I wonder if that’s why someone invented the TILE. They needed it, and so did I. I wrote about it back on July 22, 2018. I titled the post Lost . . . and Found. Here’s the link: http://www.rindabeach.com/blog/lostand-found
Part 1 – What Worked!
Back then I kept losing things, like my keys or my purse.
Do you see the tile on my key ring? I haven’t lost them since. If they’re not where I think they are, I pull out my phone, click on the link for my keys, and wait for them to sing. The song usually comes from the depths of my purse.
Do you see it in the cosmetics bag? I always keep it in my purse. I haven’t lost it since, thanks to my tile.
Part 2 – What Didn’t!
Look below. I used all three of these things back in 2018. The Tiles workd, but not perfectly. When I’m not satisfied, I edit till I am . . . or till I think of something better.
I glued my first tile onto my Kindle. It worked . . . till the battery died. I ripped it off, and it left a hole in Van Gogh’s STARRY Night. I fixed it by taping on the next tile. That worked until the mailing tape got gross. I think I changed it two or three times . . . till I thought of something better. Tomorrow I’ll tell you my invention.
The bag in the middle was my subbing survival kit. I kept kleenexes and mints inside for when my allergies flared up. It helped at the lake with pollen too, and that’s where I lost it! I looked everywhere but my tile refused to sing. Maybe my signal couldn’t reach it, or maybe someone threw it away. Either way, it’s time to try something new!
Last year another problem cropped up. I needed my phone to track steps, but I couldn’t remember to carry it with me. Time for a new idea.
Tomorrow – I’ll share my three new solutions. Necessity might be the mother of invention, but I think it’s related to creativity too!
New Idea #1 – Try a Ribbon Around It!
I got a new cover, but I came up with an idea that didn’t leave a hole. Can you tell how?
new tiles have replaceable batteries. I’ll never need to cut the ribbon - unless I change the cover and need a matching ribbon.
New Idea #2 – Wear it Around Your Neck
I have a new phone and a new way to keep track of it. Can you guess what it is?
I found my bag online. Soon I’ll have it in three more colors. I can’t wait! I love when my accessories and clothes match.
New Idea #3 – Attach it to Your Lapboard
This is my laptop. I work on a lapboard so I can take my computer where ever I want. It’s lovely! I can work in a car, or on my couch in Ohio, or Tennessee. Anywhere, even outside! But, when my work started moving around with me, that’s when a problem popped up.
My mouse, the computer kind, would slide off my board and hit the floor. Then the back would pop open, and the batteries would roll every which way. I’d search, but they always found the most difficult place to hide. I bet if you look carefully you’ll see my solution.
Did you guess those three things at the edge of the lapboard? They’re actually pencil holders, and they work!
I found the idea at CVS when I had to sign my receipt. They had a pen in a holder to keep it in place. I thought about it. Then I wondered, could it work on my lapboard? It has! For 3 or 4 years! But then I found a problem – isn’t there always a problem? Can you guess what it is?
It’s the top! Occasionally the mouse slides off, but not often. If I redid my board, I’d add another holder at the top. But then I’d have to move the bottom red one down, probably an inch or two. Before pasting, I’d play with my mouse to make sure I allowed plenty of room.
Sometimes, the way it is, I don’t have enough room. I have to pick up the mouse. Then I can move the arrow to the right spot. That’s why editing is a GREAT THING! Take your time! Editing pays you BIG dividends!!
How can you learn to listen to mother and her necessities? You need to look at problems as opportunities. I pulled up this photo so you can look at the necklace.
Do you see the octopus? That’s easy! But look closer . . . closer . . . can you see what the octopus once was?
If you guessed a fork, you have problem-solving eyes. So does Karen from Yellow Cat Spoon Jewelry. She turns old silverware into amazing things. If you start looking around and thinking about what something could be, you’ll learn to think like Karen. If you’d like to check out her jewelry, head into Riverside Art Center in Wapakoneta, OH. You can also find her at this link:
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!