New Rilakkuma and Friends Sets

Rilakkuma (the brown bear), Korilakkuma (the white bear) and Kiiroitori (the yellow chick) have a new friend and his name is Kogumachan, a cute new brown bear Korilakkuma found in the Honey Forest. To celebrate their new buddy, they’ve dressed up as him! This popular San-X trio seem to love dressing up as other animals so much, they’ve even got super cute bunny rabbit outfits too. Check out these adorable plush toys we have in our store. If you’re not too familiar with Kogumachan just yet, we’ve included some images of him too for your to take a look at.

 

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in brown bear costume by San-X

Don't they look adorable?

Don’t they look adorable?

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in bunny rabbit costume strawberry by San-X

cute Korilakkuma teddy bear in bunny rabbit costume strawberry by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

cute Kiiroitori chick in pink white rabbit costume by San-X

Funny Bunnies!

Funny Bunnies!

 

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

Kogumachan bear small plush bag charm

Kogumachan bear small plush bag charm

Kogumachan bear plush toy pass holder pass case San-X

Kogumachan bear plush toy pass holder pass case San-X

Turtle Power!

Did you know that today is Turtle Day? Well if you didn’t, you do now! Turtles are one of the most elegant, beautiful and oldest animals known to man. They’ve been in existence for over 215 million years. They’ve been a source of inspiration to us for a long time too, inspiring many things that have been produced in popular culture from cartoons to songs to fashion; the turtle is a much loved creature. So in appreciation of our shelled friends, we’ve compiled some fun turtle related products including fabrics, erasers and stickers for you to browse through.

blue turtle fabric with fishes Robert Kaufman

blue turtle fabric with fishes Robert Kaufman

cute fabric with green turtles Robert Kaufman

cute fabric with green turtles Robert Kaufman

blue sea turtle eraser by Iwako

blue sea turtle eraser by Iwako

green sea turtle eraser by Iwako

green sea turtle eraser by Iwako

pink sea turtle eraser by Iwako

pink sea turtle eraser by Iwako

Aquarium Sea Animals Iwako erasers set 7 pieces from Japan

Aquarium Sea Animals Iwako erasers set 7 pieces from Japan

sea green turtle coral reef animal fabric by Michael Miller USA

sea green turtle coral reef animal fabric by Michael Miller USA

pink turtle animal fabric by Michael Miller USA

pink turtle animal fabric by Michael Miller USA

navy blue turtle Kyoto Japan cotton fabric structured

navy blue turtle Kyoto Japan cotton fabric structured

pink maritime turtles animal fabric by Dear Stella USA

pink maritime turtles animal fabric by Dear Stella USA

funny neon whale fish polar bear animals stickers by Q-Lia

funny neon whale fish polar bear animals stickers by Q-Lia

yellow turtle Africa animal flannel fabric Timeless Treasures USA

yellow turtle Africa animal flannel fabric Timeless Treasures USA

purple whale dolphin animal fabric by Timeless Treasures

purple whale dolphin animal fabric by Timeless Treasures

yellow turtle sea animal fabric by Timeless Treasures

yellow turtle sea animal fabric by Timeless Treasures

dark beige structured bird turtle dobby fabric by Cosmo from Japan

dark beige structured bird turtle dobby fabric by Cosmo from Japan

white cute colorful fish octopus crab fabric Little Mermaids

white cute colorful fish octopus crab fabric Little Mermaids

Our beautiful new office space

We’ve been expanding and recently, part of our team moved into a brand new office space! And the best part is, it’s right next door to our current warehouse, where this part of the team was previously working (in the office section of the warehouse). This move now sees a good part of our warehouse freed up for our ever growing range of products such as fabrics, plush toys, bento boxes and more of your favorite items. Check out some of the pictures of our new space below!

It's very spacious here

It’s very spacious here

Our conference room

Our conference room

A flower arrangement for our new conference room!

A flower arrangement for our new conference room!

It's a lovely office space

It’s a lovely office space

It’s Visit Your Relatives Day!

Today marks a unique annual occurrence, known as Visit Your Relatives Day. Family and extended family are so important in today’s society, with many of us having special bonds with our family members, and these bonds are often treasured for a lifetime. Of course, many of us also have relatives we love who live overseas thus it’s not always that easy to see them in person. In cases like this, we can always rely on sending a card or a letter, to let our loved ones know how much they’re appreciated. Check out some of our beautiful stationery, which includes letter sets and pens/pencils, to help you get started on personalized notes for your family.

cute turquoise Korilakkuma bear mini message cards envelopes by San-X

cute turquoise Korilakkuma bear mini message cards envelopes by San-X

cute Rilakkuma flower windowed envelope Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma flower windowed envelope Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma bear flower honey Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma bear flower honey Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Korilakkuma bear strawberry Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Korilakkuma bear strawberry Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus pattern heart bunny rabbit Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus pattern heart bunny rabbit Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus heart bunny rabbit Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus heart bunny rabbit Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Alice in Wonderland Letter Paper Set from Japan

cute Alice in Wonderland Letter Paper Set from Japan

cute Snow White Letter Paper Set from Japan

cute Snow White Letter Paper Set from Japan

cute Hello Kitty bow heart Letter Paper Set from Japan

cute Hello Kitty bow heart Letter Paper Set from Japan

purple Korilakkuma bear strawberry mechanical pencil by San-X

purple Korilakkuma bear strawberry mechanical pencil by San-X

blue Kogumachan bear glitter ballpoint pen by San-X

blue Kogumachan bear glitter ballpoint pen by San-X

blue Rilakkuma bear glitter Mechanical Pencil by San-X from Japan

blue Rilakkuma bear glitter Mechanical Pencil by San-X from Japan

white cat Ballpoint Pen liquid gel ink from Japan

white cat Ballpoint Pen liquid gel ink from Japan

purple pink white flower Mind Wave mechanical pencil with eraser

purple pink white flower Mind Wave mechanical pencil with eraser

dark blue-white Baby Chulip mouse dot Mind Wave mechanical pencil with eraser

dark blue-white Baby Chulip mouse dot Mind Wave mechanical pencil with eraser

Meet Kogumachan, from San-X

Your favorite San-X critters, Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma and Kiiroitori, have a new friend and his name is Kogumachan. The word Kogumachan itself means Little Bear and the story behind this cute new friend is that when Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma were in the Honey Forest, they came across Kogumachan. Kogumachan and Korilakkuma especially struck up a fun friendship, however the two do seem to squabble a little bit when with Rilakkuma! This little guy sports brown fur with a white tuft and is certainly as cute as his new friends. What do you think of this new little guy? Check out our plushies and other cute items of him, Rilakkuma and co!

 

 

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute Rilakkuma bear flower honey Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma bear flower honey Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma flower windowed envelope Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma flower windowed envelope Letter Paper Set by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey ring binder notebook sketchbook by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends flower ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry honey ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry honey ring binder notebook kawaii

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry mini memo pad book by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends red berry mini memo pad book by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey flower mini memo pad book by San-X

cute Rilakkuma friends honey flower mini memo pad book by San-X

big cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

big cute Kogumachan teddy bear by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

cute small Kogumachan brown bear chain by San-X

Japan Hobby Show – Part 3

To wrap up the posts on this year’s Japan Hobby Show 2016, we want to show you pictures of some of the amazing clothes we saw! Using all sorts of beautiful fabrics, we saw some incredible pieces of work. These included dresses, baby items and more. The ones we found on display, which you can see below, featured very intricate and delicate designs. They featured many patterns too such as polka dot patterns, flowers etc. We were even able to check out a fun fashion show in which the models strutted their stuff in elegant everyday clothing items. Sewing enthusiast were especially loving the various amounts of fabrics on display and there were plenty of fabrics too! All in all, it was a fantastic show and the enthusiasm from the crowd made the event more memorable. We can’t wait for next year’s show!

Many beautifully crafted clothes were on display

Many beautifully crafted clothes were on display

Check out the fabric baby items!

Check out the fabric baby items!

More cute items for show

More cute items for show

The level of detail here is amazing

The level of detail here is amazing

More fun items!

More fun items!

The color contrasts of booths were very eye-catching

The color contrasts of booths were very eye-catching

Stunning clothing items

Stunning clothing items

The shiny fabric really makes this item stand out

The shiny fabric really makes this item stand out

Get ready for a fashion show!

Get ready for a fashion show!

The models showed off beautiful designs

The models showed off beautiful designs

Oodles of fabrics!

Oodles of fabrics!

Japan Hobby Show 2016 – Part 2

At the Japan Hobby Show this year, we came across some of the most incredible “food” treats, made entirely out of wool! That’s right, some of the sweet treats we found were really woolly masterpieces, proving you don’t have to be a knitting pro to make something fun with wool! We also saw the most stunning “desserts” made of clay, done with and without the help of clay molds and craft accessories. They’re so realistic, no one would blame you if you thought you could eat them. From fruity treats to cakes, these creations were colorful and a feast for the eyes. We also came across beautiful plants made entirely out of clay too. These plants are extremely popular, with many individuals adorning their homes and work places with these handmade decorative pieces.

So many delicious woolly chocolate on display

So many delicious woolly chocolates on display

Creativity at its best!

Creativity at its best!

Wool chocolates as far as the eye can see!

Wool chocolates as far as the eye can see!

Beautiful wool artwork

Beautiful wool artwork

Even more treats!

Even more treats!

Aren't these incredible?

Aren’t these incredible?

Clay food that looks so real!

Clay food that looks so real!

A stunning display of food made with clay

A stunning display of food made with clay

Yum!

Yum!

They look very realistic indeed!

They look very realistic indeed!

Would you care for some layered clay cake?

Would you care for some layered clay cake?

Still clay!

Still clay!

Stunning clay plants

Stunning clay plants

Many people decorate their homes/offices with these beautiful clay plants

Many people decorate their homes/offices with these beautiful clay plants

 

Japan Hobby Show 2016 – Part 1

Very recently, part of our team visited the Japan Hobby Show, an incredibile exhibition showcasing stunning fabrics, DIY designs and creations. This jam-packed event was open to the public and many eager individuals came to see this year’s masterpieces. And we can say for certain, this year did not disappoint! We made a stop at a booth run by Kokka, a hugely popular supplier of fabrics and this year they showed off more beautiful Nani Iro fabrics, including designs we recently added to our store! Check out some of the beautiful creations using these fabrics, including bags and clothes, below. Speaking of bags, we also saw many super cute bags at Disney‘s booth and others, with some individuals even demonstrating how these bags were made!

Kokka's booth at the show

Kokka’s booth at the show

So many beautiful Nani Iro fabrics!

So many beautiful Nani Iro fabrics!

Super cute clothes using these gorgeous designs

Super cute clothes using these gorgeous designs

Another stunning top

Another stunning top

This piece is dreamy and fun at the same time

This piece is dreamy and fun at the same time

Oodles of fabrics!

Oodles of fabrics!

Fantastic and practical bags made from these fabrics

Fantastic and practical bags made from these fabrics

Disney's booth had plenty of visitors

Disney’s booth had plenty of visitors

Check out those adorable bags!

Check out those adorable bags!

More bags were on display with some live sewing demonstrations taking place

More bags were on display with some live sewing demonstrations taking place

Many people were taking part in the fun!

Many people were taking part in the fun!

Stunning New Michael Miller Fabrics

We’ve got more beautiful Michael Miller fabrics in our shop that include gorgeous floral designs, animal designs and more. These amazing fabrics can be used in just about any DIY sewing project you may have in mind and we’ve included some images of beautiful creations using Michael Miller fabrics to inspire your creativity. Have you made any clothes, toys, bags etc. using Michael Miller fabrics you’ve purchased here? If so, please feel free to share your masterpieces with us, we’d love to see the incredible projects and items you’ve created!

A gorgeous patchwork quilt. Image courtesy of Michael Miller fabrics.

A gorgeous patchwork quilt. Image courtesy of Michael Miller fabrics.

Another beautiful patchwork project. Image courtesy of Michael Miller fabrics.

Another beautiful patchwork project. Image courtesy of Michael Miller fabrics.

How about a floral pattern dress? Image courtesy of Michael Miller fabrics.

How about a floral pattern dress? Image courtesy of Michael Miller fabrics.

This is a stunning orange flower top. Image courtesy of Michael Miller fabrics.

This is a stunning orange flower top. Image courtesy of Michael Miller fabrics.

dark blue colorful flower panel fabric by Michael Miller

dark blue colorful flower panel fabric by Michael Miller

blue green white flower fabric gold metallic embellishment by Michael Miller

blue green white flower fabric gold metallic embellishment by Michael Miller

orange coral pink flower fabric gold metallic embellishment by Michael Miller

orange coral pink flower fabric gold metallic embellishment by Michael Miller

light brown fabric black grey brown flower by Michael Miller

light brown fabric black grey brown flower by Michael Miller

light brown fabric green dark blue magenta flower by Michael Miller

light brown fabric green dark blue magenta flower by Michael Miller

coloring fabric with flower by Michael Miller

coloring fabric with flower by Michael Miller

light pink cute rabbit lion Michael Miller animal flannel fabric from the USA

light pink cute rabbit lion Michael Miller animal flannel fabric from the USA

light blue cute rabbit lion Michael Miller animal flannel fabric from the USA

light blue cute rabbit lion Michael Miller animal flannel fabric from the USA

dark blue colorful bird fabric gold metallic embellishment by Michael Miller

dark blue colorful bird fabric gold metallic embellishment by Michael Miller

dark purple fabric brown squirrel flower by Michael Miller USA

dark purple fabric brown squirrel flower by Michael Miller USA

pink fabric white rabbit squirrel leaf by Michael Miller

pink fabric white rabbit squirrel leaf by Michael Miller

Happy Garlic Day!

It’s Garlic Day today (yes that’s actually a thing)! Garlic has been a must-have in many yummy food dishes from pasta to curry, all over the globe. Not only does it make food taste delicious, it also has numerous health benefits too such as helping to reduce cholesterol and heal wounds. For your garlic preparation needs, we’ve compiled some of our handiest bento accessories in this post, alongside some useful cutlery you can use to help you dig into some delicious, garlic-infused food! Don’t forget to check out our bento boxes to help keep that yummy food warm!

Here’s some fun Garlic trivia to mark this special day:

1. Brides in the time of Ancient Greece would carry bouquets of garlic, not flowers!

2. China is the biggest producer of garlic.

3. The use of garlic for its health benefits goes back all the way to the time of the ancient Egyptians.

4. There are over 300 varieties of garlic!

5. The name of the US state, Chicago, is actually derived from the Indian word for garlic, ‘Chicagaoua’.

Are you a fan of this flavorful food?

cream color cat paw print design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

cream color cat paw print design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

pink cat design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

pink cat design bento stirrer spoon turner kitchen utensil

green frog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

green frog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

blue dog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

blue dog design bento spatula turner kitchen utensil

Rilakkuma pink bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma pink bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento rice paddle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento ladle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento ladle spoon kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento spatula turner kitchen utensil by San-X

Rilakkuma yellow bento spatula turner kitchen utensil by San-X

Chocolate Pocky Chopsticks set

Chocolate Pocky Chopsticks set

black purple cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

black purple cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

cream brown black spot cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

cream brown black spot cat paw print ceramic spoon by Decole

rose pink cat bento chopsticks by Kamio from Japan

rose pink cat bento chopsticks by Kamio from Japan

white French cats Bento chopsticks from Japan

white French cats Bento chopsticks from Japan

black ninja doll Bento chopsticks from Japan

black ninja doll Bento chopsticks from Japan

dark brown Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

dark brown Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

black Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

black Sumikkogurashi shy animals Bento Chopsticks

cute pink deer apple Rilakkuma bear Bento Box lunch box

cute pink deer apple Rilakkuma bear Bento Box lunch box

pink Shinzi Katoh Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Lunch Box from Japan

pink Shinzi Katoh Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Lunch Box from Japan

blue Furi Furi dancing panda lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

blue Furi Furi dancing panda lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

sky blue and yellow Bento Box Lunch Box with stripes and clock from Japan

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