The 'Bringing Home the Bacon' badge in the March 2014 Issue of The Food Network Magazine

The 'Bringing Home the Bacon' badge in the March 2014 Issue of The Food Network Magazine

Badges in the Dec/Jan 2011 issue of Bust Magazine  

Badges in the Dec/Jan 2011 issue of Bust Magazine

 

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

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BE PROUD was a collection of handmade merit badges inspired by idioms that honoured our everyday triumphs and missteps. 

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 less disposable then those most familiarly earned.  I illustrated, silkscreened, hand painted, hand embroidered, and machine stitched each badge together. 

Below is the collection in its entirety.  I stopped producing Be Proud badges in 2016 and retired the whole collection.  While most are now gone forever, a few still remain in deadstock.  Feel free to contact me if you are interested in purchasing.

Wilderness Collection:

'Always Having an Ax to Grind'.

'Being a Happy Camper'.

 

'Being Like a Bump on a Log'.

'Gilding the Lilies'.

 

'Going Against the Grain'.

'Playing With Fire'.

'Stopping to Smell the Roses'.

 

Winged Ones Collection:

'Being a Mother Hen'.

 

'Being a Busy Bee'.

 

'Being Proud as a Peacock'.

 

 'Leaving the Nest'.

 

'Making a House a Home'.

'Spreading Your Wings'.

 

Animal Collection:

'Being a Papa Bear'.

 

'Being a Smitten Kitten'.

 

'Being a Busy Beaver'.

'Being Drunk as a Skunk'.

'Being in the Dog House'.

'Being Innocent as a Lamb'.

'Being Nutty as a Squirrel'.

 

'Being Sly as a Fox'.

 

'Being Strong as an Ox'.

'Being Top Dog'.

'Getting Back on the Horse'.

 

'Going Out on a Limb'.

 

'Never Changing Your Spots'.

 

Food Collection:

'Being a Smart Cookie'.

 

'Being Sweet as Pie'.

 

'Being the Apple of My Eye'.

'Being the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread'.

 

'Bringing Home the Bacon'.

 

'Having a Bun in the Oven'.

 

'Making Lemons into Lemonade'.

 

'Taking the Cake'.

 

Possession Collection:

'Being Just My Type'.

 

'Being My Main Squeeze'.

 

'Being Pretty as a Picture'.

 

'Dancing to the Beat of Your Own Drum'.

 

'Knocking Socks Off'.

 

'Pushing the Envelope'.

 

'Rolling With the Punches'.

 

'Tying the Knot'.