Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5 Reasons Why Project Gotcha Day Was An Eye Opener

Last week was crazy. Our sweet Lobo was less than a week away from celebrating his 2 Year Gotcha Day and his gift request wasn't only a little complicated, it was a large DIY Dog Mom Project that would require about 3 days of work. At the beginning of the week, I crammed in baking biscuit love and created a new homemade dog treat recipe for the week. I also got a little ahead on work stuff. My goal was to start the sewing portion of Project Gotcha Day on Wednesday and finish by Friday. That didn't exactly happen because of a huge dork moment on my part.

My dork moment ended up being a blessing in disguise, but before I realized that, I was in a state of panic. There was no way I could start the sewing portion on Friday and have the entire project, painting and all, completed by Sunday morning in time to bake biscuit love for the upcoming week.

Lisa. To. The. Rescue.

Friday morning, before heading to work, Lisa told me to exhale. Relax. Saturday was going to be sunny and in the low 50's. She volunteered to do all of the priming and painting outside while I worked on the sewing stuff at the kitchen table.

"If we start early enough on Saturday, we can have the entire project done by that evening."

Lisa was right. We started early. By 6 p.m., Project Gotcha Day was finished. The only thing we needed to do was let the paint dry fully on the overnight and put everything together the following morning.

Project Gotcha Day was an eye opener for me. Maybe this was the universe doing a little shimmy shake. Whatever the case may be, I learned a thing or two with this DIY Dog Mom Project.

1. Utilize what you already have. I published a post last summer about utilizing what you already have for DIY Dog Mom Projects. Repurposing is a beautiful thing and we've applied that to a lot of the stuff we've made since then including our Bodacious Biscuit Love Bin and Lobo's Gotcha Day Gift. We'll be doing more of this in the months ahead.

2. Lisa is exceptionally talented. When it comes to projects around the house, especially those involving wood, she's a genius. If I describe a vision in my dead for a DIY Dog Mom Project, she can bring it to life. For the past year, she's been talking about converting part of the basement into a woodworking area. This needs to happen very soon.

3. We work very well together. There's balance. Lisa can build things and bring them to life. Once that's done, she hands 'em over and I do the rest. I also exceed in the sewing department. Between the 2 of us, we could make some incredible DIY Dog Mom Projects. I need to include her in more of these projects.

4. We're buying less and less from the store. There was a time when we relied on shopping at stores for doggy beds, doggy blankets, dog themed decor, and doggy apparel. We'd marvel at the fancy human-like-beds that were sized down for dogs and well out of our price range. I'd run my fingers over an elaborate patchwork doggy blanket at some boutique-style store. We admired the creative doggy decor like wood signs and picture frames, but wouldn't purchase them because they didn't pluralize the word "dog" or the saying ended with "four paws." Now, when browsing any of these items, the first words out of our mouths are, "I can make that. You can make that. We can make that."

5. It's a together thing. During the week, because of work schedules, we don't get a lot of time together aside from family snuggle time on the sofa while watching an hour or so of Netflix. On the weekends, we have more family time. However, with 3 kids, 2 of which are special needs, going out for the afternoon or enjoying a date night is almost non-existent. While working on Project Gotcha Day, we connected on a date-night-level. Even though Lisa did the painting outside and I was inside working on the sewing stuff, we checked in on each other. We talked. Reminisced. Joked around. And, at the end of the day, we gave each other a high-five and said, "We did this. Together."

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