Friday, December 30, 2011

~A Collection of Samplers & New Year Wishes~

I thought it would be fun to share some of the cross stitched samplers that I have made this year. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of all of the samplers I have made. This is just a small sampling of them.

I started cross stitching in August. I had never really cross stitched before. I did make two little ornaments when I was in junior high that were cross stitched, but that was it.

All of my samplers are original. They are hand drawn by me on graph paper and then stitched. I then tea stain my samplers to give them an aged look. Just looking at the few pictures I have taken, I can see that I have gotten better with each sampler. I guess that is true of anything we do. The more we do, the better we get.

Most of my samplers have been made as gifts so I only have a few for myself. I keep saying I am going to make some for me, but I haven't done it yet. Take a look at my samplers and let me know what you think.


































Which is your favorite?

I also wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy New Year. I hope that 2012 is one of the best years yet and that you find complete happiness, contentment, and peace in the new year!



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.

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
~Benjamin Franklin~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

~Images of Christmas 2011~

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! It has been a busy time here at Yesterday Once More, but I wanted to stop in and share some of my favorite images from Christmas 2011!

I was so happy with the way our door box turned out this year!


I also loved how the door looked as people entered the house.



I came up with a new way to display our Christmas cards this year using jute.







This is the dining room table all set for our Christmas Eve dinner.



I designed and stitched everyone a cross stitched ornament this year. I used the ornaments as place cards.


I set the table using my snowman dishes, scarlet Fiesta, and shamrock Fiesta.





I really love how the centerpiece turned out this year. I thought it looked really Colonial.











This is my niece Katie all dressed up after Christmas Eve mass.


This is Katie and Jake blowing out the candles on baby Jesus' birthday cake.



I filled a lot of spaces with natural greenery that Jeff cut for me.















These last two pictures show how Jeff and the Ps felt after all of the merry making! = )





I hope you enjoyed seeing some images from our Christmas celebrations. I hope that you found yourself enjoying the company of all of the people you love and that you had a chance to reflect on Christmases past and on the true meaning of the season.

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. Do not forget to look for Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love to see you there too!

"The moment after Christmas every child thinks of his birthday." ~Stephen Uys~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Saturday, December 17, 2011

~Cooking Up Some Christmas in the Kitchen~

Today I am going to share pictures with you of our kitchen and keeping room decorated for Christmas. I am really happy with the way it turned out. So, take a look around and I will tell you what I did.

This is the view of the kitchen that can be seen from the dining room.


This is the wall that is on the left side as you enter the kitchen from the dining room. I display some of my vintage Fiesta in the glass covered cabinets. I have recently started collecting early breadboards and you can see two of my latest finds on the top of the cabinets behind the brown beehive crocks.



Here is a closer picture of the tree in the kitchen. Jeff and I made everything on this tree with the exception of the snowman on top. We dried oranges and apples. We strung cranberries and popcorn. We made the gingerbread men out of salt dough, painted them, and then dipped them into wax.



Here are two closer pictures of the breadboards. I am really getting into the wooden kitchen items.







Here is some more of my wooded kitchen items displayed on the stove board. I recently purchased the large yellow ware bowl for $11.00!






I displayed my butter paddles in the window. I used to only have them displayed on the bottom and then I decided to display them on the top too.



I made this little greenery for the window with some old garland that I had. I cut pieces of the garland off and then tied it together with a piece of ribbon that I tea stained.



This is a view of the workspace in the kitchen.



This is a view of the keeping room. You can see one of Jeff's ceramic Christmas trees behind the sofa. The cute girl on the sofa is Parker.



This is the other side of the keeping room.



I rearranged the corner cabinet to display some more of my wooden items.



I displayed some more of my breadboards on the top of the Hoosier. The brown breadboard is actually a lapboard that was originally painted brown.



Here is a closer picture of the breadboards.



I have also recently started collecting wooden bowls. I have one displayed on the coffee table with dried oranges in it.









I hope you enjoyed the tour of our kitchen decorated for Christmas.

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.

"Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."
~Dale Evans~

All My Best,
~Dan~