No shipping over Chinese New Year

It’s that time of year again. In a couple of days the year of the horse starts; and the Chinese New Year is always accompanied by a couple of public holidays. All post offices will be closed on Friday, January 31st and Monday, February 2nd, so we can’t ship any orders we receive for our online shop in that time. From Tuesday, February 4th, we will start shipping again.

We will start shipping orders again on February 4th 2014

We will start shipping orders again on February 4th 2014

Chinese New Year surprise: red pockets in all orders

Chinese New Year is the time of tradition and you can be part of that now. The next 3,600 orders in our online shop will receive a super kawaii red pocket with adorable horse designs, as the Year of the Horse is about to start. These little red envelopes are almost the most important thing for CNY, as traditionally they are filled with money gifts for friends and relatives. So everybody wants to get as many as possible. Our red pockets won’t be empty either; they are not filled with money but with a cute thing.

Be sure to order soon if you want a red pocket. We start giving them away today and expect them to be gone in a couple of days.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Chinese New Year public holidays from January 31st to February 3rd we can’t ship any orders, as all post offices are closed. From Tuesday, February 4th, we will start shipping again.

The next 3,600 orders will get a free kawaii red pocket for Chinese New Year

The next 3,600 orders will get a free kawaii red pocket for Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Horse

It’s only a couple of days away. On January 31st the Year of the Horse starts. We love Chinese New Year, as there are so many celebrations and beautiful decorations. Today we embellish our blog with cute horse products.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Chinese New Year public holidays from January 31st to February 3rd we can’t ship any orders, as all post offices are closed. From Tuesday, February 4th, we will start shipping again.

Japanese paper stickers horse cat Happy New Year

Japanese paper stickers horse cat Happy New Year

cute Japanese horse eraser from Iwako

cute Japanese horse eraser from Iwako

white fabric with dotted horses by Robert Kaufman USA

white fabric with dotted horses by Robert Kaufman USA

light blue birch horse organic fabric

light blue birch horse organic fabric

green canvas animal fabric horse Kokka Japan

green canvas animal fabric horse Kokka Japan

white Swedish Dala horses animal fabric by Cosmo from Japan

white Swedish Dala horses animal fabric by Cosmo from Japan

red Swedish Dala horses animal fabric Kokka Japan

red Swedish Dala horses animal fabric Kokka Japan

Hello Kitty’s Hello Party at 7 Eleven in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty is turning 40. Of course the kawaii cat is forever young, still she is having a huge party to celebrate her 40th anniversary. The convenience store chain 7 Eleven in Hong Kong is currently offering an adorable series of collectable toys with Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters in the kawaii promotion 7 Eleven x Hello Kitty “Hello Party”. All in all there are 30 little figurines which are released in two steps. The first part of the series was already available in December, the second part can be collected now.

Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, My Melody, Kuromi and lots of other friends are either dressed up as fairies, wizards or aristocrats like kings, queens, pharaos, sultans and so on.

How to get one of the figurines? For every purchase of 20 HKD you get a stamp, when you have collected a certain amount you can claim a surprise box, which contains one of the characters.

Super cute 7 Eleven x Hello Party promotion in Hong Kong

Super cute 7 Eleven x Hello Party promotion in Hong Kong

Hello Kitty and her friends celebrate Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary

Hello Kitty and her friends celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary

There figurines are themed for Valentine's day and Chinese New Year

These figurines are themed for Valentine’s day and Chinese New Year

Hello Party window decoration at a 7 Eleven store

Hello Party window decoration at a 7 Eleven store

With gigantic stickers like this on the windwos it's a lot of fun to walk through Hong Kong

With gigantic stickers like this on the windows it’s a lot of fun to walk through Hong Kong

The first part of the series with special Christmas themed figurines on the left

The first part of the series with special Christmas themed figurines on the left

The presentation of the toys is super cute

The presentation of the toys is super cute

The offical Hello Party poster for the promotion

The official Hello Party poster for the promotion

On the Hello Party website you can look at all collectable toys

On the Hello Party website you can look at all collectable toys

So many Hello Kitty and friends toys

So many Hello Kitty and friends toys

These are the special editions for Christmas, Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day

These are the special editions for Christmas, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day

Happy Natural Time with Rilakkuma collection

So kawaii! We now have lots of stationery items from the latest “Happy Natural Time with Rilakkuma” collection in our shop. It’s all about being out in the forest and collecting apples and fruit for delicious home-made pies. Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma are dressed as super cute deer while chick Kiiroitori is dressed as an owl. We love the warm, cozy vibes of this collection.

The range of products with the deer Rilakkuma designs is quite wide, we have stationery like folders, memo pads, pens, pencils, stamps, stickers, Masking Tapes and letter sets. But be sure to check out items like plush toys, cellphone charms, key covers, towels, bags, bandages or tissue cases.

deer Rilakkuma bear apple A4 plastic file folder

deer Rilakkuma bear apple A4 plastic file folder

deer Rilakkuma bear pie fruit ring binder notebook

deer Rilakkuma bear pie fruit ring binder notebook

deer Rilakkuma brown bear plush toy by San-X

deer Rilakkuma brown bear plush toy by San-X

deer Rilakkuma bear forest pie tissue case dispenser

deer Rilakkuma bear forest pie tissue case dispenser

San-X deer Rilakkuma pie glitter Bandage Band-Aids 10 pcs

San-X deer Rilakkuma pie glitter Bandage Band-Aids 10 pcs

big natural-colored deer Rilakkuma canvas linen handbag

big natural-colored deer Rilakkuma canvas linen handbag

pink deer Rilakkuma bear forest apple pencil Japan

pink deer Rilakkuma bear forest apple pencil Japan

deer Rilakkuma bear apple key cover charm

deer Rilakkuma bear apple key cover charm

deer Rilakkuma white bear deer costume towel from Japan

deer Rilakkuma white bear deer costume towel from Japan

white deer Rilakkuma 4 colours ballpoint pen and pencil

white deer Rilakkuma 4 colours ballpoint pen and pencil

deer Rilakkuma bear stickers with deer forest apple cake

deer Rilakkuma bear stickers with deer forest apple cake

deer Rilakkuma forest pie apple letter paper set Japan

deer Rilakkuma forest pie apple letter paper set Japan

slim deer Rilakkuma index stickers bookmark sticker

slim deer Rilakkuma index stickers bookmark sticker

big deer Rilakkuma stamp set bear owl forest apple

big deer Rilakkuma stamp set bear owl forest apple

beige deer Rilakkuma forest Masking Tape deco tape

beige deer Rilakkuma forest Masking Tape deco tape

deer Rilakkuma yellow chick as owl plush toy by San-X

deer Rilakkuma yellow chick as owl plush toy by San-X

Great sewing tutorial videos by Riley Blake

Do you sometimes need inspiration for your sewing projects? Or would you like some tutorials on how to sew certain things? You should definitely check out the great tutorial videos by Riley Blake. They have lots of great videos with easy sewing projects, explain certain techniques or give general sewing tips. We now selected a tutorial for an easy fabric tissue holder, but it’s worth checking out all the videos. Of course you find lots of the Riley Blake fabrics used in the tutorials in our shop.

New characters in our shop: Zombbit zombie rabbits

They are one one of the creepiest San-X characters yet… but in a cute way. Check out all the funny Zombbit zombie rabbit stationery and plushies we now have in our shop. Zombbit rabbits are cute rabbits that somehow became zombies. The reason for this is not really clear, but there is no time to think about it, because the living dead bunnies are very hungry and will try to bite anything. They make the gnawing sound “gajigaji” all the time and are super slow. Once they bite another bunny it is infected too and will become a zombie.

Soon we will introduce the different Zombbit characters more detailed.

check out the cute Zombbit zombie bunnies on modes4u.com

check out the cute Zombbit zombie bunnies on modes4u.com

funny Zombbit zombie rabbits ring binder notebook

funny Zombbit zombie rabbits ring binder notebook

funny Zombbit zombie rabbit sign stickers from Japan

funny Zombbit zombie rabbit sign stickers from Japan

black Zombbit zombie animal mechanical pencil by San-X

black Zombbit zombie animal mechanical pencil by San-X

Zombbit zombie rabbits letter paper set from Japan

Zombbit zombie rabbits letter paper set from Japan

Zombbit zombie rabbits polka dot mini Note Pad San-X

Zombbit zombie rabbits polka dot mini Note Pad San-X

mini Zombbit blue zombie rabbit plush toy San-X Japan

mini Zombbit blue zombie rabbit plush toy San-X Japan

Zombbit zombie animals glitter Bandage Band-Aids 10 pcs

Zombbit zombie animals glitter Bandage Band-Aids 10 pcs

turquoise Zombbit zombie animal rabbit Nonbi plush charm

turquoise Zombbit zombie animal rabbit Nonbi plush charm

black Zombbit zombie rabbits mini Note Pad San-X

black Zombbit zombie rabbits mini Note Pad San-X

mini Zombbit purple zombie rabbit plush toy San-X Japan

mini Zombbit purple zombie rabbit plush toy San-X Japan

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Jacqueline

Time to catch up with our team member introduction series. Today is all about our office administrator Jacqueline, who helps us staying organised in the office.

Hello, who are you by the way?
My name is Jacqueline. I was born and raised in Hong Kong. For my last year of High School I moved to Australia and also went to university there. I studied Social Sciences, majoring in Japanese, Management and Sociology. This combination really enabled me to work in different fields. Since I came back to Hong Kong I have been working for example as a student counselor or in administrative positions like in a passport department.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am the office administrator and make sure everything runs smoothly here. I take care of new deliveries, buy office supplies, stamps and more. I spend a lot of time in the warehouse and work closely with our packing staff, as I am also in charge of unboxing new products. But I also support our Managing Director Sandra in many administrative tasks, do research, organise things and spend lots of time on the phone.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I love our owl fabrics. I don’t really sew myself; still I like to look at all the different fabrics. They look really cute and there are so many different styles of owl designs.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
It’s great to have so much cultural exchange here. It is my first time to work with people from Germany and Austria which I find very exciting, as every nationality has its different characteristics. I also enjoy trying different foods that my colleagues bring along and learn about their culture.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
I do not craft very much, but like to be creative in other ways. Music is one of my passions; I am very active in my church band and love to sing.

Jacqueline and Rilakkuma: A big hug for our office mascot

Jacqueline and Rilakkuma: A big hug for our office mascot

DIY idea: make your own San-X coloring book

Your kindergarten group, primary school students, little brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews will love it! San-X always offers lots of free e-goodies on their Japanese company website. For example you can download lots of kawaii coloring pages with characters like Rilakkuma, Mamegoma or Kutusita Nyanko. So why not make your own coloring book? You can save all the San-X coloring pages as pdfs, print them out and craft your own little booklet by stapling them together. Of course you can also use some Masking Tapes to decorate your book.

This is a great way to craft something simple for children.

Super kawaii Mamegoma coloring page

Super kawaii Mamegoma coloring page

Cute Rilakkuma coloring page with French theme

Cute Rilakkuma coloring page with French theme

adorable Kutusita Nyanko coloring page

adorable Kutusita Nyanko coloring page

Ideas on how to use mt Washi Tapes

The Japanese Masking tape manufacturer mt really does a great job providing us with inspirations on how to use their tapes. We love browsing through the mt Gallery and look at all the awesome ideas. Here are some of our favourites:

The pretty tulip Masking tape by Bengt & Lotta looks awesome on this picture frame

The pretty tulip Masking tape by Bengt & Lotta looks great on this picture frame

Just a bit more than 3 stripes of this wide mt Washi Tape turn a normal phone case into a designer piece

Just a bit more than 3 stripes of this wide mt Washi Tape turn a normal phone case into a designer piece

Decorate some wooden toy blocks with masking tape

Decorate some wooden toy blocks with masking tape

Super handy for school and kindergarten - mark your pens and pencils

Super handy for school and kindergarten – mark your pens and pencils

This wide Bengt & Lotta Washi Tape is a beautiful decoration

This wide Bengt & Lotta Washi Tape is a beautiful decoration

Ideas on how to use mt Washi Tapes 6

Doesn’t this look a lot prettier than just a plain white light switch?

wide Adam and Eve mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

wide Adam and Eve mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

tulip flower mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

tulip flower mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

ABC alphabet A until M mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

ABC alphabet A until M mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

number figure mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

number figure mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

zoo animal mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

zoo animal mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

wide mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with mountain scenery

wide mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with mountain scenery

red mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with stripes

red mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with stripes

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