{custom order sale + new products coming}


– Gus has brought back custom orders –

And to celebrate how easy it is to order we’re having a custom order sale*!

All orders $40 – $100 will receive 10% off;
all orders $100+ will receive 15% off.

*sale ends 5/21


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The shop is being re-stocked right now!

Thursday morning you’ll find a new selection of:

*netbook/iPad bags
*smart phone zipped pouches
*checkbook covers
*make-up bags {with flat bottoms!}
*clutches
*laptop bags
&
*tote bags

Yeow!

To continue the Gussy celebrations, please use discount code “CELEBRATE” at checkout* to save 15%

*Code valid 5/20 – 5/21

There’s more!
Stop by my blog for even more fun this week.

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{SURPRISE! Gussy weekend}


I’m absolutely positive the LORD blessed me with
the most perfect husband!


Friday evening came and our adventurous, “yay for Gussy” surprise weekend started. Zack took me to Outback Steakhouse and we relished over a weekend of NO WORK. Drinks, appetizers, steak, seafood — yum! We had a great date.


Saturday morning I woke up and remembered we were in the living room. Friday night we decided we wanted to watch TV but didn’t want to use the little TV in our bedroom. So… Zack pulled the mattress and blankets into the living room. Hah! We are so fun :]

Then Zack told me I had a 1pm appointment. We walked downtown to a fancy hotel, up the steps, and to the desk of LifeSpa Salon where Zack gifted me with an hour-long body massage. The girls working said, Ohhhhh, this is the surprise appointment, right? And I said yes and then they squealed with excitement. They asked what we were celebrating so I told them about Gussy… So fun!

Afterwords we walked downtown, had a late lunch, bought some wine…

We walked through this neighborhood on our way home…

Once we were back home Zack said we needed to pack our bags for a night away and to include a dressy outfit. I thought, Oh yes! We’re going on a hot date! And we totally did :] We took the bus downtown to the hotel, checked-in and this is what I saw:

It was so fun getting dressed-up for our dinner date at the hotel. Of course it took a while to get ready because there was a small flat-screen TV in the bathroom… Ahem. We headed down to the lobby, Zack snagged a Taxi, and we were off to dinner.

We went to a Japanese Steak House called Ichiban. SO YUM! A woman at our table was celebrating her 51st birthday with her family so the Chef made her something special while sauteing the vegetables.

Sunday morning we went to Starbucks for “brunch”, saw a matinee movie {How To Train Your Dragon}, and then headed home. Such a fun, fun weekend :]

Zack gave me a super memorable weekend. It was sooo amazing to be celebrating the entire weekend and for it to be surprise after surprise. Thanks babe! I love you :]

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{How I quit my day job.}

Earlier this year I started dreaming of making Gussy my full-time job. I knew that one day I didn’t want to work two jobs anymore, I just wanted to be Gussy girl. It’s no wonder that people want to know, Gus, how did you do it? Because c’mon, it is a dream for so many of us to have our own business. And while there is no one simple answer, I do believe it is an overall simple process because it involves being who you are. And I know you probably hear that all the time, but that is because it’s true! Think about it, if you aren’t yourself then you have to be someone else. And how long can you act like someone else before your mask breaks {and how hard would it be…}?

So just be yourself :]

However, it may be a long process, or a short one. Every person’s story is unique. But I believe it can be a simple process, too.

So today I’d like to share with you a few things that helped me make my largest life dream to-date become a reality. Right now, as you read this, I am on Day 1 of being self-employed. I’m out shopping for fabric, sewing orders and new items, and reading my email. Zack surprised me with a truly amazing celebratory weekend so I was offline for 2.5 days — the first time in months. I’ll share all the details tomorrow :] So I hope you’ll be back to celebrate our fun weekend with me. Actually, all week I have fun things planned, so maybe you’ll stick around a bit longer?

The following are some things that helped me start a hobby, but also helped us to know when it was time for this to be my exclusive job. {For more blog/business posts, please read through my blog/biz 411 category.}

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5 things that helped my business bloom:


1. Find a trade you want to learn and study it
  • It’s important to figure out your learning style and find tutorials/books that teach in that style
  • Whether you get stuck or just want to know more, never stop asking questions and learning



2. Transform your blog into a personal and professional tool
  • The sooner we realize we are not alone, the faster we can succeed in life {partnerships are priceless}
  • Find people and help them. Share your life with them. Teach them and be taught by them. Allow yourself to learn with them
  • Spend some serious time mapping out goals for your blog: What topics do you want to cover? Where do you want your blog to go? What can you do to make it a resource for others? How can your blog help you?
  • Find blogs that you can connect with as a person and a business



3. Try. Fail. Try. Mess up. Try. Fail. Try. Succeed!
  • If you give up you won’t ever know your maximum potential
  • Each time you “fail”, take it as an opportunity to make it better for the next time. And doesn’t practice make perfect? :]
  • Have faith in yourself and the talents you’ve been given


What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? -Robert Schuller



4. Set major goals: The Count Up / Family Goal:

One night, about 8 weeks ago, Zack and I sat down and talked about what we could do to make quitting my day job to pursue Gussy full-time a serious reality. Since Zack and I are both salaried we know exactly what our paychecks are going to be every month. We mapped out our bills in two week increments {we get paid every 2 weeks} and took ALL LEFTOVER MONIES AND PUT IT IN THE BANK. I had to put that in caps because that is how extreme we were in saving. Some times we slipped, I’ll be honest, but we were always moving forward.

Do you know why this is important? If you don’t tell your money where to go then it will disappear. Tell me you know that, too?

We wrote down what we could pull from our paychecks to save, along with what I could pull from Gussy income. I even set some serious goals once I realized I was able to save more Gussy income than originally planned. {Yeow!}

Roughly 8 weeks later we have saved nearly 3 months of my salary as emergency fund back-up funds for Gussy. That is our Family Goal. Right now we are at 89%. We are short 11% of our savings. Yeow! How’s THAT for an accomplishment?! We are so amazed over this goal. I am a big “security” girl — I like to know how things are going to work out before they even happen. Hah! So leaving a salaried job to pursue my passion was a leap of faith. But really, how could I not take that leap?!

The incredible part of this is that this Family Goal is going to just be sitting there, waving at us saying, Hello. I’m here looking pretty but you don’t need me at all.

And Zack and I are sitting over here, saying, Hello. Thanks for sitting pretty for us, but we don’t need you. {OK, fine, Zack is really saying, Thanks for being a security blanket for my wife.}

So please watch with us as we scrape to pull together the last 11 percent and thank you so much for helping us get this far :]



5. Find people that will encourage you.

Zack and I are oh-so blessed to have great families and friends. As soon as we told them our desires for Gussy and showed them our plans they were immediately on board. I remember one conversation specifically. My mom was visiting and we had asked her, What do you think about Gussy? Should I try and pursue it full-time? And she answered, I think if you don’t do it soon you’re going to miss your chance. That was just so huge for me to have affirmation from a very important person. I know this was God’s plan all along and recognizing that, coming up with a plan — it all fell right into place.

Zack is also a huge factor in all this. He helped me in 3 big ways: First, he literally helped me with the chores that were hard to find the time for. Secondly, Zack has always been positive and perfect with his endless encouragement. Lastly, he helped me to see what’s most important. Sigh… I’ll be honest: many nights Zack did the dishes after dinner, he did most of the chores, and some times our apartment didn’t get cleaned for 3 weeks in a row. Eww. I figured those were all little things, considering the big picture. Right? Zack helped me to see the the big picture.

What is the saying, No pain, no gain? {Like not doing housework was painful…} But the weeks where I worked until the wee hours of the morning definitely were.

I’m sure those days aren’t over for good, but it’s just a soul-bursting experience to be here today sharing with you in my first day as Gussy girl.


And I’m sew not looking back!

In addition to our families, I must thank those that played a key role. Much love to you all:
The Nester
Darcy {my blog designer}
Lindsay @ Paint Me a Pic
Lindsey @ The Pleated Poppy
Lisa Leonard
Leigh-Ann @ Freckled Nest and
thank you so much for coming back to my blog every day and leaving little bits of encouragement.

Please continue to pray for us as we begin this journey. This community I’ve been blessed with makes me weak at the knees. I am so excited to see where God brings this business and our lives. Let the celebration begin!

[photo credits: weheartit.com]

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{Psalm 118:24-29}


This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

O LORD, save us;
O LORD, grant us success.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you.

The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine upon us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

♥ Psalm 118:24, NIV



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