I remember the day, walking though the mall with my little girls, passing this store that made us stop dead in our tracks! The open door sucked us right in. Everything was sweet, was pink, was white and black, was adorable. It was Candy before the term Eye Candy was ever spoken. We were captivated.
There were pencils, erasers, bracelets, rings, picture frames, notebooks, boxes, head bands, perfume, little shirts, skirts, barrettes, purses, plastic toys, socks, crayons, stickers, coloring books, story books, stuffed animals, tiny little trinkets, slippers, naming just a FEW of the items in that store inventory. It was a heaven housing just about anything a little girl could fancy who fancied kittys. And my girls did! Oh my goodness. We needed lots of money! I'm not sure how we made it out of the store that day, but we, along with the rest of the female population in the US in 1976, were never the same.
Fast forward to 2013. Hello Kitty, full name Kitty White (キティ・ホワイト Kiti howaito), is the Japanese rendition of the Japanese Bobtail Cat. She wears a red bow. Or it might be pink, or black or red, or purple. Sometimes it is a little flower. She frequently holds a heart, or sometimes even has devil horns. She earns more then $5 billion a year! HELLO!!!
I wish I could render Hello Kitty in needlepoint, but I'm afraid I do not have the cash to obtain a license to do so. I'm just chicken feed. She is the Kitty God owned by a bazillionaire empire. But I know what is possible. Several months ago, I decided to create Hello Kitty fobs for addicted stitchers. Yes, that is possible. And yes..it's true.... needlepointers are addicts. And some, if not a hugh majority of them, are also Crazy Cat Ladies. The combo is as fun and happy group of women as I've ever seen. (You know who you are!) There may be some Hello Kitty man fans out there, but I have yet to meet one. In fact, I've tried to introduce my husband to her, but he simply cannot 'get it.' He cannot make the connection. Heck, he can't even 'see' her! But never mind him...I'm thrilled to know that some of you have already acquired my Hello Kitty creations.
I do not need a license to create fobs to sell in my product line of Barbara Elmore Designs. I purchase beautiful and adorable Hello Kitty pieces encrusted with rhinestones. This makes her all the more adorable. We can pretend that they are diamonds. Then I add strings of unique and beautiful beads, topped with a lobster claw to clamp onto one's precious stitching scissors. Each one is individually made by me and is one of a kind.
Call them bling, jewelry for one's tools, or simply ID for one's scissors. I love creating them, and I hope you will love them too.
Before I end my story of Hello Kitty~ Let me introduce you to two of my real life Hello Kitty Girls.
Here is my youngest daughter, all grown up, still loving kitties as much as ever!
Here is one of my little granddaughters. She is precious, and as you can see, she is the REAL Hello Kitty! Do you doubt it?
I love my girls so much! I love needlepoint so much! I love creating Hello Kitty Fobs so much!
You can have your LNS (local needlepoint store) order the fobs from Sundance Designs. Shop owners can see them in January at TNNA and place orders then, but you don't have to wait til then to get your very own.
Hello, and Goodbye for now~