My Inspiration


Beautiful image by Erin Wallis Photography.

I was asked recently by a friend as to why I started making the dolls and why I didn’t make those cute monster dolls or stuffed animals. Surely, I could make those too – she suggested as a way to expand my product line. But, I make dolls, it’s what I do. I love the idea of pouring my heart into one thing.

When I first started reading about ‘Waldorf Dolls’ (this is the philosophy upon which the dolls are based on) I was drawn in by thoughts of a simple expression on the doll, so that it can be used in open ended play – happy or sad or somewhere in between. And by the use of all natural materials because a child’s energy ‘flows’ better with something natural. I loved these concepts, they just made so much sense to me. Thing was, I wasn’t too keen on what was available at the time. I knew that the little girls in my life would want something a little brighter, happier and fun. So, I took my love of color, fabrics, and yarns (yum!) and created a doll. Then another. And another.

As I started making more dolls, I took them to a Waldorf school very excited about sharing what I did.  While the parents and most teachers embraced what I did and loved the more modern direction I was taking the dolls. There was one teacher who was very unkind to me – my dolls were ‘too happy’ and ‘too colorful’ and I shouldn’t sell them at the school. It was brutal – it’s like that lady was a vacuum that sucked up all the positivity from the day. One part of me could have shrunk away and never make dolls again or start making  them in the uber traditional way – taking her words to heart. The other part, the one that I listened too, just knew that this was what I was meant to do. You see, back then, Etsy didn’t even exist – and when it did it was only myself and a very few ladies making Waldorf Dolls on there. No one had seen what I was doing. I knew that I could take the heart and concepts of this beautiful philosophy around dolls and bring it to today’s little girls. And not ones that are going to the Waldorf schools, necessarily. I knew I could bring them to my friends, my family, my community – a wider base of people.

The concepts that first inspired and drew me in still hold steady in my work. They are the anchor in all that I do, my foundation. The simple faces that can convey so much and be what the child’s imagination needs. The hair made with so much thought. Our hair can be styled and played with (something I know I LOVED as a child – here’s our YouTube channel with different hair styling videos). I really remember as a child getting lost in textures remembering this is why I love combining different types of yarns to create it – we even go as far as hand dying most of our yarns to get all the shades we want. The simple bodies made much like a child’s – not a thin, unrealistic proportion. My dolls keep kid’s little – I can’t get started on how sick I feel when I see what is available to young girls today (another blog post). Clothing that can be taken on and off with velcro – easy. Every single thing we do is thought out using those basic tenants of the Waldorf philosophy but always with the question ‘what would the child love?’. Even while choosing fabrics I have this question near and dear to my heart.

I make companions, secret keepers, a child’s little ally for that short period of time of their life. My doll was SO important to me growing up – the security and comfort I took in having her around is something I feel even to this day. I know I’ve said this again and again, but remembering that makes me feel so incredibly honored to be making dolls for your little ones today.

Much love,

Nicole Downs - May 2, 2015 - 7:42 am

Thanks Christina. We love your heart and your dolls. You are a gift.

Kim Giovannini - May 2, 2015 - 7:48 am

Personal reflection leads to growth and prosperity. It’s something we learn as we experience life. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blogs. They are inspirational and remind us all to remember to treasure our Littles so they may treasure their Littles one day. <3 So lovely!

Sharyl Henry - May 2, 2015 - 8:03 am

Christina, Yes, exactly what Nicole Downs said -“We love your heart and your dolls. You are a gift.” The sweet and dear Bambolettas are perfectly wonderful and magical — unique and special more than words can express. Your heartful and loving vision brings them to life and sends enchanted blessings out into the world. Thank goodness that you did not listen to whoever it was at the Waldorf school that said those ridiculously judgmental and hurtful comments to you. Lots of love to you.

Ida - May 2, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Thank you for sharing your special gift with us! Your dolls are special, like none other. You are a unique artist that is giving us something so special. Love, love, love your dolls!!

willowsprite - June 10, 2015 - 10:34 pm

Lovely blog post. Thank you for pressing on with your beautiful work! How can anything be to happy or colourful? Ridiculous. I’ve just discovered Waldorf style dolls, now that I have a daughter and have been looking for dolls that are made of natural materials. I love how yours are natural and handmade – but also have beautiful colourful hair you don’t see anywhere else. And the cute outfits! Love!

willowsprite - June 10, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Lovely blog post. Thank you for pressing on with your beautiful work! How can anything be to happy or colourful? Ridiculous. I’ve just discovered Waldorf style dolls, now that I have a daughter I have been looking for dolls that are made of natural materials. I love how yours are natural and handmade – but also have beautiful colourful hair you don’t see anywhere else. And the cute outfits! Love!

willowsprite - June 10, 2015 - 10:39 pm

Lovely blog post. Thank you for pressing on with your beautiful work! How can anything be to happy or colourful? Ridiculous. I’ve just discovered Waldorf style dolls, now that I have a daughter I have been looking for dolls that are made of natural materials. I love how yours are natural and handmade – but also have beautiful colourful hair you don’t see anywhere else. And the cute outfits! Love!

I still remember my doll I had as a child. A cabbage patch doll with long yarn hair. I can still remember what it felt like to run my fingers through it. I remember her little fingers and toes…and belly button! Memories of what we played with as kids are powerful. You’re helping create them.

Reyanna - July 22, 2015 - 12:52 pm

This post brought tears to my eyes! … just picturing you at that Waldorf school and them crushing your spirit. 🙁 I’m so glad you persevered!! I am now just starting to collect your dolls. I’ve gotten them on FB, but still… I LOVE THEM!!! I know I will be buying new as well. They are so amazing. Thank you for creating such beautiful dolls! 🙂

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Where have the Frocks Gone?

I’m getting to pack up and move this weekend. I’m pretty excited as all the studio gals old and new are coming in on Saturday and we’re packing it all up. Quite a bit of the stuff is going to Audrey’s place as she will be home base for all our home sewers to pick up and drop off their dolls. I like the idea of these bits of Bamboletta still being around at her place – it’s a nice continuity.


I love the new stuff we’ve been creating lately – like this lace front tunic. So sweet!

So, let’s talk Frocks. While things get settled and I establish a work flow between my new place in Vancouver and the studio over here on Vancouver Island I am holding back on frocks for the time being. And I have some ideas on how I’d like to bring them back in – I was thinking of a made to order section where you can choose your dress style, fabric, accessories and then the order is made up and shipped out to you. And/or a super highly more ‘curated’ Frock selection – so, more outfits like what you see on our upload dolls. Anyhow, going to get through this move first and then figure that out. I hope within a month or so.

Thanks so much, everyone!

Betsy Mierswa - April 22, 2015 - 8:15 pm

I just want to wish you all the best in your move and relocation. I have no doubt that you will be settled in and back up and running full speed in a short time. I look forward to reading how you are adjusting and tackling this newest adventure.
The best always!

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The ‘Why’ ..

My ‘why’ – right here. Photo by Erin Wallis.

A little update – I’m moving to Vancouver but keeping production on Vancouver Island.

It’s like I’m back in my early 20’s setting up a new place. I’ve half way moved into our apartment in an area called Mount Pleasant in Vancouver. It’s been a real joy setting up, I’ve gotten rid of so much stuff, it feels so liberating. I’m not even a ‘stuff’ kind of person but it’s crazy how quickly it accumulates. I’ve set up house based on this amazing book called ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up‘.  One of the philosophies in there is that if it doesn’t ‘spark joy’ in you, toss it. If you are only surrounded by things you love you and not things that carry baggage then your mind can be clearer and more relaxed. I’m going to be working in my home until I can find a suitable studio so I want things to be as uncluttered as possible.

I’m equal parts excited and nervous about this new venture. As with the paring down in my home, I feel like I’m paring down in my business and really getting back to the ‘why’ of what I do. (I HIGHLY recommended you watch this Ted Talk ‘It Starts With Why’). The past year or so has pulled me away from the why of what I’m doing – stresses from running a business, being away from my family, finances, and then all that attention after our award (which was amazing, yes, but a bit of a trip!). I always took solace and comfort when I spent those 3 days a week in my chair sewing the faces on- doing what I love – bringing the dolls to life. Those times would act like an anchor.

So, why do I do this? What is my ‘why’? To spread joy and delight through my creations. Through the art of handmade we embed magic into our dolls for people all over the world to feel and be connected by. And from a social and political standpoint – that ‘making’ matters in ways that go far beyond the end product. People have a choice on what they want their future to look like and that this business model has far reaching benefits.  Describing your ‘why’ is so difficult – it’s in the emotional/feeling part of the brain and hard to articulate, so this is the best I can do.

In the 12 years or so I’ve had Bamboletta I’ve experienced many expansions and contractions – much like breathing. Right now, I’m in a contraction, getting close in again to why we do what we do. I’ll huddle around it for a bit and let it warm me to my bones. Then I’ll be ready for my expansion – whatever that may be – and the not knowing is the great adventure.

Much love,


monique - April 6, 2015 - 10:39 pm

You truly are an amazing person! Xo

Laura - April 6, 2015 - 10:55 pm

You know I love this. So much. xoxo

Trisha Cunningham - April 6, 2015 - 10:58 pm

Dear Christina,
When I opened our special package from Bamboletta this past Saturday it was as if I opened a box of magic. I had ordered three dolls, and was getting ready to put them in Easter baskets for the next day. Well let me tell you those dolls took my breath away. They are works of art Christina!! The pictures on line do not prepare you for what you will receive when you actually see them up close and hold them. Each hair tendril is thoughtfully placed and the faces are so sweet and unique to each doll. The clothing so perfectly put together. I was shocked at how truley beautiful they were. You included a darling pair of tights that I was in search of for the one doll I named Opal. But then there was also a delightful little soap to wash their hair down the road, and….then! GASP!! A coveted unicorn frock! I actually had to go sit down. I held that little unicorn dress in my hands for about ten minutes just dizzy with delight. I have seen Bamboletta lovers asking about that dress on your facebook site. Your generosity is so very appreciated and shows your love towards people. It is not a marketing trick, you are the real deal. You didn’t have to do that, or put the little soap or tights in or give people credits on their combined shipping or let people make name and hair changes or add freckles on. But you do. Even though it is a huge time gobbler for you, you do it. Because you really care and have a passion for what you do. You bring happiness and magic to people big and small. You bring something real and organic and lovely to this world…I cringe at all those plastic junk things that go straight to landfill. You make heirloom dolls, and comfort companions, a gift to be treasured and handed down. I cannot speak to your “why” but I sure know why I chose to buy your Bamboletta Dolls. Because we all need less junk in our lives and more meaningful beauty. I sure hope you continue to live a good life for yourself and for those who love you. Whatever path you choose just know you cannot make everyone happy, and that is not your responsibility. Your responsibility is to follow your heart for it will never lead you astray. Thank you for your kindness and generosity and for sharing your gift of doll making with us. Many blessings to you and your family during this transitioning time. Out of total darkness and hard closed-in walls does the most beautiful butterfly emerge! Sincerely Trisha : )

Sharyl Henry - April 7, 2015 - 12:27 am

Christina, Thank you for sharing your heart and journey. As you already know, there are many of us who love you and love the enchanted entity of Bamboletta which you have envisioned and brought to life and love the precious dolls. There are so many different levels and aspects of what you are doing that are beautiful, magical, soulful, heartful and very much needed in these strange times in which we are living. I wish I could honestly find the right words that would express what I am trying to say, but they are eluding me. The beautiful business model that you are continuously creating and the beautiful and unique dolls that are so very special that they practically leap from their sending boxes and into our arms already filled to the brim with personality, love, adventure and possibilities, are very much needed in this rough world. (I realize that I basically just repeated myself using different words and an English teacher would fail me here, but I guess I just needed to say it all twice). Just sending love, prayers and best wishes as your journey continues. Smiles and Hugs, Sharyl

Ilene Chalmers - April 7, 2015 - 4:31 am

Beautifully put Christina. Definitely words to live by. Love and Hugs from David and Me.

Nicole D - April 7, 2015 - 7:18 am

So right on

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Thank you

I wanted to say thanks for all your well wishes as I embark on the next step in my journey. Reading all your comments, texts and emails has made me feel unstoppable. I really can feel all of your support, love and well wishes – it makes me know I can do this and it’s going to be freaking amazing.

You gals, what can I say? So much love for you all. Really. What we do here is so different then something like just selling shirt or whatever. It feels unique. There is a love and a bit of magic that connects us through the dolls – I really believe it. I don’t know if it’s because of how long the doll takes to make or the natural materials absorb something special, but there is something pretty cool about the ‘life’ of a handmade doll. Maybe, you think I’m crazy. Well, as Jimi Hendrix said in one of my most favorite quotes ever ..

The past few weeks felt like a choice to me. Either I go down a vortex of self pity and shutting down or I go this way. I have to admit, that vortex of self pity can feel pretty good sometimes – like an itch you know you shouldn’t scratch. Especially when you are tired and stressed. I’m so thankful to have the support around me to be able to zoom out and see opportunity and wonderful surprises in what looks like a catastrophe. You gals out there are a HUGE part of why I’m able to see things the way I do and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I’m full o quotes lately and this one really fits the bill tonight …


ILENE CHALMERS - March 23, 2015 - 6:53 am

Absolutely love the Hendrix quote. Definitely words to live by. The Cherokee legend story is spot on. 🙂

Judy Tucker - March 23, 2015 - 10:19 am

So glad you didn’t let the vortex suck you in, Christina! Your offering fewer Bamboletta dolls is much better than not having any new friends available for adoption. So glad your doll creating staff still have jobs and that you and your family get to enjoy being together in the big city! Great choices! : )

carla - March 25, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Christina, I have not been a part of your world for very long, but reading all of your sites and looking at all the photos and seeing the smiles on all the faces of each and every person that you deal with proves beyond a doubt what a wonderful person you are. I can not imagine how hard this decision was for you but I am so glad that you have the support you need for making it and making it work afterwards. And if you ever decide that you wanna keep moving south then come on down to my area in WV and we could get together another sewing family of ‘sewing mama’s” But while you are still up north, I wish you all of the good luck and best wishes possible. I love this picture of you, you kinda look like your Bamboletta’s, don’t ya think? Sweet smile, bright eyes yep i think so…lol. sending good thoughts, carla

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Big News. Vague, I know, but it is …

I have some pretty huge news. Huge for me – life change news kind of stuff. I’m closing down our Whippletree Studio in May and moving to Vancouver. Doll making will stay with the lovely sewing mama’s on the Island but myself, and my family are moving back to Vancouver. In case you aren’t familiar with west coast BC geography and are new to Bamboletta – currently I live and work on Vancouver Island which is about a 2 hour drive and a 2 hour ferry from Vancouver. I moved to the Island from Vancouver about 8 years ago.

It was a series of events that have pushed me to this decision. I’ve had a pretty tough few years with both my father and mother being seriously ill. It hurt my heart not to be there to drive my mom to appointments or spend time with my dad by his bedside while he waited in the hospital. I’m so close to my parents and these events took their toll on me.  But I’m not in a position to just take time off – I have an immense obligation to Bamboletta, to my team that rely on this(me) to feed their families.  Also, I am the sole provider for my family and ,well, with everyone to pay and all the expensive supplies, it’s a tight ship to say the least.  I am so heavily involved in the creation of the dolls that if I disappeared for a while, everything would shut down. Thank God I had Brooke and Brandi to handle it all with me – to essentially become extensions of me so that we were able to make as many dolls as we did with the joy and love that the dolls deserved. Then Brooke left just before Christmas to live closer to home and be with her family. She still handles some online customer service stuff but the rest of her work fell on me. Then, about 2 weeks ago, Brandi told me that she wanted to leave to travel and be free of any obligation. That felt like a big punch in the gut. As a friend, well like sisters really, I TOTALLY get it – she is at a point in her life where she is finally free and I’m so happy for her. But as a boss who relies on her to oversee what goes in and out and spending so much of my time over the years teaching her how I see what I see  – SO many little details – the news was devastating. And exhilarating. Really, really exhilarating. One thing I’ve learned in business over all these years is that when it all seems to hit the fan, there’s something really fantastic around the corner. The trick is to stay open and trust.

Although Brandi is leaving, she’s not really leaving. She will still do doll noses and come to Granville Island when I have markets. Almost everyone who has moved or left still has some part in Bamboletta – it really becomes a part of you.

The day I found out about Brandi I was talking to a good friend who happens to be an amazing coach. ‘So, now what?’ came up. Hmmm, now what? I can’t keep production up to our 80 or so dolls per week without Brandi – it would take me a long time to train someone to replace her. I knew immediately that I could not physically do any more then what I do now – after Brooke left I was working more then I ever have in my life and it was starting to take it’s toll on me.  Thankfully Bran gave me a few months notice so nothing immediate had to be done. ‘What about Vancouver?’  Chela had been listening to me lament about wanting to move back for the past year. My family, my friends. the city – I missed it all so much. Then the light went off in my head and I felt this expansive freedom – yes, Vancouver! She then told me that the apartment she was moving out of was still not rented and it is exactly in the area I want to be in (east Van – my old stomping grounds and in the catchment for the school I want the boys to attend). I called the landlord and ,just like that, I had a place to live.

I won’t bore you with the long account and revelations around keeping the dolls being made on the Island but that’s what is going on. Audrey, Jes and Andrea are incredible and have been with me for a long time – they will handle the sewing mamas, dyeing, cloth sewing. These ladies are amazingly talented and have surpassed me in the technical skills of making an incredible doll.  We will be creating about half the amount of dolls per week and I will do the faces, upload and ship from my home studio in Vancouver. Twice a month I will come over to the Island and do all the aesthetics –  hair bundles, pick up dolls, deliver fabrics to be sewn into clothing, make sure everything is running well – making sure the overall ‘Bamboletta – ness’ of my dolls stays the same.

Less dolls for me feels super right.  I can pick up my kids, be there for my family and be in a city that makes me thrive all while still doing what I love to do most which is to create the dolls.  This has been one of the hardest and easiest decisions of my life. Hard in the details (the who, what, where – and moving a 2700 sq foot studio PACKED with stuff) and hard in leaving my studio (I LOVE my studio) – but easy in how the answers and solutions have flowed to me and how it’s just happened. But then again, I should not be surprised by this at all. This business has always flowed in an organic way.

So, starting in May there will be less dolls available. I’m aiming for about 40 a week and still do the Monday, Wednesday and Friday uploads (I love the smaller uploads).  I will be working out of my home (John and Acorn will stay on the Island for the next year while he does a course) until I find the perfect little studio spot. I’ll do the uploads, faces, hair, styling – all the fun stuff that I love most. I want time to devote to work with women’s shelters teaching doll making classes and I do more of the philanthropic stuff that makes my hear sing.  I’ll have time for my family, to blog, to do some workshops – oh man – so much time is opening up for me I’m so excited!

Totally didn’t think this would be such an epic blog post. Thank you – all of you – for loving my dolls all these years and seeing the ebbs and flows of my business. I’m excited to have you all along to share this next chapter of my story – who knows what it’s going to bring?

Much love,


Kat - March 21, 2015 - 4:06 pm

You will be really missed over her but what a fantastic decision for you!

Bless you and Brandi in your new adventures. Two sweeter ladies I have never met.


Judith Rotruck - March 21, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Good luck, Christina! I’m glad things are working out for your family and Bamboletta. I love your dolls. They are adorable. I have never been able to buy one, but I was so inspired that I made two for my precious grandthings. Keep up the great work and take care.
Judy Rotruck

A - March 21, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Thanks for sharing. Enjoy every minute of your new adventure!

Brenda Simpson - March 21, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Whippletree will miss you. Good luck to you and your family.

Kelly - March 21, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Congratulations on the changing of seasons in all of your lives. It sounds like the right paths for you all. I think the clarity, happiness and peace will show in the dolls beauty and life force. I pray for continued success personally and professionally for you all. Enjoy!

Jackie - March 21, 2015 - 4:34 pm

im sad that the store will be gone. I never did get to come over and experience it. But I am so very happy for you! I’ll get myself down to Granville island since its close. The dolls will still be there and we will all still LOVE Bamboletta and the way it makes hearts sing. And you – your heart will sing, too, being where you want to be. Serendipity, when it happens you have to follow the path to the joy it brings. And, well, there’s a chance now I just might be able to take a class with you. How awesome is that?!?

morgan - March 21, 2015 - 4:34 pm

Wow! You’re amazing! I love the way you’ve come through it with excitement and joy and love that you’ll be closer doing fun stuff. Hopefully that means we will see more of you!

Dawne negrin - March 21, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Wonderful things are in store for you, I just no it. Congratulations on a whole new amazing time in your life!

Kelsey - March 21, 2015 - 4:54 pm

I can’t even say how excited I am for you! So many amazing changes to get you right where you want to be <3 It's pretty incredible when huge scary things happen that kinda knock the wind out of you and you're able to take a step back and see it's the universe giving you the push you have needed. Good luck with the move and all the changes to come C!

Jenn - March 21, 2015 - 5:22 pm

I love that this post conveys your emotion so well! Sounds like a big but great decision for you and your family! As someone who covets a Bamboletta for her little (who is so little it’s mostly for me), I’m sad that there will be fewer dolls, but happy that I can hear through your words just how happy this move will make you! All the best!

victoria - March 21, 2015 - 6:03 pm

SO excited you are moving back to Vancouver. And a workshop?!?! Hooray!!! Please let me know if I can help in anyway. I’m in Deep Cove. I hope that doesn’t sound too stalkerish:). Congratulations and warmest wishes on your move.

Ayla - March 21, 2015 - 6:58 pm

Enjoy the journey!

Susie H - March 21, 2015 - 7:29 pm

Wow, I have loved everything about the way you handle yourself and your business from the get go. No doubt you will continue to inspire and find inspiration all along this journey called life, because you are so open to what you hold true! Thanks for being such a positive and shining example. xo, from a longtime fan in Wisconsin, USA.

Ilene Chalmers - March 21, 2015 - 7:31 pm

My Dearest Christina.
I am so happy for you, John, the children and your family. It sounds like a dream come true that you are starting a new adventure. I am just so glad that David and I where able to visit the charming studio in Whipletree Junction. You are getting the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. I wish you all the wonderful things that life can hold. You are such a dear person. I am proud to call you my friend. Love and Hugs.

Jennie - March 21, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Heart in hand

Erin - March 21, 2015 - 8:45 pm

This is so good. What a great example that there are no rules, and that you always get to do what feels right. Love it. Good luck in the next months 🙂

Monique Lam - March 21, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Hi Christina!

I am so happy that you and your family are moving back to vancouver. I wish you the best of luck in your new adventures. I hope we can get together when you are back in the city xoxo

Maralyn Hansen - March 21, 2015 - 9:35 pm

Christina, Thank you for the opportunity to work with Bambalotta Dolls. I wish you all the bet in your future .

GennymMartin - March 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

New beginnings are so exciting!! You are a special lady Christina Bamboletta and I feel lucky to know you and own so many of your precious dolls. ❤️❤️

Ingrid - March 22, 2015 - 7:39 am

knew you were an East Van gal at heart. Welcome back for good! Maybe you can do my hair when you move back to town

Elaine Tupniak - March 22, 2015 - 9:22 am

I am very happy for you !!! Its important to keep your passion alive, and to be close to your parents in their time of need. For you and for them. I hope to meet you and your
dolls at Granville Market.
Elaine Christina

Sarah Eccles - March 22, 2015 - 10:04 am

I’m really sad i cannot just come by your little store and Visit and see the dolls.You will be missed i think less is good and it opens up more opportunities for you and your family. Family is so important. You will still visit the island and that’s good. Even though it may seem scary new beginnings can be fun and exciting. I love what your dolls have brOught to our Community.
Be blessed

Dot - March 22, 2015 - 10:25 pm

Congratulations on this big change!!! I hope you experience so much peace through it all <3

Jessica Bie - March 22, 2015 - 10:35 pm

I am just reading this now and I wanted to say, congratulations! I know it is all a huge adjustment and a huge change but it sounds so right for you and your family. I know you will thrive no matter what you do. <3

Karen - March 23, 2015 - 7:58 am

This post and this major life decision really resonate with me. My dad’s health is failing quickly and being two and half hours away (here in Ontario) with a toddler, job, and all the rest makes it hard to be a very big part of his life right now and that is emotionally very tough – especially as he is my last living parent.

I wholeheartedly applaud your decision to simplify for your family and kids and I wish you the best of luck with this big move.

I just recently learned of your dolls and am incredibly smitten with them. I look forward to hopefully buying one for my doll-obsessed little girl soon. Your work and craft are inspiring!

Kimbrah Gonzalez - March 23, 2015 - 10:30 am

Im so happy for you! It will be amazing to see what adventures come from these changes! So exciting! Here’s to a new chapter of your story! ❤️

Rebecca Dollie Jennison - March 23, 2015 - 10:38 am

Wow, this is a big step! I am excited for you! I am worried for me that I won’t get my Little Buddy “fix” every once in awhile! But that’s me being selfish! I wish you all the best…you have brought so much joy to my family I wish the very best for yours! ❤️❤️❤️Becca Jennison ❤️❤️❤️

Jennyroo - March 23, 2015 - 1:08 pm

I was just reading Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider…. So much good stuff in there about intentional living (as an aside, my I am so far away from that in my own chaotic working full time single mom of three young boys life right now, but I digress.). One thing she included was a parable about a Mexican fisherman. I googled and found it in many places on the internet, so with apologies I will copy and paste it here in case you have never seen it before. I think it perfectly sums up your current choice. Congratulations! I am sure it will go amazingly well. Enjoy your siestas, sipping wine, and playing the guitar… 😉
An American tourist was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The tourist complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The tourist then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”

The tourist then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The tourist scoffed, ” I can help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you could run your ever-expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

The tourist replied, “15 to 20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The tourist laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions?…Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Rosalyn - March 24, 2015 - 8:26 pm

I’m just now getting around to reading this. SO happy for you! I’ve never known anyone to suffer for having made the best decisions for their families. Thank you for having the courage to embrace the change and the faith to know that the shake ups meant that something different and better was coming! Congrats and here’s to a relatively easy move. ❤️

Marie Hogan - March 27, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Hi Christine perhaps you do not remember me but I did some sewing for you and I loved it but unfortunately I could not set at my machine for long period of time so I had to quit , sorry you have to move and close your shop but I wish you the best in Vancouver all the luck to you and your family,you know the old saying when one door closes another one opens with better opportunities.

Best regards and good luck

Marie Hogan

admin - March 31, 2015 - 10:29 pm

hehe – Rebecca – still making LB’s – they are part of the ‘plan’ so you can still get your fix 🙂 xoxo

Jan - April 10, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Dearest Christina,
Your dolls are THE most adorable I have ever seen. I have watched the “How a Bamboletta is Made” A LOT (catchy tune!) and sent it to many friends and family telling then THIS is what I would LOVE to do for the rest of my life. (if only I lived in Vancouver and not in Kingston, Ontario!)
YOU are the luckiest woman to have been given this gift from God to share with others, especially the children who receive these little treasures!
I have dreamed of being able to start a business like this as I am a talented seamstress as well but not sure how to begin and make enough money at it.
May God continue to guide you in your adventures!

Jan McLaughlan - April 10, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Dearest Christina,
Your dolls are THE most adorable I have ever seen. I have watched the “How a Bamboletta is Made” A LOT (catchy tune!) and sent it to many friends and family telling then THIS is what I would LOVE to do for the rest of my life. (if only I lived in Vancouver and not in Kingston, Ontario!)
YOU are the luckiest woman to have been given this gift from God to share with others, especially the children who receive these little treasures!
I have dreamed of being able to start a business like this as I am a talented seamstress as well but not sure how to begin and be able to make enough money at it to pay the bills.
May God continue to guide you in your adventures!

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