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. I treat myself every day—COFFEE!
    Jennifer Jo´s latest post: All a-flutter

  2. Haha I think the last time I treated myself was before my son was born. (He’s only 5 months old.)

  3. Also I like Simple kids and Gussy sews on facebook. 🙂

  4. Karyn Hostetter says:

    I don’t know when the last time I treated myself. It’s been way too long.

  5. sonja lange says:

    don’t treat myself much, but netflix and headphone are some of the only peace I get and that is a treat!

  6. sonja lange says:

    Also I like Simple kids and Gussy sews on facebook

  7. Donielle Ruth says:

    I’m sitting here trying to remember and just can’t. I guess it has been a long time. LOL!

  8. ummmmm, the last time I treated myself?? 2 years ago before my daughter was born!!

  9. It’s been a while since I’ve treated myself, but my husband gave me a gift certificate for an afternoon at the spa. I’ve been holding on to it…just having it (even without the time to use it) makes me feel better.

  10. I LOVE Gussy bags–I read her blog everyday! 🙂
    The last time I treated myself was some amazon Badger foot balm…because…I NEEDED it! 🙂
    Sarah M
    Sarah M´s latest post: Happy Thanksgiving

  11. I can’t really remember the last time I treated myself, so I guess it’s been awhile! These bags are super cute!

  12. WOW! You guys are pulling out the big guns!
    Amy´s latest post: The Cinnamon Bear

  13. I bought myself a fleece pullover on Black Friday from Target for $7.49. Is that sad that I consider that a “treat”?

  14. i took a mental health day from work in october, and it was Fabulous!

  15. I am treating myself this morning by going to Bible study. Being a homeschool mom of 3, this is really hard to put aside some lessons and just go because it benefits me.

  16. Just before my 3 month old was born. A trip to the nail salon and a massage. Just writing this makes me realize I am due!

  17. I went shopping last Saturday morning by myself. It was quite a treat!

  18. I liked both on facebook

  19. Treat myself? What’s that? 🙂

  20. Definitely a few years, now — we’ve really been forced to tighten our belts with the recession.

  21. Rachel M. says:

    I can’t remember so I think that means it’s been a long time! Thanks for this opportunity 🙂

  22. I purchased weleda pomegranate oil for my seriously dry skin.

  23. I bought 2 new nursing bras with a coupon about 3 months ago – does that count??

  24. Treat myself? Just had a baby and have been so focused on her! I guess when I sneak into the hot shower for as long I want and go to bed early early, I consider it treating myself!

  25. Last time I treated myself? Bought a cute raincoat at a consignment store a month ago.

  26. does the Starbucks drive thru yesterday count?

  27. The last time I treated myself would be last summer when we traveled to Istanbul for our vacation.

  28. I treated myself a few weeks ago by having my husband pick up my daughter from daycare so I could roam the aisles of a craft store. Nothing is more relaxing!

  29. I liked both on FB. I looove Gussy, thanks for this giveaway chance!

  30. I treat myself every year on Black Friday. I feel less guilt that way!

  31. had a lovely slice of pumpkin cheesecake on monday night… yum!

  32. last time i treated myself was this morning’s tea choice: Stash’s White Christmas tea. 🙂

  33. Katherine says:

    The last time I treated myself was to coffee on the way to work a couple days ago. Otherwise, it’s been awhile.

  34. um, I worked at my local yarn shop during their Black Friday sale and spent my pay for that day on yarn. Most of it is earmarked for things for others but I get the pleasure of knitting with it.

  35. I honestly can’t remember the last time I treated myself…maybe some Lake Champlain chocolate?

  36. I got some lotion last month with the Buy 3, Get 3 and $10 off coupon, so that was a big treat and I got a cool Moleskin monthly journal for next year, so I am spoiled.

  37. Liked on facebook 🙂

  38. I treated myself to a girl’s night out at the Melting Pot a few weeks ago while my husband stayed home with our daughter! Everyone needs a little pampering!
    Heidi´s latest post: Christmas With a Crawler

  39. I also “liked” both on facebook!
    Heidi´s latest post: Christmas With a Crawler

  40. Before my daughter was born 5 months ago my hubby had me go out by myself for a few hours (he watched our 3 yr. old son). I went to Barnes and Noble, and then ate at Panera Bread. It was fantastic!

  41. Caroline Cebula says:

    I like Simple kids and Gussy sews on facebook.

  42. Caroline Cebula says:

    I had a hot chocolate last night, does it counts? I don’t really treat myself, usually all goes to the kids.

  43. I bought a pumpkin spice latte on Thanksgiving morning before coming home after mass.

  44. Well – if purchasing a new nursing bra counts as a “treat” it was a couple weeks ago. I would love to treat myself to a Gussy bag!
    Jesica´s latest post: Thankful Heart

  45. This morning: Green Tea, the first christmas cookies and ten minutes reading.

  46. Catherine says:

    Last time I treated myself was signing up for Lisa Byrne’s Designed for Wellness course. One of the best things I’ve ever done was to invest that money and time in myself. 🙂

  47. Catherine says:

    I liked both on Facebook.

  48. jenleahlynn says:

    i already like you both!

  49. I bought myself a book last night. I love to read!

  50. jenleahlynn says:

    for my sister’s 40th birthday, we had a girls weekend. scrapbooking, a little shopping, and the titanic exhibit at the indiana state museum…..and a nights sleep with no kids!