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Monday, April 12, 2010



Are y’all decorating for the Dutch holiday?  My mantle has had some kind of holiday decor on it since October, and now I can’t remember what I had on it before then.  Since then it has had Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter decor!  I’m kidding about the Dutch holiday – I don’t know why I’ve always been attracted to Dutch people and windmills.  I just find them so charming – I wouldn’t want to have to wear those wooden shoes though – Ouch!


pitcher sug crmr

Maybe it all started with this pitcher, and sugar and creamer that belonged to Mother.


But then, years ago, I spotted this pitcher at an estate sale.  I couldn’t resist the Dutch children on it, so it came home with me.  I know I should have tulips in the pitchers, but my tulips have already passed their prime, so I had to settle for some Azalea blooms.

stained glass I’m still looking for my clear plate stand to put this painted glass on.  Until I locate it (which may be years), the stand will show through the glass. Ooops!

kissing pic-vert

boy and girl

My yellow tea roses are blooming profusely.  I just love these dainty roses.

book The illustrations in this 1945 book entitled Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates also appeal to me.

book illustrations



I’m linking to A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday.  Be sure to go get links for other table tops in Blogville.  Let’s go see if anybody else is celebrating Dutch Day on their table tops.  Thank you so much for coming to see my mantle yet again, and have a happy Dutch Day (you know I’m kidding-I don’t want to get Hallmark all in a twit about making Dutch Day cards, because you know my blog has that much influence!)  laurie


Anonymous said...

Oh, Laurie! Your entire mantle at any time of the year appeals to me! I love your little Dutchness you have! Again I say, you have the most wonderful pretties! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sandra said...

I love old books and the little dutch boy is so the dishes also...a wonderful mantel.

Ann said...

Your collection of little dutch people is so sweet and it looks fantastic on your mantle. :) Thanks for sharing.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love your little Dutch collection.
Hope you are having a great week.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Laurie I love all your Dutch motif collectibles! New York City has Dutch origins and there are still many reminders of that. I remember reading Hams brinker and seeing the same illustrations as a child. I also rememebr a book about Saint Nicholas that ha wonderful illustrations with a Dutch theme.

I have a small collection of the blue and white Delft pottery. It is my dream to visit Delft someday and buy more! :-)

Karen said...

I love all of your Dutch dishes! The children are adorable and I love the style. Your mantle looks fantastic.
What Dutch holiday are you referring to?
Ladybug Creek

santamaker said...

Hey Laurie,
Thanks for the little "dutch treat"! It's charming..I know what you mean about not remembering what was on the mantle before halloween! I still have Easter...maybe I'll wait until the 4th of July! How'd you do your last picture? I love it!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Laurie, your "Dutch Holiday" mantel is beautiful. I love your pretty pieces with the children on them. The couple with the kiss is just a crack up. Your mantel always looks wonderful. Thanks so much for joining the party. You're the best. Hugs, Marty

bj said...

O, Laurie, I adore all your dutch cuteness here. If I lived right around the corner from you, i would arm wrestle you for the vase..full of flowers, of course. It is just stunning. I love it.
And, I love your cute sense of humor.:))
hugs, bj

ellen b. said...

Your Dutch mantel is so darn cute. I just realized I need to put a mantle on my list of things I need at this old house :0)

vignette design said...

Your mantle is such a "Dutch Treat" today! I love that you love decorating your mantle for the seasons and that you have so much to choose from. Love seeing all your collections.

Ginny said...

I love all your Dutch things. We have a city in Michigan called Holland. They have a tulip festival every year. There is a ceramic shop that makes Dutch ceramics and I bought a small bowl one time. It is so pretty and has tulips on it. Very nice blog today again, Laurie

Kathleen said...

I remember a dear aunt giving me Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates as a birthday gift!
I must be strange..I keep family pictures on the mantle except for I admire your Dutch Holiday theme..pass the cole slaw!
If the English hadn't won the battle , New York would be New Netherland, and we would all be sitting on our stoops speaking Dutch..ya!

Carol said...

I never get tired of seeing your beautiful mantel decor!


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I always love seeing your mantel! It looks lovely all dressed for the "Dutch Holiday"!


Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, are so funny. I really got the giggles over this post! I do love all of your Dutch Day things, seems these little people are always kissing! And to think it all started with the little pitcher from your mother. Love everything!


Connie said...

Hi Laurie- Don't faint, I'm back !!!
Three times and you're out, you know. Think I am all straightened out now.
First, I love your tiles and the new sink. I would move right in there as it's so pretty.
Next, your mosaics are done so nicely and you have outdone yourself. My very favorite is the one of your mantel that looks like a painting. I remember someone speaking of that once. I think it was in Photoshop ??? I really have to try it. Now you are on Facebook and soon we will have a celebrity among us !!! Great job.
Come seen me if you can find me, ha, ha........

Unknown said...

Dear Laurie, I can understand your facination with the Dutch Image. When I was a little girl I can remember dreaming that I was Dutch and had wooden shoes. With 2 sisters and 4 brothers when I asked my mom to buy me some wooden shoes her reply was..wait till your brothers wear out a pair of shoes and ask them to add some wood. She thought that was funny.

Atticmag said...

Holland has such a rich visual heritage. I enjoyed my visit there when a friend was living in The Hague. You've captured it in a charming way. Jane F.

cherry said...

I love the Dutch motif...I have a few little vintage items like is appealing. cherry

aimee said...

how sweet. do you make a special dinner, dessert or both ? im curious.

Sue said...

SO very nice to see something different in decorating items...I love the Dutch theme....can't say on all the blogs that I have ever seen such a's lovely...and Hans Brinker was one of my favorite books as a kid...Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Laurie Eve..I am finally caught up on all your blogs..loved the kids in their Easter finery! ..and i saw the Iron Girl all dressed up in a pinafore..was that yours??? I had a pink dress with a white pinafore that was my favorite growing up. Before i forget, our Ace hardware gift store(Fusion) has 3 Iron is very tall if you need a mother for party girl. Since i have 5 of them, i will NOT be purchasing anymore.
I love the Dutch stuff! Susie

Connie said...

Laurie, I will see what I can find in the archives. I really did give it all away when I began to scale down. One daughter has a few pieces in her cottage, but I will do some searching for you.
I have to repeat, I love your mosaics. The fireplace one is priceless. Do frame it !
Thanks for stopping -- I am at home here now.
:-) Con

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Love your little Dutch goodies, Laurie! I am attracted to it, too! lol Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laurie, that is an adorable Dutch collection. I love all the little people and the colors - just beautiful! Linda

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laurie, YOur mantle is really lovely. I am so intrigued by all your sweet dutch children and dutch pieces. You have an eye for making a vignette. So pretty! And I love your yellow roses.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Laurie, your Dutch items are precious and so cute! Like you, I seem to gravitate towards these cute pieces. You have quite a sweet collection there!

Happy Dutch day!


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, Love your gorgeous mantle. Your Dutch treasures are so pretty and one of my favorites too although I do not collect it. I have hand painted many a dutch shoe in my painting career. Some people collect the shoes and I have found many sizes. I can't imagine walking in them.
Lovely post, as always I so enjoy my visits with you.
Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love all your Dutch things! And that is so amazing how you turned your photo into an illustration! Fun!

Foley said...

Have to admit - I didn't know it was Dutch Day!! You have some wonderful pieces, I marvel at how you change out your mantle so often..I change mine about 3 times a year only!
Love the last photo of the mantle looking like a drawing..

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I always enjoy seeing your mantle.
It looks wonderful. So tell me, how did you do that last picture on your post?