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Most Wanted: GuraGuri Cat Clock

Posted on August 21st 2014 by mar-c

GuraGuri

I spotted the work of Japanese designer Toshinori Mori and his gang of friendly cats at GuraGuri recently and it’s all so lovely. The clocks are especially cute, made of screenprinted folded cardboard. I might also have to pick up one of his desk calendars, packed full of seasonal cat scenes that make me wish I could teleport back to Japan right now.

GuraGuri

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Happy Kitchen Decoration Cake Kit Review

Posted on August 20th 2014 by mar-c

happy kitchen cake kit review

You may remember our epic post of Japanese candy reviews. We also had a tiny cake kit but as I don’t have a microwave I kept until I next visited my parents. With a rainy Sunday ahead we got down to it. This is a Kracie Happy Kitchen Decoration Cake Kit that I received in my Kawaii Box (review). After the gummy kit debacle I didn’t have high hopes for this, but I did watch a video first to get the idea, since I couldn’t find a translation of the instructions.

happy kitchen

Anyway, inside the box you’ll find all this stuff – a plastic container for mixing and microwaving, packets of cake mix, icing powder and decorations, a spoon, and even a little piping bag. The corners of the container are cut off to give you a measuring cup and moulds for jelly decorations. There’s also a cute placemat you can cut out of the inner bag and a little gift card you can cut out of the box – such great details!

Today's #ctmonthinthelife topic is photography. We've been taking pics of a Japanese Happy Kitchen mini cake kit for a Super Cute Kawaii review. Action shot by @billy49er! happy kitchen cake

Mixing up the cakes was easy enough (action shot of me by my dad!) and we only had a slight problem when the microwave was more powerful than those listed on the box, but we just microwaved it on medium and it turned out fine. We then left it to cool for a few hours before decorating.

happy kitchen cake

You mix the white and pink icing in the same container and then you can build and decorate your cake any way you like. I pretty much followed the decorations on the back of the  box – first covering the cakes with white icing and then adding details with the pink, using the piping bag. I recommend placing your cake on an upturned glass for icing as it’s easier to rotate, and using a small butter knife, if you have one, instead of the spoon. I had quite a lot of icing left over so you can definitely practice a bit first to get an even better finish.

happy kitchen cake happy kitchen cake

You also make some jelly ‘strawberries’ with a mould, which looked so cute. The video suggests using chopsticks to add the final decorations but I don’t have that good chopstick control so we used some tweezers.

Happy Birthday Angel Bunny! I made you a cake and only a week late.

And here’s the finished cake! I gave it to Angel Bunny, as I realised it was his birthday a week previously, and it’s the perfect size for him! I was quite pleased with how the cake turned out, and how fun it had been. I would definitely recommend this kit – it was pretty easy, but also kept us entertained for quite a few hours. Even if you have no cooking or artistic skills, you could still make yourself a decent cake. But how did it taste?

happy kitchen cake

The cake didn’t look quite as good by the evening when we tried it, so I would recommend eating it quickly. It actually tasted pretty good, certainly far better than I expected. There was too much icing and it was a bit sweet for my tastes, but it was perfectly edible. Everyone finished their tiny slice, but no-one really wanted a second slice!

You can buy this kit from Blippo for under £6 with free shipping worldwide.

(Kit was provided for review but this is my honest review and the photos are my own, unless stated otherwise. Is there something you’d like us to review? Leave a comment or get in touch!)

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Dreamy Bows

Posted on August 19th 2014 by mar-c

dreamybows.com

If you dream of going clothes shopping in Harajuku then you’ll love Dreamy Bows. They’re a UK site importing all the cutest lolita and fairy kei clothing and accessories from brands including Angelic Pretty, KOKOkim and Chocomint. The dresses are certainly not cheap, but definitely cheaper than a plane ticket to Japan! You’ll also find more affordable products like bags, shoes, tights, wigs and jewellery, plus a big range of beauty products including false eyelashes, super cute deco nails and make-up. Dreamy Bows is a sister company to Tofu Cute, so you can expect the same great customer service, and there’s free UK shipping too (they also ship worldwide).

dreamybows.com

dreamybows.com

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Minifanfan

Posted on August 18th 2014 by mar-c

Minifanfan

There’s lots of cuteness to be found in the Minifanfan shop, all illustrated by Gee Fan Eng in Malaysia. These sweet thank you stickers caught my eye first, but there are also prints, hand-drawn brooches, tote bags and even temporary tattoos!

Minifanfan

Minifanfan

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Kaeselotti

Posted on August 15th 2014 by mar-c

kaeselotti

I’m in love with everything by Kaeselotti! Check out all these cute animals, available as brooches, badges, sewing kits and the most adorable purses.I think the fox is my favourite, but there are also pandas, pugs, cats, owls, lions and more.

kaeselotti

kaeselotti

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Andrea Kang x Peter Kato Bedtime Bunnies

Posted on August 14th 2014 by mar-c

bedtime bunnies

These bunnies turned up on my Tumblr dashboard earlier this week and they’re so cute! A collaboration between ace illustrator Andrea Kang and toymaker Peter Kato, each one is hand-painted by Andrea and there are only ten available. They’ll go on sale today at 9pm EST (that’s 2am UK time) for $50 each, which is really affordable for a super cute unique piece of art. Which one’s your favourite? I like the slightly evil looking one top right!

Andrea Kang x Peter Kato

Andrea Kang x Peter Kato

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SCK Survey & Giveaway

Posted on August 13th 2014 by mar-c

sck survey

Sorry for all the admin-type posts this month, but we want to keep you involved while Super Cute Kawaii relaunches. You’ll soon be seeing some posts by potential new staff writers that we’d like your opinion on (and you can still apply to be a writer yourself!), and there will be a cute new site design soon too featuring a few new animal friends. We’d also love your thoughts on our ideas for new features so we’ve set up a Reader Survey. It’s just ten questions and shouldn’t take too long to complete.

As an incentive and thank you for your time, we’ve got a few prizes to give away. Just leave your email address in the survey to be entered and you could win one of two kawaii surprise packs! They’re full of everything from notepads and cards to t-shirts and jewellery, plus some SCK badges.

The survey is embedded below, or you can click here to view it in a new window or save it for later. We’ll close it in a couple of weeks so get to it!

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Carlos Higuera

Posted on August 12th 2014 by mar-c

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Society6 is still my favourite place to find kawaii artists. Carlos Higuera was a recent find and I love his cute and colourful work, especially since there’s a big Japanese influence and lots of bunnies! You can buy his art on a range of products including prints, pillows, tote bags and clocks, plus there’s free worldwide shipping through Sunday.

carloshiguera

carloshiguera

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Mira Plush

Posted on August 11th 2014 by mar-c

rilakkuma

If you’ve been coveting all the super cute Rilakkuma plush that’s been appearing this year, then let me introduce you to Mira Plush. They source all the most amazing limited edition Japanese plush and the prices are pretty reasonable, especially compared to getting into a bidding war on eBay. The new Shinkansen plush are killing me, but they also have loads of Space plush and some hilarious tie-ins with Tower Records.

mira plush

mira plush

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Mochimochi Land Summer of Squee Sale

Posted on August 8th 2014 by mar-c

summerofsquee14

Good news, knitters of cute things – Mochimochi Land have a big Summer sale on! All this month you can get 15% off books and 20% off kits and patterns with the code summerofsquee. How about Farfalla the flying Narwhal or some tiny fantasy creatures – love that yeti!

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Most Wanted: Meow Meow Cat Pens

Posted on August 7th 2014 by mar-c

cute scribbles

Hands up who else is a stationery addict? At least pens get used (unlike all those letter sets, stickers and cards…) and what could be cuter than these kitty cats? I found them at Cute Scribbles on Etsy and I want a whole handful! The bunny and cloud pens are pretty adorable too, and they’re all about £2 each – bargain!

cute scribbles

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Cel’s Deconails Giveaway Winner

Posted on August 6th 2014 by mar-c

cel's deconails giveaway

Monsieur Le Bun may have retired, but we still have some great giveaways planned for the rest of the year. First, let’s find out who won the compact mirror and ring from Cel’s Deconails! The winner is….

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Gerran! Look out for an email from us on how to claim your prize or you can email giveaways@supercutekawaii.com.

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Sanrio Chara-Crepes

Posted on August 5th 2014 by mar-c

pom pom purin crepe

If you ever make it to Tokyo, you have to buy a crepe in Harajuku. The one I tried had an entire slice of cheesecake in it, which was crazy enough for me, but Marion Crepes have gone way off the scale with their new Chara-crepes, as spotted on Kao-ani. Teaming up with Sanrio, you can buy a Pom Pom Purin custard crepe, an egg and ham Gudetama crepe, or even a salmon Kirimi-chan crepe! Would you try one, or stick to fruit and cream?

kirimi-chan crepe

Harajuku

My photo of Marion Crepes in 2007.

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Bloomerie Fabrics

Posted on August 4th 2014 by claire

Ooh, I could spend hours browsing the virtual aisles of Bloomerie Fabrics. SO many awesome fabric designs! Here’s my five favourites:

octoparty

 

origami

 

park

 

apples

 

mermaids

Those mermaids are just divine!

Bloomerie also has a great selection of sewing patterns, threads and there’s a big sale on right now. Use the discount code BIGSUMMER for 35% off everything in the clearance section.  Everything is so zingy and inspiring, be sure to check it out!

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Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on August 2nd 2014 by mar-c

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Let’s say big hello to our newest sponsors! Kawaii Kitsch sell a great range of kawaii accessories including hats, tights, jewellery and embellished sunglasses. You can also get an additional 15% off sale items, including those cute kitty watches, with the code SALE15!

NekomataTextiles

Nekomata Textiles specialise in cute, colourful and Japanese fabrics. They’ve just added some lovely new Nani Iro designs and you’ll also find some cuteness in the Super Sale, including these animal pirates!

cel's deconails giveaway

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway with Cel’s Deconails! We’ll be picking a winner on Wednesday.

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