Thursday, February 23, 2017

Put Yourself Out There

Put yourself out there ...  be brave!! Preaching to the choir, sister (or brother)!

About a year ago, I decided to start designing and selling patch programs... BCG Patches. For years, I told the girls to "just try it". "You'll never know unless you try". "The only real failure is not starting". Wow... do I love to eat my words. 

Almost a year down the road (March 23, btw), I've worked to build the programs, listen to customer needs, spread the word, and try to get my name out there. Of course, there are hurdles and lack of knowledge on how to really launch this into a multi-million dollar industry... I need a Shark, right? (uh, no... you would see me cry on TV) It has never been the plan to replace my full-time job... the plan was to do something where I could use my creative side (design), my analytical side (organized guides), and my personable side (I am pretty good at talking to people I don't know like we've been friends for years... It's a skill...) and help people leading youth out with some easy activity ideas.

The latest and greatest "thing" to join the BCG Patches family of services (talk about your lingo...) is the YouTube channel.

I have several video tutorials out there for Handmade Treasures and Spring Surprise. Some of the Handmade Treasures videos are a bit old and please don't judge my tie-dye. But, it's getting there... and the plan is to have it all snifty and edited one of these days like to cool kids... for now, I'm happy if I don't have something weird on my face or my hair all crazy-like.

This is me... putting myself out there... be kind. and subscribe to my channel!!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Spring Surprise Patch Program

Spring is coming. Robins are returning to the area. The poor crocus believe it's time to pop up and say hello. Spring is a fun time of year, unless you have allergies... then you and I are in the same company of despising pollen. Spring is fun, though! Have some fun with your group with this month's release. 

Patch is: 
  • 3" x 2 3/4" laser cut shape
  • fully embroidered
  • sew on
Complete enough activities to total 60 points and you have earned the patch! Sample activity choices include: 
  • Decorate an egg (real or fake)
  • Color the Spring Surprise coloring sheet (included in guide)
  • Spring clean your closet or dresser and donate outgrown items.
  • Make a Tape Resist Canvas in Spring colors
  • Make boo boo bunnies to keep or donate
  • Visit a zoo or petting zoo or farm with animals
The guide is 6 pages long and includes tin punch art patterns, a word search, and coloring sheet. We, once again, have a Spring Surprise Pinterest board set up with additional ways to complete the various activities. In addition to all that, we will be posting some short videos on our YouTube channel over the next couple weeks.

FREE Guide

Order the Patch

Patches are in stock and guaranteed available through June 15, 2017.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Helping Hands: Felt Fish Cat Toys

Our troop is working on the Helping Hands patch program this year. We do one service project each month and at the end of the year, we'll have the patch earned. It helped us tremendously when planning our service meetings this year.

In January 2017, we focused on the Humane Society. We made felt fish stuffed with catnip. In February, we are delivering the fish and socializing the animals while we are there. It will be a fun trip for the troop.

So... felt fish... this is how we did it.

chipboard for pattern
embroidery floss
hot glue gun'hot glue sticks
large ziploc bag

Step 1: Make a pattern out of chipboard. 
I found a simple fish graphic. Printed it out on paper. Cut it out and then traced that onto chipboard (heavy cardboard like you find on the back of legal pads). I cut that out and voila... pattern.

Step 2: Using your pattern to trace onto felt. 
I double the layers of felt, so we always had matching sides for our fish if the shape happened to be a little off when they were cut out.

Step 3: Sew on an eye. 
Okay... so we were doing to do this to all of them and the girls were struggling... what's that saying about the best laid plans... anyway, we did sew eyes on about 6 of them and then decided to cut that from the list of "to do" items.

 Step 4: Hot glue around 3/4 of the fish.
You need to leave an opening for the next step (stuffing with catnip). We left an opening on the top or bottom of the fish.

Step 5: Stuff with catnip.
When I say "stuff", i don't mean until it's busting... we probably used about a tablespoon in each.

Step 6: Hot glue the rest of the way shut. 
Obviously, if you have little kiddos doing this you need to be careful and smart with the glue guns. My girls are older, so they are aware.

Step 7: Put in a sealed bag and plan to deliver to an animal shelter. 
You could also pass out to friends and family with cats. I know Newman the cat loved his felt fish.

You can still order the Helping Hands patches and download the free guide from The patches are only going to be around until they sell out, though, so be sure to order yours soon. :)