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A few days ago Etsy announced a change to its pricing structure. It will now charge 5% commission instead of 3.5% on items sold, and unlike before, that 5% will also be applied to shipping costs. Applying the commission fees to shipping has a lot of sellers crying foul. In order to make this easier to swallow, they also announced the release Read more…

Traditions. Lots of people have them. My husband and I have been married just two years now, (I am 54 and he is 62.) and we are enjoying making our own traditions. One that has emerged is Woodflock, the Memorial Day weekend camp out in Red Bluff, CA hosted by singer-songwriter, Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours. Woodflock is a weekend Read more…

Abracadabra

While working to improve upon my jewelry design skills, I am finding myself discontent with items I made as a novice. Some pieces are slated for complete disassembly. Others, like the Steampunk earrings that are the subject of this post, are being transformed using my newfound skills. Abracadabra! If only it were that easy. Before Transformation These Steampunk key earrings started life Read more…

Victory

Victory! In my post Waiting, I discussed the long journey to becoming an Enrolled Agent. It requires passing three tests. I took – and passed – my last test on Friday, May 11th. Whew! It’s essentially been a three year process: nearly 2 years for the Masters in Accounting, and a year to study for and take the three tests. I understood Read more…

Waiting. I am often amazed at how much energy waiting requires. Have you noticed that? It can be like a full-time job. And yet, no matter how much waiting you do, you have nothing to show for it. Still, it is exhausting. I find myself in full wait mode. In the summer of 2014, I began a Master’s degree in accounting in Read more…

Taz Niederauer

My husband was in a motorcycle accident March 14th. It has him off work until at least May 1st when the cast comes off. He doesn’t get many weekends off, so we have been taking advantage! When life gives you lemons… The Smith Center On Friday, April 6th, it was Jake Shimabukuro at the Smith Center in Las Vegas This man plays Read more…

Before / After

It has been a long time since I endeavored to learn a new creative process. Or even had a moment to indulge my creative side. A Masters in Accounting, starting the new business – Brass Tax Services – and a beautiful relationship that still feels fresh after almost two years of marriage, left no space or interest in my brain for such Read more…

Contentment / Happiness

It’s been a challenging couple of weeks for my husband and me. My husband was in a motorcycle accident 10 days ago resulting in a banged up left shoulder and hip, and a broken thumb. I got sick the same day. All of this occurred in the midst of my studying for two upcoming tests, and Dan going through the process of Read more…

Beaded Suncatchers

Again, I’ve been away from this blog far too long. It’s tax season and that’s my day job. But it hasn’t been all work all the time. Even when I’m too tired to do much else, my brain doesn’t feel drained at all when I turn my attention to my beaded projects. The newest endeavors are beaded sun catchers. Beaded Sun Catchers Read more…

I have been away from this blog far longer than I intended. Real life and all of that. Last week was very busy – busy with things that I wanted to do. But even positive activities and events can pile up and be too much. While being over-extended doesn’t occur often, I am asking myself if I could have done anything different Read more…

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