Get your teapot geek on...

Clicking gleefully around Etsy this week, as I so often do, I stumbled upon this collection of hand knitted tea cosies from Jargon in the UK. There’s a whole range of kitschy colours and quirky styles to choose from, and worldwide shipping is free until the end of December. They would make a completely geeky and fabulously oddball addition to any kitchen…

hand knitted tea pot cozy, cosy, cozies


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My Favourite Vintage Clothing... by Kitsy!

If you’re a regular reader of {KID} independent, it will come as no surprise when I tell you that vintage clothing for little people warms my heart and puts me in a state of nostalgic bliss. Today’s guest is Bec from Kitsy, and she’s here to take you on a little trip down memory lane as she shares some of her favourite vintage pieces.

Vintage Baby Clothing Collection - Bec from Kitsy

I had a gorgeous baby girl this year and being the first one out of my sisters to give the grandparents a little munchkin to swoon over, I was lucky enough to be given a beautiful chest of vintage clothing and accessories that had been in my family for many years. There was an abundance of beautiful dresses, embroidered tops, playful rompers, sweet bonnets, hand knitted cardigans, beautifully smocked pieces, dainty lace linens and crocheted blankets. I was in vintage heaven!

Vintage Baby Clothing Collection - Bec from Kitsy

Vintage Baby Clothing Collection - Bec from Kitsy

Many of the pieces were worn by myself and my sisters as youngsters as well as a few very special items that have been in the family for a couple of generations. I love dressing my daughter in these clothes that are reminiscent of another era and after so many comments about her looking cute as a button I decided to start adding to my collection and sourcing pieces for my own store, Kitsy.

Vintage Baby Clothing Collection - Bec from Kitsy

I am a thrift lover and love scouring op-shops for discarded treasures. I have now collected a huge range of lovely dresses, pretty blouses, gorgeous floral bonnets, and many other adorable nostalgic pieces. Every vintage piece I find is hand picked with thoughtful consideration into its sentimental appeal, quality and wearability.

Vintage Baby Clothing Collection - Bec from Kitsy

I adore this clothing as it is from a time when little girls dressed just like little girls and boys looked like little gentlemen. My aim for Kitsy is to showcase a range of items special enough to become modern day heirlooms and sneak into children’s glory boxes.

I’d like to invite you to pop in to Kitsy to join in on the vintage lovin’ and admire my collection for little cuties.

A huge thank you to Bec for sharing her vintage delights.

If you’d like to view the full Kitsy collection, you can visit Bec’s store, blog or facebook page.


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My Collections... Missy from Boopsie Daisy

Hello friends! Oh boy, do I have a treat for you today! The lovely Missy Munday from Boopsie Daisy is here to share one of her vintage collections. About 3 years ago, I started a treasured little collection of squeak dolls by Ruth E. Newman along with some Kewpies and other oddities, so this collection has me smiling like the proverbial Cheshire cat! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Collection of Vintage Squeak Toys, Dolls, Squeakies

Photo: The big tub of 131 squeak toys / squeakers sitting in front of the tree waiting for their photo shoot. I rounded them up from everywhere. Shelves in my daughter Sadie’s bedroom, the bathroom floor, my work desk, a curio cabinet and my bedroom dresser top.

I started collecting vintage squeakies when my little boy Ashton was just learning how to talk, in 2004. I found a little premade collection of about 5 or so at Value Village & the collection began to snowball from there. They don’t turn up at yard sales or thrift stores very often, so on annual antique adventures with my Mum I will linger in the vintage toy section forever trying to narrow down my purchases to the one or two squeakers I feel like I just can’t live without… (or really wouldn’t want to.) Other than that I’ve obtained most of my squeaks from the vast and glorious etsyverse. I tend to bring home only the cutest of cute or the very reasonably priced. I find the more you have bunched together, the more adorable they look, almost like they feed off one another’s cuteness.

Collection of Vintage Squeak Toys, Dolls, Squeakies

Photo: Most of the 131 gathered by the Christmas saying “cheese!”

Collection of Vintage Squeak Toys, Dolls, Squeakies

Photo: A close up!

With their eye catching colors and big expressive eyes, there is an irresistible sweetness, joy & innocence to these rubber toys that cheers you through life’s hardships. Their positive, smiling faces seem oblivious to the colder, harsher aspects of reality & carry you back to simpler days gone by. They don’t need batteries, buttons or anything gimmicky or flashy to grab your attention. They’re just good wholesome squeaky clean fun & besides being fun to play with & photograph, they make unique, uplifting decor!

Collection of Vintage Squeak Toys, Dolls, Squeakies

Photo: The bunny squeaks. Sadie loves to sneak into Mommy’s photos & knew I wouldn’t be able to say no if she wore her bunny mask.

Collection of Vintage Squeak Toys, Dolls, Squeakies

Photo: The elephant squeaks. I just love them! I had to get a group shot but I also collect elephants in general. I have a bunny collection, too, but that’s another rhyme for another time!

Collection of Vintage Squeak Toys, Dolls, Squeakies

Photo: The Christmas squeaks! Or at least, the ones that seem to represent Christmas in some way.

My favorite pieces tend to be the ice cream colored squeakies with pretty pastels. I’m also a might bit extra smitten with the ones that are ultra silly (like the scooter driving lion or the bunny boy with a plummer’s crack) or anything oversized.

My most favorite favorites of all though are the squeakers that are dolls. A lot of them have synthetic hair you can style, and my favorites ones are my mermaids & hula girls (not pictured.) But that is a whole other collection in and of itself.

The majority of the squeaks live in my daughter Sadie’s room on shelves. I used to be anal about keeping them all together and untouched but I gave up on that recently and now she gets to take them down to bathe with or have for tea. I also have a whole bunch of vintage Disney & Looney Tunes squeaks I share with my 9 year old son. He wasn’t keen on having me disturb them from his shelves to add into my group shot, so maybe we’ll feature those another time.

Collection of Vintage Squeak Toys, Dolls, Squeakies

Photo: A handful of my favorites. I fatally adore the ones that have the pretty pastel ice cream colors. Also, the more loopy the eyes the better. I’m a hopeless romantic for loopy eyed toys.

Collection of Vintage Squeak Toys, Dolls, Squeakies

Photo: Spillage. Actually this was snapped during the chucking of the squeaks back into the bin. You know you’re cute & loveable when you even look good in disarray.

Thank you squeaks from all of us here at the Boopsie house to Indi for inviting us to be featured. My all-time favorite collection is the collection of the lovely people I’ve met online, you included! I really appreciate all the darling digital happiness you provide to people all over the planet! You’re a gem!

A huge thank you to Missy for sharing her collection, it’s truly made my day and inspired me to hit a few ric-rac and retro stores over the holidays in search of some squeaky goodness! If you have a collection you would like to share, please feel free to get in touch!


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