Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Typical Dutch

Thanks for all wishes to get well soon. Yep I'm on the mend. Something that always makes me feel better is a little walk around town:

Some people are still having Christmas, I took this photo today, or is this early Valentine?

I like those wall decorations that give clues to the history of the houses, in this case;
small skipper guild house (nowadays it should be spelled differently), as I walked very near the port.

This one cheered me up too, if you had one of these it would almost be a pleasure to spend all day on the 'loo'.

Last week I read somewhere that there is going to be a musical about the Hema. Time to introduce you to the Hema, which is the most typical Dutch department store! So I love it!
The Hema started in 1926 in Amsterdam. Now every town in the Netherlands has it's own. What is so special about it?

Everything the Hema sells are products that are only sold here. Their designs are original and refreshing and are selling at low prices! Here you see some cleaning products. You would almost make it your hobby.

Their two most famous products are snacks;
The typical 'hema worst', it's a kind of hot dog like sausage.
The other is the 'tompouce' a kind of pastry made of 3 layers and yes the top layer is that pink.
Pictured are both Hema heroes in a dog toy edition.
(the sausage is on the left, the pink pastry on the right lol).

If you ever visit the Netherlands, don't forget to visit the Hema!
They have an online store, but I don't think they will ship world wide.

When I came back from my walk I worked on the tags for the Valentine puppy love swap (now full) that Karla is hosting. Picture is a bit blurry, but this is only meant as a peek.

Next post will be my give away for One World One Heart, a fun event that I joined last year too. Check here for the details. So stay tuned!


casa nostra said...

wat een prachtig pand en etalage laat je ons weer zien.
de Hema is en blijft 'echt Hema'.
ik kom er i.i.g. graag, mooie spullen voor betaalbare prijzen.

Lori said...

LiLi, that store looks so bright and cheery...everything is all done up in such happy colors...it must be lots of fun to shop there:)
LOVE LOVE LOVE your puppy love tags for Karla's swap...i am wishing that i had been feeling more creative so i would have signed up too...all of the tags i have seen so far are so dang cute!!!
i can't wait to see your OWOH giveaway!!!

LW said...

I would love that store,
I do hope to get to Amsterdam

your tags look very pretty.
I wished I signed up...


Beth Leintz said...

I want to shop at Hema- it looks like fun and any place with pink topped pastry has to have something going for it!

Your tags are so cute- I'm going to help Karla put the books together, can't wait to yours.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Have you ever heard of DeRuiyter,Chocoladehagel. My childhood friends mother would make us *hagel* sandwiches with butter. It was a tradition I shared with my own children. Very tasty and would have me feeling better in no time. Well, that and the shopping too.

Sweet Wishes,

rosabeer said...

Grappig, ik heb vorige week zo'n zelfde foto gemaakt bij de Hema van die kleurige huishoudspullen. En heb meteen een knalkleur strijkplankovertrek aangeschaft. Hoop hierdoor het strijken nog eens met iets meer plezier te gaan doen. Tot nu toe werkt het nog niet, maar misschien moet ik hem uit de verpakking halen ?
Hoe gaat het met Sonja Bakkeren ? zo aan de nepworst en tompouce te zien hou je het aardig vol, of zou je uit pure wanhoop daar je tanden in willen zetten (lol).
De toiletpot is echt helemaal geweldig. Ik ben heel benieuwd waar je de geweldige plaatjes van de swap van Karla gevonden hebt. Dit soort plaatjes vind ik tot nut toe niet, maar weet ook eigenlijk niet waar ik ze moet zoeken. Ik kom waarschijnlijk in de verkeerde winkels/markten.
hartelijke groetjes en een fijne week.

Jeany said...

Hoi Lili, ik krijg gelijk zin om te shoppen als ik jouw fotos zie ;))), enne ik wil je ff vertellen dat ik hier in m'n eentje me lig te bescheuren van hetlachen over jou opmerking, je weet wel, gevulde....., wuhahahahahahahahaah, ik kom niet emer bij, maar vrees niet, morgen wordt gezocht nar de juiste stof, dus soon, 'joedelahietiet". ;)))

barbara said...

I visited Hema online. I don't know if they ship to the US, since it's all in Dutch, and I have no idea what the prices actually would be in US dollars, but the pictures were great! And I'm increasingly liking Dutch more than English anyway.

linnea-maria said...

Cute puppy tags! Oh that toilet seat would fit my bathroom, ha ha. You always show how beautiful your town is. Might visit it as a tourist one day...Hugs /linnea-maria

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

Dordrecht moet ik toch echt eens bezoeken geloof ik, ben er nog nooit geweest.
Mooie tags, ik zag de swap bij Karla maar durfde nog niet.
En fijn dat je je weer beter voelt, hopelijk is de rust met al die andere zaken ook weer een beetje weergekeerd.
Groetjes, M

FrenchGardenHouse said...

ack...I am having Hema withdrawal right now. I wish they would sell off their website, instead of just having a cool site full of info.

And thanks for not showing a real tompoes, otherwise I would really be in trouble.:) glad you are feeling better,Lili.
xo Lidy

Jeanette said...

I love your post about your town and the dutch. Netherlands seems to me to be a very nice place full nice and fun people ( like you) and lots of shops with treats in it. But make cleaning your hobby??? Eh, not . No way! Not even how beautiful the cleaning products are :-)

Take care

Heleen said...

Lang leven de Hema! Echt mijn favoriete winkel! (je krijgt gewoon zin om te gaan poetsen met die geweldig gekleurde spullen...., nou ja bijna dan)

jeanette said...

zeg, vind iedereen het altijd goed dat jij overal foto`s van maakt? ja..begrijp me niet verkeer hoor ik ben er wel blij mee. de worst en tompouce is echt hema he, ik loop minstens 2x in de week even door de hema, ik vind het er altijd heerlijk neuzen. bedankt voor je post. lieve groet, jeanette

Fete et Fleur said...

What a neat store to have near you. I love their originality. I can't wait to see what you do for the OWOH giveaway.


The Muse said...

i so want that loo!

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Hello. I found your blog visiting others and your blog is so cute! I adore your vintage halfdoll banner. ANd I love your idea to put up on the sidebar the banners of the month. What a great idea. WOuld you hate me if I did something like that in the future? I love all of yours!

hugs, Ellen

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I`m sad to hear that you haven`t been feeling so well...
I to have a nasty cold and spent all day in bed, now that is night time and should be asleep... I can`t because I messed up my sleeping patterns.
Anyway, thanks so much for both your lovely coments they really mean a lot to me!
Also thanks for sharing that store, it was nice to see bright colors, to cheer me up!
At the moment in England the weather, hasn`t been that great, quite dull and wet... so seing your pretty bright photos brought a big smile to my "ILL" face.
I to love your tags, they are much nicer than mine, for sure!
I think I covered everything, again wishing you well!
Debbie Moss


sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Hello. Thank you for stopping by. I definately think the banner idea is neat! Thank you! It is nine her. I knew you didn't live in the United States but not sure where. So when you read this it will be morning so.....Good Morning! hugs, Ellen

Nora Lee said...

I just love your pictures; it makes me want to visit there.

She'sSewPretty said...

I love it when you give us tours of your part of the world. Now, you'll have to tell me what the pink pastry tastes like!

Brigitta said...

Zijn er Nederlandse vrouwen die niet van de HEMA houden?? Ik kan het me bijna niet voorstellen. Ik heb inmiddels een knalroze wasmand gehaald en die strijkplankovertrek waar Marja het over had ligt ook nog in de planning. Je hebt helemaal gelijk hoor, vrolijke kleurtjes maken het huishouden iets aangenamer maar het zal nooit mijn hobby worden.

Anna said...

Did I miss Hema whem I went to the Netherlands? I'm afraid I did. Next time!

Emma said...

I'm so jealous! Hema is a true dutch wonder... it is the first thing we do when we are in Amsterdam, find one, decide what we cannot possibly live without, then fill up our half empty suitcases with our loot!! i completely understand your love for it.

i truly love your blog! But it makes me want to come to holland soooo badly... but i have to wait until April for that. xxx

Country Cottage Chic said...

It looks like a fabulous shop! It's a long time since I visited Amsterdam...maybe I will again one day....
Your tags are very sweet!

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Lili! Thank goodness we were in Hawaii for part a bit of January. I totally get the blahs - but this year has been so much better. I want to shop at Hema's definitely a cheerful looking store! I best be getting busy creating my tags for the swap. Yours are so cute! Making tags isn't my thing, but thought I needed to try because it looked so fun.

susanna said...

I always enjoy your little walks about town, LiLi. That porcelain loo is very pretty. And I like handpainted signs on old buildings, too. And that shop certainly does look like fun. :)

Janneke said...

Die mooie foto's van "jouw" stad maken het echt aanlokkelijk om een keertje langs te komen. Ik laat het je weten wanneer we dat gaan doen !!! Die foto's van de Hema zijn ook super....in een dorp hier vlakbij is nu een "mini" Hema ! Daar ben ik al blij mee en loop er vaak even binnen ! Jouw reactie op oude dingen in gebruik vond ik erg leuk om te lezen, ik hou van zulke verhalen :)
Alvast een fijn weekend gewenst.

Elly said...

Echt Hema....!!!!! Een van m'n favo winkels hoor! Elke keer als ik bij jou je swaps en zo zie denk ik.... dat wil ik ook!!! Maar op de één of andere manier kom ik altijd net te laat op de blogs om mee te kunnen doen, en als ik op tijd ben, dan durf ik opeens niet meer ....woehaa....!!! Wat een muts hè! Maar je tags zijn superschattig!!!!!

Poppedijne said...

Love the Hema too! Luckely for us Belgians they have stores here too.They indeed have such lively funny and brightly coloured stuff. Not only for children and so,that is a bit like everywhere but you iron with pleasure and clean with a song in your head when you use their pretty funky buckets, towels and so on! Tomorrow I will visit them again.I also want a bright ironboard cover!

Debbie Egizio said...

Glad that you were feeling good enough to take a walk and share your wonderful finds with us. Charming!

Marina Capano said...

Hi Lili! how are you! I love your post! nice tags! thanks so very much for your comment! see you! visit me anytime!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

The Hema! Woweee I want one! I see what you mean!
That loo is unreal...well if I had one of those...I'd drink water all day :)
Your tag with the little girl in a green dress? Where can I get that graphic? So cute!

Our really empty nest said...

Lili, Hello nice to meet you. I stumbled upon your blog and find it so interesting! Your town is lovely. I am from a tiny little farm town called Bright, it is in Indiana which is in the USA. I love talking woman from around the world, i think it makes the world seem alot smaller that way, i will stop back often, I have just started my blog, if you have a minute check it out! Sue

Our really empty nest said...

Lili, Hello nice to meet you. I stumbled upon your blog and find it so interesting! Your town is lovely. I am from a tiny little farm town called Bright, it is in Indiana which is in the USA. I love talking woman from around the world, i think it makes the world seem alot smaller that way, i will stop back often, I have just started my blog, if you have a minute check it out! Sue

The Rose Room said...

Hi LiLi M.! I will certainly visit the Hema, it looks like a great place to visit. Glad you are going to do the OWOH giveaway and good luck for entering my giveaway. I would have loved to do Karla's puppy tag swap,her and Beth have the best swaps, but too busy . . . sob ... Rachaelxo

María Elena said...

Lili, beautiful tour for store typical of your country! I love to see the facades of the houses Dutch. Hugs.

SweetAnnee said...

Thanks for sharing.. I love it.

The store front..well it can be late Christmas or early valentines..
Great dresses..

Thanks for visiting me..

Scrappy Jessi said...

hey there sweets,

your town is amazing.
hope all is well.


Joy Zaczyk said...

Oh Lili you made my day - I LOVE the Hema! Wish I was there right now in fact... :)


La Flotte said...

Ik dacht, ik ga zelf maar eens bij Lili kijken want nu duurt het wel echt lang voordat ze wat post...had ik je helemaal niet in mijn lijstje staan om je te volgen!!!hahaha en ik maar wachten, dat vond ik er nu net zo handig van om zelf een blog te hebben,dat het automatisch gemeld wordt, heb het meteen aangepast natuurlijk!
Ik vind je rondje Dort zeer de moeite waard en de Hema blijft een topper, ik kom er ook graag!
De volgende keer ben ik op tijd..zeker weten!
Groetjes Heidi

Cowboys and Custard said...

Hi Lili..
Glad you are on the mend.. keep taking the tonic though.. echinaccea or sambuccol.. very good for boosting your immune system..
I think I might have to persuade Hema to ship to the UK.. it is cheap and cheerful.. a great combination..

Michele xx

Linda Crispell said...

There are still so many places in the world I have to visit. Thanks for the information about the Hema department store it looks wonderful.

Sarah said...

I have heard of this shop from my friend Sarah who is married to a Dutch man. It sounds great!