Craftier Than I Thought

I have never been too crafty…a little creative, maybe.  But crafty?  Um, no.  I found it much easier to just buy things when I liked them and only knew about DIY from watching Trading Spaces on HGTV.  And since I always thought those rooms were horrible I just didn’t jump on the DIY bandwagon….until now!  We’ve been busy updating the Fetch Ranch, and around the property I have found some random items that have me thinking, “Hmmm, maybe I could do something with that!”

Here’s an example…

This little gem was left on the front porch.
IMG_2922A little worn, a little rusty, a little dirty, and in need of a little love.  I walked past it every day doing nothing with it but knowing that it was meant to be more.  And then I saw these in my Joss & Main email one day…
joss and main terrarium inspirationIn a former life I would have just purchased these bad boys and tossed that other hunk of rust in the trash.  But, these were a mere $179 (or something close to that) for the set!  Gasp.

Well, I might not have a set of two, but I did have one fixer-upper that needed my attention.  I gave it a good washing.  And then I sanded off some of that rust…
IMG_2923and followed that with a smidge of paint.
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IMG_2926So there’s a little trash to treasure for ya!  Sadly, a lot of stuff around here is not quite as salvageable.  We’ve been doing quite a bit of clean up and will continue to update on our progress.

When You Walk Through the Front Door

As you know, we have been working diligently around the Fetch Ranch to update it and get things cleaned up and cleaned out since taking it over in January of this year.  A while back we posted about our kitchen renovation and now here is a look at our foyer.

We made some minor structural changes to this space when we were designing our kitchen layout.  We just didn’t like the way this wall blocked the view when you walked through the front door.
foyer-waaaay beforeThis picture was taken waaaay before we even moved in.  And here’s a look toward the front door…
IMG_2511We’d moved in at this point, but hadn’t done much else to the space.

It was hard (for me) to have a vision for what this could be.  Fortunately, Mr F helped us stay focused and push forward with our plan.  And just what was that plan exactly?  Well, we removed that large, protruding wall and then installed a much smaller section of wall that was designed to house our new pantry area.
foyer-after completeThis allowed us to have a much more open feeling upon entering the house, dontcha think?  Since moving in, we have replaced the floors, painted the walls, replaced the light in the foyer, and added a little decor.  We really like the changes…all that’s left for now is to add a colorful rug.
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IMG_3113Want to see the befores and afters side by side?  Here ya go..
foyer before after collage from door
foyer collage before after to door

Pearl’s Makeover

Little Pearl had her first visit to the groomer this weekend.  She went from adorable, fuzzy puppy to snazzy schnauzer!  We opted to trim her short all over (except for the traditional “beard and eyebrows”) since she loves running and playing in the yard.  She’s such a busy pup it is tough to grab non-blurred photos of her.
pearl before haircut
pearl after haircutBefore, she had all these little black-tipped tufts of hair.  Now that she’s been trimmed so short, most of the black is gone; underneath, she is this really pretty tan and white.  We think she looks adorable!  She has been prancing around so we think she likes it too.