Eyes, Eyes, EYES!

I always have my basket of dollie heads with me .. even stuck in a ferry line up a few weeks ago! It’s sort of like how women knit all the time – it’s just what I do.

As most of you know I put the eyes on all the dolls. I spend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s sitting in my cozy chair meeting each doll and putting on their faces. I’ve had Bamboletta for almost 10 years now and feel so lucky that I’ve been able to narrow my ‘job’ down to thing I find the most fun .. bringing the doll ‘alive’. I’ve tried training someone else before on eyes – we always have training dolls around the shop (it takes a LONG time for someone to learn to sew the dolls) but, to be honest, I abandoned the effort because they just didn’t look ‘right’. They didn’t look like Bamboletta. I sort of get to a point where I think ‘Gah! It’s only me that can do the eyes! No one else!’ and ,well, that’s why I’ve been doing them for 10 years! I like looking over my eyes through the years to see how they’ve progressed and changed and the sort of ‘phases’ I go through with them. Sometimes closer, sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller and sometimes in between.

About a year ago I ended up in the hospital for a few days. The second thing I told John to do was to get the heads so that I can do the eyes for the dolls.  Because of my rate of growth and because we now have so many women who depend on Bamboletta for their income – it’s on me to make sure the dolls are ready to go for the Friday uploads. I’ve never thought of this in a bad way – gosh – I just love how each doll comes out and putting on their sweet faces. Eep – there’s that point that I put on the little smiles that makes my heart go a flutter!

Dang – I hit my mid 30’s and that was it .. all over the reading glasses now! I have about 10 pairs scattered throughout my house and studio because I keep losing them. I need to go get a proper pair with one of those cute beaded things that hang around my neck.

But, with 70 – 80 dolls going into each upload, it’s quite a bit of work.  I also always have a basket of heads with me all the time that I work on during the week as well as doing the complete dolls – it’s just what I do!  The thing is – I sometimes lay awake at 2am thinking ‘OMGosh – what happens if I break my arm?!’ ‘OMGosh what happens if I get really bad carpel tunnel and can’t move my fingers?’ and ‘Gah, I can’t really go on a vacation because I have to make sure the eyes get done.’. Like I said before – not complaining – this is just where I’m at right now. I sort of get freaked out once in a while about the what if’s.

Where the heck is this going, you may ask?  During a little staff get away in  Sooke a few weeks back we got to talking about what we can do about the face sewing and the obvious answer was Brandi! The answer to my conundrum is Brandi!!  She has been working with Bamboletta for about 5 years now – first a few hours a week in my basement to now beyond full time at the studio. She is almost as in love with Bamboletta as I am and she’s really like a sister to me. For YEARS she been saying ‘OH – this is a really cute face!’ when she does the doll hair on Thursdays – so she knows a good face. So ,for a few hours per week, she’s been my Karate Kid and I’ve been her Mr. Miyagi. We have about 250 plus ‘booboo’ dolls – these are dolls that the gals trained on when they learned to sew, dolls that get stained, not stitched right, holes – whatever really – these are the dolls that I end up giving to hospitals and charity toy drives. (As a side note – I gave all our 2011 dolls away – these dolls are just from 2012). So, slowly but surely, Brandi has been going through these dolls one by one with me basically looking over her shoulder. Poor thing – every stitch is scrutinized – I’ve told her countless times to ‘Take it out and do it again’. And , sweet Brandi, smiles and tries her very hardest. She is doing such a great job – amazing actually – they look just like my eyes! She still has another 200 or so dolls to go through before she can help me with upload doll faces so this is her training. This will take months and months before she can do upload doll eyes but it’s the most important job at Bamboletta – it really is – and it will take time.  There is no one more perfect to help me out than Brandi. It’s quite serendipitious actually.

Just snapped this pic of what I have in my basement at home. We have 8 more of these bins at the studio. When these dolls get eyes they end up going to different charitable organizations and hospitals. I may , just may, do a local sale somewhere around the holiday’s. I really miss doing markets and fairs. We’ll see how it goes!

So, what else does this mean? Well, Brandi is no longer doing Frock stuff or shipping stuff. My ‘Make it Hap’n Capt’n’ Brooke has taken over Frock stuff and customer service stuff. It’s so cool to figure out where everyone ‘fits’ as we grow .. nice to see where people can shine!

So, there we have it – the newest development at Bamboletta. This has been one of the biggest things yet – crucial to our sustainability – and it came about so perfectly and at exactly the right time. It’s yet another thing I am so grateful for with how Bamboletta has unfolded .. it’s never been with a plan, it’s always just ‘happened’.

xo
Christina

Brandi working on a group of ladies! They are so happy to get faces!

deborah b. - August 23, 2012 - 11:12 am

great news, i can imagine how scary that’d be to be the ONLY one doing eyes. i’d have what-ifs, too! that little lady whose eyes the lovely brandi has finished is beautiful!!!

linda jt - August 24, 2012 - 8:41 pm

go brandi–it’s your birthday….
now brandi used to work at the post office, right? the one where you would take the dolls to ship off to all of us. but you stole her away–first as part-time and now as more than full time. that’s a sweet story for a very sweet woman. we heart brandi!! and her eyes look fantastic. love this new chapter in the little bamboletta book. 😉

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Mini Giveaway!!!

Hello Friends! It seems like it’s been ages since our last giveaway. Things have been so busy at our little studio lately that our mini giveaways have gone to the wayside…sorry friends  🙁  When Nicole handed us these super cute little backpacks, intended for 15″ dolls, we just HAD to share them with you all!

So this giveaway is for 4 special people!! Each backpack has it’s own cute characteristic, they are made from our lovely felt and have patterned cotton straps, and a velcro closure. SUPER CUTE!! But WAIT! There’s more! Each backpack is going to come with one of our sweet little Pocket Dolls!!!! We are going to choose the winner at random and match them up with a backpack and pocket doll of our choosing! BEST. GIVEAWAY. EVER.

TO ENTER: Please leave a comment on this post. And please, only one comment per household. The 4 winners will be chosen at random and contacted through email. (if we do not hear from you within 24 hours of the contest ending, the prize will go to the next person on the list). The contest closes Tuesday, August 21 st at 1:00pm pdt.

Thank you for entering everyone and good luck!

Much love,

Team Bamboletta

xo

andrea - August 20, 2012 - 3:34 pm

love these

Casz - August 20, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Awesome!

Jennifer Schneider - August 20, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Thanks for this great give away!! You guys rock 🙂

gina - August 20, 2012 - 3:35 pm

love them!! <3

mindy t - August 20, 2012 - 3:35 pm

super cute. My daughters would love this.

Kris Bayes - August 20, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Love these sweet little babies. Would love to share them with my equally sweet little niece!

Janice - August 20, 2012 - 3:36 pm

So sweet! xo

Julie - August 20, 2012 - 3:36 pm

OOoo,, I love, love love these! Thank you so much for the chance!

Jennifer G - August 20, 2012 - 3:36 pm

These are so cute, we would love to win one.

Lee L - August 20, 2012 - 3:36 pm

What a sweet giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

Theresa P - August 20, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Super cute!!!!!

Rebecca - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Aww, these are so cute!

Anita - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Ong! Soooo adorable!

Dawn Umemoto - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

So cute!

Rebecca Kelly - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Just gorgeous lil dolls!! We’d love to give one a home! x

Theresa D - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Adorable idea! 🙂

Theresa B. - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Love giveaways!!!! These are so cute! Thanks for the contest!

melissa - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Fingers crossed. <3 🙂

Katie - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

SO adorable!!!

Stephanie Lynn Collins - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

wow these are the cutest. love to win one.

Stacy - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Oh, love these!!!!

Jenny S - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Oh adorable!!!

kristineH - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

simply adorable!

joni - August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

how sweet!

Kylie - August 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

How cute are these! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

RYANN - August 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

We would LOVE one of these! 🙂

Kary H - August 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Adorable!

James - August 20, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Thank you for the opportunity.

Jennifer - August 20, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Oooh FUN giveaway! TY for the chance!

Reena - August 20, 2012 - 3:39 pm

So cute – would love the chance!

Trish B. - August 20, 2012 - 3:39 pm

adorable!

Heather H - August 20, 2012 - 3:39 pm

SUPER darling! Thanks for the giveaway!

Melany Davy - August 20, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Absolutely gorgeous. The ideas are endless! Welldone on your constant creativity!

Ashlee - August 20, 2012 - 3:40 pm

How Cute! Would love to have one for our Doll!

Katherine G - August 20, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Super Cute!!

Brandy - August 20, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Would love love love for my sweetie to have one of these!

Linda - August 20, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Adorable!!

Liz Helms - August 20, 2012 - 3:41 pm

Love! thank you! <3

Wanda - August 20, 2012 - 3:41 pm

LOVE the PURPLE backpack!!!! LOVE team BAMBOLETTA!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!! =)

Erin Walker - August 20, 2012 - 3:41 pm

We would LOVE a backpack and Pocketdoll!

Erin B - August 20, 2012 - 3:41 pm

You bambos constantly amaze with the cuteness.

Molly McFatridge - August 20, 2012 - 3:42 pm

So cute!!!!!

Darice - August 20, 2012 - 3:42 pm

My granddaughter will love this little doll.

Rachel - August 20, 2012 - 3:42 pm

Love these!!!!

Heather - August 20, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Love these!!!!!

regan - August 20, 2012 - 3:43 pm

cute!!

Conchita - August 20, 2012 - 3:43 pm

You guys are awesome!!

Nikki F - August 20, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Thank you

Kim G. - August 20, 2012 - 3:44 pm

This is so fun! A Bambo with a bambino. 🙂

Vanessa - August 20, 2012 - 3:44 pm

How nice!!

Kristen P - August 20, 2012 - 3:44 pm

So sweet!! Would love to win. 🙂

Holly Donovan - August 20, 2012 - 3:44 pm

I love giveaways and I love your pocket dolls!!!

Amy M. - August 20, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Love those sweet little dolls!!!

Rita - August 20, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Your dolls are beautiful. I especially love their hair, but those pocket dolls are super cute too!

Genny - August 20, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Eep! Sooooooooo cute!

Nikki B - August 20, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Eek!

Jenna - August 20, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Oh so cute!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Jill Cruz - August 20, 2012 - 3:45 pm

This is the cutest giveaway ever! What a dream!

Rebekah - August 20, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Super cute!

Melissa - August 20, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Love it!

Jenny - August 20, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Im so excited!

Angie Burgett - August 20, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Goodness…those are just the cutest things ever!!! <3

Mme. Ragot - August 20, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Thank you!

Mary Jo Ali - August 20, 2012 - 3:46 pm

My son would love one of these for his little buddy! 🙂 It would be so cute to see him wearing his buddy who would be wearing his little buddy from Bamboletta! 🙂

Karyn G. - August 20, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Adorable!

Cori L - August 20, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Oh wow. How cute would this be for back-to-school!!

Jen Huston - August 20, 2012 - 3:46 pm

These are so sweet! Lovely giveaway. You’re going to make 4 little ones very happy!!!

Linsay - August 20, 2012 - 3:46 pm

This is absolutely adorable!! We have been trying for a pocket doll for a long time and would love to welcome one into our home 🙂

Nancy K - August 20, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Best giveaway ever, indeed! Thx for the chance 😀

Renea Pike - August 20, 2012 - 3:47 pm

this is a great giveaway!! Thanks so much!

Julie G - August 20, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Love them 🙂

Michelle J - August 20, 2012 - 3:47 pm

I would love one of these little cuties!

Lisa Hayes - August 20, 2012 - 3:47 pm

I would like to win these, super cute!

Bonnie - August 20, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Cutest giveaway EVER

Sarah - August 20, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Love

Denise - August 20, 2012 - 3:48 pm

So cute!!

Natalie W - August 20, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Thank you!

Rebecca - August 20, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Adorable! Thanks for the chance 😀

Trinity Dawn Maura - August 20, 2012 - 3:48 pm

This really is the coolest giveaway yet! I always love seeing what the talented Bamboletta ladies come up with each week.

Michelle - August 20, 2012 - 3:48 pm

OMGOMGOMGOMG These are too cute for words!!!!

Amy N - August 20, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Those are the cutest! Hope one finds its way to us.

Nichole Miller - August 20, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Love

Mindy - August 20, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Love them! thanks for the chance!

victoria - August 20, 2012 - 3:49 pm

I have been trying SOOO hard fro a pocket doll!! love these SOO much- and the backbacks man you guys at bambo never ceace to amaze!!!

Heidi Murray - August 20, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Oh how adorable! I would so love to win one of these little beauties! Love what you all do!

Lindsay Adams - August 20, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Would love to win!

Meredith Speirs - August 20, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Wow. They are super cute.

karalisa - August 20, 2012 - 3:50 pm

so cute!!!! thanks!!

jessica Jones Holton - August 20, 2012 - 3:50 pm

These are adorable!! My little girl would love to win! 🙂

Joyce Johnson - August 20, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Fun giveaway! Love these

Vivienne - August 20, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Too cute!! Our Bambo would love to babywear! Thanks for the chance. <3

Erin Moss - August 20, 2012 - 3:50 pm

As always- crossing my whole body!

JennJK - August 20, 2012 - 3:50 pm

so cute! 🙂 thanks for the chance!

Brandi - August 20, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Bery cute. Perfect for back to school

Erin - August 20, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Tallulah would love one of these backpacks! An the pocket dolls are hands down the best things for Church. We can always use another one.

Laura Taylor - August 20, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Me!

Melissa Romandy - August 20, 2012 - 3:51 pm

So generous!

Marie - August 20, 2012 - 3:52 pm

=0) We’d love a pocket doll!

Theresa - August 20, 2012 - 3:52 pm

oh how sweet of you ♥

Suzi c - August 20, 2012 - 3:52 pm

Thanks for the chance!

Kelly - August 20, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Adorable!! xo

Jai Conroy - August 20, 2012 - 3:53 pm

I love these!

Kaatje Pitzer - August 20, 2012 - 3:54 pm

My dd would love this! She absolutely adores bags & we don have a doll yet! So sweet & perfect! Thanks for doing these giveaways!

Keiran - August 20, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Love them!

Amber Pembleton - August 20, 2012 - 3:54 pm

I love the backpacks! so sweet! thank you for the opportunity!

kara - August 20, 2012 - 3:55 pm

these are the cutest things that i have ever seen!

Tara - August 20, 2012 - 3:55 pm

These are beautiful dolls!

Sarah - August 20, 2012 - 3:56 pm

So cute!!!

Jennifer - August 20, 2012 - 3:56 pm

I would love to get one of these… they are adorable.

Gothammom - August 20, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Just what Chrysanthemum needs to go back to school (that’s what our daughter named her doll).

Andrea Swan - August 20, 2012 - 3:56 pm

ok, how adorable are these???? my daughter would love one…both she and her bambo could have new backpacks just in time for jr. kindergarten!

Stefanie Turley - August 20, 2012 - 3:56 pm

So cute and love that they are from the island!

ashley - August 20, 2012 - 3:56 pm

oh, they are all adorable!! what a wonderful giveaway!!

Tracy - August 20, 2012 - 3:57 pm

*crosses fingers* I hope I win!

Cassandra - August 20, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Yay!! How fun!!! Thank You Ladies (and Jon)!

Lauren Johnson - August 20, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Cute!

Heather - August 20, 2012 - 3:57 pm

It IS the best giveaway ever! Love those little pocket dolls. And with litte backpacks? SO CUTE.

Monique - August 20, 2012 - 3:57 pm

These are too cute!! I love the little pocket dolls. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Heather Giacometti - August 20, 2012 - 3:58 pm

These are absolutely adorable! I love your work.

Elaina - August 20, 2012 - 3:58 pm

Auler super cuteness!!!

suzan kostiuck - August 20, 2012 - 3:59 pm

so adorable!

Carol - August 20, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Unique and TERRIFIC!!

Jennifer - August 20, 2012 - 3:59 pm

me, please!

Robynn - August 20, 2012 - 4:00 pm

LOVE– love!!

deborah b. - August 20, 2012 - 4:00 pm

oh, please pick me!!!!! my daughter would go crazy for this and it’s almost her birthday. thanks for the chance.

Celeste J W - August 20, 2012 - 4:00 pm

This is by far THE BEST giveaway EVER!!! WOOT! 😀

Abby Heineman - August 20, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Ooo, a belated birthday gift for my one year old!!!

Lissa T - August 20, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Eep!! They are super cute! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

Danielle Young - August 20, 2012 - 4:00 pm

So cute!

michelle Yager-French - August 20, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Oh please pick me! Love it!

Carrie - August 20, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Love this giveaway!! Thanks so much!

Bonnie B. - August 20, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Please, please pick me 😀

KristinaS - August 20, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Sooo cute!!! thank you ladies!!!!

angie wuser - August 20, 2012 - 4:01 pm

I want one!!!

Brenna - August 20, 2012 - 4:01 pm

Adorable!

Jamie D - August 20, 2012 - 4:02 pm

These are adorable!

lynette linton - August 20, 2012 - 4:02 pm

OH how I would LOve one of these !

Samantha Riddle - August 20, 2012 - 4:02 pm

Fantastic idea – you guys are VERY clever 🙂

Nikki Mullen - August 20, 2012 - 4:02 pm

So cute! We would love one in our house! 🙂

Jen - August 20, 2012 - 4:02 pm

Thank you for the chance!

Karen - August 20, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Love these!!

Alexis W. - August 20, 2012 - 4:03 pm

awwww, so cute!

mark - August 20, 2012 - 4:03 pm

these are so great!! 🙂

Milagros - August 20, 2012 - 4:04 pm

I would love this for my little one! It is so adorable!

gena - August 20, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Eeek!! how cute!!! pick me 🙂

claire el - August 20, 2012 - 4:04 pm

So adorable! We would love to have one.

Tanya siman - August 20, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Soo sooo love these!! And so would my daughter!!

katie gregg - August 20, 2012 - 4:05 pm

omgeeeeeeee how cute are these!!!!!!!!

Becky Doerr - August 20, 2012 - 4:05 pm

Soooooo stinkin’ cute!!

Angelika - August 20, 2012 - 4:05 pm

You are all so generous with the giveaways! Thank you for the opportunity!

Spencer - August 20, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Thanks for the chance lovely ladies <3

Jo Hartnett - August 20, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Wow you guys just never lose sight of the big picture do you!! Despite being a big global business you still remember your customers 🙂
Love your wee pocket dolls. Adorable!!!

Brandy Markey - August 20, 2012 - 4:07 pm

These are adorable!

Korin - August 20, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Love!!! How stinkin adorable!

Lindsay - August 20, 2012 - 4:08 pm

these are so adorable!

jeannette holt - August 20, 2012 - 4:09 pm

How cute are these! love them 🙂

Kimi - August 20, 2012 - 4:10 pm

🙂

Christine H - August 20, 2012 - 4:10 pm

Fingers crossed! So cute…

Jodi - August 20, 2012 - 4:10 pm

We’d love a wee backpack. Thanks!

Carolyn - August 20, 2012 - 4:10 pm

Awwww baby wearing babies!!!! So sweet! And you guys are so sweet too 🙂

Heather Johnson - August 20, 2012 - 4:10 pm

This is soo fantastic!! I love those cute pocket dolls!!

nikki k - August 20, 2012 - 4:11 pm

super fun! thanks <3

Kathleen - August 20, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Love them!!

Vnessa8888@yahoo.com - August 20, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Very cute!!!!

Jessi - August 20, 2012 - 4:13 pm

So cute!

Sarah - August 20, 2012 - 4:13 pm

What a great giveaway!

Dawn-Marie Wolsey - August 20, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Oh me please!!

Claire - August 20, 2012 - 4:13 pm

The pocket babies are so adorable! I need one to put in my grand-daughter’s stocking.

Athena - August 20, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Oh wow! this is seriously the most fun giveaway!! thanks for the chance and may the odds be ever in my favor. Love you guys!

Marina - August 20, 2012 - 4:13 pm

So cute!! What a great giveaway!

Kari - August 20, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Cute!

Kristi Williamson - August 20, 2012 - 4:14 pm

LOVE These 🙂 Absolutely precious!!

Lauryn C - August 20, 2012 - 4:14 pm

So cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

Sarah C - August 20, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Team Bambo, you’ve outdone yourselves yet again!Gorgeous!

Katie C. - August 20, 2012 - 4:14 pm

How beautiful!

LisaS - August 20, 2012 - 4:15 pm

So sweet!

Kathleen Lester - August 20, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Aww, what a sweet giveaway! Thank you so much for the chance to win 🙂

Ang Wilson - August 20, 2012 - 4:15 pm

These are too cute! Love the opportunity since we missed the Frocks of the Month with the backpack that just came! Super cute!

Amanda C - August 20, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Cuteness overload! Would love a pocket doll of our own!

Teresa Brown - August 20, 2012 - 4:15 pm

What a lovely gift!

Jennifer K - August 20, 2012 - 4:16 pm

So incredibly cute!!

Melissa prescott - August 20, 2012 - 4:16 pm

How very nice and there sure are going to be 4 very lucky people

Christy Campbell - August 20, 2012 - 4:16 pm

Would love to win those sweet little babies 🙂

Kristen H. - August 20, 2012 - 4:16 pm

So cute!

Lisa N - August 20, 2012 - 4:16 pm

how cute!!!

Sarah styles - August 20, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Those are so cute!

Kara - August 20, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Love these!

Alexandria S. - August 20, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Adorable!

Amy Miedema - August 20, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Awesome

Kennita mains - August 20, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Too cute

Josefine - August 20, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Love these!

Morgan - August 20, 2012 - 4:18 pm

<3 love them!

casey u - August 20, 2012 - 4:19 pm

So cute for back to school

Allison - August 20, 2012 - 4:20 pm

So fun! Thanks for the chance!

Aleta Wills - August 20, 2012 - 4:20 pm

how utterly adorable – my girls would love one!!!

Jade B. - August 20, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Well if these are not the sweetest thing I’ve seen all day! SO super cute!!!

Jackie Fuller Lattanzio - August 20, 2012 - 4:21 pm

I have 2 full size Bamboletta girls and would absolutely love to win a cute back pack and adorable Pocket Doll!! Keeping my fingers crossed!!! 🙂

Kristin - August 20, 2012 - 4:22 pm

ohhh, so cute! Maeve would love it!

Dawn mckeel - August 20, 2012 - 4:22 pm

How sweet! <3 them!

Lola - August 20, 2012 - 4:23 pm

So sweet!!!

Annette - August 20, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Yay! This is adorable!

Michelle Fox - August 20, 2012 - 4:23 pm

So cute, would love a set. Maybe the only way to get the ever elusive pocket doll 🙂 Thanks for a great giveaway.

ashley - August 20, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Me please! Thank you so much!

Brie - August 20, 2012 - 4:24 pm

So cute! Fingers crossed!

Robin - August 20, 2012 - 4:25 pm

oooh! these should be a regular item for sale!

ThAmo - August 20, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Crossing fingers… Now!

Mehgan Perez - August 20, 2012 - 4:25 pm

SOOOOOOOOO cute!!!!!

Bree - August 20, 2012 - 4:26 pm

What a sweet giveaway! I know a little girl who would love this 🙂

Joyce Hermans - August 20, 2012 - 4:26 pm

My Ellie girl would love a Bamboletta doll.

Nina Hudson - August 20, 2012 - 4:26 pm

How gorgeous 🙂

Kristen K - August 20, 2012 - 4:26 pm

ooo how fun!

Susan Kim - August 20, 2012 - 4:26 pm

My daughter would love this!

Kim Wolke - August 20, 2012 - 4:28 pm

So cute! 🙂

Karen - August 20, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Oh I love it!

angela pravettoni - August 20, 2012 - 4:28 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE. This would be such a wonderful birthday present for my little girl on September 14th!
You guys are awesome!

Melinda Phillips - August 20, 2012 - 4:29 pm

They are so adorable! What a lovely giveaway 🙂

Mia Jones - August 20, 2012 - 4:29 pm

So adorable, would love this!

Dana Williams - August 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm

So Stinkin Cute! Tessa (DD Bambo) would love a little doll!

Viola - August 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Would love to win.Thanks so much!

felicia - August 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Too cute for words!

Natalie - August 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Super sweet! Love the felt pieces on the backpacks. Poppy looks lovely – I hope she has one of her own 🙂

Tanya Wellburn - August 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm

These are so cute!! What a wonderful surprise for a Monday 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

melissa tanner - August 20, 2012 - 4:32 pm

would love a chance thanks

Rebecca - August 20, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Love!!

Angie S. - August 20, 2012 - 4:32 pm

SO cute! Would love this.

Monica - August 20, 2012 - 4:32 pm

These are DARLING and Emma (and I) would love one for our dolls!! Thank you for such a sweet opportunity. ♥

Cheryl Clinton - August 20, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Would love a chance! We love bamboletta!

Traci Walker - August 20, 2012 - 4:33 pm

These are adorable!

Lin - August 20, 2012 - 4:33 pm

Love them!!

carrie mc w - August 20, 2012 - 4:34 pm

so darling!

Evonne - August 20, 2012 - 4:36 pm

So cute and I have been trying for a pocket doll!

Rebecca Kolkow - August 20, 2012 - 4:37 pm

How sweet! We would love one at our house!

T Lynn - August 20, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Cute!

Marianne Butler - August 20, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Oh for goodness sake!!! Those are too cute! I love the applique details. Please, oh please, pick me!!!!!!

Kim - August 20, 2012 - 4:40 pm

My daughter Emma would Love these – I’m planning on getting her a big doll once we can afford it, but her birthday is this Wednesday (8/22) it would be great to win !!

Kelly - August 20, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Oh they are cute. I know my daughter would treasure a pocket doll!

Meghann - August 20, 2012 - 4:41 pm

This is adorable!

Caroline Terlaje - August 20, 2012 - 4:41 pm

So cute!!! Love them!!!

Erica hall - August 20, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Oh. My. Word!

Libbi - August 20, 2012 - 4:44 pm

How cute are those?? We would love one for sure 🙂 Thanks for another awesome giveaway 🙂

Pam - August 20, 2012 - 4:44 pm

This is adorable! Thank you for the give away

Jennie - August 20, 2012 - 4:44 pm

This is an amazing giveaway!! Thanks 🙂

Cara - August 20, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Eep! Cutest thing ever!

Kate P - August 20, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Cutest accessorie EVER!

Donna Johnson - August 20, 2012 - 4:45 pm

So cute! Thanks for the chance.

Diane - August 20, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Soi cute!

Aimee C - August 20, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Too cute! I would love to win one!

Jennifer Palmer - August 20, 2012 - 4:46 pm

These are wayyy too cute!!!

Ann Mickunas - August 20, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Super cute! My almost three year old went crazy when she saw the picture.

Rita Reynolds - August 20, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Adorable!!!

Jennifer L. - August 20, 2012 - 4:47 pm

Would love one!! Just adorable!!

Brittany - August 20, 2012 - 4:47 pm

thanks for the chance,this is adorable!

Chrystel Oschipok - August 20, 2012 - 4:48 pm

So sweet!

tree - August 20, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Oh…i just love them all! Thank you for the chance!

janet - August 20, 2012 - 4:49 pm

please me!!!!

Sharla - August 20, 2012 - 4:50 pm

So cool! 🙂

Alye King - August 20, 2012 - 4:51 pm

Love 😀

sara - August 20, 2012 - 4:51 pm

oh so cute! i would love to win this great give-a-way prize 🙂

mary - August 20, 2012 - 4:52 pm

so cute! what a fun back to school giveaway! 🙂

Sarah H - August 20, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Me please!

Stacy W - August 20, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Very cute!Thank you!

Ida Norwood - August 20, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Adorable! I would love to win. Thanks for the fun!

Vanessa - August 20, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Adorable!!!!!

Tracy - August 20, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Wow! Amazingly cute!

Tracy - August 20, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Oh my gosh my daughter would love this!

grace lemberski - August 20, 2012 - 4:59 pm

I would love to be one of the winner !!!!

Lesley W - August 20, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Cute! Thanks for the chance 😉

Jess - August 20, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Oh. So. Precious!I’m in love! Perfect size for my little cutie!

Rhonda F - August 20, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Precious giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!!

Wendy - August 20, 2012 - 5:00 pm

ack! so cute!!!

Mary Jane - August 20, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Just darling!!

kim - August 20, 2012 - 5:02 pm

very sweet!!

Sharon Paton - August 20, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Love these, so sweet!

Melissa - August 20, 2012 - 5:07 pm

What a cute idea!

Kendra - August 20, 2012 - 5:08 pm

These backpacks are Uber-cuteness and we have always wanted a pocket doll for a daycare snuggle buddy! Thank you for the opportunity! Bamboletta is the best!

Angie - August 20, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Love them! Thank you for the chance!!

Lisa C - August 20, 2012 - 5:09 pm

omg, HELLO CUTENESS!!

Jessica - August 20, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Love, Love, LOVE!!!! So cute 🙂

Kristi - August 20, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Eeeek! I would love one of these!! <3

Jenny S - August 20, 2012 - 5:12 pm

How cute!!!

Casey A - August 20, 2012 - 5:13 pm

How sweet, a great givaway to start a new year of school!

Alyssa C - August 20, 2012 - 5:14 pm

omg! these are sooo adorable 🙂 Awesome giveaway!!

Sue B. - August 20, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Go ahead! Make my day! 🙂 Love it!

Linda - August 20, 2012 - 5:14 pm

So kind. Us please. 🙂

Amy Fisher - August 20, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Woo hoo! thanks 🙂

Michelle F. - August 20, 2012 - 5:16 pm

Super cute!

stacy h - August 20, 2012 - 5:17 pm

super cute!!

Mandy - August 20, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Me me me me! Awesome giveaway:)

Rebecca GM - August 20, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Wow! These are so, so cute! Love them! Thanks for the chance. <3

Jenn A - August 20, 2012 - 5:21 pm

Awesome giveaway!!! SOOOO CUTE!!:)

Barbie Harwell - August 20, 2012 - 5:21 pm

So cute!! Thanks!

Michelle Q - August 20, 2012 - 5:22 pm

So cute!

Rebecca - August 20, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Oh, a muneca for our muneca! Swooning at the cuteness!

Patsy - August 20, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Super cute!

Heidi J - August 20, 2012 - 5:25 pm

So nice! These are super sweet!

Jennifer Kauzlarich - August 20, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Love the dolls, they are so cute. What a nice birthday present too.

Melissa - August 20, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Really really cute!

DeRae - August 20, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Thank you for the opportunity!!! <3

Katherine Caine- Pollock - August 20, 2012 - 5:29 pm

How sweet. I know Mj and her brothers would love that:)

Susie - August 20, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Oh my gosh, so so sooooo cute! The sweetest little package for sure!

Alanna George - August 20, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Our dolls need a backpack for back-to-school! Fun giveaway 😉

Brenda Bell - August 20, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Thanks for the chance to bring a cutie home to one of my girls. We appreciate everything you guys have done over the years! xoxo

Susie - August 20, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Oh my….how I love these sweet dolls:) I would love to have one of these little backpacks….so cute! Thanks for offering to us:)

Bernetta - August 20, 2012 - 5:33 pm

How cute is that!

Sasha - August 20, 2012 - 5:36 pm

You gals are so awesome!

Holly Hoch - August 20, 2012 - 5:36 pm

How fun! Thanks for sharing the cuteness! 🙂

Bronwyn - August 20, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Live 🙂

jen - August 20, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Pick me! Pick me!

Kandis - August 20, 2012 - 5:38 pm

way too fun!

maria - August 20, 2012 - 5:41 pm

ooh a doll for our doll!

Tracy H - August 20, 2012 - 5:42 pm

my daughter loves itty bitties… those pocket dolls would be perfect!

Madi - August 20, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Would <3 this 🙂

Jessica James - August 20, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Those are super cute!!!

Leah Killian - August 20, 2012 - 5:45 pm

These are super cute! 🙂 You guys are always so generous.

sue - August 20, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Soooooooooooooo Cute!!

Kelly T Garcia - August 20, 2012 - 5:45 pm

My little twins would love one of these to play with! Thank you!

Stephanie - August 20, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Adorable!!!

Michelle P - August 20, 2012 - 5:46 pm

SO SO SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shelly Mogensen - August 20, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Sooo cute! My daughter calls them Pack Packs! 🙂

Andrea - August 20, 2012 - 5:46 pm

My daughter’s favorite color is purple, she would love one of these back packs for her doll Blanche. Just in time for back to school too! She starts Kindergarten… I hope I am lucky to win one for her. Thanks for the fun give away.

Allie - August 20, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Such a cute idea!!

Heather Salmeron - August 20, 2012 - 5:51 pm

Cute!

Jenn Khurshid - August 20, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Those are totally cute!!!

Pam L. - August 20, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Oh my…. how adorable!!!

Christine Foley - August 20, 2012 - 5:53 pm

Too cute!!!!!

andria fontenot - August 20, 2012 - 5:53 pm

love love this!

Cris - August 20, 2012 - 6:01 pm

so cute – must have!!

Tamara Batson - August 20, 2012 - 6:02 pm

So sweet!

Susan B* - August 20, 2012 - 6:03 pm

OMG – Love!!!! So Adorbs!!! Thanks for another amazing give away =)

krista - August 20, 2012 - 6:05 pm

These are adorable…perfect accessory for back to school 🙂

Lisa briones - August 20, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Super cute! Thanks for the chance!

Elizabeth Dahle - August 20, 2012 - 6:09 pm

My Grandniece is getting a Bamboletta doll for her fifth birthday and I am madly sewing doll clothes for her. As well, I am making her a wicker pram and a closet to store all the clothes. A backpack would be a fitting complement. Your dolls are wonderful and I look forward to dressing her doll royally. When her mother was the same age, I spent a year sewing doll clothes for her doll. I like the continuity. And one day, perhaps, I shall sew clothes for my grandniece’s daughter’s doll. It is a lovely thought. Elizabeth

Traci - August 20, 2012 - 6:10 pm

You have such a great imagination! These are the cutest ever.

Lisa - August 20, 2012 - 6:13 pm

how adorable 🙂

Sue. Llewellyn - August 20, 2012 - 6:13 pm

So cute. Would love to win. Thanks.

Catherine - August 20, 2012 - 6:16 pm

These are the sweetest backpacks! I love the idea! Thanks for offering a giveaway!

Hugs team Bamboletta!
Catherine

Jackie Fornetti - August 20, 2012 - 6:17 pm

So awesome!! Thanks.

Stacey P - August 20, 2012 - 6:18 pm

Adorable!!!

kinta mader - August 20, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Too cute!

Jennyroo - August 20, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Love these sweet babies!

Katherine - August 20, 2012 - 6:20 pm

So sweet!

Krista Chileshe - August 20, 2012 - 6:21 pm

a perfect size bambo for a newborn. 🙂

Melanie - August 20, 2012 - 6:26 pm

Hope to win. Would make a little girl VERY happy!!

Darci - August 20, 2012 - 6:28 pm

Eeep, they are darling!! *fingers crossed* 😉

Monique Osborn - August 20, 2012 - 6:29 pm

So cute! This would be perfect for my daughters 6th birthday.

Barb - August 20, 2012 - 6:29 pm

Such a sweet give-away! My kids would love playing with it.

Erin - August 20, 2012 - 6:29 pm

Ooh! So cute 🙂

Sherry L. - August 20, 2012 - 6:30 pm

So cute thanks for the chance!

april - August 20, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Love it!

celine - August 20, 2012 - 6:34 pm

this could be my lucky day……. thanks for the chance!! 😉

Brittany - August 20, 2012 - 6:39 pm

Would LOVE to win one, they are all sooo cute! 🙂

Robin - August 20, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Oh my goodness! How do you guys come up with this stuff? These are adorable!

Christina - August 20, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Ohhhhh, my darling girl has been wanting a pocket doll forever. Thanks for another fantastic giveaway! I’m crossing my fingers & my toes. 🙂

Jennifer P - August 20, 2012 - 6:44 pm

The sweetest!

Deb - August 20, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Please add my name to the list, and Thanks!!

Anna - August 20, 2012 - 6:47 pm

Thanks for the chance C!

Shannon H. - August 20, 2012 - 6:53 pm

So special and sweet!

Amy - August 20, 2012 - 6:53 pm

We would love these!! Amy@evystree.com

Rachelle - August 20, 2012 - 6:55 pm

These are adorable!! 🙂

Lindsay - August 20, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Super cute! Our Porsche would love one!
Thank you as always.

Melissa - August 20, 2012 - 7:00 pm

I love this giveaway!! I would so thrilled to win!

Kimberly - August 20, 2012 - 7:06 pm

SO sweet. What a generous offer. Thanks for the opportunity. :O)

Jacqueline - August 20, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Love this!

Vicki M - August 20, 2012 - 7:10 pm

! What an amazing giveaway! Us please!

Susan - August 20, 2012 - 7:12 pm

So cute!

Shana - August 20, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Adorable!

Darien - August 20, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Love them….adorable!

Laurie Schwartz - August 20, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Am in love with these little cuties! Would love one for my little girl!

Karen Robohm - August 20, 2012 - 7:24 pm

Oh my so cute…

Leanne Plester - August 20, 2012 - 7:24 pm

Such a great give away! You guys are great!

Laura - August 20, 2012 - 7:27 pm

Fun!

Nicole M. - August 20, 2012 - 7:27 pm

So adorable! Thank you for the opportunity to enter, and thank you for all that you do!

Mary Goldberg - August 20, 2012 - 7:34 pm

These are so cute. Thank you for this opportunity.

Robin Savona - August 20, 2012 - 7:36 pm

eep! eep! can not control myself these sweeties are the best! my year has not been the best, i watch your site for a chance to win, here it is! these little pocket pals and backpacks make my heart sing. please pick me! i need a change of luck so badly!

Bridget - August 20, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Super adorable!

Tara - August 20, 2012 - 7:38 pm

So cute!

Shannon Boyd - August 20, 2012 - 7:40 pm

SOO extremely cute!!

NAJ - August 20, 2012 - 7:46 pm

ohmystars! cutest giveaway ever!

Jill English - August 20, 2012 - 7:48 pm

These little ones are adorable!

Andrea - August 20, 2012 - 7:51 pm

Love it!!!!

Kristina L. - August 20, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Woo Hoo!!!!!

Katina - August 20, 2012 - 8:03 pm

How sweet of you!!

Cheryl - August 20, 2012 - 8:04 pm

How ridiculously cute!!!!

jen - August 20, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Ooohh those are just adorable!!

Tamar - August 20, 2012 - 8:14 pm

Love it!

Bella - August 20, 2012 - 8:15 pm

Waiting 3 yrs for a piece of bamboletta life !

Aileen - August 20, 2012 - 8:16 pm

Super cute!

Matilda - August 20, 2012 - 8:18 pm

Thank you!

Jackie - August 20, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Love the pocket babies! Far too cute.

Carlin Flubacker - August 20, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Yay! Love giveaways!!

Renae K - August 20, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Love you Guys…You Rock

Kimberly R. - August 20, 2012 - 8:41 pm

Wow! What a great giveaway!
Thank you for the chance. 🙂

Shana B. - August 20, 2012 - 8:45 pm

So very cute! Crossing my fingers 🙂

Linda Greenwood - August 20, 2012 - 8:52 pm

You guys come up with the best ideas! A great big thank you from a very loyal fan.

Amanda - August 20, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Super sweet!!

Shala - August 20, 2012 - 9:00 pm

What a great idea!

Michelle - August 20, 2012 - 9:19 pm

Thank you very very much!! 🙂

mandy m - August 20, 2012 - 9:19 pm

Love these!

Anne - August 20, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Awesome!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for the chance!!!!

Liza - August 20, 2012 - 9:33 pm

I luv giveaways!!

Lisa - August 20, 2012 - 9:34 pm

You are always so generous! Thanks for a chance. They are super cute!

Machella - August 20, 2012 - 9:36 pm

LOVE these! Thank you for your generosity 🙂

Sara - August 20, 2012 - 9:46 pm

If cute was a country, I’d vote for you!

Josh L. - August 20, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Would love to have one of these for my sweet daughter. Thank you for creating such wonderful products.

Heather - August 20, 2012 - 10:24 pm

Would be thrilled to win!!!

Jasmine M - August 20, 2012 - 10:26 pm

These are so amazing! Thanks so much for another giveaway! We would love to win one here!!!

Angie D - August 20, 2012 - 10:27 pm

Super cute! Thank you for the chance

Nicole Crane - August 20, 2012 - 10:30 pm

So cute! My daughter (and her doll) would love this.

katharine - August 20, 2012 - 10:40 pm

WOW!! Adorable, Team Bamboletta!! Such a sweet giveaway – thank you for the chance to win! Those little lovelies would be well loved at our house.

chris - August 20, 2012 - 10:41 pm

ultra cute!what a great idea.

Ann P - August 20, 2012 - 10:50 pm

Me please. Thank you.

Laura - August 20, 2012 - 10:51 pm

Awesomeness!!

Samantha McDonald - August 20, 2012 - 10:51 pm

Yay!!! How sweet!

Meghan - August 20, 2012 - 11:10 pm

Cute!

Ann Kilbreath - August 20, 2012 - 11:14 pm

Thanks for the giveaway.

Laurie Green - August 20, 2012 - 11:41 pm

Adorable!!!

Stacey Camp - August 20, 2012 - 11:41 pm

Aww! They are so sweet! Thank you for the opportunity to win and we will keep our fingers crossed 🙂

Abigail - August 20, 2012 - 11:42 pm

What a fab give away, thanks for the chance to win!

MJ - August 20, 2012 - 11:43 pm

So super sweet, thanks for a chance to win!

Bea - August 20, 2012 - 11:56 pm

Oh, boy, what adorable 4 cuites! I really wish to win them 🙂

Tania - August 21, 2012 - 12:35 am

love it!

Jane - August 21, 2012 - 12:41 am

Those are so sweet. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Ellen - August 21, 2012 - 1:51 am

what wonderful prizes!

Lisa - August 21, 2012 - 2:13 am

Cute!

Michelle C - August 21, 2012 - 2:32 am

Adorable.

Shannon T - August 21, 2012 - 2:47 am

Oh my gosh, they are adorable! I’d love to win, my daughters 2nd bday is coming up and she needs a bambo; these are the perfect size!

Laura - August 21, 2012 - 2:56 am

Hoping to win these for my daughters doll:) dolly is one of the family

Lisa - August 21, 2012 - 3:50 am

Love these <3

Chrisine B - August 21, 2012 - 3:55 am

OMG cutest thing ever!!!! LOVE 🙂

Julie - August 21, 2012 - 4:53 am

Oh! So adorable!!!

MarieHa - August 21, 2012 - 4:58 am

They are all amazing, but I love the red one with white polka dots:-)

lauren blake - August 21, 2012 - 5:01 am

Fingers crossed!!!

Jennifer Dewar-Ball - August 21, 2012 - 5:20 am

Love those sweet little backpacks perfect to par up with your little ones going to school x – Jennie

Mimi I - August 21, 2012 - 5:22 am

That is so adorable! My daughter would love it for her doll Brooke. Thanks for the chance.

Madeline Alsworth - August 21, 2012 - 5:23 am

These new little creations are adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa - August 21, 2012 - 5:27 am

Absolutely Adorable! Thanks so much for the chance!!

Felicia Adkins - August 21, 2012 - 6:00 am

Such a sweet giveaway!!!!

wendy - August 21, 2012 - 6:01 am

Adorable!!

Carmarearick - August 21, 2012 - 6:05 am

My kiddos would love these! Thanks for the chance!

Caroline - August 21, 2012 - 6:05 am

These are adorable!

michelle - August 21, 2012 - 6:22 am

These are so cute, the little backpacks are great 🙂

Adrienne walker - August 21, 2012 - 6:28 am

They are soooooooooo adorable!!!

Anne - August 21, 2012 - 7:03 am

Perfect for the back to school season!

Shana - August 21, 2012 - 7:08 am

So sweet!! Perfect for back to school 🙂

Lisa - August 21, 2012 - 7:14 am

Would love a new baby in our house.

Shelly Gudmunsen - August 21, 2012 - 7:24 am

Thanks!

Mila - August 21, 2012 - 7:42 am

Oh so cute!!!

Bev - August 21, 2012 - 8:20 am

All are very sweet. Thanks for the opportunity. : )

Anita - August 21, 2012 - 8:27 am

So cute!! I love the pocket dolls!

Shelly Heath - August 21, 2012 - 8:28 am

♥!!!!

Crystal - August 21, 2012 - 8:42 am

Very cute!! I’m in love with bambolettas!!

Tara A - August 21, 2012 - 9:17 am

Oh this is the best giveaway ever! I am expecting a new babe this fall and will be a daily wearer. I would just love if my 4yr old Evie could play babywearing with her bambo too.
Thanks for the chance and these are seriously so cute- good job Nicole <3

krista - August 21, 2012 - 9:24 am

what a cute giveaway!

Tami-Lyn Stephen - August 21, 2012 - 9:25 am

Such a cute idea! fingures crossed 😉

Atarah - August 21, 2012 - 9:55 am

Thank you for your generosity! How fun!

Mina - August 21, 2012 - 9:58 am

Yeayy ! I just love giveaways ! I love your dolls! Thank you Bamboletta for the little girl I still am inside and who dreams about your cute Pocket Dolls… 😉

Shannon G - August 21, 2012 - 10:12 am

Oh my gosh, those are so adorable!

Lisa W - August 21, 2012 - 10:12 am

So stinking cute!!

melina - August 21, 2012 - 10:38 am

Super cute 🙂

Christina - August 21, 2012 - 10:57 am

So fun and cute!

Andrea - August 21, 2012 - 12:02 pm

My little mama would love these!

Athena - August 21, 2012 - 12:20 pm

CUTEST EVER! 🙂

Tammy - August 21, 2012 - 12:27 pm

such sweet, sweet little backpack babies!!

cheryl - August 21, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Yes, This is the Best Back to School Giveaway Ever, or a way to have your Bamboletta go to school with you because now she/he has a backpack…Love it! Thanks!

Amanda Rae Smith - August 21, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Great product idea! Super cute!

Lori Savage - August 21, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Would love to win one for my little lady!

Thanks!

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Banking!

Our display over at the Duncan branch of Coast Capital Savings where we are the ‘Featured Business’. Not such a great pic, but you get the gist!

I’ve pretty much funded Bamboletta using a Visa card. I’ve done this sort of backwards – no business plan, no investment or bank loan – I literally would throw every penny I made back into Bamboletta buying more fabrics, more wool and more yarns. I was lucky because for the first few years John was working (and so was I) and I was in the position where I could do that. Anyhow, time has come now that I need to have something in the bank – more as a cushion or to take be able to take advantage of great yarn sales or something like that. When you grow a business like this and have 30 plus peeps to pay you really to fly by the seat of your pants some times!

I didn’t think asking the bank for a line of credit would be an issue at all. Pop in, chat, show them some paperwork, etc.  We have a house (mortgaged and very modest – but still), car, and almost 10 years of records of Bamboletta’s growth. Jeesh, was I ever in for a surprise! I went into a Big Bank (who will remain unnamed) to speak to a business specialist and ,man, I don’t think I’ve ever been so humiliated in my life. They wanted nothing short of my first born – seriously! I wasn’t even asking for a loan! Just a line of credit. It was horrible – I shudder thinking back to those few weeks of trying to appease them. Finally, I thought, ‘ENOUGH!  It can NOT be this difficult’!  So, I went over to Coast Capital Savings as I had banked with them before and heard great things about them.

What an amazing difference! I was treated so nicely and with respect  – not as though I had a big ‘X’ on my head.  The fact that I employee 30 plus women  in a small town where there aren’t a lot of options was recognized and appreciated instead of looked upon as a liability. Paperwork was handled quickly and efficiently and always with a smile. I think at Coast they see beyond the bottom line and I really feel like I have a partner in all this now. In the next week or so I’ll go in to sign to finally get a Line of Credit! I was even made the ‘Featured Business’ over at my branch! How cool is that?

I’m not in cahoots with Coast to write this like an advertisement or anything like that. The experience with the other bank was so horrid that the way I am treated now feels like it should be written about, you know? And, as perhaps one business owner to another , tales like this are good to read about. The good, the bad and the banks!

Krista Chileshe - August 20, 2012 - 6:28 pm

and imagine, I have been the banker pestering you and into your business for years. 😉

I am so happy you went with Coast Capital Savings. I love their style and they are a great fit for you and your business. I most likely could have saved your time and embarrassment with the “big bank” as I know all of their “personalities” for business banking.

But hey, maybe you wouldn’t have believed me! Nothing like first hand experience to make you appreciate something different like Coast. 😉

I must say, in BC, I like Coast and Vancity. In AB, I like Servus credit union. I myself deal with Scotia (I need some international outreach).

Overall for the big banks….as a business owner and long time commercial banker I would always direct other business owners to Scotiabank or BMO. Sometimes though…it really is ALL about who your account manager is though. Unfortunately, it is a bit of a guess and test.

YAY for your line of credit! Working Capital is king for growth!

linda jt - August 24, 2012 - 8:48 pm

thanks for these posts, C. i really enjoy reading them and it makes me feel like I am a part of something special, too, even though I’m just a ‘fan’ and a long-time customer. please keep sharing all of these little vignettes. i know it takes time–precious time away from your growing boys. but i love knowing all of these little details as the years go by…

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Long time no write!

I LOVE this!

It has been MONTHS since I’ve blogged – so long! The past few months I’ve felt like I’ve had to disconnect from being online a bit, take a bit of a break. I’ve been going pretty much non stop for the past 5 years. I’m not saying this in a complain-y sort of way , quite the opposite, I feel so blessed to be doing something and building something that I love so incredibly much. I’ve also been super lucky to have Brooke on board now to take care of online stuff, do uploads, answer emails, knows how to talk to web developers and just gets stuff done. I feel like I can leave the shop now! If you own a small business you know how incredibly HUGE something like this is. I can’t leave the shop for more than 3 days at a time but small steps, right? I’m still doing all the doll eyes, which takes up about 3 days (and I always have a basket of heads with me to work on during the weekend) and I just can’t let go of doing my books. Anyhow, why am I telling you all this? Boring!

I’m really loving where things are at right now. It feels like the craziness of the uploads is calming down a bit. And, after years of building the business up, the supply is meeting the demand. Instead of the dolls going in like 5 minutes, now it’s taking a few hours for all the dolls to sell out. I remember lamenting to John a few years back about how I just wanted the dolls to stay up for a while, so that it wasn’t so hard to get them. We’ve also dropped the one a month limit now. It feels like things are stabilizing now. We are also introducing new things, like our jointed dolls and soon to be baby dolls. And YES – Little Buddy dollies will be more available as weeks go on. The situation we have here is so unique. One sewing mama falls ill and all of a sudden we don’t have 7 LB’s, then another has a vacation,  another has a baby – doll sewing can be SO up and down. I’ve hired on 4 new gals though specifically for LB’s and we should start seeing their dollies just before Christmas time. Yay! More LB’s!

I’m really excited about everything that’s happening here. It feels like Bamboletta has grown up a bit – I’ve worked hard to keep the love and handcrafted beauty in the dolls by having the most wonderful and talented lovelies working with me who really ‘get’ what we do. But now I also have the stuff in place that will keep Bamboletta around for the long haul. Like organizing inventory, semi ‘departments’, and stuff like that. It is different now – this isn’t something that I do in my living room anymore and now we have almost 40 women that depend on bamboletta for work – gotta make this ship TIGHT! Never in a million years did I think I’d be in this position and I really have all of you gals to thank. You really are the best customers EVER! It’s been so nice to see so many ‘old’ names, customers from 5-6 years ago now buying for siblings or for themselves. I’m really humbled by all this.

Ah! It’s been so nice to ‘chat’! I hope everyone is keeping well and having a magical summer! Talk soon!

xo Christina

 

cheryl - August 17, 2012 - 4:20 pm

I remember our first Bamboletta was a custom, and I wanted her to look like my daughter and you wrote back saying that its a waldorf doll, my reply was they will both be squishy, Well she will be 10 in October and her favorite doll is her Bamboletta Violet, My two sons have them also and love them just as much. My daughter also used you as her inspiration for a Girl Scout patch where she used you as an example of a strong woman. I am so happy that you are continuing to create new Bambolettas for us to love and we would love to see a gnome or two…just sayin. Congrats on your continued success. 🙂

Natalie Bakody Flinn - August 17, 2012 - 5:34 pm

So wonderful that you are at this place, Christina. It is a pleasure supporting such an ethical business (and every time I look or hold doll created by the hands of so many women, made in Canada, it lights me up! I swear each one has their own special spirit!). Enjoy this place. So happy for you!

Leah Killian - August 17, 2012 - 5:51 pm

I am excited to have a shot at a little buddy 🙂 And it makes me so happy to see what you have accomplished- it is empowering!

Barbara H - August 17, 2012 - 8:46 pm

Love the freshness that you’ve added to things lately… new styles, more frocks, more dolls and my favorite- no more one a month, lol! Keep on keepin’ on momma! <3 <3 <3

katharine - August 17, 2012 - 10:24 pm

Aww.. i love the Girl Scout reference Cheryl made – that is so sweet!! Congratulations on all your success – well deserved.. 🙂 We love our dollies, they get LOTS of snuggles – my little girl is a real snuggler.. I’ve even caught her hugging her brother’s wooden trains.. Wishing you all the best – i hope there comes a day when Bamboletta has an onsite shop, a place to come and pick out a special little love.. 🙂

Cristina - August 18, 2012 - 8:21 am

Christina–It really is so nice to see more people getting dolls and more uploads leading to happy mamas and children! I remember the “old days” and uploads of only 6-7 dolls and there were not nearly enough to go around!

You have built a wonderful and “kind” business for sure! 🙂

brandy - August 18, 2012 - 8:56 am

<3

Krista Chileshe - August 20, 2012 - 6:34 pm

I must say, I have seen MANY small businesses try to grow. I have been so impressed with how you have managed Bamboletta from the first time I heard of you about 3 years ago.

I’m so proud that you are Canadian and that you are female. 😉
I will continue to cheer you on from the sidelines. Way to go!

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Staff Pick!!

It’s our weekly feature ‘Staff Pick’ and who better to choose this week than our beautiful Petra and her uber sweet daughter Charlotte?!! Petra knew right away who her pick would be and dove right into the box for Charlotte (not to be confused with her offspring!), the beautiful boucle jointed doll.

Clothing by: Nicole

Hair styled by: Brandi

Likes: Rainbows and butterflies

Dislikes: Coffee and nasty smells

Bff: LB Ruby (Chosen by sweet real-life Charlotte)

Why Petra chose Charlotte: ‘I have a soft spot for boucle and her body just demands lots of hugs!’

Also, as some of you might already know, Petra’s dear brother John passed away recently from a complication with diabetes. We are holding an auction in his honor linked here where all the procedes will be going to the Diabetes Society of Canada.

Lots o’ love from Petra, Charlotte, Brooke and Team Bamboletta!

xo

Donna Johnson - August 9, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Great pictures and I love the dolls too!

shannon - August 9, 2012 - 3:52 pm

very cute pictures 🙂

Brenda Bell - August 9, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Charlotte needs to come live with me cause my favorite things are rainbows and butterflies!! Great picks ladies and hope you have an amazing weekend! xoxo

bella - August 10, 2012 - 10:54 am

are the dolls limbs jointed

Rickiann - August 10, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Beautiful pick of the week !!! And so sorry about your brother
((((hugs)))

admin - August 17, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Yes they are 🙂 They are articulated! So cute!

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