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I am a stay-at-home mom with three awesome kids. They are the inspiration for the dolls you see in my shop. My daughter especially inspires me to create new friends. There is something special about seeing a child snuggled up with a handmade doll. The love that goes into making the doll and the love given to it by a child is what keeps me going. Sounds sappy, I know!

I do offer patterns of my creations. I do allow for the purchaser to sell items made from my patterns in limited quantities.

If you sell at craft fairs, go ahead and make as many as you want but please note on your tags that it is made from a Bit of Whimsy Dolls pattern.

If you want to sell online, like on Etsy, you must give Bit of Whimsy Dolls credit for the pattern design. You may only have up to 5 total items made from any combination of my…

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  • Born on October 9
  • Joined February 4, 2007

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cotton, wool

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I am a stay-at-home mom with three awesome kids. They are the inspiration for the dolls you see in my shop. My daughter especially inspires me to create new friends. There is something special about seeing a child snuggled up with a handmade doll. The love that goes into making the doll and the love given to it by a child is what keeps me going. Sounds sappy, I know!

I do offer patterns of my creations. I do allow for the purchaser to sell items made from my patterns in limited quantities.

If you sell at craft fairs, go ahead and make as many as you want but please note on your tags that it is made from a Bit of Whimsy Dolls pattern.

If you want to sell online, like on Etsy, you must give Bit of Whimsy Dolls credit for the pattern design. You may only have up to 5 total items made from any combination of my patterns listed at any given time. For example: not 5 Mae dolls and 5 Millie Monkeys but 2 Mae dolls and 3 Millie Monkeys.

No mass producing is allowed!

Do not use my designs or your interpretation of my designs to create banners, avatars, business cards, etc.!

Make as many as you want for gift giving!

For more info on my Terms of Use, please check out this link: http://www.bitofwhimsydolls.com/content/Terms_of_Use/1002

Please help save handmade from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). This is a new law that will affect sellers and buyers of handmade children's items. I have always used safe materials in making dolls and I stand behind the safety and quality of the product I sell.

As a seller and more importantly, as a mom to three kids, I know that there is a need for testing to make sure our kids are kept safe from toxic chemicals. I do not agree with duplicate and unnecessary testing of the materials I use if they are already tested by the manufacturer and are proven safe before I purchase them to make the dolls.

Fabric is known to fall well below the lead limit as set by this new law. http://www.cpsc.gov/BUSINFO/Poole.pdf There has been a temporary one year stay on the enforcement of CPSIA that will allow me to sell my dolls without testing: http://cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/smbus/sbguide.pdf Page 7, table B. Also, http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/101lead.pdf page 4. I have researched my suppliers and have found that they produce compliant goods so I am very confident in stating that my dolls are safe for children.

I do not make dolls out of plastic or plasticized material, so I believe that my dolls do not contain phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastics and make them more flexible) which are banned as part of the CPSIA. I do sell dolls that have eyes made with hard plastic buttons (which have already been tested for lead) but if you want to give a doll to a child under the age of 12 and are concerned about phthalates, please let me know and I will give the doll embroidered eyes. I am sure that the buttons are safe since they are hard plastic and not flexible but phthalate testing results are difficult to find and I would rather err on the side of caution.

Please help the handcrafters who provide safe alternatives to mass produced plastic toys by writing to your representatives and asking them to amend the CPSIA to allow us to use manufacturer certificates as a way of showing that our products are in compliance with the law. The stay on enforcement gives some of us a little bit of breathing room but no permanent changes have been made yet.
http://www.etsy.com/storque/craftivism/cpsia-its-february-10th-so-now-what-3413/
http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/
http://blog.buyhandmade.org

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