Etsy Find Of The Week: Be Proud Merit Badges

What we miss most about Girl Scouts isn’t so much the cookies, but constantly getting rewarded for being awesome. (And OK, the cookies.) Want to get back to a place where you wore concrete evidence of your accomplishments? Check out the merit badges from Etsy seller Lee Meszaros, which might not be the same ones you saw in Girl Scouts, but have a way cuter indie sensibility. The round cloth patches are silkscreened, hand-painted, and hand-embroidered, featuring wonderful illustrations like a pie for “being as sweet as pie,” a boy and girl holding hands for “surviving first love,” and a piece of notebook paper for “drawing a blank.”

But maybe the most appropriate one would be of a bird leaving the nest. Because we all have to grow up sometime. []