They say that
"Necessity is the mother of invention."
This proved to be quite true in my house, today.
I have a handy little device. I call it my "grabber." I believe it's actual name is the "Pikstik". You can find it below at Amazon.
I have been using mine every day this week. It is painful to do any bending, and even reaching to the side or above my head is causing me trouble. So the grabber is proving to be very helpful.
The problem I'm having is carrying the grabber everywhere I go in the house. It's rather long and if I carry it under my arm, I whack stuff – knickknacks, pets, windows…you know, important stuff that shouldn't be "whacked"!
I was also having the problem of carrying everything I needed and the grabber to my next destination.
Today, I came upon a beautiful solution. I rummaged through my old purses, and found a detatchable purse strap with two snaps. I ran the strap through the hole in the top of the grabber handle, and it worked wonderfully.
I strap it across my torso, so that it hangs under my arm, clear of knickknacks, but handy if I need it.
Here's a close-up of the strap:
Now, if I could just figure out a way to carry my smartphone through the house in a similar manner, I would be one happy camper.
(I know they crochet and knit little pockets for cell phones, but just the thought of scratchy yarn touching my neck all day gives me the heebie-jeebies!)
I'm seriously considering cutting up a pair of my hubbies old jeans, and seeing what I can do with the glue gun. I can always add a few sequins or crystals to it! Ooooo…and maybe one in leather would be nice, too!
Have you seen anything like this for a cell phone? I'd love for you to let me know if you have. It would save me time, energy and burned fingertips, if someone else has already created this invention.
Oh, and one more little "invention" I have made in the past, and just updated this week:
I use storebought table napkins to make throw pillows for my bed! I just pick out a set of two, in whatever color I need; sew them together; stuff with fiber fill; and throw it on the bed.
The first one I made, I think I used the glue gun. (If case you haven't guessed, it is my favorite go-to tool for crafting!) The second one, I used a very tight whip-stitch by hand in a slightly darker thread. It made a nice contrast, and lasted for years. This last pillow, I sort of cheated: I had my mom whip it up on her sewing machine.
However you choose to sew them together is fine. They are already hemmed and make a nice square pillow, perfect for adding a little contrast to your bed, or to use in the living room on the sofa.
You could add ribbon or fringe to decorate, if you wish. I have done both. Your only limitation is your imagination.
So, has a necessity at your house led to an invention??? I'd love to hear about it in your comments!