hubs and I decided we were going to have a packed-with-fun summer. Here are some fun things Zack and I will be doing this summer. Actually our first fun trip this season starts in a few weeks! I’m not sure who is more excited — me or Hubby…

Hubs volunteered to plan it. Umm, Yeow?!

I think we both miss the sunshine, the laziness of life, the smells of the season…

Once that trip is over, we’ll celebrate year #2 of marriage in June ♥. Then a couple trips to Michigan in July… Perfection.

And in between all these events we’ve got planned? Just lots of time lovin’ on each other and being thankful for our heath, happiness, and the homes we came from.

Have a magical day!

[photo credit one, two, three, four, five]

{Featured Artist :: Tracie Seed Designs}

This giveaway is now closed.

Here at Gussy has a lot to say {and sew} we love to look at all things beautiful. Beautiful fabrics, beautiful colors, beautiful stories about finding joy and inner creativity.

Today marks week #20 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.

Please join me in welcoming Tracie at Tracie Seed Designs.


What inspires you?

I look for inspiration every day. I like to look at cool color combinations in magazines or while shopping. My daughter’s drawings inspire me and nature…especially since Spring is coming (live on East Coast so it isn’t here quite yet). I love flowers and floral prints so may of my news designs incorporate them. Lately I am focusing on using recycled items in my designs. My goal is to use 90% recycled materials in my line.

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

I am Texas born and raised (6th generation!). Now I live in Rhode Island and have for 15 years with my husband who is from here. I moved here for love. Big love is the only reason I would leave Texas.

Name something unique to where you live.

Smallest state in the Union. It really is!

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

My maiden name is Tracie Hill and I was born on St. Patrick’s Day. When I was a teenager, I wanted to legally change my name to Clover Hill. If I had, my name today would be Clover Seed!

How did you come up with your shop name?

I like my name and thought it was an easy choice, but I am actually working on changing the name of my shop to ReLove in honor of my recycled designs. I am waiting to build up my recycled line first.

Share a little bit about yourself.

I am married and a mother. I have two kids, two cats, and a Golden Retriever puppy. Since we were only able to have two children, I’ve named our animals my “extra” baby names: Scarlet, Samson, & Morgan

If you had to describe yourself in a word, what would that word be?


What made you decide to open up shop?

I’ve been a long time purchaser on Etsy and decided it was a good outlet for me to get started.

Name your favorite thing about selling handmade.

When I make something, I put a little bit of myself in each piece. I love that the things aren’t manufactured and each one comes out to be its own unique self.

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

I sell full-time but my day and night job is being a mother.

Give us a little glimpse into what a typical day in your life looks like.

Chaos, Breakfast, Chaos, Work, Lunch, Chaos.

Share with us a favorite handmade purchase or shop.

Love my Scrabble Family Pillow from designlab443.

List a few of your most favorite pastimes.

Sewing, scrapbooking, drawing, yoga.

Read any good books lately?

Uh, not lately. I want to!

What is your most prized possession?

Besides my family, I would have to say my wedding ring.

What are three of your favorite foods?

Peanut butter, gala apples, sharp cheddar cheese.

What would you like to learn to do?


What are you listening to right now?

My dog chew on a box.

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

Italy. It seems like such a romantic place in many ways. Plus, I love Italian food and would love some really authentic pasta, pizza and wine in Italy.


The Giveaway Goods:

Tracie is giving away one Flower Bib Fabric necklace, sample below:

To enter:

Leave a comment sharing your favorite color!

  • The giveaway will close Sunday, April 18 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


Please check back Friday, April 30 for another Featured Artist post!

Additional links for Tracie Seed Designs: