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Tuesday, March 16, 2010


A party, hosted by our sweetest KATHLEEN...
There's a LOT of WONDERFUL GREENS for you to enjoy
so be sure to go over and wish Kathleen a
and visit with all the rest...
I am also linking with SUSAN for TABLESCAPE THURSDAY
and linking to WELCOME TO MY WORLD ...St. Patrick's Day Carnival
The beautiful PUNCH BOWL I am using for my fruit belonged to my it is
I have my entire loooong life, decorated my table
but BLOGGING BUDDIES bring out the BEST in us!
Kathleen said, "YOU CAN DO IT"
when I told her I couldn't do anything
for SPD because I didn't have any decorations...
I find myself reaching MUCH deeper into myself to
WANT to make things prettier...
to celebrate MORE holidays...
to try bringing something "to the table" that might make YOU smile...
and I love Kathleen and wanted to
play at her party !! :O)
* I went to find some cuties, on the CHEAP, for my GREEN table..
A fabric remenant .. $2.00
... made myself some cute PLACE MATS...
"Kiss me...I'm Irish"... love it!
and I love my 3 tine forks...
(my mama's)
oops...and I had already taken all these photos BEFORE
MISS JANICE told us our napkin points should face TOWARD us
BEFORE the meal and toward the table, AFTER the meal. Sorry for my bad table manners!!
As most of you know...
I operate on a really, REALLY tight budget..
You can't get much tighter than SOCIAL SECURITY.
O, I'm sounding ungreatful here...!
PLEASE don't get me wrong...
I am MORE than thankful for what we do receive...
being able to pay our bills..
and have a little fun on the side...
and mostly thankful for our good health at this winter season of our lives...
ANYway.... I made up my mind long ago that I wanted to play with my dishes
and tables with a lot of other bloggers each week thru the infamous
BUT...I couldn't BUY anything much to do this..
Using the black and white dishes that I already had blended
in just fine since my little place mats have a little black in there, too...
I am using my simply WHITE napkins with the black rings...
a little faux flower added a little pizzazz to it all...
had these cute little green and white KISSING balls, along with
the little green candles..
I just put them into the adorable WIRE BASKET that
I was tickled to death at how cute it looked !
A birds eye view....*grin

Most of you have seen my mama's
They just went perfect with my theme...
I sure would rather have my little mama, tho, than these ole green goblets!! :>(
and.....OF COURSE, I had to get YOU a HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY greeting card !
;>) :O)
haaahhhaaaaa...i laughed so hard...I LOVE IT !
MR. SWEET loves filled sweet bars and when I saw these "St. Paddy" green ones, covered
in luscious nuts, I just HAD to get it for him.....
I am so proud of how well he is doing on our eating HEALTHY...
he has LOST OVER 25 POUNDS and still going strong...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...and right beside that one for him, I saw THIS one for moi.....
I, too, have done well on the healthy eating way of life..
...have dropped a size in my jeans !! ..and not having to lay on the bed to button them!!

No St. Patrick's Day table would be complete without
1 and 1/2 oz. GOOD IRISH WHISKEY
1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
6 oz. Hot Coffee
Heavy creme
COMBINE that GOOD whiskey, sugar and coffee in an AWESOME mug and stir to dissolve.
Float cold, whipped creme gently on top. DO NOT STIR..
SIP SLOWLY and ENJOY to the very LAST DROP !





marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your table is just stunning. I love it. I really like that you just took what you had with a little fabric and some DT things and created such a stunning table. Love the green treats too. The coffee looks so good. I like mine with amareto though. lol Love the entire table, I think that shows real genius. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

GardenofDaisies said...

Your table is so pretty! I really like your green glassware!

Mimi said...

BJ, that is the cutest fabric...great Irish table for someone who claimed not to have anything for SPD! Love your Mama's green stemware.

Blondie's Journal said...


You are proof positive that a tablescape can be made when you think you can't...and I think that all the time. You give me inspiration!! Your fabric was perfect as a starting point and I love everything that came after. Brilliant!

Jane O'Blondie

Julie Harward said...

Loved the toast..thats what I'll need! Love the cute card, made me laugh too! You have proved that you don't need a lot of money...just a wonderful imaginations and a creative bone! I loved it all, every bit of it...way cute! Come say hi :D

Beth in NC said...

OH BJ ... you can absolutely pull off every color!!! Lovely!

Come by my place and see my Easter/spring pictures I posted today.


Ann Creek said...

Sure is a beautiful table. Lots of gorgeous greens. I'd say you can create any kind of table.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh BJ< I love it fun you did this table and those kissing balls are too them in your basket and look at that fabric very cool really out did yourself once again my dear friend...Top of the evening to ya...from your little irish redhead friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Bunny Jean's Decor... and More! said...

Oh BJ, I always have the most fun when I come to visit you!

I noticed in the very first picture how the black plates cooridinated with the placemats, and I thought how clever you were to choose black.

I can't seem to get good pictures of my blown out candles, but you caught the effect perfectly.

Enjoy your nightcap!

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

Pat@BPM said...

I love your table, BJ!!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You don't need a lot of money when you have imagination! This is gorgeous BJ, I love it all! The Irish coffee looks so yummy I think I need to run out and find me some! Happy St. Patties Day to you! Cindy

Kathleen said...

Oh that is wonderful! You pulled it off beautifully! And I hope you had fun doing it! I love it all, and I am so appreciative you joined in my party! Thank you..and have one of those coffee's for me!
Your colors look wonderful!

Beth said...

Great table!!! Nothing about it says "budget"! Wonderful job that you did. And I didn't know about the points of the napkins, guess I do now. :-)
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sue said...

What an accomplishment from someone who said she probably couldn't pull this off! Your tale looks fantastic, BJ!!! Love the black and the green together. And the fabric tied it all in together. Lurve your mama's glassware, too! Kudos to you- you are now honorary Irish!
lotsa hugs, Sue

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Everything looks so festive BJ~! I am swiping the irish Coffee recipe. loved viewing all this Irish eye candy.

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

BJ, everything really looks nice...perfect for St. Paddy's Day. All of your greens are wonderful and most of all, that coffee looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing and thanks for becoming a follower of my blog!

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow you've got the most festive table ever!! Nice stuff too!

Candle shade

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Now that was a fun post. For being on a budget it sure looks great. Super job on the place mats. Happy St. Pat's Day.

Lenore said...

You certainly are ready for St. Paddy's Day!!! I love the kissing balls from the Dollar Tree.

Carrie said...

Wow, you really put together a charming and exciting table setting!

susan said...

BJ-You certainly prove that you con't have to spend $$ to creat a beautiful table! I love your placemats! I wish I could sew!! You have beautiful family treasures. I think you are right. Blogland does keep our creative juices flowing! Happy SPD!

Liz said...

Hi BJ! I think that you did an awesome job on your table. Doesn't look budget at all. Pretty dern cute! I would like to have one of those Irish coffees tonight. :)


ellen b said...

Hello there Bj! I'm in love with those green goblets!! Your table is great. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and yours!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Great table!!! I love how you have done everything on a budget. My kind of table. And I love the greeting card. Too funny!!!

Mama Zen said...


Tardevil said...

Oh BJ, that is the cutest table. You can't tell you did it on a Soc. Sec. budget at all! Love the placemats, those balls from DT (that they didn't have at mine cuz I would have noticed!), and I big puffy heart your mama's green glasses! They are gorgeous (I collect green glass, and I've never seen any in that pattern!) Your card was hilarious! And...I do hope to be fortunate enough to make it to heaven W-A-Y b/4 the 'bad boy' finds out, but as my blog says, I'll probably be skidding in (with the gates closing) saying 'wow what a ride!'

Sue said...

Loved the little terra cotta pots inside the wire basket...very cute idea and that green donut sure looked good...Congratulations to the husband for his 25 pound weight husband lost almost 50's so much better for their health....

Foley said...

You did a great job!! Looks like you are an old hand at tablescaping.

Miss Janice said...

Well, I think you did an awesome job. Love the dishes and that Irish Coffee!

Theresa said...

Great job Dear BJ! You ALWAYS make a beautiful table! Love it all and I don't decorate for St. Patrick's day, I have NO green:) Thanks for stopping by and paying me a visit. It was nice to see you! Have a blessed day my friend!

Lori said...

I want some Irish coffee, even at 7AM, it looks so good. Your table is chock full of fun.

Maggie B said...

Great looking table BJ, simply abundant!
Happy St Patrick's Day.

Mrs. P. said...

Such a lovely table and who could resist a green-iced donut :)

Happy St. Paddy's to you!


Chris said...

Just beautiful. You sure don't decorate like your on a tight budget. I think you should have your own TV show on how to make your home beautiful on a budget. You're very clever. I always get ideas when I stroll through blog.

Love ya,

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Dear One, I love your St. Patrick's Day things. Especially, the Header which greeted me today! I had to bend to the side, and tell my husband to look at a REAL SPD Header! :-) We both sit in the Den [which was supposed to be a Dining Room] in the morning... I on my computer and he, reading his local newspaper. I have him peek at blog things, which are particularly cute.

And I would like to say how wonderful it is of you, to say that you operate on a tight budget. I like you all the more, for this. Sometimes it seems that "Pretty Blog Land" is mostly populated by women who seem to have amazing resources, shall we say.

Amazing, even if they are always going to Thrift Stores for loads and loads of "precious finds." Not to even speak of those who just truly must have unlimited funds, because they don't just go to Thrift Stores. They just buy!!!!!!!!

I never liked Garage Sales or the like, so I'm not saying I'm *jealous* of them, for so doing. It's not "my thing." I don't even enjoy shopping, period. When we need something, I go in a store and get it and go home. Shopping is not in my genes. [Weird hu?!?] ,-)

Enough... I ramble too much... :-) But I think you are wonderfully frank, my Dear. And I love you, for it!

Gentle hugs...

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

And many Congratulations to both you and Mr. Sweet, for your progress on weight loss for HEALTH! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

Gentle hugs...

Charli and me said...

Everything is just beautiful BJ! You did a fabulous job. I love everything and especially your pretty green glasses. Happy Saint Patrick's Day ♥ Many Irish blessings to you and your family!

Willow said...

Just came from Kathleens. Love your table and the recipe.


Debbie said...

I love it, looks awesome, the irish coffee is my favorite!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

If that's a table set on a budget you sure do a beautiful job! Great post and funny card :)

JanMary said...

A great job - so many lovely details.

Happy St Patrick's Day from Ireland :)

Justine said...

Ooh BJ, you did a fantastic job on this tablescape!!! I love everything about it, most especially your mom's goblets. They're so pretty!

You stood on a chair to take that one shot, didn't you? You daring chick!

I cannot believe Mr. Sweet has lost over 25 pounds! That is fantastic!!!! And you went down a size in pants? But you were already so damn thin. Eat healthy, but eat a lot of it so you don't lose more!

The last picture with the smoke coming from the blown out candles was perfection!

Justine :o )

Denise Marie said...

B.J. I would never have noticed you were on a tight budget if you hadn't said anything!! I adore your posts and admire your use of your things and your mamma's things. We gotta use what we have and be creative.

Love and Blessings!!

Sage said...

You are so talented and have the magic touch!
Everything is perfect.
I think I need an Irish Coffee,
I really do! looks so good!
Happy Paddy Day to you.

Tootsie said...

how festive!!! you did a fantastic job!!! but then we never expect anything less from you!

Kathy said...

Thank you BJ, for making my day, this whole post was just simply delicious. Your tablescape is striking with those very clever colour combinations and gorgeous fabrics, you had me cracking up with all the Irish ditties and the greeting card lol, lol. I was doing a happy jig too for all the pounds lost between you and Mr BJ. many congrats to you both. Happy, Happy St Patrick's day. Kathy xoxo,

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi BJ...what a fresh and pretty table. I love the green and white.
Missing you these days.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Betty said...

You do so good BJ! I just love the wire basket with the clay pots and the way you keep remaking it.

Kammy said...

Mmmmmm everything looks good - I got my eye on that donut :o)

Sonia said...

Oh what a fun and pretty St. Paddy's table..i love all the elements you put together..I wish I had some irish coffee right looks wonderful! Have a great day.

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Lori said...

Very great St. Pats table. I love how you used the metal piece in the center to hold different things.

Lori said...

Oh, I almost forgot, we are both New Years babies. My mom took castor oil to have me early.

Sailing Simply said...

Hi BJ! Thanks for stopping by my site and adding on. I just started yesterday so quite behind in the photos and decor. Love how you pulled together a St.Patty look for your table. You would never know you are on a budget and have never decorated for St. Patty's day before. Looks beautiful!

Creations By Cindy said...

BJ, you have such talent and how lovely.! Be blessed Cindy

Barb~Bella Vista said...

BJ...wanted you to know that the same posting problem is happening to me also. I have started scrolling down and sure enough about 25% of the comment isn't there.

I don't know what's up.

So good to see you again!

Hugs, Barb

Gweny said...

Thanks for following me BJ, I in turn am now a follower of you as well:) Love all you St Patty's Day Table Photos. I wish we were having a mug of Irish Coffee together today. If your ever in Abilene give me a SHOUT

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

WOW! You simply out did your self, bj! Slowing down? You? I laugh at that! You are a bundle of energy and idea's and put me to shame! I mean those place mats?!
I have always wondered about making my own and might give it a try. Your Irish table is just darling!
I had no idea you could do more than one "meme!" What a great idea!
bj, Happy St. Patrick's Day to you my sweet friend! May the luck of the Irish be with you all the days of your life!! :)
You are such a joy!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Back again, Dear BJ. :-)

You made me so happy, when you said you too have lent your voice to what I am so passionate about. We have to try. To just throw up our hands and forget about it, is to do so, to all those who fought and died and still do so, for our wonderful Country. Imho, anyway.

Many gentle hugs...

my home sanctuary said...

Very pretty and fun table.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great Wed.

Elizabeth said...

I love your post and your blog!
I will be back!

Justine said...

What? You think you're going to get two comments from me just 'cause you reposted? NO way!

Well way, because I just did, didn't I?

Justine :o )

Jim said...

You have some lovely table decorations and place settings. You did really good with the green. Great!
The best I could do was a shopping list with a green sugar shamrock-shaped cookie.
Thank you for peeking in and leaving me your nice note.

GrannySue said...

I thing it's all just gorgeous. One thing I've learned from the blogging is to "shop in the house". I had no idea how much I had for a table until I actually started looking thanks to all the ideas I have 'stolen' over the past 2 weeks. I truly believe that those of us with limited resources have to be blessed with other talents. You certainly are!!!

scribbler-unfocused said...

Wow! You did a wonderful St. Pat's tablescape!


Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hi Bj,
Wow! that goblet s are really to die for.

And mind you? the Irish coffee make me drools too. TY for your tips of the coffee.

Hope you have a gread day & wonderful w/end ahead.


Sherry said...

This wonderful! I love the Irish coffee that looks fantastic.
Win Rachael Ray bake ware at my blog.

Kathleen Grace said...

Your table looks fantastic BJ, I love those green goblets and the pretty place mats. I laughed right out loud when I read the card:>) Can you tell me what diet you are on again? It looks like you can still eat some yummy things and still get results! I need that!

Rettabug said...

BJ, I KNOW I posted to this days ago but I came back for a second look of appreciation & my comment is no where to be found. :( I think Blogger eats them for lunch sometimes!

Anyway, you did a fantastic job of creating a beautiful scene. I cracked up over that greeting card & even read it out loud to my DH who loves a good laugh...he needed that.
Thanks so much for sharing your home & your food & your ideas.


Merrie said...

HAHAHA I bought that same card for my FIL and forgot to mail it to him.
Love the way your table turned out. It was so pretty. I was lucky, our everyday dishes are green and white but I still have never tablescaped.