Arts & Events, Food News, Lifestyle

Have A Hello Kitty And Eat It Too – Tan Lili

Question: Just what is it about a mouthless cat that appeals to so many people, young and old?

Yep, I’m talking about Hello Kitty. I love cats, and I’d much rather cuddle up with one that has a mouth, thank you very much (don’t you think the sound cats make is one of the cutest in the animal kingdom?).

As much as its popularity baffles me, there’s no denying that many Singaporeans are smitten by all things Hello Kitty. If you’re one of them, you’ll enjoy this latest collaboration: BreadTalk has partnered with Sanrio to become the exclusive bakery in Singapore to sell Hello Kitty treats.

Since August 1, BreadTalk has rolled out a series of Hello Kitty creations, including whole cakes, donuts and buns, all of which bearing the trademark Hello Kitty design. There are even Hello Kitty boxes and packaging, specially designed for this collaboration!

You can choose from four Hello Kitty whole cakes ($42 each) – Happy Chic, Kitty In Love, Little Miss Sunshine, and Kitty Next Door. Each vanilla chiffon cake is generously coated with fresh cream and topped with fruit slices and chocolate leaves. Happy Chic is available in-store; advance orders are required for the remaining three cake designs.

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Besides whole cakes, look out for Kitty In Pink ($4.20/slice), a tiramisu cake; Kitty In Black and Kitty In White ($1.50 each), Hello Kitty-shaped donuts glazed in dark or white chocolate sauce; and Pocket Full Of Berries ($2.50), made up of fresh cream and strawberries sandwiched between to bread buns.

{From left) Kitty In Black, Kitty In White, and Kitty In Pink

{From left) Kitty In Black, Kitty In White, and Kitty In Pink

Can’t get enough of cats? Make your way down to The Arts House today, between 11am and 6pm, for the feline-themed flea market Purrzaar! Held in conjunction with the month-long Cats Of The World Photo Exhibition, 16 vendors will be selling quirky and adorable cat-related merchandise, with proceeds going to Cat Welfare Society. Details, below: 

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About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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The Purrfect Flea Market For Cat-Lovers (Part 4) – Tan Lili

Love cats and browsing flea markets? Enjoy the best of both worlds at Purrzaar, a feline-themed flea market that’s held in conjunction with the month-long Cats of the World Photo Exhibition this August!

Held over three Saturdays (August 3, 10 and 17), this year’s Purrzaar boasts 18 vendors – the highest number of vendors they’ve had since its launch in 2011! Own a kitty? Fancy Feast will be giving away door gifts, which each consists of their cat food products (while stocks last).

As the official media partner of Cats of the World Photo Exhibition and Purrzaar, Material World will be featuring different vendors every week and giving you a sneak peek at what they will be selling. This week, check out My Grandma’s Patchwork, SlothStudio and Dainty Hands.

My Grandma’s Patchwork

Our furry felines communicate joy and laughter and grant us wishes beyond our wildest imagination. Each and every one is special – just like every doormat and coaster at My Grandma’s Patchwork!

No, the name of this shop isn’t an allusion to all-things vintage. Quite literally, the products you see at My Grandma’s Patchwork are all 100-percent handmade by founder Hui Ying’s grandmother in Malaysia! Grandma Tan started sewing in the 1990s, producing coasters and doormats from remnant pieces of cloth from apparel factories. It’s no easy work; small pieces of cloth are cut out and folded into little triangles, which are then painstakingly sewn unto the base cloth.

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For more than 20 years, Grandma Tan has been giving her finished products as gifts to her loved ones. In 2011, Hui Ying decided to bring this dying form of art to Singapore through flea markets. One of the items you can expect at My Grandma’s Patchwork at Purrzaar is a variety of feline doormats – they even come in smaller sizes that are perfect for your cat!

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SlothStudio

Cats have got attitude!

Initially an online nickname to showcase the experimental artworks of local artists Ng Ling Tze and Terence Koh, SlothStudio was incorporated five years ago after the two decided artworks and handmade crafts are their passion.

Their love of cats began when they adopted their first few cats. “Their awesome behaviour, attitude and affection never cease to amaze us, always inspiring us to draw. We never looked back since,” says Ling Tze.

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SlothStudio will be showcasing a whole lot of lovely creations at Purrzaar, from wearable art (brooches, earrings, rings) and tote bags to notebooks and patchwork blankets. We can’t wait!    

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Dainty Hands        

Cats are such endearing yet scheming employers!

When you’re a student and a community caregiver to at least 20 cats at the same time, money would be a very big issue. That’s what prompted Christine to start selling handicrafts to help defray the cost from hefty vet bills in 2006. Then came Purrzaar and the rest, as they say, is history.

daintyhands1This year, Dainty Hands will be selling cat-related accessories lovingly handpicked by Christine whenever she travelled. You can also expect one of Dainty Hands’ signature products, silhouette pouches.

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Purrzaar will be held at The Arts House, from 11am to 6pm, on August 3, 10 and 17, 2013. Admission is free. 

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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Love cats and browsing flea markets? Enjoy the best of both worlds at Purrzaar, a feline-themed flea market that’s held in conjunction with the month-long Cats of the World Photo Exhibition this August!

Held over three Saturdays (August 3, 10 and 17), this year’s Purrzaar boasts 18 vendors – the highest number of vendors they’ve had since its launch in 2011! Own a kitty? Fancy Feast will be giving away door gifts, which each consists of their cat food products (while stocks last).

As the official media partner of Cats of the World Photo Exhibition and Purrzaar, Material World will be featuring different vendors every week and giving you a sneak peek at what they will be selling. This week, check out StuffSusieMade and Momshoo.

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Cats tend to be aloof but if you take the time to know them, they’ll do their best to love you back!

Owner Susanna’s love of crochet began when she was only 10 years old – and her passion hasn’t wavered since. This year, besides the ever-popular Kitty Cupcakes (talk about guilt-free indulgence!), she will also be bringing in a whole bunch of other knitted cat-themed items, including little catnip-filled fishes for your feline friends.

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Momshoo

Cats are the most manja creatures around; you just have to squat down, and they would come rub themselves against you.

Started in 2009 by Shu Ning and her mum, Momshoo features hand-stitched/hand-knitted whimsical creations. At Purrzaar, you can expect to see a plenty of lovingly made items from the mother-daughter duo, including cat brooches, pouches, and fabric passport covers.

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cat button pouch

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Purrzaar will be held at The Arts House, from 11am to 6pm, on August 3, 10 and 17, 2013. Admission is free. 

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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The Purrfect Flea Market For Cat-Lovers (Part 2) – Tan Lili

Love cats and browsing flea markets? Enjoy the best of both worlds at Purrzaar, a feline-themed flea market that’s held in conjunction with the month-long Cats of the World Photo Exhibition this August!

Held over three Saturdays (August 3, 10 and 17), this year’s Purrzaar boasts 18 vendors – the highest number of vendors they’ve had since its launch in 2011! Own a kitty? Fancy Feast will be giving away door gifts, which each consists of their cat food products (while stocks last).

As the official media partner of Cats of the World Photo Exhibition and Purrzaar, Material World will be featuring different vendors every week and giving you a sneak peek at what they will be selling. This week, check out MunchyNeko and Our Mama Store.

MunchyNeko

“Cats are special because they rule the Internet!”

Launched in March 2013, MunchyNeko is the brainchild of four cat owners who were brought together by their love for good food (Munchy) and their Muchkin pet cats (Neko – “cat” in Japanese).

These kitties could get away with any crime.

These kitties could get away with any crime.

Featuring adorable photos of their beloved cats on postcards, tote bags, mugs, greeting cards, and more, MunchyNeko hopes to share those whimsical and endearing moments with fellow feline lovers. Check out more photos of the four superstars on Facebook and Instagram.

Magnets featuring the ridiculously cute cats at MunchyNeko

Magnets featuring the ridiculously cute cats at MunchyNeko

Our Mama Store

“Cats are like women; they do as they please!”

Started by two ladies who were born on the same day, month and year, Our Mama Store stocks unique, interesting items lovingly curated by them from around the world. At this year’s Purrzaar, apart from selling lifestyle items that are currently available at their online shop, they will also be selling handmade cat sock dolls, like the ones below.

Say hi to Meesie!

Say hi to Meesie!

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Purrzaar will be held at The Arts House, from 11am to 6pm, on August 3, 10 and 17, 2013. Admission is free. 

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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Held over three Saturdays (August 3, 10 and 17), this year’s Purrzaar boasts 18 vendors – the highest number of vendors they’ve had since its launch in 2011! Own a kitty? Fancy Feast will be giving away door gifts, which each consists of their cat food products (while stocks last).

To get things started, check out three of the 18 vendors here.

Dulcetfig

“Happy is the home with at least one cat” – Lovie Wong

Stocking carefully curated fashion and lifestyle items from around the world, Dulcetfig carries vintage clothes, bags and accessories that will appeal to fans of all-things retro. You can browse their collection online but, if you haven’t already, go check out their brick-and-mortar shop at 4I Haji Lane for a furry surprise! Lovingly dubbed the Dulcetkittehs (they even have a Facebook page!), the three adorable cats have taken up residence at the shop ever since they were adopted by the owner Lovie.

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“Maybe we should start charging these shutterbugs …”

At this year’s Purrzaar, you can expect a whole lot of too-cute, quirky items from Dulcetfig – from pouches and necklaces for the humans, to catnip-filled toys for the cats! Look out for the limited-edition Dulcetkittehs tote bag, which is currently in the works – and something tells me that’s going to be one hot seller!

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GOOOD Pet Collars

“Cats aren’t superior to other animals; I just happen to love them!” – Chin Tan

Founded in 2010, GOOOD Pet Collars not only creates fashionable collars for cats (and dogs), but also gives back to the furry community – with every collar sold, GOOOD Pet Collars donates five cans of cat food to their adopted animal shelter, Animal Lovers League. That’s not all; as part of the Sew for GOOOD initiative, they are also raising funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation this year through the sale of stuffed cat pillows.

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Some of the other items GOOOD Pet Collars will be selling at Purrzaar include handmade cat collars and cat-faced felt pouches.

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Amy Woo Ceramics

“Cats are special because they MEOW!” – Amy Woo

A lot of heart and painstaking effort go into creating every single piece of item at Amy Woo Ceramics – each ceramic item is 100-percent handmade, and owner Amy is still conscientiously producing more for Purrzaar as we speak! Here’s a sneak peek at what she has in store for you.

material-world-singapore-amy-wooPurrzaar will be held at The Arts House, from 11am to 6pm, on August 3, 10 and 17, 2013. Admission is free. 

About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets

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