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Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I wanted to do a casual tablescape showing off my BRAND NEW RUFFLED BURLAP TABLE RUNNER..
Isn't it a beauty !!!
I won this delightful runner from JENNIFER at THE OLD PAINTED COTTAGE....
but LAURIE from BELLA INSPIRATIONS is the talented lady that made the runner.
Both these talented ladies have the most ADORABLE blogs and you will just LOVE all the prettiness
at both places.
JENNIFER has to be one of the most talented DECORATORS ever...
you will have such a good time exploring her beautiful rooms of her cottage. COTTAGE 8
they call it...go over and see how it got it's name.
LAURIE has an amazing ETSY shop where she sells her talented wares.
Since you ALL can't possibly be as LUCKY as MOI..
she does have several styles of the table runners for sale in her shop.
They are so so well made and the burlap is just beautiful.
WHEN you go visiting with these two, would you kindly tell them bj said "HEY" ?

I decided to use a few of my vintage CROCKS..
Now, I just absolutely LOVE olden crocks...
well, they don't even HAVE to be olden...
"SHEILA, can you LOVE crocks ?.......
Why, you bet your sweet, brand new GRANDDAUGHTER you can !!"
A pretty crock will make me grin every single time !!
I think they look EXTRA good on my new BURLAP RUNNER...*BIG grin..being proud !
I've had this stoneware pitcher so long, I can't even remember where I got it.
I've used it for iced tea, milk and lemonade...
but mostly, it sits on a dining room shelf....

I've also had this bad boy for a number of years.
One of my favorites...
I wish I had another....ONE is NEVER enuf for me...greed, ya know!
My sweet AUNT LILLIAN gave me this olden pickling crock in 1960....
SHE said it was pretty old...
I said it was PRETTY !!

Aunt Lillian also gave me the two black pitchers....
I sure would rather have my sweet AUNT LILLIAN than all the treasures she gave to me. :(

I'm constantly searching for more BUTTERMILK GOBLETS...
They must really have become SCARCE because I seldom find one..
I only have 3 and I need at least 3'll keep searching.
Mr. Sweet made us a delicious garden salad with sliced STRAWBERRIES...a favorite..
Left over Easter ham, grilled with pineapple...
Fresh corn on the cob, also grilled !
...if we, for some reason, don't grill it outside,
we MICROWAVE the corn, in the husk, 2 minutes per ear..
It is really good, crisp and tastes so fresh..
the BESTEST way, of course...IS OUTSIDE ON THE GRILL !!

...and, ALAS...NO good DESSERT TONIGHT ! ;((
we just toasted some *left from Easter* potato rolls
and spread them with NUTELLA.
This more than satisfied our SWEET TOOTH !!
It's just plumb pitiful how much we both love
(we pretty much have said GOODBYE to not having SUGAR but we
are still watching it closely)

Linking with:


Anonymous said...

I thought the entire post was so sweet....and then I got to the bottom....

the N u t e l l a!!!! I grew up on that sweet goodness! I'm italian afterall...and no home goes without that stuff!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Stacey said...

BJ, you lucky girl! I saw that you won that gorgeous table runner and I knew you'd love it!!

Your food looks delish, as always! After you showed your grilled pineapple last week we made some. Yummy and good for you.

I see on your sidebar that it's two days until your 50th anniversary. That is so awesome. Congratulations.

Amelia said...

The burlap runner looked super with your crock brought it all together so perfectly looking...casual - but everything in place.

Food looked like it would tickle all the taste buds...then the chocolate touch for your sweet tooth just finished off the meal quite nicely.

Count your blessings,


Diva Kreszl said...

the runner is so beautiful! and of course as always your table just shines, makes me want to sit right down :)

Tennis Girl said...

Just lovely and don't you just love Nutella! One bite and you have satisfied the chocolate craving!

Lynn said...

I loved that runner from the first time I saw it, the rustic ruffle is so great - enjoy!

GrannySue said...

The runner is great and you did a wonderful tablescape with it. I like all the comments, you made my afternoon. Thanks for your post and your dinner looks yummy.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good day BJ, girl I'm so glad to be home and visiting your great blog once I love that table runner...but you know those crocks I just special are those...Congrats on your win my Dear friend...and girl you can't be beating Shelia new grand baby ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Taija said...

I love your new burlap table runner! Your table scape is b-eautiful too!

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Lovely lovely! Glad you can love stuff!! :) What a wonderful table runner and congratulations on winning it!
Now, honey - Nutella! I've never had that stuff!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

A Cottage Muse said...

What a colorful post! I love the bright colored flatware! I see 50 years coming up for you ~ soon to be 25 for me. Best Wishes!!

Anonymous said...

I love the burlap table runner. I have seen a lot of burlap items this spring. Love the crocks too. Had a bunch of them one time and got tired of looking at them. I do that all the time, just up and decide to give things away. Just got too much stuff. I know it is hot, my son told me it was hot and windy in Austin. Just a few days left til your big party.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your tablescape is stunning and I love the the table runner. So pretty. All of the dishes and accessories are gorgeous and the food looks absolutely yummy. Hugs, Marty

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ- I saw the post Jennifer did for that runner giveaway, and I just knew it had my name on it. So you can imagine my surprise when she sent it to the wrong address and I saw it on your darling blog! I am so happy that you are using my runner. Please enjoy it all you want. Entertain on it- show it off- use it on any table. I am so willing to cheerfully share, after all isn't that what friends do? Then when you are all done with it, and only then you can send it my way! And if you cannot part with it, well I'll understand- it is so beautiful. (Congrats, dear friend!)

Kathleen said...

You are a lucky gal! It is lovely, and think of all the Fall scapes you can do with it too...
Yvonne wasn't kidding you don't spill anything on it!

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

What a great looking burlap runner! It looks great with your collection of crocks....

Can I come over for dinner? Your ham, corn and Nutella dessert looks yummy!

Sandra said...

Congratulations on winning that burlap runner! I love how you decorated everything! Have a good evening.

Theresa said...

Love the runner! I will go shop and let them know you sent me! I also don't visit without at least a hi! I think it is just rude to read and enjoy the writing of others and not let them know you were there:) Just good 'ole Southern manners! Have a blessed day with all your beauties. Love the treasures from your Aunt Lillian! Hugs, Dear BJ, Big Hugs!

Adrienne said...

Congratulations on your win! Your new table runner is unique and just right for your pretties.

Julie Harward said...

I love crocks! Yours are very pretty, love the gold flowers in them. Love your new burlap runner to, the ruffle on it is so cute! Your post today has put me in the mood for summer...Come say hi :D

Kathy said...

Hello B.J.
I like how the flowers and silverware handles match!!!!
Your runner is the cutest and perfect for your tablescape!
It's true...we'd rather have our sweet relatives then the things they left behind...
but at least we have the memories everytime we see the "Things".

I need to get us some Nutella!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

nancy said...

What pretty tablescape. Burlap table runner is different. Love your pottery and crocks style. Have a good week. Nancy

Marydon Ford said...

You were 'ready' for this runner! What a lovely setting ... are there any leftovers?

Have a great week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi bj! I LOVE that table would go with so many different settings and I love what you did with yours! I've always had a love for crocks too...there's something very homey about them and they have so many uses. I've never tried Nutella..I've seen it in the store but just never bought it so Friday is grocery day and I'm going to pick some up. Have a wonderful Wednesday! Maura

Dixie said...

BJ... I saw that you had won this... and I thought... a perfect gift for the perfect table-setting lady! and you dun-her-proud!

love it with the RED! Happy Spring! Dixie

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

What a fabulous tablescape! Congrats on winning the lovely runner as well - it looks wonderful with your other accessories:) I also love the way you're thinking with the Nutella on the potatoe rolls - mmmmmm:) Thanks for sharing....

Susan said...

Your little pottery pitcher is from Williamsburg VA. Williamsburg pottery. I had several peices of the same pottery but I sold it at the flea market.

Southern Lady said...

Just dropping by to say 'hello,' BJ ... and I'm so glad I did.

I like your table runner, but I love that A.J. Heinz pickling crock! How neat.

Best wishes to you and Mr. Sweet for a very happy and memorable 50th anniversary celebration. What a milestone!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh you lucky girl! I have been drooling over these ruffled burlap runners every time I see one and you won one! It looks beautiful on your table and the old crockery looks perfect with it. I am betting you will find lots of your dishes that look beautiful with this:>)

Vonlipi said...

That is a great runner. I love those old crocks they make me smile.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Cool table runner! And it goes so well with those great old crocks and the like.

"Buttermilk Goblets" How come I never heard of those? ,-) Is it the particular size, which makes them be called that? 'Cause it seems as if buttermilk would be served in a kind of big glass...

Whatever the reason for the name, they are beeeeeeeeeeutiful.

And oh my, it's been so long since I've visited with Jennifer at 'The Old Painted Cottage.' Must go over and of course, say that Dear BJ reminded me to stop by. :-)


Kissed by an Angel said...

What a pretty table runner!!! I love your post today!!!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Gorgeous table runner! Love the Heinz crock!

Cozy Little House said...

Love the table runner and love the crocks! Congratulations on winning such a beautiful item.

Ann said...

Love the table runner, hard to believe its made with Burlap!! Lovely post today.

salmagundi said...

That Heinz crock is a real treasure! I saw where you won the table runner. How cute it is, and you used it perfectly with the crock. Have a great weekend (hopefully without wind)! Sally

Deb said...

I love the runner,BJ. Burlap always makes me think of my grandma's farm and all the wonderful things about a well-loved farm house. Your table looks beautiful and as far as grillin', I'm with you on that, too. We all need some sweets in our diet so just enjoy. Have a great day, Deb.
My cats wanted you to know that they would look lovely on top of that burlap. tsk.....CATS!!

The Old Painted Cottage said...

BJ, that runner was so perfectly suited for your table, and what a gorgeous tablescape! Thanks for sharing the photos with us : )


Midlife Mom said...

I ALWAYS enjoy visiting your blog BJ! You always have such nice pictures and inspire me to do more with my decorating. That table runner is wonderful and looks so good with the crocks on it. I have just a couple of crocks on my front porch but think I will bring them in and display them in my kitchen after seeing yours!

Nutella eh? Never have had it but will look for it the next time I am at the grocery. It looks to die for!!

CC said...

I loved it,the runner is just gorgeous..and the crockes are so pretty shown with it. And then..there in the picture were those goblets. If we didn't have the same ones growing up, we had something so like them... oh my@@ it instantly took me back to iced tea and my sister and I using the green stems of green onions as our "sipping straws". :). Thank you showing your pretty things BJ,I so enjoyed it.

Coloradolady said...

What beautiful tables you set! I love the runner and the crocks, my they are great !! I really like the pickle one, that is really a great piece. Have a great VTT!

Janera said...

Congrats! it's way pretty! I saw over at Jennifer's that you had won and just knew you were going to be thrilled. have fun!

Tara said...

WHat a homey way you've put everything together--looks gr8!

Judi said...

What a great post. I love crocks too and yours are sooo nice. Congratulations on winning the lovely giveaway table runner! I am going to have to go and visit those ladies. Thank you for the introduction.

Your tablescape is lovely and so are the goodies you were sharing...*s*... I've never made corn in the microwave but will definately give it a try!

Hope you have a great evening and weekend.

jeanne said...

Hello! I agree I never leave a blog without a comment. We love comments.

Your burlap runner is just too cute. I love your crocks and treasures you shared today. Congrats on winning the runner. I like it with any color but the white kind of fancies it up!

I have been told that after one month on no sugar, you don't crave it anymore. I never lasted that long.

Love you my dear sister friend.

Did you visit Rachel's post today? She writes so well.

Love xoxo, Jeanne

xinex said...

Ongrats on winning the runner, BJ. It's beautiful! Your crocks and your table are so pretty!...Christine

Mimi said...

Your table is lovely, the runner.
I ♥ Nutella, even by the spoonful!

vignette design said...

Oh, how I love that burlap runner! Everything looks absolutely gorgeous on it!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

BJ...I love your new table runner and your crocks are truly wonderful! Love how you are using them in tablescape! You always have the yummiest food in your tablescapes! I'm with you on the sweets...I just can't give 'em up either. I don't know what Nutella looked like chocolate.
:-) I'll have to check it out.
P.S. I'll have to look out for some Buttermilk glasses for you...never heard of those...see how much I learn from you! :-)

Lia at Petite Little Bee said...

What a beautiful tablescape. Thanks for sharing. Lia

Hootin' Anni said...

From one Texan to another....I love how it all looks. The burlap, the gingham, the's stunning and country at the same time.

Please, drop by my Show n Tell if you can find time. I'd love your company today.


Splurgie said...

Love the crocks with the burlap runner. Pretty table for Easter!

santamaker said...

Oh BJ...isn't it interesting that lowly burlap is now the "it" fabric?!? Love it!

Debbie said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely tablescape. It's amazing how you can take the most humble of items and place them together to make such a pleasing table.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Pretty table and yummy food,BJ.

I have the Yorktown dishes..a wedding gift from the folks where J worked. I love your pitcher.

kim said...

Congrats on the win. It looks great on your table. I love the white sugar bowl with the silverware in it.

Beverly said...

BJ, I love your new table runner, and I love your crocks.

You have a talent for making everything looks so pretty.

And, by the way, I love Nutella, too.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

That burlap runner is fabulous. So many possibilities. Love corn on the grill. Haven't done that yet this year. I think it may be about time!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Jan @ BellaCasa said...

I'm digg'n your tablescape and congrats on winning the lovely table runner too. Drop on by for TeaScapes at BellaCasa today and as always, I welcome your comments, BJ.

Jan @ BellaCasa

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Love that table runner and those CROCKS!!! Gorgeous!!

Betty said...

Hey BJ! Hope all is well with you. I love old crocks, always finding pieces of them around the yard but alas never a whole one or even enough pieces to put together. lol
Have a great week.

Momof3 said...

First time stopping by your blog. I just have to ask, What is a buttermilk goglet?

Kathleen said...

Just stopping by to say Happy 50th and God bless!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

bj. that table runner just give the perfect touch of "rustic" and I love it. Congratulations on your win! :)
Don't you love spooners? I see you are using one and I love is just the handiest thing I think I have ever done in my kitchen!

You have cozy down to a science, bj!
My Mom's name was Lillian and it is my middle name! I love that name!

Have a wonderful weekend. I am off to do some catching up!
Love and hugs,

Ruby said...

What great accents you chose to show off that lovely burlap!! Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Congratulations on your win and your tablescape is lovely. I got a glimpse of blue and white transferware in the background and my heart skipped a beat. I have never tried Nutella but it sounds like I am missing something!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Hi Darlin BJ!

Like soooo many others Im in love with your new runner. The texture it adds is wonderful.

The black pitcher your aunt gave you is wonderful-- arent you glad you have that to remind yourself of her. Things help me jar my memory of others too.

Thanks so much for joining with us FFB :)

Hope to see you again soon!


Rhondi said...

Congratulations on your win. It looks perfect with the crocks and other treasures you have on the table.
That Nutella on the roll is making my mouth water and we decided notto to buy Nutella for awhile because we were eating too much of it :(

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh! That is such a sweet little runner! I absolutely love the bright yellow flatware and other yellow and blue touches. As always, very nice job!


Jeanie said...

Congratulations on your sweet win! Your table looks great.

Barbara said...

BJ, What a great tablerunner, how lucky you were and you picked just the right things to set it off.

I love Nutella....was introduced to it by my foreign exchange students.


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I love your new table runner -- but you've dressed it so delightfully. I've never heard of buttermilk glasses -- yours are mighty pretty! Your ham looks wonderful. And when's the anniversary for you and your hubby! What a wonderful milestone!