12.13.09

The Christmas Scrooge

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:52 pm by Administrator

I just cannot get into Christmas this year. In years past I have gone crazy decorating and buying gifts. This year I just do not seem have the Christmas spirit. The economy has obviously hit some harder then others and it has had an effect on my little burp cloth company. Typically I depend on money I make this time to year to buy Christmas for my family but this year the sales just are not what they have been in the past. This has forced me to shorten my Christmas giving list way down. I even sent an email to my family telling them not to buy for my family because I didn’t have money to buy for their family.

So, does this make me a Scrooge? I hate to be so crass with my family but something has to given when you only have so much money to spend on gifts. My husband and I are not going to give gifts to each other. We are going to spend the little money we have on our son.

I think we have become to use to people spending more then they have to buy us gifts, that we forget reason for the season is not to see who can buy the most expensive gifts but that we recognize that our Lord and Savior came to save us and that no matter who we are He loves us. So for those who think I should go into debt to buy gifts for my whole family, I say Bah, Humbug.

01.31.09

Happy to be in Business

Posted in CPSIA, Uncategorized at 4:45 pm by Administrator

I have been making baby products in my home for the past 4 years. Ten Tiny Toes Burp Cloth Company was created when I was pregnant with my son. In my searching for burp cloths, I was very disappointed with the quality of the burp cloths sold in big box stores and after a friend made me 3 homemade flannel burp cloths I determined that I could make more for myself. It soon turned into a hobby as I made them for friends and family that were having babies. And the rest is history.

Right after Christmas 2008 I received an email regarding a new lead law called the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). At first I did not think the law pertained to me but after some further research I realized that not only did it effect me but also thousands of other small businesses. From that point on, fighting CPSIA became a priority not only to save my business but for all of the “little guys” out there. As the February 10th deadline approached, I became even more concerned that the little business I had created to fill a nitch was going to be forced out of business.

It was a major relief to receive news yesterday that Consumer Product Safety Administration had announced that they were postponing the required testing until February 2010. I can honestly say that I am so happy to still be in business. I enjoy creating and sharing my products with others. I want to thank everyone that has supported me and others like me and I appreciate your continued support as we fight on.