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Farewell, Friends!

Posted on August 29th 2014 by claire

And so, the time has come for me to say goodbye to all my kawaii friends, as I hang up my panda suit after one last outing. It’s been an enjoyable few years – we’ve seen some crazy stuff in our time, including Hello Kitty engine oil and those hideous paper eyelashes!

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We’ve had some high spots –  being drawn by Maqaroon was really cool! I’ve also loved finding so many cool designers and characters out there. One of my very favourite things I’ve written about is the wonderful wooden work of Graphic Spaces:

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So classically cute! And obviously being guest curators on Etsy was pretty cool, too. Really, there have been so many ace discoveries, it’s hard to fit them all in, but of course, my very favourite thing about having been one half of the UK’s finest kawaii site is that I got to do it all with one of my bestest friends.

We came up with the idea back when I was living in Bangkok all those years ago, and dreamt of sharing our love of all things cute with the world. We did a lot of our planning in the rabbit-adorned pool here. And, of course, it’s also where we met our friend/nemesis, Monsieur Le Bun!

 

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Isn’t it idyllic? Those days we spent planning (and shopping!) were ones to remember forever and I’m so glad we did it. Bunny/Mar-c is one of the most generous and quietly supportive pals you could ever want and I’m very lucky! Here we are in real-life looking like we might expire from the extreme heat in Thailand:

 

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And we are immortalised forever as Bunny and Panda!

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You can stay in touch with my happenings online at my personal blog Making Living Doing and on Twitter and Instagram where my username is @tinyotterpaws. Don’t forget that you can still apply to be one of the new SCK team, if you’re inspired to share your own love of kawaii!

Now, I will go back to my real-life job of shouting at the television, like my number-one favourite kawaii character of all time, Domo-kun…

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Sayonara!

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Kimiko

Posted on August 28th 2014 by claire

We’re pretty big gadget fans here at SCK, so we’re always on the look-out for new things to keep our technology safe as well as pretty.

Step in, Kimiko!

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With phone accessories, including these super cute cases, as well as headphones, tablet sleeves and USB sticks, there’s plenty to choose from, in a variety of kawaii designs.

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Too cute, eh? Though also a little weird to be ripping her head off every time you want to save a document! Ha!

Check out the full range at Kimiko.

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SCK Giveaways & News

Posted on August 27th 2014 by mar-c

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I know we haven’t had a giveaway for a while, but there are some great ones coming up soon. We’d love some more ideas though so leave a comment telling us what your favourite SCK giveaway has been and who or what you’d like to see in future giveaways and we’ll see what we can do! In the meantime, some reminders:

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New Writer Applications

These close on Sunday so get your sample posts written and emailed. We’ve got a shortlist of people to try out soon, but definitely happy to see more! If you haven’t had time, we’ll also be looking for a few occasional guest posters soon too. Apply now >>

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SCK Reader Survey & Giveaway

We’d love to hear your thoughts about our plans and ideas for Super Cute Kawaii. Just answer ten questions and you’ll be entered into our giveaway for one of two surprise packs of kawaii. This will stay open for another couple of weeks but don’t wait too long. Take the survey >>

Site Redesign!

We’ll be updating the website a bit over the weekend so don’t worry if you can’t access the site or if things look a bit wonky. No drastic changes – it will still be the SCK you know and love, but just a bit cuter. The image at the top should give you some idea!

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The Vulpeculiar

Posted on August 26th 2014 by mar-c

The Vulpeculiar

I’ve always loved shrinky dinks, and especially when it’s used to make cute things! The Vulpeculiar makes fun jewellery including rainbow unicorn necklaces, wraparound fox rings and tiny ghost earrings, plus you can find her illustrations on greetings cards too.

The Vulpeculiar

The Vulpeculiar

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Momiji’s Mookie & Muffin

Posted on August 25th 2014 by claire

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News just in from our pals at Momiji HQ

This pair, Mookie and Muffin, are brand new and too cute – they’re holding hands, for crying out loud! So cute!

You should also check out the massive sale Momiji are having right now – up to 60% off! Go, go, go!

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Unpossible Cuts

Posted on August 22nd 2014 by mar-c

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The tagline on the Unpossible Cuts shop is ‘We Make Fun’ and they’re not wrong. It’s full of laser cut jewellery, and a few clocks too, all with a delightfully geeky twist. We’re talking nerdy foxes with glasses, dinosaurs, popsicles and the ubiquitous narwhals. Many of the pieces are hand-painted for a unique look and prices are pretty reasonable.

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UnpossibleCuts

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Most Wanted: GuraGuri Cat Clock

Posted on August 21st 2014 by mar-c

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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.

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Happy Kitchen Decoration Cake Kit Review

Posted on August 20th 2014 by mar-c

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

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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).

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dreamybows.com

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Minifanfan

Posted on August 18th 2014 by mar-c

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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!

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Minifanfan

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Kaeselotti

Posted on August 15th 2014 by mar-c

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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.

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kaeselotti

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Andrea Kang x Peter Kato Bedtime Bunnies

Posted on August 14th 2014 by mar-c

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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!

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Andrea Kang x Peter Kato

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SCK Survey & Giveaway

Posted on August 13th 2014 by mar-c

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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.

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carloshiguera

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Mira Plush

Posted on August 11th 2014 by mar-c

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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.

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mira plush




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