Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MamAmor Photo Contest!

Many dolls have found loving families around the world in the past years...and I am very curious to know how they are doing! I LOVE when I receive wonderful comments and stories about your doll and your children, and I also LOVE when I receive pictures!

So I have started a MamAmor World Picture Album in Flickr, where you will be able to share pictures of your doll/s!!

And...

The sharing starts today with a PHOTO CONTEST!!

And...

With two fabulous prices! 

First price:  A PapAmor!  See pictures here

Second price: A Toddler (chosen from the Shop here- more options to come!)

Both prices have worldwide free shipping!!!

Interested???

To enter, here are some rules:

1- Contest is open to all MamAmor owners around the world

2 - A maximum 2 pictures are allowed per family

3- Pictures need to show your doll, your children playing with your doll, yourself and your doll, or/and your doll around your home, your office, etc.  Show us how your sweet MamAmor is doing (be creative!)

4- Be willing to see your pictures shared in Flickr and Facebook, and be willing to have me print and display them in my studio!

5- Send your pictures directly to me at mamamor.dolls@gmail.com  (I will post them in MamAmor's Flickr's page )

6- If you don't want to use your real name, be sure to send me your "screen" name.

7- Share at least one of your entry pictures in your Facebook's Wall. If you don't have a Facebook page, share the news with your friends. (I am not going to check on you...I trust that you'll share your pictures so you can help us to spread the word about MamAmor Dolls :)  Share the love!

8- Winners will be chosen by VOTES from friends, family, colleagues, etc....So get ready to share the news so you can get a lot of VOTES!!!  

I will post the pictures as soon as I receive them and people will be able to start voting by commenting under your picture/s in Flickr (not in Facebook!!!). 

9- Contest starts today November 29th and finishes Saturday December 10th, 2011 at 7PM (MST). Winners will be announced on Sunday December 11th, 2011 and the prices will be shipped soon after.

10- Have fun, be creative and show us your special MamAmor!! 

If you have any questions, please comment here or send them to me at mamamor.dolls@gmail.com

I can't wait to see your photos!!!!

Adriana

PS  Mama and baby from this pics are not included in the price, only the PapAmor... His name is CARLOS!






Thursday, August 11, 2011

2011: Booked!


A short post to let you know that we have filled all the spots available for Custom Orders for this year!!!

THANK YOU to those of you who have ordered one, two, three and even 5 custom mamas!!! ....We are looking forward to sending your sweet dolls your way.

We'll be taking holidays from mid December to the end of January, so the next available spot for custom dolls is February 1rst, 2012.

There will be a lot of Ready to Deliver dolls available at the Shop from now throughout Christmas and New year, we usually upload new dolls every Friday.






Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Evolution of MamAmor Dolls - Part II

The first public appearance of a MamAmor Doll was in 2008 at an Attachment Parenting Conference held in Edmonton, AB. I was surprised and pleased with how well the dolls were received and with how sales and orders went on that very first time!

I will always remember and appreciate the first generation of MamAmor dolls’ owners, their support and encouragement was crucial to getting were MamAmor Dolls is right now. Thank you!


Soon after, I opened an Etsy shop and more sales and orders started to come. I needed help, and after a few months, a great team of mama helpers was formed, all working hard to create more and best birthing and nursing mamas.

New fabrics, new clothes’ styles, new fillings, different faces and hair styles were tested and tried, and sales continued to grow and grow.


By 2010, MamAmor Dolls had her own website!


Our Facebook page started to gain
more and more fans and the Media started to sho
w a lot of interest in our special mamas!

The first VBAC
MamAmor was also created in 2010 and many new accessories were included with this new generation of MamAmor Dolls.


So far, 2011 has brought many new MamAmor owners around the world, and we are hoping for more and more to join our little and loving community in the next years to come. Find the Shop and take your own MamAmor Doll home!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Evolution of MamAmor Dolls - Part I


Did you know that MamAmor Dolls were born almost 4 years ago...and almost by accident?


It was while expecting my third child, and while taking a Doula training course, when my trainer showed me a birthing doll.

I immediately thought ...how brilliant! I will make one for my kids so I can prepare them better for the birth!...It was the perfect toy, at the perfect time!

Since I had done some sewing and stuffed animals in the past, I felt confident that I was going to make a great birthing doll, but it wasn't that easy!

The first doll was small, light and it looked more like a test doll. I put some hair on her but I didn't put eyes as I realized that I wanted something different. My kids didn't think so....so they put a blue face on her!

I looked for patterns on the internet and I took some books about dolls from the library, but didn't find anything close to what I had envisioned. Then, I decided that I would put all that together and make my own and very unique birthing and breastfeeding doll!


A second doll was created...the very first MamAmor Doll!


She was tall, thin and pale, and able to give birth and breastfeed her newborn baby, which was exactly what I wanted! My kids welcomed her with a lot of love and enthusiasm, and my friends and family were so fascinated with the concept that stated to suggest that I should make a few more mamas and try to sell them.

I felt very supported and encouraged to do so... and the first generation of MamAmor Dolls was created!


...And the adventure began!


Monday, May 2, 2011


In Celebration of International Doula Month, we have donated a gorgeous MamAmor Doll to Bellies and Babies.

Enter to win JULIA HERE

Good luck!!!

Thanks for participating!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Winner!


And the new winner is...

#183 Hannah!

Congratulations! Please contact me via email at mamamor.dolls@gmail.com to claim your price.

Thanks everyone for participating! This was a very interesting giveaway...a lot of "double" anticipation!

See you all next time!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Giveaway Winner!


CONGRATULATIONS to # 46 spiralmama, for winning Cleo!!!!

Please contact me via email to arrange shipping,etc.

Thanks everyone for participating!!!!


Monday, February 28, 2011

Custom and Ready to Deliver Dolls - Important Dates for 2011


This year is already looking very busy for MamAmor Dolls so I want to make sure that you know about our plans for Custom Dolls and Ready to Deliver Dolls for the next few months.

If you are thinking about bringing one of our amazing dolls to live with you this year, please take note of this information before placing an order or before purchasing a MamAmor from our Shop.


CUSTOM DOLLS

* Custom Dolls WILL NOT be available during the months of JULY and AUGUST 2011. The summer months are usually too busy for me as my children aren't at school and we like to spend time outside and enjoy the nice weather. Also, some of our team members take holidays and it becomes impossible to attend the demand of Custom Dolls and Ready to Deliver mamas at the same time.

* Custom Dolls WILL NOT be available during the months of DECEMBER 2011 and JANUARY 2012. This is mainly due to my own travel plans as I will be out of the country for 5 weeks visiting my family in Uruguay.

I know....What about Christmas!!!!!

* If you are already thinking about Christmas, I would suggest you to place your order in or before July-August to ensure a spot for a doll delivered the last weeks of November/ first weeks for December.

* The last day to place an order for a Christmas Doll will be September 1rst, 2011.

If you have any questions about Custom Doll Orders, or if you want to request a CUSTOM ORDER FORM, please email me at mamamor.dolls@gmail.com or at info@mamamordolls.com


READY TO DELIVER DOLLS

I will do my best to always have a stock of dolls available at MamAmor's Shop, however, there will be busy times as pre-Christmas for example, where dolls might not be available at all times.

Ready to Deliver Dolls can be uploaded at the shop at anytime and without any announcement, they are dolls we make without timelines. Large uploads are a lot of work and they take too much time, so I prefer small uploads once per week if possible.

The best way to get updates on Ready to Deliver dolls is checking MamAmor's Facebook Page.

Now that you know our plans for this year, be sure to order your Custom doll with time and/or buy your Ready To Deliver when there are dolls available!!! We can't anticipate the demand for the next few months although we always like to think that it will be very high!





Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Doll Giveaway: CLEO


MamAmor's Facebook Page has reached 5000 likes today and we want to celebrate!

CLEO is our giveaway doll for this occasion, she is one of a kind Birthing and Breastfeeding MamAmor Doll. As all MamAmor Dolls, she was made with a lot of Vit L (love) and attention to details by many of us at MamAmor's Team. She wears a lovely spring dress made by mama helper Lisa and a pair of cotton shoes crocheted by mama helper Graciela. Cleo's hair was made using beautiful merino, alpaca and felt wools. She can give birth and breastfeed her newborn baby....many times, and anywhere!

Before entering, PLEASE READ below and leave your comment here (not in Facebook).


1- Everyone is welcome to enter, this is a WORLDWIDE giveaway.

2- Only ONE entry per family please

3- Shipping is not included in this giveaway. Cleo's is worth more than USD 135 and she is FREE, but shipping costs are not. Please enter only if you are prepared to pay the shipping cost needed to getting Cleo to live with you. Canada is USD 18, USA is USD 23 and the rest of the world is about USD 35.

4- Complete the sentence....I can help spreading the word about MamAmor Dolls by.....

5- The winner will be randomly picked (using Random.org) and will be announced on March 8th, 2011 at 5PM (MST) - in celebration of the International Women's Day Centenary !!!!

Good luck everyone!!!! And THANK YOU for participating!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It takes more than Vitamin “L”

As the month of LOVE arrives, I thought I would tell you a bit about how a MamAmor doll is created...after all, MamAmor means Mama –LOVE, so the timing is perfect! I hope this is good information for those interested in the process of doll making, but also for those thinking that a MamAmor doll is too expensive. Here is how the MamAmor team creates each mama and baby, and why they are priced as they are.

The first and more important ingredient that goes into making a doll is Vitamin “L”, as our mama helper Janine described the day she decided to be part of our team. Vitamin “L” is free, it is our gift to you, to your daughter or son, your midwife or friend....and it is the essence of every single mama that we create.

Then, materials and time come along, a LOT of time....Lots, and lots of time! Starting from the time needed to select and pick up fabrics, notions, fillings, wool, boxes, tape, treats, knitted items from Niko, diaper and blankets from Janine.....It is very hard to keep track of time in this phase, there is so much involved in this process of creation!

Back home, we start by tracing, cutting, sewing and filling the doll, which takes about 2.5 to 3 hours, with filling being the longest, sometimes more than 2 hours depending on the fabric and the filling-kapok and bamboo fillings take longer.

Assembling each doll is also a long process; it takes anytime from 1.5 to 2 hours not including face and hair. Embroidering eyes and mouth is 10 minutes, and putting hair, anytime from 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the hair style and the type of wool.

And we can’t forget the baby! Aside from the time to trace, cut, sew and fill, a longer time is needed to embroil its body, face, ears, belly bottom, little bum and hair, about 30 minutes, plus 10 to 15 minutes for placenta and cord. Snaps on mama and baby, 30 minutes.

Once mama and baby are ready, it is time to get them dressed...but wait...we still have to make the clothes, dresses, pants and tops, skirts and tops....anytime between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on styles and custom requests, maybe more if considering designing and ironing! Baby’s cloth diaper and receiving blankets, 15 to 20 minutes. Shoes, ponchos, slings, leg warmers, scarfs....about 1 hour per doll, depending on what she is wearing before she gets to you.

Tag on arm, hair style and ready for pictures! I must say that I underestimated the time needed to take pictures....way longer than expected, but at the same time, needed. I like to show as much as possible of each doll, so I usually take A LOT of pictures, I think the dolls deserve to be seeing from all angles, especially breastfeeding, I love nursing pictures! This process takes at least 15 minutes per doll.

From camera to computer, editing, choosing the best ones, posting on Facebook, uploading them on the Shop, doing the write up with the description...at least other 15 minutes per doll.

And that isn’t the end!!!

Selling takes time as well...very hard to measure but it definitely takes time. Getting the order, sending confirmations and email exchanges with the costumer, printing shipping slips and packing up mama and baby for traveling (including putting essential oil in hair...yes!!! did you smell your doll’s hair yet?- treats and personal hand written cards)....about 40 minutes to 1 hour.

Oh...and the Post Office runs! Love those, especially when my husband does them! It is hardly one package at the time; the largest has been 14 boxes...our van was full!

I am sure I am forgetting to count many other things that we do that are part of this process, but this is a close average of the hours of work put into each doll. About 12+ hours per doll....Surprised?

And the cost of materials isn't included here!... I will leave that one for another post, I will only say that I like to use good quality materials, environmentally friendly and local if possible....mostly expensive stuff, and at times, not easy to find.

More or less, this is about how much time we put into your doll to be created, and this, plus the cost of materials makes the price that you pay for her. Fair, enough, not really...I don't want to even stop to figure out how much we make per hour! Obviously, we not becoming rich by making and selling dolls; it is very hard when I read some people's comments about how ridiculously expensive the dolls are, or about how much money we are making by ripping off people!


MamAmor dolls are here to bring something special and meaningful to the world of birthing and breastfeeding, they are here because we believe that they are worth our time and money, and we intent to keep it that way. So for those of you that appreciate and value our beautiful handmade mamas and see more than their price tag, THANK YOU! Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement, you are not only supporting families but you are also supporting a very important cause!!

We all know that at the end of the day...what make us going isn't really how many dolls we have sold, or how much money per hour we are making, but it is hearing that our work is needed and valued, it is hearing how much a doll is loved by your little one....that makes it all worth it!






Monday, January 10, 2011

This Year...another fantastic one!



It is 10:30pm, I am looking at the window and seeing a slice of moon growing strong in the sky....very white....as white as the snow that I see right below....tons and tons of white snow...

2011 started warm around here, but the cold and the snow didn't wait too long, and tonight, we'll have -34 degrees! So, I am thinking on all the things I will be doing "indoors" these next few days....hopefully catching up with Custom Doll orders!!!

Wonderful 2011 is here and here we go MamAmor!!!....Ready for another fantastic year! This will be a year of changes, on the personal and on the business level...so...get ready!

A few conferences and shows are still to be confirmed for this year, but MamAmor will travel out of Canada a couple of times for sure, maybe more, depending on how much work awaits here at home. I'll share the details when things are confirmed, I am still working on it.

I'll be working on a bigger MamAmor team this year, as the center of the business, these amazing mama helpers who work so hard to make sure each mama leaves as its best; thanks Janine, Jenny Rae, Lisa, Anne, Niko and Graciela for your work of love.

I'll be writing a long post about How MamAmor Dolls are made very soon, I have been thinking about that for a long time, I just need the time to put together some pictures and to write a few paragraphs about the making of my amazing mamas....Can't wait to share that with you!

There will be a few updates on MamAmor's website, hopefully a Spanish page ....and we'll continue working with Bigcartel as MamAmor's Shop , it is working very well so far, visit the shop HERE for dolls available and for dates on new uploads.

I'll be posting deadlines for Christmas Order for next year very soon... already? Yes!!! already! I'll be traveling south for the holidays this year so Christmas orders will be done earlier, for instance, the orders will have to come earlier! More to come on this, but I thought I would let you know in advance just in case you are thinking about a MamAmor as a gift for next Christmas.

And of course, we'll have at few Giveaways for our fabulous friends! Stay tunned for details on the first one coming up very soon!

Moon is gone...snow is still here...and I need to get to my white sheets....love white...but can't wait for the colors of the spring!

Back soon...