Monthly Archives: January 2009


Hey everyone, great news!! The CPSIA has suspended the requirements for one year! We don’t have to test until then AND they are re working the law. My heart is full of joy right now, not just because of the suspension but also because of the roar that people can cause. We were heard. We […]

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Leanna - January 30, 2009 - 9:34 pm

I was just coming here to tell you this news!!! I am so glad that you beat me to the punch! Congrats and I am glad that you didn’t put that package in the mail yet. I think we have won the first battle!

If you need eyes…mine are ready and waiting 🙂

andrea - January 30, 2009 - 10:08 pm

This is the first place I’ve checked online this evening-what news! YAY!

I’d love to have a look at your site if you still have a need:)

Naomi - January 30, 2009 - 10:20 pm

Great news! Hopefully they’ll realize how crippling this could be and fix the legislation within the year, too.

I would love to check out your redesign, too, if it would help you out. Who doesn’t need some good karma?!

Amber - January 30, 2009 - 10:51 pm

I read about this over at Poot & Boogie, and I’m so glad. Did anyone actually pay for the testing, though? I hope there wasn’t a lot of money spent on something that may not be needed, and that they can amend this and get it right in the next year.

And I would be happy to look at your website if you need anyone else.

Cate - January 30, 2009 - 10:52 pm

Hi and yippeee, I am so happy for you. I would love to help in any way Christina with your site I have heaps of experience as you know from my own online store. Mum & Babe. I have learnt so much all the things you don’t think of until it happens or things go crazy. Let me know I would love to help.

Steph - January 31, 2009 - 12:22 am

Thats such good news! Hopefully they’ll spend the next year getting it right.

If you need volunteers I’ll raise my hand. I don’t know if it could be cuter than this one though.

Michelle Z. - January 31, 2009 - 5:02 am

I could use all the good karma I can get right now. I’d be happy to take a peek and give you my feedback.

Christine - January 31, 2009 - 5:46 am

That’s really good news! Glad people spoke out and were heard. If you don’t have enough volunteers yet, I can take a look for you, no problem.


cheryl - January 31, 2009 - 5:55 am

Theres a party at your house this weekend I take it, Great news!!! I’d love to be considered to peek at the web-design and provide feedback. I’m just so happy that I can now order lots of cool stuff again. Yea!

Sarah - January 31, 2009 - 5:56 am

I would be willing to look at your new website if you are still looking for people 🙂
Great news about the law!

Roseanne Perkins - January 31, 2009 - 6:32 am


Looks like you already have quite a few volunteers, but if you need more my hubby and I can take a look. He designs websites for digital library collections (pretty different from retail!) but he knows quite a bit about usability issues.

Yay about the law too. Something needs to be done about unsafe toys but it was obvious this law wasn’t fully thought out. I’m a children’s librarian and they even got us worried because at one point they were saying we’d have to remove all our picture books from our public library collections for testing. Ack!

Brooke - January 31, 2009 - 8:35 am

Great news on the CRSIA laws!!! Yay!It is great to know I will still be able to get great stuff for the kidos and Mama too-LOL
I would also be willing to take a look at the new site I am sure it is perfect!

Kris - January 31, 2009 - 9:14 am

Yippee! I am so happy that our voice made a difference.

if you still need eyes, let me know

Monica - January 31, 2009 - 9:19 am

Looks like you may have your fill on “test eyes”…but I’d love to see it Christina!!

I’m over the moon on the stay… work hard not to be in this position again next winter. Gotta save small business! It’s a huge part of the ethics I’m raising my kiddos with!!

amanda - January 31, 2009 - 8:49 pm

Yay!! Such great news! I can’t help thinking all day today as I’ve been reading this news of the story of Horton. Maybe it was just one final “yop” that made all these voices heard. 😉 Cheers to handmade! Cheers to Bamboletta!

admin - February 1, 2009 - 11:11 am

Thanks everyone! This is really great news!

YOP!! (great analogy Amanda!)

Pink Sky - February 2, 2009 - 11:34 am

That is fantastic news!

Monique - February 2, 2009 - 12:42 pm

great news christina! congrats!

jill scripps - February 2, 2009 - 1:38 pm

i like to edit. and i love looking at your stuff.
so i’d love to help you out.


Behind the Scenes

I just thought I’d share a few pictures of ‘behind the scenes’ here at Bamboletta workshop aka our house..                      Are you impressed or what?!? This is what I usually photograph my dolls against when I’m taking pics of them for Etsy. Fancy.                      Those are all odd socks. Laundry gets embarrassing here. And Devon […]

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cheryl - January 30, 2009 - 7:45 am

I just love your fancy photography studio, but the best pictures come from the simple things don’t they. I also like the hair cut but I cannot show the kids as they like to cut almost everything just once with the scissors.

tressa - January 30, 2009 - 10:43 am

okay, totally love the cindy lauper do, you should sell them like that – with a black sweater. 😉

and the priest! oh my, he’s a dream boat. i love him!

devon - January 30, 2009 - 11:14 am

when I saw the sock I thought – “not bestsey too”. So glad to read the happy ending:-)

Lisa Z - January 30, 2009 - 5:44 pm

Love the haircut! And a priest, cool!

admin - January 30, 2009 - 8:48 pm

thanks ladies!!

Monica - January 31, 2009 - 9:18 am

Your white box is just like mine! lol!!
I love the mid haircut shot….he looks lots like Gracon!
And, I’m in LOVE with Silver….I want her…..

CPSIA Update

I thought I’d write a little update on where Bamboletta stands on the CPSIA issue. It’s all so confusing and overwhelming to be honest. I just want to make sure that I can ship dolls across the border without any hassle. So, this is what I’ve come up with so far. Although there were recommendations […]

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Naomi - January 29, 2009 - 7:37 am

What a total nightmare. I can’t imagine how this is helping our children…

admin - January 29, 2009 - 9:55 am

if supplier issued certificates were acceptable as a form of compliance I think that would be the saving grace for lots of us. if you go and buy some 100% cotton fabric at walmart (ugh) and make Roo a dress then you are perfectly within your rights and she has a cute , cotton dress – as it stands now the fabric manufacturer does not have to test – so that fabric could be a lead laden biohazard (!?)- but if a WAHM with an etsy shop were to make the same dress with the same fabric then it’s illegal. I think the testing should be done at a supplier level – then there is less risk of dangerous things to get through. with the testing results coming back it’s mostly sparkly bits, pearlized buttons, zippers, snaps, and puffy transfers on tshirts that are coming back with high lead – think Hanna Montana at Walmart. no offence to the HM of course 🙂

Leanna - January 29, 2009 - 10:31 am

This whole thing is very hard to swallow, I agree about testing at the suplier level, and although I have no idea how “they” would enforce I am not taking a chance either, but unfortunatly I can’t afford the testing so my dolls will be for Canada only 🙁 I am scared they are going to attack the etsy sellers like gangbusters on the 10th, so I am going to change my shipping info before that. I am so very glad that you are doing the testing, your dolls are so fab. and not having them available would be such a shame.

The Adventures of Lucy – Part 2

  Lucy  (well, my friend Heather) will be reporting back every Monday telling us about her journey to Guatemala. Lucy is on her way there to help Project Somos set up their village for orphaned and abandoned children. For more information about this wonderful project, please see here! It’s been 9 days since we left […]

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Amber - January 26, 2009 - 9:42 pm

OK, I’m loving Lucy’s adventures so far. I can’t wait for the next installment!

Cate - January 26, 2009 - 11:09 pm

Go Lucy! I love her style, an outfit for every occasion, divine!

cheryl - January 27, 2009 - 7:49 am

I just love to hear of Lucys adventures. I also think its great she is getting so much love and also clothes on her trip. You know how much girls love clothes. Go Lucy !

amanda - January 28, 2009 - 1:16 pm

I’m so glad that Lucy is along for the adventure and that she’s sharing the tales with us! 😉 And I’m so grateful for the introduction to Project Somos – thank you!

I have to share….

My sister told me my last post sounded like a total sales job.  I love sisterly honesty. I get a few days a week to work , solo, downstairs in my workroom(s). I am so engrossed in what I do that I often forget to eat. I wish that the forgetting to eat would help […]

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Prairie Girl - January 24, 2009 - 9:33 am

My most favorite cook book as well!! I hope all of your readers listen and whips up a batch.

Happy Hummous eating! 🙂

Prairie Girl - January 24, 2009 - 9:34 am

oops, finger slip – whip not whips

Naomi - January 24, 2009 - 12:49 pm

Wow! I had no idea you could make hummus without tahini. Nice one.

admin - January 24, 2009 - 1:43 pm

oh. yeah. i love it without tahini and less lemon too 🙂 i just read on your blog about the slimmers cami – i must buy one, thanks for the tip Naomi!!

pg – have you tried the amazing, amazing honey ginger dressing? the first time i made it i actually got up in the middle of the night and ate a spoonful – just the dressing. so good!!

devon - January 24, 2009 - 7:55 pm

You know I love this hummus! Thanks to you:-)

andrea - January 24, 2009 - 8:55 pm

oooh thanks! my hummus never comes out equal to what i’ve bought. isn’t that sad? i LOVE hummus but haven’t yet found a good enough recipe. i promise to try this.

Kate - January 24, 2009 - 11:32 pm

LOVE that cookbook!

Chris - January 25, 2009 - 7:02 pm

I want someone to clip my threads for me! 🙂 In time I’m sure my little peanut will want to help make bunnies with mommy.

CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) - January 26, 2009 - 12:22 am

This is the PERFECT recipe! The thing that holds me back from making hummus at home is the tahini pa$te! But I have an inside supplier of cashew nuts 😉

Yum, hubs is going to be excited!

Lauren A - January 26, 2009 - 9:58 am

Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing.

Dayna - January 26, 2009 - 11:13 am

I disagree about your post sounding like a sales job. It’s all just honesty in my humble opinion. I STILL want the Plum fairy to be mine, not Abigails… your post just helps me to admit that out loud. Maybe I should get another one ordered this year… 😉

Thanks for the hummus recipe… I’ll have to try it for sure! It’s Abbie’s fave food, she might like it too. mmmmm.

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