West Coast Natural Toy Magic

My love of Waldorf, naturally handcrafted toys is more than just admiration of a person’s craft. When you see a toy that has tenderness infused into the stitches and wooden seams, you absorb the love that was given to make this special toy. Being a West Coaster that is connected to two of the leaders in the Waldorf play and education fields, I’m super honored to be hosting a contest with Bamboletta Dolls and Natural Pod.

I’ll start with Bamboletta. If you haven’t read their story, please click over and be ready to fall in love. The heart of Bamboletta is the founder Christina who has developed a business model that creates a better world. She has perfected a craft, taught others, and along the many years of hard work, never sold out with how the dolls are manufactured and what materials are used to make them.  Christina and her busy helpers have stayed where the dolls were created – right here on the West Coast making her magic bloom. What is new with Bamboletta since we last checked in? Over to Christina.

We’ve introduced 2 new styles last year that have been extremely popular. They are different then the traditional type of Waldorf doll as they are sewn to have more flexible limbs. Great for having a snuggle or a tea party! We will continue to do what we do, which is to create high quality dolls made with the best ‘ingredients’ we can find. I’m working hard to find more and more local sources my materials and have started working with a mill in Nova Scotia to get our yarn hair from. All our dolls are made right here in the Cowichan Valley by local moms creating a strong community of women working together with a lot of love hand crafting these dolls. They are infused with love in the stitches and will be an item that your child will eventually pass on to their child when they get older.

We are so excited to have our own Little Buddy doll from Bamboletta for this contest (her picture is in the contest box at the bottom of this article). She is so sweet and the beautiful touch at the front of her hair is a handspun yarn made by a local weaver from Cowichan Valley. Details are never left out with the Bamboletta ladies. Here is a picture of the Bamboletta shop. Doesn’t it look like Santa’s Workshop with magic and creativity bursting out the doors?

bamboletta doll shop

Over we go to Natural Pod who I’ve known for many years. They were one of the leaders in the naturally made toy movement 9 years ago and they haven’t slowed down with earth stewardship. With more of a global focus now, Natural Pod has shifted their expertise to help design and build beautiful, sustainable natural play spaces, furniture and open-ended play items that foster different learning environments for children. Their mission to foster how children can develop and learn from their environment when the focus is play is so important. They continue to inspire and ignite passion for teaching with the beautiful environments they create. I invite you to check out their Fan Page and look at the pictures of open-ended play spaces they’ve dreamed and delivered over the years. Very inspiring! More words from owner Bridgitte.

We serve educators and children in childcare, home-day, preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle schools along with hospice and special needs students around the world. Raw materials for our products are sourced as close as the forests near our office on Vancouver Island and the wood we use is Forestry Stewardship Certified (FSC), supporting responsible forestry practices. Our other products are made of natural wood, wool or silk and finished in plant-based dyes, harmonic beeswax or in some cases are left naturally unfinished. The bulk of our product line is not only recyclable, but even 100% naturally compostable. Since our beginning, we have worked with over 500+ different learning organizations and have successfully delivered more than 27,000 products to our customers.

Check out how lovely this newly created classroom space is from Natural Pod.


Now over to the fun part of this feature – a contest!  Can you imagine winning a Bamboletta Little Buddy and Natural Pod Wooden Rocker? You could pretty much call Christmas shopping a wrap if you are the lucky winner! My thanks to Bamboletta and Natural Pod who are waiting to ship the lucky contest winner these two items. The contest runs from November 13, 2013 – November 20, 2013 – closing at midnight. This contest is open to North America. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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19 Responses to West Coast Natural Toy Magic

  1. Rochelle November 13, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Thank you for sharing Suzanne. As always this information is very inspiring and just plain wonderful! xxoox

  2. suzanne November 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Aww – thanks Rochelle! Good luck with the contest!

  3. Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs November 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    What a great giveaway! Love Bamboletta, and happy to learn about Natural Pod : )

  4. Candace S November 15, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! Great giveaway!

  5. Alma November 15, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Love both Bamboletta and Natural Pod! My little girl would love for Santa to bring her a dolly and rocker!

  6. laura November 15, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    So beautiful!

  7. Eva November 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    What a beautiful dollie. My daughter would love her!

  8. Lynn November 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    What am amaaaaaazzzzing giveaway. Love Bamboletta and so glad to find Natural Pod and your page! Thank you!

  9. suzanne November 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Thank you Lynn! Glad to now be connected and good luck with the contest. ~Suzanne

  10. Heather November 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Bought a doll for Lillianas first birthday and it is her favourite doll Thanks so much

  11. nicole November 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    This doll is so beautiful, I hope I win! I think I accidentally entered twice though and dont want to get disqualified. I tried to update my rafflecopter email because I cant access the old email address they had and it asked me to do all the entries again :S

  12. Joyce Johnson November 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Wonderful giveaway! Thanks

  13. Mandy Conly November 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Love Bamboletta and grateful for the opportunity!

  14. Chrissy November 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Thank you so much for for the offer 🙂

  15. Amy Brooke November 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Great giveaway!!

  16. Lisa H. November 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    My daughter and I just love these little dolls! What a wonderful giveaway! My daughter would be tickled pink with this on Christmas morning!

  17. Kate November 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Oh my goodness, such beauty. I’ve been admiring Bamboletta dolls for ages but I’d never heard of Natural Pod, I will definitely be looking into their beautiful things for Christmas! Such a lovely giveaway!

  18. Christine Reeves November 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    What a great way to give back! I look forward to learning more about Natural Pod and upcoming products. BTW, we love Bamboletta!!!!

  19. Kyla November 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I love Bamboletta Dolls and Natural pod its so good to finaly find an alternative to plastic dolls and plastic furniture!

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