How can you make so many in a week ?!?

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I get this asked of me a LOT – I think some people may think it is just me – I’m not sure. Well it’s not just me – if this were the case I’d be able to make about 4 dolls a week with all the sewing and sewing that goes into making a doll.  There are 6 of us in the shop (not including me) and we do all the prep work – so we get all the doll bodies sewn and stuffed, we combine and cut the doll hair and then we get the dollies back, I put on the faces – then the hair cutting, dressing, blushing, pictures – upload then packing takes place. It’s a lot of work. The doll assembly is done by my lovely sewing mamas. They receive their dolls on Mondays in sort of a package of bits , hair and arms and a body, and they sew the dolls together. I LOVE getting dolls back on Mondays – I don’t think I’ll ever tire from going over the dolls and seeing who sewed who. Each sewing mama has such a signature – they’ve been trained to sew ‘the same’ but each puts their own little spin on it – how can they not? That is the beauty of handmade!

So, I can’t take the credit and I’m not some sort of sewing super woman – there are about 23 of us all together sewing, stuffing, hugging and knitting the dolls to life. These ladies love making dolls and love that they’ve had a little part in your child’s life. When they come in on Mondays we chat about a particular cute doll pic on Facebook they saw or if they saw the doll they made in some child’s arms and about how their week went – chit chat really. We have got such a neat thing going on – these ladies infuse love into what they do.

So, it’s not just me and THEY are the reason why we can make this many a week. I’m not wanting to get (much) bigger (aside from more Little Buddies) – the clothing and dolls we make each week feels just about right. A lot but very managable – I feel like if I were to go bigger then something would be lost if that makes sense? Anyhow – the reason why we are able work and make dollies is because of all you ladies out there. Thank you SO much for your amazing support! Never in a million years did I think this would happen!

xo
Christina

Shannon Goldrich - July 29, 2011 - 8:46 pm

I think what you all do is amazing! The dolls are that much more special to know they have been made with love, when I am lucky enough to find my daughters special girl I think it would be wonderful to know who lovingly sewed her to life!!!!

Mandy M. - July 29, 2011 - 9:08 pm

You are a fabulous bunch of ladies (and gentleman). You are so lucky to have such a group of people with the same passion for what you love. I am captivated by your company. Keep up the good work!

Tammy G. - July 29, 2011 - 9:27 pm

You are all incredible! You put so much loving tender care into each and every darling little girl/boy you make. We look forward to the day we can bring one of your creations into our home for my little girl to love. Thank you all!

Deborah Johnston - July 29, 2011 - 9:38 pm

I LOVE this! I love handmade items. And I love stuff made with Love. These dolls are worth every pennie and thank you for making as many as you can.

Kinda - July 29, 2011 - 9:41 pm

That’s one of the things I love about your business – that it has all “just happened” – okay, maybe not “just”, obviously a lot of hard work involved – but the evolution of your business as you tell it just seems so natural and like it was all meant to be.

Carrie Mc W - July 30, 2011 - 6:00 am

Perfect!

Karen W. - July 30, 2011 - 6:02 am

What a great image! So nice to know each one is really handmade with lots of love! It must be a fabulous feeling to wake up everyday and do something you love… that also happens to bring smiles to so many people. I still have the Raggedy Ann doll from when I was a little girl. She is discolored from drool, has her two legs pinned on and literally two strands of yarn hair on her head. That girl was soooo loved. I suspect many Bambolettas will grow up with such a story and will be something a mama can give (or share) with her little one someday… Perhaps with more hair and no pins 😉
xoxo!

Rebecca jennison - July 30, 2011 - 6:50 am

Have really enjoyed reading your blog pistes this week!!

Donna W. - July 30, 2011 - 7:37 am

What a great job you all have!

Bridget - July 30, 2011 - 4:39 pm

I adore seeing your “action” shots of your workshop and hearing how it all comes together. What a wonderful exciting business to be in. Enjoy every moment of it. We all certainly do!

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