When the pandemic hit last Winter, there was a shortage of face masks, and not having them available was even more of a concern on the Vineyard. So, what’s a spirited, motivated girl to do? YouTube a tutorial on how to make one, and that’s what EMS worker Belle Dinning did. Her story makes for a fur-tastic addition to our We Love MV series — WE LOVE MV: Calling All Dog Lovers – Bossy Dog MV
With Belle’s job, mask wearing is paramount. She also wanted to make sure her family and friends had access to masks as well. She got quite good at making them, and was definitely having fun with fabric.
WE LOVE MV: Bossy Dog MV
Belle has two dogs, Boss (hence the name Bossy Dog) and Janet. While making her masks, she had leftover fabric and thought how cute it would be if her dogs had bandanas that matched her mask.
BRILLIANT! Not only did she love how adorable the bandanas looked and how cute it was to match her dogs, but her friends fell in love with the look too. So, she began making coordinating looks for them. More and more people wanted Bossy Dog MV, and now she is working hard to keep up inventory. People really like having the chance to match their pets. I mean if you have to wear a mask, you might as well have fun with it!
They got so popular, she decided to begin selling them, click here for her Etsy site. She has really had fun with this new endeavor, and unexpected creative outlet that has brought her a lot of joy during the pandemic.
Belle describes her collection as beach and boho inspired. She also offers seasonal prints that are the perfect way to celebrate – like the Cozy Campfire Collection which features such adorable prints like Firefly, S’mores, and Puppuccino Please (for the pumpkin spice latte fans). I can only imagine how adorable her holiday collection will be. Oh and she recently added coordinating scrunchies to the Bossy Dog MV collection.
Love the idea for your business or family? Belle does custom orders. Just contact here through her Etsy page. Think about how great these would be for holiday gifts for dog lovers? Also, it’s so great to support local artists. Bossy Dog MV is handmade with love in Chilmark.
Discovering new Island artists is only one experience to add to your fall on the Vineyard. Whatever you do, we hope that you have a wonderful time. It’s a fall of new experiences, finding new favorites — enjoying the Vineyard unscripted. Reimagined. We Love MV is our ongoing series capturing the new spirit of summer and fall on Martha’s Vineyard.
Also, thank you to all those who voted for us for Point B Realty for Best Real Estate Company 2020 and for the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite Best Charity Event Runner-Up 2020, click here to vote for Best of the Vineyard 2021!
*Thank you Bossy Dog MV for the great photos!