Weird weird weird.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Weird weird weird.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
What it is, in short, is that all toys must go through testing to see how dangerous a toy is for children to play with. Granted, it is good to have standards for toys, (like all the cases/issues we've heard about the toys from China that were causing problems for kids (and I'm sure their parents) - dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small part, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick)
Here is an article from Handmade Toy Alliance (found here) about it:
Help Save Handmade Toys in the USA from the CPSIA
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In 2007, large toy manufacturers who outsource their production to China and other developing countries violated the public's trust. They were selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small part, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick. Almost every problem toy in 2007 was made in China.
The United States Congress rightly recognized that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US. So, they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008. Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.
All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels.
For small toy makers and manufacturers of children's products, however, the costs of mandatory testing will likely drive them out of business.
- A toymaker, for example, who makes wooden cars in his garage in Maine to supplement his income cannot afford the $300 - $4,000 fee per toy that testing labs are charging to assure compliance with the CPSIA.
- A work at home mom in Minnesota who makes cloth diapers to sell online must choose either to violate the law or cease operations.
- A small toy retailer in Vermont who imports wooden toys from Europe, which has long had stringent toy safety standards, must now pay for testing on every toy they import.
- And even the handful of larger toy makers who still employ workers in the United States face increased costs to comply with the CPSIA, even though American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007.
The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of children's goods that have earned and kept the public's trust: Toys, clothes, and accessories made by small businesses where the owners are personally involved in the creation of their goods. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade children's products will no longer be legal in the US.
If this law had been applied to the food industry, every farmers market in the country would be forced to close while Kraft and Dole prospered.
How You can Help:
Please write to your United States Congress Person and Senator to request changes in the CPSIA to save handmade toys and children's products. Use our sample letter or write your own. You can find your Congress Person here and Senator here.
There is also an excellent blog about this on Mama Is.
Please help! I am sending my representatives a letter as soon as I post this.
Many of the news people on the TV were talking about the palpable feeling of hope and of possible change. They alluded to it being positive change (in not so many words).
It seems the world, at least the US (well, mainly my feelings), wants a change for the better, more peaceful world. A smoothing of feathers to enable the first steps towards peace.
That's what I think the world needs now. A reality, an existence, that is a bit more peaceful.
Granted, that doesn't mean we have to agree with each other 100% of the time. Just something where we can live our lives with out hurting others or having ourselves or our loved ones hurt (emotionally, mentally, or physically). Life with out fear.
Yes, contrast allows us to know what we like, milkshakes vs black coffee, hot summer days vs cold winter nights, so on and so forth. Without contrast, we wouldn't be able to evolve and grow as humans, regardless what path we walk.
With the swearing in of Barack Obama as our 44th president, the feeling of things being righted has been renewed in me. That things are back on the right track, at least for this country. But we will see how things pan out. Sometimes things or events don't pan out the way we want them, initially at least, or as quickly as we would like them to. It is a bit of an uphill battle for President Obama to efficiently execute the changes we need, but I feel things will unfold as they are needed.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
My dad didnt know what I had gotten and from the way they were packaged, he kept ranting and hooting that I had gotten a dildo in the mail. (Granted it did come in a simular shape to what a dildo may look like packaged).
My mom was giving him dirty looks from the phone call she was on with one of my dad's good friends from childhood.
But part of the reason why I was so happy about the needles, I figured out that I had spent less that $1/needle ($.91/needle to be exact), INCLUDING shipping (shipping was free, but still....)
*does a happy butt dance*
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Yep. Wednesday, Jan 14th is the last day to enter my contest (to get specific - 11:59:59pm EST on Jan 14th is the latest latest one can enter).
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
But it always feels like I have at least 10 projects going on (as in actually on knitting needles) and at least double that of what I have planned/want to do!
Right now I have:
- An endless granny square afghan (purple hues - an on again, off again love affair)
- A seemingly endless wool sweater (which has been hibernating in the closet since forever)
- A smattering of small projects (including chap stick cozies)
- Fingerless gloves for a belated x-mas gift
- Fingerless gloves for a birthday gift
- Hat for belated x-mas gift
In the past I gave this topic some thought and came up with a short list of different animals I might enjoy being - real and possibly imaginary.
Here's my short list:
- Bear (either Grizzly or Brown - mood depending)
I would say that the Ladybug and Bear are almost interchangeable in terms of personal preference. I've sort of had a fascination with ladybugs pretty steadily for ages (it would be apart of a tattoo if I was going to get one) and the bear - but a little less.
I dont know if its possible for someone in Harry Potter's world to be able to change into more than one animal (from what I understand, it's hard enough to be able to change oneself into ONE thing to begin with). But heres to wishful thinking.
It would be fun to spend at least a month in each place I go (roughly 5 months including travel time). Getting to explore a specific region more in detail.
I hear CouchSurfing.com is a website to find inexpensive lodging. Granted, I've never tried this website nor do I know how "safe" it is. Though a couple people (indirectly) greatly recommended using this site for one reason or another. Also, I dont know if it's limited to one continent or if its international.