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Trollbeads: Netherlands World Tour Collection

Updated on August 8, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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Welcome to the Netherlands...

Welcome to todays World Tour Trollbeads' collection, the Netherlands, which is known for quite a few things. Some of what they are known for are being the land of windmills and clogs, as well as being the home for the renowned painter, Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh painted the ever famous Sunflower painting. Also in the Netherlands, the favored color of the Dutch is "Orange" believe it or not.

Watch as Trollbeads introduce the World Tour Netherlands collection in this short film and answer this question, "In the Netherlands we find a bride with a difficult decision. Which bead does the bride select first?"


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Van Gogh

As stated earlier, the Netherlands was indeed the home to Vincent van Gogh, the famous painter. In the artist circle, he is well known for his paintings of Sunflowers. But he painted, two series on these famous Sunflowers and is considered one of the greatest painters of the 19th century. It is sad but true though that he only sold one painting while he was alive and didn't get full recognition for his work until after his death.

This silver charm, with beautiful sunflowers all over it, reminds me of my youth. I truly loved art when I was growing up and took many art classes during my high school years. I fell in love with his paintings that I bought a reprint of his "Sunflowers" and hung it in my bedroom at that time of my life. So for me, this charm represents my high school years and that period of time. For others, this charm could represent that of a budding artist or quite simply be purchased, because one loves flowers. Whatever reason that one purchases and wears this charm, it is a beautiful charm and is a must have in this collection.

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Clogs

Growing up my grandmother had a memento from one of her trips and it was a little pair of wooden clogs. I remember staring at that pair of clogs and wondering why she had them and what they meant. I asked one day and she told me quite simply she loved them when she saw them on vacation at the time and just had to have them. They was no real meaning for her purchase other than she thought they were cute and a must have.

Well years later, I found out that clogs originated in the Netherlands and are popular footwear for garden and farm workers in this part of the world. Even though many people assume that everyone in the Netherlands wear them, this is simply not true.

For me, I saw this silver charm and immediately thought of my grandmother, who is since no longer with us and wanted it as a reminder of her. For others, it could mean that they are avid gardeners or quite simply like my grandmother stated they just had to have it, because they liked it and thought it was cute. Again, whatever the reason for owning this silver charm, it is another keeper in this collection.

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Windmill

When first looking at this collection, I saw this charm and again was reminded of my past. As a child my great-grandfather had a painting in his home of a windmill, that pumped a wave of water into a stream. My great-grandfather lived to be 103 years old. He past away when I was 13 years old. Most people are not lucky enough to know their great-parents even for a day let alone 13 years. I have many memories from his home growing up and this is just one of those many memories I do have and treasure.

From that painting that I mentioned, I always assumed that windmill's purely pumped water. However, I recently learned that a mill can be used in a variety of industries, such as to manufacture flour, oil and paint, to saw wood or to pump water (which was the one I did know about). Also, I learned that a mill can be operated by wind, water, electricity, or manually by animals or humans. The reason for it being apart of this collection is that the windmill has a great historical and cultural value to the Dutch people. And they are thought to bring nature, industry, and architecture together.

Again, when looking at this collection and specifically this silver charm of the Windmill, I think of my past and therefore this one represents my great-grandfather and the time that I was lucky enough to spend with him in my youth. For other's it could symbolize as the Dutch, nature, industry of architecture. Again, whatever one's reason for obtaining this charm, from my experience it is another charm that should be had.


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Orange

The reason for This glass charm being apart of the Netherlands collection is that "Orange" is the one color truly synonymous with the Netherlands. The love of the color dates back to the "father of the nation" or the founder of the modern state, William of Orange. The other places I have heard that Orange is found in this country is on their national football team and during the "Queen's Day" celebration, where everyone has "orange fever". It is truly just the color of the nation, like we in the United States, know nothing but the "Red, White and Blue", the Dutch know nothing, but the color "Orange" too.

The only glass charm in this collection, but it is stunning in Orange with gold glitter running through it. I see this one as being a must have just because of its beauty, whether you are a native of this country or not. I am a huge fan of the glitter glass Trollbead charms and this one definitely doesn't disappoint!


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Concluding the Netherlands...

It has been my absolute pleasure to tour the Netherlnads today in Trollbeads World Tour. If you watched the video, you should have the answer to the original question. I will not give it away here however. Join us for the next hub, when we tour the next country in the Trollbeads World Tour and as the Dutch say, dag or goodbye!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      These beads are so interesting! I might show them to my sister one day to see if she would like them! I can tell that you love these beads, can see it in how you write about them that they are a passion and hobby of yours.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you again Josh. It is funny, but since I started collecting I got my mom and my mother-in-law into them. Now, just this past weekend, my almost 8 year old niece told me she wants to start a bracelet and also my 13 year old niece too. I love them and do have a passion for them, but can't believe how so many other people are catching on to them too. I would love to hear if your sister sees them and likes them too. Keep me posted!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      I will definitely keep you posted! I know that money is scarce for her these days but you never know! It is a worth a try! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      It is tight for all of us Josh. I have ben lucky enough to have sold other older pocket books and jewelry I had had before I was even married to afford most of my collection right now. Totally can relate and understand. Thank you again for everything.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Wonderful trip you have taken me on. Your great grandfather living to 103! How furtunate youa re to have met him. My mother has a pair of wooden clogs from Holland and I have tried them on. Not very comfortable I'm afraid.

      I enjoyed the nostalgia of your childhood and the windmill picture.

      Thank youf or sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Shiningirisheyes, thank you for your comment here. My great-grandfather did indeed live to be 103 years old and when he was asked why death never found him, he replied he was never home! My great-grandfather walked a mile everyday until he was almost 100 so that was his joke about walking and why he lived to a ripe old age. As for the clogs and the windmill picture, I still remember them like they were yesterday. It is funny what we remember from our youth. Thanks again and glad you enjoyed!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Janine, I just love this series. I feel like I get to go on a mini-vaca every time I read one. Excellent as usual! :) VUM!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you again Terrye and glad you are enjoying this series. I have a few more countries to go, so get ready to take a few more mini-vaca real soon. Seriously, thank you so much again!!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Beautiful troll bead hub Janine. The orange bead is so beautiful and so are the clogs and the windmill beads too. Interesting. Cheers, Rema.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Rema, as usual thank you so much. I am so glad you liked the orange bead, clog and windmill too!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      The Queen of Trollbeads strikes again. I like the clogs. They are very cute. I like everything about the Netherlands! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, thank you so much and seriously I love when you call me that (you are the best!!). These beads are just too fun to not want to collect and play around with :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Ok, I was very small when I went to the Netherlands with my family....guess I forgot that it was known as the orange!! Hey, this is great!!Thanks for this beautiful collection, which I share as well.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, thank you for sharing that you visiting The Netherlands as a child and I myself have only visited through this virtual collection, but sounds like a lovely place to indeed visit. Thanks you also for always being so kind and for sharing as well :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Here, your fan of your trollsbead world tour collection hub series, is back! I wanted to visit Amsterdam in the near future. Like you, I enjoyed indulging in art activities and shared a wonderful relationship with my 2 late great-grandmothers in my teens quite long ago. This collection is as unique as Netherlands, also known as Holland. It is also famous for its colorful & pretty tulips! A charming hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared on Facebook

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh so glad you are back Ish and thank you so much for your continued enthusiasm. I truly appreciate it and you always make me feel so good by the time I finishing reading you comments. Glad that you shared such wonderful memories with your great-grandmothers too. Thank you again as always for the sharing voting, pinning and sharing on FB too!!

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