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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 the 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!

Doll Giveaway: CLEO

February 23, 2011

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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!!!
 

 

  

 

In case you didn't know, MamAmor means Mama –LOVE, (Amor in Spanish). At MamAmor, we create beautiful birthing and breastfeeding dolls for sibling preparation and childbirth education, and this post is about our creative process.

The first and most important ingredient that goes into making a doll is Vitamin “L”, as one of our ex-mama helpers, Janine, described the day she decided to be part of our team. Vitamin “L” is free, it's our gift to you, to your daughter or son, your midwife or friend....and it's 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 shoes, cardigans, diapers and blankets.....It is very hard to keep track of time in this phase, there is so much involved in this process of creation!

We start by tracing, cutting, sewing and filling the doll, which takes about 2.5 to 3 hours, with the filling part being the longest, sometimes more than 2 hours depending on the filling (kapok and bamboo fillings take longer).

Assembling each doll is also a long process; it takes any time 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 hairstyle 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's 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.

 

 

A tag for the arm, hairstyle 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 so needed.

I like to show as much as possible of each doll, I usually take A LOT of pictures, I think the dolls deserve to be seen from all angles, especially breastfeeding, I love nursing pictures! This process takes at least 15-20 minutes per doll.

From camera to the computer, editing, choosing the best ones, posting on Facebook, uploading them to the Shop, doing the write-up with the description...at least other 15-20 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 customer, 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 a personal hand written card)....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....most 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 intend to keep it that way.

If you 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's hearing that our work is needed and valued, it's hearing how much a doll is loved by your little one....that makes it all worth it!

 

 



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!
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 tuned 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...

A Fantastic Year!

December 21, 2010

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This has been an incredible year for MamAmor Dolls, I can't tell you how much this has meant for me and my family! A HUGE THANK YOU to all MamAmor's new and old owners, and to all new and old supporters!!!!
I loved creating every single MamAmor, the Custom mamas and their special touches, the Ready to Deliver mamas resulting from the inspiration of the day. They were all made with much love and care from me and my mama helpers, every one carrying huge doses of Vitamin L (Love), so called by Janine.
A very special community stated to form around MamAmor Dolls this year, mainly through MamAmor's Facebook page which allowed me to be in touch with all MamAmor supporters and friends in a closer and more intimate way...What an amazing opportunity to connect!
Many MamAmor's were able to reach homes as far as Australia and Greece this year! ... and so many were able to make it in time for Christmas! I can't wait to receiving pictures and stories of my sweet mamas at their new homes around the world! I am sure they are making many little ones out there very HAPPY!
Many new and exiting events and products are coming up for MamAmor in 2011! I will be posting about them very soon!
But for now....HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!! AND THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!!

More dolls!

December 08, 2010

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Wow...so many mamas have found homes all over the world by now, it is fantastic! Now...for those of you who still haven't got a MamAmor, there must be another chance to get one for Christmas, but only if you are in USA or Canada....sorry...shipping time will be too tight for other areas of the world.

Next upload will be SUNDAY DECEMBER 12TH at Noon (MST) - small upload this time. Check out Facebook for pictures late Saturday or Sunday morning.
I am still accepting Custom Orders, waiting time is now March 1rst, 2011.
Happy Holidays everyone!

If you really want a MamAmor doll for your little one, your little ones or yourself for Christmas, don't miss these opportunities!

There will be 3 uploads of Ready to Deliver mamas before Christmas:
Sunday November 21rst at 11AM (MST) - small upload
Friday November 26th at 7PM (MST) - mostly for Australia, UK, NZ moms but everyone is welcome
Friday December 3rd at (time not set yet)- very large upload!
I am still taking Custom Orders, the waiting time is now February 10th, 2011.
Thank you for your support and I hope everyone gets a sweet mama for Christmas!

Check out MamAmor's first doll sale before Christmas!!!


You can see a preview of the dolls for sale at MamAmor's facebook page and you can purchase them at MamAmor's Etsy shop tomorrow at noon.


Don't miss this Sale, the next one isn't until December 3rd.


Thank you!!!!

Contest is closed

November 08, 2010

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Thanks everyone for participating in this great giveaway!!!


The winner is Beth, comment #20
Congratulations Beth!!!!

As promised...and in celebration of MamAmor's new website...and our 2000+ Facebook friends, here is another GIVEAWAY!

This gorgeous mama could have been sold in a flash...but instead....she could be yours! She was made with a lot of love and I hope she finds an amazing new home! You can see more pictures of this sweet mama in MamAmor's Facebook page.

I hope you appreciate the effort made to give this doll to you for free, she is a real piece of art and she deserves a great owner, so I decided to create some rules to ensure that ONLY people that are REALLY interested in owning a MamAmor Doll will enter this giveaway.

TO ENTER, I need you to commit to 3 things:

1) You will need to refer MamAmor's new website to your friends, or to people whom might love these dolls. Please don't refer just to anyone, pick the right person, I am not interested in having 10.000 Facebook friends that don't really care about my dolls.


2) You will be expected to pay for the shipping costs for the doll to get to you, I'll let you know the rate to your location. Only shipping, the Doll is FREE.

3) Leave a comment on this blog, that will be YOUR ENTRY.

Contest ends in two weeks, NOVEMBER 8TH at 8PM (MST).

THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!!!

GOOD LUCK!