I needed a little bit of handwork to occupy my evenings while we were at the beach these past two weeks. I had planned on bringing some knitting, but at the last minute grabbed my embroidery basket instead. These felt badges are about 2 inches wide. The first photo shows flowers that were growing in the garden of the house we stayed in. The second photo is a piece of seaweed seen on the beach. The third photo includes a red cross, inspired I think by the life guard stations. The final photo is a starfish. I didn't find any of these creatures on the shore, but I did read about them in my "Golden Guide to Seashores" book.
Badges have been on my mind. My kids are participating in our public library's summer reading program. Each week they have received a small embroidered badge for reading a certain number of books. You can see one here that I stitched onto my son's new explorer bag. I have also loved these Mama Merit Badges I came across a while back. A wonderful twist on the Girl Scout merit badges I earned as a young girl.