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Friday, June 28, 2013

{Tile Baseboard in Our Kitchen}

A kitchen, like a bathroom, needs easy cleaning so we went ahead and did replace the wooden baseboard with a tile baseboard. Husband Pieter did do it himself, again using Bright Snow White tiles from Home Depot. At Complete Tile Collection NYC New York they do have a 5-½" high Normandy Baseboard by Vermeere Ceramic Tile Molding. That might have worked too. Their Skirting Baseboard is almost 1" too short for replacing our wooden baseboards. We were restricted to size. 
Our floor is white tile from Italy that we did bring back home with us when moving back to the USA.
The Snow White tiles from Home Depot do go well with them.
Our window sills in the kitchen and veranda are custom made from Corian.
Calla lilies we received from dear friends; in memory of our sweet Sacha-girl. See post: {R.I.P. SACHA GIRL}
The other side of our bay window area, where the table is.
Okay, okay I lie down for you on my belly to show you more in detail how it looks...
Very shiny and easy to clean; I am quite happy with them!
You can see the grout from the floor tiles being reflected into the baseboard tiles.
Husband Pieter has been working on his belly a lot... He even managed to screw a backer board with tiles onto the kick space that is under the Miele dishwasher. So it can be easily removed if needed.
The kick space under the cabinets is now also entirely with a tile baseboard.
Do you also have a tile baseboard in your kitchen?

Related links:
{Our Guest Bathroom} | previous post by me showing you also tile baseboard
{Our Hallway} | previous post by me showing you also tile baseboard
{Our New Shower with Dreamline Frameless Sliding Shower Door} | previous post by me showing tile baseboard

63 comments:

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    1. It sure is and a lot easier to keep it clean!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. I think the tile baseboard add a lot of interest to the kitchen, and looks great with the tiled floor. On another not, your question about the paper museum in Amalfi, I am pretty sure it is dated at least 1745, so before the one in Florence. Amalfi was a sea power with a wide network of trade routes, and a high demand for paper to document the transactions made between the merchants. Therefore the paper industry really took off back then. thanks for always stopping by my blog

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      Sure this tile baseboard looks great with the Italian floor tiles and is so easy for cleaning. Just figured out more about the Amalfi paper production, as far back as the 12th century that is: http://www.world-guides.com/europe/italy/campania/amalfi/amalfi_museums.html
      Oh, Italy has such a rich history and even this part was intertwined with the Byzantium, even part of it. Lovely architecture too.
      Your posts are most interesting!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. I absolutely love this, Mariette! I bet it is easier to keep clean!

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    1. Dearest Linda,
      Oh sure this is easier for cleaning! We are very pleased with it.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. That looks terrific - good job!
    And I like your fancy hat below - very pretty!
    Hope you are having a good week Mariette!
    xo Catherine

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    1. Dearest Catherine,
      Thanks, Pieter did accomplish another great job indeed.
      Glad you liked my special hat; for wearing a few times a year that is fun!
      Hugs and happy weekend to you too.
      Mariette

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  5. Dear Mariette,

    The kitchen looks wonderful and for easy cleaning. You are so lucky Pieter does such a great job around the home.

    Hope that you are enjoying the week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Oh my, I am the luckiest wife for having such a husband who literally can do anything! Trying very hard to keep him alive for a long time to come.
      Yes we are enjoying the week in a very special way.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Oh Marietta! HOW NICE TO SEE YOU! Thank you for coming to visit me to leave me the link for the transition! I am so confused about what it all means, actually, but I see that everyone is doing it....I will go to the link you provide, and YOUR KITCHEN IS LOVELY!!!! Anita

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    1. Dearest Anita,
      You're quite welcome. Glad that you just dropped in via our kitchen and wishing you good luck with your transition!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Dearest Mariette,
    this really looks so easy to keep clean!
    Have a happy week,
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      One more improvement for housekeeping!
      For you also a happy remainder of the week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Liebe Mariette,

    ich unterschreibe die Worte hier.

    Alles Liebe

    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke für deinem Besuch und Kommentar.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  9. Love the tile above the skirting. A great idea. Your kitchen certainly looks easy to keep clean. It must be great to have a DIY husband.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Thanks for your visit from 'Bear Land' and yes it is great for having a top DIY husband!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Erg mooi geworden Mariette! En wat knap van je "husband" dat hij dat zelf doet!
    Fijne dag!
    Nicole

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    1. Beste Nicole,
      Dank je en ja zeker is het knap van Pieter om dit allemaal nog te kunnen doen!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  11. Cara Mariette bellissimo il vostro battiscopa,anche il mio è piastrellato,ed è facile da pulire!!
    Tuo marito è un grande lavoratore!!
    Un bacio cara amica e felice settimana a presto!!
    Sabry!!

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    1. Cara Sabry,
      Certo, questo è il modo più italiano di utilizzare piastrelle e aiuta per la pulizia. Mio marito è il migliore come lui può fare tutto. Buon fine settimana presto per te.
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  12. hello
    jolie finitions
    plus facile d'entretien que du bois
    pauvre mari , il doit être sur 'le dos " (fatigué )
    un ouvrage assez pénible
    bonne journée
    tendresse
    edith

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    1. Merci Edith et oui c'est tellement plus facile pour le nettoyage. Mon mari a fait tout cela en février et un travail plus méchant, que je montre en juillet. Lorsque nous sommes allés à Curaçao, il a été fait. A souffert de ses genoux et aussi son dos... Mais la douleur est vite oubliée.
      Cordialement,
      Mariette

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  13. Dear Mariette,the baseboard looks so beautiful!!
    You're so lucky with Pieter !!Great job!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!!Hugs!!
    Dimi..

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thank you and yes, I am lucky with my Pieter as he can tackle any job!
      The weekend is coming soon...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Dearest Mariette,
    Baseboard with White tiles♡♡♡ Your husband's work is really wonderful and sure must have made your cleaning job a lot easier. And I am touched by your friend's thought, beautiful Calla lilies, for your precious Sacha.

    I DO hope you are having a wonderful week, my friend.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Thank you for your visit and meaningful comment.
      Yes those calla lilies are precious and even more so in memory of our Sacha.
      We have had another productive week. One more dinner for me on Saturday.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Dearest Mariette ... I so love seeing the creative and practical solutions you and Pieter have incorporated into your home. Tile baseboards make so much sense especially in the bathroom and kitchen as you have shown.

    Your Calla lilies are lovely and most thoughtful of your friend. Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      We really tried hard to make our home as much as possible look European again with all its advantages for cleaning. Oh, those calla lilies are one of our favorites and it was indeed a very thoughtful gesture!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Lieeb Mariette,
    du hast Recht: Bad und Küche müssen leicht zu reinigen sein.
    Hier ist Sauberkeit höchstes Gebot. Wunderschön sieht es
    bei dir aus.
    Gutes Siebenschläferwetter wünscht Dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Wir versuchen es auf jedem Fall um es so praktisch wie möglich zu machen. Sauberkeit ist etwas womit wir leben müssen für jeden Tag.
      Und regnet es bei euch am Siebenschläfer?
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  17. Great idea! That white tile will be easy to keep sparkling clean.

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    1. Dearest Sarah,
      It makes all the difference between the wood baseboard.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Fantastic corner of your kitchen!
    What a panoramic window!

    Hugs from Jerez

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    1. Dearest Marina,
      We designed the house such way that for every meal we can enjoy our garden.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Very nice and beautiful flowers.

    Hugs

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    1. Dearest Elna,
      Thanks and yes, those calla lilies are lovely; they still are pretty!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. What a great and creative idea that was Mariette! Our baseboards are wood and since we're renters, we can't change them but they are a pain to keep clean.

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    1. Dearest Victoria,
      Oh those wooden ones are by far not smooth enough to keep clean.
      Best of luck with yours.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. Lieve Mariette,

    De tegelplint doet mij een beetje denken aan de afwerkrand die vaker bij de zogenaamde metro tegels gebruikt worden,mijn oma had die vroeger tegen de wanden in de keuken.

    Nou was jij wel zo aardig om tijden het fotograferen op je buik in de keuken te gaan liggen om alles goed in beeld te brengen....maar jou man Pieter zal ook heel wat uurtjes op zijn knieën gezeten hebben om het karwei te klaren zo laag aan de grond.
    Jij mag hem wel op je blote knietjes dankbaar zijn;-) dat hij telkens weer er alles aan doet om het huis zo pico bello in orde te maken,zeker nu met het makkelijker schoonhouden van de vloer en plinten.

    In oude huizen van welgestelde mensen zag je vroeger toen er nog plavuizen op de vloer lagen en de muren met gips bepleisterd en gewit een rand van Delfts blauwe randtegeltjes om de witte muren te behoeden voor vocht als de dienstbode met haar emmertjes groenezeep en schrobber in de weer was om de plavuizen vloer te schrobben.
    Ik heb bij mijn verzameling oude tegeltjes 2 van die smalle rand tegels,lang geleden van een goede kennis uit Friesland gekregen,ze komen uit een oud huis wat gerestaureerd werd.
    Ze hangen langs elkaar tussen de andere oude tegeltjes die ik allemaal onder elkaar heb hangen op smal muurtje tussen woonkamer en serre.

    Wat een lief gebaar trouwens;dat je van die prachtige witte calla's gekregen hebt,het blijven blikvangers met hun mooie diepe kelken.Deze bloemen worden bij vele momenten in het leven gebruikt als uiting van bijvoorbeeld blijdschap, maar ze worden ook gebruikt bij momenten die gepaard gaan met verdriet en geven ze nou troost na het overlijden van jullie lieve Sacha meisje.

    Lieve groet!!
    Ger



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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Wat lief, jouw comment lijkt meer op een heel oeuvre... Jazeker ben ik op mijn blote knietjes dankbaar voor zulke geklaarde klussen!
      Grappig, heb net nog weer nieuwe groene zeep besteld in Michigan bij VanderVeen's die nederlandse spullen importeren. Om onze nieuwe balkontegels mooi mee schoon te schrobben. Wat een mooie versiering om Defts blauwe randtegeltjes te gebruiken vroeger en heel bijzonder dat jij die nog hebt!
      Jou pennevruchten (nou ja, virtuele pen...) levert altijd de meest fantastische verhalen op. Een plezier om te lezen en zoveel wijsheid kun je overdragen.
      Ja, líef he die calla lelies en ze staan nog zó mooi. Op eentje na die ging ineens tijdens het fotograferen dubbel; stengel was helemaal verrot om welke reden dan ook.
      Ja, heb net de poezenbedjes afgezogen en de hoesjes eraf geritst om uit te wassen. Daarmee verswenen Sacha's laatste haartjes... Vreemd gevoel en ook missen we haar in huis zo erg. Tegen etenstijd (poezen etenstijd) kwam zij altijd naar boven om te práten. Ze blééf aan het zeuren totdat ze haar 'Papi' mee kon tronen naar de garage om hun bakjes in de waskamer te vullen met nat en droog poezen-lekkers. Dàt was Sacha, ze kwam een beetje op als leidster voor haar broers en zusjes... Nu is het stil.
      Lieve groetjes,
      Mariette

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  22. Looks great! It must have been lots of work but your husband is very skilled, such a beautiful work! And I am big fun of easy cleaning :-) Great idea to replace wooden baseboard with tile one.
    The lilies are beautiful. It is very sweet of your friend to give you such lovely flowers in memory of your dear Sacha girl.

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Such jobs are a LOT of work; especially in the corners. We could have ordered in NYC some easier ones but than they would not have fit under the counter... There is always a catch. Great jobs for winter though and ready for the spring to enjoy. Indeed, our friend gave us something very special with lots of attention. I did vacuum the perched K&H Kitty Sill Deluxe cat beds and launder all three of them. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000795XMY
      Sacha did claim one for her own. Kind of said knowing that her hairs are now being taken off forever. These Kitty Sil Deluxe are so convenient with their zipper and elastic; laundering them is a snap.
      Hugs to you and your two precious boys.
      Mariette

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  23. Dear Mariette,
    Your tiles are lovely and the baseboard must be a dream to keep clean! I love the bright, white and light filled room! Your Calla Lilies are very sweet and a nice remembrance for your sweet kitty. I wish I had lovely tiled baseboards! Hugs, xoxo

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      They indeed are a dream for keeping clean! Our kitchen is always bright and light; even on rainy days. Those Calla lilies are holding up very well for a long remembrance...
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  24. Dearest Mariette,
    You has very sunny with happy for everyody with pentecost tiggy girl photo a bit.
    Your husband Pieter did do it himself.
    A kitchen like a bathroom needs clening and did kepleace wooden a tile baseboard,
    Aagin useing bright snow white tike from home depot.The white tide from Italy back USA The snow white tiles from the window sills the Kitchenand veranda are
    custom made from Corian:Our sweet Sacha gire.

    The other side our bay window area I When I lie down to you on more in detail how it looks!
    I am quite happy withem all the floor tiles are basshoard tiles.
    Huaband Pieter has been wotking his ever managed to screw a backer board with tiles onto the kick space ia under the Cabinets with tile besebuard.
    I wiss like to have baseboard in like yours.
    But I am okay with me because of live myself.
    hugs to you always!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Thanks for your visit and you have been practicing your brain quite a bit by remembering the content of what I wrote. Hope you are making steady progress and that the weather will allow you to do what you love most. With lots of love and admiration,
      Mariette

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  25. Thank you for taking time to find me and help with my Bloglovin after reading my comment on Ayu's Whitenroses blog, that was just the sweetest thing to do! I did import my blogs from Google to Bloglovin but some have fallen through the cracks, I am not sure why. I have been checking in on Ayu as she was not posting for a while so I left extra messages on old posts, when she left me a comment I popped by to leave another and I was surprised to see she had been posting. When I tried to manually add her it showed her already in my list but her blog posts had not come through.
    In answer to your question, we do not have tile baseboards in our kitchen, we just installed oak wood floors and we have the painted the old wood molding that was there black, it looks quite nice. We do have porcelain tiles in our bathrooms and my husband took the floor tile and cut them to the right size for the molding trim so it matches nicely too. Your tiles look beautiful also and they must be so easy to clean! Lovely blog, so happy I could meet you. Thank you again for your sweet concern. ~Diane

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    1. Dearest Diane,
      You are quite welcome! It seems that in Europe we have more often a tile baseboard. Whether oak floors or tiles, both are very easy to clean in a kitchen ans work very well. Enjoy your renovated kitchen and happy weekend to you!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. Il bianco dona più luce e dà una sensazione di pace e armonia. Un ottimo lavoro Mariette, complimenti!!! Paola

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    1. Cara Paola,
      Bianco dà sempre più luce e anche un aspetto tranquillo e armonioso. Ci amiamolo molto. Questo è un bel arrotondamento e molto facile da pulire.
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  27. Dearest Mariette
    Thank you,
    we did enjoy our trip to New York. It was a long flight (8 hours) but it was worth it.

    You have a handy husband!

    Enjoy the weekend!
    Astrid

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    1. Dearest Astrid,
      That is not long for us. Non-stop to Sydney, Australia from Los Angeles took us 15 hours and that was to work. Or two nights on a plane to India to work or to Indonesia with one non-stop section Amsterdam-Singapore of 13 hours... But glad you enjoyed it and had pleasant weather too!
      We have thunderstorms every day here; it's pouring down as I write this and almost dark at 18:00 o'clock... I will enjoy my Sunday, after hosting a dinner for 8 tomorrow.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  28. Ich mußte jetzt erst einmal überlegen, was ein Baseboard ist, liebe Mariette. Ich nehme an, das, was man bei uns Fußleisten nennt. Wir haben auch Fliesen-Fußleisten. So kann man besser wischen, ohne daß die Wandfarbe oder Tapete beschmutzt wird.
    Weiß mag ich für Fliesen auch am liebsten, doch hier haben wir blau-weiss.
    Bewundernswert, wie Dein Mann solch schwere Arbeiten noch schafft!

    Liebe Grüße
    Sara

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    1. Liebe Sara,
      Danke für deinem Besuch und ja es sind Fussleisten! Es ist wirklich das beste zum wischen. Mein Mann ist wirklich super in allem. Wir hoffen in einen Monat etwas mehr Ruhe zu finden.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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    2. Das dachte ich mir dann auch, liebe Mariette. Schaut sehr schön aus! Weiss hätte ich im neuen Haus auch lieber gehabt, doch wir wollen und können das nicht gleich verändern. Wesentlich sind die Fußleisten - damit läßt sich alles besser sauberhalten.
      Ja, da kannst Du froh und stolz sein auf Deinen Mann! Aber Ruhe ist in dem Alter auch schon sehr wichtig.

      Witzig - ich habe Deinen Kommentar zweimal erhalten, einmal auch per E-Mail. Gibt es da einen Trick, ihn zeitgleich per Mail zu senden?

      Liebe Grüße
      Sara

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    3. Liebe Sara,
      Ja, wenn du nur deine Kommentar Beantwortungsemail eintragen wirst dann kommt das vonselber. Vorausgesetzt du clickst auch hier unten Subscribe by email. Hier kannst du mehr lesen: http://bit.ly/163pMct
      Schönes Wochenende und lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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    4. Also, das verstehe ich jetzt immer noch nicht. Denn auf "Subscribe by email" klicke ich bei sehr vielen Blogs und dennoch kommt bei diesen Blogs keine Mail retoure, auch bei Antworten nur an mich unter meinem Kommentar nicht! Bei Deiner Mail stand jedoch im Betreff: "Re: [MARIETTE'S BACK TO BASICS] New comment on {Tile Baseboard in Our Kitchen}."
      Wie kommt das zustande?

      Wenn ich jedoch - wie in Deiner Anleitung (Link) unter Settings => Mobile and email beschrieben - die Mailadressen von Bloggern eintrage, würde ja jeder andere dort Eingetragene ebenfalls diese Mail erhalten?

      Liebe Grüße
      Sara

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    5. Liebe Sara,
      Es sollte jedoch funktionieren wenn du deinen Blog auch als Profil mit deine eMail verbunden hast. Du hattest vorher den alten Blog Herz-und-Leben und da kam das Bericht der Blog existierte nicht... Vieleicht lag es daran. Hier ist auch eine Rose und ganz oben ein Herz also verwechselst du vieleicht zwei verschiedene Profile.
      Das Re: war eine direkte eMail von mir damit ich sicher sein wollte du würdest meine Antwort bekommen.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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    6. Jetzt verstehe ich liebe Mariette. Danke!
      Es ging mir nur um das Re: - ich hatte angenommen, man kann das irgendwo einstellen. Das andere funktioniert problemlos, da ich meistens die Kommentare abonniere auf "Subscribe by email"

      Gute Nacht (auch wenn bei Euch eine andere Tageszeit ist)
      und alles Liebe noch einmal
      Sara

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  29. Mariette tersayang,

    mmm sarapan pagi di dapur Mariette dengan pemandangan di luar ah..sangat menyenangkan.
    jadi ingin punya dapur dengan jendela yang besar ;)

    selamat berakhir pekan
    salam hangat

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    1. Dearest Ayu,
      Oh, this bay window view is one of the best designs on the house. We could have made it even wider and deeper. But this works for a great view at breakfast, lunch and supper.
      Hugs to you,'
      Mariette

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