a little man, and his little friend.

We are very honoured to introduce to you our guest blogger Laura, mother of sweet Amos, a boy you would find impossible not to fall in love with. Laura and her beautiful family are local on the Island with us, as well as new friends of ours! We were first brought together through a photo she posted on Instagram a couple months ago (oh, how we love the power of social media) and her blog ‘Little Feet in my House’ and story touched us so much we had to learn more. She wrote a gorgeous entry about her son and his special bond with his Little Buddy friend…

Thank you Laura, from the bottom of our hearts. We’re blessed to start to get to know you and your family and to have you open our eyes up to the world of your darling son Amos.



A few years ago, our lives were turned upside down and inside out with the birth of our special little guy. Amos Abraham was born one quiet, spring night. His peaceful and serendipitous arrival into this world gave nothing away of the turmoil we had felt the previous weeks. We knew he was a boy. We had just learned he had an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, otherwise known as Down syndrome. We knew he also needed surgery to correct his bowel, or he would not survive. We knew we weren’t allowed to bring him home for weeks.

We knew a lot of painful, heavy and difficult things.

What we didn’t know was how fiercely we would love him, and how powerfully his presence in our lives would change us.

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The surgeon nicknamed our precious baby Famous Amos. His hospital stay, while feeling like decades at the time, was short when compared to many others. He came home. We fell head over heels in love. He grew, I grew, his daddy grew, his siblings grew. Our hearts were bigger and better, because of our Famous Amos.I became connected with the beautiful world of other families raising children with special needs. One of these moms is a lovely lady in California with one of the most beautiful little boys I had ever seen. I fell in love with her family, partly because they were so beautiful, but also partly because I recognized that bigger and better heart that was now familiar to me. Their 3rd child was a beautiful little boy with Down syndrome, and his presence in their lives lead them to adoption, and they brought home a second little child with Down syndrome. A precious little girl. Each of these little children they had nuzzled into their hearts were so incredibly beautiful, and the love that this mother had for each of them, and her two older boys, and her husband–well, it was such a thing of beauty, I was so honored to join the ranks of parents like her.
Through her, my eyes were open to the broader world around me that I didn’t know existed previously. These were the beginning stages of where my eyes and my heart and my husband’s were opened wide and gasping to the drastic and overwhelming need for adoptive families for children with special needs all over the world. These children need their lives saved. Literally. And this family had worked and prayed and gloriously brought home their baby daughter. This beautiful mama, a few beaches south of my own loves her two little children with designer genes so richly, and so warmly, she commissioned an artist to create two handmade Waldorf style dolls each in the likeness of her beautiful littlest littles. The dolls were beautiful, and I wondered if my snuggly little lovely guy would enjoy laying hands on such an incredible creation.
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Fast-forward a few years later and we find ourselves living on a little slice of paradise on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Not long after, I realize we are on the same island that is home to the incredible little world of Bamboletta Dolls. As we were settling into life with our burstingattheseams family of four (at the time) children, us as the mom and a dad and busy with buying a business (couple o’ local skateboard and snowboard shops), and my pregnant belly about to burst with our newest babe, little did I know that a mere hour’s drive away was the enchanting little studio, the creators, the heart and the team of amazing folks that make up the magic known as Bamboletta.
Bamboletta means baby doll, and Amos loves to do the sweet, cradling, rock-a-baby sign in American Sign Language for baby, and he has an affinity for these dolls. They’re soft to touch, but firm to squeeze and lug around, they smell like home and have sweet little faces, their facial features can be poked and prodded while Amos can pretend feed, to help drink, to place in the highchair, to point and learn yes, those are eyes!, to snuggle into bed, to dress and undress, or to have a little friend accompany him to appointments, or to be in the car, or to help with potty training.
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Amos struggles with transitions, and as of yet, at just past 4 years old, has not spoken his first word. He came close when he was a littler Bub, but then his tiny, barely sprouting vocabulary vanished. He gets frustrated, angry, bored and is so darn stubborn. He can be like a tornado.
Amos is awaiting a secondary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
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When we first learned of it, there was a familiar crushing pain in my chest–only for a moment–and then the moment passed. I was reaffirmed that he is still my beautiful son, I am still his warrior mama, and any way that I can help enhance his environment, and take joy in him, and find pleasure in the tools and therapies we surround ourselves with, I am going to seize the opportunity and be blessed through his curiosity, and his learning – on his own developmental path.
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Just as he is, Amos brings me joy–so much joy–to watch him hold hands with his dolly friend. I get tears in my eyes when he helps his little dolly walk across the floor, his head bowed in serious concentration. It brings me immense pride to watch him take his little cup of water, and put the straw to his doll’s mouth just like we do for him, and just like his therapists have done for the last four years. It makes my heart swell with such joyful pride to see him flip his little dolly in the air, just like daddy does to him. I literally weep, unabashedly, when he graces his dolly with such tenderness, just like we do to him. 
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To hear his squeals, and to see his eyes light up and his face get so bright and excited when he gets to play in his little pretend world, the world that not everyone is privy too, and not everyone understands–but when I see him connect with this little dolly, (tears now)–and I grow to know more of the love and care that went into making this doll, and all the other dolls that pour out of this little studio in Cobble Hill –…
…the dolls may seem expensive. But when you consider how many hours of handmade stitching and stuffing and the cost of natural materials that go into each one, and the fact that these are heirloom toys, a doll that can be passed on to my children’s children, enjoyed, loved, played with and valued for generations–not just a toy that will end up in a landfill a few months down the road…
I know that to some, it’s just a doll. It’s just a toy. But when you have a little child that struggles to communicate, a little child that you love so fiercely, more fiercely than you knew was possible, when you have a little child that the world sees as different, or the world might see as not as worthy, or that in other parts of the world a child like my beautiful little son is given away, or abandoned, a child that needs a little more help to learn…a little child who sometimes locks himself away inside his own head……when you see your child connect with this little pretend baby friend, and hug him tight to his chest and breathe sighs of contentment and gratitude? Well, it is such an incredible gift. An immeasurable, beautiful, and wonderful gift. This is my little man Amos, and this is his little friend.
and I’m crying.
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Amos has strabismus, which means he has one good eye, and one eye turning inward, so he has prescription eyeglasses. But with all of his sensory sensitivities and his teeny tiny little bridge of his nose, his glasses press up against his beautiful, long luscious eyelashes and squish down his eyelids so he removes the glasses in a flash. And when he decides to look at something without his glasses, like his doll’s face, he puts it up so close to his own little face–to study the features, to learn them and know them–and then his little pointer finger comes out to touch each thing that he’s looking at so closely and studying the details of so very intimately–this is how Amos looks at his doll. He peers right into its eyes, full of unconditional love. It is the same way he looked at me as a little tiny newborn infant. Gazing up into my eyes, into my very soul, saying I love you so much, mama.
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looking closely, searching for dolly’s bare feet.

There’s something so incredibly loving and nurturing about watching this in any child, but in particular observing this in a very special little child. Seeing our Famous Amos connect with something, anything in this way–is just such a pouring of sweet salve onto a mama’s spirit, and it is one I am so incredibly grateful for. Christina and her team at the Bamboletta studio bless families and children young and old over and over and over with these beautifully handmade, heartfelt little creations.

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I’m so incredibly thankful to have found not just a toy, but a friend. A friend that my little guy will play with, even if it is only for moments at a time, a friend that my little guy will interact with in a way that so closely matches my interactions with him, or daddy’s interactions with him. And to see him be so sweet, and tender, and gentle with this little toy–his little friend, well that’s just a gift that’s too sweet for words.

Thank you, Bamboletta. Thank you for all you do.

there it is, eye contact with his dolly.

there it is, eye contact with his dolly.

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Amos and mama, summer 2014.

Amos and mama, summer 2014.

Bamboletta, you bless us. You bless us so.
Thank you.


To learn more about orphans with special needs waiting for adoption, check out these wonderful organizations.
Reece’s Rainbow
National Down Syndrome Adoption Network
and waiting children, in our own province.
Adopt a Waiting Child, British Columbia.

There is always more we can do, more we can give, and more we can pray for. Perhaps you are feeling called to give more of yourself, your time, your heart, or opening your family to one or more of these waiting children. (thank you).

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kat - June 25, 2014 - 3:29 pm

I defy anyone to read this and not tear up. Amos has the ‘designer genes’ like some of my absololute favorite people ever.
This is so incredibly well written. Bless you Amos and Mama.

Shelly Gudmunsen - June 25, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Tears. Thank you for sharing a snapshot of your incredible son and the love Bamboletta has brought to his childhood journey. You are clearly an incredible mama <3

Christine - June 25, 2014 - 5:53 pm

What a beautiful entry. This touched me to my soul and now I’m crying! Thank you for sharing ❤

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laura - June 25, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Thank you. <3

Cheryl - June 26, 2014 - 3:37 am

Thank you so much for sharing, I am so crying. Give Amos a extra hug from me. 🙂

Barbara H - June 26, 2014 - 10:48 am

This is an absolutely beautiful story and as someone else that has seen firsthand the magic that is a Bamboletta paired up with a child, I know so very much what a magical connection that is. Thank you for sharing Amos a bit with us, I feel better to have “met” him. What a lucky family you are that his soul found you and you found him. <3

Lynn - June 26, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Such an amazing, touching, beautiful post. Thanks for sharing Laura. Tears…streaming…there is no greater love than the love for a child. Just beautiful.

Marie M - June 27, 2014 - 9:45 am

Ok. I have tears in my eyes. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this amazing life & journey.

Jennifer Varanini Sanchez - June 27, 2014 - 12:25 pm

TEARS streaming down my face….beautiful beautiful words….beautiful wonderful love.

Judy - June 28, 2014 - 9:27 am

First, I will now try to get a Bamboletta for my 17 yr. old son that has down syndrome and who still loves to sleep with a ‘stuffy’ of some sort.
Secondly, and VERY importantly. My son Gavin has glasses and we encountered the very same problem with his glasses. We were referred to ROBERTS AND BROWNN optometrist in Vancouver (right around the corner from Children’s hospital) and although I didn’t think it could make that much of a difference, it was like night and day. The glasses are fit amazingly to children with Down Syndrome. It really did make a huge difference to his behaviour and personality too as he was able to see clearly! I also will NEVER go anywhere else. We travel from Vancouver Island yearly to have them made and they are so accommodating sending them via post. Lovely story, thanks 🙂

MAY - July 1, 2014 - 7:43 am

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story and I am so touched.
I love all the pictures, they are so sincere and full with love. Tears.

Scarlett Reverie - July 1, 2014 - 7:37 pm

What a beautiful story! Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Hugs to little Amos. God bless all of you!

Lisa - July 4, 2014 - 12:17 pm

at my desk in tears – God Bless sweet Amos… his sweet family and the sweeties at Bamboletta… that pic of him snuggling his doll makes me so warm and fuzzy! Thanks for reminding me about the good in this world. Hugs to all!

Stephanie Gilbert - August 10, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. We adopted our Winnie with Down syndrome from China last year. She is 6 years old, and we found her on Reece’s Rainbow. She is such a GIFT to us each and every single day, and she loves her bambo baby dolls just like sweet Amos does. Bamboletta is such a sweet and genuine company…thanks again for spreading the word on how to adopt a child with Ds.

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Local Workshop Announcement

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I’m so excited to announce we will be holding a local workshop! It will be on Saturday July 5th right here in our studio at Whippletree Junction, near Duncan. This workshop will be a ‘Make A Piccolina’, so, you will be assembling a doll, choosing it’s hair and sewing it on, sewing on your dolls face and then choosing the outfit. This is not a ‘how to’ sort of thing – we would need DAYS to cover things like making heads and stuffing! We will spend the day together, it will be myself, Shauna and Brandi. We will have tea and cookies (obviously!) and a nice lunch (all provided). The workshop will be from 10am to 4 or 5pm. This is our first one so we aren’t exactly sure about times.

This workshop will be available to local people ONLY. I am saying this because, like I said previously, we aren’t exactly sure about timing and if there were ferry’s booked and such I’d hate for you to feel rushed. I am almost certain we will be holding more workshops in the future. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for YEARS! I just need a tad of flexibility with this one, hence, local only.

If you are interested please send us an email at workshops@bamboletta.com. I will take emails until 10pm PDT tonight. I will contact the ‘winners’ (for better lack of a word) on Saturday and then you will have until 10pm Sunday the 15th to pay. We have room for 10 people. Please do not comment on this blog that you are interested in a spot!

So – here are the details

Date: Saturday July 5th
Time: 10am – 4/5/6pm – keeping this sort of open
Where: Bamboletta Studio, Whippletree Junction, Duncan (we will give driving instructions in the email)
Cost: $250 Includes all materials (including a dress for your Piccolina) and snacks and a lunch made by Brandi (she is the best, really!)

So, we will see how this goes down, we have ideas to maybe one day make this workshop mobile and travel around and hold workshops in cities .. it’s a dream and I hope one day I can announce something like ‘NYC – Brandi and I are coming to see you!’. We’d be like traveling, doll making gypsy’s!




karen d'oliveira - June 13, 2014 - 11:06 am

Yeah a workshop…:)

"Casey - June 13, 2014 - 12:51 pm

NYC Yes please!!

Sheri - June 14, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Hi, have you drawn for the lucky ten that get to attend workshop? Fingers crossed!!!! Thanks 🙂

Liliam Macharet - June 14, 2014 - 2:51 pm

what a dream! hope one day you come to Brazil. Love Bamboletta dolls. a loving embrace!

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Blessings Dolls

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A few years back I did something called ‘Blessings Dolls’, where we had people write in and nominate someone they thought deserved a doll. This person (child or adult) could be in a situation where a doll is not feasible, or maybe they are having a tough time  or maybe they are just awesome and deserve some love. I haven’t done them for a while and since then we have given our ‘booboo’ dolls (these are the dolls I used for Blessing Dolls) to various local charities and hospitals, as well as to communities in North America that have been devastated by natural disasters.

I’d like to do Blessing Dolls again. We have a bunch of booboo dolls here and they really need new homes and would love to find someone to love. So, until June 23, please write in your nominations. We only have so many dolls so we can’t help everyone. What we will do is choose half the people randomly and the other half by who we feel is deserving. We aren’t sure how many dolls yet as we are still working through them.

So, to nominate someone please email us a bit about them to blessings@bamboletta.com . Please do not leave a comment below – it’s easier for me to keep everything in one place! On June 23rd, I will email the people who will be receiving dolls to get their contact info and mailing address.

Oh, how I love to do this. My heart is going to burst and I feel so grateful to be in this position to be able to make someone’s day. Much love to you all.


Sam Robichaud - June 10, 2014 - 11:37 am

We recently lost my mom who my daughter was extremely close with. Sam is 3 and having a hard time with the loss and saying goodbye. We all are. I think a cute new edition for Sam would do her some good. She really needs the smiles right now and do does her mommy.

Trish Robichaud (a mommy in need of bringing some joy to her sweet girl)

Sandra Whitaker - June 10, 2014 - 11:51 am

For Mallory Shugart. She is the live of my life. My health is precarious at best. Would love her to have one as a remembrance of her grandma.

CARLY - June 10, 2014 - 12:00 pm

I would like to nominate my friend Karyn Koe. She recently had a baby girl in January of this year and I think this would be a very special gift for her to give her daughter.

She has spent most of her adult like working for her family’s restuarant and selflessly helping her family (she takes care of her elderly mother) and basically is a one woman show at the restuarant on peanuts as a wage. Her husband just immagrated from the UK and was unable to wrok for sometime. It would make my heart burst to see someone as deserving as her recieve such a beautiful gift. Every few months I send her a package of hadn-me0downs from my daughter who is a yr old now because I know they could really use the help.

Thanks for your time.

Kaytie rybar - June 10, 2014 - 12:01 pm


My daughters name is Serafina, she is 9 months old. She is deserving of a blessing doll because she is the happiest sweetest baby, even with her severe reflux which has led to feeding issues and tummy muscle weakness, she smiles through her day and through her therapy appointments. I’m sure she would love to have a dolly friend to tag along with her to all her appointments! I can’t tell you how much this baby smiles, she is such an angel and such a trooper! We love her so!

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to maybe get her one of your gorgeous dolls, it would be such a special friend for her!
-kaytie rybar

Andrea Wright - June 10, 2014 - 12:10 pm

I would love to nominate my best friends daughter. My best friend helps me on an almost daily basis as I have a chronic illness. She has words or comfort, a hug and helps with my children despite having 4 of her own. Her daughter selflessly shares her time and mummy with my girls and I would love to be able to give something back by way of a doll as I know a purchase is out of the question. Xxxx thank you xxxx

Nicole Buchman - June 10, 2014 - 12:20 pm

I would like to nominate Libby Kranz. I do not know her personally, but I follow her blog http://www.love4jlk.org. On October 28, 2013, her daughter Jennifer was diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor, called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG for short) which is fatal upon diagnosis. It also happened to be Jennifer’s 6th birthday. Sadly, Jennifer went to be with the angels on February 12, 2014 after 4 month battle.

Jennifer leaves behind 3 siblings. 2 brothers, Jonathan (4)and Nicholas (2) and baby Charlotte (1).

They have been trying to learn to live life minus their glitter girl.

Kristie-Lyn Morris - June 10, 2014 - 12:34 pm

I would love to nominate my friend Jessica Raven. She is a huge inspiration to me. She’s mama to 3, one of which is special needs. This mama always has a kind thing to say for anyone and everyone, always seems to see the good in others, advocates tirelessly for her children (and everyone else’s). How she manages a household, is a WAHM, while ensuring her daughter with special needs enjoys all of the things a teenage girl should is beyond me. For a mama who never gets to spoil herself, but is the first to spoil others (and is always a bright sun when I, or anyone else, needs it) I’d love to see her receive a special lovely doll to remind her how wonderful and adored she truly is!

Erin - June 10, 2014 - 12:50 pm

I am sitting at home watching the service for the 3 fallen RCMP officers and noticed 2 out of the 3 officers had a little girls or girls. I couldn’t help but think after seeing the blessing doll post how nice it would be for these little girls to have someone extra to cuddle with. I am sure these little girls are in need of a lot of extra cuddles at this time.

Jacquie Hartman - June 10, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Three young girls lost their mama to a tragic car accident 2 years ago. Their father remarried a lady with 4 children. Little Allie, the youngest of the three girls, is only 3 years of age. Although she doesn’t remember her mama, she has had huge difficulties in this large family.

Allie is a cousin to my granddaughter, Ryah, who is also 3. They are dear friends and Ryah Shalom is always willing to share her “babies” with Allie.

I was thinking that Allie would dearly love a Bamboletta baby to call her very own. I can even envision sweet little Ryah being the one to present it to her.

So–that is my request. I love all of your babies and someday would love to purchase one for my only granddaughter.


Jordon Rowe - June 10, 2014 - 1:29 pm

I would like to nominate a very special lady in my life named Maria, my girlfriend’s mom. Ms. Maria was diagnosed with Stage 4 Gastric Cancer in August 2013. Every since then, she has not only suffered with treatments and medications and side affects, she also suffered with bringing what she called a “burden” to her family(which she IS NOT a burden). After losing her job she has been trying her hardest to donate her time to her church and praying for visitors and and church members. What hit Maria the hardest was that her youngest daughter, my girlfriend, Esther, 18, was going to graduate high school. On top of that, her other daughter, Angie, was pregnant with her second daughter. Money was short everywhere for Maria to pay Esther’s school bill and help Angie even just take care of her daughter. Thought Maria is much thinner than she used to be, she still fights on to do her hardest. She wasn’t even supposed to make it 3 weeks after her diagnosis! She’s a miracle and The Lord was good to her and us. She just had 2 requests to God. To let her make it to her granddaughter’s birth and her daughter’s graduation. God has helped her seen both of these and hopefully give her more time. Enough time to even see her daughter graduate college and even get married and see her granddaughters start school. I know she deserves it. She is a blessing. And every day is a miracle. I hope ya’ll can see that she deserves this!

Nick - June 10, 2014 - 1:32 pm

I would like to nominate my best friend, shes currently pregnant and has a3 year old girl as well she gives up everything for her and is the best mother ive ever seen. I think not only would a doll bring a smile to her daughter’s face but it’ll be double loved when the other girl that she is caring is old enough to share the same doll, mostly I know my friend would never expect this and Iid like for her to be the one whos hot a smile on her face about her daughter having one of your dolls and shes so sentimental it having an imperfection would make it even more special… regardless thank you for offering this you ladies bring smiles and happiness in big ways!

Tanya - June 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm

While I do not know them personally my hearts breaks thinking of them…
The children of the fallen RCMP Members of Moncton. I know there are five children and one on the way.

Darlene - June 10, 2014 - 2:43 pm

I would echo Tanya’s words, the children of the fallen RCMP officers in Moncton. Thank you Tanya for thinking of them.

Deborah - June 10, 2014 - 3:11 pm

I would like to nominate my daughter. She has a 16 month old little girl and was recently diagnosed with non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She is currently going thru chemo and is working regularly after her treatments. If it wasn’t for breastfeeding her daughter she would not have caught the lymphoma at stage one. She is a very brave girl, doesn’t complain and goes about her life with bravery that continues to astound me.

JoAnn Edwards - June 10, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Love Bamboletta Dolls & I would like to nominate the Town of High River – so many children lost everything and the struggle continues every day – a war zone in our own Country!

Thanks for doing this!

Barb Dymond - June 10, 2014 - 3:30 pm

I would like to nominate the 6 children of the RCMP officers who lost their lives the other day in the line of duty. As I watched the ceremony on television today my heart broke for the 3 little girls of Constable James Larche, Mia, Lauren and Alexa. Cst. Fabrice Gevaudan’s daughter Emma and Constable Ross’ son and yet to be born baby. I think that having a doll to cuddle and talk to would be a small comfort from all that they will be going through.

Rebecca - June 10, 2014 - 4:28 pm

First of all, thank you for such an amazing and generous opportunity! I would like to nominate our brand new baby granddaughter Amelia Salucop. She arrived into this world on June 4, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.! She is the 8th child for my step-daughter and has 1 proud older sister and 6 already protective older brothers. I would love for baby Amelia to grow up with a Bamboletta doll, unfortunately since having heart surgery myself I have been able to find employment again. I think Bamboletta dolls are simply wonderful and regret that we cannot afford to make such an investment ourselves. If Amelia is awarded one of the dolls I know she would always treasure it. Blessings to you for providing these “Blessing Dolls”!

Rebecca - June 10, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Not sure if I am allowed to nominate twice, but in this circumstance I think it may be permitted. I would like to second the nomination of Tanya and Darlene who so selflessly thought of the children of the fallen RCMP officers in Moncton. I think that it would be simply amazing if these children each received a doll. It would be a … blessing. xo xo xo

Sheila Stewart - June 10, 2014 - 5:31 pm

I would like to nominate my 5 year old. He is severely speech delayed and has extreme ADHD. Since Christmas his language has started to slowly develop into many single words, he is finding it frustrating when he is not understood. He would love a boy doll to play with, who would always understand him.
Our family is also in the process of adopting through the Ministry and would love our son to have a special treat.

Justine Hauser - June 10, 2014 - 5:49 pm

I would like to nominate Pat a close friend who gives her time to help anyone in need , from wrapped with love to the children’s hospital. It would be a loverly gift for such a selfless person.

Lesley - June 10, 2014 - 6:39 pm

I would like to nominate a friend of the family, Kelly Vermeulen-Jackson and her son who collapsed at school on day in early may and fell suddenly and severely ill. The doctors are baffled but certain that he has at least some degree of brain damage.


sharynn williams - June 10, 2014 - 6:55 pm

I would like to nominate a little boy at my childrens school. he is in grade 1/prep and lost his little 3 year old brother this past weekend in a magic 4 wheel rive accident. this family is hurting and when the time is right a doll like this can help heal wounds and share grief.

Karen Norman - June 10, 2014 - 7:29 pm

I would like to nominate my cousin’s little girl, Katha McGregor. She has been diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease and there is no cure. If anyone needs a blessing, it’s their family. Katha is only nine years old and she is slowly slipping away. She is now in a wheelchair most of the time, is having trouble speaking and swallowing and has been failing a lot these last few months. A special friend would be a real blessing!

Kathy - June 10, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Blessings to you for such a thoughtful gesture. I’d like to nominate Amy Steeves. Amy’s dad passed away last October and she has been helping her mom run the family farm since then. This spring, she’s been working tirelessly helping her mom sort through all the farm equipment that they may have to sell. We tend to hear about teenagers from a different perspective and seldom hear about all the good kids in this world. This young girl is a compassionate, caring, and selfless individual. She is a joy to be around and a wonderful comfort to her mother, as they adjust to life without her dad. I believe a BooBoo doll would be a great comfort to Amy when she’s feeling blue and missing her dad.

Vicky - June 10, 2014 - 8:05 pm

Hi, Id like to nominate my children. 4 weeks ago we lost our eldest son to a rare brain condition, ALD He was diagnosed 6 months ago. He was 9 years old. My other children are 2 boys age 7 and 4 and a 6 month old baby girl. They have had a hard year and Id love to give them a little bit of happy 🙂 the comfort of a doll could only help them as we try and figure out what life looks like now, without him.
Thanks for your consideration

Natalie - June 10, 2014 - 10:19 pm

I would like to repeat the suggestion of giving dolls to the children of the fallen RCMP members.

AmyD in Florida - June 11, 2014 - 4:42 am

I would like to nominate my friend Dani’s mom. (I don’t even know her name…she’s just mom. She has alzheimer’s and had to be moved to a facility with 24 hour watch as she had been disappearing on my friend Dani during the night or while Dani was at work as a teacher. She always collected porcelain dolls, but we have found that, on her less lucid days, dolls bring her great comfort. Your dolls are so sweet and soft, I am sure she would just adore one. She is African American and partial to dolls of her color. What you are going is so very k8nd. God bless you.

Diana Gismondi - June 11, 2014 - 8:24 am

I would like to nominated my sister, she’s the strongest person I ever meet.
She’s single mom of two very smart and kind kids. She was taking care of my mom during very difficult times until she passed 3 years ago and my dad that suddenly passed last March.
My sister is back in Mexico, I live here in Canada, we couldnt be together during this time so we’re trying to heal each other long distance, we talked everyday and the distance is not important we’re very close, i still want her to know how much I love her and how proud I’m of been her sister

Cindy - June 11, 2014 - 9:08 am

I would like to nominate my healthy, full of life grandmother Annie. She lives alone in Manitoba, and while we are extremely close, the distance is hard. My grandma has had so much loss this past decade… starting with my grandpa(husband), my mom (her daughter-in-law) and then my dad (her son). She is an amazing, loving and giving lady who has become my mentor and friend with each passing day. She grew up very poor, and still tells me stories about the one doll she had, and how special and handmade she was. I think my grandma having a handmade doll made with so much love and beauty would light up her whole world and fill some of the void left behind.
Thanks for your consideration of this amazing 84 year old woman!!

Valerie - June 11, 2014 - 1:26 pm

I’d like to nominate my friend Felicia. She’s had quite the ordeal in her life physically, having gone through cancer and miraculously carried her first baby without treatment. The cancer went away!! She recently miscarried their second child and was devastated. In the midst of grieving, they had another cancer scare which would have involved intensive surgery which in turn would have affected the ability to carry another child. By God’s grace, she has been spared and healed again! She is now pregnant with her third child and is longing to hold this babe in her arms. Having lost my first child born silent and also miscarried my third with my 2nd/4th child in my arms, I totally understand the stress of carrying a baby full term and birthing them to be in our arms. She is a great support and a super friend!

S - June 11, 2014 - 2:50 pm

I would like to nominate my 3 year old daughter. She was born with Spina Bifida. We were told she would never walk independently, most likely have a shunt, have bowel and bladder incontinence, have various cognitive issues and would have a lifetime of surgeries and hospital stays. Despite her diagnosis this little girl doesn’t know what the words can’t or won’t mean. She never ceases to amaze me, her doctors, therapists or others that know her. In our world she is like any other 3 year old with a few more doctors appointments. She loves to care for others. And can be seen daily holding, dressing, feeding and talking to her stuffed animals. She would be one happy little girl to have the honor of taking care of one your beautiful dolls.
P.S. Being a member of the military for 24 years I have seen the effects of children losing their parents in the line of duty and whole heartily agree with all the others who spoke of the RMCP officers. And to all the other nominees god bless.
You have a tough decision but know you can’t go wrong. It’s so amazing that you are offering such a great gesture of kindness!

Becky Fedora - June 12, 2014 - 5:12 am

I would like to nominate a friend of mine and her daughter. I met Rachel in a group for December 2012 moms. She was due with her son. During our pregnancies, Rachel found out that her daughter, Jill, has a severe form of epilepsy. Since then, Jill’s seizures have caused further health complications that result in many urinary issues (she has to have catheters changed multiple times daily) and a severe sensory processing disorder. Jill is no longer able to attend preschool, and Rachel will have to leave her job to stay home and take care of her. Throughout this, Rachel has remained incredibly strong and always hopeful that something will come up to better her daughter’s quality of life. Jill is only four, and she has spent more time in a hospital than any child should. One of your loving, huggable dolls will certainly help make her days brighter and her hospital stays easier.

Bamboletta Helper - June 19, 2014 - 7:09 am

LADIES AND GENTS MAKING NOMINATIONS HERE PLEASE, PLEASE send an email as per the blog post above to be considered for the blessing dolls.

Courtney Scaggs - June 23, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Macarena Cardenaz’s three daughters. They lost their father to the Iraq War and he was a hero. The little girls deserve a daddy doll and or some baby dolls to keep up their sweet little spirits. Those kids are bright, caring, honest, and sweet and deserve a little bit of magic from the wonderful Team Bambo <3 xoxo

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Project Somos Fundraiser

About 10 years ago, while living in Vancouver, I had my workspace in my dining room which faced the street. From the outside you could look in and see all the dolls in different stages of production. One day, I heard a knock on the door and my neighbor ,Heather, told me that  she just HAD to see the dolls that she had been looking at while walking by for months and months. Her partner, Greg, used to be a Waldorf teacher and she had quite an affinity to this style of doll. Heather is one of those people just just love from when you meet them with a warm heart and a twinkle in her eye. As time went on she told me of their dream, to build a children’s village in Guatemala and they called it Project Somos. As a fun adventure we even made a doll, Lucy/Lucita for Heather and Greg to take along their journey’s back and forth to Guatemala – you can read them here (I can’t link them all but if you search Lucita you can find them!) I’ve been following her dream  and am so happy to see it come to fruition and especially now as they have just taken in their first few families.

What I felt that was so beautiful is that Project Somos takes on families with widowed or single mothers. Over tea last week with Heather she shared some horrific stories of the poverty and abuse inflicted upon the women Project Somos is helping. So, Project Somos take the mothers and their children in – provide them a safe and loving space to live in, teach them nutrition, healthcare and skills. Instead of the mothers having to give up their children (Unicef has stated that 90% of orphaned children have one parent alive) the children are taken care of by their mothers. It’s amazing and beautiful and makes my heart swell.

Heather asked me if I could give her some dolls to give to the children at the village and of course I was beyond thrilled to do so. I also wanted to find a way to spread the story of Project Somos and help them out in some way. I had an idea that would bring together families and children from here to Guatemala via the dolls.  I decided to do a fundraiser and we made 7 twin sets with one of the twins going to Guatemala with Heather early next week and the other twin to go to the winner of the auction. Heather will be posting pics of the twins in the new homes  and it will be sweet to see the ‘lives’ of both sets of dolls unfold.

I will make this auction live on MONDAY. I just wanted to give you all the heads up about what is happening. And for many of my longtime follower/friends who know about Project Somos I thought you would like to hear an update. I’m just so proud of Heather and Greg – these two have really given their lives to this cause and to see it happen is such a thrilling event. After pouring their hearts and souls into this, their dream has come true.

Lots of love to you all – I’ll post the info all over when its up and running!


Laura Luyt - May 28, 2014 - 10:58 pm

this is one of the most fantastic things I have ever heard of. well done, sweet ones! well done.

Ruth Hoad - May 29, 2014 - 8:47 am

Your dolls are beyond adorable and while I don’t know Heather & Greg as well as you do, their love for Project Somos & their adopted country touched a special place in my heart from the moment I became acquainted with their work.
I’m no doll maker by a long stretch, but years ago after the Haitian earthquake I designed a little doll to send to the children there. My daughter’s class made them & it was so touching to see the joy they brought when they arrived at their destination.
The children of Project Somos will be blessed by your babies.

M - May 29, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Just another reason why I just adore you C. I loved hearing about this story from you & you never stop amazing me with how quickly you make things happen. <3 You too make my heart swell. Many blessings to you on all your endeavors and added blessings for your dear friends and the lives they touch. XOXO

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How a Bamboletta is Made

Oh, it’s been so long since I’ve written. I feel like we must have one of the lamest blogs, ever! Things have been just so busy – like in an every day sort of busy way. I think about blogging all the time and have all these great ideas written down for blog posts but by the time the kids are down to sleep I’m about ready to hit the sack too … the older I get the more important and vital sleep seems to be.

Anyhow, enough about that! I wanted to post this here on the blog to share with you that may not be on Facebook. I’ve been wanting this video made for about 6 years now at least – just never really got around to it. Then a few weeks back Meg from Shaw made this little segment …

I knew she was the one to make our video! She’s  also coming by in a few weeks to make a ‘What goes on for an upload’ which will be a fun video to have made. A lot happens on Thursdays and it’ll be sweet to have it documented.

It’s getting late and I have to get to bed, obvs. Hope all is well with everyone!


Britney - May 25, 2014 - 1:16 am

I love this!!! You guys rock.

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