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My messy basket

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This is my floss basket. For you who may not know what the heck I’m talking about, floss is the type of string/thread stuff I use to embroider on all the doll faces. I can’t really remember my life without my friend floss – my first recollection with it was at age 8 or so cross stitching Precious Moments patterns. I loved cross stitching.

Well, as you can see it looks like a total disaster basket but there’s kind of a cool sort of magic that happens with this basket of mine. I spend three days, sitting on a comfy chair in a room with Brandi, Rachel, Brooke and Shauna and sew the faces on. Lots of laughs, tea, and discussions on solving the woes of the world (or a latest break up) happen in these three days making for my favourite time. And then, to see the dolls slowly coming to life – it’s pretty magical and makes for amazing days. I get asked ‘don’t you get tired of doing all those faces?’ and , truthfully, the answer is no. All those elements come together to create something pretty special, something you never get tired of. It’s unique every week just like the dolls. The basket is the icing on the cake – I will first look at the doll and then just ‘know’ what eye colour it should have. I sort of rummage through the basket and the perfect floss just pops right out. The best is when it’s already cut to the length I need. Bonus!

So, another little bit into how a Bamboletta is made. I want to document more of these bits – there are so many that I could write about. I always think no one would be interested but , heck, I like to write about it, I hope you’ll find it interesting too:)

xo
C

Barbara Houck - October 30, 2013 - 11:17 pm

What’s the wee little fox pillow for? Love it! And seeing all of those colors of floss makes me want to see how many of them I can find among our Bambo family here! <3

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Funny things I find on my hard drives …

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I have thousands and thousands of doll pictures. I’m fortunate enough that even though I destroyed two MacBooks via tea spillages that the hard drives were recovered. So, when going through the pics I find dolls like this guy. I think he’s 2006? And was for a religious organization of some kind as his black body also has a little white collar. The body was made with black fabrics and then his hands and feet were sewn in with doll skin fabric – so it’s a permanent suit. Where, oh where, did this doll go? Makiko likes to call him the hipster Bamboletta – lol.

Xo,
C

PS this is my attempt to blog more. I just installed and figured out an app for my phone for blogging. This is a big deal for me because for me to sit down with my laptop and blog sometimes feels overwhelming and I don’t know what to write. Inspiration and little things hit me all the time on what I’d like to write about so this app is great!

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Turn it Around …

As many of you know already, I’ve been vending dolls over at Granville Island for the past few months.  It’s been an interesting venture. I really love meeting and seeing my customers (I dislike that word so much – it’s honest to God like visiting friends when you guys come here!). There are literally hundreds of people coming through here every day – Granville Island is a place almost every visitor to Vancouver comes to. We get lots of locals but also LOTS of tourists come through. When I used to vend my dolls, all those years ago, I would sell at Farmers Markets and Craft shows – where it was a different kind of ‘customer’ – people who came to support local and handcrafted goodness. Here, at GI, it’s a tad different… there is definitely the people that appreciate what we do but then there’s another kind of person ….

You ladies know when someone on the Facebook wall comments on how expensive and how crazy it is that dolls cost SO much?!! They just don’t get that these dolls take hours to make and that the materials are of the best quality aka expensive. They also don’t know of our labour practices – that my sewing mamas are all local and are paid well and fairly for their work. It seems like sometimes people like to talk about wanting ‘Made in Canada’ or ‘Made in the USA’ but do not understand the costs involved with doing so. Anyhow, when someone makes these comments online, usually a whole bunch of you will jump in and talk about all these things and Brooke will go and try to explain things as well. It actually makes me ill to read the mean comments so I usually just leave them alone (remember the one ,not so long ago, where the lady said the dolls should be filled with cocaine!! for the price they are?)

Well, here, I’m getting those kinds of comments to my face by some people who are obviously offended that my dolls cost what they do.
Man, yesterday ‘These dolls cost $220??! What!! It’s a DOLL!’
Myself ‘Ahh, yeah Sir, they take about 10 hours and are stuffed with wool and made with natural materials.’
Man (and I am NOT exaggerating here) looks me up and down and says ‘YOU make $22 an HOUR??’
Myself , super flustered and all red faced with shock ‘Ah, no, I wish! – the materials are very expensive , blah, blah’
Man just walks away .. not even listening

or this gem..
Lady ‘I’ll give you $5 for this’ (I was selling some pocket dolls for $10 a piece)
Myself (a little taken a back) – ‘They are $10″
Lady ‘These are not worth $10 – do you really think you can charge that much for this?’
Myself – I actually sort of burst into tears and ran to the bathroom.

Then there are the hourly ‘AH! for a doll?!?’ looks and comments. It’s bizarre – it’s like getting talked about behind your back but right in front of your face! It’s like you do not exist. And you have to understand, these are people who have no experience or understanding or even want to know about what goes into these – they are coming in usually from cruise ships from port to port – I am no different to some of them then the person downtown selling 4 tshirts for $20 (not that I am a better person or anything like that – it’s just that they are selling an imported item, different sort of thing) . I try to keep this in mind but DANG, it’s hard to keep positive sometimes. It’s like you can get 100 great comments but you cling to that ugly bad one for dear life. I think that the ugly comment is a reflection of any sort of negative thought you have about yourself.

On Thursday I had had enough – I was done. I’m here for 10 hours at one time in an intense retail situation – talking and talking all day. I do well, we sell dolls, but I know if I put them on the site they’d sell too. I wanted to do GI to meet people, get out of the studio and be inspired amongst other artisans. I got talking to Michelle (fellow artisan) about this and she said that in this market you either develop a thicker skin or it wears you down raw. Then I talked to Helen who is an incredible photographer and salesperson. She actually made me roleplay out scenarios pretending she was the customer. So, instead getting all defensive when people questioned the pricing she gave me the advice on agreeing with them. So now it goes a little like this ..

‘Whoa! $240 for a DOLL?!”Yes, it can seem expensive for some – we aren’t used to seeing dolls for that price. However, these dolls are all one of a kind creations that take 10 hours to create. I believe strongly in using only the best and safe materials for children – which is expensive!’ I have more if someone looks interested, but that’s my ‘line’ now. Joelle, who makes soap, get’s these comments too (everyone in here does) and simply looks people in the eye and says ‘It’s not for everyone’ – I can’t do that one because it comes off a bit to snarky for me – but it’s a goodie!

Since this ‘revelation’ I’ve had the BEST time here (like even when I don’t have my friends coming for a visit!)- something had clicked and those comments roll off my back. I don’t think it’s that I’m going to develop a  ‘thicker skin’ but I’m certainly not going to let this wear me down raw.

xo,
Christina

 

 

Kat Thornton - July 7, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Christina,

Gosh, people can be thoughtless and rude! And here I am, in Minnesota, wishing I could take the place of one of those people, to get to meet you and the girls and see the dolls in person (whether it be at Granville or at your shop at Cowichan Bay).

I think your kind heart is a significant part of what makes this company so amazing. I’m glad that you found a way to help you “turn it around” without becoming jaded, as so many people do.

Never forget that you have many people that love what you do and support you fully.

xoxo

Rosemary - July 7, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Hugs Christina– it sounds like its been a whirlwind of a long weekend for you, both stressful and fun. Nobody deserves rudeness nor is there an excuse for it. I’m glad you are being supported by dear friends and being the bigger person by learning to deflect the negativity. Best wishes for a relaxing week ahead with some nice yummy hot tea.

Tara - July 7, 2013 - 12:52 pm

People need filters. Or the ability to know in their head how rude they might sound saying things like that out loud. :( I make cakes, I’ve had many people tell me I’m too pricey. People pay thousands for customs cars, homes, computers, why not pay what a custom doll, or a custom cake is worth (can you put a price on the love that goes into each one???)

Glad you were able to get some tools to help you make it through :)

Adrianna - July 7, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Christina, I’m so sorry that people feel that they have the right to judge the price of your beautiful work. I have never once felt bad about paying “that much” for any of our Bamboletta dolls. I love your work and all that you ladies do. You are all so generous and kind. There are people who just do not and will not understand. I had a friend see me comment on your wall once and then asked me why I would spend so much on a doll. I was also offended for you, as I know just how priceless, gorgeous, and unique these dolls are and how much happiness they bring to me and my daughter. You can’t really put a price tag on that. If I didn’t think they were worth it, I would not have as many as I do. I also love to support fellow Canadians and mothers. I think it’s hard to have a tough skin when you are the type of person that you are – I get it. But, keep your head held high – these dolls are AMAZING creations and you have many people all around the world who think so. Lots of hugs! Keep showing off your work and be proud!

Shruti - July 7, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Hugs Christina! All artisans (doll makers included) work hard. I know coz I’ve tried making my own doll… Out of cheap materials, I might add. It was still expensive to make and took a loong time. Definitely 10+ hours.

Good for you for developing a positive outlook on this kinda feedback. I bet these ppl who were shell shocked at the prices will start looking into Waldorf dolls now, maybe with the idea of “hey, maybe I should start selling $200 dolls!” I hope they try making 1. And seeing first hand what goes into it – costs of supplies and labour and love and attention!

If I could afford to, id buy one of each model from you! Maybe once I sell enough of my dolly knits 😉

KristinaS - July 7, 2013 - 1:02 pm

What about – ” if you put in all the time, materials and costs I really should be charging more ” Don’t let them bother you – easier said than done , I know, but we love you, love what you do and love what you share. If I could I would have a village of your dolls! I still need to add a cuddle doll and maybe a few more little buddies!!

Barbara H. - July 7, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Oh sweetie, I never thought about that aspect of your time at GI. How hard that must be and it just breaks my heart for you that people can be so insensitive and make you feel like that. Just remember that for everyone of them, there are loads more of “us” that totally “get” the value of a Bamboletta far beyond the dollars and cents of it. Willow and I “get” it so much that even though we are able to purchase more then our fair share of Bambo’s online, we also have a crazy dream of meeting you someday and buying one in person- we have an envelope set aside that I stash money into for a trip for us to BC someday. Your dolls are priceless to us and the love that you and your gang put into them makes them invaluable! Chin up momma! <3

Danica - July 7, 2013 - 1:15 pm

I adore the pants off of you woman

Andrea - July 7, 2013 - 1:53 pm

I get that. I worked in retail for years, sometimes people just suck. It doesn’t matter what you’re selling or what you’re charging, someone will find a reason to complain.

I think that part of what people don’t understand is that a lot of the mass produced toys they see in stores are made in sweatshops. No one wants to think about that when they drop their $40 for a doll.

Maybe put up a sign that says, “OOAK handmade dolls. Made FOR children, not BY children.” 😉

Judith - July 7, 2013 - 2:35 pm

You know I’ve been to Vancouver many, many times and have never made it to Granville Island. I keep promising myself “one of these days” I will actually go, but now the draw is because I want to see you and all the dolls together. I have three of your dolls now and think they are worth every penny. They are beautifully made, all unique and my grandaughter loves them, which is worth it to me. In addition I have a knitting addiction. Therefore I know what good materials cost, what time costs, and how people think it is crazy that I buy wool to make socks that can cost (sometimes) as much as $40.00. They like to remind me that I can buy socks at walmart for $2.00 a pair. But thats because they just don’t get it and unfortunately they don’t knit and/or don’t have someone who loves them enough to make something so special for them. Hold your head high my dear your product is fabulous!

Maria Cook - July 7, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Hey Christina, I know what you mean, it is the same with the cross-stitch that I do, they do not realize the amount of work that goes into it and the time, especially the time. Hang in there, we are a special kind of people. Love, Zia Maria

Belinda - July 7, 2013 - 3:45 pm

I don’t think anyone ever really appreciates the amount of work that goes into your beautiful dolls unless they are a crafter themselves. I make hand sewn miniature teddy bears, they are only a fraction over 3 inches tall, but still take 8 or 9 hours each – in fact I just finished my 100th bear today! :)

I love my Bamboletta and the care that you and the sewing mamas put into every stitch, plus the quality of the materials you use and the attention to detail really shows through, I just wish I lived close enough to be able to visit in person… maybe one day – sigh.

I’m so glad you’ve found a way to deal with the negative comments xxx

Nikki - July 7, 2013 - 4:01 pm

I think a small brochure with your “what goes into our dolls” would be a good print out to have on hand. Maybe even a visual aid set up if you have the space of some of the materials and things.
I really think that probably 50% of those people who are sticker shocked would be a lot less shocked once they realized what they were actually getting for their money.
Look at AG dolls for instance. People pay more because of quality. No reason to not show off your quality which isn’t a factory in China.

D - July 7, 2013 - 7:08 pm

To quote Seinfeld;

Elaine “…People.” Jerry, “They’re the worst.”

Michelle - July 7, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Hey, totally use your new spiel but also…imagine them in their underwear! :) Love ya :)

bron@babyspace - July 8, 2013 - 12:43 am

oh, I really feel for you, I would feel terrible having people criticise the value of my product to my face.

I also don’t relate to people feeling that it’s okay to question prices at markets in a rude way. if they don’t like it, don’t buy it! there’s no need to be rude :(

your dolls are so beautiful and worth every cent.
x

Janet Ya Ya - July 8, 2013 - 1:43 am

I’ve never been on a cruise ship…strikes me as an expensive excuse to walk on a floating city of people..strangers on a floating city in the ocean. Some people like THAT kind of thing…others like handmade sweet smiling dolls from Canada…WE love you! Be like a duck and water…let the comments roll off your back!

Rosalyn - July 8, 2013 - 10:58 am

You’re handling it well, with good advice and your own spin on the “script”. No matter what you do or how you do it, there will always be critics. I just wish I could visit and be one more of the good visits to help offset the negative ones! Keep your head up and keep educating those that are willing to listen. Brush the others off. I <3 Bamboletta Dolls!

Anne Scott - July 8, 2013 - 11:38 am

Ðear Christina,
I visited you in the Cowichan valley on June 16 and was absolutely enchanted by the beauty of your workshop and the dolls. Please do not be hurt by comments that are only a reflection of the people who make them. It cannot destroy the love and care and whimsical spirit you and your team put into your dolls. I was taking two cousins from Scotland on an 18 day tour of BC (4,000km) when we happened upon your workshop and it remains one of my best memories of the whole trip. I am grandmother to two wonderful boys but maybe one day I will have a granddaughter. In the meantime I am saving to buy one of your dolls (cannot choose though). They are worth every penny!!! Keep following your dream and bring beauty into the world!

Adriana - July 8, 2013 - 10:56 pm

I think the person saying those sorts of comments doesn’t understand economics. You cannot have an inexpensive item and expect great quality too. All I can say is my 2 year old loves her dolls, or as she calls them, her babies. I can see how her LB has helped her have a better trip away from home and Daddy ( we have been traveling to see my family for almost 10 days). Everytime she gets homesick, I give her her “baby” and you can see how it helps soothe her. You have a beautiful and meaningfull product.

Laura - July 9, 2013 - 12:10 pm

You are a sensitive person. I am too…it is crushing to me sometimes when people say something mean or careless and I replay what they have said later in my own head. But it’s not healthy, I know. My little girl is the same way (highly sensitive!), and I try to encourage her to let things roll off her back. I suppose you never know what someone is going through or they may simply be a person without a good filter, but it is hard to hear comments like that. Your work is exquisite; the price is appropriate for a piece of art, essentially!

Monique L - July 10, 2013 - 11:21 pm

What a bunch of douche bags! You’re amazing- big hugs!

Ruth Dollinger - July 12, 2013 - 9:20 am

at first blush, the dolls do seem expensive for the average person. However, i think you are catering to a specific demographic of client, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Keep on going to GI. I am about to buy our first doll, either online or next week when you’re at GI again, and i would have never known about your company if I hadnt seen your booth there a few months ago. It is great advertising- i couldn’t buy a doll right on the spot when i saw it there, but I’ve had time to think it over and decide I want to buy this as a first babydoll for my little toddler. Don’t feel down over the brutal comments, just remember you are not going to reach everyone… so many people would be fine with buying a plastic doll for their kid for $10 at walmart… but there are some of us who are not fine with that… :) thank you!!!

jennJK - July 16, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Oh my goodness, what a bunch of rude people! They just don’t get it. (and they should keep their comments to themselves)

My MIL was so excited to meet you IRL. She said you were very sweet and I have the note you sent me. :) And I really wish I was with her on that cruise, I would love to meet you someday & tell you all sorts of nice things about your creations.

Virginia Sears - July 19, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Last week I ordered Jennalee for my grandaughter who is 4. Jenna had pastel multi colored hair with farie sparkles in it. Frannie got her doll and fell totally in love with her and changed her name to Frannie and took her to bed even putting night clothes on her to sleep in. These dolls are amazing and I am afraid that Frannie will want her hair the same as her doll! She is a very creative child.
Thank you wonderful ladies and gentleman who make these dollw with much love.
Virginia Sears

Anita McCracken - August 15, 2013 - 6:48 pm

I was just recently introduced to Bamboletta dolls and think they are adorable!

Meredith - August 26, 2013 - 11:03 am

I can imagine that hearing those comments would make you want to curl up into a ball and hide. But I am so glad to hear you are not going to let it scare you away from those that appreciate what you do and love your beautiful craftmanship and art. I am planning an entire trip next month…flying from Arizona – just to see you and your dolls in person at GI! So just remember for every nasty uneducated person there are 100 of us that simply adore what you do!

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Doll Types

With the introduction of our newest style dolls, the Cuddle Doll and our Sitting Friend, we’ve been getting a lot of questions in regards to what the differences between the dolls are. So, I thought it would be good to do a blog post explaining the difference between the 4 styles.

The Little Buddy

These sweet dolls stand about 10 inches tall. We make them with cotton ‘skin’ and stuff them with wool from Western Canada. Their hair is made of natural materials such as wool, alpaca, mohair. This is a traditional Waldorf style doll with the body shape – arms outstretched for lots of hugs. This doll seems to be good for little ones, ages 1.5 – 2 ish, or for kids that love little things! These dolls take us about 6 hours to do from start to finish. They come with a simple outfit and underpants but no shoes. They cost $130.

The Classic Doll

This was the first style of doll I made over 10 years ago! This body type is based on traditional German dollmaking patterns (which is what the Waldorf Dolls are based on). The body is sewn with cotton for it’s ‘skin’ (which comes in all the way from the Netherlands – specially milled for dollmaking) and then the doll is stuffed with wool. It’s luscious hair is made with wool, mohair and alpaca yarns and can be styled in many different ways (here’s our YouTube channel for hair styling ideas) . She stands 15 inches tall and is good for 3 and up but this age range is debatable. Some wee kids LOVE the big dolls, the heft of it can be very comforting. These dolls take us about 10 – 12 hours to make. They come with underpants, a super cute outfit and shoes.  They cost $235 – $245 (depending on extra’s in hair or outfit)

Sitting Friends

This doll was created for children (and their moms) that wanted a softer, more bendable doll. They measure 15″ tall (and fit the Classic Doll clothing). We developed this pattern to mimic the traditional doll with it’s rounded feet and outstretched arms but with movable limbs, it’s perfect for tea parties. This doll would be good for ages 3 and up, but, again, it’s a personal preference for the child. Like the other dolls, the skin is made with that fantastic cotton ‘skin’ and stuffed with wool. Did you know that wool is absolutely amazing for children? It’s naturally antibacterial, warms to the touch and absorbs scent so the doll smells like ‘home’.  These dolls take us between 10 – 12 hours to create. They come with underpants, a super cute outfit and shoes. They cost $240 – $250 depending on the outfit and hair.

Cuddle Doll

This doll was inspired by our seamstress Nicki’s childhood doll Pippi. We loved Pippi because of her size and her long-ish floppy legs. So, we made a Bamboletta version.  She’s a bit like a small version of our Sitting Doll but there are some differences. She stands 13″ tall, is ‘thinner’ then our regular dolls and has longer legs (with FEET! I know this will delight many of our customers!). She is made with the same materials as all the other dolls. I think ages 2 and up would be good ,but, again, totally subjective. This doll takes about 7 – 8 hours to make. She comes with an outfit (2 piece), underpants and crocheted shoes. They cost $155.

One thing I do recommend for people with small children is that they tie the long hair back or braid it until the child is ready to play ‘hairdresser’. It’s made with natural materials and some shedding is to be expected but this will stop as the yarns age a bit and will ‘felt up’ a little. It’s kind of like natural hair when it’s freshly washed and is all fluffy, it takes a bit of time for your hair to calm down. Natural dolls have a feel of their own and will age with your child and hopefully will be passed along to their child! I feel VERY strongly about using natural materials hence the price point (as well as the labour put in between all of us sewing mama’s!). If you are interested in learning more about the philosophy and use of natural materials, I wrote a blog post here about it.

Couldn’t resist showing you an undies shot!
Thank you all so much!
Christina

Heather - June 5, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Feet!!!! I can not wait to check them out!!!

Lisa - June 5, 2013 - 5:19 pm

so excited – I love the cuddle dolls – my g’baby will be getting one for sure :)

Cassandra - June 5, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Delightful to see and read the differences!

Aubrey - June 5, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Please do not stop making the babies, they are really great!

Carolyn - June 5, 2013 - 7:03 pm

All perfect! Classic is still my fave <3

chreyl - June 6, 2013 - 4:22 am

Love them all….squishing them is the best part. You forgot to mention that. :)

Coco - January 3, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Hi! First of all, I LOVE these dolls, they are SO cute, and I am so glad to have accidentally stumbled across them. Although I do not have children yet (hopefully soon!), I have an idea in mind of which “look” I’d like to find and adopt for the future when I have children (or for myself if that day never comes!). I did read the blog, but just to clarify as I am still confused: the classic doll and the sitting doll are essentially the same, however the sitting dolls are poseable or jointed in places, while the classic dolls have a soft body that always retains the same shape? Is this correct? And sitting dolls do not always “sit,” they can just be positioned this way? I included my email above, if you could respond to my email as well as to my post I would greatly appreciate it as I am not sure I would be able to find this specific blog post again. Also, can the dolls be shipped abroad to Europe at an additional fee, as I may be moving to Italy? Thanks so much, and what a WONDERFUL product! Cannot wait to begin adopting a pair. :)

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The Heart

I’ve had such a huge influx of new people visiting our site, either from Facebook or from seeing us at the various market’s I’ve been attending. I always get asked why I started making the dolls from interested people. I go on about this in length on this blog post about the history of Bamboletta but tonight I felt it important to write about the heart ,or the spark, of what got me excited about making these dolls.

To make a long story short, I was inspired by reading a book on Waldorf education  and specifically in regards to the dolls. There were 2 basic tenants to this style of doll making, which is based on German doll making techniques. The first is that they are made with all natural materials. Because a child’s ‘energy’ is much more sensitive using natural materials is so that everything ‘flows’. There’s also a kind of realness that using natural materials gives to the doll, the weight and the feel that wool gives the doll (which my dolls are stuffed with) is very different from a polyfill doll.  Another cool thing about wool is that it’s naturally antibacterial and is sort of a scent ‘sponge’, which is such a comfort for children when their doll smells of home. It also warms to the touch. I *heart* wool, but that will be my next blog post. The second thing is that the dolls have neutral facial expressions. Children often work out problems or figure life situations out by mimicking us and/or the situation. Having a doll that can be happy, sad, or somewhere in between is a healthy invitation to open ended play.

The other thing that’s come along for me, but is not part of the whole Waldorf philosophy, is body image and keeping children ,well, children. I feel a bit sick when I go into a toy store and look at girls dolls. Why are we pushing them into adulthood? It’s crazy what’s out there. My dolls look like kids, their bodies are round and unformed and their clothing is meant for kids. The older I get the more I feel very passionate about protecting children and childhood. It’s words like these below that make my heart sing ..

PS I forgot to mention that the thing that makes me most happy is that the girls are so into their dolls and everything Bamboletta (we’ve watched every Bambo video on youtube) great job BTW,  A lot of their classmates are 10 going on 18 and Steve & I want our kids to enjoy their childhoods &  be kids as long as they can.

With their dolls they do, I love how they get so excited when they are playing.  They are now talking about making a short video in our back forest with Sammy & Bella I love this!

That’s why I cant thank you enough for making these dolls,  it has really extended my girls childhoods & that’s why Layne has to have her own <3

Sorry for being  mushy… 

Mush away ,my friend … mush away! I love you ladies so much! Thank you all for amazing support all these years!

xo
Christina

Rhonda Schuette - June 2, 2013 - 1:09 am

Love your passion, story, and work you guys do! It shows up in your work every week! The attention to details is remarkable! Love your story and who you guys are as a team together! Great work!!!

cheryl - June 2, 2013 - 5:48 am

Feeling the love…My daughter still loves the Bambolettas and I can’t thank you enough for keeping her my little girl a bit longer.
We still pick out our favorites each up load. And my son still has his tucked in bed each night. Although the room for my children has grown less and less, they look so cute snuggled next to them. Thank you Christina and team Bambo!

kate - June 2, 2013 - 8:40 am

Oh C, I hope you know the real heart and magic of bamboletta doesn’t come from philosophy or materials (though both these things play a vital role)…It comes from YOUR heart. Your heart as you have so thoughtfully, intentionally managed your business. Your heart as you smile upon each part of the process. Your heart as you LOVE each doll, knowing in turn you are sending a little extra love+light into this world, into a child’s life. What a gift that is… I can’t believe it’s been almost four years since Mae came into Lizzie’s life– she still takes her everywhere. Still cries into her hair when she’s said and makes up magical adventures with her on a daily basis. It’s been so fun to watch her go from just a snuggle companion to being able to dress her, act out all sorts of play with her, tell secrets to her. She is truly growing up alongside “Bee Mae”…

And yet, maybe one of those most moving Bambo experiences for us still is with Max and his baby, Liam (which were were able to buy in a blog drawing, remember??) Although Liam mostly hangs with Elizabeth these days, he was the perfect friend for Max when he needed someone to “vent” feelings to…We called him a gift from the “feelings fairy”– and Max depended on Liam to sort through his so often too-big-for-his-body emotional swings. Even now, I watch Max sometimes go grab Liam and sneak up to his room, or use him as a “pillow” when reading on the back porch. There’s so much HEART in what you do, but also, in what you open up inside our children. Bamboletta will always be a name my children associate with their childhoods. That’s pretty special. xo

Kimberly - June 2, 2013 - 8:46 am

Thank you for sharing this! I feel like I could write an essay on why we love your dolls so much. Recently my 5 yr. old daughter asked me to read her the tag attached to the Smoking Lilly dress we ordered. It talked about how you make the dolls and she said, “Well, we need to save this so when I grow up we can make these dolls together.” That night she fell asleep still holding the tag.

Kat Thornton - June 2, 2013 - 3:06 pm

We pulled our daughter out of a very fast paced public school where she was being bullied and receiving literally no support from the classroom teacher or school staff. The kids in her class (KINDERGARTEN) were frighteningly violent and oversexualized for five year olds, and she started having night terrors. I got her out of there as soon as she told me what was going on, and because of Waldorf’s age limits, she began her second year of Kindergarten the following fall. The school and the Waldorf philosophy has been a lifesaver for our family. In a world of pushing children into adulthood far too early, we had found an oasis where breathing and expanding at a natural pace was the norm, not frowned upon.

The Waldorf style doll has become an embodiment to me of the gentle philosophies of Waldorf education: the soft facial expressions, warm touch, undeveloped bodies, natural materials. They truly DO protect childhood in a subtle way. Children aren’t getting a subconscious idea of what they “should” look like or be when they hold a Bamboletta.

I’m truly grateful to you ladies for what you do and the kindness and generosity you display. <3 <3

P.S. We have a few Waldorf style dollies, but my Bambolettas are my personal favorites! 😉

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Kathy - March 13, 2015 - 5:00 am

I’m just a simple woman who loves your adorable dolls. I have no website, nor the talent to sustain one, as you do. But you have no idea how much pleasure you bring to your followers, especially when we have saved enough money to purchase a doll of our own.
Regards,
Kathy

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