Friday, June 17, 2016

‘Be Still’


Hello Friends ~ Here it is another Friday already. Time keeps zipping right along.

Thank you all for your kind and encouraging comments dealing with my Etsy shop. I’ve only had 25 sales since 2008. Part of that time I had nothing in it as I was dealing with grieving the loss of my dear husband.

For any of you who have an Etsy shop or who are thinking about it, I suggest you do read about collecting taxes, etc. Things have changed and we do have to do what is required if we want to be in this online, retail business.

Here is some info I saved from Etsy:

Reporting obligations
a. For U.S. Registered Sellers, Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) regulations require that U.S. third-party settlement organizations and payment processors, including Etsy, file Form 1099-K to report unadjusted annual gross sales information for sellers that meet both of the following thresholds in a calendar year (reporting):

1.     More than $20,000 in gross sales, and

2.     More than 200 transactions.

As a result of these regulations, Registered Sellers who approach 150 (one hundred and fifty) transactions in a calendar year, regardless of sales volume and aggregated across his or her Shops, will be required by Etsy to provide taxpayer-identification information and will be notified via email and through other communication channels available on Etsy.

Realizing that I must collect sales tax here in the state of FL, even though sales are online, this is what I found out about getting a sales tax #.

Business name, physical address, contact information, and mailing address
Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN); see instructions for item 8 if you do not have an FEIN
Bank routing number and account information if enrolling to file and pay tax electronically
Name, Social Security Number* (SSN), driver license number, address, and contact information of owner/sole proprietor, officers,
partners, managing members, and/or trustees
Dates when business activities began or will begin
Description of business activities
Employment information (date of hire, number of employees, payroll amounts, payroll agent’s PTIN, if applicable)

I read somewhere in my searching that in order to get a sales tax permit here in FL I will have to get a business license.

So, for right now, I am totally taking a break from Etsy. My whole life changed when I lost my dear husband 3 1/2 years ago, and changed even more when I lost my job of 17 years, a year ago. I have stressed about ways to supplement my s.s. income, then started stressing about selling on Etsy. Not good for my health, mentally or physically.

Different writings have been coming my way lately about ‘being still’, living in the moments I am blessed with each day, and relying on Jesus/God to take care of me in each and every situation. That is what I want to do right now.

Earlier this morning, I sat in a chair on the little stoop of the shed out back. The breezes were gentle and nice, and it’s not as hot and humid as it has been the past couple of days. While sitting there my eyes welled up with tears, & my heart was full as I looked around at the views, saw butterflies and dragonflies, heard birdsong, and the gentle notes of the wind chime beside me. I am filled with gratitude even though I miss my dear husband terribly. The ache and the missing don’t go away, ever.

Here are some photos from the past few days.

The driveway is becoming overgrown again with neighbors overhanging trees. DH used to take care of all of this with a ladder and his sawsall. Grass needed mowing.

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Grass mown and some limbs trimmed at the back so I can turn around with the van.

I trimmed the tree limbs Tues. morning, mowed Wed. morning.


After weedwacking.



Taken this morning as I was ‘being still’.




‘Palo Verde’ tree. Very lacy and airy with sweet yellow flowers, and wicked thorns on the trunk.


I was ready to come inside after that little time of ‘being still’ and saw a harmless black snake. After seeing this one, I saw another one slithering across the driveway. Even though they are harmless, I still jump and make a little noise when I see them.



Front entry patio shaded in the morning. Driveway on other side of gate. 5 lane road to the right, into property on the left.


Today I decided to  ‘be still’ and stay indoors and rest, with my right foot up and ice on it to bring swelling down on my right inside ankle area.

Well, it’s time to make some lunch.

Have a great weekend and count your blessings and take the time to

‘be still’.


Be Still by Steven Curtis Chapman

Monday, June 13, 2016

My Etsy shop


Hi Folks ~ I have deactivated items in my Etsy shop, while I do more research on permits, taxes etc. As of yet, I do not have a business license because I wanted to see if this little adventure would fly or not.  As I’ve been reading, you need a license, etc. to sell anything on Etsy, so, I’m taking a break.  It doesn’t mean I won’t still be creating, just that I won’t be selling on Etsy until further notice.

Thank you to those who have bought.

I ask that you keep me in your prayers as to dealing with finances. I std. my little shop to help supplement our income when the economy tanked.  Now that I’m a widow and lost my job last year, (which I’d had for 17 years, and lost because the business was sold), what I have made, or would make on Etsy was to supplement my small ss. check. If this little shop is  meant to be, it will be, if not, then God will provide some other way to take care of me.

I don’t want to be stressed over this issue, so that’s why I’m deactivating items. Maybe it’s an easy thing, getting licenses, etc., but I wouldn’t bet on it. DH and I were in retail for years and it can be a pain in the you-know-what.  If anyone has any help or info, as to selling from your home on Etsy, please let me know.  I am timid and don’t have my ‘front man’ to ask questions, etc. of beaureaucrats.

For now I’ll do research, putter in my gardens and try to ‘relax’.

Thanks again for all of your support.