Spring is in the air and I had a request from Spain "One of repeat customers" for me to create a Valentine's and Spring. My creative juices started water falling. When I finished my creations, I said to myself...mission accomplished as I ran thru the rooms of my house...giving myself a "High Five." A little time consuming...to put it mildly, but worth every penny. You can purchase these @ Designs by Nana Homehttp://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5308910
Monday, January 28, 2008
Hello everyone!!! Has Spring fever hit yall yet???? Well it is hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner until you visit the retail world, and...Spring has Sprung! with that been said I was inspired to start my spring collections Here are the first two hatchlings. There will be more to come, I just need more time(24hrs are Just not enough!). You can purchase these collections @Designs by Nanahttp://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5115902
Saturday, January 12, 2008
What in the world is happening today. Every thing that we give our baby and kids is in a toxic state. The words "lead tainted" is turning up every where. Our economy is slowing due to China having lead in almost every thing that we import. I have heard enough and I am disgusted by it. One of my favorite magazines named "Cookie" . I opened the page to 132 and the title is "Toxic Shock." The article states that many items that we use are tainted with lead. Call me that dorky mom, but when my children were babies. A.) I believed in breast feeding as long as you can. B.) I went to milling my own organic fruits and vegetables meals. C.) I would not dare put a preservative infested meal in to either of my babies mouths. As a concerned mom, I felt the need to mill fresh fruits and vegetables, which took a total of 20 minutes per week to ensure the healthiest for my children...not to mention the freshest. I am not going to take up much of your time on this issue, but the article in Cookie has given us all of the facts and our options as concerned mothers.
Plastics 101 is addressed by Cookie and it states "Family's should try to limit plastic in their homes. The safest long lasting plastics are #2, #4, and #5 says Landrigan of Mount Sinai, you can look at the bottom of the plastic jars to locate the numbers. The ones to avoid are #3, #6, and #7." I always believe that wooden toys or natural fabrics are the best toys for our babies. Our safest alternatives are non varnished, hard wood toys, cloth toys, stuffed animals, and hand made items from small manufacturers, with that being said...here are some of my favorites.
Some of my favorite Etsy collegues that are addressing such issues are:
Stumppondtoy by Wyit Wright http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=102218Who stated "I use no varnish of any kind. The only finish I use is drugstore mineral oil. The same oil I would reccomend for wooden food bowls, cutting boards, or wooden utensils. It is completely non-toxic."
Woodmouse , by Amber Woodmouse http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5342617
states that "None of my toys are made with varnish. Varnish is nasty stuff. I do use beeswax and organic jojoba oil to finish them but my toys can also be purchased without this and without paint as well! (I've had some vegan customers who didn't want me to use beeswax for example.)
Natural Soft toys:
Tiddlywinks, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5069917 by Scottie states that "All dolls are inspired by the drawings my children make. You'll see it in their faces. Every one is one of a kind, I make no two the same. Everyone is made with new material by hand. Custom orders are happily accepted here!!"
Michele, of Posieandme http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5221398 states that "All of my play food collectibles are made of wool felt and are handstitched."
The photo above is Mr. or Mrs. Jack Rabbit, it will be available in my shop starting tomorrow. He or she is made of chenille and 100% cotton filling. They stand 12 inches and are 1 inch thick so a baby can grasp it. I made sure there is no buttons for a baby to choke on. They are oh so very simple, scooshi and soft!
Lets keep our children safe, for they are our future.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Over the Holidays in the mountains, after a couple of days of destressing, my mind was being bombarded by new ideas. One of these wonderful ideas was the most versatile bags you have ever seen. These are a definate must have, besides being unique, have multiple uses, and they are custom made. These bags are large enough to be a weekender bag, diaper bag, gym-yoga bag, book bag, or just an every day bag. There are plenty of pockets for your Blackberry, sunglasses, a change of clothing, laptops, and other items, and they are now avaible through my ETSY shop. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8694252
Best of all, you can contact me, give me your favorite color, and I will send you fabric swatches to choose from, and produce the custom hand bag for you.
Happy New Year every one! I hope that you all had a great Holiday Season with your family and friends. I surely did. This December was extremely busy for my business, thank goodness. It really started two weeks before Thanksgiving and it did not let up. I made myself stop the madness after December 15. Afterall, me and my family needed a break and this is the reason that I have not blogged for the month of December. Now, I am back...the kids have gone back to their routines. Hubby is out of my hair (even though I enjoyed having him assist me.) I am now getting my bearings back to work. While away, I found a few new designers and I am very excited in purchasing fabrics to start new collections. Happy New Year to all of you and thank you to all of you for a wonderful year.