Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Sifting :: Improvisation

Improvisation is creativity in motion, at its finest. I've always been a master of improvisation, although I haven't always considered myself as such. I wasn't creative. Improvisation was for musicians, comedians and other performers. I have come to realize that being able to improvise is creative and something I'm quite good at and something that I have always done.

When in doubt...improvise.

Sometimes life requires improvisation. We don't always have what we think we need when we think we need it. We don't always get what we want when we want it. Fortunately, we have the ability to improvise by building what we want, or re-purposing something that we believe needs to meet the discard pile.

I do this often and most recently I applied my talent for improvisation to creating a "new" digital workstation in my studio.

This past summer I noticed that I was beginning to spend more and more time sitting in the digital center (a.k.a. at the computer desk) of my studio. I also noted that when I used my portable digital unit, standing at our counter height dining table, I was much more focused on the task at hand and far more productive. Not to mention that we burn more calories while standing, rather than sitting. :)

Hmmm. I need a standing work station.

The search began. I either couldn't afford what I found online or in stores, or what was available didn't serve my needs or provide adequate storage space.

When in doubt...improvise.

If I purchased some of those cubby like units made by Closet Mate at Target and bought a shelf at Lowe's, I just might be able to create my own customized space.

It took some time to determine which build-it-yourself-furniture-in-a-box items suited my space and my needs. But then I hit a wall when I couldn't find a shelf that fit the perimeters I was looking for.

When in doubt...improvise.

What if I had my husband take my old desk apart and used the top for my new work station?

That works. Except I was having a difficult time adjusting to not having a keyboard tray. I like being able to hide it away and having easy access to my Bamboo Pen & Touch Tablet. So....

When in doubt....improvise.

In the garage/pool room/hubby's office sits an old, student type desk that now serves as our outdoor cat's dining table. It happens to have a keyboard tray. While discussing with my husband ways in which I could remove the keyboard tray and install it in my studio, my eyes caught a glimpse of a shelf that my uncle made in the 70's during his high school years. I heard a little voice in my was the voice of Peter Walsh, author of It's All Too Much. I wasn't using my uncle's shelf, it didn't really fit with our household decor but I also didn't want to let go of it. The wood used was the perfect length and width to create the housing for a keyboard tray without increasing the height too much.

I quickly got to work this past weekend and am so happy to have a keyboard tray! A little paint, and a little decoupage and it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in the midst of all the black. I'm so proud and I give a nod of gratitude to my hubby for assisting with its assemblage.

Yes, I destroyed my uncle's wood-shop project, but it now has a home and a purpose and every time I use my keyboard I will think of him. So, Unc, if you're reading this....I'm thinking of YOU!! :)

When in doubt...improvise!

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