full page feature in Frankie Magazine (issue 36, July/August, 2010).

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BE PROUD is a collection of handmade merit badges inspired by everyday idioms, that honour the things about ourselves both commonly celebrated and chastised. 

This collection was started in 2007 as a tribute to a discarded Brownie sash found at a thrift store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  The aim was to make badges that would be more near and dear, and hence less disposable, then those most familiarly earned.  I illustrate, silkscreen, hand paint, hand embroider, and machine stitch each badge together, and daun each with a 1" pin back on the back. 

At its peak the collection reached 66 different badges.  

Below is the entire collection, divided into the ones currently being made, ones that are still in stock but will not be made again, and ones that have been officially retired.  The current collection and those in their last run are all available through my Etsy site which you can visit HERE, or you can follow the links in the badge descriptions.

  

Current Collection:

For 'Going Out on a Limb'

$25

For 'Leaving the Nest'.

$25

For 'Taking the Cake'.

$25

For 'Pushing the Envelope'.

$25

For 'Getting Back on the Horse'.

$25

For 'Being a Busy Beaver'.

$25

For 'Rolling With the Punches'.

$25

For 'Being Birds of a Feather and Flocking Together'.

$40/pair

For 'Being Two Peas in a Pod'.

$40/pair

For 'Knocking Socks Off'.

$25

For 'Being a Smitten Kitten'.

$25

For 'Tying the Knot'.

$25

For 'Drawing a Blank'.

$25

For 'Being Sly as a Fox'.

$25

For 'Having a Bun in the Oven'.

$25

For 'Being Nutty as a Squirrel'.

$25

For 'Being Drunk as a Skunk'.

$25

For 'Being a Busy Bee'.

$25

For 'Being Sweet as Pie'.

$25

For 'Being the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread'.

$25

For 'Never Changing Your Spots'.

$25

For 'Being Just My Type'.

$25

For 'Being a Smart Cookie'.

$25

For 'Dancing to the Beat of Your Own Drum'.

$25

For 'Being a Happy Camper'.

$25

For 'Being a Mother Hen'.

$25

For 'Making Lemons into Lemonade'.

$25

For 'Steaming Up the Sheets'.

$25

For 'Bringing Home the Bacon'.

$25

For 'Being a Papa Bear'.

$25

For 'Going Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly'.

$40/pair

For 'Gilding the Lilies'.

$25

For 'Stopping to Smell the Roses'.

$25

For 'Being Pretty as a Picture'.

$25

for 'Spreading Your Wings'.

$25

For 'Being My Main Squeeze'.

$25

For 'Being Proud as a Peacock'.

$25

Last Run: 

For 'Being Full of Hot Air'.

$15

for 'Having Meat on Your Bones'.

$15

For 'Wetting your Whistle'.

$15

For 'Letting the Cat Out of the Bag'.

$15

for 'Quitting Cold Turkey'.

$15

For 'Being a Black Sheep'.

$15

For 'Being High as a Kite'.

$15

For 'Painting the Town Red'.

$15

For 'Being a Straight Shooter'.

$15

For 'Flipping the Bird'.

$15

For 'Playing it Close to the Vest'.

$15

For 'Doing it Like Rabbits'.

$30/pair

For 'Barking Up the Wrong Tree'.

$15

For 'Tooting Your Own Horn'.

$15

For 'Being Top Dog'.

$15

For 'Falling Off the Wagon'.

$15

For 'Being Quiet as a Church Mouse'.

$15

For 'Cutting it Close'.

$15

For 'Having Your Head in the Clouds'.

$15

For 'Being Fit as a Fiddle'.

$15

For 'Rocking the Boat'.

Out of Print: 

For 'Being Cute as a Button'

For 'Being Hungry as a Hippo'

For 'Being a Dirtbag'

For 'Surviving First Love'

For 'Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb'

For 'Being Smart as a Tack'

For 'Making a House a Home'

For 'Being a Couple of Lovebirds'