Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blue Delft Windmills

Just stopping in to share what's happening around here...I've been doing a lot of wrapping and packing, to get ready to move to our lakehouse.  As you may have heard, I will be cutting back on the number of posts for a while, as we prepare for this move.

As I was wrapping some of my teaware, I was admiring some Delft blue-ware I had received from my mother as a gift and was thinking about the history of some of this beautiful artistry.

The story of the Delft Blue, or Delft Blauw, began in China hundreds of years ago. In the 1600’s the beautiful white and blue porcelain came to Europe, and the Netherlands, with the Dutch East India Company. It soon gained major popularity and Dutch potters started to imitate the technique. Germany, England, and France potters also produced Delft, which can be distinguished not only by the difference in shape and design, but the fineness of the porcelain.

In the first half of the 17th century there were several factories in the Netherlands, especially in Rotterdam and Delft.  The earliest tiles were used for flooring , often in churches, wealthy homes or institutional buildings. When some floor tiles turned out to be too delicate for heavy usage, the tiles moved to the walls. Single tiles and whole pictures of tiles were used in kitchens, around fireplaces and as baseboards where floors met walls. The tiles were also used as insulation and protection against water seeping into houses. (Source)

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Why windmills? The Dutch have become very innovative when it comes to keeping out the water. They have built dykes, fortifications and last but not least wind and watermills to create new land. The oldest mill is a watermill that dates back to the eighth century. These techniques were used to pump dry hundreds of lakes and swamps and to prevent land from flooding. Today, windmills are characteristic of the Dutch landscape and a symbol of the Dutch struggle with water. With over a thousand windmills throughout the Netherlands, no wonder that they are the focus of most paintings and artwork.

I couldn't resist adding this tile set, with two teacups. This would be so pretty as a backsplash on my kitchen wall.

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I was noticing that I have a few teapots and plates, but no teacups with the delft blue designs. I would love to find a set of teacups and saucers like the one below!
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Here, also are some pretty delft blue items that I would love to find and make a part of my collection.
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This throw has delft blue tile designs on it.....how cozy and decorative, at the same time. I could definitely sit here and sip on a cup of tea. Couldn't you?
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I saw this stitched piece and thought it was cute...and so true. These days, my schedule is very busy, but never too busy for a cup of tea.
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I never want to stop writing down the many blessings God has bestowed upon me! So, I'm continuing in the Joy Dare.
3 gifts blue
713. My Delft blue-ware (so pretty)
714. The color of the lake.
715. So many pretty shades of blue (my favorite is colbalt blue).

3 gifts found In His Word
716. Hope -
Titus 3:7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
717. Joy -
     Psalm 19:8
     The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
718. Confidence -  
     Proverbs 3:26 (NKJV)
      "For the LORD will be your confidence,
       And will keep your foot from being caught."

A gift in a box, a bag, a book
719. All that God has provided - in many boxes, as I pack.
720. Bag of tasty tortilla chips...love the salty flavor!!
721. 2 books: "A Case for Faith" and "A Case for Christ" (Always good to review apologetics)
3 gifts unexpected
722. Water pump going out, causing us to not have water for 2 days.
723. Getting into the dentist so soon to get a crown worked on.
724. The neighbor, putting gravel in his back yard...very noisy day!

3 gifts from your childhood
725. Great memories of family vacations, holiday gatherings, etc.
726. The protection of God throughout my young life.
727. Growing up in a loving, Christian home.

A gift sweet, salty, sticky
 The perfect analogy for a good friendship: a little sweet, a little nutty & it sticks together.(source)
728. sweet - strawberry jelly
729. salty - peanuts (peanut butter)
730. sticky - good friends :)

3 gifts found in little people
731. Their innocence 
732. Child like faith is good. (Matthew 18:2-4)
733. They have a way of cheering us up/making us laugh.
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  1. The delft blue-ware is beautiful. I love collecting blue dishes, too. Thanks for sharing, Michelle

  2. always a fave ! lovely shares - your backsplash is fabulous and the embroidery exquisite.. TY! i'm reminiscing over some delft of my own... :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I really love the backsplash and embroidery, too. Blessing!!!

  3. I love Delf Blue ware although I don't own any other than a little windmill. The backsplash tile is gorgeous and what a unique feature that would make! Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea. Enjoy your move to the lakehouse.


    1. Thanks, Sandi! I look forward to updating all, once we do move. There are going to be a lot of things I have planned for the new place! God Bless you this week!

  4. Dearest Ann,

    This is such an interesting post all about blue and white, delft blue-ware. What interesting history you have shared with us as well.., A truly delightful back splash and embroidery; so lovely.., Thanks especially for sharing your timely scriptures and all amidst your busy move.

    You are always most warmly welcome to visit, 'my little corner of 'Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland' as well, anytime of the week. I would love to have you also pop by to visit and say 'hello'.

    Have a marvelous and blessed week dear lady. May God richly bless you.

    Cheers, hugs and blessings from Wanda Lee

    1. Thanks, Wanda! Your words are so cheerful and encouraging! I may not have time to stop by now, but I will definitely stop out and leave a note, when I get the chance! Thanks and blessings to you, too!!

  5. Beautiful Blue and white post! All the china is so gorgeous! What a collection. But it is your embroidery piece that really catches my eye, that is really lovely too!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Terri! Wishing you a wonderful week, friend!

  6. "Always time for tea" reminds me there is always time for God because during my quiet time is when I like to drink my tea!

  7. Very nice to read about Delfts blauw, I onlyhave one coffee mug with with small Delftsblauwe windmills on it!

  8. Gorgeous teacup and pictures - I can just imagine how striking the landscape is with all of the windmills. Beautiful post - never stop counting your blessings - I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  9. This is a beautiful post, Ann. I think Delft is really lovely. Thanks for the history and I enjoyed reading about your blessings. We all have MANY things to be thankful for. God is good.
    Hugs, Beth

  10. Oh, ladies, you all are such a blessing to me! I'm so glad you each sent in your comments and have enjoyed this post! It was a lot of fun and I am also so thankful for you all!!!
    In His Lo♥e, Ann


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