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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 choseÖ.

1.Pampered Pets (Outpost)
-Itís 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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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 21 2024 : 1:04:03 PM
Joanne, that is a neat idea! I look forward to seeing yours as you make it!

Krista
JoanneMS58 Posted - Feb 21 2024 : 11:02:54 AM
I had an idea come to me yesterday as to how to display my badges . I am going tp embroider them and then sew them to a vintage or interesting fabric . Then I will attach the base fabric to an old Antique Wooden Spool. Make a type of sewing roll. That way I can add more badges as I earn them . I also want to embellish the roll with whatever is moving me creatively. If that makes any sense. Pictures of what I mean to be posted at a later time. Here is a photo of several of my antique wooden spools.
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 19 2024 : 2:11:16 PM
Great job Denise! I was thinking of maybe trying that badge this year.

Shenandoah, I know what you mean. I have a UFO like that too. I think I finally figured out the correct technique. I just haven't had the desire to rip it all out and start again lol!

Jill, that is awesome! I would love to learn how to make chocolates too!

Krista
jillyd Posted - Feb 19 2024 : 08:53:25 AM
Good work everyone! You've all been so busy. I did attend the chocolate webinar and I have the book on an inter-library loan right now for Level One Carpe Cocoa. It's going to have to go back soon, so I'll have to hurry up with it. I see there is a similar book in a local bookstore, so I may pick that up. I'm not sure it's good for me , but I'd really like to learn to make chocolates. They would be lovely gifts. All I've done before this is take the big blocks that you can buy and melt it to fill molds. Fun but really doesn't take much knowledge.

Jill
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
shennandoah Posted - Feb 18 2024 : 6:51:24 PM
God job Krista and Denise! Krista, I have several UFOs I need to work on. One in particular is for my mom. Been trying to knit her this sweater vest cardigan for a few years. It's a complicated pattern that requires three separate row counters to manage. Every time I set it down I can't figure out how to get going again. Denise, I'm working on my sampler. Hopefully I can get it finished soon.
Nancy Joplin Posted - Feb 18 2024 : 3:07:51 PM
Very cute idea, Hannah! Keep up the good work ladies! I hope to be applying for some badges coming up here soon also!

Nancy 8352
levisgrammy Posted - Feb 17 2024 : 12:17:36 PM
I applied for my beginner embroidery. I will be applying for the next two levels this coming week I hope to anyway.

~Denise
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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Feb 16 2024 : 3:21:47 PM
I applied for my beginner calligraphy and expert UFO badge today!

Krista
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jan 31 2024 : 12:45:22 PM
Hannah, that is a super neat idea! How creative. You will have that thing filled up in no time.

Krista
Jokamartell Posted - Jan 29 2024 : 7:26:01 PM
Very creative, Hannah! I love it! :)

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers ďNot one of those Karens, but a good KarenĒ! Haha
GinnyBelle Posted - Jan 29 2024 : 12:28:43 PM




This is how I am displaying mine! I've made little pendants out of them and I hang them from cup hooks on a board my husband made me. I use a different colored fabric strip to correspond with what level I have earned... Brown for beginner, blue for Intermediate, and red for Expert.

Hannah #6994
February 2023 FGOTM
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jan 29 2024 : 11:33:40 AM
I still need to figure out how I want to display my badges. I do like the idea of a bag. Or maybe even a blanket.

Krista
shennandoah Posted - Jan 26 2024 : 8:20:10 PM
Thanks Krista. I submitted one last night and one just now. I also have a pile of tin can lids that I want to use to make plant markers for all of my fruit trees and roses. Iím trying to do a better job of documenting the varieties. And I need to get cracking with my embroidery sampler so I can get to embroidering my badges and get them on my tote bag :-)
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jan 26 2024 : 11:56:50 AM
Wow Shennandoah, you have been super busy! But it all sounds like fun. Great work on getting so many badges done. Hopefully it wont take you too long to get them all submitted.

Krista
shennandoah Posted - Jan 25 2024 : 6:42:36 PM
Wow yíall have been busy and making great progress! Iíve been swamped at work and traveling from conference to conference, so very behind on submissions. Iím about to submit for homespun Christmas. Everyone got at least one homemade or homegrown item. I have lots to do in the garden category. Getting ready for spring and already started sprouting seeds. My first honey bees arrive in May, and Iíve been canning and dehydrating the harvest. So much to document and submit!

MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jan 24 2024 : 12:17:10 PM
Nancy, I do hope to be the same way. I came from a small family and my husband came from a large family. I love the large family life and would love tons of grandkids. If my body would have let me I would have had more kids lol!

Krista
Nancy Joplin Posted - Jan 22 2024 : 4:07:34 PM
Krista, do it...you won't regret it! I am so proud to say that each member of my large clan has a stocking handmade by Nana (that's me)! My branch of the family tree is a great group!
They really appreciate homemade and made with love. I am, however, glad that for the time being I don't have to make any for a while.

Nancy 8352
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jan 22 2024 : 12:20:03 PM
Nancy, I do know that all those stockings mean so much to everyone. I have one from my grandma and I truly cherish it. I would love to make my kids one someday.

Krista
Nancy Joplin Posted - Jan 19 2024 : 5:52:15 PM
Krista, I will definitely be putting up pics of the Quilt of Valor! I am enjoying getting back to quilting after spending so much time over the past two years working on all of those needlepoint stockings! It was a labor of love for my family, and now everyone has one! However, it is soooo nice to get back to some sort of "normal" things. I want to get back to working more on my UFOs, too. So much to do, and I am happy to be able to do it!

Nancy 8352
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jan 19 2024 : 12:35:23 PM
Jill, no its not a workbook. It's the reading book required for the badge. It's called "Modern Calligraphy" by Molly Suber Thorpe. I purchased mine from Thrift books.com. I finished reading it this week, so now I am ready to apply for the badge. And now I started the book required for the intermediate Lost Art of Letter Writing badge. Hopefully I am not as slow with reading this book.

Krista
nndairy Posted - Jan 17 2024 : 5:10:36 PM
I'm not sure what I'll do yet for the expert level. I think I'll see if I can find a fun "class" on youtube to learn something new - maybe work another badge into it in the process.

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
jillyd Posted - Jan 17 2024 : 1:13:36 PM
Way to go, Heather! I'm trying to spend some time each day either knitting or spinning (without listening to an audio book or watching Netflix) for the Intermediate Relaxation Badge. What are you doing for the expert badge?

Jill
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
jillyd Posted - Jan 17 2024 : 12:57:32 PM
Krista, when you say you're almost finished your Calligraphy book, is it some kind of workbook? If so what is it and where did you get it?

Thanks.

Jill
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 - Jan 17 2024 : 11:53:04 AM
Congratulations Heather! You are on a roll!

Krista
nndairy Posted - Jan 16 2024 : 5:40:15 PM
I am happy to report I earned both the beginner and intermediate levels of the Relaxation badge! Hopefully I can keep it up. I'd like to earn at least one badge a month - but I'm hoping for more.

Jill - that's awesome that your husband is in a book!

Hannah - that chocolate webinar sounds fun - I'm not sure I'll be in the house from chores in time to join :(

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag

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