{decorating for the celebration}

I know {from all your comments via Twitter} that so many of you are just achin’ to know who won the impromptu Gussy clutch/wristlet giveaway last night. Her name is Angie H. and she wrote, I love them! I would love to have a clutch!

Angie, please check your email for a little note from me :]

And also, thanks sew much for all 216 comments left. Honestly, it meant to much to have all that lovin’ for my ruffles.


I can hardly believe it…

The number of thoughts running inside my head {just this week alone} has been insane! I truly can’t believe how much work this is. How much FUN work this is. I’m having a little party next week, and those of you signed up for my newsletter will receive all the inside information FIRST! :]

Also, each month I draw a subscriber name to win a ruffled checkbook cover. Sew be sure to sign up!

*I’m planning an online Gussy party!*

And I’ve been busy decorating for the celebration — for example, a special header to promote the celebration. No, silly. It’s not up now. Check back Monday morning! How else are we celebrating? Giveaways, discount codes, new product, too {oh my!}.

So many people have asked me how everything is going and I can’t help but whip out a big smile in return. I mean, my boss was so supportive of my decision, so encouraging — clearly this is the right path for us. Yeowwww!

At some point, whenever I thought of this new adventure, the image of balloons popped into my blonde-haired head.

See, blonde:

{So sorry for the distraction.}

Balloons represent so much: childhood, celebration, fun, freedom.

Are those not words I would use to describe Gussy and this experience of going full-time starting Friday evening?

I’ll answer that for you: they are words I would use. So I can’t help but continue to show you some of my favorite inspiration balloon photos…


“if you want to know where you heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.

A few things I’m looking forward to come Monday:

1. Having more daylight time to photograph new products. I’ve always had a small window for photographing new items, and it’s always only been weekend time. This will be a huge change for me! Sew excited!!!

2. There will be more time to relax and reflect on my business. But I can only look at “more time” as a very positive thing :]

“Weekly Plan: the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

3. There will be more time to reflect on my blog. …Ya know, really love on the Gussy community and set some amazing goals for myself personally and professionally.

4. There will be more time to reflect on my husband and our marriage. My husband is so fun — he’s such an encourager, such a lover. I am so thankful for him and all the patience he’s shown me so that I could grow my business ♥.

[All photos from here.]

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{an impromptu giveaway}

Yeow! They’re baaaaack…

Back in the shop! These wristlet clutches are so cute and have multiple uses: toss in a larger bag, take on a quick trip out — or an evening out with your man! Limited quantities, so hurry.

Let’s do something fun!

Leave a comment to enter yourself to win a clutch of your choice! A winner will be picked tonight!

Want even more chances to win a Gussy?

Visit one of the many giveaways going on right now:

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Remember this photo?

You may remember it by the number of cupcakes sitting on the table compared to the number of people sitting at the table…

Allison @ O My Family and I had met for coffee, cupcakes and chatting. I handed off a Gussy laptop bag and she was going to go home and review it. Yesterday she posted the review and O my! Look at what I saw:

Her darling little babe, sitting in a Gussy bag {swoon}. Soooo darling, I can hardly stand it. Actually, OBaby probably couldn’t stand it either, which is why he sat down. Look at him, don’t you just want to hug him?

I mean…



OK, fine. I’ll stop thinking about OBaby. I’ll go write my to-do list for next week by filling out Daily Dockets from Simple Mom. And then I’ll break it down by day so I can feel ultra-prepared for the ultra-largest thing I have ever done in my life. To-date.

{By the way, is there anything you want to see in my shop? Do share…}

I’m almost free…

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{preparing for next Monday}

This weekend I couldn’t help but reflect on

how this week will be my last week of working a traditional day job. I’m going to let that soak in for a minute…

OH MY GOSH, IT COULD ALSO BE MY LAST WEEK EVER WORKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE!!! I can’t help but feel emotional about it in ways that I haven’t yet felt. Until now. And boy, the emotions are running high. I mean, our lives are going to change drastically — in such great ways — and I can’t help but say Thank you, LORD!

{By the way, as I type this Zack is drilling holes in the wall. I have such a handy man. So hott!}

{Also, I usually write my posts the night before, so technically it’s Sunday evening. Zack just walked by and said, By this time next week you’ll be going to bed to get up in the morning and run your own business. Gulp.}

So as I was saying, this weekend I spent some time reflecting:

  • that this is the last weekend I’ll have to work {unless I want to work}
  • how thankful we are to have this opportunity!!!
  • that I need to pack my bags! This girl is going on a surprise trip next weekend {thanks to Hubbs}
  • on the stomach ache that is forming inside me. I can’t lie, it’s there…
  • that it’s not my job to worry if the sales will continue to come in, or if people will still read my blog in a few months, or if ________ will or will not happy. Nope. That stuff is not for me. It’s for Him. When thoughts like this come to mind I think can think about them for 20 seconds, just long enough to know I need to make a plan and do the best I can… And then I need to pass them along to God and keep the faith

This place is going to be my new office:

Well, part of my new office :]

I also believe that since I’ll soon be home all day, working, we needed to re-arrange some things in our apartment. So we took some frames that were “cluttering” shelf space and hung them on the wall. By “we” I mean Zack did that. Thank you, babe. And we also tidied-up the cords in the entertainment center. Again, by “we” I mean Zack. And I cleaned a lot. And Zack cleaned a lot. And we laundered, and, and, and.

And it was really great.

What else? Oh, thanks for asking. My assistant is back on schedule this week. And I’ve got a coffee date tonight with Melissa :] And things are shaping up nicely here in Minneapolis for the official launch of Gussy. Everything seems to be moving right along for next week :]


How about you? What are you working on/thinking about?

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