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magicdomino

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #720 on: March 07, 2014, 02:53:07 PM »
Another thing to take into consideration is how much time and material was used up while learning the craft.  Sure, I probably could knit a scarf similar to the one selling for $50.  I'd also use about $100 worth of cheaper yarn, plus hours and hours of time, making funny-looking scarfs until I was expert enought to tackle the nice one.  That's fine if I really like knitting and want to make other stuff too.  But if I just want a pretty scarf, I'd rather pay for it.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #721 on: March 07, 2014, 03:22:27 PM »
http://31.media.tumblr.com/72eb9807c57151bfaf5e231af5c7c522/tumblr_n0u4yluKz91rg640yo1_500.jpg

What one smart artist did on Not Always Right, with a calculating customer...
I saw that yesterday and DIED! Of course, I then promptly posted it on my Facebook page to much applause by other crafters.

I love the people who will try to get out of my the instructions for how I made something; what stamps did you use? What ink color is that? I amaze myself with just how vague I can be.  >:D

Thankfully, everyone but my mother will happily hand over $ for my cards and tags. Dear ol' mom just doesn't buy them as "she can get them cheaper at the dollar store".
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #722 on: March 07, 2014, 04:11:14 PM »
And then there is my husband's late grandmother, who made AMAZING quilts.  She had made a couple for us, and our best friend saw them.  He asked us to ask her to make one for him, in California King.   She agreed, so he sent me a check for materials and said that was the starter, and he would send more as necessary.  The check was for $75 - and I want to make it clear that this was about 35 years ago, plus at the time I worked for a company that made velveteen and I could get decent quality remnants for $0.25 per pound.   I was acquainted with the manager of our company retail store and she picked out some good stuff.  Then I found a store with a remainder of a bolt that they sold me cheap.  So, materials done, off to Grandma with money left over.

She refused to take it.   Instead, she made the quilt, incorporating some of her own stash to brighten it up (she thought my choices were too dark, plus she shopped at the factory store too) and then made a twin size quilt for our daughter with the leftover materials.   I can't imagine the effort she put into that quilt, just MOVING it.  She was less that 5 feet tall and accordingly tiny, and velveteen is heavy - but she managed somehow.  She absolutely refused to take any money, although our friend offered to pay what it was worth.   All we could do was get her a
REALLY nice Christmas present that year. 

She made quilts for a local shop, and I don't think she ever charged more than $50 bucks for one of them.  She was also one of the Mennonite ladies who helped with the quilts that go for such high prices at the Relief Sales.  I don't know if she ever really knew what her handiwork was worth   
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #723 on: March 07, 2014, 04:40:26 PM »
http://31.media.tumblr.com/72eb9807c57151bfaf5e231af5c7c522/tumblr_n0u4yluKz91rg640yo1_500.jpg

What one smart artist did on Not Always Right, with a calculating customer...

 ;D Amazing. If only I had the nerve to do that about my cross stitching.... >:D


Doubly brilliant, thank you! :)

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #724 on: March 07, 2014, 06:25:55 PM »
Another thing to take into consideration is how much time and material was used up while learning the craft.  Sure, I probably could knit a scarf similar to the one selling for $50.  I'd also use about $100 worth of cheaper yarn, plus hours and hours of time, making funny-looking scarfs until I was expert enought to tackle the nice one.  That's fine if I really like knitting and want to make other stuff too.  But if I just want a pretty scarf, I'd rather pay for it.

Thank you for that addition: I do consider the value of expertise and developing good craftsmanship as well. It is the thing I appreciate most about handmade items of any type. I am often in awe of beautiful woodworking in particular because of the work involved to hone that skill. After having spent my own time developing chocolate-making skills (admittedly, the 'rejects' were still pretty enjoyable as long as I didn't burn them*), and spending more money than I expected to take bookbinding and letterpress classes, I know the sometimes-horrifying upfront cost before you can even make one thing!   :D

* funny discovery: burnt cacao beans smell a lot like bacon. And they're not bad on a salad.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #725 on: March 07, 2014, 09:05:52 PM »
Because of all I have invested, in time and materials in learning how to make the things I do (jewelry, baking, candy, bacon), I don't think there is a price that is reasonable that would pay for it all. So I charge materials plus a labor estimation for consignment pieces and pre-made items.

But for gifts? Generally I notice what the person likes to wear and what colors they like, then make a piece that suits them. If they don't appreciate it, I don't make them anything again. My mom and my sisters stopped appreciating what I made them, and started making my gifts a burden more than a joy to give, so I buy them items instead.
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #726 on: March 17, 2014, 12:59:56 PM »
I have a quilt that I'm not sure what to do with. It's not in great shape.  It's a maple leaf pattern, small full or large twin size and some of the fabrics in the leaf patches have disintegrated between the seams. The ones that remain are all fabric colors and/or patterns from somewhere between the 40s and 60s and are so cute.

I bought it for $2 at a garage sale because I felt sorry for it.

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« Reply #727 on: March 17, 2014, 01:07:12 PM »
I have recently ordered a couple of times from Fabric Mart in Sinking Spring, PA (outside Reading) and have been pleased with them.  I ordered on-line, but their website says they have a retail store.  I live in PA, so sometime in the not too distant future I think I might take a ride down there.  The only problem is that I might not live long enough to sew what I have now!

Hey, this is just down the road from me!  If it is what I am thinking of, it is a small business storefront.  I always wondered how they stayed in business. Now, I know. The internet!

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #728 on: March 17, 2014, 01:10:57 PM »
Use it UNDER another quilt for extra warmth. 

If you want to use it in a some what too small shadow box, put it in & "rumple" it to fit so that the good parts show and the bad parts don't show - much as if it was tossed on a bed & then put in the shadow box with those folds & such intact. 

CUT the good parts out and use them to make pillow shams, throw pillows, or frame to go on the wall - then toss/recycle the other parts some other way (make a new top layer & quilt it to the old quilt to add a 21st century block or pillow to the collection).  Cut it down & bind it to make a lap or wall quilt instead of a bed quilt.

The "remains", if large enough, could be topped with plain fabric, quilted by machine, & donated to a pet shelter. 

I've also seen teddy bears & other stuffed animals cut out of "heirlooms" in really bad shape to give the good parts a shot at a new life - but it depends on if the recycled fabric can stand up to the "new life".  The teddy bears were going to adult great grandchildren for display - not to children who would love them to death (four quilts to be divided by forty-odd great grandkids - they had to work out something).
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #729 on: March 17, 2014, 02:15:23 PM »
Had a bit of an enlightening conversation with my brother on the weekend.  He brought a friend to my Dad's (I think she is a new girl friend but he didn't say so) and she asked me how long it would take me to do a sweater.  I roughed it at 40 hours.  I was knitting a hat at the time and he said, 'It only takes you an hour or so to do one of those.'  I said, 'Try 4 hours.'  He was surprised!

But I think he appreciates my work a little more, now.  He's requested a sweater for Christmas so I have to get him to pick the pattern he wants and the colour so I can buy the yarn on sale and get going on it.  Because I have a bunch of projects scheduled - finish the 8 hats I'm working that were commissioned, 20 hats (2 done) for Wardens and Kids Fishing Adventure, 14 more commissioned hats, 1 for DB's (new girl)friend, finish the sweater I was supposed to have for my Dad for Christmas by his birthday in June, do another sweater for my Dad for Christmas and if there is any time left, do some projects to enter in the Fall Fair and make mitt and hat sets for Christmas Cheer.

Anyone who asks for anything now is going to be told '2015, at the earliest'.
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« Reply #730 on: March 19, 2014, 10:16:29 AM »
My mom used to tell me a story about when her and dad were first married. Dad came home from work one day with a mans suit; think 3-piece lined business suit (from the 60's). Mom looked at it and asked what it was for. Dad said that this was a suit that fit a man that he worked with who wanted another in the same style, but a different color and material. He offered mom's services to make  this suit from scratch..... mom knew how to sew well enough but didn't do it for a living. and keep in mind she was 17 and pregnant at this time as well. The material was a difficult one to work with (I can't remember exactly which material) and the lining was difficult to piece together. When she finally got it finished, she gave it to dad to give to his co-worker (who was extremely grateful :) ) and told him that if he ever volunteered sewing services of that magnitude to come out of their house again, he had better start learning how to sew........yeah, dad never brought home sewing again.

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« Reply #731 on: March 19, 2014, 11:07:52 AM »
So I just had one. It's taken me a few days to cool off.

So, Friday was Pi(e) day. I made peanut butter pies for DH's office and my own. Almost everyone was gracious about the pie, whether they ate it or not. Notice I said almost everyone.

One individual took it upon himself to complain about the pie because:

1. No one asked if we wanted pie.
2. So much junk food in the office.
3. How did I even know if people liked peanut butter.
4. Why didn't I ask if people wanted something else.
5. I wasn't thinking about people who couldn't have any because of Lent.

He went on like this for hours because I brought a pie into the office! I did it to be nice. I expected maybe a thank you or two. The project manager finally had to tell him to put a cork in it. Really, who complains about free food?! If you don't want any, no one is forcing you to eat it.

The best part, he came in early yesterday to finish the pie! He made a big show of not eating any on Friday or Monday when everyone was around, but ate the rest when he thought no one was watching!

Sometimes, I look around for hidden cameras because this stuff shouldn't happen outside a sitcom...

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #732 on: March 19, 2014, 11:18:51 AM »
Sigh, another update to the pastries incident. I donated gift certificates for pastries to a local org, and the treasurer (T) bid and won one of them. I've donated the certs before; it's for two dozen pastries, and includes a list of the flavors I make. T contacted me and pitched the idea that I make all the kinds of pastries I make, in every flavor, and freeze two from each batch so her two dozen would end up being 12 different flavors. Then she would pick the one or two kinds for her end of the year party.

I have a full time day job. I bake on the weekends and when it strikes my fancy. The party is in early June. No way would I be able to "casually" make 12+ kinds of pastries in that time (probably don't do that many kinds in a year!) Each flavor pastry also has an accompanying filling, and none of the pastry/filling combinations are the same. Most of my recipes make 2 1/2-3 dozen pastries, so in essence I'd end up with ~400 pastries to give her 12.

I replied back that because another event was coming up, I could bake for that (so the extras wouldn't go to waste) and that she could choose three flavors for me to make. I'd take two of the flavors to the event, and the third would be her "exclusive" flavor (since she paid via donation, I don't want to make it seem like she paid for something everyone else is getting free) and they could choose from those three. She seemed ok with that...but boy, I'm tired already and I haven't even started baking yet.
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #733 on: March 19, 2014, 12:25:26 PM »
Sigh, another update to the pastries incident. I donated gift certificates for pastries to a local org, and the treasurer (T) bid and won one of them. I've donated the certs before; it's for two dozen pastries, and includes a list of the flavors I make. T contacted me and pitched the idea that I make all the kinds of pastries I make, in every flavor, and freeze two from each batch so her two dozen would end up being 12 different flavors. Then she would pick the one or two kinds for her end of the year party.

I have a full time day job. I bake on the weekends and when it strikes my fancy. The party is in early June. No way would I be able to "casually" make 12+ kinds of pastries in that time (probably don't do that many kinds in a year!) Each flavor pastry also has an accompanying filling, and none of the pastry/filling combinations are the same. Most of my recipes make 2 1/2-3 dozen pastries, so in essence I'd end up with ~400 pastries to give her 12.

I replied back that because another event was coming up, I could bake for that (so the extras wouldn't go to waste) and that she could choose three flavors for me to make. I'd take two of the flavors to the event, and the third would be her "exclusive" flavor (since she paid via donation, I don't want to make it seem like she paid for something everyone else is getting free) and they could choose from those three. She seemed ok with that...but boy, I'm tired already and I haven't even started baking yet.

I think this was a perfect opportunity for "I'm sorry, that won't be possible"!
 
I think it would be entirely reasonable to say "Sorry, it's just not practical for me to make all those different kinds of pastries, especially since I can't just make two at a time.  Please let me know which kind you'd like for your prize."

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #734 on: March 19, 2014, 01:02:28 PM »
If it was just the prize, then I would 100% have said that. But since it's leading to me making a mass quantity for her gathering as well, I thought I could humor her a little.

We'll see if I've made a horrible mistake. I may be updating here in two months and you'll all be welcome to call me a bacon-fed knave then ;)