Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Okay, so I have been reluctant to post about this until now, mainly because this situation frustrates me so much. But as a maker of children's items, I feel the need to speak out. I am participating in a Blog-In as part of the Etsy community to try to raise awareness so here goes. I am posting what someone else wrote because she did so well, I don't think I can do better:

As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too. How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.Article from the American Library Association

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.

To the Antique Toy Collector:Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.”

To the American Economy:Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy:Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

That's what she says. Now here's what I say: This law disappoints me. It makes me sad that our lawmakers were so irresponsible in passing this law, without any thought as to how it would be implemented and enforced or how it would affect businesses and consumers. I just expected more. I guess I shouldn't, but I do. Now, they have created a huge mess that is probably going to take months if not years of time and taxpayer dollars to sort out. In the meantime, businesses like mine and consumers, parents, and citizens like you have to pay the price. Shame on our government for hasty knee-jerk reactions, and shame on the unscrupulous toymakers who have struck fear in people to create such a situation. I am terribly disappointed and honestly, today I have just a little less faith in our government. And that makes me want to cry.

Please help me and my fellow crafters make our voices heard. We are shouting at the top of our lungs, now we just need the powers that be to get the cotton out of their ears!
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Forgotten Blog

Oops I do have a blog, don't I! A poor neglected, forgotten blog. Okay, so I have gotta write more often. Today is the inauguration, so of course, we have been watching that. And may I just say the Obama girls are adorable. It's gonna be fun to have young kids in the First Family again. In fact, I guess they are the youngest children I can even remember being in the White House. I think they need some cool handmade dresses.....
So anyway, I have decided to borrow an idea from my friend and fellow blogger Ophelia McPhee ( and have a top 10 list today. Here are the top 10 handmade things I think the Obama girls need:

1. Some really awesome dresses from me at (DUH)

2.) Awesome soap from Shine Your Hiney Soap. There is some totally adorable soap shaped like a ladybug.

3.) Some totally adorable play food from
I know they have a chef but a girl's gotta have an imagination!

4.) The cutest little bags and clutches I have ever seen at The little squirrels and other critters are perfect for those cuties.

5.) Every kid needs a sock monkey, and has some of the coolest I have ever seen. Her sock monkeys come with things like sunglasses, overalls, pacifiers, and a few even have 'fros!

6.) has these really great No Trash Lunch Kits. They are stylish with lots of different prints, and eco-conscious. The girls can be "green" when they take lunch to school (if they ever do).

7.) My friend Laura at makes really awesome bobby pins out of buttons. The Obama girls would look great with her little bobbles in their hair!

8.) The most adorable owl earrings can be found at These would be great for any age group, but they would look especially sweet on girls their age.

9.) Okay, now I know the White House has all those gardens that are very well maintained, but if the girls wanted to plant their own little garden, they could check out She has great seeds at great prices-perfect for the "budding" gardener.

10.) And of course, you can't forget that puppy they were promised. When the girls are training the puppy, they can go to for some really tasty (for dogs) and homemade treats.

Well, my wish for little Sasha and Malia is that they have fun, learn alot, and are safe and happy during their time as the First Kids. And like the Bush girls said, slide down that banister every chance you get!