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post #1 of 60
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My MIL has suggested I set up a booth to sell my cookie cutter kit at her organization's luncheon in a few weeks. No problem, I could use the exposure. Then she asked if I could make a bunch of the 3D cookies so people could see them. Again, no problem as I had already decided to do that. Then she says, "You could even sell them! What would you charge...$1.50 each?" Can you say NO WAY? A 3" base cookie, a 3" figure cookie, a marshmallow middle, and two feet...all for $1.50? She really has no clue. Anyone elses MIL this clueless?
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post #2 of 60
My turn, my turn!!!! My is so clueless! But not about cookie prices about other family affairs. It's almost sad really. Some of the stuff she says I feel like asking her "You were in the delivery room when your son was born, right"?
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post #3 of 60
I like the leopard cookie! Is that a marshmellow in the middle?
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post #4 of 60
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Originally Posted by alvarezmom

I like the leopard cookie! Is that a marshmellow in the middle?



I use marshmallows, covered in the same icing as the cookies, for all the "bodies".

I probably shouldn't pick on my MIL...but she makes it so easy lately! She's the queen of the "good deal" and believes quantity is always, always better than quality.
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post #5 of 60
BTW how much do you sell the cookies for? I like them.

At least you know you shouldnt pick on your MIL. I do it because she's easy prey! LOL
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post #6 of 60
My MIL is clueless about 99% of my cake and candy stuff. What makes it worse is that she likes to pretend that she knows what she has this thing about wanting to seem like she knows about everything so she's always making assumptions about how I'm going to do something.


She does it with the kids' video games and stuff too.


It seems like she never figured out that making these assumptions makes her seem like an idiot. Even my five year old gives her funny looks when she asks dumb questions about the video game instead of just watching.

The funny thing is that she isn't a dumb person, she's rather intelligent, but she seems to have this driving need to be the expert on everything.
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post #7 of 60
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Originally Posted by alvarezmom

BTW how much do you sell the cookies for? I like them.



Thank you for liking them! Decorating cookies has become my therapy. To answer your question, I've never sold one of the 3D cookies. I don't think anyone would pay me what I think they are worth. I'm thinking I'd have to charge a minimum of $4 for one, though $5 would be preferred. I can't imagine people paying that. So that's why I made the kit.

And my MIL is easy prey, too. At a family get-together, she actually asked my husband to open a water bottle for her because she doesn't like doing it herself. Huh? "Well, your dad always did it for me." (My FIL died unexpectedly 18 months ago.)
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post #8 of 60
Those are cute! You should try selling them for $4.00 and if you get a good response then up them to $5.00. You never know until you try!

Mine always tells me "I'm not trying to medel or take sits but what's going on and what are you doing to make my son mad".....Yeah not trying my behind!!! And it's awful with the kids. I'm sorry to hear about your FIL.
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post #9 of 60
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When my FIL died, we discovered how completely helpless my MIL is. He did everything for her, and now she refuses to do even the simplest of things for herself. She wants someone else to do her cleaning, change the lightbulbs when they go out, change the batteries when they die, and put gas in her car. She also hates to eat by herself, so she's constantly trying to find someone to go out to lunch or dinner with her. Sigh. I could go on and on! The really sad thing is that we once had a good relationship with her, and now we avoid her as much as possible.

And thanks for the nice comments about my cookies!
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post #10 of 60
That's so sad. She's lonely. I bet she is just so used to having your FIL there that the thought of having to do anything for herself makes her realize that she's alone. It's such a touchy subject to tell some one to move on when they have lost the person they have spent most of their life with.

In my experience try to keep her busy. Have her join some widow groups (church, VFW, neighborhood center). Maybe that might help her and help you and your husband.
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post #11 of 60
GeminiRJ where can we order the cutters???
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post #12 of 60
Sometimes it's hard to deal with your mother-in-law because she does things differently than you do. But remember that she is your husband's mother and he loves her no matter what. Also, keep in mind that YOUR mother is your husband's mother-in-law.....!
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post #13 of 60
Those cookies look like a lot of work, they look like they are actually 3-4 cookies plus mm. How large are the cookies? I would think a 3-d cookies would be worth $7-$10 or more depending on the size of the cookies.

I'd like to order some cutters and give them a test run to see how much I can sell them for. Are they on your website?
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post #14 of 60
Oh now it's my turn - but this time it's about my SIL. I made a cookie bouquet (posted in my pic - it's the Fall one). At any rate my SIL was over last night and I was showing her a pic of the bouquet and she asked how much I charged for it; I told her around $80 and her mouth dropped. She was in shock that someone would pay that much. I told her to take a look at the "well know company" who makes cookie bouquets and see what they would charge for the same thing - probably double if not more!

I do have to say that my SIL has been struggling financially for a couple of years and she thinks that because everyone (in her opinion) is struggling financially we all (cookie and cake decorators) need to take that into consideration and give people breaks on cost! UM NOOOO!!! I told her if people have issues paying my prices it's okay, I won't be offended, they can just take their butts to Kroger or Bigg's and get their goodies there!

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post #15 of 60
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Yeah, I know she is lonely. She's also still angry that he died, and has decided she likes having people feel sorry for her. She's one of those people that has to be around other people 99% of the time! She has a large circle of friends and keeps herself busy, so that is not the problem. Sorry...I told myself I wasn't going to rant!

KHalstead, you can PM me and I can give you all the information on ordering the kit. The people on CC have been fantastic to work with! The positive feedback on the cookies from everyone here is what encouraged me to put together the kits, and it's been an incredibly rewarding experience.
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