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#### TootsNYC

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« Reply #405 on: July 31, 2013, 08:19:36 PM »
All these stories are just crazy! So many entitled people in the world...

I quilt by hand, both piecing and quilting, and sometimes make my own patterns. A lap-size quilt takes 4-6 months to complete, a queen-size quilt at least a year. Somehow, I've never had anyone make a truly crazy request of me, although I do give the quilts as gifts sometimes. The closest I've come was when my BF's mother said to him how lovely my quilts were, and maybe I'd make one for her sometime. BF clued her in to exactly how much work goes into them, which greatly surprised his mother since she'd had no idea. I was not party to this conversation, but BF's mother is lovely, so perhaps someday I will make her a quilt .

Major P.R. points!!

#### Doll Fiend

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« Reply #406 on: August 01, 2013, 09:08:02 PM »
Got one today. So I am knitting a pair of socks for my Mom. (She buys double yarn so I can make some for myself. All is cool there) Well one of DH's friends, Tommy, was over and admiring the socks. He wanted me to make some socks for his wife. I stated a price that I was twice the cost of material.(I usually charge 3X for most hand made stuff) He figured that I could use my stash and make some. Using yarn that is saved for a special project. He was also surprised at the time it takes to make them. *sigh* He at least took what I had to say with some thought. He will consider it and perhaps for Christmas will order a pair at good price. And he even asked how long before Christmas should he order them. I was proud to be able to educate some one before they became a serious mooch.

#### Idlewildstudios

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« Reply #407 on: August 03, 2013, 08:56:06 PM »
My husband is a carpenter by profession.  He had built many lovely pieces over the years for our home. He occasionally makes smaller items, like frames, as gifts when he had the time.  Honestly, he doesn't have a lot of time these past few years.  His parents asked him last winter if he'd make a set of bunk beds for the grandkids "since he likes to build things".  Ummmm... Any idea of the sheer amount of time and expense?  Nope.  It took 2 months to build and took over the garage at the coldest part of the year, making parking the car inside problematic.  It wasn't a fun project,  it was a chore that took every spare moment from himself, me and our daughter to get it done and out of the garage.

They were very appreciative but even after he told them what it would have cost  if he had charged them they still didn't really get it.  We made it a Christsmas gift.

His mom tries to pull the "but you like to build/ work with wood" card about once a year but is usually shut down.
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#### TeamBhakta

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« Reply #408 on: August 04, 2013, 10:50:06 PM »

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#### FauxFoodist

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« Reply #409 on: August 13, 2013, 02:01:40 PM »
Upon reading this thread, I now find I want to know how to make my own chocolate and bacon.

Someone posted something about sugarcraft and chocolate work.  I just want to know -- how did you go about learning it?  I live near the Bay area, and I've been searching for classes to learn it for months now.  I really haven't had much luck.  I've been fascinated with "Kings of Pastry" for awhile now, but there's no way I'm ever going to be able to spend the time or money to go to pastry school since it would just be for fun.

SoCalVal, are there any culinary schools near you?  You may want to call and see if you can take private lessons with an instructor or senior student. Chocolate classes should be easier to find than sugarcraft classes.  If I lived in the area, I'd give you my contact info.

I know too, and think they are nationwide, Viking (stove maker) also offers classes. might be worth looking into that as well.

Oh meant to tell you to also look up candy making.  Pulling sugar starts with learning how to cook sugar to different temperatures.  Candy Making classes are a good introduction to working with sugar

I found:
Spun Sugar in Berkely
Baking Arts in San Francisco
Bonbini in San Francisco.  They may do a specialty class if you ask
San Fran Cooking School:

Ooo!  Just saw your post!  Thank you!  Will look into these soon!

#### Mel the Redcap

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« Reply #410 on: September 01, 2013, 06:38:58 AM »

Picture is safe, a couple of the comments are not, though there's no actual bad words involved... just implications.
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#### CrochetFanatic

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« Reply #411 on: September 04, 2013, 10:19:24 AM »
I'm not sure if this counts, but I'll just stick it here because it involves crafting.  I've never been able to do cross stitch, but then again I never really tried all that hard.  A few days ago, I decided to really give it a go, and I got a small counted cross stitch pattern to try.  It took me about an hour and a half to figure it out, but it's actually going pretty fast now, and I should be able to finish it within a week.

Anyway, on to my point.  I took "work-in-progress" picture and posted it on FB, mostly because I'm sort of proud of myself for finally getting the hang of it.  Later, when I logged on, I saw that someone had left a comment saying, "That can be my Christmas present."  And they weren't kidding.    Even disregarding that, this is my first (successful) cross stitch project, and it's going right on my wall.

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« Reply #412 on: September 04, 2013, 12:39:19 PM »
I play an egg finding game that is run off facebook. When people who chat, and I am one, find the new egg, we tell each other on chat. I posted that I had found one of the new eggs and someone immediately replied that I could send it to them. Um, no.

A co-worker and his wife are expecting and I offered to make the cake for the work shower to save other people $$and because I know the cake will come out well. Today, co-worker's assistant was surprised when I said I would make the cake and cupcakes and bring everything to serve them, but I was not bringing anything else. It will cost me at least 30 in supplies, and I do not expect to be reimbursed. Why would I be expected to provide drinks/punch, cups and serving equipment? “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost." -J.R.R Tolkien #### NyaChan • Member • Posts: 3665 ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #413 on: September 04, 2013, 01:49:37 PM » I've been cross stitching as well, and my sister has been making small noises of how I should make her something for a while now. I agree because really, how many of these things will I want for myself right? Then when we start looking at patterns, I realize she has NO idea how much work goes into certain techniques and I don't want to spend the next year working on this. I talked her down to a basic heart tree and a quote underneath and reminded her that this was a hobby, so no ETA whatsoever! #### siamesecat2965 • Member • Posts: 9289 ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #414 on: September 04, 2013, 02:38:40 PM » A co-worker and his wife are expecting and I offered to make the cake for the work shower to save other people$$$and because I know the cake will come out well. Today, co-worker's assistant was surprised when I said I would make the cake and cupcakes and bring everything to serve them, but I was not bringing anything else. It will cost me at least$30 in supplies, and I do not expect to be reimbursed. Why would I be expected to provide drinks/punch, cups and serving equipment?
Amazing, isn't it? But don't you KNOW, that other stuff doens't cost that much.  so why are you being so darn selfish!!!

#### Jocelyn

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« Reply #415 on: September 04, 2013, 09:11:15 PM »
My sister came and helped me unpack after my last move. Let me rephrase...she unpacked while I recuperated from the surgery I had to have 3 days after the move.
After a long morning of wrangling in the crafts room in the basement, she came in and observed, 'You know, you really should finish some of those projects you have.' (pause) 'And give them away to your family and friends.'

I don't know which project attracted her eye, but she'd more than deserve it. OTOH, helping people move is one of HER hobbies. Seriously.

#### jedikaiti

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« Reply #416 on: September 04, 2013, 09:16:00 PM »
My sister came and helped me unpack after my last move. Let me rephrase...she unpacked while I recuperated from the surgery I had to have 3 days after the move.
After a long morning of wrangling in the crafts room in the basement, she came in and observed, 'You know, you really should finish some of those projects you have.' (pause) 'And give them away to your family and friends.'

I don't know which project attracted her eye, but she'd more than deserve it. OTOH, helping people move is one of HER hobbies. Seriously.

Does she live in/near Colorado and can I borrow her sometime in the (hopefully near) future?
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#### emwithme

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« Reply #417 on: September 07, 2013, 01:59:00 PM »
Can you post her to the UK for me?  DH and I are moving in two weeks and I just cannot see where to start packing!

#### Jocelyn

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« Reply #418 on: September 07, 2013, 02:02:58 PM »
Can you post her to the UK for me?  DH and I are moving in two weeks and I just cannot see where to start packing!
For a month in the UK, she just might be willing...

#### SDG31000

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« Reply #419 on: September 07, 2013, 02:35:56 PM »
I have just finished knitting a baby cardigan in sock yarn/4 ply wool for a friend's daughter.  I have decided to knit a waistcoat or a jumper for myself.  I posted about it on Facebook and the first reply was from my sister telling me to knit her a jumper.
DH suggested I told her how much the wool for it would be and how many hours it would take.  I decided to tell her to get Mom to teach her to knit and then she can make whatever she wants.  I'm largely self taught and she has someone who has knitted for decades just around the corner, so if she wants something she can learn to do it herself.