Christmas crafts: Christmas Clothespin Ornament

Almost everybody has pegs at home. Why not use them as part of your Christmas decoration this year? For today’s Christmas DIY we made some Christmas star ornaments with pegs, Masking Tape and a plastic circle. You can also just use a circle of cardboard and stick the pegs onto it.

Today's Christmas craft: Christmas clothes-peg ornament

Today’s Christmas craft: Christmas clothes-peg ornament

Advent calendar ideas by Rilakkuma and Lok

Christmas is slowly approaching, so it is time to start our annual Christmas gift ideas series. This year we decided to let our staff members and our office mascot Rilakkuma provide you with inspiration, as they know our products best.

Lok and Rilakkuma present some kawaii ideas for your advent calendar

Lok and Rilakkuma present some kawaii ideas for your advent calendar

Our packing fairy Lok is the first one to go. She is really an expert in the warehouse, so we asked her to pick some things she thinks are suitable to put in an advent calendar. After all these 24 little things are the first thing on your to do list if you are planning to make one as it has to be ready by December 1st. Her are some of Lok’s ideas:

1. Band-aids

With their kawaii designs and colors these band-aids are everything but boring.

fairy tale Alice in Wonderland kids Bandage Band-Aid set

fairy tale Alice in Wonderland kids Bandage Band-Aid set

2. Mini folder

Mini folders are really adorable and very suitable to hold receipts, little notes or stickers. We have a wide range with one or several pockets.

kawaii Rilakkuma brown bear mini plastic folder 3-pocket

kawaii Rilakkuma brown bear mini plastic folder 3-pocket

3. Push Pencil

You don’t see them too often anymore, but push pencils are a fun thing that was very popular in the 80s and 90s. Each pencil contains several tips, and once one is used up you take it out and push it to the back of the pencil, so that a new one is revealed.

kawaii animals push pencil crayon set 5 pieces from Japan

kawaii animals push pencil crayon set 5 pieces from Japan

4. Sticker sacks

Each sticker sack contains up to 100 stickers, so they are a great little treat for stationery lovers.

kawaii traveling panda sponge sticker sack from Japan

kawaii traveling panda sponge sticker sack from Japan

5. Squishies

Squishies are a fun and cheap little accessory. Lots of them are scented, they look cute, come in lots of different shapes and colors and are very enduring.

Hello Kitty waffle red bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle red bow squishy charm

6. DIY Eraser Making Set

These kits contain several blocks of eraser material in different colors and scents that you can form into any shape you want. Each DIY eraser making set comes with instructions for a certain dessert design.

DIY scented eraser set from Japan macaron macaroon dog

DIY scented eraser set from Japan macaron macaroon dog

7. Reflective stickers

Reflective stickers are not just very cute but also quite useful as they reflect light and are a great protective add-on for traffic.

orange reflective stickers hamster dog cat

orange reflective stickers hamster dog cat

8. Shinzi Katoh Masking Tapes

Masking Tapes are perfect to put into advent calendars as they are small, cheap and pretty. The Shinzi Katoh Masking Tapes have a very special design that really sticks out.

Panda Bear Animal Washi Masking Tape deco tape

Panda Bear Animal Washi Masking Tape deco tape

9. Bento Towels

These cute small towels are perfect as a light permanent companion. They fit in every purse and also make a great hand towel for your bathroom at home.

brown Chocopa panda bear suitcase towel from Japan

brown Chocopa panda bear suitcase towel from Japan

10. Plugys

A small gift with a great effect. Cellphone plugs are really kawaii, they look super cute on your smartphone and also protect the earphone jack from dust or moisture.

pink My Melody bunny mobile phone plugy earphone jack

pink My Melody bunny mobile phone plugy earphone jack

11. Mini Tag Memo pads

This little notepad is really tiny, but super kawaii.

Little Red Riding Hood mini tag memo pad Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood mini tag memo pad Otogicco Decole

12. Buttons

We recently got these cute little buttons from Robert Kaufman’s Hello Tokyo collection. Aren’t they perfect for an advent calendar?

Kokeshi doll girl button set 3 pieces by Robert Kaufman USA

Kokeshi doll girl button set 3 pieces by Robert Kaufman USA

13. Clips

You can use these lovely small clips in many ways: to close bags, to hang laundry, to hold papers together, for pictures etc.

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear crown pennant clip peg

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear crown pennant clip peg

14. Glass Stickers

Glass stickers are kawaii decorative items for your windows, glasses, bottles or anything made from glass that needs embellishment.

Red Riding Hood mountain glass window sticker Otogicco

Red Riding Hood mountain glass window sticker Otogicco

15. Iron-On towel loops

What a useful idea. With these iron-on towel loops you can add loops to to towels or garments which don’t have one.

mushroom iron-on transfer towel loop Japan Decole

mushroom iron-on transfer towel loop Japan Decole

New fabric material: Jacquard fabrics by echino

Echino released some very pretty Jacquard fabrics which we now have in our shop. It’s a bit hard to see on the pictures, but Jacquards are fabrics with woven-in designs. They have a wonderful texture and look really classy, as metallic yarn and chenille yarn was used for weaving. Some fabrics even have gold metallic yarn in them. Due to this wonderful yarn they all have a silky shine and look very elaborate.

So what can you sew with them? They definitely give everything a unique look and might look a bit opulent, but they are great for table linen, bed linen, curtains, bags, home decor, upholstery or clothes. We can totally see wonderful winter skirts or coats made with the echino Jacquards.

big berry Jacquard echino fabric hot pink from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric hot pink from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric green from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric green from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric black from Japan

big berry Jacquard echino fabric black from Japan

hot pink Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

hot pink Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

blue Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

blue Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

purple Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

purple Jacquard echino fabric woodland stag deer bird

New characters in our shop: Nyanpuku cat

San-X has been busy developing new characters. The kawaii Nyanpuku cat was already released in 2012. But as we just recently received more products with the funny fella, we want to to introduce him today.

Nyanpuku is a fat cat who is inspired by the Japanese maneki-neko lucky cats. His name literally means ‘Meow Fortune’. He has a key-shaped tail and a heart on the back. He is already quite old – 2929 years – and brings you ‘fukudama’ happiness and fortune. The kawaii cat weighs 2.9 kg (which is supposed to be the mass that can fit in your hand) and loves food like croquettes.

We have quite a few Nayanpuku stationery products in our shop, so check them out.

This is the funny Nyanpuku lucky cat by San-X

This is the funny Nyanpuku lucky cat by San-X

white cute Nyanpuku fortune cat mini Note Pad San-X

white cute Nyanpuku fortune cat mini Note Pad San-X

cute Nyanpuku fortune cat stickers by San-X

cute Nyanpuku fortune cat stickers by San-X

kawaii beige Nyanpuku fortune cat pouch from San-X

kawaii beige Nyanpuku fortune cat pouch from San-X

silver Nyanpuku glitter pencil fortune cat polka dot

silver Nyanpuku glitter pencil fortune cat polka dot

green Nyanpuku glitter pencil fortune cat cloverleaf

green Nyanpuku glitter pencil fortune cat cloverleaf

kawaii Nyanpuku fortune cat Post-it sticky notes book

kawaii Nyanpuku fortune cat Post-it sticky notes book

Lots of new Decole products in our shop

Lots of new stuff from Little Red Riding Hood in our shop. The cute little fairy tale figure is the star of the Otogicco collection from the Japanese stationery manufacturer Decole, and the products are always super popular. We got adorable Red Riding Hood Bento supplies like cups and tea pots, but also many stationery items. All new are the Red Riding Hood glass stickers, which you can use as window decoration or to embellish glasses and jars.

Decole also has many other cute collections, we got new items from the concombre line and lots of kawaii things from the collection Decolello. The Decollelo products are great for infants and little children, they have things like diaper stackers, baby changing bags or car bags.

We have this Little Red Riding Hood tableware in our shop

We have this Little Red Riding Hood tableware in our shop

Little Red Riding Hood with wolf figurine Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood with wolf figurine Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood screen cleaner charm Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood screen cleaner charm Otogicco Decole

Red Riding Hood and wolf magnet clothespeg Otogicco Decole

Red Riding Hood and wolf magnet clothespeg Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood desk pen stand Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood desk pen stand Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood Post-it bookmark stickers Otogicco

Little Red Riding Hood Post-it bookmark stickers Otogicco

Red Riding Hood mountain glass window sticker Otogicco

Red Riding Hood mountain glass window sticker Otogicco

red Decole Red Riding Hood mini notebook exercise book

red Decole Red Riding Hood mini notebook exercise book

Little Red Riding Hood mini tag memo pad Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood mini tag memo pad Otogicco Decole

cream-brown cat ceramic cellphone holder Decole

cream-brown cat ceramic cellphone holder Decole

brown bear deco tape dispenser cutter Decole

brown bear deco tape dispenser cutter Decole

kawaii apple fabric photo frame picture frame Japan Decole

kawaii apple fabric photo frame picture frame Japan Decole

Decole polka dot apple snail picnic car bag Japan

Decole polka dot apple snail picnic car bag Japan

Decole apple snail baby diaper stacker bag from Japan

Decole apple snail baby diaper stacker bag from Japan

red Decole Vichy square apple childrens backpack

red Decole Vichy square apple childrens backpack

Play Turtle Wushu with our Iwako turtle erasers

What a funny idea. A customer told us that she uses our Iwako sea turtle erasers to play the game Turtle Wushu. We have never heard of it before but it sounds really creative and entertaining. It’s an active team game where you move a lot. There are two teams and every player carries an eraser turtle on the back of his or her hand. Then it’s about knocking the turtles off your opponent’s hands by following certain rules.

That’s really the most unusual way our erasers have been used so far. Check out the video below if you want to play it too.

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

yellow sea turtle eraser by Iwako

yellow sea turtle eraser by Iwako

Take a look at the Turtle Wushu rules

Take a look at the Turtle Wushu rules

DIY Washi Tape Spice Jars

Another super easy idea what to use our Washi Tapes for: make colourful jars filled with spices. One of our team members wanted to create a pretty looking new spice rack and just got some small jars, filled them up with spices and decorated the lids with colourful Masking Tapes. It looks really pretty and also helps to find the right spices faster, as every jar looks different.

A super easy DIY: Washi Tape spice jars

A super easy DIY: Washi Tape spice jars

Just stick colourful Masking Tapes on the lids of the jars

Just stick colourful Masking Tapes on the lids of the jars

Rilakkuma Wonderland collection in our shop

We already mentioned it here and there, to celebrate Rilakkuma’s 10th Anniversary this year San-X released lots of special Rilakkuma editions. We now have almost 100 products with the Rilakkuma Wonderlandtheme in our shop. This collection is all about royalty and celebrations with Rilakkuma and his friends on carousels and dressed in marching band uniforms. It is super cute and super limited! We are one of the few online shops outside of Japan that is allowed to sell this collection internationally. And as it’s a limited edition we probably won’t be able to reorder it.

Check out all the stuff we have with this theme, you can find products in almost all our stationery categories: plushies, plush charms, cups, jewelry cases, pens, pencils, folders, letter sets, stickers, sticky notes, memo pads, clips, bags, pencil cases and more.

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel jewel case casket

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel jewel case casket

yellow Rilakkuma Wonderland cup bear marching band San-X

yellow Rilakkuma Wonderland cup bear marching band San-X

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear Timpani drums plushie

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear Timpani drums plushie

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland tin case pill box bear horse crown

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland tin case pill box bear horse crown

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland ballpoint pen movable figure

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland ballpoint pen movable figure

cute Rilakkuma Wonderland bear parade A4 plastic file folder

cute Rilakkuma Wonderland bear parade A4 plastic file folder

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear marching band clip peg

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear marching band clip peg

pale pink Rilakkuma Wonderland pencil bear crown band

pale pink Rilakkuma Wonderland pencil bear crown band

Rilakkuma Wonderland mini note pad marching band concert

Rilakkuma Wonderland mini note pad marching band concert

Rilakkuma Wonderland carousel bear letter paper set

Rilakkuma Wonderland carousel bear letter paper set

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear band carousel glitter stickers

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear band carousel glitter stickers

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel Post-it bookmark sticker

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel Post-it bookmark sticker

Rilakkuma Wonderland carousel book stationery set

Rilakkuma Wonderland carousel book stationery set

Rilakkuma Wonderland yellow chick marching band plush charm

Rilakkuma Wonderland yellow chick marching band plush charm

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear on horse plushie San-X

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear on horse plushie San-X

What customers made with our products

Wow, our customers in Europe are really creative with our products. Many people from Spain, Italy and France posted pictures of gorgeous things made with our products on our Facebook wall, so we want to share some of them with you. They are truly inspiring.

Our customers from Spain made some amazing stuff. Lola Godoy showed on her blog Redecora Te a great Washi Tape necklace makeover for which she used our black heart and purple spots Washi Tapes. A little while ago we also spotted an incredible shoe makeover there. Lola used one of our Robert Kaufman fabrics to give some high heels a new look. La Inglesita sewed an amazing children’s raincoat with our laminated Dino Dudes fabric. We totally love it.

In France our customers showed us lots of lovely bags lately. On Le Petit Monde de Lilaxel we saw this amazing school bag Lilaxel made for her son with our Super Kids fabric. Céline from Les Bêtes de Céline also sewed an amazing waterproof schoolbag with our echino bike laminate fabric. We adore the color, it looks so fresh and happy. Marie-Anne Thuillas from Made in Hémisphère Sud made a great big bag from our echino wildflower laminate fabric.

We finish with a great idea provided by our Italian customers Ross E Cris Petrilli. They put our funny dachshund fabric on a canvas and use it to display the prizes and ribbons their dachshund received at several contests. Isn’t that lovely?

Redecora Te con Lola Godoy showed a great DIY necklace makeover with Washi tape

Redecora Te con Lola Godoy showed a great DIY necklace makeover with Washi tape

Lola Godoy also showed on her Spanish blog a great shoe makeover with our fabric

Lola Godoy also showed on her Spanish blog a great shoe makeover with our fabric

On the Spanish blog La Inglesita we spotted this awesome raincoat made with our Dino Dudes fabric

On the Spanish blog La Inglesita we spotted this awesome raincoat made with our Dino Dudes fabric

On the French blog Le Petit Monde de Lilaxel we saw this super cool school bag made with our SUper Kids fabric

On the French blog Le Petit Monde de Lilaxel we saw this super cool school bag made with our Super Kids fabric

Les Bêtes de Céline made this green school bag with our echino laminate fabric cycling

Les Bêtes de Céline made this green school bag with our echino laminate fabric cycling

Made in Hémisphère Sud sewed a cool big bag with our echino fabric

Made in Hémisphère Sud sewed a cool big bag with our echino fabric

Our Italian customers Ross E Cris Petrilli used our dachshund fsbric on canvas to display their dog's prize ribbons

Our Italian customers Ross E Cris Petrilli used our dachshund fabric on canvas to display their dog’s prize ribbons

kawaii Halloween fabrics in our shop

Halloween is coming closer, are you excited already? We have some great Halloween fabrics this year that will look great in costumes or decoration. If you are looking for a new approach the funny Skelanimals fabrics that we just added recently might be the right thing for you. The dead skeleton pets fit to the Halloween theme but have an unusual design.

Don’t forget to order early enough from our shop so that you still have enough time to be creative.

black Halloween designer fabric with orange pumpkins

black Halloween designer fabric with orange pumpkins

black Michael Miller Halloween fabric with chandelier

black Michael Miller Halloween fabric with chandelier

beige Halloween fabric witch broom cat Alexander Henry USA

beige Halloween fabric witch broom cat Alexander Henry USA

purple Halloween fabric with children Alexander Henry USA

purple Halloween fabric with children Alexander Henry USA

lime green Halloween spider fabric Timeless Treasures USA

lime green Halloween spider fabric Timeless Treasures USA

black Halloween skull fabric Timeless Treasures USA

black Halloween skull fabric Timeless Treasures USA

black Halloween owl fabric Timeless Treasures USA

black Halloween owl fabric Timeless Treasures USA

black Timeless Treasures eyes fabric

black Timeless Treasures eyes fabric

black Michael Miller Halloween fabric with cupcakes

black Michael Miller Halloween fabric with cupcakes

dark blue Skelanimals animal skeleton fabric from the USA

dark blue Skelanimals animal skeleton fabric from the USA

red Skelanimals animal skeleton fabric star heart USA

red Skelanimals animal skeleton fabric star heart USA

pink Skelanimals cross skull fabric from the USA

pink Skelanimals cross skull fabric from the USA

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