This little gnome is a special order for Robert at www.mahardrygoods.com . He requested this months ago but with the move and general craziness I wasn’t able make him until now. He really is one of my most favorite dolls that I’ve ever made. I sculpted in a chin and larger gnome-esque nose then sewn in some white boucle mohair. His hat is attached and I made a basic outfit using velour. His limbs are articulated so he can b posed in many different ways. I jointed them using my new, spiffy doll joints. They take a bit longer then jointing using the button method but the doll is SO much sturdier. I also made 2 new babies and a mermaid for him, all should be on his site in a few weeks.

I’m working on 2 custom dolls next week and then just ‘stocking’ up untill the baby makes an appearence. I’ve entered the stage of pregnancy where fear of labour has been replaces with a mix of really, really wanting to meet my our new baby and wanting my body to be somewhat normal again.

christina at bamboletta - August 10, 2007 - 6:55 pm

Hi there ๐Ÿ™‚
Of course I don’t mind if you link me! I’m sorry I haven’t responded to you earlier..new babe and all, it’s been a crazy few days!
Thanks for the compliments!
Christina

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I’ve been trying to keep on the blog consistently, but have failed miserably! Over 10 days since my last entry..tsk, tsk.

We’ve been having lots of fun exploring our surroundings this week. There are so may great place to go to with little ones. This week we found a great place called Bright Angel Park, it’s so beautiful there. It’s a river that is perfect for little ones because it’s calm and doesn’t go past the knees. Very good place to be on these recent hot days.

I’m redesigning my website right now. I’m trying to streamline it and make it a source of information for my customers. I’ll be adding a newsletter and another blog site among other things. I found a really great illustrator to work with, we are in the works to design an illustration for the site/ price tags/ business cards. I’m not sure that this is the best timing to be doing something like this, I can tell that this baby of mine wants out. It’s moving around like a little acrobat.

I just finished up this breastfeeding doll for a customer of mine. I don’t do these very often. It was a wonderful doll to make in my ‘state’ ๐Ÿ™‚

M&M - July 20, 2007 - 10:57 am

congratulations your dolls are lovely.

onemotherslove - July 24, 2007 - 9:23 am

Oh my goodness, your dolls are fabulous!! I think I’ll start saving for a big doll for my baby! hehe… Anyway, do you mind if I add a link to you under Mommy Blogs on my blog? MY BLOG

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These are my newest dolls. They are off to their new home in Toronto. I love that the mom got a mix of ethnicities for her kids. This was a really fun order to do. I just love doing custom orders for kids, working with parents to really make something special for their child.

This week Natural Pod will be at the Island Organics Festival in Victoria. So, this weeks work for myself is as many organic blanket dolls as I can possibly make. Every week until the baby is born is now ‘booked’ with orders or trying to build up my stock. I’ve already got my Christmas orders booking up. I’m taking a limited amount of custom work for Christmas time, I need to keep my time open to work on stuff for all the different shows and events.

My parents and sister came over for the long weekend. It was so great to see them all. Something about having your mom come to your home and just basically ‘take over’ is very comforting when you are pregnant.

Off to finish ‘Lost’ season 2 and make some heads. I’m happy and sad that it’s over, I know that there is another season, but it’s not on DVD so we are going to have to wait. I’ve never been into a show this much..well except for ‘Melrose Place’, but that was a long time ago.

Devon - July 17, 2007 - 8:02 am

I love the gnomey gnome! Will you be making more? So so cute!

Ella - July 19, 2007 - 1:07 pm

this is so organized! i definitely need to set myself up with something like this.
i love that you are waiting to know the sex of your babe. So many people i know who are having their 2nd/3rd etc… want to know if their having a girl or boy so they can plan..? Personally i wouldn’t give up the surprise.

Anonymous - July 22, 2007 - 10:07 pm

I am such a fan of your dolls! I can’t wait to see what happens next!!

Devon - July 23, 2007 - 9:00 am

I am glad to see the doll parts have become a doll:)
A very interesting peek into the process!

Stephanie - August 3, 2007 - 3:09 pm

I’m assuming you’ve had your babe! I just stumbled across your blog – I’m a new dollmaker with 8 kiddos (the last 2 are homebirths)in Utah. I sure hope your birth was everything you hoped for.

On another note: I’ve been reading through your blog and I must say that you’re dolls are gorgeous! Do you crochet a cap before attaching the hair?

Deborah - November 1, 2008 - 8:53 pm

Found your site through an ad in my favorite Mothering Magazine. Your dolls are fantastic! They make me want to be a kid again or get pregnant again and hope for a girl ๐Ÿ™‚ We just read an article in the new Nov/Dec Mothering about boys with dolls. My husband agrees that it would be beneficial to get our son a doll. He is only 16 months so we have time to wait to introduce him to one, but, I also read how booked you are (and probably are often). I would love know a slower time for you so we can discuss a custom doll for him.

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Good news today. I found out that ‘Shared Vision’ ( BC Mag on holistic living) is doing an article on Bamboletta. I’m not sure of the scope or size, but it’s exciting none the less. It’s funny, I’m ring to slow things down with the ‘biz’ and interest is just growing and growing. Isn’t that always the way?

Next week I am working on an order for mahardrygoods.com. I’ve created a gnome doll for the site that I’m eager to see posted, I’ll put up a pic when I’m done him. There are also a few babies and a mermaid in the mix.

Good Lord, could this baby be ANY bigger? Everything is such an ordeal right now..going up the stairs, picking things up off the floor, you name it it’s an event.

BTW my good friend Devon, who I have mentioned before is now officially blogging…http://talltreephotography.blogspot.com/ it’s pretty new, but it will be a good one, I promise!

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I’ve posted up 2 new dolls for sale on Natural Pod www.naturalpod.com. I also posted a cozy sherpa banket doll. I’ll try to get some more blanket dolls done in the next few weeks. I’ve decided to only make the blanket dolls in organic fabric since they are for babies.

Nothing else exciting to report. I’ve spent most the day recovering from staying awake until 4AM! I’ve been wondering around like a bit of a zombie. Thankfully John was home so I could have a good nap this morning. I’m such a lucky lady.

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