Sunday, August 28, 2011

~A Bed is Still a Bed~

This past Friday, a dream of mine came true. I have been looking for a black pencil post bed with a canopy for a long time. I didn't know if I would ever find one. I had been asking around for quite some time and I hadn't had any luck.

One day I was thinking of how much I would like to find the bed. Something told me to pray about it. I asked God to help me find a black pencil post bed with a canopy. The next week I received an email from Kathy at The Olde Homestead in Mt. Vernon, Illinois telling me that she had ordered some black pencil posts beds and they had canopies on them. I could not believe me eyes. Just a week before I had been praying for a bed and I had sent an email to Kathy expecting to hear that she didn't have any. Kathy said she ordered them in March and she would be picking them up in August. I immediately told her I wanted one. This week, I received an email from Kathy telling me that they beds were in. So, Jeff and I made a trip to The Olde Homestead on Friday evening to pick up the bed. Here is how it looks.









I love it and I can not thank Kathy enough for ordering those beds. God knew back in March that I would want one of the beds and he had them on their way before I even asked for one.

Kathy ordered several beds, so I you live in the Mt. Vernon, Illinois area, you should pay her a visit and check the beds out.

A couple of weeks ago, Paycee got a little aggressive with the couch in our bedroom. She ate a hole in one of the back cushions. I told her that it was a good thing I loved her or she would have been in deep trouble. To hide the hole, I put an old gray quilt on the back of the couch. Here is how it looks.





I like how it looks, I just wish it wasn't hiding a hole. Paycee said she was just trying to help me decorate. = )

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 love for you to stop by there too.

"Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees."
~Victor Hugo~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Monday, August 22, 2011

~Simple Country Treasures~

A couple of weekends ago, Jeff and I paid a visit to a great primitive shop in Lebanon, Illinois. The name of the shop is Simple Country Treasures. It is a great place to visit and the shop owner, Tammy, is the sweetest lady you will ever meet. If you read A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine (which I hope you do), you will recognize one of Tammy's employees. She is stylist and contributing writer Kimberlee Johnson.

Tammy had her shop all deck out for fall. There were so many wonderful fall decorations, that I had trouble narrowing it down to the ones I wanted to get. I could have bought all of them! I also bought a few non fall items that I am going to share with you now. I will share the fall decorations after Jeff and I put them out.


The first item I bought was this tin candle holder and black candle. I placed it on the desk next to the typewriter in the master bedroom.


Here is a closer picture of the candle and candle holder. I love it!



I also bought this candle holder and candle. It is suppose to be like an old oil lamp. I hung it on the wall in the kitchen.



I fell in love with this picture when I saw it. I hung it in the kid's room.



Here is a closer picture. It is wonderful!



So, what do you think of my new goodies?

If you are ever in the Lebanon, Illinois area, stop in and see Tammy and Kimberlee. You will not regret it. Don't forget to tell them that Dan sent you! = )

Simple Country Treasures
217 W. St. Louis Street
Lebanon, Illinois

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


"A book tight shut, is but a block of paper."
~Chinese Proverb~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

~Not Far From Home...A Photo Shoot Sneak Peek~

Last Thursday, Kimberlee and I had the privilege of doing a photo shoot at a beautiful home for an upcoming issue of A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine. The homeowners of this beautiful home are Suzi and Randy Mitchell of Carterville, Illinois. Suzi is a very creative lady. She makes hooked rugs, quilts, and she also paints. She and Randy have worked so hard to make their house a home and it shows. This beautiful home is located just a few miles from my house. So, it was quite literally in my own backyard.

I met Suzi at a primitive shop that I go to quite often. She works at The Cranberry Merchant which is located in Carterville, Illinois. Several of Suzi's friends told her that she should submit pictures of her home for consideration. I offered to go and take some scouting photos and I was blown away by the house. I shared the pictures with Kimberlee, Linda, and Kristine and they fell and love with the house too. Kristine decided the house needed to be photographed so Kimberlee and I were more than happy to dust off our equipment and do it.

Here are some sneak peek pictures of Suzi and Randy's home. I hope you enjoy them.















If you enjoyed these pictures, just wait until the issue featuring Suzi's house comes out. You will love it. Suzi has a great collection of pewter, yellowware, wooden bowls, and of course hooked rugs.

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 see you there too.

"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."
~Benjamin Franklin~

All My Best,
~Dan~

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~