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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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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

{My Very 1st Blogpost: Romancing the Home}

As usual, I forget my Blog Anniversary!
Maybe it is because of such a sad period in my life, you can read more below blog post from previous links...
Anyway, now in 2014 on November 23, I had a total of 1,205 blog posts written.
So let's go Back to Basics and show the beginning.
On November 23, 2009 I started blogging and here is my very first post:

Autumn is the time of year to turn inward again, for making the home into a warm nest where we savor the memories of summer and sunshine. All about Romancing the Home...
A few last Midas Touch roses from the garden in a lovely silver vase adorned with a silver rosebud (that will at least last all winter long!) while indulging in a cup of hot chocolate with a Bon-bon, while reading an invitation to a winter wedding on February 13th... How romantic the outlook; just a day before Valentine's Day!
After all, these special moments will pull us through the dreary winter. With the memories of warm sun rays kept alive inside our hearts, we will get to springtime again.
Romancing the Home... Indeed, trying to extend the season of roses all year long!
The yellow roses on the tablecloth are hand embroidered by me...
Detail of the silver rosebud vase with rose...

The solid silver rose from Giovanni Raspini is available from my Zen Cart powered on line boutique: Mariette's Back to Basics 



{Post # 484 and my blog is 2 years old today!} | previous post by me with the sad story...




42 comments:

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Sure I do love roses, already all my life and these I did embroider on the damask tablecloth...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hola amiga querida ! Que linda rosa en plata , un lindo detalle !, yo deseo que tengas un buen comienzo de semana
    Cariños

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    1. Dearest Angélica,
      Thank you and wishing you also a lovely new week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Congratulations on your 5-year blogging anniversary! What pretty yellow roses and a nice post for your first ever. Sorry you went through that terrible time, and prayers for you for continued good health.

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    1. Dearest Deborah,
      Thank you, time is passing by way too fast!
      Those yellow roses I did hand embroider in cross stitch on the damask table cloth before I got married...
      We never know what lies ahead of us but thank you for your prayers!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello Mariette, Your style and personality are written all over that first post--I would have recognized it as your handiwork anywhere. Not just the roses and the beautiful arrangement, but mainly the aura of comfort it displays. I am looking forward to many more posts featuring your outlook on life.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Thank you so much for your meaningful comment; it also proves that you are a keen observer and yes, life we have to create for the biggest part ourselves and memories are the food for soul!
      Kindest regards to your corner of the world.
      Mariette

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  5. Congrats my friend on 5 yrs of blogging....
    Love the silver rose, just so elegant ;-)

    Hugs ~
    Mari

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    1. Dearest Mari,
      Thank you dear! Time goes by too fast...
      Oh, I did fall in love right away with that rose myself and they are all sold out on my Boutique!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Dearest Mariette,
    Congratulations on your anniversary. I love your style of writing and the photographs of your collection that are a testimony of your fine taste.
    Please take care of yourself. Our prayers are always with you.

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    1. Dearest Munir,
      Thank you so much. Well, at least I do write from the heart and am using my own photographs... nothing copied and pasted as so many people are doing nowadays. On FB it is even worse, they mainly share things from others.
      Of course I try to take very good care of myself but health can be tricky and it is not all in our own hands at times...
      Hugs and blessings for your health as well.
      Mariette

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  7. Dearest Mariete,
    oh, it is your Blog-Anniversary too in November! Congratulations to wonderful Blogging yeasrs and always so wonderful posts!
    I always appreciate to visit you here!
    Have a wonderful week,
    Love and hugs,
    Claudia
    P.S. It was my 4th Blog-Birthday on november30th ...and I soon will do my Post nr 1000 ;O)

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      Yes it was my 5th anniversary, even after an extremely difficult start...
      Thank you for your sweet comments and always loyal visits.
      Wishing you a great week ahead and looking forward to your 1,000th post. Happy 4th anniversary as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. Liebe Mariette,
    du bist ein Naturtalent. Schon dein erster Post hat die Qualität wie heute nach 5. Jahren. Ich glaube, ich hatte als ersten Post nur ein Foto und war erstaunt, dass es funktionierte. Wunderbar sind deine Rosensilbersachen. Der Teelöffel ist etwas ganz Besonderes. Hast du den irgendwo schon mal ganz gezeigt? Hat der eine Herstellerpunze?
    Liebe Grüße, Johanna

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    1. Liebe Johanna,
      Danke und es bedeutet noch mehr da du ja eine sehr talentierte Stylistin bist mit deine wunderschöne Bilder in dein Buch und im Blog...
      Dieser Mokkalöffel ist aus England.
      Ganz liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  9. Liebe Mariette,

    Rosen schenken immer Freude.
    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja dass tun sie wirklich!
      Ganz liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  10. Dearest Mariette; Congratulations on your 5-year blogging anniversary☆☆☆ Oh, "Romancing the Home" should be very important and great very first post with marvelous arrangement with yellow roses♡♡♡ You have elegant blog style, Dear friend. Please Take Care and keep letting us enjoy reading your wonderful post (*^_^*)

    ps. So sorry for my recent absence. Finally, I think I can go back to normal life style and started commenting. (whew... so many things happened after the trip).
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Thank you, it is just that time is passing by so rapidly...
      You are very generous and kind with your compliments. Wish we would have again roses to add to my photos, maybe coming year we will have some again!
      Hope you are doing well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Keep looking forward, not backwards and the sun will shine again. Congratulations of your Blogs birthday.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Thank you, we all have to keep looking ahead and if possible at the sunshine!
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Gefeliciteerd met je blog verjaardag, ja ik ben ook al sinds 2009 aan het bloggen, maar sta er nooit zo bij stil eigenlijk. We gaan maar gewoon door he, ik vind het nog steeds leuk om te doen en de blogs van anderen te lezen.
    Groetjes, Marianne

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja het gaat erg snel met de tijd... Het is een leuke bezigheid en ook enorm fijn om zo met de hele wereld interesses te kunnen delen.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  13. Happy Blog Anniversary! What a beautiful first post. I love the title "romancing the home."
    The silver rosebud vase is so elegant and the solid silver rose is such a beauty! Your setting in silver and yellow gives me warm feeling :-)
    Happy Monday and have a great new week xoxo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you! Roses, in whatever form always work for setting a romantic and soft mood.
      Wishing you also a lovely new week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Dear Mariette,congratulations on your 5-year blogging anniversary!
    I love visiting your posts and see your beautiful pictures!
    You are a best blogging friend to me!
    I like your silver rose!So preety!!
    Wish you a happy December!Take care!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thank you too for your kind words and that is just mutual as you are an excellent photographer and you create such lovely pieces for enhancing the home.
      Enjoy your December month as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. All roses are beautiful. Congratulations to persevere in blogging five years and have a zeal for the next years. I greet you.

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Yes, roses in all forms are beautiful and they are my all time favorite.
      Let's hope I can keep blogging for the coming years as well; time is passing by so fast...
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  16. Congratulations, dearest Mariette, on your blog's 5th anniversary!!!
    The embroidered roses are so beautiful as is the silverware you presented on that first blogpost of yours!
    I feel so happy I have met you through the blogoshere and I wish you many, many years of blogging!!!
    I always gain something from reading your interesting and lovely posts !!!!
    Many hugs to you and happy month of December, dear friend!!!!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you and it went by again without me thinking of it really...
      Those embroidered roses I did make for my trousseau and I still love them very much, as well as the silver ones.
      Meeting kindred spirits through blogging is very rewarding and I'm equally happy for having met you!
      Hugs and best wishes for your December sweet lady!
      Mariette

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  17. Congrats on your blog's 5th anniversary! Your tablecloth is a real master piece, so precious! Yellow is a bright and vibrant color that I particularly love.You have an eye for the elegance and the beauty Mariette! I wish we can share even more things and thoughts...Your comments are always so much appreciated.
    Hope December bring romance in our lives.
    Hugs, Olympia

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    1. Dearest Olympia,
      Thank you and indeed, yellow is the color of the sun and it is also one of my favorites. Guess if we lived closer to each other, we would certainly get together for admiring the beautiful things you create in person... For the time being, we manage to do this virtually.
      Best wishes for your December month with loved ones.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Liebe Mariette...zu deinem 5 Jahrres Jubiläum beim Bloggen gratuliere ich dir ganz herzlich.
    Rosen gefallen mir in allen Farben sehr gut.

    Ganz herzliche Grüessli
    Julia

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    1. Liebe Julia,
      Danke für deine liebe Worten und ja wer liebt eigentlich keine Rosen?!
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  19. Dearest Mariette,
    Your 5th anniverasary Congrtulations! Let's back to Basics and show the beginning..On November 23 -2009. Memories of Summer and Sunshine all about romancing the home.That will at least last all winter longwhile indulging in a cup of hot chocolate with a Bon-bon while your reading an invitation to a wnter wedding on Februaly 13th beautiful romantic time just a day before Valentine's day!
    The memories of warm sun rays inside your hearts You both will get to spring time again beautiful Romancing the home. with lovely roses all year long will be loveley time Mariette's back to Besice!
    Oh ! Both of your Hugs and Love always!
    My hair is getting few better for me but still hot days!
    Michiko .

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Thank you for your visit and words here.
      Oh, in a couple of months we will have our first blossoms again and enjoy spring time; no doubt.
      Meanwhile wishing you a lovely time, not too hot and without allergies.
      Hugs and love,
      Mariette

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  20. Dear Mariette,
    Congratulations on your 5th year blog anniversary! Your 1st post was so beautiful, filled with roses and sunshine! I adore your hand embroidered tablecloth - a beautiful work of art. Hope you are enjoying some fine Georgia weather - here it is bitterly cold, but with beautiful sunshine.
    Hugs xo
    Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Thank you so much dear friend! Guess that tablecloth is cross stitched with lots of dreams, creating it for my trousseau... Still is in excellent shape after all those decades! Capturing roses in any form is a bliss.
      Yes, we are enjoying lovely sunny and warm Georgia weather. At the time you wrote this comment it was 24°C or about 76°F.
      Sending you 'warm' hugs.
      Mariette

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  21. lieve Mariette ..
    Proficiat met je vijf jaar bloggen ..ik hoop dat we nog vele jaren mogen
    genieten van je blogberichtjes en de lieve reacties die bij onze blogs schrijft ..
    nog veel gezonden en gelukkige jaren ...
    veel liefs uir griekenland

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    1. Lieve Nieneke,
      Dank je wel en inderdaad hopen we dit nog jaren te mogen doen!
      Heel veel liefs en ook geluk en gezondheid voor jullie vanuit een zonnig Georgia met nóg 23°C om 16:33u.
      Mariette

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