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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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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

{Antique German REPOUSSE Silver ANGELS Napkin, Letter or Card Holder}

Offering here a very rare and unique Antique German REPOUSSE Silver ANGELS Napkin, Letter or Card Holder for either the Office or your Tea Table. It is such an elegant addition. Below this post you find more links with also photos as a Card Holder. Hope you enjoy this special piece of silver work by German Silversmith ADAM MANNS & SOHN. This Holder is from before 1938 when they added a dot to the AMD silver mark after son Wilhelm took over. You will see info below.
Frolicking ANGELS or PUTTI decorate this beautiful Napkin, Card or Letter Holder...
Used here with hand crocheted cocktail napkins.
This rare antique piece is available for sale at my ZenCart powered on line Boutique: Mariette's Back to Basics: Antique REPOUSSE Silver ANGELS Napkin or Card Holder. Feel free to share!
This will adorn any tea table or hors d'œuvre buffet in a very romantic way!
Again I did use the hand crocheted lace table topper made by Susan from Ava Grace's Closet's Mama and of course our favorite Gardenias, the Large variety.
Don't you love these frolicking ANGELS together with the lace and flowers?
Creating a little bit of heaven on earth...
This is the back side, which is exactly the same as the front.
Different angle...
Showing you its bottom part and width, with feet.
Closeup of those frolicking ANGELS... PUTTI
The Silver Mark 800 AMD by ADAM MANNS & SOHN
This is the older mark from before 1938 as it is in a different sequence and without the • (dot) behind AMD as later was used by Adam's son Wilhelm
Once more, thanks to the help of +Johanna Gehrlein's exceptional book about Silver Rose tableware I found all the info in her book: +Rosen-Bestecke  
THANKS a lot Johanna! 
Do you love anything ANGELS?

Related links:
{Antique German REPOUSSE Silver Roses Napkin, Letter or Card Holder} | previous post by me
{Happy New Year - 2012} | previous post by me showing a Silver Cards Holder with 2 Angels
Giovanni Raspini 925 Silver Letter/Napkin Holder 2 Angels | heavy silver holder protected against oxidation at my ZenCart powered Boutique on line.
Antique REPOUSSE Silver Roses Napkin or Card Holder | at my ZenCart powered Boutique on line
{Violets from our Garden and on French Country Style Wooden Tableau} | previous post by me showing silver card holder with 2 Angels - SCROLL down please for Card Holder photos!
PUTTI PLAYING GAMES, 'EN GRISAILLE' | CHRISTIE'S CIRCLE OF PIAT-JOSEPH SAUVAGE (TOURNAI 1744-1818)
PUTTI PAINTING AND DRAWING, 'EN GRISAILLE' | CHRISTIE'S AN ALLEGORY OF THE LIBERAL ARTS - MANNER OF PIAT-JOSEPH SAUVAGE

Monday, October 28, 2013

{My Hat Attack NYC GAVROCHE}

Do you love hats as much as I do? One of my favorites is this white cotton Hat Attack NYC Gavroche. A bit boyish but that's what I like!
Hat Attack NYC with Escada top and kilt.

Related links:
{My Jessica McClintock Hat Again} | previous post by me
{Hats & Me} | previous post by me
{My Jessica McClintock Hat & Christian Dior Suit} | previous post by me
Life is better with a hat | previous post by blogger friend Bea from Modern Country Lady
My Life in Hats | previous post by blogger friend Marie-Thérèse from The French Touch
{Do YOU all know Our Nations Oldest City - St. Augustine, Florida?} | previous post by me wearing a hat
Mad Women and Their Hats | previous post by blogger friend Marie-Thérèse from the French Touch

Saturday, October 26, 2013

{Antique German REPOUSSE Silver Roses Napkin, Letter or Card Holder}


Offering here a very rare and unique Antique German REPOUSSE Silver Roses Napkin, Letter or Card Holder for either the Office or your Tea Table. It is such an elegant addition. Below this post you find more links with also photos as a Card Holder. Hope you enjoy this special piece of silver work by German Silversmith Christoph Widmann since 1919. 
Here you see the front side of this exceptional silver piece in Repousse Roses.
I used it here as a holder for cocktail napkins to be used for hors d'oeuvres or tea.
This is available at my ZenCart powered on line boutique Mariette's Back to Basics: Antique REPOUSSE Silver Roses Napkin or Card Holder. Feel free to share!
Now showing you the equal back side of this fine master piece in silver.
Again showcasing the beautiful hand crocheted lace table topper by blogger Friend Susan's Mama from Ava Grace's Closet.
Back to the front and a bit closer...
Our last Gardenias look great with this masterpiece!
A real closeup...
The Christoph Widmann Silver Mark
Once more, thanks to the help of +Johanna Gehrlein's exceptional book about Silver Rose tableware I found all the info in her book: +Rosen-Bestecke 
THANKS a lot Johanna! 
Do you love anything roses?

Related link:
Christoph Widmann, Pforzheim Germany
Antik Silver | Manufactured as if still in the 19th Century - select napkin holder from dropdown
{Happy New Year - 2012} | previous post by me showing a Silver Cards Holder with 2 Angels
Giovanni Raspini 925 Silver Letter/Napkin Holder 2 Angels | heavy silver holder protected against oxidation at my ZenCart powered Boutique on line.
{Violets from our Garden and on French Country Style Wooden Tableau} | previous post by me showing silver card holder with 2 Angels - SCROLL down please for Card Holder photos!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

{Do YOU Like HIGH HEELED Platform Shoes?}

During our recent vacation to Florida, we of course did visit our favorite Neiman Marcus Last Call Outlet store in Orlando. And checking their shoe department I just HAD to try on those mile high platform shoes... Do YOU Like such HIGH HEELED Platform Shoes?
Two different ones... but oh so hard to balance yourself. How can anyone walk on these?
Only the thought of twisting your ankle and doing severe damage to your ankle ligament; OUCH!
Of course, when booking our two nights at Hyatt Place Universal Studio, Orlando we planned to SWIM and enjoy the sunshine...
NOPE... they had drained their pool!
 No Lifeguard on Duty...
No chaises either for lounging in the sunshine and do some reading and relaxing.
So off we went to the Outlets!
That's how I ended up walking on STILTS...
These were about 5 inches tall and with a 1 inch platform!
Having an Egyptian foot; I hate those peep toe shoes...
Husband Pieter took these photos with my iPhone as I wanted to SEE for myself how this would look on me.
Especially that right shoe made me feel like a tall Giraffe...
Such STILTS, be it stiletto or heels like these I am wearing here, are NOT for me.
Maybe because of the movie Keetje Tippel in 1975 and the following Carnival parades in The Netherlands with HIGH HEELED Tippelaarsters (Night Walkers or Street Walkers...) caused a certain aversion for me. 
How about you?

Related links:
{What Type of Feet do YOU have?} | previous post by me
Keetje Tippel | About the 1975 movie
Keetje Tippel | song by De Zangeres Zonder Naam about Keetje who lived from Sin...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

{Raw Silk Purchased in Hong Kong for Sewing THIS}

Traveling to International Conferences gives you a great opportunity for some special shopping. Such was the case when we went to Hong Kong and I got to purchase some lovely Raw Silk. Very soft, not that thin and it drapes perfect. So look what I created from my fabric...
A short cropped jacket with elbow length sleeves over a narrow skirt.
This is from a Burda pattern in a size 4 or European 34.
I used antique buttons as a garnish.
The entire suit is lined in black silk from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. 
My top is a knit rayon by Escada.
I do wear a Chanel belt through the added on belt loops.
+Wolford panty hose and Italian Bruno Magli patent leather shoes from the Outlet.
Yes, that wasp catcher behind me will get painted white one of these days...
There are two pockets sewn on in the back and the skirt has a center slit.
Yes, I did match the plaids in all seams...
This raw silk fabric is a bit slubby.
Detail of the antique button...
And my Rado coupole watch that we bought tax free at Singapore airport. 
Later I added the wrist band as it came with a black leather one.
Bracelet is white and yellow gold from Costco wholesale.
Lots of topstitching done on this suit; all with Japanese silk thread from Britex Notions.
Meet the photographer Pieter in his cotton plaid shirt with linen Zegna jeans from the Outlet.

Related link:
{BRITEX FABRICS & NOTIONS} | previous post by me with links to Britex San Francisco

Sunday, October 20, 2013

{My Hand Knitted Linen Top}

For summer, nothing feels better on our skin than LINEN. I have hand knitted this khaki colored linen top and LOVE wearing it. So it did come into the suitcase with us to Florida. These photos are from September 19, and are taken inside the gardens of the Hyatt House Miami Airport. One of our favorite Hyatt hotels that feels like home with its suite concept and fully equiped kitchen. 
Wearing my hand knitted linen top here with my Escada khaki shorts and Escada Sport sandals.
As accessories I wore my tiger eye necklace and bracelet (not visible in photo).
We had three days of rain in Miami, so everything looked rather damp.
The accent on the back... which I did alter.
I went for a boat neck design instead.
More in detail...
This was on the day before we departed to central Florida, on our way home...
Do you love to wear linen in summer?
Related articles:
{My Hand Knitted Vest} | previous post by me
{My Hand Knitted & Hand Embroidered Sweater} | previous post by me, wearing brooch
{30 Years  Ago In My Rose Sweater} | previous post by me

Friday, October 18, 2013

{Lampe Berger Cherub Cameo (Angelot)}

Lampe Berger Cherub Cameo (Angelot) is one of my favorites! This one is made out of porcelain and comes with the heavy gold cap. If you love authentic French Cherubs, Angels or Angelot as much as I do; this is your chance to own one too. It is in perfect condition!
No longer available but I do have ONE for sale in my boutique...  Mariette's Back to Basics . The opaque Cameo is surrounded by a golden circle to make it even stand out more.
When I made these photos we were lucky for having some Gardenias blooming for using in the pictures with this romantic Lampe Berger. Again I have used the very finely hand crocheted table topper made by blogger friend Susan's Mom from Ava Grace's Closet.
If used with some authentic Lampe Berger 'Precious Jasmine' oil this is pure heaven!
Such Lampe Berger together with such heavenly Jasmine oil would make for a truly angelic gift!
Who could resist this? All the romantic ingredients needed for creating some heavenly atmosphere within your own home...
The bottom side with its Lampe Berger mark. This is the REAL French thing. You will not find any better French Country Style than this. 
Sold out...


Related links:
For a video on how to use these lamps, please see my previous blog post: {Lampes Berger 1898 - 1998 A Century of History} click on the blue link: Live in Air you Love
{My Private Lampes Berger Collection + Boutique Items} | previous post by me
Lampes Berger: A Century of History; click link for info about book by Gérald Vilcocq.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

{Do you know Dutch DWEILEN for Mopping up Water?}

When we had the Flash Flood problems we were using 17 Dutch style DWEILEN for mopping up the ground water that came in our basement. Besides the two wet vacs that we ran all the time. What a job. I ended up ordering 6 more of these Dutch Witte Dweilen, from Michigan's VanderVeen's also called: The Dutch Store. Just click on both links and you also might want to get their Dutch Chocolate Letters in time for the holiday season.
From Albert Heijn
A 50 x 60 cm DWEIL in white cotton...
It is woven such that it has a high absorption of water.
The way I use this is with a squeegee that I place over the wet 'dweil'. This one is dry, just for demonstrating on our balcony.
Next you turn the 'dweil' over the squeegee  and now you can move over your tiles.
I do this with a wet 'dweil' than I rinse it out and wring it dry and go over the same spot again for drying it off.
Those cotton dweilen (plural for dweil) I throw into my Miele washer and they get laundered on 170°F for cleaning and disinfecting them for the next use. This is a very hygienic way of mopping floors.


Monday, October 14, 2013

{Writing a Thank-You-Note and Acknowledging a Parcel Received}

For sure most of you have received over the years some meaningful and touching Thank-You-Notes, hand written for a gift received, or for something else special.
Example of hand written thank you note on Cotton +Crane & Co. Stationery...
In the front you see my +Montblanc travel fountain pen.
LOOK: this beautiful Thank You note we received in the mail on Friday, October 4, following a dinner that we hosted for sweet friends. This is such an incredible thank you note, with a sweet personal touch...
Dear Friend Pam's Grandmother actually hand tatted these lovely thank you cards...
They are the most precious thing I've ever seen!
Such labor of love...
Even the back of the envelop showed a lovely tatted pink flower...
It got a bit smudged by handling in the mail but what a lovely presentation!
~♥~
Below is another example of ready printed thank-you notes, also in Cotton Crane Stationery
My husband Pieter receives the monthly Rotarian magazine; being a long time Rotary member himself.
In the September issue of 2013, there was a nice article about Writing Thank-You Notes...
Below post you can also read it in full screen mode.
Much obliged
Writing thank-you notes is hard. Too bad
By Paul Engleman
Expressing thanks is a fundamental social skill and should be a simple task..
The best way to do this is by a hand written note!
~♥~
We often have sent parcels from the USA to The Netherlands for family and friends and most of the time we never got even notified when they arrived...

Only after we called, following a long wait and worrying that maybe the parcel got lost... (God forbid) we got the statement: 'Oh yes, we received that a long time ago...' 

Except for brother Martin, who always right away picked up the phone and told us very excited: 'Wish you could have seen their faces...' when my niece and nephew unwrapped things that got delivered in the mail.

Is this only both of us, or are there more examples out there, where acknowledging a parcel/gift in the mail did never happen?

Whenever we ourselves received anything in the mail, we hastily grab the phone to let the generous sender know that things arrived in good order and that we're very pleased with them.

With Germany we do have excellent back and forth rapport but not so with The Netherlands.

However, some of my clients from The Netherlands did follow up and let me know they received my parcel. 
That too is very courteous and it is more the exception than the norm!
Some very touchy notes I received from happy customers, from Australia and from the UK also.

Is this culture related? Or are people's morals and standards lacking...?
Both of us have always followed our moral compass!

What are your thoughts on this subject?
~♥~

ISSUU - September 2013 vol2 by Rotary News India | On page 16 here you can find the same story from above - just click to open below. It will fully enlarge for easy reading. Just click Esc to exit full screen mode. 

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