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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, September 2, 2014

{Barlow Tyrie Capri Lounger with Cushioned Velour Cover}

In a comment on: 'Our now WHITE +Barlow Tyrie Ltd Capri Lounger with Wheels', there was concern that I would have to lie on it like a fakir... Rest assured Marianne from Biebkriebels (Library-jitters) we do have a very lovely white Cushioned Velour Cover...
This is IT. 'Our now WHITE Barlow Tyrie Capri Lounger with Wheels' and a very soft Cushioned Velour Cover...
Marianne from the blog Biebkriebels (Library Jitters) did write: Everything is ready to enjoy, but with a pillow I hope... To which I replied: Yes sure, there is a very pretty and soft chaise cover in white... Otherwise you would be lying down rather fakir like!
There are even three handy side pockets...
Heaven for reading some magazines while snacking on some cherries!
The Velour Cover looks still a bit wrinkled here, as I just had taken it out of its plastic storage bag for winter.
All in the softest 100% cotton with Polyester filling.
Not too bulky for propping it inside the washer.
 Complete with pillow...
Another great find!

Related link:
{Our now WHITE Barlow Tyrie Capri Lounger with Wheels} | previous post by me


Monday, September 1, 2014

{Our Fragrant Hosta Flowers}

In our wood garden we do have lots of different hostas along the walking trail. In July those Fragrant Hosta Flowers were showing their best. So we tried to capture some of their beauty for you to share...
This photo is from August 7.
Fragrant flowers must also mean that they are very sweet, looking at all those ants!
The first photo did not entirely reveal the wilted flowers at the bottom...
They last but one day!
Only two days later, now the top buds have opened into flowers.
This one had leaves in one color.
Just to give you an impression. You see some Liriope blooming and behind the big tree are swamp lilies. Here in front is a variegated hosta blooming.
Squatting down to the hosta's level you can now see its pretty fragrant flowers.
Most of these white fragrant hosta flowers are a bit lilac tinted...
Again, ants are on the flowers and buds so they must be sweet!
Looks great with some rain drops still on them.
Those buds definitely are a bit lilac tinted...
Such beauty for only ONE day!
This golden leaved hosta is on our patio as one of our pot plants.
In mid June it had these lilac buds.
Do you grow any fragrant hostas?


Saturday, August 30, 2014

{Silver Repousse Pastry Server with Cherubs}

This is such a lovely Silver Repousse Pastry Server with Cherubs. Would make a perfect bridal gift or as a very special, romantic gift.
Again this is only available at my on line Boutique and I will as always, do ship Worldwide.
Just click hereSilver Repousse Pastry Server with Cherubs in order to go to my online Boutique.
One can only admire the talented silver smith that once created this ornate piece in solid repousse silver...
Yes, I certainly love to use our roses whenever I photograph beautiful silver pieces. It is such pure romance.
Together with a healthy piece of dark chocolate, filled with dried apricots, nuts and seeds, that I made myself, it displays very well.
Here you can see the silver mark which is German.
First the 800 is visible, followed by a half moon and a crown.
 On Page 21 of Johanna Gehrlein's book: Rosen-Bestecke you can see those silver marks shown in the 1st and 2nd image, resembling a half moon and a crown.
Johanna's excellent book +Rosen-Bestecke, about Rose Silver flatware has always been such a great reference!

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{Antique German REPOUSSE Silver ANGELS Napkin, Letter or Card Holder} | previous post by me showing similar cherubs, angels or putti.

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