Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monthly Round-up. August 2011

written by Ed Mascot
Can you believe it? Another month gone! Sometimes I wonder where the time goes around here. After all, it seems like only yesterday we were introduced to the Sunday Kawaii, and the News Of The Nerd, and even that weird Sneaky looky likey! And what about the amazing crafters and designers this month introduced us to, including Graphic Spaces, Wardell Brown, and Rabbit Smile to name a few! And let’s not forget our monthly puzzle! Did you work out which cup the ball was under?

Did you work out which cup the ball was under?
Incredible! It was cup number 3! Congratulations to everyone who worked it out, especially given that ridiculous clue the Puzzle Mascot supplied you with! I mean honestly, who does he think reads this blog? Rocket scientists? Anyway, that may be all for this month, but no need to fret folks, because next month we’ll be getting that kawaii ball rolling all over again! And that, my kawaii friends, is only 24 hours away! Yipee!

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

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cheery Cheerful Madness

written by Cute Mascot
Here at the KawaiiPunk blog we mascots are all big fans of cute characters. Especially me! So when I was tasked with the job of finding a cute character store to write about I jumped at the opportunity. And, you’ll undoubtedly be pleased to hear, I not only managed to find one, but found one of the cutest I’ve ever seen! It’s called Cheerful Madness, and it looks a little something like this…

Cheerful Madness at Zazzle
See? I told you it was cute! At the Cheerful Madness Zazzle shop you can buy t-shirts, shoes, cards, stickers, mugs, mousepads, keyrings, magnets, iPhone cases, and much, much more! All of which are adorned with some seriously cute characters and designs for your kawaii loving hearts! But don’t just take my word for it, head on over and have a look for yourselves!

Long live the cute,
Cute Mascot :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

The News Of The Nerd

Readers' Emails
Dear Nerd Mascot,

You may remember earlier this month I wrote to your esteemed editor, Ed Mascot, with an idea for a brand new Sunday newspaper. (Re. The Sunday Kawaii) Unfortunately, due mainly to previous commitments and laziness, he was unable to turn this incredible idea into a reality, which I think is a real shame. However, it does mean there is still a gaping hole in the British Sunday newspaper market just waiting to be filled. And so…

It's the News of the Nerd!
I present to you… the News Of The Nerd! I know, I am a genius, aren’t I? I reckon it’s what the Sunday reader has been calling out for for far too long! After all, who doesn’t love computers and gadgets nowadays, right? And, what’s more, I also reckon with you as its editor the paper would be bound for success! Perhaps you could even get the Robot and Alien Mascots involved, as they clearly know a thing or two about technology! Sound like a good idea?

Yours hopefully,
Cornelius Pressbaron

Nerd Mascot replies...
Thanks Cornelius, and not just for the idea. Your praise for my knowledge of all things nerdworthy is much appreciated. Unfortunately, however, you have overlooked one small but very important detail - us nerds like to get our news online, not from a printing press! Sorry!

Living the future everyday,
Nerd Mascot :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy Days With Rabbit Smile

written by Awestruck Mascot
It seems that these days technology is advancing at a rate never before seen. Every day seems to herald the dawn of a new must have gadget. And across the board, from smart phones to computers and cameras to games consoles, these devices just keep getting smaller and smaller. A good thing, I think, but I can’t help wishing these technological wonders were a little bit cuter…

Rabbit Smile at Etsy
Well guess what, folks, it looks like my wish has been granted thanks to the crafty creations of Rabbit Smile. Yippee! Rabbit Smile is an Etsy shop that sells hand crafted gadget cases for cute technology fans everywhere. So if you’ve ever wished your iPhone or iPod looked sweeter, then these are the guys to help. And they even sell key chains, scarves, and finger puppets too!

Keeping gadgets groovy,
Awestruck Mascot :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cup Confusion! Loco Mascot!

written by Puzzle Mascot
Yeah! It’s puzzle time! And this month I’ve got a puzzle that’s simply packed full of fun! All the fun of the fair, in fact! No really, I have! You see, it seems that our good friend the Loco Mascot has taken a trip to a travelling fun fair, and has decided to have a go on the old cup and ball stall! Yip, I think we can all guess where this is going! But let’s have a look anyway, shall we?

Can you work out which cup the ball is under?
Thought so! It looks like the Loco Mascot wasn’t paying enough attention when the stall owner was swapping the cups around - no surprise there, huh? But thankfully the stall owner is nothing if not fair, and has given the Loco Mascot an extra clue! He says… “It’s simple! The ball is under the cup marked with the first unique, and second factorial, prime!” Man alive! Who’s running this stall, Stephen Hawking? Anyway, think you know where the ball is? Find out if you’re right when the answer is revealed in this month’s monthly round-up!

Good luck,
Puzzle Mascot :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Small Ad Shenanigans

Readers' Art
Dear Gent Mascot,

It seems that this blog has taken a bit of a detour from its kawaii roots this month. (Re. Sneaky Looky Likey! and The Sunday Kawaii) Unsurprising, I suppose, given the scale of the coverage of this ongoing newspaper scandal. But don’t worry, I’m not about to bore you and your readers with my two cents on the whole affair. Although I am about to present you with a newspaper inspired artwork. And here it is…

It's a gentlemanly small ad!
Yes, it’s a small ad featuring your own gentlemanly self! You see, for me the front pages of newspapers have never held the slightest interest. Politicians come and go, celebrities rise and fall, and the same old stories and scandals surrounding them break and fade. But… turn to the back pages of a newspaper and you’ll find a whole new world of entertainment! A world where big slippers, casual slacks, and overstocked warehouses of shower proof ponchos compete for column inches! Now that’s news! Anyway, hope you like the artwork!

Yours enthusiastically,
Bernard Bright. Aged 83.

Gent Mascot replies...
Bernard, I take my hat off to you! Not only do I absolutely love the artwork, I also think your attitude in these gloomy times should be applauded! Three cheers for small ad makers everywhere! And three cheers for Bernard too!

Thanks again,
Gent Mascot :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Marvellous Micklyn

written by Clown Mascot
Brilliant news, everyone! I’ve finally managed to find an incredibly cute shop that has a clown in it! And I’m not talking about the KawaiiPunk shop and yours truly! No, I’m talking about a shop with amazing paintings, illustrations, and photographs from a very talented designer called Micklyn. Wanna have a look at it? Of course you do! So here it is…

Micklyn at RedBubble
Sweet, isn’t it? Micklyn is an incredibly creative designer who creates cute and whimsical works across a number of different mediums. So the next time you’re looking for a cute kitten print, or a beautiful illustration, or just want to get yourself some sweet clothing, you’ll know where to go, wont you? And, as I hinted at in my introduction, there’s even a t-shirt with a clown on it! Perfect!

Always smiling,
Clown Mascot :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Sunday Kawaii

Readers' Emails
Dear Ed Mascot,

While I realise this blog has nothing to do with current affairs, unless you count that oddball that emailed you a couple of weeks ago (Re. Sneaky Looky Likey!), I feel I should draw to your attention to an amazing publishing opportunity that has arisen in the last month. You see, it transpires that a British Sunday tabloid newspaper has closed leaving a whole load of readers with nothing to read on a Sunday, which gave me an idea. And here it is…

It's the Sunday Kawaii!
Yip, it’s a brand new Sunday paper called the Sunday Kawaii! I reckon it could be a big seller, and what’s more I reckon you and your crack team of kawaii mascots would be the ideal team to run it. After all, your blog already has horoscopes, puzzles, shopping tips, and even an advice column! In fact, the only thing that’s missing is the news and celebrity gossip, and even a monkey could make that stuff up! After all, it’s not rocket science! Unless it’s news about rocket science, obviously! Anyway, whadya think?

Yours curiously,
Cornelius Pressbaron

Ed Mascot replies...
Hmmm? An interesting idea, Cornelius, and one that I wholly agree would be an undoubted success with me at the helm. Unfortunately, however, my commitments to my loyal readers right here have to come first! And also, isn’t running a paper a lot of hard work?

Yours thankfully,
Ed Mascot :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Super Cool Wardell Brown

written by Demon Mascot

Defining cool has never been easy - even for someone as cool as me! It’s one of the few things in life that seems to defy definition. Is it a look? Is it an attitude? Is it both? Is it none? The number of questions surrounding cool always seem to be greater than the number of answers? But that doesn’t mean there are no answers! So the next time someone asks you what’s cool, why not show them this…

Wardell Brown at Zazzle
See what I mean? The incredibly cool work you are looking at above is that of illustrator Wardell Brown. And at the Wardell Brown Zazzle store you can pick yourself up some of those self same works on t-shirts, iPhone cases, posters, postcards, and more. And, even better still, in the process of doing so you’ll undoubtedly make yourself a little bit cooler too! Everyone’s a winner!

Always keeping it cool,
Demon Mascot :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Eighties Revival!

Ask a Mascot

Dear Eighties Mascot,

A couple of years ago I wrote to your big haired, big flared colleague the Disco Mascot to get some expert advice on the 1970s. (Re. Stuck in the Seventies!) The reason for seeking that advice was so I could teach my pupils all about that particular decade - I’m a teacher, in case you haven’t guessed! Anyway, as I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to keep my kids learning, I’ve decided this year I’ll tell them all about the 1980s! Think you could help me rad up my classroom to the max?

Yours hopefully,
Miss Henderson.

Eighties Mascot replies...

No problemo Miss Henderson! Although judging by you expert use of the phrases “rad” and “to the max” I reckon you’re already well on your way! Here’s my top 5 trunkicular tips for creating a 1980s cowabunga classroom…

1. Look sharp! Dig out some bodaciously cool threads to set the eighties scene! Day-glo lycra and lace for the girls, and pastel suits for the boys! Mondo!

2. Word up! Don’t just dress the part, speak the part too! The English language was at its most righteous in the 1980s! Give your pupils the 411 and they’ll be amped!

3. Make a montage! Montages were mega back in the day! Why not get your pupils to make montages of their summer holidays? That would be so dyno!

4. Have brunch! By the time the 80s rolled around, three meals a day were no longer enough! Amaze your class by announcing this extra daily meal! Sweet!

5. End with a lesson! Don’t forget that everything involving kids ended with a lesson in the 1980s! But be sure to make it extra patronising if you really want that authentic 1980s feel. Here’s He-Man to give you some pointers…

Tight! So there you are, Miss Henderson, everything you’ll ever need for bringing the 1980s back to life! Although, given the current financial climate, I’d say most of the hard work’s already been done for you! Fresh!

Eighties Mascot :)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Great Graphic Spaces

written by Senior Mascot

As the oldest member of the KawaiiPunk mascots I like to think I have a greater appreciation of the finer things in life. Well, more so than many of my whippersnapper colleagues that is! After all, you don’t get to my age without knowing how to sort the wheat from the chaff, as the saying goes! And today I’m going to bring you some seriously sweet wheat indeed! It’s a shop I recently found at Etsy, and it looks a little something like this…

Graphic Spaces at Etsy
Great stuff! Wouldn’t you agree? What you are looking at are just some of the amazing creations from the Graphic Spaces Etsy shop. Graphic Spaces are a family collective of woodworkers extraordinaire who specialise in creating beautifully handcrafted room décor for children. And, if you ask me, they not only specialise in this endeavour, but absolutely excel at it too! Quality through and through from start to finish! Enjoy!

Keeping standards high,
Senior Mascot :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Sneaky Looky Likey!

Readers' Emails

Dear Sneaky Mascot,

I not usually one to follow the news or current affairs or any of that nonsense, but recently I’ve found it annoyingly unavoidable! It seems that lately all anyone wants to talk about is journalists, politicians, and policemen, and who they know, and what they know, and how they know it, and where they go for dinner, and when all of this happened, etc. etc. etc. And it doesn’t look like it’s about to stop anytime soon! Anyway, as the old saying goes, if you can’t beat them join them! So here’s my own contribution to this ongoing debacle… don’t you think you and Rebekah Brooks look alike?

A sneaky looky likey?
OK, I’ll admit it’s probably not the most enlightening contribution to this scandal, and I don’t reckon the editor of the Guardian will be knocking on my door any time soon looking to hire me, but I do think it’s a question worth asking. After all, it seems that most people believe she looks like Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, which I think is an absurd suggestion! I mean, when’s the last time you saw Mick Hucknall in a skirt? Absolutely ludicrous! Anyway, just though I’d get in touch and see what you think?

Yours inquiringly,
Robert B Robertson

Sneaky Mascot replies...

Wow! Just when I thought our readers couldn’t get any odder, along comes Robert with this biscuit taking corker! What do I think? I think I may have to change my name to the Dumbstruck Mascot! That’s what I think! Although I did like the way you mixed up the captions for the Brookster and myself - very sneaky indeed!

Hoping to never hear from you again,
Sneaky Mascot :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sensational Sandygrafik

written by Lovestruck Mascot

Great news, readers! I’m in love! In love with an utterly adorable shop, that is! And what’s more, I’m pretty sure you’re all going to fall in love with this shop too! I found out about it at RedBubble and was completely entranced from the moment my eyes first saw the wonders within it! But don’t just take my word for it, have a look for yourselves…

Sandygrafik at RedBubble
Gorgeous, isn’t it? What you are looking at above are just some of the wonderful designs and illustrations from the amazing Sandygrafik store. The store sells t-shirts, prints, cards, and stickers, and every one of them is as beautiful and creative as the next. It’s even got designs inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Sandygrafik and fall in love right now!

Yours lovingly,
Lovestruck Mascot :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Horoscopes for August 2011

written by Mystic Mascot

Ahhhh… the mists clear and the spirits enter. Will they be making your dreams come true? Have the stars finally aligned in your favour? Personally, I doubt it, but let’s have a look anyway…

Aries Mar 21 - Apr 20
It looks like dark times may be headed your way! Make sure you’ve paid your utility bills if you want to stop this from happening!
Lucky hobby: Stamp collecting

Taurus Apr 21 - May 21
A long trusted friend could betray you this month! But they probably won’t! Still, best start making new friends just in case!
Lucky hobby: Ham radio

Gemini May 22 - Jun 22
An innocent white lie you told last month will come back to haunt you this month! Hmmm… guess I should have told you about this last month! Sorry!
Lucky hobby: Scrapbooking

Cancer Jun 23 - Jul 23
Getting your own way will be a real challenge this month! Start plotting now or prepare for disappointment! The choice is yours!
Lucky hobby: Model building

Leo Jul 24 - Aug 23
It’s said that moving house is one of the most stressful things a person can do! So don’t move house if you want a stress free month! Simple!
Lucky hobby: Bird watching

Virgo Aug 24 - Sep 23
Avoid reading anything with the word “anthropologist” in it if you want to survive this month unscathed. Oh boy, I’ve done it again, haven’t I?
Lucky hobby: Metal detecting

Libra Sep 24 - Oct 23
A confusing horoscope prediction predicting a confusing horoscope prediction will leave you predictably confused this month!
Lucky hobby: Woodworking

Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22
Warning! Boredom may be headed your way! Practice nodding and smiling now to get through your friend’s holiday pics in one piece!
Lucky hobby: Candle making

Sagittarius Nov 23 - Dec 21
Saving money is indeed a good idea! Doing it by “borrowing” other peoples, however, is probably not the way to go! Remember this to avoid prison!
Lucky hobby: Fossil hunting

Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20
A month of fun and frivolity is headed your way! Although unfortunately it’s not stopping! Just passing through on the way to some other guy! Sorry!
Lucky hobby: Astronomy

Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19
The letters R, E, T, I, S, D, A, and S could spell disaster for you this month! Or any month, now that I think about it! Best avoid all of them!
Lucky hobby: Macramé

Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20
Remember that thing you were thinking of doing this month? Well don’t do it! Do that other thing instead! Trust me on this one!
Lucky hobby: Train spotting

Ahhhh… the mists return and the spirits depart once more. And it looks like my instincts were correct! Oh well, there’s always next month! Until we meet again dear readers,
Mystic Mascot :)