Friday, August 12, 2011

~What Happens When Dan Runs Out of Things to Paint???~

Hey Everybody! I know I have been away from my blog for a little while. The school year starts on Monday and I decided to take a little break. While I was on break, I started trying to learn a new skill.

So back to my original question. What happens when Dan runs out of things to paint??? The answer is...he learns to cross stitch.

I started about two weeks ago and I have made several different things. These four are finally ready to be shared.


The first one is this little pillow with a primitive Christmas tree with the word joy under it. This is my creation completely. I drew the pattern out using graph paper. Then I tea stained the fabric. Today I spent the day with my mom. She is teaching me to sew. I made this pillow by myself. Well, almost by myself. My mom was guiding me. Not bad for a first try.


This is the back side of the pillow. Both sides have been tea stained.



I also made this cross stitched pumpkin. The pumpkin and letters are a variation of a pattern I found. The black bird is my creation. My mom made the pillow for this cross stitched creation.



This is the back of the pillow.



This little guy is another one of my creations. I drew it out using graph paper. My mom did the sewing on this one.



Then finally I made this one. This is completely by a pattern. Again, I cross stitched it and my mom did the sewing.

I would love to know what you think. Be looking for more of my creations in the near future. My mom and I had a wonderful day today and I guess the old saying is true, we are never too old to learn.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will continue to come back as often as you can. Don't forget to look for Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love for you to stop by there too.

"He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet."
~Joseph Joubert~

All My Best,
~Dan~

33 comments:

lilraggedyangie said...

Dan , I think its great you have learned to cross stitch and quite well I might add , and gotta love learning to sew as well ! Love all your creations as always keep on stitching I cant wait to see what all you come up with ! Hope you have a great weekend ! hugs lil raggedy angie

Jamie said...

How cute!!!!!You did awesome and working with your mom is so sweet.

Pam said...

Those are cute. I used to cross stitch, but got burnt out when I attempted a really huge piece. Before that, I found it relaxing to sit and do some stitching. You know that you will have to buy a vintage Singer sewing machine now to do all your sewing on!

lilraggedyangie said...

Dan I forgot I m not sure if you know Mary at http://gettysburghomestead.blogspot.com or not but she has a fabulous free stitchery pattern on left side bar of her blog she just designed , its great ! Thought I would share , shes also a great one to chat up with an sewing ?s you might ever have ! :0)

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Dan your pieces are really great. I especially love the witch one. lol
How neat that you live close enough to your mom so you guys can do these beautiful pillows together.
I miss doing counted cross stitch.
Can't wait to see more of your work.
Love ya
Maggie

Courtney said...

What a lovely way to spend the day with your Mom. I love your pillows. I keep thinking about cross stitch...it looks so great, but I can barely see with my aging eyes as it is! LOL I think I'll stick to rug hooking and spinning. But, I do love that witch!

Penny said...

Great pillows! Love them all, and they are extra-special because they were done with your mom!!

I love to cross-stitch myself... I find it very relaxing. And once the fall gets here and the days are shorter, it will be so nice to sit inside after dinner and stitch away!

Have a great weekend!

Joanne said...

Way to go on learning Cross stitch - i haven't done it in years since I took up hooking but love that you went for it and made them into pillows already! Cool beans! Great job!

Brenda said...

Love the pillows! I think it is great that you are making your own cross stitch designs. The possibilities are limitless, and I find that it is a very relaxing hobby. You are so lucky to be able to have your Mom there to teach you the ropes. Those moments are priceless. :)

Never So Simple said...

Love your new pillows. I really like the joy one you designed!

Donna

Susannah said...

Dan!! You need to be so proud of yourself! You have done a fantastic job. Now...you need a sewing machine, a sewingroom, lots of floss and thread and fabric....just think about it. You might enjoy it. And Mom can come over and sew at your house sometimes, too. See I got it all planned out for you. Just kidding. Keep up the good work. It is very rewarding.

Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

I love them Dan! I used to love to do cross stitching but it's too hard on my eyes now. I can remember sitting with my grandmother..I was still in high school...who taught me. She taught me to sew, embroider,knit and crochet. I was like a sponge.......trying to absorb all that she taught me......I miss her.....how lucky you are to have your Mom to teach you.......such precious moments to share with her. Enjoy them!
Hugs,
Lynn

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Dan My Friend...
I love that you have taken up cross stitch, I find it so relaxing. Your pillows are just the perfect touch. I love Happy Fall most of all. (You have the midas touch my friend.) Thank you for sharing with me this evening.

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Thank you sweetie for a wonderful post. I love it. Have a glorious weekend. Country hugs from Phoenix, Sherry

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

you did a wonderful job on those pillows,...love them all..have a wonderful weekend.;)

*Kountry*Porch*Primitives* said...

Great job!! Be sure to go to my blog and go to the post for "Cross Stitching Tutorial". I have a free sampler pattern listed there that you can download and stitch....also a link for another free one from Mary at Gettysburg Homestead. Happy stitching my friend!! ~Kriss~

nancy huggins said...

Love the stitcheries Dan and that is so nice that you and your Mom can do this together. I had a son that loved doing things with me but then he got married and had kids :)
You did a good job

nancy huggins said...

Love the stitcheries Dan and that is so nice that you and your Mom can do this together. I had a son that loved doing things with me but then he got married and had kids :)
You did a good job

The Moonlit Stitch said...

How wonderful to spend time with you mom creating & learning! Love your pillows - you are really kicking them out left & right! Look forward to seeing more! Have a wonderful weekend ~*~Lisa

Raggedy Creations said...

You did much better than I would have. My eyes can't take that small stuff. Great job Dan.

Felicia

Sandy said...

Great Job Dan!
I love cross stitching...I find it relaxing and you get so excited when you get to the finish :)

Benita said...

Great work Dan !! I wish you could come teach me ! I love the close relationship you have with your mom, she raised an awesome son !!
XOXO ~
Benita

Miss Taylor Faith said...

Excellent Job! The witch one is still my favorite. You should make some extras and sell them.:) I'm amazed by all your talents. ;)Can't believe its school time again.

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Dan, WOW!!!! Love them all... cross stitch is something I have never learned to do, so love to see everyone's work! School... this is the first year, I have no one going back, so wierd..no college for either of my boys... where did the time go? OLM

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Dan, WOW!!!! Love them all... cross stitch is something I have never learned to do, so love to see everyone's work! School... this is the first year, I have no one going back, so wierd..no college for either of my boys... where did the time go? OLM

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Dan, WOW!!!! Love them all... cross stitch is something I have never learned to do, so love to see everyone's work! School... this is the first year, I have no one going back, so wierd..no college for either of my boys... where did the time go? OLM

janet said...

What a great job you did on those pillows..I love the witch one the most..
Janet

priley65 said...

Great job. I never was into needlework or I should say creating them myself. You're very talented. If you get a chance stop by my blog http://pioneeringspirit-priley.blogspot.com...I need followers.

Patricia

redesigngal said...

Dan: Had to comment: Since your first attempt to cross stitch has my NAME on it, does this mean it is FOR ME??? LOL
Congratulations on a new skill...I wish I could finish my projects as quickly as you do! I am amazed at your talents.
Hugs, Joy

Lynn said...

Wow, you go!! That is awesome. Amazing talent, you do not look like you just learned to do that.
I love your primitive home!! You have things displayed prim perfect!!
Hugs,
Lynn

Alice said...

What a wonderful job Dan. They are all so cute. I use to do CC long ago until my eyesight got bad. I have several pieces in my house. Glad to know it hasn't gone by the wayside like so many other "arts" have.

Kathleen said...

LOL at this last one as it occurs to me there are days I should have this question tatooed on my forehead.
Very talented and versatile, Dan.
You really should consider rughooking. I don't think I'll ever run out of things to hook at the rate I'm going.
Hope you are all better!

Cheers,
Kathleen in Central NJ...where it's not raining and the sun is shining

Y1M said...

Dan...Love all of your pillows, wonderful work with them too.

Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Marlene

Carmen at Primcats said...

Good Job Dan! Oh how I miss stitching and crocheting. I have developed severe Carpel Tunnel and tendonitis and I can't even hold a needle anymore. But I used to love it. And I loved to crocet as well. So relaxing!

You did a great job on your pillows!

Carmen and the Primcats