Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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.” Read more about it here.
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.
I did not author the post above. The products I sell aren't affected by this new law. However, many of my friends in the etsy and handmade community are affected. This new law would wipe them out of business due to the testing demands and costs associated with the testing. This new law will affect the items that you as a consumer will be able to purchase for your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other little loved ones. Please, write to your legislators today and help us SAVE HANDMADE!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Today marks a new beginning, one filled with a sense of hope for the future. In just minutes, the inaugural ceremony to swear in President Obama will be begin. In the crowd, over one million supporters will celebrate a new milestone for this country. Best wishes, Mr. President. I pray you will find the guidance and strength you require to be the leader we so desperately need.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Ruthie of Rose Works Jewelry is January's featured etsyBlogger. Ruthie is the owner of two etsy shops - Rose Works Jewelry and Kindred Spirit Treasures. She is the creator of amazings pieces of jewelry, including these handwoven treasures:
Please be sure to check out Ruthie's blog and etsy shops today. She is true supporter of the blog and etsy community and takes the time to feature tips and other artists regularly. Thanks for all that you do, Ruthie!
Friday, January 16, 2009
I know I'm working a little in advance here, but we've all been inundated with big, red heart-shaped boxes of candy at the stores since December 26th anyways, so I thought today would be a good day to relive my first Valentine's Day with my hubby as part of etsy Blogger's blog carnival for January 30th.
Our first Valentine's Day together came about a month before our first anniversary of dating. By then, we'd lived together for nearly 10 months (yeah, we moved fast, I know!). We didn't have a lot of money, so we opted to make our own cards to celebrate the occasion. My husband is a talented artist (and I wish he would sketch more often!) and he presented me with this beautiful card, complete with a dreamy colored drawing on the front and a very sweet, handwritten note on the inside. Mine? Well, let's just say that I'm NOT a talented artist. Sure, I can do computer graphics all day long - but drawing is not a talent that I was blessed with. My card had a drawing of the two of us - stick figures to be exact. I tried to make up for my lack of skills by writing an extremely heartfelt note on the inside, but once I saw his card, I was mortified by my own...
Those cards are snugged into our the mirror on our bedroom dresser to this day - a constant reminder of his talent, my lack thereof, and our enduring love :)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
This weather... absolutely insane. I awoke this morning to another 10 inches of snow on my car and quickly made the decision that I would be working from home today. Schools were cancelled for today at 6:00 last night! The snow has stopped for the moment, but now all the news anchors can talk about (besides the Spiderman saves Obama comic book) are the arctic temperatures heading our way. Evidently, it's already 20 degrees warmer in Antartica right now (what the hell?!) and we're supposed to get wind chill temps of -35! So yeah, I'm pretty much done with all this winter crap, and insanely jealous of my friends who were smart enough to move to Arizona (
Suck it, Love ya, Robin!)
On a personal note, maybe 2009 really won't suck as bad as 2008 did! My husband just accepted a new job that he starts next week and we've made the decision to move back to my hometown, which puts me closer to my family and work (and into a real house, with a real yard!!!)! I'll be packing over the next six weeks and hoping for unseasonably warm temps during the first week of March for our move!
For all of you suffering through the winter with me, think Spring - maybe if we all do it enough, we can will the weather to change!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Special thanks to Rhonda from In A Lather for featuring my Spring Fling bracelet in her very first etsy treasury! If you get a chance, please visit the treasury and show it some love. Hurry, it expires on Sunday, January 11th! Rhonda makes yummy artisan soaps and bath products, so be sure to check out her shop while you're there!
Thanks again, Rhonda!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Kat at Sunshine and Lemonade is wrapping up her Weekend Winners with her best yet - a sort of "greatest hits" giveaway package, including items from each of her Weekend Winner giveaways. Please stop by and check it out here! It's easy to participate - all you have to do is leave some bloggy love in the form of a comment!
All of these great giveaways lately has me pondering - so stay tuned!