Monday, August 31, 2009

Mafalda es lindo

Mafalda is an internationally famous comic strip written and drawn by the Argentine cartoonist Quino from 1964 to 1973. The strip featured a cute, but sassy little six-year-old girl named Mafalda who has a deep concern about humanity and world peace, but also hates soup!

B-day Cutie

In honour of the last day of my b-day month of celebrating, this card from the 60's seemed appropriate. Between the adorable pirate child, his silly singing parrot friend, happy jolly roger and splashy waves, what a perf way to say "Ahoy there cuties!" xxxo

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Romper Room was cute!

Romper Room was a syndicated and locally-produced TV show which ran from 1953 to 1994 in the US as well in some other territories.
The program was targeted at children five years of age and younger.
The show was popular because it taught simple lessons through games and songs.A favorite recurring character was Mr. Do-Bee, an cute bumblebee who was employed to teach the children how to be well-behaved.Mr. Do-Bee always started his lessons with the phrase "Do Bee," for example, "Do Bee polite!".Mr. Do-Bee could be seen many Romper Room products.Mr. Do-Bee was know in the US, as well as internationally.Other Romper Room and Do-Bee merchandise includes balloons, records and various cute toys.

We're Cuties!

I have no idea who the illustrator for this is, but my reaction was "That's us, the Hello There Cutie team!" Altho in different cites, Doug and I are attached as friends and partners in cute, via our laptops and crafting. So a big Hello there cuties to us this summer-y day. xxxo

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Luk Chai = Cutie

Luk Chai is a 1 month old boy elephant at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney who is stealing the hearts of all visitors. After seeing this photo, I understand why. Whatta cutie with personality to boot! And yes, that is a regulation size soccer ball... Hello there cutie Luk! xxxo

Bashful, But Cute!

Walt Disney's animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) is based on the fairy tale of the same name by the Brothers Grimm. In the story, princess Snow White escapes being murdered by the Huntsman (who was hired by the wicked stepmother, the Queen) and winds up at cottage belonging to seven dwarfs, who work in a nearby mine. The dwarfs return home to find their cottage clean and Snow White sleeping across three of their beds. The princess awakens and is welcomed into their cute home. She soon begins a new life cooking and keeping house for the dwarfs. The cutest of the dwarfs is voiced by Scotty Mattraw as Bashful, named because he is the shyest of the dwarfs, and is often embarrassed by the presence of any attention directed at him.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Vintage Cutie

The 1970s were a decade of cute overload... and this little turtle is a prime example. He was featured on paper, t-shirts, notebooks & wall art, and grabbed your attention with his big eyelashes, rounded features and sweet smile. Hello there cutie turtle. xxxo

Sock Cuties

A sock monkey is a cute stuffed toy made from socks and fashioned to look like a monkey. These stuffed animals are a fixture of folk art and kitsch. The iconic sock monkeys made from red-heeled socks emerged around 1932, the year the Nelson Knitting Company added the trademarked red heel to its product. This red heel gave the monkeys their distinctive mouth. Nelson was awarded the patent in 1955, and began including the pattern with every pair of socks. In 1958, the craft magazine Pack-O-Fun published "How to Make Sock Toys", a guide to making different sock animals and dolls with red heeled socks. The red heel sock is still in production by Fox River Mills.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pretty Polly Cuties

"Why" you might be wondering "did she post 'to go' cups?" Because they aren't what they appear to be!!! The hosiery brand Pretty Polly, (sold at Selfridges/UK), come in cardboard takeaway coffee cups marked with the words "Caution Hot Tights." Quirky, eye-catching and super cute indeed! xxxo


PuffyAmiYumi is a cute Japanese rock duo. Ami Onuki, whose nickname is Jane, and Yumi Yoshimura, nicknamed Sue make up the team. Puffy-mania reached its peak in Japan in 1998, following the release of their cd called Jet. In the USA they recorded the theme song for the animated series Teen Titans. They have also done a cover version with Cyndi Lauper of her hit Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. In 2004, an animated series featuring cartoon versions of Ami and Yumi, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi premiered on the Cartoon Network.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Vintage Calendar Cuties

In 1944 you might of found this little missy on your wall calendar, holding onto her bonnet in the wind as well as her pet wire terrier. Similar to the children's book illustration, her knickers make a sly appearance too! Between her rosey face, chubby arms and expression... Sweet + innocent = cute! xxxo

Pixie + Dixie = Cutie

Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks was a segment of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series The Huckleberry Hound Show from 1958 to 1962. It starred two cute mice, Pixie and Dixie, and a goofy (but kinda cute) cat named 'Mr. Jinks". The premise was basically Tom & Jerry times two. The series is most remembered for Mr. Jinks' trademark lament, "I hate those meeces to pieces!".

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Politeness is Cute

In London, there's a current public ad campaign under the banner of "Together For London." These cuties, along with their friends, have messages of what they'll do to make transport in London a pleasant experience. As I take the bus on occasion, I really appreciate the one who "won't eat smelly food." xxxo

For more info (and to see more cuties) go to:

Perri is Cutie

Perri is a 1957 film from the Walt Disney Studios, based on the 1938 book by Felix Salten. Perri is the story of a cute young female squirrel who learns about forest life. Perri also finds a boyfriend named Porro. The film was the labeled a "True Life Fantasy" because it combined documentary footage with fictional scenarios and characters. Disneyland Records released this album in conjunction with the film.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Rocket Cuteness

Do I know what this is a sign for? Nope...
Where this is located? Nope...
Is this a cutie illustration? Yes indeed!
So hello there cutie rocket man. xxxo

Cute Horizon

In 1973 Disneyland Records released a kids version of the Lost Horizon soundtrack, disguising the much-maligned Burt Bacharach/Hal David musical as a It's a Small World knock-off. I, for one, find the songs cute and charming. They also added in songs from other musicals to round out the album. It is now my mission to hunt down this rare gem.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Katie is Kutie

Katie is a painting by local Silver Lake artist Antonio Barbara, or as we like to call him "Uncle Tony." This wonderful piece is inspired and named after a dear friend of the artist and captures the timeless cuteness of the lovely young lady.

Flatsy = Cutie

Flatsy's were flat dolls made by Ideal from the late 60s thru early 70s. They had floor length hair and wore "mod" clothes. Each Flatsy had a "theme" and came with an accessory, all removable from their framed environment hung on your wall. And did I forget to mention they were cute? xxxo

*yes, the top photo is keeping with my b-day month theme...

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Japanese Cute

In Japan, even a sign for water is made cute... gotta love the aesthetic of this country! This sign has a cutie droplet smiling with his thirsty tongue out, which makes no sense as he's wet so shouldn't be thirsty, right? Oh well, hello there cutie sign anyway! xxxo

Short & Cute

With summer coming to an end shortly, I'm reminded of a childhood favorite, It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown. The half-hour TV special is one of many cute prime-time animated programs based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz.
It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown originally aired on CBS on September 27, 1969 and was directed by the late Bill Meléndez.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cute But Weird...

A b-day book I was given features the art of Alba Ballard, a 1960s Long Island housewife who thought it was cute to dress up her pet parrots in costumes and photograph them. The images are cute yet disturbing... and I can't stop looking at this book; Amelie, my pet bunny, isn't too happy about it. I wonder why??? xxxo

Thanks to Elisabeth, Scott & Valentina for the book!

Wise as Athena and Cute as a Cupcake!

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, DC's top superheroine Wonder Woman discovered a means by which to travel backwards through her own time via a magic picture book - becoming the cutest amazon ever - Wonder Tot!
Wonder Tot's silly adventures included run-ins with flying dinosaurs, giant dragons, wacky aliens and her magical friend Mister Genie. Occasionally, she would also journey through time to team up with her future self as teen-aged Wonder Girl and adult Wonder Woman.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cute As A Dumpling...

Dumpling Dynasty is the product line of English illustrator Fiona Hewitt. Modern with a vintage Asian flair, their fun products (like my birthday Bunny kit) always bring a smile to my face. This promo poster of a child (with Mercury wings) on a scooter is so beyond adorable that we must give a big "Hello There Cutie" shout-out! xxxo

Kute & Koogle

Koogle was a brand name of flavored peanut butter marketed by Kraft Foods beginning in 1971. Koogle was available in several cute flavors, including chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and banana. The kinda sorta cute Kooglenut character appeared on merchandise and in advertising.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Love is...Cute!

Love is... is a comic panel created by Kim Grove in the late 1960s, and was later produced by Stefano Casali. The strip is syndicated worldwide by Tribune Media since 1970. Love Is... began as a series of little love notes that Kim Grove drew for her future husband, Roberto Casali. The beginning of the strip coincided closely with the 1970 film Love Story. The film's signature line is "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
Known primarily for its cute little naked couple, Love is...products were marketed internationally for many years on greeting cards and on all sorts of cute knick-knacks.
More current versions of the the couple have them fully clothed, erasing the charm of the original concept.

Cute Bunny Dreams

Winner of the European "Gift of the Year 2009" award, this sweet bunny nightlight makes me sleepy just looking at it. The White Rabbit Company of England was started by two sisters who, as children, had loved their hand painted earthenware nightlights... they're now making the lights to give us cute dreams. Yawn. xxxo

Thanks for the link Tomoko

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Simone Legno = Cute

Simone Legno is a Roman illustrator who is best known for his line "tokidoki." The characters he creates are cute with a punk edge. The mini-book shown above was done for back-to-school at Target this year and can be found in my purse. Punk rock bunnies + monkeys = cute! xxxo

Sugar and Spike and everything cute

Sugar and Spike was a 98-issue cute comic book series published by DC Comics from 1956 through the early 1970s. It was written and drawn by Sheldon Mayer. In 1992, Sugar and Spike #99 was published as part of the DC Comics Silver Age Classics series featuring two previously unpublished stories by Mayer. Mayer had an agreement with DC that only he could write Sugar and Spike. However, they have occasionally made cameo appearances in other comic books, as theme park characters in Justice League Spectacular #1, in Wonder Woman (second series) #113, and as teenagers on the cover of Legionnaires #43. They were also spotted in the Alex Ross graphic novel Kingdom Come and most recently in Batman: The Brave and the Bold #4.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Cute Logo... Or Paperdoll?

Lili Gaufrette is a French clothing brand that I wished came in bigger sizes so I could fit into it! Super classic styles with a twist, the logo for Lili is this sweet little girl who, if you print out this posting, you can dress in some of the line. Knickers included. Hello there cutie Lili! xxxo

Dawn of the Cute - Part 3

How cute is this? So ends our three-day look back at Dawn dolls.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

G-r-r-reat Cutie!

Born in 1952, Tony the Tiger has welcomed many a child to the brekkie table with a smile and sugar coated flakes of corn happiness. Although his look has altered through the years, his signature phrase of "They're more than good, They're great!" hasn't... add in that I wanted Tony to be my pet, he gets a big "Hello There Cutie" tiger kiss!!! xxxo

Dawn of the Cute - Part 2

Dawn's Dance Party friends included Angie, Dale, Glori, Jessica, Fancy Feet and Longlocks. There were four boy dolls named Gary, Van, Kevin and Ron. What a cute bunch!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dawn of the Cute - Part 1

Dawn dolls were cute & tiny fashion dolls that were made by Topper Toys between 1970 and 1973. The dolls were smaller than slightly over 6" tall. The popularity dolls could not stop Topper from going out of business in 1973. Mattel's Rockflowers, were in direct competition with Dawn. Dawn dolls were made of vinyl, had joints at the necks, hips, and shoulders, along with bendable knees and twistable waists. Tune in tomorrow for more Dawn cuteness!

Cute Art

A vintage find on Etsy, this sweet little girl and her pussy cat are welcoming us to the 1960s. With their matching ribbons and aloof expressions, these two best friends seem to have something on their minds. I wonder what it could be? xxxo (Posted for Sherri on her day off.)