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lady_disdain

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #345 on: July 17, 2013, 08:54:58 PM »
Did you use fabric softener? That is usually the culprit.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #346 on: July 18, 2013, 01:11:49 AM »
No, no fabric softener.  And I've used that wool cycle many times before with no problems.

Oh well, at least it went back to the original size!

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« Reply #347 on: July 18, 2013, 11:35:22 AM »
The above brought up a painful, although off-topic, memory:

I had just finished knitting a sweater vest.  I tried it on for DH and he said, "Nice, but it's a little big."  So I thought, hey, I'll use the hand-wash cycle on my machine.  I found out that the hand-wash cycle does not equal hand-washing when my sweater vest turned into a mass of green shredded and felted wool.  $100+ and two months of labor shot to heck, and I had to blow-dry and vacuum my washing machine to get out the remnants.

Back on topic:

The other day, my instructor and I were knitting at Starbucks.  A woman comes up to us and starts asking if we could "fix" a hole and ripped seam in her sweater.  My instructor told her to use a needle and matching yarn.  "Oh no, I want you to do it,"  woman replied.  "Sorry, I have too much to do as is," instructor responded.  "I'm just learning," I said.  She stood there a minute, then huffed herself off.

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« Reply #348 on: July 18, 2013, 11:41:24 AM »
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.

Thank you. I just drooled liberally all over my keyboard!

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #349 on: July 18, 2013, 11:44:12 AM »
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.

That's horrible! I would have done the same thing; collected $$ and given it to them.  Wow. And glad the principal got hers too!  Never ceases to amaze me what some people thnk they are entitled to.

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« Reply #350 on: July 19, 2013, 10:13:18 AM »
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.

Thank you. I just drooled liberally all over my keyboard!

Would you be willing to trade 8 oz of home cured bacon for several large bottles of good home-made IPA?

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« Reply #351 on: July 19, 2013, 11:39:14 AM »
When I first started soapmaking, I gave away all of my soap to friends, family, homeless shelters, etc, because otherwise I would have had soap coming out of my ears.  Now that it's a business and my stuff is actually quite good, and I've moved up to lotions, perfumes, etc, everyone still wants the freebies :(  Hard to say no when you gave it away before, even if your ingredients now cost 3x as much.

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« Reply #352 on: July 19, 2013, 11:48:25 AM »
When I first started soapmaking, I gave away all of my soap to friends, family, homeless shelters, etc, because otherwise I would have had soap coming out of my ears.  Now that it's a business and my stuff is actually quite good, and I've moved up to lotions, perfumes, etc, everyone still wants the freebies :(  Hard to say no when you gave it away before, even if your ingredients now cost 3x as much.

I don't know what it's like to be in your position, but you could always try explaining to them that before it was a hobby and you were happy helping people out or giving it away. Now it's actually a business, and if you give away things for free, you're actually taking money out of your budget for supplies or dinner.

Not that I think they'll necessarily understand, but it might be worth a talk with some of the worst offenders.

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« Reply #353 on: July 19, 2013, 02:46:14 PM »
When I first started soapmaking, I gave away all of my soap to friends, family, homeless shelters, etc, because otherwise I would have had soap coming out of my ears.  Now that it's a business and my stuff is actually quite good, and I've moved up to lotions, perfumes, etc, everyone still wants the freebies :(  Hard to say no when you gave it away before, even if your ingredients now cost 3x as much.
'Before, you were a product tester. Now, I'm finished with product testing, and I've moved on into sales.'

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« Reply #354 on: July 19, 2013, 05:06:51 PM »
When I first started soapmaking, I gave away all of my soap to friends, family, homeless shelters, etc, because otherwise I would have had soap coming out of my ears.  Now that it's a business and my stuff is actually quite good, and I've moved up to lotions, perfumes, etc, everyone still wants the freebies :(  Hard to say no when you gave it away before, even if your ingredients now cost 3x as much.
'Before, you were a product tester. Now, I'm finished with product testing, and I've moved on into sales.'

I think this is a great response!

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« Reply #355 on: July 20, 2013, 11:10:42 PM »
Its not craft, but a part of the reason I ended up distancing myself from most of my non-computer geeky friends was because so many people asked me to fix their computer. Like rescuing their data from a harddrive that had suddenly stopped working, at five in the morning, over the phone, on an OS that I know nothing about. One 'friend' asked if I would pay the fee, when I told him he'd have to take it to a shop!
My uncle once asked me if I could make some software for him; what he wanted would take a decent team a year to make, and would require at least one professional linguist. That was the only personal email I ever got from him (every other time, emails addressed to me were sent to my dad's email account)

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« Reply #356 on: July 21, 2013, 09:12:26 AM »
Its not craft, but a part of the reason I ended up distancing myself from most of my non-computer geeky friends was because so many people asked me to fix their computer. Like rescuing their data from a harddrive that had suddenly stopped working, at five in the morning, over the phone, on an OS that I know nothing about. One 'friend' asked if I would pay the fee, when I told him he'd have to take it to a shop!
My uncle once asked me if I could make some software for him; what he wanted would take a decent team a year to make, and would require at least one professional linguist. That was the only personal email I ever got from him (every other time, emails addressed to me were sent to my dad's email account)

I feel your pain, geekette.  I transferred out of computer support in the late 90's, because everyone and his brother was bothering me to fix their computer problems.  No one, not even my family, was calling me to just talk - it was all "can you fix this for me?"

The kicker was when DH's coworkers from another unit would call at 2-3 a.m. to ask me to type/fix their PC files, fix their PCs, etc.  That was especially egregious because (1) I worked for the competition; (2) they woke me up, dangnammit! DH put a stop to that.

The above is a sure-fire way to burn out a resource and make them hate you for life.

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« Reply #357 on: July 21, 2013, 04:06:58 PM »
^Somehow, I think you have managed quite nicely without "friend".

Sadly, I'd have to agree.  I spent ten years thinking that this middle-aged man (then in his 30s but now in his 40s) was going to grow up, but I realized, about six years ago, that that wasn't going to happen (he is the epitome of Special Snowflake).  Oh, well!

I don't want to drag up old pain, but I'm curious as to why/how he thought you should hold him up as more important than your own fiance.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #358 on: July 22, 2013, 02:38:19 PM »
DH made a new batch of bacon, smoked it Saturday morning, then packaged it up in the cooler while we went to pick up DS. We went by our friends BBQ restaurant, let them slice some of the bacon off the two chunks and cook it so they could try it. After getting the seal of approval, including a staffer that had been a bacon-hater prior, DH has decided to take orders for bacon, to be processed twice a month. All the people who had been clamoring for free bacon? Not one peep.
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« Reply #359 on: July 22, 2013, 03:37:33 PM »
DH made a new batch of bacon, smoked it Saturday morning, then packaged it up in the cooler while we went to pick up DS. We went by our friends BBQ restaurant, let them slice some of the bacon off the two chunks and cook it so they could try it. After getting the seal of approval, including a staffer that had been a bacon-hater prior, DH has decided to take orders for bacon, to be processed twice a month. All the people who had been clamoring for free bacon? Not one peep.

hehe funny how that works huh