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Pallets Repurposed

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I’ve admired dozens of pallet artwork projects in recent years as I checked them out in stores and pinned them to my Pinterest page. You know the type – recycled wood pallets ripped apart and then painted with beautiful artwork and phrases. These artistic wall creations add a unique style to any room. All you need it a little creativity and imagination to turn a weathered piece of wood into artwork.

My Pinterest idea boards continued to grow as I knew someday I’d make one of these fun art projects. Then I was told I could take as many pallets as I wanted from an ever-growing pile. I filled our truck and put my hubby to work pulling them apart so that I could put them back together in sign format. That was two months ago. The completed signs sat in my garage collecting dusk as I figured out what my first project would be.

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Then I came across my favorite phrase for the season (and a favorite movie!) – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – and went to work on my first pallet project.

With paintbrush in hand, my deep red base coat went on. I laid out the wording on my computer and printed the letters to trace onto the pallet. Letter by letter the project came to life.

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While this particular piece was auctioned off for a good cause, I’m ready for my next project. Christmas is right around the corner!

Giving Back

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I haven’t always had the opportunity to give back to the things that are important to me. But in recent years I’ve found ways to carve out some time, talent and a few pennies to help make a difference in someone else’s life.

While I don’t have the time to work at a neighborhood soup kitchen or the money to sponsor a family in need, I have found ways to utilize my skills to help out.

Years ago, I stumbled upon these incredible people who started a local center to provide emergency food and information referral to those in need. Their big, kind, wonderful hearts work every day to focus on bringing self-sufficiency to the lives who need it most. They enhance people’s lives and give them what they need to rebuild their confidence.

The Carbon Valley Help Center isn’t a huge nonprofit. With zero staff and a whole lotta volunteers, the impression that they leave on people’s hearts goes a long way.

Last year I help out with the center’s first annual Empty Bowls Project event. If you’re not familiar with the concept, let me tell you that this event is one you won’t want to miss.

Born from the idea of artists John Hartom and Lisa Blackburn, the Empty Bowls Project uses ceramic arts to fight hunger across the United States and to at least 14 other counties. For every event people come together to paint and design bowls to donate to the event. Guests can then select one of the bowls and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread. The ceramic bowl goes home with them as a reminder of how many people go hungry every day. The money raised helps various organizations, like the Carbon Valley Help Center, fight hunger in their own communities.

The Carbon Valley Help Center’s first event was a huge success and now the organization is planning for the second annual event on Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be modeled after the Empty Bowls idea, but will also include a silent auction where guests can bid on items donated from local businesses. There will be live music, an abundance of great food, beautifully painted bowls and great conversation among friends. Reserve your tickets today by calling 303-833-2660 because they will go fast!

Today, I dabbled paint onto a bowl to create my own artistic expression. It’ll soon be fired and then tucked away for a short time until it lines a table at the upcoming event. That bowl will eventually find a new home with someone who hopes to make a difference in a life.

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