asking for trouble

Busy Busy!

September 12th

This is me today, utterly knackered. I’ve been all over the East End collecting packages in the unexpectedly blazing sun! Myself and Claire have been secretly organising a special new product range and waiting very impatiently for that box to arrive. I finally got a letter saying it was at the post office, a letter which arrived TEN MINUTES before the PO closed for the weekend. Hence my very pink cheeks!

I can’t show you what was in the box quite yet but I can show you two new products I’ve been working on that are now available.


Coasters! This is version 5 – I tried printing on card, stamping on card, painting on watercolour paper and finally decided on a painted style print on watercolour paper. And then got the colours all wrong. But I am very very happy with them now – the colours are lovely and bright and they have a nice texture. You can buy them singly or get the whole gang ready for tea time.


And square coasters! These have a piece of my Spoonflower fabric sandwiched inside so they’re all slightly different. I hope you like!

They’re both available in my shop and will be on Folksy, Etsy etc. very soon too.


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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