Saturday, August 27, 2011

Yard Sale Saturday

Most of the time when I visit yard sales I don't find anything worth buying.  I'd say 1 in 3 holds a decent treasure, 1 in every 15 holds a jewel.  Wyatt always finds something he wants, but I'm ok with that because it's usually 10 cents or free.  :)

This morning was a jewel kind of morning.  After about seven sales, Wyatt was wilting and I was pleased with myself for not buying anything save for a plastic robot dog that Wyatt wouldn't part with. You see, we're still in a hotel.  And still, I cannot stop myself from garage sale-ing.  It gives us something to do on Friday and Saturday mornings, alright! 

Until this morning I've shied away from estate sales and I'm not sure why.  I think I've been intimidated by their formalness- and you have to walk through a strangers house like I'm walking through a Wal-Mart.  A bit strange to me.  But I went for it today.  Good thing we did!

I walked through a mostly empty kitchen and a living room full of 60's style furniture into the garage to find this:

!!! I've seen replicas of these 50's style lawn chairs in boutiques and shops all over, none of them cheap affordable.  However, I'm fairly certain this set isn't a replica judging from the decor of the rest of the home.  

They had $125 on the set of three pieces, but after some haggling (they'd already marked it down twice) we agreed on $45!
I hope you are not offended by my price sharing, but I'm always interested in what people pay and am excited when I see someone get a steal of a deal!  

Woo Hoo!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Silhouette Pillow: A Tutorial

I promised way back in June to give you a step by step tutorial of the stag pillow I made as a part of our living room transformation.  Well, here she is. 

I got the idea from Cottage Hill and her dog silhouette pillow.

You'll need:
-Enough fabric to cover your pillow form with about an inch extra on each side
-Matching thread and basic sewing notions like pins and a seam ripper (OR just use hot glue for a no sew version.  We're all about doing it by the book here.  :) )
-A Sharpie marker

That's it. 

STEP 1.  Find a silhouette image that you like using your favorite search engine on the internet.  Zoom in on the image until it is the size you desire for your pillow.  ("Command +" on a Mac to zoom).  

STEP 2.  Drape your fabric over the screen of your computer and trace the silhouette's outline straight onto the fabric.  Move the fabric to a flat surface and fill in the outline with a sharpie marker.

STEP 3.  Cut the fabric carefully to fit the pillow form leaving an inch extra on all sides.  I guesstimated.  Alternately, you can do this step before #2, just be sure when you trace, you're drawing exactly where you want your image to end up.  I knew I wanted the stag on my kidney pillow to be off center and to the left but didn't trust myself aligning the image correctly on the screen so I just drew the silhouette and cut afterward.  If you don't have extra fabric, I suggest cutting first and then drawing. 

There was hairy fringe on mine that I didn't want to mess while sewing so I cut it off.  

He looks so bald now.  

STEP 4.  Sorry I don't have pics of this step but it's pretty straightforward.  Turn your two pieces of fabric right sides together (silhouette facing in).  Sew around the edges of the two pieces, leaving one end open in which you will stuff your pillow form.  It's usually like me to forget to leave an end open, so don't be like me!  Turn the sewn pieces right sides out and insert the pillow form.

STEP 5.  Pin the rough edges of the open end in and together like so:

STEP 6.  Hand stitch (or hot glue or no-sew-velcro) the seam shut. 

You're done!  

Go forth and trace on your computer screen.  

If anyone ever  decides to try this, please post the link in the comments.  It would make me very happy.  :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dance Party

Cooper and Wyatt got to see each other this afternoon and had an impromptu dance party.  

Rock on.

Push toys are a favorite with both boys and between wooden Mr. Frog and the Fisher Price mower on hardwood floors, playtime is deafening.  Two little hooligans racing around the kitchen island laughing and running into each other.  It's too cute to watch them.  And really you don't have a choice but to watch because any form of conversation is impossible with the cacophony.  Short of sign language I guess.  But all I know in signs is milk, more, all done, and please.  Interesting convo options. 

Coming back to Graham for 36 hours has been a bit strange.  Emotionally we've already detached from this little Texas town.  But we're still living out of a hotel in Tyler so we're not quite planted there either.  I think it will help when we close on a house.  By the way, we withdrew our offer on the house I posted about.  There was megabucks worth of foundation and drainage repairs that are needed asap.  And thanks to Rob, we found asbestos in the popcorn ceiling texture.  Yuck.  So obviously that is not the house the Lord has for us.  

Yes, I believe that God has a specific house just for the Hydes. He cares enough about each of us to guide us even in these trivial matters such as home ownership.  He wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives.  But that's the kicker isn't it?  Most people- if even remotely interested in the God of the universe- only want Him in certain parts of their lives.   Perhaps only those parts that they feel are out of their control.  I've got news for ya honey.  You are not in control of your life now.  If you give your life over to the One who made you, you won't be in control.  Take one for the team, Pride.  You're either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness.  The truth is quite the opposite of what many think, there is no freedom outside of Christ.  

Stepping off my soapbox now...

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Foundary and One Kings Lane

Have you heard of One Kings Lane? How about The Foundary?  Both are an "online sample sale that’s open to the public.  Their deeply discounted {up to 70% off}... luxury items are listed for 72 hours and often sell out before the sale ends."  quoted from The Nester's post about how she shops at One Kings Lane.  Honestly, she does a far superior job of describing OKL-type websites than I ever could.  So go read her post. After you finish this one, of course. :)

They carry everything from flatware to sofas to rugs. Here are some of the current sale items on One Kings Lane that I think are way fun:

$12 for a set of 3 super cute notepads


$299 for a 5x8 rug!

And these are from The Foundary:

24 in. rabbit fur pillow $41

18" print $46
I bought this exact size print at Goodwill for $5

This is why I really like these websites.  It helps me to know what is a good deal out there in the real world.  Because sometimes these sites have super luxury items- think upholstered chairs for $7,000. Things that I'd never even consider purchasing. But then a lot of times they have high end items for a steal.  But if I wasn't a member of the sites, I'd never know it when I found a deal.  And they help me to develop my style.  

Here's how it works.  You go to


to sign up.  If you mention that I referred you by following the above links and eventually buy something, I get a $25 credit at OKL and a $10 credit at TF.  And if you sign up and refer someone else, you'll get those same credits after your friends make their first purchase.  

Even if you don't mention me, these are great websites for inspiration!  Check 'em out!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bufe & Babin Going Out of Business Sale!!

I say this like I've shopped at Bufe & Babin for years.  I actually just found it today on my way to the Habitat REstore here in Tyler.  But I wish I'd been shopping there for years.  Apparently they've been open for a few decades and are closing their doors so the two owners can retire and do whatever they want.  More power to 'em.  Last week the entire store was 20% off, this week 40%, next week 60% and the week after that every single thing in the store is 80% off!  They carry gorgeous fabrics of all kinds- silk, linen, beautiful ikat patterns, custom upholstered pieces, fun accessories, and other home goods.  I felt like a kid in a candy store.

Within 5 minutes of walking in I thought my head would explode.  I wanted at least a yard of everything they had.  And every single upholstered tufted chair, ottoman, and sofa.  And puzzle table!

If this jute rug is there next week, it's mine!

Huge wool rug!

Instead of spending my yearly decor budget in one hour, I restrained myself and chose 4 shams instead.

Sorry for the wonky pictures but I was using my iPhone in a dark hotel room.  Somehow I forgot that our camera was sitting 3 feet away.
I found this ruffled pink linen number first and immediately saw a monogram in the center for baby girl's room.  I really like how they are all a slightly different shade of pink and different styles.  I'm learning that everything doesn't have to be matchy-matchy.

I'm thinking master bedding for this gal.  

Unfortunately I have no idea what baby girl's nursery will look like, exactly.  But now it will include at least 3 beautiful pillows!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Virtual design is so fun!

So I spent this evening with HGTV on in the background and a high end design software on my trusty Mac.  And by high end I mean Powerpoint.  Yes, I transformed the outside of our new house using a program meant for board meetings.  And is was SO FUN!

It's a very rough idea of what we want so be kind. 



We took a family trip to Home Depot this evening to peruse the flooring options and paint swatches.
It reminded us very much of that scene is Old School where Will Ferrell is describing why he can't go out with the guys.

Frank: I told my wife I wouldn't drink tonight. Besides, I got a big day tomorrow. You guys have a great time. 
College Student: A big day? Doing what? 
Frank: Well, um, actually a pretty nice little Saturday, we're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wallpaper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time.

I actually find that movie quite crude but parts of it are hilarious.

Wow.  All of that to say... 
We round the corner of the store into the 'tool cove' as Rob calls it, and he says, "I feel like Aerial on the Little Mermaid when she finally gets her voice back."

Friday, August 5, 2011

We Bought A House! (Almost)

We've been in Tyler, TX four days and we have searched for, found, and made an offer on a home that has been accepted!  That sounds pretty hasty but we have actually been researching the market and looking at houses online for a few weeks.  Rob's family can attest to this.  We spent 10 days on vacation with them and when Rob has something he's interested in or a project he's working on... well, he can't really talk about anything else.  :)  In all fairness, I was just as excited.  I think we showed the family about 20 different homes and talked about each of them at length for days on end. Very graciously, they never complained.

So here she is.  Not much to look at yet.  In fact I hesitated to even put up a picture of the front of the house until we repainted.  But then I called myself shallow and put it up anyway.  The stars will come down immediately.

Because the trim is poop brown it makes the brick look poop brown.  But it has an old Chicago brick vibe if you look at the brick by itself.  To minimize poo and maximize old Chicago, the current plan is to paint all of the trim and the window surrounds a crisp white, add black shutters, and paint the fabulous double front doors red!

I'm hoping it turns out more like this.  A girl can hope.

After a brief squabble Rob caved decided that perhaps painting the doors black would create a cave like entrance and red would look much fresher and snappier.  Good decision, hon.  I've always liked double front doors and am tickled to have a pair of my own.

It's got good bones, but those 36 year old bones need to be stripped of popcorn ceilings, hideous marble tile floors, and several layers of ugly paint over ugly wallpaper.  Ugh.  
Good thing I'm pregnant and can't do a lot of that.  Whatt??

Yes, I mentioned the removal of marble floors from a home.  You don't understand.  Think of an elderly woman's spider veins.  Then imagine those veiny legs also have gangrene.  There you have it.
If you have this tile in your home, I sincerely apologize and can guarantee you would detest some of my quirky design choices.  To each his own.  

We're super excited to finally have a home of our own to do whatever in the heck we want to it.  Our first three projects that I mentioned above are biggies that have been known to drive good intentioned DIY-ers to the breaking point.  Wish us luck!  Better yet, pray for us.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Okanagan Valley (& Picasa)

We're alive!  We've been hiking, swimming, blobbing, wine sipping, mini golfing, and more in the gorgeous Okanagan valley of British Columbia.  Rob's parents rented a 'cottage' (which turned out to be a brand new beautiful home in a vacation development with endless amenities) to gather the family for our sweet Oma's 80th birthday!

And I discovered Picasa.  
It's google's free photo editing software that enables you to create these fabulous collages.  
Click on any collage to enlarge.  I'm going to investigate soon how I change the width of our blog so I can display larger pictures. 

Ten days of relaxation and good family fun.  Lots of Kuhhandel, Phase 10, and Settlers of Catan.
Wyatt has gained a couple of pounds from Oma and Grandma stuffing him full of food at every meal and 15 minute increments in between mealtimes.  It's the Russian/German way.  :)


This is what I meant when I said 'blobbing'.

Wine-sipping at Mission Hill Family Winery

Now we're back in the states from vacation, have moved to Tyler, started a new job, are trying to buy a house, find a new midwife, and have a baby in two months.  Good thing God has it in control because 

I. do. not.