Welcome spring

Today spring starts – at least meteorologically and in the Northern Hemisphere. So let’s welcome the warm season with lots of pretty spring items from our shop that you can currently find in our Easter category.

white flower Washi Masking Tape deco tape

white flower Washi Masking Tape deco tape

green ladybird fabric with dots by Robert Kaufman

green ladybird fabric with dots by Robert Kaufman

animal fabric with rabbit lamb mouse by Riley Blake USA

animal fabric with rabbit lamb mouse by Riley Blake USA

echino canvas fabric Wish green birds flowers

echino canvas fabric Wish green birds flowers

Paper Tape set flower ladybird cloverleaf

Paper Tape set flower ladybird cloverleaf

red ladybird eraser by Iwako from Japan

red ladybird eraser by Iwako from Japan

Michael Miller fabric flower shop by Patty Young

Michael Miller fabric flower shop by Patty Young

cute flower Sticky tape from Japan

cute flower Sticky tape from Japan

Kerori frog A4 plastic file folder with flowers

Kerori frog A4 plastic file folder with flowers

Inspiration on how to use Washi Tape

We love to see our products “in action”. Therefore we always get totally excited about the little leaflets the Washi tape manufacturer mt releases. Regularly they publish little booklets that show what you can use their tapes for. It’s a great source for inspiration, so we thought we’d share some ideas with you that we liked the most. And of course you can buy lots of mt Masking Tapes in our shop.

A super pretty and unique memo pad

A super pretty and unique memo pad

Washi Tape can be a great accessory for your calendar

Washi Tape can be a great accessory for your calendar

Stick colourful tape to a couple of branches to create the prettiest autumn decoration ever!

Stick colourful tape to a couple of branches to create the prettiest autumn decoration ever!

A wonderful idea for parties

A wonderful idea for parties

This little tray is embellished with Washi tape

This little tray is embellished with Washi tape

Our favourite product of the week: Rilakkuma zodiac signs plushies

We got a huge delivery from San-X this week and it contained our favourite products of the week: The Rilakkuma zodiac signs plush collection. It’s a limited edition San-X released to celebrate Rilakkuma’s 10th Anniversary and we are one of seven online shops who are allowed to sell it outside of Japan. Isn’t that great?

You can get this collection as big plush toys and as small plush charms.

The Rilakkuma zodiac sign collection is available on modes4u.com

The Rilakkuma zodiac sign collection is available on modes4u.com

We craft a Washi Easter Tree

You might have noticed that it is our latest passion to embellish our office with Washi Masking Tape for any holiday (see our Christmas craft and Valentine’s Day craft). As Easter is not far away we decided to craft an Washi Easter Tree. Again it was really fast, easy and lots of fun. We even made a little Easter bunny. Here is how to do it.

1. Cut out egg shapes from paper and stick stripes on Washi Tape on them. You can do any pattern or combination you want. When you cut out the Washi eggs again, leave a little border of tape, so that the eggs will stick to the wall.
2. Take a dark Washi Tape to create an Easter tree on the wall. Then just stick the eggs on it.

A colourful Easter tree we made from Washi Tape

A colourful Easter tree we made from Washi Tape

We also made a little Easter Bunny with Masking Tape

We also made a little Easter Bunny with Masking Tape

Start by cutting out egg shapes from paper

Start by cutting out egg shapes from paper

Stick Washi tape on them

Stick Washi tape on them

Cut out the eggs and leave a little tape border

Cut out the eggs and leave a little tape border

Your egg could look like this

Your egg could look like this

We made lots of different ones

We made lots of different ones

Then we started to stick a Washi Tape vase on our office wall

Then we started to stick a Washi Tape vase on our office wall

After that we just added branches made with brown Masking Tape

After that we just added branches made with brown Masking Tape

You can already start to stick some eggs onto the branches

You can already start to stick some eggs onto the branches

Inbetween we did a little Easter bunny

Inbetween we did a little Easter bunny

The shape is not perfect, but it looks cute

The shape is not perfect, but it looks cute

Our Washi Easter craft in the modes4u office

Our Washi Easter craft in the modes4u office

We will get Mameshiba products!!!

That’s the news of the month: We will get Mameshiba products! We are soooo excited about this, because we have been trying to get some for years. Now it finally worked out and we will get our first delivery with lots of stationery products this spring.

The kawaii mixtures of beans and dogs are super popular in Japan and have also lots of fans outside the country. Especially the green Edamame character is so cute. But you can hardly ever find Mameshiba products outside of Japan, only super few online shops sell them.

We hope you’re as happy as we are about these fantastic news. Of course we’ll let you know when we have them in our shop.

Sandra met Mameshiba at a trade show in Japan

Sandra met Mameshiba at a trade show in Japan

A super kawaii Mameshiba wallpaper

A super kawaii Mameshiba wallpaper

This Mameshiba peanut wallpaper is free too.

This Mameshiba peanut wallpaper is free too.

Lots of new Riley Blake fabrics

It’s been a while since we got new fabrics from Riley Blake, but last week a new delivery from the USA arrived. There are lots of pretty new prints in all materials: regular cotton, flannel, knit and laminates. Also a couple of organic fabrics were included so we really got the whole range. The prints are totally diverse too: fairy tale fabrics, sailor fabrics, super cute animal prints, matryoshkas, flowers and patterns such as chevrons can be found in our ‘new products! category. Take a look.

white fairy tale fabric with princess castle Riley Blake USA

white fairy tale fabric with princess castle Riley Blake USA

blue Riley Blake cake fabric from the USA strawberry

blue Riley Blake cake fabric from the USA strawberry

off-white Riley Blake animal flannel fabric owl hippo monkey

off-white Riley Blake animal flannel fabric owl hippo monkey

orange-red flower fabric from the USA by Riley Blake

orange-red flower fabric from the USA by Riley Blake

white Riley Blake bird animal fabric from the USA

white Riley Blake bird animal fabric from the USA

blue Riley Blake flower and animal fabric from the USA bird

blue Riley Blake flower and animal fabric from the USA bird

Riley Blake laminate fabric yellow zig-zag pattern

Riley Blake laminate fabric yellow zig-zag pattern

green Riley Blake organic fabric with monkeys from the USA

green Riley Blake organic fabric with monkeys from the USA

aqua Riley Blake matryoshka fabric with flowers USA

aqua Riley Blake matryoshka fabric with flowers USA

blue Riley Blake pirate ship fabric from the USA

blue Riley Blake pirate ship fabric from the USA

pink Riley Blake star fabric from the USA

pink Riley Blake star fabric from the USA

Our favourite product of the week: Sew Label Fabrics

It was a fabric week again, we added lots of new designs from Riley Blake and also new organic fabrics by monaluna. Even though there were lots of cool new prints, we decided to introduce one very special line to you: The Sew Labels 2 by Riley Blake. Lots of labels are printed on those textiles, so that you can cut them out and use them to label your quilts, clothes, presents and lots of other stuff. We haven’t had any fabrics like that before and think it’s a super cool idea to add a special something to your projects. These fabrics are our favourite product of the week.

pink Riley Blake patchwork label fabric USA

pink Riley Blake patchwork label fabric USA

turquoise Riley Blake patchwork label fabric USA

turquoise Riley Blake patchwork label fabric USA

grey Riley Blake patchwork label fabric USA

grey Riley Blake patchwork label fabric USA

Meet the fabric designers on modes4u: Rebekah Ginda

Her mission is to add beauty to products through the use of print, pattern, and color. And she totally succeeds. Meet fabric designer Rebekah Ginda and her work for the organic fabric label birch.

Rebekah Ginda

2013 is a big year for the American Textile & Surface designer Rebekah Ginda, as she has lots of different projects going on:  6 fabric collections will be launched, as well as a series of e-books for children which she illustrates. She also has lots of new ideas for her own stationery line, ‘Rae Schmae’. But back to the fabrics.
Rebekah has been working with Birch Organic Fabric for a little over a year now. Her second collection, Robotic, is just about to be launched in March. We’re sure we will have it in our shop soon, but currently you mainly find Rebekah Grinda fabrics from her ‘Scamper’ collection on modes4u.com. birch fabrics are the only ones carrying her name on them, but she also designed organic collections for Westfalenstoffe and is also active for labels in the Australian market.
Her fun and colourful designs are inspired by her daily life: “I am particularly inspired by vintage children’s book illustrations, as well as retro color palettes, sunny days, and trips to the flea market.  I love drawing things that can can only exist as illustrations and are full of whimsy.  I try not to take my designs too seriously or over-think them, because I have found that my best work comes when I draw from the heart in a moment of inspiration.”
Rebekah studied Apparel Design in Seattle and now lives with her family in the pretty German city Münster. They recently welcomed a new family member, a couple of weeks ago Rebekah gave birth to her daughter Luna Marie.
Visit Rebekah Ginda’s website to find our more about her work.
yellow birch raccoon organic fabric from the USA

yellow birch raccoon organic fabric from the USA

turquoise birch mushroom organic fabric from the USA

turquoise birch mushroom organic fabric from the USA

colourful birch forest animal organic fabric from the USA

colourful birch forest animal organic fabric from the USA

beige birch organic fabric from the USA trees & mushrooms

beige birch organic fabric from the USA trees & mushrooms

green birch organic fabric from the USA with trees & animals

green birch organic fabric from the USA with trees & animals

beige birch organic fabric from the USA animals & mushrooms

beige birch organic fabric from the USA animals & mushrooms

A peek at Rebekahs Robotic collection on her website

A peek at Rebekahs Robotic collection on her website

Our 10 favourite Easter presents 2013

Flowers, bunnies, chicks, lambs – Easter is coming and you can see it everywhere. Why not use this occasion to sweep away winter and welcome spring with colourful decorations and little presents for your friends and family? Here are our cutest 10 Easter items from our shop for 2013.

1. Squishy Easter Eggs

These cute little eggs will look great on your Easter trees. We have them in three different designs in pink, green and yellow. And the best part: They won’t break if they fall down. You can even squeeze the hell out of them and they’ll still look nice.

pink egg with hearts squishy cellphone charm

pink egg with hearts squishy cellphone charm

2. Chick Erasers

Isn’t that just adorable? The cute chick in egg erasers are a perfect little something for Easter. We carry them in the colours pink, yellow and green.

pale pink chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

pale pink chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

3. Bunny Post-its

They are very suitable for Easter but are a great accessory for the rest of the year too. To see a cute little paper bunny post-its sticking out of your books and memo pads is a lovely sight.

long rabbit bookmark stickers Post-it kawaii

long rabbit bookmark stickers Post-it kawaii

4. Easter Bunny Memo Pad

Aaawww, we want to cuddle that fluffy bunny so bad! It is such a kawaii design and notebooks are always very handy to have around.

rabbit in bowl with floral wreath ring binder notebook

rabbit in bowl with floral wreath ring binder notebook

5. Easter Bunny Fabric

For people who like to sew this is a super funny gift idea. But the cute Michael Miller Bunny fabric will look as good if it’s used as decoration.

Michael Miller fabric Snack Bunny with rabbit & carrot

Michael Miller fabric Snack Bunny with rabbit & carrot

6. Bunny Keychain

The little wooden bunny key chain is very kawaii. And if you already have a great key chain, you can also just hang it on your bags, wallets etc.

little beige bunny wooden phone strap

little beige bunny wooden phone strap

7. Chick Plush Wallet

The bright yellow chick Kiiroitori is a good friend of Rilakkuma, but sometimes stands back a little behind the lazy bear. But Easter is its time to shine. So go for some cute Kiiroitori items like this funny plush wallet for example.

Rilakkuma yellow chick Kiiroitori plush wallet pouch

Rilakkuma yellow chick Kiiroitori plush wallet pouch

8. Spring Deco Tapes

Nice designs with flowers, birds and ladybugs bring spring into your living-room. Our deco tapes can be used for gift wrapping, designing stationery or home decoration.

Paper Tape set flower ladybird cloverleaf

Paper Tape set flower ladybird cloverleaf

9. Easter Stickers

These chick stickers are super kawaii, the fluffy chicks look like they have just hatched from the egg.

kawaii small colourful chick stickers from Japan

kawaii small colourful chick stickers from Japan

10. Bunny Paper Cups

What a cute idea for your Easter snacks. Just put some munchies into these funny paper cups and you already have great Easter decoration.

cute pink rabbit bento lunch box paper cups

cute pink rabbit bento lunch box paper cups

Our favourite product of the week: Sweets Petit Re-Ment

Uh, they look so yummy. We got two new Re-Ment sets from Japan this week. One is the very kawaii Aloha Rilakkuma Re-Ment from the latest Hawaii collection. But our favourite product of the week is the Sweets Petit Re-Ment with lots of delicious miniature sweets from all around the world. We love the little Baumkuchen, but also the Paris chocolates and the sundae.

Sweets Petit Candy Re-Ment miniature blind box

Sweets Petit Candy Re-Ment miniature blind box

All the cute sweets from this set

All the cute sweets from this set

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