Be involved in your own democracy

Head over to President-Elect Obama’s Change.org site and vote up the “Save Small Business From the CPSIA” Idea for Change. The top 10 ideas get presented to Obama, and currently this one is number 6. Add your vote to make sure this issue stays at the top of the list so it can get the attention it deserves. You’ll need to register if you haven’t already, but it is very quick and easy. (And after you vote, check out the other proposals and vote for the ones closest to your heart.)

Thank you to The Handmade Toy Alliance for getting the proposal up there and providing excellent support to those wishing to change the CPSIA to accommodate small business owners. Here’s their concise summary of the effect of this law:

The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of children’s goods that have earned and kept the public’s trust: Toys, clothes, and accessories made in the US, Canada, and Europe. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade children’s products will no longer be legal in the US. If this law had been applied to the food industry, every farmers market in the country would be forced to close while Kraft and Dole prospered.

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  • Fabric Balloon Ball For Big & Little Kids
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  • What I want to smell like
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes

Spreading the handmade word

vivalamoda coverA fabulous new online magazine has just published its first issue on Handmade Fashion, and you really must check it out. VivaLaModa is a stylish, well-designed look at indie designers and trends, and it is a great and lovely read.

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See what I mean? Contributors for this first issue are Aster, Kay Tse, Lori Ward, Randi Eccleston, Lora Dégraff, Karina Gallo, Diana Rajchel, Estefanía Nava, and the Editor is Ainhoa. Go stop by and tell them I said hello. I can’t wait for issue 2.

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  • Handknit Hugs
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Fabric Balloon Ball For Big & Little Kids
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • What I want to smell like
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes

Love, Nature, Earth

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three-wished-detailBlue Poppy Jewelry is created by pairing the beauty of fine metals with raw, organic elements from the earth. Each piece is created with a heartfelt compassion for life, love and nature. All elements of our jewelry are made within the United States with environmentally friendly choices made wherever possible.

The goal behind many of our pieces is to create stylish jewelry with a very subtle significance — jewelry that has a strong personal connection with the wearer without being obvious.

We, as mothers, sisters, wives, and friends, strive to create a line of fine jewelry for women…to honor those in our lives who mean the world. Enjoy!

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  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Fabric Balloon Ball For Big & Little Kids
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • What I want to smell like
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes

Urban Culture

About Urban Culture
A visual diary on behavioral patterns of cities and urban areas, past and present. I’m a 41 year old artist, graphic designer and photographer based in Lowell, Massachusetts. What I sell reflects my own personal vision and esthetic, which can range from the trashy to the sublime.

Prints $20.

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  • Handknit Hugs
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Fabric Balloon Ball For Big & Little Kids
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • What I want to smell like
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes

Excuse me while I whip this out

BadgeI’ve had an amazing time writing this blog over the past 7 months, and I thank each and every one of you who takes the time to read. I love comments too, but clicking through to check out the featured artists is all I really ask of you.

The goal of this site is to shed light on the amazing work being done by independent artists, crafters and artisans all over the world, and to encourage folks to think twice about big box stores and name brands before shopping. I have lots of plans for 2009, but first I want to thank you all for a fabulous 2008 :)

As a Christmas present to myself, I contacted the very talented (and whip-smart hilarious) Laurie Smithwick of LEAP Design, and Try Handmade now sports lovely badges for your enjoyment and distribution. Here is the code for one, but there are several badges to choose from.

And for those of you who aren’t in(s)ane like me, this 8 second video shows where I got the title of this post. One of the very funniest movies ever :)

(Oh yeah, I know I said I was done posting for 2008 yesterday, but I couldn’t help myself!)

  • Passive Aggressive Lunch Notes
  • Handknit Hugs
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Fabric Balloon Ball For Big & Little Kids
  • Spring Organization: Workspaces
  • What I want to smell like
  • Aisles and aisles of tiny boxes