Giveaway: $100 Gift Certificate to Gussy Sews

Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you!

Today I’m giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to Gussy Sews!

Gussy Sews is the creative brainchild of Maggie Whitley, aka “Gussy” as she is affectionately known.

I am a happy fan of this wonderful shop of hand-sewn bags and accessories.  I was drawn to the lively patterns and the adorable ruffles.  I think you’ll like Gussy’s work, too!

If you’re looking for handmade gifts for the women and girls on your list, or if you’re looking to treat yourself, this shop is a good place to browse.

One of my daughters and my niece are each are going to receive a Gussy Girl purse under the Christmas tree this year.  I have several of the small zippered pouches (I couldn’t resist that super fun houndstooth print) that I use for my cell phone, ipod, and to keep my smaller knitting tools in.

I think Gussy Sews embodies the idea of something being useful and beautiful (and fun!) at the same time.

Learn more about this charming shop and how to win the gift certificate.

Gussy is self-taught and I appreciate what she says in her bio about her sewing being the result “…of having a big enough passion to learn who, what, where, when and {most importantly} why behind sewing.”

As someone who aspires to a better relationship with her sewing machine myself, I certainly admire that attitude.

I think Gussy’s  Christmas stockings would be lovely this holiday season.  Many of Gussy’s products would make a nice gift, of course, but would also be a fun treat for yourself.  I know that I’ve got my eye on the laptop bag (Santa, are you paying attention?)

One Simple Kids reader will win a $100 Gift Certificate to Gussy Sews!

How to win

Everyone has two chances to win. Here’s how:
1. Comment on this post, answering this question: When is the last time you treated yourself?
2. For an extra entry, “like” Gussy Sews and Simple Kids on Facebook. — Then leave an additional comment letting me know you’ve done so.  If you are already a fan, thank you!

This giveaway will end tonight, Wednesday, December 1st at 11:59 p.m. EST I hope you win! We’ll announce the winners of all the holiday giveaways at the end of the week. This giveaway is now closed.

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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Jenny Brown says:

    My family and I went to Disney World earlier this month. I’m a small business owner and homeschooler. I treated myself by giving myself permission to forget the responsibilities and play with my kids and husband. It was magical. (And I’m still playing catch up but it was WORTH IT!)

  2. Jenny Brown says:

    I liked “Gussy Sews” on fb.

  3. Today – with a Peppermint Zebra Mocha!

  4. Fan on FB!

  5. I bought a new laptop this year. But I use it for work and play, does that count?
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  6. Little treats, daily. Big treats? about a month ago, I bought Mama a New Bag!

  7. I’m “treating” myself right now! I decided to take the last two weeks off of work before my due date with baby #1. I’m on day 2 of those two weeks, and it’s SOOOOO nice not to stress about working, feet swelling by the end of the day, being dog-tired, and not having the energy to nest like I want to!
    Kristina´s latest post: Youd think by now

  8. New shoes a few weeks ago!

  9. I last treated myself…now. Dude, it is late. But it’s ME time!

  10. I’ve liked you both on facebook!
    Kristina´s latest post: Youd think by now

  11. I treated myself to the prettiest boots last month. 🙂

  12. The last time I treated myself was today, with a sour cream sugar cookie 🙂
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  13. Ha! I rarely treat myself. But I did buy myself a skirt to go with my leggings this winter. Makes me feel a little more girly and gives my step a bounce.

  14. I like both on facebook.
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  15. Amy McGrath says:

    Rented a girly movie last week, took some time away from my home business and enjoyed some ‘me’ time.

  16. I like gussy sews and simple kids on fb.

  17. I recently bought a silk ring sling in a fabulous lime green. I can’t wait to get it in the mail — total splurge for me.

  18. Amy McGrath says:

    I “like” Gussy Sews and Simple Kids on Facebook.

  19. I’m not sure, but it was pre-baby=).

  20. About a month ago, I treated myself to an afternoon of reading and enjoying several cups of tea.

  21. I can’t think of anything specific, but life has been full of goodness – family time, close friends, family, good food, etc.

  22. Occasionally I treat myself to a decent bar of chocolate, but never anything more expensive than that.

  23. I treated myself to a pair of clearance boots when christmas shopping last week!
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  24. I needed a little encouragement, but my mom helped me out financially with a haircut in a REAL hair salon. I stayed under the dryer longer than necessary, just to indulge and read gossip magazines!

  25. The last time I treated myself was the day after Thanksgiving! I bought a Flip Camera for my business and my Little Man! 😀
    Tara McClenahan´s latest post: Who Do We Want Teaching Our Children

  26. Following both GussySews and SimpleKids on FB now!! YAY!
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  27. A few months back I bought a cute wristlet that I use as a wallet/cell phone holder/etc when I don’t want to carry a purse or diaper bag. It was a little pricey, but I love it!

  28. Being a mother, I put others first before myself. I do forget to treat myself sometimes. The last time I had a nice treat was going to a spa, which was a rare! After getting a spa treatment, I came home a happy woman! We just need to remind ourselves it’s OK to have a treat! BTW, I love the patterns!

  29. Last week I purchased a new coat after trying to put my pre- baby winter coat on. It was such a splurge for me. It felt strange to put my needs before my family’s needs, but us mom’s need to do that every now and then.

    I liked both on facebook

  30. Abigail Gunter says:

    In May, my husband treated my daughter and I to hair cuts and pedicures.

  31. It was a treat when we went to a concert in October. It was SO much fun.

  32. I never treat myself, but if I had to guess I would say pre-children.. so almost 6 years ago….

  33. I can’t remember….maybe it will have to be this afternoon. 🙂

  34. I treated myself just last week. My birthday money was burning a whole in my wallet and I bought a new sweater!

  35. The last big splurge was five years ago on our 20th wedding anniversary. We saved for and splurged on a trip to NYC. But that was pre quitting my teaching job to homeschool and husband starting his own business. So even though 25 will be coming up in January, it will not be quite so an elaborate celebration.

  36. My husband & I haven’t treated ourselves in any grand ways as of late but we find joy in lots of little things…tasty food, hot cocoa, sweet treats;)

  37. not sure when but I did have a twix today 🙂

  38. Hmm I last treated myself to go to the theatre a month or so ago – it was fantastic!

  39. Hmmm… I’m pretty good about treating myself, but the thing that I like happens to be homeschool stuff. 🙂 So, I guess it’s been awhile outside of that.
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  40. I like both of FB!
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  41. The last time I treated myself…little things, recently. Big things? I’m drawing a blank!
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  42. Kiersten H. says:

    Yesterday, I got a new haircut!

  43. I can’t remember….

  44. Paulette Houston says:

    Treated myself with 2 long sweaters to wear with my leggings–my favorite winter outfits

  45. honestly, i can’t really remember! money has been tight so there hasn’t been much room for treating. 🙂

  46. Money is tight with an unemployed spouse. Treating myself hasn’t happened in a while. The last time was a book from the bookstore. Something to loose myself in while eating lunch at work.

  47. I treat myself to a piece of dark chocolate everyday after lunch. Wait! Just did. 🙂

  48. I have liked… and like too!
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  49. In a way I guess I treated myself today. The kids and I went on a field trip to a regional park for a workshop about snakes, and I let them run around and play so I could linger awhile in the beauty of the fall day. We had a lot of work we could (should?) have been doing, but it was good for my mental health.
    Kara´s latest post: Im A guest with LK Hunsaker Thoughts and Sketches