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« on: June 06, 2010 09:01:46 PM »

I carve stamps.  This takes time, skill and patience.  Just because it's hand-made does not mean that it is worth "next to nothing" and I can remake it if I choose to.  It does not mean that you can choose to break/rip/destroy what I made because I can spend the next period of crafting that I choose to do remaking the same object that you just destroyed.

How would you like it if I took your favourite usb flash drive and dunked it in water just for fun?  You could drive to the store, plunk down more cash, invest some time in remaking the data/information, and still not have the exact same object you did have in the beginning!

Seriously, some non-craftsters think hand-made things are more disposable than toilet paper.

**  The incident involved a "mature" friend (who's 20), and a handmade stamp that I had on my desk.  She decided that she would figure out how I did it by slicing it in half with an exacto knife!  Seriously, it's called using your vocal cords to ask!
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2010 08:51:05 AM »

 Shocked Shocked Cry how could someone do that?!?!?! i just don't understand it *hugs*
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2010 03:25:57 PM »

It sounds to me like your friend lacks impulse control (and respect for other people's things!).
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2010 07:54:58 PM »

*hugs* I'm sorry that happened to you!! No one who doesn't craft can really understand the time and energy. They just can't equate it to the things they spend their time on.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2010 08:05:00 PM »

Thanks.  I just needed to rant.  Some people don't respect people's creativity.  Funny thing is the friend paints "for a living".  She's an artist but doesn't respect other people's artistic side.

I told her off pretty much, and said..."Think about what you do before you do it!"
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2010 02:12:40 PM »

Oh gosh that's a horrible thing to do!

I had an incident last christmas where my I made decorated sweetie jars for two family members (they both had personal details and favourite sweets in them) My "grandmother" just looked at it as though i'd given her dog waste in a jar and very quickly put it down and moved on to the very expensive bottle of wine my sister bought for her. whereas my auntie LOVED it! Made cakes with the sweets on them and kept thanking me over and over. We also gave her salt dough decorations (made by my two year old) and she just couldn't get enough of them.

Some people are just spoilt and will never understand how something made is far better than something bought.

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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2010 01:21:32 PM »

Some people are just spoilt and will never understand how something made is far better than something bought.

No kidding!

This past year I almost made my 100% handmade gift goal for the holidays, and most peopole were grateful. Others though, tossed my items to the side, or I saw them at their yardsales this summer. Sad

One thing that bothers me is at yardsales when you see afghans or quilts for a dollar or 50 cents- not so much when the people admit they've just made too many, but "my friend/aunt/grandma made those for me, blech".

Just know that you girls have an appreciative family here at craftster, we know exactly what you're going through!
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2010 10:59:31 AM »


One thing that bothers me is at yardsales when you see afghans or quilts for a dollar or 50 cents- not so much when the people admit they've just made too many, but "my friend/aunt/grandma made those for me, blech".

It's a good day for me when I find them, though!  Wink

I've always found handmade stuff to be worth more than store bought... even if it's sewn crooked, coloured a bit out of the lines and not as sturdy as a brand-name item or something. But maybe just as a crafter & artist myself, I understand and appreciate the work put into something handmade.

I'd have hit your friend, astrangeone. Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2010 01:24:27 AM »

Seriously, I think that would be my 'ex-friend'  Shocked
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2010 01:30:07 AM »

I can empathize with these situations, I've sewn things for people and they've just said "oh, thanks" and put it down without acknowledging that it's handmade and a lot of work has gone into it. it's just polite to say "that's lovely thank you" and look at it all over!
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