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Montrose Girl
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm

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Laurie
Montrose CO
1360 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2012 :  08:37:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I never know if I should list badge ideas on the forum or just email the farm. In the past I've done both. So I thought what if we have a thread for everyone to start putting their ideas in one place. This may be easier than said, but let's try.





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Montrose Girl
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm

1360 Posts

Laurie
Montrose CO
1360 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2012 :  08:41:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll even start.

What about a Language badge?
Beginner: research a language you are interested in and find out where it is spoken and how it started.
Intermediate: Learn to count from 1 to 10 in your chosen language.
Expert: Take a class or check out CDs from the library, but learn to speak at least 100 words in your chosen language.

The expert requirement I am a little less sure about. Maybe other folks might have an idea that might work.

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Sharon Denise
True Blue Farmgirl

211 Posts

Sharon
Temple TX
USA
211 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2012 :  09:59:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ooh, that's a great idea, Laurie! Like a cultural awareness category. That could include lots of subtopics besides language, including food, music, etc.

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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13349 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13349 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2012 :  10:02:57 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
And I think the art of SIGN LANGUAGE should qualify as one of the languages!!
CJ

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Sharon Denise
True Blue Farmgirl

211 Posts

Sharon
Temple TX
USA
211 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2012 :  10:15:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent idea, CJ!!! I was always really annoyed that my school didn't offer that for a language credit. They started to have it as a "fun elective" by the time I graduated, but it still didn't count toward the required language credit. Bah.

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alterationsbyemily
True Blue Farmgirl

685 Posts

Emily
Thomasville PA
USA
685 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2012 :  12:11:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love the idea of a pinned topic.

I love the languages badge idea!

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Montrose Girl
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm

1360 Posts

Laurie
Montrose CO
1360 Posts

Posted - Feb 03 2012 :  2:14:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CJ,

My thought behind the badge was that I intended to teach sign language to my son as he grew older. Both his Nana and uncle know it and I have a book how to teach kids. It is one of the few languages that can cross language boundaries. I know tidbits of so many languages that I have been know to intermix them in the wrong way. I said "Oui" to a question in a Mexican restaurant.

Laurie

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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

1210 Posts

Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1210 Posts

Posted - Feb 06 2012 :  10:59:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just received my welcome package with the sisterhood badge...it is beautiful. I can't wait to come up with an idea for my badge.

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Farmgirl 3842
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alterationsbyemily
True Blue Farmgirl

685 Posts

Emily
Thomasville PA
USA
685 Posts

Posted - Feb 07 2012 :  12:41:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got another badge idea today. What about an herb badge. Not exactly curing the common cold but learning different uses of herbs, peppermint to help congestion, lavender to relax. It would be like,

Beginner
Identify three herbs and their possible uses and try at least one.
Intermediate
Grow 3 herbs for cooking or medicinal uses, cultivate and use it. Share your experience on the farmgirl forum or with your chapter.
Expert
Grow 5 different herbs from the ones in the intermediate step. Cultivate the new herbs and try out their possibilites.


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NancyOH1
True Blue Farmgirl

76 Posts

Nancy
Columbus Ohio
USA
76 Posts

Posted - Feb 07 2012 :  6:26:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like the idea of an Herb Badge. I have been wanting to learn about herbs, growing them at home, and their many uses.

Another idea for a badge would be to learn something about landscaping around your house. I am taking a correspondence course from Penn Foster to learn something new and get ideas for adding to the landscape around my house.

NancyOH1
Farmgirl # 2508
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Montrose Girl
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm

1360 Posts

Laurie
Montrose CO
1360 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2012 :  09:04:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great idea Emily. We may overload the farm with our ideas at this rate!

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Chelsea
Merit Badge Farmgirl

29 Posts

Chelsea
Moscow ID
USA
29 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2012 :  09:33:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone!

We are loving all these ideas! The next round of new badges will come out in July, so probably around June we will write them up and send them out for feedback. Keep the ideas coming!

Chelsea

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Sharon Denise
True Blue Farmgirl

211 Posts

Sharon
Temple TX
USA
211 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2012 :  11:39:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the Herb Badge idea! Perfect! Soaps, teas, cooking, so many uses... I would love to research herbs.

I skimmed through, so I hope I didn't miss this one already, but is there a cheese-making badge? Different varieties, hard/soft, etc.

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Chelsea
Merit Badge Farmgirl

29 Posts

Chelsea
Moscow ID
USA
29 Posts

Posted - Feb 08 2012 :  4:43:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sharon,

There is a mention of learning to make your own cheese in the expert level of Backyard Farmer, but we don't have a specific cheese making badge yet. That's another one to add to the list!

Chelsea

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Montrose Girl
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm

1360 Posts

Laurie
Montrose CO
1360 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2012 :  08:15:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chelsea,

Could we lock this thread near the top so as ideas come and go, folks will have a place for easy access and not have to go back through the threads to find it. Just a thought.

Laurie

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Chelsea
Merit Badge Farmgirl

29 Posts

Chelsea
Moscow ID
USA
29 Posts

Posted - Feb 09 2012 :  11:57:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Laurie,

Good idea! I will check with the site moderators and see what I can do.

Chelsea

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Carol
Moderator/MaryJane's Design Diva

448 Posts

Carol
Moscow Idaho
USA
448 Posts

Posted - Feb 13 2012 :  12:44:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi girls.
It's "sticky" now, so will always appear at the top of the list of topics.
Thanks for all the great ideas!
Carol


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Sharon Denise
True Blue Farmgirl

211 Posts

Sharon
Temple TX
USA
211 Posts

Posted - Feb 14 2012 :  1:09:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was thinking under the "Make It Easy" or "Stitching and Crafting" section you could have a stationery or paper-making badge.

This is a great article: http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crafts-and-nature/papermaking-fun-or-profit.aspx

This could be along the lines of making your own special occasion cards or invitations (think Cricut, Stampin' Up, etc.) or actually making your own paper with dried flowers or fibers (dryer lint works great!). The expert level could be to make a journal similar to the one discussed in the article above.

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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

1210 Posts

Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1210 Posts

Posted - Feb 17 2012 :  10:02:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
hi there are a couple of us who thought a badge for making journals and scrapbooking would be fun! What do you all think

Happy Trails
Farmgirl 3842
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Chelsea
Merit Badge Farmgirl

29 Posts

Chelsea
Moscow ID
USA
29 Posts

Posted - Feb 17 2012 :  10:36:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Joan,

We do have a Scrapbooking badge! Under Stitching and Crafting, #13.

" 13. Scrapbooking

Beginner Level

Make a scrapbook to commemorate a special event for a friend. Include pictures and mementos from the special day. Wrap it up and surprise your friend with this special gift.

Intermediate Level

Try incorporating different elements into your scrapbook like fabrics, tatting, or dried flowers.
Make an heirloom scrapbook on a topic like “Day in the Life” or “I Remember When” to give to a young person you care about. Learn about how fibers and photographs age and how to care for them. Read chapters 1, 3, and 11 of Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions by Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar. Find out about scrapbooking terms like vellum and lignin. Include journaling or storytelling in your scrapbook to give your reader a sense of context or what’s going on behind the scenes. This is a great opportunity to try different styles of penmanship.
Take a picture or scan one of your scrapbooks or scrapbook pages and share it with your farmgirl Sisters.

Expert Level

Look up a fine art book and take note of the design elements. Look at the composition of the subjects and the colors in paintings you find especially beautiful. Look for relationships between where the artist places important subjects. Try using a composition or color palette from a favorite painting in your scrapbook pages.
Make a historical scrapbook. Read Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents by Katherine Scott Sturdevant. Use your historical scrapbook to tell a family history or an interesting story from your town’s past.
Share your scrapbooking expertise. "



I love the paper making and journal making idea! There is a lady around here that comes to the farmer's market every once in awhile that makes the coolest recycled, homemade journals with fun different fabric covers. We'll add that to the list.

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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

1210 Posts

Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1210 Posts

Posted - Feb 17 2012 :  10:39:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Chelsea I feel stupid I didn't realize it...a big thanks

Happy Trails
Farmgirl 3842
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alterationsbyemily
True Blue Farmgirl

685 Posts

Emily
Thomasville PA
USA
685 Posts

Posted - Feb 17 2012 :  8:14:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So my merit badge part of my brain is on over drive, what about a gathering up badge like this:

Beginner,
Find something new you would like to join or meetup with new people, anything from library gatherings to joining a league, or a ladies garden club. If there is no activities available, start one of your own. Attend two meetings.

Intermediate
Attend 4 more meetings.

Expert
Attend an additional 8 meetings or teach a class on your new found extra activity.

Yeah... I will go back to my late night quilling now.

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alterationsbyemily
True Blue Farmgirl

685 Posts

Emily
Thomasville PA
USA
685 Posts

Posted - Feb 23 2012 :  07:12:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So... I had another idea, this one seems a bit better. I started a new project, a new lamp for my sewing room, more decorative than funtional. It is basically a simple paper lamp and I took a romance novel with the cover ripped off and started cutting circles out of it and covering the lamp, looking like this http://www.etsy.com/listing/72959615/artichoke-mixed-book-page-pendant-light

So I wanted to know, what else could I do with books that I could use anymore, or put on paperbook swap because of damage. So I googled and found this great site http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/02/17/80-awesome-ideas-for-all-your-old-or-unwanted-books/

Just make sure you are not cutting up a first addition wizard of oz :)

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Montrose Girl
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm

1360 Posts

Laurie
Montrose CO
1360 Posts

Posted - Feb 23 2012 :  09:02:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What about recycling. I don't recall a badge about that. I know some areas don't have any, but I think we could tweak the badge to accommodate those farmgirls too.

beginner: research recycling in your area. What can and cannot be recycled.
intermediate: Determine what you have that can be recycled instead of thrown away, and send those goods to be reused. Do this for a week.
Expert: Recycle for an entire month. If your area does not support recycle find ways to recycle household items.

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alterationsbyemily
True Blue Farmgirl

685 Posts

Emily
Thomasville PA
USA
685 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2012 :  1:28:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Architecture Badge.... There is tons of information on Google Books about past structures, perhaps, learning to read a traditional plan and then for expert designing your dream, farmgirl house, and your "might actually happen" dream house.

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grammytammy
True Blue Farmgirl

585 Posts

Tamara
Binghamton ny
USA
585 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2012 :  2:13:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How about some kind of badge for finishing projects that have been waiting "a while" to be complete. Might be good inspiration to finish a few

FarmGirl 2495
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