Monthly Archives: July 2008

prep work and zuchinni loaf…

This was our first Monday work day together for me and John. Usually when he makes heads its at night, after dinner while watching something on the Discovery Channel *.ย  Our dream, sorry to be repetitive, is to be able to make this what supports our family financially. Anyhow, today we took another small step […]

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Meike - July 28, 2008 - 11:32 pm

Wow. You look like a great team! Very jealous. ๐Ÿ˜€ (And you yourself look so very happy, love the picture!)

Yesterday, my husband said I should ask the boy across the road from us to make my heads, because he looks so strong. Sigh. But your John… I mean, he’s a lean mean head machine! 12 big ones and 10 little ones in just three hours? That’s amazing!

Yummy yummy yummy looking loaf BTW… Mmmmm!

Sue - July 29, 2008 - 7:29 am

Wow,it sure makes a difference when you don’t have to do everything by yourself and you can spend lots of time to make dolls. Looks like you have a nice setup for working as well…
With the kids on summer vacation here, I only get half as much done as when they are in school. Only 20 more days until they go back… :0)
Sofar, the only thing not made by me are the knitted booties. My lovely mother-in-law makes them for me.

That loaf looks tasty….I love hazelnuts as well. Many of my German recepies ask for hazelnuts as well.

Leanna - July 29, 2008 - 8:18 am

It’s nice to see another husband getting involoved. My hubby does most of my cutting, except for the hair…he hates the hair, but I can’t complain, I hate the cutting part. He keeps asking to sew, but I just can’t let him. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is nice to be able to put faces with the names, and really cool to see a little glimpse of your work space.

tressa - July 29, 2008 - 2:32 pm

now, this is the way it should be done (both loaf and team work). i love the captured reluctance and can only imagine the encouraging and prodding and whisperings of sweet nothings to get john to sit still, and then agree to be posted (or does he not know?). i’ve got a few pics of nathaniel doing dress me up duty. did you see the father’s day bike shot on my blog?

he insisted on no face visible. cute ankle, eh. ah, that’s may safety guy.

Adrianne - July 29, 2008 - 2:33 pm

No wonder your dolls are so wonderful. Look where they come from! Thanks for sharing your work day. You both look so happy and productive working away. It’s the like pages from a storybook. ๐Ÿ™‚

admin - July 29, 2008 - 10:35 pm

Meike, John is a head making machine! He really has quite the system, it’s amazing. I think it’s a good idea to get the boy helping you, it helps out so much making the dolls.
Hi Sue, yes it does help a lot! I couldn’t do it without him or Christie my sitter. I’m trying to build a Bamboletta ‘team’..slowly but surely ๐Ÿ™‚
Leanne..let your husband sew! Are you kidding me? Ohh, I am so jealous ๐Ÿ˜‰, if you only knew what I had to do to convince him.. and to get his pic taken to boot! You know that he works in paint, his co workers call him ‘Doll Boy’! Poor sweet John. Give me a shout soon, I’d love to catch up.
Adrianne- Thanks for the compliments ๐Ÿ™‚ We both love making them (John does too..he just won’t outwardly admit it!)

Christine - July 30, 2008 - 3:06 am

Hey, you are so cute! What nice pictures!!
And way to go husband, to make so many heads in “just” 3 hours!
The loaf looks great, funny you’re a nutlover too? I could eat nuts all day, any kind.


admin - July 30, 2008 - 8:54 am

Thanks Christine. I love nuts too.. I’m constantly munching on them. I really love Brazil nuts too.

Berrie - July 31, 2008 - 7:30 pm

(high pitch voice) Awwwwwwww……soooo sweeeeeeet. You two are just darling. Just one question. John are you a roller or a stuffer?

xoxo Berrie

admin - July 31, 2008 - 10:37 pm

Lol Berrie! Couldn’t you just barf? John is a roller. We get the wool cut into slivers especially for us, we just bought 40 lbs of it and it comes in these coils.I’ll take a pic when it gets here.

Kim - September 9, 2008 - 12:10 am

LOVE the inclusion of the hazelnuts … what a great idea! More protein that way, too, plus I’m all about adding some textural variety. *crunch*

Details and Matching Outfits!

I remember being a little one and being just fascinated with a button on a pink sweater that my Nonna had knit up for me. It was round and looked like a candy. I loved looking at that button and would spend hours just playing with it in my fingers. I remember lots of little […]

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Monica - July 27, 2008 - 7:48 am

Love the matching outfits!!! Should I blush to admit I’ve already been in contact with her to make a custom for Emma and Paige? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great work!
I so agree with you about the details. My mom actually removed some of my favorite buttons from my hand made clothes. I have them til this day…one day they’ll adorn Emma’s hand made clothes.

admin - July 27, 2008 - 9:03 pm

That’s great Monica! This is what I want to create, a network of mamas all working together! She’s a peach that Constance!
You are so lucky to have those buttons, I wish I had my old buttons. Emma’s a lucky little lady ๐Ÿ™‚

Monica - July 27, 2008 - 9:18 pm

Here’s another button tip. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I shop thrift stores for buttons on old garments. I always have a stash of “modern” buttons at home. I’ll buy the garment and cut off the buttons then replace them with nice, but not vintage or unique buttons. Then I redonate them to the same shop. One shop knows me so well, that they’ll allow me to purchase and sew right there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ They also give me a discount. lol. They offered me the buttons for free…but I didn’t feel right about that. So, I take my discount and leave with fantastic buttons! Try it…you may just like it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ (But don’t get too hooked…it could get expensive! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Heads, New Doll and more Tour de France Ramblings

There’s been a lot going on in the doll making world about heads lately. It started with Berrie and her fantastic head tutorial then I’ve noticed other dollmakers talking about their heads. Anyhow, I just wanted to share a little trick I use to avoid what I call ‘ghost neck’. You can see a perfect […]

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con - July 24, 2008 - 10:35 pm

Any press is good press! You make me wish I had watched tour de france with that top ten list

tab - July 24, 2008 - 10:51 pm

OMG – i love the 10″ doll! thats exactly what my little girl could handle as she is still too small for a regular bamboletta :o)

Meike - July 25, 2008 - 12:41 am

Yup, it does help, thanks! And it’s nice to be able to take a tiny peek behind the scenes at Bamboletta land! ๐Ÿ™‚

LOL – men in very little speedos, eh? Maybe I should tune in this afternoon…

P.S. The tiny doll is so precious!

Christine - July 25, 2008 - 4:17 am

Hm, you do it on the machine? I make the dolls by hand… I guess I should try the machine then, would be a lot faster.
I do the neck the same way you do, btw.
And the small one is so cute! Turned out beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚


Rohini - July 25, 2008 - 5:17 am

Thank you very much, Christina, that is great help.

You know what I would also really like to see? It is the heads without the tricot, I always wonder why my dolls face don’t turn out so shapely. Or if the cheeks are big, than they are kinda ‘monkeesh’.

The small and the big dolls are very cute together.

admin - July 25, 2008 - 10:41 am

Con- next year I’ll arrange a TdF viewing party ๐Ÿ™‚
Thanks Tab!
Meike.. hmmm, the men in speedos make you laugh more than anything, they really should not be in speedos
Christine, I only sew the body and that bottom part of the head by machine, I attach everything else on by hand sewing. I find that using the machine on the head bottom gets the tricot nice and taunt
Hi Rohini, Next time John (maker of the heads) makes up a batch of heads I will take a photo. I can’t even get them like he does, I just don’t have the hand strength. He’s got quite the system, he uses 2 different types of wool (he says that the Corridale compacts better and the Romney is better on the outside) and 3 different types of string..including parachute cord! I’ll ask him to give us a tutorial. thanks for the compliments on the dolls everyone!

Berrie - July 25, 2008 - 12:18 pm

Good on ya Christina! I love seeing the way stuff is made. We all come to our own way through trial and error. Sometimes lots of error. My big goal is o NOT have the dreaded GN. I never had a name for it before. You’re a peach!

Monica - July 25, 2008 - 10:03 pm

LOVE! That’s how I feel about your new doll.

Thank you for the tutorial Christina! One day, I’m going to have the courage to try making one myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

admin - July 25, 2008 - 10:37 pm

Thanks Berrie.. don’t you find that you are continually finding new ways of doing things? lol, I love that part! what do you think- have I coined the phrase ‘ghost neck’? ha.
Thanks Monica! You really should give it a try, we’re all here to help!

Sue - July 26, 2008 - 4:36 pm

I find it really interesting to see how everybody is making their heads. That’s one of the great things about making dolls and haveing contact with other doll makers. We learn from each other and evolve our own doll making all the time.
Doll makers are great people!

Too bad the Tour de France is over tomorrow.
Me and my hubby watched the Tour for years. Some areas the tour goes through me and my hubby have been to and the footage of the tour is always fantastic.
Last year we even watched the Tour on our move from Alberta to Florida. On the 6 day drive we either watched in the morning before we left or the re-run in the evening at the next hotel.
When I still lived in Baden-Baden/ Germany I was once one of the spectators on the side of the road in the hills around Baden-Baden. It’s so cool ! I think I still have some photos from that Tour somewhere…. I must dig them out and show them to my kids……

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jen - July 30, 2011 - 8:02 am

Can you please help me out, so after you tie it, do you untie it and then sew it? or do you sew over the tie? I’m a bit confuse. any help would be much appreciated.

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autumn - November 18, 2012 - 9:04 am

any chance you could reupload the pics? they’re not working =) Thanks!

oh deer

You may know about my ongoing ‘thing’ with our neighbourhood deer, it’s a love hate relationship between us..kind of like what I think Madonna and Guy are like. A few weeks back some deer jumped the veggie fence and ,well, you can see by the photo where the dirt patches are- they basically had a […]

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Christine - July 23, 2008 - 3:36 am

I’m sorry, Christina, don’t mean to make fun of your problem, but I was laughing out loud when I saw those pictures and read the text. That deer definitely looks NOT happy walking past that fence! ๐Ÿ™‚ Not sure about Madonna and Guy though, I think Madonna doesn’t want to loose ever, so I’m hoping you’ll be her so the deer can be Guy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
What’s a gal night group? So cool they loved your new small doll.
And congrats on your great selling at the shop! That must feel so good and motivating.


Leanna - July 23, 2008 - 9:56 am

We have had a young deer for the past two years come visiting, but luckily for us our yard hasn’t been planted yet, and he is just muching on weeds. I can imagine how frustrating it would be to see the plants you so lovingly nurse along be gone in a second. That would bug me too.

On the last post about the fabrics, have you gone to fabricanna when you come over to Vancouver? it is my favorite place to go, lots of quilting fabric, I get giddy there.

Monica - July 23, 2008 - 10:40 am

Oh deer! lol Pun intended. Don’t you just *love* them? My husband calls them rats with long legs. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ok…just so you know, I’m dying to see this smaller doll. Dying. I’m stalking your blog. Feel free to email me pictures if you’d like. ROFL!

I know exactly what you mean about seeing your work be loved in person. I sell just a bit locally, and it’s a real thrill…I’m glad you’re having the same thrill!


Con - July 23, 2008 - 11:52 am

You have to get to Buckerfields and get the “Bobbex” it really works spray your apple tree! Its not toxic just a magnesium mixture.

con - July 23, 2008 - 11:55 am

Oh…and the photos of the deer very papparazziesque ie:Madonna and Guy

devon - July 23, 2008 - 5:49 pm

we use bobbex too and apparently it is at blue rose as well, so super close to you ๐Ÿ™‚

admin - July 24, 2008 - 5:29 pm

gotta get the bobbex..they aren’t actually eating the apples I noticed, just the new shoots. i’m sure they’d be eating the apples if they were ripe. not if they’re bobbexed!!

Ha Con.. I should go to hollywood and become a papparazi photog..what do you say dev, you in? I recently heard that the same photographer that took that picture of the little girl running during Hiroshima (super famous photo) took the picture of Brit coming out of rehab.. man, we are all so going downhill fast.

Hey is a thrill. I’ve been selling for a while but I still get like ‘really? you want to buy my doll?? thanks!!’ I love the customer interation..that’s why I love all you guys so much!

Leanna (ha, I’m working up!) yes I do go to Fabricana in Van when I’m there. But my heart is with Textile Clearence House.. I go notion mental in there! I like DressSew downtown too but only if I have a few hours to peruse. I really think someone should open up a fabric store with Japanese imports and all the cool fabrics.. kind or like an Urban Yarn for fabric.. why hasn’t anyone gotten on this yet? In the shops it’s like a 1 in 70 shot you have of finding decent fabric. It so fun when you do though ๐Ÿ™‚

Hey Christine! If you lived here I’d take you to girl group night!

admin - July 24, 2008 - 5:29 pm

jeesh.. that could have been today’s post..


I haven’t had a good trip to a fabric store for quite some time. I have a huge stockpile of fabrics That I usually pull from. Reggie usually makes most of my clothing, so often I’ll just buy a bunch of stuff from Superbuzzy and then have it shipped directly to her. Yesterday I was […]

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Monica - July 21, 2008 - 11:50 pm

Oh…I can’t wait to see an 8 inch doll! So exciting!
I went to the fabric store alone yesterday as well…bliss!!!

Meike - July 22, 2008 - 1:26 am

I have a thing for small dolls as well. I’m now making a bigger one, and it’s just so… different! Most of my dolls are small. I’m a fiddly person, always have been, according to my mom. ๐Ÿ™‚ I see the same thing in my daughter! I must say though that sewing a bigger doll is so much easier, now that I’ve actually tried it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Christine - July 22, 2008 - 1:01 pm

I’m real curious to see the small one too! And those fabrics look so good and beautiful out in the sun.


Victoria - July 22, 2008 - 7:07 pm

I can’t wait to see the little one. My daughter is a “little one” too so I understand the appeal.

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