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August Round Up

Goodbye August! You were quite fun.

august photos

My 4 favourite photos

Random new feature, from my Instagram (L-R, top-bottom)

  • Packaging brooches for a wholesale order
  • Eating Miffy cookies from Japan with my mum
  • The Waverley paddle steamer setting off from Helensburgh pier
  • The protective layer on my laser cutting often makes me laugh. RAVE GHOSTS.

Fave 5 from the blog

New stuff in my shops highlights

Links I Loved


Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry’s Darkest Secrets by Joanna Blythman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Well, this was depressing. It’s about how the food industry keeps one step ahead of labelling laws and public awareness to come up with new ‘processing aids’ that fool us into thinking food is healthy and fresh. Basically we’re all doomed unless you live on a farm.

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I loved this! It ticked a lot of my boxes: ballet, Antarctica, smart female characters. All the details about wintering over at the research station were fascinating and the plot and characters weren’t too generic.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Everyone kept recommending this series to me so I checked it out. I’m not one of those people who swoon over Paris but I liked it a lot. Relied a bit too much on misunderstandings for 5 stars but I’ll probably read the other books sometime.


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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