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Wow 100 comments!

Congratulations to Louise on being the 100th person to leave a comment on the Handmade Kids blog!

Because you left a comment on my Red & White post about wine, here is a lovely virtual glass of wine for you to enjoy as your prize!

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And the winner is……..

The draw to find the winner of our little blog competition was extremely technical I can report. 

I was going to let the youngest member of our family choose it, but I figured he would pull them all out and eat them before I had a chance to rescue one.

Instead, it consisted of printing names on paper and putting them into a giant pelican toy gadget, shaking them all about (no doing the hockey pockey) and drawing one out.  And so the winning name drawn out of that big pelican was……………… drum roll please……………….

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Congratulations Cora’s Mum, an email is on it’s way to you for your details!

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Save Handmde!

 Save Handmade Toys

 If you are a fan of handmade goodies, then you may have been following with interest the current situation occuring in the USA.  I myself try  to shun mass manufactured plastic crap.  I am just so over large, noisy plastic licenced pieces of rubbish for my kids and this bill takes away a consumers choices to avoid this in the USA.

Whilst this issue is not affecting us in Australia, I guess there is every chance that one day we too could be faced with  similar, and those handmade businesses here who do sell to the USA will be affected.

So what is the issue exactly?  Overview taken from Cool Mom Picks:

We’re all for strengthening the safety standards of mass-produced toys, clothes, and accessories made in China, and banning toxins like phthalates and lead. But this year, congress passed the ill-conceived Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act, a law which goes into effect in two months and will absolutely decimate the small toy manufacturers, independent artisans, and crafters who have already earned the public trust. The very same ones that we often feature here and in our yearly special edition gift guides.

With this act going into effect February 10 2009 so many people we love will be affected: Moms who sew beautiful handmade waldorf dolls out of home, artists who have spent decades hand-carving trucks and cars out of natural woods, that guy at the craft show who sold you the cute handmade puzzle–even larger US companies who employ local workers and have not once had any sort of safety issue will no longer be able to sell their goods. Not without investing tens of thousands of dollars into third-party testing and labeling, just to prove that toys that never had a single toxic chemical in them still don’t have a single toxic chemical in them.

This new bill is going to have a massive impact on all those people that create items for kids.   Places like the Kids section on  Etsy will no longer exist, there could even be the potential for Australia sellers on Etsy to no longer be able to do this.

If you are interested in this issue, you can visit Cool Mum Picks where there is plenty of information and lets hope this issue if it goes ahead does not have a large impact on all our fantastic artisians here in Australia.

For more information on making  and selling toys in Australia, you can visit the Australian Toy Association

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