Words, words, words

I asked for words and did you ever respond! I couldn’t choose…. I just couldn’t. Too many lovely words and even better stories (seriously… go read ‘em). You are all so inspiring – and thank you for the new year wishes too!

So I RANDOM.ORG’d it. Kathleen K – with the lovely word CORUSCATE – look for an email from me!

Here’s what Kathleen wrote:

I came across a good word a while ago but can’t remember how or where.  I like it for the example Merriam-Webster gives because my husband has a 57 Ford Fairlane convertible with an awesome chrome grille.  The word is “coruscate” and the example is: “a classic car from the 1950s, replete with yards of coruscating chrome”.  The actual definition is “to give off or reflect in bright beams or flashes; to be brilliant or showy in technique or style”.  Awesome word!

Yes! An awesome word!

 

VAT is coming – and it isn’t pretty

UGH. You may or may not have heard about this: the way VAT (Value Added Tax) in Europe is being charged and handled is changing as of January 1st, 2015, and at the moment, it’s being implemented in a way that is a HUGE burden for small businesses.

Until the dust settles and good solutions arise, it means I have to switch off the ability to take digital patterns orders from countries outside of the USA as of December 31st at midnight – so if there’s anything you want for yourself as a late holiday prezzie, hop to it! Note that orders for physical products are not affected in this go around (although there are rumblings that they will be next year). The law is intended to get some good money out of the likes of Amazon, but there is no small business threshold of forgiveness, so yeah, We the Little People are taking the hit, as usual.

This affects EVERYTHING digital… from ebooks to music to patterns, etc. Basically, for all sales to the European Union, I have to collect VAT (at each country’s rate) and file quarterly tax returns and payments to EACH country. I also have to collect a bunch of data about the transaction (like the IP address it came from) that isn’t yet being made available to me by my payment providers like PayPal (they’re working on it, but it’s not in place). And then I have to store that data for 10 freaking years. And if I put my head in the sand and hope not to get caught, I could be forbidden from traveling to the countries in which I would then be considered a tax evader. Go here If you want to read deeper details.

I have already put my Etsy shop on hold, and I will be limiting the payment locales in PayPal, which affect the digital orders from Craftsy (who don’t have a solution in place yet, but I hope are working on it).

So this is how it looks for my customers right now (and I’ll let you know as soon as it changes):

EU folks – until I find a digital provider that will handle the VAT stuff for me (at a rate that makes business sense) I can’t do digital business with you. I can do a credit card and snail mail of a physical product only. UPDATE 1.06.15 – I’m looking into PAYHIP – will probably implement at the end of January. In the meantime, you can order my PDF patterns through PatternSpot.com (as they are taking care of VAT filing for us)

Canada, Australia, and New Zealand folks – as PayPal currently allows a US customer to block only “non-US” customers (not on a country by country basis) I can’t sell digital files to you either or I risk being open to the EU penalties. I can work around it with a credit card and emailing a file though, so just email me and I’ll do everything I can to get you what you need. UPDATE 01.06.15 – I was able to manipulate PayPal to allow everything but EU – you should be fine now, and if you’re not, let me know.

US folks – you’re in luck. Business as usual for you… carry on. Although you’re probably going to see prices go up all over to cover the costs of dealing with this.

I’m seriously bummed. ALL of my customers matter to me, and I’m thrilled that the internet has shrunk the borders and allowed me to make friends all over the world. I HATE that I have to shut some of you down.

Oh, and other countries like Japan are looking at implementing similar things next year. The global digital economy is about to change. I just hope in the race for more tax dollars it doesn’t kill off all the small businesses that make it so vibrant.

Sigh.

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Quilt Talk – The Blog Tour!

Here we go! Thirteen hops, starting tomorrow!

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Who’s hosting:

What happens on the hop?

You visit each stop, and the hop host/hostess will regale you with stories. Stories of making a quilt for the book, stories about me, stories about me and them, stories about choosing a color, etc. It will be good and fun stuff, and we’ll try not to have too many mushy moments (but no guarantees… the people helping out here are dear to me, so I might get a bit soppy in places). And then you comment on their story to win a BOOK. Yes, each hop is a chance to win.

What’s with the COLORS?

So glad you asked! We have special patterns for you. You’ll be able to download the PDF pattern for the COLOR word featured at each stop so that you can make all these colorful scrap buckets for yourself or for friends.

All Buckets stacked

Yes – THIRTEEN free patterns! You’ll get all the letters for the COLOR words, correctly sized so that you can start paper piecing immediately. And you’ll need these COLOR bucket instructions to turn the COLOR word into a word block (that you then plug into the Oh Scrap Bucket pattern from the book).

The hop ends with me, and the ORANGE bucket, of course. I’ll be giving away a signed book, all the COLOR patterns printed on my favorite paper-piecing paper, a package of that favorite paper-piecing paper (It’s like crack, it’s so good), a package of Timtex and some Pellon Fusible Fleece (for bucket making), and some other goodies. It will be a lovely box of stuff. And yes, my dear international peeps… I’m happy to mail across the water, so you’re eligible to win this box too!

See you on the tour!