Why, hello! And a Contest :)

Okay, I am hanging my head in shame .. it’s been ONE year since I blogged. I think because Instagram has sort of taken over my online life I sort of forgot blogging. But then when I went through this whole website redesign and started re reading my blog and got a little bit nostalgic. Even of no one reads it it’s a nice little journal of my Bamboletta journal.

So, new website! Have you had a look around? I am so excited about how it’s looking and functioning. And those illustrations? How super cute are they?

So, while going through the site I kinda got lost in a bit of reverie while reading some of the Bamboletta Love stories. Stories that customers have sent me about their kids relationship with their dolls, what the doll means to them and the friendships that have developed. So I got an idea .. I’m asking you to send me your Bamboletta Love story (with pictures if possible!) and I’ll choose one story to win a custom Forever Friend! Please send your submissions to love@bamboletta.com and I’ll choose a story by Friday at midnight PST. By submitting a story you agree to have them published on here and social media. I want to spread the looooovvvee.

It’s so nice to be on here again and I promise to come back more often. I’ve missed this. Tonight I’m going to work on another post on how to make waxed fabric to use instead of plastic wrap .. how cool is that? That will be up soon!

Thanks for reading!
Christina

 

Stacey Holt - June 22, 2017 - 7:42 pm

My little 3 year old girl Soleil loves her Bamboletta Baby Annie.
Soleil was given her Baby for her 1st Christmas & Sol is not a real girly girl.
Soleil has taken a couple of years to start to love dolls but her “baby” is her favourite.
Sol has to take her baby to bed each night but before bed the baby has to have her onesie on, her night cap on & wrapped in her blanket.
Soleil sits on her bed a lot & just talks to her baby, telling her all sorts of stories & having conversations with her.
Sol looks at her “baby” with total love in her eyes.
For a girl that loves digging in the garden, playing in the dirt, being on her Skateboard or playing with her trucks & cars it’s so nice to see that she has a special friendship with this beautiful quality handmade “baby” that will be with her for her whole life.
Thank you for making a lifetime friend for my beautiful daughter.
xx

Brittany - June 22, 2017 - 8:53 pm

Hello!! While my bamboletta love story doesn’t involve my daughter (yet), it will soon. One day many years ago I was browsing through the stores in whip letter junction and came across this wonderful little store. There were dolls everywhere and each one unique with their own personality. At that time I had no children of my own and no friends with kids. As soon as I saw these dolls I knew I would love for my future children to have a forever friend. Because that’s what I saw in these dolls. Handmade with love and care, which would last to be passed down to my children’s children. I now have a 5.5 month girl (Ashlyn) who I love with all of my heart. I cannot wait to see her playing and adventuring with a dolly friend. I have held onto that feeling from the first time I saw a bambolleta doll and it has blossomed ever since Ashlyn has joined her father and I. This may not be a child’s love story for a doll but instead a mothers love story for her daughter and a doll.

Crystal Sullivan - June 22, 2017 - 9:39 pm

Oh I love this! ! The only way we could afford one for my daughter is the contests you offer! ! My daughter…lily (our only girl…3 boys too ) would love this! Your dolls are beautiful! Thanks for this opportunity to enter!

Crystal

Crystal Sullivan - June 22, 2017 - 9:40 pm

Oh I love this! ! The only way we could afford one for my daughter is the contests you offer! ! My daughter…lily (our only girl…3 boys too ) would love this! Your dolls are beautiful! Thanks for this opportunity to enter!

Crystal

Thank you

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Sewer of the Week – Amanda

I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time – highlight one of my sewing mama’s each week.

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This is Amanda and she’s been sewing for us for four years now – with two maternity breaks in between. A major reason why I’ve organized Bamboletta like it is is because I really want to give employment to women to be able to stay at home. To take care of their children and later on in life to take care of spouses or elderly parents.

Amanda shared this story that warmed my heart.

‘So, when I started sewing I honestly found it hard to figure out how to put Liberty down and get my sewing done. As a result of that we ended up spending many, many hours with my dad. He would play with Liberty while I got some time to sew. This work gave us more of a reason to spend time together and made the bond between Liberty and my dad unbreakable.

Now I still find it hard to put the kids down to do my sewing so it’s usually done late at night. The best part of those late night sewing sessions is that I almost always think about my dad and Liberty. I think about him singing to her and teaching her sports. I got to sit back and watch and put all that love into the dolls.

Today, we went down to Transfer Beach and sat by his memorial and I did my sewing with my kids playing around me. I love what I do because it will always remind me of him.’ 

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So much heart goes into making the dolls  – things you can never see but maybe feel. Thanks to all my lovely customers who can definitely feel the love.

xo,
Christina

 

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New Shop!

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Well, friends, dreams do come true. We just opened up a wee studio/shop in Vancouver! I’ve been pining for a storefront in the city for a few years now and now it’s happened and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

 

 

Our shop is stocked full of dolls of all sizes (including the shop exclusive Piccolina’s), loads of clothes, some yarns and other bits and pieces. I’m gathering things together to start offering workshops as well (I need to build a wall of yarn for the hair first – this takes a while).

I’ve been working out of a studio at home since last fall and it’s been great! But, the dolls are so happy to have a space to be with each other and wait for their new family to come in and adopt them! We opened last weekend, and my heart nearly burst when all the little one’s came in to look at the dolls and brought in their dolls for a visit. Ahh – I’ve missed this so much!

Our shop is located at 1723 Grant Street (just off Commercial Drive).  We are open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s from 10-5.

Thanks so much!
Christina

 

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Blessing Dolls 2015

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If you aren’t on Facebook, you may have missed this year’s Blessing Doll giveaway. I started it as a sort of ‘anti’ Black Friday thing. Instead of discounting 20 dolls I decided to gift those dolls to families that needed some magic in their lives. I did a post on Facebook and one on Instagram and received 368 emails from people about them. I didn’t blog it because I’ve been locked out of my blog the past few weeks – there was something that wasn’t connecting with the space that I write these posts on to the place where they show up. It’s all cleared up now, obviously as I am blogging …

The entries we received were so touching and raw. There are so many I just wanted to call and envelope in a hug. So many families are fighting for their lives, for their children. I heard the most terrible of situations – people are so strong. I really consider myself fortunate that just maybe when someone who desperately needs some happiness opens that box and sees the doll a smile will cross their face.

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As you can imagine, I got overwhelmed with emotion and wanted to spread more joy. We ended up finding another 10 dolls to give so the Blessing Doll’s got bumped to 30! I did get a little stressed over the costs mounting up around shipping and getting in some extra hands to dress, blush, do the hair and then ship all these gals – it’s a lot of work. I’m a small business and the dolls, well, I’ve already paid for them in materials and such so I don’t really think about it – it’s just sending the dolls where they need to go but the other stuff – oye – costs mount up! I don’t know why but it’s really hard for me to ask for help – I have a bit of a martyr complex (ask any of my close friends). I braved it and asked my community on Facebook to help and gosh did they EVER. To make it fun I gave each $5 donated a chance to win a Golden Ticket! Then anything over the shipping costs we’d put towards sending MORE dolls out to families that need it. I have to figure out what the shipping costs are with the actual postage and then boxes and some hired labour time but I think we are able to send out another 4 dolls on top of what we are sending out. Probably more – but this is a conservative estimate!

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Then another thing wonderful happened. A customer, with a very big heart, bought 4 dolls and donated them to the Blessing Fund as well! Incredible! I am so moved by this – isn’t that incredible?!

So – I’m extending things a bit. I think to make it fair and out into the wider community (who may not be on Facebook) I’m going to take Blessing Doll nominations to put in with the other entries for the extra dolls that have become available. You have until Thursday night to email us at blessings@bamboletta.com. On Friday we will chose another 8 (at least) families to give dolls too.

And, if you’d like to help out with shipping costs and to put towards a few more dolls – you can donate here! This whole thing feels bigger then just us at Bamboletta doing it – from the stories people are sharing to the donations people are giving – it all feels like wonderful warm fuzzy magic we are spreading around. Thank you, thank you for all those who have donated.  I will accept donations until Sunday night around midnight – then on Monday we will draw a name. We are sorta old school about these ways. Allison wrote people’s names however many times they donated (so five times for 25) and put them on little individule pieces of paper – raffle style. They are currently sitting in my son’s top hat from Halloween. We’ll add new donations in there of course!

I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate this. When you are part of this Bamboletta family you become part of something so much more – THANK YOU for loving and buying the dolls because it makes doing stuff like this possible. And acts of kindness and love like this have ripple effects beyond measure. And when you get a doll, or like our page you are part of this. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

xoxo
Christina

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It’s been a crazy few months … a Bamboletta update

As many of you know, my family and I moved over to Vancouver a few months back. Well, before the summer actually – time has flown. The dolls are still made over on the Island by our lovely sewing mamas but the other side of stuff is now done over here. Where I used to have Brooke, Brandi and Makiko handling the uploads and shipping side of things while I sewed and did things like book keeping and staying on top of the business-y stuff  – it’s now me. So, it’s been intense. And freaking awesome. And quiet with a lot of thinking. I feel like I’ve gone back to when it was just me a dozen or so years ago but with all the knowledge of what I’ve learned and the vision of what I want things to look like moving forward. Bamboletta really feels like it’s own thing, it’s own entity that has moments of growth and then hunkers down with some tea and stays put for a while. It’s seasonal and has it’s own flow. Right now, I’m hunkering and it feels like I’ll be like this until spring. I want things to settle, connect into the incredibly talented and fantastic maker community here in Vancouver and see where things go.

I looked at a studio this week that is absolute perfection and , wouldn’t you know it, is available in the Spring. This is what I’m thinking in terms of the future. I thought my home studio may work as an ‘open to public’ space once in a while but that doesn’t feel right. Anyhow, a space for a little retail, a little workshop here and there  – I have so many SO many ideas but for now I’m enjoying this hunker time and I’m marinating in my dreams for the future – this is my idea of business planning.

So, until then – no Granville Island Public Markets. I really tried to make this work but the 10 hour intense retail hours market days (tourists ALL day) are too much for me to take on along with my current work schedule and my family.

Clothing uploads will be coming more frequently. I’m in the process of hiring on a few new people here to do some clothing and have reorganized things with my current seamstresses over on the Island. So, the hope is to have more things on the site soon!

 

 

And those Forever Friends! My heart is so taken by these dolls. Something about the length of them (about 20″) and their lankiness is sweet to hug and cuddle. The clothing has been made by my friend Melissa who’s been mixing vintage fabrics, linens, tea stained laces and general fabric deliciousness to create these one of a kind outfits. She has an incredible sense of style and I can see it translated into the dolls. But, most fav part of the dolls is the little pocket in the back of the body. I’ve been slipping some quartz hearts and love notes in them before I send them off. Details like this make me swoon!

And, kits! I do plan on re releasing them back into the fold eventually. It’s something I want to move over here to Vancouver so I need to have things in place here for that to work – so many pieces and people to organize for things to click along. Heads, noses, hair, bodies, fulfillment – so many bits to put together.

It’s been nice ‘chatting’, Friday evening with a mug of tea and good music blogging? This is luxury! Thank you for reading!

xo
Christina

PS My apologies for my delayed in responding to emails lately – I’m trying to stay on top of it but it’s been a bit hard. If you don’t hear from me please bug me and resend – things are getting buried! Customer service stuff is going through Brooke but other stuff is on me and I’m not doing such a great job of keeping on top of it. xo

 

Marie M - October 9, 2015 - 11:34 pm

Everything will come together perfectly. Love and miss you C!

Barbara H - October 10, 2015 - 12:36 am

Enjoy every moment of your hunkering, you are a wise woman to follow effortlessly the path that is in front of you instead of second guessing the direction and pushing towards something that isn’t where your natural flow is going. I commend you for not being afraid of change, for always embracing the next chapter. <3

Jodi Cosper - October 10, 2015 - 7:18 am

Christina,
I think your plan of hunkering down, especially with the colder seasons among us and your new move is a fine idea. Find your space and time with family and things will fall in place! Sounds like a new studio in the Spring will be a great new beginning after a nice hunkering.
You and your ladies make many sacrifices to get us beautiful dolls and we Truely appreciate all that you all do!! So many of us are mothers as well, and we totally understand the juggling of life!

I am looking forward to being in for the long ride with you and Bamboletta.

Love, Jodi

Ps: If you need a sewing mama for clothing or a knitting mama, my very own mama would love to be part of your team. She is amazing. ☺️

Darice - October 10, 2015 - 8:55 am

I am glad things are getting back to normal for you, Ha whatever Normal is. I was getting hubby talked into a trip to Granville someday but I guess not now. I really wanted a Piccolina. Is there anywhere else you will be selling these sweet little ones?
Peace,
Darice

Ann Chizek - October 10, 2015 - 9:18 am

Your future sounds so full of promise. I am so happy for you. More clothing uploads will be so welcome. Thank you for taking such care and love with your dollies and accessories. XO

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