The Voice Within
A blog by Mary McDowall
Netflix provided me with a really boost creativity.
Now that’s a statement you probably don’t hear all that often. I know that I like to escape into a Netflix binge of drama or comedy. It can feel like a brief reprieve from the demands of life. More often than not it can become an energy drain and a means of procrastination.
Lately, I have been watching shows that inspire me creatively. My favourite is a BBC show called Money for Nothing. Three items are saved from the “tip” and recycled, up-cycled or re-purposed and sold for a profit. The creative brilliance of some of these transformations is amazing.
So much so that I felt inspired to challenge myself to a little upcycling.
I had a problem in mind – a better containment system for my cats’ kitty litter box. The commercial solutions were over $100 and not necessarily made with the best materials or craftmanship.
I planned a little idea scouting excursion to a local second-hand furniture store. My version of a kaizen small reward, and found this.
A red cedar blanket chest with hand carved details.
To be honest it wasn't what I was looking for - but it was the only item that came close. So I bought it and took it home.
Now I did have some doubters or at least one. It can be hard to have your creative spark dampened and so I held my idea lightly and shared my vision with only a few.
I took my time and throughly enjoyed the the transformation process. Painting the inside first, then the outside.
Adding a flash of colour.
Holes were drilled in the back and the inside customized.
Now my cats have a high class lavatory and I have a better functioning and looking feline necessity.
That was fun! Thanks @Netflix.
I wonder what will inspire me next.
I share how I see the world through everyday topics that connect me to my creativity - my challenge with clutter, master minds, ideas, strategies and process - mostly though the lens of my kaizen training.