Lovely bags by marilyn cardinal

Ballarat, Australia · 456 Sales


Lovely bags by marilyn cardinal

Ballarat, Australia 456 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Welcome to Missy Mao Mao. I am in the process of doing a major shop upgrade. If you have a favourite item that isn’t currently on display please message me.


Last updated on Dec 29, 2017

Welcome to Missy Mao Mao. I am in the process of doing a major shop upgrade. If you have a favourite item that isn’t currently on display please message me.

Marilyn Cardinal

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Marilyn Cardinal


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

Liz on Jun 14, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love my new bag, as always. Thank you for making it so quickly.

Jenny Mck

Jenny Mck on May 29, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely stunning bag. Beautifully made, such a great size and comfortable over the shoulder or across body. Can’t wait to buy another one!

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A tree change, a lifestyle change and a love of creativity = MissyMaoMao Vegan bags

I always wanted to make everything I owned. I imagined that I could learn how everything was made. I could learn how everything came about and I could surround myself with the things I have made or designed or collected. There are simply not enough hours, days or weeks in ones life time to make everything. I had to settle on something. After some experiments I settled on making bags. I dabbled in a real shop and then I set up in my city home, designing, making and selling wholesale. Eventually my Melbourne home, a little two bedroom Victorian cottage became too small, so I made a tree change. I found a big old house that needed renovation in country Ballarat. That was just over ten years ago now. The house is sort of grump and crocked in parts and spick span new in others. When I first moved in I set aside one room as the studio. Now MissyMaoMao was expanded to the front half of the house and I live in the back. My lovely cat, Lucinda whose nickname Missy Mao Mao became the inspiration for the brand, passed away last year. She is buried in the front garden next to her dog Edith. We now have a new team here. The two little black toy poodles are security and a little grey pussy cat pops into the studio daily to inspect the going ons.
The MissyMaoMao brand has expanded to include Mr Mao Vegan which will be new to the Etsy shop in 2018

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Shop members

  • Marilyn Cardinal

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Missy Mao Mao bags are all made by Marilyn Cardinal in her home studio in Ballarat, Australia. Marilyn studied fine arts majoring in printmaking. Her love of textiles started when she was a child.

  • Missy Mao Mao

    Inspurrrator, Supervisor

    Missy Mao Mao spent many days supervising the production of the bag range she inspired. Sadly Missy has now passed over the rainbow bridge.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 29, 2017
My aim is to provide you with top quality limited edition handmade bags.

Each bag is made from quality materials. No second hand materials used unless specified.

Each bag is interfaced internally to provide structure. Exposed fabrics are coated with uv protection and waterproofed. Each bag comes with cleaning instructions.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
I make every effort through photos and listing information to describe the items and I am happy to answer any queries.

All bags unless stated are made to order and usually orders are commenced within 24 hours. If you wish to cancel an order you would need to do so with in 48 hours of placing the order.
I accept credit cards and pay pal as well as etsy gift cards. Payment should be made at the time of purchase. Payments must be received within 6 days of purchase or the item will be re listed.
All items are shipped via Australia Post.

Unless specified your bag purchase will be posted within 7 days of payment.

I always register parcels sent within Australia.

International parcels are not insured unless requested and a fee for insurance is paid. Some parcels, depending on size, are sent to international destinations such as the US and UK are registered. Please contact me if you want clarification of your parcels registration status.

Once a parcel has been posted I do not take responsibility for delivery. Some countries have better and safer services than others. If you feel your postal service is not reliable please do not purchase bags from me as I cannot take responsibility for lost parcels.
Additional policies and FAQs
Yes, I do sell wholesale. Please contact me with your business details.