Saturday, January 31, 2009

Finally, some breathing room!!!

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.

Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.

The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.

The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay.

The stay does not apply to:
Four requirements for third-party testing and certification of certain children’s products subject to:
The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008;
The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009;
The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009; and
The limits on lead content of metal components of children’s jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.

Certification requirements applicable to ATV’s manufactured after April 13, 2009.
Pre-CPSIA testing and certification requirements, including for: automatic residential garage door openers, bike helmets, candles with metal core wicks, lawnmowers, lighters, mattresses, and swimming pool slides; and
Pool drain cover requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.
The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, children’s garment manufacturers and toy makers who had been subject to the testing and certification required under the CPSIA. These businesses will not need to issue certificates based on testing of their products until additional decisions are issued by the Commission. However, all businesses, including, but not limited to, handmade toy and apparel makers, crafters and home-based small businesses, must still be sure that their products conform to all safety standards and similar requirements, including the lead and phthalates provisions of the CPSIA.

Handmade garment makers are cautioned to know whether the zippers, buttons and other fasteners they are using contain lead. Likewise, handmade toy manufacturers need to know whether their products, if using plastic or soft flexible vinyl, contain phthalates.
The stay of enforcement on testing and certification does not address thrift and second hand stores and small retailers because they are not required to test and certify products under the CPSIA. The products they sell, including those in inventory on February 10, 2009, must not contain more than 600 ppm lead in any accessible part. The Commission is aware that it is difficult to know whether a product meets the lead standard without testing and has issued guidance for these companies that can be found on our web site.

The Commission trusts that State Attorneys General will respect the Commission's judgment that it is necessary to stay certain testing and certification requirements and will focus their own enforcement efforts on other provisions of the law, e.g. the sale of recalled products.
Please visit the CPSC Web site at for more information on all of the efforts being made to successfully implement the CPSIA.
Statements on this vote by Acting Chairman Nancy Nord and Commissioner Thomas H. Moore are in portable document format (PDF).
Send the link for this page to a friend! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Drum roll Please......and the WINNER is......

of Fairiesand Fireflies!!!
My little helper chose your name for the drawing!!!
CONGRATS!!!! You're the winner of the Cafe Cuff Giveaway!!!!
A big thank you to everyone else who participated!!!!Please be sure to check back often as I will be having giveaways from time to time and YOU could be the next lucky winner!!!

Friday, January 16, 2009


Make sure you get your COMMENT POSTED HERE today because the contest ends tonight and a winner will be drawn and posted tomorrow! GOOD LUCK to all who have already voted and those who do so last minute! ;)

Just to refresh your memory, this is what you're taking a chance to win:

One of my new insulated Cafe Cuff beverage sleeves.
Wanna give your coffee some couture? Well look no further!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Life's a Bowl of Cherries!

Life's a Bowl of Cherries presented by Posh Piggy Couture

Well,It's about that time again...the warm Spring air is just around the corner and I can't wait to see all the beautiful flowers in bloom,hear all the birds chirping, and most of all, to shed these winter clothes. This OOAK (one of a kind),3 piece set would be a perfect addition to any Spring/Summer wardrobe for any little princess.

Set includes
*Adorable retro cherry print,peasant top with rolled neckline
* matching red gingham pants with comfy elastic waistband
*matching red gingham sash that can double as a hair accessory

This set will not be re-created as this is the last of the retro cherry print in my fabric stash.Set is ready to be shipped at auctions close to the winning bidder upon payment.So don't miss this classic little capri set.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cafe Cuffs by Posh Piggy are here!!! CONTEST TOO!!!

As we are well aware custom beverage sleeves are the one of the latest, popular accessories and .....

Posh Piggy is proud to offer these reusable, eco-friendly, custom Cafe Cuffs allowing your disposable coffee cup to be as stylish and unique as you or the person receiving them.Available in several high quality, designer prints, there's sure to be one to fit your personality.

Each cuff is:

*Insulated...great for hot or cold beverages

*Machine sewn,top stitched, and given a velcro closure & custom Posh Piggy Couture label

*Fits standard disposable coffee cups from 12 oz. to 20 oz.

*100% machine or hand washable and I suggest for drying,to lay flat and air dry. Press if necessary to remove any wrinkles. ;)

*Make great gifts
Also, in light of Roz's(Crazy* Couture) contest to give away one of her awesome deco kits and my adding this new product to my etsy shop, I thought I'd do a contest to give away a free
Cafe Cuff!!!
Just leave a comment on this post about why you just have to have one of my Cafe Cuffs and you could be the lucky winner!!!!
The contest will last all week and end on Friday,January 16th.A winner will be drawn and posted Saturday, January 17th!!!
So let's get those comments a rollin' !!!
*****Contest open to residents of the US and Canada only*****

Friday, January 9, 2009

Love Stinks!

I just adore this custom Valentine's set by my girl Amber of

entitled, "LOVE STINKS!"

Isn't it just the cutest?! I love,love,love it! This has to be my favorite set themed for heart day,by far.This set 3 piece ensemble has been created using several TDF fabrics including a rare Pepe La Pue print....which Miss Am only has enough of to create just one more set, so don't let it pass you by.

Set Includes:

Love Stinks Hoodie: This black fleece hoodie is made with Crochet Hearts, Applique and Ric Rac trim. Perfect for your Valentines Princess.

Skunk Tee: This tee can be made long or short sleeves. Beautiful skunk applique and lace trim complete this tee.

Love Stinks Stripwork Skirt: The fabrics for this skirt are TDF!! Made with rare Pepe La Pue fabric and detailed with double layers and rouching.


Awesome crochet appliques and matching leg warmers by the one and only Anji of Anji.Beane and TDF matching hair bows by the talented Kim of Princess*Cheyenne*Designs ,or rather the newly named "Chey"

Great job ladies!

Hello Dollie...

While browsing on the computer this afternoon I came across the cutest handmade dolls...Look out American Girl, the custom rag doll "My Face Dollie" is in town!

They are so flippin' cute and unique! These one of a kind dolls are surely a great gift for the little girl who has everything.Adorable ,OOAK, handmade and hand painted dolls to resemble the recipient or a special friend.What little girl wouldn't love this doll?!

You're provided with so many options to choose from, even the choice to create a custom doll or adopt one.Sounds like a lot of fun!

"These dolls are Hand Painted on the fabric with specialty fabric paint, they are designed to be durable, will not crack or fade but remain supple and are hand washable."

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Eeek! Mornin' Already?!

So I got no sleep last night.Up until about 4 am this morning,unable for the life of me to fall asleep.....not so great for the designing aspect of my life, nor the domestic goddess in me, or any other part of my busy,every day life of being a Stay at Home/Work at Home Mom.

I sooooo just want to lie back down and have a little more shut eye BUT,as all of us mom's know...NOT GONNA HAPPEN! LOL! My daughter is terrorizing the blinds 2 feet away from me, as I type, thinking of what we'll have for lunch,and play a game of "I Looove my Maadiii, I Looove my Mooommyy" with my 3 year old going on time for rest in this house! HA!

Anyway, being as I've accomplished pretty much nothing today thus far today, I did want to share with you a few things while my sleep deprived mind allows me....

The latest launch from SANDBOX COUTURE entitled

Also, check out this adorable little apron offered by eBay's Queen*Bree*Designs

Isn't it just yummy?! So cute for the little helper in your life and the imagination when playing pretend.I just love this!
Be sure and check out all the sweet finds offered from this talented designer

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What's In-store for 2009....

Ok, so I guess I'm a little late with the New Year but, better late than never...I guess. ;)
I can't believe the holidays have come and gone so quickly and we're already into 2009! Seems like time is flying by.

I'm taking my Spring designs in a whole new direction.As you can see from the pic below of my "Bohemian Dream" dress, I'm leaving behind a bit of the whimsy and going for a more Boho/ Flea Market Chic style & lots of color for the season....of course minus the tights and fur lined boots, though this is just a sneek peek.

Also, I'm proud to announce the 3rd launch in progress for Peppermint Lane....
Due to launch in February, so be sure and check back for the actual launch date.
Search PPLN on eBay to find beautiful boutique clothing & accessories by our awesome designers.Pictures provided by the equally talented photograhper mom's of Peppermint Lane Model Mom Lounge.

Be sure and search SANDBOX BOUTIQUE on eBay as well for many more amazingly talented designers from the boutique community

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and all designers of sandbox couture