It is our pleasure to introduce Helen Gentz of HelensCorner as this week's Featured Artist. Helen lives in Indiana, where she screenprints and sews Scripture-themed baby items.


Ephesians 1:11 Scripture Chosen Baby Bodysuit by HelensCorner

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Introduction to you:
My name is Helen and I'm a follower of Jesus Christ.  I'm 35 years-old, married to my wonderful husband Joel of 7 years.  We have 2 wonderful children, Joshua (4), Elsie (2) and Baby #3 due at the end of October.  My husband is a pastor, which makes me a pastor's wife... but don't let the "title" fool you.  I am human and imperfect like any one of us!  I was born and raised in Brazil, but my family moved to the US when I was 15 years-old.  Having moved a lot while growing up, then attending college in Seattle, grad school in Chicago, then moving to Cleveland and now Goshen, Indiana, I KNOW how CHANGE & TRANSITION can impact one's worldview.  So I rely on the truth that God is never-changing, always consistent, and sovereign.  Being a wife and a parent also teaches me to be the consistent person they need me to be.  And once again, I rely on God's strength, grace and daily mercies to get through each day.  


Baby Girls Pink and White bodysuit Screenprinted Scripture by HelensCorner

How did you get your start on Etsy?  
After my son Joshua was born in 2009, my mother-in-law gave me a sewing machine.  I also got a home screenprinting machine, and at that time, I was just doing simple home projects.  Then I noticed that most of my son's onesies were blank and "blah".  One day while I was nursing Joshua, an idea came to mind.  What if I could share the love of Jesus and WHO WE ARE in HIM by printing those messages in my son's blank onesies?  So I came up with my very first designs... the truth that WE ARE "Loved", "Blessed," "Wonderfully Made", and made "In His Image."  The rest is history... and it's been a blessing!

 
How did you choose your shop name?  
About 5 years ago, the house we lived in had a finished basement. It was literally the “space” I had in my home to get some quiet time. The far “corner” of that basement became my working area. It was there that I learned to sew, began crafting, and eventually became my creative “studio”.

What does a typical day look like for you?  
I get up at 6:30am to get my son ready for preschool.  I spend the morning with my daughter reading books and tidying up the house a bit.  My quiet time begins after she is settled and playing on her own.  I also check emails, FB, and Etsy messages, then head to the post office or bank, or whatever errands I need to run that morning.  I am also a Mary & Martha Independent Consultant, so I dedicate some time during the day to tend to that ministry as well.  On Thursday mornings I attend a mom's group at a local church.  My afternoons are flexible.  I put on my creative hat at night, after the kids are in bed.  That's also when I fill any Etsy orders, screenprint and sew.  But I am fully aware that my schedule/routine will be completely different once Baby #3 arrives at the end of October. :)


Psalm 139:23 Bodysuit Onesie Scripture Screenprinted for Babies by HelensCorner
"Authentic" Psalm 139:23 Baby Onesie
 
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?  
I would be in Leeds,  England, where my sister and her husband live.  They moved there a few years ago and I haven't had a chance to visit them, yet.  Not sure if only one day would be enough, though...


What is your favorite Bible verse?  
I have several, but one that I always go back to is "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." Psalm 16:11


 What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?  
Recently I've been really loving my Fruit of the Spirit onesie.  

Where else we can find you on the Internet?


Facebook: HelensCornerEtsy (www.facebook.com/HelensCornerEtsy)


Mary & Martha site:  mymaryandmartha.com/helengentz

Helen's Mary & Martha Website:  http://mymaryandmartha.com/helengentz

Helen's Corner Blog:  http://helenscornerblog.blogspot.com

Comments (10)

On September 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM , Aloquin said...

These items are beautiful! Glory to God! I have no babies coming yet, but my brother is expecting next year ;)

 
On September 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM , Helen Gentz said...

Thank you so much for featuring me and my work! What an honor and blessing! God bless you all! Hope you take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING I'm offering to all CAST blog readers! Contact me for code!

 
On September 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM , sammysgrammy said...

You onsies are quite an adorable evangelistic tool. His Word never returns void but always accomplishes what He sent it to do.

 
On September 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM , C- said...

Very cute and a great idea for a home business. May God prosper the work of your hands!

 
On September 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM , Mechelle said...

Thanks for sharing this shop. The onesies are so cute!

 
On September 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM , AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I really love that fruit of the spirit onesie also! How wonderful to be so creative!

 
On September 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM , sacra vim said...

Love Helen's shop! I found some new favorites there today, too!

 
On September 6, 2013 at 6:31 AM , bananaorangeapple said...

Great baby clothes!

 
On September 6, 2013 at 8:09 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Great shop. Wonderful ideas and items.

 
On September 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM , Lizzi said...

Helen! I love your shop you know-always have. Glad to see you featured here!