{“Tell Your Story” Press Release from Red Velvet Art}

Tell Your Story is a six week online art journal class taught by Elsie and Rachel of Red Velvet Art. They’ve designed this class to help you artistically document your daily life as well as your hopes and dreams through daily prompts and challenges. They’ll be sharing book making projects as well as tips and tricks for finding and storing your supplies.

Along with daily prompts you can participate in live chats to get friendly with your classmates and enjoy Q&A time with your teachers. Click here for registration information and more details or e-mail racheldenbow(at)gmail(dot)com. xoxo, Rachel and Elsie


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{Featured Artist: My Little Buffalo}

This giveaway is now closed!

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

Today marks week #19 of my series on Featured Artists. I hope you’ve enjoyed the featured drool-worthy eye-candy shops. Don’t worry, there’s always more :] You can read all back Featured Artist posts by clicking here.

Please join me in welcoming Lisa at My Little Buffalo.


What inspires you?

I like to look at things that inspire me, and anything can really. I might look at the grating from a cheese grater and think, wow that would make a fantastic textile….and then draw that. I love experimenting with other colors, and I really love it when people request something themselves. I love it when people have ideas.

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

My name is Lisa and I am humbly from the midwest, where casseroles and ear muffs flow. I am married to a great man, and I have a cat name Abe. Both love me very well. Currently I now reside on the East side of Portland, OR near Laurelhurst park. We moved here about 3 years ago, and now call Portland our home.

Name something unique to where you live.

Anything goes! You can walk down the street and see a purple haired lady, next to an old man, next to sweatered dog and they are all hanging out together. I love the culture here and the way that people are really conscious (for the most part) of the way they live. Not to mention the beautiful green lushness that is everywhere.

How did you come up with your shop name?

I first came up with the name “My Little Buffalo” a little over a year ago. Here’s the big reveal: it’s actually a pet name for my husband. To understand you need to know two things: 1.) I tend to just call things random names all the time, its just what I do. 2.) When you first get married, there are some things that boys just won’t ever understand about girls. So when my husband wouldn’t understand why I needed to change my shirt three times, or why i needed an EXTRA bowl of ice cream I would reply, “you wouldn’t understand, you are just a buffalo.”

Share a little bit about yourself.

I love Christ and I hope to glorify Him in all that I do. It can be hard though, and easy to think, wow look at all I have created! Only to realize that it was Him the whole time, and not me. Being humble in the art world can be difficult. We need constant reminders.

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


What made you decide to open up shop?

I’ve always had a creative inkling deep inside, doodling is pretty much what got me through college. But I decided to work in the non-profit sector instead. While having brief stints at the Make a Wish Foundation, Africa, and with inner-city youth, I decided to try to give it a go by creating an Etsy shop. From there requests started coming in and I decided that I liked that people liked what I was making, so I continue to do that today.

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

I am 9-5er at a church during the week. It’s really what helped me learn the different aspects of design. What started out as a job with no creative aspect now is full of designing fun things for the church as well. I couldn’t be more grateful for that.

List a few of your most favorite pastimes.

Riding bikes, eating ice cream, and playing in the sun. If I can roll all three of those into one outing, you’ve got one happy camper.

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

Paris. That’s all I need to say about that, are you reading this, Hub?


The Giveaway Goods:

Lisa is giving away a set of Calling Cards

To enter:

Leave a comment sharing a favorite memory involving the telephone :]

  • The giveaway will close Sunday, April 4 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 16 for another Featured Artist post!

Additional links:

Lisa’s Blog
Lisa’s Twitter

{two-day treat: gift with purchase}

Two-day sale, Thursday & Friday
~ gift with purchase ~

all orders over $40 {before shipping}
will mail with a free Skinny Gus zipped pouch {6″x3″}.

Fill your Skinny Gus zipped pouch with…

  • lipgloss or business cards
  • bobby pins + hair ties or candy :]
  • your cell phone / Smart phone

Mother’s Day is May 9 –
a ruffled checkbook cover would be the perfect present.
Order by Friday, April 23 to ensure on-time delivery
{guaranteed for U.S. orders only}.
This spring, give a Gussy.

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And now, for a double dose of fun:
Giveaway Day is set for Monday, April 5!

If you think the Gussy community would heart your wares, send me an email and we’ll chat :]
My love for supporting the handmade community is huge, but there are a limited number of spots for Giveaway Day{because there are only 24 hours in a day…}

Here are the details:
  • $30 entry fee
  • $25 minimum for giveaway item, please (item or shop credit)
  • a short & sweet individual post featuring you and your wares
  • each hour a new shop is featured; the Gussy community is then encouraged to read through and enter the previous giveaway(s)
Want in? Let me know by Friday, April 2 @ Noon CST

Shoot me an email me with “Giveaway Day” in the subject line, and include:

  • your shop {in “http://” format}
  • your blog {in “http://” format}
  • what you are giving away {item or shop credit}
  • and a photo or two of your product/shop/giveaway item
  • your PayPal email address for billing
If your wares are a perfect fit I’ll let you know by Saturday, and the party will start Monday morning.

{Giveaway Day}
Runs Monday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 6 at Midnight!

All winners are announced Wednesday late-morning.

PS. I realize today is April Fool’s day, but no, nothing in this post is a joke. Ruffled honor

{a tiny preview}

What is Gussy doing?
  • thinking a lot about the 26% Count Up
  • organizing + mailing orders
  • cutting fabric for new projects {yeow!}
  • dreaming of all the super exciting things planned for April {lots of giveaways and features!}

Last night, Gussy spent some quality time…
  • with a stack of vintage fabrics,
  • with her rotary mat + cutter,
  • and with her iron

So stay tuned! There are so many announcements, and they start tomorrow! Hope you’ll come back :]