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Cross-stitch

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life

For this week’s Merit Badge, I decided to tackle cross-stitching! Why, you ask? Well, that’s easy. I started a book club.

Huh?

Let me explain.

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your sewing projects

To celebrate National Sewing Month, I asked if you’d send in the projects you’ve been working on. Here they are, and ladies, they are just Sew Wonderful

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You’ve Got Mail

Gifts galore!!!!!

This, this, THIS came!!!! A newfangled chicken waterer (with handy winterizing heater) made and sold by a most adorable family in Florida. Called a Chicken Kooler, it’s a must have (watch the video on their website, Cheery Chicks showcasing 4-day old baby chicks using one). She also made a darling …

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Quilting

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life

The requirements for this badge made me giggle a bit:

Pick a simple pattern, like a doll-sized quilt …

and

There is a three-hour minimum time investment required …

Somehow, I don’t think those two things will be a problem. I, myself, am rather doll-sized, and it usually takes a three-hour time commitment for me to thread a needle, so it’s all good.

I fell in love with the pattern of a Crazy Quilt. You know the kind. The kind that, um, doesn’t actually USE a pattern? Right up my alley. I’m a crafter who doesn’t play by the rules. Can’t fence me in.

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MBA Jane: Civic Heritage

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life

History has never been my thing … my forte … my area of expertise, if you will. I was usually the one in Mr. Boring Pants history class in school, yawning and doodling on my exam. Maybe I am just a forward thinker? A future-focused kind of girl?

 

But all that’s about to change! Getting my Civic Heritage Badge has made me a believer:

 

History is actually, sorta, you know, like, fascinating! Not boring … or scary at all. Except for all that battle stuff.

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Shocker. I mean, really, who knew? Not me. And not Mr. Boring Pants, either, I’d wager. He almost put himself to sleep once, as he droned on and on about the Cuban Mission Crisis. Cuban Missing Crisis? Cuban Michelin Crisis? I never did hop on the express train to knowledge with that one.

Anyhow.

Confession time: As embarrassing as it is to admit, I have never set foot in my local museum. I know! Grab your pitchforks and heat up the tar, ladies. I am truly sorry, and I will make up for it by going several times per year now. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, if I lie. (Well, not that part so much.)

When I told the lady at the front desk that it was my first time there, she was kind enough to give me the educational packets she hands out to the elementary kids. A bit humbling, to be sure, but hey, I love a good word scramble and scavenger hunt. I eyed a group of first graders with the gleam of competition in my eye (better than a needle any day). They were going down!

Turns out the history of my little town was actually sort of interesting, especially when there are black and white photographs to go with the dry old plaques. Talk about roughin’ it! Man, those pioneers were some tough old birds. Even the children looked like they could teach me a thing or two about life.

I swear, I found a dead ringer for my Grandma Barbie in one of the photos. I nearly swallowed the pencil I had between my teeth (trying to be libraryish), and did a major double take. Could my ancestors have come over on the Oregon Trail? On the Mayflower? Were they involved in the Cube Shaped Missing Crisis? Hmm. My thoughts were going a mile a minute. I was thinking an interview with Grandma Barbie was next … I could be the genealogist of the family. I could get my own television show.

MBA Jane, Ancestor Hunter

Woman vs. the Past

The TV crew could drop me in the prairie with nothing but my survival skills and a cast-iron skillet …

Wait. I just saw a photo of a primitive outhouse.

Never mind.

Back to reality (and it seems as though that class of first graders is one room ahead of me). Egads! Moving right along.

So, it turns out, I don’t hate history. Epic knowledge. These merit badges surprise me every time. Maybe I don’t not like mayonnaise? Cheap dates? Bad perms? Only time will tell.

Grandma’s Apron

A couple of years ago, a poem about aprons caught fire on the Internet. Here’s a newer version (well, new to me). I thought (or rather, I knew) you’d enjoy reading it along with a collection of our apron photos.

Remember making an apron in Home Ec? Remember Home Ec?

The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons required less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

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