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Buy Fun Kitchen Accessories Online. Pretty Cups, Funny Teapots, Novelty Aprons. Why Not Brighten Your Kitchen?

Updated on July 21, 2013

Celebrate With Colour.

I Love Christmas, Birthdays or any other party time. I remember when I was a small child, my mother always let me help with the cooking and washing up. The small fancy fairy cakes with chocolate or strawberry icing, the big fruit cake just taken out of the oven, still warm, and me sneaking over to take a piece and stuff it in my mouth without her seeing it. My mum was great cook. But it wasn't only the cooking that was fun. It was all the colourful accessories that she let me wear for these occasions. I remember having a lovely little Apron, bright red with stars on the front. This always made me feel like a proper cook. And it was magic. In my mind it was like a fairy land, with colourful teapots and stripy cups. We tend to lose this magic as we get older and our kitchen can sometimes look and feel quite dull. Cooking isn't just about making great food, it's also about making the kitchen a special place where you can feel cosy and warm, with smiley faces on cups and nice orange and red appliances that warm the room and leave you feeling happy. We all yearn for that old type kitchen with grandma standing at the big old table, wooden spoon in her hand madly mixing the cake ingredients, and the smell of cooking bringing in the family on a cold winters night. Sadly we seem to have lost this over time, but we can make our own magic with some great accessories.

Novelty Aprons for Children.

Let's start with Aprons. How many of us use an Apron these days? But they are practical and fun. All little girls love to help mum in the kitchen, and giving them an Apron will stop spills and make cooking much more fun. You can let them make as much mess as they want to, and believe me when I say children do love to make a mess! These can also be used for painting and other messy activities. It's probably best to buy a pack of Aprons because however durable they seem to be, children always seem to have a habit of making a hole in them!  Also the advantage of buy a pack of Aprons is that when one gets messy you can easily swap and change. And children do like different colours for doing different things.

Cups And Novelty Teapots.

In this day and age of fast everything, how many of us actually still use a teapot? We grab a cup or a mug from the cupboard, take a teabag from the caddy and throw it in the cup, pour on the boiling water, and wonder why it tastes like dishwater! I have recently started to use a teapot once again, and for the life of me, I can't understand why I stopped using it in the first place! The tea tastes so much nicer, you can actually smell the tea as well as taste it. And the advantage of course, is that if you want more than one cup you have a whole potful to use. Way to go!

I think that is the trouble these days, we use boring mugs instead of cups, we use teabags instead of tea leaves, and we hurry hurry hurry! We need to slow down and smell the coffee, well, tea! So here I have added a few cups and teapots to show you that it doesn't have to be boring. I especially love the cat teapot, what a find!

I can always remember going on holiday, and one of the main items that I always brought back for my family was a tea towel. Now I know what you are thinking! How boring is that? But bear with me. The ones I bought were always those lovely patterned ones with the map of the county we were staying in. Some had pictures of the beach, others had pretty cottages and gardens. We always seem to outgrow these things. I can't remember the last time I have even seen these sort of things. Maybe it is just because I am not looking in the right places, or it could be that, as I am now an adult, I don't see the novelty of them any more. I do believe we all need to add that child back into our lives. And if that means buying silly cat teapots, or novelty cups and saucers, well why not? I say!

There are so many more things that you can add to make some colour in your kitchen. party plates, fancy napkins, and of course coloured vases to put your lovely flowers in to make it even brighter. Especially in the winter, when everything outside is grey and cold. What's better than shutting the curtains, warming the range and cooking, surrounded by pretty and decorative objects. I always disliked cooking, in fact I actually disliked my kitchen! I have never been a natural cook, preferring to use the microwave instead of the proper oven. It wasn't until a friend of mine bought me a cat biscuit tin, that I actually realised that it wasn't the kitchen I hated, it was the fact that it was boring! The walls were a neutral beige colour, the plates were just blue or white, and the tea caddy set was made of dull looking wood that I just wanted to throw away! But the biscuit tin did it for me! And that's what started my obsession with colour! Why not try it, you might surprise yourself!

Go Ahead, Enjoy Your Kitchen!



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    • Cyndi10 profile image

      Cynthia B Turner 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Teacups and teapots are fun to collect. My Mom gathered quite a collection going to flea markets and garage sales. Great article.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, Kitty, I love dark red, that's the color of my curtains! lol! thanks as always, nell

    • kittythedreamer profile image

      Kitty Fields 

      8 years ago from Summerland

      Oh, how pretty! I love that last picture especially. Great tips to brighten up a kitchen that's for sure! My kitchen walls are actually a dark red, which many people think would look bad but it looks awesome with my white cabinets and black appliances. Awesome hub. :)

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Eiddwen, thank you! I think its because I get a thought in my mind and off I go! ha ha can't keep on one subject, have to keep dabbling in all sorts, thanks so much nell

    • Eiddwen profile image


      9 years ago from Wales

      Hi Nell,

      You are so versatile, chopping and changing from one theme to another and still producing work of a high standard.

      I am proud to know you my talented friend.

      Here's to many more hubs to share.

      Take care


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, carrie, thanks again, I am so glad you liked it, cheers nell

    • carriethomson profile image


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi nell what a neat info!! loved the last pic.. very colourful and beautiful..and those black and white cat pepper shakers are cool..very beautiful hub

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, David, thanks for coming by, I am so glad you found it helpful, thanks nell

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for this hub. It will help me much.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Br3nd4ft, thanks for stopping by, I am glad you liked it, thanks nell

      Hi, susannah, I love shopping online too, I am starting to get slightly addicted to it! ha ha thanks so much nell

    • susannah42 profile image


      10 years ago from Florida

      Great ideas, and great resources. I love shopping online.

    • Br3nd4ft profile image


      10 years ago

      It will really brighten our kitchen. cute hub

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, pmccray, lol I know what you mean! I can't seem to drink coffee these days, it seems to make me go all hot and dizzy! to much caffeine! thanks again for the votes I really appreciate it, cheers nell

    • pmccray profile image


      10 years ago from Utah

      I've become an avid tea drinker since coffee has decided to reek havoc on my already aged brain and body. The tea kettles are so beautiful and will spice up the kitchen area. Tea towels who would have thunk it!! Voted up, marked useful, awesome, beautiful and shared.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, sligo, ha ha you got me there! I am such a good little kitchen maid! nope! you found me out! thanks so much again, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

    • sligobay profile image


      10 years ago from east of the equator

      Lovely and tasteful for a tidy church-going chef like yourself. You have an artist's eye for a colorful and complete kitchen ensemble- perhaps "dress for the mess" will follow. Cheers.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, fayehelen, thanks for reading it, I quite agree with you, colour makes a house, I used to buy my mother things like that and I am sure, like you, that it was me that liked it! ha ha I think I was hoping she would give it me back! thanks nell

    • fayehelen profile image


      10 years ago

      Hi Nell, I always buy novelty tea towels for my mom when I go away! I went to Dublin this summer and got a green 'irish drinking poem' teatowel for her. I loved it - not sure she did though!!

      I love anything girlie and love buying bits and pieces for the kitchen. You are right, colour really brightens up any room. Thanks for sharing some great ideas. :)

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, lyjo, thanks for reading it, I love colour in the winter, I think it is because of the grey skys outside! I have to be surrounded by lots of yellows and blues! thanks again nell

    • lyjo profile image


      10 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      What awesome ideas, I love colour as well, you did such an excellent job with this, I'm sure everyone will want to add a little more colour to their kitchen/rooms. Thanks, & take good care,

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, thanks prasetio, I really appreciate it, I do try and keep my kitchen clean but then my son and all his friends come round and I have to do it again! cheers nell

      Hi, Leslie, thanks for liking it, I just thought how pretty everything was, I love colour. nell

      Hi, dinesh, thanks so much, nell

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      dinesh c bhatt 

      10 years ago from India (Noida)

      Hello,Nell Rose

      Great hub......

      terrific job........Thanks for sharing. Cheers...:)

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      Leslie Patton 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Great hub, I love the ideas, and just in time for Christmas too!

    • prasetio30 profile image


      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good morning, Nell. You always come up with interesting subject, like this one. These all show how you are a person who love neatness. I do believe your kitchen looks clean, tidy and beautiful. I really enjoy your tips as well. Thanks for share with us. I can't leave this hub without Rating up. Cheers.......


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Dolores, lol I know what you mean! I tend to have the boring ones, the browns and blacks so I got rid of them and added some colour ones, I hate it when anybody wants to use them though! thanks again nell

      Hi, cameciob, I remember when my son was small and he had friends around, they always liked being smothered in paint in my my kitchen, I wish we had some of these aprons then! ha ha thanks again nell

      Hi, CMHypno, I know, isn't it funny how we just put a teabag in a cup these days? I have started using one again now and it's great! I can get at least three cups out of it! thanks nell

      Hi, Polly, I wish it was still hot here! it went from hot to cold in one day and now I am shivering! that's why I love colour in the winter, it's so important, I think it is because we don't get it outside, so we have to bring it inside, thanks as always nell

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      10 years ago from US

      I am just getting ready to redo my kitchen when the weather cools a bit more, that is a great idea and I already have much in my garage I bought because it was so cute but where would I put it? Now I can see, thanks so much!

    • CMHypno profile image


      10 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      These are really cute kitchen accessories Nell, there is nothing like a proper teapot for making a good cup of tea!

    • cameciob profile image


      10 years ago

      Hi Nell, You almost had me going shopping if not for the late hour in the night. I love this article. It realy brings back my own memories and, maybe what is more important, it reminds me that I have to pass these tradition to my daughter. Thanks.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Nell, I used to have several tea pots and got rid of them during a declutter. I am kicking myself now and can just see one of them in my mind's eye. I want a tea pot for Christmas!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Micky, well boo to you too! ha ha ha

      Hi, carolina, thank you for stopping over, want a teapot? ha ha

      Hi, vocalcoach, thank you so much I am really pleased when someone likes it, I thought they were lovely, and I hope you find something you like, thanks again nell

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      Audrey Hunt 

      10 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Where did I put my credit card? :-) Seriously, I am going shopping. Great and fun items for the kitchen. Love the teapots and the kids aprons. Rated awesome and up! Thanks, Nell.

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      carolina muscle 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      why not, indeed! Great hub!

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      I don't need this stuff. Just came by to say boo!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Koffee, thanks for reading it, I am glad you found it helpful, I just got the idea from my friends kids, they were smothered in cooking stuff! lol cheers nell

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      Susan Hazelton 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a great selection of kitchen items. Terrific hub - I saw so many things I would love to have. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, Melinda, thanks so much, sorry I took so long coming back, I have been so busy, I couldn't get on here! lol cheers nell

      Hi, Hello, thanks so much for reading it, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

      Hi, Micky, Ahh bless! you are nothing but a sweety! ha ha thanks again as always nell

      Hi, Martie, ha ha that's so funny, maybe it was for a giant! lol I know how you feel, my computer does the funniest things! thanks so much nell

      Hi, poet, thanks for stopping by, I am such a kid! I love all my colours, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi, Audrey, that's a good idea! lol I expect he will want a new doggy basket or something so it works both ways! lol thanks again nell

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Cute hub and I saw many things I want! Yikes - is it okay to buy yourself scads of gifts for Christmas? Why not, eh? I'll just mark them all from Griff!

    • poetvix profile image


      10 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      The picture at the end is so kewl. This Hub makes me wanta go redecorate! Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Martie Coetser 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      I had such a laugh now. My computer sort of frozen while I was going over that red coffee-kettle, stretching that kettle and stretching it, and I though what the heck such a tall narrow pot will never work... perhaps it is something like a hosepipe...

      Then I realized something was wrong.

      Anyway, thanks for the info and laugh... LOL :)))

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      You Pretty Girl! You're always making a pretty hub!

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a well written hub with a beautiful, tasteful selection.

    • msorensson profile image


      10 years ago

      I love that you are able to be inspired to write about your encounters. Great writers are like that. You are doing a terrific job, Nell.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      10 years ago from England

      Hi, melinda, this was another one of those hubs that started because my friends children were in their kitchen cooking and they had some great aprons and spoons etc that were so colourful, I thought it was great so I came back here and did this, it's funny what gives you the ideas! thanks again as always nell

    • msorensson profile image


      10 years ago

      I love that idea of aprons for children. Wow, you did a fantastic job of selecting the items~~!!

      Thank you for sharing~~

      Hug, Melinda


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