A Dish Towel with a Special Meaning and a ReStyled ReUsed Crate

Since Earth Day was Monday, I wanted to share ways in which I ReUse old materials or find new ways to use everyday items.  Last September, I visited New Hope, PA for the first time and while shopping around in Peddlers Village I found this adorable dish towel.
dish towel before
You can buy your own here.

The phrase "Love You More" has a special place in my heart which made me love this dish towel.  Instantly I knew I had to buy it, but also knew it would not stay a dish towel for long. I was going to turn it into a pillow for my couch.

After some easy sewing I made this!

dish towel turned pillow

Not your average dish towel anymore!

Also on Earth Day, here at RWL I did my part to recycle. I love old wood. I am that crazy lady stalking  construction workers asking if I can take their old wood (that they are throwing away). I also like the distressed wood on shipping pallet/crates. So many times you can find me taking old crates right from the trash. Why do I like this things you may ask? I like them because the wood is aged just right for making vintage signs or building coat racks.

So I did just that on Monday. Along with my fur baby and my trusty orbital jigsaw (by the way I love this thing). I sat outside in the beautiful New Jersey weather and started cutting away at the old pallet.

crate before
 (Don't worry my fur baby was out of the way for the cutting.)

The wood I cut on Monday will be used to make new signs for my upcoming festival, but here you can see an example of how I use this type of wood.

I ReStyled and ReUsed a different pallet for my "Nothing Makes Sense But Us" sign.

wooden pallet after

Who would have guessed this wood was covered in dirt and on the side of the road.

I will have more signs like this at the Hoboken Spring Art & Music Festival May 5th.

Happy Earth Day!

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