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Recent Purchases

Let’s have a look at some of the cute things I’ve bought – and been gifted – recently.

suncatcher window sticker

My favourite buy is this suncatcher window sticker by Helen Bucher. It annoyingly arrived just as we hit a patch of gloomy weather but once the sun came back I found a good spot for it and now have rainbows all over my bedroom! Now I wish I had got one for every window.

kawaii stationery

I also couldn’t resist picking up a few bits of stationery and it’s all extremely cute with lovely packaging.

kawaii postcards

I had an Etsy gift voucher to spend and ended up blowing the whole thing on 2 packs of postcards from ASAMIJapan. The set on the right has illustrated versions of Japanese packaging and makes me miss Japan a lot.

kawaii postcards

The other set is a bizarre mix of food, animals and vaguely positive quotes and I love it all so much. Here’s just a few of my favourites but they are all amazing. Of course the problem here is that I don’t want to use any of them but perhaps I will frame some to enjoy.

kawaii stationery

Cute Things From Japan is becoming my go-to for Japanese stationery as they have such a nice mix of items from both big name characters and independent artists. Orders also come wrapped like a gift with free samples, mini zine/newsletters and regular discounts. Very happy to have something from the Rilakkuma By Your Side collection at last and I love everything else too.

kawaii stationery

I haven’t been keeping up with Patreon much this summer but mailable rewards continue to pop through the letterbox like a happy surprise. Tiny Plant‘s are always so sweet and I especially enjoyed the Sanrio theme. I believe this reward option is ending soon so you should sign up while you can (new spots are available at the beginning of each month), or just have a look at their shop.

kawaii stationery

I’ve also had more cute art from Pikaole who manages to make the weirdest, tiniest and unpopular things in nature totally adorable. There were some surprisingly cute frogs, bats and micro organisms inside!

kawaii stickers

These stickers were my favourite with little glittery and shiny details. Pikaole doesn’t sell their stationery outside of Patreon so it’s definitely worth joining to get access.

phomemo label printers

On to gifted items – I was sent 2 Phomemo mini thermal printers to test out and had a lot of fun with them. You can buy cute labels, print their own templates on blank labels or even import your own artwork. I’ve also been using them for some crafts and DIY projects around my home so look out for a post about that next week.

summer pusheen box

Also on SCK: the Summer Pusheen Box with an ice cream theme, a summer-themed YumeTwins subscription box with lots of useful items, and my cute buys from the Rainbowholic Shop & Patreon.


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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