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« Reply #380 on: November 11, 2008 04:01:12 PM »

The fear of rejection from non-crafty family members prevents me from making ALOT of gifts.  I did make my new niece a baby blanket last year that was returned within a month because there was a flaw in the fabric... do I look like I weave the fabric?Huh?

I do have a friend, however, who was VERY upset that 20 people didn't call her to comment on her handmade Christmas cards...that, I think, is a little extreme.
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« Reply #381 on: November 11, 2008 04:08:12 PM »

This thread makes me thing of The Office Christmas episode in season 2, when Phyllis gave Michael a knitted potholder and he made it very clear that he felt ripped off because he got a handmade gift.  Cheesy

"I only care about you a knitted oven mitt's worth!" - Michael Scott

scrappygirl, that's horrible.  I would never think of returning something handmade, even if there was something wrong with it.  geez, how nervy.
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« Reply #382 on: November 11, 2008 04:10:15 PM »

This thread makes me thing of The Office Christmas episode in season 2, when Phyllis gave Michael a knitted potholder and he made it very clear that he felt ripped off because he got a handmade gift.  Cheesy

"I care about you a knitted oven mitt's worth!" - Michael Scott

Oh yeah, it was an oven mitt! I could see it in my head in its giant red glory but called it the wrong thing.  Cheesy
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« Reply #383 on: November 11, 2008 04:14:23 PM »

I'd like to knit people oven mitts and tell them I only care about them a knitted oven mitt's worth... but I don't think most of them would get it.  Smiley
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« Reply #384 on: November 11, 2008 11:26:38 PM »

To be fair, in the case of the office, you DO wonder what she was thinking.  I mean
1. Michael Scot is a bastard, that's common knowledge
2. He doesn't seem like the baking type

A handmade gift can be lovely, but it is the THOUGHT that matters, and in this case, I think the thought was, I don't like my boss very much so I'll just throw in this oven mit I made in a day, lol.
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« Reply #385 on: November 12, 2008 05:01:08 AM »

True, Retromiad.  I hadn't thought of it that way.  Smiley 

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« Reply #386 on: November 12, 2008 05:09:06 AM »

The fear of rejection from non-crafty family members prevents me from making ALOT of gifts.  I did make my new niece a baby blanket last year that was returned within a month because there was a flaw in the fabric... do I look like I weave the fabric?Huh?

How can people return stuff you make?  Do they think they can exchange it for something else, like you're a store?  Asking you to fix something that tore, doesn't fit, etc. is one thing, but giving it back is just ridiculous.  And in your case, it was for a baby, for goodness sake, eventually she's just going to barf on it!
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« Reply #387 on: November 12, 2008 09:19:26 AM »

...eventually she's just going to barf on it!

This made me laugh!  Cheesy  It's funny because it's true!

I can't believe I have never replied to this thread.   Shocked
I have had fairly good luck with making gifts for friends and family.  Family seems to appreciate handmade gifts more, but that could be because most of my family is crafty where most of my friends are not.  I handmade all my gifts last year and everyone seemed to enjoy them (if they didn't, they pretended well, lol). 
I did make my sister a purse for her birthday.  It was a cute little tote with matching travel tissue cozy and key fob.  She looked at it for about 5 seconds, tossed it on a chair, said "Thanks... it's cute." (with little enthusiasm) and that was the end of it.  I'm betting she's never even taken it out of the house.  She's very high maintenance though - her current purse cost no less than $500 and that doesn't include the price of the matching wallet.
I've found out recently the type of person she really is, so I am not too upset about the purse.  More upset that she isn't the person I thought she was.  Oh well.
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« Reply #388 on: November 12, 2008 09:24:04 AM »

I think it depends on the gift really.  There are people who will always love or hate handmade gifts, but you're probably more likely to have a happy receiver if it's a home-made quilt rather then a home-made popcycle-stick frame.  Know what I'm saying?
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« Reply #389 on: November 12, 2008 09:44:02 AM »

I make quilts, and sadly they to are sometimes under-appreciated.

So I just have to give to people who either, I don't care if they appreciate it (I love them enough that I just want them to have a nice snuggly quilt)

or I KNOW they will appreciate the effort I put forth!  (Fellow quilty friends)

So I just tell myself...

pass the Merlot and Keep Quiltin'

Cheers!
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