Friday, February 6, 2009

Secret Cupid Valentine's: order now!

still looking for the perfect way to say "i wuv u"?
get your snookie ookums a Secret Cupid Valentine Gift Pack!.
I do all the work; You get all the credit!

xoxo, danamarie

Thursday, February 5, 2009

handmade christmas: from my sister

a better picture is definitely due, but that would require me to dig through the media card on my big camera and i just couldn't wait any longer--- also, it's february, so this is already really over due.

this is mason (obviously) IN the Mason Bag my sister (who is lovely and incredibly talented in her own right) made for me. She did it all. The mason print that covers the bag is the result of a lino block printing process all over the raw linen... the linen was then cut into pieces and the bag assembled. There was no pattern. The bag is amazing. I am very lucky.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

valentine's day "Secret Cupid" gift pack!

roses wilt.
diamonds are expensive.
EVERYONE does chocolates.

Why not surprise your special someone with a Knitimal Secret Cupid Gift Pack!

Order by Monday, February 9, 2009 and get guaranteed delivery for Valentine's Day (Domestic shipping only... International Orders may take longer).

When this little package arrives in the mail, your loved one will shriek with glee!
Starting with the hand drawn and sweetly decorated package itself.

On the inside they will find:

*a one of a kind recycled plastic knitimal pin
*a set of 7 Knitimal stickers
*2 knitimal LOVE cards... one will be blank on the inside, for them to use in the future; the other will hold YOUR very special message, which i will write by hand, in pretty red ink. =
*and an assortment of valentine's day candy

get extra points from the lucky recipient for being proactive and clever!
Not to mention how popular you'll be for sending the cutest and most original valentine!

wanna know more? visit my shop for more pictures and ordering information.

****orders must be placed by Monday, Feb. 9th, for GUARANTEED on time delivery... though, later orders might just get there on time anyway****

xoxo, danamarie

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Valentine's Day sneak peek!

Not quite sure what to get that special someone this year? Well, I might be able to help you... Stay tuned for this year's "secret cupid" offer.

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illustrations: 3D and wearable

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Monday, February 2, 2009

let them hug knitimals!

yes friends, it's true...

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, children’s garment manufacturers and toy makers who had been subject to the testing and certification required under the CPSIA. These businesses will not need to issue certificates based on testing of their products until additional decisions are issued by the Commission. However, all businesses, including, but not limited to, handmade toy and apparel makers, crafters and home-based small businesses, must still be sure that their products conform to all safety standards and similar requirements, including the lead and phthalates provisions of the CPSIA.

Handmade garment makers are cautioned to know whether the zippers, buttons and other fasteners they are using contain lead. Likewise, handmade toy manufacturers need to know whether their products, if using plastic or soft flexible vinyl, contain phthalates.

I think I am going to take a proactive cue from this whole thing and start identifying my specific materials on all the Knitimals hang tags. (Some of them are pure wool, others wool blends etc). I'm also, while exhausted, incredibly grateful for this experience, as it allowed me the opportunity to re-evaluate my career and my work; to spend time pondering the "what would i do without it"-ness of the whole thing. I was given the opportunity to speak out (and speak long) about the effects of this kind of legislation on commerce and people... two very different things. I feel re-invigorated. I love my work and I am proud of it.

and i'm proud of all of you who took the challenge and ran with it.
who chose to stand up for the little guys... and the wooly friends the little guys make.

if you want to know more about the decision and the people behind it...

Here's what (former) Acting Chair, Ms. Nancy Nord had to say about the stay.

Commissioner Moore, issued this statement, full of logic & reason.
applause, applause.

While this is great news for now (and it IS GREAT NEWS), we can't just sit back and assume everything will be hunky dory this time NEXT year. This law still needs to be reformed... there is still language that doesn't make sense, and it still doesn't make exceptions for the businesses who need them. So, we'll get down off our soap boxes now, but don't be surprised when i come a -calling again in a few months to remind you that CPSIA is still broken.

in the meantime--- buy handmade. buy small. buy local. any and every time you can.

xo, danamarie
Please visit the CPSC Web site for more information on all of the efforts being made to successfully implement the CPSIA.