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Friday, August 28, 2009

Your pics will be not be yours on EBAY starting August 31st 2009...Unless you do this..



You have until AUGUST 31 to opt out. Basically in a nut shell ebay will be considering all photos that are found in your auction whether it be your boutique photography photos, photos of your kid's, or the wii pictures you just took snap shots of to list to go into a picture library for all ebayers to use, kind of a stock photo mentality. Not everyone's will make the grade eBay says. Only the ones that they think are good. If you take a picture of an ipod touch and they consider it to be a good image they will put it in a library to be used by other eBayer. You will get a small name credit that eBay says may take up to 30 days or more for you to get credit. eBay does not say that it is limited to stock kinds of items. So if eBay thinks you take GREAT boutique pictures they can add it to the stock eBay images and then your competitor "sammyideastealer" can not only copy your boutique idea she can now use YOUR photos to sell her knock offs of your stuff.

Here is how you OPT OUT
If you do not want eBay to make the photos you upload to all of your future auctions available to other users in a sort of catalog process, you need to go change your settings *NOW*, before August 31st! If you opt out after that date, any photos you upload between the 31st and when you opt out will still be eligible for inclusion in their "catalog."

In order to opt out of this so-not-okay process, do the following. Hopefully your eBay pages look like mine. (I followed this easily)

1) Go to your eBay summary page ("My eBay").

2) On the left-hand side, there are three tabs that say "Activity," "Messages," and "Account." Hover over the "Account" tab. (I did not need to hover, hovering did nothing for me, if yours doesn't either, just go to the third step.)

3) A drop-down list will appear. Move your mouse down to "Site Preferences" and click. (Mine was simply listed under the Account section, again I did not need to hover, hovering did nothing for me)

4) You will be taken to a page with a list of site options for selling, shipping, and listing. About the sixth from the top is "Share your Photos." Click on the word "Show" on the right hand side next to this option.

5) The box will expand, and if you are opted in, "Yes" will appear. If you are opted out, "no" will appear. A small "Edit" link will appear below the "Show" link. If you want to change the settings, click "Edit."

6) You will be taken to a new page with the following text: If you'd like to opt-out of this program, please do so by checking this box and clicking the "submit" button below. (If you opt-out before August 31, 2009, none of your photos will be considered for inclusion in this program unless you opt back in at a later time. If you opt-out after August 31, 2009, any photos we select for inclusion in this program prior to your opt-out may continue to be used in the catalog)

7) If you want to opt out of the program, check the checkbox on the left-hand side next to the text, then go down and click the "Submit" button.

8 ) You will go back to the settings screen you were just on, and there will be a green checkmark and a confirmation message. Go down to the "Share your Photos" option again and click "Show." Your setting should now appear as "No."
Here is a link so you can read more

(some of this was copied from another board.) Please fell free to spread the word by copying all or some off this post if you like.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CPSIA, Textile & Yarn info on Childrens Clothing...

I copy this from a fellow Etsy Seller and going to share with you....

This article on the CPSC ruling regarding lead in textiles and yarns is important news for all creative businesses who produce for the children's market. The following information is is a complete quote, to avoid any mis-information or errors:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to exempt textiles from the lead testing and certification requirements for children's products covered by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The exemption becomes effective within the next few days.

However, the CPSIA says that while fabric and yarn does not now need to be tested, the snaps, buttons, zippers found in a garment are not part of this rule - which means the final article of clothing still needs to be tested.

The CPSIA legislation aims to improve the safety of children's products - and in particular protect children from poisoning - by limiting the amount of lead and phthalates (chemicals commonly found in plastics) found in a range of items, including apparel and footwear, on sale in the US.

Last week the maximum allowable total lead content of items for children aged 12 and under fell by half to 300 parts per million (ppm). The allowable lead content falls again on August 14 2011, to 100 ppm.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Paypal adds new fees with no notice

Last month Paypal quietly began charging new fees to its customers who have personal accounts without actually notifying them of the change. The new fees apply to payments marked as “Goods” or “Services.” Such payments were previously free but will now be charged a fee of about 2.9% plus 30 cents. When confronted, Paypal claimed the new fees had been announced in email, news articles, and Paypal’s own blog. However that turned out to be untrue. The only thing mentioned in those announcements was Paypal’s decision to allow its customers with premium accounts to make personal transfers for free.

“We didn’t want to make a huge formal communication out of this pricing change, because we weren’t really adding any fees, and we were hoping it would be a more useful experience for people,” Charlotte Hill, PayPal’s PR manager said.

That is beyond inexcusable. When Paypal, or any company, makes a decision that is going to cost its customers money, the first thing they need to do is communicate this to those customers. I’m not sure how Paypal thinks taking more money from its customers equates to a more useful experience either. I get payments via Paypal from my clients every month and Paypal always takes a chunk for themselves. I think they need to be charging people who send money via Paypal, not those who receive it. Paypal gets a good $50 or so a month in fees from me each month, fees that come from money I’ve earned.

Do you think its fair or not? comment with your thoughts!

Boutique Custom Owl Set 3/4


Custom made Crochet Good Witch Ponytail Holders

You get two and their are ready for shipping
Anyone is sure to get a bunch of compliments with these cute Ponytail Holders. Great for Halloween or for young adults the go clubbing....cute to use for props for picture taking.

Halloween hair bows polymer clay Pumpkin

This auction is for the pair of hair bows.
These bows are made out of the finest grosgrain ribbon. All ends are heat sealed to prevent fraying. Colors are Purple,Green,White, Dark Purple. I added in the middle are these sweet little pumpkins made out of polymer clay. Size is 4.5in across and 2.5 high.

Custom Halloween Spider Boutique Set

How cute is little miss spider herself? Included in this auction:

~ Shirred Back Corset-Style Top
~ Wide-Leg Tiered Pantaloons

Saturday, August 1, 2009

CPSC Chairwoman’s Pledge for ‘Common Sense’ Approach to Be Tested

At her Senate confirmation hearing last month, new Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum pledged a “common sense” approach to implementing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which has caused so much confusion for consumers and so many problems for businesses. The new law, passed by Congress to improve children’s product safety, has resulted in serious unintended consequences for a number of industries due to its overly broad definition of children’s products, unrealistic implementation timelines, and retroactive bans on the sale of existing inventory.

The first commission vote on a CPSIA-related issue under the new chairwoman took place this week. Unfortunately, it demonstrated just how difficult it can be to apply “common sense” to the implementation of this law, underscoring the need for Congress to address CPSIA’s problems before more unnecessary damage is done to thousands of small businesses throughout the country. In the 2-1 vote, Chairwoman Tenenbaum and the commission denied a petition for excluding crystal and glass beads in children’s jewelry, apparel and other products from the lead law, despite the fact that both CPSC staff and commissioners acknowledge there is no real risk of harmful lead exposure from these products.

Why does product safety law seem to be at odds with common sense? Ever since the new law debuted nearly a year ago, Congress has sought to avoid revisiting the flawed legislation, instead focusing blame on CPSC leadership for its countless implementation problems. Just in April, 28 Senators signed a letter to CPSC Acting Chairwoman Nancy Nord stating, “It is our view that the CPSC is empowered by CPSIA to exercise its authority and enforcement discretion in a manner that ensures enforcement of the act in a comprehensive manner while providing appropriate and common-sense relief to businesses and institutions.” Yet in denying the petition, Chairwoman Tenenbaum focused on the same problem that has hamstrung Republican and Democratic commissioners since the law’s inception: It denies the CPSC the flexibility to consider risk when determining whether or not a product is safe. Tenenbaum’s statement following the vote on crystal and glass beads tells the story: “a decision to grant the exclusion ... will reintroduce risk analysis back into consideration. ... Such an interpretation of the exclusion section of the CPSIA appears to be in direct conflict with the statutory language, which does not allow for the consideration of risk.”

While denied the right to apply risk analysis to the issues, Chairwoman Tenenbaum did state that the CPSC won’t enforce this rule outside of the market for children 6 years of age and under. Unfortunately, her statement does not provide meaningful relief, as the commission’s decision means the crystal and beads violate the law for all children 12 years of age and under, and thus to knowingly import or sell these items is to risk violating the law, something that manufacturers and retailers simply will not risk.

Soon the commission will face another lead-law decision, this time involving a petition to exclude raw, natural or man-made material that is made into finished articles of clothing from the lead laws. This decision should be even more straightforward, as the apparel industry has shown through extensive testing data, expert testimony and overwhelming evidence presented to the CPSC that textiles are inherently lead-free. Yet even though those plain T-shirts and socks in your kids’ drawers don’t have lead in them, the current law compels companies like mine to prove again and again that that is the case. If common sense is followed, we are optimistic that when Chairwoman Tenenbaum and her colleagues consider our request (hopefully soon), the overwhelming evidence we presented to the CPSC seven months ago demonstrating that these materials are inherently lead-free will result in textiles being exempted from this law.

Unfortunately, as Chairwoman Tenenbaum is discovering, Congress created a law that explicitly blocks the government’s own product safety watchdog from practicing common sense risk management in policing product safety.

Businesses need to know what rules and regulations they must follow, especially in an industry like ours that requires long lead times from design of a product to the moment it reaches store shelves. Yet until we have a clearly articulated exemption, companies — particularly small businesses and home crafters who lack the resources to change product plans on a dime — must continue to grapple with the lack of predictability they need to run a business.

What is lost in the debate is that our industries share in the goal of improving product safety and support strong, enforceable safety standards — our entire industry depends on consumers having faith in our products. But arbitrarily denying consumers access to safe products is not the same thing as improving product safety. It’s time for Congress to hold hearings and fix the problems with this flawed law.

Steve Levy is director of operations at Star Ride Kids, a manufacturer of children’s clothing, and president of the Coalition for Safe & Affordable Childrenswear, Inc.


The word that sums up children’s fashion this fall is ease. More than ever before, clothing is about effortless pairing—forget trying to match color-to-color, or even mood-to-mood. There’s nothing wrong with a laid-back tee over a dressy skirt for instance. Ease is interpreted in the softness of this season’s fabrications, and their deliberately unstructured details. Don’t be surprised if you think your son’s tee or sweater is on inside out: exposed seams and raw edges reflect an insouciant charm. Speaking of boys, plenty of hip collections allow for truly stylish dressing. It’s about time!

HIPPY TAKES A BATH—Last spring’s heavily embellished, multi-tiered dressing cleans up. For fall, tiered styles are simplified and embroidery goes from all over to floral bouquets with a hand-stitched feeling.

FABRIC SOFTENER—A tee is the “must have” item to mix with anything. Jersey and super soft cottons, exposed seams and a slightly looser, longer fit update the look.

SKIRT THE ISSUE—Circle skirts in solids, embroidered with a folkloric motifs or fashioned from assorted prints, are a feminine alternative to the ever-popular jeans.

PREMIUM JEANS—Denim pants with a soft hand are an important part of a girl’s wardrobe, especially if their style is a mini-me version of mom’s.

WHAT A TEE—Print it with an animal motif, tie-dye it, splash it with a single dramatic graphic or embellish the top with a rock ‘n roll icon, the Tee is red hot this season.

OVER IT—The way to dress a boy for fall: Layer a short sleeved Tee over a long sleeved tee or a printed, button-down shirt. Throw a hooded jacket over the set and pair it with greaser style jeans. And remember, don’t match!

A LEG UP—You thought girls’ jeans were trendy? Wait until you see their brothers’ pants. Dark-washed in blue or black in boot-cut or straight shapes, boys need a few new pairs to start the year off right.

GRASS IS GREENER-Rich grass greens brighten girls’ and boys’ sweaters, Tees and tights. Pair the happy hue with charcoal or cocoa for a European feeling.

BLUE LAGOON-Cool tones of teal, aqua and sky team up with deep rose for a rich jeweled effect, or add a spark to dark khaki and cocoa.

PURPLE PASSION-What could be more delicious than solids in lilac, orchid-toned pink or plums? A mix of the purple casts head-to-toe.

HOT COCOA-Spring’s bittersweet cocoa is lightened with a spoonful of cream. For a change, try charcoal or mustard.

ORANGE YOU GLAD-A shot of orange lends zest to dark neutrals.

MIX IT UP-Seeing stripes—Up and down, back and forth, stripes are big (or small) especially on tees, polo shirts, and even legwear. What to pair with stripes? Anything.

RUSSIAN DRESSING—The heavily patterned nesting dolls called “Matriochka” are the influence for rich colors, folkloric patterns and hand-stitched embroidery.

SIMPLICITY REIGNS—A single, graphic motif printed on a richly colored Jersey, Tee or dress is a serene alternative to heavy pattern.


Patches -Visible stitching -Embroidered ribbon -Tiny pompoms -fur trim -Ruffles

Boutique BTS Rock Star Hair bows

It's back to school time and what better way to go back then to be wearing this fabulous handpainted set of items by Jadeandrosesboutique!

This is for the hair bows that was made to match this amazing set. Made up of red, black and white with cute leopard printed polymer clay stars in the centers.

****This is for 2 bows.****

Boys Custom Boutique Star Wars Obi Wan Lego

The perfect outfit for any little Star Wars Lego fan.

It includes the brown & tan hooded applique Obi Wan Lego top

and the super cool Applique Star Wars Jeans.

Boutique Russian Nesting Doll Custom

Super fun 3 piece set!!

Hoodie made with so many soft Imported Knits of reds and pinks has an embroidered nesting doll appliqued onto the front with a circle of beads sewn in under the applique.

Re-created for you in your choice of size from 2 to 12 years.

custom boutique NEW YORK GIRL

♥♥The Vida Dress!!! ♥♥

Custom sized from 24m to tween!!!
Perfect for Back to School including Pre-school

My first Daughter to get Married...

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If you are having issues with items being pulled by Ebay...This will be very helpful to you as a Seller....Click on the Cat logo!! Tabberone words to me were: Education is power!!!!