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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 at Spectrenoir:http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

{My Lace Crocheted Placemats}

Today I've set the table for you, using my handmade Lace Crocheted Placemats. They're done in a French DMC Cébelia thread in white, using a Neue Mode pattern. Cébelia is a 3-ply 100% combed cotton and double mercerized for a smooth and silk finish, which makes it easy on the crochet hook as well. For the inside I have used a Swiss cotton damask in a woven stripe pattern, bought in St Gallen, Switzerland. The table is set for serving a yummy spicy corn and lentil soup, using a recipe from Tammy, from T's Daily Treasures blog. Link to the recipe on her blog you will find below. I also used floating candles with fresh gardenia, jasmine and rose blossoms for center pieces. Will show that more in detail in my next posts. Now my crocheted lace...
This is the placemat with the crocheted lace edging that I did hand crochet. 
Inside is made out of Swiss striped cotton damask and the napkin is also from striped cotton damask.
French Baccarat crystal Piccadilly glasses and Wedgwood cream color on cream color Gardenia bowl for the floating candles with flowers.
Four placemats and three Gardenia bowls with floating candles and gardenia, jasmine and rose flowers. Replacements often has them available, see link below.
Does any of you use floating candles with flowers? 
Detail of crocheted lace edging, using the flash of my camera for better view.
Anyone reading my post, who also crocheted placemats in combination with fabric?
No flash used but I turned the light above the table on for a more yellowish and soft light.
But you get the idea...
More in detail...
My version of the spicy corn and lentil soup, using lentils from Trader Joe's and sweet golden corn instead of creamed corn. 
Recipe follows below...
 These lentils are perfect for this recipe! 
TIP: For easily separating those Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils, use this SUPER Rösle® Turner for Nonstick Pans (Rösle® Pfannenwender für beschichtete Pfannen). Using the end side of it for breaking up, than hash it with the flat side. Works like a gem and fast. One of my most favorite kitchen tools!
Below I will provide a link for this Rösle® item #10680 
This is the placemat in the Neue Mode magazine. 
Instead of striped fabric I used woven striped damask.
That was a Dutch version of the Neue Mode magazine.
Now, let's eat the soup as it is no longer piping hot and the smell of the fresh cilantro is calling us to the table. Delicious and healthy soup and rather easy to make. I find the plucking of the cilantro the most tedious of all. But I do use the entire bunch of it as we both LOVE it.
Cilantro (Coriander or Chinese parsley) functions as a natural diuretic and is a great detox herb as well.

Related links: 
Spicy corn and lentil soup recipe from T's Daily Treasures blog
Setting a Pretty Table Learn from Mariette 


  1. Dear Mariette,

    The tablemats you made are beautiful and always so nice when they are handmade.
    Also the setting is fabulous with the floating candles and flowers. The soup looks very good too.

    Have a happy week

  2. mmmmm ~ that soup looks so good! Nothing like a wonderful bowl of soup on a pretty place setting to eat it off of to fill the tummy and the soul ~ fantastic!

    xo Catherine

  3. Soup rules in our house. My hubby and I both love it. This soup looks so good.

    LOVE the lovely place-mats my friend. Gorgeous!


  4. Hi Mariette, love those crocheted placemats. I can see that you changed up the soup recipe. Isn't it nice that we can share around the world and adjust things to our liking, too. The red lentils break down to the same consistency of the creamed corn so it makes for a lovely soup. I love coconut milk and wit the cilantro it just all comes together so nicely. What do you mean plucking the cilantro? I just wash it, chop it, throw it in at the end. Parsley is what is tedious for the making of taboulleh which I never do. I leave that to the pros. Ha! Wishing you a wonderful day. Tammy

  5. Liebe Mariette ,deine Sets sehen toll aus !!!Und die Linsensuppe spüre ich förmlich auf der Zunge .Könnte ich auch mal wieder kochen .Schöne Grüße Ina

  6. Ciao Mariette! Sono veramente splendide queste tovagliette, e la tavola è molto chic e appetitosa, complimenti!
    Baci, Lecoq

  7. That's a soft and lovely table setting and I do like your placemats! The soup looks so good and healthy.

  8. Liebste Mariette,

    was für wunderbare Platzdeckchen und ein so liebevioll gedeckter Tisch! Da schmeckt das essen nochmal so gut :O)

    Ich wünsch Dir einen wunderschönen Tag!
    ♥ Allerliebste Grüße Claudia ♥

  9. Dearest Mariette,
    you are doing with all the time for better view in all using the float the float time candies with flowers.
    Have a lovely nice time!!

  10. wat een mooi gedekte tafel,echt met smaak,daar wil je toch eten,groet Irena

  11. Beautiful table setting and I just love the crocheted lace. It is a very nice work.


  12. Mhhm, das sieht ja lecker aus, liebe Mariette! Und das Besteck - wunderschön! Meine Mutti hat auch noch solch altes schönes Besteck. Meine Männer lieben nur die langen Zinken dieser Gabeln nicht. ;-)
    Die behäkelten Tischsets sind wunderschön. Ich hab' früher Stoff mit gekaufter Spitze umnäht für Tischsets, sah auch sehr schön aus. Lang' ist's her ...

    Danke auch noch für Deinen lieben Kommentar. Ich habe dort noch geantwortet. Da ich aber nicht weiß, ob Du noch einmal nachschaust auch hier gleich noch einmal

    Im Augenblick komme ich leider nur sporadisch hierher - deshalb erst jetzt meine Antwort bzw. meine Antworten immer so nach und nach . . .

    Danke liebe Mariette für den Hinweis! Ich hab' ja einen ähnlichen Flachbettscanner, der auch alles scannen kann. Aber speziell für die Dias hätte ich gern einen Hochkant-Scanner, der ausschließlich Dias scannt. Mit dem Flachbettscanner kann ich, was Dias betrifft, nicht gut umgehen, das ist mir irgendwie zu umständlich. Vielleicht, weil es mir zu schnell gehen soll? ;-)

    In ganz jungen Jahren achtete ich auch noch nicht so darauf. Aber heute ist mir eine sehr gute Qualität enorm wichtig. Nicht, daß ich mir nicht gern mal etwas Neues kaufe, aber ich mag einfach keine minderwertige Qualität für mein Geld haben! Das ist auch, wie ich finde, unser gutes Recht.

    Mit auf die Schnelle Zusammengeschustertem mögen die Firmen schnelles Geld machen können, doch da mache ich dann nicht mit!

    Solche Outlets - Angebote gibts hier auch. Man muß halt schauen. Ich finde immer etwas, i.d.R. nur gute Markenware, nichts von diesen Kik & Co., H&M, wie sie alle heißen ... wo oftmals der schöne äußere Schein trügt!

    Hihi, ja, ich finde auch, daß Kleidung angemessen sein sollte. Und gewisse Kleidungsstücke würde ich auch bestenfalls dann tragen, wenn der Anlaß ein entsprechender ist. Eine Gartenparty im Romantic-Style zum Beispiel. Ansonsten trete ich lieber tagestauglich auf. Bei geschäftlichen Treffen ist das der Clean-chic ála Lady Diana, den ich immer noch bevorzuge. Business Casual halt ... damit kommt man immer gut.

    Im Alltag liebe ich Outdoor-Kleidung, auch, weil die angenehm zu tragen ist und man damit kaum friert. Außerdem ist sie oft wetterfest und inzwischen gibts sogar strahlungsundurchlässige oder -minimierende Outdoorkleidung, was ich sehr wichtig finde, bei der dünner gewordenen Ozonschicht und der härteren Sonneneinstrahlung.

    Deinen modischen Stil muß ich stets bewundern, Du wirkst immer chic und die Qualität sieht man Deiner Kleidung zweifellos an.

    viele liebe Grüße

  13. Cara Mariette,la tua tavola mi piace!Baci,Rosetta

  14. Hi Mariette, the table and how you manage it looks beautiful, candles, and details that go along with the placemats in crochet , the recipe looks delicious. Greetings, Rose M

  15. Dearest Mariette; your table setting looks beautiful and inviting. Your placements are stunning, what a truly wonderful gift you have been blessed with. We have started adding Cilantro to our cooking as well ... it gives dishes the kick they often need.

    Wishing you a wonderful week! Blessings, C. (HHL)

  16. Als ik lace, of kant lees, ( rijmt) dat wordt ik meteen wakker. Een prachtig gedekte tafel en schattige kleedjes. Ik had een schoonmoeder die veel haakte. Hartelijke groeten van mieke en.... linzen zijn heel gezond!!!!

  17. Beautiful table setting and I love your placemats!! So amazing you can handmake them. I definitely love the floating candles with flowers. I had the floating candle and flower set before but it was an artificial flower. And your soup looks yummy! I'm getting a little hungry here :-)

  18. Dat heb je mooi gehaakt Mariette en de tafel stijlvol aangekleed, en zo heerlijk met de jasmijn en rozen, die heb ik ook in mijn tuin!

    Bon appétit!


  19. Mariette,

    You set a very impressive table. Beautiful place mats, crystal, dishes, and the delicious corn and lentil soup. I have made lentil soup before and love it! I've never tried it with corn though.

    Bon Appetit!

  20. Ein wirklich toll gedeckter Tisch. Die Suppe würde ich auch gern verspeisen, auch wenn mein Magen das momentan nicht mitmachen würde. Die Tischsets sind wunderbar gelungen....

    LG Alexia

  21. Those placements are gorgeous. I think I could make something similar too. Thank you for this great idea.
    Oh, and the soup looks so delicious.

  22. Hi Mariette,

    Your place-mats are gorgeous!!!
    The soup looks delicious.


  23. Lieve Mariette,

    Je hebt de tafel prachtig gedekt met de kanten placemats. Je soep ziet er ook heerlijk uit! Het is alweer een tijdje geleden dat ik iets gemaakt heb met linzen. Misschien moet ik het toch maar weer eens gaan gebruiken in de keuken.

    Leuk om je commentaar op mijn blog te lezen over Budapest. Net als Pieter en jij vind ik het een geweldige stad!

    Fijne dag!

    Madelief x

  24. Liebe Mariette,

    das Loblied auf dich findet kein
    Ende. Ich reihe mich ein.

    In Liebe

  25. What a lovely inviting setting. Your crotched placemats are really nice.

  26. Dearest Mariette, I love your beautiful table and chairs. Love the oak(?). I love the color.
    I am always amazed at your notable skills. The placemats are so lovely. Thanks for the detailed pictures. I felt I was there. The soup looks delish.
    Thanks for sharing
    Love to you and Pieter, Ginger

  27. Dearest Mariette,
    Oh, what an amazingly wonderful tablescape☆☆☆ These wonderful table swetting is one of the wonderful findings through blogging. And your crocheted lace edging is beautiful. I gave up knitting whrn I was teen as I realised the clumsiness with hands p;)
    I enjoyed your vast talents today again, my friend♡♡♡

    Love you always from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  28. Lieve lieve leuke leuk LIEVE Mariette, wat vind ik het ontzettend leuk dat je felicitaties voor Bresten geeft op mijn blog! Echt, ik vind dat zo ontzettend attent, lief en ongelooflijk leuk!!! Bresten was inderdaad gisteren jarig en inderdaad 8 jaar geworden!
    Ik zit meer en meer op facebook ipv blogger omdat dat zoveel sneller werkt, kort en krachtig zal ik maar zeggen :)
    Zou je mij je adres willen mailen, ik weet dat ik het ergens opgeslagen heb, maar kan het zo 1,2,3 niet vinden. Ik wil je graag een beetje Hollandse vreugde toesturen. Mijn mailadres is skok@dappui.nl

    Veel liefs xxxxx

  29. Dear Marriete
    Thank you for your comments. I tried to change the way of comments as you advised me, but I do not know if I made it. The table that you set is wonderful! I love the white tablecloths! Did you crocheted this lace?

  30. lovely blog =)
    I'll be happy if you check out my blog too :)


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