Archive for April, 2009


April 30, 2009

Not “FAMILIAR” with my five year old, using the word “FAMILIAR” as she did so eloquently at breatkfast this morning. “Mama, I am not “FAMILIAR” with that book” she said.
I am however, becoming “FAMILIAR” with her begging me to wear these FIVE SIZES TOO BIG boots to school everyday….
And “FAMILIAR” seeing THIS face when I tell her no.

Buttercup Farm “Cutting Garden Tuesday”

April 28, 2009

The cutting garden is underway! Each Tuesday, I will share a new flower that has been added to the NEW Buttercup Farm Cutting Garden.

I am starting with my favorite cutting flower … COSMOS.
The flowers are easy to maintain as long as you are willing to dead-head the blooms gone by…
I chose this variety for the VIBRANT COLORS and LONG-SEASON display of beautiful blooms.
Give lots of sun and water and plant in fertile, well-drained soil.
I use cosmos in loose arrangements, as well as single flower bud vases.

To follow the Buttercup Farm Cutting Garden DreamsClick Here.

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Porch Love

April 26, 2009

It is that time of year, when I all I can think about is being outside. Yesterday was 85 degrees AND the motivator to tackle my FAVORITE outdoor room, the SCREENED PORCH. Using a $500 budget, I had to be creative to achieve the look I wanted…COZY, INVITING, COMFORTABLE, INDOOR/OUTDOOR. I shopped at antique stores, Pier One, my attic, and Target to pull together the room that serves as SUMMER DINING ROOM, READING NOOK, COFFEE BREAK & COCKTAIL HOUR RETREAT, PHONE & FRIEND CHAT CORNER. Need I say more? We spend some part of every day in this space. Here is how I used my budget.

  • 3 Curtain Panels - $20 per panel (Pier 1)
  • Door and Window (behind loveseat)- $40 (Pink Cabbage antique store)
  • 3 Pillows $48 (Pier 1)
  • Wool Black/Floral Rug (splurge) $170 (Pink Cabbage antique store)
  • Plants $30 (Home Depot)
  • Rod Iron Bar $70 (Pink Cabbage antique store)
  • Green painted stool $12
  • Pictures, Mirrors $25 (attic, Pink Cabbage antique store)
  • Blue FOO dog $4 (his ear is broken so I bargained-Pier 1)
  • Basket & Caddy (Target)
    *I already had all the furniture. The floor is painted blue, wood furniture painted High Gloss BLACK).

    And here is the result…Join me for a quick cup of coffee, with no make-up & pajamas won’t you?

    Porch Refresh from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.

    Also, don’t forget…it is “A Beautiful Life” Friday over at The Inspired Room . Take a few minutes to check out all of the post links you will find there. It is a great weekend treat!


    April 24, 2009

    They burst forth with a grand HALLELUJAH!
    Peeping, then pushing their petals out.
    Some early, some later, pinks and whites…
    Making a statement before dropping their pieces about.
    Hold on sweet petal, please don’t go…
    For I know you’ll drop, when the wind does blow.

    History of Buttercup Pt. 2

    April 23, 2009

    GIRL in High School
    This past weekend was GIRL’s 21st high school reunion which got GIRL thinking about her high school experience.
    This is GIRL’s senior picture. Influenced by the great actress, Molly Ringwald, who starred in GIRL’s favorite cinematic art films like, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, and her absolute favorite, 16 Candles, GIRL had ASYMMETRICAL hair for over two years.
    GIRL was very involved in HIGH SCHOOL. Co-Captain of the Pom Pom Squad, Student Government for 3 years, and a VERY BIG SOCIAL LIFE.
    GIRL had really smart friends in High School which made her feel smart sometimes. But GIRL was only a 2.5 GPA student because GIRL didn’t like to study or go to school all that much. GIRL got away with a lot in school because she was a bit of a brown-noser. In fact, once GIRL failed English but GIRL’s teacher couldn’t give her an F because GIRL had fooled TEACHER by participating in class a lot and being a big HELP. School policy stated that you had to give at least four weeks notice in order to fail a student, which TEACHER didn’t do. TEACHER was not happy with GIRL. GIRL did work harder the next semester.
    GIRL just wanted to have too much fun. GIRL knew that GIRL was going to have to spend a year in Community College because of GIRL’s choices, but that was ok with GIRL. GIRL graduated from University of Maryland 5 years later anyway, with HONOR’s (ok, not HONORS but with pretty good grades). FUNNY thing too…GIRL graduated with an ENGLISH DEGREE.
    How did GIRL get away with all the shenanigans? GIRL had a mother who was 38 years old when GIRL graduated High School. MOTHER was a bit too COOL and LAIDBACK about some things… Including academics. MOTHER let girl have a lot of LEE WAY. When GIRL was a JUNIOR in high school she convinced LAIDBACK AND COOL MOTHER to let her live at the BEACH for a summer with SEVEN other KIDS.
    GIRL’s MOTHER also gave her alot of LEE WAY about choosing her SENIOR PROM DRESS. This is one place where MOTHER should have put her foot down! Oh, how I LOVED that BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY DRESS.

    GIRL had a good time at her high school reunion. GIRL has CHANGED a lot since HIGH SCHOOL. GIRL now wears LEOPARD instead of SATIN!

    To learn more about the History of Buttercup click HERE.

    Tasha! Oh, My!

    April 20, 2009


    After dinner the other night, I left the dishes on the table while I went upstairs to change the laundry, organize backpacks, and and clean up a glue spill (just call me Cinderella). Upon entering the great room I see TASHA on TOP of the dining table, licking the plates! GET THE HELL(O) OFF THE TABLE, I SQUEALED!!!! In response, she rolled over on her back (on top of the table) with her paws in the air as if to say…I LOVE YOU, OH WONDERFUL ONE! She got away with it because she insinuated that I was wonderful!



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