About those Little Buddies…


I am a huge fan of Malcom Gladwell. I think I’ve read every one of his books at least twice – fascinating stuff! In the book ‘Outliers’ he talks about the 10,000 hour rule – how mastering something takes around 10,000 hours. I’m not going to even attempt to figure out how many hours I’ve been making dolls these past 8 years but I’m guessing it’s pretty close. I’m sort of the same way when it comes to training my sewing ladies – I keep them on the same sort of thing for a LONG time before teaching them something new – it’s the mastery of craft that I see with repetitive work, an incredible thing when your hands sort of take over what you are doing and the stitches flow … it’s all quite zen in a way. This is why I’ve kept most of my patterns the same and don’t change up what we do too much – I like what we do and more importantly I like doing it well. The hair and outfits change up but the basics of construction stay the same.

So, on to the Little Buddies. Crystal was my Little Buddy Lady – she could make a bunch a week – she is amazing at the LB’s! Crystal however has had some pretty serious family health issues come up and has had to temporarily relocate to Vancouver to be with her husband. So, my LB lady is temporarily out of commission for a bit and this is why the Little Buddy nursery has been quiet empty as of late.. All of us at Bamboletta are praying for this very special lady and her family.

Right now I am sort of getting into a new groove with our sewing ladies – adjusting the workload to reach our Fall goals (I wrote about these in the last post). I have 2 ladies that will be taking on the LB’s but it will be a few weeks yet before I can have everything ready. Things like working the extra heads into John’s head making ‘schedule’ (he works full time at his ‘real’ job too) and making sure there’s enough clothing, bodies sewn and stuffed and those tiny little underpants made. Then the admin side of it – extra time to make the listings, shipping and packing, etc. So, it may seem like it should be an easy thing to just add in 10 extra dolls but there’s quite a bit of work that goes on ‘behind the seams’.

Okay, boring-est blog post ever! But since so many of you ask about Little Buddies I thought it would be good to let you know about them.

Lots of sneaky peaks coming up tomorrow!

PS. Music peeps  – I’m also loving ‘Wait and See’ by Holy Ghost! – it’s got a great 80’s vibe that I love so much.






12 responses to “About those Little Buddies…”

  1. Shelly Gudmunsen Avatar
    Shelly Gudmunsen

    Never boring, C! Never!

  2. Monica Avatar

    I wish I could come hang in your cottage and do all of your photo uploading, processing, and listings for you!!

  3. Rebecca G-M Avatar

    Agreed, not at all boring! I love hearing about what you and the team do there. Thinking of Crystal and wishing her family the best! Big, big ((HUGS)) to her…

  4. Jennifer B Avatar
    Jennifer B

    Praying for Crystal and her family.

  5. Stephanie Reid Avatar
    Stephanie Reid

    Not boring AT ALL! Thanks for sharing this info! Prayers to the woman who was making the LBs and her family<3

  6. Tina Avatar

    Hugs and many positive thoughts going out to Crystal and her family!!!

  7. Tanya Thom Avatar

    I found this post to be quite fascinating, actually. We see the finished product week after week, but it’s good for all of us to hear of everything it entails to bring forth just one finished doll. With that said, it amazes me that you are able to crank out as many beautiful Bambos as you do, and with such beautiful detail every. single. week.!!!

    Praying for Crystal and her extended family… health issues are no fun, especially when they involve those you love. Sending (((hugs))) her way!


  8. Dianne Avatar

    Crystal & her family are in our thoughts & prayers……..LB when her family is strong again…….your post makes it real for us, real people producing dolls who have real lives & problems too, like us, the doll lovers…….not just the produced dolls showing at the end of the week……..who can’t understand that !!
    Have a great week ladies !!

  9. cheryl Avatar

    Love and hugs go to Crystal and her family as she is in our prayers. I think your really close to that hours mark if you didn’t surpass it a while ago. Keep sewing!

  10. Brenda Bell Avatar
    Brenda Bell

    Praying for Crystal and her family! <3

  11. Kimmy R Avatar
    Kimmy R

    I hope Crystal’s husband is ok and that everything works out for them! LB’s can wait!

    Love the music tidbit! 😉

  12. Carol-Ann Avatar

    What a sweetheart, cute and fashionable dolly for Lilah

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