Project Somos Fundraiser

About 10 years ago, while living in Vancouver, I had my workspace in my dining room which faced the street. From the outside you could look in and see all the dolls in different stages of production. One day, I heard a knock on the door and my neighbor ,Heather, told me that  she just HAD to see the dolls that she had been looking at while walking by for months and months. Her partner, Greg, used to be a Waldorf teacher and she had quite an affinity to this style of doll. Heather is one of those people just just love from when you meet them with a warm heart and a twinkle in her eye. As time went on she told me of their dream, to build a children’s village in Guatemala and they called it Project Somos. As a fun adventure we even made a doll, Lucy/Lucita for Heather and Greg to take along their journey’s back and forth to Guatemala – you can read them here (I can’t link them all but if you search Lucita you can find them!) I’ve been following her dream  and am so happy to see it come to fruition and especially now as they have just taken in their first few families.

What I felt that was so beautiful is that Project Somos takes on families with widowed or single mothers. Over tea last week with Heather she shared some horrific stories of the poverty and abuse inflicted upon the women Project Somos is helping. So, Project Somos take the mothers and their children in – provide them a safe and loving space to live in, teach them nutrition, healthcare and skills. Instead of the mothers having to give up their children (Unicef has stated that 90% of orphaned children have one parent alive) the children are taken care of by their mothers. It’s amazing and beautiful and makes my heart swell.

Heather asked me if I could give her some dolls to give to the children at the village and of course I was beyond thrilled to do so. I also wanted to find a way to spread the story of Project Somos and help them out in some way. I had an idea that would bring together families and children from here to Guatemala via the dolls.  I decided to do a fundraiser and we made 7 twin sets with one of the twins going to Guatemala with Heather early next week and the other twin to go to the winner of the auction. Heather will be posting pics of the twins in the new homes  and it will be sweet to see the ‘lives’ of both sets of dolls unfold.

I will make this auction live on MONDAY. I just wanted to give you all the heads up about what is happening. And for many of my longtime follower/friends who know about Project Somos I thought you would like to hear an update. I’m just so proud of Heather and Greg – these two have really given their lives to this cause and to see it happen is such a thrilling event. After pouring their hearts and souls into this, their dream has come true.

Lots of love to you all – I’ll post the info all over when its up and running!


Laura Luyt - May 28, 2014 - 10:58 pm

this is one of the most fantastic things I have ever heard of. well done, sweet ones! well done.

Ruth Hoad - May 29, 2014 - 8:47 am

Your dolls are beyond adorable and while I don’t know Heather & Greg as well as you do, their love for Project Somos & their adopted country touched a special place in my heart from the moment I became acquainted with their work.
I’m no doll maker by a long stretch, but years ago after the Haitian earthquake I designed a little doll to send to the children there. My daughter’s class made them & it was so touching to see the joy they brought when they arrived at their destination.
The children of Project Somos will be blessed by your babies.

M - May 29, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Just another reason why I just adore you C. I loved hearing about this story from you & you never stop amazing me with how quickly you make things happen. <3 You too make my heart swell. Many blessings to you on all your endeavors and added blessings for your dear friends and the lives they touch. XOXO

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How a Bamboletta is Made

Oh, it’s been so long since I’ve written. I feel like we must have one of the lamest blogs, ever! Things have been just so busy – like in an every day sort of busy way. I think about blogging all the time and have all these great ideas written down for blog posts but by the time the kids are down to sleep I’m about ready to hit the sack too … the older I get the more important and vital sleep seems to be.

Anyhow, enough about that! I wanted to post this here on the blog to share with you that may not be on Facebook. I’ve been wanting this video made for about 6 years now at least – just never really got around to it. Then a few weeks back Meg from Shaw made this little segment …

I knew she was the one to make our video! She’s  also coming by in a few weeks to make a ‘What goes on for an upload’ which will be a fun video to have made. A lot happens on Thursdays and it’ll be sweet to have it documented.

It’s getting late and I have to get to bed, obvs. Hope all is well with everyone!


Britney - May 25, 2014 - 1:16 am

I love this!!! You guys rock.

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Staff Pick!!

Good Morning Friends!

It’s a gorgeous and sunny day in Bamboletta-land! We have a special guest for today’s feature of ‘Staff Pick’, Shauna’s son Gabriel is in the studio and he has chosen ‘Decklen’, a sweet baby doll.


Likes: Ducks quacking

Dislikes: His car seat

Our upload is scheduled for today, Friday at noon pdt on our website…see you then!!


Brooke and Gabes


cas - April 25, 2014 - 12:11 pm

So sweet!

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Staff Pick!!

Happy Friday Friends!!

It’s a typical West Coast Spring day here in Bamboletta-land, ie. rainrainrainrain. But spirits are high in the studio and everyone is busy getting ready for next week 🙂

This weeks Staff Pick has ben brought to you by our resident cutie, Brandi, who chose Dharma, the natural sweetie with flair (ie, Leola’s handspun yarns).


Clothing styled by: Brooke

Hair styled by: Shauna

Likes: Pony rides and butterflies

Dislikes: Bullying

Why Brandi chose her: “Because she has a cute face”

Our upload is happening today (friday) at noon PDT over on our website…see you then!


Brooke and Brandi

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Staff Pick!!

Good great morning everyone!! And Happy SPRING!!!!!!!

It’s a gorgeous and sunny morning here in Bamboletta-land and everyone is buzzing about getting everything ready for next week…box making, doll limb stuffing, frock sewing, yarn dancing…

It’s time again for our weekly feature, Staff Pick, and Jes is the lucky picker! She chose Tulip (perfect name for Spring), the sweet-faced Cuddle Doll.


Clothing styled by: Brooke

Hair styled by: Shauna

Likes: Sunny days and chocolate bunnies

Dislikes: Concrete and frowny faces

Why she chose her: “Because of her happy face!!”

Our upload is scheduled for today (friday) at 12pm PDT on our website…see you there!


Brooke and Jes

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