Monthly Archives: August 2008

new dolls

Hey everyone! Just a quick post to let you all know that I am posting a few gals up on Etsy tomorrow for adoption. I have 14″ dolls, a few of my Pouchy dolls and a cute little 10″ gal. There are also a few new faces over at Natural Pod this week. Pictures of […]

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dye envy

Just a quicky to add to yesterdays post. Check out these classes offered at Maiwa in Vancouver. I was too late for sign up but I’m on a wait list for the ‘Introduction to Dyes’ class.. how dreamy! Here’s a quick pic to show you how the lady gnomes I’m making for Robert are progressing. […]

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Sue - August 27, 2008 - 5:19 am

They are very cute!
Love the hair.
I think after I get the mohair wool share that I bought, I will try my hand on dying wool as well. :0)

Paula - August 27, 2008 - 11:26 am

I am going to have to have a lady gnome. I bought a gnome of yours from Robert quite some time ago and he needs a mate.
Plus, I LOVE them already!

admin - August 28, 2008 - 8:33 pm

You have to do it Sue! It’s so much fun!
Paula, lol, it’s so cute, they could go on gnome dates in the forest collecting mushrooms!

dye candy

Most of this post is for us who do our own dyeing, I don’t think it will be that interesting for everyone basically it’s for Berrie and me! Look at this shop, it’s Maiwa on Granville Island.ย  Everything you could imagine for dyeing, natural fibres to dye and books galore. I basically have the […]

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Monique - August 26, 2008 - 12:17 am

Christina! I love reading your blogs- it keeps me up to date with what you’ve been up too. I was at that shop at Graville Island a few weeks ago and thought of you!

Meike - August 26, 2008 - 12:34 am

I think I could die very happily in that store. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow.

And it’s just so much fun to see your dolls progress! I mean, they’re gorgeous to start with, of course, but they just keep on getting even more gorgeous! So if I don’t die of dye envy, I think I’ll die of sweetness. Or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy dollmaking!

Berrie - August 26, 2008 - 4:16 pm

Swooooon! Is there no end to the wonderful shops and events in your area? Will you just adopt me so I can live there too? We could work together, how about that? ๐Ÿ™‚

nathalie - August 26, 2008 - 7:28 pm

sounds like you will be busy for a few days to come!!!! aren’t you always? this store looks amazing!!!!! i bet you went nuts going through all of the things in there!

admin - August 26, 2008 - 9:41 pm

Hey Monique! I hope you are well and your sister is having a good time with the new babe! Can you email me her home address? I want to send her a present ๐Ÿ™‚
Meike.. I dye everytime I go there, They are offering classes through the fall with dying, weaving, knitting, felting classes..OMG! They have one called Funk Shui Felting.. ack! I could explode with excitment over that one! Here is the link for the classes I put myself down for the waitlist for the ‘Introduction to Dyes’ I was too late to sign up.
Berrie, they aren’t really in my area. It’s in Vancouver- about 4 hours ferry/car ride away. I moved from there about a year and a half ago to my sleepy Cobble Hill. I’m there every month though to visit my family and friends and get ‘supplies’. Really Berrie, if I win the lottery I’m setting us up! The studio that I had the pic of before is around the corner from this shop. I’ve talked to the council at Granville Island about having a studio there, they looked at me very dubiously when I said I was a dollmaker- not a serious craft in their eyes ๐Ÿ˜‰ Little do they know the blood, sweat and tears that go into our dolls!
Nathalie- I can’t not be busy, it’s my nature and I really just love doing the dolls so much! Anytime I have some time, very rarely.. I go to my workshop and sew- it is so satisfying and relaxing for me.
xo Ladies!

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fun day in the c-hill

That’s slang for Cobble Hill. All the cool kids call Cobble Hill the C-Hill. No, not really- I just made that up. We had the best time today at the Cobble Hill Country Fair. For the past few weeks everytime I’ve ventured to my local post office, grocery store, where ever people have been asking […]

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Christine - August 24, 2008 - 3:05 am

I guess I’m too much of a city gal to understand this, but it does look interesting and I’m sure kids love it! That blacksmith looks a bit scary with the huge beard and the fire. ๐Ÿ™‚


Berrie - August 24, 2008 - 7:27 am

Ha! We have a rinky dinky fair her too. Island County Fair. Everyone comes out for the fun. Lumberjack, good (and bad) music, loads of 4-H animals and the funniest little Home Arts displays.
Ahhhh…good times in a small town.

zo Berrie

Monica - August 24, 2008 - 3:37 pm

A stolen chicken bloodline! LOL! That cracks me up!!!
Looks like a fun time…we have a small fair like that too! I notice in your picture that there is a “mechanical cow milking” area. We had a goat milking display. My just turned 3 year old Emma studied those little goaties being milked then turned to me wide eyed (and loud) and said “Momma…that is just like you getting milk from your bobbies for Bear!” Um…I died a little. Everyone was looking to see who “momma” was. Clearly, it was I – the red faced momma. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Silly girl. I’ll never pump in front of her again…though it may not matter. Her little steal trap mind held onto that one for a year or so! She’s only seen Bear nursed since I quit teaching! Who knows when (or what) she’ll share again! lol

Leanna - August 24, 2008 - 9:52 pm

Thanks for the picture! Those Silkies are super chickens. WE had a couple of them that were older when we got them, and sadly they are gone. To funny about the stolen eggs! Good for him though. I really like the country fairs, and the kids with the 4 h animals are great. I don’t know if I could let Poppy do it, I would have to figure out how to keep the animal, I couldn’t let it go to auction!

blackberries and books

I’ve been reading a lot of business-y types of books lately. To be honest though, I usually can’t get through them too well.. Jasper starts crying or there’s something/one I need to attend to- and with those kinds of books I think you need a good chunk of time to be able to absorb them. […]

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Meike - August 22, 2008 - 12:19 am

Yes! Business from the heart Christina, instead of purely from the head – I couldn’t agree more. It’s not just about profit – although to be fair, it certainly helps if the bills get paid. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But more and more, the way big businesses operate these days has been sickening me. Why does it always have to be bigger, better and more plastic? When I walk into a regular toy store, I want to run away screaming. So much mass produced junk! Whatever happened to imagination? It’s the same throughout our society. So… here’s to people like you and John, who know what it takes to make other people happy AND use their heart while doing it! Okay, that maybe didn’t come out quite right, but you know what I mean… ๐Ÿ™‚

Awwww, I’ve totally missed the speedwalking! Pieter (my husband) mentioned it yesterday, and I forgot… LOL, it must have been good fun! *grins* You Tube, here I come…

P.S. Now stop showing off all those heads! First Berry, now you… What is it with you people – I’m going insane here!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Christine - August 22, 2008 - 4:37 am

Business from the heart, wonderful concept. I know my father would say it won’t make money, but hopefully times have changed and more and more companies will go that route!
What a lot of heads John has made! Very impressive.


Berrie - August 22, 2008 - 8:44 am

Oh Christina you light a fire under my feet. I just ordered the book from the library. I’ll have it in a few days. I have so much to learn about business. I really just want to sew and have someone else to the business part.
The pile of heads is as twitterpating as the dyed yarn hanging up to dry. Oh the possibilities! I love John. I know. I’ve never met him (you either really), but I love him. When I make a pile of heads, they aren’t even for me. I am going to have to do myself a favor and get to it ๐Ÿ™‚


admin - August 23, 2008 - 9:53 pm

Meike- I totally agree with what you’ve said. I mean- I’m a really small business- I have 2 moms that do a bit of sewing for me, but it’s mostly just me in the basement- but the change that needs to happen has to happen somewhere right? I’ve also read ‘Tipping Point’ which I find quite interesting, although not as much as a ‘breakthrough’ as I though it would be, I mean didn’t lots of us know that stuff already? Anyway, I’m off on a tangent- ‘Tipping Point’ was interesting in discussing what starts social trends and it always starts off small. I take great pleasure in knowing that if I’m doing it (business) this way, then there are others doing it this way as well. I firmly believe in a collective subconscious.
Oh, yes – but the bills do need to be paid, and I would like a nice bag once in a while ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s me just being fickle.
Christine- Thanks! I told John the compliment- he just nodded in agreement!
Berrie- I think another one is ‘The Boss of Me’ but I haven’t read it yet. It’s next on my list. John (and I !) love you too!

Trisha - August 26, 2008 - 5:41 pm

A book I found inspiring was Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun by Ben Cohen (one of the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream). They really drive home the fact that you can grow and expand and still keep your values and core ideas in check. Just thought you might want to check it out. It always amazes me that you write about the exact topic I am reading, thinking, or pondering at the that exact point in time. Kinda freaky and comforting at same time.

By the way I am loving the new smaller dolls and will have to stock up for future birthdays.


pascaline Legros - September 13, 2008 - 11:13 pm

I really love your blog and your way of thinking… i am a reflexologist back in france, and some women who really need a treatment can t afford it , So i made a deal with them I still do it but in exchange of something they made… ( cake , soupe, drawing for some) like that they don t feel they own me something… but on the other side , i am still not yet living of my work… thanks good , my hubbies can help us with that…

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