1 year on

Hi guys, its been a while since I've written a blog post. It was a regular event in my previous dolly and toymaking life to be blogging about what we were up to. I've really been inconsistent with new posts on this blog over the last year. We have been in a whirlwind of creating and markets, so its been hard to fit in blog topics into my overcrowded mind. I will definitely try and be more regular with posting and add some information about not only what we are doing but also continue to discuss natural toys and the value of them for young children. 

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So its 1 year this month from us moving down into East Gippsland and working at Miss Molly's full time. We can't believe how much life has changed in a year. Our dreams of being a homesteading, home based business type of family has fallen to the wayside, we quickly realised that running a full time business and homesteading was not going to happen. Our vegie crop was a massive fail and East Gippsland has been in one of the hardest droughts in many a year, so our fruit trees are a mess. But our business is chugging along and in many ways has consumed us and is now very much our main focus. 

To everyone who is supporting our little business a huge thank you. It means the world to us. We did have a little dream of living by the sea and making toys and we are definitely achieving that, with or without bucket loads or organic fruit from our orchard.

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When we first came down we concentrated on doing as many markets as we could to introduce our work. Just this month we realised that we simply couldn't keep up with the amount of markets we have been doing and meet the demand of wholesale and online orders, so we've had to restructure our business. We will be moving more to an online business model and not so many markets. But you'll still be able to visit us at a small select group of amazing events scattered throughout Eastern Australia, so keep an eye out on our markets page for the when and where. 

Dave has also moved out of the small home based workshop that we started out in into a factory unit in Bairnsdale's industrial area. This was an amazing step forward, giving us the space to grow that little bit bigger and increase our production. 

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So what's next as we move into our second year of full time toymaking, well we have big dreams for our little Miss Molly toy business, but our first step is introducing some exciting new designs and working hard at expanding and prioritising our online shop platform. 

The wooden toy business is a big one, however most wooden toys on the domestic market are currently manufactured in Europe and Asia. We love that we are part of a growing group of Australian toy businesses working to make Aussie toys for Aussie kids. We are also proud that our toys are also supporting Australian industry and jobs, through integrating sustainable Australian timbers, paints and finishes. You will be seeing a shift in our new toys as we start to use more and more beautiful Victorian ash timbers, locally processed in and around East Gippsland. 

Thanks again for visiting our website and blog, next post I'm planning to show you a sneaky look at some of our new toy designs.

Mel :-)

Moving To Metung

I've been meaning to start the blog here on the Miss Molly page for a while now. With new beginnings around us at the moment I thought it would be the right time. You see Miss Molly's has moved to Metung, a little lakeside village nestled at the very bottom of the Australian mainland. Metung is almost completely surrounded by water as the Metung peninsula jolts out into Lake King, part of the Gippsland lake system, the largest in Australia.

Just over a year ago Dave and I asked ourselves a pretty fundamental question, what did we want from life? At that stage I was making dolly's while I was raising my rather large brood of children. Dave was working in manufacturing in Sydney, full time plus overtime and then working on his woodwork between work and family. We were both beyond exhausted and wanting more to life than just existing. So when we took a moment to ask the question the answer was... Wouldn't it be nice to be able to live somewhere in the country, be a little self sufficient and to work on our toys full time. To live a balanced, creative, natural life with our children.

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So that's where it all started, posing the question, dreaming a dream. What pursued was 12 months of absolute craziness, 18 and 20 hour days, 7 days a week of work and constant juggling. 

But Miss Molly's is now in Metung and walking along the boardwalk this morning we both had a moment of deep breaths, we made it!

So welcome to what comes next, a pair of toymakers and our "good life" (reference to the best tv show from the 70's), the adventures of our property homesteading and running our little toy business. We are surrounded by possibilities at the moment which is exciting and also kind of scary.

The old orchard is worn and in need of love, there's animal shelters to be built, veggie gardens to be dug and lots of dolly's and toys to be made, but we couldn't think of a better way to spend our days. 

Mel :-)