Things To Make

Plush Patterns from She Likes Cute

Posted on February 9, 2016 by

If you are a long time reader of SCK, you might remember She Likes Cute being featured. At that time shop owner Alenka made kawaii felt plushes shaped as cookies and fruit. A couple of years ago the shop closed down, but I’m happy to mention that She Likes Cute is back!

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This time around you can buy downloadable PDF patterns with instructions, to make your own cute softies. How about creating a pair of inedible happy and sad cookies?

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This Stinky Poo is also looking for a new home, and not necessarily the tiniest room in the house ;) I think he would be nice to make as an original gift.

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The cookie and fruit keychains are so cute and you can sew them completely by hand.
Find all the sewing patterns at the She Likes Cute Etsy shop.

Super Cute Creators

Super Cute Creators Interview: Kaila of Rainbowholic

Posted on February 8, 2016 by

To finish off the SCK Awards, we have an interview with Kaila, who you voted as the second most Kawaii Person of 2015. With so many projects on the go and her own brand of kawaii positivity, she’s a real inspiration so I hope you take the time to read Kaila’s thoughtful answers and advice.

Kaila Ocampo

Introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?

Hi! I’m Kaila Ocampo (a.k.a. Rainbowholic), a kawaii lifestyle blogger based in Japan. I am also the team leader of Kawaii PH, a kawaii community in the Philippines that promotes cute culture as an empowering movement. I’m also the founder of JapanLover.me, a website that is all about sharing the worldwide JapanLove. My current work as a Creative Director in Japonisme International mainly revolves around Japan Lover Me Store & Kawaii PH Store. I manage a lot of passion-fueled blogs / websites with friends and these are: OurKawaii.Tokyo, Kawaii-DIY.com, and Kaila-Sensei.com. As you can tell, I really like keeping myself busy and productive, hehe!

Japan-Lover-Me

Where do you live and what’s it’s like there?

I live in Saitama, Japan. It’s an hour away from Tokyo by train. Life here is pretty quiet & simple. I really like living here!

Cardcaptor Sakura

What was your first experience with kawaii culture and why does kawaii inspire your work?

I cannot exactly pinpoint when it was but I think we can blame the anime Cardcaptor Sakura for making me love kawaii. At that time (when I was around 11-13, couldn’t remember haha), my fascination over cute culture really inspired me to do a lot of things out of love and to start dreaming about living my Cherry Blossom dreams in Japan. At around that age, I began experimenting with HTML codes, Microsoft Paint, and Notepad so I could make a “shrine” website for Cardcaptor Sakura. I’ve made a couple of blogs / websites after because I’ve always loved fiddling with codes. Years later, here I am, still creating and jumpstarting web-related projects.

Kawaii changed my life in the most positive way. I had low self-esteem and a mountain of self-doubts. I never thought that I could build my name from scratch even if my circumstances that time were really unfavorable. My childhood dream (living in Japan) felt so far-fetched during my younger years. Honestly, everything still feels a bit surreal right now.

But through kawaii and combining it with my love of sharing my work online, people started to get to know more about my passion and lifework. I never imagined that I would have the enough confidence to start “Kawaii PH” with my friends (we were only 5 in the group years ago, but now we’re over a united thousand). I never expected that people would actually appreciate my posts about my daily Japan life when I restarted my blogging hobby here. I used to be that girl who would rather prepare the slides for a powerpoint presentation during a group work and just stay at the back and let others present and talk. I had little faith in me and it was hard for me to put myself out there (100%). After embracing the non-superficial kind of kawaii and embedding it to my lifestyle and mindset, I became that woman who would initiate and collaborate with fellow like-minded people on projects that can inspire and somehow, create a difference in this world.

Based on my experience, I learned that it’s easier to look kawaii by putting on dolly-inspired make-up and wearing frilly pastel clothes than .. to actually feel kawaii internally. I’ve been there before, and I really struggled in that phase. I realized that indeed.. “kawaii is a state of mind” (quoting Kyary Pamyu Pamyu). It’s not only about the external additions or fashion. It’s about the quirky, unique, positive, and happy child-like dreamer you inside. And this is the message that I want to share through my blog entries, creative projects, and the like. That even if you love Rilakkuma and you’re already beyond 30/40/50, that fact does not make you childish and immature. That even if you are wearing a red big bow on your head (channeling Kiki from Studio Ghibli, haha), you can be a game-changer CEO and be featured in Forbes. :)

Kawaii Empowerment Continue Reading

Super Cute Sponsors

Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on February 6, 2016 by

kawaii depot

Kawaii Depot have added a super cute range of die-cut spiral notebooks featuring all your favourite Sanrio characters. They’re just $2 each and you can also get 10% off orders over $10 with the code KDSS-10 and 15% off orders over $50 with the code 15PER. Don’t forget to enter our Kawaii Depot giveaway too.

plush pattern shop

Plush Pattern Shop have a fun new character – Swamp Creature! It’s available as a PDF pattern download so crafty types can get sewing straight away. Look out for another cute monster in our giveaway next week.

japan stuffs

JapanStuffs keep adding the cutest Pokemon products and I love this new Little Tales range. You can pre-order everything from washi tape to socks right now.

yozo craft

Yozo Craft have been adding lots of cute new Japanese fabrics including cats and cakes! There’s free shipping worldwide on orders over $80 too.

asking for trouble

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast and over at my Asking For Trouble shop, there are lots of sweet products featuring my Jammie Dodger biscuit. Perfect for your favourite person!

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We also have two new advertisers. DecoSenpai makes kawaii jewellery and decoden phone cases including lots of cute cats.  Rock Star Hottie sells a range of moulds and supplies for resin jewellery with a Buy 3 Get 1 Free offer currently available.

Want your shop featured like this? Super Cute Kawaii ads start at just $10!

Kawaii Reviews

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery Review

Posted on February 5, 2016 by

You might remember back in December we had a giveaway with Cool Pencil Case for some super cute San-X stationery. We were planning to run a review alongside but sadly the package disappeared somewhere over the Atlantic! Cool Pencil Case kindly sent over another so here’s my belated review. We’ve also got a discount code for you at the end!

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery

Here’s what I found inside – the same items as the giveaway prize, all featuring my favourite San-X characters. To be exact, Sumikko Gurashi scalloped washi tapemagnetic bookmarks, mechanical pencil and mini memo pad with erasers, plus Rilakkuma clear stickers. Apologies in advance for the photos – the weather has not been helpful recently.

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery

I was most excited about these magnetic bookmarks, as I’m a big reader and also planning furiously for my Japan trip in May. They snap together over the page so you can use them on any side and they won’t fall out or damage the paper. They even have an arrow at the bottom so you can mark specific things. There are three bookmarks in a pack, each with adorable designs on both sides and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of these.

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery

I was also happy to finally see some scalloped washi tape in person. I buy the usual sort regularly but have yet to pick up any of these with cut out designs. The packaging is so cute as well – I haven’t been able to throw it out.

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery

It’s so fun how the design is cut out and would be great for decorating things around the house. One thing to note is that this is the delicate thin type of washi tape – it removes really easily so great for craft projects, but I wouldn’t use it to seal a parcel unless you were hand delivering it. I will be hoarding it away in my tape box!

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery

More Sumikko Gurashi – I love them so much! This mini memo pad set features the Tapioca characters, who are left behind in your bubble tea. You get four cute notepads in different designs that are great for little notes.

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery

This is the cutest page with all the minor characters – when is that laundry ghost getting a whole range? There are six teeny weeny erasers in the set too – look at their little legs! You can find more designs of this memo pad set online too including one with my favourites, Zassou the weed and Hokkori the dust ball.

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery

I couldn’t get a lot of detail shots of the mechanical pencil, but it’s great quality and covered in cute illustrations, even on the clip. This is from the sushi range and features Shirokuma polar bear as sushi on the top.

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery

And now for some Rilakkuma with clear gummy stickers. How much do I want to visit the Rilakkumarket? Everything on here is amazing and there are so many cute details.

Cool Pencil Case San-X Stationery

I think the drinks are my favourites. This sticker range also features a space set, plus Sumikko Gurashi and Sentimental Circus designs.

Want a closer look at all this? Our lucky giveaway winner Leticia made an unboxing video so check it out!

You can browse the full range of San-X stationery at Cool Pencil Case and don’t forget to use our exclusive discount code! SCK readers get 10% off any order of $30 or more with the code CPCXO10. Ends on February 14th!

(Review items were provided by Cool Pencil Case but this is my honest review and all photos are my own)

Pets Picks

Valentine’s Day Pet Picks

Posted on February 4, 2016 by

Say I love you this Valentine’s Day to that special furry someone in your life with these lovely picks!

Target

Target has a love shack for your kitties this time around. I found them in the pet department, cat section, on an end cap. If your store is sold out, grab a worker and find the SKU and see if they can locate it at another store. One thing I notice is the opening is a inch bigger on this house making it better for bigger cats like my big guy Mortis.

Martha Stewart Pets

Maybe you have a dog (don’t worry I won’t hold it against you). This cute kitty plushie by Martha Stewart Pets will make Fido fall in love with you!

BaxterBoo

Or you could dress your doggie up in this cute polka-dot tee from Baxter Boo for the day.

Kittyweed

Make your kitty super happy with a heart shaped tin of 100% organic catnip from Kittyweed.

Miso Handmade

How about a V-Day classic dipped strawberries? Make kitty berry excited with these toys by Miso Handmade.

Giveaways

Kawaii Depot Jetoy Giveaway

Posted on February 3, 2016 by

Now that the SCK Awards are over, we’ve got some new giveaways coming up! Up first is a new stationery giveaway from our friends at Kawaii Depot.

Kawaii Depot giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a big prize pack of Jetoy Choo Choo Cats stationery from Korea. It includes 8 postcards (Chi Chi, Lace Hood, Blue Flower, Doongyee, Wolyi, Gamy, Flower Garden, & Blue Bird) and 3 sticker sheets in Marshmallow and Bling-Bling designs. So many cute kitties!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below for multiple chances to win. Confused by Rafflecopter? Here’s a great guidePLEASE check you are answering the question in your comment, or ALL your entries will be disqualified.

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The giveaway closes on Tuesday 16th February and we’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!

Please Note:

  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.
  • Follow the rules or we’ll disqualify all your entries – we do check!
  • No giveaway accounts allowed (eg. a Twitter account you only use for giveaways)
  • This giveaway is open worldwide.
Super Cute Creators

Tofu Cute Interview

Posted on February 2, 2016 by

Tofu Cute were one of the big winners in the SCK Awards, ending the night as your second favourite real life store and blog, and third favourite online store! We asked Miss Tofu herself to tell us more about working at such a super cute shop.

Kiru Tofu Cute

Introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?

Hello, my name is Kiru (aka Miss Tofu!) and I am a senior staff member at Tofu Cute. I wear many metaphorical hats and do many jobs~ I do a little of everything, from looking after our shop in Portsmouth, helping with online web-orders, social media and working around the country at conventions. You may know me as the author of our Tofu Cute blog or from stage events at conventions, such as our informative and frankly ‘hilarious’ Tofu Cute Snack Panels!

Can you tell us how Tofu Cute started and how it’s grown since then?

Tofu Cute started as a little business back in 2010. Before Tofu Cute we ran a company called Electronic Pet Shop. We noticed that people just loved all things cute, fun and Japanese; we decided it was time to dedicate ourselves to bringing Japanese kawaii culture to the UK and the rest of the world.

Since then Tofu Cute has grown so much! Our little Tofu family has expanded with more wonderful staff helping at events than ever as well as back in Tofu HQ. We now have one of the pinkest shops in the country, located in Portsmouth UK which puts our lowly beginnings to shame. We also have pop-up shops at events that are over 120 square metres in size, which are truly a sight to behold! We have also travelled around Europe and the UK with our pop up stalls to places like Paris, the Netherlands and Scotland with our little hardworking team of Tofu staff.

We’ve even branched over to Japanese Fashion with our fabulous sister company Dreamy Bows, which stocks famous Japanese fashion brands such as Listen Flavor, KOKOkim and Chocomint. We can’t wait to see what is coming next for us!

Build up for Hyper Japan

What’s the best part of working for Tofu Cute?

That’s quite tricky, I would say there are two things that I love about working for Tofu Cute the most. 
 The first is that I get to do so many strange and wonderful things that I know I would never usually get to do in an average job. Such as holding hands with a Panda in Paris, selecting Kit Kat flavours in Tokyo in the dead of night and explaining the significance of adorable poops with faces to baffled and bemused parents.
 The second thing I love most about working for Tofu Cute is that I get to meet so many different people from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. I love seeing the happy smiles of customers and shrieks of excitement when they see our stands and shop. I love the fact that I get to play a big part in creating a cute wacky Japanese-y world in which their kawaii dreams can come true! (*^o^*) Continue Reading

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SCK Awards Winners 2015 – The Full Results

Posted on January 31, 2016 by

The SCK Awards winners were just announced live but if you couldn’t make it, here’s the full results. I’ve also included charts this year, so you can see how close some of the voting was.

FAVOURITE KAWAII CHARACTER

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SCK Awards - Rilakkuma SCK Awards - Alpacasso

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The same winners as last year, but this time Pusheen the Cat takes the top spot, followed by lazy bear Rilakkuma and those cute Alpacassos.

FAVOURITE KAWAII BRAND

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SCK Awards - San-X SCK Awards - Ghibli

SCK Awards - Brands

Sanrio and San-X are your favourites again this year, while Studio Ghibli sneaks up to take third place. Continue Reading

Giveaways

SCK Awards Giveaway Winners

Posted on January 30, 2016 by

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to nominate and vote in the SCK Awards! I’ve got a tough job this weekend of counting up all the votes to find the winners, but first I’ve picked four lucky people to win our cute prize packs.

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I randomly picked two from the nominations forms and two from the Rafflecopter so I can’t list them all here since I just have email addresses for some. Check your inboxes (and spam folders) as I’m sending out the emails now!

Don’t forget to follow us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram to find out the winners of the SCK Awards tomorrow evening!

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SCK Awards – Voting & Giveaway End Today!

Posted on January 29, 2016 by

SCK Awards

We’ve had over 1000 votes in the SCK Awards already, but if you’re not one of them, hurry up as there’s less than 24 hours left! Make sure to vote for your favourites and enter the giveaway.

We’ll be announcing the winners of the SCK Awards on Sunday evening live on our  Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so I hope some of you will join us from 7pm GMT. I’ll post all the winners on the blog right after for anyone who can’t make it.

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Check back tomorrow when we’ll pick the giveaway winners. Here’s a look at the full plush prize pack, now that Rainbow Alpacasso has arrived!

Who’s excited?