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Name: MaryJane
Sherwood, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Region: Arkansas Composter Daylilies Garden Ideas: Level 1
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maryjane
Jun 26, 2014 8:37 AM CST
I could not find a badge for my region: Arkansas. Is there a way to add this?
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Jun 26, 2014 9:09 AM CST
let's ask @dave!
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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Bonehead
Jun 26, 2014 2:23 PM CST
I think he's working on individual states, perhaps in response to requests (?) Personally, I like the state badges that symbolize something - the Georgia peach, Colorado Rockies, etc. Mainly because I don't often recognize just an outline of the state, especially some of the more squarish ones. I feel more tuned into my gardening region (PNW) than my state (WA) but that of course differs for everyone, and I have no idea what region Arkansas would land in.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 26, 2014 2:56 PM CST
I have some notes about creating images for microbadges.

krancmm:
>> Dave, in what format (jpeg, png) and how should I send my masterpieces to you?

Dave:
>> PNG with transparent background. E-Mail them to me at dave@whitinger.net - if you upload them here the ATP system will convert them to jpeg and that's Thumbs down

>> Also, all microbadges are 32x32 in size.

It must be hard to get a clear image into 32x32 pixels!

Here is an outline of Arkansas someone could work from, but directly copying it might be a copyright violation.
I sent that site a question once, asking about re-using their maps on other websites, but got no answer. They offer 'printable' versions, so they don't seem very concerned about re-use.

It's not a very distinctive state shape, especially after reducing to 32x32.

http://www.50states.com/maps/
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How about the state flag with the center reduced to just "AR"?
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An apple blossom (the official state flower)?

A quartz crystal?
("Mount Ida is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World. "
and "The quartz crystal is the official state rock")
http://www.50states.com/facts/arkansas.htm#.U6yGpkCgpw0

A pine tree? (The official state tree)

The honeybee is the official state insect.

The state seal is too complicated for a microbadge, but has some nice individual symbols:
"the Angel of Mercy, the Sword of Justice and the Goddess of Liberty "
"a steamboat, a plow, a beehive and a sheaf of wheat"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_of_Arkansas

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jun 26, 2014 4:27 PM CST

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I'm always happy to add badges. I can't add Arkansas immediately but if anyone wants to email me one at dave@whitinger.net I can expedite the process. It needs to be transparent and exactly 32x32 in size.

If nobody gets one to me by tomorrow I'll try to make it at that time.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 26, 2014 5:20 PM CST
Sorry, artistry and editing photos are not skills I have!

Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 26, 2014 6:31 PM CST
This is my best shot, but it's pretty lame.

Is there an artist in the house?




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Name: MaryJane
Sherwood, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Region: Arkansas Composter Daylilies Garden Ideas: Level 1
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maryjane
Jun 26, 2014 6:36 PM CST
Dave, I'm the one from Arkansas making the request and if possible I think the apple blossom, state flower would be great.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jun 27, 2014 7:01 AM CST

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I can't really find a good apple blossom that would look good in such a tiny size.

I've made the microbadge using the flag, and if we ever find a better image in the future I can always replace the current image with the new one. Here's your shiny new badge!

http://garden.org/special/badges/badge.php?bn=arkansas
Name: MaryJane
Sherwood, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Region: Arkansas Composter Daylilies Garden Ideas: Level 1
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maryjane
Jun 27, 2014 7:25 AM CST
Many thanks!! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Thank You!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jun 27, 2014 7:42 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

You're very welcome! Smiling
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jun 27, 2014 11:09 AM CST
That looks great compared to my effort!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Jun 27, 2014 11:12 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

When you upload a photo to a forum it converts it to jpg. That's why I always need incoming badges to be emailed directly to my email so it retains its original format.

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