Winner of our 2016 calendar card design contest

Wow. We received many amazing designs in our 2016 wallet calendar card contest. Thanks to all participants for your great efforts. With so much talent around, we had a tough time picking a winner, but finally made our choice. The winning theme is original and embodies cute Japanese style.

The winner of our 2016 wallet calendar card contest is: Ms. Pauleen Potter.

Congratulations on winning a voucher for modes4u.com for US$300. What a great prize for Christmas shopping!

The design will be produced and distributed to 20,000 Modes4u customers around the world from October 2015 to January 2016.

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Winner of our 2016 calendar card design contest.

Win 300USD modes4u voucher in our 2016 calendar card design contest

We will soon be producing our 2016 wallet calendar card and “Modes4u needs you”!

You can win a voucher for modes4u.com for US$300. What a great prize for Christmas shopping!

What’s more? The winner’s design will be produced and distributed to 20,000 Modes4u customers around the world from October 2015 to January 2016.

Contest details:   

  • The contest is open worldwide.
  • Free to enter or win. No purchase necessary. There is no cost to enter the contest.
  • Your design must be original.
  • Email your design in a digital format to info@modes4u.com with the subject “2016 calendar card design contest”.
  • You may submit up to 3 designs.
  • The contest closes on September 28th, 2015 (Monday), 23:59 Pacific Time
  • Modes4u has the final say in all contest matters.
  • The winner will be announced on our blog on September 30th, 2015 (Wednesday). We will also contact the winner via email.
  • The winner will be required to supply the artwork files to Modes4u for use, preferred format: Photoshop (.psd) – min 300dpi resolution.
  • Modes4u will own all image rights for future use; Modes4u will use the calendar card design on its website and social media pages and promotional materials as required.
  •  Prizes cannot be substituted or redeemed for cash.

Requirements:

  • Theme: all about cuteness – kawaii in Japanese
  • Content: double-sided yearly calendar card showing all 12 months for the year 2016
  • Includes: Modes4u logo and shop URL http://www.modes4u.com
  • Download template
Win 300USD modes4u voucher in our 2016 calendar card design contest

Win 300USD modes4u voucher in our 2016 calendar card design contest

Download calendar template here

Download calendar template here

Download calendar template here

Download calendar template here

Kawaii Miffy cake during our company lunch

We had a couple of reasons to celebrate lately so the whole modes4u team – including baby Mason – went to have a company Dim Sum lunch together a couple of weeks ago. We officially welcomed our new team members Sita and Iris who support our warehouse staff. Our team members Ho, Maggie and Dave all had their birthdays in the last weeks. And for every birthday there should be cake. We got a super kawaii Miffy cake that looked almost too cute to eat. It was a delicious chocolate sponge filled with yummy custard.

After a yummy DimSum lunch we had delicious Miffy chocolate cake

After a yummy Dim Sum lunch we had delicious Miffy chocolate cake

Our team members Maggie, Ho and Dave all celebrated their birthdays lately - we made them little Washi Tape name flags

Our team members Maggie, Ho and Dave all celebrated their birthdays lately – we made them little Washi Tape name flags

Ho is cutting the Miffy cake

Ho is cutting the Miffy cake

The whole modes4u team including baby Mason

The whole modes4u team including baby Mason

The kawaii Miffy cake was almost too cute to eat

The kawaii Miffy cake was almost too cute to eat

The first modes4u wedding

Summertime is wedding time all around the world – also at modes4u. Our team member Maggie just got married and invited the whole team to join the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom picked a lovely little church in Hong Kong for the wedding, which looked very much like an ancient European church with stucco on the ceilings and colourful mosaic windows. That it was not that old was revealed by the fact that there were integrated monitors in those parts where you couldn’t see the altar very well and got a video feed of what is happening. A very convenient feature.

The church was packed with friends and family of the couple who enjoyed the fairy tale like wedding. Of course the bride looked stunning in her beautiful wedding dress as did the groom in his tuxedo. The ceremony was held in Cantonese and was very touching – even for our team members who didn’t understand the language. As wedding photos are very important in Hong Kong there were many photographers and of course all the guests also took lots of pictures.

It was a really beautiful wedding and we enjoyed it very much. Congratulations to Maggie & Kenneth from the whole team!

The beautiful bride and groom on their wedding day

The beautiful bride and groom on their wedding day

It was a lovely and romantic ceremony

It was a lovely and romantic ceremony

The newlyweds leaving the church after the ceremony

The newlyweds leaving the packed church after the ceremony

Of course the bride threw the bridal bouquet

Of course the bride threw the bridal bouquet

The lovely church before all the guests arrived

The lovely church before all the guests arrived

The church looked beautiful with the traditional window decorations

The church looked beautiful with the traditional window decorations

If you were sitting on the sides and did not have a good view there were monitors with video transmission

If you were sitting on the sides and did not have a good view there were monitors with video transmission

4 years modes4u: How it all started

Last week our online shop modes4u turned four and we started a big giveaway to celebrate our birthday. When we were preparing our birthday activities, we also wrote a little article about our shop and looked back on how everything started and developed in the last years. We thought it might be nice to share that with you, if you are interested in some funny facts and background information. And don’t forget to join our giveaway by leaving a comment on our blog post 4 years modes4u: BIG Happy Birthday Giveaway. The giveaway is still open till April 3rd.

From 1 to 100 – the kawaii online shop modes4u celebrates its 4th birthday

1640 days ago the online shop modes4u.com opened its virtual doors. Since then the team around native Austrian and company founder Sandra Boch has been sending cute and playful stationery, fabrics and accessories to more than 25,000 customers worldwide. What started with one order per week is now at around 100 per day, and modes4u celebrates its 4th birthday.

Enthusiasm, ambition and maybe a dozen products, that’s what it began with. “We received the first order in our shop around 3 weeks after we went online. It came from Germany and I was so happy that we finally got one“, 30 year old company founder Sandra Boch remembers. Even 4 years after her business opening the young entrepreneur is still excited about every order. But by now she gets a lot more. Today the modes4u-team processes an average of 100 orders per day, in the busy pre-Christmas weeks they even receive several hundred every day. “That’s when really everybody has to help, so that we can handle that amount”, Sandra says.

The Native Austrian, who emigrated to Hong Kong many years ago, established the online shop for cute stationery, fabrics, accessories and DIY-items in 2007 with her Chinese husband Alan Mak. On March 20th 2008 they launched the website www.modes4u.com. “In the first months we maybe had one order per week; we stored the products in our flat and took pictures of them in our bedroom”, IT manager Alan remembers. Today the couple employs 6 German and Chinese staff members, developed its own storage and packing system and has a professional photo studio. The company just moved into a new office last year, but will change location again in 2012: They are just running out of space.

Almost 3,500 products start their journey from the office in Hong Kong to customers all over the world. Already 86 different countries received packages from modes4u. “But most of our orders are shipped to Germany, France and the UK. Many customers are from the USA too. A lot of our products, which we mainly import from Japan, are just really hard to get in those countries”, Sandra explains the success of her own company.

Win one of our cute San-X packages in our big birthday giveaway

Win one of our cute San-X packages in our big birthday giveaway

Dim Sum lunch with our new team member

The modes4u team is growing constantly, this week we welcomed our new team member Sylvania. She is supporting us in accounting from now on and will help with other administrative tasks around the office as well. We are very happy that she is with us, not least because it means going out for a Dim Sum lunch with the whole company. What a nice tradition to welcome new staff. The table was filled with a lot of food, and although the portions look small, everybody was very full afterwards.

Bianca used Sylvania’s welcome lunch to deliver on the promise she made at her welcome lunch last year. She finally tried the chicken feet – a very common dish in Hong Kong. And what a surprise, she didn’t like them. It meant more chicken feet for Lok and Sylvania, who loved the dish very much. Would you have tried it?

Welcome to the team, Sylvania.

Our table in the Chinese restaurant for Dim Sum

Our table in the Chinese restaurant for Dim Sum

Lots of delicious dishes in small servings

Lots of delicious dishes in small servings

We had a good view of the busy kitchen with hundreds of steamer baskets

We had a good view of the busy kitchen with hundreds of steamer baskets

Karen, Lok and Sylvania are busy eating and drinking tea

Karen, Lok and Sylvania are busy eating and drinking tea

The whole modes4u team in front of the restaurant

The whole modes4u team in front of the restaurant

Bianca kept her promise and tries chicken feet - yummy

Bianca kept her promise and tries chicken feet - yummy

Giveaway Winner Anouncement

We draw 30 random winners for our giveaway:

1) carmel: carmelita@xxx

2) Angelika: s_angelika3@xxx

3) Jingle: jinglesells@xxx

4) Ivonne: ivonne.h@xxx

5) Ionie Thomas: ionie_thomas@xxx

6) emily: emilyfinch32@xxx

7) Simone Münstermann: mone@xxx

8 ) HoopBunny: hoopbunny@xxx

9) Sonia: sonia.solci@xxx

10) Paw-paw: paugalang@xxx

11) Aliyah: aliyahhr@xxx

12) janita: janitalatifa@xxx

13) Alexa Thun und Hohenstein: alexakuepper@xxx

14) SuperLuna: decoradarling@xxx

15) Sarah: sarahzevenbergen@xxx

16) samira yussuf: superstarsammy@xxx

17) Marina: isollea@xxx

18) Amira Savoy: hellosaranghae@xxx

19) Felicity: tvr28lz@xxx

20) trixx: trixpixel@xxx

21) chuchoo: dboulette@xxx

22) Tania: tania.enokibara@xxx

23) Juli Drappeldrey: morgaine1999@xxx

24) Tiffany: aozora.sanpo@xxx

25) Kasia Kawczynski: princess.rei@xxx

26) steph: jrseniors@xxx

27) hiiime: pandaboer@xxx

28) Frances: mirrorandmoon@xxx

29) Ruriyuki: ruriyuki@xxx

30) Ingrid: homocore@xxx

We removed the end of every email address, to protect their privacy. We will contact everyone by email directly.

Congrats to the 30 lucky winners!

Crazy big cute Giveaway

To celebrate our 17,400 fans on our Facebook Fansite we finally have a new giveaway here on our blog. We chose 30 awesome cute prizes for you guys.

You can win one of these kawaii prizes:

cutlery, tissues, tapes and more

cutlery, tissues, tapes and more

1 green frog chopsticks + box

1 yellow bear chopsticks + box

1 pink/purple Hello Kitty tissue (4 prizes available)

1 cute deco tape (4 prizes available)

1 penguin jewelry holder

1 Rilakkuma travel tag for suitcase

1 blue bear cutlery set (2 prizes available)

1 ChooChoo cat tissue (2 prizes available)

1 deer memo pad

Re-Ments and cute jewelry

Re-Ments and cute jewelry

1 out of 6 Re-Ments (6 prizes available)

1 matryoshka-flower earring set (3 earrings included)

1 cherry earrings set

1 giraffe earrings set

1 pink cloverleaf ring

1 cute golden grandpad wristband

cute backpack and bag

cute backpack and bag

1 Tenshi Neko backpack

1 cute black handbag with golden ribbon

For a chance to win one of the 30 prizes, you must:

1) Go to our kawaii shop modes4u, and comment below this blog post what would be your favorite Christmas gift from our shop! (1 entry)

For additional chances to win (leave a separate comment for each entry):

2) “Like” modes4u’s Facebook page. Leave FB name with comment. (1 extra entry)

3) Follow us on Twitter here. Leave Twitter name with comment. (1 extra entry)

4) Add one of our banners to your blog, website etc. You can find the banners here. Post a link to your blog in the comments below. (5 extra entries!!!)

5) Tweet about this giveaway and post your tweet URL in the comments below. You can tweet once a day until the deadline! Just copy the words below and paste it on your twitter. (1 extra entry)

WIN cute goodies from @modes4u! HUGE kawaii Giveaway with 30 prizes! Enter here -> http://tinyurl.com/3sutgnq #giveaway www.modes4u.com

6) Blog about this giveaway and post a link to your blog post in the comments below. (2 extra entries)

7) Subscribe to our blog via Google Friend Connector on the right sidebar. (2 extra entries)

Entries will be accepted until Monday, September 26, 2011, Midnight GMT. We will notify the winners the following day! You will have 48 hours to claim your prize or we will have to pick another winner.

OPEN WORLDWIDE!

Winners will be chosen through random.org, so the more entries you have, the more chances of winning!

our Benefits Slide Show

We worked on a new slide show for our front page in our shop during the last few days and we finally finished it today. I am very happy with the result because it shows very nicely why a customer should buy in our shop and what benefits he/she has. We also included some really nice and fun pictures of our business. The 5 main benefits are:
1) Safe Shopping
We provide safe shopping by using SSL encryption in cooperation with secure payment providers like PayPal, VISA and MasterCard. We do not store any sensitive information on our servers. The payment process is done on a secure, encrypted website directly provided by our bank and PayPal.
2) Free Shipping
We offer the lowest international shipping costs possible, so you can enjoy shopping with us even more! Buy items worth 60€ (US$78, £54) and we ship your order worldwide FOR FREE!
3) Big Community
We have a big community fan base on Facebook with over 16,000 fans! Get the latest news, giveaways and gifts and “like” our Facebook Page now!
4) Import from Japan & USA
We import the latest high quality products directly from Japan, USA, Korea… and offer them for a very attractive price.
5) Ready to Dispatch
All our products are in stock. When we get your order, we will ship it within 24 hours and every order comes with a FREE GIFT!

New Information Slide Show 1

our new front page

Cute Christmas Countdown in our shop

We just set up a really cute Christmas Countdown in our shop so everyone can get more and more excited about Christmas coming soon 🙂 We just love Christmas, don’t you too? Here is our super cute kawaii Christmas Countdown:


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