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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Commercial Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Friday, December 31, 2010

{3 French Country Style Door Knob Lavender Sachets - Angels & Roses}

We are leaving the year 2010 on Angel's wings...
French Country Style Door Knob Lavender Sachets with Angels and Roses.
French lady Agnes Bayet, under her label: La Mère aux Anges, made again exceptional Lavender Sachets with some Jute Linen and Linen upholstery fabric. Angels with feather wings adorn them on the front. Or romantic roses... Both perfect for Valentine's Day as well.
Have a look at: Spectrenoir.
Dreamy angel...
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Romantic roses with vintage lace... at my boutique: Mariette's Back to Basics.
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Leaving on Angel's wings I wish you a Happy New Year!
Healthy 2011 to all of you...


Thursday, December 30, 2010

{December 30, 1993 U.S. flag flown over U.S. Capitol for both of us!}

We had no idea, that our Georgia Congressman, the Honorable J. Roy Rowland had a special U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Capitol for both of us, on December 30 of 1993.
This on the occasion of our U.S. Citizenship.
It was not before February 15, 1994 that we were presented with this very special flag. Due to the fact that we were still doing International Consulting and not available before that date.
Here at the Dublin Laurens County Chamber of Commerce the above certificate with the flag is being presented to us by Mr. James Vaden Hilburn.

(Sadly Mr. Hilburn died on Friday, May 4 of 2007 in a plane crash). 

We have this certificate framed and it hangs in our office; will show it to you soon!
Here we pose with the United States flag in front of the Chamber building, with Ms. Willie Paulk to the left and Pieter with me in the center and Mr. James Vaden Hilburn to the right.
YES, the Chamber building did get a new coat of paint...!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

{3 French Country Style Lavender filled Candy and Sachets}

Before the year is ending, some more French Country Style Lavender filled Candy & Sachets for you.
Again, made by French lady Agnes Bayet, under her private Label: La Mère aux Anges.
These High End Lavender Candy  or Bon-Bon Sachets, are available at:
 Darling French Country Style Lavender filled 'Bon-Bon' or Candy in Liberty of London fabric. See my previous post: 10 French Country Style Sachet - Candy - Petit Pillows with these kind of candy sachets.
Embellished with vintage eyelet lace.
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Another sweet French Country Style, Liberty of London Rose design Sachet in all Cotton. With a ribbon of lace flowers and satin ribbon bow, one in pink and one in white.
Darling French Country Style Lavender Sachet in white cotton with pulled thread embroidery and Liberty of London fabric, laced with a pink satin ribbon.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

{Comptoir de Famille Candle Wreath - Pour Toi!}

Inspired by the French Countryside
nostalgic home décor items by
Comptoir de Famille.
Needless to say that I feel fortunate for being able to offer you these lovely French Country Style Candle Wreath at my on line boutique: Sprectrenoir.
Adorned with Roses and Berries this is perfect for a romantic Valentine's Day...
Stop by at: Spectrenoir for early Valentine's decorating ideas!
♥ Pour Toi ♥

Monday, December 27, 2010

{Raphael Angel Boxes in Heart Shape}

Valentine's Day is nearing fast and these nesting  
Raphael Angel boxes in a heart shape would make a perfect gift!
Click on this hyperlink to go to my Zen Cart powered on line boutique: Mariette's Back to  Basics.
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This is a large trunk sized box with Raphael Angels that is also available at my Zen Cart powered on line boutique: Mariette's Back to Basics.
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

{Buon Natale - Our Christmas Eve Dinner at Ristorante da Maria}

Christmas Eve was very special for us. We had a delicious 5-course dinner at the authentic Italian
Ristorante da Maria, together with our best friends John & Becky. 
Those friends that stood by our side, when Pieter was in Intensive Care... 
Starting off with a bubbling Prosecco, from the region where we used to live and work in Italy. 
Lady Chef Maria Runggaldier is from South Tirol and we lived only about two hours to the east, towards Venice. 
Eating in her restaurant is like going back to our life-in-Italy era. 
The culinary side we loved so much.
Two days ago, Pieter was not doing well at all. His blood pressure had dropped to an alarming two-digit low. So I called the doctor in the evening. He suggested to stop taking a particular prescription drug as obviously through his rehab he'd recovered so well that he didn't need this drug anymore. Contrary, it made him feel miserable. So on Christmas Eve I was so happy that he had fluffed back. Our house was clean and we were ready for a great dinner with dear friends at Ristorante da Maria.
Ristorante da Maria ~ the dining room.
Ristorante da Maria ~ entrance dining room.
On the left you see the evergreen Southern Magnolia.
Inside the entrance door of Ristorante da Maria.
Across from the dining room at Ristorante da Maria, leading into the B & B; 
 In an earlier blog I did write about their  Agriturismo.
Ristorante da Maria dining room overview.
Our table for four at Ristorante da Maria, elegantly set with real linens.
This is also where I do round things up for my 'Manners Do Count' Classes from Learn from Mariette.
Our 5-course Authentic Italian Dinner at Ristorante da Maria.
Lady Chef Maria Runggaldier from Ristorante da Maria with Heinz.
What is Unique at Ristorante da Maria is her ever-changing menu!
Choice of three Entrées. 
Click on images to enlarge!
Ristorante da Maria's exquisite ever-changing Italian menu is the most talked about cuisine in Central Georgia!
That explains a little bit better why we LOVE to live here and what is available in this town.
We left feeling fed very well and went all four of us to Church for Caroling and a Festive Mass.
Ending with the song Silent Night - Holy Night, this made for a perfect Christmas Eve!

 Bodily and Spiritually fed, we slept like roses under our down duvet...
Thankful for so much!

Saturday, December 25, 2010


From Rebecca Nelson at A Gathering Place, Gathered Thoughts and Cottage Style Living,
the pillow that I won, did arrive timely.
For us indeed, 2010 has been a Gathering of Thoughts...

Wrapped in a plastic pouch with lovely pink ribbon and her sticker, that's how it arrived.

Here it resides in our Veranda.
Merry Christmas to ALL!
 Rehab for Life (Pieter)
The reflection of a blue sky today, is hopefully a good sign for Pieter's Healthy 
HEART in 2011. 
In one month he is done with his rehab...!


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