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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    birds making a wish list of birds I d like to observe in the wild here I started by finding and printing a complete list of birds found in California Then I spent almost three hours using this list in conjunction with National Geographic s Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America I d find species that are native to my area read the description on their plumage habitat calls As I went along I hand wrote a list of birds I d like to spot identify in the wild I ended up with four pages over 100 birds I can t wait to complete the next two levels to this badge as I build some backyard habitats and plan bird watching excursions to start seeing birds on my wish list MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 13 2012 10 34 18 AM Thelma Adams Thelma 3568 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Farmgirl Shutterbugs badge I went to my local libraries and studied a few books with photos in them No particular photographer s work was of interest to me What I do like is Mary Jane s photos photos from country magazines calendar photos and photos taken by local artists This past 3 months I have been learning how to get the most out of my new Nikon by taking over 400 pictures not all of them keepers If you look on pages 322 325 of farmgirls over 50 chat you can see 10 of my pictures Instead of finding a book on photography I studied my camera manual watched a Nikon CD and took notes at the county fair for the 4H photography judge I think that I have come a long way and learned a lot this summer Portraits are my least desirable subjects but I love outside shots of birds flowers and rural Iowa shots MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 13 2012 10 35 39 AM Thelma Adams Thelma 3568 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Crochet badge Using Mary Jane s stitching room book pages 122 139 I practiced new crochet stitches I have wanted a soft cotton shawl throw for summer use but have been unsuccessful in finding anything close to what I wanted I decided to crochet one I used peaches and cream blue verigated yarn and a size K hook I used a half double crochet HDC I am not ready to teach others how to crochet by myself but several women from my church are making baby blankets for charity and we work together in small groups helping each other become successful stitchers I now have a shawl throw that is light weight but keeps out the cool air when I go places where air conditioners are pushed up to high for my comfort zone MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 13 2012 10 36 38 AM Thelma Adams Thelma 3568 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Safe Toys badge I am a retired teacher of special needs students Over the years I have invented many games and activities involving the use of bean bags One day I was visiting in a nursing home and realized that my mother in law was having trouble keeping her puzzle book open I want home and made her and her friends some long slender beanbags to hold open their pages I added small pockets where they could keep a small pen or some tissues While I was at it I made 4 small beanbags for my grandchildren to use when we go on vacation They will come in handy for roadside travel breaks The nursing home patients loved their gifts I am glad that I took the time to make the bags MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 13 2012 10 37 53 AM Thelma Adams Thelma 3568 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Heirlooms Forever badge With drought conditions across the United States it probably wasn t the best year to try anything new like Heirloom Seeds I planted varieties of cucumbers tomatoes corn and a rose bush The cucumbers are terrific They have good flavor and I had plenty of cukes for fresh eating and canning I m not sure about the tomatoes They are producing small sized fruit that doesn t have much flavor Also I think they may have crossed with my regular tomatoes as I planted them in the same area None of my corn varities was exceptional due to the high heat and lack of rain The rose bush has bloomed all summer The first blooms were dissapointing but as summer moved slowely along the blooms improved I am dissapointed that they have no odor I got the book Gardening with Heirloom Seeds by Lynn Coulter I really enjoyed looking through this book If I continue working with Heirlooms I will purchase the book in the future as it is packed with solid information I feel that I need to try again next year I have kept good notes and will have data from 2012 for comparison in 2013 MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 13 2012 11 03 24 AM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an intermediate level Gaining Ground badge I actually have two types of composting bins at my house After researching them I purchased a Backdoor Kitchen Compost Tumbler and used it until the bears sent it down the hill too many times and it broke We still use it but we can t turn it which makes it not so convenient

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    going to make the liquid laundry soap when this gallon is empty which will be any day now The dishwasher soap is GREAT It cleaned the dishes much better without the smell of fragrances The lotion I d made before love it I ran out so had to make some more anyway Kiss My Face added oat germ to it s new formula I m allergic to oats I d used it for 25 years before they changed it with loving my skin tone touch MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 14 2012 4 30 13 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Self sufficiency badge I got our my dehydrator did some basil for use in the winter Then I made up a batch of MJ s spice blends placed them in jars I m planning on giving them to our son for Christmas as he loves to grill smoke foods I ve used the spice blends in various ways for us love the carribean one for a rub on chicken As you can see in the picture the mixes fit perfectly I can t wait to give them away MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 14 2012 4 31 11 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level Get It Together badge I ve gotten rid of all my plastics have gone to glass containers baking dishes etc But I needed to clean out my cupboard reorganize it Thanks for the encouragement All straight organized And I did the rest of my cupboards MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 14 2012 4 32 44 PM Paula McConnell mcseitz 4492 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Farmgirl Spirit badge I just did this over the weekend Every year the hubby and I host a Lughnasadh Party to celebrate our farm local food and friends This year I really outdid my farmgirl self and organized a potluck featuring local and homegrown foods culminating in a bonfire and home made blueberry ice cream All party goers received a Have a hank bandana a small pail to go blackberry or blueberry picking It was a great time It turned out wonderfully I can t wait to do it again That s me on the right of the pigtail girls MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 14 2012 4 34 11 PM Jodi Chen Prairie Princess 4440 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I was thinking about this merit badge for a few days before I actually started completing the requirements for the Beginner Level Since I sew and have a few sewing kits around already I wanted this sewing basket to be very fun and very personal By the time I sat down to assemble my kit I knew exactly what I wanted to do I have a little picnic basket that used to hold a miniature porcelain tea set I received for Christmas one year as a little girl probably when I was 7 or 8 It s the perfect size to house my sewing kit and has lots of charm and sentimental value After I pulled that out I went to making my pinkeep just for this basket Using a remnant of fabric that I ve been stashing for a couple years love the print but haven t had the perfect small project for it before this I used antique thread and antique floss to create the basic pincushion I embellished it with a yo yo and a button from my husband s grandmother s stash Then I decided the straight pins going into the kit needed some love too using a hot glue gun I attached swarovski crystals pearls and heart shaped beads to the tops of the pins The inspiration for those were vintage hat pins Finally I started filling my basket with the pinkeep pins an array of vintage thread on wooden spools scissors buttons tape measure thimble safety pins needles and needle threader I love the finished kit It is personal charming and is perfect for carrying along for a stitching project on the go It has the elements of an heirloom kit something I d be proud to hand on to my future daughters MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 14 2012 4 36 00 PM Nancy Witko Annielaurel 2301 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Quilting badge I learned how to quilt I learned about cutting piecing batting and putting it all together I chose a quilt pattern that I wanted to make and when I finished I gave it to my sister in law It turned out pretty well I worked and got all the points to match I was happy with the colors I chose and with the border sizes MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 14 2012 4 37 06 PM Nancy Witko Annielaurel 2301 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Quilting badge I became a member of the Stitchin Sisters and learned how to quilt I started out by making quilts with just the squares and borders I then attempted 2 more difficult quilts One is Trip Around the World and the other was a Mystery Quilt I have given both quilts to my granddaughters The Trip Around the World quilt turned out really well I think My granddaughter adores it The Mystery quilt was quite a challenge and some of the points were a little off I will attempt

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    in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Nellie Will do badge This july I worked over 75 hours making a costume for a comic convention in Chicago I learned a lot about patterns and sewing including how to alter patterns to make what you want The costume only used part of a pattern and the rest of it my step mother who is teaching me how to sew and I made the rest by looking at images and a diagram The costume was of Qourra from Tron Legacy and it was complete with wig boots identity disc and EL lights The costume was amazing We finished it right before comic con and I had a lot of generated interest from other comic con goers I entered it into the costume contest but I did not win but that is alright because I am very proud of what I created I met another Tron character at the comic con and we exchanged numbers he said that he had a lot of knowledge that he would like to share with me and I want to help him with his next costume MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 20 2012 12 12 10 PM Regina Sluk Orphiel 3065 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Birds badge I am a birder and am self taught to identify birds and their behavior It is my favorite thing to do in my spare time My life list is too long to list here with about 100 120 birds so far I have birds I would like to find such as the Snowy Owl and warblers I love to watch birds and observe their behavior The mating and brood raising are fascinating This is an on going activity I hope to continue well into my older age MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 20 2012 12 12 51 PM Regina Sluk Orphiel 3065 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level The Secret Life of Bees badge I have read a lot about bee keeping I have also read Sue Monk s Secret Life of Bees and loved it It really showed how bee colonies and human relationships are connected I have watched Vanishing Bees as well as a few other documentaries about our bee population problem I have spoken with a bee keeper where we buy honey about his views on this as well I do have native plants to attract honey bees and I do not cut my grass when the clover is blooming I also walk around the honey bees that are on the clover Anything I can to do to help I have become much more observant of bees and respect them more than ever MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 20 2012 12 14 25 PM Connie Cowan SisterSue 4283 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Crochet badge I completed a yo yo crochet shawl which looks like traditional quilted yo yos but is actually crochet Quite a detailed pattern but fun to make Plan to enter this in the county fair in late August I also shared this technique with my prayer shawl group and my online crafting friends I think it is great Now just need the weather here in Texas to cool off so I can wear it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 20 2012 1 21 56 PM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Buttoned Up badge Last night I crocheted a charm string for a bag that I m making After I got the hang of it it went really fast I love it I will make more for my friends MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 20 2012 1 27 27 PM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Sew Wonderful badge I ve been hand piecing handquilting and quilting for many years I can sew a straight line on a machine or by hand and know how to do different kinds of seams I think my work is very good and I enjoy doing it MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 20 2012 1 28 38 PM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a beginner level BakeOver MakeOver badge Last night I was lucky enough to have two of my children young adults home I had just received my Bakeover in the mail so we decided to try a couple of recipes out of the magazine we received with it We made Potatoes and Asparagus and for the man in my life a meat eater we made Potatoes and Bacon We had a good time making these bakeovers They both turn out very good We all want to try our own creations MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 20 2012 1 29 36 PM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Cross Stitch badge When my friend found out she had cancer she gave me a lot of her cross stitch patterns This is one of them She has past but her projects still go on I really like it I don t work one of my jobs during the summer so I have time to get a lot of projects done MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 20 2012 1 30 46 PM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista

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    47 45 AM Paula Black Sheepless in Seattle 2953 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Cross Stitch badge I cross stitched this printed design on a pillowcase I have one more to do and then I think I ll give them away as a Christmas present I have cross stitched on different kinds of fabrics like linen the hardest for me and on this project which was a pre printed design on poly cotton the 2nd hardest for me I ve also cross stitched on other fabrics with water soluable waste canvas and that is fun And then I tried chicken scratch which is cross stitch on gingham using the squares as a guide and I love the effects on that I m kind of a black and white type of girl give me my easy to see holes and I will happily cross stitch MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 22 2012 10 43 49 AM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an intermediate level Carp hen try badge Instead of making a picnic table I took the one that was in my basement and made it a potting table My new repurposed potting porch is narrow so I had to remove the legs and 3 of the table boards Because I m tall I used 2x4 s and made the legs taller To stabilize them there is a 2x4 piece for each end of the table legs which made a great place for a shelf for my extra pots I love the way it turned out If you look carefully you will see an oil pan on top of the table that will catch the water and dirt for when I winter over my Bonsai MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 22 2012 10 44 43 AM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning an expert level Carp hen try badge It s done All the work and planning is finished I wanted to spend 20 00 or less on this project and repurpose things that were around the house I succeeded I went to the paint store and bought paint that was mixed wrong It was only 5 00 for the wall paint and 3 00 for the trim paint With a little elbow grease and some caulking my plywood walls now look great My new potting table fits perfectly I have hooks on the wall and I took an old broom handle and some chain and made a ceiling rack for my hanging baskets Did you know that you can take your old bent plastic hangers and cut them just right and they can be used for hanging your baskets The old outdoor toy bucket has my potting soil in it I think the whole project turned out great I was within my budget and I use things that were waiting for a new place in my home R R R MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 22 2012 10 45 56 AM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Quilting badge I used leftover blocks and fabrics to finish this quilt It s machined pieced hand applicated and hand quilted I teach quilting at a quilt shop and have been doing so for about 5 years I think it s a very sweet quilt Just trying to use up my stash MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 22 2012 10 47 36 AM Denise Thain Neecerie 4509 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I recently moved to WA state where most people do already carry their own shopping bags I have gotten enough bags to do all my shopping and even have a few emergency folding bags that fit in my purse for unexpected shopping I do still sometimes find myself without a bag due to not remembering to bring them back to the car for the next trip but that is improving MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Aug 22 2012 10 49 14 AM Debbie Bosworth dandelionhouse 1199 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an expert level Horse Dreams badge I took riding lessons at a nearby stable for a year and a half alongside our daughter where we both learned the ins and outs of caring for and riding horses GROOMING before we could ride we had to learn how to groom our horses including picking the you know what out of their hooves I brushed combed and even gave neck massages to the horses I rode We also had to learn how to tack up ourselves which by the end of the year we could do almost by ourselves with a watchful eye nearby We also located two horse rescues in our town We visited one called Black Feather Horse Rescue We met the owner on a cold January day while she was out mucking stalls That s when we met Murphy one of the horses she rescued and nursed back to health We also learned that she along with an illustrater friend had written a book about Murphy and how he found his way to Black Feather Farm Some days later I purchased the book from our local independent Lawn and Garden center and promptly wrote a blog post about our visit and shared the link to her website where people can donate money purchase books to help the rescue It felt good to help even just a little Before leaving the rescue we gave the owner a big

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    with people who are looking along the same lines It s so interesting I ve been able to fit a few more pieces of the puzzle together and have actually spent time with a cousin from another branch of the family tree MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 04 2012 12 37 26 PM Dawn Perry 2493 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an expert level Know Your Roots badge We had family get togethers when I was little but they seemed to go by the wayside somewhere So my cousin and I have hosted one for the last 5 years They are such fun I m trying to get one together for the other side of the family but that hasn t worked out yet We all love it the number seems to vary year to year and we have lost several of the older generation which is sad but I think that having the reunion helps to keeps their memory alive also We have two family boards one with pictures and info about past generations and one with us now both of which keeps getting added to each year The reunion keeps our extended family closer MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 04 2012 1 17 05 PM Melissa Warner Talcott Melissa Warner Talcott 3555 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Sew Wonderful badge I put together my little sewing box over the winter this year I both bought items and had items handed down to me from my step mother Right now I have in the kit Scissors measuring tape needles of all sizes thread of all colors elastic banding pins buttons snaps safety pins seam ripper threader and my favorite thing is my hand made pin cushion Made from a Lake Michigan rock and 100 wool locally grown So far I have been teaching myself how to hand sew and embroider thanks to the Farmgirl Sisterhood badges that I am earning I am also learning from my step mother who just recently helped me make my Tron Costume which was my very first completed project It turned out great I learned how to read simple patterns and alter them I made a pattern of my own and hand sewn the items So far I feel much more comfortable hand sewing it gives me a feeling of pride that I am able to make something without electronics I like working the old fashioned way MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 04 2012 1 19 30 PM Kelly Peters kelly22 4518 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Shopping Green badge I collected all of the reusuable shopping bags we have and put them in the back of my van Including my favorite one that my friend made for me out of a feed sack I put a reminder sticker by my steering wheel so that I would remember The note helps I remembered on my grocery shopping trip yesterday I also used one when school supply shopping MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 04 2012 1 21 48 PM Brenda Fish brightmeadow 66 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Dyeing for Color badge Today I demonstrated Kool Aid dyeing on a wool sock blank to visitors at the Wolcott Mill Farm Park Metropark s Harvest Festival I included dyeing safety information in the presentation and discussed other types of dyes that can be used on wool or animal fibers I discussed the importance of using separate utensils for dyeing than for cooking and the importance of protecting your clothing and work space from the dye I knit the sock blank on my knitting machine from two strands of yarn so the resulting painted blank will have variegated colors After the blank is dry I will separate the two strands using a ball winder People seemed to be very interested in the demonstration Several told me how much they liked the Kool Aid colors I am doing the same demonstration again tomorrow for the second day of the festival MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 04 2012 1 26 13 PM Colina Washburn rubyleesmom 3408 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a beginner level Horse Dreams badge No need to drive around town to earn this badge as I am blessed to have 4 Quarterhorses of my own My neighbor has Morgans and I am lucky enough to live close to Ocala Florida a thriving horse city I have gotten to interact with other breeds as well such as Arabians Thoroughbreds and Drafts I prefer the Quarterhorses though because they are great for trail riding Horses are a girl s best friend I have found they are great therapy MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 04 2012 1 28 28 PM Sally Lias Sally55 3766 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge Last week I gathered up all my buttons I had stashed here and there I snip buttons off of garments no longer wearable and also keep the garment to reuse the fabric for other projects I ended up with a bowl full of buttons It s nice to have them all in one place ready to reuse for another project MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 04 2012 1 29 45 PM Amy Hickman amydawn 4538 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Buttoned Up badge Most of these buttons were found while we were going through

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    I took a pine needle basketry class It took me 4 hours to complete this very small basket It turned out ok I need a lot of practice Maybe make bigger basket MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 06 2012 12 11 28 PM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Community Service badge I ve been volunteering for many years I started with MOPS a mothers group then B S A volunteering in my children s classroom and I work on the Sandy Historical Society Quilt Show I am now getting involved with the Antfarm WOAPE An organization for the youth ages 14 26 in Sandy OR They provide an art media center tutoring a community garden and soon a juice bar and bakery I was asked to help with a Career Center Where the youth can find a career write resumes cover letters and learn how to Network I have met with the director many times and I will write a proposal so we can have an idea of what it s going to take to get this going I love this organization I think it makes for a stronger community when the community gets involved with their youth MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 10 2012 2 25 11 PM Nancy Witko Annielaurel 2301 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Safe Toys badge I made five bean bags using various color an patterns of cotton fabric I used rice as a filling and painted on the faces of the animals I made a cat pig rabbit and dog I then took the bean bags and donated them to a shelter The patterns I used were really easy to sew I was happy that the shelter was so glad to get them MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 10 2012 2 37 49 PM Nancy Witko Annielaurel 2301 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Safe Toys badge I designed and made this doll for niece who has been very close to her uncle my husband I chose to make him brushing his teeth because that is one of the things she remembers him doing when she spends the night at our house I chose cotton fabrics and some fleece for the shirt I think it turned out quite well My niece was thrilled to get the doll and really laughed especially at the glasses and mustache She said it looked so much like her uncle MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 10 2012 2 38 49 PM Nancy Witko Annielaurel 2301 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Safe Toys badge I made the topsy turvy doll using cotton fabrics I painted the faces with fabric paint and the hair is made of yarn I gave this doll to my next door neighbor little girl The little girl next door is so happy with the doll During the day she has the wide awake side with the red print dress At night she told me she turns it to the sleeping girl with the yellow dress I am very happy that she likes the doll I had a lot of fun making this one MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 12 2012 1 33 37 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Lend a Hand to Farm Families badge My neighbor went to Texas for her job on June 18th I have continued to take care of her dogs and horse daily by feeding watering haying and giving love and attention I did this until August 10th I put in over 25 hours taking care of everything that she needed done at her farm I took her some of my enchilada casserole when she came home so that she did not have to worry about cooking her first night back MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 12 2012 1 41 44 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Aprons badge I made my first full apron over the weekend It was pretty easy to make I am going to make some half and full aprons to give as Christmas gifts this year MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 12 2012 1 42 57 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a beginner level Going Green badge I went through my cabinets and got rid of all the cleaners that are not green I made a pledge that I will only use green cleaners in my house I also started a journal with green ideas This turned out great I am able to clean with out harming anyone or upsetting nature MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 12 2012 1 44 07 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an intermediate level Shopping Green badge I have started cleaning my house with out using toxic cleaners I use Borax as a stain remover I clean my windows with vinegar and water I clean my sink with baking soda and vinegar and clean the cabinet tops with vinegar and water in a spray bottle Going green is so easy and does not have to cost a lot MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 12 2012 1 45 08 PM Deborah

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    17 2012 1 00 32 PM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Make It Easy for earning a beginner level Make It Pretty badge I made a Favorite Things book I ll keep my favorite notes from my husband small drawings from when my children were young post cards from friends some flowers I pressed and more I cut the binding off an old moldy book and punched holes into the front and back cover I made a collage on the front and back covers and then decoupaged it I then added different types of papers and weaved strings and ribbons to holes to bind the book together I added my favorite things to the pages and can add more as I received them I love it and will continue to add things until it s over flowing MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 17 2012 1 27 40 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an expert level Birds badge This morning our local Wild Birds Unlimited store sponsored a birdwalk with Georgann Schmalz an expert birder She was so good that she could tell you which birds were making which sounds in the forest Because there was a front coming in this afternoon we didn t see many of the birds but we sure heard them Many were fall migrants coming through She said it is perfectly legal to count a bird if you only hear it and don t see it Therefore I heard or saw white eyed vireo catbird Canada geese yellow warbler titmouse Carolina wren blue jay bunting field sparrow crow chicadee house finch goldfinch mocking bird brown thrasher Eastern towhee chipping sparrow red shouldered hawk and my favorite of all hummingbirds The picture is from my own front yard MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 17 2012 1 30 00 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a beginner level Nellie Will do badge This project was started last October after I took a dying class at a local yarn shop I purchased some wool yarn from the store and started making some slippers to felt The project got put aside for other things but I finally picked it back up and finished knitting the slippers It took me awhile to figure out how to sew them together but I finally did It took over 25 hours to finish especially if you count how many times I had to wash and dry them in order to get them to felt They still are a little bit big on me but I have dried them with all sorts of things like denim and jackets with metal buckles to agitate them more Since I will probably be wearing them with socks during the winter they should fit me just fine by then MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 17 2012 1 31 12 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an intermediate level Scrapbooking badge When I did the beginner project in scrap booking I learned about acid free paper vellum and lignan and used them in that project This time I used a different tactic for my scrap book Unfortunately I learned the hard way about how pictures degrade as listed in the book Saving Stuff I just got it from the library and read it today That s why I decided to go digital with all of my family photos A picture of my grandmother s family in the early 1900s not only faded but stuck to the glass of the picture frame I was horrified when I tried to take it out of the frame and it tore Thankfully I had made copies of all the old pictures and had given them to both of my siblings When I called my sister to get her to send me the copy so I could re do it she couldn t find it Ditto with my brother One of my women s magazines had a special with Shutterfly where you could get a 20 page book online for free So I took a photocopy I had made of the lost picture I did a genealogy back in 1989 and photocopied everything and put it plus all of the other family photos in a digital scrapbook It actually came out better with more detail that way I put in dates of birth marriages and deaths as well as where everybody was born and where they died I told the story of each photo in relation to me so that the younger set nieces and nephews will have a family history that they hopefully will not lose My sister found the missing picture finally after I had done all of this I put flowers and other embellishments in my copy of it and I will get another one for my brother to give to them as Christmas presents this year I hope that it will become a treasured heirloom for them some day MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 17 2012 1 32 27 PM Barbara Roberts Healthy Eating 2237 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Outstepping badge Last October Brian and I took a Master Naturalist class and within that we took day hikes along the River Walk in Ellijay around the Gilmer County High School complex and on a trail in Blue Ridge GA We had never been to those before and the neat thing was we had experts to tell us all about the flora along the way I grew up camping a lot when I was a kid so I do know

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    them into every store I shop at MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 20 2012 2 47 24 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an intermediate level Horse Dreams badge I chose to research the Percheron horse since my daughter bought one last week I found out that the breed derives its name from a place called Le Perche which is an old province about 50 miles southwest of Paris What was needed in the time was a horse that could trot from 7 to 10 miles per hour and had the endurance to do it day in and day out Cities in France were growing and omnibuses were the public transport of the day Thousands of omnibus horses were called for in Paris and other French cities The job called for a little heavier horse the breeders of the Le Perche altered their local breed enough to do the job At the same time faster and stronger horses were replacing oxen in agriculture and there was a need for draft horses to move large loads from docks and railheads The initial importation s of French stock to the U S was around 1839 The Percheron quickly became America s favorite horse In the 1880 s almost 5 000 stallions and over 2 500 mares were imported to the U S mostly from Le Perche Over 70 of the purebred draft horses in America were Percherons at this time Most of the farmers were still loyal to the horse as the most economical source of farm power and during the great depression the draft horse made a dramatic comeback Corn was cheap and since farmers were broke they couldn t afford to purchase gasoline In 1937 the number of percheron horses reached 4 611 When the war began gasoline became plentiful so the use of drafters declined The low point in Percheron registrations came in 1954 when just 85 head was recorded A handful of people dedicated to the breed were unwilling to relinquish their equine heritage which in turn has kept the Percheron alive They were aided in this by the thousands of Amish farmers throughout the country who stuck with the draft horse as their source of motive power I have found out a lot about the Percheron horse breed My daughters mare Niki is such a gentle horse and definately build for working I checked out The Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp from my local library I also went to the web site I love the pictures of his horses Joe seemed to have such a love of horses He reminded me of how much love horses can give when they trust I enjoyed the book so much that I purchased his book Beginning Ground Work for my daughter as a Christmas gift for this year It was her Percheran horse that I researched the origins on MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 20 2012 2 52 19 PM Linda Van Ausdell vanavista 4347 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an expert level Crochet badge I made a baby blanket for a baby shower I like it And the recipient loved it I m currently teaching 8 young adults how to crochet MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 21 2012 1 10 43 PM Tami Linamen 4029 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a beginner level Greatest Generation badge My husband is the minister of a small church We spend alot of time visiting the shut ins of our church I visit and we sing hymns watch birds talk about flowers and gardens They have watched our kids grow up and they love to talk about them and their grandkids I go to encourage and bless them but when I leave I am the one that feels blessed MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 21 2012 1 13 58 PM Tami Linamen 4029 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an intermediate level Greatest Generation badge Our church celebrated it s 150th anniversary A group of the ladies gathered information old programs pictures etc from the older members of our church We celebrated with a old fashioned ladies tea The older ladies brought in their tea sets silver ones antiques It was fantastic We had finger sandwiches cookies pecan apple and pomigraten salads I handled all the decoration food table setting It was a lot of work but worth it The tea party was a hit MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 21 2012 1 14 57 PM Tami Linamen 4029 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a beginner level Out There Women badge Went on a weekend camp out with a friend and our daughters We packed all supplies on the list and then some My friend loaned me a book on local plants and their uses I made a list and even used it in a program for teens Camping trip was nice The weather beautiful My friend fell and hurt her back so the trip was cut short MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Sep 21 2012 1 16 14 PM Tami Linamen 4029 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning an intermediate level Out There Women badge I have done Girl Scouts for 15 years I have cooked out doors many times over the years Part of our camp during the summer is each group of girls is to cook a complete meal for themselves I train all the leaders how to build fires cook safety and clean up The girls usually invite me to eat lunch they have

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