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

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A poll....

I've been invited to be a vendor at the Bellies, Babies and Beyond Baby Expo in Strathroy on April 14th. I'm really excited to be asked to sew for a show that has such a specific audience. These are people who know what they are looking for, and come to purchase! I most likely will do my ouchie bags, since they are such a great item for moms and babies - just think, labour pains, colic, ear aches, fevers, etc. The reason I'm bugging all of you out in blogland is.... I'm looking into making some other things to sell (especially for this show!), and need your input! I've put together some ideas that I have seen elsewhere, and made a little gallery for you all. Now, keep in mind, I will not be copying these items exactly, since some have copyrights, and I'm not about selling something that is not supposed to be sold. I plan to come up with my own version, and make it missbossypants style. Take a look below and tell me what you think moms, babies and toddlers would enjoy.....

First off, aprons are soooooo hot right now. Pretty aprons with ribbons and bows and lace and ruffles.... well you get my drift. And also the kind of apron I seem to need in the kitchen - the full body ones - I can get pretty messy in the kitchen! What little girl (or boy) wouldn't love to have their own apron in their size to help mom and dad in the kitchen, or play with their own kitchen?
Here's a cute ruffle apron I just love!

While the ruffle one is pretty girly, this one can be for a boy or girl. Heck, pockets could be added to make it a tool apron!

Of course, with aprons, you definitely need some FOOD! I am IN L.O.V.E. with felt food! It's so cute!!! And the options are endless....
A little breakfast, perhaps?

How about some doughnuts? mmmmm....

I really like cookies.... :)

I also plan to put together a felt sandwich with bread, cheese, meat, etc. I'm sure I'll come up with some other munchies that would be great with an apron for that special little munchkin!

I've made this before for monkey's little friend, and it turned out well. It's a car cozy roll. Perfect for taking a little toy with you to the doctor's office, church, in the car, etc. It holds six cars, folds over, then rolls up and fastens with velcro - easy for little hands!

I've seen these on the market, and would love to offer these to new moms. A nice swaddle is sometimes all it takes to get the little one to settle down and have a lovely sleep.

Don't you just love the old-fashioned style of paper dolls? But they always rip and the fun runs out very quickly! These "paper" dolls are made of fabric, and their clothes attach with velcro. Clothing changes abound with this cute pair!

I wish I had one of these when my kids were in infant car seats. I remember draping a blanket over the handle to shade them from the sun/wind/sneezes, etc. but it wasn't handy when I wanted to pick up the seat and get going. Now parents can keep the sleeping babe covered (yet not smothered!) and still have access to the handle!

Well, there you have it. My creative juices are in overdrive as I prep and plan for this show. Now, if you don't mind....... :) please, pretty please....
write a comment below (click "add comment") and tell me what you think. Is there a market for these items? Any other great ideas I should look into? Any changes you would make to these items?
Thanks for your help!


  1. So cool, Sonya!! I love the dolls, the car holder and the cute aprons. I can't think of anything to add except maybe diaper pouches in very cool prints? You know the kind I mean? They are small enough to fit a couple diapers and a wipes case, along with maybe a phone and keys? In my own case, I haven't found one that a)i could afford and b) held cloth diapers OR disposable.

  2. On problem I always had as a nanny was keeping the kids entertained on car trips without bringing a giant bag of toys. It would be so cute to make a bunch of those dolls with the velcro clothes and then a "carrier" for them that strapped on to the back of the driver's seat (or passenger seat).

    It would take up virtually no room, always be ready for a car trip, and be easily washable when needed.

    HTH- Jillian.

  3. awww. that little girl apron is SO cute!! Do you make matching mother/daughter ones? I used to LOVE wearing little aprons during painting/play dough projects, but they were all home-made and I am not a skilled enough seamstress whatsoever to do something even as simple as an apron.
    love love love your cloth "paper dolls" and with VELCRO! you are a genius! Do they come in a little bag? My girls were given wood ones this year for Xmas that were magnetized but I'm not a huge fan. The dog keeps chewing on them and the boy keeps throwing them - ouch!
    I look forward to seeing more of your ADORABLE crafts soon! :)


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