5. Sign this petition [ http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/handmadetoys/index.html ], to be submitted to the CPSC. 6. Check out these additional resources: Facebook [ http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=49551386833 ] -Help Save Handmade Toys from the CPSIA and Handmade Toy Alliance [ http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org ]
Thursday, January 1, 2009
This information was provide to me by Made by Anjie Inc... Please read her post and pass along as well as add this to your blog pages and help spread the word.We absolutely need more exposure! With out your help I myself as well as other homemakers of handmade children's products will have to cease in making products for your little ones.I couldn't imagine a little girl not wearing one of my precious tutus. :( Thanks, Jen Harris http://www.iluvututumuch.net In 2007, we were shocked to learn that so many of the toys our children were (are) exposed to were tainted with lead and phthalates. Large toy manufacturers outsourcing to China and other developing countries sold numerous products within the US that simply put, made kids sick. Rightfully reacting to this mess, the US Congress cracked down on the Consumer Products Safety Commission ([ http://www.cpsc.gov ]CPSC) and passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA [ http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html ]) in August 2008. Essentially, this law requires mandatory safety testing for all toys and products geared towards children ages 12 and under. In theory, we as parents and consumers should be thrilled with this action. However, the law lacks specifics and without modification, the reality is that thousands of small businesses who produce handmade toys and children's products (Made by Angie [ http://madebyangie.com ] _not _excluded!) will be forced to close our doors because the testing procedures are prohibitively expensive. Does this really make sense for the cloth diaper business using 100% organic cotton materials? Or the craft fair artisan that sold you a hand chiseled wooden train set? Or the adorable personalized hand appliqued birthday t-shirt you just ordered from [ http://www.etsy.com ]etsy.com? On February 10, 2009 (coined "[ http://nationalbankruptcyday.com ]National Bankruptcy Day")-- this law will go into effect, forcing us to provide certification of thousands of dollars spent on third-party testing. Testing for chemicals that don't exist to begin with in the materials we use. Now more than ever, with our economy hanging on by a thread we need these small businesses who provide innovative, unique and SAFE products and help to keep our handmade in the USA industry thriving. _Here's what you can do to help. _ 1. Start by forwarding this information to everyone you know. Parents of young children are not the only ones touched by this legislation. There is a "forward" button at the bottom of this email. 2. Vote for amending the law on Change.org [ http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia ]. With enough votes it will be presented to President Obama in January! 3. Find your congress person [ https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml ] and senators [ http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm ] and write a letter like the sample here [ http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/how-you-can-help ]. Particularly if they serve on the [ http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newcommittee.cgi?site=ctc&lang=&commcode=hcommerce_commerce ]House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection or the [ http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newcommittee.cgi?site=ctc&lang=&commcode=hsmall_business ]House Committee on Small Business. 4. Send an email directly to the CPSC [ http://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/info.aspx ] or contact chairperson Nancy Nord at 301-504-7923.
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It's been quite a while as I haven't had the time nor the desire to blog. Who knew blogging would be such a hard task at hand. Creativity flows from my mind and transforms in to precious work of art when I am creating girly things so how come it's so hard for me to sit down and put my thoughts on the computer? Is blogging jibberish ramblings of a woman going crazy at 12:39 am? I think so...... Who in their right mind would be willing to do this at this hour? Ummmmmmmmm Me of Course. So here it goes the update.
was the perfect spot for our photo shoot location! My daughter Keeley looked amazing as usual and was eager to please. My husband Bobby & my helper Alissa were both on top of all the equipment and wardrobe changes that were neede to take the perfect shot. I was thankful for all the help that I recieved from the two of them. Bobby found this beautiful boat right on the marina and I just knew this was going to be the one. How perfect is this outfit and sucha abeautiful background setting. I was so proud of my little girl as she looked absolutely stunning modeling her mommy's creations.
A Day at the Beach
Wow ! Absolutely Breathtaking ....This was such an amazing day at the beach as we were fitting in tutu portraits on a vacation weekend. My boys were back at the hotel gearing up for a day of fun and shopping. We drove down to the beach once again to take pictures of Keeley modeling my newest of creations the Strawberries and Champagne Petal Filled Tutu Skirt. What a perfectly lovely tutu for the scenery . It was so much fun watching the waves go in and out. These tutus are truly amazing for portrait work. Keeley had such fun at the beach. I loved seeing her dance, and twirl in the sand. She eventually found a stick and was dragging it behind her. I thank god for this perfect little girl he has brought in to our family's life. She is the reason for my inspiration I just love her too too much.
Happy Birthday Baby...
We just finished our new line of birthday tutus filled with super sweet pom-poms, & Large and small Happy Birthday confetti. These cuties come in purple, and hot pink and are asuper fun. Our sewn filled tutu's are a great addition for birthday party ocassions and a truly a must have! What little girl wouldn't want her own Birthday tutu to twirl, and dance around in on her special day.She's sure to stand out amongst the crowd on her special day. Whether your child is 1 or 16 she'll love the party tutu suprise. Did I mention we sell Birthday party packages? Now you can design your own tutu party! Check out www.iluvututumuch.net to order your own tutu party custom creations
Artisans Guild Relay for life.
Alissa & I worked hours on end to make just the right amount of boutique goodies for the hundreds of people that came through on Saturday & Sunday. With only 3 hours of sleep between the both of us we were up and ready to preform our duties of showing off our wonderful creations. We decided on a raffle of two beautiful dresses.
What fun it is to have a contest! So we decided to raffle off a couple of tutu dresses in the days that followed our arrival at the artisans guild. In order to win the raffled off Tutu Dresses patrons would need to contribute $2.00 towards the raffle. Tickets with the winners information were called on late Sunday afternoon, to come pick up their items. Our beautiful tutu dresses were specially made with layers upon layers of soft american made tulle that would be fit for a princess. Everyone was equally impressed with the quality of new items we had on hand,and several new custom orders were placed.
Bibs & Burpies
With Designers in mind like Amy Butler, Michael Miller, & Robert Kauffman your sure to make incredible artwork out of their fabric. We handmade, and designed our newest addition of bibs and burpcloths adding the extra finishing touches of chenille & terrycloth to the back for a complete moisture barrier.Baby products are always fun to design and sew and we have had a tremendous amount of buyers asking for new products so we decided to try our hand on a few new creations. Consumers were eager to mix and match our bib and burp sets they especially enjoyed our new baby pails that are great for gift giving on birthdays, baby showers, or even stocking stuffers.
Just a Few Creations
Trying our hand at a few ,new ideas besides our signature series of Tutus & Tutu dresses we decided to break the mold and make embellished onesies, pillowcase dresses, baby blankets and doggie tutus in which by the way we sold out of instantly. Go figure! Alissa had been on my case for the past year trying to break down my guard so that I would cave in to her demands of apparel for little pooches. I just resisted with all my might. I absolutely could not, would not make tutus for animals! Or so I thought. Who would of thought that a little tulle attatched to some elastic would make the world go round for dog lovers. People all over town were asking us constantly to make these precious commodities for their little ones. With much hesitation I gave in to their demands and they were such a big hit. Here are a few pics of our sweet and lovely new creations.