When you think about outdoor furniture, you don’t make the creative leap toward using shipping materials, at least I didn’t. How could I? I don’t live in a warehouse. The only palate I know of is located on the roof of my mouth. But a funny thing happens when you want to sit in the sun. You get creative-albeit out of necessity-and open your mind to ideas never before imagined.

I live in rural southern Spain, a place where the term “necessity is the mother of all invention”, rings beyond true. In fact, I live in a cave house built into a mountain, because, due to the heat during the summer, a cave is the only refuge. I think of it as natural air conditioning.

Believe me when I tell you that I felt a tad sheepish once I realized that I could take wooden pallets used for transporting all sorts of goods and repurpose them as outdoor furniture. Finding them wasn’t a problem, as neglected construction sites are abundant in this part of Spain. There are so many varieties of pallets that the problem becomes making sure you find the correct size for the project.

What sort of projects can you expect to make? Well, as I mentioned earlier, I needed a place to sit, so I have made chairs as well as couches for the outdoor patio area. I also have made a bed frame suitable for a queen-sized mattress in the bedroom.

So the next time you’re thinking of outdoor furniture, remember you can express your taste with your palate as well as with your pallets.

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After a recent trip with my family to Costa Rica, my son decided that he wanted a parrot for a pet.  My husband and I thought it would be a good idea for our son to have a pet and it would teach him responsibility.  My husband decided to do some research on where to find places to buy parrots.  I decided to take my son to the library and pet store to get information and books on how to properly care for a parrot.  My son started to have second thoughts about wanting to have a parrot for a pet because of the huge responsibility of caring for one.  After reading books on how to care for parrots and speaking with experts, my son felt that maybe he was not ready for the full responsibility of caring for a parrot.

After several weeks of thinking about it, my son decided that he would wait a while longer before getting a parrot as a pet because he felt that as a seven year old child it would be too much responsibility for him.  My husband was a little disappointed because he thought it would be fun to have a parrot as a pet; he could have someone to talk to who would not talk back to him, and would agree with everything he said.  But, I informed my husband that if he wanted to get a parrot as a pet he could and he would be solely responsible for the care of it.  My husband decided, like my son, that it would be too much responsibility for him as well.

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When my husband and I were searching for a wedding car hire in the Melbourne area, we were initially at our wit’s end as to where to look. Thankfully, a very good friend of ours displayed his sincerity in telling us about a particular car hire service that would cater to our needs. You see, the wedding that my husband and I wanted would include the entrance of a 1940s automobile, which incidentally was to be the theme of our wedding. If it was not for the aid of our good friend, who I will refer to as George, leading my husband and I in the direction that he did, well, I guess I would have not known what else to do.

In an effort to conserve our limited monetary resources, my husband and I took it upon ourselves to plan every step of the wedding. Naturally, as we did not choose to consult the assistance of many others, it came to us as a surprise when George heard of our dilemma and took it upon himself to arrange and schedule an appointment for my husband and I to visit the wedding care hire facility. Because my husband could not afford to miss a day of work, George accompanied me to the scheduled appointment. The staff at the facility was extremely generous and helpful in their approach to helping me find an automobile suitable for my wedding. Ultimately, I came upon the choice of a 1949 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. I could not even begin to describe what a beauty and gem the automobile is in person! My husband surely agreed upon being able to view it for himself in person. On our wedding day, the photographs of us with the automobile are reminiscent of the bygone days of our grandparents’ wedding album.

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