Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Consumer Product Safty Improvement Act

I am very worried that my Zoo will have to close. I have not the money to pay for the extra testing, or the to make a large quantity of one animal. Even if I wanted to. speaking for myself when I make a KZ quilt I want to make a quilt that will be special and not nesacarily one of a kind but not on found on every corner either. If I had to make 15 of each one I made I would spend a month or more on just one animal and there would be no verity in my shop. and add more to the final price.
I shopped for all my gift on etsy this year because I like knowing that the thing I bought for my family are not mass produced and special. they are special because people, individuals put a part of themselves into every part of making them. I understand we do not want to sell things that are bad or even dangerous for anyone. most of the thing that are found dangerous are thing that have been imported from countries that we have been outsourcing to and they don't care about the way they are made.
I work at a department store and one day I tried to find the made in the USA label I was dumb struck to see first hand how hard it was. I found china, Mexico, and India. but it took me three hours to find one label made in the USA. I find that sad.
when this new law goes into effect will the number be even smaller.
OK I am going to get of the soap box
I just needed to vent.
I just hope my animal don't become extinct.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Merry Christmas

I want to share a personal story. One Christmas when my kids were small someone left food and gifts on my front porch. the note said simply "from Santa". That year was one of the best Christmas I have ever experienced. I really did not have any money. I finally got out of a abusive marriage and was really struggling to make it. A couple of days later we went to a second had store to get a little tree($2 dollars) and a few thing to put on it we could not make. While in the store Santa came and asked my daughter what she wanted for Christmas. She was 7 then. Well she told Santa that we were getting a little tree but next year we would maybe get a bigger one and all she wanted was a new doll, and maybe a ring. Santa told her to pick out a tree and anything else to decorate the tree and he would get it for us. So Santa bought us our Christmas tree. I still use that tree (now 12 years old) and each year as we put it up we often talk about how we have the only tree paid for my Santa. I can't explain the hope others have giving me. The tree and gifts we received ment more to me that anything else that year. and the tree has reminded us every year since that people still care and are willing to help one another
Now you know why the minute I could afford to I adopt a family for Christmas. This year I have both adopted a family and asked for help from elves so I will buy for a family and give to people I don't know but can give more from myself this way. I hope this help other to remember that even thought we are not doing well. there are others worse off than we are. I am by no means rich but it don't take much to help others. I am giving my time more than anything else and some mailing fees.

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