I received my Certificate of Formation of Tahoma Beadworks, LLC from the Secretary of State! (click on it to see it bigger) I'm so excited!! Now no one else can use this name (although "Tahoma Beads" would be allowed). I filled out the Master Business License application and paid the fee to Bonney Lake for the license, which hasn't arrived yet. Now I have major motivation to try and open an Etsy store because lemme tell ya, the fees weren't cheap, so, at the very least, I have to make back the cost of the fees. I'm going to have to learn about taking out Washington State sales tax (are you sitting down? It's 8.7% in Pierce County; it's over 9% in King County) and doing tax returns, but fortunately I have a trustworthy CPA.
Also, do check out my dancing bear ankle tattoo here http://gratefuldeadtattoos.blogspot.com/!! A big THANK YOU to Mike for including me in his galary and for the plug for my blog!!!! :D After seeing it so close up, I realize that it needs to be reinked, el big-o time-o. When it was brand new in the 90's, it really popped. I knew I wanted a blue dancing bear back in the 80's before I even moved away from the Cape. The problem was, I couldn't decide on a good place for it. Now, I'm the kind of person who makes instant decisions about major life changes, like quitting a high-paying job to move to San Francisco, and quitting a high-paying job to move to Washington. Yet it took from 1988 to 1995 for me to finally commit to having the ink on my right ankle. And by that time, it was too late because I had it done in June, 1995, and Jerry Garcia died in August, 1995, so I never got to take my bear for a dance at a show. We had planned on attending, and had mailordered tickets for, the Shoreline shows in September when Jerry died. Oh cruel irony. It's like an O. Henry story. So I had my boss take the picture when I was at work. I really wish I'd shaved my legs/ankles prior to the photo, but oh well.