Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Etsy Store Reopened

I gave a lot of thought to what I should do about my store and whether I should reopen it. I finally decided to reopen it, but placed a notice on the page asking those in the EU to contact me first before buying. I've read all the comments that have been left on my posts and I so appreciate each of them, especially those with a little insight into the problem. In doing a bit of searching, I have discovered just one other digiscrap store who is aware of the VAT and making some kind of provision. I'm wondering if other store owners are just in the dark about the whole thing, are playing dumb if they do know, ignoring it, or quietly working to set things up. I have to wonder, frankly, how one nation can force another nation to collect tax from the first nation's citizens when they purchase in another country and pay that tax to the home country. It doesn't even have a ring of legality to it, at least not to my unlearned-in-the-law ears. I would imagine this is one of those things that could wind up in the courts. But part of the problem is that merchants who sell digital products are very often small vendors and merchants like myself. I do wonder what places like Amazon, Ebay, and itunes is doing though. It may be that they actually have a presence in the EU countries. I know that Ebay does.

Somehow I doubt that there will be a huge backlash against it in places like the USA. Globalism is the order of the day. When there is such a push for all manner of globalized entities such as a world court, it seems that the voices of the majority will not be heard above the roar of the few who want to see the world come under a global government. No, I'm not a conspiracy theorist, though they abound on the internet. I really don't need to go searching for their theories. I have long believed Bible prophecy. As they lyrics of a gospel song says, God said it, and I believe it, and that's good enough for me. The Bible tells of a time when men would try to bring the whole world together under a single power. It will appear to be succeeding, but it will fail. It won't last long. When Jesus was on earth, He told us in His word, that He would return to earth to claim His children. Now I know that many don't believe that, or they think that if it ever happens, it will be far into the future. Others don't believe there is a God or if there is, that He is far removed from this earth and it's peoples.

There are many in the world who are doing all kinds of acts and works to appease their god, whatever that god may be. Only the Christian has a God who has died and risen again, who has promised to return and take His people to a better land. He is not a God to fear, but a God of love.  We don't have to do anything to make the Creator God love us. He made us, He died to save us from out sins, and He will come back.

I was raised a Christian, but there came a time when I turned my back on it. I chose to walk away. There seemed to be everything going wrong in my life and I wanted nothing more to do with the church, with God, with anything religious. It took several years for me to come to a place where I realized that I was not any happier, any more peaceful, or less stressed by turning away from God. The day I answered God's call to my heart to return to Him, was a day when I could finally lay down the mental and emotional load of pain and care I had been carrying. I finally realized He alone had the answers I needed. Did it require something from me? Yes, my surrender to His will. That's where many people stumble. Give up my life to someone else to control? No Way, is what many say. I tried to control my own life, but I did a miserable job of it. Things went out my control very quickly, and all I could do was wallow in the rapids. It wasn't fun.

After giving my life back into God's control, my life didn't become all roses and perfume. Far from it. I still have problems, I still have stress, I still have to deal with all that life throws at me. The difference is, that I don't have to carry it all alone, trying to make the right choices. I go to God in prayer. He carries the burdens. I know it sounds so trite, but I really don't know another way to say it. There is a peace that comes from talking to this Friend that I have not seen face to face. But I know He is there and he listens. I have seen and experienced many times when He has solved a problem where I could not see any way clear; there seemed to be no answer. He has provided needs when there was no earthly way that I could see to fulfill it. Others may call me what they want, but I know whom I have believed, and I know that He is able to keep everything I've committed to Him and guide me day by day.

This problem with the VAT and the EU I'm letting Him worry about. I'm trying to keep up with the information, but from Etsy, info is a scarce as hen's teeth. I found more information in the comments to a blog post on Constance Cumby's blog. One of the commenters posted several links to articles and information about the VAT. If Etsy finally puts a tool in place that allows us to choose what countries we will sell to, I will probably have to cease selling to EU customers. How awful. The only thing I can do is offer freebies that anyone from anywhere can download. I plan to do that. I'll be doing several blog trains and color challenges during January and February.

I really liked the color palette I used for the Pixel Scrapper blog train freebie this month. In fact I like it so much that I made a full size kit and January Snow Storm is now available in my store.

DSS Color Challenge

We all think about writing our stories. Diane's color challenge at the Studio this month was to make a kit or layout about writing our stories. Of course, I did a mini. So grab it and go write your story, or a least a snippet of it.

Download at Mediafire 
Download at 4shared

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Winter Time is upon us.

I do like doing most of the Pixel Scrapper blogtrains. I like the PS forum as well. The theme for January is Winter Arabesque. However, I named my mini for the BT January Snow Storm. I like the color palette so well, I made a whole kit besides them mini. My plans were to release it in my Etsy store on the first along with the mini here on my blog. But that isn't happening. You will know why if you read my previous post. Until they straighten out this VAT tax thing or I find another site to sell on, my store is on vacation. But in the meantime, grab the freebies and enjoy. Happy New Year.

Download from Mediafire.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A VAT Vacation

It's not a vacation I planned to take. Not at all. The EU has decided to collect lots more taxes, this time on digital downloads beginning January 1, 2015. I received DSS newsletter this morning with their explanation of dealing with the VAT. No matter where your store may be located, you will be forced to collect their taxes. If you want to understand more, I suggest you read Toiny's blog post.  That got me thinking about my store at Etsy so I went in search of information. It turns out that they have know about this for six months but didn't notify sellers until recently and have seemingly done nothing to help sellers make the necessary changes. I can't even set my items to sell only in certain areas or exclude EU countries, not that I want to exclude any buyers because I don't. Due to the uncertainty, and Etsy's refusal to accept what appears to be their responsibility to handle the VAT, I, along with other Etsy digital sellers, have put my store on vacation until further notice. For some of us, it may mean closing down completely, though I hope not. In the meantime DH and I will be spending a couple of days with our daughter over New Year's, so we are taking a very mini vacation. Next week, I'll look deeper into this. I may need to switch to another platform that allows digital selling but also handles the VAT. I may also be able to switch from direct downloads to emailing a PDF to the customer, which at the moment, seems to be a possible option.

My loss is your gain. I'm giving away a kit I had originally planned to place for sale in my Etsy store. It's the enlarged version of a mini I did for the DSS designer context last September. But I warn you, it is colorful! LOL. Is that an understatement?

Download from Mediafire. Part 1  Part 2
Download from 4shared.   Part 1  Part 2

Tomorrow begins a brand new year. So to each of you I wish a
Happy and Blessed New Year.

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Blog Train: From Paris to New York blog train Christmas Tales and Songs

I saw an invite on a blog to join the from Paris to New York blog train and decided to jump aboard. This is my first trip on the train, but I'm sure it's not my last. The train theme this trip is Christmas Tales and Songs. I love Christmas carols, and based my kit on the many that we sing about the birth of Christ at this time of year.

Stop by at all these stations to receive all parts of the blog train:
Don't forget to check out the previous posts for freebies and a coupon for my store.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New in the Store

I'm sad that no one took advantage of the coupon a few weeks back. How about another one? Hmmm, just might do that. Perhaps you should keep reading. I know that I'm slow about getting news out. I'm willing to admit I'm not workaholic. I'm more likely to rust out than to wear out. But I still keep plodding along. I do get kits done. It's the promoting that lags. But I do have some new kits in the store and I think you will like them. There's even a Christmas kit. I haven't spent so much time doing Christmas kits, but rather have worked on other kits. I'll have a new winter themed kit coming out the first and I know you'll like it. Now here are the new kits.

First is my Christmas kit, Heart of Christmas. What does Christmas really mean to you. I thought about all the things that Christmas usually means to many people, from a church service to the tree to being home with family to candles and snow, and the Nativity. Those are the things that are the heart of Christmas.

Next is the exciting remake of a previous kit. It has brand new colors, some new elements and papers, and a brand new set of wordarts. I really love the new color palette I used this time. Got A New Attitude anyone? You can get yours in the shop.

  Available here in my Etsy Store

A Moment In Time was originally done for a color challenge, but has now been enlarged and updated a bit. It is still a pretty kit in lovely pastels.

Available here in my Etsy Store

I love the colors in this last kit. It is a very feminine kit, because it's all about being a lady. I'm sure you'll agree you have some photos tucked away someplace that are just prefect for scrapping with She's A Lady.

  Available here in my Etsy Store

Oh, I didn't forget about a coupon. Not at all. From now until January 2, you can purchase any item in my Studio Linda Renee store for 50% off, no minimum purchase required. I admit it, I would like to get a little business, and 50% off is always a bargain. Oh, yes, you need the code: 2014CHRISTMAS50OFF

Happy Shopping!

Color Challenge

Anyone who has been to my blog over the years knows I do like color challenges, especially the ones at the Studio. Way back when it was Stone Accents Studio I got my start there in digiscrapping and designing by doing the color challenges. Boo of Booland Designs was doing them then. Diane of ABDesigns now does the challenge. I don't always do something every month, but this month I got a mini done. You can pick it up here or use the links in the gallery at the Studio.

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