Archive for January, 2009

Crafting community could be hurt by toy safety law

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Here is an article I wrote on Columbus Underground about the new toy safety law that is going into effect on February 10 and the effects it can have on the handcrafted toy community. I hope this law does not cause people to be put out of business.


The past few years have seen a huge surge in handmade crafts and toys, especially here in Columbus. The rise in people crafting has lead to the birth of shows like Tiny Canary and Craftin’ Outlaws. Tiny Canary was created to support the spirit of the handmade community and to give consumers a chance to purchase a locally made and safe toy instead of mass-marketed toys which have been facing frequent recalls.

All of the recent recalls on toys brought strong action from Congress. On August 14, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act. This toy safety act was put into place to protect our children younger than twelve against lead and phthalates in toys. It also put into effect things such as: mandating third-party lead testing and certification for all toys and requiring toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number. The law is written so broadly that it also includes the people crafting handmade toys who were originally providing safe alternatives to unsafe toys. 

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Valentine’s Day

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Are you ready? 

Japanese Books

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

While we were in San Francisco, we picked up a colorful japanese book of animals. I just found another one online that is about transit. Pretty cool. Desi loves looking at them, and the words are also in english, so it is a good learning tool as well. I wish we could get all things japan here!

Animal book we already have:

Cool Brio Toys

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

I love all of these cute toys from Brio. Desi would love having these bright little friends. Too bad they are only available from UK websites!

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

One day we will go to Washington DC for this. I am looking forward to it!

Until then, hopefully we will plant a cherry blossom tree in our yard and just enjoy pictures. 

Pretty Hoodie

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Just doing some window shopping. :) Love the colors of this hoodie and the melon tank underneath is super cute!

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Lots of viewings of this going on in our house lately. I wonder how different the original book is from the Disney movie?

Christmas Dvds

Monday, January 5th, 2009

I have kind of been getting away from buying dvds anymore, but I would like to own this set. I think Desi would love it! Plus I always liked these stories. We watched a few YouTube clips of Rudolph and he really enjoyed them.