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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

57 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
57 Posts

Posted - Feb 16 2017 :  12:34:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Brian!

Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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isewbernina
Farmgirl in Training

10 Posts

Kathy
Salina KS
USA
10 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2017 :  4:29:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I started reading the posts on Merit Badge Chit Chat and found the walnut cracker post and that I know I am able to do and will make some for gifts. Here in Kansas we have oodles of Black Walnuts and they are difficult to crack. A friend of mine in the MO Ozarks told me to put them on a cookie sheet in a 200* oven for 2-3 hours to warm them after the green outer hull is taken off. When the walnuts are warm the shell will open and you will be able to take the nutmeat out easily.
Kathy in KS

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. Eleanor Roosevelt
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

4002 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
4002 Posts

Posted - Mar 20 2017 :  12:45:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kathy, let us know how that turns out when you try it!

Krista
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

762 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
762 Posts

Posted - Mar 24 2017 :  07:42:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If anyone who is either interested in button history and/or is working on their Button badge, Linzee McCray from Moda Cutting Table blog posted a great blog post on buttons. You can check it out here:

http://blog.modafabrics.com/2017/03/button-button-whose-got-em-the-button-museum-thats-who/

Catch you later! Cheers!



Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
http://www.fibrejunction.com
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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3602 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3602 Posts

Posted - Mar 24 2017 :  11:07:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carole, thank you so much for sharing this link to the MOP buttons of Muscatine! Such an interesting site and story.

Farmgirl sister #3926

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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forgetmenot
True Blue Farmgirl

3602 Posts

Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
3602 Posts

Posted - Mar 24 2017 :  11:16:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have many black walnut trees. I spend many winter eves cracking and shelling walnuts. I'll be trying the oven warming method. Thanks for sharing the tip!

Farmgirl sister #3926

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

762 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
762 Posts

Posted - Mar 24 2017 :  12:26:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are most welcome Judith.

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
http://www.fibrejunction.com
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13368 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13368 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2017 :  07:29:03 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Just wanted to say "GOOD JOB" to all the recent Merit Badge awardees!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
Mother Hen: FARMGIRLS SOUTHWEST HENHOUSE

my aprons - http://www.facebook.com/FarmFreshAprons

living life - www.snippetscja.blogspot.com

from my heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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Pixiedustdevil
True Blue Farmgirl

68 Posts


Temperate Rainforest Oregon
USA
68 Posts

Posted - Apr 29 2017 :  7:32:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes I still live! Had to go on hiatus for a while, and now that it's spring cleaning and garden planning; I won't be applying for as many merit badges. But I just requested the book for the beginner calligraphy. I kind of dabble in that already so hopefully that will be an easy one. I also need to work on the Language and culture badge. I can read Japanese, but can't speak it, weird right? I just need to do my intermediate and expert sections of the badge. With the garden season I'll be able to start the 'Good, bad, and ugly bugs' badge. I suggest the name for that badge and I have to admit i'm tickled that they went with the name I suggested LOL. And lastly I need to submit for the 'Stargazing Chicks' badge. I've done the work, but need to organize it and submit it. Looking at the night sky is difficult when you live in a temperate rainforest, the rainy season lasts for 8 months here.

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Jack of all trades, master of none,
though oftentimes better than master of one.
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

57 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
57 Posts

Posted - Apr 30 2017 :  05:20:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I finished a needlepoint this week - not sure if I can use it for any badges on here but it was fun anyway



Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

925 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
925 Posts

Posted - Apr 30 2017 :  06:15:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, that is beautiful Hilary! How long did it take you to make this needlepoint? Will you frame it or make it into a pillow or cushion?

Jana
#7110

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Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz
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KnyttWytch
True Blue Farmgirl

57 Posts

Hilary
Cambridge Cambridgeshire
United Kingdom
57 Posts

Posted - Apr 30 2017 :  07:30:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It took me about 5 years on and off! and it will become a cushion along with this



Disabled knitter and stitcher (lover of real food!)
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

4002 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
4002 Posts

Posted - May 01 2017 :  11:28:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome back Cyrie! Looks like you are already off to a busy start! That is so cool you can read Japanese. How did you learn to do that? Good luck with all your merit badge work!

Hilary, your needlepoint is beautiful! 5 years seems like a long time. Way to go.

Krista
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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

762 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
762 Posts

Posted - May 02 2017 :  08:15:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hilary, your needlepoint piece is beautiful!

I had a neighbour many moons ago that had an antique needlepoint rug (flowers on black background). They were squares stitched together to make a large area rug. It was gorgeous. I did think of doing something like that for my home and then the thought just vanished! lol

Carole
Farmgirl Sister 3610 - Nov 7/2011
http://www.carolesquiltingetc.com
http://www.fibrejunction.com

Edited by - ceridwen on May 02 2017 08:16:44 AM
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13368 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13368 Posts

Posted - May 02 2017 :  09:36:59 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Hilary
Beautiful needlepoint! I had one started over 20 years ago and lost it in our house fire. Haven't tried again since.
Yours is gorgeous!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
Mother Hen: FARMGIRLS SOUTHWEST HENHOUSE

my aprons - http://www.facebook.com/FarmFreshAprons

living life - www.snippetscja.blogspot.com

from my heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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Pixiedustdevil
True Blue Farmgirl

68 Posts


Temperate Rainforest Oregon
USA
68 Posts

Posted - May 02 2017 :  4:21:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those needlepoints are pretty! Are they based off of the 'Lady and the Unicorn' tapestry?
Now your making me want to finish my cross-stitch, which has been sitting in the UFO pile since 2011.... not so much a UFO pile but the pile of shame. :P

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

4002 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
4002 Posts

Posted - May 26 2017 :  10:17:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What Merit badges are you all working on? How are they coming along?

Krista
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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

369 Posts

Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Jul 11 2017 :  09:06:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi y'all, I'm Katie. I'm brand new here and am just getting started on my merit badges. I, too, had a difficult time narrowing them down to get started ~ they all sound nifty and fun!

A little bit about myself first. I am disabled and am afflicted with a progressive nerve condition however I try not to let it get me down!!! My husband and I have a little homestead where I do my therapy (physical, emotional, etc.) in the garden. It has kept me alive! When I stumbled upon the Farmgirl Connection it seemed a perfect fit to keep my mind active to learn new things, remind me of skills I already know, and almost most of all, meet new ladies of similar mindset. I crave that.

So, all that being said, here is what I have chosen to begin with...

Sew Wonderful - I already know how to sew but I look forward to sharing my skills with someone else. I already have someone in mind.

Aprons - Can I just say I LOVE aprons!!! But, can you believe I never made one. So this is the time ladies. I'm going to do it

Knitting - Hmmm, I know a little, very little. My grandma taught me 40 years ago but she was lefty and I'm a righty so I never really caught on. This is a skill I really want to learn.

Self-Sufficiency - This is near and dear to me and something I try to stick to already. I look forward to creating the spice blends and I already have a gifting idea. I can but want to try my hand at fermenting this year. This gives me the perfect opportunity to try.

Homespun Christmas - It's that time to start thinking about crafting for the holidays. I'm giving myself a heftier goal than the 25%, I'm going for 50%!

Music - I have a degree in violin performance that I haven't "used" in years. On rainy days I look forward to working with some of my past knowledge and doing some research. Work those grey cells

Herbs - I have, if I do say so myself, a beautiful herb garden but I "do" very little with it except maintain it and use the culinary herbs. I'd like to learn more about teas and medicinal herbs.

Finally,
Speak for the Trees - I love trees, enough said.

So there you have it. Like I said, I'm new, I'd love to get to know some of you

Katie Reichenbach
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

3260 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
3260 Posts

Posted - Jul 11 2017 :  09:47:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Katie, welcome to the farm. Those are some ambitious goals. Email me anytime with questions about knitting, crafting and herbs. I have a couple really good medicinal herb books from which I can research any questions or ideas.

Good luck and keep us informed.

Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

666 Posts

Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
666 Posts

Posted - Jul 11 2017 :  09:59:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome Katie. You've found the right place to hang out!

Jill
Farmgirl #6748
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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

369 Posts

Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Jul 11 2017 :  10:04:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a question...

In working on herbs, I have already done the beginner and intermediate levels. How do I document these? For instance, I've been growing an herb garden for years. I added many things this year, however.

KTBug
Friends are the flowers that bloom in life's garden.
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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

369 Posts

Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Jul 11 2017 :  10:07:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hilary, those are beautiful needlepoints!

KTBug
Friends are the flowers that bloom in life's garden.
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

4002 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
4002 Posts

Posted - Jul 11 2017 :  6:11:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad you found the topic, Katie! You have some chosen some wonderful badges to start with. I can't wait to see your progress with each of them!

Krista
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Pixiedustdevil
True Blue Farmgirl

68 Posts


Temperate Rainforest Oregon
USA
68 Posts

Posted - Jul 11 2017 :  7:47:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
@Katie

Welcome!

I'm not sure what you mean by 'document.'
You just need Expert level, correct? That only involves planting 3 more herbs, harvest, and give some to your friends with recipes to use them in.
When it says to plant 3 more herbs they don't have to be a whole new herb you don't have (and never use) it could be a different breed. An example would be I have plain thyme, but then I bought a lemon and lime thyme, which tastes different. Or have different varieties of mint. Last year I planted pepper mint, pineapple mint, and a chocolate mint.

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*Farmgirl sister of the year 2017

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farmgirl68
True Blue Farmgirl

369 Posts

Katie
Bangor Pennsylvania
USA
369 Posts

Posted - Jul 12 2017 :  06:04:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you everyone!

KTBug
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