Jan 30, 2011

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Manely Recycled Sponsor Spotlight, Review, and Extra Entries!!

It does not come around too often, but sometimes you find something so unique that you have to just sit down and say “Wow!  How did they ever think of that?!”

That is how I feel with Manely Recycled!  Manley Recycled is Amy’s store where she creates amazing stick ponies for toddlers and children from ONLY recycled materials!  Her mission is to “Let no useful material go to the landfill” and she can come up with some very imaginative designs to please your child (and your!) creative imagination!  What better toy for imaginative play than a handmade pony made out of safe recycled materials that you know will be treasured?

I was lucky enough to review one of Amy’s Manely Recycled creations!  She even entertained my extremely imaginative side and created something special just for SAP!  ….. A Dragon Pony!

Amy made two dragon ponies and let me pick which I liked…or rather, I let SAPsDaDa pick!  Though I was tempted to get more ponies from Amy I stuck with just the one…If I’m not careful I will start collecting them!  She keeps coming up with new ideas all the time!

SAPsMaMa Thinks: Manely Recycled Pony

I received the pony from Manely Recycled in the mail sooner than I had anticipated!  The “Dragon” Pony was awesome!  The fabric that Amy had picked out was such an excellent choice and all the details just made it come to life!  I can only think of the stories and tales that a child would come up with with such a toy!  The eyes were stitched on with different sizes and colors of fabric, she had put “spines” on the back of the dragon pony’s head instead of a mane, and even had a tongue sticking out like a lizard or a dragon that would be breathing fire!  I had seen pictures online of the pony before I received it but that was nothing to seeing it up close and personal!

The Awesome “Dragon” Pony that Amy made for SAP!  Isn’t it the coolest looking stick “pony” ever?!  🙂

I was sooo tempted to give it to SAP right away, but decided to wait for a special occasion such as after she did good potty training….well, that didn’t happen but she got her pony anyway!  How can I resist my cute little girl?  I could not wait to see her reaction!   And WOW did she have a reaction!  Luckily I had the camera at the ready and caught it on film!  Oh the memories, the little shriek of joy that came out of her mouth was just so cute!

Isn’t that just the cutest reaction ever?!  I loved it!

The funny thing is, you never know what a kid will do with their toy!  You would THINK  they would take the stick “pony” and ride around the house with it playing pretend.  Did SAP?  Well, she did, but not right away!  First, she treated it like a doll or a baby doll.  She carried it around, gave him kissies, “pet” the dragon “nice”, and tried to put him Night night on her changing mat!

Petting the Dragon Pony “nice”!

She did eventually ride the Dragon Pony but we had to do some demonstrations first to show her how to ride it!  She got a big kick out of that, haha.  Afterward, she kept bringing her pony back to us for us to ride it!  Silly girl.  Once she did get the hang of it she was riding the dragon pony everywhere in the house!  she was going so fast it was hard for me to get a picture that wasn’t blurry, but I got one!

I think SAP has made a new friend 🙂  She’s been carrying her pony around for days now doing everything with it when she’s home.  I am very happy with the quality and skill that went into making it, it is very artistically done and it is well put together.  I always worry about toys and how SAP will handle them, she is not the most gentle, and I worry that something special I got her will not last, but Amy’s ponies are built well and I anticipate many years of play with this one!  Just look at the love these two have for each other!

Rawrr!!!  That is “Hello Dragon” in SAP language 🙂

What SAPsMaMa LOVES about the Manely Recycled Ponies!

  • Creative, and very unique!  There will never be two alike!
  • I love how Amy makes things besides ponies too!  Dragons, giraffe, seahorse, zebras, unicorns!!
  • Great for imaginative play, social interaction, and more for children to grow and develop!  Plus it’s active play, instead of vegging out in front of the TV!
  • They are made out of ALL recycled materials!  Great for the environment and less toxic for your child!
  • Small enough that it is easy to store and perfect size for a toddler!
  • Did I already say I love the dragon?!  🙂

Suggestions For Improvement: There’s Always Room For Improvement!

  • The bottom of the stick the “pony” is on is flat, I would love to see something done with it!  Round it off somehow, or add a little fabric cap to the end?  So it would lessen the impact if a child were to run into it or something during play!  Plus would make it cuter!
  • Attach the “bridle/reins” to the pony, whereas right now they’re just wrapped around and tied at the end.  I’m a little worried they might get lost over time, SAP has a fascination with ribbon…like a kitty cat or something!

About Manely Recycled!

WAHM dedicated to using only upcycled materials in creating fantastic products primarily in the area of imaginative play for children.

She not only makes stick ponies, but also pencil toppers and other little crafts using recycled materials!!  Very creative work!

Some of my favorite stick “ponies” she has made:

One of Amy’s Ponies!  She makes a wide variety of colors and textiles!

Unicorns!  Perfect for a girly girl!

Giraffe!  I just LOVE the large ears!  I can’t believe she found this fabric in the thrift store!

Amy’s newest creation, a custom Sea Horse!!  I keep giving her new idea..next I want a dinosaur, and I thought of a griffin but that just won’t work on a stick…lol

Buy It!

Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/audioamy

Facebook Store: http://www.facebook.com/ManelyRecycledbyaudioamy

Win It!

Amy will create one (1) custom pony for one (1) winner in the Homemade With Love Winter Giveaway Event!!  Wow!

Handmade With Love Extra Entries!!

IMPORTANT: These entries are Extra Entries for the Handmade with Love Event.  In order for Pre-entries to qualify you will also have to do the mandatory entry for the Handmade With Love Event between Feb. 2nd – Feb. 6th.
Leave a separate comment for each entry please and include your email address if it is not easily visible in your profile.
Enjoy and have fun!!
  • Visit Amy’s Facebook Store (Photo Albums) and tell me what you think you’d have her make, or what pony you would most like to purchase, if you won! (1 Extra Entry)
  • “like” Manely Recycled on her Facebook Fan Page!  Please leave your Facebook first name and last initial for verification! (1 Extra Entry)
  • “Heart” Manely Recycled on Etsy! (1 Extra Entry)
  • Tell me what cute, imaginative things you think your little one would do with a pony like those Amy  makes at Manely Recycled!! (1 Extra Entry)


Thank you Amy for making such wonderful ponies and for sponsoring this event!  Your work is wonderful!  SAP is especially happy 🙂


The product(s) provided for the review (1 Manely Recycled Pony) was sent to me free of charge from the company or the PR agency. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. Text in italics except under images is taken from the sponsor’s website or otherwise cited.

Giveaway is open to U.S. only. Giveaway will begin Feb. 2nd, 2011 as part of the Handmade With Love  event and close Feb. 6th, 2001. Winner will be chosen using random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond after I contact via email. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck and thank you for supporting SAPsMaMa!

  1. Shannon Alexander says:

    It was hard to decide, though I did ssee a girafe! Cool Idea. It would have to be something very boyish! Maybe a pony for a cowboy to ride, but I would need longer to look into it.

  2. Shannon Alexander says:

    liked on fb (Mike-Shannon Alexander)

  3. Shannon Alexander says:

    Ive bought my kids cheap dollar ones before. They like to “ride” around on them going giddy up, giddy up, and hehaw! They did have a dinosaur and unicorn at one time and they used them like swords

  4. Kim Sykora Willard says:

    Liked on FB

  5. Kim Sykora Willard says:

    I would make a teal and purple pony for my daughter 🙂

  6. I would probably choose a unicorn because my daughter is obsessed with them!

  7. Kim Sykora Willard says:

    added as a fav on Etsy 🙂

  8. I have been a fan for a while! I love her ponies!! Danielle Butler

  9. Kim Sykora Willard says:

    My daughter will probably try to sleep with the pony and treat it like a doll, like your daughter. I’m sure she’ll ride it eventually 🙂

  10. My daughter would ride hers around with a cowgirl hat on and her rain boots. lol she grew out of her cowgirl boots. And she would also probably have a tea party with her.

  11. I would like something more for a boy, cause I have five grandsons!

  12. I “like” Manely Recycled on Facebook!

  13. I would have her make a pony with green and white stripes so it would match Acacia’s favorite dress. I think she would love that!

  14. Acacia would definitely ride it around. She already does this with her other toy animals. Jasmine would probably try to tackle it. She seems to be into tackling things lately…

  15. I love the seahorse but I would be more likely to buy a dragon!

  16. Angela B on Facebook

  17. I heart’d on Etsy!

  18. My younger ones usually play nice with their ponies but my older ones like to “fight” them. 😉

  19. Jenny pecor says:

    I wonder if shes eer made a monkey head on a stick instead of a pony. if not i would love a pony in pink and brown

    audriannasamamaw at aol dot com

  20. Jenny pecor says:

    already a facebook fan

    Jenny Pecor

    audriannasmamaw at aol dot com

  21. Jenny pecor says:

    faved on etsy

    audriannasmamaw at aol dot com

  22. Jenny pecor says:

    Im not exactly sure what she would do shes almost 6 months and if i won we would be putting this aside for charlees 1st birthday

    audriannasmamaw at aol dot com

  23. I have liked her on fb book for some time dreamin lol

    I have always wanted a unicorn

    I want it to be diffrent shades of purple with tons of flowers and lace very girly

  24. That would be a hard choice…I love the giraffe and zebra, heck I love them all! my 5 yr old said that his little brother needs the zebra, but with boy colors!

  25. I like on fb
    stacy allen vidrine

  26. I heart on etsy

  27. he just started walking, I think this would be a great little friend for him to spend lots of time with!

  28. cristalee B says:

    If I won I would totally get a unicorn

  29. cristalee B says:

    Already a fan on FB

  30. cristalee B says:

    Added her shop to my favourites

  31. cristalee B says:

    Oh, for sure the pony would be the stage coach horse and she would be Cinderella

  32. Sarah Talbot Stanford says:

    Love love love these!! So cute…my kids would love it if I won one….to avoid fights I think I would have to order one also lol

  33. Fluff's Enough says:

    * Visit Amy’s Facebook Store (Photo Albums) and tell me what you think you’d have her make, or what pony you would most like to purchase, if you won! (1 Extra Entry)

    My daughter would love a little pink dinosaur!

    theclothspring at hotmail

  34. Fluff's Enough says:

    * “like” Manely Recycled on her Facebook Fan Page! Please leave your Facebook first name and last initial for verification! (1 Extra Entry)\\

    fluffs enough

    theclothspring at hotmail

  35. Fluff's Enough says:

    * “Heart” Manely Recycled on Etsy! (1 Extra Entry)


  36. Fluff's Enough says:

    * Tell me what cute, imaginative things you think your little one would do with a pony like those Amy makes at Manely Recycled!! (1 Extra Entry)

    We watch videos and the kids always pretend they are riding horses or whatever is on tv. Its too funny

  37. jessica gonzalez says:

    I LOVE the custom pony she made for someone. Custom hot pink glittery zebra. WOW! I LOVE it!!1

  38. jessica gonzalez says:

    A fan of Manely Recycled on Fb
    jessica gonzalez

  39. jessica gonzalez says:

    My little girl does a great impression of a horse!! I know she would run around the house pretending she was a horse with her hilarious horse “voice” LOL

  40. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I want a unicorn or dragon! We already have a pony!
    tvpg at aol dot com

  41. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Like Manely Recycled on FB (amanda a)
    tvpg at aol dot com

  42. Amanda Alvarado says:

    <3 her etsy store (dolphin4176)
    tvpg at aol dot com

  43. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Since we already have one, I can tell you what dd does with it! LOL She will usually play with it like a doll baby or use it for her baby’s horse but sometimes she will pretend to ride it. Oh and she already took the reigns off! LOL 🙂
    tvpg at aol dot com

  44. My DD would love the unicorn (maybe with little wings! lol)
    vetsmom_rgv at yahoo dot com

  45. I like Manely on FB
    vetsmom_rgv at yahoo dot com

  46. Mine would probably go sit in the corner and talk to her pony! She loves them!
    vetsmom_rgv at yahoo dot com

  47. Jenni Jeske says:

    I’d get a giraffe or a pony! Or a zebra…I don’t know! Or a unicorn.

  48. Jenni Jeske says:

    Like her on FB!

  49. Jenni Jeske says:

    “Heart” Manely Recycled on Etsy!

  50. Jenni Jeske says:

    Tell me what cute, imaginative things you think your little one would do with a pony like those Amy makes at Manely Recycled!!

    Well right now my twins would just laugh and grab at it b/c they are still pretty young! LOL