Back To School Bonanza Giveaway #3: Gussy

I am going BACK TO SCHOOL this week, and I thought I would end the summer with a bang…of giveaways!

This giveaway is extra special not just because it’s Gussy (hello!  who DOESN’T love Gussy?!?), but because in the process of working with Maggie, I found out that she graduated from the high school where I work!  In fact, she graduated just months before I was hired.  Makes me feel a wee bit old, but makes this back to school giveaway super special to me!

A wee bit about Gussy:
Gussy is a colorful line of ruffled accessories. Each ruffle is machine sewn free-hand style, making each ruffle unique. Almost 2 years ago Maggie sat down at her kitchen table –she wanted to learn how to sew. And here she is now, offering zipped pouches of all sizes, laptop bags, tote/diaper bags, and wristlet/clutches (all with her signature ruffle) to those that love a little flair πŸ™‚ And, she’s recently quit her day job to pursue Gussy full-time. To read more about Gussy, click here.

The Nester wrote, “Gussy has a juicy shop full of all kinds of wonderfulness, and her blog, Gussy has a lot to say, is quickly becoming a crafter’s headquarters where she features different crafters/artists and writes about her experience.”

Sigh…I love that signature ruffle!  Gets me EVERY time!

You can follow Gussy on twitter here!

I am SO excited to announce that The Sluiter Nation Back To School Bonanza’s third giveaway is $30 shop credit at!!! (sorry, all baby blankets are exempt from this giveaway credit).

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment here telling me what you love best about Gussy!

For anyone who wants a couple more chances at winning, you can also…

  • Tweet about this giveaway: “Sluiter Nation is going Back To School with @gussysews!  Check out their giveaway at ” (make sure you come back and leave a separate comment telling me you tweeted!)
  • “Like” Sluiter Nation on facebook (come back and leave a separate comment telling me you do).

 Three ways to win!  Good luck!

**This giveaway closes at 1:00pm est on Thursday, August 26, 2010 (which is also the day of my first Back to School meeting).  The winner will be announced Friday!

**Disclosure:  Gussy is providing the spoils of this giveaway.  I was not provided with any free product, and my opinions couldn’t be bought anyway. I do own the orange polka dot pouch above and I LOVE IT!  So there is that.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Oh my goodness, I have been wanting one of her tote bags for some time now- or a wristlet! πŸ™‚ They are so amazing!

  2. Nicci @ Changing the Universe says

    Hi. I'm a Gussy addict. I need more. The end.

  3. Blair@HeirtoBlair says


    Favorite product: the wristlets!

    Favorite part of Gussy: Gussy herself. & her lovely phone voice.

  4. Um hello?? So cute!!! What's not to adore?

  5. sheaintheavy says

    I like the make up pouches, my tampons keep falling out of the wrappers in my purse and I really think I need one to help me with this issue.

  6. And I'm already following you on facebook!

  7. sheaintheavy says

    I also liked you on FB πŸ™‚

  8. sheaintheavy says

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand ::out of breath:: I followed Gussy on Twitter!

  9. Andrea (@mamachaplin) says

    what do i love? where to begin. i want a tote. a make up bag. and i have to have one of those darling little pouches … need i go on?!

  10. Tweeted!

  11. I major heart Gussy! The second I can splurge I'm getting something for her!

  12. Lindsay Williams says

    Those bags are adorable! I love the ruffles! I don't own a Gussy bag and now I feel the compelling need to have one – NOW! Plus, I'm a mom and I rarely by for myself so all the bags I own are looking pretty shabby these days… πŸ™‚

  13. Mama Lungo says

    I adore the girlyness of Gussy. I want ruffles, lots of ruffles and that is what Gussy does best!

  14. Tweeted – check!

  15. Andrea (@mamachaplin) says

    i tweeted this!

  16. I still like ya on FB!

  17. Mama Lungo says
  18. Lindsay Williams says
  19. Mama Lungo says

    Liked you FB

  20. Grace - Arms Wide Open says

    love gussy stuff! i would love a tote or wristlet!

  21. i love gussy, not just b/c of her awesome stuff, but she's a true to life Christian gal.

  22. OMG, such cute stuff! I love the unique style and would LOVE to carry around a wristlet!

  23. Grace - Arms Wide Open says

    i like you on FB!

  24. and i tweeted!


  25. I am a facebook fan! πŸ™‚

  26. makemommygosomethingsomething says

    I want…scratch that…NEED any of the headbands. I LOVE headbands. I also heart the make up bags. so freaking cute!!

  27. like you on facebook too!

  28. makemommygosomethingsomething says

    I tweeted @momgosomething

  29. makemommygosomethingsomething says

    I want…scratch that…NEED any of the headbands. I LOVE headbands. I also heart the make up bags. so freaking cute!!

  30. sheaintheavy says

    Oh, and I tweeted too πŸ™‚

  31. pinkflipflops says

    i love the headbands! especially the green one!

  32. pinkflipflops says

    i tweeted!

  33. I love Gussy's head bands! I've recently become a headband addict!

  34. louiseedington says

    I like you on FB πŸ™‚

  35. louiseedington says

    I tweeted too!

  36. louiseedington says

    Never ever heard of Gussy before but it's so very cute so thanks for introducing me to it.

  37. I heard about Gussy through a friend and now I have fallen in love with the tote bags! They are a must have!!

  38. mommytojenna says

    hmm..,they're al so pretty – i'd probably choose one of the zippered pouches to keep some school supplies in!

  39. mommytojenna says

    I've been liking you for some time on fb!!

  40. Amandaaaah says

    Doesn't everyone love the signature ruffle? Gah and her color choices are adorbs too! <3

  41. Kristen K. says

    I have wanted one of her black damask tote bags for EVAH!!!!

  42. Amandaaaah says

    I tweetealeeted as well @PrimandPropah!

  43. Amandaaaah says

    And like Sluiter nation on FB! <3

  44. I tweeted!

  45. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang says

    I am also a Gussy addict πŸ™‚ I lover her completely πŸ™‚

  46. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang says


  47. I love the ruffle trend right now in clothing, accessories etc. So of course I love Gussy's ruffles πŸ™‚

  48. What I love about Gussy is her ruffles and vibrant colors!

  49. Tweeted! @NCW11

  50. punkinmama says

    Love the Gussy Tote in pink floral! So cute!

  51. punkinmama says

    I like you on Facebook. And everywhere else too! πŸ˜‰

  52. I like the tote bags best.

  53. I liked you on Facebook!

  54. I would definitely get a wristlet!

  55. I'm a FB fan!

  56. missy widener says

    Love the originality. Love the totes.

  57. missy widener says

    Love Sluiter nation on facebook.

  58. I almost forgot to tell you I tweeted!! @lilmissrysmama

  59. Who wouldn't love Gussy?

  60. Andrea (@mamachaplin) says

    I already "like" you on facebook too!

  61. LCW@wakingupwilliams says

    I love the unique-ness of her creations.

  62. I love the tote bags, I really don't think you can get to many cute bags!!

  63. Would LOVE a Gussy Tote or Chatty Gus!

  64. I like you on facebook!

  65. I love Gussy ruffles!

  66. I like you on FB!

  67. I love her headbands! This momma is treating her self to one after the kids get all their back to school stuff πŸ™‚

  68. I love Gussy's heart–she loves Jesus and is so positive!

  69. Diane Gramelspacher says

    I love all the items on Sluiter Nation. Thanks!

  70. I love the little pouches… the size of your orange one is perfect. AND I saw it in person, and it is just as cute as it looks!

  71. And I am a facebook fan…

  72. Tweeted about these lovely products πŸ™‚

  73. I think I need a laptop bag! So cute!

  74. The best thing I love about Gussy arrrrre her curls and headbands πŸ˜‰

  75. All of it. I know that is generic but really it's all so cute!

  76. The Wild World of Richmond says

    I tweeted!

  77. The Wild World of Richmond says

    Wristlets! They're all so cute!

  78. I love all of the Gussy products! They're so cute!


  79. I like the tote bags the best, no wait I like the wristlets the best, no wait the tote bags, no the wristlets. OK so I like them both.

  80. RUFFLES!! That is my favorite part!

  81. I love the style of Gussy and <3 the ruffles!

  82. I just tweeted about Gussy giveaway πŸ™‚

  83. Oh man when I saw this giveaway on Twitter I thought I would enter and try to win it for my best friend who is expecting her first baby in December. NOW that I have looked I think I want it for me haha

    After spending the majority of the day searching the house over and over again for Carter's Nuk; I think the paci holders are AMAZING!

  84. I tweeted about the giveaway

  85. I like you on FB

  86. The best thing about Gussy: the RUFFLES (duh!) and the fabrics she chooses. And Gussy herself, her sweet personality shines through on her blog and her Gussy business. πŸ™‚

  87. I liked Sluiter Nation on FB.

  88. I LOVE that Maggie started her Gussy journey with no formal sewing experience! Talk about inspiring.

  89. I love the color. Seriously. I need a punch of color in my life.

  90. I tweeted!!

  91. And? I like you on FB. So my liking of you is all sorts of official.

  92. torie@Life With Rylie says

    I love her wristlets. I've been trying to win something from her for sometime now!

  93. torie@Life With Rylie says

    I tweeted @ontopbabybows

  94. Mormishmom says

    I love her diaper bag/tote! But everything is darling.

    mormishmom {at} gmail {dot} com

  95. Mormishmom says

    I tweeted!

    mormishmom {at} gmail {dot} com

  96. Mormishmom says

    I like you on FB.

    mormishmom {at} gmail {dot} com

  97. I love her ruffles the best!!

  98. I now "like" on facebook.

  99. I lurve this make up bag:

    & it just so happens I'm in need of a new one πŸ™‚

  100. I tweeted.


  101. I like you on FB πŸ™‚

  102. jackie sheridan says

    I am a fan of sluiter nation!

  103. jackie sheridan says

    and i tweeted!

  104. jackie sheridan says

    Ifi were to pick which gussy item is my favorite, i like the blue polika dot makeup bag.

  105. my wife would love a makeup bag

  106. i am a fan of sluiter nation on facebook

  107. I need a smart phone case! They are adorable too πŸ™‚

  108. I tweeted!

  109. I like you on FB too!

  110. Jacquelyn s says

    I like the wristlets and clutches!

  111. Jacquelyn s says

    Im a fan on fb!

  112. Love, love, love Gussy!!
    — loving the iDance wristlet!

  113. hi! i love all your bags and have some of your scraps:)
    i lovee your wallets and your totes. id love one of your totes:)
    gabrielle loturco

  114. Like you on FB

  115. I am in need of one of the totes. Too cute!

  116. I so very much want a laptop bag! And a Wristlet πŸ™‚ I've been thinking about ordering for a long time & a giftcard would be great!

  117. tweet! @BekaBooMN