This is not great fashion blogging although there is a tiny bit at the bottom, I’ll forewarn you.
However, to put it squarely into focus, without a source of income this blogger wouldn’t be blogging or fashion sewing at all, so it is with great joy I announce that the following associations have joined together with the Consumer Product Safety Commission Coalition of the National Association of Manufacturers to ask the CPSC for definitive rulings on all the aspects of the CPSIA 2008 that have been troubling me and many others.
Petitioners joining NAM in this Petition are:
American Apparel & Footwear Association
Association of American Publishers
Book Manufacturers Institute, Inc.
Fashion Jewelry Trade Association
Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers
National Retail Federation
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Printing Industries of America
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
Toy Industry Association
You’ll note that the Handmade Toy Alliance and other associations of small toy makers are not participating in this Petition. Many manufacturers and craftsters of this ilk that consider themselves to be “small” have proposed that those who make fewer than 5000 items a year be excluded from the regulations. I was so irked to read that and to hear it on TV. It has been the only public info dissemination that our local media has deigned to give this horrendous new law and, Grrrrrrrr, the “slant” on the story was “This may be the last year you can buy traditional wooden toys for Christmas. But there’s hope. These small guys are petitioning for an exemption. Wooden toys might be available again next Christmas”. I think it’s utterly ridiculous to invent a classification of “Small” that removes anyone who makes fewer than 5000 times a year I mean, what’s the point of having the law in the first place? Dumb and dumber.
But anyway, rant’s over, and my point is that this petition brings great cheer to my lawyerly and childish (child-centered, I hope) heart. I do pray (and I do pray, really) that the Consumer Product Safety Commission responds and fully clarifies all the issues raised.
You can (and should if it touches your life as a consumer or as a provider) read the 15 page Request here at the Toy Association website.
The legalese will turn some folks off, I suppose, but it does more favors to our community of small toymakers and craftsters and our children and consumers than any stupid, puny, self-involved, short-sighted, idiotic exemption could ever do.
It’s professionally presented and speaks the language our lawmakers speak. Therefore it will get realistic consideration from the powers making these rules. It’s our best hope. I’m sure there will be those who will find points to argue but I won’t be one of them. I have other things to do.
Gee, it even addresses redundant testing of zippers and threads. This is a very good thing and might work to save my sense of peace and joy during this Holiday Season.
I’ll tell you, it’s been hard to sew up my December orders with this hanging over my head.
On the personal fashion front, well, the “front” is a lot bigger these days. I’ve quit smoking after 40 years. Yeah, that’s right.
I’ve been taking that quit smoking pill, Chantix, and it’s worked! I’ve felt every ill effect the product is said to produce and still I took it and now I haven’t smoked in 11 weeks. I figured if I could live through chemo and radiation and survive, I could live through withdrawal and the multiple ill effects of Chantix. and I got each and every one of the ill effects. Haven’t slept more than 6 hours at a stretch since October. Good thing I’m not a depressed maniac or I’d be locked up somewhere. Promise!
I do so love being able to sit still for long periods of time. I do so love not wanting to get away from humans so I can go smoke. I do so love not having a stinking home, hair, clothes. I do so love that my HusPartner is so grateful (not “diamond earring grateful”, though, darn it!) but he’s happy and to his lover, this woman, that is the most important thing.
But one of the side effects (according to the FDA it’s the most complained of drug) is increased appetite and my waistline proves it. I’ve gained 15 pounds (or more!!!) in the past 3 months and now all the clothes I’ve made in the past year are way too tight to wear. It’s a yucky weight gain, too, expanding the waist and thighs and begging to be covered up with tent dresses and other obscenities. I’m going to have to make knit pants with elastic waistbands and boxy cardigans to get through the two sewing classes in January when I have to dress from a suitcase.
But weight gain can be temporary and gladly suffered to be classified as A Non-Smoker!!!!
Yipppeeee, Yaaaay, and Yahoooooo
Holiday smoochies til later,