asking for trouble

Recent Purchases & Gifts

While I try and decide how to blog about my Berlin trip, let me show you my souvenirs, along with some other recent buys and gifts.

Miffy Berlin

I was so happy and surprised to find a Miffy shop when I was in Berlin (always read the shopping centre leaflet when you’re having a rest). The postcard was a perfect souvenir and it was also really cool to see the Erstwilder collab in person. The acrylic jewellery is so incredible but I settled for a pin to remind me to get out on my bike. I only discovered later that it’s a pop up shop so I kind of regret not getting a Berlin t-shirt.


Also not mentioned in the guides (how dare they?!) was the Haribo Shop, which I thankfully found myself. It’s huge and had a whole wall of liquorice so I was extremely happy. I had to go back for more once I discovered the Katinchen are a close replacement for our beloved and sadly-discontinued Sprats. This photo is just the 4 types I brought back, not the entire haul.

kawaii stationery

My kawaii instincts also led me to a tiny Japanese stationery shop called Maido Okini which was full of so many cute brands and products that I’ve seen online. It’s been too long since I got to shop for stuff like this in person and extremely difficult to decide what to buy but I love these so much.

Berlin art

The only other actual Berlin souvenir is an art card from Vielfach – Das Kreativkaufhaus, a shop where artists and makers can rent a little space. It was a bit too geared towards touristy souvenir stuff sadly but still nice to visit and I liked these collages.

And a few cute things I picked up at the airport from Legami. I asked for one of their erasable pens for Christmas and it quickly became my favourite pen so I’m very happy to have more, even cuter, options. The charger is exactly what I needed before the trip as bringing 3 different chargers on a trip where you also need an adapter was super annoying.

Cath Kidston bag

As you can see, the Miffy pin I bought ended up on my new bag! The strap on the bag I bought for my birthday in 2019* broke again so I started looking for a new one and ended up buying what I thought was the same bag in blue. It turned out to actually be a bigger size but I liked it enough to keep it and it’s working out great. *Aww, I miss that little Rilakkuma! He fell off on the train and I never noticed until it was too late.

I also added a Pusheen Fruits shaker charm that no-one bought from my birthday wish list. I was shopping for a new phone ring on ARTBOX so why not? The phone ring I bought is super nice too. I’m not really a fan of Cinnamoroll but he was the best shape of all the characters as I need the ring quite high up for my tiny hands.

miniature kit

I also couldn’t resist this miniature kit at Oshoppu and mostly enjoyed making it. I’ve lost a bit of my art & crafting mojo lately so this was an easy(ish) way to feel creative. You can read all about it on Super Cute Kawaii.

The latest Pusheen Box had another amazing hoodie, although the weather is already getting too warm to wear it. I really love the wooden tray as well, which is ideal for breakfast in bed. I review all the boxes on Super Cute Kawaii if you want to see more.

And a shoutout to pikaole whose Patreon rewards are always a delight, with one package usually arriving close to my birthday. Loved all the whale sharks this time and the little note was too cute 😭


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 »

Browse the archives

Buy my stuff

other things I Do


All text, photos and illustrations are © Marceline Smith 2007-2024 unless credited otherwise. You may repost my images with full credit and link. However, do not reproduce full posts without my permission or use my images or writing for commercial purposes. Thank you!


All opinions are my own and I am not compensated or sponsored for writing about any products or services featured unless stated in the post. Links to shops and websites may be affiliate links – I receive a small commission from your orders at no cost to you, which helps me fund this site. I do not accept advertising.