Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom 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 at Spectrenoir: http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy.
I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here!
Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others...
Of course, after husband Pieter's quadruple bypass on September 3, we are now more educated than before on a ♥ healthy diet and such.
As before in my blog about the heart I want to share this valuable information with you.
High Cholesterol is one factor that increases the risk of ♥ disease.
It was on April 30, of 1993 that we both did go to the Orange Ball; dinner & dance in honor of the Dutch Queen's birthday with the Atlanta Holland Club in Atlanta. A great evening with some 150 guests attending.
In September of 1994 we both went on a 19 day tour through Portugal and Spain.
We visited several highlights and after Granada with its hanging gardens of the Alhambra's Generalife, we went on September 29 to Toledo.
That is a special city for its production of Damascene. This is an interlacing of 24 karat gold onto iron or steel to produce beautiful decorative designs.
That art has become the trademark for the city of Toledo.
We did watch them make these pictures (look here→) DAMASQUINO HISTORY with very thin 24 karat gold.
One we did take home; these hummingbirds do hang in our living room.
We also did buy a scissor which is interlaced with 24 karat gold, using the Damascene technique.
This is my favorite scissor for lace cut-outs as it is very pointed and sharp.
The single Pink Rose on this Romantic Jewelry/Pill Box is so real looking with its rosebuds! Again, composition painted by artist friend Françoise Kiéné Aced from France. Perfect for storing your earrings in! It is for sale at: Spectrenoir.
Act quickly if you like this, as it is a unique and ONLY piece...
For our practical training college for mushroom growing, in The Netherlands, I once designed this 'happy mushroom family' for bulletin cover. After that, I used my drawing for this brass mushroom window decoration.Learn from Mariette:
In the eighties I've done this design and then I had those brass window decorations made in Germany. They are laser cut, hand polished and lacquered so they hardly ever get tarnished.
This one is 23 cm high and it hangs in our veranda, underneath the Delft blue KLM houses.
The German company made them for me, with a minimum of 100 pieces each order. It was in September of 1987 that I did sell hundreds of them at the ISMS Congress (International Society for Mushroom Science) that was then held in Braunschweig, Germany.
My husband Pieter, gave two lectures there in 1987.
This one is 9 cm high and it hangs inside one of the window panes of the French door from the living room looking into the veranda. Look at→ Easter Season for more of those brass window decorations and towards the bottom of the post→ Tuesday May 4, dinner with friends you actually can see the brass mushrooms hanging as well.
The above photo lets the brass more come through, as the other photos are taken against the light and they appear dark.
This hangs in the kitchen bay window and it is not my design...
Maybe this way I will be able to find the artist who made this beautiful chalk drawing from me in 1989. Her son Luigi Tramarollo was in the same hospital room in Valdobbiadene in Italy as was my husband Pieter. It was on December 29th of 1989 that this lady artist made the drawing. She asked me to bring some good coffee and she would draw me, while both visited our loved ones in the morning...
The first image is from a scan as it is very hard to capture... just click on any image for an enlarged view, especially for being able to read this artist's name...
Mirella Sotgiu, Italy
That's where the drawing resides, above our fireplace mantel. It is framed again by Irok Gallery. You can see that we have quite a population of wooden angels from northern Italy. Will show those another time!
Please, IF anybody happens to know this gentleman, Luigi Tramarollo who is around his 40s by now, let us know where he resides.
Also if anyone happens to know his mother; M. Sotgiu, let me know please!
My husband at that time did present Luigi a copy of his Italian book about Mushroom Growing: La Moderna Fungicoltura by P.J.C. Vedder.
Valdobbiadene where the hospital was, is also a very famous wine region.
The Prosecco Wine Route runs from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene a beautiful area where we lived and worked for one year. We were in the village of Cornuda on the foothills of the Dolomites.
In the spring of 1989 I have driven my most scenic route ever to work, along the river Piave from Pederobba to Quero. This photo gives you an idea of he scenery. Yes, we always have lived in areas with high mountains while working in the mushroom business. That's the best natural environment.