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Snowflakes

An old friend of mine happened to be wandering past our studio last week and after the two of us caught up and I got introduced to his two children and wife, they all came and peeked their heads into the studio to see what this new ‘dream job’ of mine was all about.

While the children played with the dolls in the entranceway, I gave him and his wife the lowdown on how Bamboletta came to be. About where Christina came from, what she did before she began this beautiful story, and where it has taken her (and all of us with her). The wife started picking up the dolls, one by one, turning them over and admiring the handiwork. She had become quite taken with them but was curious, were there certain styles of dolls all made the same? I explained to her that no, no two dolls were exactly the same, that many hands were involved in the making of just one doll. And then it dawned on me, Bamboletta dolls are like snowflakes, each different and unique in their own style and craftsmanship. Every doll is made to a high standard, yes, but the individual qualities that come from an organic production line are what I think make every doll it’s own little being.

I am so proud to be involved in the making of this art…to see the photos sent and the letters written by small and unskilled hands, thanking us for the love we have created. It’s really something to be a part of a community of friends who appreciate the beauty in the finer things in life.

Whether it be a snowflake, a small childs chicken-scratch writing, or the art of a beautifully made doll, these small things are all special in their own way and the joy that they bring is truly unsurmountable.

xo

Brooke

Brenda Bell - June 6, 2012 - 11:04 pm

I agree. Each one is special in his/her own way, just like a snowflake! Have a great night.

Lisa Watson - June 6, 2012 - 11:58 pm

Wonderful comparison!! Both very similar, yet uniquely beautiful and individual at the same time! You ladies bring a smile to my face <3 !!

Erin - June 7, 2012 - 6:52 am

Beautiful! I love it! 🙂

cheryl - June 7, 2012 - 3:55 pm

All the more reason it should snow in Flordia. :0)

Rickiann - June 7, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Well said , I see each one of my dolls as amazing and unique
Just as I do each one of my children.
Beautiful and similar but not exactly the same 🙂

Cassandra - June 7, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Wonderful blog post and I couldn’t agree more!
Just like the little people and even us bigger people who love them.

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Bon Iver

This past weekend six of us from the Studio journeyed across the water to see Bon Iver play at Deer Lake Park in Vancouver.  We were all so excited to head over to the city, we are all so in love with each other, even the idea of the ferry ride together made us giddy.

After a week of rain, the sun came out in its full glory and our sweet little posse along with the other 7994 people that attended the outdoor venue were able to enjoy the show as the sun was setting behind the lake…it was spectacular.

As soon as Bon Iver came on stage I left our little spot on the grass to be at the front near the stage.  It was good to be close but a few songs in I realized that I wanted to be with the girls, that I was missing them. Just at that moment I received a text from Brooke telling me to get my butt back up to where we were sitting on the grass, so I walked back up and was madly scanning the crowd when our eyes all met and we screamed!  I ran to them and we all embraced and jumped around together.

The performance was one of the best that I have ever seen and the setting made it even more special. But what made the whole experience one that will touch my heart forever was sharing it with women that I love, admire and treasure so much.

xo

Shauna

Cassandra - May 31, 2012 - 1:57 am

All I could think of was how fun and that you guys are adorable! 🙂

Tara A - May 31, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Love Bon Iver and you girls!! How sweet that this business has fostered such amazing friendships <3

Shana - May 31, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Oh what fun!!! Saw Bon Iver here in Wisconsin and it was a great show! BTW he is a Wisconsin boy 🙂

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Favorite Place

This is my favourite place in our studio. It’s in the front entrance – there is a little alcove where the ceiling goes up about 20 feet  and then there are windows up at the top. We put a few dolls up there so they could peek out at the view. Hanging down is our chandelier , a gift from a sweet friend. We’ve had this chandelier for ages but couldn’t figure out how to get power to it to light up. Last week we had our favourite electrician Ian in the shop and he wired it up so now there is light. Happy moment here at Bamboletta =). Then there is some bunting there that Thamar made for me as a gift and that ‘Bamboletta’ sign you see was cross stitched for my by my Aunt Maria.  There is a little bird perched there on the door frame – I have a bunch of them scattered throughout the shop .. so sweet!  This is the area where I do our inside shot for upload pictures – great light. Just thought I’d share!
xo,
Christina

Cassandra - May 22, 2012 - 3:39 am

Just sweet and oh so pretty! Love all the details and how I wish I could visit again soon! 🙂

Britta - May 22, 2012 - 4:03 am

What a magical place ~ for children and grown-ups alike 🙂

Susie - May 22, 2012 - 4:17 am

Oh I love the white chandelier…so pretty and unique just like that wonderful shop and of course, the dollies that live there:)

jennifer cain - May 22, 2012 - 6:01 am

the dolls up in the windows remind me of Disneylands It’s a small world ride…the little Kids popping out of the clock. Very cute

Jenn A - May 22, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Love it ♥

Gidget - May 22, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Lovely…..

Brenda Bell - May 23, 2012 - 1:21 am

Such an adorable shop you guys have created! <3

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Staff Pick!

It’s Nicoles turn today for our weekly staff pick! She ended up picking a doll that Christina and I were previously drooling over while taking photos outside in the garden…so (drum roll please), this weeks pick is…Peaches!!!!! The sweet-faced doll with the ice cream coloured locks.

Nicole with her pick of the week, Peaches...two green-eyed beauties!

Clothing by: Thamar

Hair styled by: Brandi

Likes: Sherbert ice cream (of course!), and taking long walks to find bunny rabbits in the forest.

Dislikes: When a cloud covers the sun.

Nicole says: I really like her hair and her eyes, and how they match. She really stood out to me because she seems so summery and fresh!

We were all so dazzled by her we forgot about her little pal Polly! Look for both of them in tomorrows upload!

And good luck everyone!

xo

Brooke and Nicole

(ps. many of the dolls were extra hugged by me today as I got to help C take pictures…they are all so cute!…and I couldn’t stop saying cute!)

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Spring Dance

It’s quiet this morning save for the gentle chirping of new spring songs,
which I somehow feel must have been saved just for this moment.
The cleansing West Coast mist does it’s job encouraging new buds
to unfold bringing with them their sweet scent of sap.
Then slowly, specks of crystal blue sky begin to emerge, and so too,
life around the Bamboletta Studio begins stirring into this new day.
Each of it’s inhabitants emerging, one by one,
 into Christina’s workshop of wonder to create and begin anew.
Soft chatter of “Good Mornings” and hand picked mugs of warm tea
and coffee bring each of us together again.
Soon after, the familiar “whirrr” of sewing machines, and then,
 a wool dance of stuffing bodies and giggles begins.
‘Little Companions’ are our private audience.
These colors and sounds feel like home here, as though we are the busy
little bees working for and among our flowers.
And so I am reminded,
that yet another beautiful Friday has arrived….
                                                            
xo
Sarah
jai conroy - May 9, 2012 - 11:08 am

Beautiful.

Kim - May 9, 2012 - 12:15 pm

What a wonderful blog entry. I feel like I’m beginning the new day alongside the magical studio. 🙂

cheryl - May 10, 2012 - 8:50 am

I wish I was there also….

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