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Wednesday, June 12, 2013


In my previous post, I shared my obsession with burlap. I also shared my sweetheart’s obsession with these Vlasic pickles.  I told you I had a lot of these jars, and I told you I had a lot of burlap ribbon.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

So… I burlapped (yes, spell checker, that’s my made-up word) some more jars to add to my tablescape this week.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

One time, Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul, posted a picture of her dining chairs all covered in these wonderful slipcovers.  When she told us they were on sale, I immediately ordered some.  To see how pretty they are, you need to see them on Sarah’s blog.  Her slipcovers were beautifully and crisply ironed.  I don’t have any Parsons chairs, which is probably what they are made to fit.  Since I was going for a casual, kind of shabby look, I didn’t iron mine.  It had nothing to do with the fact that I hate ironing.  That’s my story….

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Of course, I had to add a strip of burlap ribbon to the ties on my very wrinkled slipcovers.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I tore some pieces of painters drop cloth to use as placemats.  I showed you these salad plates in a previous post.  I purchased them at an estate sale last year.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Each plate depicts a different French opera along with a snippet of music from that opera.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

The backs of these plates just have the letters “PV” in a circle.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

The dinner plates were my Lenox Moonspun china (our selected wedding pattern), which were topped by a round sheet of script, and then a clear glass dinner plate.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I couldn’t get a very good picture of the white on cream pattern on the Moonspun dinner plates.  Waaaay back when I married my sweetheart, a bride selected two china patterns – an everyday and a “fine” china.  This was our fine china selection.  Some of the people who gifted us with these would be shocked to see them on top of torn pieces of drop cloth!

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

The water goblets are also Lenox Moonspun (also selected when we married).  I used two different styles of black stemmed wine glasses, because I only have four of each kind. I can’t remember where I purchased either set.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Of course, I tied the napkins with a piece of burlap ribbon.  The flatware is 1847 Willliam Rogers, “Eternally Yours”, which  I purchased from an elderly lady, who was going into assisted living.  She quoted me a price of $50.00 for the service for 8 with serving pieces.  I felt guilty about the price, so I paid her more than she asked, but I couldn’t get her to take more than $60.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

This unusual salt and pepper shaker set was purchased by my sweetheart at an estate sale that I was unable to attend.  I know, I’m so lucky to have married him.  It has become my “go to” set of salt and pepper shakers.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Along with the pickle jars, I used my script table runner, my script covered apples, and some script paper ribbon for the center of the table.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

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I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish Wednesday and Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Laurie @ Vinyet Etc said...

Wow you did it again! I just love how you set this table, love burlap, love unironed, love the ripped drop clothes and it's all perfectly contrasted against those yummy dishes! And I'd just like to state for the record, ah ha! Why ah ha? You paid more for something because of guilt... ;) remember the scale? You're awesome! Xo

Ginger said...

What a clever idea to use the burlap on the pickle jars. So darn cute!! I love the salt and pepper shakers too.

ellen b. said...

Ahh...Laurie, I always enjoy stopping here and seeing what you are up to! love the burlap and the comfortable feel of those chair covers :)
Burlap really is all the rage right now...

xinex said...

Very cute burlap centerpiece, Laurie. I love the casualness of the table...Christine.......Christine

Dewena said...

The cream on white of the dinner plates does show up. I know you never tire of them and the salad plates are great little story tellers. I love the script thing you have going on. Such a pretty table.

I had never been to Hobby Lobby until last year and my husband went in with me. I thought he would be so bored. Wrong. I could hardly drag him out of there!

Yes, those pickles are good and I love the jars. Now where's some burlap? Back to Hobby Lobby.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The burlap covered jars look so great lined up on your table as a centerpiece! Great plates and glassware! I adore that set of S & P's ~beautiful!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

How fun is this, I love the jars covered with burlap. Gorgeous tablescape. You always do the best tables. Hugs, Marty

Marlis said...

Laurie, you must tell me about those napkins!!! I have been needing, no strike that, looking for some. I love this table. I remember Moonspun! and I love the silver that you put with it. Now those pieces really belong together. The glasses are wonderful. I love the torn painter's cloth.. now I not only have to go to a feed store but also to Lowe's!!! Going to be a busy weekend. but thank you so much for your inspiring and gorgeous table. I love the centerpiece!! xo marlis

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I love the whole table, Laurie! The jars parading down the center are just so pretty, especially filled with the hydrangeas. I love your wedding china and those Frenchy plates. Ooh la la!!

Debbie said...

This is my favorite table that you have ever done. I love everything about it!! I love the line of burlap/pickle jars with the white hydrangea for the center, and I love every creative shabby chic detail like ripping up the painter's cloth for a placemat. Just plain wonderful!

And I have Moonspun crystal, but I honestly didn't know there was also a china pattern. I love that.

Diane said...

This is just adorable and I think the shabby-chic look of the chair covers is perfect with the burlap (that is my story - hahaha!!) The centerpiece with the burlap and jars is brilliant and I love the way you mixed all of the china and crystal. Great table!!

Tricia said...

This is really stunning, Laurie! And I love the combination of your wedding china and crystal with burlap! (I always enjoy seeing "our" crystal on your table.)

Jewel Sauls said...

Love the opera plates!!! Your fine china looks great on a torn drop cloth and I'm with you on NO IRONING. Great table Laurie!

hidden art of homemaking said...

Laurie..I LOVE this table...I am pinning it for future reference. the elegant and the everyday together is my favorite way to do everything..really an outstanding table...beautifully done!!! homerun my dear!
Love, Mona

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty centerpiece idea. Your hydrangeas are so pretty! You did get a great deal on the flatware.
I also love a good pickle, but rarely indulge due to the sodium.

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello Maam Laurie,
OMG! the shabyy touch in your theme made me drool.I am loving it.

TY for sharing your great ideas.

Greetings from Stockholm,
/CC girl

Marigene said...

What a lovely table, a little bit dressy and a little bit casual. I wish I could talk my husband into going shopping at estate sales!

I love your centerpiece...great way to recycle pickle jars. The salad plates are really neat.

Have a wonderful week, Laurie...

All The Pretty Dishes said...

I love this tablescape and I especially like what you did with the pickle jars.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I love the juxtaposition of the casual with the elegant of this table! It's a very striking tablescape and really shows your creativity. I'm pinning this!

Mimi said...

Love the opera plates- they are really special! And your tablescapes are incredible!!

Krystal Kats said...

Beautiful. I just threw out a huge piece of Burlap. Everything looks more than fantastic. It's been a long time since I have been to visit. i Had lost many of my bloggers from a oppsy on my blog. So glad I found your beautiful blog again. Have a wonderful Friday.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

I like the elegance of the script items and the beautiful china juxtaposed next to the burlap. The black and white really adds nice accents as well. I love this setting! Beautiful job, Laurie.