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what i did today and antm

I had the morning to work today. I wanted to finish up a few orders I had and get myself organized for the next week. I finished up these brother and sister dolls and this other little guy for Izzy. Izzy loves dinosaurs so I went and bought some transfer paper from Staples, got some […]

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Meike - September 6, 2008 - 11:24 pm

Lovely idea with the transfer paper!

They do grow up pretty fast, don’t they. My mother’s always telling me that she enjoyed us (me and my twin) best when we were two years old… I always thought she was being ridiculous, but now that I have my own kids, I see what she means. Each age has its own charm, but they won’t ever get as cuddly again as they are at one-and-a-half or two! Just yesterday, when Nynke pressed her cheek against mine, I realized that Olivier in fact doesn’t have those sweet babycheeks anymore… So I just had to kiss and hug my little one extra, because all too soon, she’ll be all big and bony like her brother! ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine - September 7, 2008 - 9:10 am

Meike what Dutch names your kids and you have! Also from Nederland perhaps? ๐Ÿ™‚
The dolls look cute! Love the dinosaur on the boy.
I used to watch ANT with my husband (he’s a Tyra fan, I’m a Janice fan, too bad she left the show) but we stopped after a few seasons. I think because I already knew who was going to win after reading online (we’re behind here in the NL).
And you are right, they do grow up so fast. I still have two with chubby legs and cuddly cheeks, love them!!


admin - September 8, 2008 - 10:36 pm

i find myself getting all weepy about this passage of time. i still have little jasper- he’s always up for a cuddle. i’m so glad that we sleep together, i feel as though i’m really enjoying this time of our lives. thanks for the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

Sarah - September 10, 2008 - 3:14 pm

Oh, I love the dinosaur! I just love all your dolls…so beautiful!
I’m Asher’s mom—-you’re working on a doll for his birthday. Just a side note that he does REALLY love dinosaurs and/or pirates. If I’m too late, that’s ok. But thought I’d toss out this additional bit of info on him.

Hope you don’t mind that I visit your site almost daily now just to drool! Really lovely stuff!

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What makes Bamboletta Bamboletta and a Gratitude List

I often get emails from people asking ‘How I do it’. Ack, if you only saw the state of my you’d understand! Truth is I have an amazing team of ladies (and John!) who help me out so much. I truly could not do this without them, I am so incredible grateful to each […]

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Sue - September 5, 2008 - 2:50 pm

That’s a big team! :0)
..and I wonder why I can’t get anything done.
They sound like a great bunch of ladies and you are lucky to have them and your hubby!

admin - September 5, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Lol, that’s why I posted this post. I sometimes think people think I’m this super human dollmaker that can whip them off in no time, but I’m not! I’m trying to build a family business and I’m trying to bring people in who feel like family. I’m really, really lucky!

Con - September 5, 2008 - 9:34 pm

Thank YOU for creating these beautiful dolls to begin with! I LOVE making stuff for Bamboletta, Thanks you:)

Meike - September 6, 2008 - 3:42 am

Yup, that’s a business. And you’re the CEO! ๐Ÿ˜€ But seriously, it think it’s wonderful, so many people working together, putting their heart and soul in Bamboletta dolls. (I was wondering where you got the cute shoes from. Now I know! They’re great!)

Heather - September 6, 2008 - 5:23 pm

It’s pretty impressive to pull a team of people together like that. Very inspiring for me as we pull ours together for our Project. Congrats on your great work (everyone!). When I hold a Bamboletta doll, I can tell it is made by some pretty special people.

admin - September 6, 2008 - 8:28 pm

No, not the CEO! Lol, I like to think of my self as the conductor- like in an orchestra ๐Ÿ™‚ It feels as though it’s all coming together now- my vision and intention are materializing.
Thanks Heather! It’s really cool how these people ‘came’ to me as well. Everyone seemed to come at the right time each with something important to bring to the dolls. I’m pretty picky about who I have work on the dolls, I’m all about the good vibes in the dolls.. lol! Everything will unfold as it should.

elise - September 11, 2008 - 6:36 am

wow! thanks for revealing the inner works! now I don’t feel too too bad. ๐Ÿ™‚
I first saw your dolls a year ago (or so) when you sold a couple through Mahar Dry Goods. I am a huge fan and admirer.

windows and ads

I did a window display last weekend at Birkeland Brothers Wool in Vancouver. It was fun to do especially since I had doll props to work with. My friend Mike (Con’s partner) made a beautiful swing for the dolls using an arbutus branch from a tree in his yard and a super sweet retro table […]

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Heather - September 4, 2008 - 8:24 pm

hey Christina,
It was very exciting seeing you setting up the window display last weekend. Total coincidence to be sitting across the street just as you were doing that! It was also very inspiring to chat with you this morning… So many possibilities!
My sweet Bamboletta doll sits in my office as a huge inspiration to me every day. Many thanks!


Christine - September 5, 2008 - 1:44 am

Love the display and that swing is amazing!!! The dolls will sell like hot cakes, I’m sure. You are so lucky having so many talented people around who are helping you. I’m so jealous! ๐Ÿ™‚
I read Amanda’s blog a lot too, it’s very nice. I saw your ad there and her announcement. Congrats, I love it when women can help each other like that. That wasn’t the big news you mentioned a few days ago, was it?


mammoths and a new thang

First I’ll start off with my new ‘thing’ that I’ve added on to my site. I’ve put up a ‘Custom Doll’ form up on my site for people to order dolls from. I was doing far too much typing asking people what they wanted for their dolls, this way it’s all organized and in one […]

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Monica - September 2, 2008 - 10:00 pm

Wow! You are one busy lady! Happy birthday! I loved 33…it is my very most favorite number…here’s to a lovely 33 for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to hear your big news…I feel excitement in your words.
I know I’m on your custom Christmas list…shall I fill out your new form? Thanks Christina!

Meike - September 2, 2008 - 11:40 pm

Happy birthday Christina! Sounds like a lovely day indeed, just as it should be.

O! And thanks for the link to De Witte Engel. I always forget about their free patterns. I know that pattern – I actually bought it years and years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚ Guess it’s time to dig it up, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

Another big change in your family? Hmmm… what will it be this time, I wonder? ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope it’s something nice! It must be. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christine - September 3, 2008 - 4:50 am

Hey, I see you know Witte Engel, how funny. Us Dutch folks have nice stuff, huh. ๐Ÿ˜‰
So anyway, exciting stuff coming up, congrats!! I’m curious to know what it is, is it John quitting work to become a full time partner in the business?? Sorry I’m guessing. ๐Ÿ™‚

And congrats! 33, you spring chicken! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Your Sister - September 3, 2008 - 3:35 pm

Great pictures, you’re getting good with your camera! Did you use some of that lighting advice that your boycrush at Blacks gave you?
Oh, I’m putting your stuff in the mail tonight (the receipt and contract) and when are you in town next? I guess I could’ve phoned you rather than leave you a comment..

Leanna - September 3, 2008 - 4:25 pm

Happy Birthday! I am looking forward to my thirties (only 5 months to go) I am thinking that they are going to be my best years so far.

You kill us with the suspense. I can’t wait!

Thanks also for the pattern link, I don’t know if I can attempt a doll like yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy - September 4, 2008 - 11:21 am

Happy Birthday! Ahhh, it be 33 again, lol, I just turned 34 a week ago.
I would like to read the new Tolle book too, so it’s really amazing eh? I recently read Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, which changed my life. I should read it again…or the new-ish Tolle book.

admin - September 4, 2008 - 7:42 pm

Thanks for the birthday congrats everyone ๐Ÿ™‚
Amy- I’ll put that book next on my list.
Monica, no worries- I’ll actually be in touch in about a week about Bears are next on the list!
I’ll blog about the ‘change’ on Monday when I can ๐Ÿ™‚

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