Thursday, March 31, 2011

~Surprise #2...Let There Be Light!~

I thought I would share with you my second surprise. I had been admiring a lamp in a local primitive store for quite some time. Last Friday, I decided to buy it. I love it!


I put the light in the sitting area of the master bedroom. You may remember that I have another tin light in this area and I love how they look together.


I painted the table the light is setting on black this week also. I didn't do a post on it because I was afraid you all may try to stage an intervention...LOL!



I love the warm glow that the light gives off. I leave it on all the time. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and just look at it.








So, what do you think?

I also wanted to tell those of you who live within driving distance of Mt. Vernon, Illinois that The Olde Homestead is having their annual spring gathering. It takes place on Friday, April 1st 5-9pm, Saturday, April 2nd 10-5 pm, and Sunday April 3rd 12-4 pm. I am planning on going at least one of the days. It is going to be a great event. If you happen to stop by, tell them that Dan sent you. Here is the address:

The Olde Homestead
53 W. Crownview
Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864
618-246-1055
www.theoldehomestead.net

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 haven't done so, check out Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love to have you stop by there too. Always remember, "In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

~Surprise # 1... My New Door Box~

In my last post, I told you that I had two surprises to share with you this week. My first surprise is the door box that I found for my newly painted front door.


I found the box at The Olde Homestead in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. They have several to choose from. They even had a black one, but believe it or not, I chose this one. It is a pumpkin color, and I really like how it looks with the door. The ladies at The Olde Homestead will also fill the boxes. They do a wonderful job, but I decided to fill mine myself. I have always wanted to learn how to do floral arrangements, so I thought this would be a good opportunity.



I first filled the box with some greenery that I thought looked like spring clover. Then I placed some yellow flowers in the box. To me, yellow just screams Spring. When everything is blooming out, it seems that yellow is everywhere. To give some additional height and add a natural element, I added some twigs to the arrangement.



I decided to secure the box to the door with a screw. I do not plan on moving the box so I felt safe using the screw.



I plan on changing the arrangement with the seasons. I cannot wait to do the fall and Christmas one!



So, what do you think?

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will continue to come back as often as possible. Don't forget to look for Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love it if you would stop by. Never forget, "It is a wounded oyster that mends its shell with a pearl."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Sunday, March 27, 2011

~A Little Tweaking~

I did some tweaking today due to a few purchases that I made over the weekend. The scene of the crime took place in the small hall area off of the music room. For those of you who may not remember, this area once held a wet bar. During our recent paintathon, we took out the wet bar and replaced it with a wonderful old red cabinet.


The house was already there, but everything else on the cabinet it different.


I found this great light on Friday when my friend, Jerrah, and I were out shopping. I had been wanting to put a little more light in this space, so this light was perfect. I got the light at the Cranberry Merchant which is located in Carterville, Illinois.


I felt like the space in front of the light was a little bare, so I spelled out the word firkins with these old alphabet blocks.


I got this basket at a local antique store. I thought the height of it would create some symmetry between it and the house.


I got this hanging candle holder yesterday at The Olde Homestead in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. I had been looking for one of these for quite some time, so I was really happy to find it. The only problem is that I think I could get addicted them really easily...LOL!


Here is a close up of the candle holder. I love the grungy candle that is in it!

I made two more purchases this weekend that I am really excited about. I need to do a couple of things before I can share them with you, but I think you will love them. So stay tuned!

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 check out Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love to have you. Always remember, "Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Thursday, March 24, 2011

~One Fine Pillow~

Lately, I have found myself drawn...or rather obsessed...with pillows. I have always liked them, but I have a new appreciation for them lately. They just add so much to a room and make a chair or a bench look much more inviting. These are a few of my favorite pillows!


Sheep Pillow




Crow Pillow


Penny Rug Pillow



Sampler Pillow



Love Pillow (the first one I ever bought)



Horse Weather Vane Pillow (my mom made this one)



Abraham Lincoln Pillow (since I am from Illinois)

So tell me, which is your favorite??

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. If you get a chance, stop by and become a friend of Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love to have you. Never forget, "Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

~Behind My Red Door~

I bet from the title if this post you thought Linda from ~Behind My Red Door~ would be here, but unfortunately that is not the case. I am sure if you are like me, every time you see a red door you think of her.

Over spring break, I decided to paint my red door. It was a very bright red before, and I felt like it clashed with the dining room colors it was opened. I decided that painting it might be a good idea.

This is the before...


...and this is the after.


I decided to paint the door Kiln which is the brownish red trim color that is in the dining room.



The transition is now much more natural and I think the kiln is a more Colonial color than the previous red.



I would love to find some kind of wooden box that I could hang on the door to put a seasonal display in. I guess I have something new to look for. I am really happy with the way the door turned out!



I apologize for all the shadows. The sun was setting when I took the pictures and it created the shadows.

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. Please feel free to visit me on facebook. Yesterday Once More now has its own facebook page. I would love it if you would drop by sometime. Never forget, "You never know when you are making a memory", so make every moment count.

All My Best,
~Dan~

Sunday, March 20, 2011

~A Chair is Still a Chair~

On Friday, Jeff took the day off to spend one of the days of my spring break with me. We decided to go to some antique shops. We were looking around and I looked into one booth and could not believe my eyes. There in the booth was this chair...


I, of course, liked it instantly. When I looked at the price, I liked it even more. We paid $101.00 including tax!



The legs were in pretty bad shape so I decided to paint them. I chose to paint them black (I am sure you are really surprised by that decision...LOL).



I decided to put the chair in the master bedroom. I added a pillow, a basket, and an old milking stool to use as a footstool.




I think it looks very similar to a Johnston Benchworks chair for a fraction of the cost.




I love it and I am very excited about finding it! It was the perfect way to end my spring break.



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 that Yesterday Once More is now on Facebook. I would love it if you would stop by there too. Always remember, "Goodness is the only investment that never fails."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Friday, March 18, 2011

~Spring Once More~

We usually do not do a lot of seasonal decorating around our house except for a little fall and a lot of Christmas. This year, I have been inspired by the warm weather and seasonal decorations I have seen in blogland and on Facebook, so I decided to join in on the fun.

I have a large wooden box sitting in the middle of the dining room table. I thought this would be a perfect place for my seasonal display. This is what I came up with.


I already had the two rabbits, so I once again sent Jeff out to the barn to find them. I got the springtime greenery at Hobby Lobby.


The fabric carrots and the "Carrots 4 Sale" sign came from a local primitive store. The name of the store is The Cranberry Merchant. If you are ever in Southern Illinois, you should take the time and pay them a visit. It is a great store with lots of primitive and Colonial inspired items.





It almost looks like the rabbits are hiding in the grass getting ready to steal the carrots.





I am really happy with the way it turned out. 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 that Yesterday Once More is now on Facebook. I hope you will stop by and say hi when you can. Always remember, "Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"

All My Best,
~Dan~

Thursday, March 17, 2011

~Hoosier Daddy??? A Makeover~

I am sure by now you are wondering if there is any black paint left in Illinois. Well, I am happy to report that there is and I have been using it...a lot!

My latest project in the Hoosier cabinet that is in the basement kitchen.

This is the before...



This is the after...


As you can see, I painted it black. It had been refinished before I bought it, so I didn't feel guilty about changing it.




I painted the inside of the cabinet cornucopia which is the gold trim color I used in some of the rooms upstairs. I chose to use this color because of an upcoming project I have in the works.



I also changed what I had on the counter of the cabinet. I am still tweaking this so it may change. Who am I kidding? It will probably change...LOL!





When I painted the cabinet, I put only one coat of the black paint on. This allowed the wood color to show through without me having to do a lot of distressing. It is hard to see in the picture, but the wood color does show through.



I really like the way it turned out. I think for now I am done painting furniture black. I am hoping to paint the front door this week, but I promise it will not be black.

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 to have you. Always remember, "Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

~Black is Black~

With all the black painting I have been doing, I thought I would share some pictures of items in our house that were born black. At least when I got them they were already black. I hope you enjoy them!



































I am working another project today. I need to have spring break more often...LOL! Details to follow. Don't forget to check out Yesterday Once More on Facebook. I would love for you to drop by.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back as often as you can. Always remember, "Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."

All My Best,
~Dan~