Hope Chests?

All this CPSIA got me thinking about some of my older designs that would lend themselves to truly being adult storage solutions. That, and the fact that for every three toy chest orders, someone orders one of my toy chests for their non-kid home. In fact, a lovely woman from NY is requesting a modified Owyn as a hope chest for herself to keep all the wonderful knitted hats, blankets, etc that she creates for her future grandchildren.

I know I have a need for a hope chest...or even just a chest in our living room so we can store blankets and hide really loud, obnoxious kid toys from the children. Pity I can't find a decent carpenter to make one for me. Anyhow, I was wondering if some of you feel the same way about having an additional storage piece in your living room?

Look for some new designs soon that project that "modern organic" look and nicely hide whatever you want to hide from whomever you want to hide it. Think Gracie Toy Box meets Owyn Toy Box. That was so LA of me to say it that way, wasn't it?


CPSIA Nightmare

I've been wracking my brain as to how I can help (aside from signing petitions, etc) Save Handmade so today, I took my cause to Oprah. Anyone ever written in about a topic or suggestion to be on Oprah? Well, I did!

It seems so unfair that so many of us, who work our tails off building and making non-toxic, eco-friendly goods for kids are about to lose our businesses or face fines of $100K+ for violating the CPSIA ruling because we can't afford the outrageous testing fee. All the while, all along, from day one, we've been using the best, eco-friendly, non-toxic materials. Ironic, eh? I looked into testing for some of my goods and it will cost roughly $2000-$5000 per piece. There's just no way.

So if this law doesn't get amended, look for Mod Mom to be selling storage pieces...for parents and folks older than 12. Wonder what I could make for teens these days? Little wooden boxes for storing things they don't want their parents to see. There's an idea.

All of this just makes me sick to my stomach. Keep your fingers crossed that Oprah's staff takes pity on a woodworker from LA. On second thought, I'll write back and see if she has a show on stuff made for teenagers...so I can start marketing my "my mom would die if she saw what's in this", slow-closing, lockable, mini-wooden chests for teens. Just kidding....

Check out this link....it's brilliant!!