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I love making Fairy’s so much. It is such a luxury to make them to handstitch and cut out all those lovely shapes – it almost sends me over the edge! This gal here is ‘Cherry Blossom’ and she is number two of a series of three Spring Fairy’s.  I’ll be working on ‘Bluebell’ soon. I just received an order of felt today that will work for ‘Bluebell’s’ outfit. I’m planning to make three fairy’s per season. ‘Tulip’, who was Spring Fairy number one has now gone off to Washington to live.

Thanks for the emails of concern over last blog post. I still can’t say what is going on, but, it’s all going to work out. I think this is a business growing pain that is teaching me how I want this business to work for me. It is such a balancing act with the kids, John, house, friends, etc. I truly believe in my Bamboletta ‘vision’ and know deep in my heart that this is all on the path it is supposed to be in – I just got to trust it.

Etsy will have a few new dolls on it tomorrow. Two will be reserves and two will be up for sale. This is the plan for now, but I’m writting this blog post at 3:48am with a coughy baby sleeping over my shoulder.. we’ll see how I feel in the morning.

xo, c

Lindsay - May 10, 2008 - 8:32 am

Again, it is not only 3 people who read! As i mentioned in my convo on etsy, ive been a bamboletta fan for a while and have finally found an excuse to get one….

I love that fairy. THere are no words….. I do hope everything is OK!

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My little guy turned 4 on Saturday. He was so excited, it’s just so cute. Nonna, Nonno and Auntie Laura all came over to spend the day with us. I can’t believe I have a four year old..geeesh, sometimes I can’t believe I’m a mom. We really scaled things back as far as presents this year and it was really interesting to see B excited about his few toys that he got instead of overwhelmed by too many toys.

I’m going to have to change the way I work a bit. Life has thrown me a bit of a curveball today, I don’t want to say what happened just yet, but it could be mega. No one is sick and I’m not moving anywhere (don’t worry Devon..no TO yet!) I just have to do some re-thinking about how I’m going to make the dolls happen. Jeesh, I’m being vague ,aren’t I? So today I feel spent and like I have too much going on in my mind to think.

I think I need to buy this to make me feel better.

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Naomi - May 6, 2008 - 7:52 am

I hope everything is okay.

I just favorited that print on etsy this morning, in that very color. How funny!

Christine - May 7, 2008 - 4:41 am

I notice you don’t get a lot of comments on your blog, but I just wanted to let you know I read it very often and like it a lot. I hope the curveball is that you’ve gotten a great offer concerning your dolls, because they’re beautiful (if it’s not that, I hope everything’s ok)!
Christine

admin - May 9, 2008 - 6:49 pm

because Naomi.. we really are the same person 😉 lol…everything is okay, just having to do alot of thinking that’s all.

Hi Christine.. I don’t think I get a lot of comments because I’m convinced that only my mom, aunt Lucy, my friend Julie and her mom are the only ones that read the blog ( oh, and Naomi!). Great to meet you! Thanks for reading 🙂

Meike - May 12, 2008 - 12:02 pm

Not true, not true – I read it as well! 🙂 And I do hope the curveball means lots of new people getting the chance to admire your beautiful dolls – and you being able to still enjoy making them!!

Amy - July 2, 2008 - 12:12 pm

“keep on and carry on”, great idea! You do seem very busy!
I can relate! I love reading your blog, brings me back to when I was super busy manufacturing cloth diapers and trying to run a household too. I’m sure you’ll figure it all out, love and strength are your biggest allies.

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N.O.F

I’ve decided that Jasper is my NOF – my number one fan. All this little guy wants is his mama, all the time. He sleeps with me, crafts with me..basically does everything with me. Gosh, I love the sling. Even as I type he is here sleeping in my arms. This afternoon he and I were dancing to Travis and I started to get a bit weepy as I remembered dancing with Ben to the exact same song.. sniff, they are only your dance partners for so long, well, willingly anyway.

Speaking of babies, I wish I knew about this cutie shop when I was preggers.. check out this gals tshirts Disco Belly  – how cute is this? She’s cute too.. I wonder if she’s really pregnant? Hmmm..

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Doll wise, I’m almost done a pattern for a Lose Weight Exerciseed baby doll. Miss Polly from Sunrise Waldorf School (Ben’s school)  asked me several months ago to create a doll that was essentially a sac with sand in it and a head. She noticed that the kids in her parent and child class liked to play with the sand bags as babies. I’ve read about Lose Weight Exerciseed babies in my doll ‘research’. They are commonly used with children with ADD or autism as the physical Lose Weight Exercise of the doll grounds the child.  Loads of doll makers make these kind of dolls, they are very sweet and soft. I went and bought about 20 pounds of organic quinoa to use as Lose Weight Exercise. I like the shape of it and it has some good heft. Sand can be a bit tricky and leaky and it feels very hard and cold to me, that’s why I’m going with the quinoa. I tried out rice but I think kids might get put off by the smell, I like it, but I remember when I was a kid I disliked anything that smelt strongly. I’m most likely not adding this doll to my roster yet, I just don’t have the time with Markets and Circle Craft to build stock for, but maybe next year. I’m making a few of them now as testers and to give to the school as gifts.

Natural Pod will be at this weekends May Fair at Sunrise School. You can hit the link above for more info about it. Bridgitte will have a great assortment of goodies for sale. I’m going to the Fair but as a participant this year, it’s Ben’s birthday on Saturday.

Naomi - April 30, 2008 - 6:29 am

My Jasper is a mama’s boy, too. Please don’t tell me it ends! He’s so different than his sister, who is also a lovey dovey, but she’s never needed me in quite as obsessive a way…

nathalie - May 5, 2008 - 11:05 am

this is so neat. i never thought about autistic children having a need to be grounded. very interesting. it makes total sense. and the preggo tee. how cute. i wore one that had the female gender sign on it at the belly…so everyone new it was a girl. i will keep this in mind for next time………….a looooong time from now! and enjoy your little munchkin. they are sooo snuggly…but they groen too darn fast.

admin - May 9, 2008 - 6:53 pm

It is so obsessive, very cute, but it’s what I like to call ‘attachment parenting – mega’

Thanks Nathalie 🙂 I just finished my first one and gave it to the kindercottage teacher (ben’s teacher) at our Waldorf school today. I can’t wait to hear her reaction to it and how the children responded to it.

emilykristin - May 22, 2008 - 11:23 am

I used to work with an autistic child and children with behavioral struggles – they would have loved these, I think. I wonder if it would also help autistic children to connect that kind of grounding comfort to a very human, relational object rather than simply a weighted rectangle? I’ve also heard of people using these for children transitioning out of a family bed – you can use something like field corn or flax that can heat up in the microwave so that it’s a warm, weighted baby.

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long time no write….

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I’m so sorry that it’s been a while since I wrote. Baby J has deemed it party time from 7pm until 11pm, generally when I get to do emailing/blogging. He’s just about crawling now – so cute. I think that this new found almost mobility excites him so much that he has a hard time sleeping. So, anyways, this will be another random thought blog.

We had a day of sun yesterday, it was gorgeous! I took the little ones out for a drive and broke out the old Spearhead album. Benj loves reggae, the first time he bust a move was to Bob Marley. I generally consider reggae to be a summer thing. While listening to Micheal Franti’s very lovely voice Ben starts screaming out these lyrics (while listening to a song) ‘television is the drug of the nation, satellite is immaculate reception, they can look and they can listen,but, don’t believe in the system!’ the last bit was belted out with much enthusiasm. I must admit I did have a grin on my face, my little treehugger, but it kind of freaked me out too. I mean this kid hears EVERYTHING, oh my. Raffi isn’t looking so bad now.

On the dolls- I’m working on 3 new styles of dolls right now. It’s been fun to play around with patterns and try different things out. I’m hoping to have a few dolls up on Etsy this week, maybe 3 if things go well. I’m also getting a few dolls ready to put in Trendy Tot’s in Duncan. Lori from Trendy Tots and I have trying to get together for almost 2 years. She contacted me and then I wasn’t ready for retail, got pregnant and then – luck would have it- moved 10 minutes away from Duncan! I’m still doing Etsy and custom work, but I really want to focus on local stores and farmers markets. I don’t know why.. it feels like the right thing to do. Anyhow, I’ve written about my Trendy Tot love before, it’s such a fabulous store. I know the dolls will be happy there.

On other doll related news.. the gals got mentioned Vancouver magazine! When I have my scanner working I’ll do a post about it.. so exciting!

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