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Check out my other blogs: Sow What Journey http://sarahsowwhat.tumblr.com www.100actsofgreen.org As a homeschooling Girl Scout I am often doing my Journey's as part of my school work. Which means that I have to plan and implement them myself. I have been asked to share this with others. My first blog was with the Senior Sow What Journey. Since I plan to earn 5 other Journeys -- this will be the site for all information.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Golden Eaglet - Laundress Badge

Like many of the 1934 Merit Badges -- I am having to spend a lot of time researching -- so instead of my mom or Grandma telling me, I am using YouTube videos and google.  In 1934, a Girl Scout would be quizzed by her Captain to show her proficiency.  My mom encouraged me to continue the blog so that others can view my proficiency.  Feel free to post comments and ask me questions about how I did something.  Or where I learned something.

With this badge I learned how to care for clothing and how to treat stains correctly. For example, if you have a dirt stain, a great way to get it out is to apply vinegar and baking soda (stress on the baking its important) (also mixed together) to the stain and let it sit. After an hour or so, (I waited longer) spray with Shout and wash in COLD water.  I learned that hot water will set the stain into the fabric.

When washing cotton articles, use cold water, regardless of the color and when in the dryer put in for only a small amount of time and check it frequently. You don’t want to leave it in the dryer for too long.  It will wrinkle a lot. 
When ironing (pressing) a cotton article, there is usually a cotton setting if not, put it on medium or low heat and NEVER leave the iron on the fabric for too long in one spot - it will burn.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Golden Eaglet - Needlewoman - The comfiest badge yet

This has been, by far, the comfiest badge, old and new, I have ever done. For this merit badge I learned the differences of the hand needles. Crewel needles are good for embroidery but not ribbon embroidery; you use Chenille Needles for that. Tapestry Needles are used for canvas work and embroidery.

I tidied up my sewing kit, throwing out old thread spools and organizing my needles by type and size. As well as adding more thread to the “selection”.

But the aspect of this badge that I enjoyed most was making my own pair of pajama pants. The badge originally had the girls make a simple house dress.  For me this wasn't practical -- I will be making three in the dressmaker badge.
grandmother helped me by giving me the patterns and teaching me various hems (I used three different hems on my pants). Although I had to take out and re-sew three hems because I sewed on the wrong side, I broke and replaced a sewing machine needle and pressed the pants after each hem, I got it done within three and a half hours!

I enjoyed this badge and I can’t wait to do the Laundress badge and Dressmaker!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Golden Eaglet

Blog Post #1

Golden Eaglet

My fascination with vintage badges started during the 100th anniversary when  I looked through the 1947 Intermediate guide that would have been the same my grandmother used when she was a scout.  I earned some old badges that she earned.    They are part of our family legacy badges (those my mom and grandmother earned -- now I have earned them and we have extras for my sister and future daughters.
I have finished the Journeys, interesting current Ambassador badges and over 100 of the IPP's from 1985-2002.  So I have continued to try and find a challenging goal for my next year or so as a girl scout.
I looked at the Golden Eaglet. And as crazy as it sounds, I’m going for the Golden Eaglet. Because, once an award, always an award. -- Have you seen the Golden Eaglet video?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5UBGJAeDFM

So the next series of blogs are going to be about the 21 merit badges I will have to earn to earn the Golden Eaglet.

Needle Woman and Laundress are first. I hope that in reading this, maybe you too will earn some of the older merit badges. They have more requirements, but I think they are more interesting than any of the badges they have now.

Summits completed - What's Next?

So I have completed all three Senior and Ambassador Girl Scout Journeys. 

This means I have earned the Senior and Ambassador Summit pins.

If you have read my blog - you know I have also earned my Gold Award. 

My Gold Award has been recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful.

I am honored to be moving forward with the GSUSA - National Young Women of Distinction nomination from my council as well.

See what I have planned next.

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