Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Devil in Me!

Well, surprising I am the Devil - I have often been referred to as "a little devil" but now this has been confirmed!
From Marion's blog (artmixter)
She made reference to Janine's blog of our Tarot inspirations.

You are The Devil

Materiality. Material Force. Material temptation; sometimes obsession

The Devil is often a great card for business success; hard work and ambition.

Perhaps the most misunderstood of all the major arcana, the Devil is not really "Satan" at all, but Pan the half-goat nature god and/or Dionysius. These are gods of pleasure and abandon, of wild behavior and unbridled desires. This is a card about ambitions; it is also synonymous with temptation and addiction. On the flip side, however, the card can be a warning to someone who is too restrained, someone who never allows themselves to get passionate or messy or wild - or ambitious. This, too, is a form of enslavement. As a person, the Devil can stand for a man of money or erotic power, aggressive, controlling, or just persuasive. This is not to say a bad man, but certainly a powerful man who is hard to resist. The important thing is to remember that any chain is freely worn. In most cases, you are enslaved only because you allow it.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

A Special Thank You

hand-dyed fabric by "Artmixter"

My day started off with me chatting with a friend from India about 8am. About 8:30 am, I received a call all the way from England; it was Marion Barnett,
Since I joined Etsy about 1.5 yrs ago, I have made a lot of friends from the Bbest Team; Blogger’s, and now Plugger’s United. For those of you who have read my blogs, you known of my great passion for writing; so it was a pleasure when Marion asked a few of us to be her “guinea pigs” for the next book she is writing. Although I don’t yet know the title, the book’s main purpose is to guide us (artists, writers,) through what she calls “The Zone”. We sometimes tend to lose our focus (namely, our creative side) as we progress through our daily lives. Marion’s goal is to help us recapture the feelings, thoughts, and excitement within our own creative lives, and to stay focused on whatever project we have endeavored to take on. This may all sound quite easy, but as we have progressed with her worksheets, and Second Chapter, we are learning to put our priorities into prospective by identifying the different issues that tend to block our creativeness, which again brings us back to focus.
My goal in writing this blog was not just to inform you of Marion’s great effort is putting this book together, but to bring to light her kindness of sharing her own time to individually help each one of us. Right before Christmas, Marion offered each of us a special Christmas gift. That being, giving of herself to personally have a conference with any one of us who wish to identify and clarify what issues we may be having that is blocking our creativity. I had mentioned that one of my main stumbling blocks is related to my own self-confidence in my work, always finding excuses or obstacles when it comes to creating a certain piece of work. Marion spent over an hour not only going through what I feel is blocking my creativity, but she took the time to look at each piece in my shop. Right away she was able to identify the me in each piece of jewelry. She described my shop as “romantic” and very “feminine”. Without realizing it, she described the essence behind MagdaleneJewels, which completely describes my own personality. I also mentioned my main love is that of writing! As we were nearing the end of our conversation, my spirits were completely lifted when she suggested that I incorporate my love of writing and my romanticism within my shop. Marion’s suggestion was that instead of just listing the materials in my description for each piece in my shop, but that I find the passion within myself while creating each piece, and write something romantic which enhances the beauty of each piece of jewelry within my shop.
Thank you so much Marion, for your kindness, thoughtfulness, time (which was quite a lot), and helping find such a creative goal for me to work towards. As we ended our conversation, I wish she could have seen the smile she brought to my face at that moment. My favorite quote is from Spirits of Indian Wisdom, “the smile you send out always returns.” Marion, I hope I can return the smile back to you on your endeavor in writing your book!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Article: For the Attention of All Makers of Children's Products

Thursday, 8 January 2009
CPSIA: For the Attention of All Makers of Chilren's Products...
I was asked to pass this information on... I hope it helps? On February 12, 2009, America is attempting to pass a new law for products aimed at Children under 12 in the US (CPSIA), that's products made anywhere in the world and sold to customers who live in the US. This new law basically requires products, or the components of products for Children be tested and pass certain criteria... this includes handmade products. I'll be honest and say I haven't personally looked into this, as I don't sell products aimed at Children... however, I thought maybe some of my readers might, so here's a handy link with more information.
I hope it helps as a starting point to your research and please take the time to look into it carefully before you feel panic to see how it may effect your work. Sara x of : "Sara's Texture Crafts"---------------
Pam Baker - Guest Writer, writing for the causes of small handmade businesses writes:
Well here we go again, just last month President Bush signed into law, the “Consumer Product Safety Improvement Product Safety Act”, also referred to as “CPSIA”. This law will take effect on February 10, 2009. Once again, we are met with the many restrictions the Government is placing on all articles, such as toys, clothing, pacifiers, jewelry, etc., which would be sold to children under the age of 12. The law will also regulate the manufacture of baby bouncers, walkers, and jumpers by March 13, 2009, and for all other children’s products by June 14, 2009. Unanimously passed in both the Senate and the House, it will allow Federal and State Governments to monitor and enforce all such products to meet the restrictions it will be placing on all consumer goods, whether made in this country or imported from overseas. Yes, it may sound like a practical and safety way for the Government to protect our young children from the poisonous content of lead which is found in many products, (the largest of which are currently thought to be imported from China); but once you break down all it’s provisions, it will be the small business will be mainly effected. Etsy, for one, which only sells handmade items, has many shops which make clothing, toys, teething rings, jewelry, knitted caps and gloves, just to name a few of the shops geared for small children. Since each individual item and the contents needed to produce that one item, i.e. dyes for handmade clothing or wools; paints for toys, etc, will need to be tested at a considerable cost to each of these small shops. I have been reading the many different threads on Etsy from concerned shop owners whose whole business will be affected and may possibly have to close due to the high costs being passed on these “handcrafted” items.According to the “CPSIA’s” guidelines, the cost of testing each item could run anywhere from $300 and up. While failing to do so, the Government could enact penalties up to $100,000 per violation, with an overall cap on penalties will increase to $15 million. Lead content must be reduced to 0.06 by February 2009, and lowered even to 0.009 by August 2009. Also affected will be any product which contains Phthalates, a chemical compound used as a plastic softener used in certain products. It is reported to be a possible cause of reproductive or developmental problems because it mimics a natural hormone. Congress needs to allow an exemption for the testing of each and every individual product as long as they hold certification that the materials they use have already met their legal standards. Without this, the burden of testing products will destroy tens of thousands of small businesses, many of which are right here on Etsy. With the economy as it is now, causing so many to lose their jobs, “CPSIA” will totally bankrupt us a society, and put many of those whose shops are a showcase of “handmade” articles, an already dying breed of American culture. Don’t let “Big Brother” turn our country into a “communist culture” where everything and everyone is mandated by the rules of an overzealous Government.What can you do? Click on the link below and sign the petition:
Write your senators, congress people, everyone...share this...get the word out.