Pennies & sense

Thrifty how-to's & such by Corina Ross
Think outside of the box (or planter for that matter)

Think outside of the box (or planter for that matter)

I enjoy free-hand typography (When I have a moment to spare).  I made this sign for my Facebook group Chattanooga Vintage goodness. My friend and I hosted a booth at St. Elmo’s Spring corner festival in April this year and needed signage!  We met some lovely enthusiast at the festival, and gained a few new group members. The group is a great place to gawk, sell, or trade vintage goods ( locally only ) . Let’s get the vintage train rolling in #CHA ! Join yourself, and tell your friends!

I enjoy free-hand typography (When I have a moment to spare).  I made this sign for my Facebook group Chattanooga Vintage goodness. My friend and I hosted a booth at St. Elmo’s Spring corner festival in April this year and needed signage!  We met some lovely enthusiast at the festival, and gained a few new group members. The group is a great place to gawk, sell, or trade vintage goods ( locally only ) . Let’s get the vintage train rolling in #CHA ! Join yourself, and tell your friends!

Dandelion Jelly

Dandelion Jelly

shared by a member of the ‘everything garden!’ group on Facebook.

Pick at least 10 cups of dandelion blossoms. Just blossoms no stems. (they are bitter)

Pick your flowers. Be sure and pick your dandelions where you know they have not been sprayed.

Snip off base of each flower until you have just yellow petals. You need to end up with 4 cups petals. I tried several methods of getting the petals. I finally settled on pinching the flower and using a scissors to cut off the base. This is a little tedious… ok it is a lot tedious. But it is worth it!
Then I used my fingers to pull off any green parts that were left. It is ok if there are little bits of green.

Next pour boiling water over the petals. Let this sit until room temperature or overnight if possible. When this has brewed you will have a darkish yellow dandelion “tea”.

Strain the “dandelion tea” through a coffee filter or or jelly bag to remove all petals. Add additional water if needed to measure the correct amount of liquid for your recipe. Liquid or Powdered pectin. Directions for both are given below.

Now you are ready to make the dandelion jelly.
Gather your canning supplies

water bath canner
canning jars
canning lids and rings
jar lifter
canning funnel
bowls
large pot
large spoons
towels and dish cloths
scissors
Fill your canner 2/3 full of water and begin heating the water as you make your jelly.

Making Dandelion Jelly
with Liquid Pectin

3 1/2 Cups dandelion tea
7 Cups sugar!
4 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 pouches liquid pectin
Combine dandelion tea, sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a full rolling boil. Add liquid pectin and stirring constantly bring back to a full boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and fill jars.

Process in a waterbath canner.

Pour hot jelly into hot canning or jelly jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Use pints or 1/2 pints.

Process for

10 minutes if you are below 6000 ft elevation.
15 minutes if you are above 6000 ft elevation.

corinaross:

This is our #Microgarden this year 🍀🌿🌱🌰

This is our Microgarden this year. All organic heirloom edibles (whoop whoop!) tutorial coming soon on how I prepped this #stocktank into a portable garden bed !!

corinaross:

This is our #Microgarden this year 🍀🌿🌱🌰

This is our Microgarden this year. All organic heirloom edibles (whoop whoop!) tutorial coming soon on how I prepped this #stocktank into a portable garden bed !!

corinaross:

My morning attitude check : “Confidence comes from knowing and accepting your whole self as it is.” -unknown // I have struggled with acne for years. It has been one of the biggest confidence squashers since I was a teenager. I would get so aggravated when others point out their one tiny zit when I have an entire face full. I am learning to let it go! Everyone struggles with something or other. This is mine. I want to share to show myself I am bigger than my struggle, and I don’t care what others think. I have come to the conclusion that we all have something we struggle with about ourselves. No one is perfect, and that’s that. Be you! This is just a small part of me.  I love my husband, gardening, antiques, sewing, cooking, tasting new wines, trying on cloths, typography, yoga, going out with the friends, helping others, and learning something new! Don’t let your confidence squasher get you down. Show it who’s boss! It doesn’t own you. #truth #honest #beyourself #acne #struggles #namaste

This is only a small part of me. I’m quite mortified posting this ! But I hope others will feel inspired to just do what they do, and be themselves  relentlessly !

corinaross:

My morning attitude check : “Confidence comes from knowing and accepting your whole self as it is.” -unknown // I have struggled with acne for years. It has been one of the biggest confidence squashers since I was a teenager. I would get so aggravated when others point out their one tiny zit when I have an entire face full. I am learning to let it go! Everyone struggles with something or other. This is mine. I want to share to show myself I am bigger than my struggle, and I don’t care what others think. I have come to the conclusion that we all have something we struggle with about ourselves. No one is perfect, and that’s that. Be you! This is just a small part of me. I love my husband, gardening, antiques, sewing, cooking, tasting new wines, trying on cloths, typography, yoga, going out with the friends, helping others, and learning something new! Don’t let your confidence squasher get you down. Show it who’s boss! It doesn’t own you. #truth #honest #beyourself #acne #struggles #namaste

This is only a small part of me.
I’m quite mortified posting this ! But I hope others will feel inspired to just do what they do, and be themselves relentlessly !

penniesandsense:

I decided to give a-go at the cat flats. I thought they turned out rather well !

What I used : packaging tape, puffy paint, and a paint brush. I decided to use the puffy paint because I thought it would wear better if my shoes were to get a bit damp.

I bought the flats at a dollar store (winning) and had the paint from an old art project, but you can get it at a craft store or wal-mart.

There is really nothing to it! Give it a go!!

//Photobomb by miss b the calico

#tbt = cat lay shoes !

Dejunking the infamous junk drawer //

I finally did it!

It wasn’t as annoying and time-consuming as I had originally thought.

It literally took me 7 minutes (yes, I timed it! … I was curious.)

Here’s how easy it is :

1- I used interlocking drawer organizers I picked up at tj maxx.

(Usually, tj maxx or Marshall’s has an abundance of organizing tools at significantly lower cost than walmart, target … Ect. Unless you luck up on yerdle.com, or a thrift store.)

2- I put them on top of the counter, just above the drawer, for easy organizing.

3- I put things that I didn’t want anymore in a pile, as well as electrical or hardware type things in another to put in my toolbox. (The toolbox lives in my laundry room, and is inside use only .These are my set of tools for fixing glasses, hanging picture frames, you know, domestic things.)

Everything that I used daily, I placed in the organizer.

4- little by little the drawer become more and more empty. When I was done, I gently slid the organizer into the drawer, and boom! it was organized !

No more digging around for the scissors.

What I no longer wanted, I gave away on yerdle.com (I.e.cabinet knobs, candles …) in hopes that they will be repurposed by someone else who could use them.

Yay for spring cleaning!!

Keepsakes//

These are leaves I pressed from my wedding bouquet.  They were finally ready to be framed after several
months.  Pressing plants and flowers is really easy and inexpensive way to preserve a special occasion’s memories forever.   I used computer paper and a heavy book. No fancy flower press here! 

Here’s what I did:

1- spread leaves/flowers/plants out as flat as you can get them ( you don’t want any air to be able to reach the plant as it decays, or it will mold and not press well)

2- place between two sheets of computer paper and then place within a heavy book (phone books work great)

3- carefully smash into book. Close the book and smash with a rolling pin or push down on it with force.

4- repeat same steps if using a large book with
Multiple specimens .  Do not overload your book! It can distort your press and make them come out wavy. It can also cause air to reach the plants.  You want a nice, clean press. I put 4 pieces in my phone book and made sure there were good chunks of pages in between each piece.

5- Put entire book under a lot
Of weight (evenly distributed is key I.e. More heavy books stacked on top.) 

6-  check on them after 2-4 days to see that you have a good seal , and that no mold is growing. You may need to readjust or add more weight to the stack. Store in a dry place, out of direct sunlight. 

7- after several months ( I waited 4 mo.)- check on them. Look at color (should be faded but not browned) and texture (like a paper bag. ) Once they feel dry and are not limp (If it feels like a shriveled potato peel, it’s not ready!) take them out and place in something airtight- like a frame, in between glass pieces (sun catchers are cool) or preserve in resin.

8- enjoy!

Keepsakes//

These are leaves I pressed from my wedding bouquet. They were finally ready to be framed after several
months. Pressing plants and flowers is really easy and inexpensive way to preserve a special occasion’s memories forever. I used computer paper and a heavy book. No fancy flower press here!

Here’s what I did:

1- spread leaves/flowers/plants out as flat as you can get them ( you don’t want any air to be able to reach the plant as it decays, or it will mold and not press well)

2- place between two sheets of computer paper and then place within a heavy book (phone books work great)

3- carefully smash into book. Close the book and smash with a rolling pin or push down on it with force.

4- repeat same steps if using a large book with
Multiple specimens . Do not overload your book! It can distort your press and make them come out wavy. It can also cause air to reach the plants. You want a nice, clean press. I put 4 pieces in my phone book and made sure there were good chunks of pages in between each piece.

5- Put entire book under a lot
Of weight (evenly distributed is key I.e. More heavy books stacked on top.)

6- check on them after 2-4 days to see that you have a good seal , and that no mold is growing. You may need to readjust or add more weight to the stack. Store in a dry place, out of direct sunlight.

7- after several months ( I waited 4 mo.)- check on them. Look at color (should be faded but not browned) and texture (like a paper bag. ) Once they feel dry and are not limp (If it feels like a shriveled potato peel, it’s not ready!) take them out and place in something airtight- like a frame, in between glass pieces (sun catchers are cool) or preserve in resin.

8- enjoy!