Even before I had kids I had a thing for Waldorf dolls. In fact, I had a thing for all Waldorf toys. A bit ironic considering I left Waldorf school, at age 6, because I wanted a more academic focus. I did still spend a couple of formative years immersed in this world, though, and so I hold a place in my heart for these beautiful and thoughtful playthings. I can also appreciate a system of education that values creativity and freedom of thought over plastic and TV and Disney princesses and sticker charts.
So it’s not a huge shocker that I found myself at an event put on by Natural Pod, a fabulous local shop, in December 2006. And while I was there I met Christina, the woman behind the fabulous Bamboletta dolls. I wanted one for myself, I will admit it. I found them compelling and beautiful and I was simply delighted to find someone making and selling them locally. I didn’t buy one that day, because Hannah was too young and I don’t think I could justify that sort of purchase for myself. But I did custom-order a baby doll for Hannah’s second birthday. You can see the doll, along with the toy diaper bag I sewed, here:
A little over a month ago tragedy struck when Hannah ripped the arms off her baby doll. I had no idea how to fix it, and I was afraid of ruining it. I got in touch with Christina, she graciously agreed to repair the damage, and I sent the doll off to Vancouver Island for some TLC. Today, we were able to meet back up at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market. I picked out a blanket doll for the baby, and Hannah eyed the mermaids wishfully. Christina remembered Hannah and me on sight, and it was lovely to see her. It feels great buying such great playthings from a mom following her passion and putting so much time and effort into the items she produces. What can I say? I love Bamboletta dolls!