Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: The Penny Worthy Project


The Penny Worthy Project

The Penny Worthy Project:
The objective of the Penny Worthy Project is undefined as of right now. It's an idea rolling around in my head begging to get out and that's why I'm starting it without a clearly defined goal. It's a link party, it's inspiration, it's thrifted Sunday, it's your Etsy store, it's your weekly craft check-in, Ebay listings, art journal posts, recipes to share, presents to make, decorating on a budget, book selling and anything else you want it to be.
It's a study in how you are making it, surviving life with or without a job, with or with out your own home. With kids without kids. With special materials or nothing at all. What inspires you? What drives you to be creative? How are creatively making your money go farther?

We had a pretty fantastic Christmas, lots of good thrifted treats were given and received. What a glorious realization that giving and getting thrifted treasures was happily accepted by all family members. We ate, drank margaritas and good beer, ate more, opened presents, played and visited. The entire holiday was laid back and relaxed and very enjoyable.

Our personal goal this year was to cut our kids expectations and subsequent overload behavior they go into by drastically reducing the number of gifts under the tree. They didn't seem to notice and actually were done opening presents when they still had a present under of the tree. We felt pretty good at their acceptance of a smaller gift amount. Santa gave them a nice train real train set to share and wooden planes to build with dad.

Other gifts included a handmade 'comet center' for our 5 year old with lots of knobs, dials to turn and a lite brite attached for tracking too! Built by dad and enhanced by brother it is AWESOME.
Handmade pajamas for each boy, a robotics kit(basically a torn apart radio and other hardware bits to tear down and rebuild) for one boy and fossil digging kit for another. Home dyed play silks and shooting stars made by me and my friend Stephanie

Books seemed to be a favorite for giving too, we all got and gave vintage books to each other.
 And my crafty husband worked really hard for a long time to complete armor for both little boys. All pop tops collected from soda drinkers.

 While we tried really hard to let everyone know we wanted to limit gifts to one per person this was only observed by part of our family. Oh well we'll just try again next year. Although with all the thrifted goodies exchanged I still think of the whole experience in cutting down as completely successful. Plus I scored an awesome box of ornaments in our Christmas Eve gift exchange.

I seriously LOVE the little clip on bird with feather tail
I did find one little treasure this week:

A REAL McCoy canister that matches my pitcher that I found last summer! 

And what's better than one McCoy canister that matches my pitcher from last year? TWO matching McCoy canisters that match my pitcher from last year. Heh.

What did you give get or find this week? I'd love to see it. Add a link and grab the button and have fun!

Peace and Love--


  1. Looks like you had a fantastic Christmas. Being a former Renaissance reenactor (ok, I was a player) naturally I am in awe of the chainmail. Had to take a closer look at the books too. Great selection.
    Love the shooting stars and all the other gifts sound like a lot of creative fun.
    I am doing an end of year thrifty wrap up that I'll link in a bit later. Having to write it in parts.

  2. Please keep doing this. I think it adds goodness to the world.

    We've become pretty good at living on a shoestring, but it makes my heart happy to have friends and loved ones (fortunately for me, this includes the people I live with) who find it joyful and not oppressive to live within our meager means.

  3. oh i love that you made such gorgeous shooting stars. actually, i just love that you even made shooting stars!

    make a wish!


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