~Crafty Hearts, Warm Home and Little Toes~

~Crafty Hearts, Warm Home and Little Toes~

Thank you for visiting my blog, here you will find tons of before and afters and decorating tips all done with a small budget! I love being inspired, so I hope something on my site will inspire you. My husband and I have been working to transform our little house into a warm, comfortable, cozy and updated home. We are newly married 20 somethings enjoying life and livin it to it's fullest! Now we are on to lifes next adventure and having our first baby! Please follow us as we go through life transforming, creating and learning to be parents!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Little Curb Appeal

I'm a little embarrassed to show you this picture, but this is what our front door looked like about 2 weeks ago (minus the piece of wood sitting there) What's even more embarrassing about it is we put a new door, screen door, painted the trim and siding, put a new door bell and painted the stoop.  Yep, it was even worse then this picture shows, if you can imagine that?!

We finally saved up enough and had a weekend without rain to fix the nasty.  Here is Ryan, my dad and Ryan's best friend Justin who we are lucky enough to be neighbors with.
I just think it is so neat to see my husband and my dad work together, the only two men I ever loved:)

Here is the finished project, I just couldn't wait to put my little $15 bistro table on the stoop, I am in love with it!  What do you think?


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Our Potted Garden

Our first summer in our home, I told Ryan I wanted to have a nice big garden full of tomatoes and green peppers.  He really took what I said to heart, and one day I came home from shopping with my mom to a back yard garden...literally.  We have a quaint yard to begin with, but after he built the garden we had much less than a small yard, I couldn't believe it.  I didn't even know what to say, I didn't want to tell him it was too big because I had told him I wanted a big garden, so I said "oh my goodness, I love it!"  and for that summer we had enough tomatoes to feed the neighborhood.
 Well each summer since then our garden had gotten smaller and smaller.  This year I decided to try something a little different...a potted garden.  We really only eat tomatoes and green peppers and like to cook with basil and cilantro, so I really didn't see the need for a big garden taking up space in our yard. 
We had some extra fence boards from our fence project last summer so we used those to make the garden boxes.

I thought about staining them, but I know by next year if I leave them natural they will get a rustic look.
Here are the little green peppers when I first planted them.  I was nervous that each plant wouldn't have enough room, but they seem to be growing great.

This is what the garden started out looking like, but I move some things around....

Here is what it looks like now.  Don't mind the two toned deck, we just added on last week and we still need to paint it all:)

Ryan made a bigger box for the tomatos because I think they will need more room to grow.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Can't find bar stools you like under $150? Make your own!

Our bar in our kitchen is a little higher then we would have liked, but because we have the stove in front of it, that's the way it had to be. So finding 34inch bar stools that were in our price range was IMPOSSIBLE!  We searched everywhere, online, target, Ikea, and everywhere in between.  We decided to try to make our own just for kicks and giggles:)  

Sorry for the side view, here is the stool while we were checking the height.  We used deck spindles as the legs you can buy at any hardware store, and used some ply wood we had left over from a different project.  We bought some bracket for each leg rest just for some extra support.
I had some left over fabric from the curtains I made for our kitchen and for the chair re-do we did in February.

and here is the finished project, they totally fit the purpose and the grand total for 2 bar stools that are 34 inches tall......under $50!!