Warm Up With DIY Pom Pom Ear Muffs
Winter is almost half way over, right? Well we hope so, but we might as well embrace the cold weather. For this#31DaysofDIY project, we challenged ourselves to make cozy, chic and playful pom pom ear muffs. Not only was it a total success, but it gave us yet another reason to bring Turkey Temple in for his latest modeling gig ;) Can we all agree that there is nothing cuter than a dog in ear muffs!?
No idea what #31DaysofDIY is? It’s a brand new tradition here at Brit + Co that’s all about kicking off the new year right. We’ve challenged ourselves to make or learn something new every single day for the month of January, and we’re inviting all of you along for the ride. From DIY basics like Sewing 101 to learning to design and laser cut our own stencils, we hope this month of making inspires you to get creative all year long.
– wool yarn + regular yarn
– canvas fabric
– hot glue gun
1. Fold your fabric over and draw a circle on the seam. The circle should have around a 3-inch radius to be able to cover your ear. Cut out two.
2. Using the wool yarn, cover one side of the circle with a swirl. Start in the center and follow the curves until the whole canvas circle has been covered.
3. Time to make a pom pom! Wrap the wool yarn around your hand about 15-20 times. Slide it off and tie a knot in the center of the bundle. Cut the loops and fluff. Glue the pom pom on the connected circle.
4. Use the other skein of yarn to embellish your headband. We wrapped sections to create a striped effect.
5. Using glue, sandwich the headband in between the swirl and pom pom sides of the ear covering. Make sure you glue the swirled side to the inside of the headband and the pom pom side should face the outside. Done!
Fold your fabric in half and draw a circle with about a 3-inch radius. This will be the part that covers your ears, so make sure they’re big enough! When you unfold them they should look like a figure eight.
Create a swirl in the center of the circle using the wool yarn. This will be the area that touches your ear so make sure the swirl is tight yet fluffy.
Time to make a pom pom! Wrap the yarn around your hand, slip it off, and tie tightly in the center. Cut the loops to reveal the pom pom. Fluff it up for maximum poof.
Glue the pom pom onto the other loop of the figure eight. Fluff and trim to make the pom pom even. We found that the wool yarn works the best because the yarn separates well and creates a great looking poof.
Embellished bands make ear muffs that much better. Using the normal yarn, wrap the headband however you’d like. We created thick stripes by wrapping the yarn in evenly spaced tight bunches.
Sandwich the headband in between the pom pom and swirled yarn sections. Use the hot glue and really squeeze it tight.
Check it out! These ear muffs are totally legit and really warm.
Try creating different patterns with the yarn. On our second pair, we spaced out our wraps to create thinner stripes. These are perfect for you and your bestie.
Tahoe, here we come!
No words to describe the cuteness that is going on in this pic.
Cute to sassy in a matter of seconds. We love it though!
Turkey and Anj in matching ear muffs= outrageously adorable!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com