Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CPSIA Affects More Than Crafters

I've mentioned before how bad the CPSIA is. I know a lot of Americans still don't know about it, or think it won't affect them because they don't sell toys or don't have children. Well, this horrible law affects us all!

I would like to thank chichiboulie on etsy for her hard work and organizing the blog simulpost to get the word out and MiniMonster for the above picture.

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.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Sweeet Blue Treasury

I happened to catch a treasury tonight! It's fun to fill up those little boxes with great finds. This one features a bunch of my Sweeet friends!

Even More Yarn

Last night I dyed three more skeins. Although, I couldn't use the crock pot anymore, since my cat destroyed it. So these three are all hand painted and then baked in the oven.

I Made the Front Page on Etsy

Can you believe it! It's kind of a big deal to me. Remember that lovely treasury that Ginpins included me in? Well it was put on the front page a few days ago. I was so bummed that I missed it when it was live, but a couple of my sweeet friends sent me screen capture of it!

It was really interesting looking at the google analytics for that day. I had 10 times as many people visit my shop that day than on an average day.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Yarn!

I'm trying to build up my inventory a bit before the art show on the 23rd. So I bought a bunch more blank yarn, and yesterday I started dying it! I've been using Jacquard acid dyes lately and used it for this batch too. I'm getting great color results! They have lots of colors available, but I just bought the red, yellow, and blue, so the different colors is all done by mixing.

This blue and purple yarn is a heavy worsted weight, that I got from yarn2spin on etsy. I had the chance to meet her in person at Sheep Shearing Day.

These are both 100% wool, worsted weight and the same length. For the top skein I rewound it to be much longer to get the very long color repeats.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Brightened My Day

Ginny, one of my Sweeet friends on Etsy, made this super cool treasury that was inspired by my new yarn! It's a very pleasant surprise to find an item of mine in a treasury, and here's a treasury inspired by an item of mine! Thank you Ginny!

Ginny is a ceramic artist. She has lots of fun things in her shop (, but I especially like her mugs and buttons!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Results Are in Jan 2 Blog Carnival

Learn all about the CPSIA and what the Bloggers 2009 resolutions are:

Featured Etsy Blogger for January

Each month the Etsy Bloggers choose a member to feature. The featured Etsy Blogger for January is RoseWorksJewelry.

Ruthie creates a variety of jewelry. Including this lovely necklace and earrings inspired by Firefly.

You can find her blog here
and her Etsy shop is here

She a busy blogger with features on other artists and reviews of different sites.

This shows a few of the things that are in her shop!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!

A new year and new ideas...

Ah, the new year speaks of new beginnings. It's a time to look back, reflect, and decide what we want to do differently- new resolutions.
I'm not really one for making resolutions every year, but I do want to freshen things up in my shop.

Something new that I'm doing is going to the Crown Point Indiana, Fourth Friday Arts event. I'm working on building up my inventory and making preparations for that. This will also freshing up my shop with new items.

So, I'm making a "to do" list for my shop, in no particular order:
  • New banner
  • New avatar
  • Make a new scarf pattern for my shops
  • Post my new fingerless mittens
And here's some more newness! I just opened a shop on ArtFire on December 31st.
Since most of my art is all original and one of a kind, many of my items will only be in one shop. I will have my patterns available in both shops.

I'm also excited about getting more yarn for dyeing! So watch for that newness in my shop too!

Etsy Mini - See Items in My Shop