Super cute Hello Kitty eraser giveaway on Facebook

Time for another giveaway, don’t you think? And this time we have something super exclusive for you. From our business trip to Japan last week we brought back some super mega kawaii Hello Kitty erasers. They are just incredibly awesome and they are really just sold in Japan. We are not allowed to sell them outside of Japan. We respect that of course, and so one really lucky winner will get this set of three Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway. The rules are still the same as in our former Facebook giveaways:

1) Like our Facebook page
2) Like the giveaway pic
3) Share the pic and comment “I want Hello Kitty eraser!”

The giveaway is open until Tuesday, July 17th, good luck to everyone.

What a cute set. Win these Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway!

What a cute set. Win these Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway!

Incredible mt masking tape store at Tokyo’s Uniqlo

Maybe you’ve heard about the collaboration between the Japanese companies mt masking tape and Uniqlo. They started a wonderful collection of shirts with mt Washi tape prints. When you buy one of the shirts you get a Washi tape on top. The shirts look amazing of course, the tape designs are really perfect to be put on fabric.

But what we want to show you today are pictures of the mt section in Tokyo’s Uniqlo Ginza shop. We were so amazed when we saw the pictures, because the whole shop is covered in Washi Tape designs. It totally shows you what a wonderful eye-catcher Washi tape can be and that you can use it as home decoration as well. We already have visions of whole walls being covered in Washi tape.

If you live in cities which have a Uniqlo store you might still be able to get one of the pretty shirts. And if you don’t, maybe these pictures inspire your creativity for home decoration.

Masking tapes and shirts - a wonderful combinaltion at Uniqlo Ginza in Tokyo

Masking tapes and shirts - a wonderful combination at Uniqlo Ginza in Tokyo

The wonderful Washi tape patterns are everywhere

The wonderful Washi tape patterns are everywhere

A wall in the store with lots of different mt Masking tapes

A wall in the store with lots of different mt Masking tapes

Even the floor is designed in Washi tape style

Even the floor is designed in Washi tape style

What a great idea to use lots of Washi tapes to build a fence

What a great idea to use lots of Washi tapes to build a fence

Some of the beautiful shirts from the mt x uniqlo collection

Some of the beautiful shirts from the mt x uniqlo collection

New in our shop: Car organiser bags

These new products will be a gift for families with children or people who like to have a clean car: our super cute car bags. We never had them before, so we’re quite excited to find out how you will like them. We think they are very handy and incredibly adorable.

We carry three different car bags from Decole from Japan, which all have cute animal or mushroom designs. So not only are they useful, but your kids will love to look at the them too. You can attach them easily to the front or passenger seat of your vehicle so that you have a lot of compartments on the back of those seats. They are great to store toys, magazines, drinking bottles, tissue boxes and more. And you can take them off and fold them together within seconds when you want to remove them. So you can use them in any car you want.

cute blue car bag with animals bear whale from Japan

cute blue car bag with animals bear whale from Japan

That is how the bags look when attached to the seat

That is how the bags look when attached to the seat

Lots of space for all kinds of stuff

Lots of space for all kinds of stuff

cute beige car bag with toadstools from Japan

cute beige car bag with toadstools from Japan

blue striped car bag with animals cat elephant Japan

blue striped car bag with animals cat elephant Japan

Eat with Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood can be your new dining partner. Because she will be on all your Bento tableware. We got some new items from the super kawaii Otogicco Little Red Riding Hood series and totally adore them. There are Bento Boxes, chopsticks, a plastic mug and a lunch bag for your bento box. There even is a complete tea set with the cute fairy tale character. We hope you like the new products from Decole.

And by the way, you can also travel with Little Red Riding Hood. The cute bright red passport case is a wonderful goodie to protect your passport but also to give it a unique look. We’re in love!

cute Little Red Riding Hood plastic cup Otogicco Japan

cute Little Red Riding Hood plastic cup Otogicco Japan

round red Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Otogicco

round red Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Otogicco

cute red Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Otogicco

cute red Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box Otogicco

Little Red Riding Hood Bento Chopsticks Otogicco Japan

Little Red Riding Hood Bento Chopsticks Otogicco Japan

Little Red Riding Hood tea set forest house Otogicco

Little Red Riding Hood tea set forest house Otogicco

cute Little Red Riding Hood passport case by Otogicco

cute Little Red Riding Hood passport case by Otogicco

Our favourite product of the week: Tea Set

It’s not just an ordinary tea set of course, it’s a super kawaii Little Red Riding Hood tea set consisting of two cups and a teapot. And when you stack everything on top of each other you can see Little Red Riding Hood walking through the forest to her grandma’s house. No further explanation needed to understand why this is our favourite product of the week.

We are crazy about the Otogicco Little Red Riding Hood series from Decole (Japan) anyway, but this item really stole our heart away.

Little Red Riding Hood tea set forest house Otogicco

Little Red Riding Hood tea set forest house Otogicco

The right bag for every occassion

Women are crazy about bags and shoes! Man, what a lame stereotype. But we have to admit that all the women we know at least own more bags than all the men we know. So maybe there is a grain of truth to this. And we also do see the necessity to have different bags for different occassions: Shopping, going out, going to work and so one.

Luckily we have bags for everything. In the last weeks we added quite a few new ones from Japan to our shop. Most of them have a super cute black cat design, which looks very kawaii. There are a couple of hand bags, that are perfect for your everyday life, as they are robust and handy. We also got a lot of beautiful shopping bags. You can just carry them in your hand bag, because you can fold them together, so that won’t use up much room. Also they are very light, but will carry all your shopping goods home safely.

If you are looking for a little bag to take with you when you go out at night, you might like our mini felt shoulder bag. It’s super small, but has the right size to carry your wallet and mobile phone. Plus the cute school bag design is funny and very retro.

cute beige handbag with cats and roses from Japan

cute beige handbag with cats and roses from Japan

kawaii big shopping bag with funny cat heads

kawaii big shopping bag with funny cat heads

cute blue mini felt shoulder bag with leather strap

cute blue mini felt shoulder bag with leather strap

Hello Kitty cover story in Hong Kongs U Travel magazine

What a wonderful place to work. This month’s U Travel magazine – a Hong Kong magazine for mainly young people writing about good travel opportunities in Asian countries – has a huge cover story about Sanrio, the home of Hello Kitty. As the Japanese headquarter in Tokyo is moving, they used this occasion to open the company doors for an exclusive insight. It is a huge cover story with lots of colourful pictures and information… all in Chinese of course. But it’s definitely worth checking it out.

The adorbale cover of Hong Kongs U Travel magazine

The adorbale cover of Hong Kongs U Travel magazine

It’s all about Hello Kitty on these pages, that’s for sure. The photos of all those pretty details in the Sanrio building are just amazing.

It will be Hello Kitty on the next 12 pages as well

It will be Hello Kitty on the next 12 pages as well

It probably is the dream of every kawaii Fan. When you work for Sanrio you can’t escape Hello Kitty. Employees get drinks in cute Hello Kitty bottles, they can play Hello Kitty videogames on adorbale machines, there are amazing interactive Hello Kitty installations on the floor and big Hello Kitty walls next to the elevators.

Look at all those cute pictures of the Sanrio interior - it is a dream come true

Look at all those cute pictures of the Sanrio interior - it is a dream come true

Of course the article also includes a Sanrio history. Did you know that the company started out as a greeting card company in the 1960s? In the 1970s then they developed the Hello Kitty character and this is when the success story really started.

A brief Sanrio history - Hello Kitty made them famous

A brief Sanrio history - Hello Kitty made them famous

Hello Kitty in the course of time. Fortunately the cute cat hasn’t changed much. Sanrio just knows what’s good.

Now and then - Hello Kitty has not changed much. We like it!

Now and then - Hello Kitty has not changed much. We like it!

Japanese designer Yuko Yamamoto invented Hello Kitty. When asked what is her favourite Hello Kitty character she answers that she is still working on it. So we can look forward to much more cuteness.

Hello Kitty creator Yuko Yamamoto answers questions

Hello Kitty creator Yuko Yamamoto answers questions

This is our new mt Washi Masking Tape selection

This will be quite a long blog post, but we just have so much to show you. Now we offer mt Washi Masking Tapes from Japan in our shop and are so happy about it. The company mt just recently became one of our suppliers and we just love the quality and variety of their products. So check out all the new sets in our shop and be sure to watch that awesome video they made at the end of our post. It is such an inspiration!

Take a look at all the different mt Washi masking tape sets

Take a look at all the different mt Washi masking tape sets

First of all there are super pretty single tapes. Dots, crosses, diamonds, stripes, letters, they are all there. The colours are super intense and each tape is individually wrapped, so that they are well protected. We also got lots of wide single Washi masking tapes. There are quite a few different sizes and many designs with plants and animals – really great for all your spring craft projects.

red mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with crosses

red mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with crosses

wide mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with butterfly

wide mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape with butterfly

We also ordered a lot of different Washi Tape sets with 2 pieces. They are really great if you want to vary a special design that you like a lot, as you get one design in two different colour variations or styles. They come in a handy bag. Also a lot of wide tapes are available in sets of two.

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 2pcs polka dots

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 2pcs polka dots

wide mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 2pcs stripes

wide mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 2pcs stripes

Single coloured Washi tapes are a great basic crafting material with a great visual effect. We now have a couple of single coloured sets in our shop. They come with 5 tapes in different colours and are wrapped in a plastic bag. There are combinations with darker colours or light colours.

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 5pcs with 5 colours

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 5pcs with 5 colours

5 Tapes with different patterns and different width. This is a great starter set, as you have so many different Washi tape options in just one set and can try lots of different things. But of course it is also a great combination for deco tape pros and a wonderful gift idea for people who like to craft.

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 5pcs with dots

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 5pcs with dots

A great and colourful gift box. We really like this set with 6 crazily patterned mt Washi Tapes. It’s so colourful and powerful. You get it in a pretty and decorative box, so it’s a wonderful present and you don’t have to worry about storage. This combination really allows you to create strong visual effects.

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 6pcs with patterns

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 6pcs with patterns

You’re a real Washi Tape fan? You will love these sets with 10 pieces. They are all single coloured and just beautiful. With one set you have a wonderful cadre of crafting essentials. We offer the pretty box with a light and a dark colour combination.

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 10pcs dull colours

mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 10pcs dull colours

20 super slim Washi Tapes in one set. With this Washi Tape box you really have all the colours of the rainbow to craft with. The tapes are much slimmer than the regular Washi tapes, so they create a discrete but still colourful effect.

fine mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 20pcs

fine mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 20pcs

This is Washi tape of a different kind. The new Washi Seals sheets are a very beautiful decoration element. Each round label is individually embellished. A fast and incredibly pretty way to label glasses, boxes, shelves and much more. Of course you can write on the labels, detach them easily and reuse them.

mt Washi Masking Tape seals with ornaments

mt Washi Masking Tape seals with ornaments

If you sometimes need a little inspiration for you next Washi tape project, take a look at this wonderful video. Washi masking tape can be used for so many creative things and even be the star of a movie. We loooove it!!

Fabric lovers: Laminate yourself

This is a pretty cool thing. We get so many requests from customers who ask for a laminated version of their favourite fabric. Now you can just do it yourself. When part of our team went to Japan the last time, they discovered an iron-on laminate foil and were really impressed by the results and the quality. So now you can buy this laminate foil in our shop and just iron it on all of your favourite fabrics. We carry two different sizes, each one either with a very smooth or a little rough surface. This is a really cool DIY-thing if you want to make waterproof things like bags, bibs, aprons, table cloths, wash bags etc.

How to use:

1. Place the foil with the smooth side on the fabric to be laminated

2. slowly iron the paper side with medium heat without steam at 120-140 degrees Celcius. Apply a little pressure

3. Allow material to cool down completely

4. Slowly peel off the paper (If the foil doesn’t stick completely to the fabric, just put the paper back on and repeat ironing)

For everybody who prefers to buy laminated fabrics already, check out our laminate category in our shop. We got some of our popular Robert Kaufman designs in a laminated version recently.

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x52cm rough

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x52cm rough

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x52cm smooth

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x52cm smooth

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x104cm rough

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x104cm rough

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x104cm smooth

iron-on laminate foil for fabrics 50x104cm smooth

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric with polka dots

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric with polka dots

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric red ladybirds

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric red ladybirds

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric dogs terrier

Robert Kaufman premium laminate fabric dogs terrier

Have you heard of White Day?

We have not, until today. White Day is a big thing in Japan and related to Valentine’s Day. Apparently on February 14th only girls and women give Valentine’s gifts to men. Exactly one month later, on March 14th, it’s time for the males to pay back. They buy gifts for the women who they received presents from, usually cookies, jewelry, chocolate or lingerie, particularly of white colour. Some “unofficial” rule even says that the men’s gift has to be three times as expensive as the one they got from the woman. Isn’t that a crazy tradition? This “custom” is also celebrated in South Korea.

So happy White Day to all Japanese women, who probably enjoy the day a lot more than the men, running around in panic trying to find a good gift. Here is something we suggest for next White Day, based on what we learned about that tradition now: Make some nice white chocolate in the cute Rilakkuma molds (self-made stuff is a good key to the heart of a woman) and top it with a nice Rilakkuma chocolate cellphone charm (combines jewelry with sweets – a perfect match).

kawaii Rilakkuma bear silicone chocolate mold

kawaii Rilakkuma bear silicone chocolate mold

Rilakkuma bear cellphone strap chocolate & coffee

Rilakkuma bear cellphone strap chocolate & coffee

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