Thursday, January 29, 2009

'A Wintry Mix' Open House

Hello! We are inviting you to come to our 8th Annual Winter/Valentine's Day Open House.

Where: Bittersweet Design Studio and Moonshine Essentials

Paeonian Springs, VA

When: Friday, January 30th from 12 noon to 5pm and

Saturday, January 31st from 12 noon to 5pm - Notice - per special request we will open at 11am today!
Refreshments: Of course! We made peppermint crunch clusters and sand tarts - a rolled sugar cookie. We will also have hot tea to drink.

Our focus for this open house is a 'wintry mix'. Coined by Virginia - an homage to her Pop who is a weatherholic; to the weather - you never know what it may bring this time of year; and also to the items we like to focus on at this open house - a blend of winter items - the blues and whites of snowmen and snowflakes, and the reds and pinks of hearts and all those things that say love.

We always have a great time at these events and we hope to see you here - either Friday or Saturday! Love and Kisses! xo Elizabeth and Virginia

If you value handmade children's items - PLEASE READ THIS and ACT NOW

This is extremely important!
Contact your Representative
Contact your Senator
Contact the White House
Call Henry Waxman's comment line 202-225-4434 and let them know this is unacceptable!

We only have today and tomorrow before commenting closes on the CPSIA - Consumer Protection Safety Information Act. Which is a good thing when aimed at the large toy, etc... manufacturers and all the crap they have brought in from China and elsewhere that contain high lead levels. However it is such an amorphous law that it also encompasses the small crafters and businesses that make perfectly safe items for children and babies.

The testing for lead and phthalates is monetarily out of this world and will 'sink' millions and millions of small businesses.
Let our President and Congress know how you feel about your ability to purchase safe and well made handcrafted items by contacting them - PLEASE!
For more information please read

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
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.”
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
And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law
Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Amend the CPSIA

Currently these toddler socks are available to purchase for $3.50. After 2/10/09 the prices goes up a bit to $3940.00.

This has been the hot topic of discussion of late - not only on etsy, but elsewhere.

Many of my fellow etsyians (myself included) have added a - post CPSIA product - to our etsy shops. These high priced items will give people an idea as to what it will cost for small businesses like ours to do lead and phthalate testing on items that we create (probably mostly with products already imported into the USA).

This law goes into effect Feruary 10, 2009.

Here you will see just the tip of the iceberg - of products that you will most likely be unable to purchase after 2/10/09. This law is a complete blanket regarding lead testing and is a backlash from all of the large manufacturers not monitoring their children's products carefully enough, and too many toys containing high lead levels.

We as small business owners are trying our hardest to get this law amended to save not only handmade products, but also vintage items!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The joys of pet ownership...

At least today her poo is frozen! It makes the miserable cold almost worth it when doing doggy doo doo duty out in the yard!

Sweet Pea and Donkey have more hay for a few days, John the bunny has an unfrozen water bottle and the chickens have their temporary roof back...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thank You!

I wanted to take a minute and thank
for doing a wacky wednesday question and linking to my shop!
It is a fun way to get to know a fellow etsian who makes beautiful - or should I say 'pretty' - notecards. etc... and I give her a shout out today because it is her one year etsyversary!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Greek - it's what's for dinner

For dinner tonight - Pastitsio and Fasolakia - (meat and macaroni pie and green beans in tomato sauce). I got the recipes from The pastitsio recipe was not very well written but I muddled through it and it came out delicious! In it you use the cooked long noodles 'macaponi' as the base layer, next - sprinkle a grated hard cheese, then - beef cooked in tomatoes, then another layer of the noodles. This is all topped with bechamel sauce and some more of the grated cheese. YUMMY! The green beans were also very tasty.
Not bad for my first time!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

eBay, Artfire and etsy

I have been busy listing items on all of these sites today. On etsy - baby bibs and kids Valentine's cards, on eBay - some Valentine's gift items, and miscellaneous stuff, and on Artfire - knitted kids hats and scarves.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Manhattan Bound

I knew it would happen quickly... and there they go - the first pair of lamps - the 1930s Art Deco lamps are on their way to NYC. You just don't find lamps like this - to think that I managed to find two pairs with original shades is amazing...

Friday, January 2, 2009

Mid Century Modern Lamps

Take a look at these gorgeous lamps I just listed on etsy -


monday inspiration!
Originally uploaded by EllesStudio

what a bunch of great eye candy! I found this on - how cute are all these items! She has a great graphic eye - take a look at her shop on etsy -

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