Large Life, Small Space: Working Toward a Self-Sufficient Life

We live in the suburbs of Kentucky. We just walk three houses up and we can go to a few restaurants, but we can drive just down the road and be in the middle of nowhere. I love our life.


My mentality has changed since we moved here. I thought I was going to move here and just plant flowers everywhere, but once we started growing our own herbs, I realized that growing flowers was kind of wasting land and we can put more vegetables down. I used to scrapbook, but now it just sits in a drawer so I’m selling all of that stuff. We accumulate so much stuff we don’t need. I design my own paper bead jewelry now and have my own business in my home. We don’t have much land, but my idea is to work the land we have and use my creativity to be as self sufficient as possible.

– Lisa Smentowski






Lisa makes the most awesome bead jewelry and the beads are made from recycled magazine and newspapers. Visit her Etsy shop, Recycled Blessings

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5 Responses

  1. What a fascinating glimpse into other people’s lives, Kerri. Love the jewelry.

  2. Jane Boursaw says:

    Beautiful jewelry. Love the idea of living a sustainable life of creativity. In fact, I actually have that on a post-it note on my computer screen. 🙂

    • Kerri says:

      LOL. I love the idea of you having it on a post it note. This jewelry really is awesome. I ordered some and love it!

  3. Sheryl says:

    What an interesting idea for jewelry – going to check it out now!

    • Kerri says:

      I think you’d really like it, Sheryl! It’s great for writers. And Lisa told me she made some from handwritten letters from her grandmother for her mom for Mother’s Day. Brilliant idea!