Bookbinding merit badges
I love love love these bookbinding merit badges I bought from Pod Post last year.
UPDATE 5/1/12: It looks like Pod Post no longer has an active website. 🙁
I almost didn’t want to open the package, they looked so cool in there. I finally decided that they needed to breathe.
After asking for advice on Twitter, I settled on adding the badges to my studio apron. I’m not sure how I’d ever get anything done if I didn’t have Twitter people telling me what to do.
By the way, what should I wear tomorrow? #lazy
I forced my husband to sit through a session of – “Should I put them here? How about here? Ooohh, how about this?” Poor guy.
One throbbing finger later (read below), here are the results:
Dang that blue one is all crooked-y. I am not quitting my day job.
I’m now considering some more badges to add to the mix:
A bookbinding merit badge from the Boy Scouts of America. This badge was in use from 1927 – 1987, after which it was merged with the Graphic Arts badge. I wonder what kind of ruckus would ensue if the BSA knew that a woman had one of these in her possession… A number of these badges are currently for sale by Ebay seller TSPA, an outlet for Scouting collectibles.
The Boy Scout Store‘s Finger Carving Merit Badge. Is there anyone out there who does not have at least one battle scar from their bookbinding exploits? Mine is about 3/8″ long on my left index finger. In fact, I’m thinking that there should also be a finger stabbing badge – my thumb is all swollen from having stabbed it with the needle while sewing on my bookbinding badges.
The Tantrum Merit Badge by Mama Merit Badges. Yeah, if I can’t get something to work while in the studio (especially if I’m under deadline), things are gonna get thrown. That’s how my favorite bone folder died. I miss him. After said throwing of things, then will come denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Then maybe some swearing, but after that, I’m done.