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Build me up Buttercup

My pattern is buttercup.

I know, you were really worried about this.

But my silver pattern is Gorham Buttercup.

In the South, you must always know your silver pattern.
And until a couple of weeks ago, when I discovered my Grandma’s pattern from Tennessee, I didn’t even know for certain why my silver pattern is. Which is pretty terrible if you are raised with Southern principles.

Silver patterns matter y’all.

And what your silver pattern is, well chickadee, that pattern says a lot about you. It’s a big decision. You can’t rush into it lightly.

You have that pattern for life.

And after years of wondering, I know.

I know my pattern y’all!

I’ll take after my Grammy and I’m a Buttercup. (Also helps that someday I *fingers crossed* will be privileged to have Grammy’s silver.)
What does it mean to be a Buttercup?
Well, according to the Southern Belle Primer, a Buttercup is, as follows:
“Belles who choose Buttercup are always cheerful.  They even choose the pattern because it’s so uplifting.  Buttercup girls have friends with every kind of pattern.  They are usually followers rather than leaders, but they are jut so upbeat it really doesn’t matter.”
Well, I’m not positive I’m a follower, but I sure do think I’m cheerful! Why else would this blog be called “Daily Southern Sunshine?” Because my friends say I’m a burst of sunshine–most of the time. And I do love just about everybody and have ALLLLL different kind of friends.
What’s your silver pattern? Do you have one?

Do you think your silver pattern says a lot about you?

I’m Buttercup. And I’m sticking with it.  So if you come across any Gorham Buttercup silver and want to pass it my way, I’d be much obliged. (Hey–it’s worth asking!)

And I think, as I make my way in my day, I’ll let the Buttercup be my inspiration.
Today, I will find a way to make everything uplifting. Cheerful. And find the positive no matter what.
And so, I’ll sit down in my meditation, flowers still on my mind in lotus pose. (Note: you have never done lotus pose–please watch Darren Rhodes or Jason Crandell’s tutorials on yogaglo on this pose! It is a very dangerous pose for your knees and needs great mindfulness and attention to attempt.)  A meditation on cheerfulness. Love. And joy. Because today is an upbeat kind of day.
As you go through your day, see if you can try a meditation for cheerfulness. And if you get stuck and can’t find your inner happiness, I suggest you check out this Yoga Journal article, which guides you through a meditation for joy: “Meditation to Invoke Joy.” And you don’t have to get super hippie or “yogi” to invoke joy as you go through your day. Just remind yourself about the positive.  We are all made up of happiness and love, no matter how cheesy that sounds. We are love, light, happiness. Especially at Christmastime. So try repeating to yourself “I am Joy and Love.” I am Joy and Love. Good mantra for the day, no?
And I leave you with this photo of me in Switzerland, aged four. Surrounded by grass, flowers, and mountains.  What could be happier?


  • Christie O'Sullivan

    December 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

    LOVE that photo! I had no idea about the silver patterns, thanks for sharing that!! (I’m from up north). China was always our thing but I don’t think there’s any rhyme or reason behind it.

    • Lora

      December 14, 2012 at 7:46 am

      It’s funny how different regions have different reasons for China, silver, you name it! I don’t know if we have any rhyme or reason behind our china on the south–I’ll have to ask my Mama!

  • erin

    December 13, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I don’t have a silver pattern. I don’t have silver! I am waiting to get a new house, with room to have fancy china and my own silver! And I’ll remember to take note of my pattern and what it means.

    • Lora

      December 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

      There’s lots of time to get silver! Right now, I just cover the Buttercup silver of my Grammy’s that lives with my parents…And know that someday I’ll have that silver pattern myself! It’s good to know what you want!

  • ConnieFoggles

    December 14, 2012 at 12:41 am

    No clue what my pattern is. I don’t even think I own silver, but this was fun to read!

    • Lora

      December 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

      It’s never too late to pick a silver pattern! And there are guides online to help you identify what you may like (old or new.) 🙂

  • Jina

    December 14, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I have no clue about my silver pattern! I’m assuming I don’t have one. I enjoyed learning about it, though.