June 9, 2016

My Steiff Collection

One of my favorite collections of keeps is my Steiff animals.
This bear...I adore this bear.
He was my first.
His mohair fur and that face- let's just say that 
little Latte gets stroked a lot.
Sshhh...do not tell Bruce.

Latte Macchiato

Rico the Meerkat makes me laugh.
I imagine that he speaks in a Nathan Lane voice
like Timon  in The Lion King.
"Sooo, where ya from?"

He's a wild boar.
I guess he could fill in for Pumba and hang with Timon?

Hoppel - the sweetest little gray bunny.

Esel- Mohair Pre-1961

I found Esel thru a blog friend, Lisa from Out Junking.
She doesn't blog anymore but what a sweet lady she is.  
When I saw Esel in the window of a shop she posted about, she was sweet enough to get me the info needed and he became mine.
He has the original red halter, but you know I don't do red.
 I prefer him au natural.
I think he's my oldest.
You know how I love the donks.

Musical Kecki plays a German folksong and his tail moves to the music.
Magoo brought him back from Germany.
I love the crazy hair around his ears.
I have a lot of the various squirrels.
Somehow my stocking is always holding a little squirrel.
Big Kecki is the mama to all the littles.

Another skirl.

This one is very old and has only a small bit of tag left.
He's Perri and made in the late 1950's- early 1960's.
He's missing the acorn that he was originally holding.

Piep the sweet little mouse- isn't he cute?
He joined the fun in my stocking last year.

 Piff the Woodchuck

It's like having a little forest of critters in the house.
Not that I don't already have a zoo.
But a forest...a nice peaceful forest.
Sshhh, let me have my dream before Jack runs thru here 
dripping mud from his latest frog dig.

And speaking of dogs- look at Mopsy.
Don't you just love the expression on his face.
It reminds me of Jack when I've just caught him 
hiding his bones in the couch cushions.

This one is Sophie's favorite and I found him right after Henry died.
He's definitely not a Corgi but he'll pass, even with that long tail.
She will sit in front of the case and stare at him for the
longest time and if I take him out she smells him and licks him and doesn't try to destroy him like she does all other stuffed animals.
She stole one of the squirrels a few years ago- a pricey one- the little sneaky girl is always on the prowl hoping that I haven't closed the case.

Is there any other way to photograph him?

And, of course- there is Pooh Bear.
I have removed his red vest- well, you know why.
Sophie looks like a stuffed animal herself with those 
big round eyes and button nose.
Mama's girl hopes that one day she can have Pooh.
Such longing in those big eyes but trust me she is a killer.
She was probably foaming at the mouth.
You've heard that I have vicious killer dogs?
Well, there she is!
There are more critters in the case but that's for
 another time.
I'm on the hunt for Tigger at a reasonable price
so let me know if you are selling one.
Either a vintage one or the limited edition Disney Tigger,
like Pooh and Eeyore.
Yes, I'm aware that I have a real life version of Tigger in Jack
but he no longer fits in a cabinet like when he was tiny and manageable!

I hope you have a good weekend full of fun and sun-
I'll be continuing my birthday season when Magoo returns home today.
Let me give you a quick look at what he sent me.
I'm a big fan of Farmgirl Flowers but I hadn't seen this yet.
He's clever every once in awhile, that Magoo.
Who doesn't love a tiny pineapple???

Thank you for all the birthday wishes over on FB- I love ya'll!

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  1. Happy Birthday season! The collection is quite adorable. Of course you know I love the squirrels the best. Are these names you gave them or came with the creatures? How did all that Jack fit into such a small puppy? Sophie needs a creature of her own.

  2. Nice collection, I adore Esel's story. Have the grandest of birthday seasons! Magoo is definitely a keeper.

  3. Oh my gosh they are all adorable. I was going to pick a fav but I just can't!

  4. I love your collection~ your puppy dog is very sweet.

  5. Wow, what a collection. I had a gorgeous Steiff teddy, he was my Mother's and he sat on the back of an o,d vintage sofa in our kitchen. One day we came home, this is going back ten years or so, I don't remember where we had been, nowhere very far because we had left Rosie, our yellow Labrador, in the kitchen. Rosie was the most adorable soft gentle dog. Anyway we arrived home and the Steiff teddy was in thousands of pieces a,k over the floor, totally unrepairable. She never had chewed anything before and never did again after that, I can one imagine it was something in the vintage stuffing that smelt nice to her!

  6. Whoa...that's a bunch! I have three of them...a lion and two owls (one is a hand puppet). I'm not sure any of them have tags.

  7. Ack, look at Jack-cuuuute!!! Fun collection! Happy B-Day Season Tina-enjoy:@)

  8. Oh my gosh!!! What a cool collection! You and my son would be besties! He adores stuffed animals. He has many!!! This Mama can't say no... I'll keep a lookout for this brand...you might need a few more :-)

  9. Tina, I have a few teddy's but never a Steiff of any kind. I've always wanted one. Your collection is fantastic. What else have you been hiding away? Of course, my favorite is Jack. What a cute little guy who has grown into such a handsome young man. But, I didn't see the button in his ear..Have a wonderful weekend..xxo Judy

  10. You have a great collection - I like that first bear the best!

    I still have my Steiff Bear and Steiff Leopard what my grandparents bought for me when I was born. Shhh....they are almost 60 years old now.

  11. Oh, my goodness, I'm in love!!! I've never even heard of these and now I'm heartbroken that I've never even known about them! I love your littles and your photography skills. Be still my heart...


  12. Happy Birthday Tina. I am not good about FB so sorry I missed that! Love all your collected friends. One is cuter than the next. I have to say though Esel is hard not to fall in love with and the sweet little Piep oh my too cute. Jack what a cutie pie pic. Just said Awww all the way through the post tonight. Hugs and best wishes for the best birthday ever girlfriend.

  13. What a cute collection of sweet animals, the squirrels are adorable...my daughter collects squirrels, so I just went to eBay and bought her a Steif for her birthday in August.
    Happy birthday...keep celebrating all month!

  14. Such a charming collection. I adore the meerkat! Thank you for joining us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  15. Happy Birthday Tina, love your sweet collection does any one make a stuffed anything better then/Steiff

  16. Ooops,,, and that mule/ donkey is my favorite.
    Going to check out your older postings so I can catch up...

  17. ahhhh I missed your birthday....hope it was a great one!!!Love your amazing collection of critters. I have never heard of these guys but they are just adorable.

  18. Sweet Tina,
    Happy Birthday my dear and look at all of these darling animals that you have to share this day, month and week with!
    I do have a favorite and you may be surprised (Eeyore)I will share with you why. My darling middle daughter, who has a heart of gold is my Eeyore!
    Sweetest post, my sweet friend. I am counting on you to join us for the next little Texas together, I missed you.

  19. What a great collection. The mouse is adorable and I will never outgrow Pooh.

  20. Oh Tina your collection is amazing and let's us into the sweetness of your heart. What's it say I have a few monkeys in my plush????

  21. On my gosh. That has got to be one of the most adorable collections ever. Love them all, but especially Mopsy. That face is priceless! It just makes me smile. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous collection of critters at Vintage Charm. I hope you had and are still having a great birthday season. :)

  22. Tina
    Thanks for stopping by! I'm so glad to meet you and visit your sweet blog. I love your Steiff collection. You have such beautiful pieces. I love the little bunny and want to give Pooh a big squeeze.;-)


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