Friday, January 30, 2009
I just found this out while sitting at a craft show I thought might be one of my last! It might not be one of my last! My monsters may not become endangered species after all!
"We are so excited to announce that the Commission has voted for a "Stay of Enforcement of Certain Testing and Certification Requirements of CPSIA" — which means that they are proposing a 1 year suspension of the burden of lead testing and certification while they take more time to review the rules and plan enforcement! " - via Etsy's "The Storque"
A year should be plenty for them to realize how ludicrous this law was, and to amend, rewrite, or repeal it!
The view from my table.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Of course, in the midst of this, I just had a semi-positive thought...if I can't sell plush anymore, I can always try to focus on selling paintings. (The portraits shown below are the ones I did of my nieces for my sister-in-law's Christmas present).
This picture is of me working on a portrait of my parents...
But portraits take me a LOT longer to do, would have to be more expensive, and I don't think they would sell as often. More people are more likely to buy a quirky, lovable, handmade plush toy for their kid than an expensive canvas for their wall.
Of course, this bamboo painting didn't take me all that long...
Then there's the butterfly paintings, which don't really take that long either...
Do you think people would buy paintings like this from me?
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
If the CPSIA remains unamended when it goes into effect on February 10th...these three shows I have coming up in the next two weeks will be the last opportunity anyone will have to (legally) buy my monsters.
I have the urge to make a lot of little crying monsters now. But of course...then what would I do with them? I think this law even would make it illegal for me to even GIVE them away. I am feeling rather bummed out about this.
I started writing this blog entry before I even knew about the Blog-In today.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
And just for fun...here is some fun pics of my fridge!
A robot made of Gateway magnets (CJ used to work for Gateway and had a ton of these)
Monday, January 26, 2009
I only have one up on Etsy right now. The others are for the craft show at Spot Coffee this weekend. MoonFlower is having a special Valentine sale soon too (Thurs Feb 5th 2009 from 5-9pm)...so I'll need to have some Luv Nubbins on hand for that too. I'll put some more up in the shop as soon as I sew up a new batch...or as soon as these shows are over.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Luna loves it when we give her a new toy! And she's such a good girl...she only chews what she knows are her toys (except for the ocassional demolishing of tissue or napkins). Although I did catch her trying to snatch one of my Nubbins once. But usually, she's very good. No chewing shoes or eating socks or anything like that.
Yep...she chewed a hole in the arm already and I have to take it away from her until I get around to fixing it.
Monday, January 19, 2009
"it passed the Senate 89 to three and the House by 424 to one, with Ron Paul the lone dissenter"
I think it's kind of funny that Ron Paul was the one dissenter when this law got approved. I know my husband liked him for a reason!
Oh, and for anyone who hasn't heard, (from the Handmade Toy Alliance)...
"'Save Small Business from the CPSIA' is now one of the top ten ideas for change in America on change.org. These ideas were presented to President-elect Obama's change.gov/transition team at a press event in Washington DC this past Friday, January 16th. With 12,280 votes from supporters, our issue is now part of a campaign to increase national awareness of the lack of provisions for small business in HR4040, the CPSIA, and bring about positive changes to the law..."
Saturday, January 17, 2009
A project I did in a graphic design class in college. The project was to use my first initial x4 arranged into a design. Do you see the "K"? I think the overall design looks either like an hourglass or a scarab/ladybug. Kind of a Rorshach test (ie: inkblot test).
The "I heart handmade" postcard from second storie that I found in the ladies room at JoAnne Fabrics (I was bummed that I found it a day too late to go to the event!). It's tucked in with some cardstock scraps in a wood cigar box a friend gave me back when I was in college.
A Crayola collecter's tin atop some pretty hardcover books.
I'll try to remember to post more pictures once I get things better situated and organized. Most of the room is still a mess. And not a delightfully quaint kind of mess either.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Shana...my friend Karrie's daughter.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
My dad lived in Turkey for a year while he was in the Air Force in the late 70's. He says he loved the Turks' chai tea, but he's never been able to find anything like it in the states.
A friend of mine gave me a recipe for homemade chai concentrate last night and I was wondering if my dad would like it if I made it for him. I remember him saying that the chai he had in Turkey was spicy, and I think having black pepper and ginger would make it taste pretty spicy. But researching online to try and find something about Turkish chai, I keep finding people saying different things. I found this thread on LiveJournal...the person asking the original question sounds exactly like my dillema, but all the comments she got in response are conflicting. Lots of people say that "chai" just means "tea" in the languages in Asia and the Middle East...and that Turkish chai is just a really strong tea. I hear "spiced" I hear "not spiced". I hear that "The whole notion of chai being a spice tea from Asia is a marketing ploy in North America." and that "Chai is just tea." then I hear the opposite, that "Chai is a stardard tea from India, meaning a spiced tea with milk, since India is in Asia, the notion is not simply a marketing tool." I guess I'll just make this recipe for Dad and let him decide if it tastes like what he remembers.
"Chai Concentrate Recipe:
2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. fresh ginger root
6 pods of cardomon
10 inches of cinammon stick
3 tsp. cloves
Add to 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil and cook on medium for 10 minutes. Add 8 tsp. of tea. I use Darjeeling (OP. Steep for 8 minutes or so. Stain out the spices and tea. Add 1 tsp. of vanilla and 3 tsp. of honey.) This can be refrigerated for weeks. Heat up as needed and add an equal amount of steamed milk. Top with cinnamon.
NOTE:For a mocha chai, use chocolate milk instead of white.For herbal chai, replace the Darjeeling with 1 tsp. each of chamomile, fennel seed and peppermint."
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I'm very curious how their Music & Art Director found me on Etsy...if it was just doing the Shop Local search feature Etsy has, or if it has anything to do with the toy drop I did there last month. No one ever did contact The Toy Society about finding it...at least not that I know of...but I know someone had to have found it! There's no way it's still hanging on that rocking chair in the ladies restroom!