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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TABLE IN THE LIBRARY....and one of my heroes...

MOST of you know that I live in a very humble, smaller house that was built in the '50's.... SO.....when I refer to the library, I am actually referring to the end of my large (20x34 ft.) living room that has the complete wall of book shelves that I love so much, I could marry them. !!!

I am using my estate sale dishes and flatware by Oneida.
I am using a throw in dark golds over my table....
Fabulous, faux hydrangeas in a dark golden brown...
a little fat carved birdy... and some favorite books
Any fallish table setting I have will probably have the little tea light birds from ARTIE...
I love them and they seem to look great with any kind of setting.
If you've not been by to see Artie lately, you should stop by. He is sprucing up his beautiful home and you will love seeing all his photos....He's been sick but feeling better and I know he'd love for you to come by and say hi.. Would you kindly tell him I sent you over with a big bowl of Chicken Soup ? :O)
A lot of textures going on here....

That might look like a rough linen napkin is actually a small piece of burlap..
and it is for LOOKS only...
Noooo, never would I make you wipe your tiny mouth with BURLAP !! Or even your he-man mouth...
O, the roughness of it all !!

While sipping wine and thumbing through my wonderful, new
I..............whoa !!!

Look who has not 1, not 2, not even 3 pages in this classic magazine,
BUT A 4 PAGE SPREAD in one of the most reverend magazines around!!

None other than REE...THE PIONEER WOMAN !!
O, I tell you....she is one of my cookin' heroes!!
O, look....there's MARLBORO MAN...
and just look at how beautiful REE is.....
this girl's got it all....looks, personality and talents galore.
Have you ever tried any of her recipes?
I have !! SEVERAL, to be exact....
And, may I just say that EVERY single one has turned out soooo good.
The stuffed jalapenos are to die for ! REALLY !!
and....she has a chocolate cake recipe on her blog that will make you burst into singing

Go pick up a Southern Living magazine and read her cuteness...
You'll be glad you did.
O....and stop over at her blog regularly for some delicious recipes and see
what an amazingly funny personality she has...!
I just love her....and you will, too !
I am thankful I find joy in the things that I have. I love playing with my dishes...
I love the magazines I am blessed enough to be able to purchase....
I am thankful that I don't have to have EVERYthing that I think I want in order to be happy.
"Not one shred of evidence supports the theory that life is serious!"

I am linking with SUSAN at BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH for TABLESCAPE THURSDAY and just can't wait to see all the awesome tablescapes !!! All you bloggers are so creative and great at playing with your beautiful tables and dishes !!


Carol at Serendipity said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the little birdie!


ForeverMe said...

Hi BJ... I absolutely love your dinnerware and especially what you said about your bookshelves!! It made me laugh out loud! Hope you have a wonderful week! Nice to know other born-again Christians online!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said... discribe me exactly! I drag one day and zoom like a house on fire the next. least I will soon! Our little 50's house sounds like yours! I, like you am so grateful to be able to do the things I can a with the things I have collected and plump the pillows as often as I like.
I keep some things a long time and other things get recycled to Goodwill and the new comes in. Are we lucky or what, bj! God is good! :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

bj...I just got back from visiting Ree..the Pioneer Woman! She is adorable! Yep. Following this woman! I am going to try this Mexican rice ..and soon. SO easy to follow her recipes! Also...I am out to get that Southern Living magazine tomorrow...and forward this lady on to my daughters! :)
Hugs for the wonderful tip on a new blog for me! YOU are SO NEAT!!

salmagundi said...

Isn't it wonderful that we can be so happy in our little houses living on social security and playing with our dishes? When we first started out I never dreamed we would own a house without a mortgage. I count my blessings everyday - obviously you do too. Take care, Sally

© Jennifer Raley said...

You know what, I just love your posts. I am so glad that we all got on the 30 Days of Thanksgiving - cuz I'm just enjoying myself so very much as I visit here and there. Just about speechless. Thanks!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love your table. It is just gorgeous. Love the throw as a tablecloth, what a great idea. Your centerpiece is wonderful. My home is very humble and small too, but I love to see someone make even a small space lovely and you certainly have. So beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love, your table setting in your library!! I love dining amongst books! Did you know that Pioneer woman is coming out with a cook book?

Kathleen said...

That's a TX sized living room!
Love your table..beautiful textures and colors..and the dishes, soo pretty!
I like PW too!
Burlap napkins? Defoliate and wipe your mouth in one stroke!

Brenda Eason said...

Love the table BJ,it looks so warm and welcoming.I love the Pioneer woman and thankful I found her. Her recipes are no nice how she photos the steps. No onr should be able to use the word can't with her.

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Oh...I am feeling a theme here--burlap, birds and books!! ThE 3 b's!! I love it. I was telling my hubby about the burlap thing going on in bloggingville and his response was: "BURLAP!!???" then he went on to say how rough it I had to laugh at your post.

I love this room of yours--wish you would show more of it!! It looks so inviting!!

(you asked about my wreath--I purchased it and then I add to it at times and subtract from it)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a beautiful table setting BJ. I love your definition of library too. It fits my house. I just can't pass up a good book. The dishes are so pretty. Thanks for sharing. You always make me feel so welcome.

Shelia said...

Well good evening, Dearness! I love getting to come into your library and what a beautiful table setting. I love see our home and you certainly know how to make it so very lovely.
One of our blogging friends went to The Pioneer Woman's book signing and took pictures of her! Too cool. I have tried a few of her recipes and she is a great cook!
Thank you so much for asking about my mother. She is doing well and we're so thankful to have found this retirement home for her.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Cottage Rose said...

Hi BJ; My what a beautiful table setting love it..... thanks for sharing... have a great week.


Judi said...

What a great post! I've enjoyed looking at your library isn't it nice to have room for the special books in your life?? Now I will have to go get the magazine too! I will also go visit her...this is so fun meeting and learning about all these people.
have a wonderful day..

Lillie Mae Acres said...

Lovely as usual. You're so talented. Thank you for another great post and more great ideas.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ- you captured a beautiful moment in your darling tablescape. I love your library and the cozy, happy feel of your table. The little birds are wonderful as is the burlap napkin and pearl napkin ring. You did such a dreamy job.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You always have things looking so nice. I have my Southern Living sitting here and I haven't had time to really look at it yet. I'm excited to read the article because I'm seeing all the articles about her book, yet I wasn't familiar with who she was. Thanks for pointing it out. Usually I read it cover to cover immediately, but I've had a houseful of company for 2 weeks and haven't gotten to it.

♥Mimi♥ said...

First, I would give my pinkie finger for a wall of bookshelves. Ooooo, do I envy you and it takes oodles to make me envious of anything or anyone☺

Yes, life is magical isn't it that we really don't need a whole lot of things to make us enjoy the best thing - living!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Dear BJ~ I was sitting here (up pretty LATE for me!), enjoying reading some blogs.

I found myself particularly enjoying one immensely... it was making me smile, laugh and just plain ol' "FEEL GOOD"........ And then I saw that it is YOURS!!

You sound so HAPPY, LIGHT-HEARTED & full of zest, & your always pleasant appeciation for life & family comes thru abundantly clearly~~~~ My friend, it is SO VERY NICE to see someone so truly blessed!

Warmest wishes to you & all your loved ones,
Linda in AZ *

Sue said...

I love your tablescape...and I'm getting anxious to see what you do for Christmas, as I am always on the lookout for great ideas(which you seem to have TONS of!!)
Try Ree's Onion Straws--I could eat a bucket of them, they are soooo good!

Barbara said...

BJ, Great as usual, we both have the same charges. It is always interesting to see what someone else does with the same thing I have.


Theresa said...

Beautiful table as always and love your library. I always try to make the most out of whatever I have:) It is nice to get new things but most of the time I can find something that I already have that can be used. Have a blessed day!

kanishk said...

Nice to know other born-again Christians online!
Work from home India

Justine said...

Ooh, so much prettiness going on here. I wish you would have shown us more of your built-ins!!! I covet built-ins!

Isn't it amazing that Ree went from just writing a blog, to THIS???

Justine :o )

Kathleen Grace said...

I always love your tablesettings BJ! You put the prettiest colors and textures together every time. I love this un-orange autumn tablescape with it's beautiful warm colors and textures. Outstanding! I love PW too:>)

Anita said...

Gorgeous.. a very fun post :)
Pioneer Woman has taught me a lot about photography :)

blushing rose said...

BJ your table is so warm & inviting. The little touches just add charm & elegance.

Pop over & visit our TRIPLE GIVEAWAY!
Have a lovely day. TTFN ~Marydon

Deb said...

BJ great your photos...

Maryrose said...

Hi BJ,
I love your table. That throw is rich looking. Great post, I will visit Pioneer woman. Thanks for the tip last week on the fall dishes. I think I just may add them to my collection.
Enjoy your day

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Such pretty plates! And I just love all of those sweet birdies. I enjoy Pioneer Woman too. Have you posted any of your recipes on Tasty Kitchen? It really is alot of fun. I go there exclusively now for recipe ideas, and have met many nice bloggers, food and otherwise.
Cheers, Andrea

amariaf2000 said...

Love your tablescape! PW is great! I haven't gotten her new cookbook, but every recipe I've made of hers has been excellent!

~angela @ peonypatch

honeysuckle said...

Your tablescape is so cozy. What could be better than charming dishes, a good book or two and that cute fat bird for company? I read about Ree and saw her on our local channel too. I'm sure her new cookbook will sell well. Have a great day!

Sarah said...

Fabulous table, BJ. I love all the textures you used, even the burlap napkin. LOL It's great to have a cozy spot near your books to enjoy a bite to eat and settle in with some favorite magazines. Our spot like that in our home is a small space off our kitchen. ~ Sarah

SmilingSally said...

Everything looks perfect. I love the way you decorate.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi BJ....your pictures are gorgeous. I can easily see how you could love your books! Wow.

Barb ♥

PEA said...

I'm so loving your tablescape, everything is just perfect:-) You always make it so welcoming and how I'd love to be able to sit there and have a meal with you!

I've been hearing about the Pioneer Woman on other blogs so I must go check out her blog...I love trying out new recipes:-) I also need to go out and buy the recent Southern Living!! xoxo

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Wonderful tablscape...again! I love how those little birds you won at Artie's give-a-way keep popping up -- they look great everytime too!

Mimi said...


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well..get it together Mona!!!! LOL
YOUR tablescape is darling..but then it always is! I especially love that little pink cheeked birdie. So warm and so elegant and so perfect...those words discribe your tablescape to a T...and you as well, sweet friend!!

jeanne said...

BJ, your tablescape is lovely with the dinnerware. The birdie tea lights are sooooo cute. Your living room is huge girl. Thanks for sharing the magazine article about Pioneer Woman. She is amazing. I love to read her posts but I don't comment. She has a gazillion followers. lol.

I love you to BJ. Wish we lived closer to each other. Come to the mountains and stay in our cabin. You would love it here.

Love and hugs xoxo, Jeanne

Liz said...

Oh BJ! Your home is so lovely. Dinner in the Library! Yer killing me! Love it! :)


Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I LOVE your wall of shelves!! I am truly green with envy over them! Love your tablescape.

Thanks for the heads-up on the magazine article. I'll have to buy a copy for myself!

Rettabug said...

I just LOVE your attitude, B.J.!! I smile whenever I read your posts. :D

Your chubby little bird looks so sweet, peeking out from under the hydrangeas. Adding the books really set the tone for the location in the *library*. Very cozy tablescape!

I'm off to find out more about the 30 days of Thanksgiving. Thanks for the tip.


Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous colour scheme and testing out thanksgiving myself this weekend with a bit of bird theme as turkeys are not so common in these parts.

Your table is full of creative inspiration and how cool to see Bree in print.