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12 May

Amber & I started a camp fire troop, it’s been a little crazy but really fun. I kind of had social anxiety about the first meeting but the kids seemed to love it and they just keep getting better. We just had meeting number 3 on Tuesday. We made pillows (not pictured) at the first meeting, candles at the second meeting and first aid kits at the third meeting. We also gave the kids little pouches to hold their kits & their home-made mini notebooks that Danielle helped us put together… the notebooks will be for their earned stickers (the little kids have more opportunities to earn stickers than badges for the first year or so).

"make sure you get your parent's help with the ointments"

the candles were made in various thrift store jelly jars


hot glue gun conundrum

17 Jan



When I was about 8 I had to transfer my campfire patches from my little-girl ‘Bluebird’ sash to my big-girl ‘Adventurer’ vest in addition to sewing on all my recently acquired patches. I started to get into it and was quickly dissatisfied with the speed of the project. I probably whined for my mom to help me (my mom is a professional quilter and is such a fast seamstress that a couple of times in elementary school when I was out of clean pants she actually whipped me up a pair of leggings before the bus came). Anyway, she probably wanted me to do the task myself and somehow we decided to use the hot glue gun… What a great idea! After that things were going smoothly, patch after patch adhered in moments. Then I ran out of glue. So I reloaded a fresh new rod of congealed cold glue into the back of the glue gun which caused all the residual glue from the last stick to pour out of the nozzle and onto the palm of my left hand. I screamed and my mom grabbed my hand and ripped the glue scab right off along with the top few layers of skin. It was horrific. I never used a glue gun again until installing holiday 2009 on the visual team of a major retailer. You just can’t do that job without one. But I did manage to go 2 years at Parsons School of Design without the use of one which is quite a feat.

I recently reclaimed a few of my patches and sewed them onto my jean jacket…

gocco print on felt patch

wo he lo

23 Nov

I need this campfire bracelet… it spells out WO HE LO (you can see the ‘OHE’) which stands for Work-Health-Love, the campfire law. They are on ebay periodically but I haven’t gotten one yet.

Do you know this song?

worship god, hmmm

seek beauty

give service

and knowledge pursue

be trustworthy ever in all that you do

hold fast onto health

and your work glorify

and you will be happy in the law of campfire