Thursday, April 29, 2010

Orange @ The Openluchtmuseum

A few months after I moved to The Netherlands, Martijn took me to the Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (open air museum) in Arnhem. If you haven't been, I HIGHLY recommend it. It gives you a glimpse back in time to the olden days and it's a good place to see a pretty good example of most places around the country in one place.

My favorite thing in the museum was a section of four rowhouses from Tilburg. Each house was dedicated to a certain time period from 1860-1970. If you know me at all, you'll figure out that the BEST one was from the 70s because it was full of orangey goodness!

1970's Kitchen rack

This visit also began the nearly three year long quest for the sewing machine of my dreams. For starters, this is the sewing machine model that I learned to sew on so it was a bit of nostalgia. Secondly... it's ORANGE! Seriously, how could I not desperately want one for my own?

Orange Viking Sewing Machine (3)

I begged Martijn to let me steal it, but he's a bit of a party pooper so he told me no. I think he was just having his revenge because I'd told him he couldn't steal a Commodore 64 from a museum we'd gone to in the US.

They're seriously tricky to find, and after a seriously botched attempt to buy one from a crazy flaky lady I finally finally found one for my very own!

Orange Husqvarna 6430

It doesn't have the orange extension table like the one at the museum did, but I can live with that. JOY!

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When we were trying to think of a good thing for the "O" post, Martijn was reading the dictionary and came across oelewapper, which is a rather outdated term for nincompoop. I think it's absolutely hilarious!
I'm participating in Mrs. Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday! Click the link below to see what other outstanding things people have posted about.


Jenny Matlock

31 comments:

brainella said...

I'm so glad you found one! I love it!

4 Lettre Words said...

You so rock! Love that collection.

CaraBee said...

Oelewapper is my new favorite word and I will be using it posthaste.

Love the orange sewing machine! I'm all about orange this year.

Vicki said...

HEY, great O post and even greater that you found your ORANGE SEWING MACHINE :D

Brenda said...

I am not much of an orange person but my youngest daughter would love it and maybe take up sewing instead of sending her mending home to me!

GardenofDaisies said...

What a gorgeous orange sewing machine!!! That is so much fun! And it sounds like your day at the olden days houses/museum was just amazing!

Jo said...

wow, cool orange sewing machine! I have a husqvarna and those machines just live forever!

Invader_Stu said...

I love how orange everything is the first two photos in general :)

Congratulations on finding the sewing machine :D

Julie Schuler said...

She's a beauty!

Terra said...

I really like your orange sewing machine and Orange is not a fav of mine. strange.

Pondside said...

It's orange alright! I'm glad you were able to hunt one down!

Mama Riser said...

Just stopping by from the girl creative/new friend Friday. I'm lovin' that orange sewing machine!

Amy said...

Ah! It is so beautiful! It will make sewing just that much more fun. And your orange display is the envy of me.

JcVeggie said...

Does the orange color of the machine help you make your little crazy creatures? I love them! Do you make them? Cool post:)

Jenny said...

Oh Kim! I can't believe you have an orange sewing machine!

That is totally, totally outrageously cool!

Thanks for this wonderful, happy and fun post on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "O"!

You are outstanding!

A+

Melinda Cornish said...

oh heck to the yeah...I LOVE that orange machine....and the orange in the museum....that is twice now we have posted about the same things....funny!

Diane said...

I absolutely love the netherlands. i used to have to travel through there and sometimes get the luck to get to stay there when i was enroute for work. i usually stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast in delft---the food was incredible. they have the best fresh fruit and veggies in europe. why did you relocate? are you from dutch ancestry? my daughter-in-law loves orange too. i just learned that this year so i'm on the lookout for items orange for her. so, what's with the orange fettish y'all? have a happy saturday sharefest from SITS...i'm the lady who logged on after you. interesting blog you have here. dianeswords.wordpress.com

CraftyMummy said...

Very Cool Orange Sewing Machine!!
Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest :)

Abigail said...

Ooh, lucky you! That's one stylish machine!

I almost feel bad for my trusty Toyota for saying it, but I miss the vintage (1932) Singer I had to leave in the UK - sewing is somehow even better when your machine is beautiful as well as functional.

Love the rainbow-coloured stitch selector and the big white knobs, they look so cool with the orange!

Unknown Mami said...

Oh, I'm so happy you finally got the sewing machine. That baby was meant to be yours!!! Together at last. Congratulations.

Melissa said...

Love the Orange! I love the idea of a blue and white room with pops of orange. Actually, I love the idea of pops of orange with any colored room. There was an orange tree in our backyard growing up and everyone raved about its oranges so maybe I'm a bit impartial.

Found you through Sits. You have a new follower :)

Steph said...

I love your sense of humor and am so glad you found your orange sewing machine. What a great idea for a museum. I would love to visit it.

Christy said...

that is one ultra-cool sewing machine. I think i would sew more if i had something as awesome as that to look at!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Glad you found one. There's always orange spray paint for the extension table. :)

Viki said...

I love it. Very cool color. I'm so glad you found one.

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