i can't believe it's already thursday, but it's taken me that long to pick myself up off the floor from the burst of responses from my last post. thank you all so much for stopping by and commenting. i doubt that ratty old t-shirt ever thought it would see the light of day again, let alone get air time anywhere, so it must be pretty happy right now. the truth is, these are easy to make. if you're interested in giving it a try, grab a white t-shirt and a laundry pen, and just start doodling, writing, journaling, whatevering on it. don't think about it too much. instead of planning the shirt as a whole, start with one small detail, and let it evolve bit by bit until you're finished.
there's more to come on journaling in a later post, but today my mind is on a different topic: the future of my good friend alix's fabulous children's clothing business, crabcakes, as well as the thousands of designers, artisans and craftspeople who manufacture children's products for sale on etsy, in small boutiques, and in craft fairs around the country.
on february 10, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) will require all children's products - books, toys, clothing, accessories, supplies, and so on - to undergo lead testing and obtain certification before it can be shipped legally. this could run up to several hundred dollars or more per item. this is not cost effective for anyone, doesn't guarantee an improvement in safety for children (as it is currently written), and will likely force many small businesses to close their doors. for more information on this act, check out this article in forbes or just google CPSIA and watch your browser explode. update: here's another article that describes how this law will affect you, whether you are a parent or not.
jennifer published an excellent article today in mothers of invention about alix's work and the work/life challenges she faces as a small business owner, including the most recent hurdle she'll have to jump if CPSIA goes into effect without an amendment to protect businesses like hers. alix is one of those resilient people who will be able to shift her design talents to women's clothing and accessories- i'm thinking she could create an entire industry out of those gorgeous fabric roses - but hopefully the bill will be changed in a way that will protect our children as well as the thousands of parents that make their living by creating children's products.
until february 10, it's not too late - you can still order from alix's one-of-a-kind children's line at alix [at] crabcakesclothing.com.
UPDATE 1/31: excellent news!! the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted yesterday to grant a one year stay of testing for certain products, so for now, crabcakes clothing lives on!