Thursday, September 10, 2009
Happy Pumpkin Shirt with Matching Ruffle Capris
Happy Pumpkin Shirt with Matching Bloomers
Which one is your favorite?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Whooalicious T-Shirt - Grinch Stealing Christmas Ornament
Truck Hauling Christmas Tree....wouldn't this be cute in girl colors?
Rudolph Applique Shirt
If you are intersted in these, please visit my store
As always, if you are looking for something in particular please drop me a note. I would love to hear from you.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Love these skirts but would love a different applique, just ask. I have many to choose from. A scary cat would also be cute on the orange polka dot skirt.
Want an outfit, add a initial name shirt out of a coordinating fabric. Wouldn't your little one be set for the season.
You can see all of my creations here.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Frankenstein Applique Shirt
I can't believe that fall is just around the corner. Look at these shirts that I created for one of my customers. I think they turned out too CUTE!!!
They are for sale in my shop...please come visit soon.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Are you ready?????
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Boy's Best Friend
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
If you are interested in any of these skirts, please visit my etsy shop.
As always, I love custom orders. If you have an idea in mind, just contact me. I would love to work with you to create that something special.
Keep checking back....I will post a sale code for my website in the next few days.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Thank you for sharing your pictures.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
CPSIA Update - CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products
Here is the information:
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.
Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.
The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.
The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay.
We still need to make our voices heard and work toward reasonable exemptions for items that do not pose a risk to our children. We must keep working..
Thanks to all that support the handmade industry.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Give one a try today.
If you have any ideas...just drop me a line. I love to create new things. All of these appliques have been hand drawn and cute by me. They will fray slightly on the edges after wash/wear. This gives them such a unique look. Each one will be slightly different do to the fact that they are handmade.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The new law as written is for all products for children under the age of 12. There are no exemptions to date. This law is not just for toys. It affects ANYTHING that is sold in the US for children 12 years and younger.
I am providing a link to the American Library Association. This law affects books. If this law remains as written today, library books from across the country for children will have to be removed from their shelves until tested. Can you imagine a library without books for kids?
Here is a link to the official site: http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322
Please see previous entry for information on steps that can be taken to help get this law changed/revoked.
Friday, January 9, 2009
In theory, maybe. But in actuality the law is so far reaching that it may succeed in turning the economy upside down. For starters, the CPSIA requires end unit testing on every product intended for use by children under 12. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to do this testing, regardless of how small the business. That means that manufacturers (like myself ) will have to pay to get every different product they offer tested. These tests have to be done at a CSPC accredited lab, and cost tens of thousands of dollars. For example if you offer 3 different types of dresses. Each dress contains 2 different fabrics, as well as buttons, and thread, so that's potentially $600 to test one dress. But if you have 3 or more styles, that's $1800. And when you get a new bolt of fabric, you need to start all over again.
At present, there are no exemptions for small businesses and "micro" manufacturers and most handcraft artisans. There is no exception for quantities made, where the garments/products are made or anything else. Also, the Act takes a "guilty until proven innocent" approach, which would treat a handmade toy that doesn't meet the certification deadline of 2/10/09 as a "banned hazardous substance" which would be illegal to distribute in this country. Each infraction carries a $100,000 felony charge. This legislation is also retroactive for any pre-existing inventory as of February 10th, 2009. This means that everything on the shelves in those big (or small) stores will also be "banned, hazardous substances" - contraband.
Larger corporations that can afford testing will incur thousands, maybe millions of dollars in fees, and this expense will be handed down to the consumer, probably making the prices for children's products go through the roof.
This also means that after that date, even selling your kids old things on eBay or Craigslist will be illegal. Charities will not be able to accept donations without a certificate of compliance either. February 10, 2009 is being dubbed "National Bankruptcy Day" by many people in the apparel and toy industry. If this legislation is not amended, it will affect everyone from port workers to parents looking for legal products. Billions of dollars worth of children's products will have to be destroyed because they can't be legally sold, and this will cause major environmental problems.
While I am all for higher safety standards and keeping our kids safe, this law is so overreaching as to put thousands on manufacturers of children's products out of business -hurting our economy and causing even more loan defaults. Though this legislation was well-intentioned, it cannot be allowed to stand as is.
Please help us defend the American dream and our entrepreneurial spirit! This law affects every stay at home mom trying to help put food on the table and every grandmother knitting blankets for the local craft fair. It makes the thousands of us who have found a niche in the burgeoning children's market have to make a tough decision - continue to produce items illegally and possible incur a $100,000 fine, pay the enormous fees and raise costs of goods sold, or close up shop!
Please help us!
Contact your Congressperson here: http://capwiz.com/american
It only takes 30 seconds!
If you have an extra minute send a hard copy of the letter as well!
To sign the online petition visit here: http://www.ipetitions.com/
Read more about it here