It is our pleasure to introduce Gail Metcalf of Heart & Sow Designs as this week's Featured Artist. Gail creates a variety of inspirational and retro chic gift items from her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Gail Metcalf HeartnSow Designs Handmade Inspirational Gifts
Gail Metcalf
Introduction to you: I am the owner and artisan of Heart & Sow Designs, handmade inspirational gifts.

I design and create handmade aprons for everyone, blankets, nursing covers, burb cloths, hooded baby towels, Victorian choker necklaces, Victorian lace cuff bracelets, prayer cloths, and retro hair accessories.

Gail has graciously agreed to give away a headband from her shop. For a chance to win the retro bow headband pictured below, please visit and favorite Gail's Etsy shop and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, and Pinterest. Then return here and comment, telling us which item you like the best in Gail's shop. The winner will be chosen at random on Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you are the lucky winner. The winner will be announced in next Wednesday's Featured Artist post. (Regular comments - those without naming the favorite item - are not considered entries.)

heartandsowdesigns retro black and white headband pink print bow
Black & White Bow Headband

How did you get your start on Etsy?

I got started on Etsy from a friend’s recommendation who had heard that Etsy was a great place to sell handmade items, and who also had an Etsy shop.

How did you choose your shop name?

I came up with my shop name, Heart & Sow Designs, from my birth name Hart and because I want to “sow seeds of love from my heart to yours.”

Black and Red Bandana Headband Retro Rockabilly Handmade Wide

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day begins with checking my websites to see what new orders have come in and checking my email for new custom orders too. Then I will finish any items that are already started or begin the creation of new items. In the evenings I still work on my business either sewing or work on marketing online. I love working on my products. I love sewing and seeing my finished products as it gives me such a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

 HeartnSow Designs Heart Apron Polka Dot Pink White Black Hostess Retro Chic
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?

I love the ocean and water so I would love be anywhere that has a beach and water. A tropical island would be just great.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Heart And Sow Designs Retro Halter Apron Blue Checked Shirt Upcycled Hostess Gift
What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?

My favorite item to feature and create is the cute
flirty heart style apron. It has a heart bib with a flirty ruffle around the bottom and trimmed with rick rack.

If it has to be an item in my Etsy shop now, then I would said my
halter shirt apron is an item to feature.

Where else can we find you on the Internet?

My Website:

Comments (14)

On February 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM , Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful shop! I think your aprons are super cute. ;) ~ Celeste from 70x7song

On February 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM , Angels and Everlastings said...

Very nice shop!

On February 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM , The REAL EverSewSweet said...

The halter shirt apron is adorable!

On February 20, 2013 at 5:40 PM , Sue Runyon said...

Great shop, Gail. Such cute items.

Thanks so much to HandiworkinGirls for becoming our newest Wednesday Featured Artist volunteers.

On February 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM , Sheila said...

I like the fingerless gloves too.
Thanks for shining a light on this lovely shop owner!

On February 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM , KarenW said...

Love your shop! I like the school supply apron. Very cute and practical.

On February 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

Love the colors here~


On February 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM , Crafty Mommas said...

I love the lace bracelets, very cute!

On February 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM , Gail said...

Thank you for the honor of being featured here. And thanks for the nice comments. I hope you enjoyed my sites. And good luck to you all in the drawing.


On February 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM , sammysgrammy said...

Lovely interview and shop. I love the kitschy retro vibe. My favorite is the heart apron too.

On February 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM , bananaorangeapple said...

I love the headband!

On February 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM , bananaorangeapple said...
this is the headband I mean!

On February 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM , krafterskorner said...

Lovely shop and great post Handi! Very well written! :)

On February 22, 2013 at 1:08 AM , Yolanda (silvercloud07) said...

Lovely shop! I like this shawl