Monday, June 20, 2016

A Few Words About Our Upcoming DIY Dog Mom Projects

I posted this photo yesterday on my personal Facebook wall. These are the finished DIY doggy toy boxes we made over the weekend. By early evening, I had a few messages roll in. Were the toy boxes difficult to make? How long did it take? Were the supplies easily accessible. At that point, I realized I needed to publicly clarify a few things.

1. I prefer projects that don't take a lot of time. I'm not going to lie, I salivate at all of the crafty stuff and baked goods I see on Pinterest. If I had the space and time, it would be ON! However, I'm a realist. Although I have 30+ years of baking and crafting experience under my proverbial belt, my preference is simple and keeping a reasonable amount of time between start and finish. I don't bake things that require hours of dedication. Real-life-looking fondant covered cakes and intricate sugar art cookies are not in my cards.

That goes with DIY projects. The DIY toy boxes we made for the kids over the weekend took more time than I would typically spend on a project and was an exception to my rule. My saving grace was wine and knowing this was something we really needed to do. The decorative basket was no longer feasible.

2. DIY doesn't have to be expensive. There's a meme that I come across every now and than joking about spending $90 to make something that would cost $20 at the store. Although the meme is funny, it's not my outlook in the world of DIY.

We're savvy shoppers. In one way or the other, I've worked with and for online shopping sites offering coupons and discounted merchandise for nearly a decade. We very seldom pay full price for anything and we always have coupons.

I extend that to DIY project supplies. They don't have to cost you a fortune. I shop the sales. I use coupons. Michael's is always having sales and their coupons are incredible. I don't buy items because there's a famous name attached to it. For a lot of spontaneous DIY projects and inspiration, we shop yard sales and flea markets.

3. We're keeping it simple. Pinterest is great. It is. I'm not an addict, but I frequent this site more times than I care to admit. The photos are enticing. However, I know all to well that too many people get discouraged. Pinterest Fails. Their projects and baked goods don't resemble the photos. People get frustrated. Throw up their hands. Give up.

If you haven't visited Pinterest Fail, you should. This will give you clarity as to what I'm talking about.

I want to keep DIY Dog Mom Projects simple. My goal is to inspire. Your finished products don't have to look like ours. The whole point is for you to create something that's unique and has your personal touch.

4. Supplies will be easily accessible. Most of the DIY Dog Mom Projects that are on our list are will be made with supplies that are easily accessible to everyone. What this translates to is you can buy them at your local Walmart, Michael's, Target, etc. The exception to this is if we find something at a yard sale or flea market.

5. Have fun. If you're not having fun, the entire project is going to be an epic fail. Having fun is part of the process. Not all projects will appeal to the masses. Choose the ones that interest you. Skip the rest.

6. Don't hesitate to reach out. I'm not one to include a mile-long step by step tutorial on DIY Dog Mom Projects. If at any time you have questions, need product information or are unable to find coupons, reach out to me on Our Bodacious Dog Mom Life Facebook page or email at I am more than happy to assist.

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