Wednesday, January 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

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.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I'm in my local paper

My local paper put an article about my etsy shop in the paper about having to close down my kids section. The lead law is what brought my shop to their attention.

She even put in a link to my shop. That is so cool. I hope a lot of people read the article plus vist my shop.

This is the first time I have ever been in the paper and thank God it was for something about what I do and not about something bad LOL>

You can read the article by clicking the local paper words.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Oh the Holidays

Can't say that they were bad cause we got a Wii and had and having a ton of fun with guitar hero.
Can't wait to save up for the drum set we will ROCK well ok it sounds good LOL.

The crappy part of my holidays was all the water. Had a lot of water last spring so much I thought we were going to float away. So I decided its time to take care of it. So off to the store to buy tile for the yard 300ft of it. Your thoughts of expensive is right.

The son in law thank God knows who to run machines that can dig up your yard so saved on that just had to pay for renting the machine.

After two days of digging and then putting a hole in the foundation so the water has some place to go which now goes in the tile out in the yard all the way down to the so called ditch in my front yard. With any luck those tiles should take care of all the water I get in the side yard. We did figure out that some place their are broken tile and that's why my yard floods. This probably happen about 6 years back when they redid the road and covered up the tiles. That's how long my yard has been flooding. You might say I'm a little slow LOL.

Anyway after fixing that we found that the pipe from the front bathroom broke that went to the septic tank. CRAP is right LOL. This happen because of all the water and it moved my foundation wall which landed on the pipe.

Well that is now fix and with any luck again I won't have all that water going into my septic tank that was coming from under the house. We don't use that bathroom that much because I have to replace part of the floor what has rotted out because of water damage and haven't had the money to do that yet. Next on the list I thing. The list that just keep growing LOL.

Yeap its been a fun holiday NOT LOL but at least its done and we won't be swimming this spring.