Today's feature spotlights Mandy from Mandy's Yellow Corner (her blog) AND Mandy's Yellow Corner (her Etsy shop)!! She is super-sweet and super-talented ... read on below to get to know her a litte better!
Q. Both your blog and Etsy shop have "yellow" in the names - tell us about why yellow is your favorite color!
Yellow is such a happy color! I first realized how much I loved the color yellow right around the time that I met my husband, and he further encouraged my infatuation [not really sure why]. But due to the happiness of the color, and my further happiness at having it associated with my love, it has solidly remained my favorite! :]
Q. Please tell us about your Etsy shop - how and why you started it.
Well, like most things I do, it just kind of happened! My mother-in-law had told me about it last Christmas, but I had forgotten about it. Then, when I started blogging, I kept seeing amazingly crafty bloggers with adorable etsy shops, and it inspired me to start my own. Ever since I was a child I have loved making things for people. . . I still make my family members presents at Christmas time! I love the idea that somebody somewhere may be wearing or using something that I have made! Love that :]
Q. Please tell us about your blog - how and why you started it.
I saw Julie and Julia last December. . . hehe, I'm a little embarrassed to say that the movie was my initial inspiration! But I didn't actually follow my first inclination. It wasn't until January, when Valentine's Day was approaching, that I actually had a purpose for a blog. I was searching for fun Valentine's Day activities and crafts online, and I couldn't find any that I hadn't already done over the last two years. This overwhelming lack of holiday crafts was very upsetting, and I realized that I had some fun ideas that I had come up with that some other searching crafter may want to borrow. And thus I started my Valentine's Day Craft Blog. . . which I deleted a week later after seeing SO many adorable blogs with amazing etsy-worthy creations. I was inspired to make my own blog that was devoted to my crafting, with the hope that one day I would have a successful etsy shop as well.
Q. What do you enjoy most about blogging and having your own Etsy shop?
I love the friendships that I have made! I never would have thought that blogging would bring so many sweet, lovely people into my life- people I will probably never meet, but I still love sharing ideas and life with them through blogging. :]
Q. Tell us a bit about your "off-line" self - what is something we might not know about you, personally, just from reading your blog or visiting your shop?
I don't know if you can tell based on my blog, but I am a very shy person in real life [at least until I get to know a person- then the crazies come out!]. And the telephone is my absolute biggest fear. I dread having to make a call. . . or answer one. But I love being a wife and homemaker! Cooking, cleaning, decorating- all my favorite things. And I am so blessed to be married to a man who encourages me in all of my crafting endeavors. He is so supportive and loving, and I love him!
Q. Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I just want to encourage all the ladies out there- if you've been wanting to craft more, but just haven't gotten around to it, blogging about it is a great way to keep yourself motivated. I've tried so many new [and initially scary] projects in the 6 months since I started blogging that I never would have tried before. It helps knowing that I've got to keep trying new things so that I can keep providing new reading material for my followers. And yes, I have produced more flops than ever [hehe, I just don't blog about those. . .] but I've also done things that I never would have thought I could do. Just go for it! :]
Here is a taste of Mandy's incredible creativity ...
Mandy has very graciously agreed to give away one of her beautiful, crocheted headbands, shown above those darling clutches!
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As always, extending ten thousand ((hugs)) to you,