Monthly Archives: December 2014

VAT and All That Stuff

Stacks of coins with the letters VAT isolated on white background

So I’m assuming you’ve heard the news about the new VAT rules that go into effect on Jan 1.

Oh, you haven’t heard?  Well let me do a quick recap.

The EU says all EU citizens must pay VAT on all digital downloads.  This includes quilt patterns that little ole designers like me sell through Craftsy & Etsy.

We must collect this VAT & file it quarterly with each individual country at their rate & keep those documents for 10 years.

If we don’t do that we can risk not being able to visit those countries in the future.

Plainly speaking, this sucks.

I tried to ignore it, but you know, there’s the reality that I really would like to visit London & the Black Forest & Rome & Vienna one day & I like to consider myself a law abiding person.

I *think* I may have attempted to sit down & research this to see even how to do this, but honestly folks I have an 8 month old & this is truly a small business.  It honestly doesn’t make business sense for me to file/keep records/take the risk when such a small portion of my business sells to the EU.

So this is what’s going to happen.  As of now I’m only selling my digital patterns to US folks through Craftsy.  If you are a non-EU citizen & you’d like to purchase my patterns, contact me & I can charge your credit card & send you the electronic file.  If you’re an EU citizen & you really want my patterns, contact me & so far (as of 12/31/14) I can charge your credit card & mail you a hard copy.

I hope this will work for all my non-US customers & hope that Paypal/Craftsy/EU Governments quickly come to an agreement that enables small indie sellers like myself to easily & legally sell digital downloads to EU citizens.

In the meantime, may you never run out of bobbin thread!

2014

What an amazing year this was!

  • I had a baby
  • I started selling my patterns
  • I started teaching kids how to sew through collage & improv sewing…
  • We bought a house…
  • I grew my longarming business…
  • We started moving…
  • I think somewhere in there I quilted 3 personal UFOs… (make that 4 actually.  Yeah, I’ll blog about the other 2 eventually!)

Whew!  That was a lot!

I’m very excited about 2015!

  • We’ll finish moving (yay!!!!)
  • I’ll have a new studio space (it’s be-oooo-tiful!)
  • A mobile baby (yikes!)
  • New patterns to publish (exciting!)
  • Will begin teaching private lessons (yay!  One long term goal finally achieved!)
  • Will continue teaching kids thru Art at the Center (this makes my heart happy)

I can’t thank you enough for all your support this year- new clients who trusted me with their quilts, those who purchased patterns from me and those who kept reading this blog even while I posted intermittently.  Your support means so much to me & I can’t wait for what 2015 brings!

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