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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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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Sewing Creation - My Bridal Gown with Damsel Sleeves

Just like to show you my sewing creation, my own Bridal Gown with Damsel Sleeves...
No don't worry; it was a long one but I had to climb up here for the photo!
Wearing silver Gabor shoes with my gown.
Found this in the German Burda magazine in a size 34 (4).
Wenn Sie besonders zierlich sind und ein wenig Ausgefallenes lieben, raten wir Ihnen zu diesem traumhaft schönen Kleid aus Qiana-Shantung. Die Extra-Schleppe (mit Druckknöpfen befestigt und leicht abnehmbar), die Saumrüsche und die hübschen Ärmel sind mit zarter Valenciennespitze eingefaßt. Stoffverbrauch für Größe 34 auf der Beilage.

Translated from German into English:
If you are particularly dainty and love a little unusual, we recommend you to this gorgeous dress from Qiana-Shantung. The extra drag (fastened with snaps and easily removed), the hem ruffle and the pretty sleeves are framed with delicate Valenciennes lace. Fabric usage for size 34 (4) you find in the description.

I had put the name of my late 1st husband on the Burda magazine's page... as soon as I selected this!

When I was only 15, as a girls group from the MBL - Meisjes Beweging Limburg - Girls Movement from Limburg, my Province in The Netherlands, we got dropped off from the back of a truck with flash lights and a list of things to ask, gather and accomplish.
That was FUN! Together with my best friend Ellie, we of course met some interesting boys from a town, only some 20 km (13 miles) away.
One of them was Jan Van Maris...
Sadly however, he got run over by a postal truck and killed a year later.
Frans Van Maris was his one year younger brother, whom I married.
This photo shows best the added Train with the lace all around.
As well as a clear view of those Damsel Sleeves.
The Bridal Bouquet was done by Frans' colleague Had Philipsen from Helden, The Netherlands.
Still got a photo from Stan Philipsen, his baby-boy but we lost touch.
Me, seated on the Ford Capri of my best friend Ellie's Dad who did drive us to Church.
Had Philipsen did artfully work in those pink Orchids!
My youngest 1st cousin on the Van den Munckhof side was my flower girl and I did make her dress as well. 
Had Philipsen created for her also a matching bouquet.
Entering the Church...
My 1st cousin turning around to see if I follow...
In-between I did manage to visit my Maternal Grandmother who also was my Godmother in the nursing home.
She was not up to being present all day...
During reception time.
My Paternal Grandmother to my left and me with my very long hair and fresh flowers being worked into it.
Yes, that is Pieter, my present husband - congratulating all of us.
From this photo already 3 are residing in heaven; my late husband Frans, my Mom to his right and my Paternal Grandmother...

Photos are fond memories and keep such special moments alive forever.
By the way, this dress still fits perfectly...

Thanks for visiting!

Related post:
{Mom was only 50 days short of her 7th Dialysis Anniversary} | Here I had shown you some photos of Mom and me on my wedding day...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lovely White Stock & Baby's Breath from Trader Joe's

A week ago we went to a great event with other Dutch, or former Dutch people, in the Atlanta area. We enjoyed some yummy Indonesian food at the home of the Club's President and his gracious wife. That was 30 of us with perfect sunny weather for enjoying a chat on the deck.
Of course I did not drive the 3 hours back home all the way from Marietta!
So we stayed at Hyatt Place Atlanta Perimeter Center, behind the Costco store for making our rounds in the morning.
Great for living here in the USA as stores are open on Sundays as well!
So when we came to Trader Joe's I grabbed these lovely fresh Stock flowers and added also Baby's Breath as a filler. There were no two nosegays of the white stock...
Matthiola Incana or Stock flower. Violier in Dutch...
Oh, how I LOVE their fragrance and so does Pieter.
As a teen, he used to grow them in his Dad's greenhouse for use for the yearly Catholic Sacraments Procession in Groessen, The Netherlands.
They still keep that annual tradition alive, since the 16th Century!
Back then, all the little girls walking in the Blessed Sacrament Procession, outfitted in their white First Communion dresses, got each an armful of Stock flowers to take home after it was over.
Such a Procession was not for First Communion but it was custom then, for wearing the white dresses. I've done so too!
Thousands of Stock Flowers were brought into the Church.
Creating an almost overwhelming heavenly fragrance...
As much as both of us love this, to some people it was too much.
Potted red Geraniums were lined up alongside the entire Procession Route.
A kind of flag pole,  with white/yellow pennant and a small rack holding 3 pots with red geraniums...
Quite a sight! 
Wish there were still photos...
They stopped along the route through the fields.
There was a special made rest altar, full with flowers and there the Monstrance that got carried by the Priest under a Canopy, would be placed down for prayers.
During the Procession they also sang.
Fond memories about growing up in The Netherlands and both LOVING these White Stock flowers!
Here they reside in our veranda.

Do you also love those fragrant White (or other color) Stock?

Historical tradition from 1520 - 1600 - the above is translated by an app in a 'funny' English but you get the info. Pieter's home town belonged to Germany till 1816, just like my Province of Limburg...
Photo shows the white communion dresses I mentioned above... They were worn during this Blessed Sacrament Procession. 
A tradition, still being observed in Pieter's home town!

Thanks for your visit and comment.
Have a great weekend!

Related links:
Processie Groessen 2007 YouTube video from Pieter's birth place where the Blessed Sacrament Procession  still is being done annually!
Processie 1520 - 1600 Groessen en Loo Link to the above screen shot in English

Thursday, October 5, 2017

eBay's Excellent Global Shipping Program vs Postal Service

So glad for having migrated the remainder of my business items to eBay.
You can find me under Spectrenoir, just click this link.
eBay allows up to 12 photos per item and also their listings do rank a lot higher.
Many good reasons for having done so!
The above shown Global Shipping Program from eBay is one of the BEST reasons!
Click on the pink link to find out more...
In August I had a German customer that purchased off my website.
This 925/1000 Giovanni Raspini Silver Key Ring in its signature blue box.
The shipping via regular Postal Service was $ 40.95
SHOCKING for 1.60 oz...
Not in a parcel but in a Tyvek envelope.
Tracking was a horror...
From us it went to Orlando, then to Miami!
Back up to West Palm Beach, Florida
To Louisville, Kentucky
To Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
AND BACK TO Louisville again!!!
And AGAIN to Philadelphia...
From there it crossed the Ocean, to Cologne, on to Frankfurt and finally to its destination!
This Antique German REPOUSSE Silver Angels Napkin or Card Holder did travel far better!
For only US $ 17.51 it went with FedEx to Japan!
Needless to say that the weight of this parcel was about 4 x that of the silver key ring!
Yet very economically!
Of course, it is because of the Global Power of eBay as they find the BEST option available.
Glad for having found this option and also excellent tracking, easy from your account with one click.

Wishing you a happy Autumn or Spring if you are at the Southern Hemisphere!

Thanks for your visit.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tea with Turmeric Coconut Flour Muffin

Yes, baking Muffins from Coconut Flour makes for a delicious result!
Found the recipe on line one day: Turmeric Coconut Flour Muffin Recipe and had to try it.
Here shown on the tennis tray with teacup, see below post.
I will give you the recipe below...
6 large eggs
½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
⅓ cup maple syrup
1 t vanilla extract
1 cup coconut flour
½ t baking soda
2 t turmeric
½ t ginger powder
pinch of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a muffin tin with 8 muffin liners.
In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Mix until it's well combined and the eggs begin to bubble.
In a small bowl, sift together coconut flour, baking soda, turmeric, ginger powder, pepper, and salt.
Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet ones, until the batter is smooth and thick.
Transfer the batter to a prepared muffin tin, dividing the batter evenly.
Bake for 25 minutes, until slightly browned around the edges.
Remove muffins from the oven, and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Working with coconut meal is something else!
It can absorb so much liquid - surprisingly!

But in the end, the result is good and turmeric is so healthy as an anti inflammatory ingredient.

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{My 2nd Most Popular All Time Post} | previous post by me showing the tennis tray with teacup by Royal Albert Princess Anne.

Monday, September 4, 2017

I'll Be Darned - I DID IT

We ALL have such projects, tiny and larger ones, that we put off till...
Well, when it rains or when it is a cold winter day?
Nonsense - we MUST just attack them - any time.
This project was laying there since winter...
Yes, I'm honest!
Another hole in one of my favorite house socks for winter!
BUT, I did purchase another antique sock darner from one of our Church ladies that went to heaven... A couple of years ago that is.
Beautiful and practical, that is IF you use it.
Smart ladies that used to work with such an egg shaped sock darner a lot.
Holding on to its sterling silver handle.
Well, I'm sort of old fashioned I guess...
Having such a French antique silver needle case with roses (got another one like this for my baby sister), I was ready to start.
Oh, I still kept some yarn from hand knitted socks for Pieter, done by Pieter's Mom!
Yes, we owe a lot to our Moms as I did watch my Mom many times as a little girl when she was darning socks.
See, a nice hole in my heel!
This is not about dragging my feet... It lay there since winter and now I had to DO it.
That's how Mom showed me, weaving from one end to the other...
Than weaving through from the other end...
Oh, I know mine doesn't look as neat as Mom's used to; she was a MASTER darner!
BUT the hole is filled in!
Once more I can enjoy my favorite BLOOMIES from Bloomingdales.
Grabbed them up once in a sale and I've loved them!
Haha, our kittens loved to attack those pompons!
So, I'm ready for the cold weather for wearing my house socks!

Do you darn?...

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Our Spooky Boy Pondering about Summer...

Hope you all have had a good summer so far, with lots of sunny days for outdoor activities!
Our cats are in heaven when the weather is sunny and warm; not too warm...

Wishing you all a happy weekend to come!
Those readers from the southern hemisphere, enjoy your upcoming spring time.
Life is an endless cycle and we better enjoy its highlights!

Thanks for your visits and comments.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bike Rack on Murano Platinum

Both of us enjoy having now our Bike Rack on the Murano Platinum!
Starting out biking from our home, located in Holly Hills, is rather hard.
But it is nearly impossible to find any flat surface in our area...
Here we are, with our 2 Schwinn Bikes on the Bike Rack.
I'm still holding on to my Dachshund Mauzie's wicker basket...
It is handy for putting things in.
The yellow rain coat is peeping out from my basket...
Well, we did get rained on twice, not so much fun!
We just sold our Dutch Batavus Cambridge Sturmey Archer 3 Speed to a gentleman in Houston, TX.
We took it upon us to drop them off at the Atlanta Cycling, on Wednesday August 16.
Bye bye...
Dropping them off and letting go...
Rode my Batavus last on Pieter's Birthday, April 29, and brother Jan rode Pieter's Batavus Cambridge... Sister-in-law rode my Schwinn and our niece rode Pierter's Schwinn - while the birthday guy took his nap! Pieter later joined us at My CoffeeShop where we enjoyed a beverage before biking back home.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Hitch Hike on Murano Platinum

We both are so thrilled for having added a Hitch Hike to our Murano Platinum!
At the local Nissan Garage they did an excellent job.
This cute little trailer has been built by husband Pieter himself years ago.
It came as a package from Northern Tool, on December 23, 1993.
Photo is from June 15, under our Quercus Virginiana 'Grand View Gold'.
Hitch Hike is so neatly built under the car.
The trailer got nicely patched up as well, with some left over boards from Home Depot, which were graciously cut to size.
Pieter proudly showing it here on May 19.
Yes, we have hauled our Miele Dishwasher, Miele Oven, Miele Hood on this cute trailer in 1998 and also in 2004 our solid French oak bedside tables, coffee table and mirrors for the Rose Suite downstairs.
LOTS of compost and also heavy building materials for our Rose Suite!
Great for hauling off bigger pieces to the recycle center or for picking up compost...

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Tiggy Dreaming of and ALMOST Tasting a Birdie...

It is such a WET Monsoon here in the Heart of Georgia... Oh my!
Need to build an ARK soon.
On May 21, it was so pleasant on the balcony, together with my tiny Tiggy-Tiger girl.
She is 10 years but looks like a kitten, also her weight is like that of a kitten.
SUPER smart and FAST!
While I was reading magazines, she was watching a BIRDIE...
Birdie sat in one of our Italian Cypress trees.
Oh, how Tiggy would love to CATCH that Birdie!
Following it everywhere...
If only Tiggy could fly too!
Mom, Birdies TASTE so good...
Far better than my next cat-supper...
Oh and Birdie is CALLING me too...
Mom, your magazines are not as much fun as my Birdie!
Mom, Birdie tastes DELICIOUS!!!
Yeah, Mom will bribe me with a treat instead...

Being a Feline is so TOUGH...

Do you enjoy your feline fur babies?

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