How did I get here?

January 14, 2009

I think most of us get into crafting after we have children.  Many craft masters I’ve come across are stay at home designers who have left their profession.  I’m a numbers gal myself.  I dream they talk to me like old childhood friends.  My husband is the actual professional designer but I was really never that bad at it before he came along.  He even taught me how to use a sewing machine and no, he’s not gay.  Anyway, I think this all stems from always wanting to create the things I never got to as a child.  Now having a child gives us an actual excuse, or at least gives us a non-complaining model to test our creations on.  I foresee my crafting future to include, ya know, the non-original basics.  The tooth shaped pillow for when the tooth fairy comes, the Wubbzy halloween costume (fans go here) and the Muno shirt the dancing boys wear on Yo Gabba Gabba!  And along the way I’ve met some real cool moms.  I have been introduced to organic living, midwifery, nutritional medicine and an overall stress free (sometimes) and healthy lifestyle.  I’ve become a new modern hippie.  But, I still wear high heels, so maybe that doesn’t count.  Most of all, it is better for the world and the soul.  May I present:

In, pending approval.

Year One Old

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Nothing makes anyone feel special on their special day like a crown.  I’ve decided it’s a new tradition.  Crowns for every birthday.  Will design to the boy’s liking once he can talk.  In the meantime, I’ve put together what I think symbolizes him the most.  The front has a star pattern, one side has a tree for the nature boy.  Other side has a snowflake cause he’s a winter baby.  Only a newbie wouldn’t know that cutting snowflakes out of felt doesn’t come out as neat as expected.  This one has sort of a non-symetrical snowflake.  But he kept it on, so I guess he tolerated it enough.

 

Hug a Tree

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Not a real one, though, ouch, splinters.  Sister-in-law from the Sunshine Coast in B.C. sent this shirt for our little organic boy.  From that birthed the stuffed tree toy. Everyone should have a tree to keep them warm at night.  Go Canada!

 

Mobile Madness

Monkey Mobile

I have been loving the branch mobiles, but I found the ones with birds and leafs to be a little too girlie for my little monster.  I felt felt monkeys to be more appropriate. This one is hangs above the nursing chair in the boy’s room.

 
I know everyone out there in craftland knows about the new CPSIA law but it extends further out than we thought.
       

While this bill is a little late to prevent the toxic toys already in the states, it will force small manufacturers and businesses to close.  Under this law, Chinese manufacturers will be the only ones who can afford the expensive screening process for toxins under their mass production of toys and clothes.  This smells like nothing but a reward to China for their purchases of American Treasuries and fronting our war debt.  Have you ever heard of toxic toys from America or anywhere else for that matter?  No, the only toxic toys have been from China.  Now we are going to create a law that puts American toy makers out of business so that China can have a huge monopoly on the market.

Same thing is going to happen to children’s clothing.  Thrift stores and resale shops which all families rely on to clothe their children will also find that it will be illegal to sell used toys and clothes, whether handmade or not.  It says that a child’s shirt from the Gap that is bought new is safe.  But it becomes unsafe once worn, used, and then rehung on a rack for someone to buy for $3.   Isn’t that insane?  So don’t try to sell or donate that perfectly good used shirt or toy.  Make sure you throw it away to the ever growing landfill and get that shiny, cheap, easily broken, badly made item from China.  People who want to sell items, either on etsy, eBay, craigslist or even garage sales, it will all be illegal!

It’s ridiculous that no one does anything about potential toxins in genetically modified foods.  No one does anything about the toxins in make-up, lotions, and hair products.  But now a knit toy made from yarn will be considered toxic.

Please go here today and send multiple letters to your reps.

Update 1/08/09:

I had received an email response from a lady with The Salvation Army.  She had informed me that their Headquarters said that there may be some modifications to the law as it is written and that they were awaiting clarification.

Keep hope alive, people.  Great job so far!

 

Happy New Year 2009!

January 1, 2009

Well, I have already completed a resolution.  I am now a blogger.  Can not guarantee continual posts, but will do my best to make sure your visit is enjoyable.

Thank you!