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Ask Miss Molly

It’s December! The countdown is on and you only have until next weekend to put your list together! If you’re after something for the little ones, why not visit Miss Molly’s Dolls and Toys, a husband and wife team that creates dolls and toys from beautiful natural materials? Dave is the woodworker, while Melissa paints the toys and dolls and creates the clothing and soft toys. These dolls are traditional and represent what the couple calls the “Slow Toy Movement”, a return to simple, traditional toys that children have played with for countless generations. Miss Molly’s Dolls & Toys will again be at Handmade on 10 & 11 December and we asked Melissa our five questions.

1. What is your business all about?
Miss Molly’s designs traditional dolls and toys, handcrafted from natural materials, including recycled Australian hardwoods, pure wool and cotton.

2. What advice would you give to designers coming to Handmade for the first time?
Be organised. Have plenty of stock, never underestimate the amount you will need. And once you’re set up smile and enjoy the ride!

3. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
Definitely the people! The organisers, stallholders and customers alike. Handmade is a true celebration of the handmade movement. Everyone is so welcoming, supportive and friendly.

4. What’s new for the Christmas Market?
We have quite a few new designs for this upcoming market. We are most excited about our new Christmas toy designs, including our nativity set made from recycled red cedar, Christmas themed peg dolls and our sweet crocheted Rudolf inspired reindeer.

5. What will Santa be bringing you this year?
I think Santa has worked out that we love handmade items in our home. So anything that supports local Australian artisans will definitely bring a smile to our faces on Christmas morning.

We can’t wait to see your full collection of gorgeous dolls and toys on 10 & 11 December. Thanks Mel.


Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


  • 23 & 24MARCH 2019
  • 29 & 30JUNE 2019
  • 7 & 8SEPTEMBER 2019
  • 6*, 7 & 8DECEMBER 2019
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