December 24, 2008

Wishing you a Happy Holidays!

Hey Everyone,

Thanks so much for reading and following the blog over the year and helping to make it a success. I want to wish you and your families a happy and safe holiday season! I have decided to take a short break from blogging and will return with fresh content in the New Year! Hope to see you all back here again soon!


Connie

December 23, 2008

Show me those candy cane stripes!

It's almost Christmas! I am so excited! I love these candy cane stripes! There's just something about them that makes them perfect for the holidays.

Candy Cane Holiday White Set of 5 Bobby Pins - thistlepixie

Candy Cane Necklace - crazy4jewelsSaltdough Candy Cane Ornaments - WanderingWhimsies

58yds 2ply Candy Cane Striped Handspun Wool Yarn - Mulchandmore

Candy Cane Stripe Holiday Cards - 6 pack - igloopress

December 22, 2008

Shake it up and down!!!

Just sharing my love for snowmen and snow globes :)

Shake It Snow Globe Dish - wabisabipottery

Snow Globe Glycerin Soap with Mini Snowmen Erasers - SirensCove

Snowman Pop-Up Globe Let It Snow Silhouette - PetrinaCaseStudio

christmas globe - greysondesign

December 19, 2008

*Ahem*

I am having a customer appreciation sale in my Etsy shop. Everything has been marked down 20-50% off so stop by and pick up your favorites! They are the lowest prices of the year and it only happens once a year!


Connie

Accessorize this holiday season

with picks from our Flickr group!1. DSCF0012, 2. Butterscotch Earrings, 3. Orange tints beadwoven earrings, 4. Ametrine Endless Style Necklace/Bracelet, 5. Mr Ginger, 6. Very Merry, 7. Delicious Medley II Earrings, 8. Red Branch Coral Coin Pearl Green Zebra Jasper Leaf Cluster Leather Cord Necklace, 9. Druzy quartz, citrine and carnelian necklace

Have a great weekend!

December 18, 2008

A Very Vintage Holiday

Here are a few last minute holiday items to get you in the mood...
clockwise:
Vintage Christmas Ornaments in Original Box from Crickleberry Cottage Creations & Collectibles
Vintage Snow Baby Christmas Decoration from bunkie71977
Vintage Christmas Ornaments Birds Bells and Balls from Collector's Haven
ceramic reindeer from Sea Glass Vintage

Vintage Hanukkah Holiday Gift Tags from Artdoodads
Vintage Chanukah Hannukah Activity Funbook 1954 from Hard Core Candy

xo, Caroline

December 17, 2008

Some of you may have already noticed

or not but there is a new giveaway running on the side bar there that I haven't gotten around to formally announcing so here are the details:Sign up for TheTinyFig's monthly mailing list by entering your email into the purple box on the left sidebar for a chance to win 1 of 3 $15 gift certificates to spend in the shop! Be sure to click on the link in the confirmation email though otherwise you won't be entered. If you are already a subscriber you will automatically be entered! Contest ends Dec 31st at 12am PST. Winners will be notified via email! Good luck :)

December 16, 2008

Oh baby it's cold outside!

Extremely cold! It's about - 6 degrees outside right now which isn't really normal for winter in Vancouver not in the daytime at least. Or maybe it is? I just haven't noticed until now because I'm usually working during the winters or indoors but I've been out and about doing my holiday shopping the last few days and the cold + me do not go well together. Anyways, these are some of my favorite stay dry and warm items.

Owl brown print scarf wrap shawl Long - Pretty Raccoon

Custom Cashmere Crochet Handwarmers - adventuresofjr

Isadora RAIN CAPE - isadoraclothing

Prairie Boots - moocowhandknits

December 15, 2008

Please read! The CPSIA affects EVERYONE!


I am writing this as blogger of handmade and vintage items, as well as, a small business owner. I would like to inform you of a new legislation called the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) that was recently passed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in August of 2008. This new law was created with the intention to protect children under the age of 12 from coming in contact with lead and other harmful substances that can be found in toys, furniture and clothing. I think it's really great that the CPSC is being so active in this battle to protect young children but when this law goes into effect on February 10th, 2009 thousands of small and medium size manufactures and retailers Internationally will be forced to shut their doors (or at least shut their doors to the US).

According to this new law, every manufacture and retailer (regardless of whether they are a sole proprietor working from home or a multi-million dollar corporation) importing into, exporting out of or within the United States needs to have their products tested to comply with this law. Testing would be to ensure substances such as lead and phthalates are not found in toys, furniture or clothing used by any child aged 12 and under. Any manufacture or retailer who does not comply with these laws are at risk of being charged with a felony which could involve thousands of dollars in fines for each violation as well as jail time.

From what I understand, manufactures (if you make the end product you are a manufacture) will have to gain certification by having their items tested at a CPSC approved lab. These tests are devastating to a small business owner. As an example, the estimated cost for a test could be around $500 per test. To show you how much of an impact this is on a small business owner or at home crafter here is an example:

If I want to make a jacket for a 5 year old to sell in my Etsy shop I would have to have each of the following tested: exterior fabric, lining, thread, snap buttons, and zipper. That's 5 x $500 per test = $2,500 for one jacket. Now, if I want to make 10 similar jackets in different fabrics or different colors those need to be tested separately too so now you're at $25,000 for 10 jackets. Wait, it gets even better! If at any time I run out of these materials, decide to alter the jacket by adding a hood, or change the lining fabric I will have to have the entire piece retested to comply with this law. It is simply not economical for a company small or large to run these tests.

In addition to the mandatory testing, this new law also states that anything that was manufactured before February 10th, 2009 and has not been tested to meet CPSC standards cannot be sold. This means after February 10th, 2009 it would be illegal for you to have a yard sale or donate your old clothes to be resold at a local thrift shop. I also want to bring to your attention that since retailers cannot sell pre-existing inventory that has not been tested, perfectly good items which would have otherwise been sold will become worthless and probably end up in your local landfills. Also, because of the costs incurred by all of these tests the prices of children's items would increase exponentially. Schools will take the biggest hit as basic school supplies such as science equipment, books, furniture, writing utensils, etc... would need to be tested in order to be sold to a school and because of all the small businesses closing up there will be fewer donations made to many needy charities.

Another issue with this law is that there is no clear definition of what is intended or not intended to be used by a child aged 12 and under. If you look around you there are so many kids these days under 12 years old that run around with cellphones, purses, wearing make up, buying adult size clothing and retailers advertising to that specific market. (Example: Family phone plan) How can this law be regulated if there is no clear definition? and why does it only apply to items for children age 12 and under? Do you magically become immune to lead poisoning after your 13th birthday? The CPSA has said that they determine what is intended for the use of a child based on what the general consumer believes is for a child. For example, a Blythe doll is a collectible and not a toy for a small child but if you ask the general consumer who does not know what a Blythe doll is they would probably say it's a toy and therefore it IS a toy and needs to be tested. It does not matter what you label it or if you put up a disclaimer saying that your items are "not intended for anyone 12 and under". If you sell something that is generally perceived by the public as a childrens item then it is a childrens item regardless of who you say you are marketing to.

February 10th, 2009 has been labeled "National Bankruptcy Day" by many manufactures and retailers in the industry Internationally. While I do agree it is important that measures need to be taken in order to protect children, this law as it stands will only contribute to the downfall of the US economy. I want to make it very clear that shop owners do want to comply with this law but the way the law is currently written there is no chance of survival for many small businesses.

Changes need to be made so please make your voice heard by signing a petition, write to and call your congress person, send a letter to talk show hosts like Oprah, Ellen, Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart, contact your local news stations and follow along at http://nationalbankruptcyday.com It would be a real shame to see all the lovely handmade shops, vintage shops, thrift shops, local retailers and manufactures of children's products be forced to close their doors come February. Feel free to post any links to sites with info relating to the CPSIA and to re-post this info on your own blog.

Sign the petition:
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/economicimpactsofCPSIA/index.html

Vote for Change at Change.org:
http://www.change.org/ideas/view/save_handmade_toys_from_the_cpsia

The Handmade Toy Alliance has provided a sample letter and listed contact info for your Congress Person and Senators:
http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/

National Bankruptcy Day Site:
http://nationalbankruptcyday.com

Write to man who sponsored this bill and send him an item of yours that will be illegal to sell after Feb 9th, 2009 in protest. http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5949146

Bobby L. Rush (D)
Washington Office
2416 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-4372
fax: 202-226-0333

December 12, 2008

I thought I'd share some children's items before...

I never get the chance to again because of the CPSIA. Enjoy.

1. Grin the Grizzly Bear Kid, 2. Five Little Ducks - Puppets, 3. BOB by Michael Short and Melon, 4. Trees, birds and rain Baby quilt, 5. Alice in Winderland baby booties, 6. picture frame for a baby girl, 7. Baby/Toddler TMNT Hat, 8. sam elyse burp cloths, 9. alphabetfolded

December 11, 2008

Vintage Buyer's Gift Guide (part 4)

row one: Vintage OXFORD Lace Up Flats from Mid West Vintage, $29 /// Vintage Trio Lot of Designer Ties from Beatgrrrl's Basement, $21 /// recipe box from Brockway Betty, $8.95 /// vintage LIME bow top from Allen Company Inc., $42 /// row two: 1980s Aviator Sunglasses from Le Petit Oiseau Vintage, $10 /// handmade yellow wooden giraffe on 4 blue wheels from silocurb, $9.50 /// Large Black Patent Envelope Clutch from Vintage Revolver, $28 /// Antique Photography Light Meter for Film Cameras from The Lovelys, $23.50 /// row three: New Orleans French quarter t shirt from The Getup Vintage Clothing, $14 /// TAPESTRY Carpet Purse from Back Thennish Vintage, $95 /// your boyfriend's future leather jacket from Killer Vintage, $57 /// TINY Brass Owl from Sweetshorn Vintage, $8 /// row four: Vintage Wood Spools WITH Thread from Erica Daley Designs 2, $.65 each /// 30's PINK PLUM bow ties from Back Thennish Vintage, $22 /// Vintage Model Ship with Anchor and Muslin Sails from Bouquet Thrift, $28 /// vintage tiny FLORAL print CAP SLEEVE wrap top dress from Deborah Jean Vintage, $35

xo, Caroline

December 10, 2008

My Favorite Cookies

The winter always makes me want to bake cookies and cakes for some reason or another so I thought I'd share a recipe for one of my favorite cookies (chewy chocolate peanut butter cookies). I got the recipe from a Kraft Canada Magazine a while ago and it's so easy it's kind of hard to forget it. They smell so good and are SO easy to make you definitely have to give them a try. When they come out of the oven they are crunchy on the outside and soft and moist like a cupcake on the inside. Serve with a tall glass of milk!


Ingredients:
1 pack of devils food cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 block of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened

Instructions:
1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a mixer until well incorporated. You might have to knead the dough with your hands it's a lot quicker this way.
2. Roll the dough into 1" inch balls and put them on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten the balls in a cross cross pattern with the prongs of a fork and sprinkle tops of cookie with sugar (optional)
3. Bake 7-8 mins at 375 degrees F. Cool 2 mins in pan and then move to a wire rack.

Store leftover cookies in an air tight container (haha as if you will have left overs)! Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

December 9, 2008

It all started with... featuring kaboogie

This week's feature is brought to you by Audrey of kaboogie who makes adorable baby shoes and boots for "babies who love to boogie"!


It all started with my 6th child, a bin full of dingy old hand me down baby shoes, and my husband's old bomber jacket. A friend gave me a beat up old pair of soft soled shoes, so I cut them up and made a pattern. I was hooked!! Then cut up a pair of little cloth mary jane's and made another, and another; suede, felted wool, fleece, everything recycled! You see, I hate spending money on "stuff". Eventually I decided this design had to be "mine" and not just another knock off. I remembered the mocs I had bought for my first boy, you know, the ones that never stayed tied. Thus I developed my standard, the Boogie Moc! Everyone wanted some! I realized I can actually do this when my best friend made me sign up for etsy! Thanks Etsy, you gave me an outlet for my passion!

December 8, 2008

The Blog A Day Giveaway Winners List

First of all, I want to thank all of the wonderful shops that donated items for this giveaway and thank everyone who entered for helping make it a success.

I have drawn the winners using a random number generator. (You can see the results in the image below.) For some reason, the generator selected a few of the numbers twice so whoever's comment # was doubled they won the first prize that had that number and the second prize I just randomly chose a number myself to replace it so that it was fair. Also, because people did not read the rules properly I had to delete many of the entries which was really sad because there was a total of over 200 entries. So, if you did not post a link to your blog post you were automatically disqualified. I also deleted the entries that were just comments or where people made 2 posts because they forgot to link to their blog. Well, here are the results! Congrats to everyone you will be contacted shortly by the shop that you won from.


How to read the list:
Shop name - The winning # and the winners blog name.

Moodwax - #40 Bebian's Art Crafts
BeSemNaturalScents - #62 janil
PennyDogAccessories - #87 mel*~reachforthestars~*
kittyhawke - #79 janil
AskingForTrouble - #169 chendric
avocadocreations - #119 mel*~reachforthestars~*
stringmealong - #147 mel*~reachforthestars~*
HeartofaCowgirl - #94 mel*~reachforthestars~*
myhandboundbooks - #31 Meninheira
museacdonline - #104 mel*~reachforthestars~*
discopebisturia - #3 Eveline
SnugBugClothing - #18 Puglette
TidbitsandBits - #99 janil
gmistudio - #128 Jennifer Rose
TheTinyFig - #69 TC
GenuineArticle - #12 gmistudio
2monkees - #42 janil
thatissocute - #49 Bebian's Art Crafts
tooaquarius - #171 Linda
pomomamadesign- #182 Nicole Zahour
chendric - #14 Puglette
threeofwands - #124 mel*~reachforthestars~*
xiztance - #13 Zo-Be Designs
majentadesigns - #105 mel*~reachforthestars~*
zahour - # 137 serenityspeaks
Organidog - #123 mel*~reachforthestars~*
BeadsInTheBelfry - #28 Tina
littleblackboxes - #145 Bebian's
jilldrapermakesstuff - #39 synesthetick
thegardenbath - #181 LeArmoire

December 4, 2008

Vintage Buyer's Gift Guide (part 3)

At this stage in the game, there is still plenty of time to purchase your holiday gifts online and have them reach you in time. It can be risky, however, to count on something that you haven't seen in person. There is always the possibility that your item could be different than you expected or that the shipping could be slower than expected. When you're shopping with a deadline, it can be nice to have some recommendations. For this reason, I'm highlighting a few of the vintage shops that I have personally purchased items from in the past. All of these shops impressed me with their speedy shipping, excellent customer service, and with the high quality and accurate description of their items. I'm feel certain that they can do the same for you.

December 3, 2008

Just wanted to give you one last reminder


The Blog A Day Giveaway ends tomorrow night! Please be sure to stop by and enter simply by writing a blog post about one of the 30 shops and posting the link along with your email in the comments section.

December 2, 2008

It's a calendar!

I can hardly believe how quickly the year went by. It seems to get faster and faster as you get older because I remember not too long ago when it seemed like years waiting for Christmas to arrive.

Well, 2009 is fast approaching and everyone needs a calendar (or at least you'd think they would!) so give them one! And with the bad economy everyone wants to save right? Well, here's the solution: printable calendars for one flat rate you can print as many as you need and gift them to your loved ones!
2009 Printable Wall Calendar by marialunate

Print and Give - 2009 Printable Calendar by littlebrownpen

Printable Giftables 2009 Calendar - Nature by bluetricycle

December 1, 2008

Papernstitch


I can't believe it's December already! I meant to post this sooner but I keep getting sidetracked with my holiday orders and errands. If you haven't heard of papernstitch yet PLEASE do stop by and check it out. I can guarantee your eyes won't be disappointed! Brittni Wood has created this wonderful exhibition site to feature some of the finest handmade artists around.

Papernstitch
is currently running their second exhibition which features artists like: (Well, since today is Nov 30th and this post does not go up until Dec 1st it might be the third exhibition that you see.)
MicheleMaule

Polarity
niftySWANK

& many more!