asking for trouble

July 2008

  • Travel Journals

    Travel Journals

    For some reason, I thought my travel journals weren’t proving very popular. That was until my dad asked to buy one and I realised there…

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  • Bangkok Shopping Guide: Siam Square

    Bangkok Shopping Guide: Siam Square

    I had been in Bangkok all of an hour before we headed out to start the shopping. Despite having just got off a 12 hour…

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  • Gocco Book Hearts

    Gocco Book Hearts

    Well, what else was I going to make with my misprints? No sense letting them go to waste. These are the same as my washi…

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  • Handmade records

    Handmade records

    If you’ve ever had a good browse in the shop, you’ve probably noticed the mysterious Music and Records collection. It doesn’t seem to fit too…

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  • I Love My Gocco!

    I Love My Gocco!

    Yesterday I did a whole lot of gocco printing. I’ve been working on these designs for a while but only got them perfected and photocopied…

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  • Busy with the badge machine

    Busy with the badge machine

    It’s been all go with the badge machine lately. I’ve been restocking some of the Japanese fabric badges, making some exciting new prototypes and churning…

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  • Are you Folksy?

    Are you Folksy?

    Good news everyone! There’s a new friendly place on the web to buy and sell handmade stuff in the UK. Folksy have been drifting around…

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  • Button fabric coin purse

    Button fabric coin purse

    Or, how I finally got round to using my Spoonflower fabric. Of all the things I could have made with my fabric, it had to…

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Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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