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Posted: 1/1/2008 3:26:31 PM
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Posted: 1/1/2008 6:00:47 PM
OK, I'll play. Since this thread has gone on for 6 months and I crown it BEST THREAD EVER! LOL

Mine is from a few years ago.

I used to coordinate a neat crop about every month or every other month at "my" christian church. Now to clarify, I've had some on and off issues with religion over the past few years so I did not at the time go on a regular basis. I just didn't think I should go to a place, pretend to be devout, when I had too many "why's" and a lot of "I'm not sure I believe that". Having said that, I do believe in God, Jesus and I would consider myself a christian. Don't mistake this for me asking for opinions or lectures on religion, etc unless you want to see my brain turn off. It will come in my own time, but I'm getting there.

Now, my ex on the other hand is regular at church, and at this time, he went at least 3 out of every 4 sundays a month. My son was going about 1/2 the time to this church and another the other 1/2 of the time. My husband was a certified member of the church.

The church charged exactly *nothing* to use the very large fellowship hall with tons of tables, a nice kitchen and great lighting. I always tried very hard to get there early to set up tables and I stayed late to clean up (many times the other ladies would help me). I would even put back the tables where they were (sometimes having to fold them all and drag them back to the storage area... very heavy!) I also would vacuum up all those little bits of paper left over although everyone tried to clean up after themselves. I even washed and dried all the sinks. I didn't want anyone to even know we'd BEEN THERE. The church even gave me a key so I didn't have to make a special trip every month. I never used it to get into the church for any other reason, except for the crop. Sounds great right?

Well, add "Guy" to the story. We'll call him guy, cuz, well, that's Guy's name Guy. (Sorry, tangent room, table for 2 - I hate that name, was his sister named "Gal"?). I will also refer to him as Weasel - and still do this day - you'll see why in a min.

So my ex drops me off at the church and takes the boys to McDonalds after he leaves for supper. Crop starts at 6, I'm there around 5:15.

Weasel shows up within minuts. Weasel is your typical little man. I'm 5'4" and I tower over him. He has Little man syndrome, thinks he's important, but guess what, he's not. He's a florist, which I'm sorry, that's weird and He's also very "devout". *eyeroll*

So I'm in fellowship hall and weasel is flitting around like a... weasel. I can tell by his body language he's PISSED OFF. Something you should know about weasel is that he always looks pissed, but this was exceptional.

He walks past this cart in the hall and there's a plastic bag sitting on top of it. (wasn't mine) and he slams his hand on it to pick it up as he goes into the kitchen. I say "Guy, is there a problem?"

GAME ON.

I can't remember everything said at this point because it escalated quickly, and you know how your mind works at those moments - things are a blur.

He basically was pissed off because I was there cropping until midnight, and a church was no place to be having a "party" with my girlfriends. He acted like we were all there stripping on the tables drinking beer (for real!) I was so flabbergasted I said a couple times how it's a fellowship of women and how it was all about our families. What I wanted to say was it was more like a quilting bee - that we just hung out and such. You know - crop.

He didn't want to hear any of it. Then it turned into how I should not be there because I was not a member of the church. Technically I was not, but my husband was, and he was "loved" there (not that he should be, we are divorced, he's not as great as everyone liked to believe he was/is). My son was active in the bell choir. I was there at least once every 4-6 weeks which is 10 times more than your average joe! More than christmas and easter bunch!!

Now, imagine the scene from "A christmas story" where Dad is so mad about the broken lamp that all he get out is "you used up all the glue!". So now you know I was pissed - so pissed my noggin was disjointed and the words wouldn't come out. In my head, I was saying - "You're the reason why ppl don't want to go to church!! Because of hypocrits like YOU". What came out was.. "You.... YOU are a HYPOCRITE!"

He got right up in my face (of course I'm towering over his wee little weasel head), his face was blistering red. He looked like he was about to pop. I was SURE he was going to hit me. (more later on that). So he just just turns around and stomps off.

He gets all the way down to the other end of the church and I yell "Guy, you are a WEASEL, and I'm not the only one that thinks it around here!!"

Ow. LOL

So of course, now I'm really upset and I tried to call my ex, which is at McDonalds with the boys. No answer (no cell). So the next person I think to call is My ex-MIL (god bless her soul). She had been going to that church for years and years and knew weasel very well. And couldn't stand him either. I started crying *another eyeroll at myself!* and she said she'd come up.

So she came to the church, and I told her what happened and that I thought Guy was going to hit me. She left, and headed off to the minister's house.

She gets there, and there's a car there.. it's GUY! I guess she went in, and they all 3 had a coversation about what happened. Weasels contention was that I was not a member of the church, so I should not be there. Now, something else you should know, weasel's WIFE was not a member of the church and went about as much as me!!!! *cough*hypocrite*cough* My MIL said "do you really think how you acted tonight makes her want to go more now?" He had nothing to say in response. My MIL also brought up about how his wife never came, and he seemed ok with that.

MIL also said "Fairyquadmother thought you were going to hit her." he said "I almost did." !!!!!!
I almost got smacked in a church! By the church custodian/elder!!!!!!

Now, something you should know about me at the time was not only was I a good 3 inches taller than him, but I was also into weight training/body building. I literally could bench press HIM. I would have freaking laid him OUT easily. And then I woulda pressed charges. How awesomely white trash is that??? LOL

Later, the minister showed up, and seemed to take weasel's side but was civil about it. Said we should probably pay something for the usuage (so we started taking a collection each time).

He apologized to my MIL, but she said he should apologize to me. He also tried to apologize to my ex, which he deemed "important". My ex actually said to him "you need to apologize to Lana, not me."

It never happened and we've never spoken since.

I had 3 or 4 more crops there after that, but that was it. I never really felt welcome there after that.

Fast forward 4-5 years. My ex-MIL passes away and the minister had left, and then he becomes the minister again. he speaks at her funeral and during her eulogy, he mentions how Dorothy was "active in the church and if something needed taken care of, she wasn't scared to shop up on my doorstep... and did." It made me cry, it was one way that I got to be mentioned at my ex-MIL's funeral, without being mentioned. I have to say that no matter what, I always loved that woman.

That's my best one I got. I'll share any others I might think of. I do have a couple teaching hell stories to share.


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Posted: 1/1/2008 6:56:03 PM
OMG, fairyquadmom! That is horrendous! I also hosted fellowship crops at my church and I have 3 minor bad dreams, not exactly nightmares. One was these two teens who were dropped off by their moms without supplies. Then they bummed supplies off of everyone there. So I put an announcement in the bulletin that everyone must bring their own supplies and they stopped coming.

The second one involves the youth minister. It seems everytime we had a special crop event, she would plan a big youth activity the same time for the same space and take the tables. One time she planned a special prayer breakfast right in our weekend crop space and took our crop tables with our stuff on them from the night before and moved our stuff to put table cloths on the tables. Another time we had a big crop planned and we came in and she had half the tables put aside with tablecloths and china and serving dishes for a youth brunch after service on Sunday; our crop was Sat so we just moved all of her stuff off the tables and moved the tables back to the crop space. We had our crops on the calendar months in advance and she just disregarded the calendar, feeling her stuff had priority.

The third one happened the night the church arranged to have the floors waxed when we had a big crop going on. All the sudden about 8pm this floor company comes in and says they were contracted to do the floors Sat night. We stayed, but the smell was overwhelming and we got pushed up into a small area and had to try to tiptoe out through a small walkspace so we wouldn't go over the wet floor wax.


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Posted: 1/4/2008 12:20:23 PM
Fairyquadmother I loved your story.

It is as much an "awesome MIL" as crop horror story.

And the following is one great line!


I literally could bench press HIM. I would have freaking laid him OUT easily. And then I woulda pressed charges. How awesomely white trash is that??? LOL





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Posted: 1/4/2008 6:35:44 PM
Here's my nightmare story. A couple of other Peas were at this one:

This crop was hosted by a now out-of-business LSS. It was a Friday evening through Sunday noon crop. Cost of the weekend was close to $200, which included two nights hotel, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner on Saturday in the hotel restaurant. The LSS owner was providing Saturday lunch, snacks and drinks.

The LSS owner got there at the time the crop was scheduled to begin. Not early to set up, but at the start time. One attendee got there at the same time, and had to help the owner unload her trailer, set up the crop area, and the STORE. The owner never thanked her for doing this...she acted like it was expected.

The rest of us got there a little later. The crop room was very large and everyone had their own 6 foot table, which was very nice. However, the lighting was awful. The ceiling was very high with exposed beams and just a few chandelier style fixtures. Also, it was cold outside, and the room had a hot side and a cold side. Those near the windows were freezing, and those on the other side of the room were sweating.

The owner set up her stuff at the table across from me. Two tables back were a group that had come together. Mom, aunt, daughter, and 4 month old BABY. Baby was good most of the time, but DID have some fussy moments. During those times, everyone at their table took turns holding baby. It didn't bother me, but several others pitched a fit because it was supposed to be women only. The owner said she needed to fill some spots because she was losing money on the retreat and the girl couldn't come if she didn't bring the baby. I think several people would have taken up a collection to get rid of the baby.

We all went to bed around 2am, but the owner stayed up and continued to crop. The rooms were horrible. Picture a room that was built and decorated in the 70's. In the bathroom, there was a gap where two of the walls met, and I kept expecting a rodent to poke its head out.

We got back to cropping pretty early. About noon, we started wondering when lunch would be served. The two employees of the store who were at the crop went to the owner's room to find out where the lunch was. (These employees had paid FULL PRICE to attend the crop. They were not being paid to be there.) They couldn't get her to wake up. They banged on her door for 15 minutes before she mumbled that the meat and cheese were in the refrigerator. They found it, the bread, chips, and brownies. There were no condiments, though. Back to her room.... Another 15 minutes of pounding on the door. She said they were in the refrigerator. Uh, no they aren't. She never would get up. One girl went to the hotel restaurant and begged for some mustard and mayonnaise packets. Still no sign of the owner.

We cropped the rest of the afternoon, then had dinner in the restaurant. Everything was greasy and tasteless, not the WONDERFUL food the owner had raved about. She still was asleep in her room.

There were supposed to be make and takes, games, contests, and door prizes. The employees found the things for one make and take, but only 3 people made one. Since the owner was MIA, the employees had to make up some games. The only contest was a page contest for the 'best layout'. Attendees voted for this. For door prizes, they just started pulling things from the store area.

We again stayed up until about 2am. The owner finally came bouncing into the room around midnight. By now, all the attendees were pretty upset with the whole situation. The owner was completely oblivious and actually thought it was funny that there were no condiments for the sandwich trays at lunchtime. She laughed and said she left them at home.

The next morning when we got up, the 'store' was packed up. The owner was in the crop area and loudly complained that NO ONE helped her break down and pack up all the stuff. HUH? She had stayed up all night packing up her trailer and was rude to everyone who had gone to bed. WE didn't sleep all day...we were tired!

After that weekend, my friends and I vowed to NEVER go to one of her retreats again. She never organized another one, and went out of business about a year and a half later.


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Posted: 1/6/2008 4:37:16 PM
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Total LOL!! Chicken poop dust! Hysterical!!!



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Posted: 1/24/2008 10:32:50 AM
Maybe not.

Perhaps we've scared everyone straight off crops?




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Posted: 1/24/2008 1:22:44 PM
I went to a friends CM crop a few years ago after I had first started scrapbooking. I didn't like the consultant that would be there but I liked the other scrappers so I decided to go. Many of the other scrappers were beginners and very into CM. The consultant did her little presentation and went on and on about how we shouldn't buy things at local stores b/c it takes away from the pictures and you don't know if it is photo safe. She went on and on about this and at one point even called eyelets and brads useless "cra*".

So after she was done she was walking around and wanted to look through my book. I was so nervous when b/c my book was filled with pages full of the afformentioned "cra*". So she started looking through my book and I saw the look on her face. She realized that she may have been ranting to the wrong people. I just looked at her and said "Yep, that's my scrapbook full of cra*". Needless to say I haven't been to another one her parties.


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Posted: 1/24/2008 1:23:04 PM
I went to a friends CM crop a few years ago after I had first started scrapbooking. I didn't like the consultant that would be there but I liked the other scrappers so I decided to go. Many of the other scrappers were beginners and very into CM. The consultant did her little presentation and went on and on about how we shouldn't buy things at local stores b/c it takes away from the pictures and you don't know if it is photo safe. She went on and on about this and at one point even called eyelets and brads useless "cra*".

So after she was done she was walking around and wanted to look through my book. I was so nervous when b/c my book was filled with pages full of the afformentioned "cra*". So she started looking through my book and I saw the look on her face. She realized that she may have been ranting to the wrong people. I just looked at her and said "Yep, that's my scrapbook full of cra*". Needless to say I haven't been to another one of her parties.


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Posted: 1/24/2008 1:23:26 PM
I went to a friends CM crop a few years ago after I had first started scrapbooking. I didn't like the consultant that would be there but I liked the other scrappers so I decided to go. Many of the other scrappers were beginners and very into CM. The consultant did her little presentation and went on and on about how we shouldn't buy things at local stores b/c it takes away from the pictures and you don't know if it is photo safe. She went on and on about this and at one point even called eyelets and brads useless "cra*".

So after she was done she was walking around and wanted to look through my book. I was so nervous when b/c my book was filled with pages full of the afformentioned "cra*". So she started looking through my book and I saw the look on her face. She realized that she may have been ranting to the wrong people. I just looked at her and said "Yep, that's my scrapbook full of cra*". Needless to say I haven't been to another one of her parties.


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Posted: 1/24/2008 4:40:25 PM
I've been going to crops now for I guess three or four years, and have experienced most all of the "nightmares." Fussy babies, child scrappers (little pitchers with big ears), cell phones, loud talkers, and all sorts of awkward situations.

I just this year began going to retreats hosted by my CTMH gal, and let me tell you, they are WONDERFUL. We stay at a church campground that has a huge greatroom, real motel rooms, and they cook all your meals for you (for a small per meal fee). We even each get our own 8' table. Couldn't ask for better.

There is this one bunch who comes and DOMINATES the sound in the room. Could be with music, could be with constant LOUD prattle, whatever. Literally, when they are not around, you can *feel* the quiet. They are a mom and two-daughter team, and they bicker darn near constantly.

But the funniest story has nothing to do with them. It's probably a "had to be there" kinda story, and I'm telling it secondhand, but I got a kick out of it and promised myself I'd post it here. It seems that at the last retreat, we had a "newbie" to the group. She came in, sat and cropped and didn't have a lot to say. On Saturday, some of the ladies started asking for music, so one of the younger ladies plugged up her iPOD, hit shuffle, and voila. Music! Well...we've read a ton about different musical strokes for different strokes, and her music was pretty diverse...there was some country, some rock, even some rap. One of the songs comes on and it's going to have a "wordy dird" in it. The iPOD owner springs into action and rushes over to turn it off before, but, alas, is too late. The word blasts into the air and...just...sort...of...hangs...there. Our newbie cropper snaps "I just wish you'd turn that off. I am getting NO enjoyment from it whatsoever." Embarasses pour young scrapper to pieces, but mission accomplished - the music is off. Well, before you know it, newbie scrapper is packing up (she'd only been around for a few hours and had been expected to stay for the night) and announces to no one in particular "Well, we're leaving!" One of our seasoned tons-of-fun scrappers says, "We? Who's we?" Newbie scrapper: "Me and the Lord" (don't you hate it when they take the Lord with them? I mean, I like to hang out with Him, too!) Only Tons of Fun hears her wrong, and says loudly and in a puzzled way (think Kelly Pickler - "What's a minx?" "Who's Lamar???" Newbie scrapper storms out and we've never seen her since. Later, Tons of Fun comments, "Well, I could just picture Lamar sitting out in the car reading a magazine while she was in here scrapping!"

The whole incident has spun off a new language at our crops, i.e. "Lamar be with you." "May Lamar bless you." "Lamar is strong with that one." etc., etc.

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Posted: 1/24/2008 6:32:07 PM

"Me and the Lord"


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Bwahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaa

Oh that's good. How obnoxious. I'm sure there were plenty in the room who had dibs on the Lord, too.



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Posted: 1/24/2008 7:06:55 PM
Just here to verify the retreat nightmare posted by Bobomommy. My friend and I were here room-mates. The "hotel" made 4-H camp look like the Ritz and the resturant had "dead animals" on the walls! Now, that will increase your appetite. In my friends room, which joined ours by a balcony, had a huge water stain on the ceiling and the water in the bathroom didn't drip, it was a steady small stream the entire night...she had to keep getting up to go to the bathroom!
On Saturday night after the owner finally got her butt out of bed, she acted like nothing had happened and everything was just fine. At one point we were playing "scrapbook scavenger hunt" and that's when she unleashed her fury on me. One of the items asked for was BasicGrey paper. Well, being an addict, I grabbed my stash and put it down on the table (keep in mind "she" was cropping next to me and across from Bobomommy). The paper hit the table a little harder than I meant for it to and caused a drop (literally) of coffee to land on her lo and that was it........comment was "What the h--- are you doing?" Total silence in the room - "you just ruined my lo and this is the only piece of this paper I have (uhhh she did own a store). Quick, someone help me clean up this mess. (remember, one drop) well, I chose to ignore her all together, my friend and Bobomommy handed her a kleenex and the game went on. I never said another word to her the rest of the weekend and other people at the retreat came up and appologized (for what..but I appreciated it). She also made crude comments about a group of ladies that decided to go into town and have a dinner at Longhorn (remember, tasteless, greasy food with dead animals staring at you!) She said "they cost me money, because I will have to pay for meals that they did not eat...hello, meals were supposed to be included in the retreat cost!)
Oh, I could go on and on, but I think Bobomommy and I have given you a pretty good idea of H--- Retreat. Hate to say it, but she got what she deserved when her business went out of business.....news of rudeness travels fast (especially since the 3 of us were on the DT)!



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Posted: 1/24/2008 7:26:25 PM

don't you hate it when they take the Lord with them? I mean, I like to hang out with Him, too!


OMG! ROFLMBO! Don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord, welllll, you know.... BWAAAHAAAAAA.

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Posted: 1/24/2008 7:39:30 PM
Mom & I went to CKU last year, and during the album class sat with a very, um, interesting woman. She told us how she'd spilled WINE on a lady's stuff the at the crop the night before. Holy cow - I'd have killed her! I couldn't figure out what possessed her to bring wine to a crazy crop like that in the first place.

Oh, and she griped and fussed all day long about the products, mostly the tape dispenser that was in the pack. And since I am a fast scrapper, and was far more experienced than anyone else at the table, she kept gawking over my pages, and wanting to look at the most inopportune times. Her stuff kept "accidentally" getting mixed up with mine, and I swear she went home with half of what was really mine.

Okay, she wasn't that bad - certainly not as bad as some of the crazies y'all have mentioned!


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Posted: 1/25/2008 8:31:35 PM
A friend told me about her experience at a New Year's Eve scrap at Archiver's just a few weeks ago. Seems they held a contest and the winner got a very nice packet of paper and embellishments. So on the next one, Rhonda busted her butt to spell the most words using the letters from "twelve hour crop" and won. She also spelled the longest word by coming up with "pervert." Guess what they gave her for her double prizing winning performance? A glue stick.

Some of the other croppers took to calling her pervert all night after that. Then Archiver's, which has a no open containers at the table policy, passed out cups of peach punch for a toast. Rhonda's got knocked into her paper carrier, and she spent the next hour trying to rescue and dry out her paper stash. She swears it all still smells like peaches.

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Posted: 1/25/2008 9:57:21 PM

She also spelled the longest word by coming up with "pervert."

*snort* Makes you wonder how or why she happened to spot that word.

I rarely go to crops simply because there are none close by and I don't like driving a lot at night. Plus, it seems like a hassle to pack up a bunch of supplies and lug them to an LSS for a few hours then to lug them back home only to have them sit there for a month waiting to be unpacked. I've only had good experiences when I've gone to crops, though.

I will share a funny story, though. I'd mentioned in a previous post that I used to go to regular monthly crops at a private residence. Well, the girl I used to go with and I had a falling out so we stopped talking. Maybe 6-8 months had passed (maybe longer) and I had signed up for a Saturday night crop at my favorite LSS. Lo and behold, she was there with my replacement (her new BFF). Luckily we were at separate tables and her back was to me, but it was a bit uncomfortable, especially knowing she was with a girl she'd picked over me (the girl was basically the reason why we had a falling out). I didn't stay for the whole crop, but at one point while I was there I made a comment that if I won a door prize, I'd get up on the table and dance. Well, guess what? The next number that was called out was mine so everyone expected me to carry through with my 'promise'. Since my scrap supplies were still all over the table I compromised. I stood up on my chair and did a quick little dance. It was fun.


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Posted: 1/26/2008 11:48:12 AM
OMGosh I read these last night and had tears running down my face. While I don't have any funny stories (other than being invited to a CM crop as a newbie and being told to use whatever I wanted then have the consultant "hmmmmm" every time I attached a fibre or brad LOL!) I certainly liked all of yours! Keep them coming! I am getting a good feel for what to NOT do at the crops that a friend and I are planning!

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Posted: 1/26/2008 12:58:22 PM
I don't think I've posted on this thread yet.

There is an awesome scrapbook store in South LA that I love to go to when I visit. DH and I lived there about 5 years ago and I had a chance to attend the store's weekend crop at a local hotel. Everything was awesome. The owner did a great job. My complaint was with another guest.

My family is from North LA. I drove up there so my mom could watch my kids for the weekend and my aunt, my cousin(her daughter), and aunt's friend were going to drive back down with me to the crop. Aunt's friend went on about how she rarely leaves her kids and her DH doesn't know what to do with them when she's gone. Her kids are way older than mine. The youngest was around 11 and the oldest was in high school. My kids were just 2 and 6 at the time.

Anyway, we get there and get settled in the room and our spots. All night the woman's kids and DH called her cell phone. At one point my aunt asked her to leave the table so we could work. Around 11 pm aunt's friend leaves the table and we thought she was going to retire for the night. Around midnight she shows back up with her DH and kids following her. Apparently they missed her so much they made the four hour drive down to stay. She ends up getting a room for her family and stays with them. The next day while we are cropping her kids run back and forth from the pool to where we are working hounding her about when they are going to get to leave the hotel and see some sights cause daddy promised them.

Thankfully, the woman left with her DH and kids that night around 8. Since the crop ended at midnight Saturday my aunt and cousin were going to stay at my house and we were going to drive back north on Sunday. I had invited aunt's friend, but told my aunt I didn't have room for friend's DH and kids.

The next year I went to the crop with aunt and my two best friends and we had a blast.


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Posted: 1/28/2008 2:03:25 PM
Love all the updates! I know a lot of ya'll were going to crops this past weekend - any good stories? Keep 'em coming! DH's aunt, a scrapping newbie, has been invited to a CM party in Feb & I'm supposed to be invited too. It'll be my first real crop. I'm very curious to see how it goes and will report back with any good tales. Til then keep 'em coming.

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Posted: 1/28/2008 2:13:11 PM

(Sorry, tangent room, table for 2 - I hate that name, was his sister named "Gal"?)
...funNEE!!


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Posted: 2/17/2008 2:03:31 PM
"Sex and The City" ringtone at ScrapMania last night.


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Posted: 2/17/2008 2:04:38 PM
"Sex and The City" ringtone at ScrapMania last night.

Never saw the show, just the ads when it was re-run on broadcast TV so *how* do I know it was the theme song??? Too many calls at a crop

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Posted: 2/17/2008 4:21:37 PM
I was SOOO happy to see this one resurface, so I will think of a new/old story just to celebrate!

I went to a crop with a friend, and she had received the invite. It was a sort of 'by invitation only' group of ladies and I knew some of them and felt welcome. The only thing is, my friend was the only person of color, shall I say, present at the crop.

We were seated at the end of a long row of pushed together tables. In the middle was a lady who dominated the conversation ALL NIGHT LONG. The other ladies seemed to hang on her every detail about her daughter; a preschooler.

All of the sudden she begins to speak about a head start child who attends her daughter's preschool who is {take deep breath, place hands on cheeks, and place mouth in OOOOOHHH shape } black!!!!!! She goes on,
....and on....and on....about this head start 'black' child. UM, hello?
Look to the right? Person of color within earshot!!!

My friend and I start passing notes back and forth to each other. We are laughing so hard at this lady we can't breathe. And all the ladies around her are nodding and saying, "Oh my." and offering little words of
encouragement.."

My friend and I get up to walk past her to the snack table but she doesn't stop talking to notice us. Unbelievable. We of course NEVER go back.

Fast forward about 5 years. Me and my friend go to a different crop and the lady who invited my friend is there with a friend of hers. We are all chatting and conversation goes to some of the worst crops we've ever gone to. My friend and I are debating whether or not to tell her that the crop she invited her to was one of them. We decide against it for now. Then who should walk in and sit with them but "THE TALKER!!!" She is the daughter of the lady scrapping with the the person we were going to tell about the worst crop situation. And sure enough, it doesn't take her long to start talking about her daughter, who by now is a bratty preteen and giving her mom fits apparently. We both hope she brings home a gansta boyfriend!

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Posted: 2/18/2008 9:34:41 AM
These are hilarious and amazing.
I wish I had some to share, but truth be told, I haven't been to that many crops. Keep 'em coming!


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Posted: 2/18/2008 11:55:47 AM
This is one of my favorite threads....

Last October I went to a crop organized by my LSS but was at a B&B guest ranch four hours away.

There were 13 of us and paid about $200 for the friday to sunday crop.

Most came in pairs, but I came by myself, my scrap buddy had brought her sister so I was kinda the odd one out. There was also another woman who came by herself that I had never met.

The crop room was great, other people were great. Ther were nine rooms and king beds and all were expected to share beds.

Not a problem for the BFFs that came together but I was told that I had to sleep in the same bed as this other woman, or I could pay extra to have my own room.

I felt very awkward. She said she had no problem with it and perhaps I shouldn't have but I am a shy person an just felt weird about it. Same room, fine but same bed? What if I snore or something?

The other lady was very nice and everyone got along fine but I decided to pay another $30 to have my own room.

Next time I will make sure to bring a buddy.


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Posted: 2/18/2008 12:04:24 PM
This thread is a 2peas classic!

I give props to you ladies willing to go to overnight/weekend crops, especially when you know few or none. It seems like a large gamble to me.

I wish I had more stories to share but I always crop at one lady's house once a month and it is ALWAYS nice.


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Posted: 2/19/2008 12:15:16 PM
I finally had a chance to sit and read through the whole thread. Oh My! There sure are so good stories out there.

So far I've only been to one crop and it wasn't bad at all.


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Posted: 2/19/2008 6:46:00 PM

The other lady was very nice and everyone got along fine but I decided to pay another $30 to have my own room.


I hear ya, Peawizz. Did the other lady get her own room for the shared room price while they made you pay the extra money? It would have been worth it to me to spend the $30 though - a king size bed to myself is worth every penny over sleeping with just about anybody.

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Posted: 2/19/2008 9:15:15 PM
My 2nd and last crop was a with a group of cliquish women in a group I had just joined. I had met with the organizer about setting up some other thing later in the month like smaller crops and stuff. She was looking through one of my scrapbooks when she asked me if I was sleeping with my roommate (I lived with a guy at the time.) When other women who she knew arrived she announced to all of us that her and her husband were using condoms again since she had had a miscarriage the week before. I've been told that she was just trying to have 'girl talk' but my Grandma taught us there are three things you don't discuss with strangers or at the dinner table: politics, religion, and sex.

After that meeting I was really turned off to the entire idea of going to this 12 hour crop that coming weekend but I was willing to give it another chance and invited a friend to come with me who was a newbie. We get there and they have use situated at the little 4 foot tables crammed together to where there was little to no room to walk and the room smelled of burnt food she claimed was 'dinner'.

So we get all set up and at one point the organizer has us go around the room introducing ourselves. This is when my friend and I realize that we are the only ones that don't have children and are scrapbooking "college content" AKA parties, drinking, etc.

After we had been there about an hour the organizer comes over to chat and sees that I am working on a layout for an Aerosmith concert I had went to and was freehand drawing one of the photo of a Vegas showgirls image from the waist down from an Aerosmith CD booklet (You Gotta Move). Needless to say she was a little shocked. My friend is doing a page from the recent football season where the marching band went to Jacksonville and her pictures involved our other friends drinking in our rooms. About 3 hours in my friend and I were very uncomfortable not only with the way we were being treated or should I say ignored but also with the alotment of space we were given.

I tell my friend I'll be back that I am going to run outside to get better phone 'reception' to call and check in with work. I go outside and call my sister telling her I need an "accident" to happen in about 25 minutes. Thirty minutes later my sister called me in tears that mom had collapsed in the yard and was being evacted to hospital and they needed me to come home right then. We were out of then in 10 minutes. Neither of us have gone to a crop since but do plan on attending one at the new lss in the coming month.



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Posted: 2/20/2008 9:47:46 AM
More please!

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Posted: 2/20/2008 10:59:11 AM
As a LSS owner, I have seen my share. It gets interesting when there is very mixed company. When we look at the list of who is coming, and just have to brace ourselves. There was one girl who always came, and offered WAY too much information, on every subject. Her mother and father's sex life, her breasts, her husband's drunken escapades... And the funniest thing ever, was on the night of our first crop. I was sitting next to a lady who for lack of a better description, would remind you of a bassett hound. A perpetual sad, bored expression on her face. Sweet lady, just not a ton of fun. So she leans over to her left to get her tote, and at the same time I lean over to my left to pick something up. She farts in my face, and about half of us heard it. So one girl cannot get it together. She is laughing so much she doesn't get one page done. She was actually telling funny stories to cover up her all night laughter about the fart. It was so embarassing. But hilarious, especially looking back!

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Posted: 2/20/2008 11:25:50 AM
That one is hilarious!


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Posted: 2/24/2008 1:07:50 PM
I have now been to my second crop and it was great!

Are there anymore stories?


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Posted: 2/24/2008 6:13:44 PM
Well here's my story. A group of friends ususally scrapped at the LSS until it closed so then we scrapped at different houses. When it was my turn, I offered knowing I had two pups I was trying to potty train. All went well, except the male pup was jealous of the attention given to scrapping and not him. After a while one of the girls asked have you seen my picture and we all looked around and didn't find it. Guessing she stuck it to something else we went on working until about 11:00 p.m. my dd comes in and says "mom, rowdy pooped in the living room" - dang dog did it on purpose. So I stopped to cleam up poop and then she comes out of her room with my friend's picture. The dogs only came to the dining room table once and were shooshed away. How the picture ended up down the hall is still a mystery. To say I was embarassed is an understatement. So needless to say even after rowdy went to live with my son, I was still hesitant to offer my home.

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Posted: 2/24/2008 9:23:42 PM
<When other women who she knew arrived she announced to all of us that her and her husband were using condoms again since she had had a miscarriage the week before.>>

That reminds me of the time I was at a small crop -- just four of us -- and the little white-haired lady in the group starts telling us this story about how she had to learn to give her husband a catheter, and the entire process of handling his tool really made her horny.

The three of us kept looking at each other, wondering how we were supposed to respond to that. "Yah, me too," was entirely inappropriate and we certainly couldn't think of any specific questions to ask her on the topic (she'd have answered them and I already had TMI!) And she was being so sincere, we knew she would get her feelings hurt if we laughed. I ended up offering to go on a snack run for the gang just so I could walk out of the building and laugh my butt off. Took me almost an hour and a half just to bring back four shakes from Arby's...

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Posted: 2/24/2008 10:51:58 PM
ROTFLOL!!
My dh just paused to ask if I was okay...
Keep the stories coming!


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Posted: 2/24/2008 11:54:41 PM
Luckily, out of about a dozen retreats, only one bad one, but I sure laugh at these!!!! BTT


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Posted: 2/25/2008 12:13:40 AM
I lOVE!!!!! this thread. It always makes me laugh out loud.

Farting!!! ROTFLMAO

And "Lamar"! I've been looking for him everywhere...who knew he was at your crop!

thanks ladies!


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Posted: 2/25/2008 11:51:16 PM
Who's LAMAR?


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Posted: 3/9/2008 11:10:31 AM

Who's Lamar

From KwiteKreative's post:

Well, before you know it, newbie scrapper is packing up (she'd only been around for a few hours and had been expected to stay for the night) and announces to no one in particular "Well, we're leaving!" One of our seasoned tons-of-fun scrappers says, "We? Who's we?" Newbie scrapper: "Me and the Lord" (don't you hate it when they take the Lord with them? I mean, I like to hang out with Him, too!)
Only Tons of Fun hears her wrong, and says loudly and in a puzzled way (think Kelly Pickler - "What's a minx?" "Who's Lamar???" Newbie scrapper storms out and we've never seen her since.
Later, Tons of Fun comments, "Well, I could just picture Lamar sitting out in the car reading a magazine while she was in here scrapping!"

The whole incident has spun off a new language at our crops, i.e. "Lamar be with you." "May Lamar bless you." "Lamar is strong with that one." etc., etc


I believe she misunderstood "The Lord" as "Lamar"


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Posted: 4/8/2008 11:30:24 AM
BTT!


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Posted: 4/8/2008 1:11:16 PM
Ohhh, I've missed you Nightmare thread...

Any new ones?


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Posted: 4/8/2008 3:38:34 PM
As another LSS owner, I have had my share of awkward moments that turned into hours. None that seem as funny as some of the previous stories, but maybe the joke was on me. . .

At the first crop I went to (before I had the LSS), a lady was painting and when she opened the bottle, it exploded neon orange paint everywhere. I had spent a lot of time on my newborns 1st day layout & was heartbroken that it was ruined. I did manage to save enough to reassemble it & vowed not to get myself in that position again.

Since I didn't read all of these posts, this next one may already be on here. At a CHA class a few months later, it happened again. (If you haven't been to a convention class, they are crowded and there is very little room to assemble your project, let alone move around.) A lady's bottle of sparkly blue paint got about 6 of us -- there was blue hair, blue clothes, and there was paint about 15 feet high on the fabric room divider. Then the teacher announced, "Be sure not to get it on your clothes, it won't wash out." There was a lady in front of the exploding paint that had to go to the rest room to wash her hair because most of the bottle ended up in her hair (in the back, of course, so washing it in a public restroom was a challenge). Most of us that were "hit" were okay with it, but we all felt so bad for the lady that opened the paint. It wasn't even her fault (I think the bottle had been checked on the plane, and hadn't depressured), but you could tell she felt so, so bad about everything. Now, several years later, it is a bit funny.

At the first all night crop at my store, I had the first shift, so I was in bed by midnight so I could get up early for the breakfast shift. Something woke me around 2am & I felt like calling the store to see how things were going. When I called, I kept getting the busy signal and after awhile, I figured out the phone was off the hook. I read too many mysteries and had just finished one in the Scrapbook store mystery series about a murder in the alley during an all night crop. My sleep-deprived mind made me wonder if there was a heist at the store and the thug cut the phone lines. I struggled with whether or not to go to the store (about 6 blocks away) to check on things, but I didn't want to make the bad-guy mad enough to hurt someone or be taken hostage. I freaked myself out. When my husband calmed me down, I remembered one of my friends was at the crop and called her cell phone and everyone was okay & they got the phone back on the hook. They laughed about my paranoia and asked to borrow the book.

We had a big crop for National Scrapbook day last May, and for our big crops, we rent the restored ballroom above our shop (the building was built in 1885 or so.) We had so much rain that when we went to clean up the day after the crop a huge chuck of ceiling had fallen 30 feet. If the ceiling had fallen a few hours earlier, we would have had casualties.


Sarah

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Posted: 4/21/2008 9:26:56 AM
"We had a big crop for National Scrapbook day last May, and for our big crops, we rent the restored ballroom above our shop (the building was built in 1885 or so.) We had so much rain that when we went to clean up the day after the crop a huge chuck of ceiling had fallen 30 feet. If the ceiling had fallen a few hours earlier, we would have had casualties."

- Glad no one was hurt. Did it get you out of some of the cleanup?

BTT - I'm hoping there will be some more crop stories - I can't get enough of them!

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Posted: 4/21/2008 12:56:14 PM
Well, here's my cropping nightmare.

For the past 2-3 years a small group of friends and myself have been using a large room in a church (1 block from my house) to crop in. The church charges $25.00 for the whole day. Very reasonable. We split the amount and it usually comes to $5.00 each to crop for 5-10 hours depending on our schedules.

Well, this one time we decided to invite an acquaintance of my sister and mine. Well we also invited this lady's mil because we were told the lady scrapbooked and we figured that our acquaintance would then have someone she knew other than us.

We told the two ladies that it would be $4.00 for the time we would be using the room.
Well both ladies show up with photos and a couple of pieces of patterned paper. Thats all! I was like "What"??!! I thought you gals scrapped?

And on top of that I think they expected me to be teaching them a class or something. Maybe thats what they thought the $4.00 was for. Well, needless to say I did not get much done that night. They kept asking me what to do next and how I thought "this" looked. And they borrowed a bunch of my stuff, tools, cs, pens, scissors etc.

They both are sweet ladies but omgosh, I just wanted to get some scrapping done. They both finished 1 page each and never came to another one of our crops.




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Posted: 4/24/2008 11:45:28 AM
I don't have any crop nightmare stories; however, I am going to a crop this weekend where I don't know a soul but a co-worker of mine. We'll see how that goes!!! In years past, a very dear friend of mine who is a CMC would plan a weekend crop usually the weekend coming up, but she's working full time now and unable to plan it. I'm so disappointed!!! We have a blast and my CMC could care less about "contraband"; however, her, what's it called, upline ? does not tolerate "contraband" at her crops. At any rate, I'm looking forward to the all day crop on Saturday.

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Posted: 5/10/2008 10:31:37 PM
any new tales for mothers' day?


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Posted: 5/10/2008 11:59:43 PM
Not a recent story but had to share. Went to a crop last yr for 70 pple at a local resort but run by LSS.Th crop went form fri afternoon till sun luchtime. woman at next table[who only got ONE layout done all w/e]spent entire time talking ,loudly. At one point she discovers one of the other croppers at her table is a doctor who does consmetic laser surgery in her practice and then proceeded to pull up her top and ask her[I swear this is true] if she could"zap these lumps cos my husband calls them slater beetles and doesnt like them" I think she had warts or skin tags or something. I was really too scared to look.!!!!! Needless to say , I said silent prayers of thanks to the scrapbooking gods who did not seat me at her table!!!!

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Posted: 5/11/2008 2:31:02 PM
Nothing too funny, but here's mine.

Went to a weekend scrapbooking retreat with my mom. We were the last to arrive and ended up with the "bad" tables, or so the other ladies thought.

One lady talked all weekend about how she called the police on every single neighbor she has. Mostly over their dogs.

Another woman was loud and obnoxious. She constantly talked (very loudly) about her 3 yr old son and how "cute" every single thing he said or did was. I don't mind chit chat about your kids, but I really don't care that he mispronounces every single word he learns to say. Geesh! I've got my own kids and even they aren't THAT cute!! She also put her favorite CD in the crop-room computer and turned it up pretty loudly. Some of her music was o.k., but I'd rather listen to my ipod.

The table group next to me actually made fun of me when I went to bed at 12:30 a.m. I didn't know a group of middle-aged women could act so high-schoolish. And no, they weren't just kidding. Found out the next morning that they went to bed 15 minutes later.

The next afternoon, the sun started shining in on the obnoxious group and then they continued to complain about that. Guess our tables weren't so bad after all. I did find some poetic justice in that.

I did enjoy myself overall and got so much accomplished. Next time, I will arrive early and bring my ipod.


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