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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

Friday, April 26, 2013

{Hats & Me}

  • As a young girl I always had to stand on my toes, nose against the window, when walking past the Millinery Shop 'Bonneterie Van de Beuken in the Steenstraat of Horst my birth place. 
  • My favorite Great Aunt Nelly or 'Oud Tante Nelly', the wife of my Paternal Great-Uncle Handrie, brother of my Grandmother and her sister Mia, did make such lovely hats. 
  • I always have admired the special bows, roses, pearls and ribbons they used as embellishment for those elegant hats. Mom used to buy her hats at their shop!
  • The very same Great Aunt Nelly, has instilled in me, my love for fine china and silver ware. 
  • Whenever I did sew for her a dress or suit, I did visit with her after High Mass on Sunday for fitting. 
  • She always did serve me coffee with pastry in her fine china. 
  • One never knows how such early encounters at a young and tender age do impact our lifestyle... For sure, Tante Nelly will be smiling down from heaven...
  • On August 25, 1984 I had found this matching hat, with veil... to go with my Royal Stuart Scottish Tartan plaid. 
  • Husband Pieter went to England for the British Mushroom Days, by himself and he found at the Scotch House in London a wool shawl, matching gloves and this fabric in a Scottish Royal Stuart Tartan plaid. 
  • So I did sew this pencil skirt out of the fabric. Later I have hemmed up the skirt and I still have it.

The shoes and skirt I still have...
Too bad that the Scotch House has been shut up by the end of 2001.
Just read: The Telegraph - Scotch House to shut up shop.
Pieter used to buy several things there; already for his little daughter Lizzy a Scottish Tartan skirt when she was a toddler.
Are you covering your head with a hat? 
If only for the sun in summer; that still counts!

Related link:
{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
Mad Women and Their Hats | previous post by blogger friend Marie-Thérèse from The French Touch


  1. i detest wearing hats. even in cold wisconsin, i did not like them. my mother made us wear scarves as little kids, but as soon as i got old enough, i stopped. i'd wear ear muffs it if was really cold.

    even now, i do not like hats. i will wear a sun visor.

  2. Your great aunt Nelly sounds very talented to have made beautiful hats. And she instilled love for fine china and silverware...she must have had many lovely sets, I imagine :-)
    You look stunning in your hat and skirt!

  3. Lieve Mariette,

    Staat je kittig dat leuke rode hoedje,en de rok lengte van toen vind ik super vrouwelijk,
    ik schat zo in dat jij de rok nu een heel stuk korter gemaakt hebt.
    En zo leuk om te lezen dat jij de verfijnde gebruiken van tante overgenomen hebt.

    Weet je dat ik jaren geleden een hele grote lap van zo'n zelfde geruite stof kocht,het omzoomde en nog altijd ligt die lap netjes in de lengte gevouwen op de leuning van de Chesterfield bank met Kerst alsof het een plaid is,omdat ik in die dagen dol ben op warme kleuren in rood.

    Lieve groet,

  4. Dearest Mariette,
    My mother also loved hats and also bought me some lovely ones when young from her favorite boutique. I think it was her little luxury at that time. You look stunning in the picture with lovely hat and matching dress♡♡♡
    How great having sweet and wonderful aunt Nelly to insight you when you were young♬♬♬ 

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  5. Liebe Mariette,
    das Hütchen steht dir fantastisch und passt auch toll zum Schottenrock. Deine Tante hat nicht nur die Liebe zu schönen Sachen bei dir geweckt, sondern hat dir sicher auch einen Teil deiner Fähigkeiten vererbt. Ich hätte mich als Kind auch für eine Hutmacherei interessiert, es gibt dort viele hübsche Sachen.
    Liebe Grüße,

  6. Liebste Mariette,
    das Hütchen steht dir so gut!
    Ich kann gar nichts auf dem Kopf haben, egal, welches wetter draussen ist ;O)
    Ich wünsch Dir einen wunderschönen Tag und ein herrliches Wochenende!
    ♥ Allerliebste Grüße Claudia ♥

  7. Liebe Mariette,

    so siehst du hübsch aus mit dem Hütchen.

    Sonnige Grüße


  8. Hello Mariette, You look really stylish in that hat. As an additional note, the bandboxes they came in are very interesting and evoke that earlier period when most people cared about such things.

  9. Jou staat alles !! leuk hoor....fijn weekend liefs Ria...xxx...

  10. I love hats! And that red one your head is beautiful! I hope I'll start making hats (or head stuff, however you call them :D )soon, it's my little plan. Or wish. :)

  11. Liebe Mariette,
    ich finde deine Kopfbedeckung einfach wunderschön.
    Ich selbst liebe Hüte - Allerdings trägt man in Deutschland
    kaum noch welche.
    Freundliche Abendgrüße schickt dir

  12. Que guapisima!!
    Tu tocado es precioso, me encanta el color rojo!
    Besos y buen fin de semana!!


  13. Wunderschön....dieses Hütchen steht dir wunderbar....und die Kombi mit dem Schottenrock, und schwarzem Oberteil, einfach nur perfekt!!!

    Ein schönes Wochende und
    liebe Grüße

  14. I love you red hat and your lovely tartan plaid skirt. There being do tartan for Knox, we are authorized to wear the McFarland Clan tartan plaid. It comes in red as well as green. Have a great weekend, Ginger

  15. I loved this post and you look so chic in your hat and tartan skirt. We do share a love of a gorgeous "chapeau." Do we not?

    Many thanks for including a link to my article. Warm hugs, M-T


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