Rural Missouri - May 2012 - (Page 42)

Turning Taters Into Treasures Springfield’s Mallory Pithers creates beautiful necklaces from potatoes W T hen Mallory Pithers was 9, she attended a class where she learned to make beads from materials such as paper and potatoes. When her grandma, Janice, saw the potato bead necklace she’d made, she told Mallory, “This would be a fun little business!” Soon after, Mallory began GoGreen Creations, turning potatoes into beautiful necklaces. To help Mallory keep costs down, her grandma grows the potatoes that are used to make the beads. She also buys the necklace chains and paints for Mallory when she can get them on sale — and Mallory repays her from the profit. “A lot of people think these are stones,” says now 13-year-old Mallory, from Springfield. “Dried and shellacked, these potatoes will last forever.” Mallory’s beautiful 18- or 21-inch necklaces sell for $6 each. You might find her at a fall craft show in Ozark, but she says her grandma and mom “sell them right off their neck.” One shop in Arkansas bought several hundred dollars worth and the owner reported back that Missourian Sheryl Crow now owns three of Mallory’s potato creations! For $7.50, she can mail you one. Mallory can make a silver or gold, 18- or 21-inch necklace with the potato color of your choice. To contact Mallory, e-mail and write “Potato necklaces” in the subject line. ry your hand at my monthly word watch. It’s easy. I’ll list three words for you to find. Read the stories in Rural Missouri and look for the words. When you find them, send me a note telling me the stories where you found the words, what each word means as it’s used in the story and your age. If you get all the words right, your name goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to five winners each month. Send your answers to: Buddy Bear’s Word Watch P. O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Entries must be received by May 11. Kids, please wait a month before re-entering — and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15. Entries must be handwritten by the youth, please. Can you find this month’s words? persona, fruition and commingle Congratulations to last month’s winners: Dorcas Zimmerman, Roy Watson, Shane Berringer, Remington May and Thomas Juliano Left: Mallory Pithers started Go-Green Creations when she was 9 years old. Top: Mallory shows what dried potatoes look like before they’re painted. Bottom: The finished product sells for $6 each. Congratulations to last month’s book drawing winners: Janeva Hostetler, Jabin Doran and Kadyn Hall 42 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - May 2012

Rural Missouri - May 2012
Table of Contents
Moonshine mystique
Missouri snapshots contest
Curbing copper theft
Out of the Way Eats
The mandolin man
Knight for hire
Hearth and Home
The kid with the electric car
News Briefs
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - May 2012