How to decorate your home with mt Casa Washi Tapes

A couple of weeks ago we got the beautiful mt Casa Washi Tape series for home decoration. As you can never have enough inspiration, especially when you can just decorate anything at home with the wide Masking tapes, we found some more beautiful examples of what to do with them.

mt was quite active and shot some videos to introduce ideas. The little film about a family who is decorating the apartment for dad’s birthday is really sweet and full of cool projects. We love the idea of decorating plain tablecloths or curtains for special occasions. Check out all the pictures below that show many mt Casa projects around the house. Aren’t these tapes a great way to easily decorate windows or a single-coloured kitchen? Just looking at the photos makes us want to start sticking tapes on everything in the office.

Your kitchen could look this colourful with just a couple of stripes of mt Casa Wahi Tape

Your kitchen could look this colourful with just a couple of stripes of mt Casa Washi Tape

The tapes are a great windwo decoration

The tapes are a great window decoration

The wide Masking tapes are also suitable for tiles

The wide Masking tapes are also suitable for tiles

Add some colour to dishwasher or kitchen fronts

Add some colour to dishwasher or kitchen fronts

mt Casa tapes make a great table decoration

mt Casa tapes make a great table decoration

Look how easy it is to turn a simple lamp into an unique object

Look how easy it is to turn a simple lamp into an unique object

Children can fully live out their creativity with the tapes, which always can be removed without any trace

Children can fully live out their creativity with the tapes, which always can be removed without any trace

A classic: mt Casa Masking tape as wall decoration

A classic: mt Casa Masking tape as wall decoration

Japan Hobby Show Part 4: Kokka fabrics booth

While visiting the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo we also visited some of our suppliers who had booths on the tradeshow. As fabrics and sewing played an important role there, the Japanese fabric manufacturer Kokka couldn’t be missing of course. We really enjoyed the Kokka booth, they had lots of different sections with designer fabrics by Etsuko Furuya, Melody Miller or Ellen Lucket Baker. You could see lots and lots of beautiful things made with the fabrics, mainly bags and clothes. But boy, they surely looked amazing.

Beautiful items with Kokka fabrics designed by Melody Miller

Beautiful items with Kokka fabrics designed by Melody Miller

Some pretty bags and cloths made with Kokka fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

Some pretty bags and cloths made with Kokka fabrics from the Folk Modern collection

The Kokka fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker are perfect for sewing bags

The Kokka fabrics designed by Ellen Lucket Baker are perfect for sewing bags

Super cute Kokka characters on fabric

Super cute Kokka characters on fabric

Of course echino could not be missing on the Kokka booth

Of course echino could not be missing on the Kokka booth

People loved the echino section of the Kokka booth at the trade show

People loved the echino section of the Kokka booth at the trade show

kawaii Bear Giveaway on Facebook

Bears are so cute so we decided to dedicate a giveaway to them. In our Facebook Bear Giveaway one lucky winner will get a cute package full of stuff with bears, pandas and Rilakkuma. All those items we brought from Japan, some are even from very limited editions, like the Rilakkuma Skytree memo pad.

The prize package:

3x bear bags
3x panda bear folders
1x teddy bear deco tape
1x Rilakkuma Squishy
1x Rilakkuma memo pad from the limited Skytree edition
1x Rilakkuma bread charm
1x panda bear plush charm
2x bear sticker sheets
3x wooden bear buttons

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

The giveaway will be running until Monday, May 27th 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 contacing them otherwise. Enjoy everyone and good luck!

The winner of our Facebook bear giveaway will get all these kawaii things

The winner of our Facebook bear giveaway will get all these kawaii things

Ideas for crafting Mother’s Day cards with stamps

No matter if you give your mother a big present or a warm hug, a Mother’s Day card is a must. And to make one yourself is a fast an easy thing if you just have a couple of basics like Washi Tape, stamps or stickers. Today we want to show you some cards made with products from the Japanese company Kodomo No Kao. We carry lots of their stamps and they display wonderful pictures of crafted cards on their website. Most of them have pretty flower designs, so they are a nice inspiration for your own project. Have fun crafting.

Elegant and pretty flower and animal card

Elegant and pretty flower and animal card

A super cute Japanese cherry blossom design

A super cute Japanese cherry blossom design

A big flower stamp is all you need for a great card

A big flower stamp is all you need for a great card

3D effects with flower stamps

3D effects with flower stamps

Super simple idea with a great outcome

Super simple idea with a great outcome

The cards look so professional as if they were bought from a store

The cards look so professional as if they were bought from a store

kawaii Hello Kitty fabric giveaway on Facebook

Our big giveaway series continues. This time we are giving away another set of exclusive Hello Kitty fabrics. We once got them from Japan, but don’t sell them in our shop, so this prize is really rare. The winner of the Hello Kitty fabrics Facebook giveaway will receive 10 different Hello Kitty fat quarters with the most adorable cat designs. Please note that this picture is for reference only, the winner might receive other combinations than depicted.

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

The giveaway will be running until Monday, April 15th.  It’s open worldwide. Good luck to everyone!

Win 10 Hello Kitty fabric fat quarters in our Facebook giveaway (photo for reference only)

Win 10 Hello Kitty fabric fat quarters in our Facebook giveaway (photo for reference only)

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.

Meet the fabric designers on modes4u: Hoodie

It’s time to introduce our first fabric designer for the American manufacturer Timeless Treasures. Say hello to Hoodie!

Hoodie

Artist, fabric designer, illustrator, sewer, mother, woman – those are just a couple of the terms the New York City based designer Hoodie uses to describe herself. Hoodie was born and raised in Japan and has been living in the USA for 20 years now.

The designer has been working in Japan and the US in quite various fields: She created illustrations and layouts, wrote essays for newspapers and magazines, designed posters, catalogs & costumes and was a food stylist for photo shoots. In the last years designing fabrics became her main activity. Between 1994 and 2000 she was already working as a freelance designer for Timeless Treasures, licensed Hoodie’s line with that manufacturer were released in the last two years. Between 1999 and 2007 she also worked as a house designer for Michael Miller. Nowadays she mostly designs for Timeless Treasures and is also an art director for Newcastle Fabrics since 2012. Hoodie’s fabrics on modes4u.com are mainly from the Sow and Grow collection and the l’amour de la vie line.

When asked about her inspiration the answer is simple: everything inspires her! “My work combines cute and kitschy with modern and trendy. My style blends memories from my childhood in Japan in the 1950s and 60s as well as inspiration from my current life in the United States. I call my work Fusion Art. It’s a delicious fusion of Asian and Western cultures, new and old designs all in one creative pot.”
Hoodie is currently working on her newest collections for Timeless Treasures. Visit Hoodies Blog to find our more about her work.
off-white Timeless Treasures fabric with wild flowers USA

off-white Timeless Treasures fabric with wild flowers USA

white romantic bike fabric by Timeless Treasures

white romantic bike fabric by Timeless Treasures

off-white gardening watering cans fabric Timeless Treasures

off-white gardening watering cans fabric Timeless Treasures

light yellow gardening supplies fabric by Timeless Treasures

light yellow gardening supplies fabric by Timeless Treasures

navy blue Timeless Treasures crab animal fabric

navy blue Timeless Treasures crab animal fabric

navy blue Timeless Treasures animal fabric colourful fish

navy blue Timeless Treasures animal fabric colourful fish

aqua pineapple fruit fabric Timeless Treasures from the USA

aqua pineapple fruit fabric Timeless Treasures from the USA

green designer fabric with tossed gnomes and mushrooms

green designer fabric with tossed gnomes and mushrooms

pink designer fabric with cafe bike street house

pink designer fabric with cafe bike street house

white designer fabric Eiffel Tower & flower from the USA

white designer fabric Eiffel Tower & flower from the USA

Happy Birthday Gabi

This week we celebrated another birthday at the office. Gabi did not just get a really big Tiramisu cake, but also colourful cookies spelling ‘Happy Birthday’. Part of the modes4u team is visiting a trade show in Japan at the moment, so there was even more food to enjoy for the rest of us. Everybody got a really big piece of the creamy cake and a cookie as well. Is there any better way to spend your lunch break?

Happy Birthday Gabi.

It is Gabis Birthday - we celebrate with cake and cookies

It is Gabis Birthday – we celebrate with cake and cookies

Smiles all around, everybody is looking forward to eating the cake

Smiles all around, everybody is looking forward to eating the cake

Win Hello Kitty erasers in our last Facebook Giveaway for 2012

It is our final giveaway for the year 2012. In the last weeks we have had lots of great Christmas Facebook giveaways and this is definitely a good finale. One lucky winner will get an adorable set of 3 Hello Kitty erasers in our Hello Kitty eraser giveaway. These erasers were only for sale in Japan and we don’t sell them in our shop, so this is really an exclusive prize.

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

The giveaway will be running until Monday, December 24th.  It’s open worldwide. We will post the winner on our Facebook wall on December 24th, so please check to see if you have won. Good luck to everyone!

One lucky winner will get a great Christmas present and win these 3 Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway

One lucky winner will get a great Christmas present and win these 3 Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway

New echino fabrics from Kokka arrived

Bright colours, wild animals, pretty flowers and cool retro prints – we just got the latest echino fabrics with our latest Kokka delivery from Japan and really hurried to put them online as soon as possible. Not an easy task so shortly before Christmas. A lot of the designs are available in four colours, so be sure to check out all the echino fabricsto find your favourite combination of colour and design.

pink echino birds and berries canvas fabric cherry

pink echino birds and berries canvas fabric cherry

black insect echino canvas fabric insect

black insect echino canvas fabric insect

yellow echino airplane poplin fabric airplane

yellow echino airplane poplin fabric airplane

pink echino bike poplin fabric cycling

pink echino bike poplin fabric cycling

black echino retro bus poplin fabric bonnet bus

black echino retro bus poplin fabric bonnet bus

echino poplin stripes fabric kikka purple-black-green

echino poplin stripes fabric kikka purple-black-green

Patchwork piece echino canvas fabric blue-green-black

Patchwork piece echino canvas fabric blue-green-black

teal wildflower echino canvas fabric bird flower

teal wildflower echino canvas fabric bird flower

purple echino canvas safari animals fabric acacia

purple echino canvas safari animals fabric acacia