Thursday, January 29, 2009

For my frozen friends in the northern lands...





Can I have some sympathy? I am cold!

*ducks as friends lob snowballs*









Okay - here are the pictures of our snow fall! burr! *shiver* How can I ever get all this snow off my truck so I can drive home?






*ducks and runs away amid a shower of snowballs*


Hope you all thaw out up there - I'll send you some of my cold weather so you can warm up! ROFLOL!


God bless,

Kathy

ps It snowed ALL DAY in Prescott - haha - and this is all the snow we had.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Standing on my soap box one more time!

I think the CPSIA needs to be amended – and so do a lot of other people. Here is some information from a discussion thread on Etsy that gives some more information and some links where you can check out the law as it is written. We all want to keep our kids safe, but this law does not properly address this need.

Here is a link to the CPSIA where you can read the law and receive email updates if you want:

http://www.cpsc.gov/ABOUT/Cpsia/cpsia.html

Here is the Etsy discussion thread:

http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6013238

Here is the post from that thread in its entirety:

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 http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

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.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html

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 http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.
Posted at 2:31 am, January 25 2009 EST - on Etsy.com

Friday, January 23, 2009

How small can I paint?



Pretty darn small!
These were made for the 1/12 dollhouse scale and are for sale in my etsy store:
Very fun to do, but I was a little bleary eyed when I finished! Just had to share =)
God bless,
Kathy

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Yep - I posted it on my blog today!

We need to protect our children from poorly manufactured goods, but the CPSIA is a poorly crafted law that needs to be amended. We need to target the problem (imports from countries that don't care about our kids) not the solution (local independent people who care about their kids and our kids).

Okay. Just have to get on a soap box once in a while!

God bless,
Kathy

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Revisit "Never too young for art" and...

Check the previous post ~ Never too young for art ~ and take a good look at Mikayla's chair in the first picture.

That chair has been used for five (yes! five!) generations of children. My grandmother, Patience Maria (pronounced like Mariah) was the first child to use it; then my aunt and father, Christine and Richard; followed by my sister and I, Mary and Kathleen. I inherited the chair when my daughter, Cynthia was born and now my granddaughters, Mikayla and Naomi use it. This lovely youth chair has been passed to the eldest child in each generation for all these years.

It's one of my favorite treasures and I hope that it sees many more generations of children!

Just had to share =)
God bless,
Kathy

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Never too young for art!

Mikayla ~ 5 years old ~ check out the level of concentration here!

Naomi ~ 2 years old ~ the plate became part of her artwork! Notice how nicely it is painted, too.



Naomi and Mikayla came to visit me between Christmas and New Year's Day and we had a blast. We played with the animals, made pizza and cookies, painted, and just generally had lots of fun! Painting together was definitely a high light of the visit. I cut ACEO blanks out of bristol board and watercolor paper and just turned them loose. Mikayla (5 years old) painted with a purpose and came up with idea after idea. Naomi (2 years old) had the most fun mixing the paint and moving large globs to the paper. Then she decided to paint the plate (her palette). It was so cute and a lot of fun to watch them both.

I highly recommend painting with children to give you a fresh perspective on art! Look at the painting process through their eyes and you will have a whole new perception on what is important. Everything from perfecting your image (smiley face #1, smiley face #2, smiley face #3...) to enjoying the way it feels to mix paint and move it from location to location. Pick up a couple of brushes, hand one to child and have a painting fest today!

God bless,

Kathy

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