Thursday, April 8, 2010

Windmills Tell the Story








Above you see four windmills. They're your typical Delft style and all made in Holland. Normally I would not have taken a second look at these but in 2001 I took a trip with a girlfriend to Europe. (The same trip which in turn created the BELLA ROSA name...see sidebar for that story!) Our stay in Belgium was so much fun (actually all the cities we visited were fun) and everytime I see a windmill like this I have to buy it.

I only have four so far but it all started with the second windmill from the left. There it was on the shelf at one of our local auctions. As soon as I saw it I said "that is mine!" Turned out I didn't have to pay too much for it and off it went to my house! The blades actually turn, too. I think the blades turn on all of them which is of course, fun to spin them around on occasion!



The first windmill is a decanter and the top comes off.


The teeny weeny windmill is part of a salt and pepper set but somewhere along the way the pepper disappeared. I found it in a box of junk at a fleamarket for .25!


Pretty collectibles for a vivid, lasting memory. Someday they won't mean anything to someone else, but while I have them they are very special. They tell a story everytime I see them.




For more great stories check out Cindy's blog My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.

Her blog is so inspiring and beautiful, there's so much to see. Plus, Show and Tell Friday has a HUGE following so there's lots of other blogs to visit today.




8 comments:

Lisa said...

C U T E!!! I do love them! how great you can find them. Treasures are the best!
Hugs, Lisa

Bella said...

It's wonderful to tie a collectable to a happy memory! Love the Bella Rosa story :-)
Bella

BellaRosa said...

Jillian amor,I love your windmill story :) You know a friend once told me that it is always a good idea to write down special stories of items or pictures that we love along with pictures of them and put them in a little journal so that one day when we are gone...our loved ones know the meaning behind such special things to us, and this way, those that are left behind, can make a better choice before they just toss, sell or giveaway something that was once so dear :) Just an idea that I need to work on myself...ps...and tell someone where that special journal is :) Have a beautiful weekend! Besos, Rose

Ps..thank you for your visits to my lil blog, they ALWAYS make me smile :)Just so you know, my daughter reads that Alice in Wonderland book that she got from you over and over :) Thank you!

bellacasa said...

Your windmill collection caught my eye today. I lived in Holland and have a windmill too. Please come by for a visit sometime and leave me a comment so that I know that you dropped by.

Jan @ BellaCasa

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

I like the look of the two vintage perfume bottles. Thanks for shareing your windmills...

podso said...

I have a lot of delft since I'm part Dutch and love Holland and its windmills. Great finds you have!

shabbyrosetreasures said...

Oh so pretty! If you get a chance check out my blog at http://shabbychictreasures.blogspot.com/ I am giving away a darling teapot for the month of April! Hugs, Olivia

mommyroo said...

I love your windmills...My husband's Dad traveled to Holland many years ago & bought quite a few pieces of Delft that we later inherited...so I have been adding to the collection over the years...yes, I do have a few windmills of my own...