Why the name missbossypants, you ask? Well, it goes back to my roots.... my maiden name is Bos - a good old dutch name. I've been accused of being a little bit bossy in nature, and I'm not about to dispute the fact! I sometimes tell people my crafty "alter ego" is a tribute to my daughter, who is a lot like her mother in the bossy characteristic! Thanks for visiting missbossypants! SHOP HERE: missbossypants online market

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I was featured!!!

A girl and a glue gun

Woo Hoo!!! I was featured by the super awesome Kimbo of A Girl and a Glue Gun. Go check out her blog - she is super crafty, and she's hilarious! She cracks me up.

Kimbo hosted a really great series on "hair crap" (part of the reason I like her style is because she talks like me!), and closed the week with a linky party.

I linked my felt hairclips that I made for Valentine's day 2010.

There were 142 links, and I was one of 18 that she featured!!! Yep, I'm a little proud.... :)

So, speaking of Valentines, what to make this year? I can't cop out this year, it must top what I made last year, or the kids will be let down! Any and all suggestions welcome!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

just tutu cute!!!

I couldn't help it.... the shameless pun had to be used. It is just too too cute!

My sister-in-law called me a couple days ago with a request. She signed up her and my niece for a mommy and me dance class. The first class was last Saturday at a local, well-known dance studio. Not thinking much of it, she dressed D in a nice comfy track suit for easy mobility. Well, when they got there, all the other little girls were prancing around in cute little dance outfits and tutus. How absolutely shameful that our little D did not have her own little tutu to prance and dance around in!!!

Cue Auntie Sonya. SIL asked if I would be able to make her a tutu.


At Halloween, I had planned to make a ghost-ish capey sort of costume for myself, but in the process, ran out of tulle. I sent out a request to the same SIL if she had any tulle left over from her wedding 4 years ago. Boy, did she ever! She hooked me up with a garbage bag full of tulle, of which I only needed a little bit. Here's a pic of me in the costume (not the outcome I was hoping for, but it was good enough). The best part of this pic is my little monkey, pleased as punch in his mummy costume I threw together for him the day before Halloween. Let me also point out that the pallour on my skin is white makeup, not a horrible sickness brought on by too much candy!

Anyways.... getting to my point, I had a TON of tulle leftover, so off I went to make sweet little D a tutu for her dance class!

I present the fluffiest little tutu for a (almost) 2 year old dancing princess:

It's hard to see, but every other strip of tulle has a thin ribbon, either white, light pink or hot pink. I wanted to add a little colour to an otherwise all-white (yet still entirely adorable) tutu. It turned out exactly as I had hoped.

The tutu will be delivered to the tiny dancer on Friday. That leaves one day for her to practice her dance moves before her next class.

Look out mommies and toddlers of the mommy and me class:

D is ready to strut her stuff and look great doing it!

I'm hoping to have a pic of her in this cute little creation to show all of you, I just need to okay it with my super-protective, internet safety advocate brother. J, if you're reading this (and I know you do.... :), just give me a pic of her neck down, k? The world needs to see the cuteness!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

O Holy Night

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend!

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
May all of you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas
with those you love!
May you experience love, joy and peace as we celebrate the most precious gift of all!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Are you ready?

I'm not. I have a million goodies to bake, a dress to sew for my niece, and ALL of the giftwrapping to do.

So, in an effort to save time and make my husband do more than just pay for the Christmas gifts ;) I ever-so-nicely asked him to start the wrapping for me.

You see, he is a shift worker, and has been on the afternoon shift for the past 2 weeks. This means the kids and I leave the house at 9am, while he is sleeping, and he is alone in the house until he leaves for work at 2pm.


Just like most of you (women), I am the wrapper in the family, but haven't had the chance to do it this week. The kids have been sick with nasty colds, and have been light sleepers and get up with every cough, so I'm not able to sneak to the basement in the evenings. So, as I type this, Mac is fighting with scotch tape, and probably constantly moving the cat off the wrapping paper as he wrestles with the task of wrapping. I told him he could do all the "easy" wrapping a.k.a only the square boxes. (What nowadays is wrapped in a perfectly square or rectangular box without any hang tags or holes in the front to try out the toy?) Needless to say, he'll probably only wrap maybe 2 things. AND... they may just end up looking like this:
Oh well, any help is better than nothing, and I love him just for trying!
I think I should print some of these off to afix to anything he has attempted to wrap:


Monday, December 20, 2010

FREE HomeSpun Threads Shoppe patterns!

I've discovered a new online pattern shop, and all the patterns in the HomeSpun Threads Shoppe are FREE. You'll need to click the link to go there and begin ordering your free downloads.

29 Patterns and pattern combinations to choose from...how?

All they simply ask is that you become a follower of HomeSpun-Threads blog and help spread the word. Seems fair enough to me!!! I ordered about 6 of their patterns, and they were available for immediate download. No waiting for an e-mail or anything!

Here are just a few favorites...

Pleated Ballerina Slippers

Make Up Bag Pattern

Even the HUGE Baby Shoe Pattern Set is FREE! and many more...

If you're in need of some supercute patterns, get over there soon, who knows how long they'll be free!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Amber H is the WINNER!!!

I absolutely LOVE the Sew Mama Sew giveaway days!!! This year, I was so worried I wouldn't be able to find the time to visit the hundreds of blogs to enter their great giveaways.
...But what do you know.... we got hit with a RECORD-BREAKING BLIZZARD!
It made international news, so some of you may have heard of it. I live in Lambton County, Ontario Canada. The closest large city in Lambton County is Sarnia (on the Michigan border). The storm started on Sunday night, and finally subsided Wednesday. A state of emergency was called, and the Canadian Army was brought in to help evacuate stranded motorists on our major highway and the country roads. It was very cool to see and hear rescue choppers and airplanes overhead, bringing people to safety. Many people were stranded in an area spanning 100 km's from east to west, many of whom stayed in our small community. It was an interesting 3 days of being snowed in, which gave me LOTS of time for blog surfing! I made it through the whole list, and entered millions of giveaways(at least it seems like millions!). I hope you were able to make it through the list too!
I am genuinely honoured that so many of you visited my little blog and commented! When the giveaway started, I had 91 followers. I now have 125!!!! Wow!!! I'm so happy to have 34 new friends!!!

Let's get to the good stuff, shall we...... I embedded the Random Number Generator in my post, and I could see the result, but it wouldn't show for me in the preview when I looked at my blog post, so I deleted it. You'll just have to trust me that I counted out the comments, and it ends up the winner is:

Amber H. , who said...
I'm now follower number 101! I hope you're ok with new followers...

of course I'm ok with new followers!!! It turns out her favourite colours are teal and turquoise - she knew how to win me over!!!!

I'll be contacting you this afternoon Amber to get your mailing address, and I'll get it off to you as soon as I get your details!

I hope all of you hear from at least one blogger that you have won something in this flurry of giveaways. Have a wonderful weekend, as we scurry to finish preparations 1 week before Jesus' birthday!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Giveaway day!!!

I thank all of you for your lovely comments!!!
Stay tuned for the winner post!

Welcome to the missbossypants giveaway!!!!!

This day could not have come at a better time! 2 weeks ago, I had my one year blogiversary. I wanted to comemorate the occasion by doing a giveaway, but didn't know what to give away, or how I would execute the whole thing. THEN... I found out Sew, Mama, Sew was going to do their twice yearly giveaway!!!

When thinking and thinking and thinking.....and thinking....... of what to give away, I was thinking I should pay homage to my favourite colour: TURQUOISE

Yeah, I know, it's a really popular colour right now, so I feel the need to clarify that I liked it before it was "in". So n.o.t. a follower! lol, just had to throw that one out there. okay, so....... yeah, let's get on with the goods....

To one of you lucky readers, you'll win 3 missbossypants creations:
The cup cozy protects your hands from hot drinks, insulates your drink from getting cold, AND makes a statement!!! Quilter's cotton one one side, turquoise flannel on the other, and fastened by velcro.

This little birdie would love to grace your Christmas tree! It has a fabric-covered button at the neck and a clear thread for hanging on that perfect branch.

Ok, ok, you caught me, I don't have the third prize made just yet, but imagine one of these felt dahlia pins in turquoise, and there you have it!!! It will be made this week, and maybe I'll even be able to photograph it and get it on this post in time before the giveaway ends! (this picture is of the pins I made for my son's pre-school teachers at the end of the "school year" last June - they loved their teacher gifts!)

So, I bet you guys are just waiting to find out how you can win the loot.... Ok, here are the rules...

1. Leave a comment below, telling me what your favourite colour is.

2. If you are a follower of my blog, congratulations, you get one more entry!!!! Please leave a message telling me you follow this crazy hairbrained blog!

The giveaway will be open until this friday at noon, EST. I'll use the online random number picker doo-hicky to pick the winner. PLEASE MAKE SURE I CAN CONTACT YOU!!! If your e-mail is not public in your profile, please leave your contact info at the end of your comment.

If you are the winner, I will contact you by e-mail to get your mailing address. I will ship internationally. All entrants from all corners of the world are welcome! The prize will be sent out on Monday, December 20th (provided I have been able to reach you to get your home address).

Once you're done entering this giveaway, visit the main listing of all giveaways on the Sew, Mama, Sew Blog. Good luck, and happy blog surfing!


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