Sympathy Dolls

A friend – Cassandra Morris – showed me this fascinating idea. I can’t wait to make several of these. They are absolutely adorable and look easy enough for any girl old enough to work a sewing machine.

only bad thing is that I’ve not owned wool trousers since I was in high school πŸ˜‰

The video is fun to watch. I remember when I was in junior high and we were taught the ‘big hairy knot’ – only they didn’t call it that πŸ˜‰

I’m off to scour that website some more and think about what we would do with these dolls once they are finished.




Girl Scouts has the new CEO. They add a new level to girl scouts so that now you are in each level for 2 years. (Personally, I think this cheats the Daisies. They cannot rain funds or take trips, etc because they are considered too young, and now they are pushing first graders back into the Daisy category – something I’m not too happy about. Do I want to take 10 five year olds camping? Not really, but they would definitely enjoy an outing at the local nature center. Or a trip to the local firehouse. Or a learning trip at the library where they can sign up for library cards if parents are willing.)

I got off track πŸ˜‰ We switched bakers (Because of the merger) and Cookies won’t be sold in January, they will now sell in Feb, BUT we can take orders as early as the end of December? Who wants to order cookies they will wait over a month for? Of course the soldiers we are sponsoring overseas have already made requests….

I hear they are doing away with Studio 2B.

I wonder what other changes the new year will bring.


Christmas Caroling without the Christmas

Our yearly adventure to caroling at the Nursing home didn’t go off as smoothly as I’d hoped. About half the girls arrived while I’d been used to almost all of them showing up. Someone mentioned being tired of it, but since we’d skipped caroling last year, I’m not sure how they can be tired of it πŸ˜‰

we handed out bookmarks and candy, and made plans to return again soon. Smiles on the faces of the people were worth the two hours it took to make the bookmarks while saying, hurry up we don’t have much time before we have to go caroling ( Because our date was only made a few days before we went….)

Β Seee, a lesson to be learned. Plan in advance πŸ˜‰


What I’ve been working on

I’ve been quiet lately because I’ve been working on xmas gifts.

Ponchos, pony tail holders, purses, book thongs, and whatever else I can get my hands on. Like yoyo’s for the advent calendar I didn’t finish in time.

I’m trying to make as many gifts as I can this year πŸ™‚

Happy Crafting!


Community Service

I contacted a local nursing home. (The one I gave up on because of their lack of returning phone calls – to learn that there’d been a break in between having a head of recreation. The one I was used to working with had left, which I’d known, but she hadn’t been replaced until this year.)

So… now, not only are we going to sing winter songs, but they invited us to their winter show, and asked if we’d be interested in visiting for valentine’s day and easter. I said absolutely. (We already plan to return to our visits at Halloween and December again.) And I discussed some new programs they will be offering their residents and we might find a way to work on our silver award πŸ™‚

I can’t wait to tell the girls at our meeting.

Sometimes all it takes is one phone call, and suddenly you have a LOT of community service and projects to work on to help others in your community.

Make those phone calls πŸ˜‰


The Silver Award

I’m preparing ahead of time because next year my girls will be working on earning their Silver Awards.

The GS link:

Girl Scout Silver Award
Highest Award for Girls 11-14

The Girl Scout Silver Award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. The first four requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award help girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills, and make a commitment to self-improvement. The Girl Scout Silver Award Project can be undertaken when the first four requirements are completed. It can be done as an individual or with a group. If done with a group, a girl must be responsible for a specific part of the project and evaluate her contribution to the project and the group.

Requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award:

A girl must be 11 or going into the sixth grade to begin work on STEPS 1-4 of her Girl Scout Silver Award. She must be 12 or going into the seventh grade to start work on STEPS 5 and 6 of the Girl Scout Silver Award Project. She must complete STEPS 5 and 6 by age 14 or before the start of the 10th grade.

Ideas taken from the GS site:

Here are some sample projects to get you thinking.

  • Clean up a polluted stream for wildlife
  • Create a “science nook” at a school
  • Work with a federal natural resource agency on a Linking Girls to the Land project.
  • Establish a sustainable food pantry in your community
  • Host a walker “pit stop” for an extended breast cancer walk
  • Learn to be clowns and visit hospitals or senior centers
  • Make puppet boxes to accompany stories for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts
  • Plan and coordinate a math day for younger girls
  • Put on a bicycle safety fair in your community
  • Start a sustainable recycling program at school
  • Write and perform a puppet play to teach children safety tips they can use when not in school.

Another helpful site

  • As of October 1, 2006, all girls working towards the Girl Scout Silver Award must use the requirements found in the Studio 2B Focus book, Girl Scout Silver Award Go Girl Scout Silver AwardFor It!
  • Girls must be 11 years old or going into the sixth grade to begin working on steps 1 – 4 of the Girl Scout Silver Award. To work on steps 5 and 6, they must be 12 years old or going into the 7th grade. Steps 5 and 6 must be completed by age 14 or by September 30 after the completion of the 9th grade.
  • Girls who have bridged in the spring from Juniors to Girls Scouts 11 – 17, may be working on steps 1 – 4.
  • Accomplishments before age 11 or going into the sixth grade cannot be used to the Girl Scout Silver Award.
  • Projects do not need council approval.
  • Girls may work as a group on a project.Β  However, each girl must have her own distinct part which includes leadership and she must put in the required hours.
  • The project may be done in or out of Girl Scouting, but must reflect some aspect of community service. If a project is solely for Girl Scouts, then a girl must reach out to the community in some way.
  • Girls must sign a contract with their advisor before beginning the process. It is found in the β€œGo for It” insert.
  • All projects must meet with Safety-Wise and council guidelines.
  • Council approval must be given for any money earning and gift in kind solicitation activities. Girls must work with an adult partner, who does the ask for money or goods. See the M*O*N*E*Y and Your Leadership Project handout, available through the council.
  • Girl Scouts cannot raise money for another organization.
  • Council approval must be given before working on any project that impacts Girl Scout council programming, operations, or Girl Scout council property.
  • Avoid projects that are simple service projects, projects that involve Web sites (legal issues involved), or like creating a β€œcouncil’s own” patch.
  • Projects must be a minimum of 40 hours. Remember planning time counts and you may count the hours you used to work on the 4B Challenge.
  • Project advisors should be someone other than a parent. A troop advisor may be the project advisor if she has specific experience related to the project. It is recommended that someone from the community, who has knowledge of the project topic, be the advisor. Example, a librarian might be the project advisor for a project that involves literacy.
  • A Girl Scout Silver Award Final Report Form (PDF or Word) must be turned into the council upon completion of the project. The final report form must be submitted no later than September 30 following the completion of the ninth grade. The council will provide a certificate and authorization to purchase a Girl Scout Silver Award pin. Allow 3 weeks to process certificates and authorization.
  • And I also found this information:

    The first four requirements of the award ask you to build your skills, explore career possibilities, increase your leadership skills, and make a commitment to improving yourself. You can do Steps 2-4 in any order or even work on them simultaneously, but they must be completed prior to the fifth requirement, the Girl Scout Silver Award Project. You should work closely with your adult adviser in the completion of all the requirements.

    I’ll update as I do more research πŸ™‚


    Pipe cleaner and fingerprint creatures

    Last week my Daisies made fingerprint creatures. I had them press thumb prints on a sheet of paper and then with markers make the print a creature. They LOVED it.

    finger print comic book idea

    more fingerprint directions

    more ideas –Β  scroll down past origami

    I was browsing Martha’s website today and found these:

    Pipe Cleaner Creatures

    Basic Body How-To
    Coil pipe cleaner around a marker (the thicker the marker, the fatter the animal) and slide off.

    I wonder how hard it would be to make a snowman….

    Happy Crafting!

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