I was just reading some recent family-member blogs and came across Russell's discussion about the negatives associated with doing projects yourself rather than paying someone else to do it. I fully understand his viewpoint, but, I will still continue to do the projects myself whenever I can.
Each time I attempt something new and successfully complete the project I reinforce the thinking, "I can do anything." This can carry over into all aspects of life. Just yesterday, Kathy asked me to make a lightbox-type thingy that she could use for tracing quilting patterns. She wanted a sheet of Plexiglass supported in such a way they she could slide her OTT-LITE underneath to illuminate the pattern. Here is the final product:
This project only required two trips to Home Depot. Most of mine require at least three. It took about 2 hours to drill the holes, cut the threshold and wooden dowel, and assemble everything. The Plexiglass sheet was $20. The threshold was $9. The wooden dowel was $2. The screws, washers, and wing nuts were $8. Total cost, $39. We probably could have found something to buy pre-made for $20. I don't think I saved time or money. But I did have fun solving the problems and creating the product. I can do anything!