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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Oct 22 2015 : 7:57:05 PM
I am excited to begin working on my merit badges and sharing my experiences with everyone! After much debating I was finally able to pick the top 4 badges I plan to accomplish first!
I chose….

1.Pampered Pets (Outpost)
-It’s important to me that my pets are healthy and will live a long happy life. Knowing what is best for them will allow me to enhance their life.

2. Bread Making (Farm Kitchen)
-I have always enjoyed cooking and now look forward to a better way of cooking.

3. Embroidery (Stitching and Crafting)
- Would love to make something special for my baby boy just like my Grandma Butters made for me.

4. Water Conservation (Cleaning Up)
- I love the idea of helping save the planet as well as help me save money on my bill.

With that in mind, what merit badges do you fellow farmgirls plan on accomplishing first? Or working towards right now? Any of them hold a special meaning that drives you to accomplish one over another?

Much luck and enjoyment in your merit badge experiences!
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shennandoah Posted - Aug 30 2023 : 5:15:20 PM
Thanks Debbie and Marie. The yarn I purchased is made of natural fibers. I bought it from my local yarn store (and not the box store). And I use safety eyes. I made a possum for my eldest (she has unique tastes). Doing a dog and cat for the niece and nephew.
churunga Posted - Aug 30 2023 : 3:49:42 PM
It is safer to use materials that are not made of polyester or acrylic. Acrylic melts when it burns and can leave nasty scars on the skin. Polyester sheds micro plastics into the environment. To be safe, just use naturally and organically sourced materials.

Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Aug 30 2023 : 12:33:52 PM
Shennandoah, your chair looks great! You gave it a new life. Enjoy your new knitting chair.

debbieklann Posted - Aug 30 2023 : 08:02:33 AM
I would think that they could be knitted, crocheted and/or sewn…as long as they are “safe” when finished. I remember knitting a bear and crocheting a bunny for my granddaughter. They were fun to put together.

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
shennandoah Posted - Aug 30 2023 : 03:13:53 AM
Thanks Connie! I showed my mom how I organized my stuff and she asked me to help her do the same. So that’s one of my next projects.

I have a question to the group and MJ - for the safe toys merit badge intermediate and expert levels, do the toys have to be sewn? I ask because I just got a book of knitted animal patterns and my niece and nephew have put in a request for me to make each of them an animal. There are clothing patterns that go with the animals that are also knitted.
criley Posted - Aug 29 2023 : 12:50:38 PM
Wow Shennandoah! That rocker! #128525;I also love the shelf of your craft products! Be still my heart. LOL


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shennandoah Posted - Aug 29 2023 : 06:15:55 AM
Thanks Wanda and Debbie! I'm doing green, red, and black as the primary colors in my craft space. Found that green floral print at Joann's. Have some fabric leftover so need to think of another creative project with it!
debbieklann Posted - Aug 28 2023 : 8:40:38 PM
I love the new fabric that you chose!

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Wanda Sue Posted - Aug 28 2023 : 6:56:17 PM
That is a beautiful job on the rocker!

A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel.

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shennandoah Posted - Aug 28 2023 : 5:23:47 PM
Thanks Mary Jane! I got a batch of them this last weekend. I definitely understand workloads fluctuating. I wanted to let me family (especially my daughter) know what to expect. I got them all signed up (daughter, mom, sister).

I have been working on another one - Furniture makeover intermediate. Scored this great find on Facebook. A vintage (almost antique) Tell City solid maple rocker. I was able to get it for $125 (online search showed Tell City Rocking chairs selling for $350-$650 so score!!). The ends of the feet and the arms were pretty worn. It needed some TLC. It came with some ratty old denim cushions that had stains and were lumpy. Here are the before pics:

I didn't want to risk stripping the wood and matching the stain. So I used some Fusion Furniture wax made with beeswax and hemp oil and polished and waxed the wood till it was good and conditioned and the scratched and faded sections blended in. My mother helped me deconstruct and reverse engineer the cushions. I got some 3" foam for the seat and batting for the back cushion, and some cotton canvas upholstery material. My mother talked me through the steps (she's taking upholstery classes). I learned to make cording, a zipper, and to make straps with snaps for the back piece. It turned out great!! So comfy and looks almost new. Its my new knitting rocker :-)
Nancy Joplin Posted - Aug 27 2023 : 7:08:11 PM
Hi, Girls!

I applied for four badges in July. They have shown up on the Merit Badge chat, but I have not received the awards in my E-mail. I have received other E-mails from the Farm, but not those. I E-mailed Ashley, but have not received a response. What am I doing wrong? I know that she would have responded had she received my questions. Maybe I will try calling.

Nancy 8352
MaryJane Posted - Aug 19 2023 : 7:47:06 PM
Hi Shennandoah. I usually get to the badges every weekend for approval and sometimes in between, but in the summer my work load is greater than in the winter. I love reading them though! They are the highlight of my day.

MaryJane, Farmgirl #1 Plowin' Thru ~ giving aprons a good wrap for 45 years and counting ~
shennandoah Posted - Aug 19 2023 : 2:10:00 PM
Hey all! I am reaching out to get some insight as to when/how frequently we should expect to receive the emails with the award badges in them? My daughter and I were both awarded badges in the chat but haven't received the email with the badges. I emailed the office but haven't gotten a response. Just want to manage our expectations or find out if there was something we need to do. Thanks in advance for your help!!
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jul 24 2023 : 4:13:28 PM
Thank you for the information Jill! I will look and see if my library has those. I will also look into the inter-library loans.

jillyd Posted - Jul 23 2023 : 12:39:32 PM
Krista, I was curious and checked my library. It has two different ones, maybe they would be available. "To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing" by Simon Garfield and "For the Love of Letters: A 21st Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing" by Samara O'Shea. I don't know if your library does inter-library loans, but that might be a good option. I can request books from just about any library in BC. Takes a bit of time for them to arrive but.... Good luck!

Farmgirl #6748

"When life gets super crazy, do your art. It helps you remember the exquisite, imaginary, delightful, lovely side of what is otherwise sometimes a bit much" Sylvia Olsen
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jul 19 2023 : 3:18:48 PM
Jill, I am wanting to move onto the intermediate level, but I need to read a book. I have searched my library and they didn't have any of the options. I will probably end up ordering one. I had one pen pal growing up that lived overseas. It was a fun experience.

jillyd Posted - Jul 17 2023 : 7:33:38 PM
Excellent, Krista!! That sounds like a fun one. I used to love writing letters. As a kid, I had several pen pals.

Farmgirl #6748

"When life gets super crazy, do your art. It helps you remember the exquisite, imaginary, delightful, lovely side of what is otherwise sometimes a bit much" Sylvia Olsen
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jul 17 2023 : 2:07:52 PM
I applied for my Beginner Lost Art of Letter Writing badge today. I had completely forgotten all about this badge. I haven't printed off the new book pages yet. I better get them printed!

MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jul 05 2023 : 11:03:11 AM
Jill, that is awesome! I hope everything works out according to plan for you.

Nancy, I know exactly what you mean. I feel the same way.

I think I want to work on the recipe badge next. I would love to get all my recipes organized and in one place.

Nancy Joplin Posted - Jul 03 2023 : 7:48:32 PM
Go, Jill! Get those things done! It is such an energizer to get old projects finished! I am amazed at the number of unfinished things that I have found while organizing my craft space...I have had to set up a box just for UFOs...very sad that they have been taking up space when I had been so eager to get them going in the first place! well, no looking back! Forge ahead Sisters!

Nancy 8352
jillyd Posted - Jul 03 2023 : 1:57:01 PM
One of my big UFOs is to complete my homework for my Level 4 Spinning course (I've done the Level 5 class work). I had to get an extension due to life being chaotic. My goal is to have that homework finished by the end of July, then in August I want to focus on dyeing and maybe other odds and ends including Origami, assorted UFOs, painting a couple of rooms etc., then start the Level 5 homework in September.

Farmgirl #6748

"When life gets super crazy, do your art. It helps you remember the exquisite, imaginary, delightful, lovely side of what is otherwise sometimes a bit much" Sylvia Olsen
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jul 03 2023 : 1:44:33 PM
Thanks Nancy. I was thinking the same thing with my most recent UFO. It only needed some eyes, eyebrows, and stuffing. I can't believe it took me over a year to even finish it. And I couldn't tell you what stopped me either. Keep up your great work.

Thanks Jill. Ha ha your paper was in a safe place. Don't you hate when that happens. I do it all the time. Are you starting your origami badge now?


jillyd Posted - Jul 03 2023 : 11:35:14 AM
Great job, Krista and Nancy. I did the beginner level of the UFO badge ages ago. I really should do it again and see what I have to do.

I know I've mentioned working on the Origami badge. Well, I bought some origami paper and planned to get started. Periodically, I thought I would try but couldn't find the paper. I just found it, tucked inside my MJF badge binder!!!

Farmgirl #6748

"When life gets super crazy, do your art. It helps you remember the exquisite, imaginary, delightful, lovely side of what is otherwise sometimes a bit much" Sylvia Olsen
Nancy Joplin Posted - Jul 02 2023 : 6:19:32 PM

Great Job! I am working on my UFOs also...I finally finished a set of curtains for my Grandson's nursery. Sadly, they were supposed to have been completed a couple of years ago for his older sister's room, but they are enjoying them just the same! Why did I wait so long to get them finished?

Keep up the good's surprising how little time it actually takes to finish up a project. I sometimes wonder what got in the way of finishing it in the first place.

Nancy 8352
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 30 2023 : 4:05:12 PM
I applied for 2 badges today! I applied for the UFO intermediate level and the beginner level quilling. Feels good to finally have that done. Now I will look through the book and see if I have any more I can apply for. I am still working on the UFO expert level badge. I have 9 hours of my 30 completed. But with those 9 hours I have finished 4 projects and almost one more.


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