Save Handmade Toys!

From the website Handmade Toy Alliance
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 American, Canadian, and European toymakers and manufacturers of children’s products, however, the costs of mandatory testing will likely drive them out of business

What this means for me and my plush is this…as of the next shop update everything I make and sell will be sold + labeled as artwork intended for adults. Now that being said this is still a big deal, this is going to effect anyone making products for children like handmade clothing, handmade cloth diapers, all those amazing one of a kind baby toys on Etsy! What about independent toy shops and the amazing variety of toys? You can check out the website above for more info on how you can get involved to spread the word and let congress know how you feel about this new law.

While I totally support lead testing on toys, the law as written is very clearly flawed. Help save the handmade toys!!


A sampling of the amazing gifts I received this Christmas. From top to bottom…Books! I actually received two copies of The Road for Christmas, which is only made worse by my buying a copy and reading it about 2 weeks before Christmas. I told my sister to keep and read the copy she bought for me and I am sending the other one to my mom.

More Playmobil from Thomas, now we are on the lookout for the perfect shelf for all of them. Darling corsage from my sister Heather. I had planned to where it on Christmas Eve but I don’t have any hat pins and sewing pins were too small. Instead I wore the other little fella she gave me.

An owl necklace that Amanda made for me. I was quite excited especially since I had really liked another owl necklace in her Etsy that was sold. I also got hot rollers, a new reusable shopping bag with anthropomorphic food on the front (I already got compliments when I grocery shopped yesterday), handmade gumdrop ornaments, vintage wooden ornaments, German candy, oh and thrifted long puppy dog that is a draft dodger from my 13 yr old. I know there is stuff missing, but you get the idea…my friends + family are very good to me.

I have been doing a lot of reading with my new books, Oh I also got The Omnivore’s Dilemma but it’s upstairs by the bed. I took the kids out today so we wouldn’t get too stir crazy. The weather has been unseasonable warm (in the low 50’s today) so we walked around downtown Chambersburg and supported the small businesses there. Our favorite candy shop was looking a little empty and made me worried for it. It is such a magical place I can’t believe more people wouldn’t want to shop there. They put a big train display in the window every year with candies and faux snow.

Now we are back home and I am trying to just relax. I have had a cold for the past couple of days so I know I should lay around, but it’s hard. Not as if I’d rather be cleaning or anything like that. ;) My sister is coming over tomorrow with her kids so it is a treat for all of us. Then New Years Eve will be celebrated at home with the family, we’ve got our noise makers + hats ready.