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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #870 on: April 09, 2014, 09:14:39 AM »

And none of it goes in the dryer; in my house, the net bag is the clue that this item is hung to dry.

If only I could remember/find the net bags when doing laundry that would work great.  I have 3 of the suckers, but they like to travel.  Or I put them in a 'good place for the future' - too bad next week my idea of a great location isn't the same...

In the absence of a net bag, use a pillowcase and tie it closed.  Works great for sweaters, anyway.

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« Reply #871 on: April 09, 2014, 09:32:10 AM »

And none of it goes in the dryer; in my house, the net bag is the clue that this item is hung to dry.

If only I could remember/find the net bags when doing laundry that would work great.  I have 3 of the suckers, but they like to travel.  Or I put them in a 'good place for the future' - too bad next week my idea of a great location isn't the same...

Mine go right back into the hamper. That's where "stuff that goes in the washing machine" goes.

As I sort, I set the knits & bras off to the side. When I get to the bottom (where the net bags are), I grab the bags and stuff the knits, etc., into them.

(I also have more than 3... let's not talk about how many of them I have.)

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« Reply #872 on: April 09, 2014, 10:10:54 AM »
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And threw it away because "it was just a piece of home made cr*p". 

I ... can't even fathom your mother's rationale about this.   What did she think she was getting when she asked you for that top?   :o

And what a shame that she threw it away!  Someone else would have loved it. 

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« Reply #873 on: April 09, 2014, 10:27:45 AM »
So Partner and I are having a friend of my mom's do the minimal tailoring that needs to be done our wedding dresses. Plus adding the little embellishments (color) for each of us. She offered and we sat down and went over what we wanted. We aren't getting married until next year, but she works and we wanted to make sure she had pleanty of time. Also, I really wanted her to be sure about taking this project on.

When we met and went over everything I told her to name her price. First she tried to wave us off but then I said "It's two dresses that need to be taken in and hemmed, plus we both want bits added. I know that's going to be work, you have a full time job, your time is worth it. I trust you can give us a fair price" so she thought about it did some research and is charging us $100 each, so $200 total. Totally worth it to me. And I've checked around, it's very resoniable. So we agreed and she's going to start on them in the next few months (just want to get a little closer to the wedding in case we gain/loose weight).

So I'm telling of this to one of my friends about how great this is and I said "She called me with the price quote, and it's a great deal! I'm so glad this handled, blah, blah, blah" and my friend says "She's charging you? But...it's not like it real work, she has the sewing machine already so she it's not like she has to go buy something. She shouldn't charge you". I once re-strung this friend's guitar after she broke a string. I had the spare string on hand and didn't mind using it for her. That one time. She then came back with her other guitar, her brother's guitar, and told me she had a few friends who needed me to re-string their guitars. All for free of course and using my strings. So I wasn't very shocked to hear her think I should get something for free. I just said "I have no problem paying for things I need and want" and let it drop.

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« Reply #874 on: April 10, 2014, 11:33:06 AM »
That I could live with, Bloo - egg white freezes just fine but yolks don't.  I know, I tried.   :-[

And if you could, you know, pretty please???  post the recipes in the appropriate folder?  Please??   :D

I have an ice cream maker and that sounds yummy!

Julian: I posted the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe in this thread:

http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=49363.0

Still looking for the Peanut Butter Ice Cream one...  :)

Julian I found and posted the Peanut Butter Ice Cream recipe here:
http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=49363.msg3133857#msg3133857

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #875 on: April 10, 2014, 06:22:48 PM »
A singer/musician friend of mine used to say the following about (not to, that I know of) those who wanted her to perform for free because "it's good exposure":

"People DIE from exposure!"
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« Reply #876 on: April 10, 2014, 08:38:04 PM »
Thanks Bloo, much appreciated!  (I think I may now have something to do this weekend - wet and cold forecast, what could be better than puttering around the kitchen?  ;D )

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #877 on: April 12, 2014, 06:09:10 PM »
Sort of an update about OldestDD's knitted ruffle scarf.......

During lunch break this week, I finished the variegated pink scarf. And then immediately started working on a scarf for me (in medium red-violet, according to Crayola Crayons).

Tricia and my other co-workers watched and commented that I made it look so easy. They didn't say anything when I was working on it, studied it, took the needles out and rolled the fishnet fabric back on the skein. And started it over again, knitted on it, looked at it, and started it all over again, again.

Tricia said that the red-violet would be pretty if it were done as variegated instead of as a solid. I agreed.  ;D






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« Reply #878 on: April 14, 2014, 06:28:36 PM »
Once a month, my mom and I join a group of women for a day of crafts. It started out as scrapbooking, but about half of us didn't really enjoy it, so it evolved into "do whatever creative thing you enjoy". The funny thing is, that even in this environment the non-appreciation for handmade items is still rampant in this group (or among certain members, anyway).

One day I brought my cosmetic supplies and was making a mineral foundation for my mom*. I passed her a little note saying "this is free for you, but when I give it to you, ask me how much you owe me". She knew what I was doing: we both knew that when the others in the room hear that I was charging my own mom $15 for foundation, they wouldn't ask for their own. It was perfect!



* It turns out I really don't enjoy making cosmetics, but I didn't know that until after I bought a handful of supplies for mineral powders, so I'll continue to make the stuff until I run out because I am too cheap to throw it all away.  ::)

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« Reply #879 on: April 15, 2014, 05:45:28 AM »
One of the people I work with really appreciates what I make and that it's handmade, but is always trying to get me to make something *just for her* at really discounted prices.  I made four bars of soap for her from a fragrance that she gave me, so gave her a really good price on that because she gave me the fragrance, which is one of the more expensive parts of the soap for me.  Plus, a pound of soap wasn't that big a deal (I made it while I was making a bigger batch to sell anyway).  Now she wants me to replicate a body mist that she and a friend love that's been discontinued.  It's very specific from her description (alcohol free, has aloe vera gel in it, has fragrances that I don't normally stock, etc) and I'm not sure I'll even be able to make it, let alone have it be a replica of what they want.  It's pretty clear from the way she's talking about this that she expects this to be discounted for her too, which is not going to happen.  Right now I've told her she needs to bring in a bottle of it, with all the labeling, so I can look at it and see if I can even get the ingredients listed.  If I can get the ingredients, I'll calculate out what it'll actually cost me, add in my profit*, and then ask if she really wants me to make it.

*Profit in this case equals actual profit plus an additional mark up for keeping it exclusive and not selling it to anyone and everyone, because she wants to keep it for herself.  So she gets to bear the entire cost of my research, practice, etc. 

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #880 on: April 15, 2014, 07:47:57 AM »
One of the people I work with really appreciates what I make and that it's handmade, but is always trying to get me to make something *just for her* at really discounted prices.  I made four bars of soap for her from a fragrance that she gave me, so gave her a really good price on that because she gave me the fragrance, which is one of the more expensive parts of the soap for me.  Plus, a pound of soap wasn't that big a deal (I made it while I was making a bigger batch to sell anyway).  Now she wants me to replicate a body mist that she and a friend love that's been discontinued.  It's very specific from her description (alcohol free, has aloe vera gel in it, has fragrances that I don't normally stock, etc) and I'm not sure I'll even be able to make it, let alone have it be a replica of what they want.  It's pretty clear from the way she's talking about this that she expects this to be discounted for her too, which is not going to happen.  Right now I've told her she needs to bring in a bottle of it, with all the labeling, so I can look at it and see if I can even get the ingredients listed.  If I can get the ingredients, I'll calculate out what it'll actually cost me, add in my profit*, and then ask if she really wants me to make it.

*Profit in this case equals actual profit plus an additional mark up for keeping it exclusive and not selling it to anyone and everyone, because she wants to keep it for herself.  So she gets to bear the entire cost of my research, practice, etc. 

You can always double that and tell her that's the exclusive charge - but if she doesn't mind you putting the fragrance into your regular inventory....you can cut the price down to - something close to your regular price. 

Not sure I'd discount her at all, she sounds like a potential PITA client (pain in the asterisk).
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« Reply #881 on: April 15, 2014, 03:07:13 PM »
I just had one tonight!

I used to do a lot of cross stitch but my chronic illness put an end to that.  My mother's in a care facility and has a rather large cross stitch of mine hanging on her wall.

Tonight, one of the carers asked about it and, when told I'd stitched it, asked if I'd stitch one for her.  (Why, yes, Total Stranger, I'd love to spend 3+ months working on a cross stitch for you.)  My mum explained that I no longer do cross stitch due to my illness.  My mum said it was really awkward as the woman didn't seem to accept that answer and spent some time sighing over the cross stitch and saying how lovely it was and asking how much I'd charge to stitch one.

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« Reply #882 on: April 15, 2014, 03:58:32 PM »
I just had one tonight!

I used to do a lot of cross stitch but my chronic illness put an end to that.  My mother's in a care facility and has a rather large cross stitch of mine hanging on her wall.

Tonight, one of the carers asked about it and, when told I'd stitched it, asked if I'd stitch one for her.  (Why, yes, Total Stranger, I'd love to spend 3+ months working on a cross stitch for you.)  My mum explained that I no longer do cross stitch due to my illness.  My mum said it was really awkward as the woman didn't seem to accept that answer and spent some time sighing over the cross stitch and saying how lovely it was and asking how much I'd charge to stitch one.

Watch out, because she will probably try to talk your mom into giving it to her...

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #883 on: April 15, 2014, 04:06:00 PM »
Quarter million and she pays before the eye surgery (or whatever)....you'll get it back to her in five years or so.
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« Reply #884 on: April 15, 2014, 04:12:42 PM »
I just had one tonight!

I used to do a lot of cross stitch but my chronic illness put an end to that.  My mother's in a care facility and has a rather large cross stitch of mine hanging on her wall.

Tonight, one of the carers asked about it and, when told I'd stitched it, asked if I'd stitch one for her.  (Why, yes, Total Stranger, I'd love to spend 3+ months working on a cross stitch for you.)  My mum explained that I no longer do cross stitch due to my illness.  My mum said it was really awkward as the woman didn't seem to accept that answer and spent some time sighing over the cross stitch and saying how lovely it was and asking how much I'd charge to stitch one.

Watch out, because she will probably try to talk your mom into giving it to her...

Sadly, this.  I would take it home before it walks away.