asking for trouble

August 2008

  • 1998


    What were you doing 10 years ago? asks Alice. It’s a great question and one I had to really think about (while walking to the…

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  • Tokyo Shopping Guide in print!
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    Tokyo Shopping Guide in print!

    I am so pleased to finally announce the print version of my Tokyo Shopping Guide. It’s by far the most popular thing on my site…

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  • Buttons buttons buttons!

    Buttons buttons buttons!

    I feel like I’m some kind of button obsessive sometimes. If you did one of those word cloud things on my shop I bet button…

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  • Some news for you

    Some news for you

    1. Johnny Come Lately, a lovely new gift shop in Aberdeen, is now stocking a range of my notebooks, keyrings, vintage button badge sets and…

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  • Bedcrumb Boutique

    Bedcrumb Boutique

    I’m delighted to finally be able to show you one of the things I’ve been working on recently. This is the lovely new online shop…

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  • Four weeks of Folksy

    Four weeks of Folksy

    So, it’s been just over four weeks since I set up shop at (read my initial thoughts here). Bet you’re wondering how it’s all…

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  • Disappearing Act

    Disappearing Act

    Sorry I haven’t been around – things have been ridiculously busy round here. But first, LOOK at my panda sausage bunny! My sister made him…

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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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