How to sew on merit badges

Over the last 8 years I have spent many hours sewing on merit badges.  I went back and looked, Lily has earned over 100 merit badges, 45 service stars and countless fun patches.  I have always used invisible thread on my sewing machine to accomplish this.

Recently I saw a post on Facebook by Bridget Simmons from WA0722. She did an amazing job showing step by step how she sews on her daughter’s badges.  With her blessing, I wanted to share it with you. Continue reading

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Badge Help – Freedom Seekers #10

Who was John W. Anderson?  A quick Google search provided multiple answers.
  • Commodore John William Anderson was the longest serving captain of the SS United States
  • John W Anderson,  Automotive Hall of Fame member, and prolific inventor.
  • Sheriff John W Anderson (per Facebook)
  • John W Anderson,  veteran at the battle of San Jacinto
  • John W Anderson,  attorney at law
    and the list goes on.

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Glass craft

This summer I had the opportunity to take a glass crafting class.  I have always loved stained glass, and while this is not stained glass, it is a pre-requisite to the stained glass craft that I would love to learn how to do.

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AHG Badge Help – Insect-a Inspect-a #17

Now that I’m home from summer camp I dream of knitting. But instead of relaxing with the rhythm of the needles, I’m preparing for our troop’s PiPa Badge Bash. Continue reading

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Sea Turtle


With summer coming to a close, this sea turtle is ready to make a splash in the ocean.

I began with a free pattern written by Rebecca Olsen.  The pattern in knitted in pieces and required a bit more seaming than I would have liked.  But the end result was an adorable turtle ready to make waves. The pattern can be found on the Knitty website (here).

Happy Knitting

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AHG Badge Help – Our Flag #21

I love this time of year, flags waving… everyone wearing red, white and blue… pretending it is not hot.

Each year our AHG troop participates in the local 4th of July parade. This is the perfect time for a PiPa who is working on the Our Flag badge to take the lead. Requirement #21 has the girl create a booklet of patriotic songs and teach them to a younger unit. Continue reading

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Summer 2019

Summer is almost over. It has been a crazy couple of months at my house.

First, my son graduated and enlisted in the Army. We are preparing for his last days at home as he prepares to head to basic training.  So I will soon be able to add the title Army Mom to my list of pseudo-names.  This title I will wear with great pride.  I am proud of my son and all he has accomplished.   I am proud that he wants to spend his life defending our freedoms.  While the mom in me is hesitant I am reminded of the words a missionary friend serving in the Middle East once said…

Better to be in what the world considers the most dangerous place in God’s will; than in what the world views as the safest place outside of His will

Next, my daughter and I headed to summer camp.  17 nights away from home was exhausting but we had a ball. I have lots of SWAPS to share and badge helps from the classes I taught that need to be written up.

I have had a little time to knit, but did not accomplish as much as I had hoped. But I did have the opportunity to take a Glass Craft Class.  I am completely in love with my new toys tools and can’t wait to be able to see what else I can create.  I will be sharing more about that soon.

But the sun still shines and tomorrow is a new day.

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