Huge rubber duck in Hong Kong Harbour

You might have seen it on the news already, Hong Kong has a very special visitor. A 16 meter tall yellow rubber duck is floating in Victoria Harbour and it did not just attract media from all over the world, but also thousands of Hong Kongers and tourists. We also wanted to look at this piece of art created by the Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, but it’s not an easy task. Although everybody can go and visit the duck, it is celebrated like a pop star. We almost couldn’t get through to it, as there were hundreds or even thousands of people surrounding it taking pictures.

Fortunately it still stays in Hong Kong until June 6th, so we hop to catch a time with less people.

The kawaii yellow rubber duck - on this picture you cannot even tell how tall it really is

The kawaii yellow rubber duck – on this picture you cannot even tell how tall it really is

But as soon as there are other poeple you see that it is quite tall

But as soon as there are other people you see that it is quite tall

Hong Kong people love the 16 m high rubber duck

Hong Kong people love the 16 m high rubber duck

DIY Mother’s Day Craft with Washi Tape

We have a super cute, fast and cheap idea for a very personal Mother’s Day gift: Make a wall decoration with your own silhouette for your mother. It’s a great variation from giving framed pictures of yourself and just takes a few minutes to make. All you need are a couple of Washi Tapes, a side-face picture of yourself, a pair of scissors, a pen and some baking paper. This is how we did it:

1. Stick your picture with some tape on a window, stick your baking paper over it and sketch the outline of your head with a marker or pen.

2. Use different Masking Tapes to stick over the sketch on the sheet of baking paper. Make sure the tape stripes always overlap the outline and always stick it a bit onto the previous stripe, so that all the stripes are well connected (otherwise you’ll have trouble taking your silhouette off the baking paper later).

3. Turn the baking paper sheet around and cut out the silhouette.

4. Carefully remove the Washi Tape silhouette from the baking paper. Be sure you start removing the paper on the first stripe you stuck.

5. Stick the silhouette onto the wall.

Of course you can modify this technique in any way you want. For example you could make two silhouettes (your mother and yourself facing each other) or you could put your silhouette on a card or frame it. We really like the idea of sticking it directly on the wall and surprising your mother with it. You can easily remove the picture to another spot, it will come off very easily without a trace.

Super easy and fast DIY project for Mother's Day. Make a Washi Tape Silhouette

Super easy and fast DIY project for Mother’s Day. Make a Washi Tape Silhouette

You need: Washi Tapes, a side-face picture of yourself, scissors, pen and baking paper

You need: Washi Tapes, a side-face picture of yourself, scissors, pen and baking paper

Sketch the outline of the head with a marker on the baking paper by sticking it onto the picture on a window

Sketch the outline of the head with a marker on the baking paper by sticking it onto the picture on a window

Choose the Washi Tapes for your project

Choose the Washi Tapes for your project

Stick the tapes on the silhouette, make sure the tapes overlap

Stick the tapes on the silhouette, make sure the tapes overlap

Stick tapes onto the whole silhouette and always go beyond the outline

Stick tapes onto the whole silhouette and always go beyond the outline

You can still see the outline super well when turning the baking paper around

You can still see the outline super well when turning the baking paper around

Cut out the silhouette

Cut out the silhouette

Looks pretty

Looks pretty

Carefully remove the baking paper, make sure you start on the top

Carefully remove the baking paper, make sure you start on the top

Stick the silhouette on the wall and you are done!

Stick the silhouette on the wall and you are done!

New characters in our shop: Chocopa squirrel Nuts

Time to introduce a cute new character in our shop. If you like the funny Chocopa bear who turns into a brown chocolate bear when eating chocolate, you might have noticed that lately he is accompanied by a little friend, an orange squirrel named Nuts. The cute rodent wears brown glasses and looks very smart. He loves to sit on Chocopa’s head and often takes photos of him.

You can find the cute squirrel on many Chocopa products in our shop, but we also have some plush toys just with the cute fella.

San-X orange Chocopa squirrel with glasses plush toy

San-X orange Chocopa squirrel with glasses plush toy

orange Chocopa squirrel with glasses plush charm San-X

orange Chocopa squirrel with glasses plush charm San-X

pink chocopa bear with chocolate hearts cup by San-X Japan

pink chocopa bear with chocolate hearts cup by San-X Japan

cute Chocopa bear chocolate bar pencil case San-X Japan

cute Chocopa bear chocolate bar pencil case San-X Japan

cute Chocopa bear towel chocolate hearts from Japan

cute Chocopa bear towel chocolate hearts from Japan

Summer is coming with Aloha Rilakkuma

Hot summer days, fun days at the beach, refreshing ice cream and the smell of sun screen. Do you wish it was summer already? The kawaii Aloha Rilakkuma collection really makes you long for this time of year, because the lazy brown bear and his friends are really having a blast. The collection revolves around Hawaii, so there are palm trees, ice cream, sunglasses, delicious foods, hula skirts, ukuleles and lots of other things involved. We added quite a few products from this collection to our shop already and more will follow in the next weeks.

One of the highlights from the collection is definitely the cute little desk tray with Rilakkuma and a  palm tree. You can put mini stationery items or jewelry on the tray, or just use it as a cool decoration for your room. Just looking at it will make you start counting the days until this year’s summer vacation.

yellow Aloha Rilakkuma bear desk tray San-X palm tree Hawaii

yellow Aloha Rilakkuma bear desk tray San-X palm tree Hawaii

Aloha Rilakkuma bear cup with hot dogs Hawaii San-X

Aloha Rilakkuma bear cup with hot dogs Hawaii San-X

Aloha Rilakkuma Hawaii canvas linen handbag

Aloha Rilakkuma Hawaii canvas linen handbag

blue Aloha Rilakkuma bear Hawaii pouch from San-X

blue Aloha Rilakkuma bear Hawaii pouch from San-X

yellow Aloha Rilakkuma bear towel Hawaii from Japan

yellow Aloha Rilakkuma bear towel Hawaii from Japan

Rilakkuma yellow chick plush toy Aloha Hawaii San-X

Rilakkuma yellow chick plush toy Aloha Hawaii San-X

Our favourite product of the week: Rilakkuma Egg Bento Set

With this set your lunch becomes the most delicious meal of the day. We now carry a super cute and quite elaborate bento set from the “Rilakkuma Egg Kitchen” collection. It is our favourite product of the week. The set consists of a cool plaid lunch bag with two little bento boxes for side dishes and one insulated box for rice, pasta etc. A little fork is included in an extra case too. Your lunch can stay hot up to 6 hours in the insulated bag and it’s really comfortable to carry around. Plus the Rilakkuma design is very kawaii.

Wouldn’t that be a great gift for Mother’s Day?

big Rilakkuma bear egg Bento Set Lunch Box + bag San-X

big Rilakkuma bear egg Bento Set Lunch Box + bag San-X

big Rilakkuma bear egg Bento Set Lunch Box + bag San-X

big Rilakkuma bear egg Bento Set Lunch Box + bag San-X

big Rilakkuma bear egg Bento Set Lunch Box + bag San-X

big Rilakkuma bear egg Bento Set Lunch Box + bag San-X

Pink Giveaway on Facebook

This is our first giveaway just revolving around a colour. In our Pink Facebook Giveaway one winner receives a big package full of Japanese items in PINK. Again we included some exclusive things we brought from trips to Japan and other places like the kawaii girl’s magazine or the adorable dog sweater. Here is an overview of what the winner will receive:

1x pink hearts handbag
1x Japanese girls magazine
1x dog sweater
2x plastic bags
1x Hello Kitty fabric fat quarter
1x sheet of paper decoration
2x Hello Kitty tissues
1x deco tape with cupcakes
3x Re-Ments (Hello Kitty macaron, Minnie Mouse M, cupcake)
1x puchi babie

How to join:
1) Like our Facebook page
2) Like the giveaway pic
3) Share the pic and comment “I love pink!

The giveaway will be running until Thursday, May 9th and is open worldwide. Again we strongly suggest to check our Facebook page on Thursday and Friday to see if you have won. We announce the winner on our Facebook page, but have no possibility of contacting them otherwise. Enjoy everyone and good luck!

this pink package will go to one lucky winner

This pink package will go to one lucky winner

Lots of new wallets in our shop

We’re super impressed with all the wallets we got from San-X. We just added quite a bunch to our shop and they are really high quality. Most of them have big coin compartments with zippers and many slots for credit cards. We have three different sizes so far, so you can choose the wallet that fits best to your needs. Also all of them have beautiful inner linings and come with little charms. Our new wallets are mainly with Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus or Kutusita Nyanko designs.

big purple Sentimental Circus wallet rabbit big top San-X

big purple Sentimental Circus wallet rabbit big top San-X

big white San-X walletRilakkuma bear heart glitter

big white San-X walletRilakkuma bear heart glitter

kawaii purple wallet Sentimental Circus rabbit big top

kawaii purple wallet Sentimental Circus rabbit big top

kawaii pale pink Kutusita Nyanko cat wallet with radios

kawaii pale pink Kutusita Nyanko cat wallet with radios

kawaii pink San-X Rilakkuma wallet white bear as bunny

kawaii pink San-X Rilakkuma wallet white bear as bunny

white Mamegoma seals wallet with glitter from Japan

white Mamegoma seals wallet with glitter from Japan

kawaii white San-X wallet Rilakkuma bear heart glitter

kawaii white San-X wallet Rilakkuma bear heart glitter

Inflatable art exhibition in Hong Kong

A couple of days ago a new free art exhibition started in Hong Kong. The exhibition Mobile M+: Inflation centers around huge inflatable objects designed by different artists from Asia, the USA and the UK and was already in the news all over the world. We checked it out too and it’s definitely something we haven’t seen before. Usually you see a lot of cute and kawaii exhibitions in Hong Kong, but this one rather revolves around unusual objects like roasted pigs, cockroaches or Stonehenge.

It was super interesting to check out the sculptures, especially as some even were accessible for the spectator. You could for example line up to jump a bit on the gigantic Stonehenge exhibit, which was basically a big bouncing castle. You could also walk into the belly of the roasted pig and see the rib cage as well as inflatable bacon cushions.

What do you think about the exhibition?  Would you have visited?

Families loved to jump on the Stonehenge exhibit

Families loved to jump on the Stonehenge exhibit

The whole exhibit was a huge bouncing castle

The whole exhibit was a huge bouncing castle

A gigantic inflatable roasted pig. Roasted pigs are a very typical dish at big occasions like wedding or shop openings in Hong Kong

A gigantic inflatable roasted pig. Roasted pigs are a very typical dish at big occasions like wedding or shop openings in Hong Kong

You could even enter the belly of the roasted pig

You could even enter the belly of the roasted pig

Inside you could look at the rib cage

Inside you could look at the rib cage

How spooky: A huge dead inflatable coackroach

How spooky: A huge dead inflatable cockroach

Next to the cockroach there was a pair of human legs

Next to the cockroach there was a pair of human legs

This balloon exhibit looked quite pretty

This balloon exhibit looked quite pretty

This flower exhibit was just being inflated

This flower exhibit was just being inflated

Sunshine City in Tokyo Part 6: kawaii accessories

This is the last part of our big Sunshine City series. In the last week we’ve shown you lots and lots of pictures from different shops in Tokyo’s huge “city within the city”. So what’s left to show today? Basically everything that didn’t fit into any of our other posts. And that is mainly general shop impressions or very kawaii accessories. It is amazing to see how crowded those shops are. They are filled with cuteness on every centimeter.

Super kawaii clocks with Alice in Wonderland themes

Super kawaii clocks with Alice in Wonderland themes

What a crowded shop, every inch is used to display products

What a crowded shop, every inch is used to display products

These candles are super kawaii

These candles are super kawaii

So many different hair accessoiries

So many different hair accessories

Lots of bags and bento accessories in one shelf

Lots of bags and bento accessories in one shelf

Very cute walltets, bags, pouches, pencil cases and lunch bags

Very cute wallets, bags, pouches, pencil cases and lunch bags

We love the products on the top shelf, but are not sure what they are. Little stools or hat boxes?

We love the products on the top shelf, but are not sure what they are. Little stools or hat boxes?

Kawaii beauty accessories like brushes and combs

Kawaii beauty accessories like brushes and combs

What a variety: on this pictures you see kawaii things from suitcases over bags to waste baskets

What a variety: on this pictures you see kawaii things from suitcases over bags to waste baskets

Those wallets look really pretty

Those wallets look really pretty

What customers make with our fabrics: furniture covers & bags

In the past weeks quite a few customers showed us on our Facebook wall what they did with fabrics they ordered from our shop. We always love to see these projects, as they are a great source of inspiration. So we collected a few pictures to show you on our blog.

Our German customer Anita made a summer dress for her little daughter with the lovely Michael Miller Nicht Fairies fabrics. It looks wonderful and immediately makes us think of warm summer nights with starry skies. Les Bêtes de Céline from France sewed another great bag with our laminate fabrics. She combined two black and white fabrics from Michael Miller with an Eiffel Tower and zebra design. The combinations works perfectly and as the fabrics are laminated, they are also waterproof and great for outdoor use.

For the first time we also saw our fabrics being used in furniture projects. The blog Sew Much Ado used the laminated echino frame fabric in pale pink to reupholster four chairs in her dining room. She did a very detailed tutorial, so you can copy that project. It’s a great idea to use laminates, as it happens quite often that food or drinks are spilled on chairs, especially when you have children.

Our customer Alicia from California reupholstered a stool with a kawaii Cosmo animal fabric. It looks awesome and gives a whole new look to this piece of furniture.

Feel free to post pictures of your projects on our Facebook wall, we’re looking forward to it.

Our customer Nicole from Germany sew this wonderful summer dress for her daughter

Our customer Nicole from Germany sew this wonderful summer dress for her daughter

Michael Miller fabric Night Fairies starry sky

Michael Miller fabric Night Fairies starry sky

Les Bêtes de Céline made a waterproof bag with two of our laminate fabrics

Les Bêtes de Céline made a waterproof bag with two of our laminate fabrics

black Michael Miller premium laminate fabric Eiffel Tower

black Michael Miller premium laminate fabric Eiffel Tower

black-white Michael Miller premium laminate fabric zebra

black-white Michael Miller premium laminate fabric zebra

A great project: Sew Much Ado reupholstered chairs with laminate fabric

A great project: Sew Much Ado reupholstered chairs with laminate fabric

old rose echino laminate fabric Frame owl giraffe deer

old rose echino laminate fabric Frame owl giraffe deer

Our customer Alicia from the USA reupholstered a stool with our fabric - great job!

Our customer Alicia from the USA reupholstered a stool with our fabric – great job!

white kawaii fabric desserts animals by Cosmo from Japan

white kawaii fabric desserts animals by Cosmo from Japan

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