asking for trouble

Penny Black

penny black

People often ask me if I want to have my own shop someday and I always say NO WAY as I’m quite happy working in the comfort of my own home. However, I am totally delighted to be helping my friends design their new Post Office/cafe/gift shop, Penny Black. All the excitement of seeing my designs on shop fronts and coffee cups and cappuccino stencils without any of the expense!

They’re not opening for another month yet, so you will definitely be seeing many more photos then. In the meantime, give them a like on Facebook so you’ll be ready to pop in next time you’re in the West End of Glasgow.


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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