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Man with Shovel

February 8, 2010

A new kind of super hero arrived this weekend and we call him…..


MAN WITH SHOVEL digs miles and miles of paths so that little people and little dogs can leave the home.

MAN WITH SHOVEL digs out car so that WOMAN with no SHOVEL can flee the cabin to go buy more milk.

MAN WITH SHOVEL creates a new playground giving small children hours and hours of fun.

MAN WITH SHOVEL is really HOT when he donates hours and hours of his time saving people buried in snow. WE LOVE YOU MAN WITH SHOVEL!!!!!!

Breaking News from LABF

February 6, 2010

Breaking News at Life at Buttercup Farm….It’s snowing!!!!! We couldn’t help but to make a spoof video of the news reports that have been playing round the clock for over 24 hours. Come see what the girls have to say!

Snow 2010 from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.

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.

History of Buttercup Farm - Part 1

January 8, 2009

I thought it might be nice to tell y’all how we got started. Here is a quick overview of the last THIRTEEN YEARS. Buttercup Farm has been a process, but we started out simply…Boy meets Girl.

This is GIRL .


This is BOY .

Boy and Girl grow up.


Girl sees boy walk into the bar, turns to her friend and says “That boy is HOT, I am going to marry him”. Boy walks up to her, ditches his friends for the night and they play ping pong. Boy admits later that he purposely hit the ball of the table just to see girl’s butt. They fall in love and eighteen months later–boy MARRIES girl.


Twirls her.


And carries her home to their cute (cheap) little rental where they plan to live a FEW YEARS to save money.


4 MONTHS LATER , boy comes home and declares he has found their Dream Home . This is what the listing sheet should have said:

Heat on the first floor only. Grates cut in the floors upstairs because “heat rises”. No ductwork going to the second floor (which means, NO Air Conditioning). Main load bearing floor joist cut to insert a fireplace in the living room. Whole house sinking toward the middle (think there was a crooked man, who lived in a crooked house). No dishwasher in the kitchen. One working bathroom in the whole house upstairs. Every wall in the home covered in early American wallpaper. Under the wallpaper, crumbling horse hair plaster walls. Ceiling has cracks the size of the Grand Canyon. All trim painted Avocado green or Mustard yellow…because that is so pretty. Electrical…bad, Plumbing…bad. Home with potential. Land…beautiful.

Boy and Girl, scrape together everything they can, make a low, low, low offer which is accepted and THEY BUY IT.

Girl and Boy work in corporate a few years, then start a few businesses.


They have a baby girl.


Girl cuts her hair like a boy in the ninth month of pregnancy–against many good friends urging her not to. Girl did it anyway.


Then they have another girl.


And then there were four.


Together, they spent 12 years fixing up the house.

THE END. Oh, I fogot, you are never finished when you have a 100 year old house.

Welcome to Life at Buttercup Farm

December 7, 2008

Welcome to Buttercup Farm Take 2! from Shawn Stratmann on Vimeo.


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