Friday, July 30, 2010

M.I.A...and felt playfood

Firstly I would like to say sorry for being M.I.A for so long. I don't even have a decent excuse...just that the life of a wife, funky mama and happy (if not slightly obsessive) crafter takes over at times. But I am back, and wanted to share with you my latest creations. Those of you who have visited me at Glenbrook Markets would have seen them, but for the rest of you...this is what I have been having lots of fun with lately! ....Felt playfood!!!

I have really enjoyed labouring over these. The strawberries look almost edible, the donuts look like you could just pick them up and give them a quick bite...and the cupcakes...well let's just say that I still haven't exhausted all the combinations that are possible. (I even think of flavours they could honey spice cake with lemon frosting...yum!)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

fabric baskets

Hello everyone! I send my apologies for it being so long since I last added a post. I have been working on these new fabric baskets and having a lot of fun in the process. They will be coming along with me to the next Glenbrook market, Saturday 19th June, where I am hoping they will find some happy homes to go to.

Fabric might just say...what could you do with those...well as every good woman stuff in them!

The first one I made is now in my little girls room and holds all of her 'sparkles' (necklaces and bangles and bits), and I should probably make her a smaller one for her collection of hair clips....which of course, mummy makes for her too.

Until next time..

xx manda

Monday, May 17, 2010


Here I am again, this time with some actual finished pieces!
I have had so much fun making these brooches. They are made out of felt and vintage buttons, and anyone who knows me knows that I can't resist a bit of felt and a vintage button or two, throw in a bit of stitching and I am in handmade heaven
But these colourful adornments wouldn't have been possible without the help of a dear friend of mine, Juliette, who has inspired me with her papercraft creations and very kindly lent me her super-dooper die to allow me to cut these fabby flower shapes. (Thanks Juliette, one of these has your name on it, you just choose. xx)
These little creations have kept me busy for the last few days, as I have had no voice due to laryngitis, so here I am, resting and creating...not a bad combination if I do say so myself.

I will be taking them to the next Glenbrook Markets, but if anyone wants one before then, just let me know.

xx Manda

Friday, May 14, 2010

Glenbrook Market

Today should have been the day that Emma and I headed to our regular date at Glenbrook Markets (in the beautiful Blue Mountains), but unfortunatley we have both been sick with the dreaded lurgy. And it has been extra lucky that I didn't go today, as I have lost my yes, I think Sean is feeling a little more at peace with the world today.

On that note, I wanted to share with you all a little snap that my wonderful hubby took of my market table back in March, things have changed a little since then, and there is always new things to be seen you all know...I really just can't help myself!

xx Manda

urchin stack

I know that this is technically not a Nanny Kate thing, but I just couldn't resist this.
I love sea urchin shells that have been washed up on the beach and these ones came from my favourite, Culburra Beach (a hidden gem) I have them just sitting in a little group displayed on a tray in my entrance hall. Yesterday afternoon I came in and saw them stacked up just like this...I didn't necessarily have to ask, but I did anyway...they are the result of my gorgeous boy, Jack, and I just had to take a snap. Hope you like them too.

xx Manda

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

my muse

Welcome to the world of Nanny Kate Design

Welcome and thanks for coming to see this is my very first blog post, (please go easy with me!) I wanted to let you know a little bit about the passion behind Nanny Kate Design....well it all came about just over six months ago...when my beautiful daughter Olivia (then aged around 18 months) was carrying my handbags around with her...I set forth in the hope of finding a fun and funky handbag for a little girl, to no out came the sewing machine and the "little sister" bag was born, followed by a "big sister" bag, and then the "funky mama" bag (thanks to the prompting of my very talented and fun market buddy, Emma Donlevy)

As they say...the rest is history, and a lot of it is still in the making.

I am really one of those people who just can't stop making things! And I know that there are others of you out there that have been bitten by the making I hope you enjoy the first efforts at creating a blog and come along with me for the journey...wherever it may take us.

xx Manda