Oh jeeze, 10 days since my last post… the shame!

I’ve been shipping the gals off to different publications for their ‘holiday gift guide’ issues. I don’t want to say which ones, because who knows what can happen between now and then. I’d feel a bit embarrassed if I was talking about them and then for some reason it doesn’t happen 🙂 Anyhow, I let you know when it happens.

It’s been blanket doll time here at chez Platt. The school store at the VWS starts up soon and I need to stock up on my smaller items, ie blanket and pouchy dolls. (*oh my goodness! I just peeked into my sling and baby Jasper gave me his second ever smile..sniff, sniff!*) I did make a large doll too, Celeste, who is one of my favorite dolls that I’ve ever made. Next week I start to work on some baby dolls.

We went to Vancouver for a short visit and to stock up on fabrics, thread and such. We stopped into the aquarium for Benjamin and took in the dolphin show. This is a shot from the seal exhibit. The aquarium is one of 3 things I miss about Vancouver (1. ikea, 2. sushi and 3. the aquarium) There are people I miss too, obviously, but these are my three things.

christina at bamboletta - September 29, 2007 - 7:38 pm

Thanks Berrie!! I look forward to my pile of goodies from you!!

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Cute!
My dad came to visit recently. I caught the two boys having a nap on the couch.

Stephanie - September 16, 2007 - 7:30 pm

Okay, just emailed you about slinging the babe – you’re way ahead of me! I love my sling (Maya Wrap) and just can’t quite afford to be a sling junkie. However, my sis-in-law is and I get to see and try all of hers – she just got the new and improved Ergo and LOVES it!

Berrie Wren Bowen - September 19, 2007 - 6:11 am

Christina, I love the new look of your blog. The babies are darling also! What a delight to see a whole pile of them looking ready to go to their new homes.

Good Work!
Berrie

christina at bamboletta - September 29, 2007 - 7:34 pm

Lol, unfotunetly the ‘John’ isn’t for sale! It;s been an eye opening experience..all I can say is that we aren’t doing this for money are we Berrie? 🙂 We are so lucky to have something that we both enjoy ssooo much, goodness, I’m just happy to break even..but don’t tell my business hubby John that 😉

christina at bamboletta - September 29, 2007 - 7:36 pm

Thanks Devon, I can only hope that one day I can get both my kids in their carseats as fast as you can get your in theirs, it’s a thing of beauty ..you speedy gonzalos you!

pascaline Legros - September 11, 2008 - 10:35 am

what a great picture to cherish later on!

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New Website

Just a quickie as I am doing this at 1am while typing with one hand, holding baby Jasper. Here is the mock up for my new website! I wanted something fresh and cute and am working with an illustrator and design team at aeolida. I just wanted to add some illustrations to the site but it still operates using a wordpress design. So, soon, I will be shutting down my blogger site and moving things over to my wordpress/ bamboletta.com site blog. This way I’m all in one place. I think I’ll still keep my flickr account open though.
I also met up with a mutual friend of my friends (if this makes sence) to start working for me making some clothes and my more simple dolls. She is a really great mama and has the nicest energy about her. I’ve got a great feeling about this ‘relationship’. She went to costume design school in NS and is so full of knowledge about pattern drafting and construction, I’m sure she’ll teach me a thing or two! We are going to meet up weekly and work together..lol, while our babies (hopefully) sleep! This week she is constructing some new dresses for my 14″ dolls..I’m so excited. I gave her some olive and tangerine coloured organic fabric to work with, we’ll see what we can come up with.
I’m posting a new doll this afternoon on www.naturalpod.com, she is very sweet and her name is Bree 🙂 This week I am working on getting some more blanket dolls and pouchy dolls made.

Berrie Wren Bowen - September 4, 2007 - 9:36 pm

I love the look you are going with on your new website. Yeah! Love seeing our dear little dolly business growing. Are we allowed to have this much fun?

xoxo Berrie

anna - September 16, 2007 - 5:14 pm

You have been busy mama! How do you find the time? That basket looks beautiful with all those dolls.

anna - September 16, 2007 - 5:16 pm

Total sweetness. Bodhi was a bit of a fussy babe and the sling was also my bestfriend!!!

Berrie Wren Bowen - September 21, 2007 - 7:03 am

More details! I, too, am working out the business side of this doll making frenzy I’m in. How do I get one of those “Johns” you speak of?

xoxo Berrie

Anonymous - September 22, 2007 - 5:18 am

so cute!!

aka

Devon - September 27, 2007 - 5:21 pm

It looks so great! I’m sure you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish with two in a year from now. Looking forward to more updates once you take things up a notch work-wise.

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Timing…
I’ve never been so busy in my life personally with a new baby (who *loves* to eat!) and an active 3 year old, new house, husband and dog (in no particular order!). All this is going on and at the same time I have never been so busy professionally. I’ve had loads of press lately including this new one http://www.babyvibe.ca/Archives2007/Aug27,2007.cfm , CityTV, Shared Vision and a couple of other things. Store inquiries daily, requests for customs and I just can’t seem to make dolls fast enough to put up for sale on NaturalPod. No complaints 🙂 I think it’s the universe pushing me to take a jump with the business. John and I are really considering him leaving his job so we can do this together. Our lives are really simple, we aren’t looking at making heaps of money, it’s never ever been for the money (as any dollmaker can attest to!) but to think that maybe, just maybe we could do this. Stay home and raise our family together doing something that makes us so happy..hmmmm (smiling)

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Sweet!

Woke up this morning to an inbox full of emails about a little blurb about me in http://www.sweetspot.ca/sweetmama_vancouver.php So exciting!

What I’m really happy about is that they mentioned me to be a ‘husband and wife’ team. We’ve been talking about the possiblity in a few years of John not working anymore and the two of us just being at home taking care of the kids and making dolls. I think he’s gotten past the ‘girly’ aspect of making dolls and has even mentioned he’d like to learn how to ‘machine’ (man code for sewing). He already helps out so much and makes my heads and cuts fabric and wool for me, but I think we are ready to step it up a notch. I’m also on the look out for some help with making some of my blanket and pouchy dolls.It’ll happen.

08-22-07

Hello, Dolly

Our first love? No, it wasn’t Tony in grade school. It was our first doll, Tina. She was more than a doll, she was our baby. We’d like to give our daughter the same memories, but finding a worthy faux-friend hasn’t been easy.

Our search finally ended with Bamboletta, an all-natural, handmade doll company located on Vancouver Island. These one-of-a-kind gems ($80+) are made with the purest materials available (think organic cotton for the skin, lambs wool stuffing, and a mixture of non-synthetic yarns for hair).

Made with love by a husband and wife team, Nonna herself is busy handknitting the gorgeous sweaters (too bad they didn’t come in adult sizes). And this family is only getting bigger. Since the creator has a baby on the way, she is limiting the amount of custom orders she’ll be taking this year for Christmas (Note to self: Order it now!).

The dolls come in an endless variety of sizes and types (babies, toddlers, mermaids and faeries), making it impossible not to find any child’s first love. (Unless, of course, she’s already met Tony in grade school.)

Bamboletta
www.bamboletta.com

Devon - August 5, 2007 - 8:59 pm

…and meet Jasper too, of course!

e.v. lowi - August 31, 2007 - 12:30 pm

All’s well, Christina- thanks! I am enjoying your blog and love the new dolls. The Gnome is my favorite!!!

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