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The voting on the A Day At The Beach jewelry design challenge from this post began, and they fixed the error people were getting when they tried to sign up to vote. This should be fun.
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Bead and Button Magazine has a monthly design challenge where people are given a theme a month or two in advance and are asked to submit their results for both editor judging and reader voting. The theme for August was 'A Day At The Beach'. I submitted my entry yesterday; voting begins on the 18th.

Here's the piece. )
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https://www.aftcra.com/crowmarkcreations

I'm still getting the hang of setting prices, but I'm working on it. And on everything else about the store and the jewelry on offer. Once I figure out where I have to go to set image descriptions for visually impaired users I'll configure those; in the meantime I hope the general item description is at least useful.

Hey, it's a start!
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These past few days I've been looking to register as a business with the state of Massachusetts so I can sell the jewelry I've made online. I'm aware that lots of people don't actually go through with this before selling things online, and I'm also aware that I'm doing this as a hobby so registering may be overkill, but I'd like to be able to offer stuff aboveboard and pay sales taxes properly and all of that. Most of the process is pretty simple, but there's an issue: I don't own my home. I rent an apartment. And today I spoke to my landlord; he doesn't like the idea of me operating a business out of the apartment. He's offered to look at the papers involved but I don't know whether he's likely to give the okay. For the moment I'm assuming the answer is no.

Can't register a business with a PO box or with a UPS Mailbox With Real Street Address(tm)!. I already checked.

Not sure how to proceed from here.
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Every web site I look at for advice on how to begin selling jewelry online as a means of getting it out of the house and into the hands of friends assumes that I am trying to operate as a business, rather than as a hobby that happens to occasionally sell things. The legal difference between these two states involves making a profit two or three years out of five, and determines how much you're allowed to deduct from your taxes. The personal difference is how serious you are and how much time, money, etc. you're planning on investing in the thing.

I'm not planning on making jewelry-selling a business to any great degree. I'm just looking to register everything necessary to keep the state of Massachusetts and the IRS from freaking out if I do manage to sell stuff online. So that's hobby status. Nevertheless, I have followed the advice of the various OF COURSE YOU ARE STARTING A BUSINESS TO SUPPORT YOURSELF, WHY WOULD YOU LOOK FOR ADVICE IF YOU DIDN'T WANT TO RUIN YOUR HOBBY ENJOYMENT BY MAKING IT SOMETHING YOU HAD TO DO ALL THE TIME EVER sites, and written a business plan.

It includes the sentence 'If the business turns a profit at the end of one year I shall buy a paper party hat, and if it turns a profit three years out of five, I shall celebrate with a wooden kazoo'.
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Finished a new jewelry piece last night. Sea glass, this time.
Read more... )
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I'm just showing off some wire work I've been practicing. Once I get to the point where I feel like it'd be worthwhile to use precious metal wire instead of the stainless steel I'm learning on, it'll be another story.

Wire wrapped cabochon image behind the cut. )
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This one took somewhat longer to do than the basic beadwork stuff but I like to think it came out well. It's available for a $15 donation to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Common Cause, or the ACLU. Send me a screenshot of your donation or a receipt, and I'll cover first class shipping within the US.

Marble cage pendant shot behind the cut. )
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This one took somewhat longer to do than the others, plus it involved a bunch of work with pliers beyond the common run, so it's available for a $15 donation to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Common Cause, or the ACLU. Send me a screenshot of your donation or a receipt, and I'll cover first class shipping.


Picture and description behind the cut. )

Round two!

Feb. 6th, 2017 12:38 pm
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As I said last time, anything in this entry is available in exchange for a $10 donation to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Common Cause, or the ACLU. Send me a screenshot of your donation or a receipt, and I'll cover first class shipping.


Pictures and descriptions behind the cut. )
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Okay, I mentioned that I was going to offer jewelry in exchange for donations- here's the first round of that. Anything in this entry is available in exchange for a $10 donation to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Common Cause, or the ACLU. Send me a screenshot of your donation or a receipt, and I'll cover first class shipping.


Pictures and descriptions behind the cut. )
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Just placed an order for some beading supplies and tools I'd been meaning to get for a while. I'm going to be putting up pictures soon of things I've made/would be willing to make again, in return for folks making donations to various constitutional law/civil liberties organizations. If any of you guys think you might be interested in a ring, pendant, bracelet, earring/pair of earrings, simple necklace, or fancy-ass necklace, let me know.

NB: fancy-ass necklaces take quite some time to make, unless they are fancy-ass necklaces I have already made.

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