Saturday, January 31, 2009

Breaking News...

The CPSIA Mandatory Testing & Certification Proposed 1 Year Suspension!

From Etsy’s blog:
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 the burden of lead testing and certification has been suspended for a year while they take more time to review the rules and plan enforcement! All of your hard work has paid off (for the time being at least!). You don’t have to pay to do the certification and testing, though you are still liable if your products are found to have lead. We are so pleased that artisans and vintage sellers got their voices heard. Your hard work is not over; we must continue to play a role in advocating for small business people throughout the coming year.
“The action taken today provides breathing space to get in place some of the rules needed for implementation, but it should not be viewed as a full solution to the many problems that have been raised.” —U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission
Read the press release and full article here

Thursday, January 29, 2009

February Raffle

...and the raffle continues!

FEBRUARY RAFFLE: Teen or Adult Size Chocolate Brown Newsboy Cap.

TO ENTER: Email me at jenelstgermain@aol.com, subject line: SIMPLY J RAFFLE. I will email your raffle ticket number within 24 hours.

INCREASE YOUR CHANCES: Earn more tickets throughout the month. You will receive 1 additional raffle ticket for for every $10 spent in my shop and/ or buying gift certificates.

RAFFLE BEGINS: February 1st and ends February 25th. The winner will be announced on the 28th.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

And the winner is...

January raffle winner is Alaine G. Ticket number: SJC219782

Congratulations! You have won a Newsboy Cap!

Please email the your choices (jenelstgermain@aol.com) :
Sizes: 0-6M; 6-12M; 18M-2T; 3T-5T; Preteen/ Teen
Colors: Chocolate, Navy, Army Tan, Rose or Baby Pink

Be sure to enter my February 2009 Raffle! Starts on the 1st!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Winkle, Winkle...Just like a diamond...

I just had to share this video with you! Baby 'E' (Ian) is too cute!

This is the remix...

video

No, I'm not old...

Okay, this past weekend I allow my inner child to come out and play...I should have told that child 'you are a crazy fool and you have business sledding!'

Yes, sledding! I got suckered into doing it and I'm feeling it now! I opted out of posting any pictures of me with my face in snow, but I just had to show you this hill! What's even crazier, I allowed Jaxon and Ian to go down this hill! At one point, I most have been at least 2 feet in the air when Jaxon and I were going down and we hit a bump! I seen my life flash before my eyes!

Ian, the two year old, was screaming 'FASTER' and Jaxon, the four year old, is screaming 'SLOW DOWN!' We really had a fun time, but I've been sitting on a pillow ever since!


Good times!

Last Call

Some of you may or may not be aware of a law that is going into effect February 10th, CPSIA. I blogged about it, what I knew and inserted a few articles that were written about this law.

I'm will be opening my Etsy shop on February 1st so you able to order, possibly for the last time, some of my items that won't be available in sizes: 0-6M, 6-12M, 18-2T and 3T-5T. Those booties and loafers that everyone talks about will not be available after February 10th.

I'm offering FREE SHIPPING (on the first item) for orders being shipped in the United States, and $1 each additional item.

I have a limited quota to fill and once met my shop will close...not forever, just a few weeks.

My MONTHLY RAFFLE will continue! January's raffle is closed and the winner will be announced on January 28th.

February's raffle will begin on the 1st. Be sure to enter!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

CPSIA

I've talked to so many crafters about this new law. I don't know all the particulars about it but I do understand it's going to hurt (to say the least) a lot of businesses and possibly make handmade items extinct.

To my understanding, if this law isn't amended crafters, like myself, will no longer be able to make and sell toys and wearables for children ages 0-12 years old without having their finished product tested for lead.

There is a possibility that this will be amended, but as of today, to my knowledge, this law will be in effect as of February 10, 2009. Of course, if nothing changes, I will have to change some of the things I offer to my customers.

Many have sent letters and emails asking for a this law to be reexamined. I found this letter to be interesting: http://tinyurl.com/7r4nn4

We can still make a difference by emailing, calling and writing to:

Henry A. Waxman
California- 30th, Democrat
2204 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0530
Phone: (202) 225-3976
http://www.henrywaxman.house.gov/contact.htm

You have to read this blog posted by Kathleen at Fashion-Incubator:
http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/dont-throw-yourself-under-the-cpsia-bus/

Here's a clip of an article that was written by Walter Olson, 1/16/09

'Scrap The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act'

"If someone you know volunteers at a thrift store or crochets baby hats for the crafts site Etsy or favors handmade wooden toys as a baby shower gift, you've probably been hearing the alarms about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).
Hailed almost universally on its passage last year--it passed the Senate 89 to three and the House by 424 to one, with Ron Paul the lone dissenter--CPSIA is now shaping up as a calamity for businesses and an epic failure of regulation, threatening to wipe out tens of thousands of small makers of children's items from coast to coast, and taking a particular toll on the handcrafted and creative, the small-production-run and sideline at-home business, not to mention struggling retailers. How could this have happened?


"Congress passed CPSIA in a frenzy of self-congratulation following last year's overblown panic over Chinese toys with lead paint. Washington's consumer and environmentalist lobbies used the occasion to tack on some other long-sought legislative goals, including a ban on phthalates used to soften plastic.

The law's provisions were billed as stringent, something applauded by high-minded commentators as a way to force the Mattels and Fisher-Prices of the world to keep more careful watch on the supply chains of their Chinese factories.


"The first thing to note is that we're not just talking about toys here. With few exceptions, the law covers all products intended primarily for children under 12. That includes clothing, fabric and textile goods of all kinds: hats, shoes, diapers, hair bands, sports pennants, Scouting patches, local school-logo gear and so on. And paper goods: books, flash cards, board games, baseball cards, kits for home schoolers, party supplies and the like. And sporting equipment, outdoor gear, bikes, backpacks and telescopes. And furnishings for kids' rooms. "

"Barbed with penalties that include felony prison time and fines of $100,000, the law goes into effect in stages; one key deadline is Feb. 10, when it becomes unlawful to ship goods for sale that have not been tested. Eventually, new kids' goods will all have to be subjected to more stringent "third-party" testing, and it will be unlawful to give away untested inventory even for free.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Monthly Raffle!

Something new this year...SIMPLY J RAFFLE! Each month I will be raffling off one of my hand-crocheted items.
TO ENTER: Email me at jenelstgermain@aol.com, subject line: SIMPLY J RAFFLE. I will email your raffle ticket number within 24 hours.
INCREASE YOUR CHANCES: Earn more tickets throughout the month. You will receive 1 additional raffle ticket for for every $10 spent in my shop and/ or buying gift certificates.

RAFFLE BEGINS: Each monthly raffle will begin on the 1st (with the exception of January) and end on the 25th. The winner will be announced on the 28th.
JANUARY RAFFLE: Newsboy Cap





WINNER CHOOSES THE FOLLOWING:
Sizes: 0-6M; 6-12M; 18M-2T; 3T-5T; Preteen/ Teen
Colors: Chocolate, Navy, Army Tan, Rose or Baby Pink

January Raffle Starts: Monday, January 5th
Ends: Sunday, January 25th
Winner Announced: Wednesday, January 28th

ENTER THE FEBRUARY RAFFLE

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Newsboy Cap

Aren't my boys gorgeous!? Oh...and the hats are cute too :)

This is by far my favorite hats I make! I love that it looks great on every one...man, woman, child and baby! I make them in solid colors only, but you have over 120 colors to choose from! Starting this year, I'm giving people an option of adding a clip on flower to their newsboy cap...no extra charge! Of course, you can find these on in my shop!