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Friday, February 12, 2010


asks that we introduce a new (or new to us) blog each Saturday.
I would like to introduce DESIGNING DNA Please stop by to see her and give her a
big, ole cyber hug....and sign up to FOLLOW....
You'll LOVE her pretty blog...
I sure do!!


Our sweet host, BEVERLY,
has requested our PINK post be ROMANTIC...something full of love and romance, honoring the upcoming
I am also playing with LIZ in THE FOURTEEN DAYS OF LOVE..
Todays theme:
we are ESCAPING to a
GET-AWAY in my very own living room....
I picked a very romantic post to share again with you today...
The original post was last the library end of my large living room...

One whole end wall is shelving and I am so proud of it and I do call it THE LIBRARY.
(the shelves were a THRIFTED buy).
I STILL have room for more books and I know that I will never, EVER be able to read all the books I already have. It's just nice to "pick a book" when I feel like reading without searching all over the house for, I LOVE the way books make a room feel grounded.
I've always wanted some pretty LEATHER bound books and I keep a watch over at Ebay for just such books.
I've not found any I can afford as yet....but .....I WILL !!

I am using a mixture of vintage, white dishes. The plates are FEDERALIST IRONSTONE, purchased at the BEST thrift store. I am always on the watch for pieces to put with them. The smaller plates are marked INDEPENDENCE IRONSTONE..all made in JAPAN. The vintage rhinestone bracelet on the napkin belonged to my mother. I just like the bling it brings to my table.

A beautiful, little hand towel with a pretty border and an awesome monogram that I have placed beneath one of the settings. I don't care one bit that it isn't OUR monogram. This came from Ebay...and I want some more. ONE is never enuf for me!

The beautiful silver candle stick was given to me from Beautiful Daughter...
the green goblets were my mother's.....
The pretty little glass paperweight with the rose etched in it that says "LOVE GROWS" was given to me by my kids when they were little bitty. *gulp

The olden ironstone pitcher...a thrift store find. .....
Silk PINK tulips..from the local craft mall about 13 years ago. I still love them to this very day.
Ironstone gravy boat and the Johnson Brothers olden sugar bowl are from Ebay.
My flatware is by Oneida and the silver sugar spoon belonged to my mom.

Thanks so much for coming by today
What a fun time I had putting this together...
I am also linking with MARY for MOSAIC MONDAY

XO bj


Shelia said...

Evening, Dear BJness! Oh, your library is so beautiful! I love that wall of shelves and you really know how to place your books and pretties! That's an art in itself.
Your table looks so lovely. Your dishes and oh, my goodness - I love those green goblets that were your sweet mother's. She would be so proud to know you're using them.
I wish you and Mr. Sweets a wonderful Valentine's Day.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jenna said...

What a wonderful post, I love the walk through of your library, and your place settings. Who would know those are mostly thrift finds, you've got a talent!! Love the independence Ironstone, I have some that is green and white with little flowers, and I just love it.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl you out did yourself once again...Oh to have those book shelfs how fun to decorate them with each season...Your table is very romantic and love your Mama's glasses those are just PRICELESS my friend...I almost got some fake tulips the other day while I was out...Girl I'm so ready for spring here...but I see all my trees are in bloom so won't be long now...
May you and Mr. Sweet have a GREAT Valentine day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria love ya sis...

CC said...

Everything looks so perfect and so pretty..I love how the pearls are wound in and around. You have a real talent for tablescapes.. Happy Pinks and Happy Valentines Day.

© Jennifer Raley said...

OH, you reminded me I need to identfy someone new on Pink Saturday. So cool, I can now talk about Pink Saturday instead of just read your posts. Hope Beverly is doing okay. I love the tulips - never know they were around that long! and all doo dads ... nice setting, books, etc. :) Always nice! Jenn <><

craftymammie said...

i love the addition of pearls in the setting. adds a little drama. pretty and sweet!

happy heart's day!


Sage said...

Great photos and that library is sooo nice; great place to sit with a book.
Happy Valentines Day.

ksarra said...

Happy Valentine's Day BJ! I love the way you refer to your beloved Mom as "my little Mama." My own Mom refers to her mother that way, and I still call Mom "my little Mama." What a precious thing it is to be the daughter of a mother who loves unconditionally!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Love the wall of shelves with the beautiful books! Adore your table!

Pom Pom said...

Hi BJ! I love the pearls on the table - so clever and lovely! You share some real beauty today as well as some glimpses of your warm, welcoming home. Happy Valentine's Day!

Tami said...

BJ everything is soooo beautiful!! What a lovely table setting.
Happy Valentine's Day! xo Tami

Lori said...

I love it all!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Happy Pink Saturday, BJ! What a pretty table! Love the wall of shelves too; love books! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your hubby.


Abby Lanes said...

What an inspiring and beautiful post. I love your library and your stunning table setting. Happy Valentine's Day. ❤

The Bloom Girls said...

Hi BJ,
Your tablescape is lovely and I adore the monogrammed tea towel. Ten truly are blessed!!!
Thanks for stopping by our blog, The Bloom Girls.

Diann said...

Hi BJ!

Oh, your library tablesetting isjust beautiful! Everything looks so romantic. I really love those charger plates!

Happy PS!

Ann Creek said...

You certainly do attest to that with the sweet description of your mother. All you things are just beautiful.
Tin and sparkle

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Love such peeks inside of blogger's homes!!!

Happy Day!!!

Maggie said...

Oh everything is just beautiful... I would love to sit at such a table! happy Pink!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, this is such a sweet, pretty post, and I'm crazy about the ironstone you've collected. And your mother's goblets! I love things that are passed down through families. And how neat to have those wonderful bookshelves. I can't believe you thrifted them!!! I want to come to Texas and go thrifting with YOU! And the dishes, too! Plus, white dishes are great to have for tablescaping!

Your table is so pretty with the vintage linens, the tulips, the green goblets, and all of your special touches. I hope you and your husband have the best Valentine's Day ever!

Oh, and a Happy Pink Saturday, too!


Sheila :-)

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello Sweet BJ.

Your library looks fabulous. I will keep my eye open for some leather bound books for you. We have a used bookstore in town, they might have something. Anything special? Love your table setting. So romantic and pretty.
Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day with Mr. Sweet!


© Jennifer Raley said...

2Just read your comment on my Pink Sat post - thank you. Family. That's really what it's all about. -- When I got to looking at my photos and realized, I've seen a lot of waters ... in various places ... it kinda blew me away. I'm like you - home is where the heart is. Love, Jenn

Beansieleigh said...

Oh what a BEAUTIFUL post today, BJ! Love your pretty table, but I feel like Belle in the Beast's library.. I just LOVE your library!!! I am presently trying to set my own "library" here, in my hallway, which thank Heaven is wide enough for such a set up. It is very patch-worky right now, till I can better match my shelving, such as it is, and the way it is set up so far. It will be nice when I've finished! But I LOVE books too! Some of my favorite authors, and many of my kids favorites from when they were kids.. Some given to me.. etc., etc.! Happy Pink Saturday to you, and a very Happy Valentines Day to you too! Love-n-Hugs! ~tina

The Muse said...

May your valentine's day this Sunday be most memorable and may you and your love cherish each other another year :)

Helen said...

Wonderful post .. I love walls covered with books! My mother left me with several ironstone pieces ~ which I cherish. But like you, I would rather have her here!

Happy V-Day!

Jeanne said...

Hi BJ, yes I did get your email and I will be on the lookout tomorrow. Your didn't have to post it at all. It was just a small I love you gift. It's valentines isn't it? Big smile.

How fun to be with your grands. Your post is full of Sweets today. Love those book cases and your table is so special with memories of your mom. I love the bracelet. The dishes are gorgeous and different. Love the pearls with the lovely table setting. Very romantic. I also love your 'It's no Secret' post. A love story for sure.

Happy Valentines Day to you and yours.

XOXO, Jeanne

Julie Harward said...

I would rather have my mama too. I love all that you have shared, beautiful table and the book shelf, I have one it. I will go check out this other blog..thanks! Have a good Valentines day and come say hi when you can :D

Betty said...

Oh everything just looks so pretty as always, I think it is that sentiment of love that comes across, I love how you bring the memories of your sweet Mom to the table.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

It's a lovely place to escape to! Now click your ruby red slippers together my dear and repeat after me...there's no place like home. ;)


I'm so glad you've been a part of the Fourteen Days of Love!

Cottage Rose said...

Hello BJ; Your Library is just beautiful.. I always wanted one in my home... the shelving is really great... Love all your pretty Pinkness sitting on your gorgeous table..... Happy Pink Saturday

Happy Valentine's Day


Patricia said...

Happy Valentine's To You ! I hope you are having a wonderful
celebration on this day of Pink and Red and all things of
Pretty Romance.The table setting is so beautiful - this was a lovely post. Happy Pink Saturday !!! and have a lovely
new week.

Caroline@ FOREVER VINTAGE said...

I love your pics BJ, all that white ironstone with touches of pink and silver is very romantic. Your Mothers bracelet is gorgeous and I like how you used it in your table setting. Thanks for sharing.

Kathleen Grace said...

I think I need you to come foof up my bookshelves. I get so busy I never seem to get around to it and yours are always so beautiful! Love this white ironstone and the pretty linens. Your posts are always worth a second look:>)

happilyretired said...

Your pinks are lovely but it's your LIBRARY that captivates me today! What a wonderful room ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Mary said...

Your mama's green goblets are gorgeous, BJ.

Sherry from Alabama said...

Just beautiful! ~ Sherry