My dad came to visit recently. I caught the two boys having a nap on the couch.
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.
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?
You have been busy mama! How do you find the time? That basket looks beautiful with all those dolls.
Total sweetness. Bodhi was a bit of a fussy babe and the sling was also my bestfriend!!!
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?
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.
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)
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.
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.)
…and meet Jasper too, of course!
All’s well, Christina- thanks! I am enjoying your blog and love the new dolls. The Gnome is my favorite!!!
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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!
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.
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 😉
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!
what a great picture to cherish later on!