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Many of you know sweet Leola, she is the lady that spins some of the yarns we use in our doll hair. This afternoon she brought in this wonderful yarn telling us that it reminded her tulips and daffodils. She also told us that this particular yarn came from Twilley, a sheep belonging to a friend in Qualicum, BC.

This is Twilley …

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And after Twilley was sheared, her wool went into this carding machine…

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In the carder it’s then combed out again and again and made into these lovely wool ropes, called roping. I don’t have any pics on hand, but after this, Leola dyes it and then spins it on a wheel to make the yarns. I’ll try to get a pic of her working on making yarn in the next bit of time.

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Details like this about the making of the dolls make me swoon! There are so many hands that take part in making them – I love sharing little stories like this and I hope you enjoy them too.

Christina

Nicole D - February 19, 2014 - 9:14 pm

I love this! Amazing and Twilley is adorable. :0)

Ida - February 24, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Really neat to see! We live in California and have black faced sheep. We sheer them every year. It’s fun to see how you turn her wool into yarn! Really enjoyed this blog! Twilley is so cute! Glad to have seen her!!

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Shipping Rates Note

Canada Post has raised their rates. Again. Last time they did they increased rates we absorbed it but just can’t do it this time. We are a small company and don’t qualify for the rates the big companies get. I really want you to know that we aren’t making money off shipping, we are just covering our costs. We don’t inflate our prices to cover shipping costs – it’s a personal pet peeve of mine when companies do that.

Here are the new rates ..

15″ Classic, Sitting Dolls and Baby Doll
CAN – $18 (no change)
USA – $26 (up $2)
INT – $43 (up $3)

Cuddle Dolls
CAN – $16 (up $2)
USA – $20 (up $2)
INT – $36 (up $8)

Little Buddies
CAN – $14 (up $2)

USA – $18 (up $2)

INT $26 (up $2)

I’m ever so grateful that you are supporting our little company!

Thanks so much!

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Introducing a New Addition to our Doll Family

A long time ago, back in 2007, I was playing around with making a weighted baby doll with limbs. I had been making weighted dolls for our local Waldorf school for them to use in the classrooms and really fell in love with the concept. Those dolls were essentially a head with a sack full of millet . Weighted dolls are sometimes used in therapeutic environments as they are thought to comfort and ground a child (and adults, too!). Anyhow, I’ve been wanting to create something for a while now, it’s always been at the back of my mind, but that pesky lack of time kinda got in the way.

A few months ago Jes came to me with a baby design she’d been playing with – it was amazing – my doll dream had come to life! Jes is one of our lovely ladies who sew our Cuddle Dolls and she used construction techniques from those to make the baby. When I tried working on the pattern, I always got held up in the limbs area but now with our new pattern Jes figured it out in a snap! It is so awesome working with this group and watch how ideas are hatched, incubate and come to life. It’s like a beehive of creativity.

So, this is our new baby. I don’t think I’ve fallen in love with a doll this much – I LOVE them. Originally we weren’t going to do hair but when we put pics up on Facebook and Instagram we had quite a few comments asking about hair. Again, here’s where our creative flow comes in because it comes from all of you too. After a conversation with Leola, we brainstormed on making a little crocheted cap with boucle or mohair to give the baby a little fuzzy hat. It’s just so cool on how these things evolve. THEN just this week we started really trying to make an indent in the top of the head (this is where I put the threads through to make the eyes) so it would feel like a soft spot on the dolls head. This only works on some of the dolls though, depending on a few factors on how John makes the heads. Ohhh, how I love handmade!

Then there was the weight issue. I didn’t want to use any sort of foodstuff, like millet or rice. And I totally didn’t want to use those poly pellet plastic weight things – that just seems totally wrong to put in our dolls. I’ve always loved crystals, seems like there’s a bit of magic whenever I go into a crystal shop. My kids are so drawn to crystal shops and are constantly collecting different stones  – I think there’s something to it that they can feel. So, crystal chips are what we use inside the doll to weight them. It’s mainly Rose Quartz, which is thought to be the stone of love, and Amethyst which is supposed to assist in calmness. We put the chips into a bag that’s sewn up nice and safe and then wrap it in wool and put it in the doll. It gives such a lovely feel to the dolls. Those little round bottoms are kinda the best!

We are doing some dolls with the regular open eyes and some with a sweet sleepy eye. I wanted to do them all with a sleepy eye (I love the look of the sleepy baby) but got a bit of feedback from people wanting an open eye, so I decided to do both. Jes then designed a sleeper, diaper, cap and swaddle to complete this sweet little package. They are about 14″ long, perfect for little mama’s. I hope that you all will love them as much as we do here!

 

Janet Cook - January 24, 2014 - 4:30 pm

They are lovely. Would be great if they could smell like a baby too.

Ilene Chalmers - January 24, 2014 - 5:51 pm

My sweet baby Peyton is on the way. Can’t wait to experience it for myself. So excited!!

Barbie Harwell - January 24, 2014 - 7:47 pm

I love these! So sweet!

Natasha - January 25, 2014 - 4:37 am

Thank you! I was thinking to myself, “Wouldn’t it be so great if Bamboletta made heavy baby dolls too? That would be so perfect!” And you have! I actually shouted when I read your blog! Now to try for one next week!

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Staff Pick!!

Hello Sweet Friends and Happy Friday!!

There’s a lot of hustle and bustle in Bamboletta-land as we all prepare for another awesome week next week! Our resident Bamboletta helper Madz (Madeline) got the lucky pick today and she chose ‘Rainbow’, the gorgeous dark tan Sitting Friend with a flair for fashion.

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Hair styled by: Shauna

Clothing styled by: Christina

Likes: Shopping with friends

Dislikes: Not hearing the alarm and being rushed in the morning

The upload is scheduled for this afternoon at 12pm PST…see you then!!

xo

Brooke and Madz

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Staff Pick!!

We hope everyone had some wonderful time off with their families this week! We certainly did!! We’ve been really enjoying all the photos of children with their new dolls on our Facebook page. I was getting a little misty-eyed myself over some of them…it’s just so magical to see the joy in a child’s eyes when they first meet their new best friend!

It’s our weekly feature of Staff Pick and our resident doll stitcher extraordinaire, Rachel, got this weeks lucky pick! She chose this dark tan beauty. I fell for her too today when I was doing the listings. Her hair colouring is gorgeous and her face is so sweet…what’s not to love?!

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Hair styled by: Brandi

Clothing styled by: Brooke

Likes: Making snow angels

Dislikes: Wet socks!

Our upload is scheduled for Friday, December 27th at 12pm PST on our website

See you then!

Brooke and Rachel

xo

Launa - December 27, 2013 - 8:19 am

i liked her too

Carol - January 10, 2014 - 10:07 am

It would be great if you expanded to include price information and the opportunity to order, with the understanding that the doll received would meet only certain specifications (e.g., size, materials, etc.) since each doll is unique.

What do you think?

admin - January 24, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Hi Carol,

We have done customs in the past but we simply do not have the time to do them at this point in time. There is no *simple* way of doing them as we have tried to simplify the customizations in the past, but the bottom line of us wanting to please customers usually ends up with the doll taking quite a bit of time and resources. We haven’t put the idea way for good, just indefinitely at the present moment 🙂

Thank you for your input though, it’s appreciated 🙂

Warmly,

Brooke

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