Apparently, in the rush to protect children from unsafe toys filled with phthalates and lead, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in August. Great, right? The only problem is that the new regulations, which are easy for large toy manufacturers to follow and include third party testing, are also applied to handmade toys sold in the U.S. Congress simply forgot to exclude handmade toy makers in this law. This could leave many handmade toy makers (can you say etsy!) either in danger of breaking the law or out of business. There is more at handmadetoyalliance.org. Please do look at it and then let Congress know how you feel about the handmade toy industry.