{The Nester}

Have you met The Nester? I know I’ve written about her and her amazing blog/tassels/fun personality here at Gussy has a lot to say. I just know it!

First off, the day I received my very first comment from her on my blog I instantly acted like I was 12. Yup. Gussy acted like a twelve-year-old. A baby, if you will ;) She wrote something about loving my ruffles and wanted to marry my shop.

And I loved every second of it :)


I’ve written about The Nester here, here, here, here and here. And here.

But I’m not linking any more posts because then I’ll be embarrassed.

The point is that The Nester has thousands of hits on her blog every month {so many people love her}. She’s honest, hilarious, and humble. She loves to decorate and make her house a home. And I love to read her blog :)

Over the year we’ve made contact. I post on her blog things like:


I was thinking the same thing for your living room wall!

and, I’ll be over next week to see it myself!

Oh, stop. I don’t write those things. But I do leave comments {because I always have a lot to say}.


What I also love is that The Nester and I recently worked together to create something beautifully ruffle’d and full of color. We emailed back and forth on the color palette and it took me about 0.274 seconds to dream up the perfect fabrics.

And then I found the perfect fabrics, bought them, sewed them, and made The Nester her very own Gussy laptop bag.

For real.

{See for yourself.}


Isn’t her laptop bag lovely?


Should have kept it for myself ;)

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{I just couldn’t stop typing…}

Fall has arrived in Minneapolis! I could see Zack’s breath this morning on our walk to work. The season is approaching fast… I hope winter doesn’t visit Minneapolis that abruptly. Who am I kidding? I’m sure it will :) Gussy is prepared, though! My cute mittens will be arriving this week. I just know I’m going to treasure them; they are so adorable. Have you ordered anything new for the season?


Look at this snazzy, sassy number I put together tonight:

And, it smells great.
Double bonus.

I’m really loving the cooler weather.
Pillows, special yellow blankets, and to-die-for candle scents are on the top of my favorites list! I also found my yarn and knitting needles. I’m working on my domestic skillz by sewing a little cozy for our bookshelf.


Another great cold-weather fav. is my crock pot. Last night we had Upside Down Chicken Pot Pie. Tonight we’re having Tomato Basil Bisque Soup with Gourmet Grilled Cheese.
{That means like three slices of cheese!}

We should do a recipe swap, yes?


Guess what else would be great for newly arrived cold-weather?
Some houndstooth fabric, of course.

My friend Natalie suggested the idea to me and I love it! :)


How lovely are these
hand dyed ribbon roses?!

{I’d love a bowl of them for around the house.}

Buy them for me?


Lastly, did you know Gussy is having an Etsy sale? In addition to the two giveaways you could enter {I believe they end soon}, there’s a sale to celebrate 150 Etsy transactions.

{Actually, I’m at 151, but that’s a bit besides the point, right?}

The sale looks like this:

Go ahead, click the banner, visit my site,
and tell me your thoughts — they are
always welcomed.

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{a peek into our home}

We moved into our apartment
{from Detroit to Minneapolis} four weeks ago yesterday. My goodness! Some days it seems like just yesterday; other days it seems like we’ve been here for a lot longer. There are great pros to Minneapolis, just like there are cons to not living in Michigan. Today I’d like to focus on all things positive.

There are a lot of things going on with sewing, Gussy, and our new lifestyle. I have to work a lot harder to keep things going forward. When we lived in Michigan, I sewed full-time. I blogged full-time. I was able to put in hours and hours and hours into this business.

Nowadays I have to find other {creative} ways to keep it going. There are a lot of sales and other events going on to help me with that.


I’m having a sale: 20%-off, refunds via PayPal.

There, I told ya ;)

Other events = two giveaways: here and here. Both ladies hosting are fun, creative, and full of spunk. I love to read their blogs because I look forward to their inspiration, laughter-causing, and creativity.

{I know I’m getting off-track here.}

{But this is my blog.}

te he he :)

After seven months without a “job”, two weeks living in another state, and an entire month of zero sewing, my life officially changed. We moved 13 hours away, live in an apartment instead of a house, and I now have limited hours where I can sew, blog, photograph, cook, dream, and be sassy. Sigh. See? My life has changed. BUT I WILL NOT BE CHANGED!!! I have to adapt, and adaptation means coming up with a new game plan so I can continue my Gussy success.

You should see me argue with myself {or Zack} only to realize I was right {or Zack}.

Certainly there are other things I do besides sew and talk {but not much, OK? Not much.} I knit, talk on the phone {see? more talking!}, work, ride the city bus while struggling to not laugh, stare/eavesdrop or miss my stop. I also like to make up new phrases, like:

When worse comes to shove, and Spilled the juice {instead of beans}.

If none of that makes sense to you, understand you haven’t missed much. Really. Not too much.

Honest, I’m trying hard to reel this back to a point.


My life has changed. Change can be good. Gussy isn’t the same as it was back in November when I sewed my first stitch on my vintage sewing machine. But I believe Gussy today is better than the Gussy nearly one year ago.

With all of this change comes a new normal. I’m going to have to struggle through it and find a way to make it work. I know {and God knows, too} there is a way to make it all work. I bought some fabric over the weekend and made it work into this:

Dear Neighbor,

I’m not sure what you’re doing, but please stop hammering on your floor.

Love, Gussy

Earlier I typed, Today I’d like to focus on all things positive. Back to that thought. Below are some pictures of our new home. Are you ready to see them? They are all things positive, warm, comforting, and family-filled.


Super awesome bookshelf holding all things super awesome:

.baby palm tree, a plant split between my maid of honor and me
.wedding pictures
.decanter from Zack’s grandfather
.books, cookbooks, and coffee table books
.pottery made back in my college girl days ;)
.family pics
.my grandmother’s teacups

My lovely, lovely, lovely red textured couch.

I love this couch.

My parents used it when they were first married. It then followed me to college, to my first apartment upon graduating, and now our third home together as hubb + wife.

Remember when I took this couch and moved out?
That was a red hot, sassy day.

This yellow blanket is a bridal shower gift from mama Gus. It’s from our favorite store in Lansing, MI — October Moon. I picked the color and texture of the blanket because I knew it’d be beautiful draped over our couch. Or even on the floor in a frumpy hump. {Just being honest!}

This antique turquoise swivel chair is from my mother-in-law. She found it, thought it would look great with our couch, and gave it to us. It’s amazing and served as my Etsy backdrop for many photos. I hope to bring it back to the scene!

Before our lease ended in Michigan, Zack and I spruced up the two end tables. We put a white wash on them one hot Sunday afternoon… our first decorating project together. Aside from painting the house in Michigan.


If you’d call that an us project ;)

Bed frame + little bird lamp + textured white throw blanket = happy Gus!

engagement picture + bird pretty + wedding collage + Ikea plant = happy Gus!

see my wedding bouquet?


What are some positive things in your life and home?

I encourage you to make them focus points in your home to so you can remember the positive memories and meanings they bring.


Three things {remember how it takes me 15 minutes to say Goodbye?!}

.20%-off Etsy sale
.giveaway #1
.giveaway #2


Bye! :)

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