asking for trouble

January 2013

  • Minor Dressmaking

    Minor Dressmaking

    I had hoped to do some dressmaking over Christmas but I was never in the zone. And if I’m not in the zone, I’ll just…

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  • Badge Box Frame

    Badge Box Frame

    I was sorting through my box of ‘things I need to do something with’ at the weekend and realised I should finish this. It’s basically…

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  • Surprise!


    I got this in the post the other day. A cute gift wrapped package from Aranzi Aronzo! There was no way it wouldn’t be good.…

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  • Christmas Gifts

    Christmas Gifts

    I think I’ve just about received all my Christmas gifts now so I thought I’d share. The ones above are mostly from Claire, who made…

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  • Nanoblocks


    In my Tokyo Shopping Guide, I suggest Nanoblock kits as a good gift to bring back as they’re so cute and Japanese, but they’re starting to…

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  • Lucky Me

    Lucky Me

    I opened the door on Friday and had a box thrust at me by a Parcelforce delivery man. The box turned out to be from…

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  • New Year New Pinboard

    New Year New Pinboard

    I am still working on Project Clearout but I am definitely over the worst. All the extra space and uncluttered surfaces are the biggest bonus…

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  • Japan Links #3

    Japan Links #3

    Another round-up of interesting Japan stuff I’ve been bookmarking. First, check out this super kawaii hotel room Joanna at Maqaroon found! Based on those cute…

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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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