Monday, February 28, 2011

~My Latest Victim~

Well, that crazy painter crept into our house this weekend and painted another piece of furniture in desperate need of a face lift. His latest victim is the three drawer chest that was in the kid's room.


Right now I have it where the buffet used to be in the basement kitchen. I am not sure if it will stay there or not.


Right now it has my collection of hurricane lamps on it. I am not too fond of stripping...hum...that sounds kind of strange, but you know what I mean. Anyway, I found a primer that can be painted over glossy finishes so you do not have to do any stripping. The only problem is that it is white. I told Jeff and my mom that I should have the primer tinted a color so that I could distress the furniture and the color would show through. If I keep up with the painting, I will probably try that.



I do like how the hurricane lamps and the handles go together. They are both glass. I am thinking of painting the keyhole opening gold to make it stand out some.


For now, I think it turned out pretty good. I will keep you posted if it changes locations or if another piece of furniture falls victim to the crazy painter.



Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. As always, I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will continue to come back as often as you can. Always remember, "When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Sunday, February 27, 2011

~Heading to Arcola~

I will be heading to Arcola, Illinois this weekend to attend the Country Spirit Antique Show. A Primitive Place magazine will have a booth there. We will be signing copies of the magazine and selling the Spring 2011 issue and we will also have some of the Holiday 2010 issue.

You will be able to meet:

Kristine Berg Doss, Editor
Jeremy Doss, Assistant Editor
Kimberlee Johnson, Contributing Writer
Dan Weaver, Senior Writer (That's me!)


If you live close by or if you can travel, we would love for you to stop by and meet all of us. It is going to be a great two days. We will be there March 4th from 5pm-8pm and March 5th from 8am-3pm.

I am really excited about meeting some of you and getting to put a face to the name. If you stop by, make sure you tell me you are a follower of my blog.

Thank you all for the nice comment you left me about the buffet that I painted black. I have been busy this weekend painting some other items black. I will share those with you in the very near future.

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. Always remember, "Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Thursday, February 24, 2011

~That Old Black Magic~

I am starting to think that I have a serious problem. I started painting on September 4, 2010 and I haven't stopped yet. I wonder if there is a support group for people like me...LOL! My latest victim is the buffet that Jeff's dad bought for me last spring.

It has been in the kitchen in the basement since I received it. I always said I was going to refinish it or paint it. This past weekend I decided to paint it. Of course, I picked my new favorite color...black.


This is what the buffet looked like before.




Here it is now after three coats of Pittsburgh Paint called black magic.


After I finished it, I decided to move it up to the music room. I love how it looks with my new chair.



It is amazing what paint can do!


It turned out so well that I am having to calm myself down before I paint everything black. I already have two other pieces that I am going to paint black in the very near future so stay tuned.


The picture was out in the barn. I am telling you, I could have a store out there...LOL! Jeff brought it in for me and I think it looks great with the cabinet.

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. Never forget, "We love because it's the only true adventure."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

~Ironstone...It's Not Just for Big People~

Some of you may know that I have a weakness for dishes. It is a weakness I inherited from my mom. There are so many different types of dishes that I collect or would like to one day collect.

One of the dishes that I would one day like to collect is white ironstone. Jeff and I were out antiquing a couple of months ago, and I stumbled upon this white ironstone child's tea set. I had to have it to display in the kid's room.


I think it looks really good on the whitewashed table.



It was missing the creamer. I hope one day to be able to find one.



It isn't in the best shape. It is discolored and has some glazing cracks, but I think that adds to its charm.



I wonder how many kids have played with it over the years.



So, what do you think?

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. As Always, I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will come back as often as you can. Always remember, "We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

~Word of the Week "Week 7"~

Thank you for joining me for my 7th installment of my word of the week. I hope that you are enjoying the word of the week and that you are drawing some inspiration from reading the post and thinking about the word i choose.

If you decide to write about the word of the week on your blog, please let me know. I really enjoy reading them and seeing some of the different thoughts that you have on the word of the week.


This week's word of the week is ~Peace~.

Peace is a word that is thrown around a lot these days. With all the turmoil that occurs in the world, the thought of peace helps us get through the bad days.

I think the most important form of peace is the peace we find within ourselves. Without this inner peace, nothing is possible. How do we find inner peace? I believe it is found through self-acceptance. Until we find peace with who we are and what we believe there will never be peace in our world or in our lives.

Accepting ourselves is hard to do. We are our own worse critic after all. We know ourselves so well, that we see all our faults and shortcomings much easier than other people. It is time to start reflecting more on what we can do and less on what we cannot do. We all have unique talents that no one else has. Sometimes we do not even know our talents until we try.

I believe that one way to find self-acceptance and ultimately peace within is to have confidence in ourselves. So, this is what I want you to do. List five talents or things you like about yourself. I would love to read them in your comments, but if you do not feel comfortable doing that list them for yourself. Put the list somewhere you can see it everyday and when you feel down or defeated, read the list. I think this will eventually lead to accepting ourselves and then to inner peace.

Here is my list...

1. I am a thoughtful person.
2. I am empathetic.
3. I am a good decorator.
4. I am a good writer.
5. I am a good, partner, puppy daddy, son, grandson, brother, uncle, friend,
and teacher.

Now it is your turn!


Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. As always, I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will continue to come back as often as you can. Always remember, "Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Saturday, February 19, 2011

~It Takes a Village~

After I showed all of you the saltbox house that Jeff bought for me, many of you wanted to see the other buildings I had that were made by the same artist who made the saltbox. So, I decided to share them with you today.

The Old Schoolhouse.


The 1850s Barn. This was the first one Jeff bought me. He got it when I graduated from graduate school with my Masters.



The White Farmhouse.



The wash house.



The Red Saltbox.


The tan house with wraparound porch.

So, which one is your favorite?

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. As always, I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back as often as you can. Always remember, "Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

~More Curtains~

My mom finished more curtains curtains last week and I picked them up on Sunday. She finished the curtains for the master bedroom and the laundry room. I think they turned out really well.


The master bedroom curtains are a brownish red pillow ticking stripe.



The laundry room curtains are the a gold pillow ticking strip.



My mom just has the sun room, the kids room, and the back door to do and then she will be done. I sure am lucky to have a mom who is so talented and willing to spend her time making curtains for me.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. As always, I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back as often as you can. Always remember, "Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

~Word of the Week "Week 6"~

Thank you for joining me in my sixth installment of my word of the week. I really hope you are enjoying reading these as much as I am enjoying writing them. Remember if you post about the word of the week on your blog, please let me know. I really enjoy reading them.

This week's word of the week is ~Perseverance~.

We have all grown up hearing and reading the story of the little engine who could. This story is a big part of all of our lives, but seldom do we ever stop and think about what it really means. We all know it is about a little train who didn't give up and he eventually reached his goal. However, we all need to work harder at being more like that little engine.


We often say to ourselves that we cannot accomplish something. We have a million reasons why we cannot do it. We say to ourselves, "I am too old, I am not smart enough, I am not talented enough, I don't have the time, I don't have the money." The list goes on and on. The only thing that it really standing in our way is ourselves. Maybe we put barriers in our way to protect ourselves. It is scary to take the plunge and try to make our dreams come true.

Without perseverance where would any of us be? All the modern conveniences we enjoy are because someone kept going and didn't quit. All of the modern medicine that we have is because someone had a dream of curing an illness that has taken so many lives. The rights and freedoms we enjoy is all because of someone who was willing to keep going no matter how hard things got.

We owe a lot to perseverance. Why not try to apply it to our lives more? Maybe your goal is to lose weight or start exercising. Maybe you want to go back to school or start working again. Maybe you want to start your own business or learn to sew. Whatever your goal is, go for it and don't quit.

We are all surrounded by negativity in this world. It is everywhere we look and sometimes it keeps us from trying to reach our goals. It is time to rise above the negativity and keep going.

We owe it to ourselves to try to live the best life we can. We only have one life to live on this earth and no matter how long we may live it goes by way too fast. Only you can achieve your dreams. Our dreams are not going to knock on our door one day and say, "Here I am." We have to go look for it. As scary as that may seem, it is all we can do.

So in the weeks ahead try to think of one goal you would like to accomplish and try to achieve it. Surround yourself with people who can help you achieve your dream. There will be people who say you cannot do it, but you can. Do your best to erase the negativity from you mind and persevere.

We all have a dream and it is time for us to stand up and proudly proclaim it. Even if we think it is silly or doesn't mean anything. If it is important to us, than it is important. So, here is my dream. It is a dream that I have not shared with many people and I even feel a little funny sharing now, but I know that all of you will understand

One day I would love write a book and have it turned into a movie and then write the screenplay and win an Oscar for best original screenplay. I believe one day it will happen. That is half the battle. If we can believe it will happen, one day it will. I would love for you to share your dream with me. Maybe together we can make all our dreams come true. Just keep thinking, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, " and you will. NEVER GIVE UP!!!

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. Always remember, "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another".

All My Best,
~Dan~

Monday, February 14, 2011

~Everybody Loves a Winner~

I am here to announce the winner of my giveaway. I would like to thank everyone who entered to receive a free one year subscription to A Primitive Place magazine. There were so many entries and I wish I could give everyone of you a subscription, but there can only be one winner. I let Jeff pull the number so all complaints can be directed to him...LOL! So without further ado, the winner is...


Hi Dan! Congrats on your one year blogaversary! Please enter me in this giveaway and I will post it on my sidebar. Thanks!

Hugs,
Donna

That is Donna from One Simple Country Girl. To visit Donna's blog and congratulate her, click ~Here~.

I will need Donna to email me at dc11272@hotmail.com to give me her address. Please make sure you tell me if you already have a subscription so that I can make sure your current subscription is extended.

I would also like to wish all of you a Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you get to spend it with the people you love the most.

I will be back tomorrow with my word of the week. I have blocked out the rest of my evening to spend with my four valentines.

With Primitive Love,
~Dan~

Saturday, February 12, 2011

~The Door...Revisited~

I wanted to do a quick post to thank all of you for your wonderful thoughts about my new door. You all gave me a lot to think about and I feel that is what makes all of us better people and better decorators. I wanted to share with you what I have done so far.


I moved the birdhouse over to hide the plug, but after looking at the pictures I think it needs to be moved over a little more. I will do that as soon as I finish this post. The bottom two windowpanes are missing, so I tucked an old quilt that my great grandma made out of my great grandpa's ties into the opening. I think it adds some color and interest to the door.


So, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to give me some ideas of what I should place on the floor in front of the quilt. I feel like it needs something else. Maybe most of you think it doesn't. If that is the case, let me know. The good thing about having a lot of stuff is I can usually find what you suggest somewhere around here. I am sure most of you can relate...LOL! Let the opinions start rolling in.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. As always, I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will continue to come back as often as you can. If you have not already enter my giveaway for a free one year subscription to A Primitive Place magazine, see my post dated February 4th for details. The deadline is tomorrow at midnight and then I will announce the winner on February 14th.

All My Best,
~Dan~

Thursday, February 10, 2011

~You're Not Bringing That Into the House Are You?~

If I had a dollar for every time I heard that...well, let's just say I would be sleeping in tomorrow...LOL!

Most of you know I have been struggling with this corner of the family room for quite sometime. I had the washstand there and it just did not seem right. After reading a lot of your comments, I decided that the best place for it would be a bedroom or a bathroom. So, it has been retired to the office for now, but it will appear again.

Today I was getting ready to go on my run and it hit me, "There is an old door in the chicken coop." So when I got home, I told Jeff we were going to get the door out and bring it in. His first response was, "There is a door out there?". I took him out and showed it to him and he said what he always says, "You're not bringing that into the house are you?". I said what I always say, "Yes, I am."

So we carried it in and brought it down to the laundry room in the basement. It was filthy, but I was determined to get it cleaned up. I think it turned out pretty good.


I hung a wreath on the door and placed a bird house in front of it. I am contemplating draping a quilt on it, but I am not sure if I will or not.


I love the old handle it had on it!


The birdhouse.


The wreath.

So, what do you think?

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back as often as you can. Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a free one year subscription to A Primitive Place magazine. See post dated February 4th for details. Always remember, "One man's junk is another man's treasure."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

~Raise the Curtain~

If you remember, I told you a couple of weeks ago that my mom was making curtains for me. Well, she just finished the curtains for the dining room and the music room. I love how they turned out so I thought I would let you all take a peek.


The fabric is a golden yellow pillow ticking stripe. I chose this color to bring in the cornucopia trim color that is in the other rooms.


I will use this fabric in every room that has the kiln trim color. In the rooms that have the cornucopia or mariner color the fabric will be a brown red pillow ticking stripe. The style of the curtains will be the same.



I cannot wait to get the other curtains! I think it will complete the whole look.



It is so nice to have a mom as talented as mine. She is doing a beautiful job and I can never thank her enough for all of her hard work.



Let me know what you think.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back as often as you can. Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a free one year subscription to A Primitive Place magazine. The deadline to enter is February 13th and I will announce the winner on February 14th. See my giveaway post below to enter. Never forget to take the time to tell someone how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them. It will eventually come back to you.

All My Best,
~Dan~

Sunday, February 6, 2011

~Word of the Week "Week 5"~

Thank you for joining me for my fifth installment of my word of the week. Remember if you choose to do a post about the word of the week, let me know. I really enjoy reading them.

This week's word of the week is ~Loyalty~.

When I think about the word loyalty several different ideas come to mind. We are loyal to our friends even when we think they are wrong. We stand beside them and support them in their decisions and we are there for them if things fall apart.

We are loyal to our jobs. We try to do our best even when everything we do seems wrong. We strive to do the best job we can and we give 100% all the time even when we do not feel appreciated.

We are loyal to our partners through the good and the bad. Through the agreements and disagreements. We love them unconditionally and support them in what they do and dream of. We remain faithful to them through all things and never stop loving them.

We are loyal to our families. Every family disagrees or has issues, but we stand together and look out for one another. We choose to put our petty differences aside and realize that we are a family and know that together we can achieve anything.

We are loyal to our pets and they are even more loyal to us. Even when we have to spank them because they are chewing on a new rug...I am not mentioning any names...LOL! They love us completely and would fight to the death to protect us and their home. All they want in return is a little love. I think dogs are the true definition of loyalty.

I am blessed to have four examples of loyalty in my everyday life. Every night when I come home there are always four precious souls happy to see me and will do everything in their power to make me happy when I am sad, strong when I am weak, and loved when I feel unlovable. I can never thank God enough for bringing them into my life. They are precious and beautiful in every way possible. They are...

Jeff


Parker


Peyton


and Paycee...the little rug chewer

Of course, I could not mention loyalty without mentioning all of you. You loyally read me blog and come by for a visit when you can. You lift me up when I am down, you rejoice in my triumphs, you mourn in my loses, and above all you accept me for who I am and that means the world to me.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back as often as you can. Do not forget to enter to win a free one year subscription to A Primitive Place magazine. The deadline is February 13th and the winner will be announced on February 14th. See the post under this one to enter. Always remember, "Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life."

All My Best,
~Dan~