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Nov. 4th, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
I've also experienced making items for commission and having that turn into a huge chore and decided exactly what you have. Stepping away from selling handmade was a turning point for me as a designer because it came me so much more time to do what I really love. :)

Big hugs to you during your difficult season. I hope this month will bring you some happy memories as well as sad ones.
Nov. 4th, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)

The Christmas bag is lovely, I think think I will make something similar for my little niece. 
Yeah, that's why I don't sell to many handmade goods either. I eventually had to sell what I did make for less than the fabric cost.  Not worth the effort.

Nov. 4th, 2015 02:03 pm (UTC)
I used to think it would be fun to make a commission project. Once people know you sew they think you would like to do anything for them. Can you make me curtains? Can you hem my pants? ummmm no LOL that is not the sewing I do. One year ladies at my office were asking for all kinds of things. I did it for them that year...right at Christmas time. I didn't get paid much and it took away from making things for the family. (family doesn't appreciate it that much either haha) I love this community we all understand and do appreciate what we do and share :) Big Hugs!!!
Nov. 4th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
That sack is really beautiful. I am occasionally asked to make things for people at work, and I just sort of brush things off with a "joke" about them not being able to afford me. It usually works. I mean really people, I don't craft so that I have the skill to replace the zipper in your coat. Go see a tailor!

I feel for you dear. I've lost both my parents as well, my mom just two years ago in the Fall, and my Dad on New Years Day 10 years before that, so I think you nailed it right on the head when you say it's just "a strange time" for you. The holidays in particular are tough, and other things crop up, especially to do with our children. My husband's parents are gone as well, so Phebe's HS graduation was particularly hard because it was sad that it was just me and her dad there to see her walk across the stage in May. PLease, if you feel like you need to chat about it or just let off some steam, send me a private LJ message and I'll send you my email address. Believe me, I totally get the mixed feelings this time of year brings. And I know there are others of us that have been there too. (big hugs) Enjoy the time you aren't spending making things for other people doing fun things with your kids. The holidays are so fun for the children.

Nov. 4th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
Big hugs to you. My husband lost his father on Nov 19th 8 years ago and still feels like yesterday he was called home. Happy early birthday.
Nov. 5th, 2015 04:21 am (UTC)
I know exactly how you feel about the holidays. I lost my mother when I was 25 and my dad only 2 years later. Because so much of our Christmas celebration took place with my family at my parents' house (Tim's family did not celebrate at all) it took me years to really enjoy Christmas again. I still get a bit melancholy at times.
Nov. 10th, 2015 02:43 am (UTC)
Gah. I'd typed out a longish comment about the commission thing, but the shorter version is that if you want to scare someone off asking for you to make something, here are some posts along with a costing sheet, so you can work out exactly how expensive you will be if you're going to make money for your time.
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