Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bloggers Unite! January 26th -- CPSIA Blog-in

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

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cutest little artwork, and kind awards... cupcake cute artwork I was recently given three kind awards for my blog, from the same lovely person. Since I do not have the connections or the time to fulfill the awards, I thought I'd give her a plug instead. I've enjoyed her artwork and browsing her site, and I think she has the cutest artwork I've seen in a very long time. There's a lot of talent out there, and she got a high-calorie dose of it! When you take a look, you'll see what I mean.

Her blog is rkdesign88, and her etsy shop is one of the places you can purchase these adorable prints. I love to browse her shop because the pictures are so sweet and fun I can't take my eyes off of them. Seriously! I think she has the chance, if picked up by an ambitious publisher, to be as big as Mary Englebreit or even Hello Kitty. She's currently residing in Jakarta, Indonesia. You meet all kinds of beautiful talented people through the blogs and through Etsy. I'm honored to be associated with them. And a little overwhelmed. Makes me feel so out-classed, you know? cute artwork and cupcakes
So if you agree with me, I heartily recommend that you skip on over to her shop and pick up a few ACEOs, which are original artworks, and a few prints that strike your
fancy. I plan to purchase a few for myself, and for my daughter's room. She's 11 but she loves these artworks. I wonder if she'd do birth announcements...or framed pictures with the baby's birth statistics on them...Anyway, grab these originals while you can, becuase I think they'll be worth a LOT of cash someday. That way you'll be able to say "I knew her when...."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Truppies, anyone?

Volleyball season has come around again, and my thoughts turn to -- Truppies? Yep, that's right. Truppies.

What in the world is a "truppy?" Well, you're in for a treat!!

Recently I made a new friend who is an Etsy seller and lives nearby in Middleburg. We met through an Etsy Street Team we both support. When I saw her craft, I just HAD to find out more. She makes these cute little fluffy animals that she calls Truppies, and my first impression was that I just had to have two of them for my daughters. Who knew mop heads could turn out so cute? (At least there's ONE fun use for a mop!) When I contacted her, she was very nice to work with, and we settled on team colors with volleyball charms for my Truppies. Here's a pic of my twin cuties:truppy

So, if you fall in love with them like I did, visit her shop, drop her a note, and order a custom Truppy or two for yourself and for a special person in your life. I think a Valentine Truppy with one of my bracelets on it's neck would be just perfect for Valentines Day, don't you?