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

Help us find the Sumikkogurashi!

Oh dear, those Sumikkogurashi really live up to their name. They’re so shy, they’ve hidden themselves somewhere in our office! Can you help us find these cute San-X critters in the picture below? We need your help locating the shy penguin, cat, bear, cutlet and lizard. Click on the image for a larger view!

Check out the new plush toys we have to know who to look for. Plus check out more fun San-X plush toys we have available (we have included a few in this post below the Sumikkogurashi to give you an idea, such as cute cats and Korilakkuma!).

Can you find the shy penguin, cat, bear, cutlet and lizard?

Can you find the shy penguin, cat, bear, cutlet and lizard?

mini Sumikkogurashi lizard cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi lizard cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi cat cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi cat cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi bear cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi cutlet cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi cutlet cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi penguin cute plush charm by San-X

mini Sumikkogurashi penguin cute plush charm by San-X

cute small blue bird animal plush toy

cute small blue bird animal plush toy

cute small white brown black cat animal plush toy

cute small white brown black cat animal plush toy

cute small black white cat animal plush toy

cute small black white cat animal plush toy

cute small black cat animal red collar plush toy

cute small black cat animal red collar plush toy

cute small grey cat animal plush toy

cute small grey cat animal plush toy

cute small light brown cat animal plush toy

cute small light brown cat animal plush toy

black cat animal kitty bed bird clover plush toy

black cat animal kitty bed bird clover plush toy

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear with pink wrap flower toy

cute Rilakkuma teddy bear with pink wrap flower toy

Easter Sale 2016!

It’s Easter and it’s time for a sale! From today until next Monday, March 28th, 23:59pm, we’re offering a 15% discount on all our products on modes4u.com (items on sale and shipping costs excluded). We’ve added lots of new products to our store over the past few weeks, including stunning fabrics, kawaii stationery, and more!

To get the discount you have to enter the coupon code “Easter2016” during checkout. The discount is not valid for shipping costs and items on sale.

Now is the time to get your hands on the products you’ve been eyeing! Happy shopping!

Easter Sale 2016! 15% off until next Monday, March 28th!

Easter Sale 2016! 15% off until next Monday, March 28th!

Over the Moon!

This week we saw a rare solar eclipse, where the moon passes in front of the sun and momentarily turns day into night (depending on where you live!). Did you catch it? In honor of this fantastic astronomical wonder, we’re highlighting some out-of-this-world products we have in store including gorgeous children’s fabrics, stationery and deco tapes which feature the moon, stars and more outer space goodness!

 

blue night owl children fabric Rhyme Time

blue night owl children fabric Rhyme Time

cute blue girl fairy music fairy tale fabric by Kokka from Japan

cute blue girl fairy music fairy tale fabric by Kokka from Japan

blue camel desert animal stripes cotton fabric

blue camel desert animal stripes cotton fabric

blue night sky moon hearts Washi Masking Tape deco tape

blue night sky moon hearts Washi Masking Tape deco tape

coloring fabric with astronaut star moon rocket Michael Miller

coloring fabric with astronaut star moon rocket Michael Miller

cute dark blue star magic teddy bear A4 plastic file folder

cute dark blue star magic teddy bear A4 plastic file folder

blue Star and moon fabric by Michael Miller USA

blue Star and moon fabric by Michael Miller USA

navy blue star fabric by Michael Miller Star Struck

navy blue star fabric by Michael Miller Star Struck

cute colourful star deco tape sticky tape from Japan

cute colourful star deco tape sticky tape from Japan

blue spaceship space fabric Michael Miller Space Station

blue spaceship space fabric Michael Miller Space Station

charcoal grey rocket spaceship fabric 'Spaced Out' Robert Kaufman

charcoal grey rocket spaceship fabric ‘Spaced Out’ Robert Kaufman

white stars fabric 'Stars-A-Lined' Primary by Michael Miller USA

white stars fabric ‘Stars-A-Lined’ Primary by Michael Miller USA

dark blue star constellation zodiac fabric Night Sky Robert Kaufman USA

dark blue star constellation zodiac fabric Night Sky Robert Kaufman USA

turquoise-sea green Moon and Stars glitter fabric Michael Miller USA

turquoise-sea green Moon and Stars glitter fabric Michael Miller USA

cute blue owl star night mini Note Pad from Japan

cute blue owl star night mini Note Pad from Japan

white star paper deco tape by Prime Nakamura

white star paper deco tape by Prime Nakamura

die-cut black planet star galaxy Masking Tape deco tape from Japan

die-cut black planet star galaxy Masking Tape deco tape from Japan

Get a red pocket surprise with your order for Chinese New Year!

Modes4u is celebrating Chinese New Year with you! The next 3,600 orders in our online shop will receive a wonderful and kawaii red pocket! The pockets feature a super cute monkey design, to ring in the Year of the Monkey. It is part of CNY tradition for these red pockets to be filled with money gifts, and then be handed out to friends and family. Our red pockets to you will be filled up too (not with money though!). In our red pockets you’ll find an adorable little surprise gift!

Order soon if you’d like to receive a red pocket. We begin sending them out now and we expect they’ll all be gone in just a few days.

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to Chinese New Year public holidays from February 6th to 10th, we can’t ship any orders, as all post offices are closed. From Thursday, February 11th, we will start shipping again.

Order quickly to get your red pocket surprise!

Order quickly to get your red pocket surprise!

Origami for Anyone and Everyone

Winter is in full swing in many parts of the world, which means more time spent indoors! So why not have some origami fun to pass the time? Origami is a Japanese art form of folding paper into various shapes and we have plenty of cute origami paper to get you started! Maybe you can add an extra touch to your creations with some stamps and/or stickers too! Check out some cute designs we found as well as beautiful origami paper we have available.

A super cute rabbit, courtesy of Origami Maniacs

A super cute rabbit, courtesy of Origami Maniacs

Animals and fruits! Courtesy of LiveBinders

Animals and fruits! Courtesy of LiveBinders

kawaii colorful strawberry Origami Note pad from Japan

kawaii colorful strawberry Origami Note pad from Japan

kawaii colorful butterfly Origami Note pad from Japan

kawaii colorful butterfly Origami Note pad from Japan

kawaii pink with rabbit and princess Origami Note pad from Japan

kawaii pink with rabbit and princess Origami Note pad from Japan

Sticker Fun!

We recently added a whole bunch of cute and colorful stickers to our store! From reflective stickers, to neon ones, to fuzzy sheep stickers (yes!), we’ve got plenty that you’ll simply adore. Place them on notebooks, envelopes, pencil cases, it’s completely up to you. These brand new stickers will surely brighten up any surface and bring a smile to anyone’s face. We also have some new and incredibly useful note pad stickers to help you stay organized. Super colorful and fun, they’ll certainly catch your eye. Take a look at some of the sticker awesomeness here!

 

cute fuzzy stickers with black cream white sheep

cute fuzzy stickers with black cream white sheep

yellow reflective stickers bear star dessert

yellow reflective stickers bear star dessert

colorful Kutusita Nyanko neon stickers by San-X

colorful Kutusita Nyanko neon stickers by San-X

Rilakkuma small book shape note stickers

Rilakkuma small book shape note stickers

colorful Iiwaken index stickers bookmark sticker pink square

colorful Iiwaken index stickers bookmark sticker pink square

Get ready for 2016!

It’s the last day of the year! This is a time many individuals make news year’s resolutions of what they’d like to accomplish. To keep you motivated to follow them, why not proudly display your resolutions like in these cool images we found? To help you out, we’ve got lots of wonderfully cute new stationery items! Check out our new pencils, memo pads, erasers and much, much more! What are your new year resolutions for 2016? Let us know!

 

Cute quick resolutions you can hang around your house, image courtesy of Lil Blue Boo

Cute quick resolutions you can hang around your house, image courtesy of Lil Blue Boo

Why not display resolutions in a frame? Image courtesy of Lil Blue Boo

Why not display resolutions in a frame? Image courtesy of Lil Blue Boo

cute black pink rose ribbon jewelry mechanical pencil Japan

cute black pink rose ribbon jewelry mechanical pencil Japan

cute Sumikkogurashi green weed eraser mini eraser from Japan

cute Sumikkogurashi green weed eraser mini eraser from Japan

cute trees and animals foldable mini message cards from Japan

cute trees and animals foldable mini message cards from Japan

Get Crafty for Christmas!

Christmas is just around the corner, have you got a tree up yet? Either way, why not check out our gorgeous Christmas fabrics and make your own trees and stars (they’ll last all year too)! Your creations will be perfect to use at home or even to give as gifts for loved ones. If you create your own tree or star using our fabrics, we’d love to see images so feel free to share them with us! Happy crafting!

A stunning Christmas tree with a fabric wrapping, image courtesy of Buzzfeed

A stunning Christmas tree with a fabric wrapping, image courtesy of Buzzfeed

A beautiful DIY Christmas star, image courtesy of Betz White

A beautiful DIY Christmas star, image courtesy of Betz White

white Robert Kaufman Christmas fabric with fir tree

white Robert Kaufman Christmas fabric with fir tree

blue Christmas owl fabric by Robert Kaufman

blue Christmas owl fabric by Robert Kaufman

black snowman Christmas fabric by Trans-Pacific Textiles

black snowman Christmas fabric by Trans-Pacific Textiles

Our favorite Christmas DIYs 2015 Part 2

It will be December very soon, which means it’s about time to prepare a lovely calendar for Christmas. Today we like to share our favorite DIY Christmas calendar ideas. With little effort everyone can create a wonderful winter surprise for family and friends. There are instructions for starters and advanced crafting enthusiasts. For more inspiration you can have a look at the adorable Christmas fabrics in our shop. What kind of amazing Christmas calendar do you want to make?

A cute Christmas stockings calendar on missmustardseed.com

A cute Christmas stockings calendar on missmustardseed.com

A funny toilet paper DIY Christmas calendar on morningcreativity.com

A funny toilet paper DIY Christmas calendar on morningcreativity.com

A wonderful fabric Christmas tree calendar on ohhappyday.com

A wonderful fabric Christmas tree calendar on ohhappyday.com

These sewed on Christmas bulbs make perfect pockets for small gifts.

These sewed on Christmas bulbs make perfect pockets for small gifts.

All you need is a big piece of fabric of your choice and a few supplies.

All you need is a big piece of fabric of your choice and a few supplies.

With little effort you can attach the pockets anywhere you like.

With little effort you can attach the pockets anywhere you like.

Don't forget to buy some little surprises to put in the calendar.

Don’t forget to buy some little surprises to put in the calendar.

There are many more types of Christmas calendars. How about a little wood?

There are many more types of Christmas calendars. How about a little wood?

This beautiful chalkboard Christmas calendar can be prepared very quickly.

This beautiful chalkboard Christmas calendar can be prepared very quickly.

cute turquoise snowman Christmas by fabric Andover USA

cute turquoise snowman Christmas by fabric Andover USA

cute charcoal grey Christmas tree mistletoe bird fabric Andover USA

cute charcoal grey Christmas tree mistletoe bird fabric Andover USA

off-white mistletoe fir tree poinsettias flower Christmas fabric

off-white mistletoe fir tree poinsettias flower Christmas fabric

cute green reindeer Santa Claus ice crystals stripe winter Christmas fabric

cute green reindeer Santa Claus ice crystals stripe winter Christmas fabric

cream colored kawaii snow owl winter animals square flannel fabric

cream colored kawaii snow owl winter animals square flannel fabric

white Santa Claus snowflake ice crystals Christmas fabric Henry Glass

white Santa Claus snowflake ice crystals Christmas fabric Henry Glass

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