asking for trouble

Happy Birthday to me!

Early birthday present to myself! Shinzi Katoh condiment dispenser.

All being well, I should be on a train to York just now. Hopefully I’m not spending my birthday snowed in on a train. You can follow me on Instagram at @marcelinesmith to see what I’m up to, providing it’s not too cold to take my mittens off.

The little ceramic bunny was a gift to myself. It’s by Shinzi Katoh and for soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar etc. It’s sitting in my bedroom though, as it’s too cute to use.

I’ll be shipping orders again on Thursday – wish me a happy birthday at checkout on any of my shops before then and I’ll send you some free gifts with your order!

shinzi katoh

This is how it comes apart!


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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