modeS4u Stories: The Sentimental Circus

We have a brand new original story written by our talented teammate! This story features the cutest performers ever, The Sentimental Circus. Enjoy!

The Sentimental Circus

The Sentimental Circus animals woke-up under a large dumpster. It was the middle of the night, and all the animals were ready to roll after a long daytime sleep. Rabbit Shappo enthusiastically stood up, jumping up and down on the balls of his feet. He quickly walked past the other animals, clapping his hands.

“Come on guys! We’ve got a show to run!” Rabbit Shappo declared.

All the other animals began to wake, slightly groaning.

“Come on Toto, my best bud!” Rabbit said to his closest companion.

“Ok, ok,” Toto replied quietly. He didn’t like to be picked on individually, especially in front of the other circus animals.

“You take care of the kiosk tonight, remember?” Rabbit Shappo said.

“Oh, yes, of course,” Toto said, finding the little courage he had and scampering to the middle of the narrow alleyway that they called home. He quickly set up the kiosk, then showed a thumbs up to Shappo.

“Ok, ok,” Rabbit said excitedly, getting into coordinator mood. “Muton, Rio and Kuro – set up the circus tent”. The elephant, lion and cat – respectively – ran to the back of the alleyway, behind the kiosk, and began their work. “Mr. Bear, you do what you do best,” Rabbit Shappo said as he winked at the energetic little bear. Mr. Bear ran to the front of the alleyway, and started to tap dance, attracting other abandoned toy animals to the circus.

Suddenly, a large crowd of animals flooded into the alleyway, dollar bills in hand.

“Okay, guys!” Rabbit Shappo shouted over the rising ruckus to his animal friends, “To the Tent!”

The show, as always, was a fabulous success! First, Rabbit Shappo entered the ring and introduced all the animals. Then, one by one, they did their acts. Toto started everything off with his juggling act, followed by Rio the lion jumping through hoops. Then came Mouton and his acrobatics act – he’s very flexible for an elephant! Finally, Mr. Bear did his cycling act, and Kuro the black cat did his performance on the rolling globe.

When the show came to an end, there was a standing ovation for the abandoned circus animals. They bowed together.

Then, as the large crowd filed out of the tent, the tent was taken down, the kiosk folded up, and the equipment put away.

Then, at the break of dawn, all the animals took their place under the large dumpster, and went back to sleep.

This had been their best show yet.

San-X Sentimental Circus pouch

San-X Sentimental Circus pouch

red Sentimental Circus animal pencil case by San-X

red Sentimental Circus animal pencil case by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus bunny rabbit gold color chain by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus bunny rabbit gold color chain by San-X

red Sentimental Circus rabbit wallet coin case pouch by San-X from Japan

red Sentimental Circus rabbit wallet coin case pouch by San-X from Japan

cute Sentimental Circus natural color canvas tote bag by San-X from Japan

cute Sentimental Circus natural color canvas tote bag by San-X from Japan

Sentimental Circus surprise small charm San-X

Sentimental Circus surprise small charm San-X

blue Sentimental Circus star sign zodiac plush tissue box

blue Sentimental Circus star sign zodiac plush tissue box

red Sentimental Circus bunny rabbit crown plush tissue box by San-X

red Sentimental Circus bunny rabbit crown plush tissue box by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus surprise small key charm by San-X

cute Sentimental Circus surprise small key charm by San-X

The cutest monsters have just arrived in Hong Kong for Christmas!

All around the world, special foods are one of the highlights at Christmas time: elaborate desserts and sweets usually find their way to almost any store, shopping basket and kitchen cupboard.  Those with a sweet tooth are surely looking forward to the start of this Christmas season, and eating to their heart’s content.

Have you ever wondered about those special chocolates and candy that look too perfect and tiny, and taste almost too good to be man-made?  Well, we have come upon a funny troupe of kawaii monster patissiers at Landmark Hong Kong, which may well be the magical creators of those wonderful treats!

This animated display called Cocoa Monsters, clearly inspired by the popular singing monsters game, come alive every 30 minutes: the monsters sing and dance while making delicious chocolates!  Check out the great pictures shared on the All About Hong Kong Facebook page about this wonderfully cute Christmas attraction.  Also, there is a short video available on the Landmark website that you should not miss if you love these kawaii monsters!

Have you got a favourite Christmas treat?  Tell us all about it!

What a colorful display!

What a colorful display!

It's stunning and super elaborate!

It’s stunning and super elaborate!

These monsters seem relaxed!

These monsters seem relaxed!

And these monsters look like they're busy!

And these monsters look like they’re busy!

Look at the treats they're making!

Look at the treats they’re making!

We really want some chocolate now!

We really want some chocolate now!

Wow! This display is so detailed!

Wow! This display is so detailed!

How beautiful is this? All photos in this post are courtesy of the All About Hong Kong Facebook page

How beautiful is this? All photos in this post are courtesy of the All About Hong Kong Facebook page

You MUST look at the beautiful cushion covers made from fabrics from our shop!

We LOVE these incredible cushion covers, belts and quilts our awesome customer Lodeker made, using many beautiful flower fabrics and Asian fabrics that were purchased from our shop! These cushions look perfect to keep in your living room, on your couch, bed etc. The fabrics are stunning and work great as covers, quilts and belts; we absolutely love what Lodeker has created here!

Check out her etsy page for more stunning creations. If you have sewn anything with fabrics you’ve purchased from us, please do send us photos. We love seeing what you create!

How sophisticated!

How sophisticated!

Beautiful and mesmerizing!

Beautiful and mesmerizing!

This look so cool!

This looks so cool!

We simply must have this!

We simply must have this!

Aren't these gorgeous?

Aren’t these gorgeous?

We want a set of these!

We want a set of these!

Gorgeous in green!

Gorgeous in green!

How bright and beautiful!

How bright and beautiful!

We can't stop staring at this!

We can’t stop staring at this!

Stunning, aren't they?

Stunning, aren’t they?

This belt is so cute!

This belt is so cute!

Perfect for chilly climates!

Perfect for chilly climates!

FREE pattern for a fabric glasses case!

We found yet another FREE sewing pattern for you!  This time, you will be able to make a beautiful fabric case for your glasses, isn’t that a great idea?  Besides, this sewing project requires only a little experience, and is recommended for confident beginners.  Needles at the ready! 

The original design was made with Robert Kaufman fabrics, as you can see in the pictures of the finished glasses case.  It used an awesome fabric with colourful glasses, and one of the wonderful solids from the Kona Cotton collection for the lining.  We have included below some other images of fabrics with radiant solid colours and great colorful patterns to help you get inspired.

You surely have noticed that like winter, Christmas is coming: now is the time to make some Christmas presents!  A handmade fabric glasses case would be a perfect gift for your loved ones, especially if they are into sewing themselves.  Don’t be shy! Give it a try and do send us pictures of your creations!  We really love to see and share them!

You can make this set as an Xmas gift for someone!

You can make this set as an Xmas gift for someone!

How cute is this?

How cute is this?

It's stylish and practical!

It’s stylish and practical!

light cream with colorful glasses fabric Robert Kaufman Spec Tacular

light cream with colorful glasses fabric Robert Kaufman Spec Tacular

cream Birch organic fabric with glasses

cream Birch organic fabric with glasses

beige-brown retro glasses fabric by Michael Miller

beige-brown retro glasses fabric by Michael Miller

black Robert Kaufman glasses gold metallic Fashion Statement

black Robert Kaufman glasses gold metallic Fashion Statement

marigold Corn Yellow Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA

marigold Corn Yellow Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA

powder Blue Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA

powder Blue Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA

Aruba mint green Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA

Aruba mint green Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA

Crocus purple solid Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA

Crocus purple solid Kona fabric Robert Kaufman USA

Join our new GIVEAWAY to win your favorite product from our shop!!

Want to win your favorite product from our shop? Then join our new giveaway right now!!

How to participate:

– Go to our kawaii shop and find your favorite product. Copy its link (URL), then come back to THIS blog post. Finally, leave a comment with the link pasted in. That’s it!

Please just make sure to leave your correct email address when you enter the giveaway, as we contact winners by email.

This giveaway ends on Monday, Dec 10, at 9am Hong Kong time. It’s open worldwide!

What would you like to win? Kawaii stickers? A super soft plush toy?

We wish everyone good luck!

What fun item do you want to win in our giveaway?

What fun item do you want to win in our giveaway?

Our favorite sew and NO-SEW aprons for Christmas and all year-round!

We know some of you are great fans of fabric, fashion or textile design, yet have never sewn at all… not even a button on a shirt!  So here is the good news for all of you fabric lovers, whether you’re able to use a needle or not:  You don’t even need to sew to make a beautiful apron!

There are many examples of no-sew aprons available online, for instance.  Check out some of the images we found! When we saw these, we simply knew we had to share them with you! You will see wonderful ideas that can be put into practice in no time, and with very little cost.  All you need is a cute Christmas fabric, scissors, some kawaii ribbon or string, an iron… and the mood for some DIY crafting!

For those of you who do wish to sew, there are many apron sewing projects that keep sewing to a minimum.  These can be a great place to start for total beginners!  Sometimes, all you need is to recycle any old piece of clothing, and attach to it a useful pocket made with a gorgeous Christmas fabric.  This is a great way to reuse large shirts, dresses and overalls.

You can check out a super fun tutorial for making an apron by clicking here. It features instructions on how to make no-sew and sewn aprons!

Aprons are a cook’s best friend, and can also be a great incentive to spur kitchen helpers this Christmas.  Of course, they make very good gifts for anyone that’s into cooking, arts and crafts, DIY etc.  Most likely, aprons would be really welcome in any home with toddlers or small kids, too.  So what are you waiting for?  Don’t forget to send us pictures of your finished Xmas aprons!

Kawaii Xmas aprons by damasklove.com

Kawaii Xmas aprons by damasklove.com

How pretty are these? They're by notonthehightstreet.com

How pretty are these? They’re by notonthehightstreet.com

These are great for arts and crafts time! They're by megandandymade.blogspot.com

These are great for arts and crafts time! They’re by megandandymade.blogspot.com

How pretty! This is by linsartyblobs.blogspot.com

How pretty! This is by linsartyblobs.blogspot.com

Here are sewn and no-sew aprons by abeautifulmess.com

Here are sewn and no-sew aprons by abeautifulmess.com

It's super easy to make one of these! This is from joann.com

It’s super easy to make one of these! This is from joann.com

Join our new Xmas giveaway with Bento Daisuki!

We have a brand new Christmas giveaway with the super cool Bento Daisuki! Here’s your chance to win kawaii Rilakkuma goodies including bento accessories such as a small bag, chopsticks and a bento box!

Simply head on over to Bento Daisuki’s site and follow the instructions to participate. The giveaway ends on December 24. Good luck everyone!!

 

WHat a lovely Xmas giveaway set! Join for a chance to win it!

What a lovely Xmas giveaway set! Join for a chance to win it!

Christmas lights up Hong Kong!

This city is famous for its street lights, and ever since mid-November Christmas decorations have made it even brighter!  In the images below, courtesy of the All About Hong Kong Facebook page, you can see some of the beautiful Xmas lights that have recently been set up along many streets of Hong Kong.

One of the decorations is of stunning golden angels on display in Lee Tung Avenue.  Also, check out some of the funny and kawaii lights with flowers, piggies and other cute characters that can now be seen in Tsim Sha Tsui East!

On the harbor area, a huge shiny Christmas tree nearly 20 meters tall has been built, and behind it there is the world’s largest video kaleidoscope.  If you do not know what that may be, just take a look at the picture where Santa himself came to try it!

Which Xmas decorations do you like best? Are street lights one of your favorites? Let us know!

Light on WIng On Plaza

Lights on at Wing On Plaza

Mesmerizing!

Mesmerizing!

How kawaii are these designs?

How kawaii are these designs?

We love these decorations!

We love these decorations!

Everyone is ready for Xmas!

Everyone is ready for Xmas!

Santa trying out the kaleidoscope!

Santa trying out the kaleidoscope!

This is stunning!!

This is stunning!!

What a gorgeous display! (This photo and the angel photo above were taken by @gnitmiy on Instagram)

What a gorgeous display! (This photo and the angel photo above were taken by @gnitmiy on Instagram)

Join our Japanese Fabric Bundle Giveaway!! Win 10 stunning designs!

Join our awesome new giveaway for the opportunity to win 10 gorgeous Japanese fabrics! Each fabric is around 50cm in length, meaning there’s a total of 5 meters of amazing fabric to be won!

Here’s how to join:

– Check out the Japanese fabric page of our kawaii shop, and locate your favorite fabric. Copy that product’s link (URL), then return to this blog post. Finally, leave a comment with the link pasted. Done!

Please just make sure you input your correct email address when entering the giveaway. We will contact the selected winner by email. Winners must respond to our email within 48 hours or the prize will be forfeited.

This fun giveaway ends on December 31st, 2018. It’s open worldwide. Good luck!

Make sure you also check out our fantastic Japanese fabric sale! Lots of these designs are selling fast, and sold out ones won’t be restocked! Get your favorite designs before they’re gone forever. This sale will ONLY be around until the end of the month!

Here's your chance to win 10 stunning Japanese fabrics! Join our giveaway now!

Here’s your chance to win 10 stunning Japanese fabrics! Join our giveaway now!

This bundle is GORGEOUS!

This bundle is GORGEOUS!

Our EXCLUSIVE Japanese Fabric Sale Begins RIGHT NOW!

Great news! Our exclusive Japanese Fabric Sale starts NOW! For a limited time only, you will get all the finest designs at very low prices. We have lots of gorgeous designs on many different material types such as canvas, cotton, dobby etc. But HURRY, this sale won’t last forever and sold out designs won’t be restocked! This unique offer is available until the end of the month ONLY.

Check out our new Japanese Fabric Sale!

Check out our new Japanese Fabric Sale!