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Team Bamboletta Superstar – Audrey

If you are in our Club group on Facebook (come on over and join!) then you’ll see me mention Audrey quite a bit. Audrey is basically the glue that holds Bamboletta together and is SO amazing that I had to tell you all about her.

When I moved to Vancouver 3 years ago from Cobble Hill I was leaving all my home sewers and production over there as well. I could have started again in Vancouver – it would have made sense to have the sewing mamas close by and start fresh but I just couldn’t do this to all the ladies. They are wonderful women and incredibly skilled! Audrey proved the solution to keep things humming along on the Island and be the bridge between Vancouver and them. Audrey makes sure all the women get their dolls each week, that all the proper materials get to the right people, goes through every. single, doll and makes sure it’s sewn just right, winds all the doll hair and occasionally runs to the fabric store and grabs elastic when it’s needed. This is just a small sampling of her work – Audrey is indispensable to the running of Bamboletta and there couldn’t be a kinder and more capable woman doing it. I am so grateful to her.

So, I had a little conversation with her today, interview style …

me: How long have you been with Bamboletta?
A: 9 years!

Audrey started with us as a sewing mama, sewing up the BEST Sitting Friends we ever did see ūüėČ She did this while working for BC Ferries as a ticket agent .. sometimes sewing while waiting to usher cars onto the Salt Spring Island ferry. Tired and sick of the corporate job she took the plunge and joined Bamboletta full time. And now look at us <3 Before working at BC Ferries, Audrey owned a diner in Quebec, managed a hotel and did other hospitality type of jobs. I think this experience is why she is so genius at taking care of the ladies!

me: What would fans be surprised to know about your process?
A: I often have no premeditated plan of what I’m doing with the hair when I’m winding it up. Of course we try to take care of as many requests as possible but sometimes the hair comes in from our dyer Andrea that morning and I’m winding it that afternoon so sometime I never know what’s going to happen!e

me: What’s the best part about working for Bamboletta?
A: I love the beautiful community online and with the women who sew for us. I also love the flexibility and variety in what I do. I’m able to work when I want ¬†– this is very handy as I have a strawberry farm as well!

me: What is your favourite part of Bamboletta magic?
A: I LOVE when people send us pics of their kids and their dolls. It’s nice to see our work appreciated and loved like it’s supposed to.

me: What do you like to listen to while working?
A: I like podcasts – my favourite being ‘Idea’s’ on CBC and I also like audiobooks. ¬†I just finished ‘A Man Called Ove’ that was really great.

me: Why is a cherished relic from childhood?
A: A stuffed yellow St. Bernard named ‘Sleepy’ – I still have him!

me: What is your favourite quote?
A: ‘You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!’ ¬†– John Lennon

We love you, Audrey! She’s a bit quiet online so this is lovely for all you to get to know her a little more <3


Sharyl Henry - August 21, 2017 - 10:08 am

Love this sweet little interview with Audrey. It is so nice getting to know the wonderful Bamboletta team in this way. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Sharyl

Sharyl Henry - August 21, 2017 - 10:11 am

Love this sweet little interview with Audrey. It is so nice getting to know about the wonderful Bamboletta team in this way. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Sharyl

Lillie - August 23, 2017 - 7:59 pm

I was sitting here without the TV on & without reason or rhyme this showed up. Odd bc I’m not really into Twitter, for that matter Facebook is almost rare for me. I saw these dolls & my heart started to beat. Even faster than the sadness in my heart & the pain in my head. I had to read. I do remember her kind face and I loved reading the interview, so much so it made me cry. Good friends, good help, good taste, just good company is hard to find & she’s even a good story teller! Thank you for the smile. It couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.

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Staff Bio: Amy

We started a series profiling our amazingly talented home sewers last month! This one is on Amy who has been with us for a couple years now and comes every Monday with her sweet children, Abigail and Grayson, in tow. We’re super lucky to have her!!

B: How did you find your way to Bamboletta?

A: My husband used to work with (Christina’s Husband) John at General Paint.

B: Do you have any sewing tricks or tips?

A: I like to do more than one doll at a time, it seems faster. Also, stuffing both sides at the same time for a rounder body.

B: What else fills your time when you not sewing for Bamboletta?

A: Working for The Capitals, spending time with my husband and two amazing children and camping.

B: Who or what is a big inspiration for you?

A: My kids, they love seeing the dolls and ‘helping’ me sew! Also, all the pictures on Facebook of the kids with their dolls and seeing all the uploads.

“I am very thankful for the¬†opportunity¬†and ¬†it is very exciting to be part of making these beautiful dolls. It’s amazing to be able to work from home and also I love going into the studio every week to see everyone’s smiling faces!”

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Home Sewer Bio: Jes Goulet

We always think it’s exciting to share part of our world with all of you at home. Something you don’t often get to see or know much about is our amazing and talented and beautiful mama’s who home sew for us! We want to do a bio on one of our home sewers once a month so you can meet the faces behind the dolls and the frocks. They are such amazing and invaluable members of our team and us gals at the studio¬†appreciate¬†the heck outta them ūüôā So without further adieu, our first home sewers bio is on Jes who sews frocks for us….

I have always been a firm believer that when you NEED something (and I really mean need here not want) the universe brings it to you.  That is exactly how I found myself sewing teeny tiny frocks for Bamboletta. It turns out Christina was looking to start hiring frock sewers outside of the shop and I (with two kids suddenly in school full time and desperate for an income) was looking for something flexible that could make use of my neglected sewing skills and industrial machines. Et voila! Kismet. Almost two years into this and still loving it.

Sewing for Bamboletta involves a lot of large and small batches and a fair amount of repetition. ¬†In order not to completely lose my mind I have to keep everything that I am working on very organized. ¬†It is helpful to have a plan, know how each piece needs to go together before I start, ¬†keep everything sorted in their own little piles, and do all of the same step for each batch at once (ie if the cuffs of the sleeves need to be serged then do all the sleeves at once)… and don’t forget to change my needles regularly. <3
When I am not sewing for Bamboletta – which is not that often actually- ¬†I am teaching my son to play the piano, discussing the plot of various ‘Warriors’ ¬†books with my daughter, trying to figure out what to make for dinner (with new gluten and dairy sensitivities in the family), feeding and watering chickens, turkeys, dog, cats, planning out and working on the food garden, weeding said garden (we didn’t have a winter this year so the weeds have a head start), trying to remember to get some laundry done and did I arrange for the kids to get picked up from school? and maybe if I am lucky crashing in bed ¬†at the end of the day to check out facebook, pinterest and various blogs before maybe sleeping through the night if kids and cats will allow. O and did I mention I sew for fun too….

I am a big advocate of the ‘locavore’ ideal. I am inspired by the people who try to live with smaller footprints while preserving skill sets that are being lost, who run ¬†businesses where people mean more than money, and environmental impact is more important than how cheaply an item can be manufactured. My goal for my family is to ¬†move us towards a lifestyle that is more self sustaining and I am always inspired by others that are doing the same.
Nan - April 5, 2013 - 1:39 pm

How lovely a bio and blog entry. Jes, I so enjoy the sweet frocks that keep these dolls so innocent looking and appreciate the cuffs and small details. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and endeavours on living in a way that leaves a smaller footprint. I, too, enjoy reading how others go about doing this. It is inspiring and every small change is significant, I am coming to believe. Hmmm…
I need to purchase less dolls and less frocks perhaps than I have in the last month :), but Bamboletta as a company feels like the right place to splurge every now and again.

Skye Copeland - April 7, 2013 - 11:54 am

I love learning more about the lovely ladies who sew all the gorgeous frocks! This sounds like a perfect pairing. I wish I had this talent!!

Colleen - January 1, 2021 - 6:39 am

My grandkids love your dolls!

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