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!