Abstract Chain Metal Headdress Cyanotype Handmade Unique Artwork 8×10 matted to 11×14

This cyanotype was created from a chain metal headdress worn at medieval faires. The abstract pattern creates stars and swirls which seem to recede into the depths.

This cyanotype is 8 inches x 10 inches in size. It is matted to an overall size of 11×14. It comes with the mat, backing, and a plastic bag which encloses them all.

A cyanotype is created by mixing 8.1% potassium ferricyanide and 20% ferric ammonium citrate. The substance is sensitive to light. I then paint a surface with that concoction and lay objects on top of the paper. The shadows created by those objects leave a pattern. Each cyanotype is a one-of-a-kind hand crafted work of art. I create each cyanotype by hand myself. Every cyanotype is unique.

Please feel free to ask with any questions!

$19.99

https://www.amazon.com/handmade/Lisa-Shea-Origami

Boneset Wildflower Cyanotype Handmade Unique Artwork 8×10 matted to 11×14

This cyanotype was created from a beautiful wildflower in central Massachusetts – the boneset. The wisps of blossoms and swaying leaves create an almost abstract design of light and movement.

This cyanotype is 8 inches x 10 inches in size. It is matted to an overall size of 11×14. It comes with the mat, backing, and a plastic bag which encloses them all.

A cyanotype is created by mixing 8.1% potassium ferricyanide and 20% ferric ammonium citrate. The substance is sensitive to light. I then paint a surface with that concoction and lay objects on top of the paper. The shadows created by those objects leave a pattern. Each cyanotype is a one-of-a-kind hand crafted work of art. I create each cyanotype by hand myself. Every cyanotype is unique.

Please feel free to ask with any questions!

$19.99

https://www.amazon.com/handmade/Lisa-Shea-Origami

Sales Tax for Authors and Artists

If you’re an author or artist, it’s likely that one of your goals is to sell some of your creations. You might enter art shows with your paintings or go to book fairs with a box of your books. In either case it’d probably be a little sad if you came home with no sales at all.

So that means you should celebrate when you are eligible for paying a sales tax! It’s a tangible sign of your success!

I’m in Massachusetts, so this description is about Massachusetts sales tax. If you live in a location which has a sales tax, you’ll want to look up the details for your location.

Here in Massachusetts, sales tax for pretty much all of us artists and authors can be done online. It’s fairly quick and easy to do. If your sales tax payment is $100 or less you can do it once a year. If your sales tax payment is $101 to $1200 you pay quarterly. Here’s the details.

https://www.mass.gov/guides/sales-and-use-tax#filing-paying-sales-use-tax

The sales tax rate in Massachusetts is 6.25%. So you’d have to manually sell at least $1600 in goods in order to need to pay quarterly. If you sold $1600 in goods, you’d owe $100 in sales tax. Under that and it’s fine to file once a year.

Note that there IS NO MINIMUM AMOUNT of sales tax below which the government doesn’t want their money. The Massachusetts government wants ALL their money even if it’s just pennies. It’s best to file. With all the electronic systems in place nowadays, they can figure these things out. Keep track during the year of what you sell. Take that final number and multiply by .0625 – and then send in the tax. It’s better to be safe.

Once you file the first year, the Mass government will send you a reminder each subsequent year if you forget to file, in the form of a bill for $50 :). It’s not that you actually owe $50. It’s just that they are prodding you to actually file. Figure out what you do owe them and submit the money. If you didn’t owe any sales tax at all that year, then submit a zero-money entry. They want to know that you didn’t sell anything.

Note that legally any time you’re at an art fair or book fair or something and you are making sales you are supposed to display your sales tax ID in a visible place so customers know you’re legally allowed to sell. You can just make a photocopy of your ID form and stick it on a corner of the table or something.

If you have your sales go through Amazon or a bookstore or something like that, they will generally handle the sales tax for you. So you don’t need to count that income. But if you’re in the BVAA gallery in Uxbridge, for example, we don’t do any sales tax processing. So you’d need to pay sales tax on income earned there. If you go to a book fair and take in money, you need to pay sales tax on that.

Note this is COMPLETELY SEPARATE from income tax. So whatever you do or do not do with your income tax, you still need to pay sales tax to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Those are separate activities.

Also note, you have to pay that sales tax HOWEVER YOU WERE PAID. Whether you were paid in cash, via credit card, via check, via PayPal, the Mass DOR does not care. They count all of those as sales and you personally are required to therefore pay sales tax on those transactions.

It appears that even renting artwork is a money-exchange transaction for goods and needs to have sales tax accounted for. So if you are renting out your artwork, make sure that either your organization or you are paying the sales tax on that amount.

Ask with any questions – and congratulations on earning an income on your creative projects!

Writing Publishing Seminar – Millbury Library 2019

Attention all writers, musicians, artists, and other creatives! I’ll be holding a FREE publishing, marketing, and social networking seminar series at the Millbury MA Public Library in May. The dates are May 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2019 from 6-8pm. Did I mention it’s free?

I’ve published over 350 fiction and non-fiction works on Amazon. I’ve written history, romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, cookbooks, and more. I run two writing groups. I have years of experience helping those interested in writing along every stage from starting through getting it live in paperback and ebook form. I am skilled in how to market online in a variety of ways.

I also support several bands and am president of the Blackstone Valley Art Association. I’m fluent in helping creative souls from all backgrounds.

You can attend just one seminar or several, whatever best suits your interests and needs. All attendees receive free copies of my 16 books on these topics. I’m always available by email for free to lend support.

The first two sessions are on writing and publishing are geared toward writers. These workshops guide participants through every step of the process. From overcoming writer’s block to creating that first-page hook to laying out the book, I explain each step. I explain the differences between various types of publishing and how to move forward to the the book on the market.

The third and fourth seminars are on marketing and social networking. These evenings assist projects of all types. Even if you’re just starting out, now is the time to begin the work in these areas. You want your social networking going strong when you’re ready to launch your project. If you’ve already got a project out there, you probably know how critical that free marketing can be.

You need to sign up with the library to reserve your spot. Be sure to give them a call!

Ask with any questions, and I hope to see you at a seminar! Share the news!

https://www.millburylibrary.org

Capital One SPARK Online will NOT work with QuickBooks – Here’s Why!

I love online banking. My local bank was charging enormous fees for very little service. I was eager to jump into Capital One Spark, which is an online form of FREE banking. Part of what sold me on Capital One Spark was that it allowed downloading into QuickBooks. I’ve been using QuickBooks for many, many years.

QuickBooks integration was critical to my choice.

When one goes into Capital One Spark and looks at the download option, QuickBooks is clearly an option there.

You can download the QBO file. However, when you then try to download that QBO / QuickBooks file into Quickbooks, you get this error:

WebConnect Branding – QuickBooks is unable to verify the Financial Institution information for this download. Please try again later.

You might think this error indicates that you just have to pay QuickBooks for their support – or to call Capital One Spark to get support from them.

NEITHER OF THESE IS TRUE.

In talking with Capital One Spark, it turns out THEIR ONLINE ACCOUNT DOES NOT SUPPORT QUICKBOOKS even though the option is right there on the screen.

Yes, you heard me right. The on-screen QuickBooks option does not work.

Here’s the issue.

If you had signed up for your Capital One Spark account IN A PHYSICAL BRANCH with a physical person, it would work. But if you sign up for your Capital One Spark account ONLINE without a physical contact, IT WILL NOT WORK. That’s it. It just won’t work.

If you open up the actual QBO file with a text editor, you can see why. The QBO file is missing key data fields. There is no way this QBO file can work in QuickBooks. And Capital One Spark clearly knows this.

But why would they offer a QBO option on their screen if they know it is an invalid file?

It makes no sense at all.

We all need to call in and write in to Capital One to get them to have that file create properly. With the number of QuickBooks users out there, why would they way this is a supported feature and even give you the button to download the file if it doesn’t work?

Leave comments below so we can get this to work!

Origami Earring Special $10

Special! Only $10 a pair for origami earrings. I need to create “models” to photograph for Amazon. You’ll be helping me in setting up those pages!

Let me know which paper you’d like! This is Aitoh Yuzen Chiyogami paper which is textured with metallic gold highlights.

Large images for these paper selections can be found here:

https://www.lisashea.com/japan/origami/sales/paper/aitohyuzen/index.html

Ask with any questions! You can comment right on this post to contact me, or use any of my social network links like on Facebook or Twitter or so on.

Naomi Jackson Oxendine

As many of you know, I am writing a series of books based on Naomi Jackson Oxendine, born 1784 who then had four children in Jackson County TN. This family was all involved in the chancery records that most of the family genealogists have delved through.

Here’s my challenge.

We know that Naomi had two children, Jonathan and Polly, with “The Devil Bill Williams”. He had a ruthless reputation. I didn’t mind making him the “bad guy” in my books. However, I’m at the point where Naomi meets David Oxendine, and we know she then has two children with David. I want to therefore do something to Bill. However, I can’t find any research ANYWHERE which indicates what happened to bill after Polly was born. So I’m nervous about stuffing Bill in jail, for example, if anybody knows what actually happened to him.

Naomi Jackson Oxendine Genealogy

Does anybody know?

If we agree that nobody knows, I think I’m putting Bill in jail. Hopefully none of us descendants will mind that. Maybe it’s more likely in that time-frame that he would have been hung but I’m less keen on killing off a real life person when we’re not sure what happened to him.

I haven’t updated my Oxendine pages in a while, so I’m going to go through and refresh them all to make sure they have everything I know about the family members in the books. I’m writing in the 1800-1810 timeframe. If you have anything to add to my pages, let me know.

Here’s book 1 – it’s free – if you haven’t seen it yet –

https://www.amazon.com/Across-River-Native-American-Novella-ebook/dp/B00RBW12A2/

I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. I’m happy to take any suggestions.