I found this new lopi yesterday while exploring a new yarn store at the ‘Whipletree Junction’. The store is called ‘The Loom’ and it is an absolute treasure trove of wools, fleece, spinning and weaving supplies. My heart was racing and I was a bit breathless as I explored all the nooks and crannies of this store. Products were lined up and down, floor to ceiling with barely any room to move around in. I love these old school type of yarn shops. In Vancouver there is a new breed of yarn stores..ultra organized, house music playing, amazing Japanese Noru yarns and not a verigated baby acrylic in site. I love these kinds of shops too, they appeal to my aesthetic. But, the older shops are where I find my treasures. I’m so inspired by this delicious colour (in the pic it’s mixed with a chestnut mohair) I’m working on a doll right now with this colour hair. I should be done by tomorrow night.

Kids are good, Jasper is fully taking advantage of the ‘breast buffet’ right now and is growing like a weed.

Devon - August 5, 2007 - 8:58 pm

I’ve arrived home to hear this wonderful news! I cannot wait to call and come drop off food and hear more!
Lots of love to you all…love the name.

Stephanie - August 15, 2007 - 9:00 am

Sorry, I’m Stephanie of Chip and Stephanie – more formally known as the one with 8 kids! I’ve had 2 homebirths, one birth center, the rest hospital. I also was beginning my midwifery training but had to put it on hold due to extreme depression during pregnancy #7. Then my sweet baby had to go and have heart failure on me at 8 days old – nearly died in my arms while rushing to hospital. This is her blog: http://www.mes7.blogspot.com/ She has complex congenital heart disease but is doing well at this time.

Anyway,I’ve just been hanging around gazing at your beautiful dolls! I was wondering if you crochet a cap then attach the hair?

I’ve also been trying to copy this shirt of Amber’s (the style) for several days now: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboletta/480539418/in/photostream/

Your dolls are just simply wonderful! I’ve made a couple of dolls – right now I’m working on my technique.

Thanks for posting.

christina at bamboletta - August 30, 2007 - 9:53 pm

E.V. – hello my friend! How are you doing? I haven’t ‘spoken’ with you for a long time, I hope that you are keeping well ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Beauty of Handcrafted

Just look at this quilt! I was privliged enough to have Berrie from Moondchild Studio make this glorious creation for me. I am so happy with it. I have such admiration for quilters, it’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do, just at the moment there just isn’t enough time. Handcrafted goods hold a different feel to them. I always treat them a little better and they give me such pleasure one can feel the amount of love and care that goes into something handmade.

On the work front, I’m trying to get back at it. I had Jasper in the sling while I was sewing today, I think the noise helped him sleep longer. I’m making 2 dolls for a potentially large promotion, I can’t talk about it because it’s not a sure thing yet, but it’s very exciting! So tonight is a night of breastfeeding, Nip/Tuck and John making heads..lol.

~jane - August 5, 2007 - 7:24 pm

welcome to the world beautiful jasper!!! congratulations christina and family!

lovely lovely name ๐Ÿ™‚

christina at bamboletta - August 15, 2007 - 8:45 am

That is so sad about Nip/Tuck Christie.. I’m now waiting for season 3 to be out on DVD, I can’t wait!!

Is this Stephanie of Pablo and Stephanie? Birth went super well..only pushed 5 times. A huge difference from pushing for 4 hours like the last time ๐Ÿ™‚

Devon - August 23, 2007 - 2:23 pm

congrats, don’t forget the little people… or take me on as part of your entourage to document the journey of the empire.
love ya mama!

E.V. Lowi - August 30, 2007 - 9:38 pm

Congratulations, Christina! Your new baby looks so sweet!

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What a Week!

I feel as though I’m coming out of the abyss of birth. It’s been a crazy, sleep deprived, love drunk, time warp of a week. My little Jasper is such an angel – I think I have chapped lips from kissing him so much! Thanks so much for all the emails, calls and pressies – we all feel really loved right now. I owe a huge thanks to my wonderful midwife Jane from Cowichan Midwifery Group, she went above and beyond for us. She’s a Super Trouper ( I’m listening to Abba right now).

On the work frount (well, there is no work for a while..until I figure out how to sew while holding a baby, which I will, just give me time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Natural Pod had a legnthy segment on Breakfast Television on CityTV this morning. Bridgitte was a *star*, she was so great on TV, a total natural! Bamboletta got a great plug. I had my Baby doll, Mermaid, Large Bamboletta and blanket doll talked about..very exciting! Bridgitte even mentioned my Nonna (who does all my knitting). My parents taped the segment and are showing Nonna tonight. She’ll be so excited.

Stephanie - August 4, 2007 - 8:42 am

Congrats on your new babe! Hope all went well – he’s simply beautiful. I saw on the news last night that the Arkansas couple just had #17! I told my husband that I so wish we could have more (we have 8). He thinks I’m smokin’ something I’m sure!

Stephanie - August 14, 2007 - 9:07 am

Jasper looks like he really loves the quilt. Slings are just awesome! Also, did your birth go the way you wanted it?

christina at bamboletta - August 22, 2007 - 8:37 pm

that is fantastic Berrie! i’m so happy that you are taking the jump.
i’m in the position now to either hire someone on to do some piece work for me or get in someone to look after the wee ones a few hours a day. i’m thinking the latter because I’m far too much of a control freak to let anyone else do my dolls. i know you can relate to that ๐Ÿ™‚
hugs, christina
ps..lovin’ the quilt!!

Kennedy & Friends Co. - August 30, 2007 - 8:13 pm

WOW Christina! You are one busy woman! I truly hope things will work out you two can make dolls together for a living. Good luck!
PS: Your new baby is adorable!

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Jasper has Arrived

He’s finally here! I can’t write much as I am very, very tired… but, here is Jasper, born July 31st. I’ll write back soon it’s been a crazy few days.

Berrie Wren Bowen - August 4, 2007 - 7:50 am

Welcome! Sweet Baby J! Well done Christina. There should be a quilt on your doorstep soon to wrap up your darling son.

xoxo Berrie

Christie - August 13, 2007 - 8:22 pm

Congrats on baby Jsaper. I love your dolls, they are beautiful! Nip/tuck isn’t on in Australia anymore…Grrrr

Berrie Wren Bowen - August 22, 2007 - 7:50 pm

Hi Christina,

What a sweet write up about you and your husband (Nonna too). Boy, get ready for the orders. I don’t know if I told you, but I quit my job finally so I can sew full time. My last day is Sept. 6 and I AM SO READY! How cool your husband sees a future where that is possible.
I look forward to seeing loads of your dolls being posted for drooling purposes.
xoxo Berrie

stephanie (janeroyal) - August 30, 2007 - 3:08 pm


Thank you so much for answering my question regarding how you do your doll hair!

I just have to tell you – I am a beginning dollmaker and I have been using your dolls for inspiration – they are my absolute favorites out there!! I love looking at your dolls and seeing the progression you have made creating them. I can only hope that someday mine will look as beautiful and full of life as yours.

I know you are very very busy, but someday if you get the chance, would you share your secret for your dolls’ mouths? They just seem to have this sweet smile that I’ve tried to get and can’t quite.

Also, if you ever need help making dolls (since you’re planning on expanding), please consider me – I would absolutely LOVE to learn dollmaking from you. I would consider it a an unbelievable opportunity!

P.S. I understand the *eating* thing – my one year old was attempting a headstand while nusrsing – all this while I was typing – oh the joys of motherhood!

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Meet ‘Tofu’

So this is my son’s new doll. I made him last night and put him on the bed for my little guy to wake up with this morning. I thought we were going to name him ‘Toby’ but Ben decided this morning that his name is ‘Tofu’. Tofu went everywhere with us today, to the midwife, grocery shopping and played with Ben in the backyard. It was so sweet to see this little bond grow between them. As a dollmaker, I make the dolls for children but I don’t get to see the interaction later on. Occasionally a parent and child will come by an event that I’m at with a previously purchaced doll and I get to see my dolls a few months ,perhaps a year later, loved and worn in. These times were always my favorite parts of the day. But to see Ben playing with and interacting with tofu was really something special.

Tomorrow I will post a pic of the fruits of my work ‘week’. I have one more doll to sew a half a head of hair on and then I’m done..and on to my next ‘week’.

Still no bebe. Midwife Jane says this baby is already measuring 8 pounds (give or take).

Judith - November 9, 2008 - 12:18 am


Your dolls are really wonderful.
Unfortunately, my English is not very good.
With pleasure I would still write to you even more. But if you wanted, visit me, nevertheless, on my sides!

Many greetings Judith


Fatmah - July 10, 2011 - 2:35 am

So cute <3 Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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