asking for trouble

October Round Up

Goodbye October! You were quite cold. Sorry for the downtime recently and lack of posts. It’s sad how much I missed blogging for a whole week!


My 4 favourite photos

from my Instagram (L-R, top-bottom)

  • Spotted my fruit & veg postcards in the I Am Acrylic garden at Hannah Zakari
  • The tiniest tomato I grew, on a tiny Sumikko Gurashi plate.
  • Pink sunset in Helensburgh
  • Laser cutting silhouettes

Fave 5 from the blog

New stuff in my shops highlights

On My Wish List

Books edition. If in doubt, buy me books for Christmas!

wishlist books

Block Print by Andrea Lauren | Rubber Stamping by Stephen Fowler
The Liberty Colouring Book | This is the Way to the Moon by Miroslav Sasek


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Since she was on tour with Rainbow Rowell, I thought it would be only polite to read one of her books beforehand. I’m really glad to have discovered her! Six of Crows reminds me a little of Firefly with a group of lovable rogues from an alternate fantasy Amsterdam trying to pull off an impossible heist. Great dialogue, strong characters and lots of clever twists. Trying so hard not to buy the sequel.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The ebook finally got a price drop after monitoring it regularly for well over a year. I loved her first book but this is so much better and really feels like getting a bunch of gossipy emails. Also I think we can all empathise with that tiny hope of impressing BJ with our writing.


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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