Saturday, February 6, 2010

My Crazy Keyboard

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Imac keyboard I've had a lot of computers over the years, which also means I've had a lot of keyboards.  I think I've ranted before about the horrible flat keyboard that came with my iMac.  I cannot (and WILL NOT) get used to it.  Ever.  It was made for man.  A man who bites his nails.  I don't have long nails, but I they do go over the tops of my fingers on occasions, and when they do:  TYPO CITY!

That's why I'm glad I do the majority of my typing either on my PC or my laptop.  Oh, yeah--I don't use my laptop's keyboard, either--not if I can help it, at least.  It, too, was designed for a tech guy who bites his nails.  And that mouse--forget it!

The keyboard that came with my Emachine is WONDERFUL.  I love it so much, I bought a second one that I use with my laptop.  Even when I travel, I take that keyboard with me.  It's just so ... wonderful.

The problem, though, is that quite a few of the white letters have worn off the old black keyboard, and are beginning to wear off from the one I use with the laptop.  Two years ago, I bought some rub-on letters and applied them to the old keyboard.  They worked, sort of.  I painted them with clear nail polish, but eventually they wore off.  They weren't very pretty, either.  *Sigh*

Keyboard I was in the craft store the other day, looking for cute kitty stickers and instead found stickers of old typewriter keys.  Aha!  That will be just great for my keyboard.  So, I bought them, brought them home, and applied the stickers to the keys that had worn off, and again painted them with nail polish.  Hubby had a look and shook his head.  "That looks dumb.  You should just put all the letters on."

So I did.

What do you think?

What kinds of creative things have you done to keep something useful from ending up in the trash?

16 comments:

Andrea C. said...

I don't like to modify things that annoy me...I am more of a get a replacement gal; however, my husband the pack rat, modifies everything in our house with zip ties (not twist ties). It is getting a bit old, but I guess it is better than throwing everything out!

PS: Lorna, how do you feel about the full keyboards on cell phones? It is hard to find a good one!

Dru said...

I had this cute little foot stool and one of the legs broke off and I couldn't find replacement legs so I took off the other three legs and got small squares of lumber from Home Depot and made my own legs.

Lorna Barrett said...

Andrea: Keyboard on a cell phone? What's that? My cell phone makes and takes calls. That's it.

Go you, Dru, fixing your your stool. (With help from my Mum and Dad) I've fixed a couple of old stools, too. (Mostly I watched.) But boy did they look pretty when reupholstered!

Mason Canyon said...

I love the new stickers. I gives it the look of the old typewriter (which I miss, I know I'm crazy). I usually tried to fix something before I do away with it. One reason I do is because you can never find a replacement that works as good as the original did, no matter what you're replacing.

signlady217 said...

Right now I'm using a TV table as a keyboard tray until I can get one to attach to the used desk I recently purchased. And instead of a great (insert 'expensive')cabinet, I have an old manicure table that the sewing machine and serger are sitting on; the drawers have some sewing supplies and my rubber stamps in them.

Lorna Barrett said...

I;m with you, Mason. My Dad was a wiz at fixing ANYTHING, which is probably why I hate to throw useful things out.

Signlady217, I have a TV table right next to my computer desk for all the papers and junk that won't fit ON my computer desk. It was supposed to be a temporary thing, but it's been sitting there for about six months now.

Heather Webber said...

I really like it! I miss the old typewriters too.

Leann Sweeney said...

I like the look of it! But my husband is the "make this out of that" person. Remember, he's a fixer-upper.

Carol Clayton said...

LOVE it, Lorraine! I have those same alphabet stickers; I'm a scrapbooker, LOL!

Lindy said...

In one of Nancy Martin's book she used a phrase from the Depression--something like "Use it up, make it do, or do without." These days, I recite that to myself a lot. But, I LOVE to fix things... although the apartment building maintenance guy told me he would rather I called him BEFORE I fixed it!

Kristin A. said...

This may not be super creative, but in my attempt not to waste, I cut open lotion bottles before throwing them away to get out every last drop. The first time my husband saw me do it he said, "We're not THAT poor!" :)

Jessica said...

Like Carol, I'm a scrapbooker and have the same stickers but I would never have used them like this! You're so creative....I LOVE it!

Allison said...

I love the idea of using old typewriter stickers on computer keys - I have the same problem on my keyboard at work....now I just have to dig out my typewriter stickers and take them in.
Oh, and as I was chuckling over your post, my husband peeked over my shoulder to see what I was reading....and he did the same thing your husband did.
Being a crafter, I have come up with ingenious uses for things to keep from throwing them away.

Dave Chaudoir said...

Nice! If it feels good to your hands, keep it! I type in two languages so I have a keyboard which has two sets of letters on it; it takes some getting used to but I can toggle back and forth with CNTRL+SHIFT. Keyboards are relatively cheap here (less than $10) so I usually replace mine every year (so far). I love the one I use at my office... I too have the telltale smooth part on the space bar. LOL

The Daring Novelist said...

Oh my gawd! I have to have those stickers!

I type the letters right off my keyboards too (at least the laptops, which seem to have keys made of a different material). I've taken to putting tape over the keys on newer keyboards.

Sarah MacCallum said...

LOL! Very creative solution :-) I like it!

Sarah