Whoa, sorry for not posting for such a long time. It’s been a really crazy week around here. We spent last weekend over in Vancouver which was so much fun. John came this time and we were able to squeeze in some ‘dates’. Our ‘dates’ now include the wool shop, fabric store, Ikea and sushi. This is one of our fav’s on Main Street ‘Ogenki Sushi’. I’m going to Vancouver again this weekend with just the kids this time so I’ll spend some quality ‘date’ time with my sister. I think we’ll go to the ‘Sex in the City’ movie together..it seems like something you should do with your sister. Everytime the ad comes on TV, John calls me into the room and says ‘you know, I’d go and see that with you if you want’..ha.. he totally wants to go see it.

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I’m back in Vancouver this weekend for my first Farmer’s Market of the season. It’s been two years since I’ve done one, I’m totally looking forward to it! The boys were painting my riser’s before supper today. There is so much involved with doing a market..lots of things to bring.  I am so happy to have my minivan, aka ‘Mom Bomb’ which is becoming very nicely covered in bumper stickers. I look for the hippiest, corniest ones around. I got a ‘pfft’ with an eye roll the other day in the Thrifty’s parking lot from some guy who read my ‘Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, only then will your mind be free’ by none other than Bob Marley. Love it.

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Nothing on Etsy this week I’m afraid. But I promise a big batch of new dolls next week!

xo

Christina

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I dream of Salt Spring..

One of the best parts of visitors staying with you is that you get to do a lot of ‘touristy’ stuff. We’ve only lived here for a year so we too are basically tourists too. Anyhow, last Saturday we all went to Salt Spring Island to check things out and visit the weekly Farmer’s Market that I’ve heard so much about. We took the 20 minute ferry and crossed over to ‘the other side’. I LOVE this place, I am basing it on really only one visit. I did visit it years ago with an ex boyfriend, but that was many moons ago and I was a different person then. It seems like it is everything I love..hippies, the arts, bookstores, good restaurants, and lots of people living on the land. And the market was unbelievable, I’ve never seen anything like it, there were so many people there. So now I’m looking into housing and how this could work, nothing in the immediate future of course, I’m thinking 6 or 7 years.. I like to think ahead.. hmmm, maybe this place? In my dreams one day…. can you believe this place, I’d love to live in the guest cottage, so much thinking went into this place.

I’m not too sure if anything is going up on Etsy this week. I have a trip into Vancouver this weekend and next weekend is my first Farmer’s Market of the season. I need to build up some stock. Previously I’d get the small stall space that was about 5’x10′ but this year I splashed out and got a 10×10 space- TWO tables this year. That is pressure 😉 I’ve got to do a practice run and pic up things like baskets and table clothes for my table. I’m so excited about it..I love doing markets!

I’ve got a few dolls that will be up Natural Pod this week, I think maybe on Friday? There will be 5 new gals ready for adoption.

emilykristin - May 22, 2008 - 11:10 am

I went to Salt Spring for their saturday market for the first time two weeks ago – amazing! I went with a class I was taking on Galiano Island through my school. We rowed to Salt Spring on a handmade boat, a replica of a mid 19th century Spanish boat. I wouldn’t mind living there myself. You should check out Salt Spring Seeds – it’s an heirloom seed farm and a yoga centre. You would love it.

admin - May 22, 2008 - 6:52 pm

Oh I have some Salt Spring Seeds sprouting and waiting to go into the earth. I’m going to visit them next time I’m there. I’m going again on the 7th for a friend’s aunt’s studio opening and the market of course!
Handmade boat, that is amazing! I hope that you have fun at your course. I read your blog – it sounds incredible.

Christine - May 24, 2008 - 12:58 am

Oh my, that house is just wonderful!
Good luck at your Farmer’s Market, I can imagine it’s a lot of fun selling your creations at a market like that. We don’t really have that here in Holland, I think. Or perhaps we do and I’m just a dud not knowing about it. 🙂
Christine from the NL

nathalie - May 24, 2008 - 11:08 pm

yes i love to have out of towners come visit me. i usually take them to places i have never been before. i hope you have a huge success at the farmer’s market!!! way to go. i know you will sell out. i should not have gone look at the shop. ramona is what i want…so badly! she is me.

Lindsay - May 28, 2008 - 8:56 am

I checked ot Natural Pod and there are almost NO bamboletta dolls! I immagine you will do amazing at the farmers market, good luck and keep us posted on your new dolls!

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Has everyone heard the new ‘Goldfrapp’ album? I know it’s been released for quite some time now, but, wow.. so impressed. If you just download one song, ‘Happiness’ is such a great summer-y kind of song. I’m listening to it right now. I feel as though I’m emerging from the newborn abyss and getting bits of myself back. John and I are huge music lovers, it’s nice to have a bit of energy and time to listen to some new tunes. It was a lot of the same-same there for a while.. Prince, Los Zafiros, Feist, Radiohead and of course- George Michael, but you should all know how I feel about George. ( I have very eclectic musical taste)

I’ll have a few Pouchy dolls up on Etsy tomorrow. I have been inspired by spring and have a beautiful lilac and spring green coloured dolls. I may or may not have a mermaid and I think 2 14″ dolls up for sale. This all depends on the J-man’s nap situation. Does it make sense to only post once a week on Etsy? I wonder if I should just put them up as I make them. I just think it’s kind of fun to see them all up there on the same day. I’m in the house a lot, I need to grab fun wherever I can find it.

Mer-tail by Amy Karol is almost ready. I’ve asked Constance to make up 6 to give them a try. Can’t wait to see how they turn out. I was going to make one up myself, but I have so many bits and pieces I need to attend to first. I really need to focus and concentrate on one thing at a time or else I tend to get scattered and try to do everything at once and end up getting nothing at all done, or at least it feels like that.

Amy Atkinson - May 16, 2008 - 8:24 am

I will be checking etsy today for another pouchy baby! Perfect gift for a new big sister in our lives.

admin - May 20, 2008 - 11:50 pm

Thanks Amy, let me know if there is one you’d like to see.. I can make one up for you 🙂

Love and Laughter,Amy - June 4, 2008 - 10:37 pm

OMG! I love Goldfrapp! you MUST hop over nad see the video for happiness on you tube it makes me happy just thinking about it!

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in laws

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We’ve got John’s parents staying with us for the next few weeks. Benjamin is in heaven, Grannie Annie has surpassed mama and is his number one lady. I don’t think I saw him all day. It’s amazing, he has met her once when he was 8 months old- but he took to her immediately, he really just knows that she is his Grandma – it’s pretty cool to see this bond developing.

I’m not too sure about the doll availability this week. I’m almost out of clothing and am getting in a new batch from the wonderful Reggie next week. I may wait to post dolls on Etsy and just put up some new Pouchy dolls and some little mermaids..yes, that’s right, little mermaids! I’ve made a few up and they’ve left me before I could even photograph them. So cute and little.. about 7 or 8 inches long.  I’ll see what I can get done tomorrow- all things depend on the nap situation.

I’ve had loads of ‘inquiries’ for Cherry Blossom Fairy. I wasn’t sure why I was holding on to her so dearly. Usually if someone wants a doll enough, I take it as that doll was meant to go to that home. I thought I was keeping her for a future daughter or grand  daughter or something like that. Anyhow, I was having a good chat with Grannie Annie about the dolls and showing her around the workshop when spotted the Fairy and started to cry. John (my husband and her son) had a little tradition in which he would pick the first blossoms from their cherry tree and give it to her each Spring.  This doll reminded her of those special times. Goodness, how could I not give her this doll!

BTW Almost every email from friends and contacts has included a ‘I read your blog too’ comment. Thanks! I think this brings us up to 15! 

Meike - May 14, 2008 - 1:28 am

Goosebumps from your cherry blossom story.Isn’t it magic, the way dolls just find their own way??

nathalie - May 15, 2008 - 7:05 am

i hope you had a wonderful mother’s day!!! isn’t it so great to see this bond developing?! grandmas are always so caring and gentle.

devon - May 15, 2008 - 2:27 pm

I love that story! Please save a mermaid for me, it is the perfect present for my friend’s daughter. She is mermaid CRAZY!

Berrie - May 15, 2008 - 8:17 pm

Oh Christina..how sweet. Here’s a little secret. I’m sending 10 outfits to you tomorrow or Saturday. I’m going to put pics on my Flickr page because they are too darn cute.

admin - May 15, 2008 - 8:39 pm

Yeahh Berrie! I’m so excited about this, your clothing is AMAZING! I’m going to have them for sale at the Farmer’s Markets. I’ll model them on the gals and take some pics of the ‘collaboration’ 🙂
Mermaid is yours Devon!
Thanks Meike and Nathalie for the sweet comments. I’m really enjoying my mother in law’s presence right now, we get on so well. It’s like having a friend come and visit..but she cooks dinner and holds the kids all the time.

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Mer-dolls

 I *love* Amy Karol. I know lots of us do. I’m an avid reader of her blog ‘Angry Chicken’ and a fan of her book and craftiness.  A few weeks ago Amy wrote a post about these fantastic Mermaid tails that she had made for her girls dolls. They are like a skirt with a tail that just fit over the doll’s legs turning any doll into a Mermaid – brilliant. I’ve seen these before but this one was so simple and cute and , well, perfect, that I just had to have it for my dolls.  So I contacted Amy and asked her about the possibility of using this pattern for my dolls and Amy has graciously agreed. Tomorrow I’m going to make an Amy Karol Mermaid Kit (haven’t yet decided on what to call it yet). I’ll let you know how it goes. I really like making mermaids too, but I only make a few per year…. this way ANY doll can be a mermaid!

I’m currently working on 5 dolls for Natural Pod for sale on Friday. On Etsy I’ll have a few gals up as well.

I know that I’ve been alluding to a mega change happening here at the B doll palace. It’s more of a re structuring and growing time for me. I want this business to grow and support as many people as possible. I envision a group of mama’s working together making dolls for children with lots of love in every stitch. Kids can feel it and I think that the way everything is going right now, they need as much love in their lives as possible. I know that they are just dolls, but to me they are much more then that. I sound like such a cheeseball. I am a cheeseball.

Naomi - May 13, 2008 - 7:13 am

holy cow, that is great! Roo loves mermaids. I need to learn to sew. Someday.

Mélanie - May 15, 2008 - 8:23 am

Gosh, I must be quite a cheeseball as well, because I couldn’t agree more with what you wrote. I too beleive kids need to be around lovely playthings that were made for them with love. We have one of your baby dolls and my daughter just loves her. She is very proud to tell people that her doll was made for her by another mom, with sheep’s wool and lots of love 🙂 How wonderful for an almost three year-old little girl to know this!

admin - May 20, 2008 - 11:52 pm

Thanks gals!! 🙂

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