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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Check out my google.com/+MarietteVandenMunckhofVedder ABOUT page, where you see my other LINKS and email address; you just scroll down.Thanks!
Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

{The Year 2016 Is Ending...The Resilientista Planner}

It is a sunny day today but rather cool.
My final days for 2016 are not as planned, fighting a bronchitis.
But still, it is a time for reflecting 
Great ingredients for happy days...
Sunshine
Fountain pen
The Resilientista Planner by friend Celia, just click the link!
Tiny Baccarat vase with fragrant Cashmere Bouquet (Clerodendrum philippinum) from Logee's Greenhouses. 
And COFFEE...
Well, I certainly had all the right ingredients and almost forgot to make this photo... having my coffee almost finished!
Never mind; not everything can be perfect all the time...

Wishing you a happy ending of 2016 and a very Happy New Year 2017!

Thanks for your visit.


Friday, December 30, 2016

{W.A. Mozart Composed this Heavenly Mass in C, K 167 at Age 17}

Sorry for being a bit late, but due to a bout of the flu, I only now manage to put something together.
We did go again to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Jacksonville, Florida.
Last year in October we were there also: {St. Maria Goretti came from Italy to 54 US Cities - We got to see her too!}
So we looked at their schedule for Christmas and were in for a surprise...
A Solemn Midnight Mass with Members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra...
So we did look up the +Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and booked us 2 nights there at a great price deal.
Not having family in the U.S.A. and for both of us never having participated in the commercial gift giving, there was nothing that held us back.
Our cat-sitter was available and off we went!
The cover of the bulletin did not reveal the big surprise...
But here it was: Mozart's Mass in C, K 167 which got composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the age of 17.
To both of us, this was the most heavenly Mass we ever attended!
What a perfect Christmas this was for us; in its true meaning!
We did call Dad in The Netherlands, around 2:00 AM our time, he'd just gotten out of bed and sounded very happy and in high spirits, anticipating a special sung Mass by the Horster Mannenkoor in which he actively participated for half a century.

Next we went to bed too with a feeling of satisfaction.
The weather was also perfect, around 25°C.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and without the flu!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

{Happy with Husband Pieter's Grand Prize for Jingle In Your Pocket for Christmas}

Yay, Friday, December 16 was such a very special day for both of us.
After breakfast husband Pieter took a shower and was getting ready for posting my parcel, that I'd sold...
I heard his phone ring so I answered and walked over to my husband.
The lady calling started talking about the Jingle In Your Pocket drawing and that Pieter had won the Grand Prize.
WOW!
Not a good photo but this was in Saturday's local newspaper.
Yep, Pieter did win the Grand Prize of $ 1,000 and he is holding out the gift certificates of $ 100, $ 20, $ 15 and $ 10 each for promoting shopping at home.
That's what the entire event is all about, organized by the local Chamber of Commerce.
That was indeed a very lucky day for winning the $ 1,000 grand prize!
It sure did make me sing and dance better when we did perform for our Dublin Rotary Club where husband Pieter is a member too.
After a very tough year, we feel like this Grand Prize was a GIFT from HEAVEN!
The Dutch Government has not been treating us justly and only for POLITICAL REASONS...
It especially applies to ex patriates...
Since 2015, both of us can no longer have a fiscal partner; which results in a lot higher additional taxes over our Dutch pension. 
Two examples of a single breadwinner (top) versus two breadwinners (bottom).
The figure in red is the taxes that need to be paid and in the bottom part it is simultaneously for two; which is a LOT less than for one. 
So they no longer let us have a fiscal partner, meaning we both pay the HIGH WAY...
We hope that the March 15, 2017 elections will change that, mainly for the benefit of the Elderly and that they again learn how to take care of their own country! 
Political Decisions like that, have hurt law abiding and deserving citizens.
The EU Elites and Establishment in Brussels never feel that pain...



Friday, December 16, 2016

{New Quilted Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet Bottom}

As already mentioned in my previous post, see link below, today I show you what I finally created from yet another remnant of my French Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet.
Yes, this was my very special project!
A new bottom for my treasured French Ormolu Jewelry Box!
Again, from a remnant, used for my own sewing creation in Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet.
This photo is from December 9, 2004.
Yes, I also did make a matching Silk Hair Bow Barrette...
Using the same batting for quilting...
Sewing on the barrette clip...
Fastening it with the silk charmeuse band in the center.
Tricky to hold it all in place while threading your needle but it worked.
In Atlanta at Holly Lobby on November 18, we did find these perfect Czech Glass Beads in Metallic Gold! 
Also the matching DMC embroidery floss.
From left to right: French Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet, some stiff material (?).
Together with my dear Friend Ellie, I found it in my hometown while in The Netherlands.
To the right you see a remnant of batting for quilting.
DMC Embroidery Floss; Czech Beads, Pencil and Silk Charmeuse for lining the underside.
From the original example, I did measure and pencil draw these lines for quilting.
Putting the beads inside small Pillivuyt ramekins and threading my gold tipped sewing needle with 2 strands of embroidery floss.
This is how I did sew the beads on:
First the big bead, secondly the smal one and than going back with the needle through the big bead and into the fabric again.
First of course I had stitched the stiff filling, batting and silk velvet together!
Rounded corners, like the original and this is how it looks now from the underside after sewing those beads on. 
With Basting Thread, I did tack the Silk Charmeuse with its right side onto the Silk Velvet.
But what a HELL OF A JOB to reverse this!
Turned out that the stiff filling was way too stiff to handle.
It got all warped up!
But slowly and with perseverance...
Yes, the battle was almost over here...
Wearing still my shorts a couple of weeks ago!
Now I had to hand sew the opening that I left unstitched, between two rounded corners...
Using silk thread, from Britex Notions (link below).
Also the quilting I've done with this Japanese KINKAME silk thread.
Here it is; completely DONE!
Very hard for making half decent photos in the December light...
Also the Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet has its shine and different color nuances.
This photo is taken outside with daylight.
Now you clearly can see WHY I opted for this golden brown Ombré Silk Velvet Bottom.
It goes so perfect with the Ormolu. 
Also love the beveled glass panels!
In full daylight...
So happy for having this little, but very complex task accomplished.
Hope you like it too!

Thank you for your visit!

Related posts:
{My French Ormolu Jewelry Box got new Bottom} | previous post by me where you see also original
{My French Ormolu Jewelry Box & Silver Angels} | previous post by me
{My Sewing Creation in Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet} | previous post by me
{Did I loose my strength?... Like in Samson and Delilah?} | previous post about my braid on ombré
Britex Notions
Beading on Quilts Ideas Video Intro | How I got the beading idea...



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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

{My Sewing Creation in Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet}

During our time of consulting, we often came in San Francisco, California and my favorite store was Britex Fabrics.
It was there, that I did find a beautiful French panel (that's what they call the piece of about 1.5 yard) of Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet.
I'd been looking for a kind of Golden Brown color.
From Laurèl, Escada group, I did have this Giraffe print skirt and wanted to create a top to wear with it.
That's the disadvantage from Premium Outlet shopping; you snatch up one piece but can't find the matching top...
Photos are not high quality and these are taken on May 23, 1998.
From the Dutch Nouveau magazine, I got this idea for using two types of silk in a graduating color of golden brown. The above piece is from Ritmo di Perla. The edges are done in a silk charmeuse and the rest is silk velvet.
From a Burda pattern, I selected this top.
It was not an easy one as the silk charmeuse had to be padded for all the rolled edges along arm holes, neck and bottom. Also where my hand is, an invisible zipper had to be sewn in.
CHALLENGING...
Showing you the other side where you clearly can see the graduating of color!
But I loved the result and felt proud for having tackled it.
Happily with husband Pieter during a wedding...
The front of my sewing creation I like the best!
Have you ever worked with silk velvet or any rolled edges?

This post I've created for a reason, to show you another project that I completed by using a remnant of this very Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet; 18 years apart from creating my top!
Below you also find a link to a post where I have my LONG BRAID framed on this Graduating Ombré Silk Velvet 

Thank you for your visit!

Related post:
{Did I loose my strength?... Like in Samson and Delilah?} | previous post by me

Sunday, December 11, 2016

{209 Countries Visited - Welcome Tonga}

Already on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, the 209th Country Visited my humble blog - Welcome Tonga! 



According to The World Factbook it is located in Australia-Oceania.




Wishing you a Happy Weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2016

{Vintage Religious Paper Lace from France and Immaculate Conception}

December 8, is officially the feast of Immaculate Conception and since this is also the name of our R.C. Church here in Dublin, Georgia, I would love to share this little treasure.
This beautiful Religious Paper Lace, I bought in the medieval town of Tours, France.
Strolling alongside Place Plumerau I found it!
Also I enjoyed lunch on my own at a 16th Century Restaurant, while husband Pieter was conducting business with his French mushroom colleagues.
We were staying on Tuesday October 28 and Wednesday, October 29 of 1986 at the Hotel Des Chateaux where we could walk right into the center of town.
Immacolata Concezione
O! Maria giglio immacolato di purezza, tripudio di gioia, pensando che dai primi istanti della vostra solenne concezione, foste ricolma di grazie e preservata da ogni macchia di peccato. Rosa mistica d'innocenza e d'amore, gloriosa trionfatrice dell'infernale serpente, specchio di virtù, astro luminoso che foste causa della salvezza del genere umano; le Grazie che vi furono concesse nel momento della vostra immacolata concezione, sorpassano tutte quelle che ebbero i santi ed i beati del cielo. Voi siete o Maria, un arca d'alleanza, una fonte sempre limpida lo di cui acque non vennero mai intorbidate, un giardino sempre chiuso all'antico serpente al quale avete vittoriosamente schiacciato la testa, voi siete il flore il più bello, il più suave, che sorge e s'innalza in mezzo alle spine. Cosi sia.
Lamarche, 207 editore, Paris.

Translated from the Italian above:
Immaculate Conception
Oh! Mary Immaculate Lily of purity, riot of joy, thinking that from the earliest moments of your solemn conception, you were full of thanks and preserved from all stain of sin. Mystical rose of innocence and love, glorious triumphant of the infernal serpent, mirror of virtue, luminous star that you were because of the salvation of mankind; the graces that were granted at the time of your immaculate conception, you surpass all saints and blessed ones in heaven. You are oh Mary, an Ark of the Covenant, a source of always clear waters in which never can become muddy, a garden always closed to the old serpent which head you have successfully crushed, you are the most beautiful flower, the most soft, one that rises and is raised in the midst of the thorns. So be it.
Lamarche, 207 Publisher, Paris.

Such Vintage Religious Paper Lace is a treasure in itself!
It seems that this has been created from the 13th Century on, by French nuns at first, and cut out of parchment.
In French it is called Canivet, Christian iconography.
It became quite popular in the 17th Century.
Many old pieces are still available, for the collector.

Hope you enjoyed this piece of history.
Thanks for your visit!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

{Adding Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube Tabbs to FB Page}

Okay, in my previous post: {How do I add a SHOP Section to my FB Page?}, I did promise you the tutorial about how to Add FB Page Apps for Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.
As seen above, on my own FB Page Mariettes' Back to Basics LLC
It is EASY + FREE!

Click here: Make it work together Facebook Page Tabs then click on: Features at the top 
 Next you scroll down to:

Isn't that easy? 
You just follow the demands and you're all set! 
Hope you enjoyed this Tutorial.

Thanks for your visit and wishing my Dutch readers a Happy Sinterklaas or Saint Nicholas for visitors from The Netherlands living in the USA or elsewhere!


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