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Weekend Wrap Up

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Not much to report this week. I’ve just been working on a few things and making plans for my upcoming London trip. We even managed to avoid the heatwave up here so it’s been quite pleasant.

Limited Time Shopping Offers

  • Half price brooch sale in my shop, plus bargain seconds on polymer stamps.
  • I also have some misfit brooches I’ll be giving away for free so keep an eye on my Instagram.
  • Up to 40% off selected items in my Not on the High Street shop.
  • 15%-50% off everything in my Zazzle store through Monday with the code GREATINDOORS.
  • Repeat customers get 15% off all Solar System products! Just login and check the cart page for the code. (How do you become one? Place an order in my shop and you’ll have the option to create a customer account for exclusive monthly offers!)

Ongoing Shopping Offers

  • $10 off your first order at my Society6 store with this link.
  • 25% off any 4 small vinyl stickers from my Redbubble shop or 50% off any 10!
  • 50% off your first personalised card at Thortful with the code TTSHUVNO.

News and Reminders

  • Amazon have updated the ebook edition of my all-new Tokyo Shopping Guide but not the price yet so if you’re quick you can get it for 99p!
  • Still time to win my Bunny & Panda brooches & badges over at SCK by signing up to the new monthly newsletter.
  • My new paper craft tutorial is online – make kawaii Planet cards and a mobile! Sign up to my mailing list to be get it sent straight to your inbox along with news and offers.
Shopping

Recent Purchases: April-June

Another round up of stuff I’ve been buying.

mofutans - pink samurai pins - marcelinesmith

As you know, Easter is my favourite holiday so it was impossible to resist buying The Pink Samurai‘s easter enamel pins. I think I might be going back for more soon. I also now finally own a Mofutans plush, a surprise gift from Nicolette for Easter. I saw these in Japan but couldn’t decide which one to buy.

elhorno enamel pin - marcelinesmith

It feels like I’ve been very restrained in my enamel pin purchases lately but that’s because I filled up my frame! This was the last one to fit in by El Horno. I’ll show you my new display set up soon because obviously I wasn’t going to stop buying pins.

uniqlo x nintendo - marcelinesmith

Nintendo’s collaboration with Uniqlo was so cool and I managed to snap up my two favourites. A lot of the designs sold out really quickly but hopefully they’ll restock.

san-x plush - marcelinesmith

I need to stop browsing Amazon Japan as it’s all too easy now with Amazon Global. I bought all these little San-X plushies and got them 3 days later with no customs fees! I wrote about them more over at Super Cute Kawaii.

noodoll pear plush - marcelinesmith

My plush display needs a major reorganisation. The newest addition is this unique Noodoll pear plush from their sample sale. Hilariously, Nicolette bought a pear too. We are so predictable.

sumikko gurashi rement - marcelinesmith

In other sister coincidences, we both bought a box of Sumikko Gurashi House Rement and both got our favourite, the cleaning Ghost! The dustball is my second favourite so this was perfect for me. I want human-sized versions of all this.

strawberry pot holders - marcelinesmith

My kitchen has a bit of a fruit theme so I couldn’t leave these strawberry pot holders behind in Tiger.

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And it’s only a few weeks until I travel down to London for my first Hyper Japan! I’m flying back and quite excited about my new Aerolite carry-on suitcase. I was tempted by the yellow but the blue contrasts perfectly with my Aranzi Aronzo luggage tag.

On-Demand News, Shopping

Redbubble Fitted Scoop T-Shirt Review

Redbubble sent me a voucher so I decided to order a couple of t-shirts. I already own a Space Brothers anime-inspired design so I knew the sizing and quality was good, but I wanted to try my own designs.

Redbubble Fitted Scoop T-Shirt

I picked the Women’s Fitted Scoop T-Shirt with 5 A Day (my most popular design) and Kawaii Outer Space. The sizing on these is a bit crazy so definitely check the measurements before ordering. I had to buy the largest size, despite being generally a UK 12/14, and it’s fairly close fitting.

Redbubble Fitted Scoop T-Shirt

Redbubble ships t-shirts regionally so I only had to wait a couple of days for my order to arrive and no worries about customs fees! Everything arrived in good condition and I like the fabric label that’s attached with a tiny peg.

5 a day t-shirt - marcelinesmith

You can see already that there is a clear difference between the marketing image and the real thing. I know that printing onto fabric is never perfect but thought I’d contact support anyway to check. It’s always worth asking if you’re unsure if there’s a problem – any nice shop or seller will be happy to answer questions. They offered to reprint it for me and another one arrived a few days later.

5 a day t-shirts - marcelinesmith

While that was a kind offer, I can’t really see any difference. I think they might be better adjusting the marketing images to look less perfect. I’m used to seeing my designs digitally printed on fabric but other people might be disappointed.

Redbubble Fitted Scoop T-Shirt

The good news is that none of this is noticeable from a distance. It also means the design is soft and flexible and won’t crack or peel in the wash. Overall, I’m perfectly happy with it and really like the bright blue.

Redbubble Fitted Scoop T-Shirt

The Outer Space design has similar issues but it’s less noticeable since the original drawing has a lot of fuzzy outlines and layers. It has disappeared into the background a bit but I quite like the effect.

outer space t-shirt - marcelinesmith

Despite the print issues, these are really comfy and good value t-shirts and I’ve been wearing them a lot. I would order again and would recommend them, as long as you’re realistic about the print quality on fabric.

Redbubble t-shirts

You can buy lots of my designs on t-shirts at Redbubble with a big range of styles and colours available. Keep an eye out for their regular discounts (usually on Sundays or mid-week) and let me know if you buy one!

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Tokyo Shopping Guide: Sky Tree Solamachi

aranzi aronzo sky tree - marcelinesmith

If you’re visiting the Sky Tree (and it’s really worth it!) save some time, energy and cash for nearby Tokyo Solamachi. It’s a big complex with shopping, dining and entertainment and will keep you occupied for quite a few hours.

If you arrive in the area by subway, you’ll have to find your way through the mall to the Sky Tree entrance and you’ll also be deposited back there when you exit. It’s one of the larger malls I’ve visited and can be difficult to navigate all the different areas so make sure to pick up a free floor guide map. Here’s some of my top picks.

aranzi aronzo sky tree - marcelinesmith

Aranzi Aronzo

One of my favourite independent character brands has a new store at Solamachi. It stocks a huge range of products including toys, homeware, stationery, accessories and craft books, all featuring their hilarious and adorable characters. There’s actually so much that it’s really hard to decide what to buy! Unsurprisingly, all my purchases featured the bunny character, Usagi. There’s also a range of very cute Sky Tree souvenir products that were impossible for me to resist. See my full post »

rilakkuma storesky tree - marcelinesmith

Rilakkuma Store

Having already visited two branches of the Rilakkuma Store and two branches of Kiddyland before visiting the Sky Tree, I didn’t really need to go here too, but obviously I did anyway. It was worth it just to see the Sky Tree theming! While you can buy Rilakkuma Sky Tree themed merchandise all over Tokyo, there’s a bigger selection here and the bags are themed too. See my full post »

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Pon de Lion Park

Mister Donut cafes are everywhere in Japan and great for a quick break or a sweet treat to take back to the hotel. Solamachi has a very special Mister Donut cafe called Pon de Lion Park. It’s adorably decorated with their lion mascot and painted murals – look at those chairs! You’ll find the usual range of donuts and cupcakes plus some Sky Tree exclusives.

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Nanoblock Store

Lego is awesome but Japan has managed to go one better and make a tiny version of Lego for miniature builds. You’ll find kits to make everything from a simple cat to the London skyline and everything in between. The Solamachi store has lots of models to enjoy plus you can pick up some Japanese icons for gifts including Pokemon, Mario and the Sky Tree itself.

More Shopping

Also worth visiting are Hello Kitty JapanPokemon Center, Loft, Daiso, Donguri Kyowakoku (Ghibli), Candy Show Time (handmade rolled sweets) and Q-pot (food-themed jewellery).

dog dept cafe sky tree - marcelinesmith

Dining

The Solamachi website has a helpful page that lists all restaurants with English menus and vegetarian options (scroll right down). That makes it a great place to try any cuisines or dishes you’ve been feeling intimidated by as they’ll be used to foreign tourists. There’s also a big food hall.

For fun eats, look out for the MoominHouse Cafe, Marion Crepes (Harajuku style) and Dog Dept, a dog-friendly cafe and shop!

Entertainment

Solamachi also hosts an aquarium, planetarium and Postal Museum so there’s plenty to do on a rainy day.

Last updated: 12 June 2017


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Weekend Wrap Up

kawaii fabric marcelinesmith

It’s been a pretty boring week for me but thankfully my eye is now back to normal so I should get back to my normal blogging schedule next week. I’m glad I managed to keep going with the #ColourMyEveryDay IG challenge as otherwise I’d be stuck for photos to share here. I had fun digging around in my fabric drawer for these colourful designs.

Limited Time Shopping Offers

  • Half price brooch sale in my shop, plus bargain seconds on polymer stamps.
  • I also have some misfit brooches I’ll be giving away for free so keep an eye on my Instagram.
  • 15%-40% off everything in my Zazzle store this weekend with the code ZAZPARTYTIME.
  • Repeat customers get 15% off all Solar System products! Just login and check the cart page for the code. (How do you become one? Place an order in my shop and you’ll have the option to create a customer account for exclusive monthly offers!)

Ongoing Shopping Offers

  • $10 off your first order at my Society6 store with this link.
  • 25% off any 4 small vinyl stickers from my Redbubble shop or 50% off any 10!
  • 50% off your first personalised card at Thortful with the code TTSHUVNO.

News and Reminders

Tokyo Shopping Guide 2017