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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #180 on: June 27, 2013, 02:21:02 PM »
My son, who is a Boy Scout, plans to earn his Eagle Scout rank in the next year, which is a very big deal. I am going to make the cake for his ceremony, and I am trying to prepare for it by lots of practice and slowly buying the pans I will need.

That is a very big deal, good luck and congrats to your son.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #181 on: June 27, 2013, 02:25:22 PM »
I just purchased a new 8" square cake pan with no welds, so the corners are perfectly straight. Square cakes can be very difficult to decorate. I will be making a cake in it this weekend for DS. I'll post any pictures here.

As a tip, use 2 cake layers so that your square cake is really tall.  I make mine 4 in tall with 3 layers of cake and 2 layers of filling.  It really gives it a more commanding presence.  If the corners start driving you crazy, fondant or ganache are great for covering the cake.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #182 on: June 27, 2013, 02:29:42 PM »
DH & I went to a party and one of the hosts was very excitedly telling me about a crochet pattern for a mantis shrimp he stumbled upon online and offering to pay me if I would make him one.

I generally knit, rather than crochet, but would like to learn to actually crochet. I think this might be a fun project.

I warned him, though, it'll take a while. I've got some other projects that need doing first, and I am the World's Slowest Knitter.
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #183 on: June 27, 2013, 02:37:37 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if some of the change in cost of homemade versus store-bought was the cost of materials.  My mom quilts, and those lovely fabrics cost something like $10 yard or more.  But way back when, you used fabrics cut from clothing, curtains, etc., all the little scraps you could get from cutting around holes and stains.  So in those days the fabric was "free" in a sense.  And I know some clothing fabric was bought new, but there are also various stories of buying feed-bags and using the bag to make a dress.

I have several feed bag backed quilts from my grandmother.  My mother grew up quite poor in Appalachia and tells me that they loved getting the feed sack calico. It was quite pretty and could be made into a blouse or skirt.  End pices were put together to back quilts.  My grandmother also made hooked rag rugs. These were old fabrics that she tore into long strips and crocheted with a big fat wooden hook ( that my grandad made her ).

Her rugs were absolutely beautiful and the only cost in them was her time. She had saved up old work pants from Grandad in Blues, Greys and tans that made a stunning rug - but my favorites were the bits and pieces.


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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #184 on: June 27, 2013, 03:59:23 PM »
My DH has become the computer fix-it for our family.  Especially for the teens who seem to get viruses on their laptops every week. :p
EvilMama would say to have him gibbs-smack them and tell them to stay off porn sites.

A certain grandson of mine managed to infect his parents' desktop PC AND a laptop with such tenacious viruses that they had to be replaced.  Yep, porn. ::)

Some game sites can be pretty bad, too. 

But I learned to run the factory image recovery and format the hard drive as step one when I had a house guest download first porn, then hundreds of "free games" to the desktop computer that I used to work nights from home (used computer at work for my PT job - used home computer for evening shift, as there was no one else for about three months - they were combining two departments in three months and didn't want to spend the time & effort to train someone else for just 12 weeks).

I had to get the install disks from the IT department to set up my computer for working at home again - but that was safer than using an infected computer with really nasty stuff on it (porn, malware, or whatever she had gotten in the downloads). 

I made the mistake of trying to clean it by deleting one photo at a time...after the third or fourth really nasty photo - I grabbed the recovery disk pack and got started on restoring my computer's virgin "fresh from the factory" status - as I had already backed up the photos & most files earlier.

I should have learned to take back up images back then....it would have simplified things - but I had a 10 gb hard drive, a 256 mb flash drive, a 3.5" floppy drive, not enough floppies in the house, and no DVD burner - just a CD player.  I'm trying to remember if CDs could be burned at home way back when in 2001....

I did learn to set up a guest account with extremely limited privileges - none of which involved downloading ANYTHING.
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #185 on: June 27, 2013, 09:45:09 PM »

I have several feed bag backed quilts from my grandmother.  My mother grew up quite poor in Appalachia and tells me that they loved getting the feed sack calico. It was quite pretty and could be made into a blouse or skirt.
Oklahoma, for my dad.  He went all one school year wearing just overalls, rather than wear a flowered feedsack blouse handed down from his older sister.   :(
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #186 on: June 27, 2013, 10:57:56 PM »
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    « Reply #187 on: June 27, 2013, 11:54:47 PM »
    I knit Aran sweaters.  Mainly just for family as we have our own pattern.  However my mother's best friend - mentioned in a previous thread  http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=91621.msg2222244#msg2222244- asked me to make her one.  At the time we had a small baby and only one income, so money was very short.  I explained that I could not afford to buy the wool.  so she could either buy the wool herself  to my specifications or I would buy the wool as I could afford it and then knit it up.  She wanted me to buy the wool, so that's what I did.  It took quite a long time to purchase all the balls, but I spent the time designing a pattern for her and working it out.  She would ask how her jumper was coming along, and I would tell her how many balls left to go.  Eventually I finished which took about three months.  She took the jumper and aid she would not pay me for either the wool or the time, as I had taken so long!
    My Mother eventually said she would collect the money and paid it to me, but I found out afterwards, it was not from her friend but out of her own pocket.
    I now only knit for family.

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    Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
    « Reply #188 on: June 28, 2013, 12:59:42 AM »
    I decorate cakes for family and friends. I. DO. NOT. MAKE. WEDDING. CAKES! Too labor intensive and if it doesn't turn out, there is no redo! That said, I did once make a wedding cake for a neighbor's daughter. The story follows:

    We had the nicest neighbors and they had 9 grown children. Each one as nice as the parents. So, one day I went over to visit and found the house at sixes and sevens (in an uproar) and I asked what was going on. Well, one of the daughters was getting married at the house, in the afternoon. I asked to see the wedding cake and was told that there was not enough time or money, so no cake. I said I understood, went home and made a small wedding cake for them.

    They were blown away and couldn't say enough nice things. But, 1. They didn't ask and 2. If it failed, I just wouldn't have said anything and 3. I told them that if they told any of the other neighbors about it, I would make their lives miserable! >:D  (Because another neighbor hounded me to make a birthday cake for her friend. And wouldn't take no as an answer.)

    Until the parents died, no one ever talked about it. After the mother's death, one of the daughters told her aunt that I had made her cake.

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    Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
    « Reply #189 on: June 28, 2013, 01:18:21 PM »
    Some years ago, I was asked to donate a hand-made quilt to a charity auction. The bidding was fast and furious and the final price was about $500. A man came up and expressed to me his disappointment in not winning the bidding and asked if I would make him a duplicate quilt. Sure, I said. My fee would be $375. That fee would compensate for materials and my time at $20/hour.

    He refused, aghast and horrified that I would "dare" to charge "that much" for a craft.  I pointed out that he pays the plumber or mechanic $100 an hour, so $20 an hour is hardly presumptuous. "But, but... plumbers and mechanics are skilled technicians working. And you just make quilts."

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    « Reply #190 on: June 28, 2013, 01:43:43 PM »
    Similar, a friend of mine once donated a homemade quilt to a charity auction that ended up going for $80. She's vowed never to donate another… she spent more on material and batting than that.

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    « Reply #191 on: June 28, 2013, 01:44:47 PM »
    Some years ago, I was asked to donate a hand-made quilt to a charity auction. The bidding was fast and furious and the final price was about $500. A man came up and expressed to me his disappointment in not winning the bidding and asked if I would make him a duplicate quilt. Sure, I said. My fee would be $375. That fee would compensate for materials and my time at $20/hour.

    He refused, aghast and horrified that I would "dare" to charge "that much" for a craft.  I pointed out that he pays the plumber or mechanic $100 an hour, so $20 an hour is hardly presumptuous. "But, but... plumbers and mechanics are skilled technicians working. And you just make quilts."

    Whereas, I had a friend who had the opposite problem. She quilted for a living. She HATED with a passion Double Wedding Band quilts. She wanted people to stop asking for them, so every time she was asked, she'd raise the price. She was up to $1100, this was 20 years ago, and people still ordered them.

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    Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
    « Reply #192 on: June 28, 2013, 01:49:37 PM »
    Similar, a friend of mine once donated a homemade quilt to a charity auction that ended up going for $80. She's vowed never to donate another… she spent more on material and batting than that.

    Forgive me for getting a bit off-topic, but I love this thread and secretly want to see updates.

    Years ago a club in which we were active had an annual Event.  Each family was required to donate one pie.  Many of us did not have the time or skill required, so went to a bakery or Perkins and spent $12.00.  The club officer cut each donated pie into 8 slices which were sold for $1.00 each, (often to ourselves,) and the club had an $8.00 profit from each donated pie!  Hurray!
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    Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
    « Reply #193 on: June 28, 2013, 01:54:04 PM »
    Some years ago, I was asked to donate a hand-made quilt to a charity auction. The bidding was fast and furious and the final price was about $500. A man came up and expressed to me his disappointment in not winning the bidding and asked if I would make him a duplicate quilt. Sure, I said. My fee would be $375. That fee would compensate for materials and my time at $20/hour.

    He refused, aghast and horrified that I would "dare" to charge "that much" for a craft.  I pointed out that he pays the plumber or mechanic $100 an hour, so $20 an hour is hardly presumptuous. "But, but... plumbers and mechanics are skilled technicians working. And you just make quilts."

    Whereas, I had a friend who had the opposite problem. She quilted for a living. She HATED with a passion Double Wedding Band quilts. She wanted people to stop asking for them, so every time she was asked, she'd raise the price. She was up to $1100, this was 20 years ago, and people still ordered them.

    I know how much work those can be (curved seams...blech).  I don't blame your friend!

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    Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
    « Reply #194 on: June 28, 2013, 02:06:32 PM »
    My son, who is a Boy Scout, plans to earn his Eagle Scout rank in the next year, which is a very big deal. I am going to make the cake for his ceremony, and I am trying to prepare for it by lots of practice and slowly buying the pans I will need.

    Do you have a cake decorating shop or similar near you? Some of them will rent out pans.
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