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#### CrochetFanatic

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« Reply #405 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 #406 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 $$and because I know the cake will come out well. Today, co-worker's assistant was surprised when I said I would make the cake and cupcakes and bring everything to serve them, but I was not bringing anything else. It will cost me at least 30 in supplies, and I do not expect to be reimbursed. Why would I be expected to provide drinks/punch, cups and serving equipment? “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost." -J.R.R Tolkien #### NyaChan • Member • Posts: 3665 ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #407 on: September 04, 2013, 01:49:37 PM » I've been cross stitching as well, and my sister has been making small noises of how I should make her something for a while now. I agree because really, how many of these things will I want for myself right? Then when we start looking at patterns, I realize she has NO idea how much work goes into certain techniques and I don't want to spend the next year working on this. I talked her down to a basic heart tree and a quote underneath and reminded her that this was a hobby, so no ETA whatsoever! #### siamesecat2965 • Member • Posts: 9310 ##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies) « Reply #408 on: September 04, 2013, 02:38:40 PM » A co-worker and his wife are expecting and I offered to make the cake for the work shower to save other people$$$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 #409 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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##### Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #410 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 #411 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 #412 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 #413 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.

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« Reply #414 on: September 07, 2013, 10:41:30 PM »
This past week I was asked . . .

1. To make a dream catcher for some friend of a friend's new baby.  Friend handed me yarn in the colors I'm to use and told me how she wanted it done.  Also, she'd making some cotton ball bees and cartoon characters that I'm to hang off the bottom.  This makes me cringe, but it's not a lot of work, so maybe.

2. To crochet an afghan for a friend's son.  I can make it however I want, but it has to be camoflauge and must have a certain university logo on it.  Friend knows how to crochet, but I'm "so much better at it".    No.

3. To make six copies of a wedding photo, because I "have a nice printer".  I have an average printer, but I do have expensive photo paper.  No.  Go to Kinko's or the library.

4. To retype a 30-page document for Dad because his copy is stained. It's not something he needs or particularly wants.  No.
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#### MommyPenguin

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« Reply #415 on: September 09, 2013, 01:59:58 PM »
My grandmother is the primary caregiver for her daughter, who has fairly advanced MS.  Her daughter loves music, especially folk music.  She recently asked my grandmother, who is not incredibly technically literate, if she could make a blown-up copy of some album notes for her.  So my grandmother spent a considerable amount of time trying to figure out how to photocopy these liner notes and make them larger.  She finally figured it out and brought it over, so proud of herself.  My aunt, without even thanking her, said, "Put it in <the artist's> file."  Somehow I doubt my grandmother will be making effort for the next such request.
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#### Pen^2

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« Reply #416 on: September 09, 2013, 03:39:04 PM »
A person I knew from years ago at university, "John", contacted me out of the blue today. I had never liked this person, who was well-known to like nothing better than inciting arguments, and would bicker just for the sake of bickering. Needless to say, we were acquaintances only because we shared so many classes.

I am a very casual artist, and when I have the time, I do highly-detailed pencil sketches wherein I aim for photo-realism. These take upwards of 8 hours, and I've had several commissioned and sold for a few hundred dollars each. John remembered these drawings and wanted me to do a sketch of him. I didn't particularly want to draw someone I dislike, but would have felt guilty for flat-out saying no, so I said sure, and told him the usual prices people had paid in the past.

His response? "Oh, I know other people have to pay and stuff, but we both know I don't have to, thanks. It's just a drawing." He wanted 8-12 hours of work for free. If we were best buddies and it was his birthday or something, then I might do this. But not for this guy I hardly knew and found what I did know unpleasant. It took me quite a bit of effort not to tell him that if it was "just a drawing" that was worth nothing then he could bolly well do without it.

#### lilfox

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« Reply #417 on: September 09, 2013, 04:49:41 PM »
A person I knew from years ago at university, "John", contacted me out of the blue today. I had never liked this person, who was well-known to like nothing better than inciting arguments, and would bicker just for the sake of bickering. Needless to say, we were acquaintances only because we shared so many classes.

I am a very casual artist, and when I have the time, I do highly-detailed pencil sketches wherein I aim for photo-realism. These take upwards of 8 hours, and I've had several commissioned and sold for a few hundred dollars each. John remembered these drawings and wanted me to do a sketch of him. I didn't particularly want to draw someone I dislike, but would have felt guilty for flat-out saying no, so I said sure, and told him the usual prices people had paid in the past.

His response? "Oh, I know other people have to pay and stuff, but we both know I don't have to, thanks. It's just a drawing." He wanted 8-12 hours of work for free. If we were best buddies and it was his birthday or something, then I might do this. But not for this guy I hardly knew and found what I did know unpleasant. It took me quite a bit of effort not to tell him that if it was "just a drawing" that was worth nothing then he could bolly well do without it.

Two suggestions:
1) Send him a stick figure drawing of him and tell him this is the "free" version.

2) Have you seen the Simpsons episode where Marge (secretly a good artist) is commissioned to paint a portrait of Mr. Burns?  She is disgusted by his rude behavior towards her family and ends up doing a greatly detailed portrait of him unclothed, all skin and bones and under-endowed to boot.

#### Mel the Redcap

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« Reply #418 on: September 09, 2013, 04:52:49 PM »
Mr Burns: "By the way, thank you for not poking fun at my manhood."
Marge: "I thought I did."
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#### Pen^2

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« Reply #419 on: September 09, 2013, 04:53:39 PM »
Oh my, I loved that Simpsons episode, but associating someone as unpleasant as John with nudity is sickening.

I might send him a blank piece of paper, with a note explaining that that is how much \$0 gets him, but honestly I wouldn't want to waste the dollar or whatever on postage for this guy.