Earlier this summer, Walker Books released two illustrated books in a new “Moshi Moshi Kawaii” series, in which you search for the bunny-pill characters, kind of like the Where’s Waldo? books. However, these characters aren’t new; they are originally from Japanese company Mindwave and were released in 2002 as “Usa Colle.” The company sold a limited selection of Usa Colle stationery goods and toys at the time, though they’re pretty hard to find these days.
The old site at UsaColle.com is a bit dated now and is mostly in Japanese, but it has some neat things to check out. There are images of all the original characters, short Flash animations to watch, pretty desktop wallpapers and printables to download, and even a cute little game to play.
I’m cleaning up my Japanese stationery collection a bit, so I decided to sell some of it on an eCrater shop. So far, I have stickers, letter sets, memo pads, a few toys, and other cute things. Some are new, some are slightly used, but they’re all in good condition and listed for fair prices.
All Things Kawaii Shop
I hope you’ll stop by. :)
Chronicle Books just released a cute stationery set called Cupcake Shoppe, with a bakery full of cupcakes wearing mustaches. I’m not sure why cupcakes would have mustaches, but they are cute and match the baker who made them.
You can see more of the designer Blanca Gòmez’s work at her web site Cosas Mínimas.
“Gimme some sugar!” declares the Sugar Bunny Shop, full of the cutest accessories, stationery, toys, shirts, and more. Shop owner Celesse’s original designs include bunnies that look like pandas, kittens posing as cupcakes, and other adorable creatures.
If you like what you see on the Sugar Bunny Shop, you can also see more of Celesse’s work on her gallery web site Bottled Talent, and she also sells some of her items on CafePress, Zazzle, and deviantART.
I was browsing the postcards at Daiso earlier today, and couldn’t pass this one up. Illustrated food, and a “huge” cheeseburger, no less!
I have an extra one to give away to one lucky commenter. Leave a comment here before noon PST Sunday (12/20), and I’ll pick a random winner to send it to. :)
San-X has introduced a new character called Iiwaken, a cute little dog who likes to draw with crayons, though it looks like he’s doing homework with them!
You can view some of the upcoming stationery items with Iiwaken on the San-X character page, and there’s also a printable calendar and desktop wallpaper on their goodies page.
A few more Halloween goodies today, with letterpress cards on the Hello Lucky site. The design in the middle is by Hello Lucky, with a cute pattern of skulls; the designs on the left and right are by Lab Partners, and feel like they’re straight from vintage children’s books. Check out the site for more cards and designs.
Cotton Candy Island is a little stationery shop based in Singapore, offering little trinkets of all sorts. There are pens, sticky notes, stickers, rubber stamps, notebooks, and a lot more, all nestled into a site with a cute island theme. Stop by the island for a visit, and leave with something cute in hand!
SparklePaw’s shop is full of greeting cards and hand mirrors graced by friendly animals, illustrated in a style reminiscent of children’s books from the 1950s. And of course, they’re all so cute!
I’m not sure how I hadn’t ever come across Ginko Papers before, but I’m glad I did. Not only is the site pretty — those photos! — but it’s full of lovely things you’ll just have to have. Postcards, memo pads, erasers, oh my!