Sunday, February 28, 2010

Monthly Round-up. February 2010

written by Ed Mascot

Well readers, that’s the end of February! And what an eventful month it was! We got to see a freaky valentine’s card, debated the virtues of TV vs. film, and we even got to see the future of kawaii, twice! And along the way we also got to see the fantastically cute works of Creative Taylor, Miranda, Fluffels, and more besides. And let’s not forget our monthly puzzle. Did you work out who the Cute Mascot’s valentine was?

Did you work out who the Cute Mascot’s valentine was?
Incredible! It was the Monster Mascot! Who’d of thought those two would have made a couple! Oh well, that’s all for now readers, but be sure to come back next month when we’ll have plenty more kawaii crafts and creations for you all to enjoy. And hopefully we’ll also have the first signs of Spring! I mean… surely this snow can’t go on for another month! Can it?

See you all in March.
Your host with the most,
Ed Mascot :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lemon Shortbread. Adorable Art

written by Cubist Mascot

As an avid art lover and fan of all things cute I can often be found scouring the internet trying to find artists that fuse my aforementioned passions. As you can imagine, I find the act of locating one of these artists to be one of the most joyful experiences to be had. And today you can join me in that experience as I introduce you all to one such artist. Her name is Vera Ma…

Lemon Shortbread at Etsy
Vera Ma is a Singapore based graphic artist who creates adorable artworks based around the themes of kitsch, cute, and vintage. And, as you can see, the results are truly breathtaking! Her Etsy shop, Lemon Shortbread, is filled with these creations in the form of collectable art cards, and the beauty and imagination that defines her work shines through in every one of them. Simply wonderful!

Always enjoying the art,
Cubist Mascot :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kawaii-o-vision! The Future is Even Cuter!

Readers' Emails

Dear Ed Mascot,

After my last correspondence (Re. Kawaii-o-vision! The Future is Cute!) you asked me to keep in touch and let you know how my kawaii-o-vision project was progressing. Well, that’s exactly what I’m doing! And I’m happy to report that it is progressing fantastically. You’ll be pleased to hear I have not rested on my laurels since my invention of the kawaii-o-goggles, tempting as it was after such a groundbreaking creation, but have instead gone on to create these corkers…

I call them the bi-kawaii-o-noculars! Yes, you’re right! I have done it again! Another amazing breakthrough in the world of kawaii! I got the idea when I saw a sightseer looking at a far off mountain through a pair of regular binoculars. I thought to myself “what if that tourist wanted to see a happy little face on that mountain?” Doubtless, the tourist was thinking the same thing himself! And so I created the bi-kawaii-o-noculars. Now even distant objects can be made to look cute! Can you imagine how good the moon’s going to look when NASA gets a hold of these?

Yours sincerely,
Prof. Alfred J Pembleton

Ed Mascot replies...

Congratulations Professor, you really have done it again! I reckon the bi-kawaii-o-noculars will change the way mankind looks at the world… quite literally, in fact!

Thanks for sharing your work,
Ed Mascot :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fluffels. Creature Cuteness!

written by Monster Mascot

Aaaarrrgh! Hello again readers, Monster here. I know you probably weren’t expecting to hear from me until Halloween but, much like puppies at Christmas, I’m of the opinion that monsters are for all the year round! And you should be too, if you know what’s good for you! After all, ignoring us monsters doesn’t make us go away you know :) Anyway, let’s get on with the show…

Cute creatures at Fluffels!
Today I’d like to introduce you all to a creature packed store called Fluffels. Nice, isn’t it? Fluffels is the work of Mariska Vos-Bolman and is a cute creature lovers’ dream come true. As well as selling her adorable creations in plush form, she also sells amazingly cute jewellery, as well as keyrings and buttons and more besides. But that’s not all… there’s even a Fluffels Zazzle store, so you can pick yourself up a cute t-shirt or two too! Fantastic!

Making Halloween last that little bit longer,
Monster Mascot :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cupid Confusion! Cute Mascot!

written by Puzzle Mascot

Hey readers! Ready for another puzzle? Good! That’s why I’m here! And this month I’ve got a fittingly romantic Valentine’s puzzle for you to get your busy little brain cells working on. You see… this Valentine’s day the Cute Mascot thought she’d send a card to one of her fellow mascots - I know, it’s sweet, isn’t it? But wait! It looks like all has not gone to plan…

Can you work out who the Cute Mascot's Valentine is?
Oh no! It seems the scatterbrained Cute Mascot has forgotten to put the name of her Valentine on the front of the envelope. What a disaster! She knows she was going to send the card to either Junior, Monster, or Tiny, but the question is… which one? Can you get the Cute Mascot out of this tangle and work out who her Valentine is? The answer will be revealed in this month’s monthly round-up!

Happy matchmaking,
Puzzle Mascot :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Miranda. Sensational Sci-fi!

written by Robot Mascot

As a kawaii robot who writes for a kawaii blog, I often find myself struggling to find cute things to write about. It seems that while many designers are happy to make cute creations in a multitude of genres there does seem to be one notable exception. I speak of course of science fiction. Well, I’ve decided this lack of sci-fi cuteness ends here! Readers, I give you Miranda…

Miranda at RedBubble
Miranda is a super talented illustrator whose amazingly cute and sci-fi themed t-shirts can be found at her equally cute and sci-fi themed RedBubble store! Hurrah! Now I, and my fellow lovers of all things sci-fi related, can rejoice in the cuteness of adorable aliens and astronauts until our robotic hearts are content. Fans of incredibly cute t-shirts will probably love it too :)

Long live kawaii sci-fi,
Robot Mascot :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Big Screen vs. Small!

Ask a Mascot

Dear TV Mascot,

Please help. I was recently drawn into an argument with my roommate regarding the merits of television vs. film. It happened when we were watching a film awards ceremony (on television, I hasten to add!) and my roommate commented that he considered film to be a far superior medium, both artistically and technologically, to television. He then went on to babble about “the purity of the artistic vision” and “the unparalleled raw emotion” that the big screen can convey - my roommate’s an actor, in case you’re wondering. He’s currently “acting” as a waiter in a local restaurant! Anyway, I reckon his views are based on nothing more than ignorance and outdated snobbery. Just because film is older than television does not mean it is better. Please help me prove this fool wrong so I don’t have listen to his incessant romanticized cinematic blatherings for a moment longer!

Yours sincerely,
Nathaniel K Shaw.

TV Mascot replies...

Nathaniel, it will be my pleasure to help you, although I believe you have already hit the nail on the head yourself. Ignorance and outdated snobbery are indeed the reasons for your misguided roommate’s views. They’re also the reason we continue to suffer the agony that is theatre, but that’s another story :) Here’s my top 5 reasons why the televisual experience is better than the cinematic…

1. Multi-functionality! Televisions can be used to watch TV, films, DVDs, Blu-ray, VHS, Betamax, play video games, and even browse the internet! Try doing that at your local multiplex and see how far you get!

2. Originality! Cinema’s most acclaimed works always originate on television - fact! The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team, Starsky and Hutch, and Miami Vice all started out on the small screen. Apocalypse Now the TV series - never happened!

3. Comfort! When watching television in their own home the viewer is in complete control of their surroundings! They also don’t have to take out a second mortgage to get a warm drink and some stale popcorn!

4. Adverts! Advertisements on television, annoying as they are, only last for a few minutes! At cinemas adverts can run solidly for up to three hours! Well… that’s what it feels like if you ask me!

5. Toilets! Need to take a toilet break? OK, but we can’t stop the film, so I’m afraid you’re just going to have to miss the plot. Perhaps you could ask someone what transpired on your return, and ruin the viewing experience for everyone else in the auditorium too! Congratulations - you’ve just gone to the cinema!

So there you go Nathaniel, my top five reasons why watching television is better than going to the cinema. Although that’s not to say the cinema is completely devoid of charm. Check out these cute little guys…

Pretty cool, aren’t they? Although I suppose you are watching them on a TV screen! Which means… no wait… I’m starting to confuse myself! Brilliant, now I’m the one needing help!

Your square eyed friend,
TV Mascot :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sick for Cute? Me Too!

written by Cute Mascot

At the KawaiiPunk Blog we always try to bring you the best kawaii gifts and goodies we can find. Be it t-shirts or jewellery, bags or buttons, we like to think we can point you in the right direction to find that perfect cute creation. And today is no exception! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, please be upstanding and give a warm welcome to the kawaii-tastic world of Sick for Cute…

Sick for Cute
Sick for Cute is a kawaii shop that offers it’s customers a second to none selection of sweet sensations. Bringing together some of the world’s best designers and brands, including Apple Noggin, Bored Inc, Kid Pirate, and Crowded teeth, Sick for Cute gives you the chance to shop for your favourite kawaii treats all under the comfort one incredibly cute roof! Fantastic! Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it?

Always acutely cute,
Cute Mascot :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Freaky Valentine’s Card!

Readers' Art

Dear Freak Mascot,

With Valentine’s Day being just around the corner I thought I would send you a card to mark the special occasion. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking for a date or anything - let’s make that clear right now! I just thought it was unfair to see the Lovestruck, Sweet, and Cute Mascots get all the attention at this time of year simply because, unlike yourself, they don’t look really weird! So here it is…

Freaky Valentine's Card
As you can see I have managed to incorporate the traditional Valentine loveheart theme into the card and, even with your bizarre looking self at the centre of things, I reckon it still works as a usable Valentine’s card. Of course I’ve no idea who anyone in their right mind would send it to, but at least this way you don’t have to sit on the sidelines and miss out on all the Valentine’s Day fun!

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Annabelle Hutchinson. Aged 27.

Freak Mascot replies...

Thanks Annabelle. It’s always nice to be included. Just one question - what on earth is Valentine’s Day?

Always blissfully unaware,
Freak Mascot :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Creative Taylor’s Beautiful Boutique!

written by Sweet Mascot

As an expert in all things cute, not to mention an incredibly cute expert, I usually like to help girls out by finding sweet gifts and goodies for them to treat themselves to. After all, who doesn’t like a treat now and again? Mainly now, actually! For this post however I’ve decided to help out the boys. For with Valentine’s Day a mere week away I think we can all safely agree that these poor creatures need all the help they can get! No offence boys!

The Creative Taylor Boutique at Zazzle
This is the work of the incredibly talented designer and illustrator Melanie Taylor at her Zazzle shop, The Creative Taylor Boutique. Pretty sweet, isn’t it? The Creative Taylor Boutique is a one stop shop of cuteness where otherwise useless boyfriends (again, no offence boys!) can shop safely, securely, and above all else, sweetly - safe in the knowledge that their purchases are guaranteed to please! Of course, there is always the chance that your boyfriend won’t have actually read this, so, just to be on the safe side, why not pop on over and treat yourself anyway? After all, if we all waited around for our boyfriends to get things done …? Well… I’ll let you add your own punchline :)

Always keeping things sweet,
Sweet Mascot :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Kawaii-o-vision! The Future is Cute!

Readers' Emails

Dear Ed Mascot,

Although it pains me to admit it, I have to confess that up until a month ago I had absolutely no idea what kawaii was. Of course, being an eccentric inventor does mean most of my time is occupied with putting out fires and rebuilding the house! Thankfully I have a very understanding wife :) Anyway… to cut a long story short I have recently discovered the glorious world of kawaii and, taking inspiration from your posts on kawaiification, have invented these…

I know, they’re brilliant, aren’t they? I call them kawaii-o-goggles, and I’m pretty sure they’re going to be the next big thing in the world of kawaii! No more waiting around for someone else to make the world a cuter place - just slip on a pair of these beauties and you’re good to go! Pretty smart, huh? And that’s just the beginning! In the future I’m hoping to have a whole range of kawaii-o-vision products! I reckon they could really take off!

Yours sincerely,
Prof. Alfred J Pembleton

Ed Mascot replies...

Wow! That’s one great invention you’ve got there Professor! I can’t wait to see them in shops, where I have absolutely no doubt they’ll sell by the truckload! Be sure to keep in touch and let us all know how you get on with your project!

Keep up the good work,
Ed Mascot :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Cute Designs for Valentines

written by Lovestruck Mascot

Ahhh February… my favourite time of year! The time of year when everyone’s thoughts turn to love and romance! Well, almost everyone. I don’t suppose the Grumpy Mascot will be getting too excited, but then again, when does he? For the rest of us however, February means only one thing - Valentine’s Day! And luckily this year I’ve found just the shop to pick up that special something for that special someone…

Cute Designs at Etsy
See what I mean? These incredibly cute creations and characters are the work of Cute Designs at Etsy, and what girl wouldn’t be happy to get one of these on February 14th . Specialising in adorable amigurumi and pretty plushies, Cute Designs is the perfect place to find that perfect gift for that perfect girl. Not that I’m dropping hints or anything :) Well… maybe just a few :)

Always happy to be your Valentine,
Lovestruck Mascot :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Horoscopes for February 2010

written by Mystic Mascot

Ahhhh… the mists clear and the spirits join us once again. But what’s this? Are they carrying flowers? Yes, it seems that even the spirits are not immune to the romantic lure of Valentine’s Day. But will they bring you true love or tragedy? Read on, if you dare…

Aries Mar 21 - Apr 20
It is often said that love is in the air. Unfortunately for you it’s hitching a ride with the cold virus. Get ready for a sneeze filled Valentine’s!
Lucky poet: John Keats

Taurus Apr 21 - May 21
A previously unknown admirer will reveal their true identity to you this month with a romantic gesture. Sadly, you’ll wish they hadn’t!
Lucky poet: Thomas Moore

Gemini May 22 - Jun 22
Flowers are indeed a truly romantic and fitting gift at this time of year. As long as you don’t get them from a service station! Remember this!
Lucky poet: Lord Byron

Cancer Jun 23 - Jul 23
The arrival of an unexpected card will lead to great turmoil this Valentine’s Day. Probably should have paid the rent before you bought all those Belgian chocolates!
Lucky poet: John Clare

Leo Jul 24 - Aug 23
Times may be tough and money hard to come by, but neither is an excuse for forgetting Valentine’s Day. And before you say so - no, it isn’t the thought that counts!
Lucky poet: Samuel Coleridge

Virgo Aug 24 - Sep 23
An avalanche of mail will arrive at your door this Valentine’s Day! Best get the postman to change his brake fluid now to avoid this disaster!
Lucky poet: Robert Burns

Libra Sep 24 - Oct 23
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Sadly however, there’ll be none for you! Oh well, there’s always next year to look forward to!
Lucky poet: Pam Ayres

Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22
You may think sending a Valentine’s email will help save the planet, but I doubt your girlfriend will see it that way. And believe me, there are scarier things for men to fear than global warming!
Lucky poet: William Wordsworth

Sagittarius Nov 23 - Dec 21
Chocolates, chocolates, chocolates, and even more chocolates are headed your way this month. If only you hadn’t started that diet!
Lucky poet: Percy B. Shelley

Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20
Yes, you’re right! Going on a romantic weekend break would be a great Valentine’s gift. But only if you bring your partner! You have been warned!
Lucky poet: William Blake

Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19
Cheats never prosper! Keep this in mind when contemplating all those self penned Valentine’s cards! Besides, you’re not that good at disguising at your handwriting!
Lucky poet: Matthew Arnold

Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20
Warning! That cute little teddy bear with the love heart on his tummy is indeed adorable! But is he really a suitable gift for your boyfriend! I’m just saying!
Lucky poet: William McGonagall

Ahhhh… the mists return and the spirits depart. Did they bring you the romantic tidings you so desired? Until we next meet,
Mystic Mascot :)