{sew thankful!}

WOWZERS! Yesterday was an insane day, but I loved it!!! :] I feel like I spent the entire day printing your Gussy orders ;] It was so wonderful! We decided to have Jessie to work full-time until we get caught up, but guess what — I’d secretly love if she stayed full time. Wishin’ and a hopin’! And {blush}, all the sales brought Gussy Sews to the front page of the Speciality Stores section // JUMPS UP AND DOWN!!! I’m only a little excited, hah!

[I even spy some of my friends shops!!! yay!]

I decided to consider this Christmas my “first” Christmas for the biz, since last year I still had a day job. I feel like I always I wake up each day and think, I have a lot to do, but then I think, YES! I HAVE A LOT TO DO :] Every hour of the workday slips out of my hand so quickly. I’ve broken down each part of the day and do specific tasks during those times so I’m most productive during each part. But I always find myself pleading with the clock for more time. Not in a bad way, just a “I love this” type of way :]

I guess when you heart something so much, this happens…?

This time last year, we had been in Minneapolis only a few months. There were a lot of, God, WHY are we here? thoughts, but through the passing of time we’re now able to look back and see a bit more of God’s plan for our family/Gussy. Can’t wait to see what else is in store.


My Press page is growing — hooray! I continue to sew ruffles and ya’ll continue to buy ’em. Sew thankful! Our red plaid wristlet is featured in issue #49 {dated Dec. 6, but on the rack right now} of OK! Magazine ~

One last thing: Remember to enter in the November sponsor feature/giveaway post, found below or click here. ♥ ♥

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{group giveaway :: November sponsors}

This giveaway is now closed.

Each month, Gussy sponsors have the opportunity to participate in a group feature &/or giveaway promotion. With the feature option, sponsors can highlight their shop by showing off new products. Or, sponsors can pair it with a giveaway item to draw even more attention to their shops.

This group giveaway will run through Wednesday afternoon {12/1} — it’s open to the US & Canada, and one winner will win all 13 items! I’ll announce the winner on Thursday {12/2}.

*This giveaway post is unique in that there will also be a second winner {this winner must be local to Minnesota} — scroll through and see why :]

To enter in the giveaway —

Please leave a comment below & say hello.
If you love what you see, consider visiting their shop/blog and saying hello there as well :]


It’s Vann —

shop * blog
giveaway: you pick three, mini-button earrings {seen here}

Froggy Girl Designs —

giveaway: $15 shop credit

Back40Life —

shop * blog
giveaway: $25 shop credit

The Bloomin’ Boutique —

giveaway: $25 shop credit

Beso Handbags —

shop * blog
giveaway: $25 shop credit

Circleline Studio —

giveaway: “Dear Santa…” wall decal

The Vintage Pearl —

shop * blog
giveaway: $50 shop credit

Shaggy Baggy —


Something Diane Made —

shop * blog
giveaway: Brimmed Hat with Flower
(Winner picks size, Newborn to Adult (S, M, L) and colors(s)

Sew What by Saira —

giveaway: $25 shop credit

Joyeful Art —

giveaway: blank note cards featuring Joye’s artwork

My Girl Thursday —

shop * blog
giveaway: the yellow scarf

Ahmelie —

shop * blog
giveaway: set of tile coasters {winner picks design}

Apearently Sew —

shop * blog
giveaway: the Autumn Floral small wristlet clutch


a special giveaway just for Minnesota bloggers ~
Heidi Lynn Photography —

giveaway: $100 shop credit towards services or products

*If you live in MN you are eligible to enter this specific giveaway item. Please leave a comment sharing you live in MN ~ we’ll pick a random winner based on this eligibility. thanks :]

Sponsoring Gussy Sews helps me continue my passion for sewing, connecting and sharing my ruffles with you. If you’d like to sponsor this blog // promote your shop or blog, email me at gussysews@gmail.com

There are a few spots open for December, as well as a *new* XL ad open on the 15th {limited to one shop/blog per quarter and includes an individual feature/giveaway post}. To see prices & more info, click here.

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{Christmas decorations + a thankful list}

Yesterday afternoon Zack and I decorated for Christmas — it was so fun to see the tubs of decorations and add in some reason for the season decor. I’m loving all the red, green & silver paired with all the gorgeous wood details inside the house. The house looks so cozy now! I’m loving it :] Yay! Now, if only our fire place really worked… *wink* I’m excited to share some quick detail pics with you (prettier pics to come soon!)…

Top left to bottom right: Little Bauer, totally loving the tree (and all our fun ornaments) that he can hardly sit up ;] // birdies sitting with some ornaments hung on their cage // amazing candle holders from Ikea. I love the height and fun-ness of the ornament atop one of the holders (instead of a candle) // layering texture and seasonalvdetails on our mantle.

Top left to bottom right: pretty ornament from Target {bought last year} // new Ikea decorations, loving the red and how they can be used throughout the year // itty-bitty Christmas tree, bought last year as a “our first Christmas in MN” gift // my collection of Christmas tins, thanks Mom!

Each year Zack and I have even more things to be thankful for, and this year I’m happy to have on our list ~

* our puppy, Bauer {we adopted him 6 weeks ago [!!!]}
* Being my own boss :]
* My assistant, Jessie
* A happy marriage & friendship
* Our wonderful family ♥
* Moving to an amazing house that’s allowed the biz to grow even more
* Health {I’ve lost about a handful of pounds since having a pup to walk each morning}
* A running car
* A brain that can handle all the things on my to-do list {most of the time *wink*}

What are you thankful for this year?

PS. come back this afternoon for the November sponsor feature & giveaway post :]

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{get ready for Cyber Monday}

Shop Gussy Sews on Monday {Nov. 29} from 6am – 9am CST and receive our largest discount code of the year! Use code CYBER30 at checkout and save 30% immediately :]

Here’s a quick glimpse of the savings ~

* Remember, this includes sale/ready-to-ship items // not valid on gift certificates or baby blankets // gift certificate credit can not be used Monday from 6am – 9am CST when checking out.

Want to know what MY favorite Gussy items are?

A huge, huge, mega big hug to everyone who shopped on Friday, those of you who will shop tomorrow {Monday} and of course all past & future shoppers

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