Saturday, April 30, 2011

~Answers Once More...Part 2~

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday! I am back to finish answering the questions that you asked me last week. I hope you enjoy reading the answers.

1. You have such a natural eye for design, color, and all things primitive. Why are you not hooking rugs?

Learning how to hook rugs is on my list of so many things that I would like to learn how to do. I have found lately that I have so many different interests that it is hard to get to all of them, but I hope one day to find the time to learn how to hook rugs. I think it would be a lot of fun!

2. Where do you find most of your lighting?

All of my lighting came from the Country Store of Geneva.

3. How did you get involved with A Primitive Place magazine?

My involvement with A Primitive Place magazine is something that I am very proud of. I had always dreamed of working for a magazine. It was a dream that I thought would never come true. I found out about A Primitive Place magazine, like many of you, through the announcement they made on their blog in March 2010. When I read about the new magazine, I was so excited. I felt that we needed a new primitive magazine on the market. I immediately ordered my subscription. I told Jeff about it and he said that I should contact the magazine and ask if there was anything I could do. I told him, "You're crazy, they do not need me!" Jeff dropped it and the next morning when I got up, I thought about what he had said. I decided that if you want something in life sometime you have to take a chance. After all, the worst thing they could say was no. I emailed Kristine Berg Doss, the editor, and I few days later I was working for A Primitive Place magazine as a contributing writer. I became the Senior Writer a few months after that. I love writing for the magazine and I am so happy for the success that it has seen. I know that it will only get better and I feel so blessed to be a member of such a talented team. I can never repay Kristine enough for taking a chance on me. I am very grateful!

4. How often do you clean?

I clean every day. With three dogs, the floors need vacuumed once a day. We have a cleaner that comes every Friday and then Jeff and I try to do deep cleaning once a month.

5. Where do you get all your energy?

I have always been a driven person. However, it seems like the older I get the more driven I become. I have so many interests and dreams that I just keep working toward them. I take vitamins, run two miles six days a week, and try to eat well. There are some days though that I just sit and veg out. Not very often though.

6. Where did your firkins originally come from?

When we bought my stack of firkins the man at the antique store said they came from a farm that was owned by a couple who never got rid of anything. They had been big antique collectors for most of their lives. They did not have children, so after they died their items were auctioned off. I am so thankful to have them!

7. Where did you get your decorating skills and how long have you been decorating prim?

I grew up with a mother how was always decorating. Her home was and still is very important to her. She is one of the best decorators I know. I was always by her side when she was decorating. Whatever that may have been. We painted, wallpapered, rearranged furniture. You name it, we did it. Over the years she taught me how to do all these things. She taught me that your home should reflect you. That it should be full of the items that mean something to you. She also gave me a deep appreciation for all things vintage. She fostered the collector in me from a very early age. My dad is a very methodical person. He is very neat and everything must always be in its place. I think I got my eye for symmetry from him. Jeff always says, "You are a perfect combination of your parents. You got all of their good qualities wrapped up in one." I guess there is a lot of truth in that. I have been decorating in the prim style for about fifteen years. My style has evolved over time and I think that it will keep evolving, but primitives will always be at the center of my decorating.

Thank you for asking such fantastic questions. I have really enjoyed answering all of them.

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 for you to stop by there too.

"The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other."
~Jan Blaustone~

All My Best,
~Dan~




Wednesday, April 27, 2011

~Answers Once More...Part 1~

I sincerly apologize for the delay in answering all of your wonderful questions. I really appreciate you taking the time to ask the questions. I also loved reading all of the wonderful compliment you gave me, my home, and my blog. They all mean so much to me. There are thirteen questions for me to answer, so I decided to make this a two parter. I will answer the first half now and the second half on Friday. So, without further ado...here are the answers to your questions.

1. What was your first collection and how old were you?

I started collecting as soon as I moved out of my parents house. That would have been in 1995 when I was 22 years old. My first official collection would have been wooden mashers. All these years later, I still love them.

2. When and what drew you to love prims? What was that first beloved piece?

I was first drawn to primitives after I watched the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. After watching the movie, I said to myself, "One day I would like to fill my house with items like the ones in the movie." My first beloved piece would have to be an old crock water jug that once belonged to my great-grandmother.

3. Since you've done so much to your home, do you ever just think enough is enough? When should I just stop and enjoy?

I believe that anyone who truly loves decorating the way that we do would say that they are never really finished with their homes. Even though most of us only paint our houses once or twice over several years, we are always tweaking. I think that is the wonderful thing about the internet. Never before have we had the opportunity to visit so many homes and draw inspiration from them. Even though we all have similar interests, our interpretation is different. Only you can decide when you should stop and enjoy. For me, the project is my way of enjoying.

4. How long have you had your furry babies and how did they get such unique names?

Our first baby was Parker. We have had her for 4 1/2 years. We discussed several named for her. Jeff and I have always been big Sex in the City fans and we love Sarah Jessica Parker so we decided to name Parker after her. All of our babies have middle names too. Parker's middle name is McKenzie. I chose this name because I love the book and movie Peyton Place. The main family's last name was McKenzie. We will have had Peyton for four years in June. We named him Peyton McEntire. Peyton after the book and movie Peyton Place and McEntire after country music singer Reba McEntire. We have had Paycee for one year. I was a big fan of the TV show Dawson's Creek. I loved the name of the character Pacey, so we decided to name our little girl Paycee McLaine. The McLaine is after Shirley MacLaine.

5. When you do all of this home improvement, does Jeff have a say as to what is going to be done or does he trust your judgement?

I am going to have Jeff answer this question. You have my word that he is doing the typing and I am not telling him what to say...LOL! So, here is Jeff!

Well, this is an interesting question. Most importantly I want to stress that I feel blessed to get to live in such a beautiful home. I have very little talent (or interest) in decorating. Dan does ask for my opinion before any project. Here's how it usually goes down . . . "Jeff, I need to talk to you about something." I know what's coming. Dan wants to repaint, remodel, redecorate, or redo something. I sometimes do complain a little. For example, when we completed repainting the entire upstairs I was assured that we would not be repainting the basement. Our friends actually had a secret bet about how long it would be before Dan decided to tackle the downstairs. It only took him a few months and we were off again on another huge project. Dan is extremely driven. I can't keep up sometimes, but he knows that I trust and support him because, in the end, everything always turns out even better than I could have imagined. I am awed by his talent.

Thank you Jeff. That is exactly what we discussed...just kidding!

6. What is one item you dream of adding to your home decor or to one of your collections?

This is a hard question. It seems I have so many collections. One day, I would love to collect Ironstone.

That concludes today's answers. I will be back on Friday to answer the rest of the questions. I hope you will come back to read them.

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

"A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts."
~Sir Joshua Reynolds~

All My Best,
~Dan~


Monday, April 25, 2011

~Easter Once More~

We had a wonderful Easter yesterday. We had fifteen people over for supper. Jeff's family and my family came. I think everyone had a wonderful time. We had plenty to eat and a wonderful Easter egg hunt. Plus, my grandma played the piano for me...something she has not done in a very long time. Here are some pictures from the day.


Here is the table all set and ready to go.


I used some of my Fiesta. I chose to use sunflower, lemon grass, and peacock. You know how I love my Fiesta and odd numbers.









Our table will seat ten, so we had to have a little table set up.



This is my mom and Jake. It is a shame that my mom doesn't like him...LOL!





This is my dad.



This is my beautiful grandma. You all know how much I love her.



Katie in her Easter dress.



The kid's table.



Everyone is ready to eat!



Katie and Jake



Jake



Maura

Then we went to the basement and had an Easter egg hunt. My mom hide 162 eggs. I guess you know where I get my OCD tendencies...LOL!















This is Jeff's mom.



Gabe



Jeff and I feel so blessed to get to have both of our families together for a holiday. This is something we never thought we would have and we cannot thank God enough for allowing us to have this opportunity.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will come back as often as you can. Look for Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love for you to stop by.

"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
~Desmond Tutu~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Sunday, April 24, 2011

~Happy Easter~

Just wanted to stop in and wish you all a Happy Easter! I hope you are spending this day with the people you love the most and that you are able to take some time and reflect on the real reason we celebrate this holiday.




We are hosting Easter dinner this year. My family and Jeff's family will all be here. There will be fifteen of us in all. It should be a wonderful day which will include an Easter egg hunt for the kids. Due to all the rain, it will take place in the basement. I will try to take lots of pictures to share with you all.

I haven't forgot about answering all of your great questions. Things have been crazy around here and I haven't had a chance to answer them, but I promise to do that this week.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will continue to come back as often as possible. Don't forget to look for Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would really like it if you stopped by.

"A holiday gives one a chance to look backward and forward, to reset oneself by an inner compass."
~May Sarton~

Easter Blessings,
~Dan~

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

~Questions Once More~

Over the last few months, I have noticed that I have quite a few new followers. I decided that this would be a good time to have a question and answer session. Plus, since I am having another painting marathon, I do not have any pictures to share with you right now.

So many times, people ask questions in their comments and I have trouble getting back to everyone. This is your chance to ask your questions and have my complete attention. So, if you have a burning question that you would like to ask me, ask away. I will do my very best to answer every single question. I just hope you have some questions for me! I will be back on Thursday to answer your questions.

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We are celebrating a very special anniversary here at Yesterday Once More today. One year ago today this special little girl came into our lives.




Paycee McLaine has been with us one year. I would be lying if I said she did not present some challenges over the year, my chewed up rugs, books, etc. speak for themselves. I will say that over the last couple of months it seems that Paycee has really improved. With these improvements, she has completely stolen our hearts. We sure do love our little Paycee Girl!

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.

"There is nothing people like better than being asked an easy question. For some reason, we're flattered when a stranger asks us where Maple Street is in our hometown and we can tell him."
~Andy Rooney~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Sunday, April 17, 2011

~Here We Go Again!~

A few weeks ago I told you that I had some plans for the basement. I am sure most of you figured out that it would have something to do with paint. Well, if you guessed that, you were right. I started last Saturday and finished my first project today.

This was the bathroom before:


Here is the bathroom now:


As you can see the black doors are gone and so is the knotting pine trim. While I stilled liked the black and the pine trim, I felt this look would go better with the rest of the house.



So, here is the plan. I am painting the entire basement. All of the walls are going to be sisal like the bathroom walls. This is the same color that we have upstairs and I think it will make the whole house more cohesive.



I also think it will lighten the basement up. There is no natural light down there and sometimes it feels like a cave. I am hoping that lighter walls will help. I will be painting all the trim and doors down there. I am going to keep the trim colors a secret for now.



The trim color I chose to do the bathroom in is a Martha Stewart Living color called cement gray. It was one that I picked out for the upstairs, but at the last minute I decided against it. I have regretted that decision, so I thought the basement bathrooms would be a great place to try it out.




I hope you will join me on yet another journey into the wild, wild world of painting. I am really excited about getting started, and if I like it half as much as I do the upstairs, I will be very happy.



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. I also hope you will stop by the Yesterday Once More facebook page too.

"Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response."
~Mildred Barthel~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Thursday, April 14, 2011

~Quilts...Made with Love~

It is almost impossible to go into any home and don't find a quilt. Everyone loves quilts. Not just because they keep us warm during the winter, but because they evoke memories of the past.

A quilt is far different from a blanket. A quilt was made with love by someone who loved creating. Many quilts were made out of necessity and were made with whatever fabric was left over. This happenstance has made quilts even more desirable for their unique look. The different fabrics used in the quilts has also made them suitable for any room. I am sure when these quilts were being made their creator never imagined that they would one day become a piece of folk art that is so sought after.

Many of the quilts I have were made by my great grandma, so I love them for that reason. But even the quilts that I have picked up at antique shops mean a lot to me because I know they were made with love.















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 haven't already do so, look for Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love for you to stop by.

"Good friends are like quilts. They age with you, yet never lose their warmth."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

~I've Been at it Again!~

Well, I have been at it again. The paintbrush that I have permanently attached to my right hand has been up to no good.

As you know, I recently painted our front door kiln. Which is a brownish red color. I had been wanting to paint our back doors the same color, but was hesitant because the grids are inside the glass. They are white and I was afraid that would look bad.

I was recently looking through the May 2011 issue of Country Sampler magazine and I came across my friend Janice's house. I have gotten to know Janice through her blog Stairway to Home and through emails. We have found that we have a lot in common. Are houses are very similar on the inside and outside. She even has the same siding, brick and roof as we do. I have gotten several wonderful ideas from Janice and I like to think she has gotten some good ones from me too. While looking at her beautiful home I noticed that her french doors were painted a brownish red and the grids in the doors were white. To make sure my eyes were not deceiving me, I emailed Janice and asked her. Sure enough her grids are white. She encouraged me to paint the doors. She said, "Don't worry about the grids being white, people will think you did it on purpose." So I went for it last Saturday.

Here is the before. It isn't the best picture. It is the only one I could find.

Here is the after.










I love how they turned out and Janice was right about the grids. They do not bother me at all. Thanks Janice!!

So, what do you think?

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.

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
~John Barrymore~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Sunday, April 10, 2011

~What Do You Get When You Cross A Gingham Goose With a Red Door??~

Here is a little riddle for you to try to solve today. What do you get when you cross a Gingham Goose with a Red Door???

Give up???


You get a beautiful sign with the name of the best new magazine on the market. One that I am so fortunate to have a part in!


Some of you may recognize the sign from a post on the A Primitive Place Magazine blog. It is a sign that Barb from The Gingham Goose presented to Linda, Audrey, and Margo when they came to do a magazine signing at The Gingham Goose on March 12th.

I made a comment on the blog that I would love to get my hands on one. That evening Linda emailed me and told me that Barb had another sign. Linda contacted Barb and Barb contacted me. I jumped at the chance to buy the sign. When Linda and Audrey were on a photo shoot last Saturday, they swung by The Gingham Goose and picked the sign up for me. Then Linda mailed the sign to me and it arrived yesterday!



I was so excited to get it! I did not waste much time getting it hung. I decided to hang it above the french doors in the dining room which lead to the keeping room. It will be the first thing everyone sees when they enter the house.



I cannot thank Linda and Barb enough for all the trouble they went to to get the sign to me. I will cherish it always.

I also had another package arrive on Saturday. Karen Gerhart, whose home was just featured in the 2011 Home Tour issue of Country Sampler was having a spring sale on facebook. I saw this great sheep hooked rug and purchased it from her.



I hung the rug in the kid's room. I think it looks great in there!



Here is a close up of the rug.



As you can see it was a big weekend for me. I also have some other surprises up my sleeve. I will reveal some of them later in the week. 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 look for Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love for you to stop by. Always remember, "A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes."

All My Best,
~Dan~