What Happened to Marelle Couture…….. Sunday, Nov 18 2018 

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As I stand in the parking lot of our latest hotel, I see the mural I painted so long ago. My son was just an infant, and the mural is quite faded. The pub closed down but still stands, a piece of me, my art on the wall I painted while caring for a piece of my heart: My baby Korey.

I left this place long ago for the color of his skin was an issue back then. Some say time passes so fast, yet as I stand there, I feel it doesn’t pass fast enough. I write this not to draw pity or sympathy. This starving artist simply wants others to know how easily one can fall. I worked very hard and supported both of my children with my art. Murals all over North Jersey.

Then came the time I fell so ill, it was my heart beating disconnected from my body. A miracle, still. After moving to P.A. was the only affordable way to give my children a normal life. They never once went without, they never needed or wanted for anything. I worked very very hard despite my illness to give them the best because they were the best God ever gave to me.

And it finally hit me yesterday. While we’ve been moving place to place, it took a while to settle in. For you see, if your house burns down, crowds come around. It’s on the news, aid is there. If there’s a flooding, Red Cross and others try to help. But what happened to us was quite insidious indeed. It’s silent, it’s deadly, and it comes on a breeze. I tell this tale to many I see, and in doing so I have saved several lives indeed.

Black mold is a term that most people know. You may not see it or smell it, and it’s not always black, but it is by all means deadly poison. Symptoms vary from person to person. Chronic sinus infections for some, rheumatoid arthritis for others. A state of severe physical panic, personality changes, the list goes on and on depending on the particular spore you endure. I just ask you all to look it up, for the person in your life that you think is a hypochondriac or is just looking for attention may actually be living in a house of black mold.

We lost everything once, and built back again, only to succumb to its poisonous friends. Now what we have we could carry in bags, and I have had enough. This time just lags. I’m not trying anymore, I’m going to let it be. God’s will. And see what He does with me. Fashion Weeks abroad and at home come and go, but your health when gone is something I hope none of you will ever know. Please educate yourself for your son, for your daughter may not have asthma at all. It could be the insidious within the wall.

…Marelle

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We all have our favorites … Mes favoris absolus. Sunday, Nov 18 2018 

Some say an artist work is like one’s child.  Our pieces are our children.  I don’t know if I would go that far but I will say some of them are very hard to say good bye to.  Neck pieces, Crowns,  Handbags, Headpieces, Statement Bridal Accessories to name a few. So today I felt like reminiscing on some of my favorites.  Se souvenir de vous tous tendrement aujourd’hui.

Pink , Green and Gold fav colour.

Will Sunday, Nov 18 2018 

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A simple little word, will, yet so hard to muster up at times.  Success is very temporary in the face of great tragedy.  After the death of my son our health continued to decline and eventually an air test revealed what was killing all of us on 59 Division Street.  Nothing could stop what happened and yet no one helped our inevitable loss of everything.  Even my sons’ ashes had to be discarded, contaminated.  We have worked very hard during it all; even sleeping on the streets didn’t deter our determination to find our way back to life.

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When an artist can not create he or she becomes depressed, when depressed an artist can not create.  Another Holiday season is upon us and I wish it to be the last spent in sadness.  My son took his life just before Christmas and my Birthday as well as his.

I am taking this miserable existence and turning it into a Christmas miracle.  We have already made the new website and am setting up the online shop.  It is difficult to ask for help but that is what I have had to do as of late.

There is always hope if you have the will to sustain it.  Will is a mighty word backed by great action if you have the courage to wield it.

Please never give up for if you are an artist you are in the company of God quite often, He whisperers ideas to you all the time.  His will.

Praying for a Miracle

Crowns, Jewels, Gems, Haberdashery, Jewelry & Purses for Days…..How to Choose? Tuesday, Jul 10 2018 

As with many new beginnings comes the inevitable new Website.  Going thru so many amazing shots by some of the leading photographers in fashion and film.  How does one pick the perfect one for the first page?  The ones that will be in the slide show, the magazine review, even this blog.

Here are just a few of my favorites for the website at the moment….

So many more to consider and pieces that just lil ol me shot that I absolutely love as well…

 

Well back to it, picking my top picks for my new site.  Au revoir pour le moment.

Honored to be the Accessory to Tuesday, Nov 28 2017 

Uptown Fashion Week Show

Custom Bridal Jewelry, Bijoux de Mariage Belle Personnalisé…. Tuesday, Nov 28 2017 

Passage of time brought together anew…

Exquisite beautiesComing soon To Hopscotch Couture just for you…..

We are going to be rolling out some new Bridal Bling Beauties… All vintage rhinestone jewelry, memories from the past, brought together to their Divine Destiny as a keepsake to pass down to future generations. A passage of time, each piece a bit of history once loved. That is what is so different and unique about each and every one. I take love from the past and put together love divine anew….Only One for the One and Only You..

Custom orders and layaway are always welcome.  Each piece just the way you want it and the freedom to pay for it your way. 

Imagine adding personal touches that have great meaning just to you.  Or perhaps adding some pieces broken long ago belonging to someone once so special now a part of your wedding day.  It is all possible today.

Homeless Due to Toxic Mold Monday, Jan 16 2017 

It is insidious, eventually and potentially it will kill its occupancy…..Marelle

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Many people are unaware of the silent killer within their own homes and communities.  You may have heard of Black Mold but that is a general term for toxic mold.  Not all black mold is toxic and not all toxic mold is in fact black.  An air test by a qualified mold company is the only true tell of what could be causing your illnesses.  Sinus infections,flu like symptoms that won’t go away are just a minuscule of the horrific illnesses this silent killer can do.

 

Actress Brittany Murphy and  her husband died from this horrendous torture.  Brittany Murphy and Husband Death by Black Mold

The CDC has long been aware of this silent killer but little is known by the medical community leading to many misdiagnoses, treating symptoms and even writing off patients off as a hypochondriac or simply crazy.   Just recently there has been several studies showing the suicide and toxic mold connection.  CBS News-was it murder or suicide?

Here is one called the Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Mold…  Mold and Epidemic Suicide Connection

The worst misconception is assuming all mold can just be bleached away.  Toxic mold must be left alone and treated as a hazard.  The CDC has clear outlines to how such homes should be abated.  If you are a renter and want your home tested, they will ask you if you own the home.  If you say no, they will require the owner to ask for the test.  They do now ask for proof so I leave it to you to decide how to answer that question.  The owner also has the right to withhold the findings from you.  This is a violation of your Civil Liberties but you will then need to find a lawyer to demand the release of those findings.  The right to know what you have been exposed to.  Many low income families are stuck in such homes and if any mold issues come up they are evicted and by law they deserve displacement costs but that law is not well known.  The Housing Authority may be able to assist you with that unless your in the wrong county.  That is why I felt compelled to write this post because this family wound up in not one but two wrong counties are are left homeless, disabled and to add insult to injury….no shelter will take them in because they have a service dog.  Federal law seems not to apply to shelters who when asked, simply answered…”It is up to our discretion to not allow service dogs.”  ARE YOU SERIOUS!!

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I need to end this now as this is absolutely beyond upsetting to me.  I am sharing their daughter’s fund raiser and calling all media that will hear me.  I do hope you do too.  Please take the time to read their story and imagine if you can their pain.  God Bless You All.

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The Angelic Series by Marelle Wednesday, Mar 2 2016 

“Only One for the One and Only You.”

Inspiration:
My inspiration for this collection was to create Ethereal Angelic pieces to add to my Angel Series.  It was imperative that each piece frame the face beautifully.  Every necklace and headpiece I create is to be custom fitted as to compliment, not compete with one’s outfit or hairstyle.  Every piece is guaranteed to be one of a kind.

Every piece I create, including this series, is inspired by the materials I am using.  I never sketch a design. Rather, I let the pieces unfold into an accessory of fine art.  I only use quality vintage trinkets and treasures so no two pieces are ever the same.  That was my biggest inspiration when creating my line….give new life to previously loved, vintage treasures.  It is true that an object holds onto the energy of its previous owners so great care is taken when acquiring these vintage treasures.

Depending on the pieces I am using and the surface they are being adhered to determines what method I will use to attach them.  I often work on several pieces at one time.  Laying pieces of treasure, sometimes taking hours, deciding on just the right placement for my canvas.  Whether that canvas be a purse, hat, or an actual canvas.  I would suggest to any gal to experiment with a brooch, scarf, a little something to set your accessories apart. And always be up to trying on your jewellery in new ways. I’ve had people use my necklaces as head wraps. I guess what I would like to say is be you in every sense. Your fashion is a reflection of your fabulous individuality, so flaunt it!

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11:11 A Minute in Time…. Friday, Feb 26 2016 

He told me it started so long ago, soon after my brother passed away.  His body left for my mother to find, who would have guessed her fate would one day be mine.  He loved his uncle so big and fun.  He loved video games and my darling son.  After all was over one possession was given to his loving Nephew, an alarm clock, when plugged in the time read 11:11.  He was quite young maybe 8 or so and he felt he should have gotten more from his dear departed Uncle.  As the years went by it became increasingly aware he saw 11:11 everywhere.  He realized he probably got the greatest gift of all for 11:11 is one of the most sacred numbers of them all.  Year after year he would mention it and so when he was an adult on his arm it would go.  His number in ink for all to see.  Branded 11:11 as proud as could be.

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We must back track a bit to when he was just 3, he was inquisitive and bright with a look so seriously.  I remember one occasion on the Merry Go Round his first ever.  He looked all around with a pensive stare, a woman commented, “I guess he didn’t like his fare.”  No she was wrong a dear friend pointed out, he is looking at all the mechanisms, how it moved about.  We went around again and again and he took it all in….God only knows what a mind lie within.  It was at the same age my father taught him to play chess.  My father was a genius, Mensa can attest.  (He went to one meeting and said it was pointless, everyone talking about how smart they are, I’d rather be home watching Scooby Doo or Tom and Jerry.  That was my father he knew what mattered.) So here he was learning the challenging game of chess by the age of 5 my father gave it his best.  He couldn’t beat my son not one more time, he didn’t want to play anymore with that brilliant son of mine.  If you are English you know how funny that was, what is the point if you know you will loose no matter the cause.

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He was a beautiful child with dimples for days, I called him cow eyes for they had the deepest gaze.  Deep and dark and hard to deny, he was a beautiful soul and wished to fly.  That is him my Carmel kid, what a beauty my God did give.

Time however decided to be quite cruel in ways one dares not even think of until it happens to you.  A most perilous situation I found myself in, moving was our only course of action and that my greatest sin.  Bullied and picked on in ways I never knew, for his cow eyes now were angry, nothing bright or new.  He found some solace in music and martial arts at least I hope.  Both came naturally….”Can’t everyone read music?”  “No my son I assure you nadda nope.”  His talents spilled over into art and intellect he doubted his gifts every step of the way, but 11:11 followed him every day.  I was ill most of his childhood as my daughter knows well, she has been caring for me for as long as she can tell.  All her life, but her story is for another day 11:11  is the minute in this time on this day.

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As he grew into a young man he was so strong and silent.  Hard to understand.  With every gift of discernment God gave me I couldn’t read him but he could read me.  If I so much as thought of a word I wanted to say it would fly out of his mouth, he was so much faster that way.  I told him of his gifts, he just didn’t know, he was blessed too. The gift of knowing.

The unkind years they took it’s toll and he was angry and rightfully so.  Yet still a decision had to be made, do we live in fear in hopes he can be saved.  I gave it my all, I called everyone, pleaded with Doctors to look beyond, he wasn’t just another one.  The Valley With a Heart or so they say.  They failed to mention it was a cold heart made of poisonous clay.  I thought if I could just keep trying and I failed I would find some comfort in the effort although to no avail.  We had some moments I cherish that is true, there were some kind words tucked in between the two.   11:11 One minute in time filled with so much meaning and that clock you can’t unwind.

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I would later find that number was his destiny for it’s meaning is so fine, half Angel half Human, a call to the divine.  I remember the day he opened his mind to God, he found a sign in the library, funny he and my father spent much of their time there.  It was a random book he pulled off the shelf and a bookmark fell out and on it read…”One moment can change a day, One day can change a life and One life can change the world.”  It was the moment I had prayed for all of his life.  Before that book mark he would hear nothing of the Lord, why would he, after all he endured.  He even found a church around the corner where he stayed, he just walked in and joined with the others and began to pray.  He knew not what religion nor did he or I care.  He asked me to attend with him and one Sunday I was well enough and I swear….St. Mary’s was the church, the faith of generations before him.  A Catholic Church with the name that bore him.

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I watched my MMA trainer, my darling son deteriorate before my eyes, my cries heard by no one.  Doctors looking at the tears in my eyes.  He was just another number, like cattle at best. I asked everyone please pray, I am watching my son die a little each day.  Then he showed up at my house as he would like clockwork, on my porch he stood.  He wanted to show me his second tattoo…the 11:11 on his right arm fresh and new.  He beamed with delight and pride.  I admired it and cherished his smiling eyes.  For 3 months we talked and we laughed it was so wonderful getting to know him again. Although he was incredibly sad he managed many a grin. No matter the day no matter what mood we were in, we always said I love you and I am proud to say those were the last words we uttered before he slipped away.  Those were some of the best days I will never forget making Christmas cookies together and drinking tea.   He was proud of his Very English name, that Crest graced his other arm.  That is where I will spread his ashes, after one stop at the pub…all drinks on me, we will celebrate in style the English way, with a pint and a smile.   Hip hip hurray!!

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WE are all born with two sides with pertinacity to sin.  It is clear when you look at him the battle he was in….

He begged me to forgive him if he didn’t make it at all, he felt he missed his awakening to God’s  call.  We talked over and over about this every day.  I told him the fact that he found God meant he awakened that day.  Then one morning I was going to the hospital, it was an often occurrence, this time destination Morristown and he asked to come along.  As we awaited our ride he told me something I remember every day.  “The goal when you die mom is to forgive those who hurt you.”  “To not be the Grim Reaper and take vengeance afforded you.”  I only listened most of the time he spoke as I got ready and grabbed my coat.  We got to the ER and I was rushed inside, when your a heart patient that is the way of it, the front of the line you go into a private room.  My son was pacing and very nervous more than most days.  I saw why when I was to have a test done and wheeled away. Smack dab in front of my private room was a sign, my right hand to God …..it read…(they said they put it there above the shredder so employees would be more careful of the documents they shredded.)

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I asked him if he saw it and yes of course he did, he noticed everything, including the room I was in..#1111, I still have a hard time with that one.  I received no care that day, nothing new, the trip was solely for me to see what I already knew I was loosing my son.

Everyday he would call at exactly 8:36am, to ask to come over and just spend the day within his safe haven, not my house, not my home, but in my heart he was never alone.  Until the day the phone didn’t ring, I told myself things like Oh he probably slept in.  I called all day and finally the time came.  With a screwdriver in hand I was going in.  I had no key, I was going in, he left the key, he knew I would be going in.  And there he was lying face down, I will never forget that moment or the lack of sound.  After the police arrived I sort of floated out, I looked up and said…”I don’t blame you one bit baby, you fought a hell of a fight, your time to sit this one out.”  The day was 12/20/13, just days before my Birthday, then Christmas and on 12/30 he would have been 22.  For 11 days every year it is hell to get thru.  Only 8 months later we lost our home all we had, my daughter and I all alone no deeper sadness I have ever had.  The Valley With A Heart where no Catholic church would bless his ashes.  I brought him back home to the church where he was baptized and the Priest did something no other funeral has ever had, he did the Christmas prayer for my son Korey Francis. “He was God’s gift that year, he wanted a dear friend to sit near, he chose Korey Francis, my son, for his grandest gift.”Father said.   What that priest did was give me a way to process it somewhat emotionally, yes what a gift.  MY SON was chosen above them all.  My half man half angel now entertains God in heaven with deep conversation and I imagine he plays chess with my father with mutual admiration.

He left me a note but that is only for me.  What I will say is weeks after his death I found out his friend Eric put that 11:11 tattoo on his arm.  He asked me if I wanted the stencil because Korey drew it with his owe hand, he just inked it on.

Of all the possessions we lost somehow this tracing paper thin stencil survived and when I am ready I will have it put on my skin.  My only tattoo in memory of my only son in remembrance of the battle he did win.

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Korey Francis you were one of the great ones.  It is not your fault no one saw that in you.  The spiritual Warfare battle you fought only you truly knew.  I hear you loud and clear and this post was most hard to do but the words just spilled onto the keyboard, no need to write.  You did it for me perfectly worded, to save someone or perhaps many down here….For whoever needs to read your words you whispered in my ear.

Not a moment goes by I think and wonder what Korey would say as he flew on by…..always with me my precious son, my body guard stronger than anyone.  I love you always my only son……Mom the Proudest one.

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Marelle Couture Bridal Collection Slideshow. Friday, Feb 26 2016 

Dedicated to generations of true love, unfeathered none above.  For there still is for a hopeful few….a heart that beats just for you…..Marelle

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