Jan 17, 2009

My most favoritest card ever!

So Hunter really wanted to make me a card today. I suggested making one and sending it to somebody, but no, he really just wanted to make me one. Why do I love it so much? It's only a white piece of paper with flowers glued haphazardly on it. Well, it's the first time he wrote his name all by himself. And he was so proud. But it also brought so many tears......
Here is the card in all it's glory. The second picture is my photoshop explaining his letters.

So the blue letters and arrows point out the letters. The "r" on the right brought a complete meltdown. There are 3 "U"'s because he wanted to get it "juuuust right" he said. He did it in order curving it around the flowers. But when he got to the last letter, he threw a complete fit. It went something like this:

"OOOHHHH! I can't do it Mommy! It's not an R!"

"It looks like an R to me Hunter. Great job!!!"

"No, it doesn't curve down!!!! It's supposed to curve down this part!!!"

He ran to his room sobbing while his dirty fists were wiping tears and making dirt streaks down his face. There are even some on this card (you can see the dirty marks around that "aweful" R which he hated so much) which just make it all the more precious to me. He crawled under his covers on his bed and just sobbed. I finally made him come out with lots of praise and encouragement, and he went back and made a new "r" (on the left here) which he was very proud and satisfied with. Then he was so proud that he wrote his name and he went all around the house finding the perfect place to display it. He finally settled on the dresser in my room so I could look at it when I go to sleep. Which reminds me....I better go put it back after writing this post because he will be looking for it..........

My first trade......

So one of the cool things about etsy is that you can trade with others rather than buy their item. I was contacted to see if I would do a trade, and I did!
I traded this little onesie and bootie set for a really cool necklace! The necklace was from the etsy shop MakePieNotWar. I really love it!

So while my brain was thinking of jewelry, I had to think of some more ways to store and display my jewelry which was getting out of control....
So I came up with this. Not particularly clever, but just wait until I add a ribbon hanging at the top, some feathers and a big flower to the frame. OOO la la!
This first picture is of this ugly picture I bought at our local discount store for $5. I just wanted the frame. As you can see I knocked the picture out.....

Then I went to our local Lowes for some chicken wire and got this mesh stuff which is perfect. I cut it and glued it into the opening from behind. And TADA! Insta earring rack!

Yeah, I kinda have a lot, but I wear earrings and necklaces every single day. My outfit is not complete until I have found the perfect jewelry and shoes. My necklaces, I just have hung on a simple coat rack next to it. I must have bumped the frame when taking the picture because I see it's crooked. What you also cannot see is that I have about 6-10 necklaces on each hook there. Yeah, I'm addicted!

On a sad note, today would have been my due date had I not miscarried this summer. I have thrown myself into life so completely since then, that I cannot believe that today is the day there should be a third little person in this family. Here is a link to the poem I wrote this summer to her: "To My Little One"
So I am thoughtful today.......

Jan 16, 2009

A Super Hero

Yep, Hunter got a super hero cape for Christmas. I made it. On the back is a yellow diamond with a red "H" in the middle. He loves being a super hero.
Today we were at the playground and he went across the wobbly steps that were pretty stretched out and tall for him. He told me he could do it because he was a super hero. When he got across, he said "I'm GENIUS Mommy!" That's how good he thought he was!
Now when asked to do something, it's measured in whether he has enough super power to do it. He recently told me "I don't have enough super power mommy!" I told him that if I'm asking him to do it, that means he has enough super power!

Jan 14, 2009

And life still continues......

I'm going to quit writing about the CPSIA for the moment. Yes, I am probably going to lose my business over it, fighting it has taken over part of my life right now, and it will really drive our recession into a depression if it's not changed, but there are other things to blog about.

For example: We had a lovely Christmas with family in Missouri. We went to Tone's parent's house and his sister and her family joined us. Here are some pictures of all the kids (cousins) while we were there.
In their Christmas clothes for church. Dean, the twins Aubrie and Sierra, Hunter, and Ainsley. Yes, Hunter's a total rebel in blue with his robot tie on.
If the Christmas picture wasn't cute enough, here they are in matching jammies that grandma got them. Yes, they are all in red plaid. Are your eyes swimming?
We all went to an amusement park for family fun the day after Christmas. Do you know how nerdy you feel in the jumping frog ride? But a parent has to ride with the kiddies. Park rules. Daddy got to this time.
Hunter was not a fan of the loud bike, but sissy was. She did not want to get off but rode around and around with Daddy in front of the house. Guess what Hunter was a fan of? The huge log cabin play house that grandpa built. He practically lived in that thing while we were there. So. Well, my children don't follow stereotypes.
Dean got a Wii for Christmas. The adults all waited until the kids went to bed and then played until the wii hours (get it?) of the morning. Why did I take this picture. Squint hard. I'm the red player (the winner), who managed to get three strikes at the end too! A turkey, if you will. *ahem*, but I'm not bragging or anything.....
Yes, this is my brother-in-law. One of the girls got a Hannah Montana wig for Christmas. Since we were in Missouri, we wanted to find out just how red neck Scott could look. It's really not a pretty sight. Shari and Scott even brought a redneck board game that Tone and I were reeled into playing with them. We totally got in touch with our redneck roots ya'll. Oh dear. Sad, really sad. But we laughed and laughed and laughed!
Hunter is holding on to Aubrie while Grandpa leads them around. This was the neighbor's horse. The next go-round was Aubrie and Sierra's turn, and they both fell off when grandpa thought it would be fun to make the horse trot. I'm glad he didn't try that little experiment with my son up there. I love this picture though of them.
We got an XBOX 360 which Tone has been playing nonstop. I must admit, I'm really liking guitar hero. I love this picture because Hunter is "playing" too. He doesn't know that his remote isn't even plugged in and it's a Nintendo remote.
He went and got his little chair and is trying really hard to "get the bad guys". This game, Kung Fu Panda came with the XBOX and daddy thought Hunter might like to "play" it. Haha.
This is Sissy today cheesing it up for the camera. I was actually setting up a photo shoot for an item (of which I sold two within minutes of listing it).

She's pretty darn cute no? Angelic? Sweet? A little blase'?
Ha, she's no such thing. Look at the next picture. She was supposed to be eating the little pile of hot dog bites which you can see by the booster seat there. No. She climbed on top of the table, got into the PEZ dispenser from Hunter's stocking, and took off her pants (it's a new phase). I love how she loves to dress up with glitzy necklaces, fancy shoes and socks, and hats and bows, but finds no use for pants (and diapers for that matter if she can get it off.) So what did I do? What any other good mother would do. Grab the camera and take a picture before getting her down and reestablishing the need for pants.
So that ought to do it for a while. This is what you have been missing while I have been busy blogging about the CPSIA. Off to sew some shoes now while I still have a shop.........

Jan 12, 2009

Featured again!

Little Window Shoppe has featured my shoes and store this morning. Yes, it was quite a treat to wake up to!
Here is the link:

I also have my shop in her list of beautiful shops. It really is a lovely site.

Jan 10, 2009

How the CPSIA will potentially affect libraries

Yep, all children's books are now banned and must be destroyed. Schools and libraries are just now getting wind of this. Has this law gotten out of control or what? Here is an article from the Boston Phoenix:

The American Library Association is on top of this issue. We could not ask for a better friend. The ALA was one of the few organizations to successfully fight the Patriot Act. I expect them to CRUSH CPSIA. Politely. With lots of research.
I've never seen children gnawing regularly on books anyway. Of the thousands of books I've loaned out as a teacher, none has come back with teeth marks...
You do realize that this is for middle school on down since the age is 12 and under. Oh yes, my 6th graders regularly ate their books. Sheesh!

Oooh, will I'm on yet another rant, I would like to post about how idiotic they want to go about testing too:
Lets say you have certificates from each manufactorer that you buy from, letting you know that the product you are using (say thread for example) is lead free and safe. Not good enough. The END result has to be tested. So if make a t-shirt onsie and applique a heart on one I have to test each item going in to making that product. Let's say I change it and now want to put a flower on it out of the same material. Now I have to RETEST the whole thing, even though I know that all the components are the same and safe. Lets take my shoes now. Each shoe has about 5-6 different components of materials going into them. Testing is $150-$200 per component, so one shoe runs about $1000 to test. Now lets say the next shoe uses all the same components but changes just one. I can't just test the new component. I have to rerun the whole test all over again. Yep, another $1000 down the drain. Say I run out of a bolt and go back to the store to get a new bolt of the exact same cloth. New bolt, new testing for the WHOLE shoe all over again. A lead-free certificate from the manufactorer who made the fabric doesn't count.

Guess manufactors weren't in the whole drafting process here when they made up this law. Mattel and Playskool aren't thrilled to test, but they can and it will just be passed on to the consumer. Secretly, I bet they love it though. This law is affectively putting all their competition out of business and letting them take over. The small businesses can't possibly do this. Not only that, but a typical toy can cost up to $4000 to test!!!!

Jan 6, 2009

More bad thoughts on the new CPSIA law

I've been reading the actual law and it even says in one section that you cannot even give away cribs, gently used baby products, etc. that aren't clearly labeled and tested under the new laws. So now there will be problems with services like Good Will, The Salvation Army, Thrift Stores and other non-profits too. Every granny supporting herself by knitting baby socks for craft shows, charities, and hospitals is about to become a criminal. Used bookstores will no longer be allowed to resell children’s books, and those kid-to-kid resale shops will all disappear. Selling used toys at a garage sale, using freecycle, selling vintage toys on ebay to grownup collectors — illegal. So many people can only afford to purchase items second hand and many of these items newly banned are perfectly safe. In this economy, how can we actually support this?And what do we do with the items that can no longer be donated, given away or sold second hand? So much for families who are trying their best to reduce, reuse, recycle. Are landfills going to be overflowing with these items now? Can they even be thrown away if they are "hazardous"? Most people still don't even know about this law. Is the govt. going to be able to stop yard sales?

Safe + children’s stuff = good. But the way they’re putting it into action is insane. The deadline for compliance is a month away and businesses affected still can’t get clear, real answers on what we are supposed to do. Lots of small businesses are shutting down already, and more will follow over the next few weeks.
Every person in America is now supposed to take used clothing, shoes, toys, bedding and accessories TO THE DUMP unless they have proof that every component in the item was tested and certified lead-free. Even setting it out by the road for someone else to pick up is about to become a jailable federal offense. So sell it overseas! Except that we aren’t allowed to export untested goods either, even if those goods originally came from the country we are exporting them to.

I guess to me the greatest tragedy is the books. Every children's book will be declared a bio-hazardous material. No longer can you get used children's books. All books made this year and earlier will have to be destroyed. They will all have to be dumped or burned. This is an extreme tragedy. Yes, not even the books are exempt.

No small business can really afford to do the actual testing, (which the way the law is written to do the testing is fairly pointless), and only the big guys who import their crap plastic toys and stuff from China will be left standing. Wait, isn't it them who caused the lead scare in the first place????? And by the way, their prices are going to go up so they can afford the testing. Of course it's passed on to the consumer. Hope you are not a poor parent here in America. You're gonna need to be rich to have a child. What a twisted world we live in. Then I researched where most of these lead testing facilities are: Tons are in China, Thailand, Singapore, etc. Oh the irony!!!!!

The calls going to the congressmen? They are completely shocked when told of the repercussions. Even the ones who made up this law. At least the ones who will listen are shocked. The rest, who won't even reply or listen, all say that they are supporting this law %100 for the safety of our children. I'd rather have a little lead than this tragedy (which by way, recalls on toys with lead has gone down %43 from last year without any law at all but more supervising). But from the stink the lead scare has made, it's amazing the earth is populated at all!

I don't expect anything will change until all the children's boutiques on Rodeo Drive shut down. Haha! What will those celebrities do without their cashmere, one-of-a-kind, appliqued bibs? Will they have to buy plastic toys and mass-produced clothing items like the rest of us! The shame, the shame!!!!!! Haha!! Perhaps if all Suri can get is a plastic Fisher-Price toy, a congressman might be contacted, and he might even listen.

I've got an idea! Instead of filling a dump with new bio-hazardous books, stuffed animals, and kid's clothing, lets put it along our borders. No one will cross a bio-hazardous mountain if they are for sure to be serious poisoned and killed by it, right?????? But if the people on the other side now find a source for free cashmere, one-of-a-kind, appliqued bibs, and steal it, at least all that bio-hazardous material won't be in our country anymore right????