Jan 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 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
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.
Jan 20, 2009
Notice the above photos? They are a sample of my latest treasury - Pop Garden. Enjoy!
Please sign this CPSIA petition to the president. http://www.petitiononline.com/09ammend/petition.html
I've been reading up a bit on the history of Inaugerations in our country. Fascinating to know that they use to occur in...April, Well March - huh?
Our first president wasn't inaugerated until March. Makes sense though - imagine living in Georgia and not knowing you had a president or having the opportunity to challenge the election. Which is what it would have been like if the president became president at the time of election - back in the 1700's. But of course these days we actually follow the votes state by state and can get as up to the minute as possible with Tv, Radio, palmpiolets and now the internet...FDR decided we just didn't need the time in his 1st term and become the 1st president inaugerated in January. Or so Yahoo claims!
Here are some fun cupcakes discovered by cupcakestakethecake to set the mood!
Here is a video on the latest Fad explaining why to do it.
Enter for a chance to win a Quilt Kit
Hot Tutorial Spots
Yummy Bailey's Recipes...
Found this cupcake picture and decided I needed a recipe - figured I'd post all my results!
Don't over indulge :<)
Jan 17, 2009
I've been really busy with valentine skirts and studying this new clothing law that will put small children's clothing sellers out of business.
My First Etsy Treasury
I finally was able to get a treasury on Etsy. The above pictures are a teaser of my a treasury of Minnie Mouse like items being sold on etsy. Check them out. :<) Let me know what you think. Let me know if you'ld like to be featued and I'll see what I can do. :<)
It's a playoff weekend & the hubby & I are playing ESPN Gridiron Challenge & NLF Fantasy - I moved up to second last week - behind him :<( Arizona one so that should help me a bit with ESPN I chose all Arizona & Raven's player. Although I'm a Giants/ Eagles fan... but I wanna win right...not much else happening. Catch ya later (hope you like the new music on the site!)
You Can Make this Quilt
Send me a pic of what you're working on and all post here.
A recipe for Bean with Bacon
A free pattern for Molly the Monkey
She's adorable and the seller has more patterns for sale in her etsy shop.
Jan 13, 2009
I found this link on Facebook from another Etsy seller whose all about helping other sellers get noticed on Etsy. Sounds like a good person to listen to. :<) Tim is offering a class on selling on-line January 26th check it out at http://handmadeology.blogspot.com/
Brought to you by Timothy Adam. Timothy Adam is a self taught metal artist who makes a living selling online. He is also dedicated to helping others achieve their goal of successfully selling their handmade goods online.
Tim also has a blog page that recommends fixes to being lost in the numbers on Etsy. He makes recommendations in three areas: pictures, tags & self promotion... :<) Read more here:
Hmm...let me try a little self promotion....
Remember to check out my twirl sets at http://www.amievoltaire.etsy.com
More on the CPSIA Lawsuit
There is a group of WAHM who are getting together and gathering momentum for a lawsuit. Here is the info and the link to go for it
An interesting comment writen by The Gathering Stitch :
...sounds like that attorney has some foundation! he is referencing an act that went into affect in 1980...here is the key legal point...
Whenever an agency is required by section 553 of this title, or any other law, to publish general notice of proposed rulemaking for any proposed rule, or publishes a notice of proposed rulemaking for an interpretative rule involving the internal revenue laws of the United States, the agency shall prepare and make available for public comment an initial regulatory flexibility analysis. Such analysis shall describe the impact of the proposed rule on small entities.
That attorney is saying that it is "unconstitutionally overbroad and vague, and disregards the significant and disastrous impact on small and medium businesses as Section 605 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act requiresâ
New Children's Boutique
Adorable items http://www.styledbabydesigns.com/
Another interesting site:
an inspiration woman giveing Stay-at-Home Mom's
opportunities to share their voices.
Rootbeer Cake - YUM
I've Found Aidan's B'day cake!
I think I'll make a bear cake and it can be Rootbear Cake :<) This recipe is quoted from: HUB UK
1 box white cake mix
Root Beer instead of the liquid called for on box
Butter Cream Frosting:
2 Tblsp. flour 1/2 cup milk 1/4 lb. butter 1/2 cup sugar Speck of salt 1/2 tsp root beer extract
Make up the cake mix as per the instructions on the box substituting Root Beer for the liquid in the instructions.
Bake in a 9 x 13 pan or two 8 or 9 inch round cake pans until done.
Butter Cream Frosting:
Mix flour with milk. Cook over low flame until thickened. Let cool.
Cream butter and sugar. Beat with mixer for 4 - 5 minutes.
Add cooled paste and add root beer extract.
Beat another 5 - 6 minutes. The long beating is what makes this so fluffy.
Banning Children's Books now? http://blog.christyscreations.com/?p=806
Not because of their literal content but due to lead....when will this end. Who passed this law? I want them on CBS in front of a fireing squad - I mean - string of reporters to be drilled! What were they thinking....?
Vagina Monologues... http://www.thamesvalleymums.com/2009/01/private-parts.html
Luckily I have 3 boys & my daughter is beyond any point of me needing to refer to...
But as I woman, I can relate and am still at a loss for how to refer to... when necessary, disregarding crass terms. OY
- it's garbage day at our house...
I let the kids spend there christmas $$ at Walmart last night. I wasn't too bad a trip they picked quickly. I will get pics up.
Monks Bag Tutorial
Cute pic & cute bag purlbee!
Posted on one of my ebay forums.(Hope it's true!)
Amy Klobuchar sits on the commerce committee,(the ones who review and amend this law) I spoke to her aid, I was not able to speak with her for long but she told me to call her back tomorrow, THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS of excluding clothing!!!She said they have been flooded with e-mails, so keep it up!!!Here is a list of who is on the commitees if your state is listed here, let your voice be heard.
Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (HI) John D. Rockefeller, IV (WV) John F. Kerry (MA) Byron L. Dorgan (ND) Barbara Boxer (CA) Bill Nelson (FL) Maria Cantwell (WA) Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ) Mark Pryor (AR) Thomas Carper (DE) Claire McCaskill (MO) Amy Klobuchar (MN) Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) Ted Stevens (AK) John McCain (AZ) Olympia J. Snowe (ME) Gordon H. Smith (OR) John Ensign (NV) John E. Sununu (NH) Jim DeMint (SC) David Vitter (LA) John Thune (SD) Roger Wicker (MS)
Class Action Law Suit
Interesting! It's come to my attention that a children's boutique in Texas have filled a class action law suit regarding the new CSPIA law with Kushner Lawfirm. I'm not finding more specifics. Comment if you have knowledge of...http://www.kushnerlawfirm.com/a/p12/More-Announcements
Deanna's Birthday Ideas
Today she's offering tips on parties for a 13 year old! Funny that today is the 13th - lol. A 13 yo is coming to my house in 3 1/2 months - ahhhhhh!!!!! lol Hmmm...if he had any friends....he could have a disco, or - tye dye party (he might actually go for that one). I think Alexander might light a tye dye party....As long as they came in tye dye and we didn't' do it here! lol
My Valentine Pies
I made Deanna's filled pies last night for mom's night out. Cut out hearts of pie dough & filled with cherry pie filling - had a couple apple too. I think the cherry tasted better. They were a hit at mom's night out! Try them, you'll like them...try them, you'll see :<) Dr. Suess would agree...sorry I didn't get pics but we bought two packages of the rolled pillsbury pie dough - 2 to a box. So we'll be making more as I only left 3 cherry for the kids to sample and Anthony was salavating for apple.
Jan 11, 2009
YCMT Quilt Project - steps 2 & 3
Now that you have 64 squares cut you need to take 4 and make these:
Jan 10, 2009
A MOM Tearjerker!
Foldover Pouch Tutorial
I'm working on my black & pink twirl skirts. Pictures coming tomorrow or Monday...
Had a couple sales today - busy, busy...
- he says, it says "yo-yo."
1st grade basketball -
We're working on the notion of "team work" and passing. Alexander is a definite ball hog!
Diary of a Divorced Woman
CPSIA: Seller's speaking to the Media
Updates on the New Lead Law:
Sign An Etsy Chain, each person uses the people in the chain to make a treasury. http://tinyurl.com/98w72m
Edit your pictures online with http://www.picnik.com/ - Not to bad!
Jan 9, 2009
Here's the link: http://shop.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10002&langId=-1
Woohoo - need some kids books? Check it out. Looks like I can pick up some bilingual books - my school didn't offer any bilinguals when I check. Woohoo! :<)
How to Make a Blue Cafe Bag
Hot Chocolate Mix
This last week has just been an amazing week! I'm not going to bore you all with the details, but just believe me, I feel like I'm Gods' favorite for sure! One thing I will say about it is yesterday was our 13th wedding anniversary and my husband surprised me with a marmot vest. He was so tickled that he could surprise me (and so was I). Since I am the one to take care of our accounts and bills, I usually know in advance when something is up.
A couple days ago, I was jonesing for some hot chocolate really bad but didn't have any packets on hand. Instead of going to the store, I just mixed this recipe up very quickly which I found here, heated up some milk and had a really fabulous cup of hot chocolate.
This recipe makes 5 3/4 cups dry mix or 92 eight-ounce servings (I cut it in half). The only thing I did differently was to add some cinnamon to the mix and used dutch-processed cocoa.
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/4 cups dutch processed cocoa
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon *my addition
Mix one Tbsp. of mix per cup of hot milk.
Jan 6, 2009
They put together a ice cream quilt last summer. It might still be on their site for free. I just watch as I was busy with skirts.
2008 NFL Fantasy Football Champion
Not surprised Nevada's so high. There were 16 Freshman pregnant when I was a Sr. in High School. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090107/ap_on_he_me/med_teen_births
Jan 5, 2009
Dad's on a little trip and the kids are at school (Alexander with his new hair cut)- hurray! So I have a little time to do some writing... Hey remember that little magnet I picked up to fill the "teacher's bag"? Here is a tutorial to make them. :<)
So much talk of setting goals, making resolutions and now I've run into this:
The art of letting things happen, action through non-action, letting go of oneself as taught by Master Eckhart, became for me the key that opens the door to the way. We must be able to let things happen in the psyche.
Hmmm...I think that philosophy falls directly en route to the word of the year...both mine & 7 all togethers....Relax...Breath...let the door open through the exercize book out the window and let the door open to ...the way....hmmm
Word of the year
Dawn at 7 All Together posted her word of the year, "relax" as in stop worrying...Great word and great reminder to not sweat the small stuff...I'm a perpetual worrier, so I've chosen the word "Breath." I need to remember to breath which will help me relax and will motivate my thoughts and creativity....Breath...
According to this website, this are twelve habits of Zen monks:. .
1. Do one thing at a time.
10. Make cleaning and cooking become meditation.
Interesting, while they are "opening the door" and letting life happen, they are still setting goals yet in ritualistic fashion to be completed specifically and completely - one at a time and to be fulfilled with enjoyment "smile." ahhhh....breath, relax, open the door one step at a time...
I remember hearing a way to find love is to stop looking - very Zenish...I believe that's how I found my guy...the below "Love Story" seems to be such an experience as well...
For your reading pleasure...
A Love Story
Been There, Done That - aka the Bucket List
January 2, 2009 by sjbraun
I saw this at Girls in white dresses and thought it would be fun. Give it a try. Highlight what you've done.
1. Started your own blog. :<)
Need ideas for cooking this week?
Check out this website..
Maybe we'll have Southwest Lasagna Rolls Tuesday and Black Bean Soup Wed... Those are easy for before or after basketball...
Cookie of the day
Apple Jack Cookies
found this recipe on the Menu Mom Blog
1 C. brown sugar1/
2 C. shortening
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt1 t. nutmeg
1 C. chopped unpeeled apple
Cream together sugar and shortening. Beat in egg. Sift together dry ingredients and add to mixture. Beat until well blended. Stir in apples. Drop in the shape of ball on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Now to brain storm some handmade birthday gifts for my Valentines...
Here's a child's tool belt - maybe...
Deanna extended the belt - see here http://deannasstuff.blogspot.com/2009/01/some-stuff-i-made-for-christmas-gifts.html
I still like the magnet board idea for Alexander...
These are cute didn't see a tutorial...
Cran-Apple Crisp from http://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/lavieenrosie/
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine 1 - 29 oz. jar Apple Pie Filling with 1 - 18 oz. jar Apple-Orange Cranberry Relish. (We use the W-S stuff, of course.) Stir until it is evenly mixed. Pour it into a 9" x 13" pan. Spread evenly.
Open a box of yellow cake mix ~ or white, whichever one you have. Sprinkle the whole thing on top ~ if necessary, use a fork to evenly distribute the cake mix. Don't pat it down or stir it into the fruit mixture.
Melt 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter ~ 12 oz. (In the microwave is fine.) Pour that on top of the cake mix.
If desired, sprinkle the top with 1 cup chopped nuts ~ toasted or not. (We've been using walnuts but pecans work well too.)
Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes ~ or until the top is golden brown.
Cool until you just can't stand it any longer ~ about 2 minutes at the store ~ and dig in. (Now suck in air in vain attempt to cool burned tongue and start blowing on remaining crisp on plate so it will cool faster.)
This is really good with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.
I have to tell you that I've made this three times at the store for samples and everybody loves it. More importantly, nobody can believe how good it is and that it is so easy to make! In a fancy dish, no one will ever know it took you 3 minutes to put together.