Friday, April 1, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Hello to everyone visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party! Please make sure to leave me a comment with your blog url. I would love to visit everyone in return =D

First, I guess I better introduce myself. My name is Amanda, AKA Mandy Mouse. (I earned that nickname when I dressed up as a mouse for Halloween when I was a toddler). I am the woman behind Mandy Mouse Creates and Mandy Mouse Designs. I'm currently 22 years old, married to my High School Sweetheart for over 3 years, and pregnant with our first child.

I have always been sorta crafty. When I was 10 or 11 years old I began sewing with my Mom. She taught me how to make my first pair of pajama pants. She sewed everything from our swim suits to our prom dresses. When I was a newlywed, my husband worked nights. I was very lonely, and decided to start sewing again to help pass the time.

I'm the kind of person that likes change. I can't stand it when things are always the same. I was looking for a new wallet one day, and I couldn't find anything that I liked. Everything was so bland and boring. I wanted some fun colors and prints! So I searched around online, and found a pattern for a wallet. I whipped one together and quickly fell in love. But after a few weeks, I noticed several small things that I didn't like. 3 prototypes later, I have my own wallet! I posted a few pictures on Facebook, and started receiving requests like crazy. Everyone wanted one. After selling a few dozen through Facebook, I decided to open my first Etsy store. Things didn't take off as quickly as I had hoped, so I took a break for a while. Several months later, I decided to start my own blog to help promote my Etsy store. A couple months later, and 2 blog features later, things are going great!

Like I said, I mainly started this blog for my wallets. But I have quickly started spreading out a little bit. I now also sell camera straps, and I have designs for a checkbook cover, mini wallet, and cosmetic bag all in the works! I also do some other crafts as well. You'll see me post about those occasionally. Mainly small things for the home, like shadowboxes, a heating pad cover, etc.

An example of several wallets that I have sold.

I'm still fairly new to the blogging world, but I am so excited to meet new people! Especially anyone with a crafty blog. I love trying new things and searching around for inspiration. Please let yourself be known!


Jerri said...

Hi. I'm stopping by from the blog party! It's nice to meet you!

I'm your newest follower! Hope you'll have time to come by and visit with me!

Maria and Michelle said...

It looks like you've got a very cute blog going on! And you also seem very talented too, those are cute wallets :)

Come by for a visit sometime!

Michelle @ FTSN

rita jean said...

So nice to meet you! I'm also stopping by from the UbP 2011. That's neat that you make wallets. They are very fun and pretty!!! Your mom sounds like the best sewing teacher ever! :) I envy people who can sew anything they want. I try, and most of the time it turns out good, but not with out a lot of hard work and a little ripping and re-sewing here and there! :)

Rikki said...

I gotta say I am really loving the UBP!! Im a new blogger and loving the wallets...keep it up girl!

Lena said...

Hello! Love your blog and just hit "Follow" button. Find me at
P.S. Also if you can find a minute and vote for me as elenka29 here
(it's a competition to get into fitness bootcamp for moms. There is no registration - just click and submit). Looking forward to reading more of your posts

Lindsay Conner said...

Very cute wallets. :) Visiting from the UBP! Nice crafty blog you have here! I'm over at if you'd like to say hi!

{th}ink said...

Those are beautiful wallets!

Stopping by from the Ultimate blog party. Check us out at

Dacia said...

Visiting from UBP11 & now following your blog. Those are really cute wallets!

Jennifer said...

Hi, I found your adorable blog on the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 and I'm a new
follower. Hop over and say Hi if you get a chance, Jennifer from Just

Gorgeous wallets, you have some talent!!!

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

Its nice to meet you! Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy! I have a toddler myself :)
Visiting you from UPB
Hope you can come see me too at

Jen said...

Hey there! I saw your link on UBP and stopped by, your blog is super cute and you've got some awesome skills with the sewing machine! I hope you'll pop by my blog sometime,

Jessica said...


I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at

And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at

I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

Have a very blessed day!! :0)

Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki said...

Hi! I'm stopping by from the is going to take me a while to go through all of the links, but I am really enjoying meeting new bloggers! Come over and visit to see how I am creating a healthy home for my family if you get the chance! I'm your newest follower!

TanyasTreasureTrove said...

Hi! Following you from
UBP! Hope you visit me
and return the follow!