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

New shop category: Sticky notes

Over the last months we got so many new index stickers and sticky notes that we decided to open a new shop catgory for them. Now you can find all these cute bookmark stickers in the category “Sticky notes”, which is a subcategory of our sticker section.

Take a look at them if you need some kawaii office helpers for school, university, work or home. They are really lots of fun to work with and we carry more than 200 different ones.

funny warrior index stickers bookmark sticker

funny warrior index stickers bookmark sticker

kawaii cat animal Post-it bookmark sticker Japan

kawaii cat animal Post-it bookmark sticker Japan

frog at pond Post-it bookmark sticker Japan

frog at pond Post-it bookmark sticker Japan

Little Red Riding Hood Post-it bookmark stickers Otogicco

Little Red Riding Hood Post-it bookmark stickers Otogicco

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear band Post-it bookmark sticker

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear band Post-it bookmark sticker

Sentimental Circus carousel Post-it bookmark sticker San-X

Sentimental Circus carousel Post-it bookmark sticker San-X

kawaii animal rabbit cat bear Post-it bookmark sticker

kawaii animal rabbit cat bear Post-it bookmark sticker

kawaii seal and penguin Post-it bookmark sticker

kawaii seal and penguin Post-it bookmark sticker

colourful Kutusita Nyanko cat Post-it bookmark sticker

colourful Kutusita Nyanko cat Post-it bookmark sticker

Rilakkuma brown bear Post-it bookmark sticker San-X

Rilakkuma brown bear Post-it bookmark sticker San-X

Rilakkuma white bear strawberry Post-it bookmark sticker

Rilakkuma white bear strawberry Post-it bookmark sticker

Latest Christmas Shipping Dates 2013

We just received the lastest shipping dates for Christmas 2013 by Hong Kong Post. The post offices in Hong Kong release a chart every autumn, so that you can see until when your orders have to be mailed the latest so that they still arrive before Christmas Day.

Please check this year’s chart below carefully, as for many countries the latest shipping dates are already at the end of November!

However, Hong Kong Post stresses that the dates are provisional, they are worked out based on the requirements of overseas postal administrations. As the dates below are no guarantee and we strongly recommend that order earlier than the dates shown below.

ASIA
Philippines 5.12.13 Vietnam 12.12.13
Indonesia 11.12.13 Singapore 10.12.13
Thailand 7.12.13 Malaysia 7.12.13
AMERICA
Argentina 30.11.13 USA 7.12.13
Brazil 4.12.13 Canada 2.12.13
Mexico 26.11.13
EUROPE
Austria 5.12.13 Malta 27.11.13
Belgium 7.12.13 Montenegro 9.12.13
Cyprus 30.11.13 Netherlands 4.12.13
Czech 2.12.13 Norway 6.12.13
Denmark 5.12.13 Poland 4.12.13
Estonia 4.12.13 Portugal 28.11.13
Finland 7.12.13 Romania 7.12.13
France 2.12.13 Russia 23.11.13
Germany 30.11.13 Serbia 10.12.13
Gibraltar 4.12.13 Slovakia 3.12.13
Greece 30.11.13 Spain 5.12.13
Hungary 7.12.13 Sweden 28.11.13
Iceland 30.11.13 Switzerland 6.12.13
Ireland 6.12.13 Turkey 2.12.13
Italy 5.12.13 United Kingdom 30.11.13
Latvia 29.11.13
Lithuania 5.12.13 other countries 6.12.13
OCEANIA
Australia 10.12.13 New Zealand 6.12.13

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

Christmas crafts: Christmas Phone Case

Another super easy Christmas DIY idea: style your phone case for Christmas. We just used a normal phone case and decorated it with some stripes of Washi Tape – our favourite crafting material. The tape might come off on the edges after a while when using the phone, but therefore you can easily remove the tape to get your original phone case back or to redecorate with other tapes.

Today's Christmas craft: Christmas phone case

Today’s Christmas craft: Christmas phone case

What you need: a phone case and Washi Tape

What you need: a phone case and Washi Tape

Stick Washi Tape onto your phone case

Stick Washi Tape onto your phone case

A fun and quick idea to decorate everyday items for the holidays

A fun and quick idea to decorate everyday items for the holidays

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

Christmas crafts: Christmas Paper Bag Makeover

Do you also have lots of paper shopping bags at home that you always wanted to reuse? That’s great, because they make wonderful Christmas bags. In today’s Christmas craft it’s all about recycling. Because with some stripes of Washi tape you can turn paper bags into pretty and personalized Christmas bags.

For our project we used some paper bags we got at the Starbucks Coffee Shops. One of them even had a Christmas design, but we wanted to cover the logo and make them look more like Christmas bags. So we thought of a Christmas design that would work and the whole project was done within a couple of minutes.

You can also cover the handles with Washi Tapes, make name tags or combine other materials like fabric or cardboard into your designs. And as you can see you don’t even need Christmas tapes to create a Christmas look, it works with any tape. It’s a fun and fast thing to do, so start your bag makeover now with preparing a couple of bags each month to avoid the hassle in actual Christmas time.

Today's Christmas craft: Christmas Washi Paper Bags

Today’s Christmas craft: Christmas Washi Paper Bags

Just use a paper bags and some colorful Washi tapes

Just use a paper bag and some colorful Washi tapes

Think of a Christmas design

Think of a Christmas design

Try to cover all logos as best as possible

Try to cover all logos as best as possible

This bag already had a Christmas design

This bag already had a Christmas design

So we just tried to cover up the company logo

So we just tried to cover up the company logo

New shop category: Fabric Bundles

We have been selling fabric bundles for a while, but you might have had a hard time finding them, as they were scattered in all our fabric categories. As we already carry quite a selection we now decided to open a new fabric bundles category where you can find all different kinds of bundles we carry in one spot: Fat Quarters, Roll ups, charm packs and ten squares.

Fabric bundles are great for sewing little accessories and applications, but they also make a great gift. In the next days and weeks we will also add quite a few new bundles by Robert Kaufman.

Fat Quarter fabric bundle Girl Thing Michael Miller USA

Fat Quarter fabric bundle Girl Thing Michael Miller USA

Fat Quarter fabric bundle My Blue Heaven Robert Kaufman

Fat Quarter fabric bundle My Blue Heaven Robert Kaufman

Fat Quarter fabric bundle dots ice cream Robert Kaufman

Fat Quarter fabric bundle dots ice cream Robert Kaufman

Christmas fabric bundle elf owl Ten-Square Robert Kaufman

Christmas fabric bundle elf owl Ten-Square Robert Kaufman

colourful Charm Pack organic fabric bundle Robert Kaufman

colourful Charm Pack organic fabric bundle Robert Kaufman

Charm Pack fabric bundle Cotton Couture Michael Miller

Charm Pack fabric bundle Cotton Couture Michael Miller

Roll-up Christmas fabric bundle roll elf owl Robert Kaufman

Roll-up Christmas fabric bundle roll elf owl Robert Kaufman

Roll-up fabric bundle roll Coffee brown Robert Kaufman USA

Roll-up fabric bundle roll Coffee brown Robert Kaufman USA

Christmas crafts: Christmas Washi tea light candles

Today we’re starting our big Christmas crafts series. Even though the holiday is a couple of weeks away, we will present you at least one crafting idea per week now. You can collect them for later or already start crafting. The sooner you start with your preparations the more relaxing the actual Christmas time will be for you. Also don’t forget that shipping from our shop takes between 5 and 15 business days so we really recommend ordering early.

Our first project is a super easy and not too christmassy DIY: Washi tea light candles. It’s finished within minutes and looks great. Just grab some regular tea lights and stick a piece of colorful Masking Tape around it. All tapes with a width of 1.5cm / 0.5″ fit perfectly, you don’t even have to cut off anything. It immediately turns your tea lights into a festive decoration. It’s really up to you how christmassy you want it to be. You can use actual Christmas Washi tapes for decoration or also start with more subtle patterns or single-colored tapes that fit well to autumn or winter.

Today's Christmas craft: Washi tea light candles

Today’s Christmas craft: Washi tea light candles

Some pieces of colorful Washi Tape will give your tea lights a special look

Some pieces of colorful Washi Tape will give your tea lights a special look

All 1.5cm tapes fit perfectly on the tea lights

All 1.5cm tapes fit perfectly around the tea lights