Busy Bees are buzzing at Butterscotch Lady’s House~

Spring has definitely sprung here at our house!


I have been a busy bee organizing closets

{Before pic of my side of our "quaint" (teeny tiny!) master closet}

{Before pic of my side of our “quaint” (teeny tiny!) master closet}

{Mr. Cabana's side of our oh so glamorous closet}

{Mr. Cabana’s side of our oh so glamorous closet}

Several years ago we put a closet organizer from The Container Store in our closet which helped tremendously with space organization.  I love that they closet system gives us the option to change it around if we wanted.  Not that we really have any other options other than how it is now…

I am a tad OCD, so my clothes are always organized by color.  But the different colored plastic hangers drove me cRaZy!!!  I found a great deal on the space saver, “velvet” covered hangers at Burlington Coat Factory (25 for $9.99).


Source: burlingtoncoatfactory.com via Butterscotch Lady on Pinterest

I was surprised by what a huge difference changing the hangers would make to our closet, not only the look, but also by the space saved.  Plus, now the hangers slide on the metal bar just like at the store.

I had clear plastic boxes on the upper shelf for hats, gloves, sweaters…Sure, they were functional, but not cute.  At all!  So I just had to pick up these adorable hat boxes from HomeGoods for $20.

Who doesn’t want to feel like you are in a boutique whenever you are “shopping” in your own closet?   Too bad my wardrobe doesn’t really feel like “boutique clothing”.  But hey, a girl can fantasize, right?

So for about $65, we have a closet that functions better for us and looks WAY better!  And the best part?  I had a gift card to use!!!


{Hat boxes from HomeGoods}

{Hat boxes from HomeGoods}




A busy bee organizing drawers…

Buddy and Baby Girl are now old enough that it is great to have them help us out with chores around the house.  But… After they have emptied the dishwasher, it is really frustrating to not be able to actually find anything!

So my OCD kicked in again, and I thought how about if I label where everything goes?  It will make their job easier to find where everything belongs and then I can find it when I need it.  So with Mr. Cabana shaking his head at me, that is exactly what I did.  And you know what?  IT WORKS!!!!

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After several weeks, I am still able to find what I need and it makes me happy to open a drawer and it looks organized. Plus, now all of my friends can find the wine opener!


And  a busy bee “organizing” a big spring project…

I have also been busy cutting up wood from our patio cover that we have been tearing down.  We LOVE the weather of So. Cal.  The termites that LOVE it here too?  Not so much…

{My Dad taught me how to use a Sawzall.  A saw with a long thing blade.  I am woman, hear me roar!}

{My Dad taught me how to use a Sawzall. A saw with a long thing blade. “I am woman, hear me roar!” Chicks like power tools too!}

I look forward to posting pictures of our new patio cover once we buy the wood, cut the wood, paint the wood, construct with the wood… Hopefully I can post the pics sooner rather than later!

Also, I have been a busy crafting bee  for a Spring Boutique my girlfriends and I had.  But I will save those pictures for another day. I need to get to my hive, err, I mean my house chores!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady


Another “Berry” Cute Basket

As I said in my last post, I ADORE putting together baskets for family, friends and clients.

I usually find one great piece to design a basket around.  For this basket, I loved that the basket (found at Shinoda’s) came with garden tools (you can’t see them because they are strapped to the back of the basket by the white and green elastic band).  I then found the adorable strawberry plate.

Ah~ A Garden Themed basket!

I love to relax after working in the garden.  Nothing like sitting on the patio admiring the work we have done with a nice cool beverage and yummy snacks! Wouldn’t it be great to have this basket to celebrate the first day working in your yard after a long winter?

This basket would make for a great “Welcome to the Neighborhood” gift for new neighbors, a housewarming gift or for a birthday.

~Bon Appetite’~

This basket cost $45.00 to put together. Most of the items came from HomeGoods and Cost Plus World Market.

The basket included: one plate, two polka-dotted glasses, two gourmet sodas, Brie cheese, two kinds of crackers, strawberry candies, glass tea light holder, picture frame, basket with garden tools.

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

Milk & Cookies All Wrapped Up~

One of my favorite things to do is to create fabulous gift baskets.  I have created so many different kinds over the years using all sorts of items and themes.  I love the creative process of choosing a theme, shopping for the items, finding the “perfect” container, arranging the items to fit nicely.

My friend Shannon thought with the Easter Bunny arriving soon, I should do a blog about baskets.

I don’t know why but I just adore wire baskets. I found this one at HomeGoods for $18.

{My basket items were all found at HomeGoods: white pitcher $12, four acrylic glasses $3 each, glass pedestal plate $12, small dessert plates $10, silver frame $6, five boxes of Girl Scout cookies $20, wire basket $18, six-pack of cotton napkins $10}

I filled the basket with the excelsior, put one box of GS cookies on the bottom for the pitcher to be raised up.

The pedestal is under the dessert plates. I used mail tape to tape the plates onto the pedestal and also to together to keep them from shifting.

The supplies to make a basket are quite inexpensive~excelsior, cellophane, ribbon and tape.

I created the “Milk & Cookies” sign using MS Word and then printed it onto photo paper.

The Back.

I created this basket for our PTO to donate for a Fundraiser Raffle for our Education Fund.

I usually make baskets in my kitchen or the playhouse, but it was such a beautiful day and Baby Girl and her fellow Brownies were selling Girl Scout cookies in front of our house, so Mr. Cabana’s tool bench worked out perfectly!

If you would like for me to be your “Easter Bunny” and create a basket for the “Big floppy eared guy” to leave, I would love to!  Just contact me!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

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