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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 http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

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.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html

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
http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html

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

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Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! We’re celebrating ours this Saturday due to scheduling conflicts. I am looking forward to some ham and dressing. Meanwhile, this is my first year working retail on Black Friday so wish me luck. I’m very much afraid I’ll need it.

We’re having a sale for Black Friday in the shop – we’re offering free shipping to the US and Canada until December 1st, and heavily discounted shipping everywhere else til then as well.

some items from the shop
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A few days ago I made a couple of purchases on Etsy. One of those purchases was from the shop UglyKitty where I bought an UglyKitty pinback button. The proceeds from which went to a great cause in honor of theUgly Kitty Pin world’s cutest ugly cat, Quasi. The money is donated to the Cool Cat’s Rescue Center where Quasi was adopted. (Don’t visit that page unless you’re prepared to find yourself wanting to adopt a dozen kitties.) Since October 2006, over $2000 has been raised by UglyKitty’s shop alone and it’s really no wonder because she has some fantastic stuff in stock.

Dragonfly Cosmetic CaseSpeaking of helping cat shelters, TackyHandmade donates 10% of shop sales to Town Cats of Ocean City in Maryland. It’s a no kill shelter for the feral cat community in the area.

Want to help out some dogs as well? Check out PocketfulofSunshine’s DT Collection which benefits thethinking of you Florida Boxer Rescue. 50% of the sales from this collection go to the volunteer based organization.

New FriendOr help out cats and dogs all at once by searching Ensorcelled Minds‘ shop or TJGems shop for the tag “charity.” Buy a card from Ensorcelled Minds and 15% of the proceeds go to the Southern Ontario Animal Rescue. It’s foster care and adoption charity for orphaned animals. Buy a charm or jewelry from TJGems and the full sale price goes to to Holly Hedge, which is a sanctuary for dogs & cats in the UK.

Ladybug Earrings

Big PurpleYou can also buy anything from Mittens’ shop where 10% of every sale goes to the NSPCA.

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So, I don’t know if you’ve heard about ArtFire or not, but essentially it’s new competition to Etsy. They currently have a deal going on where you can sign up for a flat rate of $7 USD a month to sell. I was planning to get an account with them before the weekend was up because I’m intrigued and they look like a good place to sell.

Today, however, Etsy apparently bought Google AdWords for “ArtFire” and somehow the ArtFire crew found out about it. (Sounding like a high school drama yet?) To me, that just makes business sense. You have new competition, you do what you can to keep ahead of them. No big deal. However, ArtFire posted about it on their Twitter. A little while later, this was posted to their Twitter: “LOL! So we called them out on it, and they got rid of the Adwords, haha I guess they didn’t want it turning into a big story, too late!”

I’m sorry, am I the only one who this really bothers? That is totally unprofessional. It really bothers me because I don’t know that I want to be part of a business that talks smack about the business practices of their competition and then proceeds to post things like that on a feed that many of their users and their competition’s users read. Does this concern anyone else?

edited to add Apparently there’s a promo button for them that says “‘Etsy should be scared” as well. How classy.

edited again: Tony, the head of ArtFire, has left a nicely thought out response to all of this in the comments. Please read them to see his take on the situation (and my reply, should you be interested).

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Untitled Elephant I’ve always been drawn to elephants. They were my favorite wild animal when I a kid, and they’re my favorite wild animal now. So one of the charities that’s important to me is The Elephant Sanctuary. It’s located here in Tennessee, just outside of Hohenwald. I posted a picture last time of a drawing I had done of an elephant. I’ve listed it in the shop with $5 of the proceeds going to the Sanctuary. Listing it got me wondering what other kinds of items people were selling to promote their favorite charities…

Phyllis Mufson of Personal Treasures donates all of the profits from Personal Treasures and its sister store Mufi Jewels to help support Charity OrRough Tourmaline NecklaceLabradorite and Hessonite Earringsphanage in Robertsport, Liberia. She sells some lovely items, like these pretty earrings and this amazing necklace. Her husband, Bill, served in the Peace Corps in Liberia and his work with the refugee and orphan children is benefited by her sales. You can find out more about their story at Phyllis’ blog.

Goods 4 Girls - Cloth Menstrual Pad Also donating towards good works in Africa is the shop Mellygirl2007. The organization Goods 4 Girls sends environmentally friendly reusable menstrual pads to schoolgirls in various countries in Africa. Often times these girls must miss school during their menstrual cycles due to inadequate menstrual supplies. At Mellygirl2007, you can buy cloth pads to be sent to these girls.

Returning to the subject of animal charities, Michele of mvegan5 on Etsy founded and co-leads EFA Artists Helping Animals which unfortunately appears to be closing soon.

Kissing Cow Cards

Ivory Mint Birdy PinHowever, Michelle donates 10% of all her store item sales to a Charity of the Month, always helping animals. And really, when you can get items as cute as this pin or these cards, it’s a win/win for everyone – human and animal.

I’ve found several more shops and items that I want to highlight but I’ll save those for another post. Keep in mind, though, that you can buy some really wonderful gifts for your friends and family while also giving to the world at large. It’s a great way of celebrating the true spirit of the season.

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It’s very much an autumn day over here. Light drizzle, squirrels darting through the branches trying not to get wet, leaves falling, and an overcast haze coloring everything.

vintage mug, filled with Irish Breakfast tea

vintage mug, filled with Irish Breakfast tea


A good day for tea, and art, and hopefully some knitting later on.
some various ACEOs I've been working on

some various ACEOs I've been working on

My car needs work, I’m missing out on a day’s pay, and I’m behind in homework. No worries today though. Today is a sweater and hot chocolate day, a day to relax and try to breathe, and not rush around like I have been. I will do as I please at the pace I please and not fret over what’s still to be done.

original elephant drawing

original elephant drawing

I hope your day is productive in the same kind of way.

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Rusty the Robot




Rusty the robot

Originally uploaded by Quack the Wooley Duck

This is Rusty. His real name has been lost to time but his bird friends and the slugs that come round at dusk call him Rusty. Rusty is the product of a tinkerer, an amateur robotist by the name of John J. Jingleheimer (of no relation to the Schmidts) who was brilliant but absent-minded. It’s unknown how Rusty came to be left in a field unable to leave under his own power as he really doesn’t wish to talk about it. Jingleheimer had no idea that his creation had taken on a life of his own and begun to feel as well as think, that much is sure.

Rusty is eager to make friends with anything that comes near, but suffers from loneliness since the field is remote. Pieces of Rusty have been scavenged by those in need of scrap metal and other bits have begun to rust and decay. He believes this to all be part of the great circle of life but does sometimes wish he could still oil his own joints.

Will you help rescue Rusty and give him a warm home? He promises to be loyal and wants nothing more than a hello in the morning in return.


Another something I’ve been working on. One of those creatures that sprang full formed from my imagination with no sort of thinking in between. I love him to bits.

Rusty is for sale here if you’re interested.

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