Monday, February 28, 2011

Monthly Round-up. February 2011

written by Ed Mascot

Well readers, there goes February! And what an unusually romantic month it was, with Valentine gifts arriving for the Lovestruck and Grumpy Mascots, and a kawaiified chocolate arriving for us all to enjoy! And let’s not forget the fantastic designers, crafters, and shops we met along the way, including Japu, ShouShou Shop, and Candy Tree Lane to name a few. And, as ever, there was also our monthly puzzle! Did you unscramble the mascot anagrams on the cleaning schedule?

Did you unscramble the mascot anagrams on the cleaning schedule?
It was: Mon… Sweet Mascot, Tue… Teddy Mascot, Wed… Demon Mascot, Thu… Metal Mascot, and Fri… Nerd Mascot. Amazing! Although who’d of thought the Sweet Mascot was an anagram of Sweat Comets? I can’t imagine she’ll like that much! Oh well, that’s all for this month, folks, but be sure to come back next month when we’ll have plenty more kawaii treats for you all to enjoy! So long!

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

Friday, February 25, 2011

Automatic Artworks!

Readers' Art

Dear Mystic Mascot,

As an avid art lover there is nothing I enjoy more than learning about the tricks and techniques artists have used throughout the centuries to create their artworks. Recently a good friend of mine introduced me to the technique of automatic drawing, which was originally championed by the surrealists as a means to overcome self-censorship. The technique basically involves randomly letting rip with a pen or a paintbrush on some paper or canvas. Sounds like a laugh, I though, so I gave it a go…

An automatic drawing of the Mystic Mascot!
Well, I’m sure you can imagine the surprise I got when, after scribbling away for an hour and a half on a piece of paper with no thought or foresight whatsoever, I was greeted by a drawing of none other than your own sweet self as a result! Granted, it probably isn’t the most flattering drawing you’re ever likely to see of yourself, but a drawing of you it is nonetheless! Now, I’m not suggesting there’s anything mystical or supernatural about this artwork, but you’ve got to admit… it is a bit weird, isn’t it?

Yours artistically,
Sal Bonneville. Aged 32.

Mystic Mascot replies...

You’re right, that is a bit weird! But… when you’re using a technique that was championed by surrealists, isn’t that precisely what you should have expected?

Keep those artworks coming,
Mystic Mascot :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kawaii Treats from Candy Tree Lane

written by Adorable Mascot

Woo hoo! Get ready for a treat readers! In fact, get ready for a triple treat! Yipee! Is everyone sitting comfortably? Have you all made sure you’ve turned off your mobile phones and disconnected your doorbells! Are you all absolutely sure you won’t be interrupted in the next five minutes? Good, then I’ll begin. My fellow kawaii citizens, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you Candy Tree Lane…

Candy Tree Lane at Etsy
See? I told you I had a treat for you, didn’t I? Candy Tree Lane is an Etsy shop that sells absolutely adorable kawaii stationery and goodies. But that’s not all, because it turns out they’ve also got their own blog too - packed to the rafters with all sorts of kawaii gifts and goodies for you all to enjoy! And, as if that wasn’t enough for you lucky readers, they’ve even got their own Facebook page too! Three treats for the price of one! Not bad, eh?

Always keeping it kawaii,
Adorable Mascot :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Cute Classics! The Mr. Men!

written by Junior Mascot

In the world of children’s books there have been many memorable characters. And today I’d like to tell you all about my own particular favourite. Or should that be favourites? Because the memorable characters I want to talk about are… the Mr. Men! I’m pretty sure most of you will already be familiar with the Mr. Men, as they are quite popular around the world, but for those of you that aren’t, here’s a little something from my own personal archive to introduce you to them…

It's a collection of Mr. Men books!
Pretty cute, aren’t they? The Mr. Men started life as a series of books by Roger Hargreaves that were first published way back in 1971, and their enduring popularity with children started very shortly afterwards! For me it was always the simplicity of the characters and silliness of the stories that held the greatest appeal. It made me feel as if I could be a part of the Mr. Men world too - whether I was drawing the characters myself, or making up my own silly stories! And this childlike appeal, I’m pleased to report, continues to this day! In fact, the Mr. Men are so popular, they’ve even got their own website! How cool is that?

Long live the Mr. Men,
Junior Mascot :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Annoying Anagrams! Ed Mascot!

written by Puzzle Mascot

Yippee folks, it’s puzzle time! And this month’s puzzle is an absolute corker! Even if I do say so myself! Which I do! Ha ha! But enough tomfoolery, it’s time to introduce the puzzle! As we all know our very own Ed Mascot reckons he’s something of a master blogger! Many others disagree, but that’s another story :) One thing we can all agree on however is that in life, things don’t always go to plan! Take a look at this…

Can you unscramble the mascot anagrams?
Hmmm… it looks like our old friend the Ed Mascot is having a bit of trouble with his editing software, and can’t seem to print off the mascot names for this week’s KawaiiPunk cleaning schedule properly - yes, he really is that pedantically officious! But wait, it looks like all is not lost! For if I’m not mistaken, and I never am, the garbled names on the list are actually anagrams of the self same mascots! So the question is… can you work out the names of the five mascots on the list from their anagrams? As ever, the answer will be revealed in this month’s monthly round-up!

Happy unscrambling,
Puzzle Mascot :)

P.S. Congratulations and thanks to Kawaii Lulu (the brains behind the incredibly cute Kawaii Tutu blog!) for correctly solving my diabolical Passport Problems! puzzle. Kawaii Lulu, I salute you!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Marvellous Mayhem at Monster Zoo!

written by Monster Mascot

Aaaarrrgh! Hello again readers! It’s me, the Monster Mascot! Back again to bring you some marvellously monstrous mischief! Which, after all that Valentine’s Day nonsense you’ve had to put up with over the last week, I dare say you’re extremely pleased to hear! But don’t get too comfortable, folks, because today I’m going to be introducing you all to some truly fearsome fiends! And here they are…

Monster Zoo at Zazzle
See? I told you they were fearsome! What you are looking at are just some of the residents of the Monster Zoo. Monster Zoo is a Zazzle shop that sells t-shirts, ties, bags, buttons, and lots, lots more besides, all of which are adorned with the crazy creature creations of an ingenious illustrator named Floog. But a word of warning folks - don’t, under any circumstances whatsoever, describe these monsters as cute! Not unless you want to see them go berserk that is! Mwah ha ha ha ha!

Your guide to gruesome goodness,
Monster Mascot :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kawaiification! Cheery Chocolate!

Readers' Emails

Dear Sir/Madam,

I thought I’d take this opportunity to wish yourself, your fellow mascots, and your wonderful readers a happy Valentine’s Day! Well, what with it being February 14th today, it did seem quite fitting! And to do so I decided to kawaiify a Valentine’s Day classic for you all to enjoy. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s a kawaiified chocolate…

It's a kawaiified chocolate!
I originally intended to kawaiify a flower but, on reflection, decided this would be too similar to one of my previous works. (Re. Kawaiification! Summer Joy!) And so, as someone who strongly believes in kawaiidiversity, I decided to go for a chocolate instead. I hope you all enjoy this latest work of kawaiification and, more importantly, have a happy Valentine’s Day too!

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Justice Smithering Smythe (retired)

Ed Mascot replies...

Fantastic! It seems that once again you have outdone yourself with another astounding work of kawaiification! Thank you, your honour! And thanks too for your Valentine’s wishes!

A happy Valentine’s Day to you too,
Ed Mascot :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

It’s TooCuteKawaii!

written by Cute Mascot

Sometimes in life we overlook things. Usually it’s just our keys or wallets, although sometimes it can be a bit more serious. Take this blog for example… it proudly claims to bring its readers the “best kawaii goodies the world has to offer” - a mission statement we mascots take very seriously! Yet, amazingly, this blog has managed to overlook a kawaii-tastic shop of super cute proportions! But don’t worry, because this oversight is about to be taken care of right now! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, please welcome TooCuteKawaii…

TooCuteKawaii at Etsy
Ta da! TooCuteKawaii is an Etsy shop that specialises in making adorably cute polymer clay jewellery and accessories. And with everything from rings and necklaces to hair bows and buttons, plus a lot more besides, this is one shop that definitely fits our mission statement! In fact, I’d not only say it’s got some of the best kawaii goodies the world has to offer, I’d say it’s nothing short of a kawaii connoisseur’s dream come true! And I should know… after all, I am the mascot for all things cute :)

Keeping kawaii all too cute,
Cute Mascot :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Grumpy Garden Gift!

Readers' Art

Dear Grumpy Mascot,

I noticed earlier this month that one of your readers sent the Lovestruck Mascot a Valentine’s gift. (Re. Choc Box Clever!) A very sweet idea indeed. However, I couldn’t help but think this gift was somewhat wasted on the Lovestruck Mascot. After all, surely she’s going to get enough Valentine gifts already! And so I decided I would create a romantically themed artwork for a more worthy cause. Namely you…

It's a Grumpy paper flower!
It’s a paper flower I created using your chronically grumpy face for petals. I thought it would be a good idea to create something for you, as I’m pretty sure you won’t be getting any Valentine gifts whatsoever on February 14th - on account of you being so miserable and all that! I also don’t expect you to thank me for this gesture, although I would be interested in hearing you thoughts on the whole topic of Valentine’s Day.

Yours curiously,
Blanche Silverston. Aged 25.

Grumpy Mascot replies...

Hmmm… what are my thoughts on Valentine’s Day? Here’s a clue for you Blanche… I’M THE GRUMPY MASCOT! What do you think my thoughts on Valentine’s Day are?

Yours grumpily,
Grumpy Mascot :(

Monday, February 7, 2011

Gifts Galore at ShouShou Shop

written by Sweet Mascot

For a lot of people the month of February means only one thing - Valentine’s Day! Or, more specifically, the gorgeous gifts and goodies that come with it! But what happens if you don’t get the gift you were hoping for? Are you just supposed to smile politely, wait 12 months, and hope they get it right next time? Pretty risky strategy, if you ask me? Here’s a better option - buy your own present…

ShouShou Shop at Zazzle
What you are looking at are just some of the incredibly sweet designs available at the utterly adorable ShouShou Shop - a shop packed with beautiful t-shirts, binders, iPhone cases, cards, bags, and many, many, many more gorgeous goodies besides! So this year, don’t wait around for your valentine to pick you up some second rate novelty teddy bear as a romantic gift, head on over the ShouShou Shop and truly treat yourself in the manner you deserve! Enjoy!

Keeping gifts gorgeous,
Sweet Mascot :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Choc Box Clever!

Readers' Emails

Dear Lovestruck Mascot,

As the most romantically minded of all the KawaiiPunk mascots I imagine you are very much looking forward to Valentine’s Day. And why wouldn’t you be? After all, who doesn’t like cards, flowers, perfume, and, of course, chocolates. Which got me thinking. While chocolates are indeed a very welcome Valentine’s gift, there is something slightly impersonal about them. And so, in an attempt to address this very issue, I created these for you…

Personalised Lovestruck Mascot chocolate boxes!
I know, they’re genius, aren’t they? What you are looking at are your very own personalised chocolate boxes, and I reckon they’ll be just the ticket for storing all those lovely chocolates you’re undoubtedly going to receive on Valentine’s Day. If you can hold off from eating them all in one go that is! Because we all know how tempting chocolates can be, right?

Yours thoughtfully,
Barbara Burton

Lovestruck Mascot replies...

Wow! Thanks Barbara! What a great idea! I absolutely love them! And I’ll be sure to use them this Valentine’s Day! Although they may be a bit on the small side for my needs! What? I am very popular, you know :)

Thanks again,
Lovestruck Mascot :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Top Tees from Japu

written by Cubist Mascot

It’s no secret around here that we mascots are big fans of cute designs and cool t-shirts. And today I’m going to introduce you all to an artist and illustrator who has managed to combine these two elements in perfect harmony. His designs can be found at RedBubble, he goes by the name of Japu, and his work looks a little bit something like this…

Japu at RedBubble
Preety cool, isn’t it? Japu is an Italian designer who creates truly stunning artwork inspired by manga, anime, and videogames. And the imaginative and emotive designs he creates are amongst the most impressive I have ever seen! And, luckily for you, theses designs are all available to buy on t-shirts from our good friends at RedBubble. What more could you possibly ask for?

Your friendly art lover,
Cubist Mascot :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Horoscopes for February 2011

written by Mystic Mascot

Ahhhh… the mists clear and the spirits reveal themselves once more. But what’s this? Are they carrying flowers? Is that a perfume bottle I see in their hands? Ahhhh, of course, it seems that even the spirits are not immune to lure of Valentine’s Day! But will they be bringing romance into you lives? Read on, if you dare…

Aries Mar 21 - Apr 20
A gorgeous and previously secret admirer will make their feelings abundantly clear this Valentine’s Day. Though sadly not to you! Sorry!
Lucky word: Abderian

Taurus Apr 21 - May 21
Letting that special someone know just how much you love them is a romantic gesture indeed! Making that gesture at a rubbish dump isn’t! You have been warned!
Lucky word: Montivagant

Gemini May 22 - Jun 22
Buying a romantic gift at this time of year is definitely a good idea. Just make sure you get something for your partner too!
Lucky word: Cleptobiosis

Cancer Jun 23 - Jul 23
When it comes to Valentine’s Day the proverbial “thought” counts for absolutely nothing! Trust me on this! Buy a proper present, and do it now!
Lucky word: Magastromancy

Leo Jul 24 - Aug 23
Avoiding anything with love hearts or flowers on it will be the key to a romantic Valentine’s Day for you. So good luck with that quest!
Lucky word: Thelemic

Virgo Aug 24 - Sep 23
Flowers are a good idea at this time of year. Just make sure you check for allergies this time around. You know what I’m talking about!
Lucky word: Vicambulate

Libra Sep 24 - Oct 23
A meal for you and your loved one at a fine restaurant is indeed a romantic dining experience. A fish supper on a park bench isn’t! Think on!
Lucky word: Coquinate

Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22
Absolutely nothing romantic whatsoever will happen to you this Valentine’s Day. But don’t worry, there’s always next year to look forward to!
Lucky word: Tarantism

Sagittarius Nov 23 - Dec 21
Roses are red, violets are blue, reading a poem, spells bad luck for you. Hmmm… guess I should have phrased that advice differently! Sorry!
Lucky word: Witzelsucht

Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20
A beautiful stranger will enter your life this Valentine’s Day. Though sadly they won’t be staying. Still, better than nothing, eh?
Lucky word: Murklins

Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19
A handmade gift can be a very romantic gesture. Although the operative word in that sentence is most definitely “can”. Remember this!
Lucky word: Cachinnation

Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20
An intriguing piece of mail from a far off land will arrive on February 14th! But don’t get too excited, everybody wins the Nigerian lottery - it’s called SPAM!
Lucky word: Famigerate

Ahhhh… the mists return and the spirits depart once more. And it looks like they’re taking their Valentine gifts with them! Oh well, what did you expect? Until we meet again dear readers,
Mystic Mascot :)