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    them to lay another egg after another I think that getting chickens was a great idea because we can get our own eggs Everyday we get four to six eggs some in the morning and some in the afternoon I fry the eggs in the morning for breakfast and sometimes for a snack These are some of the reasons why I think that getting chickens was a good idea MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 29 2009 4 32 50 PM Amanda Hatton age 15 Farmette of Kristina Nelson has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge When we first got the chickens I had to keep them in my room until we could build a secure pen for them outside While they were inside my dog Sadie had officially adopted them as her s and protects them from our other dogs Now 8 months old the chickens are now living in our barn and Sadie still acts like their mother She even helps me collect eggs by sticking her nose in the roost to show me where the eggs are They have become part of the family and I share the chores of feeding watering and cleaning the chickens with them I have made it very clear that they are only for laying eggs and not for a barbecue dinner My siblings and I catch grasshoppers during the summer for them and my uncle has even grown a liking toward them He had his first experience of catching and picking up a chicken as he clucked and waved his arms like chicken wings while he chased them I personally enjoy taking care of my favorite chicken Road Runner who survived from what killed our first litter of chickens I caught a big juicy grasshopper just for her and was overjoyed with pride as I got to eat the first egg she laid She is the only chicken that lays double yolks of the bunch too Through the hardships and rewards we have learned that responsibility and hard work are needed to take care of chickens properly Hopefully we will further add to our family of chickens but until then we are just going to enjoy having them for the first time MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 29 2009 4 43 06 PM Emily Nelson age 7 Farmette of Kristina Nelson has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge My favorite chicken is Fatty because when I pick her up she won t jump out of my hands She s fluffy and soft The eggs are really good because we get double yokes from Road Runner MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 30 2009 10 37 15 AM Libbie Zenger Libbie 10 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Public Service badge I ve attended many Town Council meetings over the last year researched the issues and run for a position on the Town Council which I did last November MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 30 2009 10 39 15 AM Libbie Zenger Libbie 10 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a intermediate level Public Service badge I ve attended many Town Council meetings over the last year researched the issues and run for a position on the Town Council which I did last November I was elected and am excited to continue to serve our town What an amazing experience MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 30 2009 11 16 13 AM Chelsea Watson C W 577 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge Last year a girlfriend taught me how to knit and started me on a scarf Recently I took up making dish clothes for Christmas gifts I have assisted my mother with making a scarf though she has yet to finish it So far I have made two dish clothes learning from a book how to increase and decrease my number of stitches I also used the helpful instructions found in your book Stitching Room to crochet a border around each cloth MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 30 2009 11 40 04 AM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Shopping Green badge Three weeks ago I was reading some posts on the forum about making homemade laundry soap and other cleaners Since I was running low on laundry soap I decided to give it a go I love how my laundry smells And it feels good to know that all the ingredients are not toxic to the environment Now not only do I make my own laundry soap I also make other cleaners such as dusting spray I LOVE that I could get away from those nasty aerosol cans and I use vinegar to clean the majority of my home now Thanks Maryjane for all the wonderful ideas MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Oct 30 2009 11 55 54 AM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I have been sewing mostly quilts since I was 13 Recently a few friends asked me to teach them how to sew So for each of them I put together a little sewing kit I think they turned out pretty cute I put a small pair of scissors multiple colors of thread a variety of buttons needles safety pins elastic and a tape measure in each jar On the lid I made

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    go as far as naming the ones we encounter talking about the different breeds their traits and habits We do not own our own horses yet but we do have some kind friends who let us borrow theirs from time to time For this badge we rounded up three of our friends horses fed and brushed them then took them out for some exercise It s safe to say we are horse crazy and our horse dreams are long standing Getting up close and personal just solidifies this The horses seemed to have as much fun as we did Borrowed Joe Camp s book The Soul of a Horse from the library and can t wait to get to reading it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 10 2009 11 08 55 AM Rachel Gneiding Farmette of Patricia Gneiding has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge My farmeretts s and I do this all the time as we drive into town We live in an area where you can but help to drive down the road and spot a field with a grazing horse We even go as far as naming the ones we encounter talking about the different breeds their traits and habits We do not own our own horses yet but we do have some kind friends who let us borrow theirs from time to time For this badge we rounded up three of our friends horses fed and brushed them then took them out for some exercise It s safe to say we are horse crazy and our horse dreams are long standing Getting up close and personal just solidifies this The horses seemed to have as much fun as we did Borrowed Joe Camp s book The Soul of a Horse from the library and can t wait to get to reading it Photo Farmette Rachel grooming Faligia a Polish and Spanish Arabian MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 10 2009 11 28 41 AM Jessica Gneiding Farmette of Patricia Gneiding has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge My farmeretts s and I do this all the time as we drive into town We live in an area where you can but help to drive down the road and spot a field with a grazing horse We even go as far as naming the ones we encounter talking about the different breeds their traits and habits We do not own our own horses yet but we do have some kind friends who let us borrow theirs from time to time For this badge we rounded up three of our friends horses fed and brushed them then took them out for some exercise It s safe to say we are horse crazy and our horse dreams are long standing Getting up close and personal just solidifies this The horses seemed to have as much fun as we did Borrowed Joe Camp s book The Soul of a Horse from the library and can t wait to get to reading it Photo Farmette Jessica grooming Kalon a Polish Arabian MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 11 2009 09 42 11 AM Patricia Gneiding patriciag 785 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have been collecting reuseable bags for sometime now yet I always forget to take them in to the store For this badge I collected 6 more bags from the hardware fabric and local farm store plus Costco they even have new large and medium sizes with bottle holders inside Earning this badge has helped me be more diligent in remembering to take the bags in when I go shopping I make sure they go right back into the car ready for the next trip It also helps that our local farm store gives a 5 cent credit for every bag I bring with Photo My fav bag I got at the farmers market Save the Farmland MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 16 2009 10 00 09 AM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Service badge I have earned this badge by being involved in the Washington County 4H as an organizational leader I have just finished my fifth year in this position In the first two years I was a leader for a larger group organizing activities such as hikes and camping or involvement in a 4th of July parade Beside administrative duties I also participate with my children in fund raising events for Cornell Cooperative Extension which means working shifts in the food and dairy booths during County Fair as well as other events at the fairgrounds We have served our community with roadside cleaning janitorial services at the local firehouse and gifts of gratitude to our local volunteers and library workers It would be difficult to put a number on the hours that I have invested in our group and local community since serving has become a part of our everyday lifestyle We are prompt to get involved when asked for help and my children have learned to step forward whenever a need arises Each year of our participation takes us further in our commitment to and involvement in our community MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 17 2009 12 04 29 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a intermediate level Community Service badge Along with my involvement in 4H I have added membership in the Highland Quilter s Guild I had not previously understood the activities of a guild until I

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    came with an extra button I finally gathered all the buttons in a mason jar just a month ago I currently have 137 buttons Although I didn t directly pay for any of my buttons I realize that they are a bit drab I need color MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2009 1 58 49 PM Jennifer Jill Greenfield draiodoirmna 752 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I taught myself to quilt 10 years ago but took my first class in 2001 I ve only had time to make small projects This picture is a holiday table runner I made while watching a football game It took me about 4 hours to complete I enjoy pulling it out for the holidays every year I have a wonderful book about block quilting The possibilities are endless I ve made many projects throughout the years MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2009 3 19 22 PM Jennifer Jill Greenfield draiodoirmna 752 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Quilting badge I made this baby quilt just to practice It probably took me 40 hours to do During this project I realized that I enjoy the piecework much more than the actual quilting I also learned that I love choosing fabric colors I can spend hours putting colors together I quilted with my mom during this project I have used this quilt as a wall hanging in the past MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 08 2009 3 44 26 PM Anna Jurik Prairie Chickadees 595 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Shopping Green badge I have replaced all my toxic home cleaners with green all natural organic not animal tested and no animal ingredients cleaners Being a vegetarian I was amazed to learn that many cleaners along with candy and personal hygiene products have animal ingredients I feel much better using organic and animal free household cleaners MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 09 2009 09 30 57 AM Anna Jurik Prairie Chickadees 595 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge I have had my own business before I made dog collars harnesses slip collars and leads I attended dog shows flyball and agility competitions to sell my products I did that for many years I am also a Certified Canine Massage Therapist Both careers I have put on the side because of home schooling my 12 year old daughter There s not much time to attend shows or give massages anymore My daughter Hannah is an avid reader and I was going through some of her antique children s books and I love the images of the children and animals So I had an idea of making jewerly with antique photos I can make a web site actually Hannah did she s the tech genius and I can sell from my home The name of my business is Vintage Charm with the tag line Always Be Charming You know you have a good product when your out and about and a total stranger will give you a positive comment on your product I love unique items and I think I have one MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 09 2009 09 40 07 AM Anna Jurik Prairie Chickadees 595 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a intermediate level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge The company ad has run I ve received the tax ID number and I have my business cards When I first did this process with my other business it was kind of frustrating now I know the ropes and it was much easier this time around MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 09 2009 09 50 57 AM Anna Jurik Prairie Chickadees 595 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge Everything is complete now just to get the word out I wear my product everywhere I go and I am in the process of getting connected with other web sites to sell my jewelry So far so good everyday is another opportunity I am not looking to become rich but its nice to have something of my own I have encouraged a farmgirl in my chapter to start their own business maybe soon MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 09 2009 10 07 51 AM Audrey Kirk Faransgirl 572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I earned my badge by learning how to applique and quilt I made a Sunbonnet Sue wall hanging for my sister The pattern was taken from an old quilt made by my Great Aunt Offie My father taught me how to do the appliqué and how to put the quilt together Then he showed me how to hand quilt the layers together I was very please with the result and will always treasure the time with my Dad as he taught me how to do the tiny stitches It is all hand done and it took days to learn to do the tiny stitches I think the quilt turned out very well and I think my sister and I will always treasure it because the pattern was taken from my Aunts MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 14 2009 09 54 34 AM Marsha Jaramillo Marjean 308 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Spirit badge I hosted

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    lupines again they have yet to make it and I will divide my sage and spread it to more places The Natural Resources Defense Council recommends planting a variety of colors for the bees and growing each different variety in a clump in order to make them easier for the bees to spot They offer a nice list of plants to attract bees at www nrdc org I also read Sue Monk Kidd s The Secret Life of Bees and thoroughly enjoyed it I loved Monk s writing style and her tale of a young girl finding healing in the midst of sisters so rewarding Now I need to get the movie MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 17 2009 09 28 35 AM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a intermediate level The Secret Life of Bees badge I have earned this level of The Secret Life of Bees My research into the world of honey taught me that the simple difference between processed honey and raw honey is heat processed honey is heated up to kill bacteria but raw honey is not The deeper difference between the two is that processed honey has had its nutrition cooked out of it while raw honey that is honey in its natural state contains ALL of its nutritional value Another proof that foods in their natural state are better for our bodies While processing honey appears to be good for us removing bacteria and making it more sterile and less harmful it is actually robbing us of the nutrients that make it the perfect food for the bees who make it Raw local honey has been shown to offer defense against food and pollen allergies in humans as well as providing a sweetener that is easily processed by our bodies The bacteria in honey help aid in digestion and increase immunity against unfriendly bacteria that make us sick Why process something that is perfect as is I am glad that I read Bees Nature s Little Wonders by Candace Savage It was an enjoyable read entertaining enlightening and educational I loved the little histories and quotes and poetry interspersed throughout The photographs and drawings are wonderful This book would make a great curriculum for young people I have a local source for honey called The Better Bee which is located just 15 miles from my home I asked them if they would give my family a tour as a homeschool project but they said that they could not safely do this as it would expose us to a large number of bees Not a good idea So instead we spent time checking out their many honey and beeswax items bought some goodies and left happy As a side note while researching my local Cooperative Extension I discovered that they offer a Master Bee keepers course at Cornell University s Dyce Lab in Ithaca NY The course is offered on three levels apprentice journey and Master The University offers other resources on bee keeping including a newsletter for bee keepers honeybee courses and bee keeper groups So cool MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 17 2009 09 44 25 AM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Make It badge I earned the first level of this badge by building a bookcase in the hallway at the top of my staircase I had a set of shelves in this spot previously but they did not come up very high and did not hold as many books as I wanted them to So I drew up a design that allowed me to utilize the total area from the floor to the ceiling making allowance for the sloping portion at the top I bought inexpensive 8 wide pine boards at the hardware store I measured and cut them with a circular saw out in our workshop I assembled them in the hallway with my cordless drill and some woodscrews Since they are open at the back they needed some support as well as insurance that they would not be accidentally tipped over so I used an L bracket to attach them to the wall They are awesome They turned out exactly as I pictured them to be They are still raw wood as I have not painted or stained them I am waiting until we finish the remodel in this hallway area then I will decide how I want them finished I am so excited by how much the shelves hold I made the sections varying heights so that tall books could go together at the bottom and shorter books could be grouped together toward the top The angled ceiling adds an interesting twist since the shelves there are different lengths AND heights I am able to shelve all of the kids books our reference titles and all of my home school materials as well as all of our music and audio books And I have extra space to fill as necessary I couldn t get a photo of both shelves but here is a photo of one of them and the other shelf is on the opposite wall so that anyone coming upstairs passes between them The hall light switch is cleverly housed within the books I love it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2010 11 57 13 AM Beth Kirk faransgirl 572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Quilting badge I made this quilt for my friend for Christmas It started as the central horse panel and I added the borders and patches Then I put it together and did the quilting on my machine My sister who is a superior quilter worked with me to make this quilt It took several days to complete I think it turned out as a beautiful quilt MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2010 12 47 59 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I made a sewing kit from a mason jar The top became a pincushion I collected all sorts of things I already had and added them to the jar Thread floss needles safety pins measuring tape buttons seam ripper and a few extras It is nice cause now I don t have those items all loose laying around my sewing machine It turned out well but I would put something else besides cardboard under the pincushion part The pins poke through if I push too hard Maybe hard plastic or even thin metal would work better I filled the pincushion with batting but maybe the next one I will try something else Over all a good project I like that I can take it anywhere in the house to work on mending MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2010 1 58 00 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Safe Toys badge I earned this badge by making juggling bags for my children I used squares of fabric that were leftover from a blanket sleeper quilt I made I had saved all the precious blanket sleepers from my kids childhoods and turned them into a quilt which I use when I nap or need warmth on a chilly evening I used 4 ½ inch square pieces for each bag sewn along three sides with right sides together I then turned the right sides out and filled each bag with split peas and little scraps of fabric I closed the open side by pulling the two side seams together in the middle and stitching the opening closed This gave the bag a more three dimensional shape than sewing the seam flat We keep the bags in a little basket in the living room where the kids can play with them anytime My boys who know how to juggle are trying to teach the others They also use them for games of tag and for playing with the cats MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2010 2 28 12 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Safe Toys badge I earned the intermediate level of the Safe Toys badge by making a sock monkey I have had the Red Heel Socks for this project for two years and I finally did it My son helped me figure out one part of the instructions which was keeping me from getting going but once I understood what I was doing it went very easily I did some sewing on my machine but closed all the seams by hand The arms tail mouth and ears were stitched on by hand The eyes are embroidered and I added some lashes to give it a more feminine appearance I also tacked up a bend in the ankle area and did a running stitch around the wrists and along the mouth and tush she has cheeks She is a gift to my son s girlfriend a college student MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2010 3 10 13 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge Our family mission statement is To live in such a way as is natural and conducive to caring for the world around us while showing our gratitude to God our Creator for the wonderful world that He has created for us This has meant many changes for us resulting in cutting our electric bill in half and significantly reducing our grocery budget We feel we are living more in tune with nature and while it is a little more work we feel that it is good statisfying work that is always followed by a peaceful night of rest I started our change by replacing my cleaners as they were used up with eco safe alternatives which are now very easy to find Any cleaners I don t make myself are made from all natural ingredients and are biologically safe I have however switched to vinegar as my number one cleaning product It disinfects eliminates odors and is CHEAP compared to chemical cleaners I also use baking soda as a scouring powder and find that it works better than anything else I ve used And when I am finished scrubbing the sinks and tubs with it I pour in some vinegar and let it bubble down the drain followed by a nice hot rinse freeing clogs and crud from the pipes I use Vermont Soap Organics castille soap in place of hand soap shampoo and hand laundering soap I use borax and baking soda with lavender essential oil for laundry I make window cleaner with water and vinegar and a drop of castille soap I have finally organized my house as a Green Living Headquarters MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 04 2010 3 26 18 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I first began rethinking my attitude about beef all those years ago when Oprah Winfrey exposed the beef industry s disgusting habits I didn t eat beef at all for about three years after that And for several years more I ate only a limited amount once I was sure that the quality was better It took a long time for me to discover that I had options other than industrial beef Now I buy only locally raised beef that I know has been pastured This is different from the industrial process because it does not require the animal to stand still in a stall or limited area ankle deep in its own excrement as well as the excrement of the other inmates where disease and filth create a need for antibiotics to be added to their food supply It also means that the beef cow has been eating grass the food it was created to eat instead of industry corn a food that has been modified in order to not be killed by the heavy duty poisons poured onto it so much so that it can only barely be labeled a food The beef I buy has also not been enhanced by growth hormones a practice that I am not convinced is safe or harmless despite FDA approval What my family has found is that not only are we doing something good for our bodies as well as for the local farmers but the meat we eat actually tastes better MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2010 10 47 57 AM Tracy Roop yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I found a pattern for a half apron in a book that I really liked It has a frilly edge and an offset pocket I love daisies so I found a blue fabric with daisies on it and used that From start to finish this apron took me about 3 hours to finish I LOVE my new apron The frilly edge gives it a feminine touch but its still practical to use in the kitchen MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2010 10 57 30 AM Tracy Roop yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Aprons badge For my first attempt at a full apron I used the MaryJane s pattern for the Farmgirl apron Since blue is my favorite color I choose a blue print and used a corresponding dark blue for the trim Because I had never worked with bias tape before it took me about 5 hours total to make this apron I love how it turned out The pockets are perfect for holding my clothespins while I hang my laundry out and I like how it keeps my clothes clean while I baked bread for Christmas dinner MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2010 11 49 56 AM Tanna Griffiths Tanna 644 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Service badge I decided to volunteer for our local 4 H club It is one of the few organizations that I can help my children can attend and everyone wins I volunteered to lead a robotics project for the Fall semester and that was 8 hours I also volunteered to be the community service leader so I can help the children help others That has been another 6 hours So 14 hours all together The robotics project was the most popular project in the club last semester It went very well and the children learned so much about science technology programming and even solar power The community service position is ongoing and I love seeing young people working so hard to make the world a better place MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2010 11 59 04 AM Tanna Griffiths Tanna 644 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge This year I canned a spicy pickle mix chocolate raspberry sauce and ginger pear preserves I also made ginger lemon infused honey mixed my own herbal chai tea knitted dish cloths made fudge and baked cakes as gifts to family and neighbors My kids and I made glittered pine cones cinnamon applesauce decorations and we cut the tin can lids as shown in a Mary Jane s Farm from last year Everyone loved the gifts and I loved making them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2010 12 10 35 PM Jonnie Nottingham mtngirljon 648 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I downloaded the Mary Jane s Holiday Apron pattern and made it for my sister She chose the fabric for it and I think she did a great job I wear an apron almost every time I step into the kitchen At first it was one that she made for me but now I also have one that I made myself and two that I have received in MJF swaps I have a whole apron wardrobe I love wearing my aprons and I think that the one I made is well done and very cute MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2010 12 22 58 PM Jonnie Nottingham mtngirljon 648 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Aprons badge I was making aprons for some barters that I had arranged to obtain some Christmas gifts One of my friends said that maybe someday she d like an apron too I made it for her for Christmas as a surprise She loved it This one was more difficult than the Halloween apron I used metallic rick rack it was a challenge The thread in the machine broke about a million times LOL I think it is really great My sister suggested the candy cane fabric I was going to use green satin It s better than I

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    a Sunday afternoon we played Clue and Life then our grade school granddaughters read aloud a short story each I believe we all enjoyed it very much We will no doubt do it over and over after Sunday dinners MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 09 49 41 AM Beverly Sherman KMop 799 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I cleared out all old containers and extra lids and bottoms Recyled all possible It s like a new area in my kitchen Now to keep it that way MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 10 05 33 AM Beverly Sherman KMop 799 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made 2 half aprons One from a calico and one from a solid yellow I gave the calico one to my daughter I think they turned out wonderful I prefer a cover all jumper type apron with lots of pockets MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 10 19 43 AM Jonnie Nottingham mtngirljon 648 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge This is a small quilt that I used as a demo in a quilting class that I taught It s about 24 x 24 and is hand and machine quilted I used real leaves that I picked up on a walk in the creek bed near my home as templates for the quilted leaves I think it s beautiful and the hand quilting stitches are very well done This the hand quilting on the beginner quilt I submitted MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 10 38 39 AM Jonnie Nottingham mtngirljon 648 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Quilting badge This quilt was definitely a challenge It is iron on applique and all the different colored shapes are different pieces of fabric except the water which thank goodness was all one piece It took hours and hours to cut all the shapes after I ironed the fabric onto the steam a seam I made it for my son for Christmas and made a tiger face using the same technique for his girlfriend It is machine quilted I did the water following the shapes in the fabric with sparkly silver thread The quilt is beautiful I did learn though that I never want to do this again LOL He loved it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 10 51 36 AM Jennifer Jill Greenfield draiodoirmna 752 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Shopping Green badge Recently I have made hand sanitizer moisturing hand gel and my own version of Comet The hand sanitizer and hand gel were made using aloe from the plant in my kitchen and the Comet is just Dr Bronner s castille soap and baking soda I also make my own toothpaste MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 10 58 46 AM Jennifer Jill Greenfield draiodoirmna 752 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge Beginning December 6 2009 I began consistently writing in my gratitude journal It had been rather haphazard in frequency before that Each night before bed I wrote 5 things for which I am grateful and did not repeat anything during that month long time period I want to continue with this ritual as it feels good MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 11 14 44 AM Jessica Oakes joakes1111 910 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge Sew Wonderful is the first farm girl badge I have completed It was a simple one but since Mom and I had been working on the Apron badge I had all the materials I made the home made pin cushion to go on top of the mason jar that holds my thread needles buttons scissors and safety pins It s adorable A cute little kit MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 11 31 25 AM Nancy McClanahan santa4u 877 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I have written in a journal for a month now of what I am thankful for It lifts me up and makes me realize what I have to be thankful for It is nice to go back and review to see where you ve been and where you re headed It puts a picture of your life before you and makes you realize how much you have to be thankful for MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 11 43 48 AM Nancy McClanahan santa4u 877 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Families Forever badge My husband and I read to each other very often I really enjoy reading him articles from your magazine and he reads the bible to me We really enjoy listening to each other It is very relaxing and it beats the socks off of TV MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 14 2010 11 50 41 AM Nancy McClanahan santa4u 877 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge I enjoy planting heirloom seeds in my garden and saving seeds to replant the next year

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    require your own bags or you have to purchase them It has worked great I really hate those plastic bags MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 18 2010 09 37 40 AM April Choate sonshine4u 658 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I have been knitting for awhile but I ve never followed a pattern I tried this simple dishcloth that has hearts on it It took me awhile to get the hang of following a pattern but after many many hours I did it I was very pleased with it and got very excited about my new skill MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 18 2010 09 53 22 AM April Choate sonshine4u 658 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Knitting badge After finishing my beginner dishcloth I wanted to try something harder Even though it s another dishcloth it did require more time for me than I had ever done before It seems ridiculous that I spent so much time on this first dishcloth but it did require me going and finding assistance at a local knitting shop where I knitted and learned and relearned the trinity stitch for awhile in the company of others I knitted while my husband drove us on vacation and my daughter knitted with me at home and I knitted the silly dishcloth till I finished it It seemed like an eternity of knitting ripping out losing count finding count etc It turned out great After I completed it I was addicted to this stitch and decided to make more for Christmas gifts Everyone loved them Now I feel ready to try even harder projects Woo hoo MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 18 2010 10 04 45 AM April Choate sonshine4u 658 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I taught myself how to crochet a couple of years ago but I hadn t ever really done anything with it I decided to make a baby blanket for my niece Little did I know it would take me a whole year to complete it I really loved how it turned out At the very last minute a few days before her birthday I decided to try the shells to make a ruffle It turned out so cute My sister in law was so excited when my niece opened the gift It s now her new favorite naptime blanket MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 18 2010 10 17 32 AM Elizabeth Montgomery Lizzie 725 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge There are a few horse farms in my town On a cold winter day I went for a walk and on my return home went by a horse stable There were 3 horses Two were the same breed and the other was different I particularly liked the two of the same breed I believe they were suffolk punch horses after a little research My husband and I walked up to the fence and so did the horses We got to see them up close and personal We pet them and they were very friendly One of them licked my husbands hand They were huge but gentle It was an enjoyable experience MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 20 2010 11 58 27 AM Kimberly Ann Devlin Cherrypie 225 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Spirit badge Well I hope this counts for the badge I started a farmgirl chapter and hosted the first meeting in my home I advertised on Craigslist for members and promoted the event on a blog and the MJF forums It was a wonderful day and I met some amazing and talented women I think everyone had a good time and we re going to have another get together in February It was so nice talking and laughing with other farmgirls We felt like old friends We were having so much fun I forgot to take many pictures but here s one of the teacups for the party MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 20 2010 12 10 28 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge Well I have no choice but to look at horses all the time because my daughter loves them I love to see the Paint horses My daughter has been riding for 7 years but today we went for a trail ride together A little hard since I haven t been on a horse in about 20 years We took an hour and half ride and helped groom the horses I ll be a little sore for a few days but it made my daughter smile and helped me earn my badge too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 20 2010 12 21 47 PM Linda Stark rhinomom 237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I was chaperoning a class at school and they were learning how to crochet and I had to give it a try So I started with a chain and then learned to work in a double crochet for the next rows In the end making a dish cloth It took me about 2 hours total It turned out great and I can actually use it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 20 2010 12 33 25 PM Emma Keely

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    level Shopping Green badge My nine year old and I decided to tackle this together We went through all of our beach bags etc and came up with nine bags We then ventured out on our weekly shopping trip It was nice to not have any more plastic bags to get rid of I did learn that to be more successful we need to keep the bags in the car I have forgotten and left bags at home a few times and I have had to buy bags at the store I now have mesh bags for fruits and veggies and even reusable wine bags I am now working on elimanting ziploc bags as storage Thanks for helping us go green My kids love carrying in our reusable bags plus they dont rip in little hands and do not spill all over the driveway MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 25 2010 2 13 52 PM Jessica Oakes joakes1111 910 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge Aprons Here is the adorable apron I sewed using a McCall s 5284 pattern I really enjoyed using the sewing machine even though I got a lot of help from my mom and a good old seam ripper It definitely met the two hour time minimum I am really happy with the final product http wildoak feralkat blogspot com MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 25 2010 2 28 30 PM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge While I was doing a bit of early spring cleaning in my kitchen I went through all my cupboards and removed all the storage containers without lids and the lids without storage container I tend to be a pit of a pack rat and this merit badge gave me the extra little push I needed to get rid of those containers I don t use I m so glad I did this I have SO much more space in my cupboards now Thanks MaryJane for the inspiration to do this MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 25 2010 2 39 30 PM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Get It Together badge During my early spring cleaning session in my kitchen I started making a list of what I need to complete my kitchen and also another list of what I WANT to put in my kitchen My want list was longer than my needs list and I ll slowly incorporate those things in as money allows I also boxed up a ton of stuff I didn t use any more and donated it to a family who needed kitchen stuff Once again I love how much more space I have in my cupboards after donating those boxed up items I also like having a list I can work off of when buying new kitchen things MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 25 2010 2 55 49 PM Tracy Roop Yarngirl 736 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I learned that a good friend of mines baby nephew was needing a blanket so I decided to make him one I just used stuff out of my stash as I have been quilting since I was 13 I used a fluffy batting to make it soft for him and tied it together instead of quilting it I did this for 2 reasons 1 because of being short on time and also because that s how all my quilts were as a kid and I loved playing with the ties I think it probably took me about 5 hours total to make this blanket I think it turned out very cute My friend loved it and says her nephew likes playing with the ties too which warms my heart MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 27 2010 10 18 16 AM Heather Wemhoff HeatherWemhoff 405 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge When my husband I were both 22 his brother passed away and he was very disgruntled with his job I encouraged him to start our business European Machine We dreamed then we planned MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 27 2010 10 19 08 AM Heather Wemhoff HeatherWemhoff 405 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a intermediate level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge We dreamed then we planned I did all the legal hoops to get us started I worked full time so he could make it grow MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 27 2010 10 20 08 AM Heather Wemhoff HeatherWemhoff 405 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Entrepreneurial Spirit badge Four kids later two that we just adopted our business finally makes enough to support both of us working there my dad works for us and so does my baby brother We are truly a family business What started out as wishful thinking is now a very successful business European Machine LLC 667 3163 We started our business 13 years ago and we are still going strong MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow 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    USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 28 2010 12 05 29 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an expert level Backyard Farmer badge HISTORY We grew up on a farm where we raised our own beef chicken and lamb butchered and processed our own My mother knew how to prepare it too We also made our own butter when we were growing up and had cream from the milk RECENT We have raised our own chickens and rabbits in the past Currently raise our own beef We have promoted in every way we can the benefit of knowing where our meat comes from We participate in this manner at our local Farmer s Market and buy lamb and or pork from local growers I also made my own cheese when I was milking in the caretaker situation I used the rennet tablets molding container the whole kit I also made cottage cheese and butter for our daily use I have used and will continue to use current photos of our Longhorn cows on cards Making cards is another thing I do a lot of and these will be enjoyed by many We have also raised goats having 2 nanny goats and one billy We bred them and sold the kids at our local livestock auction Currently we are also raising a male llama named Rocky He is mainly a pet and curious fellow but he is a great weed control machine in his pen which is part of an apple orchard We know the benefit of healthy meat and knowing where it came from and what the animal was fed and how it was treated We know the benefit of learning how to take care of the animals and enjoy them as well We will continue to raise our own beef and are considering returning to raising chickens again The animals we currently have are allowed to feed on irrigated pasture during the irrigation season and are fed locally grown hay in the winter The photo is of Nougat who will be the next one to go in the freezer in 2011 with his mom Patty MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 28 2010 12 25 25 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Crochet badge I earned the expert level of the crochet badge by learning some new crochet stitches and trying some projects I d never tried before First I used the pattern in MaryJane s Stitching Room book to make a number of hexagons with a sport weight yarn I then made an eight pointed star by using the hexagon pattern and making eight repeats instead of six I used this as a base and then stitched four hexagons around the outside of the eight pointed piece joining at points then stitching together about one and half inches down each side of the points then I joined these four hexagons to each other at the sides to make the lower half of the bag Another round of four hexagons made the upper half I stitched on a fabric handle because I wanted something sturdier than yarn but did not want to buy manufactured handles They work beautifully and are able to be draped over my shoulder for ease of carrying The leftover yarn from this project made two more hexagons which I placed backsides together and whip stitched around the outside edge instant hot pad for my teapot I then took up my Encyclopedia of 300 Crochet Patterns Stitches and Designs and found more flower and stitch patterns which I tried Finally to fulfill the rest of the 50 hour requirement for the expert level I made a pair of filet curtains for my Tag A Long camper I love them I used antique white mercerized cotton that I had leftover from tying a quilt and stitched them in a repeating pineapple design a stitch I learned from my crochet encyclopedia They are very lacy and pretty I fulfilled the final requirement by teaching my farmgirl chapter Aprons of the Adirondacks to crochet dishcloths Some of my members already knew how to crochet and only needed refreshing on the techniques and a dishcloth pattern which we found together Two of my members had never crocheted before so they were thrilled with their projects which were almost finished by the end of our meeting Finally to enhance my learning I did some research on the history of crochet and lacemaking I had no idea how popular this craft was especially in Ireland It was a source of income for peasant families with all members of the family participating even fathers Check out this awesome hand crocheted dress photo that I found while doing my research on the history of lace making Photo of Irish lace dress hand crocheted www lacismuseum org exhibit Irish 20Crochet 20Lace pdf on page 3 of document MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 28 2010 1 04 12 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Embroidery badge I have finally earned the intermediate level of the Embroidery badge by completing a set of four hot pads The pads themselves have been with me for a long time almost 30 years I bought them as a very young teen but never did more than embroider a small amount of one pad But recently I was challenged by my quilt guild to pull out and finish some of what we call UFO s unfinished fabric objects This set of pads was by far the oldest UFO in my sewing and now they are finished I have them hanging on a wall of my kitchen where I can finally enjoy them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 28 2010 1 46 28 PM Carrie Meerwarth Carrie M 147 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Embroidery badge I have finished the expert level of the embroidery badge by filling a crazy quilt with decorative stitches and trimmings I started this project in 2007 by making the crazy quilt squares after the birth of my neice in May I finished the six squares by the end of the year completely from scraps of fabric my favorite aspect of crazy quilting and spent all of 2008 2009 adding streams of French knots ribbon bows scripture verses and lines from children s songs a spider web spider butterfly dragonfly bee with honeycomb birth announcement cross stitch silk ribbon bouquets roses ribbon and lace trim vintage embroidery stitches and even a yoyo and some buttons I even added the beginnings of her family tree The finished quilt top is about twin size so it will be for her big girl bed I am ashamed that she is almost three and still waiting for her quilt but I m pretty sure that it will be worth waiting for I also embroidered two sets of pillowcases which were given as wedding gifts to two sets of friends who married in the same weekend The cases have their names on them and some flowers and curly q s I also read a lovely biography of Judith Baker Montano She does silk ribbon embroidery and has several books out about the craft Her story was an encouragement to me she is fairly unconventional in her craft and developed several techniques and stitches of her own Her work is beautiful definite proof that it is okay to sometimes bend the rules MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 01 2010 09 35 04 AM Margo Schultz 515 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge First I dusted off the sewing machine then put together a baby blanket from a kit I think it turned out pretty well I love the fabric MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 02 2010 09 36 46 AM Beth Kirk Faransgirl 572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Aprons badge I made and designed two aprons The first apron did not turn out quite like I wanted so when I made the second one I changed the bib part of the apron I gave the second one to my sister I wore my apron out to do my shopping The first apron did not turn out very well the bib part gaped at the sides So I changed the design of the bib for the second apron which I gave to my sister I plan to remove the bib part of the one I kept for myself and make it a half apron My sister wants me to change the straps on hers to be attached and not tie I will do that to make it more comfortable for her MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 02 2010 4 19 44 PM Karen England chessie 89 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge My birthday coop is done a present from my handsome husband Thanks Honey I now have four hens Two Rhode Island Reds one Delaware and one Maran We are already getting eggs miraculous I am composting the manure and my garden can t wait to get the black gold I am in love with my hens named Rosemary Cinnamon Salt and Pepper My Polish hen named Thyme another birthday gift this one from a friend will be on PBS this spring How fun is that she is at my friend s house who is a producer of the new garden show on PBS called Growing a Greener World in L A until after filming in March Additionally I am getting two more Hens this week Oh and the eggs are nice too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 02 2010 4 31 33 PM Karen England chessie 89 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a intermediate level Backyard Farmer badge I learned to milk a cow while at Ballymaloe Cookery School Ireland I also learned to separate the cream using a vintage hand crank Irish separator and to make butter Half of each day s milk was sent to a dairy down the lane to be pastuerised for the benefit of international guests the rest was left raw for the farm family and Irish workers to enjoy I want a cow now Please don t tell my husband MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 02 2010 4 41 49 PM Christina Clark cjclark 1067 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have an extensive collection of shopping bags I even put some reusable bags on my wedding registry in 2008 However I frequently forgot to take them to the store I had enough to put 6 8 bags in the trunk of each car so they are always ready to go After bringing home groceries I just have to put the bags back in the trunk It s working really well to help us remember Even my husband is using the bags in his car MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 02 2010 4 49 46 PM Christina Clark cjclark 1067 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Shopping Green badge I read about greener cleaners in a variety of books like the Complete Idiots Guide to Green Cleaning and on some websites Instead of spending a lot of money on green cleaners I decided instead to make some on my own The biggest change has been in laundry detergent I made a big batch that we have been using I thought at first the laundry detergent was a flop since it didn t gel as the recipe said it would But after letting it sit for a week it got nicely gelled It works great I love it for a variety of reasons 1 it s a lot cheaper to make it than to buy it 2 I don t have to worry about what is in it since I made it myself 3 Our septic system has sprinklers that activate when the washing machine drains or other things happen It s only on a small part of the yard but I always wondered if the chemicals in household products were harming the yard soil ground water Now I don t have to worry about that from the washer at least Best of all it was completely simple to do MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 03 2010 11 52 25 AM Susanne Bender Josy 467 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner and intermediate level Knitting badge I completed a hat scarf and sweater for a child I ve knitted in public and proposed a school program to have students learn how to knit and then teach younger students This program will continue for the expert badge I found interest with teachers and I will be starting with six students My hat and scarf look great and the sweater fits well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 03 2010 12 24 03 PM Jennifer McIlvee cntrychic76 957 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I chose the pattern and material to make my very first very own apron I traced the pattern cut the material and started sewing My girlfriend and I made them for Thanksgiving It was such a great time sewing and chatting and laughing along to the hum of the machines I even went and picked material for an everyday Apron and a new pattern MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 03 2010 1 39 46 PM Jennifer McIlvee cntrychic76 957 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge We have raised beef cows for generations We breed and raise the cows and sell off the milking heffers at sales We just started to raise Angus this past summer We are patiently waiting for our first babies to come in May We also raise pigs We grind out our own feed and bale our own hay I love this I know what I am getting in my meats because I have fed the cows and raised them It is a family tradition and I love this time with my family and local friends who help out on the farm MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 03 2010 2 12 13 PM Susanne Bender Josy 467 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner and intermediate level The Secret Life of Bees badge I visited my new friend Dona who is president of the beekeepers in Greenwood SC I leared about raw and processed honey I attended and graduated from the bee keeping course and I now own two hives The course and your reading recommendation constantly reminds me of their history and the beautiful working relationship and organization structure We all need them to help us enjoy our abundance of fruit and vegetables Last year was a very wet and cold winter for South Carolina and I hope that they will all make it through the winter Bees like red and blue flowers primarily bachelor buttons cosmos lavender and sweet asylum I had sun flowers some forget me knots and some rose bushes I have a cover crop for the winter crimson clover At present both bee hives are alive I ve continued to attend bee keeping meetings and I have plans to purchase another hive this spring MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 05 2010 11 50 59 AM Christina Clark cjclark 1067 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I made a small baby quilt for a friend The project took me about four hours The quilt was very cute made mainly of flannel My friend was excited to receive something soft snuggly and homemade for her new baby MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 05 2010 2 26 16 PM Angela Labbee naturebug 1063 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Forage for Food badge I am not close to an extension office but I have a conservation dept that is only 2 miles from me so that is where I went for my information They were very helpful and gave me lots of information They showed me a book that the conservation department puts out that is titled Wild edibles of Missouri I purchased the book and found so much information on every edible plant in my area The book shows pictures gives a discription tells what part and when to harvest where to find the plant and different uses I have looked through and marked many plants that I plan on finding as soon as spring arrives MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 05 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