April 18, 2014

Friday Feature- Mandy's Joys

Today's Feature is a great handmade shop that makes really cute critters. If you haven't checked out Mandy's Joys' page yet to see these cute toys, please do!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background. 
I am a stay at home mom to four (with one on the way). I am married to my best friend and someone who supports me in all that I do. We are a home school family, so life can get rather crazy, but it works for us. I have been sewing off and on most of my life, my mom bought me my first real sewing machine when I was 4. I ran that poor thing until I could no longer get parts for it. LOL. For years I sewed mostly just Halloween costumes, but then after the kids were born, I started making them things here and there, and then started sewing quilts. My true passion was always plush toys, so once I started sewing them there was no turning back! 

2. Tell us about your business. What do you make? What are you all about? 
I sew cuddly critters, that are unique and not something you would see in a box store. I also make things that both boys and girls can enjoy, this being especially important since I have four boys! I love making people happy and have many adult collectors, as well as children who love what I make. 

3. When and why did you start your business?
I actually started my page with crochet to help the family financially, but it was just not a passion for me. When I discovered we were having a baby girl, I wanted to make her a doll and felt in love with the sculpting process of faces. From the dolls, I felt bad for my three boys...so started with a dragon, and then an ogre...and by the time I was one, I was in love with the faces and personalities that came from my work. My kids were so happy. I was suddenly addicted to making them, but my house was becoming full. Then when friends saw what I was making and started requesting me to make them for their kids, I posted pictures on my page, and from there I started growing. 

4. What inspires you? 
My children and husband inspire me with the joy I see with each creature I make, for them or for an order. I find inspiration in the world around me in colors when I am working with custom dyes. 

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