I can’t believe I’m having a baby in a few weeks, it all seems so surreal. This pregnancy has been so much easier then my last one, I keep foorgetting that I’m pregnant. I guess running after a 3 year old all day takes your mind off things. I feel pretty prepared though. I have a doula lined up and I *love* my midwife Jane. We are going to try for a homebirth but I’m open to whatever happens.

I’m tring to finish up some orders and get as much stuff on at Natural Pod as possible. I’m not sure how well new baby and dollmaking will go together. John is going to try to get 3 months off paternity leave which would be just dreamy. I’m fielding wholesale requests weekly and had a huge American company enquiring about the dolls a few weeks ago, but at this moment my focus is to be a mom. After baby is born, I’m going to really look at Bamboletta and where I want it to go. There are a few crafty mamas that I met in Cobble Hill that I think I can get to make my smaller dolls like my Pouchy, Blanket, Toddler and Lavender Cuddlies. Then I can make the Babies and various sized Bamboletta’s.

Speaking of my Babies (the cloth kind), I’ve redone how I joint them. I love the button jointing, but it isn’t the most sturdy if you have a rambuntious young child. Kids love to spin the arms round and round and round (because they can!) and the previous jointing would snap. Anyhow, I started looking at how teddy bears were constructed, ones with articulated limbs and wanted to construct the Babies the same way. I ordered in some joints and through some trial and error am really pleased with the results. I dislike that they are plastic, I hate for anything plastic to be in my dolls, but, I figure it’s better then a child playing with a doll and it’s arm falling off! Not a good scene!

I have to say a big THANKS to my good pal Devon, who gently reminded me of how lame a blog that is updated monthy is.. she is starting a blog soon about her photography and we have decided to become blog buddies and make sure that each other posts regularly. More on her when she get’s up and running….

Ella - June 23, 2007 - 12:04 pm

embracing parenthood with the minivan!! it will be perfect with 2 real life bambolettas. i only just realized that you are keeping a blog. How did i miss that? i’ll be checking in frequently as i wonder about the arrival of your newbie.

Berrie Wren Bowen - June 24, 2007 - 9:03 am

Hi Christina, Hey I found your blog! Your dolls are so sweet and I love reading about”what’s up”.

xoxo Berrie

Anonymous - June 24, 2007 - 9:10 am

Hi Christina..its michele..i found your blog..oh how lucky you are to have moved away from Vancouver..i love Vancouver Island..its so quiet and serene there..Congrats on the new baby on the way!! i look forward to reading your blog ect!!!

Michele

Tall Tree Photography - June 26, 2007 - 7:30 pm

I love this photo too! Thanks for posting it.

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I can’t believe it’s been over a month! Spring is defintely here in Cobble Hill. John, Ben and I have been working hard in the garden – planting beds, putting in a veggie patch and endlessly mowing the lawn. John and I were talking today about how absolutely content we feel out here. Our only regret is that we didn’t moveout here sooner. We’ve met some really great people and are starting to feel part of the community. I’m such a ‘putter’ person and living on some land, in the country raising litle ones is my putter heaven!

The dolls are doing well. I just finished up 6 new dolls for Natural Pod. They aren’t posted yet, Bridgitte is at a confrence this weekend and I thought it’d be better to post them after it’s done. I go and pick up 20 pounds of wool on Saturday from Westcott Farms. It’s a local farm that raises their sheep organically. These sheep have a great life, they are so loved. If I ever come back as a sheep, I want to live here! Anyways, I am happy to have found this place. I am really trying to make a product that is sustainable, natural and local. I’ve also decided to only make my baby blanket dolls using organic materials. I always thought I was fairly aware and holistic, but living here just amplifies my decisions to be as environmentally consious as possible. The surrounds here are so beautiful, the people here are so aware and having all these farms around, many of which grow organic food really puts awarness in your face. All this and maybe because I’m pregnant, that always seems to put things in perspective.

My parents are coming to visit this weekend. We are all looking forward to seeing them. I’m taking them to something called ‘Kids and Apple Pie’, it’s a fair in Cobble Hill. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes, apparently there is a good silent auction.

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It’s been a little over a week in our new home, but it feels as though we’ve been here forever. I am so in love with this place. John and I haven’t been able to wipe the grins off our faces since we arrived. I’ve met so many lovely people here, everyone is so welcoming. Yesterday we went into Duncan to see the Farmers Market and I was so impressed with the size and caliber of crafts, baking, soaps, etc. It was easily double the size of the Vancouver one and there weren’t any produce farmers there yet. Anyhow, I will try to attend one in the next month or so.

I’ve just finished 4 dolls. 2 are already on www.naturalpod.com for sale and the other 2 will most likely be up tomorrow ( my dig camera ran out of batteries!). I’ve made 2 large Bamboletta’s, one with curly red hair and one blonde, and 2 medium Bamboletta’s, one Asian girl and one brunette. I’m working on more blanket dolls this week, so I should have those up soon. The picture here is of the red headed large Bamboletta.

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I took this picture this afternoon in our front garden. There were 3 deer together munching on new shoots. I’m sure this won’t be so cute in a few months when all my veggies are coming up!
I’m in the process of designing the garden right now. Our front gets loads more light, so I’m putting in our veggie patch there. (with deer fencing!). I’m thinking of hiring a landscape designer to help me map out my space. It was easy with our Vancouver house, our property was about 20 times smaller then this one. We also have a speptic field to deal with and I’m not too sure as to how you plant around that.

I’ve posted a few more dolls on www.naturalpod.com for sale. Now I’m working on finishing up 3 dolls for orders, then I’m starting on a ‘family’ of five African American dolls for another order..so cute. I can’t wait to see them all together. After this I will be doing a series of 6 dolls in a 12″ size. I love this size of doll to make. These dolls will be for sale through Natural Pod and I should have them done in about 3 weeks or so. I’m waiting for a shipment of new clothing to come in from my friend Lenna in Nova Scotia. New dresses, pants, skirts and tshirts for my larger 17″ Bamboletta. Once it’s in I’ll be sure to post a picture up. I’m in Vancouver next week and will be sure to make it to Fabricana (the cutest fabrics!). I’m going to stock up and ship some fabric off to Lenna to make up some new clothing for my mid size Bamboletta’s.

Mahar Dry Goods has posted 2 new dolls up on the site www.mahardrygoods.com There is a blonde baby and an Asian baby on there. Robert has such fantastic products, a super fun way to waste an hour!

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