REPOSTING Baby Girl’s 11th Birthday Party

Butterscotch Lady:

~I am reposting a blog I did for  Baby Girl’s 11 birthday.~

Last week was Baby Girl’s birthday. It was the BIG 1-3! We kept it very, very, VERY low key this year. This past spring and summer has been “interesting” for me. Without going into boring detail, I am have been recovering from major surgery and was just not feeling up to a big to do. Thankfully my sweet birthday girl was completely understanding and was happy to have a simple pool party with pizza. When I say simple, I mean SIMPLE as in not one single decoration! Guess what? Baby Girl and her friends still had a blast!

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A New Year and a New “Look” for our Home!


Phew!  What a whirlwind the last 3 months of 2014 were for us.  I feel like I should be wearing a neck brace from being whipped all around from all of the frenetic activities!

I thought I would start off the New Year with pictures of our home’s new floors and wall color.

I LOVE the Garrison Laminate Floors (in Avignon) that we choose. Why laminate floors over real hardwood?  We choose laminate because for our lifestyle/ house activity it was going to serve us better over the long haul.

Remember, we live in an 1,176 sg. ft. house, so that does not give us a lot of options when it comes to traffic patterns.  It would not take long for our “patterns” to wear on hardwood and the thought of the mess and expense of having to re-finish the floors was not appealing.  At all.  Plus with a black lab and kids coming and going, the floors would be distressed whether I wanted them to or not.

The other main reason was cost.  It always seems to come down to the old mighty dollar, doesn’t it?  Laminate is typically about a third of the cost of hardwood.  I don’t know about you, but that is a BIG deciding factor for us.  We could re-do our floors a couple of times and still be under what hardwood would have cost us.

I know.  I know.  “You choose laminate over real hardwood?”  Yup.  And I would do it again.  In fact, I did.  We had laminate in our kitchen/ dining area for nearly 13 years and I LOVED it!!!  We did not have ONE scratch, divot, or mark.  There was no fading (even though the we are flooded with late afternoon sunlight).  I could only imagine what our 80 pound dog would have done to hardwood floors coming in and out of our slider.

The Laminate vs. Hardwood debate can go on and on.  Laminate (a good quality product) does not scratch, fade, warp, and as stated earlier was way easier on our budget.  Plus, have you seen the selection of laminates available today?  Truly beautiful options are available.  Check out Garrison, SHAW, US Floors to name a few.  (I am now selling flooring as a consultant for Sterling Carpet & Flooring.)

We also repainted the entire house except for our master bedroom and Baby Girl’s room.  We used Dunne Edwards “Crisp Muslin”.  I loved our HD Behr “Butter Cookie” paint which was a warm, creamy yellow and going with a cooler gray took some time to get used to.  Which is partly why I did not post pics immediately.  I just needed to fall in love with the new look.  Good news is I fell in love, hard!  I hope you like the new look too!

So without further ado, here are our new look~


{Dunn Edwards “Crisp Muslin”}


{Garrison Laminate “Avignon”. STERLING CARPET & FLOORING}


{This hutch was natural pine that I painted ASCP Pure White and distressed a bit.}


{Next on our “Wish List” is a new sectional. Baby Girl loves arranging the pillows. Sometimes I just do not have the heart to re-arrange them after she is finished.}

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Until next time,
Butterscotch Lady

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We are ALL Mad Here!

{Cocktails at the Fess Parker in Santa Barbara}

It has been a whirlwind around here lately! Working with flooring and event clients, the kid’s HB Junior Lifeguards, 4th of July…

Last weekend I set up for a wedding, then I took the train to Santa Barbara with my SIL and two friends for 36 hours of FUN, LAUGHTER, RINGO STARR and an early celebration for my birthday!!! We had an amazing time!


I am also in the process of choosing new paint for our kitchen/ dining area/ living room and hallway.  We are putting in new floors (a laminate called Avignon by Garrison) so now is the time to re-fresh the house a bit.  I still love my Butter Cookie from Behr (a creamy yellow) but we have had the same color since we moved in almost 13 years ago.  I am looking for the perfect “greige” color.  And to be totally honest, I am struggling.

The lighting in our house is doing some really funky things to the paint samples.


Oh wait…That is just Mr. Cabana and Baby Girl having fun with some paint samples.  {Little do they know they just created more work for me :( }

But really, the lighting is playing tricks with me.  My goal is to have chosen a color by tomorrow.  Wish me luck!


Since I am feeling un-accomplished in the paint department, I thought I would check off something else on my “To Do List”.  Finally post the pics from the Mad Hatter Banquet!

 So without further adieu, here they are!!!


{The entrance}




{Mad Hatter picture from}




{Photo “Booth”. Sofa was rented from}





{Buddy, My Co-Chair’s daughter Heather and our incoming President’s daughter Alyssa.}



{Gift bags for all of our Senior students.}


{For the hat stands, Mr. Cabana used stair stiles and plywood cut into squares.}




{We used my FAVORITE local caterer, Love at First Bite}

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Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady



Happy 4th of July!!! A day early :)


I know I still need to post pictures from the Mad Hatter Party but this week has just gotten away from me!

I can not believe that tomorrow is the 4th of July…2014!!!!!

This year is flying by WAY TOO QUICKLY!


Surf City is known for having the largest 4th of July parade west of the Mississippi.  It is a huge event on our Main Street with thousands of people decked out in red, white and blue, bikes are decorated and so is just about every house on Main Street.

We don’t live on Main Street, but here is our little bit of Americana~

In honor of our Nation’s Birthday,

here are some pictures of our front porch all decked out in

Red, White and Blue Glory!!!


{Handmade wreath made by our dear friend and teacher Julie! Contact me if you would like a wreath!}






{The tray was once silver plated but was too damaged to polish. Spray paint made it beautiful again!}



{Keep Calm and Be Safe on the 4th of July!}




{I love this USA bunting I made!}


{To make the bunting~ precut wood triangles purchased from craft store, scrapbook paper, Modge Podge, acrylic paints and ribbon}






{A perfect spot for a cold drink on a summer day}


{This mirror used to hang in Buddy and Baby Girl’s bathroom. I am all about re-using and re-purposing items!}

 May your 4th of July SPECTACULAR!!!

You will find me floating the pool with a cool mango mojito surrounded

by fun, laughter and loved ones!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

The Mad Hatter INVITES you to a party!


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A few weeks ago Buddy had his Academy for the Performing Arts Theatre Guild End of Year Awards Banquet. My friend and I had signed on to Chair the event for a second year in a row. There were times when I would think, “Am I CrAzY for doing this again?” The answer lays somewhere in the middle…

Our theme this year was “The Mad Hatter” and while Pinterest was a great resource, I did not want to copy everything down to the last tid bit. Plus we were working within a fairly tight budget and that obviously dictated some of the decision that we made. We pinned so many great ideas but I often wondered, what in the world the budget was for some of those Fab parties!

As with most events that I do, I think a FABULOUS ‘Save the Date and invite’ sets the tone for the party and guests are excited to attend the event. I created this tri-fold invite using Serif Page Plus Publishing and had our local print shop print them on double-sided glossy card stock and score the invites for me.





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Next time it will be Party Time!

Until then,

Butterscotch Lady





Hello, Again!


Boy, oh boy!!! The past several months have gone by in such a whirlwind that I don’t even know where to begin…

I have added a new service to “Butterscotch Lady”~ FLOORING!!! I am so thrilled to be partnering with Sterling Carpet & Flooring in Anaheim, Ca. I am working independently as a Sales Consultant and I love it! Flooring fits beautifully into my vision for my business Butterscotch Lady. I now can help you create a beautiful home and party, starting with your floor!

I am able to bring flooring samples directly to my client’s homes, which makes it much easier to choose the right flooring for the space we are working on. My door to door service also helps when you are juggeling work, kids, school…Who wants to spend time in a warehouse?

I have also been busy with the kids and their year end activites, hosting house guests (wait until you see pictures of the “new” Playhouse Cottage Inn! So cute!!!), planning parties, a banquet for Buddy and a wedding! Whew, I need more hours in my day!

As you all know, I am technically challenged and I was getting quite frustrated with my sweet little blog. I am still trying (unsuccessfully, I may add) to make Pinning my pictures much easier. Hopefully, I will be able to accomplish that goal very soon! (Tonight? :/ )

I just needed to step away and really think about what I wanted to accomplish from my blog. I have missed sharing my pictures and goings on with Mr. Cabana, Buddy and Baby Girl. Thanks for sticking around for me!

As a teaser, here is a collage of Buddy’s Academeny for the Performing Arts, Theatre Guild’s Awards Banquet. More pics to follow!!! PROMISE!

Until Next Time,

Butterscotch Lady

Changes in store for 2014!


Am I too late?!?  Is it still ok to wish everyone a Happy 2014?!?

I hope you had an amazing Holiday Season filled with love, family & friends and lots of laughter!


{Thanksgiving table I did for a client}

I have been so busy these last few months with clients (YAY!!!), The Holidays, family, laundry, cooking, errands, you know trying to manage all the chores that we *just love*…Time has quickly slipped by.

I know it is January 21st, but it feels like it should be October.   Our warm Surf City weather has my body and psyche all out of whack!

I have wanted to make some changes with the appearance of Butterscotch Lady’s blog and have finally made the time to get to work on it. {I have been having issues with Pinterest pics no longer working on my page and have found it to be extremely frustrating.  That is also one of the reasons I just had to step a way for a while.} 100_7928-001

I have been very open in saying, I am *not* a techy person and the fact that I have made it this far with no help says something, right?

I am not very good at asking for help from friends {because who isn’t busy enough with their own stuff?} but a dear friend of mine has offered to give me a hand and I am taking her up on it.  Hopefully it will help me stay more focused on the *fun* aspect of blogging and not the technical glitches I keep experiencing.  Wish me (us) luck!!!

So I hope you will continue to follow and enjoy Butterscotch Lady and look forward to a few changes and “upgrades”.

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

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Baby Girl’s 11th Birthday Party

{A sweet dessert bar}

Difficult to believe but Baby Girl just celebrated her 11th birthday yesterday!

 I can’t believe that the baby we wished for, for soooo long, is 11 years old!!!  Where did the time go?  Time keeps moving so quickly and without my permission.

I wish there was a “pause” button so I could just sit within a moment and really, really take it all in.

It seems like yesterday that I asked my grandmother what her favorite time in her life had been.  She was in her 80’s and she was looking back over her life and she answered, “When the girls were little (my mom and aunt)”.

I took what she said to heart and have thought of it often when I would be feeding Baby Girl in the middle of the night.  It would be just her and I sitting in her nursery and I would try to memorize everything about those nights; the smell of her hair, neck, the way she would gaze at me with half sleepy eyes…

My beloved Gigi has been gone now for nearly ten years and my sweet Baby Girl is now 11 years old…

As a way to celebrate the passage of time, we always have a birthday party for the kids.  Sometimes big, sometimes small, but always on a budget!

This year was no different, except now we are entertaining ‘tween girls!  Baby Girl has an amazing cirle of friends and she could not wait to celebrate with them!

 We had 12 girls over for a “Pool Slumber Party”!

{Our beautiful birthday girl!}

{Our beautiful birthday girl!  The party was at my parent’s home because they are totally cool and they have a pool!}

I made the bunting on my computer and had it printed at my local print shop, Copy4Less.  I had about 60 color copies printed, cut and drilled (2 holes at the top) for less than $40.  A lot of bang for my buck, if I do say so myself!






{I was shopping for a client when I found this stand. You know me, I HAD TO HAVE IT!!! It was just $40 at Home Goods}






{I have had these acrylic plates for years and I never get tired of usung them!  One of the few purchases I have ever made at Walmart. (I am a Target girl...}

{I have had these acrylic plates for years and I never get tired of using them! One of the few purchases I have ever made at Walmart. (I am a Target girl…}


{A sweet dessert bar}

{A sweet dessert bar}

{Inexpensive desserts~ Twinkies, Swiss Rolls.  Perfect for a sweet tooth!}

{Inexpensive desserts~ Twinkies, Swiss Rolls, Oreos. Perfect for a sweet tooth!}

{Costco mini brownies.  They are cute and yummy!}

{Costco mini brownies. They are cute and yummy!}

{Red velvet cake from Costco.  Yummy and only $9.99!}

{Baby Girl’s favorite ~Red velvet cake from Costco. Delicious and only $9.99!}

{The Party Girls!}

{The Party Girls!}

I am not usually  a “dump a bag of chips in a bowl and order a pizza” kinda gal, but that is pretty much what I did this year.

{Usually Baby Girl wants a “dinner party” with steak, potatoes, salad… Pizza is so much easier! ;) }

I have to say, all of you Moms that have been doing that for years, YOU ARE REALLY, REALLY SMART!!!

It felt like hitting the “pause” button and I could just enjoy the party and watching my Baby Girl have the time of her life!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady


The entire party cost less than $190 (including my adorable black stand).  Not too bad for feeding 12 hungry girls dinner and breakfast!

Printing $36

Chips- $10

Pizza $40

Desserts $30


Waffles {Bisquick} – In my pantry

Bacon- In my freezer

Paper Straws $10

Black Stand $40

Party favor {Pink Pool Noodle} 12 for $1 each

***I had the mason jars, plates, lemonade, scrapbook paper, ribbon, linens, starfish and dessert stands***

Come On In and Make Yourself at Home!


If you have been following Butterscotch Lady since the beginning or have read my older posts, then you will know that we have a very small house (1,176 sq ft to be precise!).  With 3 adults (Buddy is now 16 and 6’1 so he counts as an adult!) a tween and a black lab, it doesn’t leave much room for overnight guests.

But that did not stop me from begging my friend Deborah from Canada to come stay with us for a visit.  But the question was, “Where are we going to have her sleep?  We could move Baby Girl to our room, the living room, they can share BG’s room…Deborah was coming hee for a vacation after all!  (Oh, and stay within a tight budget!)

You can see our dilemma, right?

{I have decorated guest rooms for clients in that past and I had always wanted to create one in our home.  I just figured it would have to wait until one of our little birds flew from the nest for me to create one.}

It was in a moment of inspiration (no, not desperation! ) that I just knew what we were going to do!

The playhouse!!!!

It is perfect~ 125 square feet of pure cuteness! (or at least it will be!)

So here was the plan~

My folks have a trundle-bed  that we brought over and we switched Baby Girl’s (much better) mattress for the trundle mattress (she’s young, she can handle a less than comfy mattress for a few days!).  The playhouse windows did not have any window coverings and with the bay window facing east, would not be conducive to sleeping in.  I happened to have an Ikea catalog (you just never know when it may come in handy!) and came across inexpensive blackout roller blinds.  I also found the perfect rug for the laminate floor.  My girlfriends pitched in with a lovely black comforter (Thanks Satchi!) and sheets with hearts all over them and pillows (Thanks Lilly and Shannon!).

I shopped for some yummy treats for the “mini bar”, hung up a robe and voila!

“The Playhouse Cottage Inn” was opened for business!

Come on in and make your self at home…

"The Playhouse Cottage Inn"

“The Playhouse Cottage Inn”


{The Inn’s front porch}

The Inn books quickly!

The Inn books quickly!



{The Playhouse Cottage Inn Suite}


{The penny jars on the dresser are filled with toiletries in one and chocolate in the other. Both are necessities!}


{An alarm clock and fresh flowers are perfect for a guest’s nightstand}

I framed a picture of Deborah and our "Friday Breakfast club" members.

{I framed a picture of Deborah and our “Friday Breakfast club” members so she could wake up to our smiling faces!}     Frame and clock from Ikea.



{The suite’s mini bar}

{Sweet treats from Trader Joe's and World Market}

{Sweet treats from Trader Joe’s, Target and World Market}

{I had to buy the stag mug for our Canadian guest!}

{I had to buy the stag mug for our Canadian guest!}

{What suite doesn't have a comfy robe?}

{What four star suite doesn’t have a comfy robe, tv and DVD player?}

{Magazines or local books are nice for out out of town guests}

{Magazines or local books are nice for out-of-town guests to peruse for relaxation.                                     And of course chocolate!}

{I found these hooks at Hobby Lobby for 50% off and just knew I HAD to have them!}

{I found these hooks at Hobby Lobby for 50% off ($12.50 each) and just knew I HAD to have them!}

{The perfect rug from Ikea for only $20!}

{The perfect rug from Ikea for only $20!}

{I added ribbon to the plastic pulls to the blackout shades from Ikea.  Ribbon makes anything look fabulous!}

{I added ribbon to the plastic pulls to the blackout shades from Ikea. Ribbon makes anything look fabulous!}


{The Playhouse Cottage Inn}

I hope you enjoyed your tour of our guest cottage!

Until next time,


Butterscotch Lady


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