animals big and small..

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We had a great weekend with just the four of us! All the in-laws have left, much to Benjamin’s dismay. Having a captive audience is fun times for a four year old. This week is going to be an interesting one with it back to just ‘us’. I saw a glimpse of it today with ‘I’m bored’ muttered about 15 times. Yikes! Ben has always been pretty self sufficient and good at playing on his own- I hope that he can get back into it.

John constructed a deer fence around our garden yesterday. Last year (city folk without a deer fence) we had a gorgeous veggie patch and over the course of 4 days it was nibbled down to nothing, except the cilantro..apparently the deer aren’t fans of cilantro. They came to visit us every night and had a par-tay – the peas went first, broccoli last. Now I have a plan for beautifying our fence and posts, it’s a kind of ugly metal mesh right now. I have all these bits of driftwood and shells that I collect in hopes of being able to use it one day, now I can! I’m going to hang it through the fence. I also picked up a few clematis’ and an Akebia vine to grow through it. John doesn’t know this yet, but I want him to lift out all the sod surrounding it and put in flagstone and thyme. God we have a lot of work to do in the garden. I had to put mesh allover our strawberries to stop the bunnies from eating them. I’m still city enough that I find this all really funny. We went to Salt Spring (again!) this weekend and to visit Tracey’s aunt and she was telling me how the otters take fish inside their boat to eat them and then leave just the heads! Gross!

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The boys are home with their new owners! Thanks for sending the picture Renata.

OMG, forgot to mention that I went to see the house on Saturday with Tracey. She stayed there once, I think it used to be a retreat. We drove through the front gardens to the main entrance way, so gorgeous. The gardens were amazing, I’m sure they’ve been in a magazine. I don’t know if it was a good thing to go there though, I felt mildly depressed- but in a good way. At 1.5Β  million dollars, that’sΒ  aΒ  LOT of dolls!Β  I have to start playing the lottery.

Meike - June 10, 2008 - 2:00 am

O my goodness. That is some house!! Imagine living there… Wow.

I just have to ask – what are those things hanging from your tree? It must be something totally obvious, but right at this moment my brain is working overtime imagining all kinds of grisly things… πŸ˜‰

Gotta run, haircut! πŸ˜€

admin - June 10, 2008 - 7:59 pm

I hope the haircut turned out well. I gave myself one the other morning, turned out well! My hair is curly so it doesn’t matter πŸ™‚
Lol, no they are fishing balls, I don’t know what the correct term is, but they are from the sea. It was a dark and dreary day…so it looks all grisly!

Blaze Danielle - June 11, 2008 - 10:54 pm

Hi! I just found your blog, and it is so adorable! I love the colors and the little mushrooms! Ahh! So cute!

Blaze Danielle - June 11, 2008 - 10:54 pm

Your blog is just the cutest!! I love the colors and the little mushrooms!! AW! So precious!

Christine - June 12, 2008 - 3:08 am

That house is just beyond amazing. I looked at the pics a long time when you’ve posted the link before, and I had to take another look now. Wow!
But you know, playing the lottery is only fooling yourself. Believe me, I’ve tried this week and not even won a small amount. πŸ™ Instead I’m refocusing on what we already have which is wonderful too (just a small apartment here in Amsterdam, but still…we love it)!

Christine from the NL

admin - June 13, 2008 - 7:22 pm

Ohh, I never remember to play the lottery. I always say that I will, but I never do!

admin - June 13, 2008 - 7:23 pm

Thanks Blaze! I love your art so much.. very cute!

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45 minutes

I’m so tired right now I’m nauseous, but I had to write this down. You have to check out my friend Erin’s blog and her May 28th Post titled ‘What would Steiner Say’. You’ll have a laugh.

I kid not, Jasper has slept 45 minutes since 6:30 this morning, it’s now 11:30pm. This has to end sometime doesn’t it? Can I blame teething? We always blame teething.

Naomi - June 6, 2008 - 12:47 pm

My Jasper’s been forgoing naps lately, too. Maybe some kind of lunar madness? It’s really horrible!

Okay, the gin and tonic and cigarettes was hilarious. Because it wasn’t my kid. Yikes!

admin - June 6, 2008 - 2:59 pm

What is with the Jasper’s? I’m a pretty patient and laid back gal, but this is driving me mental!
I love the G&T story, lol, if you knew her little girl Willa, it makes it even more funny. She’s the cutest thing and so sassy!

Monica - June 6, 2008 - 3:11 pm

Oh, my Trevor is not sleeping for the past week either. My dh asked me if he needed a baby too. πŸ˜‰ lol Now, off to read your blog link. πŸ™‚

Monica - June 6, 2008 - 3:14 pm

Oh my gosh! That’s a riot! What I wouldn’t do for a T&T myself! Hey, it’s 5o’clock somewhere-right? lol

Christine - June 7, 2008 - 4:55 am

I know all about babies sleeping very little, sometimes I’m desperate for a break and they’re both taking turns sleeping, it’s exhausting!
I always think: “this too shall pass, it’s all different next week!” πŸ™‚
Off to read your friends story.

Christine from the NL

admin - June 9, 2008 - 11:57 pm

Thanks Christine! It’s always when you don’t think you can handle another day of it that it changes, it gets better. I’m still waiting, but it can’t go on forever. This time is so fleeting.

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Skir-Pants

I love people who wear skirts over pants. It’s an especially nice look if you have a bit of ‘muffin top’ and like the extra layer of skirt to smooth things over. I’ve always been very hesitant about wearing a ‘skirpant’ combo, I just don’t have the fashion guts because a little part of me does think it may look silly, which it doesn’t, but..well, you may know what I mean. Last Sunday I went on a date with my sister to go shopping for Canadian souvenirs for my mother to take back on her trip to Italy (you really didn’t need toΒ  know this). Anyways, I tried out a skirpant combo..just to see what Laura, a fashion maven, would say. Would she mock? No! She said it looked nice. Ha! It was like a freedom was bestowed upon me..skirpants! I shall wear skirpants! I’m tired, this makes no sense. Am I trying to be like Lindsay Lohan?

I think we may start looking for an aupair to help out with childcare. I like the idea of someone becoming a part of the family and some sort of time commitment. We’ll see what happens. It’s funny going through the ‘ads’ though some of these gals look like they are looking for a husband, not an aupair job – some pretty racy photos! Strange.

We have our other inlaws staying with us this week, this time it’s John’s lovely father and his partner Dot. We took them over to Salt Spring today for a visit to the Island. John wants to sell our house and move to the Island. It’s so pretty there. I have such a fantastic group of pals over here, the Waldorf school and everything else..maybe I can convince all the gals to move over too.

Okay, Jasper is finally asleep at the breast. I’m calling it a night.

Meike - June 5, 2008 - 1:31 am

That’s so funny – I never wear those either, because I always feel like I’m trying too hard then. But maybe now that you bitten the bullet, I should give it a try too? Skir-pants world domination! (Can you tell I’ve had too much coffee this morning??)

Good idea, an aupair. Do you get to interview them yourself? That way you can eliminate the vixens. πŸ˜‰

Right, I should really stop now and get rid of that excess caffeine…

erin - June 5, 2008 - 9:26 am

i don’t think it would take much convincing πŸ™‚

devon - June 5, 2008 - 2:41 pm

you should see my mayfest photos… it’s one skir-panted mama after another. inspiration perhaps?

admin - June 5, 2008 - 2:51 pm

I know what you mean Meike, that was what I was trying to say! You try it too! You can be my skirpant sister! You can interview them yourself, Id liket o get one with experience and maybe one that sews! Wouldn’t that be great?
okay Erin, I know Tracey is in too! let’s start a commune!
Ha! Devon, I need to see the skirpant pics. I think I tend to go more lohan/olsen then hippie. I have to see them. Are you in on Salt Spring too?

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Sniff, sniff

Even though really I’ve had kind of a ‘bad’ week with Julie and Rachel leaving me to attend to spiritual matters, it’s actually been one of the best weeks for me for Bamboletta Love. I think it worked out this way so that I keep the faith about my vision for Bamboletta and what I want to do. Anyways, I recieved a few amazing blog post/reviews recently that I have to share. There is this one from Emma’s Mommy, it makes me want to cry. I really try to make each doll a ‘gift’ and not just something that you buy, if that makes sense. Anyhow, it was nice to have the little extra’s noticed. Then there is this post from Amber, who I met years ago when I lived in Vancouver, she came to my place to pick up her daughters doll and a dress. Then finally there is this one from Sara’s Toybox , so much love! I’m going to explode. Really.

These little men are off to their new home. Brother dolls..isn’t that cute?

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Amber - June 4, 2008 - 8:56 am

It was great to see you at the market! I really do love your work. And the brother dolls are adorable. =)

admin - June 4, 2008 - 10:58 pm

Thanks Amber!

Naomi - June 5, 2008 - 6:19 pm

such handsome dolls!

admin - June 5, 2008 - 11:33 pm

Thanks Naomi. Hey, did you send an email about clothing or did I imagine it? I was going through my spam and I think you were in there. Why, I don’t know? I may just be telling lies πŸ™‚

Renata - June 7, 2008 - 8:05 pm

Hi Christina!!! I just LOVED the pic of the dolls…the boys can’t wait for them to arrive. And it DOES look like them….Can’t wait! Thank you so much!

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Holy Smokes

I just got back this afternoon from another weekend in the ‘big city’. I went to attend my first Farmer’s Market on Saturday at Trout Lake. I took all the stock that I had, mostly so that I had a few extra hands (mom, sister, Nonna) to help me tag everything. I did not expect the kind of response that I got at all, it was pandemonium! I almost sold out of stock aside from a few lavender cuddlies, pouchies and blanket dolls. I’ve never had a sale like that, not even at Christmas time. Whoo! Brakes on the ‘mom bomb’ can now be fixed! I wish that I had a camera with me.. I forgot it at home this time. Thank goodness my lovely sister Laura was there to help out, I couldn’t have done it without her.. thanks Laura!

So, now I have only 3 dolls that I left here at home because they wouldn’t fit in the bin. I will have them up on Etsy at some point this week, not my usual Friday, I’ll post them sooner. It looks so empty here in my work room now with all my girls gone. I think it’s going to be a while until I get some more dolls made. It’s official, Julie -my lovely Julie who helped me with the dolls so incredibly much, has gone on another path and has become a psychic reader. Yes, really. You can book in with her at Mystiques Emporium in Duncan. I will find all the information out soon and post it, she is very good.Β  Then, my very lovely and loved childcare lady Rachel has left to become a Reiki practitioner. These events were my ‘curveball’ that I mentioned in a previous post-Β  these two ladies are why I can make dolls right now. I’m currently looking for some childcare and I’m in the process of training Jackie to help me with the dolls… yeah!! It’s all good, just a little setback. It’s just the next step.

Lindsay - June 2, 2008 - 5:19 pm

So glad to hear the farmers market went well! I am so sad I live all the way in florida or I would have come πŸ™ id have loved to see all those little doll faces… Next time the shelf gets full, be sure to get a pic and post for all of us to see!

Lindsay

Monica - June 2, 2008 - 5:57 pm

Big hugs to you Christina during this time of transition. I hope all goes well as you get into a new groove. I wish I were closer! I’d love to work with you!
Congratulations on the successful Farmer’s Market! How many adoptions did you complete? πŸ˜‰

admin - June 2, 2008 - 6:40 pm

I adopted out 12 big dolls and a whole bunch of little ones! Thanks Lindsay, I wish you lived here too πŸ™‚
Monica, it’s really nice over here in Cobble Hill, are you sure I can’t convince you to move πŸ˜‰ I’ll be back up and running in no time.. it’s always when a lot of things move that great things come in, it’s a bit frustrating but I know it’s all for the best!

Christine - June 3, 2008 - 9:36 am

How cool you got so much response and sold so well!! Congratulations! Now you need lots of time to make new once, difficult if your trusted people are on to new things (which sounds so great and exciting for them!). I’m sure you’ll work it out. Are you doing more markets?

Christine from the NL

admin - June 3, 2008 - 10:14 am

I’m doing one more market in August on the 16th at the same place.Thanks for the congrats, it felt really good to get such a lovely response. It was a LOT of repeat buyers, sibling dolls, and people who remembered me from previous markets.. and quite a few blog readers..which makes me laugh because I do think no one reads the blog! ha! now I think there are 25 people reading it πŸ™‚
I’m excited for Julie and Rachel too. It’s been quite nice to have Julie around to chat with about things in life..her and I can talk forever. She needs to share her gift with the world now πŸ™‚

Meike - June 3, 2008 - 10:29 am

Wow – conngrats on the big sale! And good luck on finding new helpers. I’m sure they won’t be long – who wouldn’t want to work with you?!

admin - June 3, 2008 - 4:43 pm

thanks Meike! it’s the childcare help i dread looking for the most, it’s hard introducing someone new into your child’s life, it’s only for a few hours in the morning, but i really need to find the right person.

Megan - June 3, 2008 - 8:37 pm

Hi Christina, Congratulations on your Trout Lake sales! Must have been mayhem… good mayhem. I wanted to say I like your mammas-making-dolls idea. What a great way to bring your dolls into the world… and a great community development idea. Good wishes to you!

molly - June 3, 2008 - 9:15 pm

I read too and I bet there are many who just haven’t let you know! Congrats on the great market success. And good luck as you search for new support…it’s out there! My daughter has a “mini” version of herself that we received from you at Christmas time and we love her. I wish I could give every little person I know one of your dolls. Maybe one day I will learn to make one myself. Thanks for what you do.

erin - June 3, 2008 - 9:32 pm

yay you! glad the market went so well!
you know i’m available for mindless menial labour…

Meike - June 4, 2008 - 1:59 am

I understand completely – my husband is looking for a new job at the moment, so we can move to a more quiet part of the country, and the thing I dread most is having to find a new daycare centre for my daughter. She’s finally gotten used to the lovely girls that look after her now – it took her over a year!!

admin - June 4, 2008 - 8:50 am

Thanks Megan!
I’m so glad that your little girl loves her doll Molly πŸ™‚
It’s really tough isn’t it Meike, Jasper is easier because he is little, but Benj is more difficult- he is so sensitive to people and his surroundings.

Laura - June 4, 2008 - 1:34 pm

Aww Christina, really it was nothing all I did was make change and swipe cards…and helped set up the caravan…so really it was nothing and I enjoyed it (minus you forgetting the van lights on and draining the battery – why did you turn on the lights anyway, it was sunny outside?)

See, I read your blog!

Christine - June 4, 2008 - 1:41 pm

If you add a counter you know how many readers you have. πŸ™‚ I use statcounter.com, works really well!

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