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Topic: Pride and Prejudice - Or, Why Don't They Like Stuff We MADE?  (Read 7953 times)
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« Reply #50 on: October 04, 2006 10:12:22 AM »

But I give what I make because I learned a long time ago that I want to give gifts that I look back on with pride. And someday, they will appreciate it....even if it takes an arrival at the pearly gates and God almighty himself to point out how long that poncho took or how perfectly that pillow matches her couch.  I enjoyed the making of it and with a family like that, sometimes you have to be selfish to deal with them and not put arsenic in the gravy.

RFLMAO   you are too  funny!!!   I tell you  tho  your  out look on it is right on teh  nose. I  continue to craft  items for presents and  will continue to do it  till I can't  anymore.......  I find it fits  better in MY budget  and  in  my sanity  so  sorry about their  luck  its  really  their  loss and I pray they  never hae to learn the  harsh lessons that  would  put them in check!  (altho they need to be put in check)....  What  I  find  SO  humorous is  about mmmm  I  think 4 years  ago I  quilted  a  blanket for my step mother  to match her sitting chair, after I folded it I slid 3 gift cards inbetween the folds (outback steakhouse, Target, and her favorite barnes and noble)  she never  took it  out of the  packaging all the way when she  opened it ,,,, I go tthe  response  oh  this  must be  from Julie....  last year at  christmas she gave that  gift to a family friend as a I bought this  for you  don't  you like it.......(still in the  same box I packed it in origanally)  our  friend loved it  pulled it  out  adn  out  flipped the  gift cards..... my SM's  eyes bugged  out  you could  tell she  wanted to jump in the  floor and  scoop up those  cards for  her......   THAT  WAS  PRICELESS!!!!  I was  actually  happy  it  turned  out that  way!
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« Reply #51 on: October 04, 2006 10:18:45 AM »

Your stories of ungrateful/ unappreciative gift-recievers broke my heart. Handcrafted gifts are the very best kind. It shows that person cares about you enough to spend hours making something they hope you'll like. It takes so much more effort to make a gift than to stop at a music store and get a gift certificate.    

My mom is a fellow crafter. She made me the coolest things when I was a kid and taught me how to appreciate the time and effort someone takes to make you something completly unique. I still have silly crafts she make me as a kid (mop dolls and a wicker basket covered in lace with a teddy bear on top). I love going into her bathroom when I'm at home and seeing the origami high heels and flowers I've made her in with her coolection on perfume bottles. Walking into her computer room, I see the painting I made her when she was having a tough time with work (the best painting I have ever done). My brother has 2 paintings I made him for his 20th birthday hanging in his bedroom.

I made my ex-bf's mom a scarf one year for Christmas and everytime I saw her, she was wearing the scarf. I searched my lys for the perfect yarn for her. Something funky (she's an artist), but wearable.

My current bf is bald and thus is always searching for the perfect toque. On our ski trip this year, I knit him up a grey toque and now it's the only one he wears. He's requested taht I make him one with ear flaps this year and some cookie monster mittens (I don't know why...).

For my best friend's birthday this year, I met her at a coffee shop where she was with some friends (who I didn't know). I gave her a painting and a handknit mohair flower brooch and everyone at the table was saying "you should do an art show!" and "I'd love hand knit stuff."

Last year, my mom knit me the prettiest pale orange scarf. It didn't really match my winter coat, but I wore it all the time because I know that she spent a ton of time looking for that particular yarn for me (she knows I love super soft and fuzzy yarns).

Every year, my Nona gives me something hand knit for Christmas. Some years, it's something that I'd never wear, but I still keep it because I know how much time she spent making it for me. Now I know to ask her for things I'll use (I hope to get mittens or socks this year).

With all of the good stories I have, I find it so hard to believe that someone wouldn't love something handcrafted! Although, I guess you always have to think "does this person appreciate handcrafted items?" Creative and artistic people always love stuff handcrafted.

Good luck in the future!
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« Reply #52 on: October 04, 2006 10:19:34 AM »

OMG ROLFLMAO!!!! Jloveg that is effing hilarious. As my sister says, "Karma's a bitch."
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« Reply #53 on: October 04, 2006 11:09:55 AM »

yep  sweet  justice!
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« Reply #54 on: October 04, 2006 01:25:07 PM »

omg lol. This is why you ALWAYS take a gift out of the box. Something similar (though not quite as funny) happened with me. I made this great necklace for my MIL with these fabulous tiger's eye beads. I put it in a box with a card that said something like  I hope you enjoy, lots of love, Nymeria". She looked at it and threw it in her basement -- this was 4 years ago. Sure enough this Christmas we're sitting around with one of her friends who is wearing the damn necklace. She said she loved it, I did such a good job, blah blah blah, and then she ends it by saying "And the little card you put in there was so sweet." Considering that I've met this woman, like, twice in my life, you'd think the "lots of love" thing would have tipped her off that it wasn't written for her. Oh well, at least she liked it, right? I hate to have stuff re-gifted, but at least the 2nd recipient was far more appreciative than the initial Tongue
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« Reply #55 on: October 04, 2006 04:54:25 PM »

I don't have too much problem with people not appreciating the handmade items I gift. Heck, for our office gift exchange, it is required to be something we make ourselves.

The one friend I do have trouble with is a little different. It's not the fact that the item is handmade that she is oblivious to. She simply puts less value on things that don't have a story. Something I made just because I was thinking of her is entirely less appreciated than something she purchased that had a story. I've honestly considered making up stories about the things I make, just to see her reaction. (Don't worry, I won't. It'd be fun, though! Hehe)
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« Reply #56 on: October 04, 2006 07:07:22 PM »

I love the story about the gift cards that is too funny.  For my mil's bday
in May I decided not to make anything.  I went to the store and bought
the ugliest ceramic basket I could find.  I filled it with $1 store portpurri.
She loved it.  She put it out where everyone sees it.  I think it is too funny
that I spent about 10 minutes total on a gift she loves.  I spent several
days on her dishcloths and scarf.  Oh, well her loss.  I think I see $1 store
goodies for her for Christmas.  I think my lovely sil will get $1 goodies as
well. Cheesy
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« Reply #57 on: October 05, 2006 06:36:19 AM »

I have seriously considered making tags that look like they came from a chic chic little boutique and maybe not exactly quite crossing out the "price" and see if this fares any better.
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"Why, I've done all the screaming already," said the Queen. "What would be the good of having it all over again?"
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« Reply #58 on: October 05, 2006 06:54:58 AM »

I  thought of that too...... my nana mom  said  for me to  start  putting  labels  int eh  purses I sell  cause  some folks  wouldn't  buy them  just  cause there wasn't a  label........  when I start figuring people out someone slap me!
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« Reply #59 on: October 05, 2006 07:18:57 AM »

I've only gotten that once (probably since I don't do a lot of crafting for other people, aside fdrom swaps), but it really hurt. I made my mother a little throw-pillow thing for Christmas last year. She loves everything about christmas, so I made it from the sleeve of one of the Christmas dresses I had when I was very young, and I added a pretty little heart button and a red ribbon bow. I wanted to add somethnig pine-scented inside to make it a sachet, but I couldn't find anything strong enough that you could smell it outside the fabric, so I just stuffed it.
When she opened it, I think she just said "oh. Thanks." I don't even remember her saying "That's cute," or anything. And she put it back in it's bag on the living room floor, and it's been there ever since.

What I've decided to do about it is to not make her anything. I don't want to put a lot of time, thought, and energy into something, just to have it met with "oh.", so I'll save the homemade gifts for people who appreciate homemade things.
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