Despite our best efforts to the contrary, Mausi has decided that she is in fact a princess. Although, she doesn’t much go beyond just stating this fact…she hasn’t yet enlightened us as to what being a princess entails.

So I’ve thought a little about being a princess and have come to the conclusion that it’s not the princess aspect that I balk at, it’s the manner in which being one is foisted upon little girls. From backpacks to undies and myriad toys covered with Disney princesses. Little girls are expected to want to not only be princesses, but princesses of a certain ilk.

If Mausi chooses to play at being a princess, that is brilliant (and I’ll play right along!), but she is going to be her kind of princess, not one out of a box. And with a little bit of searching there are some wonderful things to foster creative, imaginitive princess play.

Little Things to Sew‘ by Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S has a wonderful tutu pattern. Inspired by the pictures in the book and this one, I think Mausi may just get one herself.

What about a simple knitted crown or maybe one of the more elaborate felted ones available on etsy? And perhaps a princess wand

Fair Maiden Dress from Nova Natural (left) and Sarah’s Silks Princess Hat and Dress (right; photo from thenaturemomsblog)

Princess art card by Lisa Jane Smith

As it turns out there are, in fact, quite a few wonderful things for little princesses, whatever type of princess they wish to be!

I think that I had better get started on a dress-up trunk!

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2 Responses to Being a ‘Princess’

  1. Becca says:

    I so agree. & We love our dress up basket. I think it gets the most play out of all of the toys and playthings. We put odds and ends in there too, like a length of fat ribbon, finger knit strings, a few handkerchiefs. I’m always amazed at what they come up with.

  2. Heather Salerno says:

    I am so with you on the Disney princess OD. I don’t actually have anything against the movies, just the masses of merchandise EVERYWHERE. That being said, every little girl has her princess moments and what fun dressing the part! I’ve come across some lovely things on ETSY, but I can’t wait to see what else you find/create.

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