Naked Peggies


Lately, my daughter has a thing for wooden dolls. There are some at kinder that she likes to send clattering down the staircase in the wooden doll house, an exercise she repeats over and over. This is fine except that she is only two and not yet at kinder. So each time we say goodbye to her brother (the kinder boy) I have to prise wooden dolls from her grip and leave mid-tantrum. To save myself these twice-weekly scenes I decided to hunt down some wooden dollies of her own. Etsy, home of all things handcrafted, was my starting point and there I found something very special indeed.

Meet my family of Naked Peggies. Yes, the picture above is the Whelen family – my husband (with his ever-present cup of coffee), my six-year-old son in his favourite green hoodie, my five-year-old in his favourite colour blue, my three-year-old with the wild hair, my two-year-old daughter with her white-blonde hair and her favourite yellow skirt and, of course, me.

Naked Peggies designer Suzy Bridgham makes bespoke collections of wooden dolls to match your family or friends. Send in your photograph and Bridgham will custom paint peggies with attention to delightful details such as coffee mug in hand, favourite t-shirts and jewellery.

I just love the sweet, expressive little faces on the Naked Peggies dolls. As well as custom orders, there are plenty of other wooden peggies to delight. I am looking forward to moving the Whelen peggies into a dollhouse and perhaps will add the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins next.

Now that we have such lovely wooden dolls in house, the kinder issue ought to be resolved, however I am somewhat reluctant to let my daughter have full charge of the peggies – I have visions of her losing one, leaving me to root through the toy box saying “Where’s Finn?!”

A custom made family of four starts at US$55. Other sets, such as the ‘Five Lovelies’ (pictured below) start at US$25. Contact Naked Peggies through the Etsy shop for custom orders.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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