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Recent Purchases

I haven’t been buying too much lately (because JAPAN), but I couldn’t resist any of these things, and can you blame me?


Let’s start with the cutest! These fox slippers from Boden were on my Christmas wish list and I managed to snag them at 70% off! I also picked up a sparkle striped t-shirt, which I love. It’s quite thick material so nice and warm for winter.

Spent some of my Christmas money on SPACE THINGS. How cool is that rocket bag?

The post-Christmas splurge involved space things, namely this space shuttle cushion by Wyatt Design that I’d been coveting on Society6 for years. I got it in the crazy sale with free shipping and I’m so pleased with it. It’s a great size for lounging on the sofa and the cover and insert are both excellent quality. Now I want more.

Rocket bag

You’ll spot my new rocket bag there too – isn’t it amazing? I saw a robot bag in Accessorize and made a note to look for it in the sale as I really lack a fun little bag for things like Christmas parties. Turns out they had a rocket too, so obviously I got that instead. It’s still on sale – £10.50, people!

Yay, my calendar mug arrived from @society6! It turned out super nice. ALSO there's 20% off everything & free shipping worldwide today if you want one too >>

Also from Society6, I bought one of my calendar mugs. It turned out super nice and is my current favourite mug.

My Neko Atsume washi tape arrived from Strapya World and it's so cute!

Neko Atsume was my go-to game over Christmas. I’ve collected all the cats now but I had to get some of this adorable washi tape from Strapya World. One has all the special cats and the other is a never-ending garden of cats!

New friend - Nagomimakuri! He's a salamander

I also got this little plush of Nagomimakuri, one of San-X’s less popular characters. He’s a salamander and also a screen cleaner.

It's my favourite time of the year - bunnies everywhere!

And finally, let’s just enjoy the super cute Easter packaging at M&S. I was pretty restrained just getting these.


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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