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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 Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Sunday, December 11, 2011

{3rd Advent}

  • It is already the 3rd Sunday of Advent and we're speeding fast towards Christmas. 
  • During the 2nd Advent week, we were still together with daughter Liz... 
  • Thank you so much for the warm comments you left on yesterday's post about 'Our Daughter Liz'.
  • She's safely home now and we better focus on the remainder of the year. 
  • We never seem to be ready for it, but anyway let's share some 3rd Advent photos with you. 
  • 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 magnolias, does also provide leaves that I sprayed with gold paint.
  • Added Nandina berries with a few Ilex berries as well.

  • Cotton Zweigart Aida tablecloth with Christmas bells around the border is from Bad Münstereifel, Germany.
  • Wine table we did bring back home from our last trip to The Netherlands. It used to be mine and I'd given it to my brother. 
  • They renovated their living room so it came back to my parents place. We can use it here.
  • Nosegay from spices, seeds and hazelnuts, made in South Tyrol, Italy.
  • Need help from Austrian, Italian readers for the NAME of this handmade bouquet.
  • Thanks Johanna from Silber-und-Rosen-Shop for the name: In the Salzburger Land "Gewürzsträusschen".

  • Our magnolia leaves tied with raffia. 
  • The big candle is still from our 25th wedding anniversary, it was a gift from dear friends.

  • Green, red, white and gold with the black fire place makes for a warm and romantic setting.
  • Nice way for a 3rd Advent.

  • Hoping to get some help from my Italian and Austrian readers in regard to this special nosegay. 
  • What is it called? Johanna from Silber+Rosen did already answer that above...

  • Do you have a traditional Advent wreath or what are you using?

  • Raffia and Nandina berries work fine with the gold sprayed Magnolia leaves.

  • What is this called in Austria and Italy?

  • There are almost no holly berries on our Ilex trees this year.

Wishing all of you a very warm and meaningful 3rd Advent Sunday and a great week ahead!
Stay warm and healthy...


  1. I love to see al these beautiful pictures of christmas on all the blogs......
    Have you've been in the Netherlands ? You would really like it.
    Have a great Sunday.
    Hugs Bianca xx

  2. GOEDE MORGEN Mariette!!!!

    How lovely, how absolutely LOVELY is your table dearest! And I am sure that your visit with your daughter was a pleasant one! Don't you wish you had wings to fly over to every dear family member and friend in the world? May your holiday celebration continue to be one of LOVE. Thank you for visiting me! Anita

  3. Hi, Mariette. So nice to hear you spent time with Liz... and I went and read your previous post. Little Lizzie and Lars were so adorable when they were small! So, so cute! Thanks for sharing.
    P.S. Your decorations are lovely! Happy 3rd Advent Sunday and may you and yours have a wonderful and blessed holiday.

  4. Oh Mariette, this is so lovely. I especially love the glow of the first picture. I'm glad you had some time with your daughter. Off to visit your other posts.

  5. Hi Mariette, I seem to be missing out on a lot lately. Not as much time to visit as I would like. Spending my free time making things. If I don't craft every day, I feel like I didn't get any quality "me" time. :) Love the idea of spraypainting the magnolia leaves. Very pretty! How wonderful that you had such a lovely visit with Liz. My goodness, what a sad but sweet life story -- with a happy ending. She is very beautiful -- and so tall! Hope you are having a good day. Tammy

  6. Hello dear Mariette~Your home looks beautiful!!! The fireplace looks sooo warm and cozy, love your anniversary candle its so pretty :)
    I hope you had a wonderful time with your dear daughter and made some more sweet and precious memories to last a life time :)


  7. Lieve Mariette,

    Jullie huis ziet er gezellig uit in kerstsfeer!

    Wat hebben jullie een bijzondere week achter de rug. Fijn dat jullie dochter is langs geweest en jullie zo hebben genoten van haar aanwezigheid.

    Ik wens jullie een fijne zondag toe!

    Liefs van Madelief x

  8. Ha heerlijk zo met de open haard op de achtergrond, en ook nog afkomstig uit Nederland!
    Ik wens ook jou(jullie) n fijne 3. adventsdag toe!

  9. Hi Mariette,

    How nice that your daughter came to visit! Must have been a wonderful time :)
    And yes, advent is a lovely time of the year, cold or warm weather, it's the ambiance that counts, isn't it?
    Wishing you 'the most wonderful time of the year!'.
    Love from the Netherlands,

  10. Dat is een mooie haard Mariette; ziet er gezellig uit zo rond deze tijd.
    Fijn dat jullie het gezellig hebben gehad met Liz.

    Liefs Janny

  11. Liebe Mariette,

    viel Freude und herzliche Adventsgrüße


  12. Liebe Mariette,
    heute komme ich endlich dazu, wieder die Posts zu lesen. Bei dir ist ja internationale Weihnachten. Spezialitäten und Kunstwerke aus allen Ländern schmücken dein Haus. Ich denke, diese kleinen Sträusschen heißen im Salzburger Land "Gewürzsträusschen". ieht alles wunderschön aus.
    Liebe Grüße, Johanna

  13. Hi Mariette,
    What a beautiful advent setting you have created. I love the table with the candles and magnolia leaves and berries by the gorgeous black fireplace. It just makes everything look so warm and cozy. Your candle is gorgeous too. What a nice keepsake and remembrance from your 25th anniversary.

    Thank you for sharing your home inspiration.
    Blessings always and lots of love,
    Celetina Marie

  14. Lieve Mariette,
    Ik heb je vorige post helemaal gelezen...Ik vond het een ontroerend verhaal over jullie prachtige dochter en met zoveel liefde opgeschreven....fijn dat jullie zo'n mooie week samen hebben gehad....Je kerstdecoratie vind ik trouwens heel mooi en de kleuren heel warm....laar de kerst maar komen....
    Een hele lieve groet ....Elly.

  15. Ik kan mij voorstellen dat jullie het heerlijk vinden om jullie dochter weer eens te zien. Jullie hebben daar zeker van genoten. Iris komt nu om het weekend thuis en dan tel ik in de laatste week al de dagen af...

    Ik heb zelf een adventskrans gemaakt. Nog 1 week en dan brandt het vierde kaarsje alweer.

    Groetjes Sandy

  16. It is hard to believe we are already at the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Wonderful and welcoming setting you have created. Perfect for enjoying a cup of cocoa or tea and reflecting all the wonderful things we have been Blessed with.

    Wishing you a wonderful and peaceful Sunday evening..xo HHL

  17. Dearest Mariette,
    This is a beautiful advent display. Everything is warm and inviting just as you wished. The fire in the background looks so good as it is cold in Savh as well.
    The fireplace is awesome.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Love to you, Ginger

  18. Beautiful Advent display sweet M! Are those paper tussy mussy (bouquet) holders? I use to sell them in my retail store years ago...love them!

    xoRebecca PS: I love your sweet comments to me...that make my faith grow by leaps and bounds! xo

  19. Dear Mariette,

    I love your wonderful Advent setting in your lovely home.
    Everything looks so romantic and inviting with the candlelight and the cozy fire.
    Wishing you a happy week


  20. Hello dear Mariette,
    thank you for your visit! The little wreath has an international flair..made in the USA, on its way to France in a pizza box!

    Your advent display is just beautiful!I love the gold painted magnolia leaves! I may have to do that!!



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