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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Private Tea Houses in The Netherlands


Welcome.... today I am sharing photos of the private tea houses we came across on our boat rides with Jacoba & Leon in the Netherlands. These lovely gems are along the rivers & canals of some glorious private mansions. We would call them boat houses in Canada and they would not be as fanciful as these beauties. I can imagine the fun I would have decorating one of these...







A glimpse of the inside of one we passed...































I hope you enjoyed your visit today, have a great weekend!
Blessings,
Wanda



Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fall Colours...



Hello & Welcome...
This Lusterware bowl that belonged to my Grandmother evokes images of Fall with all its colours in their glory. 




My Mother remembered it sitting on the farmhouse table when she was a child. Her Mother (my maternal Grandmother) passed away when my Mother was six years of age and having this bowl meant allot to her. When she passed it on to me I was deeply touched and will treasure it until I pass it on to my Daughter In Law. 




This week I came across this sweet tea towel from April Cornnel .....it goes perfectly with our Shophie Conran china.   





I could not get a great photo of the cute little silver crown spoons we found while in The Netherlands but it gives you an idea of what they are like. The spoon in the sugar bowl is Sterling and the crown is very detailed. The other four we bought are silver plate and although very nice the details are not as intricate. 







Another reason I was drawn to the tea towel was the fact it reminded me of vintage barkcloth, which I love....




The print below was purchased at The Louvre Museum shop and I found the perfect mat and frame at our local thrift shop. Unfortunately I have misplaced the title of the print and will have to do some research on it. 




Our weather has taken a turn towards cooler temperatures and we are busy planning our escape to Arizona.
Thank you for stopping in again.
Life is good... Take care...
Blessings, 
Wanda




Sunday, September 28, 2014

Handblown Glass Drops


We came across these lovely glass drops in a wonderful little shop in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The blue drops are the exact colour of Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue... swoon...


As my heart skipped I beat I gathered up all the blue drops and added a few clear drops as well so we would have twenty in total. 



Don't ask me what I am going to do with them as I really don't have any idea yet... probably add to a chandelier at some point. I just knew if I did not bring them back to Canada with us I would kick myself...



As we unpacked our treasures I came upon a glass lantern we had purchased and the glass had smashed to bits... I was almost afraid to open the bubble wrap we had around the drops and to my delight only one was damaged. ;  )



The sideboard is painted Duck Egg Blue above... the drops are such a great match!


I love how my vintage paper clip looks with this lovely vintage postcard...




This past week I came across the paper place mats below and loved them so much. They are perfect for the dinner table we are sitting tonight for friends. Our dinnerware is going show beautifully against the black & white. 


Thanks for stopping in today, have a wonderful week ahead!
Blessings,
Wanda



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beauty of Brugge



Brugge how we loved Thee...
I think of all the Canal tours we took we enjoyed Brugge's the most. The architecture was so amazing for the whole tour. 




It appears I was drawn to the colour red on this day... so crisp and alive...





You may notice in my photos I was also drawn to all the old iron light stands...







The glorious moss growing on this brick building adds to it's charm...















Why don't we design our buildings like below any more? I swoon when I see these types of windows...







Glimpse of the windows from the inside out...




Thank you for stopping in today... I will share more posts from the thousands of photos we took on this magical adventure in Europe.

Blessings,
Wanda 

Monday, September 15, 2014

My little lace bag...


Thank you for stopping in today! I am sharing the little lace bag I finished on the weekend. Some vintage lace was added to the top and I sewed an interior liner and strap as well.




Added a button and it is done... Loving the way it turned out! 


Blessings,

Wanda

Monday, September 8, 2014

Our Journey of Memories


When we decided to visit The Netherlands we had no idea how much we would see and how many wonderful people we would meet. 



The beautiful gardens were so amazing to wander through and the churches and architecture we experienced was breathtaking.




I will never look at a picture of a windmill the same again after seeing the working of one from inside & out. 






Our intent was to go to some places my Father In Law had been during WWII in 1945. With the help of our friend Jacoba we were able to meet two families that Cliff had stayed with and met during his time in Holland. He had kept photos he was given from the families and we were able to spend a day with these wonderful people. They welcomed us into their homes and Jacoba translated for the visits and we will treasure these memories forever. 



Photo of Hans at age two that was brought back to Canada after the War and below Hans & his wife Nellie







We met two of the sisters above with the sweet bows in their hair.... Kieke & Mieke below.









Our new forever friend Floris in the garden. Our time spent with Jacoba, Leon & Floris was some of our favourite times. They welcomed us into their home & showed us some of the sights in The Netherlands we never would have seen as tourists.  



We loved the boat trips they shared with us and we will treasure our friendship we have formed.  Thank you Jacoba for all you did to make our adventure so memorable. Till we meet again...












Thank you to my Father In Law Cliff for his bravery. We wish he would have been able to travel back to Holland after the War and enjoy its beauty as we did. 

Thank you for stopping in today.

Blessings,

Wanda