It’s been a little while since I shared some new uses for old things with you. It’s a new year and the perfect time to share Three New Uses for Old Things. Don’t you just love when something makes life easier and it’s been there in front of you all along? I even have a pinterest board dedicated to new uses for old things. You can also see more of my new uses for old things HERE. I saw an advertisement in a magazine recently and it was advertising my produce bags! Well, let me clarify, they are not my bags. But, I did share mine with you several years ago. There is something suspiciously similar to theirs. Do you remember this?
I’m starting with a simple metal pencil holder from our local Target store. I was looking at the pencil holder on my desk one day, you know the one from Target, and it struck me like a lightning bolt. It’s silly, but I had this big Eureka moment over a pencil holder, I did! I emptied it and headed to our shower. I use my Olay Pro X face washing brush every morning. But, it is not balanced and I am very clumsy and unfortunately it rested precariously on the little shelf in the shower and had hit the tiled shower floor a time or two. I took that pencil holder and put it in the shower and I’ve been using it as a holder for my must have grooming tool and exfoliant scrub ( I use it twice a week, its awesome) for over a year now.
Izzy was a bit confused as to why I was standing in the shower fully dressed.
I have serving trays, do you? I have them in a variety of forms and functions. A very pretty wood one is on our dining table, its a lovely way to display my fresh blooms. I have a bed tray for sick days ( always hoping it doesn’t get used to often). I have a tray for mail and miscellaneous bits and bobs. I also had one on our back patio, where it helped to corral barbecuing tools. Truth is, it went from a barbecue catchall, to a never used tray in a short time. Sadly it wasn’t fulfilling its intended destiny. What do I use it for then? Well holding wet wellies and garden shoes of course ( wink). You can rinse it off easily in the sink and the one inch lip of the tray is enough to catch dirt and water too. Just wipe it out every week or so. Hubby also keeps his garden crocs in it too. Yes hubby has garden crocs. He protested very loudly over the years when I had mentioned that the croc fairy had been known to leave a pair in unsuspecting households across the globe. So when he saw his black size 14 crocs in the tray he became a believer. Now when it’s time to come out of hibernation from the cold winter months his crocs are right at home in this cute tray. Oh and I need to mention that I actually hear myself saying, and I can’t believe I’m telling you now, but ..”honey please put some different shoes on before we go out”. His crocs are his main main foot wear throughout the spring and summer ( and even into the autumn).
You know I love tea towels. I may write an ode to tea towels one day ( stay tuned). Our lovely niece made this beautiful tea towel for me and I have always had it prominently displayed in the kitchen. I proudly share my lovely gift and how my talented niece may be the best crochet, seamstress, all around sewing wizard in the world and that she made it for me. I use it on occasion but it is so lovely with it’s pretty crocheted edges that I hate to use it to often. Unless you’ve been living off of the grid, you know that Instant pot and similar pressure cookers have all but replaced the slow cooking crock pot. We sent ours packing when I received my Power Cooker XL. I use it so often! I’m still trying to figure out why it took me so long to jump on the Instant pot train. Well I love it, but it is a monstrosity! I mentioned to hubby that I might create a pattern and make a cover for the beautiful beast. When out of the corner of my eye I spied my lovely tea towel with the sunlight shining like a spotlight. I swooped it up and lay it gently in it’s new and even more prominent place. Where it distracts from the beast and can be grabbed in an uh oh I spilled emergency.