Last fall, I was sitting toward the back of the room during a panel discussion on blogging at the Creative Connection conference. The panelists kept mentioning someone in the front row named Gussy. They loved her work…and her blog…and her personality. I had to get the scoop on this girl named Gussy – and I’m so glad I did.

The panelists were right about Gussy (real name: Maggie). She’s adorable…and super sweet…and really talented. This self-taught seamstress loves giving bags, totes, cases and headbands a girly-meets-funky flair with her signature ruffles on each item. I bought three adorable make-up bags (including this one) for friends & family this past Christmas – all big hits!  

Gussy not only sews; she writes a popular blog about life as a young entrepreneur and wife. She’s also active on Twitter (watch for frequent “pupdates” on her seriously adorable dog, whom I’ve met and now want to steal). And you can “like” Gussy Sews on Facebook, where she just welcomed her 2000th fan this week! And now…drumroll, please…you can WIN whatever you want from Gussy Sews! Well, close enough… 

This week’s Happy HeART Giveaway is a $40 gift certificate to Gussy Sews! To enter to win, simply leave a comment with your answer to the following question and include an email address (or a link to your email address)…

Which Gussy Sews item are you totally craving? Head to her shop and pick a fave!
Be sure to enter by midnight CST on Friday (1.14.11). One winner will be chosen at random. Once you’ve answered the question above, feel free to boost your chances with the bonus opportunities below!

(leave an additional comment for each bonus opportunity)

do you follow @choosingbeauty on twitter? = 1 entry
do you “like” choosing beauty on facebook? = 1 entry
do you subscribe to the monthly choosing beauty newsletter? = 1 entry
do you subscribe to this blog via email? = 1 entry
did you link to this contest on twitter or facebook? = 1 entry each
do you follow this blog (see followers in side bar)? = 1 entry
did you do something kind for someone today? = good karma

This contest is over. 
CONGRATS to our winner, 
Ana in Cordoba, Spain
and thanks to Gussy for a great giveaway!