Our Process: Personalized Bibs, hand crafted with love and care every step of the way.

We love making personalized and bibs. It's always fun to see all the different baby names, and funny or quirky nicknames that are ordered and in case you haven't seen our personalized bibs up close or in person, we want you to know that we don't simply embroider the names on with a computerized machine. Embroidery can be a beautiful addition to some products, but we also need our bibs to be easy to clean and stain resistant.

Happy 8th Business Birthday to us! Enter to WIN a $100 Gift Certificate for you AND a friend!

To celebrate our 8th Birthday, we have tons of deals, steals, contests, promotions, freebies and surprises in store, but we also have a pretty awesome contest going on too! You could win a 2 x $100 gift certificates for you AND a friend! It's easy, only takes a second and there are multiple ways to enter, so what are you waiting for?! Click through our Raffle Copter contest link below for your chance to win! 

Your baby could be a Mally Bibs Star! Send a photo, we send a $10 e-gift card!

We love nothing more than spotting Mally Bibs on babies out and about, or receiving happy photos from fans with their adorable little ones wearing Mally Bibs. We are looking to create some fun new marketing material here at mallybibs.com - some for print, some on our website and some for our social media use. If you have some adorable photos of your wee one wearing Mally Bibs, please send them to us! Your child may be pictured on our website, print material, or even end up in a magazine (we get media photo requests all the time!) = bragging rights for you!

Make It Happen! How to Succeed in the Handmade World

You know, I always say everyone deserves and should do what they love and love what they do. Why do I say this? Well, really the answer is as simple as it gets: YOLO! You only live once, and you should make the most of it, doing what you love! I'm sure you have seen people in your life who don't enjoy what they do, and perhaps you wonder why. Or perhaps you yourself have been or currently are stuck in a job that you don't like, but you just don't know a way out.

From small business to 'BIG' business, back to small business again... and loving it!

Almost 8 years ago my Husband and I started this business based on an idea to create the best baby bib, inspired by our Daughter Malia, who was less than a year old at the time. I remember dreaming about what could be and wishing I could take a peek into the future to see what life would be like once our business was off the ground.

Mally Designs Celebrates Valentine's Day on Etsy

I love Etsy. I've always loved browsing Etsy for unique and beautiful handmade made items. It's such a great resource for inspiration and seeing the success of so many craftspeople just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. We decided a few years ago to create our own Etsy shop. We really didn't give it a whole lot of effort to be honest. It's just that it seemed a little silly to me, when we already have a gorgeous and perfecly functioning website, to have an Etsy shop as well. We started selling a few items and I thought, okay, here I am paying Etsy a fee to sell my items that I have no problem selling on my own wesbite, so I decided to save Etsy for just our slightly imperfect sales in the beginning. Please note that NOW we only have our slightly imperfect sales 2x per year, in the Spring and in the Fall, and we generally announce it on our Facebook Page a day or two before. It is a great way for us to quickly sell off our still functional but slightly imperfect items at a discount, while maintaining the image of our website. It worked very well, and if you've ever seen one of our slightly imperfect sales go live on Etsy, then you know I'm not exaggerating when I say that it's always a HUGE success! You have to be quick. The items sell out in seconds and as a craftsperson / business owner, it's pretty thrilling. We only do these slightly imperfect sales twice per year (in the Spring and in the Fall), and the rest of the time our Etsy shop has sat empty and unattended to. 

This was not smart and here's why:

We have the perfect products to sell on Etsy! It's handmade in Canada, in our studio. We do custom work, personalization and work with all kinds of themes and color combinations that appeal to various people and age groups. Our items are very gifty. We design each product with design and function in mind, as well as uniqueness. All of that really describes how we are so very Etsy! What I didn't realize at first is the entirely huge community of Etsy shoppers, designers and artists that are constantly browsing around on etsy, just waiting to be exposed to products just like ours! A few months ago I decided to post EVERYTHING that we have on our website, on our Etsy shop as well. Etsy sales have trickled in here and there, and we have definitely gained new exposure.

Now it's time to take it a step further. Let's give credit where credit is due: I have been entirely inspired by a little company on Vancouver Island called Bamboletta. Bamboletta is run by Christina, who I was lucky enough to meet a few years ago. She is Whaldorf Doll maker extraordinaire, and in my opinion, Marketing Genius. She has created such an amazingly beautiful and sought-after handmade product that is one of a kind. They have thousands of fans and followers who wait each week for their highly anticipated pre-announced uploads of their unique Whaldorf Dolls, which they perfectly describe as companions for little ones. When the dolls go live for sale, they sell out FAST, much like our slightly imperfect bibs do! The entrepreneur in me loves this. In order to keep doing what I love, I need to make money. The artist in me LOVES this even more because uploading unqiue one of a kind items means I get to be creative. So, we're experimenting with this model, and I really hope it works for us like it has for Bamboletta. We just launched our first ever upload, a lovely collection of one of a kind Valentine's themed items on our Etsy shop! I hope as we learn and grow that we can create a similar enthusiasm and anticipation for our own uploads. I realize it might take a little time. 

Here's a sampling of what you can find on our first ever one of a kind themed upload: 

heart keychain toddler heart bib heart card

hearts card xox change purse Valentine's Gift Set

heart toddler bib heart passport holder heart luggage tag

Our Craziest Season Ever

This is just a quick blog post because I feel it's a little silly that my post from 5 months ago is still the most recent, and showing on our home page. Let's just say, blogging is not my forte...right now. I love blogging, it's fun and I love to update our readers, but I just haven't had the time lately.

All about our Bizcation

Last year around this time we set off on a 34 day road trip with our 2 kids, 6 month old lab Sadie, and trailer packed with business and personal essentials. We drove through the United States, as for those who don't know BC -> ON is faster when travelling through the states, not to mention gas is cheaper!

1st Annual Design Contest!

It's no secret, designing is the part of business I love the most. For me, it's passion, pure enjoyment, and sometimes even therapy. When a day is not going right and I need something to do to feel I had an accomplishing day, all I need is a sketch book, a pencil and a little design time and my day feels better. Throughout the year, while attending various retail shows across Canada and the United States, we gather design ideas given to us by customers. For example, one of our first bib collections in year 2 of business included our very popular Fire Truck bib, which is still a top seller today. That year, we heard from every Police family that we needed to design a Police Car bib, so in year 3 we did. Then, you guessed it, every Paramedic, Ambulance Driver and ER Doctor wanted to know why we had a Fire Truck bib and Police Car bib, but no Ambulance bib. In year 4 we added an Ambulance design. Seeing the look on our customers faces when the FINALLY find a baby related product with an Ambulance on it, for us, is priceless. It's hard to find, and for that reason alone our Ambulance is always a great seller when ever we sell in a metro area, as well as online. If we simply followed baby trends and didn't listen to our customers, our Ambulance design wouldn't exist and we wouldn't have made so many customers happy with this particular design. I could list many more examples of this, where our customers are the ones who inspired our designs. It's for that reason, that we thought a design contest would be great! We hear your requests, but we would love to SEE a design that you come up with! Who knows, we just might pick it to be a future Mally Bibs Design! 

Design Contest

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We're retiring from shows plus, a shipping update

The title says it all, and it's true. It's time, and it feels right. After 14 seasons, we have decided it's time to wrap up the Craft Show and Christmas Market chapter in our lives and really start to enjoy the holidays. Our kids are getting older and through the years we have loved doing these shows, but the only downside it that it has also meant being away from our kids for a few weeks and for a very fast paced December served with a side of exhaustion for us all.

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