Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Valentine's Day Hair Clips

Break out the hearts, Valentine's Day is right around the corner! To celebrate, why not spruce up with a heart or candy hair clip or pin?

Monday, December 22, 2008

I Heart Edamame - Soy Bean Pin Brooch or Hair Clip

Can't get enough of this fantastic legume? I sure can't! Proclaim your adoration for this delicious and healthy snack with a 100% wool felt version. Available as a pin brooch or a hair clip - please indicate your preference at checkout.

Edamame measures 2 inches by 1.75 inches. Encloses either a 2 inch snap clip, or 1.5 inch snap clip. French clip also available.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Small Business Impact of CPSIA

As you know, this past year I've been working at creating a small business creating and selling 100% wool hair clips for children and women. My business was steadily growing, and I enjoyed heart-felt pride for each piece being enjoyed by families around our nation and internationally.

This August, congress passed a law intending to protect children from the toxic effects of lead in imported and manufactured toys and other products. However, the way the law was written requires ANY and ALL producers (including hand-made, natural products, intrinsically free from lead) to test each component and product for lead by 3rd party laboratories at a cost upwards of $180 per component. This test would be required for every style/product created for the use of children. Essentially, the only companies that would be able to afford to remain in business, are those conglomerates guilty of importing tainted products in the past. Small businesses here in the United States will be put out of business if the law is not amended. Please join me in signing this petition to draw attention to the law's impact on small businesses in this time of economic turmoil. Thank you - if you have any questions about the law, you may visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission website here:

To sign the petition, please click below - there are 3 petitions. It is free to sign (it does ask for donations after you sign, but that is OPTIONAL, and you may close the window after you sign the petition)

Impacts on Children's apparel
Impacts on Children's Toys
Impacts on Small Business Green Toy/Clothing Companies

If you think saving local and small businesses in our country is an important and worthy goal, please pass this information along to your friends and families!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mariposa - Monarch Butterfly Pin

Mariposa - the inspiration for this mini felt sculpture, is butterfly in Spanish. It is also the home in which I grew up, in the rolling foothills approaching Yosemite National Park. Sadly, you don't see as many majestic Monarchs there as in the past, but it is still one of the most beautiful places I know come Spring and the blush of wildflowers.

Mariposa has been hand-crafted using 100% wool felt. Each piece has been hand-cut and stitched, making this butterfly as unique and without duplicate as it's fluttering inspiration.

Backing this wearable art-work is a 1 inch bar pin, securely stitched to the fourth layer of felt. Nearly life-sized, Mariposa is 3 inches across with wings fully extended, and about 1.5 inches tall.