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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #330 on: July 11, 2013, 04:03:20 PM »
My sister is a social worker. I have a background with horses, although currently do not own due to the expense and the lack of boarding facilities in the area.

A couple years ago, my sister visited a therapeutic riding center and thought that it was brilliant. She now has it in her "dream" head that she will someday open one, and that I will live on the property and be the farm's caretaker. Um. If I had wanted to be a professional in the horse world, you can bet your bottom that I would not have gotten a degree at a non-equestrian-centric college and an office job after that. Nor am I interested in quitting said job to become a professional groom that will undoubtedly offer great deals of mental stress, physical strain, low pay, and no health insurance. Did I mention that my sister would be my boss?  ::)

Luckily I know that even if she did proceed, the hoops she would need to jump through would put her off immediately. Never mind who is going to fund the building operation (we live in the north where it snows 6-8 months of the year, so would need a ~$60,000+ indoor arena), pay for the insurance which I'm sure is through the roof expensive since you're dealing with people who require therapy AND large animals, the therapy-safe horses that are worth their weight in gold (and cost it), the equipment, etc.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #331 on: July 11, 2013, 04:22:09 PM »
I actually have the opposite problem re: pricing. DD's daycare does an annual bake sale which I always bake for. The last time, I took a half day off of work and made homemade donuts that I delivered to the sale while still hot. The problem is that the daycare director always prices my things too high. I try not to think about how much it costs me to make everything (I know I spend more than the items bring) but it's fun for me to bake for more than me, DH, and DD, and I like to make everything nice so try package things as nice as possible as well (no paper plates inside Ziploc bags here!)

The director likes that and thinks the price should reflect that--which, if this was a big $$$ affair, I'd agree, but we live in a small town with lots of thrifty people who don't *really* care if the cake is from a box instead of from organic ingredients (and yes, I'm generalizing a bit, but that often does seem to be the case. Plus, people don't really know if it's from a box or not unless they know it's something I specifically made, since I don't write HOMEMADE CAKE NOT FROM A BOX" on my baked goods.) So the day after I often see my pretty baked items at the daycare slowly being marked down until they're either too old and have to be tossed, or are sold at a reduced price but are now 2-3 days older than they were before.

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« Reply #332 on: July 11, 2013, 04:27:43 PM »
BabyMama, could you write your own price in icing on top of each donut?

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« Reply #333 on: July 11, 2013, 10:47:45 PM »
We just had a houseguest who told me his favourite "it's not like it's work" story:

Stan is a sailor, and has owned a few sailboats over the years.  A boat or two ago he had a "girlfriend" who asked to go sailing with him. Maybe even the whole weekend. He agreed, and spent a good bit of time getting the boat ready. She called a little later and said she was so excited, she told a couple of friends about the sailing trip and she was sure he love to meet them! They'd do an afternoon to dinner cruise, then drop them off and could continue on. Okay not what he was expecting, but he could deal.

Then she called and said they'd been talking and they'd love to spend the night on a sailboat! Stan's a chill guy, but not that chill. He suggested they take a day sail first, and see how it goes.

She didn't pass on the message. She arrived at the dock with her friends and all their luggage.

It was a 22 foot sailboat with no head. The "guests" were NOT happy. It didn't end well.

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« Reply #334 on: July 17, 2013, 10:54:40 AM »
The most asked for is my potato salad (my sister swears I must put crack in it because it is addictive!) . 

Would you consider posting the recipe in the Recipe Requests folder, or is it a Secret Weapon  :-) ?  I love potato salad but have never found a good recipe to  make my own.

To be honest, I really have never used a recipe.  I just decided to make it about 15 years ago, and voila.  Basically, I peel the potatos, boil them, drain them, then put them in the fridge overnight- they are easier to work with and it doesn't get watery.  I put in diced (small) cucumbers, onions, and hard boiled eggs (I use 3 large cukes and 1 1/2 onions, and a dozen eggs per 10 lbs), mix with salad dressing instead of mayo (and any brand will do) mixed with yellow mustard.  I start with small amounts of the dressing and add a bit more until it is all mixed but not over dressed (I am not a mayonnaise or mayo like product fan so I tend to make sure while it is there, it is not too much).  Top with sliced hard boiled eggs and paprika.

Your recipe sounds pretty much like mine. I use sweet relish instead of cucumbers in mine. You have given me an excellent idea for the next time I make potato salad.

My family also requests my potato salad whenever we have a gathering. I keep telling them that I know how to cook other thing but they want potato salad.  ;D

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« Reply #335 on: July 17, 2013, 11:07:03 AM »
We just had a houseguest who told me his favourite "it's not like it's work" story:

Stan is a sailor, and has owned a few sailboats over the years.  A boat or two ago he had a "girlfriend" who asked to go sailing with him. Maybe even the whole weekend. He agreed, and spent a good bit of time getting the boat ready. She called a little later and said she was so excited, she told a couple of friends about the sailing trip and she was sure he love to meet them! They'd do an afternoon to dinner cruise, then drop them off and could continue on. Okay not what he was expecting, but he could deal.

Then she called and said they'd been talking and they'd love to spend the night on a sailboat! Stan's a chill guy, but not that chill. He suggested they take a day sail first, and see how it goes.

She didn't pass on the message. She arrived at the dock with her friends and all their luggage.

It was a 22 foot sailboat with no head. The "guests" were NOT happy. It didn't end well.

Am I evil thinking the GF and her friends thought Stan would do all the work, and they could just enjoy the sailing at their leisure.  hehehe

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« Reply #336 on: July 17, 2013, 12:04:41 PM »
We just had a houseguest who told me his favourite "it's not like it's work" story:

Stan is a sailor, and has owned a few sailboats over the years.  A boat or two ago he had a "girlfriend" who asked to go sailing with him. Maybe even the whole weekend. He agreed, and spent a good bit of time getting the boat ready. She called a little later and said she was so excited, she told a couple of friends about the sailing trip and she was sure he love to meet them! They'd do an afternoon to dinner cruise, then drop them off and could continue on. Okay not what he was expecting, but he could deal.

Then she called and said they'd been talking and they'd love to spend the night on a sailboat! Stan's a chill guy, but not that chill. He suggested they take a day sail first, and see how it goes.

She didn't pass on the message. She arrived at the dock with her friends and all their luggage.

It was a 22 foot sailboat with no head. The "guests" were NOT happy. It didn't end well.

Am I evil thinking the GF and her friends thought Stan would do all the work, and they could just enjoy the sailing at their leisure.  hehehe

Yeah, I've been on a sailboat precisely once. I won't say never again, but I will say I'll be VERY careful who I go with and the size of the boat. I got a good sized goose egg on my head because my uncle forgot to warn me to duck.

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« Reply #337 on: July 17, 2013, 02:08:45 PM »
One of my dear friends and his wife are expecting their first child. I am so excited about making the cake for the work shower we are going to have for them. It is because he is one of the humblest people I know and would never expect anything that I feel great about doing it.
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« Reply #338 on: July 17, 2013, 02:16:20 PM »
One of the girls in another department makes decorated cakes on the side, for fun. She does make money off of it. Sometimes she'll bring in cake pops or other fun things for fundraisers, sometimes she'll bring them in for the heck of it to share with us.

Co workers have asked her a sum total of one time for her to bring something to contribute to something. She declined politely and when she was pressed she told them that she'd bring things in when she felt like it, unless they wanted to place an order, in which case her prices were $XX.XX per item. Nobody has asked her since, and she's kept bringing them from time to time.

I'm glad she wasn't put off of bringing them in at all, they're delicious, and I don't even mind tossing a dollar or two in her direction when I have her treats. Technically she doesn't sell them at work, but I told her that I feel better having paid even a nominal amount so I don't feel like I'm taking advantage of her. Also, to keep me from pigging out on them, which makes me feel better. And she graciously accepted.

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« Reply #339 on: July 17, 2013, 02:28:50 PM »
My husband has a 4lb piece of pork belly currently curing in our refrigerator, which he will smoke over hardwood on Friday evening. We have two friends who are being gifted 8 oz of finished bacon each. One owns the barbecue restaurant we frequent near our son's camp and the other just had a birthday. So much effort, time, love and space go into making each batch of bacon that it is a joy, not a chore. If someone demanded he make bacon for them, it would remove the joy from the process.
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« Reply #340 on: July 17, 2013, 03:05:40 PM »
I feel bad about this one. I work in an area with a large mix of German, Czech/Bohemian, and Hispanic largely from Mexico. The campus will often provide breakfast on the Teacher workdays/campus staff development days. It tends to switch between breakfast tacos (different combos of eggs, potatoes, cheese), Kolaches (Fruit and sausage/cheese kinds), and tamales.


On days it was tamales and breakfast tacos - 1st Principal would announce that an aide or 2 of the aides were making them.  One day a couple of other teachers walked in my room with this stricken look. They had overheard the principal ordering the aide to make tamales. The aide had nicely tried to tell Principal how expensive that is (and labor intensive). We had just assumed that the school was paying for the food.  I said get an envelope. We took up a collection from the staff we trusted to not go running to the principal.


It was the beginning of the end. HR started an investigation.  She was breaking a bunch of rules. Ended up transfered.
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« Reply #341 on: July 17, 2013, 04:13:35 PM »
My husband has a 4lb piece of pork belly currently curing in our refrigerator, which he will smoke over hardwood on Friday evening. We have two friends who are being gifted 8 oz of finished bacon each. One owns the barbecue restaurant we frequent near our son's camp and the other just had a birthday. So much effort, time, love and space go into making each batch of bacon that it is a joy, not a chore. If someone demanded he make bacon for them, it would remove the joy from the process.

How do I become your friend?  I'm a nice guy, I'm sure one of my children would get along well with your son.  I like to share good beer.  A friend who makes their own bacon is a friend I must have :)
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« Reply #342 on: July 17, 2013, 04:30:05 PM »
Someone asked me to hand make a rather labor intensive item.  I might have done it for this individual, as they did ask nicely and did offer to pay at least materials, if not for these two little itty bitty things.  #1 I haven't learned this particular skill/craft #2 they need it in two weeks.  There is no way I'd be comfortable guaranteeing something in that time frame.  8-12 weeks would have given me time to possibly pick up craft and maybe be comfortable enough to take on a commission.

I did give them the contact info of someone that I knew could do what they were asking in the time they needed, but she charges big $$$ (and I don't blame her a bit, she does wonderful work).
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« Reply #343 on: July 17, 2013, 04:50:53 PM »
Teehee, Deadbody! What is really amusing is the number of our friends who want to come over once the bacon is ready. It is a truly lovely product.
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« Reply #344 on: July 17, 2013, 07:28:53 PM »
This is almost one for the household disasters thread.

I finished the baby blanket I mentioned earlier, and (carefully following the washing instructions) I washed* it.  The darn thing came out big enough to cover a double bed!   :o  I ended up putting it in the clothes dryer for a few minutes (against the washing instructions...) to get it back to size.

I later called the young lady that commissioned it, and warned her. 

Note to self (and others) - machine washable baby wool isn't.

* I washed it because my animals like to sit on my lap when I'm crocheting**, and I'm sure she doesn't want dog and cat cooties on her blanket.

** Getting the wool out is like a secret signal, I swear.  I can't start without at least one turning up in the first two minutes, and she is like the Immovable Object, despite being only 7kg, when she wants to be.

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