Sunday, 10 January 2016

A New Website, A New Blog

Hey everyone, it has been a while since I have written here. Lots happening in Miss Molly Land. With my husband Dave coming on board and making wooden toys, Miss Molly's Dolls has taken a new direction and as of 2016 we our now known as Miss Molly's Dolls & Toys.

We have a new website and with it a new blog, so this will be the last time I will be posting here, but I would dearly love for you to join us on our new site.

We are really excited about 2016, with lots and lots of new ideas and dolly and toy inspiration. As well as continuing with our Etsy shop we are looking forward to attending Canberra Handmade throughout the year, a wonderful opportunity to showcase our work to the public and being able to talk with customers face to face.

As well we are working towards new packaging and sending out work into several retail outlets.. but all of that is in the pipeline.

Thank you so much to everyone who has joined my voyage here on this blog, from way back in the very beginning and my first few dolls and my little knitted dolly clothes. Seems like so long ago now. Very excited to discover what is to come... hope to see you join us for the journey.

Mel xxxx

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Alice and her Cupcake

Busy busy busy.... I think that pretty much covers the last few weeks. Early mornings and very late nights. I am working towards a few big things at the moment and balancing those and keeping a clean house, washing up to date and cooking reasonable meals has been a challenge to say the least, not to even mention being a Mum! But if there is a way of squeezing time out of a day I am slowly becoming an expert at it. Though I do suspect my secret weapon (not sleeping) will eventually catch up with me.

Ok so my first big thing is the Dreamers Market next month in Sydney. I am hoping to have enough work for a small table and to finally get a chance to display some of my work collectively. Now, I am not really screaming this from the rooftops as last time I tried to do a show my universe came to a crashing halt a week out with my Mum being in involved in an bus accident.... so this time I am playing it cool and trying to slide into home base, so to speak, without trying to jinx myself.

One of my ideas for my display is the making of a little dolly tea party. Dave has been busy in his workshop on his lathe turning up some wonderful dolly size spindle back chairs and a tiny matching tea table. Meanwhile I have been working on designing a new doll body to sit perfectly on his chairs as well as coming up with some yummy dolly size crochet food.

Alice is my first dolly to be made for the tea party. She is quite larger than the dolls I have been working on lately. 18 inches seated or if I were able to stretch out her legs and she were magically able to stand, well over 23 inches in height. I actually think she is the biggest Waldorf doll I have made so far. The amount of wool I used to stuff her amazed me... there was definitely a mountain of it.

Really looking forward to creating some yummy food for Alice and her friends and their tea party. I've started some cupcakes already, but I'm thinking also some cream cakes, tartlets and dolly strawberries. I am working on getting some these written up as free patterns on the blog.... because all dollies deserve a sweet treat now and then don't they.... stay tuned!!

Mel xxxx

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Elsbeth & Her Little Friend

On my work table over the last couple of weeks has been Elsbeth. Such a lucky little girl, she is journeying to her new forever home with all kinds of goodies and friends. I think I love making all the extras for my dollies as much as I do the dollies themselves. I hate to see a doll with empty hands and I have been that way since I first began making dolls almost 30 years ago now. The world is a big place and everyone needs someone special to hug or something fun to play with.

So as I packed up her travelling box I filled it with lots of treasures. A special bunny friend, a wooden pull toy, a second set of clothes, boots, a Sunday hat and very special little Miss Molly dolly friend.

I am sure she will be having adventures for many years to come.... 

Mel xxx

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Princess Pearl

Well I've been busy working away the last few weeks. Finally feel like I am working a little more "effectively".... hmm whatever that means. But I think what I mean by that term is that I am working in a more consistent way, a head down bottom up kind of way. That's not to say I am not taking time to play with my dolly making, but more that I am not stopping every few moments to second guess myself.

I managed to get Princess Pearl done in only a few days instead of my normal week for a dolly. I have a very soft spot for princesses. I think because I truly believe deep down we are all little girls and all little girls are princesses!

The autumn days have been absolutely spectacular here at the moment. Bright blue skies, still and warm. Perfect for a princess to go walking in the garden in amongst the fallen leaves and basking in the glow of autumn sunlight.

Every princess needs her own special floral hat as well. This one is made from linen, antique lace and vintage violet millinery flowers.


Mel xxxx