More Adventures of the Wandering Dolls ..

Our 4 dolls are continuing on their adventures! They all look like they are having a wonderful time <3 Thank you to all families who are showing the dolls such a great hospitality. Here are a few pics I found by searching our #wanderingbamboletta hashtag on Instagram and Facebook!

I can’t wait for when the dolls come back to the studio and tell me all about their adventures! It’s like I’m vicariously living through them right now!

Christina

 

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Autumn



This is my most favorite time of year in East Vancouver. The leaves give a nice satisfying crunch as you walk, the warm late afternoon air is heavy with the scent of blackberries, grapes and figs and that low sun gives everything a beautiful golden hue. My boys went back to school this week and I’m looking forward to a routine again. As I age, I realize that I thrive on a schedule and when I take an hour out of my week to plan out my meals, write down all the different activities and things to do, my mind can rest a bit. I’m not really a day planner type of person, I buy one of those big fridge calendars that are called something like ‘Mom’s Life’ (ha) and a small legal pad to keep notes, ideas, recipes and doodles all in one place. This method seems to collect my thoughts in just the right way. It’s a jumble in my head and I like seeing it all laid out on these papers that I can flip back and forth with. It’s like I only have so much space in my head and the yellow legal pad acts as my external hard drive.

Last winter I asked our Facebook community what sorts of things you’d like to hear from me on and the answer was to hear more about me. This is kind of hard to do, write about myself, as I’m not a big company but not small either so I feel that I personally am of no interest and get a bit self conscious. I’m not sure how much more I can write about the dolls so then I end up not writing anything. Before, 10 years or so ago when I thought no one read my blog, I just wrote ramblings on my life. I go back to read them from time to time and they are like a diary of sorts. An external hard drive of life’s memories. Now I have Instagram and Facebook that feels like it’s taken over due to ease and ,let’s face it, a semi laziness. But I miss blogging and writing about my day to day and how I juggle the dolls, the boys, friends, family .. and ,I’ll be honest, I usually drop a ball somewhere.

But now a lovely routine is setting in and I’m finding myself with this opening of time when the kids go to sleep and the house is quiet, I want to get back into writing. I’m in constant contact with so many of you via social media but this platform is a bit different, it’s meditative and sort of peaceful. And the Autumn always feels like a fresh start to things.

So, nice to see you on here. If there is anything you’d be interested in hearing from me about I’d be happy to write (and it helps me and give me ideas!)

xo,
Christina

Sharyl Henry - September 6, 2018 - 1:01 am

Christina, This is such a lovely post and Autumn is my favorite season. Love hearing any of your ponderings, thoughts, lovely childhood memories. Many of us feel very heart-connected to you through your beautiful and magical dolls and the lovely club page that you provide for us. Thank you for all that you do. I am very grateful to have you and your beautiful dolls in my life. It is a blessing. Sending lots of love & hugs – Sharyl

Joyce Hill - September 6, 2018 - 9:46 am

It’s goid to hear from and about you. I do not keep a blog going but I have a gratitude journal that I write in every day. I put three things I am grateful for, at least three things, and something I have done good in the world today. I guess that’s kind of like a blog for you.

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Wandering Bamboletta

I’ve been meaning to start a Wandering Bamboletta project for years but wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. The thought of a few dolls traveling around and for us to see where the dolls go felt pretty fun. I put the shout out to my Facebook Group and put together 4 groups of 10 homes for my dolls to visit. This week they all arrived to their new homes and look like their are having fun! So, here’s how it goes .. each doll lives with a family for one week and sends us photos of her adventures online by tagging the pics #wanderingbamboletta on Facebook and Instagram!

In Cincinnati, Barbarann is showing Kiki a very good time .. she visited monuments, went to the fair, helped with some crafting and had a bowl of chilli from the world famous Skyline Chilli!

Jenifer and Amelia took their doll to the Fairbanks Children’s Museum in Alaska! Looks like fun 🙂

Caitlin and her family took Maggie all around their town of Ottawa, Ontario! She went yarn shopping and felt right at home, had some coffee and ,most importantly, had loads of snuggles.

And last, but not least, Janet took her doll on an adventure in Bamboletta Land! Janet lives in the Cowichan Valley where the dolls are made and we were lucky enough to have her take her doll to visit Leola who spins our wool, Andrea who dyes it, Audrey and some of the sewing mamas who do their magic and , of course, some of the goats that hair ends up in our magical locks! And she even got to go to the Cobble Hill Fair!! Thanks Janet, for taking her around and showing us Bamboletta!!

Thank you so much to everyone who is participating in this round of Wandering Bamboletta! I’ll probably do another round of dolls in the Spring, so stay tuned! Or email us at wanderingdoll@bamboletta.com and I’ll add you to the list!

xoxo, Christina

 

Jeanne Flaman - September 7, 2018 - 10:06 am

This is a really fun adventure for Bamboletta. I will take my Joelle a sitting friend to Mexico with me next month. She is really enjoying her new sweater with the cooler weather. I think I will take her for ride when we are combining hemp.

It would be fun to have a traveling Bamboletta doll on the farm for seeding or harvest.

Have a bright and beautiful day. Everyone.
Jeanne

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Price Increase July 1st 2018

Hi friends! This is the post I’ve been putting off writing for about a year and currently have a knot in my stomach about writing but it must be done. I’ve thought .. well, if I sell more dolls or maybe next month things be okay (things being financial)  and in my optimistic way that this ‘tightness’ would ease up – but it’s not. I finally got a book keeper to work with me (I’ve been through several who don’t want to tackle my business model with all the sewing mamas, PayPal issues, etc) and she delivered dire news on how things are going. My costs have gone up significantly and we aren’t covering costs with the current prices .. everything just keeps going up and up and individually I don’t think are too much but all together it’s hurting the business. Supplies, rents, utilities, insurance, etc, etc – it’s crazy. I don’t want to go on and on about it but I feel like I have a different kind of relationship with you all and want you to know the real deal. I have no choice at this point but to increase the price of the dolls.

I was looking back on my history of price increases and realized that back in 2012 I was charging 250USD .. which is now $324CAD for a Sitting Friend. Forward to 6 years and I’m charging almost $50 less per doll. I made a huge mistake in putting my pricing to CAD – so I went from $250 USD to $250 CAD – and didn’t really think things through as well as I should have three years ago. You all don’t need to know this and I should just be direct but I hate for anyone to think I’m overcharging or gouging .. this is a sore spot for me from doing years of markets and having people balk at my pricing without really knowing what goes into them.

In each doll there’s 10 hours of labour and love, western Canadian sourced wool, hand dyed and hand spun yarns in their hair (which lately is incredible by Andrea and Leola), hand embroidered faces,  hand sewn hair, wee shoes and underpants sewn and so much more. I peruse online and local fabric shops trying to find the very best and whimsical fabrics for dressing – nothing but the very best for these dolls. Because when you invest all that time and love into something and know it’s going to be someone’s very special doll then we make sure every detail is thought through.  We have 32 women (and one guy) working on these dolls with skill creating them the same way I did 15 years ago .. but better, way, way better 😉

So, my prices will be the following as of July 1st 2018 .. taking it back to 2012 😉 In CAD funds 🙂

Sitting Friends will be $315 (all that art yarn!)
Cuddle Dolls will be $215
Baby Dolls will be $215
Little Buddies will be $175
Forever Friends will be $395
Kit’s will be $105

Clothing will also be going up marginally as well. Shipping will stay the same.

Okay, there we have it, the post I’ve been putting off for a very long time is done. Thank you all SO much – really – my heart is so thankful and grateful for all of you and your doll love and friendship over the years. We could not do this without you! My heart is full.

xoxo,
Christina

And the amazing Nan, whom many of you know from our community group (come join!) has been really helping me through this and wrote me these words which touch in on conscious buying. Which I firmly believe is how we are shaping our lives and future know – the adage voting with dollars has never been more important than now. (these are her words and some from an article in the latest issue of Breathe magazine (Issue 12) titled “The art of mindful curating” that discusses a connection between your purpose and purchasing.

Today, many of us are trying to live with a purpose. This is not an easy task for most people.

  We all wonder from time to time what our purpose is while on this earth, what our purpose is each day even.

  More and more of us are beginning to connect our life purpose — which changes as we grow, as do our values do — with our purchasing patterns.

 What we purchase, who we purchase from, how it is made, who it made by, is it durable, is it timeless, how soon is it destined for a landfill, can it be used and valued if I no longer need it — these are all questions to consider when making a purchase.

 Particularly as we age, or when we welcome children into our lives, we begin to think carefully about the ways in which what and how we purchase impact ourselves, others, and the environment presently, and in the future.

 We know that we do not take anything we buy with us when we go. The average life expectancy is around 80 years, while the life of our belongings is centuries long. Reminding ourselves of this, we find an opportunity to become a steward for generations to come; the generation that may contain the children you love, and their children, too.

 Being a steward is both an act and a mindset.

 The act is simple: buy things that are worthy of being handed down and made in a way that allows them to stand the test of time, and take care of them with a view to pass them along. Future generations can benefit from the purchasing choices you make now, even when an object is not passed on to family.

 When your purchasing patterns align with living a life of purpose, recognizing that our time on earth is limited, and in considering future generations, your ego becomes less involved. And when ego is taken out of the equation, people tend to do things that make them truly happy. I believe this mindset is evidenced in many  Bamboletta customers who give often and freely to others within, and outside of our doll community. For many of us, purchasing from Bamboletta has been a gateway to understanding the value of well and ethically made product.

Many people argue that when their consumer action and mindset change in this way, it is actually cost saving. Yes, it is true that what we buy, when it is fairly and ethically made “may” cost more, though what one notices that when you begin to buy this way, you buy less of things in a category — they are less disposable and/or last longer, even a lifetime (think cast-iron), said another way, less “throwaway and/ortradable”, less wasteful (think food…when you buy more costly organic or non gmo versions, or remove a food item completely you waste less or save money through no longer buying).

When you buy and do things for others and with your community in mind, it nourishes in a way that buying purely for oneself doesn’t. It transfers to other products we buy, everything for household cleaning products, furniture, fabrics, clothing, children’s playthings, even the kinds of vehicles we buy.

Oh, Nan .. thank you for these words. xoxo

Jeanne Flaman - June 12, 2018 - 6:48 am

Your heartfelt announcement truly made me feel how tough and right your decision was. I appreciate as a Canadian that your price is in Canadian dollars. You have a Canadian company and I personally don’t feel the need to price in US dollars as many groups do. It says to me “proudly Canadian”. To the whole community that make the dolls your value can’t even begin to be shown in dollars. I know you make each part of the doll with a piece of your heart which is priceless.
Thank you so much Christina for starting this doll making and making it possible for us to share them with those we love.
Jeanne F.

admin - June 12, 2018 - 3:40 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words, Jeanne. xo

Rebecca Jennison - June 15, 2018 - 12:06 pm

To my dear friend Christina –
Our family has loved Bamboletta for more than 8 years. As an accountant and a former auditor, your decision is authentic, justified, and resonable. You are an amazing employer and designer. You care about the people who work for you and for the gorgeous dolls and products you make. Your precious creations have been with my children through the best and worst of times. There is just no price tag on that. The scent of a Bambo doll sends my sweet 11 year old straight to dreamland….
You have my support. I am so proud to ‘know’ you, share a birthday with you (he he! Sept 2nd!, and call you a friend of our family. So much of your heart lives in Rhode Island with us – and always will.
❤️Becca

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