I am so sorry for the lack of crafty posts over the last month; I am in the process of moving and ALL of my craft supplies are packed away and buried in my father-in-law’s basement! My Etsy store is also currently closed, but once we are settled I will re-open it, hopefully with the addition of some new vintage treasures. On top of all the moving chaos, we also just got home from a trip across seas to Holland! Greg and I have some friends there who invited us over and gave us the most fantastic tour of this small, beautiful country! I thought I’d share some the pictures I took during our travels!
One of our first stops was the small village of Kinderdijk to see their historic windmills (19 to be exact); all of which were built in the mid-1700′s. They were just amazing to see against the crisp blue skies!
A small outbuilding which reminded me of a Van Gogh painting…
And then on to the Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden.
The gardens consisted mostly of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. They must have had every color and species of tulip imaginable!
Surrounding the gardens were fields full of tulips, ready to be cut and shipped around the world!
The smells were absolutely incredible!
We stayed at our friends’ daughters house, who lived one block from the school attended by Anne Frank. The building is still a functioning school, and is painted with a selection from her diary, along with her signature.
We visited the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, which has just re-opened after 10 years of renovations. It is home to many famous pieces including Rembrandt’s famous “Nightwatch.” The building itself is a stunning work of art!
As if the week wasn’t already perfect with the tulips in bloom, we were fortunate to be in Amsterdam for a truly special and once-in-a-generation event – Queen Beatrix stepped down from the throne to named her son, Willem Alexander, and his wife Maxima, the new King and Queen of the Netherlands. We watched the ceremony on jumbo screens, along with hundreds of thousands of people from across the world, as it took place less than a half mile from where we stood!
We spent the rest of the week on the other side of the country, in Enschede, where our friends live. We visited many beautiful landmarks including this beautiful estate built in the 1600′s.
And I couldn’t leave Holland without some wooden shoes…hand carved and painted!
The farmers still wear these today. Once I get used to them, maybe I will learn to do a wooden clog dance!
Of course one of the main reasons we went was for the DOGS! Greg trains and sells police dogs, and we spent a few days watching the KNPV Trials (Dutch police dog competition). Greg bought this dog, Laser, who has traveled home with us to be a police K-9 in the states!
I met a few cute puppies, like this little guy…none of which could come home with me. Bummer.
Hope you enjoyed my pics! Unfortunately I won’t be posting any crafty stuff for a while, until we are settled in the new house and I can unpack all my supplies and get to work. I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Spring weather and getting in some good “junkin” now that garage sales and flea markets are picking up! I am getting that “pickin” itch, and will be scouting new treasures for my booth at the co-op soon!