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Nancy Malay creates some of the most beautiful art we have ever seen. And we've seen a lot of art.
Don't just take our word for it; Nancy was selected by Early American Life magazine in their Directory of Traditional American Crafts Holiday issue for 2008. Those folks are extremely picky about whom they choose, and Nancy's selection is a testament to the fine work she produces for her loyal customers.
It is our honor to present the brilliant mind behind the hands that create the adorable, heart-warming, impeccable pieces of holiday art that you are about to see.
If you are ever in a position of wondering what the perfect gift would be for a loved one, or if you simply want to decorate your home with a piece that is guaranteed to have the whole room talking, Nancy is for you.
Please enjoy our interview with Nancy Malay, and then please rush on over to NancyMalay.com (as well as her blog) to browse her breathtaking collection.
I live in Faribault, MN, with my husband of
almost 30 years. We have three grown sons and a daughter-in-law. I still
haven't adjusted to our "empty nest"!
I was really excited this year to be have been chosen by the prestigious Early American Life magazine as one of this Country's top Artisans and listed in the 2008 Directory of Traditional American Crafts Holiday issue, in two different categories.
I love what I do, and I hope this shows in my
Easter is near, which means you've been busy "creating rabbits," as you've put
many years, all I created was the Christmas related items (I was
3. Living in Minnesota, you must love the Spring and the gardening activities it provides. Since we're just a few weeks away from Spring, what plans do you have for your garden this year (if any)?
can't wait for the planting season to get here! Last year my husband and I
totally redid our front yard…we had a new brick walk put in, moved in some
larger trees, and took down a fence. I'm really anxious to see how everything
comes up after the long Winter.
In today's age of video games and text messages, kids aren't as creative as they
used to be.
from a large family – 6 girls and two boys. My father was a skilled cabinet
maker and my mother was an excellent seamstress, who nurtured my love of sewing
from a very early age.
I would say some of it was out of necessity, as we lived in a small town and things weren't always readily available.
I do get asked about teaching classes very often, and I have finally decided it's something I should delve into! So, I will be offering some classes shortly.
to give my artwork as gifts more often than I do now. My mom passed away a
couple of years ago, and the last time I was home, my dad gave me all the dolls
I had given to her over the years.
Spending time with family and friends, gardening and reading are all activities I enjoy. Balancing all of this can sometimes be a challenge. Time seems to go way too fast, and I find myself wishing for more hours in the day! We have three sons and a daughter-in-law all in their 20's, and they always come first.
I started my blog last year, and this has been a great tool for keeping my customers, family and friends up to date on what I'm working on and what's going on in my life.
You have a vast array of products that you make, but someone with your
creativity must always be on the lookout for something new.
I just added the
cones this past Christmas, and I recently started creating ACEO/ATC
cards, and these have been a lot of fun and quite popular.
New ideas are constantly popping into my head! I scribble the thoughts down on paper, so I won't forget them when I start my projects. There is nothing like a trip to an antique store or just looking through my collection of "stuff" to get my creative juices flowing. It's funny how one little basket or a certain fabric will inspire a new piece of work.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to share my work with your readers!
Nancy was a pleasure to work with,
and the photos included here are just a tiny sampling of what she has to offer.
Do please head on over to
check out her extensive collection.
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