6.18.2011

The Penny Worthy Project



The Penny Worthy Project is my response to tightening our belts. Gas is so expensive, food is too, everything seems to cost more theses days. How are you getting by? Do you sell on Etsy? Ebay? Thrift shop regularly? How are you getting by on less when everything costs more? Are you creating art, sewing or painting to let your soul breathe? I'd love to know! Leave a comment or a link to your blog post to join in and tell the world how you are making it.


Well I can't believe it's almost the solstice, seems like just yesterday the days were short and cold, and now here we are on the cusp of full blown summer. The days are maxing out up here around 19-20 hours of sunlight and almost constant twilight, minus the vampires. This can be very taxing on a person if you don't regiment yourself and get some sleep, I used to feel that if it was light out I wanted/needed to be up. I've learned as an adult(?) that I do in fact need sleep and to go to bed, I can only be fueled up and ready to tackle a day if I sleep. Here's to summer solstice and sleep, hurrah!

I spent a good part of the week sick or very close to sick with a nasty summer cold, so glad it's over. I was still a productive little mama and made two kinds of beautiful, delicious and thrifty jelly. Behold:
Dandelion Jelly

and Wild Rose Jelly.


 What's more thrifty than picking flowers that are free and making jelly? I included the links so you can check out the recipes and make some for yourself. I also buy my pectin, Pomona Pectin, in bulk and it is so inexpensive that way. Plus you don't need 9 cups of sugar to make one batch of jelly, you can use some, none or even honey to sweeten it, so wonderfully flexible.

I went school clothes shopping after I was feeling better and we scored lots of nice boys shirts. A dollar a piece, can't beat that!

One of my young sons will only wear woven shirts to school, so the other one has decided that's the rule and seems to be following in that direction. I don't mind, I think they look better that way and completely UNBRANDED, which I love.

Some of the jewelry I bought last week is fixing to become new pieces, I think I'm going to knit a cuff and affix something like this:


to it. Or should I sew a bracelet? Something I'm tossing around. What do you think?






Peace and Love--


8 comments:

  1. I saw a sign on the old D&A in Wasilla that said "Value Village Coming Soon", so there will be one more thrifting place to check out this winter.

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  2. What an interesting post, Laura. I have not heard of the Penny Worthy Project. I'm going to have to check it out.

    Interesting...dandelion jelly??? The wild rose jelly I've had, which was..interesting, smiles. My grandmother used to make apple peel jelly, nothing was wasted, and it was very good :)

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  3. What an interesting post, Laura. I have not heard of the Penny Worthy Project. I'm going to have to check it out.

    Interesting...dandelion jelly??? The wild rose jelly I've had, which was..interesting, smiles. My grandmother used to make apple peel jelly, nothing was wasted, and it was very good :)

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  4. What an interesting post, Laura. I have not heard of the Penny Worthy Project. I'm going to have to check it out.

    Interesting...dandelion jelly??? The wild rose jelly I've had, which was..interesting, smiles. My grandmother used to make apple peel jelly, nothing was wasted, and it was very good :)

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  5. What an interesting post, Laura. I have not heard of the Penny Worthy Project. I'm going to have to check it out.

    Interesting...dandelion jelly??? The wild rose jelly I've had, which was..interesting, smiles. My grandmother used to make apple peel jelly, nothing was wasted, and it was very good :)

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  6. What an interesting post, Laura. I have not heard of the Penny Worthy Project. I'm going to have to check it out.

    Interesting...dandelion jelly??? The wild rose jelly I've had, which was..interesting, smiles. My grandmother used to make apple peel jelly, nothing was wasted, and it was very good :)

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  7. I have set up my Zibbet for crafts and my Ebay store as a garage sale, so hopefully I will start getting more regular sales.

    We try to make as much at home as we can and buy just what we will eat so that food doesn't go bad. We have a Grocery Outlet here as well, which is great for getting organic foods and beauty supplies for half or less, than the original price.

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  8. NOM! That jelly looks AMAZING. LOVING the jewelry bits you uncovered, too!

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