Monday, 17 September 2012
Our Ebay store is still going strong, we have recently just added 100's of more products! We sell alot of products that you won't find on our website or anywhere else for that matter!
And to top it off there all at great prices and even better delivery charges.
Come have a look at our great bargins before they run out as all our stock on our Ebay site will not be renewed and is on a first come first serve basis!
Posted by Cutie at 06:03
Glee aired its highly anticipated season premiere Thursday, Sept. 13 (on WSMH FOX66 in Flint).
The season 4 kickoff is full of firsts: 2 locations (New York and Ohio), first appearance for Kate Hudson as snarly NYADA dance instructor, Cassandra July and first looks at many new faces—Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist), Jacob Artist (Jake Puckerman), Dean Geyer (Brody Weston), Becca Tobin (Kitty) and Sue Sylvester’s adorable baby Robin.
Melissa Benoist as Marley Rose is a breath of fresh air and the scenes with Marley and her mom (Trisha Rae Stahl) are both touching and heartbreaking – and incredibly real. We are utterly reminded how much kids long to be "popular" -- that a taste of being considered "cool" often comes at someone else's expense. We are also reminded what parents will sacrifice for their children -- and that parents, ultimately, don't want to see their kids get hurt.
Did anyone else cheer when Marley stuck up for her mom?
And, what an amazing moment between Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Marley, as he tells her his mom changed the tags on his clothes too...
Here are some more notable things about “The New Rachel:”
All in all, this episode is A+. Quinn, Finn, Santana and Mercedes were notably missing and hopefully will appear soon in upcoming episodes.
Posted by Cutie at 04:28
Thursday, 13 September 2012
1. The iconic white cat is the primary spokesanimal for Sanrio, a Japanese company started in the 1950s to sell silk and produce.
In the 1960s, they expanded their product line to include items that catered to the gift-giving tradition in Japan – usually small, simple objects that can be given to a friend for special occasions, holidays, or even everyday things like visiting their house. Most of Sanrio’s items at the time, like pencil cases and stickers, were geared towards elementary school kids and, almost by accident, they discovered that adding cute little designs and characters helped sales. When one of the in-house designers came up with Hello Kitty, the best thing company founder Shintaro Tsuji could say was that he liked it well enough.
2. Despite everyone calling her Hello Kitty, her name is actually Kitty White.
There is some debate as to how she got her nickname, though one theory points to her 1974 debut on a clear coin purse with her picture under the word “Hello.” Teenage girls were immediately drawn to “the Hello Kitty,” and the purse became a best-seller.
3. In Taiwan, there’s a Hello Kitty Hospital!
bed sheet is branded with Hello Kitty, as are the nurses’ uniforms. A giant Kitty statue greet guests in the lobby. According to a 2008 Reuters report, twice a year, people in character costumes come around and entertain patients.
4. Today, there are around 50 Sanrio characters gracing over 22,000 officially-license products.
On average, the company introduces three new characters every year, while at the same time taking a handful out of circulation for a little while so they don’t oversaturate the market. All told, Sanrio’s annual sales hover around $5 billion dollars.
5. Hello Kitty and her pals are part of the kawaii (“cute”) subculture of Japan.
“Kawaisa” (“cuteness”) appeared on the cultural landscape in the 1970s, when teenage girls began adding hearts, rainbows, and smiley faces to their writing, and even spoke in a sort of baby talk manner. This fad caused quite a bit of controversy among adults, but was adopted by companies so they could connect with young people just as they were becoming a force in the consumer market. As people realized kawaisa wasn’t going to bring the downfall of society, it became accepted and is now integral to Japanese culture.
6. There are a couple of urban legends about her origins that add a sinister connotation to Hello Kitty.
One story says that a controversial nuclear power plant hired Sanrio to create a cute corporate mascot that would help soften their image. Another legend tells of a married couple whose only daughter was sick with cancer. In exchange for her recovery, the parents made a pact with the Devil that they would create a character in Satan’s honor that would be adored worldwide. As you might have guessed, neither of these is true.
7. In 2007, it was announced that police in Bangkok would be forced to wear bright pink Hello Kitty armbands as punishment for minor infractions.
The plan was soon abandoned—according to NBC News, “There was a rebellion in the macho ranks, as well as outrage on Hello Kitty websites.”
8. She’s a clean slate!
Hello Kitty and many other Sanrio characters were designed without a mouth so that the character could take on whatever emotions the viewer needs them to have at the time. Some believe this is part of the reason they’re so popular across generations and cultures – anyone can relate to them. (It’s also one of the things that Kitty haters say creeps them out the most.)
9. She looks suspiciously similar to a certain white rabbit.
Almost since her introduction, children’s author and illustrator Dick Bruna has insisted that Hello Kitty and her pals resembled the design of his own cute creation, Miffy. First published in 1955 — nearly 20 years before Hello Kitty’s debut — Miffy is a white rabbit with an oval head, small, black eyes and a tiny “X” for a mouth. Still, Bruna never officially challenged the designs until 2010, when he sued Sanrio for its character, Cathy, a white rabbit that is Hello Kitty’s best friend. The timing was a bit strange, considering Cathy was introduced in 1976 and has been featured on thousands of products over the last 35 years, but the courts still ruled in Bruna’s favor. Sanrio is appealing the decision, but for the time being, they’re banned from selling Cathy merchandise in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.
10. Hello Kitty has been featured in over a dozen video games, including her latest, Hello Kitty Online,
a free massively multiplayer role playing game in the same vein as World of Warcraft. Players can adventure alone or join guilds to complete quests like finding all the ingredients for a special soup, delivering a pizza before it gets cold, or collecting wands that can be used to defeat monsters that guard treasure. There’s also the opportunity to build your own house, raise crops, adopt a pet, and customize your character’s wardrobe. For some of these perks, you’ll need to earn Sanrio Loyalty Points by posting videos, writing blog posts, and completing quizzes on Sanriotown.com. Or you can spend real money to buy Loyalty Points at an exchange rate of 80 points for a $1. To give you some idea of the price, a typical in-game house costs about $5, not including furniture, which is, of course, sold separately.
11. She’s not just for kids.
While most Hello Kitty products are made for children, as the brand’s customers have gotten older, Sanrio has catered to them with more adult-oriented products. For example, Fender guitars has featured a Hello Kitty Stratocaster, Neiman Marcus recently carried a collection of Hello Kitty jewelry with a top price of $5,000, Dr. Marten boots is currently selling a line of Sanrio shoes, and there are even Airbus airplanes with her image plastered on the side. There are also two high-end boutiques called Sanrio Luxe in New York’s Times Square and in Manila, Philippines, which feature exclusive, expensive, rhinestoned-out products.
This shift to more adult products has been a bit controversial, though. Hello Kitty thongs, Hello Kitty Wine, and a “Hello Kitty Massage Wand” (AKA The Hello Kitty Vibrator), have been popular with adult female fans, but have been frowned upon by those who feel the brand should remain focused on its youngest followers instead.
12. Then there are the unofficial products.
Of course you can’t be this popular without a few people jumping on the bandwagon. There are thousands of unofficial Hello Kitty products, like Hello Kitty bongs, Hello Kitty gas masks, and Hello Kitty handguns and assault rifles. There’s even a Hello Kitty-themed S&M room at one of Japan’s “love hotels,” where Japanese couples can rent a room by the hour for private encounters. Sanrio has tried to stop some of these copyright infringements, but there are so many that it’s virtually impossible to keep up.
13. Hello Kitty has quite a political career.
She has been a UNICEF ambassador to the United States since 1983 and to Japan since 1994. Then, in 2008, she was appointed as the official Japanese ambassador of tourism to both Hong Kong and China, the first fictional character to hold this title.
14. If you’re a Scottish Sanrio fan, you can get a kilt made using the Hello Kitty tartan.
The pink plaid pattern was designed by Lochcarron of Scotland, the world’s leading manufacturer of tartans, and was officially recognized by the the Scottish Register of Tartans in 2004.
Posted by Cutie at 06:14
Well it is finally here! The Betty Boop Heart Breaker range has come into stock and will be going online within the next few days. Make sure you keep your eye on QT Gifts as they will be quick to go as its the first new Betty Boop range of 2012.
We have some great products with this very special and unique Betty Boop design, just look at the pictures below of some of our great products.
Posted by Cutie at 05:56
Monday, 10 September 2012
The Hello Kitty iPad Mini Messenger Bag is unbelievably cuten. The fun red color and giant Hello Kitty face on the side is perfectly suited for those who don't want a boring black utilitarian bag. And I appreciate that it looks more like a pocketbook than an iPad case which alerts the world: HEY! There's a very expensive computer in here!
It's got plenty of practical messenger bag features, like extra compartments for all the stuff teens carry with them. And the iPad stays secure on its own side with a velcro closure so if you forget to snap the top magnetic snap, the tablet won't tumble to the ground. This bag has good padding which will help protect it as it goes from class to class--though it's no Otterbox, so try to pick it up off the floor, for goodness sake.
I love how the case stays propped open using Hello Kitty's head (cute!) for hands-free viewing. Or just open the messenger bag like a book and access the iPad that way. With Hello Kitty's help, that iPad may survive a bit longer.
Posted by Cutie at 03:23
Friday, 24 August 2012
Another day, another Gleeful bit of scoop from Ryan Murphy’s Twitter. The busiest man in show business has whetted fan appetites with a pair of new posters for his musical dramedy’s fourth season.
The first evokes Glee posters of old and focuses on Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), who’s due to discover that NYADA can be just as icy as the halls of McKinley High. Only this time, the frost isn’t coming from mean-girl cheerleaders — but from her very own dance teacher.
The second is a group shot that features both new and returning cast members, with one glaring exception: Dianna Agron’s Quinn is nowhere to be found. And while the poster includes pointed signs for the various cities where McKinley’s alumni are now living — New York, Los Angeles, Lima, St. Louis — there’s no arrow reading “New Haven,” where Quinn is attending college. Does this mean the former Cheerio captain is off the show for good?
Not so fast, says Murphy: “Gleeks, please relax,” he tweeted shortly after releasing the second poster. “Dianna is still on the show. We love her and have great plans for Quinn.
Posted by Cutie at 10:10