Friday, October 29, 2010

Pom-Pom Pumpkins & Scrapbooking Freebies

We finished up our fall sales last weekend. And our troop was about to put over $500 in the bank. I'm so proud of my girls. Our troop meeting this week was a simple one. Since we started the hat/scarf sets last time, we needed to finish this week -- which is good since the weather here in South Dakota has been cold, windy and wet. I decided that the scarves are really a lot of cutting and not a lot of hands on work for the girls, so I asked my co-leader to take the moms and dads into our work room and make finish the scarves while I read Chapter 5 of Welcome to the Daisy Garden to the girls. I loved how the flowers each represent a color of the daisy petals we learned last year! After our reading lesson we started working on our pom-pom pumpkins. I found the idea and directions at You can find the directions on that site.
Pom-Pom Pumpkin
The only thing we changed on the pom-pom pumpkins was that we used green and brown pipe cleaners to tie off the bundle, using the ends to create a stem and curl of vine. I thought the difference in color from the orange yarn would make it easier to keep the girls from accidentally cutting the wrong piece of yarn.

I'd also like to offer a free digital scrapbooking set to anyone who would like it. I tried to encompass all the levels of Girl Scouts with this set: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador and Leader. There are bridging embellishments, word art, and Girl Scout awards among other things. The last items to be finished was the "recycled" alpha. I tried to make something that looks like a craft project I might actually make with my girls. I think this alpha really looks like something a Daisy troop could make. Let me know what you think. If you make any layouts, send me a copy and I'll post it if you want.
Girl Scouts Preview
Please go to my other blog to find the download link.

Friday, October 15, 2010

What a great meeting! No-Sew Hats project

I thought we had a great meeting last night. We started our meeting off by a question and answer period about our fall sales, which we started last week. I regret that I forgot to go through the Promise and Law with the girls. I will do better next time!

In the Daisy Journey we read Chapter 3, learning about Amazing Daisy and her cousins from all over the world. It was at this point that I realized I'd forgotten to bring the herb gardens with me to the meeting! I will do better next time! The girls' homework for next time is to draw a picture of what they think our gardens will look like as they grow.

Our Fashion project for this week was our no-sew winter hats. I found the patterns in an amazing book by Judy Ann Sadler called, Making Fleece Crafts.
Making Fleece Crafts
Most of the girls could not wait to get started on this project, but a few forgot their fleece. I was so proud of my girls! They offered to share extra fabric with each other and EVERYONE got to make a hat. It was so great! I don't have a picture to post yet because we weren't able to make our scarves last night. We will complete the set at our next meeting and get pictures I can post.
If you would like to download my instructions for this project in pdf format, please click here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Much better!

Our second meeting of the year was so much better than the first! We started out with practicing the Promise and the Law together. The girls are getting pretty good at them, although more than one has problems holding up the 3 fingers.

Next, the F. earned her "Animal Tracks" patch. She told us about her family vacation to North Dakota where they went to the National Fish Hatchery and on nature hikes. With the help of her mom, F. found the tracks of animals like deer. Then the made a circle out of poster board--using paper clips to hold it together, and then mixed plaster of paris. (F.'s mom brought the p.o.p. pre-measured in plastic bags, then added bottled water and mixed it when needed.) We were able to see the tracks of the deer very clearly.

We were able to read Chapters 1 and 2 from our journey books. The girls are assigned to do the workbook pages of those chapters as homework for our next meeting. I think I'll send out an email reminding them about a week before our next meeting. We also planted our herb gardens. I was able to buy 4 herb garden kits at a local store when they were clearanced at the end of summer. The herbs in each garden are Lavender, Oregano and Thyme. The girls worked together to plant the seeds. I will keep the gardens here at my house transporting them to each meeting so the girls can see the plants' progress.

Our craft this week was to finish the pincushion sewing kits we started last week. Last week the girls chose the fabric they wanted to cover the pincushion. We then glued it onto the Styrofoam and then to the lid of the little plastic containers. This week the girls glued a ribbon around the edge of the Styrofoam (pinning it in place until dry) and then I gave them each 2 tiny spools of thread for their kits. Here is a picture of my pincushion sewing kit.
Pincushion Sewing Kit

I also handed out the fleece water bottle carrier bags. My daughter and I sewed them at home and then cut the fringe in for each girl. The girls' job now is to tie the fringes to complete the bag. Once they have brought it to show me they have completed it, they will receive a patch with their name and troop number to glue on to their bag. This will be the second of their 5 fashion projects towards earning their fashion patches.
Fashion Patch