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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    I made four more full aprons of my own design re cycling three men s shirts a woman s jumper and one woman s skirt 3 I made two full aprons from patterned material one which I lined 4 I gave one of the half aprons to a friend for her birthday 5 I had a great time the whole time Each apron got better looking more fun more funky looking creative e g like using the cuff to a sleeve on a man s shirt to make a puffy pocket using the collar to make a waist band with button down and all using the button plackets to make the neck band I bought a new sewing machine and donated the old one to Goodwill I converted a LARGE closet in my guest room to be my sewing room it s lovely I have three more projects in the works and have a tree in my kitchen to hang my aprons When the sisterhood comes over they will choose which apron they would like to wear and then I will give it to them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 11 08 21 AM Rose Lynn christmasgal 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I went to Barnes Noble Fred Meyers and Grocery Outlet and bought reusable shopping bags It s great I love being one of those people that cares about the environment I feel a kinship with others that I see using them also I know I had to put date finished but I want to put never but there isn t a date for that MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 11 18 25 AM Tina Dennis dreamingofafarm 1355 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I read both the eatwild com website and I am reading Animal Vegetable Miracle Both of these resources as well as conversations with local farmers at the farmers market have educated me as to the differences between grass fed and commercially raised There are so many things I have learned that have made me feel truly frightened by the prospect of eating commercially raised meat of any kind There are the environmental implications the cruelty animals suffer in those conditions the poor treatment of workers at commercial farms the list goes on and on The factor that has really impacted me the most though is the use of antibiotics and other chemical substances in the animals diets to fatten them up and prevent disease Not only does this unnatural chemical process seem unreasonably cruel and disgusting in terms of treatment of the animal if we are choosing commercially raised beef and chicken we are voluntarily polluting our own bodies with these chemical additives MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 11 24 25 AM Melissa Bailey MissLiss 724 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have collected 10 reusable shopping bags and always keep them in my car for trips to the store I even have two that fold into practically nothing that I keep in my purse for those trips where I don t bring the bags in because I don t think I ll be buying something I usually end up with something I have had the bags for a while but was not as vigilant about their use Now I use them every time I go into the store And if I forget them in the car I ll leave the shopping cart next to the customer service desk tell them I ll be right back and run out to get them I feel really good about not contributing to all the plastic bag waste that s out there and the reusable bags really do hold a lot more MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 11 31 37 AM Melissa Bailey MissLiss 724 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I was so excited about this badge I couldn t wait to start my own little flock While researching how many chickens I could have on my little lot I looked into county regulations No problems there but my homeowners association strictly prohibits farm animals When asked what animals they were talking about they produced a list and guess what animal was the first on the list Rooster chicken So I can t have any chickens of my own However one of the farmgirls in my chapter has her own little flock and has let me have fresh organic eggs whenever I want them I LOVE the fresh organic eggs First they are so beautiful I never knew eggs could come in so many different colors My daughter swears the pinkish ones are the best Second the yokes are SO yellow It is amazing that they can look so different from a regular egg in almost every way And last but not least they taste 100 times better My husband even asked what I did to the scrambled eggs He knew they tasted better but couldn t put his finger on just what change I had made Nothing but organic I m officially a fresh organic egg convert and can t wait to move out to the country to start my own flock MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 11 40 42 AM Melissa Bailey MissLiss 724 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I decided before Christmas to make my fist apron and chose a cute retro holiday fabric

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    Tucson Arizona when our children were small we decided to try okra then jalapeno peppers then kohlrabi and the list went on and on We were enjoying being able to raise a garden even if it was small because we re on a rental property We were glad for the opportunity to try new vegetables teach our children to enjoy the different ones We were able to raise a garden in Tucson for two seasons It was also fun to experiment with different ways to prepare the different things we grew Organic ABSOLUTELY Photos were lost in house fire in 1994 We continue to raise a garden try new things and expand our horizons MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 3 49 47 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Bustin Out badge After moving back to Colorado we have been raising a garden every year since 1977 We have continued to expand our horizons in planting and learning how to prepare and enjoy new vegetables We have also helped our daughter and her husband learn more about how they can grow organically in a small garden plot at their home in the suburbs Again we are glad to keep trying new things Some of our additions have been eggplant a HUGE variety of all kinds of peppers an even HUGER variety of tomatoes as well as many other things Our daughter is having the time of her life with her garden and getting her feet and hands dirty Her hubby a city boy has gotten excited about their garden and is planning what they could do to add to it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 4 00 09 PM Katherine Osborn KanMogirl 1349 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge I have been embroidering since I was 12 and cross stitching since my twenties I stitched this sampler using sayings about cross stitch and filled in with different stitches and designs It also has needles inserted in some of the sayings I made a fabric frame to hang it on the wall It turned out very well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 4 10 36 PM Katherine Osborn KanMogirl 1349 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge These are bags I use for grocery shopping The red and black ones are from my grocery store The other one is from our telephone company I didn t make these but we really like them The red and black ones are insulated so I use them to take dishes to dinners also MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 4 24 59 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level BakeOver MakeOver badge BakeOvers What can I say They are EASY YUMMY and we just continue to enjoy the endless possibilities and I enjoy being as creative as possible with them I continue to make different ones for different meals or dessert My family just keeps coming back for more and there are hardly any leftovers to enjoy the next day Recipes for the required BakeOvers are posted on the Farmgirl Connection under FARM KITCHEN titled Four BakeOver Recipes Will be making more and more and getting as creative as possible WE ARE SOLD ON BAKEOVERS The Berry Cherry Chocolate Dessert bakeover is featured in the photograph MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 18 2010 4 47 22 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Bustin Out badge As stated in first two applications we have been raising our own garden for many years And expanding it usually on a yearly basis to include new veggies Over the years we have shared the bounty with family friends and neighbors We have been very successful in converting them to organic and homegrown by preparing everything in creative and tasty recips and meals There are several families that we have been able to help make changes and enjoy better eating These families include my father in law and mother in law she is the worst cook my brother in law and his wife my niece and her husband neighbors that wanted to learn more about how to eat better our pastor and family from 3 different churches For all of these families not only did we help them learn how to change we help provide some of the fresh veggies and fruit and helped them learn to prepare MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 20 2010 11 26 26 AM Judy Torola JudyT 599 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge We got our first chicks in August of 2009 and have been getting eggs since January 20 2010 There s nothing like having fresh eggs everyday MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 20 2010 11 39 33 AM Kristina Nelson FieldsofThyme 800 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a intermediate level Horse Dreams badge I researched thoroughbred horses and found that they originate from England I also read the book The Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp I really enjoyed the book and learned a lot about barefoot horses I was glad to see that the thoroughbred horse we may lease is barefoot already I am encouraging my daughter to read the book as well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA

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    have a lot of books at home that I use to press flowers I have had better success with books of certain paper types for pressing than anything else The photo is of some native flowers and greenery that I have mounted and framed in an oak frame I also was able to use an antique square lace collar for a matte MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 11 57 58 AM Courtney Driver CountryLuv 1338 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth badge We began our garden back in February the construction was a little back breaking as we built a border with 2x6 s and rabbit wire We began planting in late February as our spring comes early here in South Central Texas We have planted corn onions peppers cucumbers an assortment of herbs and radishes We do not use pesticides we purchased lady bugs praying mantis and green lacewings Instead of fertilizer we use the materials out of our compost works amazingly I have also read Montrose Life in a Garden however I must say that the book got me into a bit of trouble I have bought way too many plants since reading it LOL But it was a beautiful book the illustrations were phenomenal It is a lovely garden My husband and I go and sit out there admiring each and every plant It is our serenity garden MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 12 07 54 PM Marcy Lundy Marcy 170 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Sew Wonderful badge I had fun putting these dolls together and learning how to do different seams Everyone seems to like them especially the little one s I ve given quite a few away MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 1 12 26 PM Judy Torola JudyT 599 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I was too pumped when I saw this badge I inherited my button collection from my grandmother She would cut every button off a garment that would be heading to the rag bag I also do that and have used many a button from my collection when one two or more are called for one when I m making something Who needs to buy buttons when you have a collection of them You can never have too many buttons MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 1 23 19 PM Melissa Bailey MissLiss 724 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Knitting badge I wanted to try to make a larger project than just my little dishcloths which I used to get my beginner badge But I also wanted to do something a little more challenging and something that I thought I might not be able to do So I decided to try a cable pattern scarf Well since I taught myself to knit and am not very good at reading understanding a pattern the basic cable pattern was REALLY tricky for me to get But I just kept trying and eventually I figured it out I chose a cute light purple super soft yarn and made it extra long so I can loop it around my head about a million times I cabled both ends of the scarf in a matching cable and while the pattern called for added fringe I m a no fringe kind of gal so I left that off In the end it took me about 33 hours to complete this scarf I did a lot of trial and error on the cable part But I love it now MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 1 37 16 PM Nicole Christensen texdane 1155 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge In an effort to remove all plastic in our household I went through all the containers in my kitchen I tossed all the yucky worn or lid less items and got rid of most all the plastic I only saved some of my nicer Tupperware to use as backup I purchased nice glass storage containers in various sizes with lids and got my container cabinet all neat and tidy Was inspired after reading about plastics and how they leach in our food in the April Magazine of MJF Leftovers are eaten as they look more attractive in the glass and are staying nice and fresh We no longer worry about plastic leaching into our food and clean up is a snap because we are so organized MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 1 45 11 PM Nicole Christensen texdane 1155 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Get It Together badge After going through the container cabinet I then moved on to the Spice cabinet cleaning it out and organizing by size I organized our drinking glasses getting rid of plastic broken and unused items Bakeware was organized next and lastly the upper cabinets bottom one under the cooktop and my pantry I put cardboard rounds inside my pots and pans so when they nest they don t scratch each other Everything is organized and I am donating an extra blender to Goodwill The only item I needed to add since I have been married 17 years was a new egg slicer and a meat thermometer that replaced a broken one Even my junk drawer is organized with baby food jars for small things like thumb tacks Love being in the kitchen and knowing exactly where everything is I love being efficient especially in the room I use the most MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 1 51 52 PM Nicole Christensen texdane 1155 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an expert level Get It Together badge Years ago my husband and I purchased a nice set of kitchen knives As I am in the kitchen cooking all the time they get quite dull I used to take them to a grocery store that sharpened them but now I don t shop there because they don t carry much organic A friend s husband used to be a chef and would sharpen them for me but I hate to keep asking So when I saw this Merit Badge I thought Of course do it yourself We had a manual knife sharpener so I decided to sharpen each one I had seen it done my father in law used to sharpen them when he would visit I sharpened each one and wiped it down nice Wonderful When I went to make a sandwich today I surprised myself at how easy it was not to have to saw my tomato And for dinner tonight I made potatoes and carrots and they were easily cut up with no issues Success Never a dull knife again MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 1 58 38 PM Robin Montoni 1485 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have six reusable shopping bags and use them when I shop I enjoy using the bags they are far more sturdier and more fashionable In addition when you use them at Trader Joes they put your name in for a drawing and you get a nickle per bag that you use at the local grocery MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 2 06 53 PM Robin Montoni 1485 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Shopping Green badge I have researched alternative cleaining products that do not contain toxins To be honest I already make many of my own For exapmle I use vinegar and baking soda as a drain and toilet bowl cleaner I also use vinegar and water as window counter top cleaner and many other all purpose cleaning needs I use olive oil with a touch of vinegar and water with a little essential oil for furniture polish I use borax for an ant repelant or baby powder I love it my house smells clean and I feel good when I am done cleaning the house knowing that the air is actually fresh and breathable MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 2 14 04 PM Robin Montoni 1485 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an expert level Shopping Green badge I earned the merit badge by organizing a tote swap for myself and five other girls who are also working on this badge I also explained to my neighbors about the importance of using reusable shopping bags and gave them each a canvas tote It turned out great swap went well I have sent and received my tote I will continue to encourage neighbors to utilize their reusable totes MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 2 24 50 PM Robin Montoni 1485 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Buttoned Up badge 1 Metal Navy button 2 Rubber usually stamped on back by mfg mine is not 3 Wood one of the first types made usually covered in cloth 4 China my favorite with varied and sometime intricate designs smooth front rough back 5 Cloth least desirable for collecting 6 Leather made of hides and fish if you have one that is decaying you should discard it will infect the rest of you button collection 7 Shell love the color and shean variations 8 Glass or in my case rhinestone it also has a mercury backing to enhance the sparkle 9 Bakelight bakelight was the first all chemical plastic Can be tested for authentisity by dabbing back with soft scrub on q tip Q tip will turn yellow you will smell formaldehyde 10 Vegetable Ivory which is neither a vegetable or an ivory it is actually made from a nut from a palm tree Love collecting and finding out info on buttons however the more I read and learn the more there is to know I have also met a fellow farm girl who collects buttons I met her during the button swap I participated in we continue to swap button info on a regular basis MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 2 40 23 PM Robin Montoni 1485 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Nellie Will do badge In this project we had to take a doll ready for the garbage heap and recycle her and everything used to re dress her and re do her There are many diffrent types of fibers involved from the cotten in the clothing to the wool that her hair is made of and the additional papper fiber used to make the little flowers All of the items on the doll I made where recycled and re used The dress and out fit are made from vintage clothing from another doll re sized and re sewn to fit her Her hat was cut down to size and weaved back into shaped and then secured to fit her Her basket I wove into a small flower vessel The flowers are taken apart from cotton bouquets and revamped into smaller versions to fit the scale of the doll Her hair was the toughest I want to say it is made of wool of some sort and had to be un knotted and re styled There are far more then 25 hrs into the rescue of this little cutie but the farmgirl who received her loved her Fantastic she came out adorable and is loved by the farmgirl who received her MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 3 06 28 PM Joan Van Roo Tourguidejoan 1413 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I knit a scarf I taught my granddaughter age 8 how to knit a scarf using the garter stitch What fun I love the texture and colors It came out great MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 3 12 41 PM Joan Van Roo Tourguidejoan 1413 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I purchased six reusable bags at the grocery store I also picked up a reusable craft bag very cute to use for Jo Anne fabric purchases I keep my bags in the car so I don t forget them at home I feel really good about finally going green MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 3 24 45 PM Marcy Lundy Marcy 170 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Buttoned Up badge I had so much fun earning this badge I read the book in the picture as well as did some research on my own I love history so learning where different buttons came from was right up my alley Great The only thing is now there are so many buttons that I want to find Especially uniform buttons Now I will be looking for buttons everywhere MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 3 43 33 PM Marilyn Edlund edlund33 1100 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge To earn the beginner level Secret Life of Bees badge I did the following Watched the movie trailer at vanishingbees com and was surprised to learn that I had also seen part of that movie at an IPM class I attended Read the book Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about how bees and people are similar in so many ways August s caring ways brought back happy memories of my great uncle who also owned bees and a farm and was always sharing his country wisdom with us Checked out several books at the library including The Backyard Beekeeper s Honey Handbook to research bee friendly plants for my garden Then I designed a bee garden to plant under a grove of trees at our property where I will eventually put my bee hives I planted native shrubs including Snowberry Oregon Grape and Nutka Rose to create a wind block on the shady side of the grove In the sunnier locations I planted a variety of herbs and perennials including Lavender Rosemary Oregano Chives Hyssop Bee Balm Echinacea Pincushion Flower Sunrose Rudbeckia Lonicera and Daisies I planted the garden about a month ago and installed temporary irrigation to get the plants established Now that it has started to warm up the flowers are beginning to bloom Even though my honey bee hive is still vacant I have observed orchard mason bees bumblebees a honeybee and other insects buzzing around in the new habitat MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 3 52 54 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Light the Way badge Ever since rebuilding our house after a house fire in 1994 I have enjoyed being creative with cans and jars and whatever else I can repurpose I create things for my vegetable garden my flower beds and rock gardens and my deck I have used gallon jars with sand and fat candles for deck lighting I have used large cans with pierced designs and then painted them and used jars inside of them with fat candles for use on our deck I have fashioned chandeliers such as the one in MJ s Ideabook from fencing plant poles etc I have used small canning jars with the wire wrap and votive candles I have used small cans with pierced designs and wire hangers This photo shows two of the cute jars I currently use in my outdoor chandelier I put the lids on them to keep dirt and bugs out of the jars while not in use The other lights on this chandelier are small jelly canning jars I LOVE CREATING and REPURPOSING I have such fun with all these projects and enjoy the finished product And it s always fun to not just stop at one keep looking for ways to create and re purpose The current chandelier is not hanging on my deck yet until these horrible spring winds stop MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 24 2010 4 02 09 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a intermediate level Light the Way badge I know how to split wood We had a woodburning stove in our third home in the desert in Phoenix yes you need heat there in the winter We had a woodburning stove in the log house we built in Colorado this house burned down in 07 94 but not from internal

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    to do this often MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 12 57 03 PM Marcy Lundy Marcy 170 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Service badge I was looking for a way to give back and was looking into several different volunteer programs I am an absolute book nut and I love to read so I decided on Literacy of America I went for training and received my certificate And I worked with adults teaching them how to read I could not believe it when I learned how many people who were born and raised in this country could not even read a simple book I think that that is so sad and so wrong I loved doing this I got a lot of negative feed back though Such as why are you doing this you don t get paid for it Or what a waste of time that is who really wants to help someone else and get nothing back Oh yes I heard some horrible things But I am proud of what I did and I hope some day to get back into it and do it again MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 1 15 34 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have been collecting shopping bags for years I was green before green was in I have a large bag filled with bags in my car and use them when I shop I have so many that I lend them to my mother when we shop together I use my bags for shopping I sometimes have to tell the clerks twice I have my own bags MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 1 20 06 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Shopping Green badge The water in south Texas is so hard the old timers say we chew it I found the best thing for cleaning the hard water spots on everything is vinegar You have to use elbow grease but the fauctes sparkle Why pay a lot of money for products that don t work In the laundry old fashioned lye soap works great on stains I buy it from a very old lady who sells it and dill pickled orka for her church I help an elderly lady give money to her church and I can clean my clothes with something that works MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 1 25 00 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an expert level Shopping Green badge I am teaching a dear friend how to sew and just last week she came to my house with the prettiest canvas bag It was stamped with fresh herbs She asked me if we could make canvas bags and stamp them I said why not I had made cloth bags before you could buy them everywhere We washed the cloth to preshrink it and made up 6 bags They turned out so cute We gave one to another friend and now she wants to make them too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 1 29 35 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Little Squirts badge My husband works at night and I try to be very quiet during the day so he can sleep Every time I go into the bedroom though the door sqeaks The bathroom door also sqeaks this will sometimes wake him up I have asked him several times to oil the door but it was never done Yesterday I got out the oil and started downstairs and oiled every door in the house I then went into the shed and wiped off the shovels rakes axe and small gardening tools I was hot greasy and dirty but we have no more squeaks MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 1 48 58 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Forage for Food badge I taught the cooking merit badge to the Boy Scouts One of the requirements to earn rank is to know poisonous plants and edible plants We go on a hike and they have to name 10 plants We go one farther and show them plants they can eat Wild blackberries grapes prickly pear cactus the pads and fruit wild onions pecans black walnuts mesquite beans and wild watercress just to name a few I make jelly with the blackberries wild plums wild figs grapes and cactus pears We eat the pecans and black walnuts all winter in cakes pies and cookies MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 1 56 10 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I had to laugh when I read the requirements for this merit badge I have been knitting since I was 10 I m now 63 and have never knitted a dishcloth before I ve made sweaters shawls etc but never a dishcloth I think it turned out great MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 2 01 29 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Forage for Food badge We own a piece of land that has been in my husband s

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    Posted May 27 2010 3 35 33 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Sew Wonderful badge I make casserole covers for shower gifts and if I have enough fabric I ll make pot holders to match The brides to be love the handmade gifts as they are truly one of a kind I have also given handmade tea towels embroidered with the brides name so she can put the good towels out when her mother in law comes I gave a tea shower for the daughter of my dear friend Mary and Clara the daughter loves her set I used a grape print as her kitchen has a Tuscan theme MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 3 39 29 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I live in my aprons My aunt sent me an e mail called the histroy of the apron She was going to present a fashion show and needed some of the aprons I had I sent her my colonial apron my pioneer apron and three aprons my grandmothers made and wore The fashion show was a hit as a thank you she made me a strawberry apron I love strawberries I am such a messy cook I have to wear an apron or I would have to change after I cook MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 3 43 26 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Aprons badge I have been sewing aprons for my cooking class at BSA camp I have 21 done to date Last year I have a flinger in every class I had to wash clothes every night I have been using three different patterns and they are whipping up fast I made three new ones for myself I added lace and ruffles buttons and a bit of ribbon That way the boys will not pick mine to wear I wear my aprons so much I sometimes forget I have them on and have worn them to the store MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 3 46 49 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Aprons badge I have forgotten I had my apron on and have worn it the the store and once to the Doctor s office My new apron is lavender with white lace on the ruffle on the strapes that go across the back It has two pockets that have the same lace with a bit of laverder ribbon at the top The print is teapots and cups with yellow roses I made two white cotton aprons and embroidered flowers on it and the pockets are tea cups one will be given to my dear friend Ann for her birthday in June MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 3 51 47 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge My grandmother Rodman showed me how to embroider when I was 7 When my brother Mike was married I did an eighth century wedding sampler as a wedding gift It took me two years to complete It was something I was very proud of I also made him a folk art counted cross stich piece that has 60 000 stitches in it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 3 57 12 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Embroidery badge I used Aunt Martha s tea towel transfers as I do not have the MaryJane Ideabook The towels are so nice I give them as gifts I gave some to the local Nip and Tuck to sell to help spay and neuter pets I can not keep up with the demand MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 4 01 47 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Disconnect to Reconnect badge I am a retired catholic school librarian and I encouraged the students to participate in the TV Free Week I love to have a quiet night and just read At camp there is no tv so the staff plays games or puts puzzles together Over the Christmas holiday I was at camp for two weeks and did not miss the noise one bit MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 27 2010 4 06 10 PM Carolyn Biediger 1503 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a intermediate level Disconnect to Reconnect badge My good friend Mary and I teach canning to a group of people in Concan TX twice a year We go to a family camp call Stepin Back and she does not get cell service Mary has three daughters who think she should have the phone growing out of her ear She comes to visit and spends the whole time on the phone with one or the other of the girls My phone worked but I told her if it did not involve death they could not call What a nice quiet weekend we talked read and each morning we got up early and have our hot beverage on the porch NO 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    I made the sewing box myself by covering a box with fabric I also made the strawberry pin keeper which the needles and safety pins are in I thought the sewing kit could use a tape measure so I added one When I showed her the sewing kit she was all excited to learn how to do some mending MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 31 2010 2 03 22 PM Teresa Woodson kangaroo kate 1506 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge While at Scarborough fair a Renaissance festival that is in this area every year I met some of the jousting horses I got a photo of one with one of the ladies riding him They were also offering rides on them This horse I was told is a mix breed most are draft breeds of horses which can carry the heavy weight when armor is being worn Although some other smaller breeds are also used for lighter activities It was fun to learn about the different breeds of horses that are used for these type of activities MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 31 2010 2 19 25 PM Joan Van Roo Tourguidejoan 1403 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge I began buying one organic food per week for a month The foods were organic baby carrots organic peaches organic milk organic cauliflower I also purchased Mary Jane s Bakeover sampler with the skillet This is the first time I have been buying organic with the goal of eating all organic There is a farmer s market nearby that is open on Tuesday mornings with produce from local farms I m lovin it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 31 2010 2 27 28 PM Joyce Speidel Wyoming Lookout 979 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have purchased earned eight reusable shopping bags and use them regularly I have only brought home plastic twice in the last two months because I was riding with a friend and didn t have my bags with me I always return the bags to the trunk of my car when I unload them so they are ready for the next shopping trip MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 31 2010 2 59 54 PM Wendy Deckman Anne girl 1565 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Service badge I discovered a bunch of organizations that I wanted to be involved with The hard part was selecting just one There is an Awana club at our church a crisis pregnancy center a mother s group and a community campground that needed help Because of my children I decided that helping with maintenance at the camp would be the best use of our time and the children would be able to be involved So we cleaned bathrooms vacuumed meeting halls picked up trash raked leaves and relined stone walkways We worked on May 20th 2 hrs 21st 3 hrs and 26th 5 hrs I tell you my back positively screamed for a massage after lugging five truck fulls of leaves out of camp My children enjoyed playing and collecting sticks and rocks more than anything else but they did see the value of helping out a neighbor in need The picture is of a break we took MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 31 2010 3 09 47 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge This is a folk art kit that I sent for because it has bird houses on it and I collect rustic birdhouses It took me awhile to get the hang of embroidery again it s been a long time I just love it It is hanging in our bathroom MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 31 2010 3 28 34 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge Went to our local co op store and bought some farm fresh eggs free range and organic and loved them The bright yellow was such a change from the drab yellow regular eggs have The flavor was even more intense We are sold on these eggs We will never go back to regular eggs again MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 31 2010 3 36 22 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Self sufficiency badge We grow rosemary and I also have a basil plant in my kitchen I dried some rosemary in the garage and it turned out great I dried the basil in the oven on a very low heat It too turned out good They both will be given as gifts as soon as I sew some bags up MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted May 31 2010 3 41 30 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Little Squirts badge My husband and I went around the house and located all of the squeaks that needed to be fixed We used graphite instead of oil because we live in the desert and it is windy most of the time Oil would only hold in the sand and dirt We fixed all of squeaks and everything is running smoothly now MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho

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    for the shelf and the bottom two drawers hold some VCR tapes out of site Then I took an old family pine gun cabinet and turned it into book shelves to hold more VCR tapes and decorations a subtle way to decorate by putting out more of what I m interested in So for now I put away the Christmas decorations and put up my salt box style pottery I have picked up at thrift stores and I am trying not to clutter up too much I just love to sit in my living room now they all turned out so nice Again it feels so good to be able to make something out of something else I was going to get rid of these pieces and now they are a part of my home I am redoing just for me and it s giving me so many more ideas MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 03 2010 11 26 54 AM Shayna Palmer mrsdirtdoctor 1371 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge We have a Clematis that is going mad so we had no choice but to build our own trellis with old scrape wood in our barn garage We now have planted beans for the first year and made a wooden tee pee for them I can t wait to watch them start to climb It s so much better than store bought and economical too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 03 2010 11 33 41 AM Rose Lynn christmasgal 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I cleaned out and reorganized my kitchen cupboards I donated the extras to a local thrift store It s so nice to open my cupboard and be able to find a lid that fits a bowl I feel so organized MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 03 2010 11 52 58 AM Rose Lynn christmasgal 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Plant It Forward badge I planted extra green beans and will donate them to my local food bank and churches It s like these plants are more special because they are going to people that are in real need I am teaching my granddaughters the process of giving to others so they are helping me tend to them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 03 2010 12 09 37 PM Robin Montoni 1486 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a intermediate level The Secret Life of Bees badge I researched differences between raw and processed honey Processed is heated to approx 119 degrees which removes not only the pollen and impurities but also eliminates many of the nutrients this is done to keep the honey from crystallizing Raw honey has many vitamins minerals yeast and amino acids not found in processed honey There are many beneficial factors in raw honey too many to really list here but here is a short list It aids in digestion reduces free radicals aids in the healing of burns and acts as an antiseptic I get my honey from Honey Garden Raw Honey from Honey Gardens in Ferrisburgh Vt A thick opaque honey with a creamy color and texture that has to be spooned out However there are a few local honey producers in the area including Merrimack Valley Apitherapy Bellricka Ma I loved the book Bees Natures Little Miracles liked it so much I down loaded it onto my Kindle but will be purchasing a hard copy Worked out great Enjoyed reviewing positive benefits of raw honey and I will be purchasing the recommended reading in hard cover to lend out to friends MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 03 2010 12 18 27 PM Betsy Bollen TexBetsy 1444 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I have collected and begun using reusable shopping bags I use these for shopping but also for taking my lunch to work toting my latest crochet or sewing project and have given many away when sharing left overs with family and friends My favorite shopping bag is the one from Tractor Supply It has a picture of a farm and the words Every day is earth day out here Isn t that the truth MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 03 2010 12 31 09 PM Rene Robinson 950 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Safe Toys badge I had an afternoon and some scrap fabric with medieval childrens print on it princesses and knights etc I read the directions in the book then followed them to produce bean bags I also covered an oatmeal can with extra matching fabric to serve as a container and holder when the bean bags finally got to rest It s wonderful and they are the kids favorite toys They even got picked OVER squirt guns MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 03 2010 12 58 17 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge I watched the trailer www vanishingbees com very scary I also read Sue Monk Kidd s Secret Life of Bees also very scary but enlightening We really do need to plant more bee friendly flowers which I m already doing The demise of the bees will eventually deplete us of fresh fruits vegetables and other crops that depend on the bees pollination My

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    Jun 07 2010 4 31 33 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Crochet badge This is an afghan that I just finished for our couch It took me over 25 hours to finish I think it looks really nice MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 07 2010 4 47 20 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Knitting badge I knitted this scarf using a lace pattern that I have never done before It was quite challenging It took more than 20 hours to make I think I will keep this for myself I just love it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 07 2010 4 57 42 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge As you can see by the picture I made jars of soup mix and baked cookies for friends I made the filet crochet crosses for my husband scarves for our daughters and daughters in law 8 of them total and covered coat hangers for mom s friends I also crocheted ponchos for our granddaughters 4 but they were sent to them at Christmas I also made most of my ornaments in the garage for now with wooden spools of thread cut pieces of wool and buttons strung on string for a garland I also made stuffed angels for the tree and gingerbread men Next year I will make more ornaments and take a picture of them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 08 2010 2 02 19 PM Chelsea Watson c w 577 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I received my great grandmother s stitching box upon my grandmothers death a few months ago Now I need to learn how to sew MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 08 2010 2 12 00 PM Chelsea Watson c w 577 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge Last spring we purchased an assortment of heritage chicks and have enjoyed eggs and meat this past winter Recently bought this years clutch after an unsuccessful hatching attempt with a broody hen It s been a great money saver considering how many eggs we eat Enjoyed the roosters until they picked my husband to mess with we are now without roosters MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 08 2010 2 18 42 PM Kristen Silvers crazy dazey 1645 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I purchased 10 reusable shopping bags at the grocery store After getting my groceries home and put away I folded up nine of the bags tucked them in to the 10th bag and put the bags back in my truck so I can t forget them next time I go to the grocery store It turned out great I like the reusable bags better than paper or plastic The reusables are much more sturdier then I expected and it was just easier lugging all those groceries into the house MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 08 2010 2 25 16 PM Joan Van Roo Tourguidejoan 1413 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I purchased Mary Jane s Farmgirl Journal to record my gratitudes for a month It is amazing how many gratitudes I had I really enjoy going back to see what I had written and plan to keep up the journal MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 08 2010 2 34 04 PM Susan Pace IrishHarp 1230 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I ve been quilting for about 15 years I finally took a class after the first 6 years I have worked my way through regular piecing paper piecing applique and embellished crazy quilts I prefer small projects since i like to quilt them myself and finish them in this lifetime I have been a member of several quilt guilds and have often quilted in the company of friends I have completed roughly 25 quilts over the years I still love quilting I m not sure if there s any technique that I want to do that I havent already done but I am considering trying a quilt as you go technique MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 08 2010 2 41 31 PM Susan Pace IrishHarp 1230 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge Well I watched the short film I wish there had been some science included instead of just speculation Frightening Secret life of Bees What a charming book I probably wouldn t have ever read it without this incentive Loved the way that the Bee lore was woven into the story I have in the garden many herbs that attract bees including Bee Balm pincushion flower heliotrope and thyme Boy do they love my lemon thyme They also really love lamb s ears although I had never heard of that being particularly attractive to them This was a fun project I learned a lot Still kind of scared of the stingers though MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jun 08 2010 2 48 28 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for

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