9 Years of Cool and Kawaii Products!

We are really excited to be celebrating our 9th anniversary with you! We decided it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the product trends we kept up with over the years, as well as some that we’re keeping up with now!

One of the earliest we noticed was the Rockabilly trend. As a result, we stocked gloves, T-Shirts, bags, wallets and more as customers were looking for stylish, edgy, nostalgic pieces that were both classic and contemporary.

We then moved on to Tenshi Neko products. This was similar to Hello Kitty and was what actually moved our company towards cute and kawaii products. Tenshi Neko products were super popular and we had many customers who loved its cute and quirky appeal. At about the same time, we also had a lot of customers who were simply crazy for star scarves (we now have lots of star fabrics instead!) so we made sure to stock plenty in different colors and of different material types. We also moved towards stocking Japanese stationery as we noticed a number of customers looking for kawaii products in this category too.

Then came the trend of clay products, for DIY projects, and arts and crafts. This is actually still a big, continuing trend as many of our customers enjoy crafting. We made sure to keep up by adding items that could be used for DIY craft purposes, such as miniature food items, liquid coloring etc.

One of our biggest product categories now though, is fabrics. We recognized that many of our customers also enjoyed sewing and were constantly looking for new and beautiful fabrics to work with. Over the years we’ve stocked more and more fabrics from renowned designers and fabric producers such as Robert Kaufman, Birch, Kokka and more. We also expanded our collection of Japanese fabrics greatly.

And of course, we can’t forget one of the most popular type of products at the moment: kawaii squishies! We love that many of our customers are passionate squishy fans who constantly have awesome suggestions for us of what squishies they want, and we do our best to get those products in! We’ve added in squishies from Puni Maru, iBloom and have so many more coming soon!

How long have you been following modeS4u? Whether you’re a long time customer or only discovered us today, we’d love to hear about some of your favorite products and what you’d like to see more of from us!

Thank you everyone for your continued support of us!

cute cream funny cat animal pencil case by Mind Wave

cute cream funny cat animal pencil case by Mind Wave

funny beige orange cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny beige orange cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny white pale grey cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

funny white pale grey cat tsuchineko pouch plush toy from Japan

red Robert Kaufman fabric cute star Space Explorers

red Robert Kaufman fabric cute star Space Explorers

light blue Robert Kaufman mini white star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

light blue Robert Kaufman mini white star fabric Sevenberry Classiques

dark blue Robert Kaufman fabric yellow light orange star Monsters

dark blue Robert Kaufman fabric yellow light orange star Monsters

cream Robert Kaufman fabric red blue orange star Monsters

cream Robert Kaufman fabric red blue orange star Monsters

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden white

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden white

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden pink

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden pink

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden brown

Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay whipped cream Japan decoden brown

yellow paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

yellow paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

dark green paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

dark green paper clay Magical Clay from Japan

cream Kokka double gauze colorful flower nani iro fabric

cream Kokka double gauze colorful flower nani iro fabric

cream beige stripe Canvas fabric with animal flower Kokka Japan

cream beige stripe Canvas fabric with animal flower Kokka Japan

light orange-yellow Robert Kaufman flower shape fabric LA Provence

light orange-yellow Robert Kaufman flower shape fabric LA Provence

light cream brown grey flower circle metallic fabric Robert Kaufman Studio RK

light cream brown grey flower circle metallic fabric Robert Kaufman Studio RK

cute big pink croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy by Puni Maru

cute big pink croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy by Puni Maru

cute big light brown butter croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy Puni Maru

cute big light brown butter croissant bread scented (faulty) squishy Puni Maru

kawaii pink strawberry chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii pink strawberry chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii blue mint chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

kawaii blue mint chocolate covered banana fruit scented squishy by iBloom

New Kutsuwa DIY clay sets from Japan

The Japanese clay manufacturer Kutsuwa released 4 new DIY clay sets with the soft Fuwa Fuwa mousse clay. We already have them in our shop and they are super cute. It’s all about making sweets miniatures from clay, there are sets for making mini cakes, cake pops and crepes.

The instructions are written in Japanese only, but there are lots of good pictures and illustrations, so that it’s quite easy to understand.

We have these 4 new Kutuwa DIY clay sets in our shop

We have these 4 new Kutuwa DIY clay sets in our shop

DIY paper mousse clay making kit birthday cake Japan

DIY paper mousse clay making kit birthday cake Japan

DIY paper mousse clay cake pop cake deco cake Japan

DIY paper mousse clay cake pop cake deco cake Japan

DIY paper mousse clay crepes cake fruit cake Japan

DIY paper mousse clay crepes cake fruit cake Japan

DIY paper mousse clay mini cake sweets Japan

DIY paper mousse clay mini cake sweets Japan

Japan Hobby Show Part 8: clay sweets

This is the last part of our big blog series about the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo that we visited earlier this year. But the grand finale is definitely worth having a look, because it is all about clay sweets. The clay decoration we discovered at the trade show was really spectacular and made your mouth water. It looked so realistic, it was hard to believe that those were fake sweets.

Amazing clay sweets at the Japan Hobby Show

Amazing clay sweets at the Japan Hobby Show

Cute clay candies and pastry

Cute clay candies and pastry

A super sweet candy box

A super sweet candy box

These fruits and ice cream cones look so realistic

These fruits and ice cream cones look so realistic

We wonder how many people tried to eat the fake sweets

We wonder how many people tried to eat the fake sweets

Cute Jelly Beans made from clay

Cute Jelly Beans made from clay

Wedding themed clay macaroons

Wedding themed clay macaroons

Lots of clay sauces and crafting supplies - we carry lots of them in our shop

Lots of clay sauces and crafting supplies – we carry lots of them in our shop

A table full of sweet clay items

A table full of sweet clay items

Yummy looking fruit tarts

Yummy looking fruit tarts

Some books about clay sweets

Some books about clay sweets

So many different fake sweets clay crafts

So many different clay crafts

The exhibits were amazingly detailed

The exhibits were amazingly detailed

A crafting table to try some clay crafting at the trade show

A crafting table to try some clay crafting at the trade show

A woman surrounded by clay sweets

A woman surrounded by clay sweets

Those items are for sale

Those items are for sale

What an amazing cake

What an amazing cake

Clay sandwiches and clay cakes

Clay sandwiches and clay cakes

New paper clay by Debika in our shop

We just added some new paper clays by the Japanese brand Debika to our shop. Most of them are in white colour, but they can always be painted after they have dried. All of them are lightweight paper clays which are great for crafting dolls or small objects. Besides ‘regular’ lightweight air-dry clay we also have environmental-friendly paper clay, an ultra light paper clay and vacuum-packed paper clay in a reclosable bag to protect clay from drying out.

If you would like to try something different, get the cool wood paper clay which is made from recycled wood flour. You can craft objects in a wooden look with this kind of clay.

lightweight white air-drying paper clay from Japan

lightweight white air-drying paper clay from Japan

lightweight white eco paper clay from Japan

lightweight white eco paper clay from Japan

super lightweight white Debika paper clay from Japan

super lightweight white Debika paper clay from Japan

lightweight white vacuum-packed paper clay from Japan

lightweight white vacuum-packed paper clay from Japan

lightweight brown air-drying wood paper clay from Japan

lightweight brown air-drying wood paper clay from Japan

Japan Hobby Show Part 3: wedding clay crafts

When we visited the Japan Hobby Show in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago, our clay supplier Padico had a huge exhibition with a wedding theme. It was spectacular to look at, there were lots and lost of incredible fake sweets to use as wedding decoration, ring holders etc. As wedding season just started we thought this might be a great time to share.

The wedding dress is not made from clay, but all the decoration around it

The wedding dress is not made from clay, but all the decoration around it

Incredible cakes at the Padico meets wedding booth

Incredible cakes at the Padico meets wedding booth

The cakes look incredibly real

The cakes look incredibly real

They can be used as table decorations on weddings

They can be used as table decorations on weddings

It looks like a cake buffet at a wedding

It looks like a cake buffet at a wedding

There are lots of ways of decorating with clay crafts for weddings

There are lots of ways of decorating with clay crafts for weddings

These clay cakes would make great selfmade gifts for the bride and groom too

These clay cakes would make great self made gifts for the bride and groom too

What a lovely cake, it totally looks like spring and summer

What a lovely cake, it totally looks like spring and summer

Great idea to use the clay cake as a ring holder

Great idea to use the clay cake as a ring holder

There are endless possibilities for this craft as you can mix so many clay colours

There are endless possibilities for this craft as you can mix so many clay colours

More clay crafts

More clay crafts

People getting ready to try some crafting with clay

People getting ready to try some crafting with clay

Christmas gifts for your daughter

Sometimes too much choice can be a burden too. If your daughter likes cute and girlie things, you’ll find 10 Christmas gifts for her in our shop within one minute. But what to choose then? Here are three Christmas gift ideas for girls, which we think they might enjoy.

1. Clay Charm Making Kits

No matter what age, most girls like jewelry and accessories. By giving your daughter a DIY clay charm making kit you combine several things at once: 1. She can be creative and make something herself, 2. She just gets jewelry that she really likes, because she is designing it herself and 3. She has tons cute charms and jewelry.

cute jewelry charms making kit heart bear star clover Japan

cute jewelry charms making kit heart bear star clover Japan

DIY glitter clay fancy cakes charm making kit Japan

DIY glitter clay fancy cakes charm making kit Japan

cute DIY clay charms making kit donuts Japan

cute DIY clay charms making kit donuts Japan

2. Hello Kitty items

Millions of girls around the world love Hello Kitty. Your daughter does too? Then get her some of our many Hello Kitty stationery items.

pale pink Hello Kitty make-up pouch from Japan macaroons

pale pink Hello Kitty make-up pouch from Japan macaroons

kawaii Hello Kitty cats mini Letter Set from Japan

kawaii Hello Kitty cats mini Letter Set from Japan

Hello Kitty chocolate donut squishy charm

Hello Kitty chocolate donut squishy charm

3. Wallets

While many boys prefer a simple and thin wallet, girls cherish a pretty wallet in a cute and fun design that has enough space fo money, cards and memories. Good thing that we carry lots of adorable ones.

blue-silver Mamegoma seals wallet from Japan

blue-silver Mamegoma seals wallet from Japan

cute Rilakkuma plush wallet white bear by San-X

cute Rilakkuma plush wallet white bear by San-X

pink squirrel purse wallet make up pouch

pink squirrel purse wallet make up pouch

Christmas gifts for sisters

We think sisters are not that complicated to get Christmas presents for. Especially in our shop you have an incredible choice as we just carry so many kawaii items that make a lot of girls happy. Here are three suggestions what to get for your sisters for Christmas 2012.

1. Squishies

Theses cute accessories are suitable for sisters of all ages. They squeezable squishy charms are super cute and look fashionable on backpacks, handbags, cellphones and so on. And there is such a variety to choose from that you could easily select a new squishy to wear every day.

Rilakkuma bear sponge cake squishy cellphone charm

Rilakkuma bear sponge cake squishy cellphone charm

pink flower donut squishy charm with sprinkles

pink flower donut squishy charm with sprinkles

Kiiroitori chick toast bread squishy cellphone charm

Kiiroitori chick toast bread squishy cellphone charm

Hello Kitty chocolate donut squishy charm

Hello Kitty chocolate donut squishy charm

2. DIY Dog Piggy Bank set

This is a crazy and fun idea that we thought sisters might like especially. With these cute DIY clay sets you make your own furry dog piggy banks using clay and wool. There are four different sets to choose from.

DIY clay making kit to make yourself a dog poodle piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make yourself a dog poodle piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a dog terrier piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a dog terrier piggy bank

3. Bathing salt bombs

Combine beauty with fun. Your sister will love our bath bombs, because not only can she indulge in a relaxing and nice smelling bath, but also there is the excitement of a surprise figure to be revealed once the bath salt ball has dissolved.

Rilakkuma bear bathing foam bath bomb salt with surprise toy

Rilakkuma bear bathing foam bath bomb salt with surprise toy

Sentimental Circus bath bomb salt with surprise toy

Sentimental Circus bath bomb salt with surprise toy

New shop categories on modes4u.com

We’re constantly getting new and exciting products, which sometimes don’t really fit into the categories we had in our shop so far. As we added lots of DIY items and many Bento accessories over the last months, we now reorganised our shop categories a bit. You’ll now find “Arts & Crafts” in the left-side navigation in our shop. This category contains all our non-stationery DIY products: all DIY sets for clay, erasers, bath salt and so on, the cool edible Popin’ Cookin’ candy sets and everything related to clay (molds, accessories, books and clay itself).

And as we have so many items in our Bento Boxes category, we also structured this a bit more. Now we have categories like Bentos, cutlery, accessories and mugs, so that you find easier what you’re looking for. We hope you like the new structure.

We added some new categories to our shop

We added some new categories to our shop

24 ideas for advent calendar gifts: mini clays

An advent calendar can also be used to introduce some whole new things to the person who reveives it. Therefore we recommend to include some colourful modena petite clays in this year’s Christmas advent calendar. Especially if you’re perparing one for children or people, who like to craft, one or several packages of these mini clays can be a wonderful opportunity to try out a new crafting field. If the person likes it, then you already have a great Christmas gift idea, if they don’t, then nothing is wasted.

white soft & translucent Modena clay Petite

white soft & translucent Modena clay Petite

red soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

red soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

green soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

green soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

yellow soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

yellow soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

blue soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

blue soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

brown soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

brown soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

black soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

black soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

yellow ocher soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

yellow ocher soft & waterproof Modena clay Petite

Our favourite product of the week: furry dog clay piggy banks

This week we added a super funny new product by the Japanese company Kutsuwa to our shop, which is absolutely our favourite product of the week: furry DIY dog clay piggy banks. These sets are super fun do-it-yourself projects in which you can make and design your own piggy bank . We have four different sets for four different dogs. The sets contain everything you need, even the wool fur, so that the dogs are cute and soft. Isn’t that a super funny Christmas present idea?

DIY clay making kit to make yourself a dog poodle piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make yourself a dog poodle piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a dog Chihuahua piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a dog Chihuahua piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a dog terrier piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a dog terrier piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a grey white dog piggy bank

DIY clay making kit to make a grey white dog piggy bank