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 stonesย  – 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for your input though, it’s appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

Warmly,

Brooke

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Staff Pick!!

It’s a beautiful snowy morning here in Bamboletta-land and it’s time again for our weekly feature ‘Staff Pick’!! Today our Whippletree neighbour Lisa from ‘Cameo Boutique’ got this weeks lucky pick! She chose Spirit, the gorgeous red-dread Sitting Friend.

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Clothing styled by: Christina

Hair styled by: Brandi

Likes: Following her heart and surprises.

Dislikes: Being stuck in a rut, conformity and trout.

Lisa fell hard for this dolly and even came in today talking about how much she loves her!!

Our upload is schduled for today, Friday Dec 20th at noon PST.

See you then!

Brooke and Lisa

Janet Parton - December 20, 2013 - 5:24 pm

I know just how Lisa feels! I was able to purchase my first two dolls, Dolly and Tamsin, for my grand girls, two and five, today. I have a very famous distant cousin, Dolly, ironically; my little Emm has that electric white blonde hair and the bluest eyes you ever saw! She has loved doll babies since she was a tiny babe herself. I cannot begin to imagine her excitement when she sees her Dolly! I was so afraid her older sister would feel left out. I actually tried to buy Tamsin over and over as my first choice this afternoon for Audrey. I went to visit the girls after the dolls were sold and then checked the site again tonight when I came home. I was overwhelmed with excitement to see that she was available. My grandmother made quilts and doll clothes for me and to supplement her income and kept dolls herself so I have such solid appreciation for what you and your ladies do. i’m not so sure that the babies great-great-grandmother wasn’t orchestrating these beautiful dolls into her grand babies’ arms. I am being a bit effusive, I know, but I can’t thank you enough for your creativity and for what you do. Merry Christmas to you all! And Ya’ll, you guys! Much love…

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Staff Pick!

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope everyone is having a great start to their day today! Everyone is busy at the studio, rolling balls for stuffing, sewing noses and getting everything prepped for another busy week in Bamboletta-Land!

Once a week we do a feature called Staff Pick where one of us chooses their favourite doll of the week. It was my turn today, and I chose ‘Honesty’. I absolutely fell hard for this sweet natural beauty ๐Ÿ™‚

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Styling by: Christina

Hair styled by: Brandi

Likes: Hot cups of cocoa in front of the fire.

Dislikes: Cold wet feet

I chose her because I am always drawn to the natural girls and Honesty is such the quintessential doll!

Our upload is scheduled for today (friday) at 12pm pst, see you then!!

xo

Brooke

Laura - December 13, 2013 - 9:53 am

Oh my! What a sweet, sweet doll. ๐Ÿ™‚

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