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post #31 of 60
Alvarezmom, that is SO funny!

Yea, men and dogs, nothing gets them moving faster than food!! I wonder if they would move as fast if it was a fire...makes you wonder!

Of course, if we're talking chocolate here, I will eat it off the floor (say if a candy bar falls down, I'm all over that 5 second rule because, hey, let's be honest, you see a candy bar fall on the floor, it's not like you'll leave it there for more than 3 seconds at the most! Plus I saw the Mythbusters show on that very thing about the food on the floor/5 second rule. I figure I'd be building up my immunity if chocolate fell on the floor!) icon_biggrin.gif
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post #32 of 60
melvin I saw that episode too!!!! Totally agree when it comes to chocolate!
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post #33 of 60
Tell me, it'd have to be pretty bad for me NOT to eat chocolate! And frankly, it's not falling out of my greedy little hand anyway, so it's a non-issue.

Mmmm, craving chocolate. Wish I had some Rainettes. I'd maim for some Rainettes! (the box says they have antioxidants in them, makes it healthy!!)
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post #34 of 60
Okay you know I'm glad this came up -- a couple weeks ago I get a call from a local bank, they want cookies with their logo on it. I research, come up with $4.00 per cookie (the average going rate being $6.00 per cookie), and she chokes and never calls back. icon_confused.gif Okay, so I'm competitive but what is it about these people -- especially the corporate accounts??? ?
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post #35 of 60
lmao!!!!! Whenver i break my diet DH yells at me, and i say but it has antioxidents, so that is good for me!
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post #36 of 60
I'll have to start using the same reasoning!

I dont know what it is about corporate accounts.....I had a lady to that to me about 50 decorated cupcakes with fondant flowers. I quoted her $1.25 ea. I thought that was pretty fare and cheap...Oh no she came back with I'll just go to HEB or WalMArt and pick some they make.
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post #37 of 60
I say it was their loss. I know that I am cheaper the my competititon, granted not by much cuz I know that isn't fair to them, but hey if they want something for under $4 then say no logo!!!!
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post #38 of 60
GeminiRJ...please reconsider selling your cookies...and if you do, charging A MINIMUM of $8.00! They are SO cute! I have been keeping up with your work for a while (you're on my buddy list!)

I can definitely understand your hesitance about thinking that people may not pay, but you never know until you get out there and market. You have something unique, that I know I've never seen before, so understand that you already have your market sold up! In addition, you can still get extra income from your kit sales...which I have to put on my wishlist.

Think about it...you can put your cookies in nice favor boxes with the front window, so you can see inside the box. As a matter of fact, check out www.brpboxshop.com...I think they have the perfect box that I just described. Go for it!!!
post #39 of 60
OMG, your cookies are amazing!!! yes do sell them for $5.00 or more!!!
I love making decorated cookies and, I know...they are a LOT of work!! I've never sold or attempted to sell mine, I always give them away but now I have customers that want to buy some.

BTW, I have a SIL that became a widow last year (my brother past away) and she is exactly like your MIL!!...the woman is helpless!! she can't even dial a phone #, pay her bills, manage her $$, etc....my brother did it all for her and now she's lost and expect her kids to take care of her. I did tried to do my duty as a good SIL and sat with her to teach her how to balance her checkbook, pay her bills, etc but guess what? she didn't want to learn! she wants me to do it for her...always! So yeah, sadly but we all try to avoid her now including her own kids.. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif
I became a single mom 15 yrs ago and when you're rising 3 kids on your own on a tight budget pretty quick you learn to became your own mechanic, your own plumber, gardener etc I even remodeled my own bathroom icon_biggrin.gif ...ahhhh, it's awesome to be independent icon_biggrin.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif
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post #40 of 60
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Originally Posted by alvarezmom

I'll have to start using the same reasoning!

I dont know what it is about corporate accounts.....I had a lady to that to me about 50 decorated cupcakes with fondant flowers. I quoted her $1.25 ea. I thought that was pretty fare and cheap...Oh no she came back with I'll just go to HEB or WalMArt and pick some they make.



LOL icon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif if they want cheap and generic stuff that's what good-old Wal Mart is there for...
Decorated cupcakes with fondant flowers....at least, at least $2.50 each!!
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post #41 of 60
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

Okay you know I'm glad this came up -- a couple weeks ago I get a call from a local bank, they want cookies with their logo on it. I research, come up with $4.00 per cookie (the average going rate being $6.00 per cookie), and she chokes and never calls back. icon_confused.gif Okay, so I'm competitive but what is it about these people -- especially the corporate accounts??? ?



My husband's co-worker was putting together a going away party for some people and wanted to know what I would charge to do sheet cake for 100 people. Her budget? $25. And the surprising thing is, she found some poor sot to do it! It certainly wasn't me!

Thank you to everyone for the nice comments and suggestions concerning my 3D cookies. I haven't seriously thought about selling them, as I am not licensed. It's tempting to check into it, though! My "real" job is getting more and more frustrating!

And Rosie, you have my sympathies about your SIL. My MIL doesn't want to know how to do anything, either. If it's something she doesn't like to do, she simply believes someone should step up and do it for her. Oh well. It's been good to get this off my chest. I can now go home and not vent to my husband. I can now be with my MIL this weekend and not want to explode! I think, instead, I'll bake cookies.
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post #42 of 60
Ohhhhh, where to begin with my MIL icon_lol.gif Well I'm lucky because my MIL knows EVERYTHING! icon_lol.gif When I started dating my DH she was PISSED because I had 2 kids. I didn't blame her because she was looking out for her son...so I thought. She was really mad because I didn't come from a well established family. Which is funny because the only reason she has money is because she married someone with it. We got married one day by ourselves and boy let me tell you she was less than thrilled! I went to visit him in Florida when he was on deployment and she offered to buy my ticket and get a hotel room for us. Little did I know she decided to come along and we all had to share a hotel room icon_mad.gif I hadn't seen my husband in 5 months and we were REALLY excited to see each other(if you know what I mean) and she was right there in the middle of everything(not literally)! Sad to say (well sort of) my DH and MIL got in a HUGE fight 3 years ago and do not speak anymore. I'm torn because it is his mom, but the things she said to him were UNBELIEVABLE. I could go on for days with stories about her..............................

Back to the subject, your cookies are AWESOME thumbs_up.gif
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post #43 of 60
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nickshalfpint, you have my sympathies! While my MIL is extremely annoying most of the time, at heart she's a good person. It doesn't sound like the sam can be said for yours!

And anyone can make the 3D cookies. I started making them with only about 6 months of cookie decorating under my belt, so I think they are pretty straight forward.
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post #44 of 60
GeminiRJ,

I hope I won't make you mad, but you simply don't get it about your MIL the same way she doesn't get it about your cookies. (They are awesome.) I'm a widow of over 6 years who just got remarried in August. The best advice you got on the list was to get your MIL involved with a grief support group. You sound to me like a very caring but frustrated DIL. It's NOT the place of your husband to take over for his dad. The second year of being a widow is a lot harder for a lot of people than the first year, but that doesn't mean you should give up your husband.

Any nudging you give her to do for herself is likely to be dismissed by her as "you just don't understand". A good support group would give her a shoulder to lean on & encouragement to do these things herself. It is easier for another widow to point out the need to adjust than family members & have it listened to. She would meet other widows that had had everything done for them, but now mow their own yard, etc.

If you don't know of a local support group, I'd like to recommend http://www.widownet.org. It has articles, links & forums for widows & widowers. It has sections for those that have recently lost their spouse & those that lost their spouse over a year ago. Gently guide or push her towards a support group. If she says you don't understand, agree with her & point out that's WHY you want her to have people to talk to that do understand. It's not always mean to use someone's words against them. <G>

Good luck. I'll be rooting for you MIL wise & cookie-wise.
post #45 of 60
My MIL is a twit. Not about cookies and whatnot but just in general. icon_mad.gificon_lol.gif
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