January 17, 2009

The CPSIA can kiss it, pretty sure

Warning....smart ass coming.

What is the CPSIA you ask?? Why it is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of course. It is a law that will go into effect on February 10th, 2009 mandating testing for lead and phthalates in any and every item intended for a child 12 and under. Yay right? Go safety!!! Well, not so much.

Although I agree toys should be safe as should any item for a child the law was written at a time when toys were being imported from China contaminated with lead paint. Remember Dora? Who doesn't? It was a pretty big scare and a wake up call that shook parents across the nation. It caused congress to act and fast (...and they pick toys, ha?), so fast that they didn't consider the effect it would have on the small business world or little ole crafty peeps like you and like me (who might I add, have never even been to China).

Words cannot even begin to describe the level of frustration I feel in regards to this asinine law. It is forcing many of us to do one of two things. 1) Shut down our businesses entirely or 2) Stop selling Children's items and "Re-Market".

Children's businesses can stay in business if they'd like, they just need to be rich!

Read this example I found on Forbes.com of the cost impact for the average Jane

Crafters "must put a sample item from each lot of goods through testing after complete assembly, and the testing must be applied to each component. For a given hand-knitted sweater, for example, one might have to pay not just, say, $150 for the first test, but added-on charges for each component beyond the first: a button or snap, yarn of a second color, a care label, maybe a ribbon or stitching--with each color of stitching thread having to be tested separately.
Suddenly the bill is more like $1,000--and that's just to test the one style and size. The same sweater in a larger size, or with a different button or clasp, would need a new round of tests--not just on the button or clasp, but on the whole garment. The maker of a kids' telescope (with no suspected problems) was quoted a $24,000 testing estimate, on a product with only $32,000 in annual sales."

And Forbes.com views on CPSIA?

"CPSIA is now shaping up as a calamity for businesses and an epic failure of regulation, threatening to wipe out tens of thousands of small makers of children's items from coast to coast, and taking a particular toll on the handcrafted and creative, the small-production-run and sideline at-home business, not to mention struggling retailers. How could this have happened?"

I'm scared. I'm angry I'm confused and I'm totally heart broken. I've voted, protested and even spoken with the Executive Assistant of the Consumer Product Safety Office (and if you know me that last one is HUGE).

I can't shut down my business especially in this economy. My husband's IT job is safe, for now, but his second job as a Real Estate Agent... well should I say more? It's pretty much toast. It's particularly sad for me because I started my business because of my daughter and now I'm not even allowed to make her anything.

So where do I go until someone big enough to care steps in and saves the day? Well, I go and get in my car and drive to each and every local children's boutique I have worked so very hard to get into and pull my items off the shelves. I contact wholesale/retail clients from sea to shining sea to either swap out the "child" like items they have left or take product back in and take a loss. Basically, I guess I just redirect my entire business and keep my fingers crossed that someday this stupid law will be recognized for what it is and I can make Riley whatever I'd like.

The End.

January 16, 2009

January 8, 2009

Name That Song Contest!!!

Name That Song!!!

Click on the each of the nine earrings above and guess the song they're referring to by either their title or their description. Then email me all nine song titles/and or the artist that sings it at littledaisychains(at)gmail.com (or post the answers below but keep in mind people could steal them).
The top three entries will win a free pair of hoops of their choosing! I've announced the contest on Etsy, as well as on Twitter. Now is your chance to join in the music type fun.
On and for motivation, the top entry so far has only 5 of the 9 songs correct. YOU can top that!
All three winners will be announced at 10:30 pm Friday night.
Good luck!!!!

January 5, 2009


Filling orders, tweeting, yawning........the end.

January 3, 2009

Why Hello ArtFire!!

Why Hello, ArtFire!!

I've tried new selling venues before and for some reason I just can't get fired up about it (bah-doom ch)! I get as far as signing up and that's about it. Maybe a listing or two max to try it out if I'm feeling extra motivated but then nothing for days, weeks and then poof it's been a year and I haven't been back. Ever.
This time it's going to be different. This time I'm not going to bitch and moan about learning all things new I'm just going to stick with it, explore, list and do. I have to say I think that it helps tons that listing items on ArtFire is actually free. I dig taking risks that don't cost me a penny.

Although, wait. I think I did pay a membership fee. Yup, I did. Okay so a whopping 700 pennies a month. Still not bad!

If you haven't checked ArtFire out yet please take a quick peek. It basically reminds me of early Etsy and feels a tad more promising then others I've doinked around with. Plus it would be cool to be able to see artists I know and love tons and tons.
Yay for new!

Oh and did I mention...ArtFire gives you seller stats?! Hells yeah!

January 2, 2009

Yay! I'm still loved!! I was all kinds of panicky.

Today Was Like A Big Fat Welcome Back Hug!

My first 24 hours back in Etsy land and I sold 6 things, made it into 4 treasuries (one of which ended up on the front page of Etsy, score)! I got contacted by a rockin' style blog to be featured in the up and coming future AND got an awesome sized wholesale order. What the, what?!! I DID miss all things Etsy, crafty and fun! I enjoyed making, and emailing (oh my god my email was so dead during my break it was nice but not nice, ya know??). I was so afraid my first day back I wouldn't get a single convo or email, comment on my blog, response to a twitter comment, a sale, etc. I thought all that time, 10 days....of not promoting, not making, not doing anything crafty would totally screw me over and I'd be lost at sea. Think I'll have to try this break thing a little more often now that I know it won't be the death of me. ;O)
Breaks are good people, good!!!

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Can I tell you how glad I am that it is now 2009??! Soooooooo glad! I'm finally over the flu, my body is no longer reacting to the new medicine my Dr. decided to give me, my house is super clean and shiny, my Etsy shop is now up and running after a huge unheard of 10 day Beck break, my crafty corner is all kinds of ready and now I actually think I am too! Phew!
Hope you all had a lovely holiday season and a rockin' new year and a big fat yay for all things new!!!!