Cheers to 2016!!!

Welcome to Butterscotch Lady and 2016 friends!

2015 just needed to slip quietly away and I am happy to ring in 2016 with all of you!!! I won’t get into why BL blog posts were sporadic in 2015 (hospital stays and major surgery for your’s truly!). But I am thrilled to be here and back to doing what I LOVE!!!!

my view posts are going CRAZY today and I am so thankful to White Walls and the military families that are finding our sweet little playhouse, error COTTAGE, as cute as we do!

I would love to hear from all of you! Comments and questions are really the icing on the cake of a post.

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

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”

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{The Inn’s front porch}

The Inn books quickly!

The Inn books quickly!

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{The Playhouse Cottage Inn Suite}

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

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{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.

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{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!}

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{The Playhouse Cottage Inn}

I hope you enjoyed your tour of our guest cottage!

Until next time,

Warmly,

Butterscotch Lady

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Playhouse  mural by Timree Gold.  Go to Timree.com

Baby Girl’s Annual Valentine “Tea” Party

Remember, I am all about party door decor!

Remember,
I am all about party door decor!

In honor of Valentine’s Day this Friday, I thought I would share with you again Baby Girl’s Valentine Party from 2013.  I am busy preparing for this year’s party which we are having tomorrow.  Enjoy!

As I wrote in last years blog about Baby Girl’s traditional party, I started the party to help foster a fondness of the holiday by showering her friends with love.  We see it as a day to celebrate her friendships with these fabulous girls!  We believe this day should not be just about couples and kissing and holding hands… Can’t you hear the ‘tweens screaming “EEEWWWWW!” But about celebrating our friendships too.

Even though we call it a “Tea” Party, there is no tea.  We have found hot chocolate to be much more popular as a hot beverage with this ‘tween group.  We also served pink lemonade, with a choice of egg salad or peanut butter & grape jelly on heart-shaped bread (made using a cookie cutter), mini donut skewers (very popular!), strawberries (brought by Lilly and her Mama Shannon) and delicious red velvet cupcakes made by our sweet friend Kanani and her Mama Kim.

My photographer friend Tracy (Photograph’s by Tracy) took some beautiful pictures for me.  My iTouch was all I used to take pictures.  I know, I know, WHAT was I thinking?!?!?  Well, I was thinking I have about 1 hour to pull off this shin dig and I was rushing around trying to have it all set up for Baby Girl’s guests (read my blog post “My Kinda Perfect“).  Sooo, you will probably see a difference in the quality of the pictures (plus, I am not a professional like Tracy!).  I am saving for an SLR camera that will help with the quality of  my pictures and therefore, hopefully your enjoyment of my blog!

So without further adieu,

Welcome to Baby Girl’s Valentine party!

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A cut piece of gingham fabric is is perfect for an inexpensive table cloth. I have used this piece over and over for tables and table scapes. I have left the edges raw and it still looks great!

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Lanterns helped to bring the color up to the ceiling and created a focal point for above the table.

Lanterns helped to bring the color up to the ceiling and created a focal point for above the table.

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The girls LOVED the mini donuts on the skewers.

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Shredded, crinkle paper adds a little pizzaz to the glasses with the cupcakes at each place setting.

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How cute are these mini donuts on wood skewers? Another hit with the girls!

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I just adore paper straws and use them every chance I get! Mr. Cabana and I found these perfect red and white stripped straws at Target in their Christmas section. If you happened to come after us, sorry!
We bought ALL that they had!

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Close up our Valentine garland we made by embellishing a chocolate garland found at Shinoda. We used wrapping paper, fabric tape, card board, paper tags and flowers.

Die cuts from Staple's taped onto wood skewers with questions for the girls to ask one another.  A BIG HIT!

Die cuts from Staple’s taped onto wood skewers with questions for the girls to ask one another.
A BIG HIT!

Ikea frames (2 pack), wrapping paper from Paper Source, card board and fabric tape.  "Instant" table art!

Ikea frames (2 pack), wrapping paper from Paper Source, card board and fabric tape. “Instant” table art!

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This is what I have said to my children every night when they are off to bed. I love that Buddy (15) still says it back to me!

This is what I have said to my children every night when they are off to bed. I love that Buddy (15) still says it back to me!

A little bottle of bubble bath soap in a "champagne" bottle.  $1 each @ Target

A little bottle of bubble bath soap in a “champagne” bottle. $1 each @ Target

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{Playhouse mural painted by Timree Gold.}

{ Paintings in the bay window were painted by Baby Girl and me and an art class at Timree’s Newport Beach studio. Stop by her website to sign up for a class.  Also visit her Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/timreeinc}

{Please don’t forget to LIKE my Facebook page and follow me on Pinterest.  Feel free to pin my pictures!

Not on Pinterest yet?  Leave a comment and I will invite to the site.}

Total cost of party $35 (for food).  Conversation sticks were made using supplies we already had.

So new decor items were to be purchased for this party. That made Mr. Cabana VERY happy!

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~Baby Girl and her Gal Pals~

~Baby Girl and her Gal Pals~

We hope you enjoyed coming to the party and perhaps picked up a few ideas for your next shin dig!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

The Cutest Artist~Ever!

First I have an announcement~ My son has decided to be referred to here on my blog as “Buddy”.  Baby Girl could not say his name when she was a baby so she started calling him “Buddy” and it stuck.  I love that he chose a name that reminds me of when my kids were little and actually played with one another!

My husband is still undecided.  Personally, I am thinking “Cabana Boy”… :0)

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This past Saturday Baby Girl and I were special guests at artist Timree Gold’s ADORABLE      art studio in Newport Beach. I have known Timree for years, actually I knew her when her  mom was pregnant with her!  Her mom Teddi was my Girl Scout Leader and our parents have been friends for nearly 35 years.  Our moms now “Do Lunch” with a group of ladies they have been friends with since my elementary school PTO days(Go Burke Bears!).

Timree comes from very talented parents.  Her dad Tom’s Christmas tree decorations were gorgeous. I still remember that during the Iran Hostage crisis, he wrapped and displayed a gift for each hostage in their front yard.  Teddi is amazing at throwing parties and her gifts are always wrapped beautifully!  I have to admit if I know she is coming to one of my parties, I feel just a little added pressure to impress!

If you have noticed the mural in pictures of our playhouse, Timree is the amazing artist that painted it.  In one day!!!

I loved that Timree painted a “little something” that represented what the kids loved at the time. Buddy loved (and still does!) Star Wars so he had to have his own light sabre. He was also reading the Harry Potter books so they are painted just to the right of Baby Girl’s purse. She was very much into the princess stage and “My Little Pony”.

I loved the look of the black & white floor tile (I laid it all by myself!), but the laminate flooring we laid last year is SO much easier to keep clean!

Look how little my kids were! Hard to believe Buddy is now taller than my Hubby and me.  And Baby Girl with that crown? I just want to scoop her up and nuzzle her neck…

Ta Da!!!

 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Timree is having the OC Housewives in her studio and will be on

The Real Housewives of Orange County” next Tuesday!!!

I got to hear some of the details Saturday

and I am SO EXCITED TO WATCH!!!

Come back next time and I will show you the pictures from Baby Girl’s and my art class with the Famous Timree Gold!

Until next time,

 Butterscotch Lady

{Leave a comment and let me know if you will be watching the Housewives on Tuesday. And don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone that you watch that show too!}

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