Saturday, December 13, 2008


Luke is a nutball! He is laughing so much and moving around. I have a feeling that he will be a very mobile child. He enjoys looking at the Christmas tree and grabbing the branches! We are eagerly anticipating Luke's first Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Uh, Oh

It looks as though I will not be able to sell my custom creations on Etsy or Ebay due to the new legislation passed and effective Feb 10, 2oo9! I am so sad as this has been a favorite pastime of mine. Here is some info that a fellow designer (Sew Cute Babe) posted on her blog:

As of February 10, 2009, ALL items sold in the United States that are meant for children 12 years and younger will be required to have third-party lead testing done by the manufacturer. This sounds great in theory, since we all want to protect our children. This law will only force small businesses to close (or operate illegally), when the problem lies with large companies making cheap items in foreign countries.

Then you need to e-mail or write your representatives today. If this legislation is not changed to offer some sort of clarification regarding handcrafting businesses in the US, then many if not most of the items I've discussed will no longer be available. No more wood cars crafted by a retired grandpa; no more children's handmade clothing and cloth diapers on Hyena Cart; not to mention Etsy and other sites that encourage us to buy handmade. I don't know if you feel the same way, but if I had to choose between a handmade item made by a work-at-home mom versus a "certified lead-free" item made in China and sold at Target, I'd choose the former.

If you own a small home-based business crafting these items, these requirements fall on YOU. You will be required to test each and every component of your items for sale, and label them with a batch number and date of manufacture. This includes thread, buttons, fabric, etc. If you do not comply, you will be in violation of federal law and could be subject to fines up to $100,000 PER ITEM - and even jail time. Any children's items made before this date that are not tested and certified lead-free are considered banned hazardous waste and cannot be sold after February 10, 2009. Even if you use materials such as fabric that were tested by their manufacturer not to contain lead, you must still have third-party testing done. This is obviously not an option for most artisan businesses! Please call or write your representatives regarding the new CPSIA legislation *that has already passed* and will be put into effect in February without any thought for the 'little guys'. We must act soon and get some changes made, or February 10 could mean the end of the "Buy Handmade" movement! Stand up for small businesses everywhere as this legislation affects each and every one of us, our businesses, our children and even our economy.

Let your representatives know that as much as we value keeping our children safe by testing items for lead, this is the WRONG way to accomplish that.I encourage you to read over the links below.
Contact your local representative via this link:

You can read more about the CPSIA legislation at:

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Fun at the Museum!

We went to the Children's Museum this past Thursday and had a great time. Uncle Josh and Aunt Liv joined us. I ran into a friend from college and that was a blast talking to her. We saw Santa and Wyatt decided that he was not the real Santa because the "deer" were not there. Neither one of the kids would sit on his lap. Here are a few pics from that night! Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Holidays!!!!

It is an exciting time in the Penney household! Christmas decorating, shopping, and baking has begun! The kids are so excited this year and have discovered through the TV that Santa exists. Madeline and Wyatt love to redecorate the tree each morning- I can not believe that one teeny tiny branch will hold 6 large ornaments! We had a picture taken for our Christmas card- disaster! You will see why when you receive your card. Not only are we trying to get ready for the big day, but we are leaving for VACATION (WooHoo) on the 27th to Florida to visit Grandpa and Grandma Kemp! We are also going to WDW for 2 days!!! So much to do to prepare!!! I do not have any recent pics to post, but I will soon!

And Luke is rolling over! He is the HAPPIEST baby! I am so blessed to have 3 wonderful children. It is sad to see the time so pass so quickly...


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