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    McDonald family We have recently added a Bantam hen and rooster MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 12 09 18 PM Sunny McDonald Mtnsunshine 914 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I got my first reusable canvas shopping bag from my mother in law as a gift I fell in love and on my next visit to Whole Foods I purchased the other 3 designs they had available at the time A very good friend of mine works for REI and for my birthday she wrapped my gift in a REI canvas bag instead of wrapping paper What a great idea My latest bag came from a Farm Girl sister that she hand made and embroidered my initials on It s my favorite but shhhh don t tell the other bags o After each shopping trip I unpack and place all the empty bags into one and put them right back in my truck so they are ready for my next shopping trip It makes me feel wonderful knowing I m doing my tiny part in making a difference in reducing the amount of plastic or paper bags used every year MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 12 14 27 PM Sunny McDonald Mtnsunshine 914 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Plant It Forward badge My sweet husband tilled the garden for me and I decided to switch up the layout of the furrows I put them in from north to south and it worked out really well I plan on using this same layout next year too We have 2 large raised garden boxes that I like to plant with root crops We planted 20 rows of radishes watered them and sang to them and they thrived I m good really really good at growing radishes I say this because in the beginning I had planned on growing extra okra cowpeas and radishes but in the end the deer and ants won and all we had to share was radishes It was such an awesome feeling to be able to share our bounty Next year we plan on sharing peaches and grapes also Looking forward to next season MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 12 44 24 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Quilting badge I learned how to do an applique a bias tape binding which I hand sewed on the back of the quilt and hand quilting I made myself a lap quilt for colder months I used our favorite scraps to make applique leaves and a tree I had so much fun making this quilt even though it almost took a year to gather supplies and put it together I love my new quilt I took my time and asked for advice from an experienced quilter friend I am very happy with the results MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 1 01 57 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge Made 50 of my Christmas presents this year I made knitting bags hook wraps scarves quilts coffee cozies bracelet bookmarks and jam We also had made folded paper stars and fabric ornaments for our little tree I am so excited to give my gifts this year They were very thought out and specific for each person Gifts from the heart MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 1 19 20 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Safe Toys badge I made a Waldorf doll for the first time The doll is beautiful She was made from wool roving tricot cotton knit and merino wool for the hair I ordered a pattern and got to work The doll took 6 months to make She has an inner stocking to shape her head embroidered eyes mouth and a crocheted wool hair cap with woven hair I also made her an apron from voile fabric a peasant dress and crocheted her a shawl It was hard to part with my first Waldorf doll but I am selling her so I can buy more fabric to make more dolls The next one will be donated to be raffled off for my favorite local charity MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 1 29 21 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Buttoned Up badge I made a button necklace and bracelet with my daughter MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 1 36 47 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I learned how to knit this summer I made a dish cloth to start My next project will be a wrap and I also taught my son how to knit and he made a dish cloth as well MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 1 43 05 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I learned how to crochet this summer I was so excited because my grandmother always crocheted I made an acorn pouch to hold sock yarn a doll shawl and am now working on a shawl for myself I love the acorn I may make a few more MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 1 55 26 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Outstepping badge We hiked some land we were looking to purchase that backed up to state game land 2 hours of rough hiking hiked the trail at the bottom of the gorge and then hiked another weekend at a state park we camped at I did not see our state bird but we did see our state tree and flower Our campfire was nice even in the rain Love hiking MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 3 28 27 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge I picked up some plastic chicken fencing and my husband gave me some PVC pipe It made a great trellis for my peas It would have been good for the beans to but the rabbits ate them all Maybe next spring we can rabbit proof the garden It is very sturdy and the peas grew up it really well You can see it in the back round of my picture MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 4 48 36 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Know Your Food badge We now eat about 75 organic We joined a summer CSA in June and a winter CSA in Nov We also now buy our chickens pork and beef at a local organic farm We eat as much local fresh foods as we can No more HFC in our diet We also listened to Omnivore s Dilemma on audiobook I also love to share about where we get our food so some of our friends have joined us on this journey Getting organic fruit is a little harder We found lots of organic berries but not much else in our area We love it all the food So fresh and we love supporting the local farms MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 4 55 32 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Bustin Out badge We helped 4 families to start eating organic beef and chicken Also 2 families to sign up for our local CSA I also put a buylocalpa bumper sticker on my car so more people ask me about it and I have an opportunity to share I love sharing about wholesome foods and supporting local farmers Photo is of the farm where we get our beef They are all grass fed The bull is the large guy in the photo MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 5 01 07 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Service badge My daughter and I volunteered to do our Angel Tree this year We filled out tags put ribbons on them set up the tree and hung all the tags We then collected gifts and wrapped them We also volunteered a few times at our local food bank and collected boxes for Operation Christmas Child A very rewarding program to reach children of prisoners in our area We will do this for many years to come MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 5 08 30 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Lend a Hand to Farm Families badge We met a wonderful couple in the spring when they opened their farm up to us for shearing day We became fast friends and went back in May for a weekend and helped with planting blueberry bushes and feeding a new lamb that had been rejected We would visit the farm almost every month to help with other farm chores The last time we took fresh made ice cream and a roast chicken for dinner What a treasure they are Friends forever MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 5 13 13 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge We got rid of all our toxic cleaners and found recipes for all natural cleaners I got a tote and spray bottles to make all our new recipes up I made a notebook up so we can write down what works with cleaning our home which has hard water So far so good MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 5 17 33 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Going Green badge I made up natural cleaners to replace all our other cleaners we got rid of We also switched out laundry detergent to soap nuts A wonderful non toxic way to clean your laundry I shared all the recipes that have worked so far with 40 friends They work much better than I thought they would MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 02 2010 5 20 57 PM Stacy Keely Stacy K 896 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Shopping Green badge So we switched to all homemade cleaners natural laundry soap nuts and an all natural hand soap MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 11 05 57 AM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Get Er Done badge We live in the same rural community that I grew up in However there are many many more residents now which include some elderly folks who have been farming here for decades It also includes more than one disabled person We have very community minded neighbors and we all work together to help others in our rural community Because we have lived here for decades as have many of the other residents we have a help each other out mentality that is implemented an a very regular basis Getting er Done projects have included working on irrigation systems house cleaning and repair feeding animals for neighbors doing farm field work clearing snow for neighbors building projects together tending gardens yards helping with harvest regular checking in on elderly assistance to those who are disabled in whatever they need We have been blessed with a terrific bunch of neighbors and can honestly say we have been we do and will continue to help each other Our community neighbors are as far as 5 miles away so it s a pretty impressive network My involvement far exceeds the time requirement MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 11 30 52 AM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Action badge Our community is rural with agriculture as the main livelihood for folks It s a beautiful place to live and a good place to raise your family or retire However one of the main issues is that of industry to provide employment for people who move here The pay scale is low for most and resources are limited For example there are hundreds of women here who are seamstresses but our only available source for fabric and other supplies is the limited and downsized fabric department at Walmart There are many other factors that impact this community and the ability of people to make a good living It is difficult to be able to pinpoint the exact branch of government that is responsible but it seems like it could be a combination Most of the farms and ranches that are the backbone of this area have been in families for generations and are very solidly established There are some other businesses that have their roots that have grown into larger companies serving the entire country probably foreign countries because of the brilliant entrepreneurial finesse of owners One of those companies makes backpacks and related equipment that is sold worldwide Another is one that manufactures toys and distributes all over the USA What seems to make a difference is for folks to beat the bushes and create jobs in areas that meet a need of the area and get really creative in finding the money to fund such an endeavor one of those would be grants Tourism is another job provider however it is seasonal It becomes the responsibility of business owners and the county to promote this area and what it offers Perhaps some of that would be the responsibility of the state government And possibility the National Park Service as we have Mesa Verde National Park right here If tourists are attracted to the park then that benefits the local businesses It s a tough issue to address because of the uniqueness of our area and the fact that we are at least 300 miles from a metropolitan area and the amenities available there It is also complicated by the fact that because we are in the Four Corners area we are bordered by the other three states by reservation land most of which is arid desert One can really admire the spirit of those who dig in and use their resources to their fullest exhibit huge measures of being inventive and creative stubbornness and determination My husband and I take pride in the fact that we are of that determined creative fabric and are making things happen for us We are also part of a network of folks who do the same and we are all part of working to make this area a better place for folks to earn their income as well as enjoy living here MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 11 37 38 AM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a intermediate level Gaining Ground badge Our composting continues with absolutely everything possible to throw in We ve been able to use some in our garden earlier before the end of the season Spent quite a bit of time researching different types of permanent compost bins The tough part is building one that is virtually impossible for any animal to get into We have had a terrible time with coons skunks and deer We also had to attempt to build something that was bear proof and elk proof The only one of these animals that has not been in our garden in our compost in our yard and walked across the lawn are the elk However there are elk in the woods back of our house so the possibility exists for them to visit as well We are using two very heavy duty very large garbage containers with covers and enclosed in a wood pallet enclosure with chicken wire pushed into an area with large sagebrush around should discourage critters access The idea is a take off from a barrel composter sold by Lehmans Our community does not have a composting program but I have written a letter to our paper And I plan to pursue the topic with some of the other Farmers Market vendors that we interact with We have

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    half I have looked up non toxic cleanser online too I have made cleansers laundry detergent soaps shampoo bars and use non toxic cleaners at home I love the soaps and laundry detergent that I have made I have mixed cleansers too I m still learning and looking forward to constantly learning new things and ways to improve our home and health Inspiring others to make healthy changes for themselves and the environment MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 3 02 11 PM Belinda Purvis BPurvis 837 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I have all my sewing items organized and gathered together in a kit in my sewing cabinet drawers and in containers and drawers in my sewing room A few weeks ago I completely cleaned out the sewing room purged it and organized it with every container labeled for easy access Sewing is so much more inviting in a room where everything is organized and easily accessible I have made the nursery ensemble for my first granddaughter who is due to arrive in January So excited MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 3 08 19 PM Belinda Purvis BPurvis 837 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge I crocheted dishcloths with cotton yarn and gave as gifts to friends I also made placemats and coasters with the cotton yarn I have taught several people to crochet including my daughter son neighbors and friends One friend in particular became an avid crocheter MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 3 12 22 PM Belinda Purvis BPurvis 837 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Crochet badge I crocheted an afghan with my mother We both made squares and put them together Also I made afghan by myself while teaching a friend to crochet We crocheted together on football nights while our husbands watched Monday night football games LOL MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 3 17 18 PM Belinda Purvis BPurvis 837 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I made a rag quilt with flannel fabrics I used all cotton fabric and batting I spent more than eight hours making it The quilt is lovely and wrapped up for a gift Can t wait to see how they like it I have made numerous rag quilts in the past as well I have made at least six others MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 3 21 30 PM Belinda Purvis BPurvis 837 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge All the Christmas decorations in our home this year include a number of homemade wall sprays wreath ceramics stockings tree skirt that were made by me or my mom She has moved in with me and my husband so we share a home We have ornaments that are hand sewn with felt and sequins and trim as well as handmade ceramics I actually bought very little for gifts this year I have another rag quilt to finish for one gift a pair of sleep pants for another plus most of the gifts to friends are homemade candies and goodies I made soap and jelly that I am giving as a gift and I will make fresh bread to go along with it We definitely have more than 25 handmade decorations and ornaments and well over 25 gifts handmade too Our home is warm and inviting and evokes a sense of belonging because of the love that went in to the decorations and ornaments I know the recipients of the gifts will love them and I have planned them for a while now MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 3 26 52 PM Belinda Purvis BPurvis 837 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I recently organized the sewing room and gathered all the buttons together I sorted them by colors I have small drawers with new buttons still on the package too The other buttons are separate buttons that have either been recycled from clothing or extra buttons from past projects My Granny s buttons my mom s buttons and my buttons are all now one big collection I estimate more than 200 buttons awaiting future projects are sorted and ready to go Buttons are easily accessible but haven t needed any yet I know that day will come and soon and I will enjoy finding exactly what I need I am planning to make some crafty items with some of the buttons too MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 03 2010 3 37 53 PM Belinda Purvis BPurvis 837 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level What s Your Beef badge I have been reading Salad Bar Beef by Joel Salatin I read information on www eatwild com I have learned that grass fed beef is healthier for the animals better for people to digest I have had numerous health problems and have been taking steps to healthier eating I have been studying grass fed beef pastured poultry oganic gardening and organic orchards and vineyards We have castrated two bull calves and are waiting for them to grow to slaughter size It will be our first time to butcher one of our own calves We have eliminated chemicals and pesticides in our pastures and garden MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657

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    to crochet I also showed my niece how to make the edging They turned out terrific I made this set for a girl who had her first baby In her family there are several marines so I made it out of a camo looking pink flannel with the Marine motto Semper Fi They were very surprised and very excited MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2010 4 34 16 PM Janese Ballard 1460 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a intermediate level Lend a Hand to Families badge Drove over an hour to clean a sister s house when daughter s dad was killed in auto accident and grandmother was seriously injured She had to be at the hospital and was unable to get her home cleaned for relatives coming in She was very grateful and relieved MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2010 4 41 19 PM Vickie Garver 13Grandma 2316 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Going Green badge I really got started going green for a couple of different reasons One I was tired of paying the big dollars for laundry detergent We also have several allergies to different types of cleaners etc I thought if it is bad for us it can t be good for the world at large So after hearing about others not liking the same things as me I started looking I found the recipes in your magazine MaryJanesFarm after I had found them online and I thought I can do this So I tried it and it was easy I continue to make it all the time and don t plan on stopping until I can no longer make it cause I am to old and feeble Then I plan on my kids helping me do it I have five children and all five of them have tried it and three of them are using it still I shared the recipe with our women s group and I know that quite a few of them have made it and are using it too One woman shared with me that she had shared the recipe with her sisters and that they were all making and using it now I really felt like it is making a difference maybe not global yet but it is a start MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2010 4 48 31 PM Janese Ballard 1460 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I have six hens and one rooster they are free range I also had two hens sit on eggs and hatch 20 chicks I sold them to a neighbor This is ongoing project I love my chickens they are like pets I love having fresh eggs MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2010 4 53 30 PM Janese Ballard 1460 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I have a sewing basket with these items and a cute covered box that has a pin cushion on top I also have a full sewing room MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2010 4 58 17 PM Janese Ballard 1460 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I cleaned out my Granny s house that had been left just like it was from the 1930s I retrieved her sewing basket and a tin of mother of pearl buttons and several other colors I love looking at my buttons MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 06 2010 5 03 45 PM Stephania Papi 2123 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I looked around and gathered up reusable bags totes that I had received over the years as freebies Then I place some in my car some in my husband s truck and even one in my purse Better than I thought Even my husband has taken to using them and if I ever forget there is ALWAYS one in my purse MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 07 2010 10 40 16 AM Daizy Bailes Daizy 1093 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge This badge was fun because I was half way there anyway I have been going through my cleaning products and once the old stuff was gone I would replenish with the green ones Finally there are a few to choose from on the store shelves but I am trying to use the natural ones such as vinegar and baking soda and I want to find the different ingredients for the laundry soap once this liquid kind is all gone My Mission Statement Use it up Wear it out Make it do or Go with out Yes I stole it but it makes sense without all the BULL Makes it simple and easy to recall As for the Green Journal I kept it simple also 1 Recycle EVERYTHING 2 Reuse any fabrics for SOMETHING 3 Repurpose ALL things possible 4 DILUTE all soaps shampoos etc 5 Reheat ALL leftovers 6 Keep thermostat on energy saving setting 7 ALWAYS take shopping bags to store I have shared all this with 2 of my friends and my sisters and they are very supportive and talked about trying to be better in their own homes I have been working with this Mission Statement for sveral months now and have decided to post it on the fridge That way all members

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    were able to find a friend that had 29 chairs We had 4 and a couple of concrete blocks to set a large beam across for a bench We found an extra coffee pot and hot water thermos bought a little microwave for 1 00 at the Teen Challenge Thrift Store and set up our donuts and drink bench We built a pulpit top to put on top of the easel multi purposing that can be taken off and used for its original purpose I made curtains for the work bench and pulpit to cover up all the garage stuff I have helped with the music as far as singing is concerned I made a couple of signs to set down at the end of our out in the middle of nowhere private road so folks could find it I take them down there on the four wheeler even in the cold My husband stokes the fire in the wood burning stove at 5 am to get it warm enough in there We move out the two cars and begin lining them up in our parking lot of sorts Then we set up chairs started the coffee and hot water brought out the juice and donuts put on some music and away we go It has been such a great success We have had as many as 28 folks coming regularly since Nov 14th We only have a Sunday service but love it God has been showing up in only His fashion PRAISE GOD I will continue volunteering for as long as needed at Welcome Church MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 07 2010 12 46 13 PM Brittany Lamotte Muffet 2429 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Crochet badge Constructed the first of 7 scarves for Christmas gifts taught my friend Maggie how to crochet though she decided not to complete a project This scarf is synthetic navy ice blue yarn in horizontal block patterns that gradually thin down to stripes Also added fringes of both colors at each end I ve got Christmas gifts for others now I m ready to quit skirting around and learn some fancy techniques MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 07 2010 1 01 30 PM Brittany Lamotte Muffet 2429 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I spent two months finishing an organic South American olive green wool scarf Showed a co worker how to knit loaned her my Stitch n bleep book of instruction I learned that I like crochet work much much more Also I put it in the dryer now it looks more like an oven mitt than a scarf to accent my eyes MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 07 2010 1 10 33 PM Debbie Bosworth dandelionhouse 1199 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Get It Together badge Once we got our cupboards cleaned out for the remodel and I tossed all things we never use or were tired of I made a list of things that needed replacing It s been years since we replaced our toaster blender cutting boards and cooking utensil s As part of the kitchen remodel we purchased a new microwave and a more energy efficient dishwasher Its been great having new kitchen appliances that work properly and make my time in the kitchen more enjoyable I ve had my Farm Kitchen recipe book out quite a bit and just last night baked my first ever pumpkin pie from scratch with enough pumpkin left over to bake for the holidays It s a humble kitchen but very functional and pretty now Well worth the time it took to save for it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 07 2010 1 19 37 PM Brittany Lamotte Muffet 2429 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I spent three hours making my apron I used men s suspenders I bought at a thrift store a 1974 12 month cloth kitchen calender I received when I was 11 years old Materials are cotton elastic blend cotton bands leather clasps 1 metal button at the waist 1 plastic button at the neck It s more of a bistro style apron but it is unique fabulous very very me since it has the 1974 calendar as well at the astrology wheel I purchased no new materials for this project MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 07 2010 1 25 57 PM Brittany Lamotte Muffet 2429 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Embroidery badge During my late May honeymoon in Idaho we had record rain storms for over two weeks that flooded the rivers we were fishing I threw in the towel went to a thrift store in Riggins where I got a wooden band 4 types of embroidery thread some muslin cloth I got a sewing repair kit at the grocery store I embroidered in the truck camper while my new husband fished for salmon Took a couple months to finish then framed it Great I made an embroidered tribute to our honeymoon that my husband adores since it shows him reeling in a jumping salmon me reeling in a heart a gold horseshoe the poppies roses Mount Idaho rain PS this is where I discovered MaryJanesFarm magazine A rainy day in the grocery store in Riggins ID MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 07 2010 1 33 15 PM Rusty McHale Rusty 1572 has received a certificate of achievement in Farmgirl Legends for earning the Schoolmarm Stitching Crafting badge MaryJane Queen Bee

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    up and taken down goods are purchased for continental breakfast bar signs are put up and taken down from the end of the road etc The church accepts volunteers that are willing to do whatever is needed in it s ministry singers people who will prepare communion elements find people to help make phone calls or pray Right now we are small but believe we will grow I have spent countless hours in planning and preparing It has been very gratifying to do my part Whatever I can do to help I will do it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2011 4 04 45 PM JoAnn Mitchell joiannm 2379 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I organized my kitchen and removed clutter I donated my extra lids and other items to a local charity I made a great storage place in the garage so I could find my storage containers whenever I need them It was difficult to let go of things that I thought I may need someday I realized that these items are just clutter to me but they might be needed by someone else MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2011 4 15 49 PM JoAnn Mitchell joiannm 2379 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Get It Together badge I have a complete kitchen so I collected extra items and donated them to local charity I can always use more canning jars My kitchen is cleaner and easier to use with the extra items removed I feel good having sent some really nice pots pans and other things to charity A win win for all MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2011 4 23 36 PM JoAnn Mitchell joiannm 2379 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge I visited my sister in Modesto and rode her horse I had to shovel horse poop for the pleasure but it was worth it My sister pointed out different horse breeds I have not rode in so very many years I also drove around Los Gatos and saw some horses out to pasture This was a wonderful walk back into the past I once lived on a ranch many years ago here in San Jose Ca There aren t many if any left here now I had to go several hours out of the city to visit the horses I love the smell I love the feel while on horseback MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2011 4 30 58 PM JoAnn Mitchell joiannm 2379 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level In the Garden badge I made my own trellis of string for my pea plants I also made a bean ladder in my garden All the beans and peas have been harvested and eaten This turned out great I will do this again Next time I will use more cross strings for the peas MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2011 4 40 45 PM JoAnn Mitchell joiannm 2379 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Make It badge I organized my tools all together in the shed Each of the small tools have outlines so I remember where they go I also made two redwood planter boxes from recycled wood My friend showed me how to use the table saw I had a great time learning how to use a table saw while making the planter boxes I also enjoy the ease of finding my tools since they now have their own place MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2011 4 46 46 PM JoAnn Mitchell joiannm 2379 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Disconnect to Reconnect badge I turned off my computer TV telephone radio and all other electronic devices from 5pm Friday to 9pm Sunday I read and sewed on my newest quilt project The only item that was difficult for me to turn off was my cell phone I usually keep it on for family emergencies but my son was nearby so I was eventually ok with it I enjoyed my time to myself without the noise MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2011 4 51 25 PM JoAnn Mitchell joiannm 2379 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I put together a beginner sewing kit with a homemade pin keeper I enjoyed this activity I think I might make a couple sewing kits put them in small canning jars and give them as Christmas gifts to family and friends MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 03 2011 4 56 15 PM JoAnn Mitchell joiannm 2379 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I started my own button collection I then sorted them by color into decorative cork top bottles and used them to decorate my sewing area Many of these are recycled and found buttons Most of my buttons are vintage Creative and useful Now I 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    I wonder what stories it must have to tell I did my research on line to see the history of these types of buttons and found that the one I have is a General Service Brass Button I will treasure it as it reminds me of the service my grandfather did in WWII I am pleased that I finally did find my china button and to reflect on some memories of my grandfather in my history research MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2011 11 23 59 AM Patricia Nickols 2414 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Knitting badge I knitted a winter cap in variegated blue yarn It turned out good It fits and will be nice and warm for our Ohio winters MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2011 11 29 07 AM Patricia Nickols 2414 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made myself a half apron in a Christmas fabric I wear it while making dinner and when we are making Christmas cookies Makes me feel like my mom It is a little on the big size I will adjust the pattern for my next one but other than that it s fine MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2011 12 23 50 PM N Susan Harmon SusanHarmon 1958 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Little Squirts badge I checked and oiled each door and cabinet in my house We don t have any bicycles but I did adjust and lube the motorcycle chains Then went through all of the garden tools using a wire brush I cleaned all dirt and rust then oiled them and actually hung each one where it belongs in the shed I have a very quiet house now Hehe MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2011 12 30 47 PM N Susan Harmon SusanHarmon 1958 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a intermediate level Little Squirts badge The front door was difficult at times to close I removed it from the hinges and sanded the top right corner it s fixed We also replaced all exterior door handles and dead bolts I accidentally slammed the door forgetting that it was fixed MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2011 12 39 13 PM Ruby Slider narjay 1663 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge This Christmas I made Handmade soaps Pear Liqueur Hand lotion Lip balm Knitted and Crochet dishcloths Dishrag britches learned this from a co worker To make use yarn or ribbon to loosely sew 2 dishrags into pants Pin on a note that says Don t be mistaken Don t be mislead They re not for you But your dishes instead Take out the ribbon Take out the stitches You now have two dishrags But you ve lost your britches Instead of using paper gift bags or wrapping paper I made gift bags out of left over material from other projects and from feed sacks they make great shopping bags So the wrapping is actually a gift also For my tree I made lots of crochet snow flakes in various colors and sizes I love the way everything turned out Can t wait until Christmas to see how everyone likes them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2011 12 45 42 PM Stephanie Orr OrrShine 1545 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Know Your Food badge After about 10 days of writing in my food journal I noticed a definite pattern We were eating so many carbs A simple salad at lunch and dinner would add so many veggies to our diet I have made more trips to the farmers market and the local apple orchard A basic squash soup is my newest favorite meal I absolutely loved reading Animal Vegetable Miracle The book made me more aware of what foods are in season when I had a keep my journal on the table or else I would forget to write in it Eliminating the hydrogenated oils was easy for me I only use them in cookies or pie crust and butter has been a good substitute MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2011 12 57 03 PM Susan Baxter farmgirl 2448 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Aprons badge I made a Elvis apron for my good friend for Christmas It turned out great It was beautiful MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2011 1 02 49 PM Susan Baxter farmgirl 2448 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I made a quilted pot holder for my daughter for Christmas It turned out good Very bright MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 05 2011 2 24 21 PM Catherine Griffin cajungal 76 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge When our first child was born 17 years ago I didn t want anything in our home to be a danger to her I committed to de toxing each room and changing our bad habits Our family journal was started shortly after I married my husband It s filled with memories and notes to my children about what makes us Griffins who we are Applying for this badge made me revisit all

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    of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Homespun Christmas badge I am pleased to report that I earned my Homespun Christmas Badge by handcrafting 75 of the gifts I gave this holiday season as well as 25 of the ornaments with which I adorned my Christmas tree Oh my goodness I had such a good time crafting for all of my friends and family this Christmas I knitted 2 scarves one of each for my parents made sweet little country rag ornaments with fun festive buttons to give as gifts and for my own tree homemade body glitter to add a touch a extra sparkle to the holiday of of loved ones a handcrafted button wreath and decorative recipe card for my fellow farmgirl sisters a jingle bell basket at a local community center and I also filled Ball jars with tasty treats or ornaments and added a bit of fabric on the tops and tied them off with holiday ribbons Instead of being all stressed out and being overwhelmed by the holiday hustle and bustle I was tucked away indoors crafting with friends On a couple occasions a few close friends and I grabbed dinner brought it back to my place turned on some cheery Christmas music and got to work There was much warmth love and laughter in my little apartment this December Everyone loved their gifts and were amazed that I made them all myself MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2011 2 29 27 PM Lisa Grzeskowiak 892 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner and intermediate level Aprons badge I made a full apron from a pattern I actually made 2 one for my mother in law as a gift and one for my daughter I have included a picture of my mother in law in her new now used apron I think they turned out wonderful My mother in law s had several flaws and some seams that I had to redo but the second one made for my daughter came out flawless This is the first time I have set a pocket that was not a patch pocket MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2011 2 44 24 PM Lisa Grzeskowiak 892 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I took several classes at a nearby JoAnn s store The first class was basic quilting and we joined a simple nine patch The second was an appliqué class we made bear appliqués on a quilt front craft size The third was a binding class this was definitely the most difficult Not to brag but I have found my love and I think I have a natural talent leaning toward this Loved every bit of it and continue to do it a lot for myself gifts and hopefully to sell soon MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2011 3 02 40 PM Lisa Grzeskowiak 892 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Quilting badge I made a caterpillar rag quilt from a pattern Wonderful I started this quilt pattern just because I thought it was cute and had no idea what I was going to do with it My daughter needed an auction item for a Relay for Life team to support cancer research so I donated it I was able to attend and listen in on the oh s and ah s and it helped raise money for cancer research MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2011 3 24 45 PM Lisa Grzeskowiak 892 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Quilting badge I designed and created a t shirt quilt for my daughter for her graduation This was unique that it was not done as appliqué and patchwork only I also added her earned letters tags from her favorite clothes and even her band gloves she had worn I taught a small group at work how to begin quilting and designing their own quilts It is great She loved it and it has only come back to me for a minor repair when a patch was loose and needed to be re sewn a bit The people I taught about quilting seem to understand the concept but have not and I m not sure why gotten the courage to attempt their own design as of yet MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2011 3 56 07 PM Lisa Grzeskowiak 892 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge My kids have done 4H goats for years I have fallen in love but wanted an animal to keep instead of slaughter I fell in love with fiber animals So I purchased a small flock of Pygora goats in hopes of spinning and fiber projects I am in love These animals are smart loving and have the most gorgeous fiber MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 06 2011 4 04 07 PM Lisa Grzeskowiak 892 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a intermediate level Backyard Farmer badge I learned to milk actually on my own animal My husband and I found an abandoned squirrel and knew it was too small for solid food We had just had a little goat doe so I did the best I could think to do and made a decision to milk my fiber goat My doe was not accustomed to this and didn t like this at first but after milking her just enough for a baby squirrel each day she grew to tolerate it

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    now swap ideas on a regular basis especially now that she is expecting her first baby and is always looking for ways to maintain a clean home naturally A friend and her husband from the city will be visiting me soon at my country home I m eager to see how she reacts to my homemade cleaners I m sure she will utilize my washing machine and use my homemade detergent I can t wait to see what she thinks of its cleaning power compared to what she is used to My mission statement is simple I feel much healthier while using these homemade products because there is no leftover smell after cleaning While using these products I know I m doing something good for the environment myself and my loved ones as well as my pets I also conserve much needed space when I store them Instead of buying a new product each shopping trip because the last one didn t work as well as I d hoped and having a bunch of bottles cluttering up my cupboards I only have to keep a stock of 8 multi purpose ingredients vinegar distilled water Borax washing soda baking soda bleach Zote Soap and a variety of essential oils I know that with a combination of a few of these products I will discover some sort of cleaning agent That s one more thing I like about them they are all multi purpose Some of them even transfer over into other spheres of use in the home such as cooking And as I mentioned before buying all these products saves money Plus it s more FUN to come up with new recipes and scents when creating cleaning products at home Therefore I pledge to only utilize clean non toxic homemade cleaning products because they are healthier save space cost efficient and fun I will never turn back MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 1 58 21 PM Elizabeth Thums prairie princess 1505 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a intermediate level Going Green badge I have been using MaryJane s recipe for Powdered Laundry Soap from the August September 2009 issue for about 3 months The only change in ingredients is I replace the 1 grated bar of Castile Soap for 1 grated bar of Zote Soap I do this for economic savings I believe Zote Soap is a good substitute for the Castile soap since it is also made of natural components I love making my own laundry detergent because I can change the fragrances by changing the essential oils I use in the mixture I ve been using distilled white vinegar in place of fabric softener for about 7 months I ve discovered I prefer it over store bought softener because it doesn t gunk up my dispenser I have to use more of it during the cold months due to increased static electricity but it s no problem I find the vinegar to be more cost efficient regardless I ve been using a mixture of vinegar and essential oils as a multi purpose cleaner for about 7 months as well I have discovered it shouldn t be used on wood surfaces that have no protective sealing because it will cause color changes in the wood For those surfaces I use plain water to wipe off the dust or a magnetic duster I also use vinegar and water as a glass cleaner Although I only have wood floors in the majority of my house I ve been using MaryJane s Carpet Deodorizer recipe on my area rugs for a few months to freshen up the pet smell in my house I have transferred some of the green health ideas for cleaning into other areas of my life as well I have been making homemade toothpaste for about a year after discovering some of the side effects of ingredients in store bought toothpaste This is the recipe I use 2 T baking soda 1 ½ t peroxide 5 drops essential oil I ve tried peppermint spearmint and lemon a warning use less spearmint because it s very strong I have also been making my own mouthwash 2 oz Distilled water ¼ t baking soda 1 drop peppermint oil 1 drop tea tree oil witch hazel Over the summer my husband s aunt passed on a recipe for homemade bodywash that I ve also been using 1 C grapeseed oil 1 ½ C epsom salts ½ C coconut oil melted ¼ C olive oil 1 T honey melted 5 drops essential oils of choice Whisk oils together add salts dribble in honey slowly If more than ½ in oil settles to the top add more epsom salts I discovered I didn t need as much oils so can reduce amounts if prefer I hope to start making my own shampoo conditioner lotion and soap in the future I ve notice after passing on information to my mother in law she has now reverted to making her own toothpaste I share with others by setting the example Am much impressed with the cleaning power of homemade cleaners compared to store bought I will never look back after having made my own MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 2 56 06 PM Susan Smithburg lawrmom 2122 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I went through my storage container shelves and got rid of the plastic containers that cannot safely be microwaved They were recycled I made sure I kept only glass plastic containers that had matching lids Any extras were recycled I purchased heatable storage containers from Whole Foods to replace the mismatched containers I do keep containers that come from the grocery store recycling them by using them for leftovers at home GREAT I reorganize often as I have 5 kids and everyone has his her own ideas of where how things go MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 03 09 PM Susan Smithburg lawrmom 2122 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Backyard Farmer badge I started a flock of 4 hens they culled one so I have 3 now to raise eggs at home in the city I have been unable to find organic feed non mail order but I let my flock free range in my yard as often as possible to take advantage of the insects worms lizards etc We garden organically so any creatures they eat are OK GREAT I love having chickens and my own eggs and sharing the experience to others It s amazing how many people don t know that you don t need a rooster to get eggs And I have great neighbors who laugh at the occasional glance of a hen running across the yard rather than scream The picture is of my Americauna white Black Australorp black not pictured Rhode Island Red MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 07 38 PM Susan Smithburg lawrmom 2122 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge There are not many horses in town but there are some small horse farms on the perimeter Most of these are populated with Quarter Horses thoroughbreds or Warmbloods and are used for showing Western or Hunter Jumper We owned horses for years and boarded at one of the local farms Hunter Jumper Fine but we plan to get back to having horses on our own property We are hoping to move back to acreage within the next 1 1 2 years MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 10 57 PM Susan Smithburg lawrmom 2122 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Build It Green badge I read a lot about ways I can decorate with natural items I also make up a lot of ideas based on what is blooming seed pods etc of the season Instead of purchasing decorating items I have been relying on nature ferns leaves etc that are abundant in my gardens make beautiful green arrangements The decorator items I buy also tend to be natural or made with natural items Although I do have to monitor these for insects rotting etc I don t mind making more as needed MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 15 43 PM Susan Smithburg lawrmom 2122 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge As an accomplished seamstress this was an easy task I had all these items on hand and have them organized It was good to revisit all my supplies and make sure all was organized It also let me see what I needed MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 19 36 PM Susan Smithburg lawrmom 2122 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a intermediate level Sew Wonderful badge Again as an accomplished seamstress these are easy requirements I enjoy both hand and machine sewing and have particularly enjoyed using my skills to design the embroidering and placement of my Farmgirl Sisterhood badge s on the jeans jacket I just purchased for this purpose Great although the straight seam is my fave as long as I m not dealing w a knit or ravelling edges MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 25 06 PM Belinda Purvis 832 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I kept a gratitude journal from December 1 through 31 It made me stop and think of specific things to be grateful for each day Especially on days that I felt overwhelmed I found so much to be grateful for MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 29 43 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning an expert level Knotty Farmgirls badge REEVER BEND is a life support knot and is little known and used But it has symmetry and is easy to tie introduced to climbers in 1928 REEF KNOT used to be a boating knot but because sails are rarely reefed by cords of reef points is used less However it is recommended in climbing manual for joining two or more abseil rappel lines to one another and is considered a valuable life support knot MUNTER FRICTION HITCH also a life support knot will check and hold a load through friction Is used with a carabiner It is recommended that if it becomes necessary to free both hand for a vital task one should resort to the MUNTER MULE which also uses a carabiner Learning more about life support knots is of more interest and use to me because of our camping hiking skiing activities etc One of my projects was to knot with surgeons knot nylon baling twine and then braid to not only reuse baling twine but have more options for lightweight useable ropes for small projects Using the Turk s Head knot also to make small coaster mat and bracelets which made unique gifts While it may be an 80 s rage macramé is still useful and made great decorative wall hangings evening plant hangers also unique gifts Making the hammock as in Mary Janes Ideabook was a bit of a nightmare especially to get it started as it was a challenge to support the rows of loops knots and occasionally I missed a loop and had to go back ARRGGHH But it will be a nice thing to have for a summer evening to relax and enjoy the outdoors My hubby already had some oak for the end stretcher bars Helped teach my daughter some rope techniques by guiding her through building her swing and making a rope Also with my hubby especially in the making of rope from plastic bags We believe that this serves more than one purpose It reuses plastic bags makes a reasonably strong rope that can be added to and is something we can carry in our cars for minor emergencies These projects have gotten everyone in the family involved and learning and we re having fun with it I ll be hanging my hammock next summer when all this snow melts it gets warmer and I can see the ground again Total time invested exceeds requirements MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 35 55 PM CJ Armstrong ceejay48 665 has received a certificate of achievement in Farmgirl Legends for earning the Schoolmarm Outpost badge MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 42 29 PM Dawn Christiansen dchristi 1006 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I found a kit at Joann Fabrics on sale and thought I would make it for my friend Lori s new grand baby She is a first time grandma I got a rotary cutter and followed the pattern for cutting squares 1 4 seam allowance and press the seams of rows in opposite directions for better seam matching I did a straight corner to corner quilt pattern on the quilt As you can see from the picture the quilt turned to great and Lori and her daughter loved it I even posted it on Facebook and some of my friends want me to show them how I did it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 48 34 PM Marti Freyer 2314 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge I scoured my current button box and found that I had 47 buttons already A few more were located in a few obscure places dresser drawers and sewing box to make 50 I have actually realized how few buttons 50 is There are so many options MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 3 53 01 PM Marti Freyer 2314 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I have had a sewing box for a while in a tackle box I however did not have a pincushion I hand stitched a pincushion using several new techniques I am delighted to have made my own pincushion I am interested to see if I like it better than the magnet in a little dish that I ve been using MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 4 10 48 PM Scarlett Winters silver3wings 2044 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Gratitude badge I kept a gratitude journal each day for a month I called it my good things list Every day it seemed I was able to think of more things to be grateful for It was a good exercise It trained my brain to notice the good things over the bad things MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 4 27 32 PM Scarlett Winters silver3wings 2044 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Bustin Out badge I already eat organic So I ve been preparing extra of my food to share with my boyfriend who frankly eats terribly on his own At first he said that while he cannot pass a taste test and hasn t noticed any obvious health differences the research has convinced him that it s better for him When asked if he would purchase organic food for himself if I weren t sharing meals with him he said yes He s aware of the Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen list put out be the Environmental Working Group to help make decisions about when to definitely buy organic Over time he has become an advocate of organic food and has even started a detox for the new year MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 07 2011 4 40 48 PM Scarlett Winters silver3wings 2044 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a intermediate level Bustin Out badge The two households I chose for this badge were my parents and my sister and nephew I started with just sharing information about my choices and why I made them Since Mom likes to buy me food as a gift when she visits I used that as an opening to give her a tour of the health food store and introduce her to some new foods I also gave my family two big boxes of food items including organic herbs spices oils etc While my sister and father aren t really interested my mom and nephew are on board Mom loves playing with all the new to her food items and my nephew has become an advocate of clean food and water even without my outside influence We even talked about Food Inc over Christmas and my family bought me a copy of my own that I can use when I talk to others MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts 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