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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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Sunday, December 14, 2014

{Third Week of Advent 2014}

Wishing you all a very cozy and happy Third Week of Advent 2014!
Creating a warm and cozy atmosphere works wonders for the colder season.
Used our cotton Zweigart Aida tablecloth with the German Arzberg porcelain votive candle holders in white with real gold.
My sister Diny, was so kind for getting these for me in The Netherlands, when I found them in a Dutch magazine.
Having our own Magnolia Grandiflora trees, does also provide leaves that I have sprayed with gold paint.
Added Nandina berries with a few Ilex berries as well.
Nosegay from spices, seeds and hazelnuts, made in South Tyrol, Italy.
Thanks Johanna from +Silber-und-Rosen-Shop  for the name: In the Salzburger Land "Gewürzsträusschen".
Our gold sprayed Magnolia leaves tied with raffia. 
The big candle is still from our 25th wedding anniversary, it was a gift from dear friends.
This fireplace is from The Netherlands, +Doensen Sfeerhaarden & bouwbedrijf in Venlo.
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.
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.
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 all of you a very warm and meaningful 3rd Advent Sunday and a great week ahead!
Stay warm and healthy...

40 comments:

  1. i like the cranberries and other berries. very pretty.

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      That's exactly what I like too, together with fresh smelling fir twigs; if available...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hello my dear friend Mariette,
    I really love how you created a cozy atmosphere in your home. Everything looks so nice and warm. I wish you a wonderful weekend, send you a big hug,
    Love,
    Laura

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    1. Dearest Laura,
      Thank you; it has been a lovely weekend so far! We attended a very special commencement ceremony at the Georgia College in Milledgeville. Such a lovely sunny day!
      Enjoy your weekend as well and receive a huge hug,
      Mariette

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  3. It is a little bit early for 3rd. advent in Australia. It is tomorrow. But we can still celebrate.
    Have a lovely week.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      This post is on for two days, so perfect timing for Sunday the 3rd Advent.
      Wishing you a lovely sunny third Advent week ahead.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Liebe Mariette,

    das sieht fabelhaft aus.
    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke, Kerzenlicht bringt immer soviel Freude!
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  5. Lieve Mariette,

    Jij laat het vlammetje van de derde Adventzondag al vroeg branden in diverse sfeer uitgave.
    Hier in huis nog niks te bespeuren wat doet denken aan kerst,heb al wel weken ideetjes in mijn hoofd die ik volgende week rustig ten uitvoer ga brengen,de groene kransen en maretak liggen in het schuurtje omdat ik het belangrijk vind dat het met Kerstmis ook nog fris uitziet.
    Weet niet of ik er nog wel over ga posten,ben al zóveel kerstposten tegen gekomen van sfeervolle kersthuizen dat ze mijn kerstsfeertje in huis echt niet zullen missen op het internet.

    Fijn weekeind en lieve groet,
    Ger

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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Dit is ook enkel gericht op de komende 3de Adventsweek en níet (nog niet) op Kerst.
      Wat de Kerstversieringen betreft, die vind je hier al ná Thanksgiving, de laatste donderdag in November. Het betekent hier nog veel, ook de Advent en dat waardeer ik alleen maar.
      Wat dat betreft is ons Adventsvlammetje nog nooit uitgeraakt.
      Ook een fijn weekend en liefs,
      Mariette

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  6. Beautiful and so different dearest Mariette, elegant and with such class. Yes, they have a very Dutch-European style arrangements. I specially love the stars!
    Enjoy your weekend darling.
    FABBY

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      Thank you very much for your loving words and since you're the porcelain and china curator, it means a lot to me!
      All pieces are from the Old World, except for the cranberries and the berries from our garden... maybe that does create a different style.
      Sending you hugs and blessings for the weekend!
      Mariette

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  7. That white work cloth against the red is striking. Happy weekend to you, Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Oh, that white cut work embroidery looks really best on red. I do have a large tablecloth for our dining room and I love to pair it with our Italian red damask cloth...
      Enjoy your week as well and sending you hugs and blessings.
      Mariette

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  8. Dear Mariette,your house looks so beautiful decorated for Christmas!
    I like the candles and the crustal bowl with the cranberries!So preety!!
    Happy 3rd Advent!
    Enjoy the weekend!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thank you so much. We too like that in-complete Baccarat caviar bowl as it holds the cranberries or any floating flowers with candles so beautifully.
      Happy 3rd Advent week to you!
      Sending you many hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you and yes, candles are something that we cannot do without in our lives...
      They always create the perfect atmosphere.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Dearest Mariette; Beautiful Decoration, the white embroidered cloth and the green, red of berries are elegant♡♡♡ Thank you very much for the word 'votive' :-) Great help from your sister.
    I DO wish you stay warm and doing well as well♪ I will try boost my spirit up for the coming wonderful winter family gathering season☆☆☆
    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 very much and yes, my sister helped me in a great way for obtaining these beautiful porcelain votive candle holders. The combination of white, red and green, with gold works always so well together.
      We had a lovely sunny day and went to a very special commencement ceremony at the Georgia College in Milledgeville.
      Hugs and love to you from your American friend!
      Mariette

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  11. Dearest Mariette ,you created a warm and cosy atmosphere ! Your table runner is really lovely and has a lot of work ! Take yourselves!

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    1. Dearest Olympia,
      Thank you so much, yes it looks warm and cozy with all those Old World items brought together with some fresh berries from the garden and store bought. Those Portuguese women are artists with needle and thread; I only can admire their work and feel blessed for having a few pieces.
      Yes I do take care of myself and hope you do too. Sending you hugs and blessings,
      Mariette

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  12. All your decorations are lovely, dearest Mariette!!! You have so many beautiful items to display with your candles and the fresh greens and berries!!!! I wish you a happy 3rd Advent week!!!
    Many hugs!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Thank you very much. Those items work so well together and we enjoy things from the Old World like these.
      Happy 3rd Advent week to you as well and lots of hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Beautifully everything looks and cranberry is a great idea. Yours sincerely.

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Thank you and yes, those cranberries make great decorations with their vivid red color.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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  14. Dearest Mariette,
    your Happy thirk week of advents a warm and cozy atmosphere wonders for the colder season.
    Your sister diny was when you found them in are Ductch Mangazine getting these for you in the Netherlands.
    You having own your Magnlia Grandiflora trees and you have prayed with gold paint.
    Nosegay from spices seeds and hagelnuts made in south tyrol Italy.

    your gold sprayed magnolid leaves tied with raffia. A big candle is still from your 25th wedding anniversary it was a gipt from your dear friends The Netherland.
    Your bought in coinbrd in 1994, Spain portugal for 19 days red Hardangur tablecloth it looks perfect.
    marking photos during the dark days of the year in hard in itself those flames of urning voliives is even harder the portugulse Guimareracer was works ....
    You a gret 3rd week!
    I had too much hot weather in here!
    Hugs and love to you!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Wow, too much hot weather in Melbourne, Australia... Here it was very pleasant today with 20°C still at 4:50 PM!
      You did make a BIG brain exercise with all the different words above; good for you! Keep doing this as over the years you will improve - never give up.
      Sending you love and hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Sono bellissime e particolari le tue composizioni,le atmosfere di luci fanno sognare... complimenti cara...

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    1. Cara Donatella,
      Mi fa piacere leggere le tue parole qui. Questo sono tutti gli oggetti dal vecchio mondo, tranne le bacche ed essi mi portano grande piacere!
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  16. Je hebt weer een paar prachtige arrangementen gemaakt met de kaarsen, heel stijlvol.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja, met kaarsen, verse bloemen of blaadjes met besjes kun je véél...
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  17. Liebe Mariette,
    du hast so romantisch und gemütlich dekoriert - Rot ist d i e Weihnachtsfarbe -
    Advent - Weihnachten... das ist für mich Frost, Schnee, Tannenbäume, viele Kerzen -
    Besinnlichkeit und Frieden, Harmonie und Liebe -
    leider nicht immer und nicht überall - es passiert so viel auf unserer Erde - Erschreckendes ...
    aber auch Schönes - wollen wir an das Gute glauben -
    ich drück dich und wünsche dir eine besinnliche Zeit

    Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Ja, die Ingredienten die du da alle nennst sind auch sehr schön. Frost, Schnee und Tannenbäume gibt es hier nicht in dem Sinne aber viele Kerze doch und auch Besinnlichkeit und Frieden, Harmonie und Liebe. Lässt uns hoffen das immer mehr Menschen auch davon geniessen können.
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  18. Fijne Advetnstijd Mariette, heel gezellig gemaakt allemaal;

    Groeten Janny

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    1. Lieve Janny,
      Ja dank je; jij ook een hele fijne Adventstijd nog.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  19. WOW!
    It looks like your are very serious about Xmas!!!
    I think I will wait until we are reunited with our Australian family to enjoy this time of year again!

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    1. Dearest Noushka,
      No, not at all as we have not had a Christmas tree since 1987... Just little things with candles and our minimal Nativity from Italy; that's all.
      Christmas time is very much a family time indeed.
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Wow your setting looks gorgeous and very festive! It does make me feel warm in this cold season :-) I love that you put cranberries and candles together. Looks really beautiful! And what a great idea!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. Cranberries somehow have a festive appearance too. Love their bright red color.
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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