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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    2013 5 15 38 PM Susan Roby 5505 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Community Service Merit Badge I have begun a Community Service Journal It helps when we need to fill out a monthly report to send to state headquarters The three organizations I considered are Salvation Army St Vincent de Paul and Fish I chose the Salvation Army It is run out of the church I attend and is all volunteer and free I spend eighteen hours per week volunteering My job is to answer the phone and returning messages People regularly cannot pay their utility bills their mortgage payments or rent and cannot afford medication It is my job to grant vouchers for all or part of the money needed There are times when we need to find shelter for homeless people such as with the man who started walking from north of San Francisco and is attempting to walk to Maine and then return to California all in the name of Jesus So many people in our town do not even realize there are homeless people in the area and are glad to help Many people including some who we have helped do bring in donations Some bring in monetary donations all of which is a huge help MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2013 5 21 21 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an Intermediate Level Self Sufficiency Merit Badge Every year I can what I have of left overs of veggies fruits into something good to eat Also easy to use This year I made spaghetti sauce using tomatoes peppers celery onions garlic from the garden There were still more tomatoes so made a batch of tomato soup canned it I also canned mock mincemeat pie filling instead of apple pie filling using green tomatoes apples raisins spices My family loves this I also made sweet pickles dill pickles Well I filled the pantry cleaned up the garden and am ready for busy days that are sure to come our way My husband is always happy to come into the house to the smell of something ready to eat MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2013 5 26 04 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Beginner Level Cheesemaking Merit Badge I ve been making yogurt for 35 years But I have now a new challenge with my allergy to cow s milk So I make it now with soy milk cultures I learned to start with room temp soy milk I still mix it the safe way Then I put the bowl into another bowl that has an old heating pad in it with the setting on low and leaving it overnight It is smooth creamy delicious And since I can eat it love yogurt I m very pleased to make this work for me MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 15 2013 5 30 16 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Grow Where You re Planted Merit Badge I walked around our property collected 5 native plants I then brought them in and pressed them I mounted them onto acid free paper I then looked them up wrote down where I got them how they help the ecosystem I also found a trillium on our woodrow a rare find in this area I took a picture of it am making cards for others to enjoy as well The flowers are black eyed susans Queen Anne s lace purple knapweed butter eggs common cinquefoil It was fun to watch the butterflies bees and moths Knapweed is really something I never thought was important but it is special for them It has lots of pollen for them As for the trillium I am hoping they will come back next year so I can take more pictures MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 19 2013 4 37 36 PM Megan McIntyre 5220 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Intermediate Expert Level Blogging Merit Badge Beginner Level I Read Blogging for Bliss Crafting Your Own Online Journal A Guide for Crafters Artists Creatives of all Kinds by Tara Frey Check Choose your topic Pick something you are passionate about Check Ramblings and Creations coop to craft hive to home Intermediate Level Start your blog Find a blogging host that works for you or host your own Started Sunday September 9 2012 Pick out a name and publish your first post Odds Hens after an exhaustive week of word play next blog idea Ravenous Me Don t forget to add your blog to MaryJanesFarm s GirlGab com Done Expert Level Learn how to add pictures and customize your blog Complete nearly every post My most recent customization is the Book Review Library Publish at least 10 posts along with photos Now up to more than 170 posts and several photo galleries Network Create a blogging circle by visiting other blogs writing comments and leaving your blog s address so they can visit you also Remember building a blog and finding readers takes time Be patient and have fun Started but will never complete I also attended a local blogger s summer camp so I didn t get so lost in the virtual nature of blogging I have loved the experience of blogging Learning about myself being a better person tapping into my skills and entertaining people I plan to keep on blogging and gaining followers and traffic Where this will take me No body knows but if this became a bigger part of my life than it already is that is ok with me I keep reading articles about SEO and other blog management topics Have employed some of them and seen results My first guest blog opportunity is coming up in the next several months MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 19 2013 4 45 13 PM Sylvia Jacobus CissiK 5389 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Blogging Merit Badge I read the book Blogging for Bliss Thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the gorgeous blogs featured some of which I have found and subscribed to This badge requirements have forced me to single out a purpose I realized I love to share what I make either in the kitchen with a sewing machine or a needle I love to make things So the cameras have come out of hiding and I ll be more concerned with the message I m putting out there I will pay more attention to showing what I make and how to do it MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 19 2013 4 45 45 PM Sylvia Jacobus CissiK 5389 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an Intermediate Level Blogging Merit Badge My blog is vintagehousegoods blogspot com I have added it to my signature and your blog list I have received a lot of hits and I m so happy to see them I will be adding more photos and more how tos in the near future Life keeps getting in the way of all the fun Though I ve had a blog for awhile it truly didn t have much of a purpose I now want to share what I make and its process MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 19 2013 4 53 26 PM Susan Roby 5055 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Languages Culture Merit Badge I chose the Spanish language and culture to learn about because there are several Spanish speaking children in the school system where I am a substitute and former full time teacher I took some Spanish language language lessons and then tried speaking with some of the Spanish speaking students Since most of them were using street Spanish it took some time for me to understand what we were talking about Also when I was teaching full time the classes celebrated the Spanish New Year what fun The Spanish speaking students laugh at my efforts some of the time but they do help me out unless they don t want me to know what they are saying MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 21 2013 4 10 54 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Horse Dreams Merit Badge I am very blessed to volunteer at our Bible camp 75 miles away This camp has a wrangler program This summer I was able to go on the Pack n Trail with some of the horses girls I got to meet the horses even help with them over the week My favorite was Shadow who is part quarter horse standard bred He was so lovable easy to be around I really liked the way he was easy to care for I was happy to be there to help even though I was there as the nurse I ended up helping the girls with some grooming feeding watering I learned that horses though beautiful are a lot of work MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 21 2013 4 13 05 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Intermediate Level Horse Dreams Merit Badge I bought the book Horses for Dummies to get a general idea of horses Then I did some more research on the Standard bred horse because of Shadow from camp I also read checked out The Soul of a Horse The Standard bred have a natural ability to move at great speeds without galloping Some are trotters and some are pacers and some can gallop It is closely related to the Thoroughbred The Standard bred is more muscular They have rather large heads and powerful thighs They are usually measure around 15 to 16 hands In The Soul of a Horse I felt my own soul lift ride I loved the website MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 21 2013 4 17 41 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Intermediate Level Herbs Merit Badge I ve had an herb garden for a few years now In it I have chives oregano mint and lavender I used them fresh then dried them for use all winter I also potted a sage plant brought it indoors for fresh winter use on pork venison dishes The herbs needed some cleaning out which I did this spring I gave diggings to friends that wanted them They grew much better this year I love to walk by the garden which is along the east side of the house to smell their freshness I planted the lavender under our bedroom window so I can smell it every day Oh how happy that makes me I also made lavender massage oil to use MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 21 2013 4 22 55 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a Beginner Level Glamping Merit Badge I started out by finding all sorts of things for glamping in my home I found a basket to put some tea things into for traveling doilies small table Then I went to an auction where I purchased more doilies tea kettle dishes Then I went on the Pack n Trail as the nurse with our wranglers from Bible camp for a week of roughing it in a tent While there I decorated for comfort I posted on FARMGIRL CONNECTION some info pictures I really have always loved to camp Adding the glamp to camping is an added luxury that is fun great MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 21 2013 4 30 44 PM Terry Steinmetz teryouth 3600 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning an Intermediate Level Glamping Merit Badge I read Glamping with MaryJane as soon as my copy came What are dreams made of glampers glamping I invited my grandgirls to an overnight stay in my glamper that is parked on the back part of our property We dressed up had a tea party blew bubbles went for a nature walk and enjoyed the day and night I made cucumber sandwiches carrots celery sticks berries chocolate cake for dessert Our tea was Arnold Palmer tea half iced tea with half lemonade I gave them each a recipe card to take home to IN The tea party was a great success We all love to dress up have some fun The grandgirls even dressed their dolls brought them to the party I love to watch their eyes as they checkout the whole thing Their love of the outdoors is refreshing for me to watch in them We spent the night in the glamper with a thunderstorm The youngest one is 5 and all she asked was Is it safe to be in here Moosey When I told her yes she promptly rolled to her other side went back to sleep until the morning I am so glad that I could share my love of glamping with the girls They still talk about it with me MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 21 2013 4 37 17 PM Megan McIntyre 5220 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Backyard Farmer Merit Badge I have raised hens in my Seattle backyard for 4 years currently mother hen to 7 chickens and raised 4 chicks this year The breeds I have range all over Copper Mara Autralorp Silkie Americana Wyandotte etc and eggs are shades of brown blue or green My hens get lots of our kitchen scraps cabbage fruit from our trees and organic layer pellets I couldn t be happier We haven t bought eggs in a long time and I take every opportunity to educate people about urban chickens why they should buy fresh eggs why owning chickens isn t hard They are a gate way animal leading me to bees and now dreams of mini pony goats rabbits oh my MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Nov 21 2013 4 44 34 PM Megan McIntyre 5220 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Intermediate Level Quilting Merit Badge Beginner Level 1 If you don t know how to quilt learn Have been quilting since I was a teenager 2 Pick a simple pattern like a doll sized quilt that will help you learn the basics even just sewing squares together Check I still love simple designs despite more advanced skill level 3 Learn how to add a backing and batting and do simple quilting stitches to hold everything in place Check I am able to quilt on my home machine pretty swiftly and have played around with hand quilting and quilt tying 3 Finish your quilting project There is a three hour minimum time investment required Yup Did this will always have WIP PHDs etc but my pile of completed projects is pretty high Intermediate Level 1 Continue on your quilting journey but step up the pace by picking a harder project this time Try new patterns that tax your sewing ability and push you to new limits Yup pinwheels suffolk puffs paperpiecing and about 30 squares by hand out of the Farmers Wife book 2 Start and finish a new quilting project of intermediate status There is a 20 hour minimum time investment required Check Quilt in the company of a friend for a total of five hours I have the honor of being part of a local quilting knitting group that comes with at least annual quilting get aways I also have a dear girlfriend that likes to spend some cozy winter afternoons sewing I also sew with my mother when we are home over the holidays I am always

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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    5 herbs medicinal as I am interested in trying to use more herbal remedies and learn to make them myself I made a lavender essential oil for use in soap elderberry tea for immune boosting Balm of Gilead salve for skin irritations Spearmint for tea for stomach upsets and collected milk thistle seed pods It is interesting to learn new methods of using familiar herbs and some that I have not used before MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 10 2013 5 03 42 PM Janelle Komorowski ShabinLife 5546 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Buttoned Up Merit Badge I inherited some old buttons from my mother in law added to them by purchasing a small bag of buttons and have been collecting buttons off numerous wool garments I have purchased from the thrift shop for re purposing I love buttons and am eager to find creative ways to use them MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 10 2013 5 10 26 PM Janelle Komorowski ShabinLife 5546 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Sew Wonderful Merit Badge I inherited an old sewing box from my mother in law s estate I have added a few items to it but enjoy using these things that belonged to her I have never been a seamstress but have several in my family and want to learn to be able to make clothing and other useful items MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 12 2013 4 06 39 PM Casey Comstock 5366 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Sew Wonderful Merit Badge I inherited some sewing supplies from my grandmother including an older model Kenmore I went shopping over the weekend to complete my kit I have pins needles a few different types of scissors quilting grids a tape measure a stitch ripper and a few other odds and ends I am excited to get started MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 12 2013 4 16 48 PM Casey Comstock 5366 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an Intermediate Level Sew Wonderful Merit Badge I practiced using my sewing machine I learned how to thread it and how to wind the bobbin I practiced stitching by hand I am really having fun learning and I feel a connection to my grandmother She was a fantastic seamstress MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 12 2013 4 42 06 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Expert Level Water Conservation Merit Badge I calculated the household usage for our household for one month I continued with the goal in mind to decrease the usage by at least 10 Since becoming more aware of usage we lowered our household usage by 13 which I am very happy to report I hope to continue saving water usage and money MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 12 2013 4 46 24 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Expert Level Recycling Merit Badge I have been recycling for the past 2 months and re purposing items as well I have my family helping to recycle too in addition to setting aside items for compost MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 12 2013 4 57 40 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an Intermediate Level Unprocessed Kitchen Merit Badge We try not to purchase snack items which in turn leads to my honey snacking on things like English Muffins and Tortillas I found a wonderful recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Muffins that he just loves and tried my hand at making my own tortillas with great success MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 18 2013 4 35 09 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an Expert Level Recipes Merit Badge I love to cook and bake so this badge was right up my alley After compiling all of our heirloom and new recipes we re created some favorite recipes for Thanksgiving My mother is of French Canadian descent and has always made a Dressing recipe which was my Grandmothers It contains ground beef potatoes onion cinnamon and clove It brought back many memories of past Thanksgiving when my Grandparents would come and visit Thank you for helping me to re connect with my roots MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 18 2013 4 37 43 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an Intermediate Level Bustin Out Merit Badge I have tried a new organic

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  • MaryJanesFarm Farmgirl Connection - Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badge Awardees
    Spirit Merit Badge A new single mama and her two young kiddos moved into our neighborhood Her daughter is close to my daughter s age so I ve been inviting her over for play dates I baked them cookies and made a list of local emergency numbers to keep on her fridge She was surprised and tickled by the gesture MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 1 47 09 PM Emily Rose Yost emilyrosebud 5070 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Expert Level Herbs Merit Badge This year I grew some new kinds of herbs I grew one that I d never tried before coleus I also grew cinnamon basil and eucalyptus I dried them at the end of the season and used the cinnamon basil in my tea Wet and or cold eucalyptus leaves feel great on tired eyes I packaged some lavender and also some eucalyptus as sachets for a friend My friend says she is going to use her lavender sachet in her car because it smells so great MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 2 02 45 PM Rose Poole 5393 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Homespun Christmas Merit Badge I embroidered mittens to hold candy canes out of felt the roping I took jute and tied bows along it I made my angel with burlap and egg shape ball and sticks for her wings I think it turned out perfect MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 2 18 34 PM Yavonne Tudisco pokey220 5243 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Sew Wonderful Merit Badge I was pleasantly surprised when I began putting together a beginners sewing kit It seemed as if I have been wanting to learn how to sew for quite sometime now by the look of a disheveled small wicker basket bursting with sewing items in it and a brand new sewing machine that was still in the box after a couple of years I began taking everything out of the wicker basket and lo and behold I had everything I needed for this merit badge excluding a homemade pin keeper All the sewing items could not be kept in the wicker basket so I took an old craft box I had and turned into an organized sewing kit To make my pin keeper I used and old small jewelry bag stuffed it with cotton balls and zipped it up I am so pleased with the outcome Having an organized sewing kit puts a smile on my face I have everything I need in one spot and I m ready to learn how to sew MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 2 26 09 PM Yavonne Tudisco pokey220 5243 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Gaining Ground Merit Badge When my husband and I moved into our new home one of the first things I did was start a compost heap I chose a spot next to the fence and close to my future garden For over 2 years I have been putting my bucket of kitchen scraps veggie egg shells and coffee grinds along with the landscapers grass clippings and dried leaves into the compost heap This past year I realized the roots of the Palm trees like the compost heap so much I built a compost bin I have never calculated how much compost dirt I ve collected and used but I have enjoyed using this rich dirt in the garden beds and seeing more worms in the soil The first time I saw and heard about vermicomposting was in NYC 1995 I went to a client s apartment and she showed me her small handmade plastic worm bin I was fascinated how neat to throw a banana peel into the bin and eventually it would end up being worm castings I was hooked and wanted a worm bin ever since That dream came true last August I bought a three tray worm bin and started off with 100 worms Since then I have added 200 more worms and in total have harvested 15 20 gallons of worm castings I feed the worms with eggshells and coffee grinds I collect from Mother Earth Café and veggie pulp from the local juice bar I just finished reading Amy Stewart s book The Earth Moved I sure am glad it was a suggested reading because I felt as if I met a kindred spirit Like Amy I care for my worms as if they are apart of my family I check on them daily I feed them I make sure their home is comfortable and even moved them inside for the summer because of the heat I have since discovered hopefully a remedy to help cool them off next summer by freezing water bottles and putting them in the bin Reading The Earth Moved also helped answer a few questions I had Like what are those microscopic white dots that seem to move I thought they might be little worms but no they are Springtails I questioned the timing of rotating my trays or why are the worms going to the bottom of the bin or why they sometimes crawled to the top I found all my answers in Amy s book In South Florida where I live we have been having a major problem with spiraling white fly not to mention other bug invaders However these spiraling white flies eat everything in sight At first they were identified on Ficus trees but I found out they have no mercy and attack pretty much every living plant including my huge Traveling Palms My personal belief they are mutated bugs from the years of depleted soil from fertilizer and pest sprays Every 2 weeks I d get out a 6ft ladder to spray organic solutions soaps and other concoctions At one point I broke down and used chemicals Nothing was working My trees were black dying and still infested One day I was reading about worm tea and the article stated it was good for getting rid of the white fly I was so excited because I dislike using chemicals at the core of my being and not to mention the labor involved Immediately I made my first batch and was absolutely amazed by the results Within a week after spraying worm tea not even spraying the entire tree because they are quite large my palm trees came back to life healthier then ever The black was gone no infestation and they are green and healthy I only wish I would have taken a before picture of the dying palms all black and lifeless to have visual proof of the life giving power of worm tea I can also say the application lasted over 8 months WOW MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 2 29 28 PM Yavonne Tudisco pokey220 5243 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a Beginner Level Shopping Green Merit Badge I ve collected six plus reusable bags for shopping I keep the 6 shopping bags in my car and a few extras in the house I ve been using them for quite sometime however I find myself more committed to using them since being reminded by earning this badge MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 2 35 27 PM Yavonne Tudisco pokey220 5243 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level In the Garden Merit Badge I earned this merit badge by creating garden trellis out of poles and string to help keep up right my eggplants and green peppers Also I created a bean teepee by using 3 8ft strips of wood I am so happy with the outcome of both projects Last year I planted pole beans for the first time and realized the trellis I used was not at all tall enough Nor did I create the proper wire trellis for the eggplants and bell peppers This year my beans look happy and the other veggies seem to be doing well MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 2 43 19 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an Intermediate Level Origami Merit Badge I learned how to fold three different shapes 3 different flowers and three different animals They are interspersed with the other miscellany on my inspiration shelf My daughter folded all the flowers a couple of the shapes and a couple of the animals with me It was a lot of fun We are bother looking forward to doing the next level and creating a piece using multiple sheets of paper A star for the Christmas tree would be lovely MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 2 52 19 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Homespun Christmas Merit Badge I made at least 25 of the ornaments on our tree and I made at least 25 of the presents I am giving away for Christmas I gathered together a good many of the wooden spools I have saved over the years and painted the edges silver or gold I then wrapper pretty paper around their middles and used wire to attach beads to them Partway through my daughter caught me having fun and joined in to help Pictured are a few of the ornaments we made As for the gifts every January I make a list of family members and what I want to get them for Christmas then spend the year finding or making the items This year I chose to make nearly half of all the gifts I have gained a great deal of pleasure from doing this and only have 2 gifts left to complete before Christmas Keep your fingers crossed MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 2 59 13 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an Expert Level Recipes Merit Badge I hosted Christmas Dinner using my family recipes a lot of them I made apple pie and cherry pie a dozen different kinds of cookies butternut squash zucchini a volunteer from the compost pile sweet potatoes ham locally sourced deviled eggs from our own chickens and tons of other food We ate from my grandmother s china using my great grandmother s silver The picture is all the leftovers that remain Some were family recipes some were new and some I made up along the way We had a great time lots of laughter and great food The first family recipe I made was when I lived in Germany in 1985 I called my mother collect from Germany to get the recipe for stuffing I then made Thanksgiving dinner for myself and the other single soldiers I worked with The story gets told every year and never gets old Family recipes are an important family connection especially when there is distance between family members MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 3 02 21 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Intermediate Level Horse Dreams Merit Badge I read the book The Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp and checked out his web site and did some research on the Mustang breed His book told me a few things about animals in general that I had already discovered but more importantly many things about prey animals that I had not found out I also discovered that Mustang ultimately means stray or feral animal rather than being a particular breed Mustangs are as mutt as the American people are in terms of having a diverse genetic background The Appaloosa breed came of the this collection of genetics developed by the tribe most considered master horse breeders the Nez Perce I have loved animals since I was a child and still have a love affair with them especially horses Having my feelings confirmed about animals was gratifying I found the differences between the needs of the predator and the prey to be significant and telling I will be more conscious in using this information to develop my relationships with the already in my life and those yet to come MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 3 09 49 PM Lynne Parmenter 5089 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Quilling Merit Badge I earned my merit badge by making quilled Christmas ornaments I started with the sheep Shapes for this are a tight circle loose circle teardrop triangle bunny ear and a holly leaf The materials were listed as a corsage pin round toothpick or a quilling tool I did not buy a quilling tool The store was out when I purchased the quilling paper so I used a round toothpick I enjoyed making it so much I continued with my own creations I made candy canes wreaths and trees I made so many that I inserted one into Christmas cards for my local friends and neighbors who I hand delivered their cards I think they turned out great I did receive a lot of compliments and some even suggested I make them to sell As I mentioned above I enjoyed learning how to quill MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 3 13 20 PM ne Parmenter 5089 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Entrepreneurial Spirit Merit Badge I prepared my business plan for a flower shop I actually went to trade school in Boston Massachusetts for floral design and a business degree for a flower shop This was a dream of mine I worked in a flower shop for 8 years When the supermarkets started selling flowers and even doing weddings and sympathy it really hurt the little guys business Couldn t compete with the cheaper prices Supermarkets could purchase in a large quantity so they got a better price When business slowed down I then became a Realtor MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 3 16 58 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an Expert Level Origami Merit Badge I spent an hour and 7 pieces of origami paper folding and assembling a kaleidoscope After I got it put together and turned it a couple of times I realized only 6 colors were showing I took it apart and put it back together and now have 7 colors showing It looks really nice did not take many folds but was rather difficult to assemble Tomorrow I will show my daughter how to make shirts pants and skirts They have got to be a little easier and we can use them in place of bows on the Christmas presents MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 3 28 54 PM Shari Doty sharikrsna 607 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Quilting Merit Badge I made four themed dish drainer quilts for a friend of my mom Had to go on ebay to find the special fabrics she requested the rest was easy just followed MaryJane s instructions They turned out beautiful and the lady was thrilled MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Dec 28 2013 3 31 38 PM Shari Doty sharikrsna 607 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a Beginner Level Glamping 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    of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Beginner Level Get it Together Merit Badge I love organizing so this was a great way to start I went through our storage containers and separated the extra lids from the rest that had matching lids Since I do this about once a year there were only 2 lids without partners I know they are being used for different purposes right now so I set them aside for a few days to decide if I still want them to be food storage lids containers I had so much fun doing this that I went directly into the Intermediate badge work Love it MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 17 2014 4 29 39 PM Dena Corry dena91 5620 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an Intermediate Level Get it Together Merit Badge After I finished the Beginner task I went right onto the Intermediate work I went through every cupboard in our kitchen plus the china cabinet and got rid of everything I don t use anymore I put them in a bag and plan to donate them to our homeschool group free cycle table in January I ve been collecting kitchen tools for many years now so I have most things I need However I store my Dutch oven and sprouting supplies in our camper I made a commitment to get them out of storage and begin using them again in the new year I love the changes I made in my storage and china cabinets I used to store our pretty wedding china in the underneath cupboards and only saw them once a year Now I moved them to the upper glass cabinets and see them every day Also everything I use daily weekly fits easily in my cupboards and looks comfortable not crammed I also organized things by theme baking supplies over the fridge storage containers above the counter etc I m planning on getting my sprouter and dutch oven back in the kitchen this week The only other thing I would like to add is a dehydrator I looked up MaryJane s suggestion at www dryit com and I ll have to save up for even the counter model maybe this spring It s definitely on my wishlist MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 17 2014 4 33 15 PM Amanda Mathis Andi 5199 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a Beginner Level Recycling Merit Badge I researched my local soils waste website and got a list of items I they accept at the local landfill I did learn about a few new things to recycle I have printed a list of what can be recycled and hung it up I have started to collect a few things to bring in for recycling MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 17 2014 4 38 23 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Make it Easy for earning a Beginner Level Build it Green Merit Badge I wanted a way to show off pictures of my grandchildren So I decided to use an old window to put their pictures in I painted the window black first I then crackle painted Tuscan red on top I put burlap material behind each picture to fill in the empty area behind each picture It turned out great Now I just need to finish getting my pictures in it MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 17 2014 4 41 28 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Make it Easy for earning a Beginner Level Carp hen try Merit Badge I started this project by reading the book Dare to Repair by Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas tenet I then painted my bathroom cabinets I used a black base coat and a Tuscan red top coat to crackle I love the new look of my bathroom MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 17 2014 4 44 48 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Intermediate Level Going Green Merit Badge The Simple Times Farm girl Club meet on October 25 2013 and made powdered laundry soap We then made bar hand soap during our December 25th meeting We shared all our cleaning recipes during this time also It was a lot of fun making the soaps during our meeting The soap turned out really good MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 17 2014 4 47 46 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an Expert Level Greatest Generation Merit Badge My husband and I went on a trip to Germany this past year to see my son daughter in law and 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    reusable shopping bags earlier this year but just recently rounded out my collection with two new tote bags I got from my girlfriend who has a 31 Gifts business I love them and use them when I go to the store My favorite two are black and have slow food and real food embroidered on them in lime green People ask me about them all the time MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 4 44 15 PM Deborah Meyer dmeyer 4099 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Intermediate Level Recipes Merit Badge I made up recipe boxes for Christmas for my 5 daughters and daughter in law I put recipes in each box that I have always used along with some newer recipes I typed the recipes out on my computer and them put them on recipe cards I then laminated each card so that they could be wiped off easily and would last years The girls all loved the recipes and boxes My daughter in law loved the recipes She was born in Czech Republic and my son and her live in Germany She can t wait to make some of them for my son so that he can have a taste of home MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 4 49 49 PM Shelly Schrader ShellyS 5481 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Aprons Merit Badge I made this half apron from Sew Simple Simplicity pattern A2011 It turned out alright I use it to collect eggs MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 4 51 50 PM Shelly Schrader ShellyS 5481 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an Intermediate Level Aprons Merit Badge I like the way it turned out although I still need some practice I wear it every time I m in the kitchen MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 4 57 51 PM Shelly Schrader ShellyS 5481 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a Beginner Level Going Green Merit Badge I made a gift basket for my Aunt It had homemade Laundry detergent dry and liquid and homemade peppermint and cinnamon soaps and some homemade bath salts It turned out very nice and my Aunt loved it asked how she could make her own MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 5 00 08 PM Shelly Schrader ShellyS 5481 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Intermediate Level Going Green Merit Badge I made laundry detergent soaps and homemade cleaners Just plain vinegar works great I shared my recipes with my farm girl sisters I love making my own laundry detergent i won t buy it from the store again The soap turned out great I ve been using homemade cleaners for years MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 5 05 40 PM Elizabeth Crick Madinet85 4915 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an Intermediate Level Aprons Merit Badge I spent approx 6 hours sewing myself a full apron I made a smock type apron to keep myself clean during cooking I didn t use any ruffles but I did my first dart and buttonhole on this project It turned out great I ve worn it twice already and it definitely keeps the flour and dirt at bay during my cooking sprees MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 5 19 06 PM Melissa Osborn 406 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning up for earning a Beginner Level Shopping Green Merit Badge I have accumulated at least 20 reusable shopping bags and all for free I keep them in the trunk of my car and use them when I go to the grocery It was hard to remember to bring them into the grocery with me at first but it has now become a habit I will now even use my bags when I go in most stores not just the grocery I have accumulated so many I will give gifts in them and encourage the recipient to reuse it MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 5 21 28 PM Melissa Osborn 406 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning up for earning an Intermediate Level Shopping Green Merit Badge I found a great recipe for making my own all purpose cleaner and have been using it for at least six months Recipe 2 cups hot water dissolve 2 Tbs Borax in the hot water add 1 4 c vinegar 1 2 c castile soap and 40 drops of essential oil Place in a labeled spray bottle This does a great job of cleaning and I can change the scents if desired I do not have to worry about any chemicals that may harm my cats MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 5 24 14 PM Melissa Osborn 406 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning up for earning a Beginner Level Recycling Merit Badge I searched my area for types of recycling available Fortunately just down the road from my home is a high school that has a community recycling area I can take all of my papers cardboard and plastics there We also recycle aluminum cans but we do take those to a facility that pays for them The recycling seemed hard to get used to at first but has now become a natural process I helped get recycle bins at my workplace as well and this has been well received MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 23 2014 5 27 07 PM Melissa Osborn 406 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning up for earning an Intermediate Level Recycling Merit Badge I have been recycling paper cardboard and some plastics for awhile My trash company now offers curbside recycling and accepts plastics with bases wider than the mouths and glass so have increased my recycling Last week I only had 1 bag of trash for pick up In better weather I sometimes burn some trash and add coffee grinds vegetable clippings and egg shells to my compost pile I have found a new love for recycling and re purposing I have set a goal for myself to get my actual trash down to 1 bag a month MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 29 2014 7 06 33 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an Expert Level Aprons Merit Badge Made 2 aprons loaded with flowers burlap and denim for the purpose of toting gardening tools and supplies One of them is to be an Easter present for my daughter along with a trip to the nursery to get flowers for her barrel I put mine on and went to the grocery store My family gets grumbly when I don t feed them regularly can t they see I m stitching The fabric from my apron came from a jumper I found at a garage sale I got it for the pansy fabric and striped denim I got at Goodwill My daughter s apron was made from a tired bed sheet and a old sample from an upholstery shop They had to have tool loops for carrying our garden tools pockets big enough for seed packets and note pads mine had to have a pocket big enough for my garden plan and a pencil pen pocket Add ruffles and bows and you have a pair of rugged aprons that look like they just sprouted out of the flower beds They were both a lot of fun to make MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 29 2014 7 12 53 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an Intermediate Level Families Forever Merit Badge I tracked my TV time for a week New Year s week and found I watched 19 hours worth of television Of those hours 11 5 were spent on movies and 7 5 on broadcast shows 9 25 hours were spent stitching 4 75 eating and 5 just watching Any movies not kid friendly were not watched during the time they were there and awake Eating in front of the TV is a bad habit and should be stopped The 5 hours I just watched were spent seeing a new movie with the kids and ringing in the new year I might try this again when we do not have a holiday Of all the members in our house I watch the average amount my daughter watches a lot less and my partner watches a lot more football hockey auto racing We saw a show on the spice vanilla Vanilla is native to Mexico where a very tiny bee that pollinates the plant exists When a young black boy figured out how to pollinate the plant by hand vanilla production began in other parts of the world Vanilla production is dropping off in Mexico because there is not as much demand for the product Personally I will look for vanilla produced in Mexico so as to no only get a very high quality product but also support native agriculture Very interesting and informative show For New Year s Eve we watched 80 s movies then rang in the new year with our local channel Wonderful fireworks show We are working to watch less television already got rid of paid television and use only an antenna now and be more selective in the shows we watch MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 29 2014 7 16 53 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning an Intermediate Level Know Your Food Merit Badge We have increased our organic intake so that nearly everything we buy is organic or local I have eliminated High Fructose Corn Syrup from all my shelves and monitor all products especially baked goods before buying so that none returns to the house I have found the phone numbers of the local CSA s and get my honey from one of them I hope to start with another one this upcoming season for local grass fed meat Finally I replaced our desserts with fresh fruit for almost 2 weeks now I also read Omnivore s Dilemma by Michael Pollan as I already owned the book and had it in my planned reading stack WOW Eliminating the HFCS was easy especially since most organic products don t use it Going more organic is a little more difficult as it is not always easy to find everything I usually use in cooking especially spices Going to fruit for dessert was wonderful but all that fiber that our bodies were suddenly getting need I say more We are making changes to our diet and as a result enjoying the food we eat a lot more I hope to eventually be off most of the supplements as well as better food means better nutrition for me and my family I will save so much financially and health wise in the long run MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 29 2014 7 26 18 PM Corri Riebow pariscreekfarmgirl 5663 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Birds Merit Badge I have always loved watching birds and other wildlife For the beginner level Birds merit badge I researched the birds in my area Right now we are experiencing a hard winter and I was especially interested in learning how the birds that stay over winter in Michigan survive the cold temps I also made my Wish List of birds I d like to observe I learned some interesting facts about how birds keep warm during the winter Some things were obvious like filling your feeders so they can find food But some things were new to me such as the fact that chickadees shiver to keep warm not the same way humans do but more of an internal shiver Here is my list of birds I would like to observe this year 1 Great Horned Owl 2 Eastern Screech Owl 3 Barred Owl 4 Pileated Woodpecker 5 Bald Eagle 6 Red Tailed Hawk 7 Belted Kingfisher 8 Ruby Throated Hummingbird 9 Cedar Waxwing 10 Indigo Bunting 11 Scarlet Tanager 12 Nothern Cardinal 13 Black capped Chickadee 14 Baltimore Oriole 15 Great Blue Heron 16 Ring necked Pheasant 17 Northern Flicker 18 Mallard 19 Canada Goose 20 Common Raven I ve also included a photo of a male Cardinal visiting one of my feeders MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 29 2014 7 31 50 PM Sonja Gasper opengatefarm 5671 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Crochet Merit Badge My grandmother taught me how to chain and do the single and double crochet stitches when I was just old enough to manage a hook We have a great yarn shop here in town called The Black Purl and the owner helped me get started again with some beautiful yarn by Ella Rae I used a 5 5 mm hook and retaught myself the single stitch working especially on consistent tension making an infinity scarf It is 60 around and 6 wide and took me about 8 hours total to do It curled so I also had to learn how to block a project as well I wore it for an hour and then popped it in the mail to a friend who is in Texas that is not used to the cold as a surprise I have already started a new one for myself checking the internet for more things to learn and have added on double basket and grit stitches as more of a sampler scarf but in the same color It is going much faster this time MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 29 2014 7 39 28 PM Marti Wynne Smarti 5654 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a Beginner Level Shopping Green Merit Badge I collected six green bags that refelect my personality and they are in my vehicle where I can use them They are great They are now at my fingertips MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 29 2014 7 46 23 PM Lynne Parmenter 5089 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Knitting Merit Badge My Sister In Law taught me to knit a basic stitch to make a scarf She suggested that I use wooden needles to begin with The yard doesn t slip with these needles I did use wooden needles size 5 5m It took me almost a year and a half to complete it This year I do want to finish all my projects that I have started Well Let me just say I added the fringe to hide a mistake It came out ok There is no holes which I was told that was good because that meant I didn t miss a stitch I forgot to count my stitches at the beginning so at one end of the scarf the edges have curves I was also told that my stitch is very tight and because of this my scarf is thick That s ok though we have had a few days and nights below 0 degrees here in New Hamshire and the scarf is warm Yes I have used it and will continue to do so MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow

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    Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 02 40 PM Emily Race Simply Satisfied 3591 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning an Intermediate Level Going Green Merit Badge I started making my own laundry detergent about a year ago I love it We use so much less and our clothes don t have that detergent smell I made liquid soap last month and have switched over to it almost exclusively I don t really use bar soap at all so I haven t tried making bar soap I also have enjoyed my all purpose cleaner floor cleaner and window cleaner The laundry soap and window cleaner are my favorites I have always struggled to avoid streaks on my windows and I have a much easier time of avoiding them with the homemade recipe I have I love knowing we have less of those harsh chemicals in our house for us to touch and breath in I have compared recipes with a few ladies and have converted one woman to my laundry soap MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 07 51 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Farmgirl Gratitude Merit Badge Writing a Gratitude Journal or Joy Journal is something that is not new to me I am appreciative of even what may seem like the smallest of blessings I enjoyed keeping this journal and the challenge of writing a new gratitude each day I also read The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha I really enjoyed reading it There are so many things that we tend to take for granted Things like finding out that an item you are purchasing at the store was on sale to a good mail day MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 13 14 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an Intermediate Level Farmgirl Grammar Merit Badge I try my best to use proper spelling and grammar in my post and have been making an even more conscious effort creating either 10 posts or replies to posts on the Farmgirl Chatroom I continued discovering new words daily for an additional two weeks and have really enjoyed learning more I read the book Woe Is I The Grammarphobe s Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T O Connor I thoroughly enjoyed this book It is now on my wish list for my library It was a good refresher course MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 16 46 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Intermediate Level What s Your Beef Merit Badge I read the book BEEF The Untold Story of How Milk Meat and Muscle Shaped the World by Andrew Rimas and Evan D G Fraser It was an interesting read I enjoyed the Culinary Interlude sections of the book too For the past few years we have been purchasing beef from local ranchers through a respectable processor in our area It is amazing the difference in taste compared to regular store bought meat We can even tell the variation of the taste of the beef between the different ranchers and how they feed their cattle In fact we just had a delicious Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak last evening for dinner MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 23 10 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Horse Dreams Merit Badge I am so thankful to be living in the country I grew up in the suburbs then moved to the city and for the last 10 years have been living in a rural area and would not change it for the world I have had many opportunities to see a vast amount of horses in our county I have been able to recognize Paints Palominos Arabians Friesans QuarterHorses and more A neighbor introduced us to his horses and I fell in love with Judge He is an Arabian that is a Flaxen Sorrel just beautiful I had a not so pleasant experience in my youth the first and only time I ever rode a horse and have shied away since then Through our neighbor I was able to overcome that fear and appreciate the horses for their gentleness and beauty as well as respecting their strength MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 32 27 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Intermediate Level Horse Dreams Merit Badge I researched Arabian horse While looking at different horses in our community I gravitated toward them I discovered that the Arabian horses originated on the Arabian Peninsula and were so prized by the nomadic Bedouin people that the horses were brought in to a family tent for shelter to protect them from theft This resulted in a cooperative relationship from the horse and it s willingness to please The Bedouins bred the Arabians as war mounts to enter enemy camps Historical figures like Genghis Khan Napoleon Alexander The Great and George Washington rode Arabians The characteristics of Arabians include Incredible energy intelligence gentle disposition and athletic talent Their physical traits include finely chiseled bone structure concave profile arched neck comparatively level croup high carried tail I read the book The Soul of a Horse by Joe Camp and loved it I learned so much about the proper care and training of horses The only negative thing about the book was that it left me wanting horses I also checked out Joe Camp s website MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 34 02 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Expert Level Horse Dreams Merit Badge I researched horse rescues in our area online and it what ways they help horses I was able to help out a neighbor for a few months caring for his horses I learned feeding watering cleaning and mucking stalls and grooming I also learned what types of things to be aware of concerning the horses It was a lot of fun I only wish that I had read Joe Camp s book first Unfortunately the closest horse rescues in our area are at least 2 hours away something that we cannot do at this time I wish that they were closer so I could physically help One horse rescue in our area accepts financial donations and is involved with Good Search search engine so I am able to help out a little bit financially hopefully more in the future MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 38 13 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Make it Easy for earning a Beginner Level Grease Chicks Merit Badge I am familiar with checking oil levels coolant level brake fluid power steering fluid transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid I also know how to check air pressure in my tires and fill as needed I have kept a mileage record In our GMC Diesel pick up the average miles per gallon is 17 20 mpg on the highway Thank you for this merit badge It is a good reminder and teacher of being able to take care of one s own vehicle MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 40 22 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Make it Easy for earning an Intermediate Level Grease Chicks Merit Badge I completed my first oil change My husband guided me step by step on what to do Thankfully I didn t get too dirty I am grateful to now know how to do this on my own I feel that this is a great accomplishment Oh and my honey was very gracious in taking my picture not MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 41 46 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Make it Easy for earning an Expert Level Grease Chicks Merit Badge In addition to changing the oil in our truck I also challenged myself in replacing spark plugs replacing spark plug wires and changing the engine coolant Next on the list tire changing Thank you again for the motivation to learn to do these things MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 4 53 42 PM Sharon Demers Calicogirl 5392 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Homespun Christmas Merit Badge At least 25 percent of our ornaments were homemade Our gifts for this Christmas were mostly handmade with only a couple of items purchased Some of the items gifted were Homemade Jams Jellies and Salsas Handcrafted Soaps Toasted Coconut Marshmallows Chipotle Caramels Earrings Lambs made from wool roving Pens made from turned elk antler sheds I much prefer giving and receiving handmade items to store bought and enjoy the challenge of being creative with our gift giving ideas I look forward to working on the Intermediate and Expert levels of this merit badge and have ideas in place now MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 5 07 21 PM Kim Reineke 4826 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a Beginner Level Out There Women Merit Badge At our Farmgirl sisterhood meeting we all assembled survival kits listing all of the items on the list and will continue to add to them Farmgirls in our group generously brought the items to share with everyone The kit is in my vehicle and ready to go on any hike We also had a demonstration on readiness and preparedness at the meeting which was very helpful in showing us even more items we can continue to add to our survival packs As a group and personally we identified at least 10 plants as food medicine or poison MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 5 10 42 PM Kim Reineke 4826 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Crochet Merit Badge I learned to crochet about 3 years ago and have continued to practice stitches and make projects since then My goal on originally starting crochet was to make hats so finally I made a hat I also spent time with a fellow farmgirl teaching her the single crochet stitch which she learned very easily props to Emily Rose which she used to make a lovely scarf Single crochet made from bright orange red heart there were no errors and I gifted the hat to someone special when I went on a trip MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 5 17 16 PM Emily Rose Yost EmilyRoseBud 5070 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a Beginner Level Out There Women Merit Badge Our Farmgirl Chapter met to earn this badge together We each brought some of the supplies needed to make a survival kit for your hiking day pack We brought flashlights nylon para cord knives matches in waterproof containers energy bars ponchos emergency blankets first aid supplies whistles and plastic mirrors While at our meeting we discussed and researched native plants that could be used as poison food or medicine We looked at pictures of these plants on the internet and talked about where they grow We were also super lucky to have a survival expert visit our group to teach us many survival skills particularly what is needed in your 72 hour survival kit We walked away from this meeting with survival kits and much more knowledge Each sister left with a survival kit for her day pack and many plan to begin putting together their 72 hour survival kits for their homes MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 5 24 37 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Greatest Generation Merit Badge I have spent more than 10 hours hanging out with people older than I am by definition they are elders now my parents and their friends We have eaten meals together worked puzzles together solved the world s problems together and generally had a great time in each others company I very much enjoy spending time with my older friends and family members The general attitude is getting older is not for wimps and we live life to the fullest still I enjoy hearing the stories of their lives and how things have changed especially how they have adapted to those changes It is good to see women who continue to be juicy as they age MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 30 2014 5 29 29 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning an Intermediate Level Out There Women Merit Badge I cooked a full meal mini dogs in croissants hamburger with rice and broccoli and stewed caramel apples over a campfire I also made my own trail mix using my own home dried fruit Making a meal over a campfire was old hat I have been helping my mom cook on our camp outs since I was a little girl Making trail mix with my own home dried fruit was special as the fruit I used came from our orchard and local berry patches It was the fruit I had kept hidden away for just such a purpose as dried fruit is like candy in our house and tends not to last long MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 31 2014 2 37 59 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Beginner Level Know Your Food Merit Badge Over the past few years after working at Whole Foods Market and participating in the sustainable agriculture program at Sterling College I have designed a food regime for my husband and myself that has removed most processed and refined foods and focusing on organic minimally processed local foods I even got him to drink kombucha after reading about it in Nourishing Traditions I have made a house rule that whole wheat is king except for 1 bag of white flour which is organic and local as well as banning white sugar except for organic powdered cane sugar I have been giving copies of Nourishing Traditions and Real Food What We Eat and Why as gifts for a couple of years now and they seem to be doing some good for the folks who have received them Most recently a good friend of mine moved into a one room apartment with her 2 year old daughter and they asked me to help them stock their fridge and cupboards with healthy foods she had never lived on her own and needed some advice So far everything is going wonderfully My husband and I are enjoying our healthy near organic diets I am enjoying spreading the word about healthy eating and my friend is now better informed about what she is putting in her cupboards and her belly The other night she invited me and some folks over for dinner to show us what she had learned and I couldn t have been more proud MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Jan 31 2014 2 45 45 PM Dena Corry dena91 5620 has received a certificate of

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    achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Origami Merit Badge I hadn t known the history of origami except that it was Japanese in origin Turns out it was used by the small percentage of people for religious purposes As paper became more widely used the art of origami became more practiced While we typically think of it as Japanese Europeans were also creating with folded paper dating back to the 12th century Around 1950 the folding patterns for several shapes was published and it was the advent of origami taking on a more global following I like this cultural history so this was interesting to research I have done origami in the past with my oldest daughter when she was fascinated by Japan but we hadn t done it in several years I made a canoe for the merit badge which was fairly easy except for the very last fold which didn t fold smoothly But the correct shape turned out in the end MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 07 2014 4 23 09 PM Winnie Nielson Red Tractor Girl 3109 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an Expert Level Knitting Merit Badge Having already completed the beginner and intermediate levels of the Knitting badge I moved forward with the expert level Knitting socks with a heel has been goal of mine for over 3 years Because socks require knitting on 4 needles I decided to start the process with making thick tube socks with a size 8 needle and thick yarn It was hard enough to keep the pattern on the needles and not drop stitches because the needles all feel so cumbersome at first The socks did turn out see black pink pair in photo well and are good for wearing in boots or tennis shoes Next I took a knitting class on how to knit socks with the heel gusset The project used a sport weight wool blend with a 6 needle set The heel part proved to be challenging but I eventually got it right My completed pair are the orange brown socks Currently I am working with 6 needles and acrylic yarn on the same pattern but a shorter sock see purple green sock My goal is to next make a pair of short cotton weight socks on a 2 needle for the spring and summer My third project was to learn how to knit and felt a project I followed a pattern shared on the MJF Connection by Teri at White Sheep Farm using 11 needles and Lite lopi 100 wool from Iceland You knit the slippers to be huge and then felt them in the washer using hot soapy water until the measure the correct size I had to felt mine for 10 minutes to get the correct size The slippers are the kelley free hot pink ones shown I am very please with all of my projects It was fun learning new stitches techniques and making my knitting better Each project built on the skill set and now I feel like I have achieved so much from the experience I have put in well over 50 hours learning how to work on knitting with 4 needles and felting In addition last September I joined a knitting group that meets each week While I have not taught 5 people how to knit I have helped others get started with circular needles correct dropped stitches and figure out a yarn gauge My next goal is to take this class on spinning wool with a small hand held tool The class is on February 20 and I hope to make the class The class costs 60 dollars and will be an investment in time and money But I would love to take plain roving spin it into a chunky wool dye it with an plant dye that I make and then knit it into something to wear MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 07 2014 4 29 20 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Weather Merit Badge Our atmosphere is made up of many gases including oxygen and carbon dioxide which supports life as we know it and protects us from the sun s radiation The atmosphere is held in place by our gravity and atmospheric temperature The higher the temperature of our atmosphere the more movement there is of the different molecules which creates a circulation of the atmosphere a contributing factor in any regions weather Atmospheric pressure is the force applied by the surrounding gases A high pressure system is when the pressure in the region is higher than the surrounding area I high pressure system typically bring clear skies more extreme warm and cold temperatures and broader temperature fluctuations between night and day A low pressure system is when is when the pressure in a region is lower than the surrounding area A low pressure system typically comes in with winds and moister air masses The greater the pressure difference between the high and the low the stronger the winds will be Hurricanes and tornadoes are two products of low pressure systems A barometer is an instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure Short term changes in the weather can be forecast based on the atmospheric pressure tendencies and changes My head and my joints often feel the changes in the weather long before any changes is seen I have lived in the southern states the northern states and Europe The weather differs greatly depending on the region the distance from the equator and the distance and direction from major bodies of water learning the details of the different types of systems helped to explain what my body already know MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 07 2014 4 33 53 PM Traci Selvidge Tracilynn 4976 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Knitting Merit Badge Since I already know how to knit I knit several dish cloths and then found a stash of leftover wool and knit a hat It turned out very cute So much so a friend asked me to knit one for her MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 4 48 02 PM Emily Rose Yost EmilyRoseBud 5070 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Farmgirl Gratitude Merit Badge I kept an electronic gratitude journal using grateful160 com highly recommend I did not repeat anything that I was grateful for for a month I also read the Book of Awesome I read it slowly and really enjoyed it In fact some days I read it aloud to my family They really enjoyed it too I will continue to keep a daily gratitude journal as long as I live It s reminded me of how blessed I am and how grateful I should be I m a happier person because of earning this badge MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 5 11 50 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning an Expert Level Sew Wonderful Merit Badge I made a BakeOver TakeOver from the pattern in the Ideabook and made 4 hot pads using repurposed fabric and embroidery patterns that came from there too The bakeover will be travelling to a Girl Scout sleepover tonight for the potluck dinner and donated to the fearless Troop Leader to take home I looked at the purchased purse handles in the picture then looked at all the branches waiting to be chipped in my yard and decided to make my own handles I took an apple branch about and 1 1 2 in diameter cut it about 9 long split it in half with my hatchet stripped the bark off and sanded it smooth I then put holes in either end for ribbons to go through rubbed both halves with a little olive oil followed by bees wax They turned out beautiful MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 5 21 30 PM Sherrilyn Askew Sherri 1350 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning an Intermediate Level Farmgirl Shutterbugs Merit Badge My photographer of choice is Ansel Adams I have always loved his black white nature photographs I read the book Better Photo Basics by Jim Miotke and then went picture taking I spent at least a month taking pictures and using the techniques in the basic book in an effort to emulate Ansel Adams however the technique of his that I most like is in the processing so I went through a over 50 photos taken in the last couple of years and made changes based on the techniques he used in processing My best 10 are on https www facebook com sherrilyn askew media set set a 714771848535913 1073741825 100000093135923 type 3 Thank goodness for modern technology I have always enjoyed taking pictures but going through the different lessons in the basics book and learning how Ansel Adams actually achieved his look really changed my ideas of photography Ansel Adams took pictures for the U S Government of many of our National Parks as well as any number of his own photos His subjects included landmarks animals and people He developed his own negatives which is where he adjusted the exposure and other items to get that unique contrast his photos always have he did both black white as well as color photography but the black white hold the greater interest for me What an interesting life he led MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 5 25 24 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning up for earning a Beginner Level Shopping Green Merit Badge My husband and I have been using up to 7 reusable shopping bags for the past couple of years and when we shop at our local co op we bring our own containers for bulk items including organic canola oil It s great for the environment and we also get discounts for bringing our own bags at the grocery store and the co op It s great We get discounts and keep plastic bags at bay They are also great for when we need to move work better for book moving than bulky boxes We ve collected to many that I tend to use them as gift wrap MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 5 30 00 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning up for earning a Beginner Level Going Green Merit Badge Since I was in a chemical spill when I was 22 or so I have been highly sensitive to many household cleaning products artificial fragrances synthetic perfumes dyes and especially chlorine I cant drink most tap water and swimming in a pool could kill me so when I got to college I petitioned to ban non green cleaning products for the institution and won and when I left campus to move in with my husband we adopted the use of only green products A lot of the stuff we clean with is home made with vinegar and essential oils We don t need a mission statement haha my health issues are enough of a statement When I took a class called Farmstead Arts we each chose a project for the class and mine was to make our own soap and laundry detergent It s great Although using the campus laundry facilities can be dangerous try convincing college kids that fabric softener could kill you Other than that it s wonderful we save money keep toxic chemicals out of the environment and out of our home It s also really fun sharing these recipes with friends MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 5 40 23 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning up for earning a Beginner Level Recycling Merit Badge We re lucky in Vermont we have single stream recycling It inspires more people to recycle when the work involved is decreased My husband and I recycle everything we can a lot of it going to the single stream and some of it mostly glass jars and bottles get re purposed for a variety of things Before anything goes to the stream I agonize over whether or not I can use it for something living in a tiny house makes that tough sometimes I love it At the moment we take it all to the college recycling bin when I graduate in May we take it to the town garage where they take trash and recycling you have to pay for it but it s worth it MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 5 48 52 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Beginner Level Forage for Food Merit Badge I grew up gathering wild foods in Massachusetts and when I got to Vermont I didn t stop I regularly find a wide variety of wild foods including the occasional fresh road kill don t judge The woods are filled with checker berry black berry wild apple raspberry leeks birch for birch beer maple fiddle heads wild cherry rosehips basswood leaves dog tooth violets white pine beech nuts and a variety of mushrooms This saves money connects us to the land provides nutrients lets us eat local and connects us to folks in the area one of our favorite past times MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 5 51 24 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Beginner Level Get it Together Merit Badge I go through the cupboards once a month and make sure that any jars I ve stock piles have their lids and are ready to go and toss out the ones that I don t think I will really need I also go through and find all the foods that are taking up less than 1 2 of their containers and put them in smaller ones that way we have more space in the cupboards and fridge its a dorm room fridge It drives my husband crazy when I kick him out of the main room kitchen and make him go to the loft so I can tear it up in the kitchen but with the tiny house we need all the space we can get so it s a must And I secretly enjoy it MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 5 54 27 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Beginner Level Unprocessed Kitchen Merit Badge I have a weakness for dried fruits and potato chips We don t have room or money for a dehydrator for the fruit but once a month when fruit is on sale along with mushrooms our oven Charlotte gets put on double duty for drying everything I can get my hands on The mushrooms turned out great and bread crumbs Mango went well also but took FOREVER I also made my own potato chips both baked and fried gotta love the mandolin slicer We also never buy baked goods they all get made by scratch in our tiny kitchen saving money and good for us too This is great though the fried chips are a bit better than the baked still better than bagged I ate the mango in an hour and that was a bad idea but it was so good we also discovered that my chocolate chip cookies kick butt and make chips a hoy look like carpet fuzz MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 6 00 00 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of 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    Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 7 12 47 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Make it Easy for earning a Beginner Level Build it Green Merit Badge When we moved into our tiny house we had very little in the way of decor We ended up finding a lot of our decor by the roadside at yard sales and antique fairs and we made a lot of it too We both love plants so instead of buying expensive art we repurposed some old frames and framed botanical illustrations out of old books we also took an old tape shelf and turned it into a shadow box shelf The furniture that we own we made or inherited That goes for a lot of things in our house actually It s beautiful Our home is homey beautiful and everything in it has meaning and a story I always hated those pictures of a perfect house where everything seemed to sterile and without real value This way everything is meaningful and thrifty MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 7 15 23 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Make it Easy for earning a Beginner Level Let s Get Physical Merit Badge I used to be really active I rode horses climbed trees competitively belly danced and did yoga When I got to college most of that fell by the way side This past month though I decided to bring back what I could for New Years and I am happy to say that I did it Everyday alternates 1 hour of yoga or 1 hour of belly dance and sometimes snowshoeing or skiing I feel amazing I just wish I had a little more room to dance I fell into the sink Now I just need to re organize my schedule to keep it up for this semester MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 7 19 04 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Make it Easy for earning a Beginner Level Make it Pretty Merit Badge After being a model for life drawing classes I recently tried my hand at drawing and I was surprised I never thought I could draw but I found that if I stop trying to make the lines and shadows I draw look like a person they end up there on their own After that I started copying botanical illustrations I found another thing I love to do Now if only I could find the time MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 7 22 05 PM Erica Sullivan madhousefrau 5694 has received a certificate of achievement in Outpost for earning a Beginner Level Rocks Minerals Merit Badge I recently took a class on geology and became obsessed Especially with serpentine I ended up getting very into geology and soils and even ended up in lapidary I made some jewelry from local minerals to sell at a local coffee shop gallery One of these days I m going to start my own collection and organize it in mafic gradation The class set me on the course of acquiring multiple geology texts as well as getting stopped by a state cop for checking out a road cut in MA He let me go when I explained to him how the rocks we were seeing had formed I think he just wanted me to stop talking MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 7 27 22 PM Karen Price kkprice 411 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Bee Good to Your Mother Earth Merit Badge I ve been tending a garden as long as I can remember My first one was under the picture window of our house My dad gave my old pipes to use as markers I ve come to use organic fertilizer and pest control Although I m still not happy with my pest control The book Montrose is fabulous that s a delightful book to read in Michigan in February It turned out well and I can t wait until spring MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 7 33 02 PM Renee Simpson 5541 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Aprons Merit Badge I sewed a half apron with 2 front pockets It took me most of an afternoon I love wearing my apron when working in the kitchen and cleaning house The pockets come in very handy for little things that belong somewhere else It is beautiful It is a pink background with darker pink flowers and green leaves On the pockets I put a lace with a pink ribbon through it MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 7 37 50 PM Renee Simpson 5541 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Backyard Farmer Merit Badge I have a chicken flock with 40 hens and a few roosters Last year I hatched 35 guinea eggs under a partridge cochin hen Also hatched 16 speckled hamburgers chicks My feed products are mostly home grown corn and alfalfa I really like my chickens and have kept chicken for most of my 37 years It runs in the family on both sides My grandmothers always kept chickens and sold eggs either to hatcheries or to consumers MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 7 39 36 PM Renee Simpson 5541 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning an Intermediate Level Backyard Farmer Merit Badge I own 4 milk cows 3 jersey and 1 Holstein I milk daily and sell milk to customers and use it for my family I have taught my children to milk cows with the 4th one being my latest learner at only 3 years old his name is Ian I also raise jersey which are a rare breed I sell any extra calves I might have to people looking to milk for themselves Ian loved milking the cow He helps me every chance he gets MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 12 2014 7 47 27 PM Suzanne Holland Suzanneh 828 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Intermediate and Expert Level Heirlooms Forever Merit Badge In levels one and two I planned my garden started my garden maintained and enjoyed every aspect of the process especially the harvest but now came the test I save seeds from the heirloom tomatoes and peppers and even several flowers To get an early jump on the year I have started them inside They are doing great I saved enough to save with my friend who shares seeds with me too My garden this year will be more than half heirloom seed this year The varieties I chose are ones that were standards in my mom s garden She kept in mind the La Weather and the type of pest we have here So far I have had great success following my mothers lead Last year I planted tomato varieties my mom liked and I followed her plant care all the what through My plants grew to be monsters My harvest season lasted longer than everyone of my friends Not one split fruit and 2 of my of plants Produced over 100 tomatoes Yes I said 100 tomatoes While the others only around 50 75 each I have had similar results with my other heirlooms MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 14 2014 4 30 24 PM Peggy Smith forever young 1815 has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level Weather Merit Badge Weather is the state of the Atmosphere to the degree that it is hot or cold wet or dry calm or stormy clear or cloudy Most weather phenomena occur in the troposphere just below the stratosphere Weather general refers to day to day temperature and precipitation activity Weather occurs primarily due to air pressure temperature and moisture differences between one place and another Low pressure system is a region in the atmosphere where air is rising it is developed when air get hot and moist compared to the surrounding air High pressure is a region in the atmosphere where the air is sinking High pressure systems have a longer atmospheric lifetime compared to lower pressure systems A Barometer is a scientific instrument used in meteorology to measure atmospheric pressure Pressure tendency can forecast short term changes in the weather Wind is caused because the sun heats the planet differently and over vast areas As a place warms up the air expands causing a pressure change Wind is simple high pressure air moving towards a low pressure region to balance things out Air masses are defined simply as uniform bodies of air Air mass is a large body of air that has similar temperatures and moisture properties throughout A Front is a place where two air masses meet Fronts extend both horizontal and vertical Fronts and air masses contribute to weather Fronts rarely collide but they do overtake the proceeding front When they meet they provoke the various types of weather Researching all this has given me more insight on understanding what the weather man talks about and why he explains about the low and high pressure the warm and cool fronts and how it effects our weather This was all a very helpful badge to earn MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 14 2014 4 35 33 PM Michelle Nemnich Holiday Junkie 5004 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Intermediate Expert Level Blogging Merit Badge When joining the Farmgirl Sisterhood I had already been blogging with a holiday theme for some time so I decided to update my blog and add some additional features In order to do so I had to do some research on how to do some basic coding on the site Blogger After researching how to add additional features I added some options on my site that now connect my blog to both my Pinterest and Facebook accounts I also utilized a site that offers free backgrounds and redid my entire template so I now have a new background header and font options for various portions of my blog One of the hardest options was adding a floating Pin It button that will show up over all my photos and link them directly to Pinterest Last but not least I was not happy that my links to YouTube were too large to fit nicely into my blog so I found out how to change the size in the embedded code I normally copy from YouTube before posting them to my content These are all things my daughter had been promising to do for me and hadn t So the fact that I did this all on my own is super exciting for me I called her daily to share my progress as well I also submitted my site to GirlGab today to be linked up with the others If you d like to check it out here is the link http confessionsofaholidayjunkie blogspot com MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2014 3 53 22 PM Vicki Johnson 5773 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Buttoned Up Merit Badge I have a collection of hand made native american buttons several extremely small doll buttons that i use on felt Christmas ornaments some unique old metal buttons antler buttons some with enamel on the face and some shaped buttons I have more than 50 stitched on a piece of linen and place in a large embroidery hoop MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2014 3 56 45 PM Vicki Johnson 5773 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Basketry Merit Badge I took my first basketry class last month from woven designs taught by Julie Kleinrath called for ever green basket It turned out pretty good not quite like her shaped basket but all right class was from 1 to 4 MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2014 4 03 42 PM Jacinda Jenks 5732 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Aprons Merit Badge I made a half apron using My Little Apron pattern by Terri Degenkolb It is a reversible apron with black ric rac trim My husband says it looks great MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2014 4 14 08 PM Jacinda Jenks 5732 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Buttoned Up Merit Badge I have been collecting buttons for several years now I guess it all started with my Great Grandmother every since then I have just kept adding Two years ago I inherited my grandma s button collection and most recently my neighbor gave me her button collection before she moved I have parted with a few to help a fellow farm girl out and plan to use some when making my necklace My neighbor was elderly and a sewer herself so she gave me a lot of great buttons I have started researching some of them to see what time period they are from I am so excited to find out and started collecting more from the 30 s or 40 s MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2014 4 17 45 PM Peggy Smith forever young 1815 has received a certificate of achievement in Stitching Crafting for earning a Beginner Level Sew Wonderful Merit Badge I bought a photo storage box to make a sewing kit for my Granddaughter I glued a piece of pink felt on the inside bottom I took a piece of scrapbooking paper that is pink with white buttons on it and glued that to the outside top of the lid and sides then I took another piece of scrapbooking paper that has a design of squares with the words patchwork crochet knitting along with pictures of each on I cut those in strips and glued to the sides of the box and cut out two squares for the front I also glued four buttons on one corner of the lid and took four wooden spools painted those pink and glued on the bottom for legs I then cut a piece of white card stock and wrote Kyla s Sewing Kit for the front of the box I made a heart shaped pin keeper and added all the supplies needed for a beginners sewing kit I am very pleased with how this project turned out It is cute and different I will put this homemade gift away for Christmas This will be the beginning of making my homemade Heirloom Christmas gifts MaryJane Farmgirl 1 Plowin Thru giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting MaryJane Queen Bee 10657 Posts MaryJane Moscow Idaho USA 10657 Posts Posted Feb 18 2014 4 22 13 PM Mary Jo Boyd Quiltsister413 5559 has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Intermediate Level Farmgirl Gratitude Merit Badge I started the Beginner level badge back in November and recorded 30 days of thankfulness I had made a journal to keep track of all of my Farm Girl happenings and set aside some pages to record each day I also got The Book of Awesome from the local library and really enjoyed reading them out loud with my husband They made us laugh and remember that the little things really do mean the most I then went on to complete the Intermediate level by writing a letter to our local paper and thanking the snow removal crews in our area In case you don t follow the news our area of Northwest Ohio has

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