Thursday, January 26, 2012

~Bread Boards a Plenty~

 I have recently developed a new obsession with early bread boards.  There is just something about them that really appeals to me.  I love to see the wear on them and the marks left from years of use.  Their worn color is so warm and inviting. 

I recently found an antique store where bread boards are plentiful.  The name of the store is American Harvest Antiques and it is located in Paducah, Kentucky which is only about an hour away from where we live.  I have been able to add several bread boards to my collection in the last few months, so I though I would share them with you.


These two bread boards are being used to hide electrical plugs in the kitchen.  I think they really add to my display of vintage and early kitchen utensils.


I have also started a stack of bread boards on the top of the primitive corner cabinet in the keeping room.  I really like how they look grouped together and there is plenty of room for more! = )


Obviously, this is not a bread board, but I wanted to share a picture of the early table that I found at American Harvest this past weekend.  I love the wear that it has on it and it fits perfectly at the end of the sofa in the basement living room.


I placed this collection of bread boards on the top of the Hoosier cabinet that is in the keeping room.  The bread board in the back is painted brown and it is a lap board.


This round bread board with black trim in sitting on an easel on the kitchen counter.  I love how the light from the candle reflects on the wood.

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 have also started a pinterst page.  You can visit it by clicking ~here~.

"Acorns were good until bread was found."
~Francis Bacon~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

~And The Winner is...~

I am here to announce the winner of my two year anniversary giveaway.  The winner of this giveaway will win a free one year subscription to A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine.

I would like to thank everyone who entered and for all the support all of you have shown me during the past two years.  I look forward to many more years of blogging.


Jeff picked the winner from a basket full of entries.  All complaints can be directed to him.  His email address is available upon request...LOL! = )

So, without further ado, here is the winning entry:

Good morning Dan and congratulations on two years.  I remember your first post!  We met on the Country Sampler forum-look where you are now kiddo.

I'd love to be entered in this fantastic giveaway, although looking at the number of entries-chances are slim, but I'm going for it!

1.  I have been a follower.
2.  I'm commenting here.
3.  I posted this at the very top of my blog sidebar!
4.  I am a subscriber of the magazine from the start...but would love to get another year!

Blessings, 
Karen

That is right, the winner of the one year subscription to A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine is Karen from My Colonial Home.  Congratulations Karen!  Please email me with you address and I will get your subscription ordered.

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!

"Love is a game that two can play and both win."
~Eva Gabor~

All My Best, 
~Dan~ 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

~My Miracle~

 ~Before I start this post, I want to say that these pictures are five years old.  This accident did not happen recently, and I am fine!~

Five years ago, on January 23, 2007, I was driving home from school.  I was running late because I had to make a phone call before I left school.  I was going home to get Parker to take her to the vet.  We had just gotten Parker a month before and she needed to go to the vet for some reason that I cannot remember. 

We lived in a different house back then and the road that we took to get to our house was very busy and people drove really fast.  We had to come to a complete stop on this road, if an oncoming car was coming, before we could turn onto the road we lived on.

The road started out as a four lane road and then when it got closer to our turn off, it turned into a two lane road.  As I was driving home, I got behind a PT Cruiser that seemed to being going slow.  Since I was still on the part of the road that was four lanes, I decided to pass the car.  

When I got to our turn, there was oncoming traffic coming, so I had to come to a complete stop.  While I was sitting there, I looked in my mirror and saw the PT Cruiser coming from behind me and it was going very fast.  I knew there was no way that it could stop and I still could not turn.  The PT Cruiser was going at least 55 mph.  I thought to myself, "It will be okay.  I have been rear ended before, and it isn't so bad."  About that time, the car hit me.  I don't know if the driver ever saw me.  If she did, it was right before impact and she may have swerved a little.  As soon as the car hit me, my car flew forward into the oncoming traffic.  I noticed that I was screaming and I thought to myself, "Why are you screaming?".  Somehow, I managed to turn my car and get out of the other lane.  I was told later that one of the oncoming cars hit me, but I do not remember that.  

I then looked to the right and saw the car that had hit me coming up the side of my car.  I noticed that the PT Cruiser's air bag had gone off.  I remember thinking how glad I was that mine didn't go off.  It would have scared me to death.  Isn't it funny the things that run through your mind?

It seemed before we even came to a complete stop, people were running at my car with fire extinguishers.  I just sat there in a daze looking around the car and thinking about how I was going to have to get the car fixed.  I then noticed that there was dog food all over the place.  I could not imagine why.  Then I remembered that we had bought a bag of dog food and it was in the back of the car.  The bag had exploded on impact and was everywhere.  I picked up my phone and called Jeff.  When he answered, I said, "I need you, I have been in a car accident."  I then heard sirens coming and people were everywhere asking me if I was okay.  My head hurt, but I seemed okay.  I got out of the car and I was amazed by what I saw.  Take a look.
 























I could not believe my eyes.  The car was totalled!  I just stood on the side of the road and watched as they dragged the lady out of the PT Cruiser.  She was in her mid eighties and was not in good shape.  The ambulance wanted to take me to the hospital, but I refused to go.  I said I was okay and miraculously, I was.

In the days that followed, I thought about life and how short it is.  I thought about how blessed I was that I walked away from that accident.  I thought about all the things I had worried about that day and how in the moments after the accident they were not important anymore.  All I wanted to do was to go home and see Parker and be with Jeff.  I thought about all the things I wanted to accomplish in life and I decided then and there that I was going to do them or at least try to do them.

The most important thing I learned was that your life can change in the blink of an eye and you should always be ready to go.  You should always make sure that your family knows you love them and know that you lived your life the best way you knew how. 

I am so thankful that five years later, I am sitting here sharing this story with you.  Things could have worked out very differently had God not been watching over me that day.  I will never forget that day and I will always try to be grateful for every single day I am given.

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. 

"We couldn't conceive of a miracle if non had ever happened."
~Libbie Fudim~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

~Decking the Hall...Well, Not Quite~

Whenever a new year rolls around, I am always looking for a new project.  It helps to take away the winter blues and helps make the house look more cheerful.

I have been wanting to put some wainscoting in the hall going to the master bedroom for a long time.  After we put it in the dining room, I loved it so much and I thought it would look great going down the hall.  The hall going to the master bedroom is long and kind of boring.  I thought that the wainscoting would jazz it up a bit (did I just say jazz it up a bit?  Well, you know what I mean!)

So, last weekend with the help of my BFF, Jerrah's, husband, Jason, we started the project.  It went very smoothly.  Actually, Jason did most of the work and I talked to Jerrah! = )  We did have to run to Menards a couple of times due to the fact that Jeff and I are not too handy with the tape measure, but we finally ended up with enough wood and Jason did his magic.

Here is the finished product!


I painted the wainscoting the same color as the trim and doors.  The paint color is called cornucopia.  It is a Martha Stewart Living paint color and is available at Home Depot.  The top of the walls are painted sisal, which is also a Martha Stewart Living paint color.



I looked for before pictures, but I could not find any.  I guess most of us do not take a lot of pictures of the hall.  Just imagine the walls being completely sisal and the baseboard and doors being cornucopia.  It looked okay, but it was a little boring.  I also need to hang something on the long wall, but I will eventually get to that.




I really love how it turned out.  I think it looks so Colonial and you know you can't go wrong with that.

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.  Also, don't forget to enter for a free one year subscription to A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine.  For details, look at the posted dated January 16, 2012.

"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."
~Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Monday, January 16, 2012

~Two Years and Still Going & A Giveaway~


Two years ago today, I sat at this computer looking at a blank screen trying to think of something important to say for my very first blog post. I had been wanting to start a blog for a long time, but never had the courage to do it. Finally, on Saturday, January 16, 2010 I decided to go for it. My first post was very short and I really didn't say much, but I was amazed at the response I got. I never thought anyone would want to hear what I had to say, but I was wrong. Everybody welcomed me into blogland with open arms and made me feel like I did have something important to share.

I really never thought that two years down the road, I would still be doing this and I never dreamed of the places a blog would take me. I have met so many wonderful people because of this blog. I have been given so many fantastic opportunities because of this blog. Opportunities that I never dreamed would come true. I have read each of your comments and emails and they have all made me feel very good. It has been a great joy to get to know all of you and to welcome you into my life.


At first, I was fearful that people would not accept me, but it has been the opposite. You have not only accepted me, you have accepted my family. You have shared in my joys and you have comforted me in times of sadness and illness (who could forget the kidney stone chronicles).

I decided to take a few minutes today and share with you my top three most popular posts during the last two years. The most popular post with 1,252 views was the blog post entitled
~Where's Dan~. The second most popular post with 788 views was the blog post entitled ~Country Sampler Photos~. The third most popular post with 483 views was the blog post entitled ~Colleen's Salt Dough Bowl Fillers~. I welcome you to click on the title of each of these post and view them again.

I truly can never repay all of you for your kindness and generosity. You have given me far more joy than I could possibly have given you. However, to celebrate two years of blogging, I am hosting a giveaway. Here is what the lucky winner will receive.




You will receive a free year subscription to the best primitive magazine on the market. In case you do not know which magazine I am talking about it is A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine. If you already have a subscription, you can still enter. Your subscription will be extended for another year for free. I wish I could give all of you a free subscription, but I cannot do that, so here are the rules for entering the giveaway.

1. You must be a follower of my blog.

2. You must leave a comment on this post saying you would like to be entered. (1 entry)

3. If you share about the giveaway on your blog, you will receive a second chance to win. (2 entries)

If you do share the giveaway on your blog, please let me know so that I will be sure to enter you twice.

The deadline to enter is Monday, January 23, 2012. I will announce the winner sometime on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

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!

"Yesterday is experience. Tomorrow is hope. Today is getting from one to the other as best we can."
~John M. Henry~

Here's to many more years of blogging!
~Dan~

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

~Very Special Gifts From a Very Special Mother~

Every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my mom has always made my two brothers and me a "special gift". This is a gift that she has made and usually signifies something important that has happened to us.

As more people have entered or been born into our family, she has continued this tradition and began make more special gifts. It is always the last gift that we open on Christmas and everyone is always anxious to see what she made them and what she made for everyone else.

I have to say, that my mom is truly one of the most talented people that I know. She can do anything that she sets her mind to. I like to think that I take after her at least a little bit. = ) I am so proud of her and all that she can do. She pours her heart and soul into these gifts and it is apparent to everyone.

This year, her special gift to Jeff was a picture of the Ps x 3 that she matted and framed. She drew these pictures from a picture but they are done free handed. She did not trace them.


I think she captured all three of them perfectly. They are three of the most precious angels to ever wear fur and we will cherish these pictures forever.

My special gift was a quilt she made. It is in the school colors of the university that I attended. The middle of the quilt has the mascot of the school along with the dates that I graduated. I received my bachelor's degree in 1995 and my master's degree in 2006.



I cover up with it every night when we watch TV and it always makes me think of my mom and how special she is to all of us.

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!

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness."
~Honore de Balzac~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Sunday, January 8, 2012

~These Are a Few of My Favorite Things~

There has not been a whole lot going on around here, so I thought this would be a good time to share some of my favorite things with everyone. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Old baskets and old books






Electric candles



Pineapples






Newer baskets that look old



Firkins



Crocks



Sifters



Jade-ite



Anything made by folk artist Johanna Parker



Butter molds, pie plates, and wooden spoons



Yellow ware



Breadboards



Wooden mashers





Candle molds and wooden bowls



Samplers



Vintage children books



Ironstone



Vintage Fiesta



Tin lamps



Hooked rugs



Cow creamers

So, tell me...what are some of your favorite things?

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!

"My favorite thing is to be alone in a room with a blank paper in front of me and the time to fill it."
~Dirk Benedict~

All My Best,
~Dan~

Friday, January 6, 2012

~Family Pictures~

Every Christmas we take family pictures to include in our Christmas cards. Some years it is just the Ps and other years it is all of us. This year, we decided that the entire family would be included in the picture. So, a couple of weekends before Christmas our friend, Jerrah, came over to help us take our family pictures.

I had lots of cute ideas for the picture, but when you are dealing with two adults and three puppies, it is hard to achieve the look you are going for. We took about fifty pictures that evening. Here is a small sampling of some of the pictures that were worth sharing.








This one of Paycee was the first picture we took that evening. As you can see, she was not too excited about the whole photo shoot thing.



I love this picture of the Ps. They look so sweet and innocent. From left to right they are Peyton (boy), Paycee (girl), and Parker (girl).



This was the very last picture we took that evening. It ended up being the one that we chose to use in our Christmas card. As you can see, Paycee had the same attitude during number 50 as she did during number 1. = )



I am pretty happy with the way that most of the pictures turned out. Maybe I will be able to impliment my cute ideas next year, but I doubt it!

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!

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

All My Best,
~Dan~