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    gave me the opportunity to stretch and to grow so I thanked them in the journal too for had it not been that they were unkind I wouldn t have gotten to see my own opportunities to grow and to show kindness in spite of the events This Journal has also given me the opportunity to see others in the community differently As an active member in our community I can get caught up in what is going wrong and what isn t getting done yet this journal has made me focus on just the positive and has made it easier to see and send little notes of encouragment to those that are doing things that maybe I wasn t seeing before It has certainly been a growth producing exercise for me and helped me focus on the good in others and less on the not so good moments we all have This is an exercise I will continue for my own personal growth MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 17 2008 12 12 19 PM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Action badge I have been interested in the area of our communities recyling for some time We have a few large dump off bins around down but no campaign in place to educate nor any curbside recycle program I called the various agencies to inquire why or why not and was informed that while the company that our city is contracted with does supply these options our city doesn t have a contract to have these programs I then called the City Hall and was told that this was true and it was a budget issue So this is the actions I am taking 1 I organized our own home to do a tighter job of recycling 2 I began a spread sheet to show exactly what products we were using and what type of bottles plastics etc that we would need to be able to recycle 3 I contacted a local Metal recycling place in town and found out that they will take soda cans having lived here for 9 years and been heavily active in the community I know that this isn t common knowledge So I am adding this info to a Column I write in our local paper I am in the beginning stages of making our town a recycling town The information I have gathered will be very helpful in the upcoming months We have noticed a big difference the amount of garbage we send off with the garbage man as much of it is now going down to the Dump off bins in town MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 17 2008 12 41 39 PM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Gaining Ground badge I have always been fascinated with composting I heard a gal here in town tell someone that she gardens simply so that she would have something to compost I thought that was funny I m always looking for new ways so when I came across this article from the Seattle Public Utilites in conjunction with the natural Soil Building Program and the Seattle Tilth Association I just had to try it you will need one galvanized metal can a drill with a sharp drill bit a shovel a place to put the can and about 15 minutes tops Take your can and draw a line around it about 2 3 the way down the can Take your drill or hammer and nail and place about 20 holes in the very bottom of the can then another 20 below the line you marked Now take the shovel and dig a hole deep enough to bury the can about 2 deeper than where the top holes are drilled Once you have it just the way you want it fill it back in and VOILA If you have a pet you will want to have some kind of tie down for the lid as it is low enough for them to get into These are cheap enough and can be decorated in anyway one might want that they become a fun addition to the back yard garden space and you can have more than one This has been fun I had my doubts as it seemed way to easy to actually work But I have had it for a little over a month and it works great I keep a little straw to put on top of the food scrapes so it won t smell when we have backyard parties But so far it has been so much fun MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 18 2008 09 32 14 AM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirloom Forever badge I planted ALL heirlooms this year I was told by my local expert that planting all heirloom was risky as they can be touchy Humm Well they are behaving in MY garden My favorites are the Amish Brandywine which I think are some of the most common heirlooms tomatoes Green Zebras and Aunt Ruby s German Green tomatoes as well I also love the heirloom Black Seed Simpson lettuce and the Roquette Arugula For fun I bought lettuce and arugula and tomatoes at the store and made a salad then made a matching salad with the things we grew EVERYONE favored the flavor of the home grown I must say it was so noticable the flavors are so different and far better Lynn Coulters Book Gardening with Heirloom Seeds I had a hard time finding it and by chance one of ladies that comes to our farmers market had it I learned so much Lynn is a journalist so I know that the book must have been so researched yet it was an easy read It really spring boarded me to read more books on the topic and of course has caused me to have more then one interesting discussion with friends who are plant breeders MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 18 2008 09 52 14 AM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a intermediate level Community Action badge For the Beginner Merit Badge I shared that I was pursuing how we as a community can get better about recycling For this Badge we are asked to get involved SO I have invested 5 hours attending local meetings of the City Council and library meetings on the topic for Benton County the county I live in and talked with some of the other farmgirls in my chapter about joining with me to shed light and change this I have also visited with a couple of the other groups in town I have learned a lot of interesting things in this process Like the garbage contracts between cities in the same vary based on a pick and choose method there is a flat fee and then fees are added based on the services requested I am hoping that this contract can be given another look to include more education and possibly curb side recycling There are great programs and funding in place it seems but there also seems to be a mind set that if it ain t broke don t fix it and it isn t considered broke until someone starts the discussion So the discussion has begun MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 18 2008 09 57 49 AM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Public Service badge For the Beginner Merit Badge I shared that I was pursuing how we as a community can get better about recycling For this Badge we are asked to get involved SO I have invested 5 hours attending local meetings of the City Council and library meetings on the topic for Benton County the county I live in and talked with some of the other farmgirls in my chapter about joining with me to shed light and change this I have also visited with a couple of the other groups in town The candidate I supported won the election and the changes in our community are very noticable MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 18 2008 10 34 33 AM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a intermediate level Public Service badge Last year our town was in a little bit of disarray with some fairly major squabbling going on One of the citizens would leave horrible signs coming into the town not quite the image we all wanted I had left a 4 year post on the Chamber Board as Executive Secretary and on the tourism board and was enjoying the quietness of my own livingroom and home I was approached by some friends that were very active in the community to support one of them in the upcoming elections I did I sat listened and learned a lot and went out campaigning for the candidate of choice I am a Voter always have been Too many have lost too much for me not to vote in every election I have the opportunity to It was an honor to be asked to come back as often times you wonder if you make a difference and if the sacrifices you make to be there are worth it I love our community and those that work so hard to make it all that it is MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 18 2008 10 41 40 AM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a expert level Public Service badge After being asked to come back to the Prosser Chamber Board and having my name put on the ballot I was voted back in for another term I love this community and feel honored to do my little part Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston WOW I was reminded as I read this book of what my dad used to say when I was growing up If good people don t get involved then evil people will I found myself asking throughout this whole book how did we get here where corruption seems so rampant where the poor get poorer and the rich richer all because the rich know how or the poor don t know how to play the government game This book just reminded me that we really should just fire everyone who has ever been in Washington and hire a farmer then I think common sense would prevail I know that I am very patriotic I love God country family and the American made I have boys that are in the military and I spend more than my share of hours worrying about them and their buddies I vote I am involved in community I don t leave the mess for others to clean up I roll up my sleeves and am not afraid to get dirty My Republican friends think I am too Left and my Democratic friends think I am too right and like the song by Cheley Wright you shouldn t judge me just from the bumper stickers on the back of my SUV because I don t fit into any one catagory I am a free thinker and that is the most patriotic thing anyone can be in my opinion and to be honest this book made me mad and sad and ashamed It is by far the best book I have read well with the exception as Diet for a new America which had a similar affect on me I hope if you are looking for a book to move you forward that you take the time to read this one it isn t an easy one but I guarantee you will come away better for doing so MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 18 2008 10 48 07 AM Rene Groom has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge Journaling has always been something that I have done but this one I decided to have a special theme one of just writing down what I was thankful for in others Kind things other people did or said even some of the unkind things as it gave me the opportunity to stretch and to grow so I thanked them in the journal too for had it not been that they were unkind I wouldn t have gotten to see my own opportunities to grow and to show kindness in spite of the events This Journal has also given me the opportunity to see others in the community differently As an active member in our community I can get caught up in what is going wrong and what isn t getting done yet this journal has made me focus on just the positive and has made it easier to see and send little notes of encouragment to those that are doing things that maybe I wasn t seeing before It has certainly been a growth producing exercise for me and helped me focus on the good in others and less on the not so good moments we all have This is an exercise I will continue for my own personal growth MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 18 2008 11 19 56 AM Dana Schulz has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching and Crafting for earning a intermediate level aprons badge My college daughter wanted an apron for her new apartment It had to be a fashion statement in order for her to wear it We found a halter style full apron that looked like a sundress It was not very difficult but many steps It turned out wonderful and she wore it to the store that evening over a jean skirt and t shirt MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 02 2008 3 36 28 PM Dana Schultz has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Tatting badge I spent a long weekend learning needle tatting using the books by Barbara Foster I have never been able to tat for more than a second with a shuttle but I am very handy with a needle so I thought this might be the ticket I LOVE this method of tatting I made everything in the book I have done the required things for this badge including the 3 foot length I applied the length to a pillow case and gave it away before taking a picture of it I also made a navy necklace but that will be for another level MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 03 2008 09 21 00 AM Dana Schultz has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I spent a lovely day with my two daughters going through old ratty clothes that were going to the trash taking buttons off We even took a few pockets off of jeans for future projects Now I have a large jar of buttons for all occasions Can t wait to make some wonderful necklace out of the older ones MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 03 2008 09 42 16 AM Dana Schultz has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I wanted to put together a sewing kit for my daughter I gathered up things and made an amiguri pin cushion I separated each item into separate little tins and presented it to her on her birthday She was delighted with the pincushion with its little pins sticking out of its head Everything fits nicely in the larger tin and can be taken in any bag I especially had fun with the pin cushion I used a soda top as the foundation and then used felt to make it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 03 2008 09 49 54 AM Dana Schultz has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge When my daughter returned from study abroad in India she was a new vegetarian We spent a month going to the farmers market in the city and trying a new fruit or vegetable so as to expand both our palates We had great fun trying new ways to incorporate the treasures we brought home The BakeOvers were the best thing we mastered Now she is back at school and has discovered the town s Saturday market There is an organic farm nearby that she will buy from How cool is that MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 03 2008 10 09 57 AM Marsha Jaramillo has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge My family has been green since January 2004 We started with using chemical free cleansers in 1994 Then added our organic foods in 2004 All our body products are chemical free too Even our pets are bathed with homemade earth friendly soaps I started many of my friends on using the chemical free products in 2004 and started my Mom on free samples of product to

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    only been driven inside by heavy rain for a day so far Normally we venture north into the Adirondack Mountains for our summer outdoor adventures but since we have many animals and not enough help we have had to be content with venturing only as far as our own yard We have also sought out new unusual ways to spend time together Here s what we came up with February Went snow tubing for the first time ever at Willard Mountain March Attended a traditional Sader for Passover March April Made maple syrup together on our stovetop May Hosted two youth from Montreal and participated in weekend youth events July Auditioned as a family for parts in the Hudson River Shakespeare Company s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor everyone got a part The play was a tremendous success and so much fun to be a part of We also gathered our whole family to watch Prince Caspian at the theater together attended a play at Argyle Central School helped throw a 50th Anniversary party for Grandpa and Grandma and pitched in our efforts to babysit the three children of a local family we have recently come to know With very little effort we have found many things we can do together as family both for our own entertainment as well as for the benefit of others MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 12 2008 4 03 23 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Families Forever badge My tv journal was very easy to keep we don t watch television We also don t have a game console or internet at home We do watch videos however and the weekly total for viewing falls around 2 4 hours since we limit them to only one or two per week especially during the summer when the weather is nice and we can be outdoors We also limit our viewing to family movies particularly those based on actual events or those with educational inspiring qualities I can t help it I m a homeschooler and I feel that if it isn t educational or inspirational in some way then it is probably a waste of time So here is a list of some things we have been doing instead of zoning out in front of the tube Sewing knitting while listening to books on tape Hatching chicks together hand feeding them and watching them grow Ice skating at the local Civic Center Planting gardens and sharing seeds and seedlings Camping in the yard photo included Enjoying evening campfires with jokes stories and just talking Visiting the library often several times a week Concert in the park with fireworks Playing tennis at the school courts Having Table Tennis Tournaments We find that playing games as well as having down times together are some of the best ways to interact with the kids It is amazing how much they will talk about in this setting It s easy as a parent to focus on grown up business too much spending time doing kid stuff is a great way to unwind and loosen up MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 12 2008 4 11 44 PM Linny O Hara has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I had started collecting buttons earlier this year after reading The Hope Chest Legacy by Rebekah Wilson When I told my 86 year old mother that I was gathering buttons for this badge she went in one of her storage closets and got out a beat up old tin box which contained a large number of buttons Some of them were very old and she laughed when she remembered which garment certain buttons had come from I m having such great fun Buttons are like little timeless works of art I love it that each button has a wee story of it s own to tell While surfing the Internet for button histories I found this neat way to display collections of buttons by categories Though I am not rich enough nor impractical enough to take my entire stash of buttons and put them on display still I m already planning another button card by making an extra of each of my homemade buttons and will display them whenever I make enough different ones to fill a page MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 12 2008 4 22 12 PM Nadine Himmighofen has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I chose a pretty notebook to make sure that keeping my journal would always have a special spot in my daily routine at my desk I wrote in it every day and keeping it made me realize that I am very lucky to have everything I want from my life so nearby There is my family my work my home my community and all in all I wrote about the big things first but the longer I kept the journal I also focused on tiny aspects of my life and I found many things I think I took for granted but keeping the journal made me realize how special they are to me and I keep adding to the journal I am much more observant Some entries were just a sentence others sparked a whole page of writing but I wrote every day and tried to find a good thing even on bad days when nothing seemed to go right MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 15 2008 09 49 30 AM Teresa Sue Hoke House has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I went through the deep drawer that I keep all my containers in and sorted out lids and containers I really do try to keep them at a minimum but it also depends on the time of year because it seems I need more in the winter I cook more and then put the leftovers in the freezer for DH and me I also decided that I was going to take this chance and eliminate the containers that I worried about having food stored in I had always read that Tupperware was very safe but recently I read that only their original type of containers fall into that category The containers that they have that are the hard plastic are not really food safe These containers are expensive so I didn t want to just pitch them I decided I am going to recycle them in some way that I don t put food in them Maybe make first aid kits for the car sewing kits for travel and maybe a sewing kit for my emergency box that goes with my food storage My drawer is now neat and tidy I have very few containers but that s okay I really am trying to cook just the right amount for DH and myself at any given time I got rid of one large hard Tupperware container lid four smaller hard Tupperware containers lids and four containers without lids One of my little tricks to not having too many of these containers is to store them in an area that has definite dimensions Do not store them in a cupboard where they can ooze all over the place LOL MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 15 2008 3 36 29 PM Teresa Sue Hoke House has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I saved buttons helter skelter for years They were everywhere in my sewing room They were in recycled candle jars They were in nooks and crannies waiting to be sorted into the proper jar Whenever a piece of clothing was used up and or recycled I would take off the buttons and stash them I had all those buttons that come with garments in their little paper or plastic bags Like I would be able to find them if I need them lol I decided this badge is exactly what I needed to get those buttons rounded up First I found a nice big tin recycled that had had cookies in it and then I got rid of the jars because I decided that having them color separated in separate jars just took too much space that I didn t have When I actually got all my buttons together I couldn t believe how many I had I have a few kind of old ones some shell ones all colors and sizes Little sheep that went on my daughters 4 H outfit extra buttons that went on my daughters wedding dress my son in law s buttons from his Marine Corps dress uniform I did leave the buttons in the little rocking chair pinkeeper that was my husband s maternal grandmother s She was such a lovey and she taught me so much That pinkeeper was all I wanted when she passed She always had it in her living room as she was always working on something Thank you for letting me earn this badge as it let me re live so many cherished memories of events and people I love What is really fun too is now that the buttons are all together my grandchildren love going through them and we sit and talk about the buttons and where they came from MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 19 2008 1 00 08 PM Kelly Wall has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Self sufficiency badge My Father in law has the most abundant apple tree so I picked a full bag I then brought them home and decided to can some apple pie filling I made 7 quarts I also made an apple crumb pie the same night I couldn t wait to taste the filling It was great I picked more apples and plan to make a sugar free batch for an elderly friend of mine who is diabetic That way he can enjoy apple pie too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 19 2008 1 07 40 PM Kelly Wall has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Self sufficiency badge I made 21 pints of salsa The salsa turned out great I am new at this and was surprised how easy it was with a new friend s recipe I met this 75 yr old man in Walmart He then gave me his phone number I called him to get his tried and true recipe and followed the directions It turned out so good very tasty and pretty MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 19 2008 1 22 34 PM Claudia Wheeler Anthoine has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge When I received my Sisterhood packet in the mail I knew I wanted to try my hand at embroidering it So I went out and picked the colors of threads purchased a hoop and decided on a background fabric I was so happy with the outcome I have not as yet sewn it on my denim jacket I m thinking of sewing it on the back and adding buttons MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 02 2008 1 54 46 PM Linny O Hara has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Buttoned Up badge I was reading a book called The Scarlet Thread about the redemption of JESUS being referenced in every book of the Bible so I made myself a red thread bracelet to remind me that JESUS is always with me in every situation One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 42 1 As the deer pants for streams of water so I long for You O GOD The same day I made my scarlet bracelet I got this beautiful button of a deer in the forest next to water that I d won from eBay So I combined them and made a bracelet that is not only meaningful to me but that I wear all the time MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 02 2008 2 25 01 PM Linny O Hara has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge A couple of months ago friends from a homemaker group that I m in encouraged me to learn how to sew So I bought a Brother sewing machine and sat down to make something easy so I could practice straight stitching This is my first apron pattern It s just a simple half apron with two square pockets I wanted to make it a little more foo foo I m all about the foo foo I never met a frilly thing I didn t like g so I added the handmade ruffles MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 02 2008 2 43 15 PM Linny O Hara has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Knitting badge My best friend from South Dakota came for a visit and we decided to learn how to knit socks This was my first project on double point needles We had a blast It took us the entire week she was here just for each of us to knit a pair of socks and I ll admit I had a lot of trouble with the Kitchner St but we got through it It was so much fun to see real heels and toes grow before my eyes Maybe I m just easily entertained but I love dbl pt needles and making socks now MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 02 2008 4 35 52 PM Nicole Meerwarth farmerette of Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge My daughter Nicole age 15 has earned the beginner level of the Knitting badge by completing a simple scarf This is what she has to say about her project I knit a scarf that I made out of an expensive yarn bought at a nearby Co op My mom helped me create a pattern to use and taught me a new stitch The yarn is light and dark green and makes a cool color pattern It s nice and warm and I have gotten many compliments I m glad I made it because not only do I have another scarf to wear but it was a good experience MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 02 2008 4 48 42 PM Ashley Meerwarth farmerette of Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge My daughter Ashley has earned the beginner level of knitting by making scarves for two of her friends with smaller matching scarves for their American Girl dolls She used leftover yarn for each of these projects and her own large needles size 13 They worked up pretty quickly so she was able to move on to new ones without getting overwhelmed or frustrated She added fringe to the ends of each one when they were done We also learned that her work was twisting because of twisted stitches We got this worked out and now her knitting is nice and even This is what she had to say about her project The whole time I was knitting the scarves I just kept thinking about how happy they are going to be when they open them These scarves will be set aside and given as Christmas gifts in December MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 02 2008 5 03 43 PM Nicole Meerwarth farmerette of Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Knitting badge My daughter Nicole age 15 completed the Intermediate level of the knitting badge by completing a new more difficult project She spent more than five of these work hours knitting with her younger sister and me Here is what she says I knit a shawl out of a DK weight rayon and cotton blend with a swirl of colors including olive green sky blue maroon golden yellow a dark purple and a pink Surprisingly it s a very pretty yarn My mom helped me to read the pattern and also taught me the stitches I wasn t aware of how to knit yet It was a beginner pattern that took me three days to knit but has a complex and beautiful design I m glad I made this shawl because I plan on using it with a Victorian dress I m making I will be wearing it in February at a Victorian walk in Saratoga Springs NY MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 03 2008 11 48 54 AM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Knitting badge I made several small projects in order to complete the Intermediate level of the knitting badge I made a sloop hat for myself out of creamy white Homespun acrylic This was a pattern that I had used before but for this project I

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    full length one to sew up first because I wanted an apron I could use while working in my garden When I finished the apron it was too long and hung past my knees So I ended up shortening the length and now it fits just fine MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 06 2008 5 02 50 PM Gail Butler has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Self sufficiency badge This summer I grew organic Rutger s tomatoes great for canning because the skins are soft and the tomatoes can be canned with skins on for extra fiber and substance I canned them for winter use and will also make tomato sauce for freezing I also grew yellow tomatoes round and about the size of golf balls I wish I knew the variety but I don t The seeds were given to me by a friend and I ve been growing these anonymous heirlooms for about five years organically of course They make great fresh salsa which can also be canned for winter use I now have several jars in my pantry I also canned some of the yellow tomatoes for winter use as well in soups and sauces I have 28 pints of Rutger s just canned in my pantry and they turned out great The vines will produce well until the first freeze so plan on canning another batch real soon Both types of tomatoes turned out beautifully and add their jewel tones to my pantry It s a beautiful sight and makes me feel good to know that my summer canning fest will provide food for the winter MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 06 2008 5 15 09 PM Gail Butler has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge I planted a 90 organic and heirloom vegetable garden except for okra which is a hybrid The list of heirloom and organic veggies I am growing are Rutger s tomatoes Yellow Tomatoes of unknown variety from handed down seeds Carrots from saved seed variety forgotten Detroit Red beets Collards Horno de Corno peppers Leeks Utah Valencia Onions Marketmore Cukes from saved seeds Black Zucchini Kentucky Wonder Green Beans saved seed True Gold Corn seed from Seeds of Change Iroquois Cantaloupe saved seed Waltham Butternut Squash saved seed Buttercup Squash saved seed Salsify saved seed Parsnip saved seed Jalapeno Peppers Seeds of Change Yukon Gold Potatoes Ace I used no pesticides The garden had an earwig problem and I was unable to grow green beans as the bugs would eat the sprouting plants Libbie Zenger gave me a small flock of three chickens last winter and early this spring I turned them loose in my kitchen garden Green beans have done great as have most other things I planted I ve frozen several pounds of green beans for winter use MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 06 2008 5 53 12 PM Gail Butler has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an intermediate level Heirlooms Forever badge I ve started more seriously saving seeds for next year s garden I ve always saved a few seeds from squash green beans and tomatoes especially but am now also saving herb seeds dill basil fennel lovage and pot marigold Wildflower seeds I m saving are flax bachelor s buttons larkspur penstemon and sunflowers So far so good I will throw some seeds out in very early spring of 2009 and some may go out this Autumn I m testing to see which season is best MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 10 2008 12 53 31 PM Susan Arkles has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an intermediate level Heirlooms Forever badge I am a member of Seed Savers and have learned to save seeds from books I have purchased from them This year I saved Heirloom seeds from 2 types of lettuce 2 types of peppers peas and am still waiting for the brussels sprouts to go to seed I also set aside several garlic bulbs to break apart and plant this fall for next years crop All of my garden was planted with heirloom plants Some of the veggies did really well and others were disappointing I m going to try other types next year I don t know if it was the weather or the wrong type for our part of the country planted so will try new varieties next year I look at my garden as a neverending experiment MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 10 2008 1 00 28 PM Susan Arkles has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Pay It Forward badge My husband and I skip 1 lunch per week We are in a group called the lunch bunch started by a writer from our local newspaper Each person or family donated what we would have spent that month on the skipped lunches This is donated to one of the local food banks in town there are 6 Each month the food bank changes so each one gets donations 2 times a year So far our group has donated over 50 000 Although I put the date finished as 10 1 2008 this is really an ongoing project MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 10 2008 1 06 27 PM Susan Arkles has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I tossed recycled all those pesky plastic containers who I think reproduce when we aren t looking I now use canning jars to hold leftovers in the fridge I don t have any young kids who could break them You can see what you have so much better and they are easier to wash out no tomato sauce stains I have a lot of space where the containers were and was able to organize the pantry just in time for the new foods I canned MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 10 2008 1 14 17 PM Tanya Yelton has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Little Squirts badge Well my husband so kindly taught me how to oil all the hinges on our squeaky doors It was fun to be taught by him and now the baby won t wake up from her nap when I m sneaking out the door after she s fallen asleep My daughter and son helped me wash off the bikes and I gave all the chains a good oiling Also they helped me to sand down the garden tools before I oiled them with Linseed Oil I LOVE this stuff I also love the fact that I am enjoying learning new things and showing my children that learning new things is fun They are learning right along with me which counts not only for merit badges for my daughter a farmerette but also as homeschooling Great No more squeaky doors or rusty bike chains Also my husband was proud of me for taking care of the garden tools I am normally more careless with Lots of fun MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 10 2008 2 20 43 PM Sharalyn Paetz has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Gaining Ground badge I read several books about raising red worms The books I read were Worms Eat my Garbage by Mary Appelhoff The Worm Book The Complete Guide to Worms in Your Garden by Janet Hogan Taylor and Raising Earthworms for Profit by Earl B Shields I then bought 2 ten gallon plastic bins I drilled draining holes in the bottom and air holes all around the bin just below the lid I ordered a pound of red worms from a seller on ebay When the worms arrived I lined the bottom of my bins with several layers of wet shredded newspaper for the bedding I dumped in the worms and then added the food scraps I had saved I then covered the worms and food scraps with another thick layer of wet shredded newspaper and lightly put the lid on my bin I kept the bins under my stairs in my basement for several months When the warm weather came I got careless and started adding too much fruit and banana peels I started getting fruit flies I decided to move them to my garage They have done well there and though I still get a few fruit flies it is not a problem I empty the bin every 4 months I dump the bin out onto a black garbage bag separate the contents into little piles and then pick out the worms and put them in a new bin and put vermicompost into another container for the garden This might seem like extra work but I like to count the worms and see how they are multiplying If I think I have too many in one bin i will start another one MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 10 2008 2 33 26 PM Nancy Marshall has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an expert level Grow Where You re Planted badge Completed King County Master Gardener Program have now completed all requirements to complete my internship Have planted and also inherited many native plants on our farmette Western Red cedar oregon grape evergreen huckelberry salal red flowering currant kinnickinick salmonberry etc Am a certified backyard wildlife habitat for WA state Completed county extension program in forestry this year Found the Kourick book through our library found it very well done Had my chapter over in spring for an organic veggie talk in my garden Discussed showed native plants with some interested members at that time I also pressed the five native flowers and am going to make them into bookmarks Photographed a LOT of rare wildflowers in Olympic National Park this summer I thought we had to do everything on the list in order to apply for a merit badge I LOVE being a master gardener My clinic has been at the Home Depot in Bellevue While not my favorite place to go I do feel our service there is very valuable mainly because we try to get people to go with non chemical options I volunteer at a local demonstration garden mostly doing veggies which are donated to a local foodbank MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 13 2008 5 20 04 PM Teresa Sue Hoke House has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge I cautiously had a small garden this year Cautious because I am working two jobs and the area where I wanted to garden hadn t been gardened in several years In fact it had been part of my sheep pasture I know that it takes several years to bring a garden to its glory I didn t have several years because I hoped to be moved to our Idaho property in a couple of years The thought of putting in all that work and then leaving it bothered me But not having at least a few vegetables bothered me more This piece of ground that I reclaimed from the sheep pasture for a garden was really hard to keep the weeds down I really had to make a firm decision to just walk away from the Roundup I remember a university professor who was giving us a lecture saying Roundup was so safe you could drink it Then he went on to state that vinegar was much more harmful to you Hmmm I d rather make pickeles with vinegar any day Recently I read that Monsanto can t claim anymore that Roundup is biodegradable like they have been doing for years I never truly appreciated how much morning glory button weed and grass my wooly friends ate Keeping it out of the raised bed was pretty easy continuous but easy to pull The surrounding area not so much Me and my hoe just could not keep up with the time limits I had with my other responsibilities Well it did pretty much like I expected it to do It wasn t a garden magazine s perfect garden Nowhere near But I would still do it again I like raised bed gardening I didn t want to invest time money and labour to make permanent raised beds in this garden Instead I pulled earth from all sides to make a nice raised bed I made it as long as a tall cattle panel 16 and four feet wide I got out my companion gardening book and planted peas onions tomatoes various peppers radishes and lettuces I also bought a new rhubarb plant from that nursery between Moscow and Pullman can t remember their name The rhubarb is Ruby Red and is supposed to keep its red color even when cooked I planted my peas on both sides of the cattle panel and I had a fabu crop on one side anyway lol I had misread my companion planting book and on the side that didn t do too well I planted onions They don t like each other I had 3 4 more peas from the non onion side The freak frosts in early summer caught most of my tomatoes and peppers unaware But I had a few plants that hid under the pea vines and they went on to give me some tomatoes Not a lot it just didn t seem to warm up for the poor things I got a huge amount of lettuce and radishes of course and I even let some of them go to seed so I could experiment with some seed saving Oh I can t forget my zucchini I only planted 4 seeds in one hill thinned it to the best one Normally one zucchini plant is quite enough I got the world s only underachieving zucchini So it was a treat not Oh no not another zucchini Did I raise enough to feed us for the winter Hardly It did help keep the flame alive to continue trying for that goal though I learned to be more careful about an onion s neighbors lol Will I garden here next summer Just a little A tomato or two a few cukes but most of my time will be at our Idaho place getting it ready to move to and plant the garden of my dreams Reading Montrose Life In a Garden by Nancy Goodwin was a bit of a challenge It was hard to start but once you got into it a bit it was very interesting I think the author s use of all the botanical names was a bit difficult for me as I ve never studied botanical plant names before The only one that really stood out was the Clematis Jackamani That one is in all the gardening catalogs lol Perhaps the plants she talks about being in a different climate that I wasn t familiar with contributed to not recognizing so many of them I did enjoy her easy references to other things that contributed to her year in her garden her staff cats friends and husband and the history of the place and the people who came before her Nancy Goodwin s complete devotion to her plants and garden humbled me as a gardener MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 13 2008 5 37 37 PM Teresa Sue Hoke House has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Gaining Ground badge I knew I wanted to have a small garden this summer so last fall I started a compost pile I picked a spot for it and put four straw bales around it to contain it Well after a couple of weeks I decided I din t like the looks of it and I racked my brain as to what I could use Then I remembered the four louvered doors that I had picked up several years ago from a garage sale for 10 I had used them for several things not quite happy with any of them I actually considered using them for what they had been made for concealing the contents of a closet Well I thought they would be perfect for a compost pile The louvers added the perfect ventilation I used t posts to set them horizontally Using the four doors I made an E shaped compost bin I started filling it with kitchen scraps no meat or fats to be included Then when I cleaned out all my planting pots I put the used potting soil in too I gave it a good stir added some leaves when I had them and continued to add the contents of my compost bucket from the kitchen Well the compost pile grew over the winter spring and summer It amazes me how much two people can throw out and that was just the composting materials I stirred and added as needed I planted my new rhubarb plant at the end of the compost pile because I figured that it could lap up any goodies that might get away from the main compost pile It also helped to give the compost pile a drink when I

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    make all our body soap with glycerin and essential oils MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2008 3 39 27 PM Pyper Thole has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Forage For Food badge Ordered the U S Agriculture book and use it to keep me on track On bottling meat this last week I wish I had used it before starting I got very creative with my bottles once I learned I did 4 batches wrong Freezer is full and this past weekend was easy dinners MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2008 3 46 40 PM Pyper Thole has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Forage For Food badge Excited to find Elderberry s in the mountains while on one of my outings to oil paint in the mountains They were confirmed to me by locals that indeed it was elderberry and syrup has been made in the past by them I was personally jumping up and down since last year I was buying bottles of this syrup to keep us all away from the virus of the season I used honey in place of sugar I then sealed it and froze the jars I am going to learn and get more confident on preserving with honey I traded from a bee keeper lots of honey and have found it very valuable to me MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2008 3 55 57 PM Pyper Thole has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level ChillOver ComeOver badge Ordered and made the chocolate pie lime pie crown jewel and lots of jigglers for the family Used it as the dessert at a dinner party which brought a lot of chatting I substituted it in my recipes that call for pectin When a friend was going in for a colonoscopy she used ChillOver to get her through the fasting part I am successful with my homemade juices and ChillOver MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2008 4 07 19 PM Pyper Thole has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Self sufficiency badge I have many bottles of dried goods I borrowed a food dryer and kept it busy First was the raspberries for homemade granola cereal Right along came stevia mushrooms squash slices pears apricots apples and pumpkin seeds I made the seasoning mix up and used it with my pumpkin and tomato sauces Found that making bulk seasoning spices are fast Many of the ingredients I grew and dried to make it and some came on clearance that I was able to buy and use MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2008 4 59 19 PM Marcy Piggott has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge I started changing to organic food with milk It tastes so clean that I really enjoy drinking it now I tried potato chips and didn t taste any difference I did try organic and local beef and it was amazing No smells coming from the package and it tastes awesome I also had all the veggies from my garden and storebought just doesn t compare I am totally reformed I will only buy organic and as local as possible I still need to work at my junk food habit but that doesn t even taste good anymore so we must be getting somewhere I know that I will only buy what is good and organic and local from now on MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2008 5 09 02 PM Teresa Sue Hoke House has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge First I have to say journaling really takes me to task because it is not my favorite thing to do It does help you take a long good look at things and situations in a big perspective sort of way and that is helpful I have done grateful journaling before and it really makes you pull your head up and realize what a blessed life you have One thing that is really amazing about this is once you start counting your blessings it s easier to see them and to realize how many you have When you realize how much you have to be grateful for it makes you a calmer person knowing that no matter what you will deal with whatever life has to offer At least that is how it affects me And here is my gratitude journal Many things that I am grateful for might seem small or trivial to some but if I have learned anything on this beautiful blue planet it is that sometimes the small things make life bearable I am grateful today that it is not as cold as it is usually this time of year I am grateful for the beautiful full moon I am grateful today to have another beautiful fall day Today I was grateful for the spectacular fall foliage on the trees and shrubbery Some of the maple trees I had to just stop and stare at their beauty Today I am grateful I got two hours of mowing in at the cemetery before dark I am thankful for my wonderful fragrant brewed to perfection cup of tea A touch of honey and organic half half a weekend treat Today I am thankful for the time spent with my family at the Greenbluff Orchards Today I am thankful for the time to work in the Rose garden at the cemetery Today I was thankful that

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    favorite is a small pewter heart button that she wants to make into a bracelet She has 54 now and she loves them She is always taking them out and playing with them She has even made one into a necklace I wanted to take a photo of her with her tin but she was really hamming it up Here she is with her tin and an Oregano bunch she insisted on getting from the garden for this pic lol MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 04 2009 2 54 51 PM And Lara Falcone follows and has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge along with her daughter Two years ago I received my Great Grandmother Evelyn Boots Becker s Button Tin when she passed away She was one of those wonderful women that could do anything and I named my Farmgirl Group after her I started adding to my button tin when my daughter wanted to go for the Buttoned Up Merit Badge I now have over 150 MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 04 2009 3 22 58 PM Michelle Mahoney has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have about a dozen bags I use for shopping I haven t been remembering to take my bags lately except for the small chico bag which attaches to my key chain so I stashed a couple in each car I have bought a detachable pannier for my bicycle for when I take it to the store I am hoping to initiate a plastic bag tax this summer I m looking into how to do it This has been very successful in Ireland and I hear Washington state has also got a bill proposed It s a 25 cent tax on each plastic bag Right now we get a 5 cent per reusable bag credit but that doesn t seem to work as well as the tax I hope to get this going very soon I know everyone at church will sign the proposal so I just have to figure out how to do it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 04 2009 3 35 22 PM Michelle Mahoney has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge After doing some basic stitches I was ready to actually embroider something I chose a duck who is cross stitching I ve been itching to do some cross stitching lately for my first towel I cut a flour sack dishcloth in half and sewed a ribbon on the edge that I cut I am really happy with this I ve never embroidered before I think it turned out really well It took me 15 hours but I ve realized lately that I just seem to be very slow at these things MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 09 2009 4 52 34 PM Farmerette Hannah Piggott has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge Hannah started her button collection about the same time I did She thought all the different ones were pretty cool It has gotten a bit out of hand She has 84 of them now and they are each a little different in size and color MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 09 2009 5 08 54 PM Marcy Piggott has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge I usually make gifts but this year I put more effort into it I made breads and jams cloth books and blankets for nieces and nephews and sleep pants for DH and all the kids And an apron for Grama Everyone really liked what they were given The nieces and nephews said the blankets and books were great The best part was when my 13yr old said You made these Cool Its not easy to impress a teenage boy MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 10 2009 1 19 32 PM Farmerette Hannah Piggott has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge Hannah wanted to make her mom something for Christmas and decided on camouflage potholders I showed her how to put them together and then she learned to become friends with the sewing machine They turned out great and she said the best part was the quilting where she could go crazy with the machine Her mom liked them too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 10 2009 3 41 14 PM Marcy Piggott has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge My DD really needed a gift for her friend and asked me to make her a pink scarf So imbetween all my gifts I got hers made Her friend loved it and then more friends wanted one I told DD she needed to learn to crochet but a 16yr old couldn t make the time So I taught youngest DD to chain stitch She s learning to crochet and have patience MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 10 2009 3 59 00 PM Marcy Piggott has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge My youngest DD always wanted to help me sew so for Christmas I put together a sewing kit for her I even added some colored felt because then she had her own material to work with She loved it The first thing she sewed by hand was a

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    its seeds and bees that buzz from sage to daffodils to lavender I don t have year round blooms like Nancy Goldwin and her Carolina garden but we have lively activity in our mini habitat from spring thaw until winter freeze With the help of my family we also converted another steep spot into a wild flower garden this spring This area has been eroding for a few years and my chickens have not helped matters with their constant scratching So we fortified the chicken pen to keep them in dug and raked the soil back into place spread the area with grass seed and one pound of wild flower seeds and watered diligently We were rewarded with a cascade of colorful blooms We ve been cutting them for the table all summer and enjoying just seeing them there when we play in the yard Since many of the flowers were perennials I look forward to watching it sprout on its own next year And for the final requirement of this badge I planted several seeds that I had saved from my plants last year I have found that calendula is a very easy seed to harvest share and plant It is one that I give to ladies to encourage them to spend time gardening and enhancing their yards They are incredibly easy to grow and have many uses and health benefits fun to experiment with if one is interested in going deeper with horticulture I also grew arugula from last year s seeds This too is a good starter plant for those interested in saving seeds And I grew columbine from seeds that my daughter saved When they are ready I will save seeds from my own plants to share at an upcoming ladies retreat MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 23 2009 5 05 28 PM Vicki Taylor has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge Who knew that snuggling down with a good book The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs would lead to a new passion a gift for a grandchild and the application for a beginner s merit badge in knitting I m still new to the craft but I think the red scarf turned out well AND best of all my grandson loves it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 24 2009 10 37 43 AM Debra Swan has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I started the dish cloth in MaryJane s Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook There is an elder lady in our church that used to make up knitted ones and she has passed on We missed her gifts of dish cloth So I thought I would make them up to give as gifts Did up gold color one to match my kitchen Love it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 24 2009 10 49 43 AM Debra Swan has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Crochet badge My daughter wanted to learn how to crochet a hat scarf and mittens for a child So I said why not do one together So we did Had a great time doing one with her special time together I thought they came out nice Was a little challenging circling around for hat mittens I took it apart couple of times But it finally came out Love the mittens MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 24 2009 11 00 02 AM Debra Swan has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Crochet badge Lady from our church made afghans with left over yarn Thought that was a great idea to use up my yarn Again my daughter wanted to learn how to make one as well So we got together one night with my friend from church to show us how to make one Love it They are so pretty and warm Made some up for Christmas gifts MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 24 2009 11 22 32 AM Jessie Yonkovit has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Spirit badge On February 13 2009 I hosted the inaugural Mint City Farmgirls chapter meeting at the University Club at Michigan State University The included photo is a table from the room featuring MaryJane s books magazines my homemade pinkeeper my Sisterhood certificate and my jacket with my Sisterhood badge on the front and merit badges on the back Unfortunately only one other person came but the two of us had a good time and plan to go ahead with the chapter anyway MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 24 2009 11 44 36 AM Jessie Yonkovit has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made a half apron using Simplicity pattern 4692 and Norman Rockwell print fabric from Fabrics com Excellent The scallops on the apron was a technique I ve never used before so I learned something new on this project MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 24 2009 3 29 19 PM Janie Edwards has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Buttoned Up badge After organizing my buttons I started crocheting a necklace for me I used flat white 2 hole and 4 hole buttons and white 10 crochet thread for my necklace Most of the buttons were from my grandmother s and mother s stash I enjoyed making it so much that I have started a pink and green necklace to wear and started sorting my blue buttons for a blue one I have never been a very outgoing person MaryJane challenges me to change that I thought long and hard about actually wearing this necklace but decided that I did want to apply for the intermediate level and that meant actually wearing it somewhere So I put it on February 14th and ran some errands At the first 2 stores no one said a word BUT at the third store a bookstore this lady came up behind me and made me turn around so she could see my necklace better she went on and on about how gorgeous it was and how creative I had to tell her that it really wasn t my creativity but part of a merit badge requirement from MaryJanesFarm etc She kept talking about it so long that I finally told her how it was made with crochet and buttons and in 3 s and 5 s and she put her books down said she was going to go home and make one for her daughter who would just love it and one for herself So thank you MaryJane for helping me step outside my comfort zone I have never had anything like that happen before and I just love it After I finish my next two necklaces I plan on learning how to needle tat and do a necklace or bracelet or both that way MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 25 2009 3 29 02 PM Karen Bates has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge I have not embroidered in 35 years but found an old Aunt Martha s pattern for vegetable seed packets and with a little advice from Aunt Jenny I made some kitchen towels MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 25 2009 3 37 35 PM Karen Bates has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I made a crib quilt for my expectant grandbaby April 30th My daughter and I picked out the fabrics before Christmas and I made the quilt by machine I quilted it myself too My daughter not a seamstress kept adding little embellishments the last but not least was she wanted appliques on the front It turned out very nice and will be presented at her surprise baby shower on the 14th of March MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 25 2009 3 45 04 PM Gail Springman has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I sewed a half apron from a pattern It has been many years since I ve done that It was a bit hard to understand the pattern but I finished it It turned out ok Not something I would exchange with anyone who sews though I need much more practice and am looking forward to sewing well again MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 11 2009 2 12 07 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge September 1 2008 February 16 2009 Finally my sampler is complete It has taken me five and a half months to design and stitch and I am so very happy with it In the center of my sampler is a sign that I designed It is very much like the sign that hangs in front of my house declaring Farm Fresh Eggs the post is exactly the same and the sign in the sampler is taken from my business label which I tape to the cartons of eggs that I sell The sign in front of my farm will eventually resemble the one in my sampler Then all around the farm sign are different things found on my farm roosters hens chicks wild rabbits naughty squirrels apple and cherry trees honey bees dragonflies bluebirds and a pea patch My stitch samples are in the edging and the whole sampler is framed with drawn thread stitches in a serpentine hem design The drawn thread stitches took me approximately 15 hours clipping tugging stitching and finishing the corners where they came together All of my stitches are featured in the Dorling Kindersley Stitch Sampler book by Lucinda Ganderton The instructions are clear colorful and easy to follow even a young farmerette could follow them I am incredibly pleased with my project and can t wait to frame it My husband has promised to help me build a frame out of some barn boards that came from an old barn that used to stand on his parent s farm a heritage frame MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 11 2009 3 25 16 PM Nicole Farmerette of Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge My daughter Nicole has earned the beginner level of the embroidery badge by stitching a sampler She used Caroling Vincent s Creative Sampler Embroidery for inspiration as well as the instructions for Meg s design featured in the Aug Sept issue of MaryJaneFarm Magazine She came up with her own personal embroidery sampler that beautifully displays her talent as well as her personality I am so very proud of her work Here is what Nicole has to say about her project For my sampler I used a coarse linen which gives an authentic country look and bright but natural looking colors which I coordinated from lightest to darkest The lavender plant I portrayed in the middle was because I love lavender and its smell The other pictures were simply picked for their simplicity and different stitching techniques I love my sampler mainly for it being my first and also because it came out so well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 11 2009 3 33 50 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Bustin Out badge I have spent the last five months shopping at the local Farmer s Market and Food Co Op I am getting better at talking with the people who grow the food that I buy Most of them are excited to talk about their farms and don t hesitate to invite me to visit them I m also finding more and more organic options including organic apples at an orchard that I haven t shopped at in a few years because they hadn t carried organic varieties and now they do I also buy no spray varieties when organic choices are limited I ve found this to be a next best thing for fresh local fruit I also to my amazement found a gentleman not far from me who grows strawberries without any artificial additives This is especially exciting to me because I haven t eaten strawberries in a long time because all of the larger farms use sprays and fertilizers I can t wait until next year so I can get an early start and make some jam I am also continuing to spread the word about organics and I take fresh local organic foods with me whenever I visit friends I am surprised to learn that so many families I know are catching the fever for organics MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 11 2009 3 54 49 PM Cheryl Severeide has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I copied another apron as a pattern and made a half apron I really like it I wear it out to collect eggs from the chickens because it has a nice padded pocket MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 16 2009 2 59 40 PM Jenny Beasley has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge My mother taught me to quilt before she passed away in 1994 I made two small quilts and a table topper I have since made baby quilts and lap quilts I have been making quilts out of recycled receiving blankets and sheets I give them as gifts to new moms for floor quilts I even still have fabric my mother had when she passed away I have moved it several times I love to sew thanks to my mother MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 16 2009 3 14 14 PM Jenny Beasley has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Going Green badge If it makes my eyes itch my nose twitch or my skin raw throw it out I have been collecting and journalling green tips for two years I have thrown out all my yucky cleaners at home and at my part time job I have made laundry soap homemade soap and natural cleaners and shared them with friends I visited with my girlfriends about going green and will be speaking at a Women s forum on Livin Simple Livin Green at the end of the month There are 7 people living in our house and we wash our clothes with our own laundry soap and hang them on the line to dry My two grown daughters have learned to make soap and hang out their clothes so that they don t wrinkle I have shared my notes and books on green cleaning with more than 3 friends I am now known as the Green Lady My 16 year old daughter s friends think I am crazy but they love the smell of our clothes and sheets I am excited to share the tips and tricks of living green to women from all over our county I even spoke last night at a 4 H club meeting on recycling plastic and how to avoid using it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 16 2009 3 28 35 PM Jenny Beasley has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge I have been growing our own food for two years now I have started most of my veg from seeds all organic I have learned to save seeds also I share whatever seeds I have an abundance of to all who ask I use only organic fertilizer and bug sprays My husband is a rangeland major at the local university and we have spent more than 30 hours researching good fertilizers and so called bug sprays We use no bug sprays I have a 60x60 garden and we work it and harvest without using any type of pesticides I planted luffa sponge seeds last year and had bug detergent s till the hard freeze in January We have a large compost pile just west of our garden and we raised several rabbits for the composting contribution they make All animals are fed organic feed and apple cider vinegar I have raised calendula Joseph s coat Hyacinth vine beans and many other flowers in and around my garden I had tomato plants way into the freeze time for Texas We have raised a winter crop which is coming out of the ground due to weather here I brought the bees back into our yard with the luffa plants We now use Luffas instead of sponges or rags MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 16 2009 3 46 21 PM Debra Swan has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a 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    pockets waistband and ties We used Butterick s See Sew Pattern B5125 which comes in small medium and large We made the small The pattern is very similar to the No Frills Frilly Apron on page 91 of the May June July issue of MJF magazine but does not have the small darts at the top and didn t require redrawing from scale which I was concerned about attempting We are so pleased with her finished apron and she remembers to put it on when in the kitchen She was so darn cute this morning whipping up a batch of pancakes in her darling apron This is what she has to say I enjoyed making this apron very much The colors were really pretty I enjoyed ironing the most I learned how to keep my stitches straight and how to use a pattern I made some mistakes but I still love it I can t wait to make another one MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 23 2009 10 44 37 AM Ashley Meerwarth Farmerette of Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge My daughter Ashley has finally completed her sampler It is her own freestyle design with a blanket stitch border required by mom and sampler stitches at the top She also added some freehand drawings and filled them in with satin stitch and straight stitches Dad will be helping her build a frame so we can display it on her wall This is what Ashley had to say about her stitching With this sampler I learned what stitch best suits me I enjoyed doing most of it and it was very fun I made up a stitch of my own It was hard thinking of things to do I still got it finished I can t wait until it s on my wall MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 23 2009 10 56 23 AM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge I usually make most of my Christmas gifts but this year I made every single gift that I gave I started on the first day of this year with a pair of socks and didn t stop until I had made 6 pairs of socks for my friend and her family hats for two of my boys and a scarf for the third a sweater for my husband photo attached a hat and fingerless glove set for my youngest daughter a chevron scarf hours upon hours for this one for my oldest daughter a silk ribbon embroidered bag to store crochet needles in for my cheese making friend and employer a silk ribbon embroidered earring carrier for my mom a BakeOverTakeOver for another friend a handful of yo yos for a quilting friend who is recovering from breast cancer and last but not least a yo yo covered Christmas stocking for our very own MaryJane Butters I just love making gifts it was such a joy to give each of these items and my children were all so pleased with their hats and gloves and scarves It was certainly worth the time and effort MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 23 2009 11 14 09 AM Nicole Meerwarth Farmerette of Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Knitting badge My daughter Nicole has finished the requirements for the expert level of the knitting badge by knitting two lace scarves out of alpaca one for me and one for herself and four chunky yarn hats for her friends her sister and herself In order to make the scarves she had to learn lace knitting techniques yarn overs and leaning knit stitches For the hats she had to learn how to knit in the round and alter a pattern for different weight yarns and sizes of hats The process involved many mistakes and remakes but she figured it all out and created fabulous wearables She has also been sharing her patterns and knowledge with her knitting friend and sister She s learning the importance of passing on the blessing of her abilities as she seeks out others for teaching as well She s becoming quite the homespun young lady This is what she has to say about her project I had the greatest time knitting those hats There have been so many compliments on them too I made them from different chunky yarns and used thinner ones to add variation They aren t perfect but they keep your head warm The scarves on the other hand are so soft and comfortable but I did not altogether enjoy making them I had to take them out so many times although I did eventually get the hang of it They look wonderful and so lacy I m really glad I made them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 23 2009 11 30 33 AM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge I usually ask my husband to build trellises for my garden but this year I surprised him by building them myself I used some long saplings that he had cut down along the edge of the woods and propped them up teepee style in the spot where I wanted them I wrapped twine around them to hold them together then built another one at the other end of the row Next I used some screws to attach thinner saplings across for the beans to climb I used strings hung from the top pole to guide the vines up the trellis I also built a smaller trellis outside my side door where I planted peas and carrots and marigolds in a small raised bed This trellis worked well except for the fact that I overplanted my peas and the strings became crowded I also lost my first planting to a young little bunny so I enclosed the bed with chicken wire and started over It was fun to do these projects and satisfying to see the work of my own hands in my gardens MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 23 2009 12 02 43 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Disconnect to Reconnect badge I earned this badge by unplugging not only for the weekend but for most of the month of July Whenever it wasn t raining we were outdoors sleeping cooking eating and playing It was the most relaxing month of my life We did some extra garden projects planted a hill with wildflowers cut and split wood for next winter sawed up small sticks for our campfire read books and played cards took naps and ate our meals under the canopy I know that my vitamin D levels went way up from all the sunshine And I slept so much more peacefully with the fresh air even though the road was only 20 feet away and the traffic is usually noisy It was truly wonderful I can t wait until next summer to do it again MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 23 2009 12 07 57 PM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Lend a Hand to Families badge I earned the beginning level of this badge by spending a day with others from my congregation at a home in Vermont that was destroyed by fire We spent the whole day hanging sheetrock Since I am fairly adept at taping this was my particular contribution We were able to finish most of the house ceilings included leaving it ready for paint After the project we met at a friend s house where we were served hot soup and homemade bread by some of the volunteers who weren t able to join us for sheetrocking It was one of the best meals I ve eaten made even more delicious by an appetite built on a hard day s labor MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 24 2009 10 31 14 AM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have earned this badge with my all ready in the car waiting for my next shopping trip reusable shopping bags I have two huge ones with strong handles two medium ones that are great for fresh fruit and veggies and an assortment of other small handled bags including an insulated one for meat and frozen foods I am finally getting good at remembering to actually take them into the store with me instead of always sending my son to grab them while I am in the checkout line I love to use my bags at the farmer s market because I know that these vendors are trying to keep their costs down They don t have to give me bags for my purchases and I don t have to worry about wasting them later MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 24 2009 10 39 21 AM Carrie Meerwarth has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level 3 Rs Rule Reuse Recycle Revive badge I am an avid recycler so this badge was fun for me to work on I started by making row markers out of recycled yogurt containers I cut strips from the sides about 1 inch wide from the top down to the bottom I then used a permanent marker to write on the piece and stuck them into the ground to mark each row I also used my scavenged sticks from last summer which were carefully stored in my shed Next I purchased a sharpening stone so that I could keep my scythe ax hatchet and shovel nice and sharp My daughter enjoyed learning this and she now helps me with the job as well We have developed the habit of cleaning and sharpening our tools when we are finished with them It is a good feeling to see them hanging in the shop all clean and orderly MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 24 2009 10 47 02 AM Cheryl Severeide has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge Organized my food storage cupboard Removed all empty canning jars and rings Threw away stained unmatched lids to containers Discarded odd containers with no lids Cleaned shelf Beautifully organized and stacked neatly Easy to find container with matching lid MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 24 2009 12 03 22 PM Sharalyn Paetz has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Knitting badge I knitted a baby afghan for a friend of mine who finally had a daughter she got to keep after 5 sons The pattern could be done as stripes that were then attached together or knitted as one piece I decided to knit it as one piece It took 198 stitches to cast on I had a few blunders and dropped stitches several times but I learned how to correct and pick the stitches back up several rows past the mistake Overall I was pleased with the results but I learned that for myself it is difficult to take on a long project Towards the end I began to dread knitting my blanket and just wanted to be done with it In the end it didn t matter that it wasn t perfect My friend was glad to receive it and I was glad to give it to her before her daughter had her first birthday MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 24 2009 12 15 27 PM Gail Springman has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I started raising chickens last spring and have more new babies this spring Feed them only organic feed and vegetable and fruit scraps It s been really good Have had good flock which produces enough eggs to give some away to neighbors and now sell some to friends I m hoping to breed a few and maybe have chicks of their own MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 24 2009 12 27 39 PM Ingrid Schoolkate has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge Learned how to knit when I was about 5 Now do it as a hobby and have a small shop at home Knit scarves as part of my inventory for my shop and give them away as gifts as well I am left handed and have taught my eldest sister how to knit as she was unable to follow patterns So I showed her how to follow patterns to create projects Now she makes everything from scarves to dishcloths to doggie coats I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to projects and therefore work at them until they turn out perfect No holes no dropped stitches If the colors aren t right I redo again until they are MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 24 2009 12 35 00 PM Lora Rosencrans has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made an apron in an evening I didn t actually have a pattern unless you can count the one that is in my mind I came up with the idea one day while shopping at the local Goodwill store I added extra detail on the apron strings by using the embroidery function on my sewing machine I used double fold bias tape for these strings It s cute I love the eyelet detail at the bottom I also like this skirt because it wraps farther around than most I hope to make more and sell them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 24 2009 12 51 52 PM Lora Rosencrans has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge I have read Gardening with Heirloom Seeds as part of the Mavens book club I sent for several seed catalogs that had heirloom varieties I also joined the Seed Savers Exchange Our family decided to plant as many heirlooms as possible not just the 5 We ordered collections to make the decisions easier This included the Herb collection Child s wonder garden canning garden and then ordered some odds and ends I thought looked interesting I also ordered an almost extinct variety of beans to try to help save them Oh and don t forget all the wonderful varieties that some lovely Sister s sent to me MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 25 2009 4 53 08 PM Susan Arkles has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Organic on a Budget badge Some time ago I ordered the Budget Mix in bulk and started to use it for all kinds of recipes I had some recipes that used Bisquick and substituted the Budget Mix They turned out better than when I used the Bisquick I also use it for BakeOvers cookies cakes etc It makes the best waffles Tomorrow I m trying tortillas with the mix Everything I made was wonderful I think that regular baking powder has a strange taste to it that isn t in the Budget Mix Using the Budget Mix for so much saved me trips to the store which saves on food and gas money MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2009 10 33 45 AM Lora Rosencrans has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge We started a brand new flock of chickens this year after thieves and dogs nearly eliminated our previous flock We purchased an assortment of brown egg layers Golden Comets Aracanas and Banties In May we are getting 25 Buckeyes Currently we have 55 chicks and will have a total of 80 when the Buckeyes get here We are planning on selling eggs and possibly raising a few of our hatched chicks My husband enjoyed building the brooder between the hen house and horse stall We used all reclaimed and free wood and materials Luckily someone had given us an entire trailer full of lumber MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2009 11 21 41 AM Lora Rosencrans has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge We cleaned out our plastics cupboard and took what we could to the recycling center The rest were tossed The cupboard has stayed organized and we only save containers that we will actually use MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Mar 26 2009 11 29 18 AM Lora Rosencrans has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttons badge I started this collection back in December after the death of my step father I 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    Aprons badge I sewed a full apron by using some vintage and new materials Also used a pattern which I haven t been familiar with using in many years It turned out OK Had a bit of trouble understanding the pattern but finally got it worked out MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 08 2009 5 21 58 PM Gail Springman 486 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Going Green badge I made my own laundry soap from a recipe on the forum I also made a carpet freshener and am making a dish soap I ve been reading up on new and natural ways to clean my home I now use a lot of baking soda salt boraxo and lemons with different essential oils It s been going really well For the laundry soap I found a smoother grater so it would come out finer Things seem to be cleaning just fine and there are no chemical smells at all Really glad I ve done this MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2009 2 42 08 PM Marcy Piggott 257 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Families Forever badge We started game night around Christmas We have always played games but we made an effort for this We played Bakugan the most with the parents getting their own set We also play dice games and card games We just started reading My Side of the Mountain They can t wait to finish the book We just love the real time that we are spending together Not all of us play all the time but we are having fun Reading has been done at the dinner table taking turns in between bites It s the only time I have all their attention MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2009 3 47 38 PM Marcy Piggott 257 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge So I finally decided that I could have my own business I am naming it Marcy s Market I will have aprons skirts tops bloomers handbags and any thing that I can craft I want to sell soaps and share heirloom seeds I am revamping my old blog to be more specific to the market I have set up an email and am sharing my dream with anyone who will listen The picture is of my porch and during the summer that is probably where the market will be located MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2009 4 12 48 PM Marcy Piggott 257 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Know Your Food badge We have eliminated all HFCS from our diet by reading labels and doing research The kids were not happy but are adjusting to their new tastes We are eating all local and organic foods now Currently there are no CSAs in my area The extension office didn t even know what they were Last night the kids asked if they could defrost some of last years frozen fresh fruit I was so thrilled that they didn t ask for cookies I even talked with my hubby about the idea of becoming a CSA since there aren t any in our area Who knows maybe we could be the first one in our county MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2009 4 23 18 PM Marcy Piggott 257 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an intermediate level Organic on a Budget badge My eating plan is to make everything from scratch It may take a minute longer to mix up but it tastes so much better and I know exactly what it is made of We are only eating local and organic but that also means we are eating in season This is a bit harder but makes us anticipate the arrival of strawberries At first the kids had a bit of trouble adjusting but now they want bread and biscuits and treats from scratch My grocery bill has decreased so much that the thought of spending 100 a week on food is outrageous MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2009 4 38 49 PM Marcy Piggott 257 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Bustin Out badge We have continued on our journey and are only eating local and organic foods The journey has seen kids grumbling about the changes and family members thinking I am radical We are eating so much healthier now The kids request good real food I still am preaching about the need to know what is in our food and why I made a birthday cake with local ingredients and while it didn t quite turn out they ate it because they liked the taste MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Apr 13 2009 4 47 34 PM Marcy Piggott 257 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Aprons badge I finally realized that I could take all my favorite parts of aprons and make one that I really liked I needed one to come just above my knees cover my tops because I get dirty doing everything and made from my favorite fabric I made the white one with tiny red hearts for my friend Rose She just loved it My favorite part was the heart trim I found by accident Then I made the red one for me and I must admit I love mine too I added one yo

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