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    Handcrafted Soap Candles http saratoga rose blogspot com My published books other writing http modern day laura blogspot com Filled with everything I love http www thriftyfarmgirl com Vintage Sewing Machine Parts Edited by naturemaiden on Feb 05 2016 1 09 12 PM countrygrace True Blue Farmgirl 1107 Posts Grace Salkum Wa USA 1107 Posts Posted Feb 05 2016 1 16 10 PM Hi Connie Wonderful I will mail them out on Monday I think you will love them Grace Traditional Farmgirl Aprons Pattern from Grandma made by a 5th generation farmgirl Website http davengracegifts wix com heritage aprons Etsy shop https www etsy com your shops GrandmaHeritageApron naturemaiden True Blue Farmgirl 2212 Posts Connie Farmgirl 673 Cutchogue NY USA 2212 Posts Posted Feb 05 2016 1 33 23 PM I m sure I will love them can t wait thanks http www naturemaiden com Handcrafted Soap Candles http saratoga rose blogspot com My published books other writing http modern day laura blogspot com Filled with everything I love http www thriftyfarmgirl com Vintage Sewing Machine Parts naturemaiden True Blue Farmgirl 2212 Posts Connie Farmgirl 673 Cutchogue NY USA 2212 Posts Posted Feb 13 2016 07 03 20 AM Hi Grace I got my 2 half aprons yesterday they are beautiful thank you http www naturemaiden com Handcrafted Soap Candles http saratoga rose blogspot com My published books other writing http modern day laura blogspot com Filled with everything I love http www thriftyfarmgirl com Vintage Sewing Machine Parts countrygrace True Blue Farmgirl 1107 Posts Grace Salkum Wa USA 1107 Posts Posted Feb 13 2016 09 15 29 AM Wonderful perfect for harvesting your garden your ready to grow D Traditional Farmgirl Aprons Pattern from Grandma made by a 5th generation farmgirl Website http davengracegifts wix com heritage aprons Etsy

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    you make them Krista Simple Living True Blue Farmgirl 955 Posts Joan Staten Island NY USA 955 Posts Posted Feb 10 2016 03 44 04 AM Hi Krista Yes I make them from scratch I love doing this I have a Facebook business page with videos on some of my albums It s called Happier Every Day I named it after my 3 grandkids LOL Thank you for your compliment A Life Without a Friend Is a Life Without Sun Farmgirl 3842 MaryJanesNiece True Blue Farmgirl 347 Posts Krista Utah USA 347 Posts Posted Feb 10 2016 12 57 09 PM I really like these I am going to email you I m interested in a different theme Krista Simple Living True Blue Farmgirl 955 Posts Joan Staten Island NY USA 955 Posts Posted Feb 10 2016 1 05 34 PM I make custom albums just let me know Krista A Life Without a Friend Is a Life Without Sun Farmgirl 3842 Simple Living True Blue Farmgirl 955 Posts Joan Staten Island NY USA 955 Posts Posted Feb 10 2016 1 11 58 PM I sent a reply to your email Thank you for your interest Krista A Life Without a Friend Is a Life Without Sun Farmgirl 3842 Marketplace Interactive Photo Albums New Topic Reply to Topic Printer Friendly Jump To Select Forum Books Buy the Books Book Ideas Magazine Call for Entries Keeping in Touch HomeSafeHome Farmgirl Jubilee Annual Celebration 9 Did it 8 Do it 7 Send it 6 Earn it 5 Wear it 4 Shout it 3 Sing it 2 We decree it s Jubilee 1 Dream it Make it Bake it Shake it Fabulous Farm Collectibles Farmgirl Mail Art Farmgirl Blog Roll Call Farmgirl Swap Farmgirl Barter Marketplace Farmgirl Chapters Sample Press Release Farmgirl Chapter

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    are a work of art and fun to decorate with your precious photos and memorabilia Completely handmade down to the binding If interested please contact me A Life Without a Friend Is a Life Without Sun Farmgirl 3842 Marketplace Interactive Photo Album New Topic Reply to Topic Printer Friendly Jump To Select Forum Books Buy the Books Book Ideas Magazine Call for Entries Keeping in Touch HomeSafeHome Farmgirl Jubilee Annual Celebration 9 Did it 8 Do it 7 Send it 6 Earn it 5 Wear it 4 Shout it 3 Sing it 2 We decree it s Jubilee 1 Dream it Make it Bake it Shake it Fabulous Farm Collectibles Farmgirl Mail Art Farmgirl Blog Roll Call Farmgirl Swap Farmgirl Barter Marketplace Farmgirl Chapters Sample Press Release Farmgirl Chapter Henhouses Farmgirl Chapter Chatter Farmgirl Sisterhood Young Cultivator Awardees Awesome Official Farmgirl Sisterhood Members Merit Badge Chit Chat Merit Badge Awardees Woo hoo Sisters Earn Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges Become an Official Farmgirl Sisterhood Member General Chat Forum Welcome Wagon News from MaryJanesFarm MaryJanesFarm Products Merchandise Weather Report Try This Stitching Crafting Room Sporty Farmgirls Reading Room Farm Library Reading Room Parenting Farm Kids Outpost Off the Grid Homesteading Skills Nifty

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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - 30% Off Everything
    AM countrynmore True Blue Farmgirl 1949 Posts Sharon CA USA 1949 Posts Posted Sep 23 2015 10 42 32 AM New but old out of print sewing patterns for capes ponchos capelet craft patterns plus new fabric has been added Current sale ends Feb 14 www etsy com shop CountryNMore2 Edited by countrynmore on Feb 09 2016 10 27 31 AM Marketplace 30 Off Everything New Topic Reply to Topic Printer Friendly Jump To Select Forum Books Buy the Books Book Ideas Magazine Call for Entries Keeping in Touch HomeSafeHome Farmgirl Jubilee Annual Celebration 9 Did it 8 Do it 7 Send it 6 Earn it 5 Wear it 4 Shout it 3 Sing it 2 We decree it s Jubilee 1 Dream it Make it Bake it Shake it Fabulous Farm Collectibles Farmgirl Mail Art Farmgirl Blog Roll Call Farmgirl Swap Farmgirl Barter Marketplace Farmgirl Chapters Sample Press Release Farmgirl Chapter Henhouses Farmgirl Chapter Chatter Farmgirl Sisterhood Young Cultivator Awardees Awesome Official Farmgirl Sisterhood Members Merit Badge Chit Chat Merit Badge Awardees Woo hoo Sisters Earn Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges Become an Official Farmgirl Sisterhood Member General Chat Forum Welcome Wagon News from MaryJanesFarm MaryJanesFarm Products Merchandise Weather Report

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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    it to people in need My hens are a mixed flock of banties a real little rainbow I keep a rooster and try to raise most of our own chicks rarely ordering new ones from the hatchery I have my own milk cow and before her had milk goats I teach anyone who will come to the barn how to milk We make our own butter mozzarella and ricotta cheese and I have taught others how to do it in mini classes in my kitchen My sheep I only have two right now are a primitive breed Icelandic and I have also had Navajo Churro and Jacob which are endangered breeds and have breed them true to breed to help maintain them We buy our beef from a local butcher who raises his own and we raise our own chicken We also eat Elk and Venison that are local I don t show my animals at the fair the kids plan to show rabbits and a lamb this coming summer though but I have made holiday cards with my cow Mona as the cover I can t imagine going back to eating store meat from who knows where or margarine with who knows what in it I love knowing that I am feeding my family the most wholesome food possible either from our own garden or animals or someone local We feed as organically as possible and I know it makes a difference My kids are NEVER sick and none are overweight wish I could say the same about ME I didn t know what to put for date started on this one so I put October I hope that is okay I plan to never be finished really but put today s date MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 22 2008 5 32 59 PM Jenny Pipes has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge I embroidered tea towels pinkeepers and sachets quite a few as well as Christmas ornaments I reviewed all my stitches and was happy with how I do them I have been embroidering since I was 7 I love how my latest tea towels and clothespin holders have turned out MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 25 2008 10 06 46 AM Lorie Quinn has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I took a beg knitting class It was great I told myself for years that I could never learn but I did it I made a scarf of course It is all the knit stitch It turned out just great All my stitches were nice and even My teacher says I have great dexterity MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 25 2008 10 18 38 AM Lorie Quinn has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge I made gifts and ornaments for friends and family for Christmas They turned out great and of course they were appreciated MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 25 2008 10 36 15 AM Sherone Taylor has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an EXPERT level Community Service badge I served as the Secretary for Angels Among Us Inc a local organization that coordinates the angel tree program at Christmas time Over 200 children received a plentiful Christmas I was in charge of taking meeting minutes all correspondence public relations and publicity I coordinated all deliveries and volunteers I spent over 100 hours delivering wrapping and shopping for gifts This program was a great success We started it last year and served 122 kids This year we served over 200 Personally I was struggling with Christmas My daughter had left home for college and I was feeling empty nested This allowed me to have contact with other children help families that really needed it and to develop new friendships with fellow volunteers I can t wait til next year MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 26 2008 1 27 02 PM Alee Reid has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Tatting badge I used MaryJane s Stitching Room book to teach me how to tat I learned the basic double stitch the picot how to make rings and chains I really love my tatting I think it turned out great Some of the chains originally were a little bit twisty as I was getting confused about reversing work but now I am a pro at it and each chain looks the same MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 26 2008 1 40 45 PM Jonni Lynch has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge I hand embroidered mostly satin stitch because I really wanted to get good at that but there are simple embroidery stitches too a stuffed lavender filled pillow as a Valentine for my husband He s really into bees right now and is having trouble sleeping hence the lavender so I embroidered Bee Mine with a lovely I think bee I found an antique card with an illustration of a bee that I liked and drew it by hand with a pencil for a guideline otherwise it would have been more wonky than it was I also hand sewed all of the little pouch and inner pillow with the lavender but maybe that would be part of another beginner badge I m most proud of my embroidery He LOVED it He said you made this Yes REALLY Yep I love you so I think it turned out well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts

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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    with MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 04 2008 10 41 42 AM Angela Blakely has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Going Green badge I realized about a year ago that my cleaning habits needed to change so the cleaning up merit badge was the perfect place to start We often had to leave the house after I cleaned to get some fresh air That clean smell was for me Clorox and pine scented anything I was constantly using aerosol air fresheners I began by assessing what I used in cleaning and doing internet research for alternatives I have made my own laundry soap all purpose cleaner furniture polish and linen spray The apron in the photo is the clothespin apron from the Ideas book and is my first MJF stitching project I have developed a new love for my apron clothes pins and my clothesline The challange has made me more aware of costly harmful chemicals as well as the waste of electricity I keep a recipe book of what works for me and frequently share it with others as their curiosity peaks Believe me that clean smell has a whole new meaning I find myself avoiding the cleaning aisle in the grocery store as I can no longer tolerate what I used to think clean meant Also I feel connected with those farmgirls who discovered the cleaning power of lemons and vinegar MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 07 2008 10 41 07 AM Jonni Lynch has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge My husband built two new raised beds for me this year and being seduced by the Seed Savers catalog selection and how well the garlic I purchased from them is doing Mary Jane you were sold out of your garlic when I bought mine I elected to buy a selection of both heirloom veges and flowers Luckily I was also starting head long into my Sisterhood badges and heirloom planting is one of them To start for early spring we have planted La Ratte fingerling potatoes Red Gold all use potatoes Green Arrow English Peas Yellow Borettana Onion Oxheart Carrots and an heirloom selection of leaf lettuces 4 different types Early Summer planting will bring Ideal Market Green Beans and Henderson Bush Lima Beans both pole growers so I can utilize my lovely willow teepees I will also at that time plant Benary s Giant Zinnias and Outhouse Hollyhocks I m hoping for a wonderful crop of beautiful food and a new sisterhood badge It s in the process I will take photos throughout the growing season to show my progress or not as the case may be Cross fingers MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 07 2008 11 27 57 AM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Lend a Hand to Farm Families badge I have earned the intermediate level of Lend a Hand to Farm Families spending more than 10 hours with my dairy farming neighbor who is only recently producing dairy products for sale at two local Farmers Markets as well as at natural food stores restaurants in New York City and even for meals at the governor s mansion I visit the farm each day to scrub and wash the aging cheeses This only takes about a half hour although some days I am there a little longer to wrap small cheeses to take to market on Saturday I am receiving my affineur training through another area cheese maker who teaches me small techniques each time she visits Currently I care for an aged cheddar a pasteurized Caerphilly cheese and a raw milk cheese we call Grace a signature product pictured below I also tend a small cheese that grows a white mold rind and delivers a sharp flavor Not only have I learned a lot about cheese making but I have developed a taste for finer cheeses which I have always shunned Having a hand in the making has given me courage to try new food products and this has trickled down to my children who often join me at the cheese farm they try everything and have found many new favorites The work I do with my neighbor has boosted my determination to homestead and given me some new experiences to draw from as my family makes that shift MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 07 2008 11 53 11 AM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I have earned the beginner level of this badge by getting my storage containers organized I discarded containers with missing parts recycling some and gathered all my heavy duty plastic containers from yogurt eaten daily from our local homestead cheese maker with their lids some go back to the farm for refilling while others have been stored for freezing sauces and other foods this summer Once that was done I decided the rest of my cupboards could use some organizing too so I pulled everything out and have it all in its place now And as an added bonus since I was pulling everything out of the cupboard I cleaned them all down and finally painted them to match the rest of the kitchen Yippee they all look so pretty and organized The weather was real nice that week and perhaps I had a touch of spring fever One thing led to another and before I was done I cleaned out under my sink and threw away old cleaners too Then I washed some windows cleaned out my fridge and organized my pantry It all looks so sparkling new MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 07 2008 12 24 46 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Get It Together badge I started by purchasing a couple items that I have badly needed an apple wedger corer and an old fashioned food mill I found them at the thrift store for less than 5 for both Then I built a spice shelf to organize my spices which had been difficult to find in their disorganized state The shelf came out just as I wanted and looks great in my kitchen next to the food pantry Then I built some braces and shelves for the other cupboards to help support large items and organize small items too I have my baking supplies neatly sorted and my baking sheets no longer slip and slide all over the cupboard I created a brace for my serving platters so that they are easy to reach and will not fall over when bumped This has made my kitchen very easy and fun to use MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 09 2008 12 22 23 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Get It Together badge I have finally sharpened all the knives in my cupboard thanks to a handy tool I found at the hardware store while shopping for hinges as part of my Little Squirts badge project I bought it brought it home and had all my knives sharpened in a short time with little effort and no fatal wounds It s a simple blade sharpener that allows the user to lay the knife on a table and then glide the sharpener across it It works easily and quickly and has a guard to prevent accidental contact with the blade Unfortunately it is not created for scissors and I have so many that need sharpening But at least all of my blades are sharp and free from nicks They work wonderfully My daughter was so pleased when I asked her to cut up some sausage for me she hardly had to use any effort Now thanks to my efforts in earning all the levels of this badge my kitchen is such a pleasure for me to work in My cupboards are clean and newly painted my dishes are sorted and each have their own space and my knives are as sharp as they were when I got married what more could a farm wife want MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 16 2008 09 26 18 AM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I have finished sewing a half apron for my daughter It was made from the remnants of a sheet that I used as quilt backing In the top corners near the ties I added yoyos from my yoyo swap with a button in the middle of each from my collection of lost and found buttons She is very pleased with it and loves to wear it during school here at home in the kitchen or even in her bed while reading MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 16 2008 09 42 29 AM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I have finished keeping my gratitude journal for an entire month This was not difficult since I already keep a journal so I m in the habit but I must admit that I suffered an entire week of bad attitude and the journal really made me think about what I could be grateful for without repeating previous gratitudes ie my children the sunny weather etc Of course I was always able to come up with something to be grateful for because in truth we always have something to be grateful for I ll be keeping this up and making it part of my everyday journaling MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 16 2008 12 47 15 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Buttoned Up badge I have fulfilled the requirements for this badge at the intermediate level by making an anklet from my button collection This was a fun project to do with my young daughter while we were both recovering from the flu and didn t feel like doing much else Here is a picture of our projects We tried different techniques and ended up stitching them to a piece of ribbon which was attached to old jewelry findings which allowed us to clasp them on My daughter made two more bracelets before she was fully well again one for her friend Karoline and one for her doll Rebecca That kept her happily occupied and content MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 16 2008 1 34 00 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I have fulfilled the requirements for beginner level on this badge I have had a backyard flock of chickens for about 4 years now but we have only recently ventured into our own hatching We had one black Australorp named Smokey Mountain Mama who successfully hatched four chicks from our own eggs Those chicks are now old enough to lay eggs which leads us to the next level hatching some of their eggs as well I am orchestrating a mating program which should give us a unique looking offspring I enjoy my chickens so much that I have put up with four roosters in my yard for the entire winter What a racket And coop cleaning is barely a chore since my hens enjoy the fresh hay so much that I look forward to the project and their enjoyment We still get eggs from our old hens and I think that is because we strive to feed them as naturally as possible They get a regular feed when necessary during snowbound days but whenever possible I have my hens outside where they can scratch They get all of our organic veggie waste lettuce tomatoe spinach and carrot peels being some of their favorites as well as waste yogurt and cheese which I have only recently begun to receive from my dairy farmer friend I was shocked to find that they love it I think this has contributed to healthier birds and absolutely wonderful eggs yolks as bright as sunshine My hens have vibrant color and fullness all due to natural conditions Here s a photo of two of our grown hatchlings a rooster we call Courage and a hen who is named after her mother because she looks just like her Princess II I will be using this and other photos for some Farm Animal greeting cards to sell at a local craft and art fair MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 16 2008 1 49 14 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Know Your Food badge First of all Barbara Kingsolver s book Animal Vegetable Miracle is one of my favorite books and one that I recommend to anyone who will listen to me It absolutely changed my perspective on eating buying local and supporting organic practices Secondly my food journal was not very difficult to keep since I am the main shopper for my family and my stops are few I get most of my vegetables at the Winter Farmer s Market in South Glens Falls these include spinach leeks potatoes carrots shallots rutabagas and winter squash all of them grown organically These veggies make up the majority of our meals mostly in the form of soups which also incorporate our own homegrown chickens and beef purchased from a local farmer and stashed in my large freezer My bread comes from Rock Hill a local artisan bread baker my dairy foods all come from my dairy farmer neighbor who makes yogurt cheeses and vat pasteurized milk and my eggs come from my own hens Anything else that I need comes from either a food Co Op of which I am a member or a nearby grocery store which is conscientious about offering local and organic foods I can always find what I need easily My attempts at sprout farming have been wonderfully successful and oh so much cheaper than buying sprouts I have had success with both alfalfa seeds and mung beans I like to do larger seeds as they are easier to strain and rinse I also found a good way to keep them in semi darkness without forgetting them I just put them in my cupboard with the cups that way I see them each day and never forget to rinse They are delicious in my winter spinach salads with locally produced feta cheese yum We have come up with several wonderful recipes for using our organic fruits and veggies Our soups are an amalgamation of whatever is available at the market that week our organic fruits usually apples and pears are blended with yogurt from our neighbor or spread onto cheese sandwiches to grill I put sprouts into our salad along with fresh organic spinach my kids eat their spinach and don t even know it We have come up with dozens of ways to enjoy anything the Farmer s Market offers We eliminated hydrogenated oils from our diet years ago and are now working on GM foods and oils very difficult We are also reading labels to discover what sweeteners are in our foods We are grateful for Paul Newman s products which are widely available and seldom offensive I have also shared my recently acquired knowledge and resources with everyone who will listen beginning of course with my own dear mother She is very open to learning about food and becoming a conscientious shopper All in all I have earned the beginner level for Know Your Food In my photo you ll see that it is not too difficult to find delicious local and organic foods in Washington County NY No spray Apples from Saratoga Orchards All Natural yogurt from Argyle Cheese Farm turnip rutabaga and carrots from Pleasant Valley Organics Argyle and red leaf lettuce from Village Store Co Op in Cambridge MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 16 2008 2 00 15 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge February 20 March 20 I have fulfilled the requirements for beginner level on this badge by ordering all of my seeds through Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds a company I found through the You Grow Girl website I am thrilled with the choices and variety of plant seeds available they had everything I was looking for and much more In fact I have replaced ALL of my gardening with heirlooms because I was so intrigued by the varieties That surpasses the 5 necessary for this badge I also borrowed the book Gardening with Heirloom Seeds by Lynn Coulter I found this to be very helpful for planning my gardening and scheduling indoor starters placing transplants and even harvesting dates With Lynn Coulter s advice I have begun to start my earliest seeds in milk jug greenhouses also from YouGrowGirl com and have them sitting in the warm sunshine on my enclosed porch I enjoyed the book borrowed from my library so much that I decided to purchase it It now sits on my special book shelf for Farm and Garden books I

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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    if it will make a better salad soup or stir fry In addition I have shared what I have learned with my mom and she is beginning to catch the organic fever despite a tight budget She is more and more convinced that this is important for both her health and the health of the world we live in MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 02 2008 4 55 59 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level ChillOver ComeOver badge I have earned the beginner level of this badge by purchasing ChillOver powder from MaryJaneFarm and creating four tasty ChillOvers to please my family I used MaryJane s recipe for Make Your Knees Weak Chocolate ChillOver it is our favorite so far I also used the other recipes as guidelines to design some of my own combinations I misread the recipe the first time and accidentally discovered that I can add an extra amount of liquid and still get a good set Here s our recipes Orange Ginger ChillOver 20oz orange juice with one packet of ChillOver powder stirred in bring to a boil cook three minutes then add one 12oz Ginger Gizer all natural ginger ale by The Ginger People chill until set Maple Rambler ChillOver 2 cups maple sap boiled down until it is as sweet as apple juice and ½ cup riesling wine I get mine locally made and one packet Chill Over powder stirred in bring to a boil cook three minutes boils out the alcohol add 12oz Raspberry Rhubarb Rambler by VT Sweetwater chill until set Pomegranate Apple ChillOver 2 cups organic 100 apple juice 1 pkt ChillOver powder stirred in bring to a boil cook three minutes add 1 16oz Pom juice chill until set This one was EXCELLENT I m going to find a can of all natural whole berry cranberry sauce to add to it next time I think the flavors will go well together So there are my experimental recipes I found that using 4 cups of liquid with one packet of powder worked very well for my chillovers They were served in a bowl not from a mold but were just as firm as any jello I ve ever made Now back to the drawing board for something spectacular that I can create for the intermediate level of this badge I have some great ideas and can t wait to share something truly delicious MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 02 2008 5 11 25 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Know Your Food badge I have earned the intermediate level for this badge by increasing my organic food shopping by as much as possible through weekly trips to the local Farmer s Market for available winter crops which allow me to make soups and salads that are entirely organic This is new for me since the Winter Market is new to our area a huge blessing I also have a local grocery store which carries many organic products that allow me to round out my organic shopping nicely I have found my local CSA s thanks to a group called Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York or NOFA NY They list all the New York State CSA s on their website at http www nofany org dbapplet csadirectory html There are several in my area including a couple new ones very close to me I already support one local CSA with my volunteer work at the Argyle Cheese Farmer which cooperates with other Argyle farmers to deliver to their investors on a bi weekly basis I support two other local groups with vegetable purchases at the Farmer s Market in Saratoga Springs I do not offer sweetened desserts to my family very often so it was not difficult to replace a weekly dessert with something unsweetened I have begun making ChillOvers with no added sugar and with a variety of fresh or dried fruit Tonight s dessert was an apple pomegranate chillover naturally sweet My family is wonderful about avoiding sweets and enjoying fresh fruits Furthermore I have been on the rampage against corn syrup for the last couple years and have replaced almost all foods containing corn syrup with healthy alternatives including Newman s Own products and local artisan breads We rarely eat candy or store bought sweets they taste awful anyway and we never buy soda or sweetened juice drinks We will even try our hand at making our own ketchup this summer since it is difficult to find this topping without corn syrup I am always aware of the ingredients in our foods and am extending my rampage to include GM foods as much as possible My food Co Op is a huge help with this I have read Omnivore s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and enjoyed it immensely Actually I listened to the unabridged audio book which means that I was also able to share it with my husband and children At first they were disinterested but it didn t take long before the kids were hanging around listening and my husband even took the disks I was done with and listened to them on his way to work We all fell in love with the story about Joel Salatin s farm Polyface Listening to the descriptions of the way Salatin creates compost manages his grass and raises his meat animals made me long for the same kind of lifestyle We are making gradual changes in our small scale farm that mimic what we are learning And while trying to maintain these changes in my lifestyle I have been diligent in sharing what I learn with others I was even asked by my pastor s wife to share with our ladies group about eating local organic and natural foods The discussion went very well and dove tailed into a series of conversations in which I have been sharing healthy ideas about eating as well as growing veggies at home It s been very eye opening for many of the women I was pleased to have one of the ladies ask me to help her with her daughter s upcoming wedding by finding local foods to offer as appetizers with plenty of advertising for the local farms And another woman has become interested in seeking real cheese and more organic vegetables she even joined me at the Farmer s Market All in all the changes I am making are being well received by my family and those in my life are eager to hear and learn from me as I share with them all the wonderful alternatives to supermarket foods that are available in our area I am including a photo from the Summer Market because I don t have one of my Winter Market though the vendors I buy from are the same I love the atmosphere of the Summer Market we usually have local musicians and lots of children running around MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 12 2008 4 59 00 PM Christina Williamson has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I earned this merit badge by doing something I had been needing to do for a while now I cleaned out those dirty cabinets pantry and drawers I never understand how they become so unorganized so quickly That is until I take a look at who else cooks and puts away stuff I love my family dearly but only my daughter who loves to cook as much as I do puts things back where they belong They turned out great I was able to throw away several spices that had been in there for way too long I also pulled out my vintage Fire King baking set that had been sitting in the box in the basement My husband insisted that there was no good reason that I didn t deserve to use them since every home cooked meal is special MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 18 2008 09 42 59 AM Kimberly Ann Miltimore has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Crochet badge I knew how to crochet already but I have turned it up a notch by working not only with chunky yarns but with crochet thread I have completed dishcloths apron shaped see photo below as well as a granny square pillow a fat bottom bag from the Stitch n bleep Crochet pattern book a scarf for a WWII veteran flowers carnation and violets see photos and caps for my son and nephew I have made amigurumi projects strawberries teacup and teapot and I am currently 80 done with an American flag afghan 1776 era I am teaching my 7 year old son to crochet slow going but we keep trying and I frequently chat and crochet with my mother and sister while they are doing non crochet projects they aren t into crochet unfortunately My projects have been successful for the most part The fat bottom purse I made for my sister as a gift did not turn out exactly as the pattern described but it still made a lovely purse I have a few projects in hibernation that were getting a bit annoying so they are waiting until my patience for them returns I also have one substantial project a crochet skirt that I spent at least 40 hours working on that had to be completely frogged That was a hard lesson and one that I won t forget make sure things are right from the first row on MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 18 2008 09 59 13 AM Kimberly Ann Miltimore has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Embroidery badge I have enjoyed the ideas in MaryJane s Stitching book as well as other embroidery how to guides I have been working on improving my stitches in uniformity and consistency as well as keeping the back of my work neat I recently completed a sampler using split stitches satin stitches lazy daisy stitches french knots and back stitches with the phrase To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee I also finished a portrait of my sister and brother in law for Christmas last year The project required me to take a photo of them convert it to a black and white drawing in Photoshop print the photo on an adhesive fabric which I placed on muslin fabric and completely stitch the image outline and add decorative details The project took 30 35 hours My skills have been improving The sampler was done free hand and I was able to visualize where the letters should go while leaving proper height and spacing The portrait turned out fantastic far beyond what I had hoped As great as it was it was taxing so I don t know how many full portraits I will do again I do hope to do at least one more my nephew to give to my sister and brother in law to complete their family MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 18 2008 10 49 11 AM Kimberly Ann Miltimore has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I have completed several half aprons using machine and hand stitching Some of the aprons were crafted from recycled skirts some with crochet accents some from brand new fabric I ve spent at least 10 hours creating various aprons over a period of several months Many of them turned out really well though there were a couple that were learning experiences mainly learning to use the features on my sewing machine I enjoy making aprons because they work up quickly and can be very whimsical MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 18 2008 11 41 32 AM Christina Williamson has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Quilting badge I participated in our local quilt store s Brown Bag Challenge Once I chose my mystery bag I decided I would try to make a crazy curve quilt Of course it took me 6 weeks of looking at the fabric to decide what to make so I had only a week to do it all Those were some truly long days in my sewing space It turned out awesome I actually won 3rd place Which was not bad considering I just learned to quilt this past winter when I took one of their classes MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 18 2008 1 14 16 PM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Spirit badge I feel like I have done this one backwards starting with a huge bash expert and working backwards I love the farmgirls and sharing it comes second nature While on the phone in Barnes and Noble I was overheard by a gal shopping She heard me talk about MaryJanesFarm and just freaked out When i got off the phone I visited with her Her name is Jan Hinchcliff and we ended up walkin back to my car to get some bumper stickers and get her email to attend some of our meetings even though she is from Milton Freewater OR She is volunteering for the market and we are becoming great friends She is a new farmgirl and is mending It turns out Jan has family that works with my hubby and her son and I are partners in crime at the local chamber office MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 18 2008 1 37 25 PM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Farmgirl Spirit badge I hosted a farmgirl round up at our farmers market I am fortunate enough to write a farmers market column for our local paper as well as for our farmers market website I stated in my column that the round up would run 10 12 I started early and by 10 am i had 30 gals and had to send hubby running to make copies of the certificates By the end of the day we had 64 gals signed up to take part How cool is that I was writing certificates as fast as I possibly could I have met some of the nicest women that I may never have had the pleasure of meeting I had no idea that some of these ladies even live here and I am pretty active in the community We have all types and all ages I couldnt be more thrilled We are planning a meet and greet in a couple of weeks and teaming up with the Yakima chapter for some cheese making classes MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 18 2008 2 01 25 PM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Lend a Hand to Families badge Recently after the birth of a friend s 2nd child Rhett I had the opportunity to spend time with Jackson the oldest child so that mom Sheryl could sleep when Rhett took a nap Rhett was born with severe reflex problems as well as colic and wasn t sleeping much Jackson and I spent a couple weeks together every morning Mostly Jackson and I would play with his toys read play with the dog and then eat lunch I would also try to get as much house work done as possible When it was time for his nap I would leave It has become part of Jackson and his daddies routine to come visit me every Saturday at the market It will take a little while longer as mom and baby are still struggling a little In the meantime I have become auntie MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 18 2008 2 17 10 PM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Lend a Hand to Families badge 80 year old Charles Wall Chuck and his wife lived next door to us Chuck s wife Marie died a year ago Valentine s Day We have adopted Chuck Chuck is diabetic and requires special meals I cook for him clean when he is in need shop and haul him around I also take him to the hospital and pick up meds when he requires me to I fought to get him his hover round scooter Now he can attend the local football and baseball games and go to the store by himself I see so many improvements in Chuck He adores his independence and I want to support him in anyway I can to help him keep it He is rough and gruff but I know he loves me MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 18 2008 2 24 22 PM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Lend a Hand to Farm Families badge Recently my girlfriend Linda Atkins was in the hospital While she was gone Tuesday through the following Monday I fed and watered her 2 horses and 1 mule Having grown up with horses I cannot say that I learned anything new However I did think it 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    MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 24 2008 4 47 55 PM Amanda Thompson has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I started a quilt last year when I began hand embroidering Sunbonnet Sue there are 12 girls When I went to visit family this year my Aunt encouraged me to finish her So we cut up the pieces and began to finish her It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself It feels good to know I have something to pass on to my daughter when I go something that I started and finished MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 24 2008 5 24 27 PM Julie Kohl has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a intermediate level Crochet badge For my intermediate crochet badge I tried several different projects to learn new stitches and techniques My first projects was a Market Bag with which I learned how to do a mesh pattern This bag took about 14 hours to complete I also found out on a recent vacation that it makes a great beach bag My second project was a trade with Debi debinmtns We each crocheted a back scrubbie and sent them to eachother For this project I tried to work on my tension and learned to do a popcorn stitch For my third project I did a crochet a long with debinmtns levisgrammy and tammyclaxton Debi virtually taught us how to do Charted crochet not filet which is really popular overseas We are working on several doilies together My first doily took me about 20 or so hours to complete I have started the second one Overall I was pleased with all of my projects but I did have a few issues I am going to work on as I continue to learn When making my bag I must have lost count because my last few rounds had extra stitches so it is a little lopsided I was really pleased with the back scrubbie With the doily I learned that I really need to work on my tension I was really pleased with my first one but it was uneven in places It was also really interesting to use such a tiny hook and thin thread Also I virtually crocheted in the presence of the girls in the crochet a long I also crocheted in the presence of my husband and several family members and friends All asked questions which I was happy to answer MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 25 2008 10 20 34 AM Dana Schultz has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I used an old pattern and an unused dark green cotton tablecloth to make my apron I am a messy cook so the dark color seemed appropriate I made it long and full with two big pockets for dish towels With the two long full sashes tied in back I look just like Mrs Potts from Beauty and the Beast I can t wait to make a full one for my daughter MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 29 2008 09 34 09 AM Marcy Piggot has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level BakeOver MakeOver badge After checking every recipe I decided to replace ingredients with what I had on hand The first one had taco hamburger corn onion and a tomato soup sauce with cornbread The second one was chicken green beans cream of mushroom soup with biscuits The last one had black beans with sausage onion and corn bread The judges my kids helped pick the ingredients the vegetables came from our garden and really liked each one Even when I announced another BakeOver they were willing to try because they knew the flavors would be different BakeOvers are a staple now They are filling and delicious MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 29 2008 10 01 09 AM Stephanie Garza has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made an apron from two pillow panels I used the border fabrics to make the ties I used a solid color fabric to line it It s a great workday apron and fits me really well I like that it goes further around the sides I wish I had put on a pocket though MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 29 2008 11 10 59 AM Nadine Himmighofen has received a certificate of achievement in Gardem Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge In summer of 2005 right after I graduated from Uni my great aunt and I decided to adopt a flock of bedraggled looking hens from a chicken farm They sold the girls to be slaughtered since at one year of age they were not laying enough and for 2 a piece they were ours After the first molt they looked beautiful and they were sweet hens Of the original flock one hen is still with us Over time we adopted some more hens and a bantam rooster and hen The rooster has a crooked leg and the hen was orphaned when a fox killed the other hens So it is a hodgepodge of hens but we get two to four eggs a day so we have never had to buy any more eggs since Not even in winter With the eggs we feed the family and the surplus gets traded with the neighbors for produce or mum makes it into egg liqueur think eggnogg but more like a liqueur and it keeps for months and macaroons so the girls really help us So far we fed them with the kitchen scraps that are ok for them to eat and generic feed but I did some research on the internet last week and found a company that delivers organic chicken feed no genetically engineered grains in it no animal by products or anything harmful instead it has lots of amazing ingredients like nigella seeds and herbs And what is best The girls love love love it I already had the hens but I do have to add more having two more layers would give us more eggs to trade with the neighbours or to make the liqueur for gifts or possibly for sale Having made the switch to better feed was so easy thanks to the internet and it makes so much sense to check what goes into the feed They used to get generic feed mostly just wheat from the feedstore but this has more variety and they do like it better I gave the date when the first hens moved in but there is no finished date all the girls can stay for as long as they live and new ones will always have a place MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jul 29 2008 11 42 24 AM Kelly Wall has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I knitted 10 facecloths for a swap The face cloths turned out very nice They are knitted out of a soft cotton MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 01 2008 09 33 22 AM Diana Kelewae has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Pay It Forward badge Our church has a food pantry that distributes food twice a month We serve 65 families I have been gathering food donations from other churches for the past 5 years which I pick up and then deliver to our church to be distributed I love it when I m able to completely fill up the back of my PT Cruiser with food I really don t have a completed date because I m hoping that the donations of food will continue for many years So far I have been able to get regular quarterly donations of food from some churches in my area and if there are times when the donations of food are lean they give me cash contributions so that we can purchase food MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 01 2008 10 13 04 AM Diana Kelewae has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge I embroidered my Farmgirl Sisterhood patch and added a ruffled cotton edging securing it with cross stitching MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 01 2008 10 25 12 AM Diana Kelewae has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Pay It Forward badge We have a big glass jar where we put not only the change we didn t use by eating out but all of our pocket change at the end of the day that will be donated to our church food pantry as well as Haiti Missions to feed the children who are starving there It takes only a dime a day to feed a child in Haiti a meal So far the Food Jar is filling up nicely and I figure by the time the Thanksgiving Christmas season rolls around we ll have enough to supply our church food pantry with some nice large roasting chickens and also the trimmings to complete a holiday meal MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 01 2008 10 48 13 AM Diana Kelewae has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I started a Knit A Long on the Gathered Up Forum and several Farmgirls joined in to knit round dishcloths using cotton yarn and size 8 needles See attached photo MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 01 2008 3 40 45 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a intermediate level Sew Wonderful badge I earned this badge by learning to do several different kinds of seams The first seam I sewed was by machine It was a plain straight seam on a pillow which was then turned inside out to hide the raw edges I closed it up by hand using a whip stitch to bring the two sides together neatly hiding the secret opening My mom was so pleased to have this pillow put together it was one that she had candlewicked many years ago but never took the time to finish The kit included a ruffle that I hand gathered and added between the seam layers It came out nice and the finished pillow was a work of art Sorry I returned it to her before taking a photo I learned and practiced the French and flat seams as well I had heard of these types of seams but didn t know what they were Both were very easy to do though a little tedious I used the French seam on my trio of aprons and was very pleased with the finished look so neat and tidy inside with no raw edges I also practiced the flat seam and found this one to be my favorite I love the neat flat finish I will use this one on my next apron which is cut and waiting Another option I ve used for seam finishing is to pink the edge with pinking shears I recently bought a pair for a project I did with the ladies at my church and had forgotten how handy they are When I was growing up my mother had a pair of these fancy shears that she always used to cut edges that would become raw edges in seams The edges needed no further treatment When I grew up and moved away I didn t have a pair of these shears so I resorted to using a zigzag stitch along my raw edges to keep them from fraying which is the method I have used for years and also the method I have taught my daughters Blanket stitch is great for many seams and edges Most fleece can easily be transformed into blankets hats mittens and almost anything else using just a simple blanket stitch to finish its raw edges Contrasting thread makes an excellent border MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 01 2008 4 06 47 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a expert level Sew Wonderful badge 7 03 08 7 27 08 I have finally finished my BakeOver TakeOver I actually made two at the same time knowing that I would give one to my friend Lynne who attends many church potlucks and will get much use out of it but would also want one for myself to use I used all found materials because I NEVER throw craft supplies away I found fabric leftover from a quilt as well as batting scraps that I pieced together to make the main bodies I used dowel scraps for handles and stitched them in so they are secure I used embroidery thread scraps to write Feeding Friends Finding Fellowship on each one For the firm base I cut two squares from some leftover wall board that I then covered in fabric to make it neat and clean I was so pleased with each one especially since my casserole dish fits perfectly inside Once I finished the TakeOvers I dug out some more fabric leftovers and cut enough pieces to make hot pads I made two hens and one pig using scraps of rick rack and bias tape for hangers and the combs on the hens I added embroidery and buttons for facial features They re sooooo cute View them at http i262 photobucket com albums ii113 carriem89 HotPads jpg MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 01 2008 5 12 17 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a intermediate level Quilting badge I had a wonderful opportunity arise for this badge I was invited to join the families of a young couple married last year in the cooperative effort to create a wedding quilt for them I had never done anything like this before but as a friend to both families it was a real treat to be included The bride chose her fabrics and one of the aunts put together the packages for each participant I received mine in May and took a few weeks to ponder my options I finally decided on a tumbling blocks three dimensional pattern that was perfectly suited for the three main fabrics A fourth fabric was used to border off the square and bring it up to the desired finished size A fifth fabric caused me some trouble it had a pale background printed all over with pairs of large flip flops I didn t want to leave it out but also didn t want the print to become lost in the square A little brainstorming with my daughter brought the perfect solution flip flop appliqués The final touch was to add each of their names to the square along with a scripture reference to a verse that declares He shall direct your paths I hid my initials in the corner pressed the square clicked a photo and sent it on it s way to the aunties to be added to the final project My five hours of quilting with a friend which was closer to 10 hours by the time we finished came all in one day as I helped the mother of this same bride a non sewer construct her own square for the quilt We chose a simple block pattern with a border and I taught her simple techniques for embroidering Mom into the corner of her square She was just thrilled with her success and SO happy to be able to offer her own efforts to the quilt that will cover her beloved daughter and new son in law MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 07 2008 2 22 41 PM Mariah Moore has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge This spring my husband I an started a flock of egg layers and meat birds We ordered 35 Cornish Rock Cross 5 Barred rock pullets 5 Buff Orpingtons pullets and 5 Red Sexlinks pullets We have lost a few of the Rock Crosses and taken the rest for food The Girls are doing very well We have 14 of the 15 ordered One died the night we got them It has been a huge learning experience We are very much looking forward to when the Girls start laying eggs We will be making another order for more Rock Crosses after a short break The picture is of the brooder we made out of the ridiculously huge bathtub We have since taken it out and replaced it with a freezer to put the chickens in We will be adding shelving to store the fall canning MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 07 2008 3 50 29 PM Nadine Himmighofen has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a beginner level embroidery badge The only embroidery I ever learned was crossstitch since my mother is really good

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