March 25, 2015

~ Lady Butterbug's Garden Featured in Country Sampler Magazine ~


Our garden is being featured in this April/May Country Sampler Magazine.

Stylist Fifi ONeill and photographer Mark Lohman visited our house last June
taking many pictures of our garden and home.

I hope you will visit a Lady Butterbug shop and purchase a magazine
and take a walk through our garden.


Fifi's new book Praire-Style Weddings is available for purchase.  Fifi will be at
our McKinney Lady Butterbug Shoppe in June for a book signing.

Steve and I are looking forward to her visit.

March 15, 2015

~ Muscari Blue Hyacinths Blooming in Texas ~

~Pinterest~

Muscari is one of the first bloomers in my Texas yard.
Really Lenten Rose is the very first plant to bloom its soft pink flower
and the daffodils are blooming too.


~Pinterest~

Plant Muscari bulbs inside to add SPRING to your house.

I wonder if you're looking forward to SPRING as much as I am.

My garden will be featured in Country Sampler Magazine
in the upcoming April/May issue.

February 24, 2015

~ Annie Sloan and her Chalk Paint® in Magazines ~


There are seven  magazines on the 
US newsstands this month featuring
 Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan!

 picture via Artisans by Design

Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint® is celebrating 25 years!!!

~ Congratulations Annie for your continued success ~

February 7, 2015

~ Chalk Paint® Free Cabinet Deminar via Lady Butterbug ~


We hope you have an opportunity to join us for this FREE
fun cabinet deminar event!

~ No reservations needed ~

February 5, 2015

~ How to Turn Annie Sloan's Dark Wax into a Glaze ~


I love the lines of this desk.  
It is a well constructed piece with great hardware.


 This is the perfect piece for me to try my
 hand at mixing a Dark Soft Wax glaze and Silver Gilding Wax.

I decided to leave the top stained but it needed Annie's Clear Soft Wax 
to bring back its luster.
I applied a thin layer of Clear Wax with my Premium Wax Brush,
allowed the wax to dry overnight and polished using a soft rag.

February 3, 2015

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® is 25 ~




Here is what Annie says about her Chalk Paint®

Exactly 25 years ago, a chance meeting in Holland 
led me to create a new kind of decorative paint. 
I called it Chalk Paint® because of its velvety matt finish. 
I had dreamed of making this paint for many years and, 
in 1990, that dream finally became a reality.
 Now my paint is sold in over 1,250 shops
 and loved by millions around the world. 
And Chalk Paint® has come to mean so much more than paint — 
it represents integrity, heritage and a 
wonderful community of like-minded people. 
 Chalk Paint® is Annie Sloan paint! 
Steve and I are very proud to be Stockists 
for Annie's wonderful paint and products.

Stop by ladybutterbug.com to purchase paint 
and for our shop locations and hours in the Dallas area

November 27, 2014

~Annie Sloan Book Giveaway~


I'm happy to team with Oh So ShAbBy By Debbie Reynolds 
and offer you a chance to win 
Annie's wonderful book "Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More"! 

 To purchase Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and 
Artisan Enhancement® products 
please visit my website here: http://ladybutterbug.com/catalog.htm


November 19, 2014

~ How I Limewashed the Exterior of My House for Under $10.00 ~

We live in the historic district of McKinney in a 60 year old ranch style house.
 A few years ago I lime-washed our green painted brick to give it a lighter look.
Our lot is filled with trees creating a dark shaded yard. Well when I initially
painted the original ugly reddish orange brick green I didn't realize
 the green brick would fade into the shaded green landscaping.
 So I decided to lighten the house by white lime-washing the brick.
This solved the problem.


There are many ways to lime-wash a house but this is the method I used. 
I purchased a 30 pound bag of lime from a big box store at the cost of around $7.00. 
 I mixed about 2 parts lime to 1 part water in a 5 gallon bucket...
about the consistency of pancake batter.
I painted on the lime-wash mixture over the painted green brick in a 
random pattern allowing some of the green brick to show through. 
If you want the lime-wash to be chippy looking add more lime
to the mixture.

After the lime-wash dried I took a SOS pad and sanded off
some of the lime-wash where I wanted more green to show through.
Lime-washing is a very fast project and it only cost me $7.00 for the whole house.
This is a very easy do-it-yourself process.
The lime-wash on our house is four years old and still looks great.
I hope you enjoy your lime-wash project!




November 5, 2014

~Celebrating A World Wide Event~ #AnnieSloanLate


Please join us at the Lady Butterbug Shoppe in McKinney 
as we celebrate 
an event hosted by Annie's Stockists around the world! 

Join Steve and I on Fri. Nov. 21st from 6pm-9pm.
Refreshments and drawings for gift baskets of goodies.

A portion of our sales will benefit 
The Samaritan Inn of McKinney, Texas


July 10, 2014

~ How to Design An Unfitted Kitchen ~



The unfitted kitchen features freestanding, furniture like-cabinetry, 
often paired with handcrafted items or 
repurposed flea-market finds to create a highly personal look.

 My last three kitchens, unknown to me, have been unfitted kitchens.
I only recently read the description of an unfitted kitchen and
realized this style is what I'm drawn too.  
My present kitchen has
three furniture pieces used for cabinets, upper cabinets
doors slide like the old
country store cabinets, has a 1920's freestanding
stove, wood floors, and counter-tops made of copper, wood, and marble.

Several movies have featured unfitted kitchens.
 Movie: The Holiday

Movie: It's Complicated

Movie: Baby Boom

Movie: Julia & Julia

Movie: Sleepless in Seattle

Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun

In an unfitted kitchen pieces often can be
approached from more than one direction.  Various vintage
pieces are used as an island or table.  Farmhouse sinks are also used; or
sinks set into a vintage piece.  Stoves can be freestanding.
Sometimes there are no upper cabinets but open shelves
and windows all around the sink area.
To see French inspired unfitted kitchens visit Cote De Texas
Here
I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures ~ Karla