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Old 02-12-2007, 06:44 PM   #1  
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I was showing a coworker my gallery at work the other day and another coworker walked up to see what we were looking at. She started asking questions about the cards and stamping in general. I explained that it's what I like to do with my "spare" time. It's something that relaxes me and brings me joy when I get comments on my cards. She had the nerve to tell me to my face that my hobby is "stupid" and "what a waste of money". I couldn't believe she said that to me in front of other people. I just stood there dumbfounded.

I've gotten strange looks before from other people when I talk about my stamping hobby but they've never actually said anything to my face. I wondered how other people handle this same situation.
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Ignore them and walk away. Anyone who can be that rude in public isn't worth stressing over.
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Wow! That was really rude of her to say that. Even if she thought it she should have kept it to herself. Honestly, I wouldn't let it bother you. Don't let someone else determine how you are going to feel. She might have other issues going on or maybe has a little jealousy going on. We never know what someone else is thinking so it's better to just let it roll off. I know some people might have snapped back something equally mean but it's better that you didn't say anything. Two wrongs don't make it right.

I hope you have a better night. You have a wonderful hobby that makes you happy and you shouldn't worry if other people do not like it for themselves.

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I just wanted to add that I checked out your gallery and you do beautiful work. Here is one of my many favorite cards from it.....

http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=90533

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I was showing a coworker my gallery at work the other day and another coworker walked up to see what we were looking at. She started asking questions about the cards and stamping in general. I explained that it's what I like to do with my "spare" time. It's something that relaxes me and brings me joy when I get comments on my cards. She had the nerve to tell me to my face that my hobby is "stupid" and "what a waste of money". I couldn't believe she said that to me in front of other people. I just stood there dumbfounded.

I've gotten strange looks before from other people when I talk about my stamping hobby but they've never actually said anything to my face. I wondered how other people handle this same situation.

In my experience, people who say things like that have an inferiority complex and feel the need to put others down so they feel better about themselves. Sad. Or she just hasn't got a creative bone in her body and couldn't understand the satisfaction that can be gained from a creative endeavor like stamping. Her lack of creativity seems to be compounded by a lack of tact, as well! Don't let her get to you, she sounds like kind of a moron.
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Thanks for the replies. It's nice to hear from people that actually "get it". LOL.

Thanks for the kind comment too Robyn!
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I am with Robyn, you do beautiful work and some people are just down right rude or jealous one..who knows! Keep that head high and keep on creating!
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Doesn't surprise me because it's just good ol' fashioned RUDENESS at its finest. SOME PEOPLE.....

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Then I guess she is saying all SCSer's have a stupid hobby. I wonder if she has any idea how big the stamping/paper crafting community is? Your cards are great, keep stamping and keep showing others. Don't let one person get you down!
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along the lines of what motherof6 said, you can't argue with millions upon millions of people who stamp/scrap for a hobby. you just can't. i've had people look at me strangely when i talk about my hobby only when they see my supplies taking over my house, then that's more of a "tobi, you need to join a stampoholics anonymous group." People who criticize other's hobbies have no hobbies themselves and are JEALOUS!!! they are resentful that you spend your money on something fun. anyway... keep at it!! you do great work.
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Thanks to all for replying. I'll keep ignoring the rude remarks. After all, I have all the great SCS'ers to chat with that appreciate the hobby. You guys are great!
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In my experience, people who say things like that have an inferiority complex and feel the need to put others down so they feel better about themselves. Sad. Or she just hasn't got a creative bone in her body and couldn't understand the satisfaction that can be gained from a creative endeavor like stamping. Her lack of creativity seems to be compounded by a lack of tact, as well! Don't let her get to you, she sounds like kind of a moron.
I would have to second and third this reply. Just one person's opinion and if you think about it SCS has how many members that would STRONGLY DISAGREE with this woman.
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Mean people s*ck! Some people just aren't happy unless they can be raining on someone else's parade.
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I think now might be the perfect time to show her how creative stamping can be, and show her denier's perfect card! When you care enough to send the very best, baby!
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Sounds like something that would come out of the mouth of a sixth-grade girl (and I would know...I have one). Chock it up to her being emotionally stunted. Clearly her mental and social development stopped sometime in the very early teens.
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Missy, I checked out your gallery and your stuff rocks! The girl is definitely jealous and also has zero social skills. Keep up the fabulous work!
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I've gotten this same feedback from some at work and my comeback was....come on you know you are a CLOSET stamper you don't fool me. hahahahaha. She didnt deny it so I MUST be onto something. AND on top of it, I told her I really really must hold a workshop and she would be the first one I invited to it. She didnt balk at that idea either. There really is nothing to be ASHAMED of. In fact I think they are just aping(hhmmm a use for the monkey stamps) something they heard and dont really know what they are talking about. If you had a smoking habit for example and were a pack a day habit and quit that gee that would free up $150 of guilt free scrapin stampin money. There are worse habits. HELLO.
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Just one word to describe someone who would say something like that
Jealous!
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I can't believe she said that to you!!!! Extremely rude and inappropriate!
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I was showing a coworker my gallery at work the other day and another coworker walked up to see what we were looking at. She started asking questions about the cards and stamping in general. I explained that it's what I like to do with my "spare" time. It's something that relaxes me and brings me joy when I get comments on my cards. She had the nerve to tell me to my face that my hobby is "stupid" and "what a waste of money". I couldn't believe she said that to me in front of other people. I just stood there dumbfounded.

I've gotten strange looks before from other people when I talk about my stamping hobby but they've never actually said anything to my face. I wondered how other people handle this same situation.
I have been that person... Not to that degree, but I remember when my friends started stamping I lectured them on what a waste of money it is. Funny how life works... now they've all given up the hobby and I own more "stuff" than all of them put together. Go figure!

I would just tell that gal "to each their own" and move on. Who knows, two years from now she could be stampin' her heart out!
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I think that you should make her a card...tell her it is just a little something to brighten her day. sounds like she needs it!
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Well, I guess you could have said that you need something to relax you after a day at the office working with annoying people, but that would have been wrong!
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Ugh! How rude!
The truth is that a lot of people either do not care about creative hobbies. One of my dearest friends is a horsewoman, trainer, barrel racer, and professional rodeo woman. She has no desire at all to even try to rubber stamp. Of course, she isn't interested in doing anything crafty, yet she doesn't put rubbber stamping down. She does appreciate the cards she receives though. Some people really do not yet understand what a creative outlet this can be, while some just don't care about that anyway. I surely didn't understand rubber stamping possibilities until I first saw Stampin' Up! products "in action".

No matter though. Your commentator's remarks were rude. Don't let those people discourage you in the least. If it is satisfying to you, that's what counts.
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Tell her to bug off its your sanity not hers and you do great work i peeked at your gallery...
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Well, I guess you could have said that you need something to relax you after a day at the office working with annoying people, but that would have been wrong!

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Seriously, some people are so clueless!

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What a rude, tactless person who obviously hasn't got any joy in her own life. You keep creating and getting that joy for yourself!

You have some lovely cards in your gallery!
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Just because it's not there kind of hobby they tend to knock people who do do this hobby. I have had this also happen to me with in-laws and I just ignore them. Then I gave them all a bunch of cards for christmas and they loved them.
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I think that you should make her a card...tell her it is just a little something to brighten her day. sounds like she needs it!
I totally agree with this!

Make something beautiful and say something like "you obviously were having a bad day yesterday, thought I'd let you know I'm thinking of you"...

She'll probably not even "get it"....

come to think of it, I like Joan's reply better!
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Some people are just so miserable that they want to drag us all down with them. Don't let her bug you!

Along the same lines, my friend had someone say "I want to learn how to make cards too. It must be nice to have mindless work to do." It's become our joke. "Hey Gail, whatcha doin'?" "Oh just some mindless work!"
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some people aren't happy unless they're making someone else miserable.
To each his own.
Don't let it bother you...........I would definately make her a special card for the next holiday or birthday. I'm just evil and would do it out of spite.
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Just ignore her. She's probably jealous because she doesn't have time for a hobby. Some like that is not worth a response.
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I just checked out your gallery, you have really nice art work in there, don't let her get to you, she's probably just not creative so she wouldn't get it anyway.
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How very rude....
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Pffffft! She has no clue. Don't let her bring you down and don't stoop to her level if inconsiderateness (is that a word?)

When I was moving into my new digs, my 'guys' (friends of mine and my sons too) would carry in a box marked "craft room" and ask me where is the "CRAP" room? We all got a laugh from it but, you know...some folks just don't get it. It's therapy for me and if I didn't have it as an outlet for my creative juices I shudder to think what a basket case I would be.

I was thinking 'send her a rak' but then thought it would probably be a waste of your time and talents.

BE PROUD GIRL! we scoped out your gallery and agree you should wear it proudly!
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She's just an idiot with no life who is jealous of your talent and obvious joy in what you do. People like that enjoy being miserable and I don't usually give them a second thought..

BTW Snow day today!!!!!!!!!!!! Who's stamping??
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What an absolutely rude person!! She's obviously not a very happy gal!!
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When I hear comments like how expensive stamping is, I make a comment on how it is definitely cheaper than drinking at a bar AND I actually have something to show for my spending. (And stamping makes me feel BETTER, not hung over.)

When I was in my 20s, it was easy to drop around $40 a night at the bar. (And when I was in college, this was every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.)

I'd be curious as to what your rude co-worker spends her money on to relax.

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What a git. Sounds like she's insecure about her own hobby (tv watching? nostril scouring?) and needs to put down the pasttimes of others in order to feel better about herself. Sorry to hear you get to work with this bundle of sunshine.
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When I hear comments like how expensive stamping is, I make a comment on how it is definitely cheaper than drinking at a bar AND I actually have something to show for my spending. (And stamping makes me feel BETTER, not hung over.)

When I was in my 20s, it was easy to drop around $40 a night at the bar. (And when I was in college, this was every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.)

I'd be curious as to what your rude co-worker spends her money on to relax.

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Bingo! You hit that nail on the head. She definitely loves the bar scene.

Your post sounds exactly like what I tell people. I'm glad I'm not the only one dealing with rude people.

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By the way, this is also how I justify my spending money on my hobby to my hubby (and to myself). He used to be into drinking a lot in his 20's too. Thankfully we didn't meet until we were both in our mid-30s - so that we were both out of the bar scene.

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