{it’s in the little details.}

The neighborhood we live in is so incredibly friendly, I can hardly stand it. Each day Bauer and I take a walk, and since there’s so much to see we practically explore a new area each time. There’s a pet store nearby, a hair salon, a cafe, a diner, a hardware store, a florist, a market, a barber. A rose garden. Two lakes, miles and miles of streets with lovely houses filled with kind people & pups. Parks, playgrounds. Community houses. More parks. It’s amazing. All of these “places” provide for great content here on my blog.

One thing I want to place greater emphasis on is photography on my blog. Did you know I studied photography in college? It was one of my majors, actually. Yeahhhhh. The years between 2003 and 2008 were filled with a lot of photography. My hands used to smell like fixer. Clothes stained from it. Zack and I used to take a roll of film each time we saw each other in the summer during our dating years ~ I think it’s one of my favorite memories of us :] I feel like those years I immersed myself in the trade were years I was able to really appreciate. Taking time to focus on the little details life birthed me each day…

I remember taking so much time to document a particular “thing” instead of the scene as a whole. I remember saying to people, Trust me, once you see the photo you’ll get it. They didn’t understand at the time what I was trying to capture, but once they saw, they did. I’ve had such a soft spot for photography but these last couple of years I’ve let it harden ~ with all the chaos brought on by unemployment and months of sadness/frustration and moving 600 miles only to start my business, ironically I let something that meant so much slip away. I had given up… Until now.

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{group giveaway :: May sponsors}

This giveaway is now closed.

Hi everyone!!! I hope your weekend was super amazing and relaxing and full of everything you wanted/needed it to be :] Let’s end this month with a SUPER amazing giveaway, sponsored by Pink Lemonade, Marine Parents, Everyday Keepsakes, Evie n Lizzie and Caroline G. Each Gussy Sews sponsor has darling accessories for you to wear or use. Be sure and check out their links below! One winner will take home items from all 5 shops ~ yeow! ♥.

Pink Lemonade is offering a yellow statement rosette necklace & gray rosette trio headband. Click here to see a variety of jewelry and hair accessories.



Marine Parents is giving away $45 shop credit ~ inside April’s shop you’ll find sewn items, baby items, scarves, dSLR strap covers. Use discount code RUFFLES for 20% off your order. Code expires Tuesday, June 7th



Everyday Keepsakes is giving away an ID bracelet with a single tag, shown above on the left. Pssst, did you see this yarn lovers necklace? Love.



Evie n Lizzie is offering up $45 shop credit. Click here to see darling pretties for girls and boys. I love all the dresses Rachel has sewn.



Caroline G. is offering a lucky reader a bouquet of headbands. So pretty!

♥ To enter this giveaway, simply sign your name below. I’ll leave the giveaway open for a couple of days, I’ll then pick a random winner who will take home ALL the giveaway items! Yayyyyy. Good luck! xo

Last day for the summer kick-off sale!
Use code CELEBRATE15 to save 15% ~ hurry, ends tonight!

*click here to shop*



{7 pretty things on Sunday}

Sundays are one of my favorite days because they are the start of a new week AND because they are full of rest and relaxation and family love time. I’m going to keep this post super short, but I wanted to share 7 inspirational drawings/quotes with you ~ enjoy your day! xo

Source: imgfave.com via Maggie on Pinterest

Source: imgfave.com via Maggie on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Maggie on Pinterest

Source: imgfave.com via Maggie on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Leigh Anne on Pinterest



♥ The summer kick-off sale continues on — use code CELEBRATE15 to save 15% on your Gussy order! Sale ends 5/31 (Tuesday evening).

{Saturday shopping – Gussy Sews summer kick-off sale!}

Let’s jump-start summer and celebrate with a kick-off party! Last week we introduced so many cute, new prints to the shop. They are so fresh, I love the burst of color they add to my life :]

It’s the weekend ~ a holiday weekend ~ so I’ll keep this post short & sweet…

Please enjoy 15% off your order with code CELEBRATE15, today through Tuesday, May 31st at 11:59pm CST.

vintage romance clutch, tangerine dot make-up bag, candy stripe nook/kindle case


the daniella vacay tote + pouch


sweet alabama zipped pouch


the lola vacay tote + pouch


Can I share a secret? I think the green floral print inside some of my tote bags is the sweetest thing ever. LOVE that print.

Any fun plans for the weekend? We’ll be at home, eating fruit in the backyard and {hopefully} having a fire in the fire pit we picked up the other day. And it will be sunshine-y, gosh darn it! I don’t care what the weather report predicts. ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! xoxo

♥ There’s still time to partner with Gussy Sews in June to promote your handmade shop or blog. The large (includes a group feature/giveaway post) or small size has limited availability, and the XL ad is open for June 15th – July 14th, which includes an individual feature/giveaway post. Contact me for info, rates/testimonials found here .