Monthly Archives: August 2008

new retail locale

Just a quicky to let my Vancouver ‘peeps’ know that I have a few dolls in Beansprouts on Main Street now. Angie , owner and all round rad gal, and I go back a few years – her store was one of the first that had Bambolettas in years ago. I feel as though the […]

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Berrie - August 21, 2008 - 4:05 pm

You go buy tickets and I’ll start packing. Will John still make the heads?
Can’t wait to see your window display. How awesome.
xo Berrie

admin - August 21, 2008 - 7:04 pm

John will still make the heads. Around the corner from this studio is one of our favorite watering holes, from back in the day! I’m sure we could arrange it that he hangs out there and makes heads while we work.. xo C

Linda - August 20, 2011 - 7:43 am

You didn’t win a lottery and yet you reached that dream.

market and good times

I had my Farmers Market this weekend at Trout Lake. John came with me this time, which was wonderful. He hasn’t done a market in about 4 years. Usually, it’s because he’s working but really I think it’s because I tend to get, well, a bit bossy when I’m doing these things. I need someone […]

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Meike - August 18, 2008 - 11:46 pm

Silly girl, of course it wasn’t a fluke! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on the wonderful sale, and on working so well together! It looks truly lovely. I’ve already had my birthday present as well, my husband bought me an awesome sewing machine, so I can’t ask him for a new camera anymore, unfortunately. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe next year! ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. I love the story of the little guy and his doll… That’s what you all do it for in the end, isn’t it? Very, very sweet!

tab - August 19, 2008 - 12:24 am

congrats on the awesome sales! aww, i just about cried reading the story of the little boy and the blanket doll :o)

Sue - August 19, 2008 - 5:45 am

Congratulations on the great market success!
Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun too !
Isn’t it great when you see that your husband is promoting your business? Mine has done it with my dolls and Baby Slings as well.
Heheheh… it’s so funny when he talks about why you should carry your baby in a sling and what the benefits are, and why I use sheep wool in my dolls.
That’s why we love them, right!! :0)

Christine - August 19, 2008 - 6:12 am

Wow, look at how empty your stall is!! Many congrats, that is just wonderful. What a great feeling that must be.
Now you need to produce even more for the next market (if there is one)!

PS: what a cute story. Why did the boy say “home” you think?

Stacy - August 19, 2008 - 8:52 am

Congratulations! I would say that’s a good days work. And how nice that so many children have those beautiful dolls.

Monica - August 19, 2008 - 9:15 am

What a fantastic success! Your stall looked so lovely when you began, and so lovely (in a different way) when you were complete.
Let me say, once more, how much I wish I lived closer! I would love to have hugged each of those dolls!
Congratulations on such a successful weekend!

Berrie - August 19, 2008 - 11:01 am

Yeah! What a wonderful weekend. John is such a keeper! Congrats on the new camera too.
You know, as the crow flies, I am pretty close to you. Just need to get my passport finally.
xo Berrie

admin - August 19, 2008 - 7:32 pm

Hey gals, thanks so much for the congrats! I’m still on cloud nine over it all ๐Ÿ™‚

nothing exciting…

ย I’ve been busy getting ready for my Farmer’s Market this Saturday.ย  The dolls take a long time to make, I’m sure that you all know that, but the dressing and tagging takes a long time too. I have a clothing section in my workroom with lots of baskets, each containing a type of clothing. So […]

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Berrie - August 12, 2008 - 8:56 pm

Have a super successful weekend! I love doing our Farmer’s Market. The HR fabrics are so wonderful to play with. Go Christina!

Sue - August 12, 2008 - 9:23 pm

Good luck on the Farmers Market Christina!
Boy, do I wish I had already baskets full of clothes for my dolls. That shows that you are so much more organized. Hmmm… I guess I should get more organized myself.
Love the fabrics!

I think the gift thing is a male handicap (with a few exceptions). They just don’t pay as much attention as we do. I think they don’t hear the hints that we give them, or they forget them as soon as they heard them. My hubby is the same. I learned that I have to drop bigger hints of what I would appreciate to my kids and they help in getting the word out. :0)

Leanna - August 12, 2008 - 10:52 pm

I was planning on coming to meet you this weekend, but I made a last minute decision to go to Nelson for a mini family reunion. Good luck at it, I hope you sell wonderfully again.

Thanks for the fabric link so cute! I am always on the prowl for more fabric, I went to a fabric sample sale last weekend and got tonnes (well technically 6 lbs)

I got a fly fishing rod once from my hubby, I kinda wanted it, but it turned out to be the worst because it has never been used. I can’t wait for Poppy to be old enough to tell Mark what Mommy wants ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine - August 13, 2008 - 3:53 am

My birthday is next week and I asked my husband for a Cartier Love bracelet. Will I get it? Not a chance!! Lol. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s ok though, it wasn’t even a serious request because the price is just insane. I think the lamest gift I ever got was *nothing* this past Mother’s Day. Husband said I could get a new bike but when I mentioned which one I had chosen he said it was too expensive. I love him, really, but sometimes……haha.
I’m sure you’ll love the SLR. We have a Canon and it’s just the best. So much better than the “point-and-shoot” Sony we had before. It seems as though with this camera, all the pictures turn out great and indeed the colors are beautiful.


Alison - August 13, 2008 - 4:37 am

THAT is the picture for your advert!! There is something wonderful about the hand wrapped around her waist.
Happy Birthday, enjoy your camera!

Sarah - August 13, 2008 - 7:33 am

I would have to agree with Alison,the photo above is stunning! The colors just seem to pop against this page. I think the best part of all is the little mommy behind the doll. Happy Birthday to you(very soon).

admin - August 13, 2008 - 7:42 pm

Hi Berrie, I’m so glad that I’m back at the Markets. Next year I want to do more and on Vancouver Island not just the mainland. How about you? Are you liking your return?
Sue, I told my husband what you said about husbands to make him feel better about the knives. I have to have all my clothing ready to go, I love organizing things in baskets..I”m such a Virgo.
Leanne- Hope you have fun in Nelson! I’m sorry to not meet you though, we could’ve talked cock! (as in chickens!!) ha, ha I’m tired!
Christine- mmm Love Bracelet.. great taste! I hope to get the camera in time for my market..I’ll do lots of up close shots with blurry backgrounds- LOVE those shots. What date is your bday?
Alison and Sarah- I was just talking about that to Devon, its as if the children really bring them to life! I’m getting a photo CD tonight to look at with all my dollie pics in it, I can’t WAIT!

sharilyn - August 14, 2008 - 3:15 am

oh wow, farmers market! oh i wish i could be there to check it out and say hi. We were thinking of heading over to victoria area this weekend, but didnt work out and so we are headed to bowen island instead. maybe one day…

i love THAT picture for your advertisement! or perhaps some new shots with your new camera?

I too use a nikon slr – D50 and i love it. I am sure that having a new camera will inspire you in so many ways. you’ll see! xox.

admin - August 14, 2008 - 10:10 pm

i wish you were coming too Sharilyn ๐Ÿ™‚ i had a few of my blog friends come by last time and it was so great to meet them in person, but i couldn’t chat for long- it was so insane..dolls flying around, people asking wool questions, etc.
i just got the camera today! so excited! it’s a little overwhelming though. i’ll pu some pics up of the farmer’s market this weekend.
i still haven’t decided on a pic yet. i’m not sure if i want to crop around the doll so that she is on a background of my ad, or do a picture with text beside the’s really small- only 1″ x 2.5″ , it’s a start though xo c

Yeah, a Winner :)

John has done the honors and has picked a winner for my ‘Advice and Win a Doll’ contest. The lucky winner is Julie! I’ve emailed her already with the good news. It’s not my Julie that I talk about all the time BTW, it’s another Julie. I can’t begin to tell you all how much […]

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Monica - August 10, 2008 - 12:39 pm

Congratulations Julie! I’m thrilled for you!

Good luck Christina, choosing a doll for your ad…I imagine it *is* tough…with them all being such ooak little loves. Honestly, I don’t think you could go wrong. The each exude such personality. I’m excited to see what you choose. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have missed most of the Olympic fanfare…my Bear has been just that…a bear. He doesn’t want to sleep, or ever be put down for that matter…so, we’re struggling at that time of night. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope to catch some of it though!

I sure wish I were just a tad bit closer to you. I’d get my kiddos passports to see all the dolls in person…I’m going to miss oogling your etsy each Friday. I am on your Christmas custom list though, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰


Amber - August 10, 2008 - 6:43 pm

I watched the opening ceremonies, they’re always my favourite part of the Olympics. So much pomp, fanfare, and hopefulness. Although it felt less hopeful this time, and just more amazingly huge. I am curious to see what we do for 2010.

And I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that Sarah Brightman’s performance was scary. It totally gave me the heebie-jeebies. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

admin - August 10, 2008 - 9:31 pm

Hi Monica.. thanks for your kind words! Ohh, I do know about ‘bears’ ๐Ÿ™‚ I have one little one right now, it’s hard. And yes, you are on the list!
Hi Amber, it did feel less hopeful. I didn’t want to get into my political views in the post but the whole environment theme and embracing cultures seemed a bit far fetched. I’m curious about ours as well, especially with those weird mascots we have. SB.. she looked like she was on something pretty strong. lol..

Christine - August 11, 2008 - 2:51 am

I saw some parts of the opening ceremony, it looked pretty impressive. Didn’t see Sarah Brightman though. I always think she has a beautiful voice, how was her singing?
Btw, I think you should pick the freckled doll for your ad (I’m plugging my choice again, haha)!
Kelly Ripa, I only know her from pictures online and mags, I saw one of her last week and she looked really really skinny. Perhaps her arms are not bigger but the rest of her got smaller. ๐Ÿ˜‰ What does she do anyway (job I mean), she looks like a bit of a Barbie type to me.
I was thinking for the umpteenth time this morning about Etsy and opening a shop for myself and I concluded -again- that I think you’ve found such a good name for such a beautiful thing. My compliments!! I’m sure Bamboletta will become even more of a success in the future. I used to collect My Child dolls and your dolls remind me of those.


admin - August 12, 2008 - 7:16 pm

Hi Christine ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh Sarah’s singing was a lip snyc, so it was fine..but she just looked like a weird robot- very creepy look in her eyes. Now there are rumours circulating n how the Olympic ceremonies had ‘fakery’ in them..i.c the fireworks were actually CG and the little girl who was singing, well it wasn’t her voice because the real girls wasn’t deemed pretty enough..there’s a little internet gossip for you!
Kelly Ripa is a talk show girl and I think she has her own show. Her arms are ssoo big, she looks like a femail body builder. But what is strange is that her body is tiny but then she has these huge arms.
Thanks for the name/doll compliments. If you ever need to run names by me, I’m all ears ๐Ÿ™‚ We could have a virtual cup of tea and chat abut it ๐Ÿ™‚

sharilyn - August 14, 2008 - 3:12 am

we watched a bit of the opening ceremony too, and i’ve been thinking the same thing.. how the opening ceremony here in vancouver will be. I hope it’s ok.. ugh! I love that birds nest stadium… wish they’d have the (balls) to do something a little not-so-safe like that here!!!

Jennifer - August 23, 2008 - 1:22 pm

Congratulations Julie.

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Please see my last post to win a doll! Thanks for all the comments so far. Number 3, her name is Scarlett, looks to be in the clear lead. I’m going to repeat myself in saying that the winner of this contest will get a doll that matches up with their favorite.ย  Contest closes Saturday […]

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Devon - August 5, 2008 - 9:23 pm

yay for you two! your mama is so great, and you look so cute enjoying your dinner!

Meike - August 5, 2008 - 11:25 pm

Such wonderful pictures! Isn’t is great, the way grandparents can just swoop in and let you have a couple of hours of true you-time? I’ll have to remember that for when I’m old and grey and my kids have kids themselves (hopefully). Which should still be a loooong time from now, LOL!

P.S. It seems Scarlett snuck away during the night because she’s not living at Natural Pod anymore! I think she secretly took off to those lavender fields. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine - August 6, 2008 - 2:28 am

Ah, a diner for two. It has been a loooong time since my husband and I did that. We’ll get to it some day again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had a great evening!
I really love that picture of the lavender field. It must smell awesome walking around there! Wouldn’t it be magic to sit in that gazebo with a cup of tea and dream…..


erin - August 6, 2008 - 8:04 am

oooh yummy – mike and i had a 3-hour dinner sans kids there back in the spring for our anniversary.
we’re so lucky to have so much amazing food and drink surrounding us here.

erin - August 6, 2008 - 8:05 am

…even if there is a sad lack of cheap sushi!

stephanie - August 7, 2008 - 7:05 pm

Love the pic of you eating – it is totally cute:)

Leanna - August 7, 2008 - 9:41 pm

arn’t the lavender fields so beautiful. We have some really close by too, she lets you come and pick your own from her field once year for free. I missed it this year…. ๐Ÿ™ Grandparents are wonderful, my mom is watching Poppy a couple of times a week for a couple of hours so I can go do some exercise. I love that time.

admin - August 8, 2008 - 12:00 am

ohh Devon it was so dreamy! The food was amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ The company was pretty amazing too! It’s times like those that you really remember why you married them in the first place.
Meike, I can’t even fathom B or J having seems so far away. Scarlett went off to her new home, I hope she is happy!
Christine.. I think the last time John and I had dinner like that was at our wedding. Really. We used to go out to eat a lot before kids but it was always to more casual restaurants. We got a gift certificate from our neighbours for this restaurant, which is why we were there. John loves pubs and I’ve been trying to convince him that fine dining is an experience, he just saw it as a bit of a waste of money. Now, after our date, he’s convinced that these are special places with very special food. It’s so fantastic you have to eat slowly.
Erin.. cheap sushi, the choice between south and north Indian food, Ikea and H&M..these things I miss dearly. Yes, and my friends and family natch! See you tomorrow!
Thanks Stephanie!
Leanna..Oh to work out again. You are so lucky. That is next on my list, I hate not feeling strong and my baby belly HAS to go ๐Ÿ˜‰

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