Archive for December, 2009

Step Dance

December 27, 2009

Self Portrait December 2009

Sweet Camellias

December 27, 2009

2009 December Vacation Adventures
Postcard No. 1 - Middleton Place - Charleston


One true sentence

December 22, 2009

“All you have to do is write one true sentence….write the truest sentence you know.”, A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway.

Life at Buttercup Farm blog is officially one year old! (”One true sentence”).

I have received several e-mails from wonderful readers of the blog over the past year commenting similarly…”you have perfection” or “your life looks perfect”.

I MUST share with you…Life at Buttercup Farm is NOT PERFECT. Our businesses have been greatly effected by the economy. We have sibling rivalry, dogs that eat deer poop, laundry piles…I mean piles….and piles….and piles. We have PMS, homework tears, and dark roots growing from once natural blonde hair. We have 10 pounds to lose (ok 15). Hubby and I do lots of projects together…both work and home…and sometimes we have, “heated discussions”. We have areas in our home (my office) that look like a scene out of an episode of “People with Clutter”. We have suitcases full of clothes because it takes me a month or two to unpack from trips we take. Did I mention that we have laundry piles???????

Most of what I have chosen to show or write about on the blog is simply a “glimpse”. A glimpse of a part of a day I most want to remember. The part of the day I want my children to see if they happen to visit the LABF blog 15 years from now. I want this blog to show my children that no matter what the circumstances are in life, each and every day we can always find glimpses of beauty, happiness, gratitude, and forgiveness.

There are other things I want them to know too and as I complete my first year of writing in the blogosphere, I am feeling more brave and bold about my writing.

As I begin year two of the LABF journey I will continue to share glimpses of life here at Buttercup Farm. I will also share more of who I am…what makes me true. Sometimes I am a bit edgier than I have let you know (or maybe not…there are few posts out there). I will continue to share my passion for Buttercup Farm life, Farm style, and my travels. I will share more of our creative ventures in the kitchen, the artist retreat, and my home. I look forward to sharing my passion for my Country and my Constitution and my continued commitment to our family values.

My life IS the story here. Each time I sit down to write in 2010 I will start by reading Earnest Hemingway’s sentence, “All you have to do is write one true sentence….write the truest sentence you know”. I am open to the journey of where that truth will take me.

Gami Box

December 21, 2009

Decoupage button box


  • Cardboard box
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Origami Papers, scrap papers, wrapping papers, etc….


  1. Sketch design and transfer to origami paper
  2. Cut out design with fine tipped scissors
  3. Prime box with Gesso, then dry
  4. Paint the areas not being covered by decoupage paper with acrylic paint
  5. Modge Podge or Gel Medium base paper onto box let dry
  6. Glue Designs onto base paper with Modge Podge or Gel Medium
  7. Continue to add Modge Podge to achieve desired look (I like 3-4 coats)


The Morning After

December 20, 2009

There is nothing quite like looking at a newly fallen snow on a sunny Sunday morning. I could literally sit in a comfy chair all day and stair out the window. Pine branches are covered in snow weighing them into perfect droopy form. What a site…..



December 19, 2009

A miraculous load of snow forcing the busiest east coast folk to S.T.O.P. We are nearing 30 inches here at Buttercup Farm. Loved this day…a nap…a book…giggles….cooking stew and cookies…talking to friends on the phone…listening to music…..I will call it a GIFT of the best kind.


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