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. When I was pregnant I got a prenatal massage, haircut and pedicure all with in a week. That was some pampering!

  2. Went out to lunch by myself about a week ago! and had dessert.

  3. I honestly cannot remember the last time I treated myself!! It’s so sad!

  4. I like Gussy Sews and Simple Kids on FB!!

  5. Last week I bought myself a pretty new shirt….just because.

  6. It has been a long time since I treated myself! I need to do a better job of finding the time! Thanks!

  7. good question… i treated myself to a warm cup of chai latte!

  8. Donielle Ruth says:

    Just “liked” Gussy sews on Facebook and already a fan of Simple Kids on Facebook!

  9. I have no idea when the last time I treated myself:(

  10. I treated myself just recently with a day to myself…reading, sipping hot cocoa.

  11. I don’t remember the last time I treated myself, I usually wait for a coupon or a sale!

  12. Ummmm…ummmm…uhhhh. About that long ago… : )

  13. I will be treating myself (long overdue) to a me day on the 7th. 🙂
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  14. Liked both sites on fb 🙂

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, the last time I treated myself…I think it’s been too long! If this counts, I treated myself to “free alone time” when my husband was gone in the evening and the baby was in bed. I surfed the internet and read a bit.

  16. Last night. Every Tuesday evening is my “night off.” After dinner I head out to a local coffee shop for my favorite drink and then over to a friend’s house for a crafty night. It’s so very good for my soul!

  17. last saturday – bought the last piece we needed for our nativity!

  18. I like both on Facebook:)

  19. I treated myself to a new pair of pants a couple of weeks ago… I’d gotten a great deal on Groupon and it was about to expire. I’ve got to admit I always feel a little weird/guilty treating myself… but it’s nice.
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  20. Just yesterday – did the Christmas shopping online for myself.

  21. Like you on FB

  22. Jennifer Ott says:

    Treated myself?? My kids are 2, 4, and 6, and I am 9 months pregnant… Probably the Starbucks I got during the deal a few weeks ago…

  23. as my Birthday was Thanksgiving, that would be the last time I treated myself. errr, after i cleaned up from dinner of course.

  24. I recently got some lovely new shoes – they were much needed, but a treat all the same.
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  25. Like on facebook!
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  26. Heather Moll says:

    Is it bad that I can’t remember?!

  27. Heather Moll says:

    I just liked on FB too.

  28. Well, beyond the almost-daily “treat” of chocolate milk, or some other sweet, the last time I treated myself has to have been weeks ago or more… 🙂

  29. Mary Ann Cauthen says:

    I had a professional “therapeutic massage” about 2 weeks ago, & that was great. This AM I was feeling grumpy, but I went to a Nursing Home & played Christmas carols & fun songs on the piano, & I felt wonderful afterwards!

  30. I believe it’s important to treat myself regularly. Usually my treat is to take my little boy to the coffee shop for a babyccino while I enjoy my favourite cappuccino a couple of times a week

  31. The last time I treated myself was last month. A quiet coffee break to recharge!

    Great giveaway! Thanks!! I LOVE Gussy!! My girls would love the girl purses!!

  32. Today I took an afternoon nap, that was big treat for myself.

  33. I regularly read good books, which are my favorite treat.

  34. Trish White says:

    Treated myself….I had a girl’s night last month! 🙂 I know, isn’t that sad!

  35. Trish White says:

    I like you on FB

  36. I treated myself by taking a break from schoolwork and watching 2 back-to-back episodes of House. Ah, my guilty pleasure! 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  37. I actually JUST treated myself at Trader Joes today! I bought a whole container of cookies-and-cream ice cream with candy cane pieces! YUM! (and if that doesn’t count, then on Black Friday I bought myself a $35 necklace for $17! woot!)

    PS: LOVE Gussy’s stuff!
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  38. I treated myself to a gingerbread latte from Starbucks today … yum!!

  39. I liked Gussy and YOU on FB! (V.Wanielista)

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  40. I like Gussy Sews and Simple Kids on FB (Sarah Bee)

  41. I am not very good at treating myself… I can’t remember the last time I did 🙁

  42. Amanda Morisseau says:

    today! I treated my Mom and I out to lunch

  43. Elizabeth says:

    I am treating myself to sitting in front of the computer right now! LOL
    Love gussy’s stuff.

  44. Elizabeth says:

    Liked Gussy and you on facebook.

  45. Tamara Davidson says:

    I got a pedicure last month after running my first half-marathon!

  46. I’m treating myself today–to Publix sushi for dinner while I watch my DVR shows. Something small to make me feel pampered while DH is out of town.
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  47. Hmmm…we can’t remember…this should fix that, eh?

  48. What a timely question … I recently “treated” myself by registering for the Designed for Wellness course advertised through Simple Mom (offered by Lisa Byrne). *By far* this has been one of the best gifts I’ve given myself. I’d love to give myself (and my family!) these adorable stockings!!

  49. I treated myself and the three little ones who follow me around all day to Icees! We’d spent the day running errands and had such a great time together (although I hadn’t treated myself to anything there!) that it just seemed right 🙂

  50. I treated myself today by buying a magazine. Is it negated that it was second-hand, and on sale and I ended up getting it free?