modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Alan

Today we’re introducing a member of our staff which has been there from the very first minute: Alan is one of the bosses at modes4u.

Hello, who are you by the way?
I’m Alan. I’m 34 years old and come from Hong Kong. I am married to Sandra, the Managing Director from modes4u.com. Together with her I build modes4u more than 4 years ago. Before I joined the company fulltime I was working as an IT specialist for different companies here in Hong Kong.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am the IT manager and responsible for everything technical at the office. I developed our packing software, our shop software and website, so I have to watch out that everything is working fine. I am constantly trying to improve everything of course, to make it easier, more user-friendly and faster. It is a never-ending story, but I enjoy it a lot.

As one of the bosses I am also busy with lots of organizational stuff, negotiations, business trips and so on. And sometimes I even am the craftsman at the office, when I have to fix or build things.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I know all our products in our shop very well, because until we hired a fulltime photographer last year, it was also my job to take all the product pictures. I like all of them, because they are so beautiful, but if I had to choose a favourite category, it would definitely be our dessert erasers. They are from Japan and made by the company Iwako. And even though Japanese products are usually very high-quality, those are the best looking erasers I ever seen; they look so real and so delicious!

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
I have been in this shop since it started with a couple of orders a week and just two staff members, so it is very overwhelming to see how our business has developed and grown. I feel very fortunate that we have such a good team as I think the most important asset for a company is the staff. Everyone at modes4u is very passionate, hardworking and happy with his/her work. Our working environment is quite harmonized and a lot of times it just feels like a group of friends are doing something great together.

Personally, I really enjoy seeing how our products are making people happy.  It might sound cheesy, but since I graduated from school I often wondered what I can do to make the world a better place. But then I see all the feedback we get from happy customers and realize that these kawaii things bring happiness to our customers. That’s a wonderful feeling and a great motivation to find new products and improve our shop constantly.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
I like to be creative not so much in the crafty way, but in the field of technology. I love technical stuff and computers and can be very creative in dealing with them. A lot of times I also HAD to come up with ideas, because when we started to build our online shop a couple of years ago, the technology was nowhere near as good as today. I had to build most of our software from scratch, which involves a lot of creativity.

Alan is showing office Rilakkuma who is boss

Alan is showing office Rilakkuma who is boss

Soccer time: EURO 2012 starts today

Soccer is not a big of a thing her in Hong Kong as it is in Europe. But of course we noticed too that a big sport event is about to happen. We wish all of you soccer fans a fantastic time enjoying the European Football Championship 2012. Hopefully you will have exciting matches to watch and your favourite team will make it to the finale.

As the opening game today is held in Poland’s capital Warsaw, we decided to post a cute Iwako soccer ball eraser in the country’s National colour white and red.

cool red and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool red and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

3 ideas for creative wedding presents

So you’re invited to this wedding and still need a present? In our last blog post we already provided you with some ideas for wedding cards. What’s to go with that? We have three ideas from our shop that we believe are anything but the typical wedding gift.

1. A wedding scrapbook
This might not be the craziest idea ever, but still something that will definitely be appreciated. Because it is self-made. Craft a nice photo album with your memories of the bridal couple or make a scrapbook about something else that has a connection to them. In our shop you’ll find four different scrapbooking kits in different designs that already come with all the basics you need to create something unique. There a colourful papers, a deco tape, stickers and other accessories.

Scrapbooking kit from Japan with flowers

Scrapbooking kit from Japan with flowers

Scrapbooking kit from Japan with golden scissors

Scrapbooking kit from Japan with golden scissors

2. Jewelry from DIY clay sets
This is a fun idea and a cool little symbolic something. The bridal couple probably already has their own wedding rings, but with funny DIY jewelry clay sets they can craft additional kawaii ones – or you can do it, if you want to give away the self-made results. A set like this might also be a great idea for a wedding game or to entertain children on the wedding.

DIY eraser making kit ring heart star diamond rose

DIY eraser making kit ring heart star diamond rose

glitter mousse clay DIY jewelry making kit kawaii Japan

glitter mousse clay DIY jewelry making kit kawaii Japan

3. A honeymoon package
This wedding present will make the newlyweds look forward to their honeymoon even more. Create a cute honeymoon package for them, there are lots of possibilities. If you know where they’re going you can gather some cute items around that destination. Are they traveling to Asia? Make a package out of funny Asia fabrics, Chinese or Japanese food erasers, colourful bento boxes and chopsticks. Will they spend the honeymoon in Paris? There are lots of adorable Paris deco tapes, fabrics, stamps and other stationery products to refer to the city. If you prefer to make a gerenal travel package, we have some accessories that will be handy for that too, such as adorable felt camera cases, bookmarks for travel books, or scrapbooking kits and deco tapes to craft an album of ther memories after the trip.

colourful tropical birds fabric parrot Robert Kaufman

colourful tropical birds fabric parrot Robert Kaufman

Tuna Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

Tuna Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

Mermaid Post-it bookmark stickers fishes coral

Mermaid Post-it bookmark stickers fishes coral

Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs Paris France

Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs Paris France

Lots of crafting accessories for wedding projects

In our wedding blog post last week we already introduced you to some of our products, which might be useful for this year’s wedding season. Today it’s time to get a little more specific. Let’s talk about crafting accessories.

Craft cards

There are thousands of pretty wedding cards, but it’s also really easy to make something yourself which is definitely one of a kind. Just combining some deco tapes, stickers and stamps on plain cardboard is already half of the job. You could also integrate a photo of the bridal couple, of yourself or of something that connects you with the lovebirds. Also try to stamp on different kind of paper, cut it out and glue it onto your card. This will create a wonderful 3D effect and feel really nice too. Or cut out some patterns of a pretty fabric and glue it onto your card. We have lots of suitable designs with hearts, cakes, flowers, ribbons and embellishments.

cute Rilakkuma 3D Stickers Wedding Love Ring Cake

cute Rilakkuma 3D Stickers Wedding Love Ring Cake

Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs with hearts

Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs with hearts

Michael Miller fabric Mr. & Mrs. wedding flowers

Michael Miller fabric Mr. & Mrs. wedding flowers

beautiful stamp set angel chandelier music notes

beautiful stamp set angel chandelier music notes

Wrap presents

Your gift will definitely stick out of the crowd when you use some colourful deco tapes to wrap it. Especially pretty patterns on single-coloured wrapping paper will have a great effect, as well as some stamps or stickers. You can create a really unusual wrapping paper when using a cute fabric for this. The bridal couple will definitely remember unwrapping your gift.

Washi Masking Deco Tape set 3pcs garland music heart

Washi Masking Deco Tape set 3pcs garland music heart

cute big Sticky Tape with hearts dots

cute big Sticky Tape with hearts dots

cute deer wedding sticker with animals and cake

cute deer wedding sticker with animals and cake

white Michael Miller fabric with red hearts

white Michael Miller fabric with red hearts

beautiful stamp set Eiffel Tower & crown

beautiful stamp set Eiffel Tower & crown

Be creative with money presents

Many bridal couples have seen and heard enough of bad wedding presents and decide to set some rules: They wish for money. Although for most people this option will be much easier than having to come with something themselves, still the questions remains: How are you going to hand it over? In a plain white envelope? Via bank transfer? We got some ideas:

If you just want to put it in an envelope, at least decorate it in a nice way with deco tapes, stickers or stamps. It won’t take you longer than a couple of minutes. If you’re looking for a creative way to give a money present, try building a wedding cake buffet with little Japanese cake erasers that you decorate with coins and notes. Or craft a simple garland out of Washi tape and integrate your money. Just occasionally use a banknote instead of a piece of tape. You could also pin your money on a cute plush toy or fill a lot of coins in a romantic bento box. There are lots of creative ways which don’t require a lot of time.

chocolate cream cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

chocolate cream cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

strawberry piece of cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

strawberry piece of cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

pink strawberry cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

pink strawberry cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

Iwako erasers cake ice cream 6 pieces set

Iwako erasers cake ice cream 6 pieces set

red Rilakkuma Bento Box Lunch Box bears with hearts

red Rilakkuma Bento Box Lunch Box bears with hearts

Kutusita Nyanko cat with heart plush cellphone charm

Kutusita Nyanko cat with heart plush cellphone charm

4 weeks until the European Football Championship starts

A lot of people are already totally excited and can’t wait the matches to start. You’re also counting the days? Then use the time you have left until the first match to prepare for the EURO 2012 and get into the right spirit. Even though our kawaii shop might not be the first address for soccer junkies to look for suitable fan accessories, we have a very cute item that will likewise convince sport and kawaii fans: little soccer ball erasers. They are the perfect little present, decorative accessory or a funny toy to re-enact the best soccer moments in passionate finger soccer matches. We even carry the sweet Iwako erasers in different colours.

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

kawaii express eraser giveaway on Facebook

Yay, it’s giveaway time again. But this time we are trying something new. The giveaway is not held on this blog, but on our Facebook page. Three lucky winners each get 10 super kawaii Iwako-erasers from our shop. The erasers are super popular among our customers and we totally understand why: They are super detailed and just have the most adorable colourful designs.

All you have to do to join the giveaway is “like” our Facebook page, “like” the big giveaway photo, share the pic and comment with “I want”. What do you think? Really easy, right? But you have to be fast, because winners will already be announced on Monday, April 30th on our Facebook page.

Good luck everyone!

3 lucky winners get 10 kawaii erasers each from modes4u.com

3 lucky winners each get 10 kawaii erasers from modes4u.com

Our favourite product of the week: rhinoceros eraser

There was so much to choose from for this week’s favourite product, as we have been adding lots of stuff: echino fabrics, letter sets, Re-Ments, Memo Pads and more stationery. So who won the race? The new Iwako erasers. We got many new designs like soccer balls or shaved ice. But the most adorable thing comes from the animal eraser category: rhinoceros erasers. Don’t they make your heart melt? They are our favourite product of the week.

By the way, we will be adding more stationery to our shop during the next days, so take a look.

grey rhinoceros eraser by Iwako from Japan

grey rhinoceros eraser by Iwako from Japan

green rhinoceros eraser by Iwako from Japan

green rhinoceros eraser by Iwako from Japan

Easter page in our shop

Some of our customers have been asking us about Easter products, so today we released our Easter page on modes4u.com. Until the middle of April you can find all our products, which are connected to Easter and spring in this category. That means lots of bunny and chick items, but also lots of pretty flower and spring designs which make you look forward to that season. A lot of deco tapes, fabrics and stamps will provide good material for your art&craft projects that you are planning for that holiday. We also added some products, that we think might be a unique gift idea such as DIY clay sets for example.

Of course we will expand the category if we have more products that fit into it. Have fun rummaging in our Easter page.

We added our Easter category to our website navigation

We added our Easter category to our website navigation

rabbit with overall eraser from Japan by Iwako

rabbit with overall eraser from Japan by Iwako

cute pink Easter bunny fabric flowers chipmunks

cute pink Easter bunny fabric flowers chipmunks

cute bunny wooden stamp set 2 pieces

cute bunny wooden stamp set 2 pieces

colourful bunny Deco Tape from Japan kawaii

colourful bunny Deco Tape from Japan kawaii

Happy Australia Day

Dear Australian customers: A very happy Australia Day to you! To everybody else: Even if you’re not from Australia and have never heard about this day before, enjoy learning a little bit about January 26th. Because every year Australia celebrates on its national day the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain at Sydney Cove in 1788. It is one of the largest annual public events in the whole country, as there are many celebrations such as concerts, barbecues, festivals and fireworks. It is very popular to relax with family and friends on that day or to visit one of the numerous activities going on throughout the country.

We hope you have a nice day and a good party. In honor of the Australian National Day we today celebrate the most Australian symbol we could find in our shop: Our little koala bear eraser.

grey koala bear eraser by Iwako from Japan

grey koala bear eraser by Iwako from Japan

A Unique Christmas Gift Idea for Sushi Lovers

Sushi is the most popular Japanese dish outside of Japan and has many fans all around the world. You know somebody who is an absolute Sushi lover and still haven’t found the right Christmas gift for that person? Your search can end here. We recommend some fun stuff.

Our unique Christmas gift idea for Sushi lovers: cute Sushi gimmicks

The Sushi lover will enjoy the pleasure of Sushi in a different way. For example with some cute Sushi sponge stickers or incredibly tasty looking Sushi erasers. What about some Sushi Re-Ments to decorate or collect? We also carry sushi fabrics or plushies. The Sushi lover can  be surrounded by his favourite dish constantly.

Tuna Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

Tuna Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

Cuttlefish Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

Cuttlefish Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

funny white sushi fabric Robert Kaufman

funny white sushi fabric Robert Kaufman

funny3D sponge sticker set with sushi kawaii

funny3D sponge sticker set with sushi kawaii

Re-Ment Sushi Mascot miniature surprise blind packet

Re-Ment Sushi Mascot miniature surprise blind packet

cute big blue deer cellphone charm sushi

cute big blue deer cellphone charm sushi

cute Gachapin sponge sticker with sushi kawaii

cute Gachapin sponge sticker with sushi kawaii

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