verykerryberry Big thankyou to @jrmagers for my #littlequiltswap I love your attention to detail- tiny beads on the house clock, the wolf in the window and all the extras in the parcel too- great work! 1d

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verykerryberry #widrn mince pie and brew after busy morning with lots of kiddos at work. Tagged by @lilysquilts tagging @followbunny @charlottequilts if you around 2d

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verykerryberry VAT, digital downloads and the EU: stuff you need to know. This effects PDF pattern sellers and buyers. Sorry it's not a pretty picture but it's a bitter pill... 2d
  •   a1000needles Thank you for posting this. I've been working on building a digital shop this month...looks like I need to call my accountant today (when it isn't 5am) 2d
  •   sewsweetness This is the first I have heard. I think my Quickbooks might be able to separate out the countries via WooCommerce. But how much is VAT for $9 pattern? I dont think i want to charge any more. 2d
  •   verykerryberry @sewsweetness it varies according to the customers country, they all have different rates. See more on my blog Sara, lots of links. Looks like using a third party marketplace which can add on appropriate VAT will be the way to go but I don't think any are set up yet 2d
  •   heyporkchop This is interesting! I'll probably email the French gentlemen who sells our patterns in Europe & see if he can clarify/help us. I'm curious about this! 2d
  •   artisania Oh boy, I had the feeling it was only a matter of time before something like this happened 😕 2d
  •   sewpixie From what little I was reading on this this morning it sounds like such a mess. Is it correct that for things through a "platform" it is the platform's responsibility? Seems that Ravelry is is quickly trying to do something but are others like Craftsy or Etsy doing anything? And the. Of course all of the people who just use their own site. How are you supposed to collect and store the pieces of info to prove "country of supply"? I really hope there is some clarity before January 1 so people don't have their micro businesses destroyed. 2d
  •   verykerryberry @sewpixie for micro business I think it may be the end of adding a paypal button to your own website 2d
  •   verykerryberry @sewpixie I am guessing Etsy might be working on it- couldn't find anything for craftsy 2d

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember 'Challenge': making this bra from @clothhabit will be a challenge- I've had mixed successes with undies from good to bad but I have a good feeling about this. Supplies are a struggle though! 3d

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verykerryberry Surprise sweet goodies from @zakkaart Wynn! I hope I catch you before you leave for your holidays, Thankyou so much! So sweet and kind x 3d
  •   beckyqof Yaaaay Daiso Japan is my FAVOURITE! 3d
  •   lethargiclass Those strawberry scissors are so cute!! 3d
  •   elsabean So cute! I NEED to go to Daiso ~ it's in Seattle ~ 3 hours from here. Have to make a day of it! 3d
  •   hollyholderman fun! 3d
  •   zakkaart That's so fast to reach you!! happy that you like everything in the parcel! 3d

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verykerryberry Sewn and ready for use- only 8 days away! #karenlewistextiles 4d

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember patterns: most of my vintage selection lives in the wire basket. Elsewhere a big plastic box with ziploc patterns and another box full of rolled up PDFs. I actually feel quite retrained to some of the other collections- a rarity for me! 4d

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember Tried and Tested: #wikstentova no alterations needed apart from length, great fit, three made, more planned 5d

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verykerryberry Calendar coming on nicely #karenlewistextiles 5d

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember catch up "craziest fabric" this is from me vintage stash, 6" high kittens 5d

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verykerryberry Yay! @karenlewistextiles starting this now! Love an advent calendar 5d

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember catching up! Day 20 Notions. Liberty bias binding- brilliant for neckline, armhole and waistband inside finishing. These are from Clothkits 5d

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verykerryberry There's no denying, Heather Ross scraps always deliver an abundance of cuteness. 7d

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verykerryberry A long blog post all about money and sewing. Get a brew and a biscuit or two, it may take some time! 1w
  •   quirkygranolagirl Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your blog. As usual, I couldn't comment from my device...Grrr. When you talk about whether collaborating on your book was worth it, I wonder how that works out. You mentioned being able to do it with a friend, which is valuable, and seeing your book in print, which must feel incredible. My question is, when you think about the number of hours you and Lynne put into the writing, how do you think you did as an hourly rate? My guess is that the extrinsic hourly rate was terrible but the intrinsic value of the experience outweighed it. Of course, I'd love to hear that I'm wrong and your hourly rate was very good. It just doesn't seem to happen that way. I've turned down nearly every income generating sewing opportunity that has come my way. I have a mental image of the amount of money that my time is worth. When someone offers me an opportunity I use that image against what they are offering in terms of payment and/or fabric. I think about what else I could work on or how I would use that same time to work with Henry and I nearly always decide that my projects and my family outweigh the opportunity. I would rather get paid nothing and give my sewing time to friends or charity than get poorly paid. 1w
  •   oneshabbychickhawaii Loved your post! I agree with all of it! It's our love of sewing and creating that keeps us going for sure - not the money. And yes, saying no is sometimes so hard as you don't want to be"left out". Keeping a balance is hard - thanks for the great post 1w
  •   verykerryberry @oneshabbychickhawaii aw Thankyou Amber xxx 1w
  •   verykerryberry @quirkygranolagirl I didn't want to go into actual figures as it wasn't just me, but unsurprisingly, an hourly rate is pretty low, below the minimum wage here- I think the hardest thing was doing it combined with my usual job- which to be fair is part time. Book writing does require huge discipline too. There are hugely satisfying aspects and crap bits. I have huge admiration for people who lots of books and keep up the quality- @sfielke for e.g. But you would have to be writing non stop to make a full time income and even then not sure if it's possible- it might need supplementing. 1w
  •   sfielke Thank you @verykerryberry. Yep, writing books is hugely time consuming and requires discipline and hours and hours of work. I don't think anyone really understands the thousands of hours it takes to design and make the quilts for my books, then write the patterns, edit and re-edit, plan and execute the styling and then promote. There are very few people in the western world that would work for what my hourly rate is! However this is my full time job and it's an important part of my family's income. In order to make any kind of living from sewing you have to do a lot of different things, which is why I also teach, design fabric, have a thread collection and a pattern line, work for Craftsy and so on. The books drive the teaching and the fabric, the teaching drives the books. It's a never ending cycle that needs constant feeding. Mostly I love it but as now, when I haven't had a day off in 6 months, I'm working 16 hours days often and I'm facing a christmas period filled with hand quilting and pattern editing from now until mid January (don't be romantic about that people- hand quilting is lovely when you can pick it up and put it down whenever you like- I'm talking hand quilting for eight hours straight, cooking dinner and then doing another three or four hours before bed, seven days a week) it's not fun and it's just a long hard slog. You're right though, there are hugely satisfying bits and crap bits. As with everything's! 1w
  •   verykerryberry @sfielke Thankyou Sarah, I think the phrase that really stands out is "constant feeding", that's what you have to do to earn any sort of consistent income and make it work as a full-time job. 1w
  •   sfielke Exactly @verykerryberry - that's the part that's the most important, and the most wearing 1w
  •   zakkaart This is such a good read and insight to the sewing/crafting community. If we are working for money, we wouldn't be sewing! Sometimes I question myself doing things for free like having the handsewpatchwork series of tutorials. Every post requires me to sit down at least for two hours at night after kids sleep. My husband even questioned my sanity about doing this! But all I wish for is to spread the goodness of handsewing so more people can enjoy the pleasure of it. Money is important but the passion to do something is more important. 7d

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember day 18 Fun: when my daughter sews something for me, this little cat always makes me smile 1w

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember day 17: planning. For quilt blocks I sketch and then use quilter's graph paper before drawing out on Touchdraw. For clothes it's all in my head but I record it in a notebook as I make in case I want to repeat it in the future. There's more thought than formal planning for both 1w

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember more organisation: machine needles. Recipe tin with stretch/ballpoint and microtex 70s on left, superior needles in range of sizing on right for piecing quilting and General sewing. Mint tin for pins and needles that are broken and blunt 2w

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember day 16: organisation. This is really reorganisation- a drawer emptied and sorted. I like fabric to be protected against the light even if it does look pretty stacked on a shelf 2w
  •   lululollylegs Lovely mix :) 2w
  •   craktpot I agree... Had some runned by daylight thru a somewhat filtered window. These are pretty! 2w
  •   stitchoutsidetheditch Mine is all put away too. Also eliminates visual clutter while designing. 2w
  •   verykerryberry @stitchoutsidetheditch good point! I am working on visual clutter inspired by your life changing tidying up but im going for a softer approach with Shelia Chandra's book- I fear I can't achieve the Kondo method! 2w
  •   stitchoutsidetheditch I am dreading the dealing with the quilting and craft supplies. Mainly because of the stuff I keep because I paid good money for it. It is tough and I am probably not being as strict as I should. 2w

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verykerryberry #bpSewvember day 15 #sewing library. My busiest shelf with the most used books- quilting, dressmaking and other sewing crafts. Lots of inspiration here 2w

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