My January Kitchen Goes Dutch

As soon as the Christmas decorations are packed and stored, it’s time to bring out my Dutch collectibles.  I enjoy having these cheery, colorful, happy pieces arranged around my January kitchen.  They span many years and come from many different sources.  Most were gifts from my oldest daughter – some were brought home from her trip to Holland  such as the wooden windmill mold ….

… some pieces were bought in antique stores….

…some were bought years ago in a shop that specialized in gifts from Holland….

Some items are displayed just because I like them – a windmill that held crocus bulbs 30 years ago …

…old toy dishes….

…and one of my earliest quilting projects…

Some items never leave the kitchen, such as my daughter’s hand-embroidered piece…

…a vintage clock and spoon collection

…a granite ware covered cake dish…

….and my set of vintage spice jars, which I use daily.

I enjoy my Dutch collection through the month of January – and now it’s almost time to pack it away and get out my Valentine stuff!

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

16 thoughts on “My January Kitchen Goes Dutch”

    1. Thank you for visiting and for commenting. Actually, I’ve had those valances for about 11 years, longer than I’ve been quilting. But I do have plans to make some new ones with red work embroidery and patchwork. Lillian

  1. What an extensive collection of Dutch lovelies. Hope you share your other month’s collections in the future. You are the only one I know that changes her kitchen each month.

  2. love your collection! I leave my snowmen up for January and then jump into valentine’s day.

    that BB quilt looks perfect with a cat on it. I was thinking yesterday, as i vaccumed up a small kitten sized ball of fur from my various chairs and sofas, of making some mini quilts just for the tops of the sofas and chairs. would cut down on the vacuuming and would decrease my scrap collection.

  3. How cute! Do you have Dutch ancestors or simply love Dutch things?

    It is very cold here in Holland and skating fever has hit. Everyone is getting their ice skates ready as the ice will be thick enough this weekend for people to be out on canals, lakes and brooks. I will be content watching and drinking my hot Dutch cocoa. 🙂

    Hugs from Holland ~

    1. Actually, I had a Dutch grandmother Wilhelmina (I’m going to do a post on her some day) and I’ve always loved Dutch things.

      That hot Dutch coca sounds wonderful. Lillian

  4. You have adorable pieces in your kitchen collectables set. I have blue and white dishes and love that color combination myself. Thank you for taking note about my jelly roll quilt on my recent blog post. I appreciated your comment and will be able to answer questions you might have about the assembly.

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