Friday, January 30, 2009

Dovie is having a great give a away. A amzon gift card! Hop on over to enter.
Craft It Forward

I saw this on SEW MUCH TO MAKE SEW LITTLE TIME. I think it awesome!

The first eight people who make comments on this blog post will get something from me. The rules are as follows:

1. What I will create will be personalized and intended for you.

2. It will be done this year (2009).

3. You will have no idea waht it is going to be. It may be crocheted, painted, papercraft, sewn, embroidered, beaded. Or I might bake you something and mail it to you. Very exciting indeed! You won't know until you recieve it.

The catch is, you must do the same thing over on your blog too.

So...... post a comment and see what comes your way!

1. Gilly

Gonna have fun and shine in 2009!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I bought this Karen Voight Pilates Reformer at Goodwill last week. I paid $15 for it. It retails for $1300 online. It is a joy to get on in the mornings! My kids have taken over the basement in the afternoon to workout.


Some thrift store finds. This is to display pictures. I think it will look great to display each years photos we recieve in Christmas cards. Then there is the wall hanging. I think of it as a conversation piece. It looks great in my Italin stye kitchen.

Koko helping us when we moved the cabinet in the house. Indianna was helping too but she ran away when she saw the camera.

This is a cabinet Gregg bought at a auction for $2.50. This is the after photos. I will hunt up the before. Gregg spent a lot of time working on this cabinet this summer while he was off work. I think he did a great job considering he was using one arm most of the time.

This is our wall Christmas tree. It is half a tree and hangs on the wall. I love it.

Our large Christmas tree.

Friday, January 23, 2009

This is a email I recieved this morning. I have called Washingion with more questions and am waiting for a return phone call.


The law generally applies to products intended for children under 12. Definition to a children’s products (link provided below):

Children’s PRODUCT.--The term children's products means a consumer product designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger. In determining whether a consumer product is primarily intended for a child 12 years of age or younger, the following factors shall be considered:

(A) A statement by a manufacturer about the intended use of such product, including a label on such product if such statement is reasonable.

(B) Whether the product is represented in its packaging, display, promotion, or advertising as appropriate for use by children 12 years of age or younger.

(C) Whether the product is commonly recognized by consumers as being intended for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

(D) The Age Determination Guidelines issued by the Commission staff in September 2002, and any successor to such guidelines.

We have attached additional links which may be helpful to you.

While Church donations, yard/garage sales are not affected by the new legislation, the commission advises to remain safety cautious and pay special attention to certain product categories. Among these are recalled children’s products, particularly cribs and play yards; children’s products that may contain lead, such as children’s jewelry and painted wooden or metal toys; flimsily made toys that are easily breakable into small parts; toys that lack the required age warnings; and dolls and stuffed toys that have buttons, eyes, noses or other small parts that are not securely fastened and could present a choking hazard for young children.

To receive free recall and safety information via e-mail, please the enclosed link.

For further question, please use this link to submit your inquiry.

Thank you,


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I am too tired to take a picture. I bought this today at Goodwill

for $15!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

This should clarify the new law. I am glad they made some changes.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

January 8, 2009
Release #09-086 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children’s Product Safety Laws Taking Effect in February
Guidance Intended for Resellers of Children’s Products, Thrift and Consignment Stores
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In February 2009, new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) take effect. Manufacturers, importers and retailers are expected to comply with the new Congressionally-mandated laws. Beginning February 10, 2009, children’s products cannot be sold if they contain more than 600 parts per million (ppm) total lead. Certain children’s products manufactured on or after February 10, 2009 cannot be sold if they contain more than 0.1% of certain specific phthalates or if they fail to meet new mandatory standards for toys.

Under the new law, children’s products with more than 600 ppm total lead cannot lawfully be sold in the United States on or after February 10, 2009, even if they were manufactured before that date. The total lead limit drops to 300 ppm on August 14, 2009.

The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.

The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.

When the CPSIA was signed into law on August 14, 2008, it became unlawful to sell recalled products. All resellers should check the CPSC Web site ( for information on recalled products before taking into inventory or selling a product. The selling of recalled products also could carry civil and/or criminal penalties.

While CPSC expects every company to comply fully with the new laws resellers should pay special attention to certain product categories. Among these are recalled children’s products, particularly cribs and play yards; children’s products that may contain lead, such as children’s jewelry and painted wooden or metal toys; flimsily made toys that are easily breakable into small parts; toys that lack the required age warnings; and dolls and stuffed toys that have buttons, eyes, noses or other small parts that are not securely fastened and could present a choking hazard for young children.

The agency has underway a number of rulemaking proposals intended to provide guidance on the new lead limit requirements. Please visit the CPSC website at for more information.

Friday, January 16, 2009


January 09th, 2009 | Category: OGR, School Libraries
In August 2008, the 110th Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) to protect children under 12 from exposure to lead following widespread reports about the dangers of children’s toys coming in the United States from China and other places. This new law is administered by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and will likely start to take effect in February 2009 (although even this latter date appears to be changing.)

Within the last few days, ALA and others in the “book” community (other librarians, publishers, teachers, booksellers, etc.) became extremely concerned after seeing that the CPSC intended to include books in the definition of “products to children” that would need to be certified as safe. This concern was heightened by a letter from the General Counsel of the CPSC – a letter that states that books are not exempt from the law.

However, ALA has been in discussion with attorneys, other associations and the sponsors of the original bill. Our analysis is that neither the law nor the legislative history indicates any Congressional intention to include books and even textbooks in the law.

Please stand by – there is no need to take action at this time. The situation is extremely fluid and every day this week ALA has received new and sometimes contradictory information. The ALA Washington Office is taking measures to ensure this ruling (CPSIA) will not affect libraries and has sent a letter to all Congressional offices alerting them to the fact that we believe CPSC General Counsel has erroneously interpreted the CPSIA to include books. ALA is also monitoring the potential impact on other types of library materials as well.

Several key Hill offices have contacted the CPSC Commissioners and the General Counsel. We believe that the misunderstanding may be cleared up, so the Commission can focus on children’s items that are truly dangerous.

If we can’t get this resolved, we will need everyone who wants children to continue to have access to safe children’s books to contact the Commission and Capitol Hill – but, for now, we can stand by until we hear more from our Congressional supporters.

Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director
ALA Washington Office

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Child's rocking chair

Child's wipe off easel

Free magazines
Handyman, Natural Health, Altertive Health
cassette music tapes, hard rock and cassical

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I recieved this email newsletter today. I want to share it with everyone. This law would effect all of us.

The Sale of Children's Books to be Banned


Oh, how I wish this were a joke! But it is a grim and looming,
almost Orwellian, reality.

Effective February 10th, in the United States, the sale of
all children's books (books intended for children ages 12 and
under) is to be PROHIBITED. Every single book printed prior
to the ruling is affected, whether new or used. New books in
production are required to include a "lead-free" certification
and will be the only books that are legal to offer for sale.

What does this mean to the homeschooling family?

Well, for one, curriculum fairs across the country will be
cancelled as book vendors scramble to figure out how to comply
with the new ruling. Complete book inventories will have to be
destroyed -- the ruling even prohibits giving away the books!
Local thrift stores will be hard hit -- most will likely have to
close their doors -- yes, even Goodwill and Salvation Army.

Clothing, toys and books -- even CDs and DVDs are included in the
ruling. Thrift stores will no longer be able to accept or process
anything (including clothing) that would be intended for a child.

No more library sales. Libraries will not be permitted to give
away or sell book donations. It is unsure yet, however, how
the libraries' shelves themselves will be impacted (the ruling
doesn't explicitly mention "loaning" books, just selling or
giving them away). The key word, however, is "distribution" --
libraries may well be required to destroy books from their shelves.

(The ruling that originally passed was about toys, but the EPA has
since made a statement that clothing, books and media are included
in "children's toys".)

Just how serious is this new law? has already notified all vendors of their need to comply.
No book can be sold at the Amazon site that was printed prior to
compliance. And the "compliance" must be coordinated at the manu-
facturing stage. At the time of this article there is no clause
to be able to grandfather-in older books or even rare out-of-print
books. It can cost between $500 and $1500 to test a book for lead.

I happen to own a children's bookstore specializing in living books
from the 1950s and '60s. My punishment for selling a book after
February 10th? Up to $100,000 and 5 years in jail. And yes, it is
a felony charge. For selling a SINGLE book.

(Although I don't think the S.W.A.T. team scenario would become a
reality overnight, at the same time I would be leery of blatantly
violating Federal law.)

So what can you do to help save your local used bookstore that
sells children's books? Or that homeschool curriculum business?
Or your EBay business selling children's items?

ACT NOW before the quickly approaching deadlines:

1) Email or call the CPSIA - the office of the CPSC ombudsman at

Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30,
2009. Or email:

2) Contact your local representatives. For their contact informa-
tion, just enter your zip code.

3) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue! The top 3 in
each category will be presented to President-elect Obama.

4) Sign the petition.

5) Spread the word! Forward this article. Send an email. Write
about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and
encourage them to do the same.


For the complete story, read the following links:

Consumer Product Safety Commission Summaries on Legislation Index
page for Children's Products Containing Lead; Lead Paint Rule and
other rulings

Office of the General Counsel FAQ on retroactive inventory require-
ments -- The use of forward effective dates appears to force current
inventories to adhere to the ruling on February 10th, 2009

Specific FAQ on their interpretation of books and other media to be
included in the testing of lead based products

Effective Date: Lead content limit of 600 ppm becomes effective 180
days after enactment. An advisory opinion regarding the application
of the new lead limit to inventory existing at the effective date
can be found on our web site at

Getting the Lead out: There is no lead in children's books

There is no lead in Children's books: From a Pedtrician


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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It is time to start planning the garden! Here is a fun link to grown your own plants. We have done this. It is awesome how seeds will germinate and grow outside during the winter.


We have answer to Jasmine's breathing problems! Not asthma or her JRA. The doctor told us what to do, where to go.... and the wheels are in motion. We are so thankful! Also the doctor didn't need to use the camera up the nose and down the throat... a L O N G handled mirror worked. It wasn't pleasent but it was over quickly.

Friday, January 2, 2009

जस्मीन अपडेट

I do not know why Jasmine update is written in kanji. It is funny since the kids are trying to learn kanji.

Jasmiine saw the lung doctor today. She also had a CT done. Next week she sees a ENT to check her vocal cords. The doctor thinks it could be asthma, breathing and vocal cord problem or her JRA is effecting/attacking her lungs. So we still don't know anything. Jasmine does like this doctor. He will be talking to our allergist too.