baseball days …

spring has finally arrived in Maryland! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸŒ·β˜€οΈ

This weather is perfect for baseball games! ⚾️ so is this gorgeous O’s twirl dress. ❀️ 

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safety complianceΒ 

It’s been quiet on my blog, but rest assured, behind the scenes it has been anything but! 😱


If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that I have spent all of my time these last few days learning about and becoming CPSC compliant. If you’re scratching your head now, just as I did when I first heard about it, please read on. It actually is of utter most importance to YOU: the consumer.

Here’s a quick run down of what “safety compliance” means in the USA that I was graciously provided by an amazing woman that has guided me along the way (find out more about her services on her own website: http://mistyhenrycs.bigcartel.com/about-me. And if you’re a small business manufacturer that needs guidance navigating these waters, shot her a message! Misty is beyond incredible!!!)

Back to why and HOW CPSC is important….

“Under the regulations of the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) & CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), nearly all children’s products must be tested for various elements to ensure the safety of our children. The elements of importance include: lead, flammability, and phthalates (including BPA).
The most important of these for children’s apparel (including cloth diapers) is lead and flammability. Most textiles (fabrics) in the USA are already tested for lead. Textiles are generally not tested for flammability as the requirements are not based on the textile, but the finished product. Each piece of fabric, depending on its final use, is required to have these certifications.

So what does this mean for purchasing clothing and diapers and snack bags for children?

Small business artisans are taking care to respect your family and keep each member as safe as they possibly can. This includes registering their businesses in the federal databases and purchasing materials that are compliant under the CPSC/CPSIA regulations.

How do I know who is compliant and who is not?

Just ask! The small business artisans are banding together to show you that they truly care. As such, you should be able to locate a statement on their web-stores. Such statements as “Meets CPSC Safety Requirements” will let you know that their products have been tested by themselves, or they are registered as a small batch manufacturer and have received a statement from their suppliers that the components have been tested and are safe for use in their products.

As well, you can easily spot an artisan that is likely to be compliant by their use of labeling. Under the CPSC and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), various products are required to have certain information permanently attached to the finished product before it is sent out to you, the consumer.

Each label should enable you to find the following information:

*Who the manufacturer is (usually this is a business logo

*How to contact the manufacturer (usually a website)

*Where the manufacturer creates the product (City & State)

*When the product was finished

*How to care for the product

*A unique mark or number so you are able to follow recall instructions should the occasion arise.

Now for the links:

CPSC: http://www.cpsc.gov/

CPSC: docs.google.com/file/d/0B6Yihz734SkFVjhXOXZ1MF9obnM/edit 

CPSIA: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Regulations-Laws–Standards/Statutes/

FTC: http://www.ftc.gov/

FDA: http://www.fda.gov/

Thank you for taking the time to read this. It is the hopes of small business artisans that they can encourage you to purchase items that are made ethically and with safety compliance in mind so they can continue to keep your family as safe as possible allowing you to shop with peace of mind.”

So, after spending hours upon hours logging all of my inventory, its origin and contents, and making sure it meets the CPSC requirements, as well as ordering new clothing labels and tackling a mountain of paperwork, rest assured, Nina’s Flying Needle is BACK IN BUSINESS. 


I have been so grateful for everyone’s patience and support and am so excited to give you the assurance that all of my products meet the highest standards of safety for you and your kids. ❀️

I cannot wait to share some of the exciting orders currently in my pipeline. Come back for more soon!

glimpse

Here’s a quick glimpse at my clothes line this Monday morning after our recent family road trip. πŸš™πŸ’¨ 

Our zippered, reusable foodbags always prove to be an absolute lifesaver in the car. πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™πŸ» It allows us to easily refill and pass snacks back and forth between everyone without (almost any πŸ˜‰) spills. 

I am telling you: lifesaver! 

How did I ever survive the no-eating-in-the-car rule my parents had when we were growing up? πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

easy peasy…

trying to plow through a rigid timeline with a toddler on a busy day is anything but easy peasy! 😬 

(I hear all your mamas chuckling out there πŸ˜‚). 

Thankfully though, the gorgeous easy peasy peasant dress from Tye Die Diva’s patterns kept its promise! 

I love the playful sleeves and the easy neckline. 


It’s so simple, yet it adds such an adorable detail to the dress.

Most important of all: my two year old toddler was able to pull this on entirely by herself


During a time where everything is “I DOOOOO IT!!!” this proved to be tremendous. Especially, since we were trying to rush out the door to make it to a doctors appointment.

I had to pry the dress off my toddler during quiet time to take a staged photo for you …


… since capturing it on a toddler was also anything but easy peasy. 😳 


Since first posting a picture this morning, I have already received two requests for this fun dress. So, if you love ❀️ it as much as  (my toddler! and) I do, let me know. The possibilities with this simple dress are endless (no ruffles, sooo many sleeve options, color/pattern blocking). After all, spring 🌷 will arrive before we know it, right?! πŸ˜‰

happy birthday πŸŽ‚

Given that march is my birthday month, this post seems rather fitting at the moment. πŸ˜‰

With multiple kids, I have come to realize that there are always birthday party 🎈invitations sprawled all over my kitchen counter. If they aren’t on my counters, they are stuffed into the drawers or glued to the fridge. πŸ™ˆ During the school year, the flow of party invitations never ebbs.

I often feel like a birthday Grinch, when my kids look at me with pleading eyes “can we go to this one?? PLEASE?!” More often than not, I have to be the bearer of bad news. Am I the only evil 😈 parent out there that can’t squeeze all the birthday invitations into our busy family schedule? 😱 πŸ€”

I make an effort. I especially will make an effort for our close friends and those my kids have known for a few years. πŸ’™

If we do get a chance to go to a party, we take our gift giving very seriously around here. More often than not my kids have a very specific idea of what their friends like. They spend their lunch hour at school weeks prior (make that MONTHS. I know, because I get to hear it every day πŸ˜‚!) party planning into the last detail. In the event that we don’t come up with any meaningful, I try to at least bring along a useful gift. πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‰

After several conversations with my fellow moms, I have started gifting 🎁 the reversible totes with a matching snack bag or one of our favorite books to make it something that can be used for quite some time.

Pictured here: an avenger tote paired with an avenger snack bag for an avenger themed birthday party. πŸ˜‚ I figured we can’t go wrong.


Pictured here: my daughter’s friend’s favorite color is purple. MY daughter’s favorite print at the moment is this unicorn. So, we paired it with one of our all-time favorite books: Rosie Revere Engineer. β€οΈπŸ‘ŠπŸ»

If you know someone who can’t decide who or what they love the most that day (where are my toddler mamas?), pick two of their favorite characters!  


The mom that customized this pictured tote wanted to give her toddler the chance to switch it up every day (or every hour. minute. second. you know how those toddlers are.) Mission accomplished πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Customizable to any size, age or need, these totes will be a hit with any birthday kid. Spruce it up with a book, a snack bag packed with some delicious goodies or just wrap a bow 🎁 around it. Trust me on this one. πŸ˜‰
Happy Birthday!!! πŸŽ‚

THE sally dress

One of my goals this year has been to incorporate more dresses into my repertoire.πŸ’ƒπŸ» With a toddler that refuses any and all naps, a son’s soccer schedule that takes up many evenings and the majority of our weekends, as well as piano lessons and swimming squeezed into there, and a husband that is rarely home, it’s been tough to find the *extra* time that these projects require over some of my other items. BUT…. I have a slew of new dress patterns and fun ideas and am determined to make it work. πŸ‘ŠπŸ»After all, I haven’t purchase a store-made skirt or dress for my girls in over a year now. πŸ˜‰

The first dress I couldn’t wait to introduce to you guys was the Sally dress. I stumbled upon this pattern Shannon created when I was perusing her blog over at Very Shannon . com and I instantly fell in love with it.😍

It’s simplicity had my heart skip a beat.


It’s modern. Clean lines. I love clean lines.


It’s whimsical. I haven’t seen a dress like this before. 


It’s playful. Those pockets…. they hold every childhood treasure imaginable from stuffed animals to sticks, stones, marbles, and even one or the other treat. 


It’s roomy. (My girls are NOT afraid to wrestle their brother and his friends IN dresses. 

It’s sooooo versatile. Dress it up. Dress it down. Short sleeves. Longer sleeves. Sleeveless. Combine it with a turtleneck or a long-sleeve shirt in the winter or just enjoy as is, once we get those warm sun rays back. 

Oh … and all the various fabric combinations! A dream come true.


I started out with a dress for my daughter’s father-daughter dance at school and haven’t stopped sewing it since. If you’re looking for one to spruce up your daughter’s wardrobe, send me a message. I have some amazing fabrics, I haven’t been able to cut into yet.