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July 27, 2011

And the Winner is..

Now, the winner is ........ Gayle (post number 13)  Congrats!!!  Just drop us an email with your personals and we will get  your order rolling!  As for the rest of the followers, this is not the first or last give away...keep following for more......surprises, give- aways and treats!   As always , many thanks for the support!

July 23, 2011

Summer Loving....

Hey Girlfriends......
Hopefully  your summer is full of loving, sun and fun!  Stacy is in her hometown of Roseau with the family and friends living up the good 'ole times.  County fairs, lemonade, chatting on the farm and enjoying the charm of growing up in a small town are being passed down to her lovely daughters with each passing day!
As for the Basin..we have been hard at work revamping, brainstorming and stepping up our stitching game!  We have some new fun things in the works, including new workshops, club of the month and an HUGE event announcement in September (please watch blog for more details)!  

Now we have something fun.......
Stacy and I reminisce a great deal about the differences of growing up in a small town (Stacy) and growing up in the city (Lola) and what memories mean the most to us!
Here's what we are doing...
Briefly share with us your favorite summer memory.   We will randomly pick one memory on 7/25 and the winner will receive a $50.00 online credit to Buttermilk Basin.  Remember you need to be a follower to be eligible.  We will announce the winner Tuesday 7/26!
Here's to sharing the summer loving.....

July 15, 2011

Sad News...

.....I should be snuggled in bed drifting of into a nice dream... 
However, today we got some sad news and I just can't sleep.  

Our oldest cat Winsten, who is 16, was diagnosed with cancer this morning.  He has a very large mass in his intestines and it is not curable or removable at this point.  For the most part, I was really caught off guard and unprepared for the news to say the least... especially since I brought my two girls with to the (what I thought would be a "typical") appointment.  They were devastated and heart broken when we heard the news.  The thought of them having to say good bye to the "Big Boy" just breaks my heart.... Gonna go snuggle again with him and see if he will eat a little for me...  
Love you, Winsten XOXO!  
Winsten our on way to the vet this morning...

July 6, 2011

Signs of Summer!

Hey... Well, the good sign is after a lot of tlc and waiting patiently... 
I picked our first cute batch of raspberries from our little patch!  
Not too shabby for some city slickers! (:

Raspberries...fresh from the patch!

Then, the bad sign is realizing that even though we have a lawn guy and True Green take care of our lawn...  they can not fix dead grass created by a left out slip-n-slide!!!!  (Special thanks to my two darling girls for making that beautiful piece of art in the back yard - I still love u.. MOM!) {Grin!}

Slip-n-slide Happens!
Hope you all are enjoying these gorgeous summer days!  Make some memories and try not to make a dead grass streak on your nicely manicured lawn!!! (:

July 5, 2011

4th & Party Planning!

Hello Friends!
I hope each of you are doing well and starting to re-coop from the Holiday Weekend!  

For the first time in quite sometime, we did not take in any festivities or gatherings over the 4th.  It was a very quiet (can I say, long?) weekend for us at the West household.  My youngest daughter came down with a fever early Saturday morning which has had her pretty much confined to the couch for most of the weekend.  In between taking her temps and keeping her hydrated, we did manage to sneak out today and pick up a load of "legal MN fireworks" to shoot off tonight!  It is the best we could do under the circumstances....  We gathered the neighbors, lit the sparklers and watched a simple, but beautiful array of fireworks in the dark sky!  
Sometimes, it is the "little things in life" that matter the most!  

My two girls and the neighbors with their sparklers!  :-)

Now... With that being said... I really did miss celebrating with family and friends.  So, I have decided it is time start planning a summer party!  For those of you who don't know (although I totally LOVE what I do) my DREAM job, would be to be a kick ass PARTY PLANNER!  Typically, I host several "themed' parties a year.  However, since BB has grown over the last few years, my "play" time has decreased (soo not fair!)  As I say that - I also have to say I  have never miss giving the girls a cool themed birthday party of their choice.  Birthday parties are sooo special in my books!!!  As a little girl, I would get showered with birthday parties (I lived between two sets of grandparents!!! Lucky me!)  But the best part was going to Great Grandma Lily's and getting my favorite homemade three layer cake - it was white with white frosting and coconut!  It was the best ever!  (You know it was good when I am really a chocolate girl!!)  That reminds me... I should through myself a "29"party this year!!!

OK - back to my party... I am thinking of a Vintage Backyard BBQ?  What do you think?  I am thinking of basing it around red gingham.  I have the the best blue and red old metal trays, a ton of Mason jars....  etc! I think it could be really cool!  Here is my inspiration..... I thought you would enjoy the pics too!  If you have any other cool ideas - let me know!  

Vintage 4th of July dessert table

Vintage wwii  4th of July party theme
Photo Credit: Celebrating Moments by Marcie

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