I finally remembered where the inspiration for my mouse
One of the blogs that I read is about scrapbooking cards, written by Jak Heath, who a truly delightful artisan when it comes to card design.
Since one of my pet peeves has to do with plagerism, which I detest with a passion, I wrote to Jak in the hopes that she wouldn't mind my having usurped her design...even if it is in a totally different medium.
Less than 1/2 an hour later, she wrote back full of praise & saying that she wished she could have one just like it.
Well long story short, within the week my mousie will be on his way to his new home in the UK where Jak lives.