Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Cuties

We hope your celebrations are safe, a friend (hopefully clothed!) is there to hand you an umbrella, and the New Year ahead brings you much happiness... and Cutie-ness!!! Hello There 2011 Cuties! xxxo

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Some Vintage Cuties

Looks like these Cuties started their New Year's celebrating a bit early! This is from 1935, so hopefully they are done (or permanently pickled)... Either way, I adore their great expressions of happiness, fabulous outfits/accessories, and the joy that comes thru from this photo. Hello There Cuties! xxxo

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rainy Day Wishes

As you know, I adore cute umbrellas, and this one by Lulu Guinness fits the bill. The simpleness of the handwritten sweet message of "Every cloud has a silver lining" and the sophistication of the design def speaks to me. Add in that the shape is old fashioned, it gets a big "Hello There Cutie" from us! xxxo

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Planning for 2011 Cuties

With 2011 just around the corner, gotta start planning for the year ahead. Each year I buy the same boring planner inserts at Vuitton, but this agenda might set me on a different course. Featuring illustration by Earmark's Mike Berndt, I adore all the different silly scenarios going on all over this... super Hello There Cutie, isn't it??? xxxo

Monday, December 27, 2010

Artsy Cutie

Earlier this month Sanrio invaded Miami's Art Basel 2010 and look who was there… Hello Kitty!!! Original art and installations by Shepard Fairey (piece above) and dozens more brought cute to the world of fine art. And I say it's about time. Now to see if any are on after Xmas clearance yet… xxxo

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Xmas

Merry Christmas Cuties!!! (we hope you didn't get any Tupperware)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Cutemaskah Stocking Time

Now don't forget to hang your stockings with care tonite Cuties... Santa also drops presents for those of us who celebrate Cutemaskah! And if you don't have one, just do what this little Cutie did: take one off your foot and use that instead (I do wonder what happened to her knickers tho).

Your friends here at Hello There Cutie hope Santa fills your stocking with lots of treats, love and surprises tonite. xxxo

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cutemaskah Santa

Put down the glasses Santa... we're going to need you to deliver presents to the good boys n girls! This vintage Holt Howard flocked Santa is a candle holder but he sure looks tipsy to me. Whatcha think Cuties? xxo

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cutemaskah Snow Family

If my family had sent Cutemaskah cards, this would of been perfect for the five of us (replacing the word Christmas with Cutemaskah, of course). I love how the five snowpeople are so happy in their ensembles, and the fabulous retro (mod for the time) typography. Happy Cutemaskah Cuties!!! xxxo

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cutemaskah Hi-dee-ho Cutie

Each holiday season in anticipation of Christmas I watch the first South Park holiday special. The star of this is Mr Hankey, the Christmas poo who appears to all who have a high fiber diet to give them presents. And poo kisses. Add in that he's a Cutie, we give Mr. Hankey a big Cutemaskah hello!!! xxxo

Monday, December 20, 2010

Another Cutemaskah Cutie

This is Wilma, who is def a Cutemaskah Cutie! She was found on Etsy, and we adore so much about her it's hard to find a place to start. From her sweetie face to silly antlers that remind me of Max (the Grinch's dog), I think we can all agree on one thing: Wilma is def a Cutemaskah Cutie. Hello There Cutie!!! xxxo

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cutemaskah Cupcakes

For Christmas Eve this year I was ready to make Cutie cupcakes but instead was requested to make my super rich mac 'n' cheese. (sigh) I was kinda excited to make something as adorable as these guys above (esp. the Santa face and the giant candy one!) but might do these anyway for my friends. Would you like one Cuties? xxxo

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Groovy Cutemaskah Cutie...

"Who is this groovy Cutemaskah Cutie?" you might asking... I don't know much 'cept that she's on a card from the early 60's, is wearing a great outfit, and has a wonderful little bird friend. And a dancing tree for all her Cutemaskah presents. xxxo

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cutemaskah Elves

These cutie vintage Napco elves Christmas tree ornaments were made in Japan in the 1960s. Linking arms in celebration of Cutemaskah, these two are adorable with their innocent faces and silly proportioned bodies. Add in their vibrant outfits, we need to shout out a big "Hello There Cutie" to them! xxxo

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Red Nosed Cutemaskah Cutie...

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was one of my favorite shows each year on tv, and as a wee girl I adored my Little Golden books. This one predates me (it's from 1958) and I began singing a certain song (can you guess what Cuties?) when I saw it on Etsy... how Cutemaskah!!! xxxo

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Shoe-In for Cutemaskah

Yes Cuties, this is a bit of a mirror as I adore buying myself presents. And who doesn't love a fab pair of shoes for the holidays? This collage is by the UK artist Kris Atomic, who has a wonderful eye in both her illustrations and photography. And, altho we've never met, seems to have captured me in this Cutemaskah collage!!! xxxo

Friday, December 10, 2010

I'm Back Cuties!!!

I'm flying back into SFO today and sure wish this place was still there! Circa 1961, the Pancake Palace was (per the text on the back of this postcard):
"... located at San Francisco International Airport, in a regal early San Francisco setting. Pancake is King! Fourteen varieties of the finest pancakes in the world."
Both looks and sounds soooo cutie!!! xxxo

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cutemaskah Hanukkah Cuties

This is a vintage Israeli poster from the Jewish National Fund that was done in 1960 to commemorate Hanukkah. The two very cutie Eretz Israeli children are together with a menorah, perhaps to light on this last nite of Hanukkah (and the 9th of Cutemaskah). As an fyi, you're going to need some more candles Cuties!!! xxxo

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cutemaskah Friends

Reader Andy of SF sent us these penguin Cuties just in time for Cutemaskah... aren't they just adorable? I wonder how tiny their little elf friends are. Perhaps they are mice? (yes, I love Cinderella!) Whatever the story, we send out a bit Hello There Cutie love to them!!! xxxo

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bernal Cutemaskah Cuties

Down the hill from where I used to live in Bernal (an area of SF), these Cuties would come out to say hello each holiday season. They live in the window of a hardware store, and would always make me ponder "Which of the three is the REAL Santa Claus?" (I always suspected cowboy Claus) Even without an answer, they get a big Hello There Cutie!!! xxxo

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cutemaskah Kitty

Isn't it nice of Hello Kitty to wish us all a Happy Hanukkah? She does seem a bit confused in her Christmas dress and holiday song book but hey, she's cute so can get away with it. And perhaps, by mixing the two holidays, she's also truly us a Happy Cutemaskah! Thanks Kitty!!! xxxo

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hola Cutie Puerto Rico!

Guess where I am Cuties? On a beach in Puerto Rico... experiencing the Cutie-ness of the Caribbean. Time to defrost and chill for a spell. I'll miss you this week but have no fears: Cutemaskah continues on while I zzzzzzzz. xxxo

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hanukkah + Cutemaskah = Cutie!

Happy Hanukkah Cuties! May your dreidels only spin winners so you get lotsa gelt candy, and fabulous gifts await you with each nights candle. Oh, and hope you're as mellow about that dreidel as this kitty is. xxxo

Kitty card can be found on Etsy

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Cutemaskah... Year 2!!!

Hello Cutemaskah Cuties! This is our 2nd year of celebrating the month of Holiday Cute. Are you as excited as I am? I hope so as this Cutie above is kicking off the party. He's a vintage paper doll illustration from 1965 that seems to be saying "Hello There Cuties... Happy Cutemaskah!!!" xxxo

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Footsie Cutie

One of my girlfriend's texted me the cutest photo of her baby: he has discovered grabbing his feet is fun. When I saw this sweet pamphlet called "Proper Care of Babys Feet" from 1955, I pondered getting it for them... but the Cuties on the cover distracted me too much. Awww... Hello There Cuties! xxxo

dedicated to Owen

Monday, November 29, 2010

Poodle Planter Cuties

One of my plants has outgrown its home, so I was looking about for a solution... and voila! This poodle and pup is too cute for words, and I esp. adore her collar with blue inset. Add in that it's a Mom and daughter (a soft spot for me) I thinks it's a Hello There Cutie winner for my home!!! xxxo

Friday, November 26, 2010

One Year... To Our Cutie

One year ago today, on the evening of Thanksgiving, one of our fave Cuties passed. We dedicate this posting to my Mom, Adelyne (aka Mommy), with much love. She is missed, remembered and still adored. As this special lady always will be. xxxo

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Have a Cutie Thanksgiving!!!

May your meal be yummy and filling, with the table surrounded by love. xxxo

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Brrrrr Bunny Cutie

I'm not sure about you, but here in SF winter is approaching... so time to find some Cutie-worthy sweaters! This one, by the designer Peter Jensen, can be found at Urban Outfitters and is def on my radar. And I think Emme the bunny might appreciate it too! What do you think Cuties? xxxo

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Paul Smith Cutie-ness

Every designer I know has, at one time or another, carried a Rhodia notepad. The fab British clothing guru Paul Smith has carried one for years and designed a series of covers for them. Although the iconic orange notepads are sold out, this black one featuring a major cutie reading (along w/the PS stripes) has caught my eye indeed. Hello There Cutie! xxxo

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sailor Cuties

Hello sailors! These adorable guys are banks that make we want to save my pennies. Their big smiles are beckoning my coin purse... how about you? Ahoy There Cuties! xxxo

Friday, November 19, 2010

It's (the end of) Cutie Packaging Week!

To conclude Cutie Packaging Week we bring you Sex, Tea & Rock n' Roll! These Hendrix and friends tea bags are both fun and silly. Donkey Design in Germany has def brought our Cutie Packaging Design Week to a rockin conclusion! And did we mention cutie? xxxo

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's (the continuation of) Cutie Packaging Week!

My Grandma Helen used to have a philosophy about stocks that went like this "Buy what you like." Simple enough, right? Well, following in her steps I own a tiny bit of stock in Coca Cola. Why? Because it's the only thing that calms my tummy when upset, so I want to support it. And they have beyond Cutie packaging like this!!! xxxo

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

It's (still) Cutie Packaging Week!

Hello Cutie Nesting Chocolate Dolls from Ukraine! I don't know if I'd be able to take off the adorable wrapper to eat the delish chocolate inside... but might need to find out!!! xxxo

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's Cutie Packaging Week!

It's Cutie Packaging Week here at Hello There Cutie!!! We're starting off with something I found at Genki market on Clement Street this weekend. I had to buy this Tohato Caramel Corn because the little guy on the front (and his friends) were too adorable to turn down. Unfortunately, they are also super delish! So it was a Hello There and Good Bye Cuties in pretty rapid order... xxxo

Monday, November 15, 2010

It's Cutie Packaging Week!

Pure Pret drinks are both good for your body and your face... Good for your bod as they are all natural and yummy. Good for your face cus the critters on the front of the cans are beyond cutie so make you smile. The only bad thing is that they aren't available in the US. Booo... but Hello There Cuties anyway!!! xxxo

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fabric Cuties

In looking around for trends (gotta know 'em) I often get side-lined by things that catch my eye. Then if there's a Cutie angle, watch out!!! That's how I found Spoonflower, a company that makes custom fabrics! I looked around for ideas and found these adorable kids playing in a field with their gardening (and garden) friends... Hello There Cutie! xxxo

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Drumming Cuties

Some (including my Daddy) have claimed Buddy Rich was the best jazz drummer of all time. He certainly dumbfounds Animal when he goes head to head with the monster in a drum battle on this classic Muppet Show segment. Two drummers my Daddy liked makes this very Hello There Cutie! xxxo

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Flipper Cutie

Who is this cutie? It's a baby dolphin that was found by tourists, showing marks of a fishing net. The marine reserve 'SOS Fauna Marina' is taking care of this little guy and nursing him back to health. Well, Hello (and get well soon) Cutie!!! xxxo

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cutie Art Project

Maps are cool. As are envelopes with pretty liners... put the two together and voila! The artist Beste Miray likes to make the everyday into art, and here's a great example. Go to this website, enter your address + message, print out and you too have made a custom envelope liner. Cool and v. Cutie indeed. xxxo

Monday, November 8, 2010

Staten Island Cutie

Our dear Comrade-in-Cutie Doug is off to visit Staten Island for a bit and I looked all over for an appro image of the place. Imagine my delight when I found this great pic of the old (and still there) sign for the ferry... fabulous typography with a curve to welcome you. Have a safe journey Cutie!!! xxxo

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chopstick Cuties

The Japanese industrial design firm "& design" is known for innovative designs (how many times can we use the word "design" in a sentence?). Anywhooo, I found their sweet little chopstick holders beyond adorable. Tweat tweat Hello there Cuties! xxxo

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wrigley Cuties

These Cuties are can be found in the oldest working streetcar in SF and is the original ad from the 1800's! I never thought of the doublemint twins as being sticks of gum with smiling moon faces, legs and adorable hats. Makes me want to not chew one ever again... sorry Cutie gum! xxxo

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Recovery Kit Cutie

I adore the brand Knock Knock and their multitude of whimsical (and sassy!) products. I have a few friends who would def adore this wee tin box! In addition to containing a tongue-in-cheek remedy booklet, affirmation cards, healing bandages, recovery certificate, and metal charm, it has a fabulous silicone bracelet that reads "Burnt Out" on it. Funny and cutie! xxxo

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day of the Dead Cutie

Today is Day of the Dead, and this Cutie take on the art for it is by the Canadian illustrator Christina Patterson. Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a gathering to pray for/remember friends and family members who are no longer with us in parades, at shrines or even alone. If there is a celebration in your town, I highly recommend going. xxxo

Friday, October 29, 2010

Trick or Treat Cuties

This Sunday is Halloween and instead of candy, the pumpkinhead on the right is getting a treat of music. Sounds good to me... how about you Cuties? Happy Hello-ween!!! xxxo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chicago Cuties

Am off to Chicago dear Cutie readers to visit my nephew and some friends... including the Cutie above! The wild monk parakeets of Hyde Park look to be in a Cutie competition with the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill here in SF. Will have to report back to you on the winner, and have a wonderful Hello There Cutie long weekend!!! xxxo

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Candy Corn Cuties

This time of year I always crave candy corn, and these two Cuties are giggling with glee at my hunger. These two buds are by the artist Maria Claspsis and are bringing a smile to my face. What about you Cuties? xxxo

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hello-ween Cutie Friends

A vintage Halloween paper wall decoration from the 60's, this wee black kitten doesn't look like she could be bad luck for anyone. And her jack o' lantern friend has such a welcoming smile, doesn't he seem to be saying "Hello There Cutie!" to all the trick or treaters? xxxo

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hello-ween Cutie

Hello Kitty looks to be in her costume for Hello-ween and it's as a black cat (w/a fab bat belt!). I wonder if anyone will recognize her? With the blood dripping above, she best get out of the way to ensure her cutie outfit doesn't get any red on it. Hello There Cutie!!! xxxo

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pop-Up Shop Cuties

This weekend in SF Hello Kitty and her friends will be having a pop-up shop... I wonder if the bunny pirate on the right will be there? And the Merry Melody twins? The giant smiling hamburger? One person for sure there will be me shouting out "Hello There Cuties!" xxxo