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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 
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Monday, December 16, 2013

{Wishing YOU all a Happy 3rd ADVENT Week!}

The time is passing ever faster it seems like... It is gray and dreary looking outside with some rain. But inside we can create a cozy setting with the use of some votive candles and with natural things from our own garden. Wishing you all a Happy 3rd ADVENT Week! Stay cozy and warm.
On eBay I once got a hold of this Baccarat Crystal Vesuve / Vesuvius Caviar Server (2 pcs) because the inset was missing... But it works perfect for floating candles with fresh flowers.
Here I used fresh cranberries for inside.
To the left you see our Rösle Universal Fire Lighter which works great to light candles or whatsoever.
Also a WMF silver candle snuffer...
To the right you can see some yellow Ilex berries from our Ilex decidua 'Finch's Golden'
The berry yield this year is poor, also on the red Ilex, shown to the left with barely any berries...
The Pyracantha Firethorn berries we had plenty and also the red Nandina or Heavenly Bamboo berries.
The table runner in Portuguese Guimarães white work, we bought in Coimbra in 1994 while on tour through Spain Portugal for 19 days.
Used on top of this red Hardangar tablecloth it looks perfect.
Closeup where you see those Heavenly Bamboo berries to the left and the Pyracantha Firethorn berries to the right. 
You also get to see the great quality of fresh cranberries we got from +Costco Wholesale.
I've made Cranberry Conserve out of them. Below you find the link to my post with recipe.
Making photos during the dark days of the year is hard in itself but trying to capture those flames of burning votives is even harder...
Don't you love the hand embroiderd detail of that Portuguese Guimarães white work?
Wishing YOU all a Happy 3rd ADVENT Week!

Related links:
{2nd Advent & Great Family Time} | previous post by me
{3rd Advent} | previous post by me
{Silk Brocade for our PRINCE OF PEACE} | previous post by me
{SUPERFOOD For Your HEART ♥ CRANBERRIES} | previous post with cranberry conserve recipe

52 comments:

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Berries from the garden always do the trick + cranberries...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Happy 3rd Advent day to you and your family.
    I love the red berries, they look so Christmassy.
    Big Hugs
    Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Thanks for your visit and even though you're facing summer time I wish you also a very blessed 3rd Advent week!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. It's sooo pretty, it must smell wonderful sweet friend ;-)
    Happy third advent week.

    Hugs~
    Mari

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    1. Dearest Mari,
      As a matter of fact, no this does not smell... just beauty for the eyes.
      Happy and healing 3rd Advent week to you!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hi my dear friend Mariette,
    Happy 3rd advent week to you too. In spite of the gray day, you took very nice pictures of your beautiful displays, I love cranberries and I like to make cranberry sauce. The Portuguese table runner is gorgeous and everything looks very nice.
    Send you a big hug,
    Love,
    Laura :)

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    1. Dearest Laura,
      Wishing my loyal friend in Canada also a happy 3rd Advent week! Thanks for your compliments and the cranberry conserve is an annual ritual to make.
      A tight hug back to you and stay warm and cozy.
      Love,
      Mariette

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  5. Beautiful ! Wish you a very happy advent week too dear Mariette . Stay warm :)

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    1. Dearest Pallavi,
      Thank you and yes, we need to stay warm today as it is windy and rather cold, tonight with some frost...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Liebe Mariette,

    den Kommentaren stimme ich zu.

    Frohe Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Du auch einen schönen 3. Advent!
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  7. Thanks a lot! I wish you a very happy advent week Mariette! Very nice photos thank you for sharing!!!


    Marina

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    1. Dearest Marina,
      Wishing you and your family also a meaningful Advent week. Thank you and those cranberries are special enough for sharing with you all.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Hello Mariette, An imaginative use for that unusual bowl. I loved the floating cranberries--they remind me of pictures I've seen of harvests cranberry bogs with vistas of floating cranberries.

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      For caviar we would never ever use it, even if the second part would be there. I have tried caviar but was not very impressed about its taste...
      These cranberries were so big and of great quality so their harvest must have been optimum. Indeed, I do recall those pictures too; it is a remarkable crop!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Lieve Mariette,

    Wat doet rood,groen en wit op de foto het toch altijd goed,ook in de donkere dagen in huis.
    Elk jaar weer komen hier in huis net als bij jou de verse veenbessen op tafel, verwerkt in recepten en gebruikt om te decoreren.
    Weet je nog dat ik vorige kerst de antieke Engelse ladenkast vol had staan met glaswerk gevuld met water,veenbessen en drijfkaarsjes, maar plezier hebben wij er niet aan mogen beleven,geen lichtje heeft gebrand,het werden hele lange dagen én nachten, zorgelijke en verdrietige dagen tot op de dag van 5 januari.

    Hier bij mijn super liggen de verse bessen ook in het koelvak en de potten veenbessen van Ocean Spray staan in het schap,die gebruik ik het hele jaar door net als de gedroogde variant.
    Ook van de website haal ik van tijd tot tijd recepten:
    http://www.oceanspray.nl/home/
    Misschien niet goed te zien op de foto maar het oude speelgoed vrachtwagentje is niet van hout maar van staal,in het bakje liggen partijtje gekleurde houten bouwblokjes,Harry kocht het vele jaren geleden voor in zijn verzameling maar weet niet zeker of die blokjes en vrachtwagentje bij elkaar horen.

    Wens ook jullie een mooie zondag en lieve groet!!
    Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Ja, dat mooie buffet bij jullie weet ik nog en het was een trieste tijd met je schoonmoeder die op 29 december naar de hemel ging. Dan is het hele Kerstfeest in een sombere stemming... Begrijpelijk!
      Maar laten we hopen dat jullie het dit jaar weer met meer vreugde kunnen overdoen; met veenbessen!
      Nee, dat oude vrachtwagentje kon je op de foto niet goed zien dat het geen hout was. Mogelijk dacht ik aan het houten vrachtwagentje wat mijn broer voor Sinterklaas kreeg en waar Papa zelf een aanhanger bij maakte, van hout.
      Heel veel liefs en beste wensen voor een hele fijne en stemmige Kerst!
      Mariette

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  10. Beautifully displayed my dear friend. Wishing you the best of 3rd Advent week... hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      Thanks sweet friend and our 3rd Advent started very well. We just got back home from the Nutcracker performance at our local Theatre. What a joy to watch!
      Hugs and a lovely week to you both.
      Mariette

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  11. Oh wie wunderwunderschön arrangiert - liebe Mariette - ich wünsche dir einen
    gemütlichen 3. Adventausklang - herzliche Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Danke und euch auch eine schöne und warme (im Herzen und im Haus) 3. Adventswoche.
      Lieber Gruss,
      Mariette

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  12. Dear Mariette,i wish you a very happy advent week !
    Everything looks so preety!!The table runner and the red berries, looks so Christmassy!!!
    Wish you a lovely new week!!Hugs!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thanks for your compliments and indeed this looks very Christmassy; perfect color scheme.
      Happy and lovely week for you; soon your daughter is back home from The Netherlands...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Υοur dispaly is really fabulous and sends us a wonderful Christmas message.Happy 3 Advent to you too!
    Enjoy this lovely time before the holly celebration.
    Hugs, Olympia

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    1. Dearest Olympia,
      Oh this is such a great time in anticipation of the holy celebration of Christmas indeed! Thanks for your kind words and we had a lovely show of the Nutcracker at our local Theatre this afternoon.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Happy third week of Advent to you, too, Mariette - the decoration is lovely! <3

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    1. Dearest Stacy,
      Thank you dear, the 3rd week of Advent started lovely with a great performance of the Nutcracker at our local Theatre.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Ma è bellissima questa composizione con i frutti di bosco, non ne avevo mai vista una così. Deliziose le candeline che galleggiano, regalano un'atmosfera decisamente unica, particolare. Ti ho mandato delle mail cara Mariette ma non capisco se ti sono arrivate. Semmai riprovo a riscriverti. Ultimamente ho diversi problemi e spesso trovo della posta tra le spam. Un abbraccio forte forte forte e buona terza settimana dell'avvento. Paola

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    1. Cara Paola,
      Grazie amicamia, le bacche del nostro orto sono speciali e quei mirtilli freschi comprato nel negozio fanno un tale spirito di festa. Sia per la cena del giorno de ringraziamento o per la cena di Natale, ho fatto ancora mia conserva di mirtilli rosso. Essi sono disponibili solo durante questa stagione. Sì, ho ricevuto la tua email e ti ho lasciato un tipo di risposte nelle mie commenti. Le cose vanno molto meglio, non preoccuparti! Grazie per tutto la tua amicizia.
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  16. Dear mariette,

    I love the way the little tealights float in between the berries. It looks very decorative! Wishing you and Pieter a lovely week ahead. Enjoy the pre Christmas festivities!

    Madelief x

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    1. Dearest Madelief,
      Thank you, with cranberries (veenbessen) one can easily decorate in a very festive way. I did actually use them all for my yearly cranberry conserve. Today we had a lovely performance of the Nutcracker here at the local Theatre so our pre Christmas season is going well.
      Hugs to you and your girls!
      Mariette

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  17. Oh, that looks so beautiful and creates lovely atmosphere!! Great idea:)

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    1. Dearest Eli,
      Cranberries are a great way to decorate before cooking them up for the lovely cranberry conserve! Guess that color red does spark happiness in everybody's mind for this special season when life outside is so dark (not in your area though...). We miss our work in Indonesia and south India in the more tropical climate. But our winter is not long; only 3 months.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. very beautiful...merry xmas and happy new year

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    1. Dearest Elfinaki,
      Thank you and to you as well a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Dearest Mariette,
    I always admire your gift for beautiful, tasteful decorating, and here you have once again created a very lovely and original display! What a beautiful atmosphere it creates, with that clever combination of natural elements, crystal and tealights. Really lovely, my friend!
    Wishing you a happy 3rd Advent week as well!
    Hugs!

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      We often don't need to look far for putting some lovely things together. In nature there are the best elements and you know very well how to incorporate the natural beauty and colors in your designs. Thanks for your words, coming from a talented lady like you, they mean a lot.
      Enjoy a warm and meaningful 3rd Advent week yourself.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Dearest Mariette,
    The faster with nature things your gardin wishing all happy 3 rd ADVENT week with Pieter lovely week ahead!
    Thank you for look after my place..I was very happy in my home because I can reading your name with other friends..
    Also I had another two big children family in the Chrismas time!
    Hugs to you always!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      It always is a joy to visit you and sure I leave you a comment about your lovely grandchildren and your endeavors. Wishing you a happy week ahead and enjoy this Christmas season with your children and grandchildren.
      Hugs and lots of love,
      Mariette

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  21. Muito belo...Espectacular....
    Votos de Boas Festas....
    Cumprimentos

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    1. Dearest Fernando,
      Thanks and wishing you also a meaningful Advent season, followed by a Merry Chrstmas!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  22. A bowl full of berries always looks so pretty

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Sure, these cranberries did the trick!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  23. Je maakt altijd heel stijlvolle foto's. Dit kan zo in een tijdschrift.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Dank je wel! Het is wel moeilijk om dit tijdens de donkere dagen te doen...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  24. Dear Mariette,

    Beautiful decorations for the 3rd Advent week - love the bright red of the cranberries and the floating candles. Makes you home look warm and cozy, especially if your weather has been grey.
    Have a happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Those were sure some of the 'grey days'! But red makes things look happy and cheerful indeed.
      Today was a sunny day and so are the coming three days with near freezing temperatures during the night but from 17°C-19°C during the day. Not bad at all!
      Sending you hugs and blessigns for this special season.
      Mariette

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  25. Jullie ook een fijne week en met alle feestelijke voorbereidingen. Prachtige rode bessen. Ik drink ook heel veel cranberry, vooral in de zomer, tegen blaasontsteking.
    Groetjes Janny

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    1. Beste Janny,
      Ja, cranberry concentrate kopen wij in Atlanta (hier nergens te koop) van puur cranberry sap zonder appel of iets anders toegevoegd. Ook geen suiker. Dat is weer een ander probleem voor mijn diabetes type II maar voor de nieren en de blaas is cranberry sap inderdaad hét beste om te drinken!
      We hadden weer een fijne week, Kerstdiner en concert en gisteren de Notenkraker in het theater. Dat brengt een mooie stemming voor deze tijd.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  26. Oh, I love this gorgeous Advent display, my dear Mariette!!!!!!!!!!! So colourful! The floating cranberries, the various berries from your garden, the beautiful portuguese table runner....a superb composition!!!
    I wish you a happy third Advent week, my dear friend!!!!
    Hugs!!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you so much! It really was a great composition and red berries always work their magic.
      Our third Advent week is passing fast already and in one week it will be Christmas once again.
      Hope you and your loved ones are having a very meaningful time of the year.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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