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Hello Kitty Crochet Book Review

Posted on October 29th 2014 by Marceline in Kawaii Reviews


hello kitty crochet

I was so excited when I heard that that there was a Hello Kitty themed crochet book coming out for Kitty’s 40th anniversary, and even more so when I saw the patterns were by Amigurumei! I love Mei’s style of amigurumi (knitted or crocheted stuffed toys) and they make a perfect fit. Quirk kindly sent me over a copy of the book to look through, so is it worth your money?

hello kitty crochet

I’m not even going to drag that question out, because of course it is! Hello Kitty Crochet is a cute little square hardback book and the design seems quite simple on first look, but actually there are some lovely touches like the apple print end pages and pink, blue and yellow theme. The toys get centre stage so that you can see all their cute details, and there are so many to choose from!

hello kitty crochet

Each character is based around the same simple body parts so they all have common features, but that are customised to give them their special characteristics. There are 24 exclusive patterns altogether featuring Hello Kitty, her family and pretty much all of her friends. My favourite is Hello Kitty dressed as Pom Pom Purin! I was also really happy to see that lesser-known characters like Pandapple and Hangyudon are all included, plus they even all have their own little friends like Badtz-Maru’s seal and Chococat’s bunny! A few more characters didn’t make the cut for the book, but the patterns are available online.

hello kitty crochet

As a very very beginner crocheter, I would say this is not the book to start learning crochet with, so make sure you know your basic stitches first. If you’ve crocheted before, you should have no problems moving on to amigurumi as there are instructions and guides for these special techniques, plus special video tutorials online.

hello kitty crochet

Even if you’re struggling to learn, like me, this is still a must buy as it’s just so darn cute! The photos are all adorable and it’s really fun to see how each character has been transformed into a 3D crochet toy, plus there are little facts about all the characters. It might just be the kickstart to get me back to learning crochet too.

Check back on Friday for a new Super Cute Creators interview to find out more about Amigurumei and her cute crochet creations!

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Hello Kitty Crochet is published by Quirk Books and retails for $14.95. UK folks can buy from Amazon or order from your favourite independent bookseller. Ebook editions are also available.

(Book was provided for review by Quirk Books, but this is my honest review and the photos are my own. Top photo by Amigurumei.)

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Maqaroon Giveaway Winner

Posted on October 29th 2014 by Marceline in Giveaways


It’s time to find out who won our giveaway with Maqaroon!  And the winner is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Moon Guan Choong! Check your inbox for how to claim your prize, or email us at giveaways@supercutekawaii.com.

maqaroon bracelets

If you weren’t lucky this time, head over to Maqaroon‘s shop to see all the cuteness and maybe you’ll be seeing some of the colours and flavours you suggested turning up in Joanna’s new pieces. And don’t miss our Super Cute Creators inteview with Joanna – it’s a really inspiring read!

PS. Check back in a few hours for a cute book review, plus don’t forget to enter the Kelsea Echo giveaway!

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Guest Post: Giraffes Kiss

Posted on October 28th 2014 by SCK in Cute Shop Alert!


This is a guest post by Roo, who’s on the shortlist to become one of SCK’s new writers. Have a read and tell us what you think!

giraffeskiss

I am a little bit obsessive when it comes to miniature items. I have to be violently dragged away from Re-ment displays before I throw my purse at the seller. Luckily for Karen, her shop Giraffes Kiss is online where she sells handmade miniature food jewellery. The detail is amazing and all items are available from her Etsy store. The best thing is that she is local to me so I get to stalk, I mean watch her progress. Someone please take my debit card away from me!

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giraffeskiss

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This is Roo’s last application post so please leave a comment if you’d like to see her writing more posts for SCK. Her previous posts were Five Facts About Hello Kitty and Cute Autumn Skincare.

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Cute Free Halloween Crafts To Make

Posted on October 27th 2014 by Marceline in Free Downloads, Halloween Crafts, Things To Make


Halloween is only a few days away, but I’ve found a few cute things you still have time to make, and they’re all free!

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Dewmuffins have a whole gang of Candy Corn Citizens that you can download, print and fold. They’d make cute decorations or gifts.

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Kao-ani has a super-cute tutorial for making these little ghost charms with step by step photos.

bakerella

Bakerella has shared a recipe from her latest cake pop book for making Very Cute Vampires! There are loads of cute Halloween baking ideas in the archives too.

japanlover.me

Japan Lover Me have a creepy cute Japanese Halloween-themed sticker sheet that you can download.

ghost garland

And finally, I’ve made a new printable featuring my Little Ghost that you can use to make a cute garland or decoration. Get it from Asking For Trouble (PS. there’s a gingerbread man one too).

Don’t forget to check out our Halloween Crafts category for even more ideas, some of which are free too!

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Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on October 25th 2014 by Marceline in Super Cute Sponsors


ji ji kiki

Let’s say hello to our two newest sponsors! Ji Ji Kiki sell a range of cute jewellery, bags, prints and more. There’s still time to pick up something cute for Halloween, like these glittery Elemental Potion necklaces!

acorn trail

Nekomata Textiles stock loads of kawaii fabrics with animal prints and colourful patterns galore. I’m especially in love with the Acorn Trail collection by Teagan White – woodland animal laundry day! SCK readers can use the code KAWAIINEKO at checkout for 10% off all orders (including sale items).

maqaroon giveaway kelsea echo giveaway

Don’t forget, we have two great giveaways on just now. We’ll be picking a winner for the Maqaroon giveaway on Tuesday and the Kelsea Echo giveaway the following week. I’ve also just finished setting up a really exciting giveaway for November – watch this space!

Want your shop featured like this? Super Cute Kawaii ads start at just $10 for a limited time.

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Kelsea Echo Hair Accessories Review

Posted on October 24th 2014 by Marceline in Kawaii Reviews


kelsea echo review

If you’ve entered our giveaway with Kelsea Echo, now’s a chance to see what you could be ordering if you win, as Kelsea sent me a parcel of cute accessories to test out.

kelsea echo

The excitement started well before I opened it as the box had a cute Kelsea Echo sticker and then inside everything was beautifully packed in pastel gift boxes plus some freebies including a badge and sticker. Even if you’re buying something for yourself, it will feel like a real treat!

kelsea echo

I don’t wear a lot of jewellery as I’m allergic to some metals, so Kelsea sent me a selection of her pretty hair accessories with even more cute packaging. That’s a lot of hairslides! The colours are so pretty and some of my favourites, and flowers go with everything. The other set has macarons and even a cupcake – great for adding a kawaii touch to your outfit! They’re all well-made and look really cute worn in pairs. I tried to take some photos of me wearing them, but failed miserably, sorry.

kelsea echo

Everyone knows I like bunnies and this was my favourite piece – a hair comb with pretty pastel flowers and a bunny on top! Unfortunately, it falls right out of my annoyingly-fine hair but hopefully with a bit of hairspray and backcombing, I can at least wear it on special occasions.

Everything at Kelsea Echo is handmade and currently there are two collections, themed around Alice in Wonderland and Halloween. Prices range from around £6 for earrings to £48 for a statement necklace, with sets of hairslides and rings around £15-£20.

If you like the look of all this, make sure you enter the giveaway for a chance at your own shopping spree!

(Products were provided for review by Kelsea Echo, but this is my honest review and the photos are my own)

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Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno

Posted on October 23rd 2014 by SCK in Events


This is a guest post by Nicolette, who we sent to check out a new exhibition in London. We’d like to cover more kawaii events so if you’re planning on going to something, get in touch!

Atomica Junko Mizuno

Junko Mizuno is a Japanese artist whose work is a mixture of cute and disturbing. Her cartoon style uses lots of bright colours and glitter and features fun little details, such as the adorable skeletal gingerbread men in ‘Pancakes’.

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The exhibition at Atomica Gallery in Covent Garden was small (only around 20 pieces) but well attended and I enjoyed all the artworks on display. My favourite piece was ‘Kappa Baby’ because it is cute and glittery and painted onto Japanese paper (washi). Such a great idea!

junko mizuno kappa baby

I also particularly liked ‘Euphoria: Cats’ with its trio of playful felines, ‘Swans Tokyo 2013′ and ‘Jugoku Dayu (Hell Courtesan)’.

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This is the first time Junko’s art has been displayed in London and I would definitely recommend this exhibition to anyone who likes a touch of the macabre with their kawaii!

Belle: The Art of Junko Mizuno‘ is on at the Atomica Gallery until the 28th of October.

All photos by Nicolette Smith.

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Kelsea Echo Giveaway

Posted on October 22nd 2014 by Marceline in Giveaways


It’s another giveaway, this time with Kelsea Echo! Kelsea creates wearable treasures for the cute at heart and her store is full of kawaii, colourful and spooky limited edition and one of a kind jewellery.

kelsea echo giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a $40 gift certificate for your own Kelsea Echo shopping spree! You could get a selection of smaller items or put it towards a unique one of a kind piece. Look out for a review here later this week to give you some ideas.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below for multiple chances to win!

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The giveaway closes on Tuesday 4th November and we’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!

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Guest Post: Most Wanted – Piyo Diary Planner

Posted on October 21st 2014 by SCK in Most Wanted!


This is a guest post by Natasja, who’s on the shortlist to become one of SCK’s new writers. Have a read and tell us what you think!

piyo diary

With a couple of months left until 2015 I’m already on the lookout for a nice diary. Many Korean diaries are not only a pleasure to look at, but often have undated pages. Which means you can start using them at any given year or date. The Piyo diary is high on my wish list, because of its whimsical illustrations and cute stickers. It’s hard to choose from the 4 different designs. I think the April Garden cover with bunnies might have won me over.

piyo diary

piyo diary

piyo diary

You can buy the Piyo diary, including 3 sticker sheets, at My Kimchi 4U and Fallindesign.

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This is Natasja’s last application post so please leave a comment if you’d like to see her writing more posts for SCK. Her previous posts were Woodland Critter Crafts and Typing With Tea.

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Halloween Snacks from Japan

Posted on October 20th 2014 by Marceline in Let's Go Shopping!, Things To Eat


If you’re planning a Halloween party, or just want to treat yourself, Japan has got you covered with some spooky cute seasonal snacks.

halloween pocky

Japancentre have sets of Halloween Pocky including Kumamon’s special pumpkin Pocky. The other flavours are strawberry and cookies and cream in new packaging with cut out finger puppets and you get all 3 for £6.99.

pumpkin pudding kitkats

Obviously, there are Halloween Kit Kats and Tofu Cute have pumpkin pudding flavour. The packaging is so adorable and they sound quite tasty too.

neru nerune candy

If you want something to make, Tofu Cute also have these witchy DIY kits to make fizzy apple whipped candy. Extra excitingly, this pack also comes with magic Thunderstorm and Bubble powders! Let us know if you try it.

lotte koala biscuits

Over at JList, you’l find a spooky version of everyone’s favourite koala biscuits.  Not only is the box super cute, but the biscuits are printed with costumed koalas!

pie no mi

And finally, Pie No Mi, those puffy filled snacks. JList have a Halloween version in honey flavour, but I am way more intrigued by the cotton candy flavour! Definitely weird enough for Halloween.

Which ones would you like to try?

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Super Cute Creators Interview: Joanna Zhou of Maqaroon

Posted on October 17th 2014 by Marceline in Super Cute Creators


Welcome to a brand new feature, where we’ll be chatting to some of our favourite kawaii designers, artists and makers. When it came to picking the first person to interview out of the huge wishlist I’d made, it was easy to choose Maqaroon. We love Joanna’s sweet designs and no-one has yet beaten her amazing introduction email. But enough from me as this interview is so inspiring and a brilliant way to kick things off and I can’t wait for you to read it.

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Who are you and what do you make?

I was born in China, grew up in Austria and studied design in London. I went to Central St Martins and Chelsea College of Art & Design. During university, I started designing for Momiji and was a contributing artist for ImagineFX and ComputerArts. After graduating I freelanced for many years and wrote the book Super Cute Chibis to Draw and Paint. My last project was artist and designer for Lottie dolls.

I started my own kawaii business Maqaroon four years ago and Super Cute Kawaii was one of the first blogs that I contacted! It began as an illustrative brand but after noticing how popular macarons were becoming, I decided to focus more on sweets-deco inspired jewellery. My dream was to create a brand that offers lovely, 18K gold-plated pieces at affordable prices. After a lot of sourcing and investing, I managed to create a unique product that I’m really quite proud of.

I also decided to start a Youtube channel sharing some of the things I learned along the way related to business, jewellery making and crafting. It became quite popular so now I split my time between the online shop and my Youtube channel!

maqaroon youtube

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

I live in Vienna, Austria. It’s a very traditional and elegant city, with horse-drawn carriages all over town and people attending balls every year. Getting stuck behind a horse in rush-hour traffic is completely normal here! Although I really miss London, the pace of life is so much easier in Vienna. It’s also a supportive place to start a business because there’s a lot of funding for start-ups and young entrepreneurs. Maqaroon was only possible with the help of a government creative grant.

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

My earliest memories as a child was obsessively poring over the Sanrio displays in every shop I came across and buying as much as my parents would allow. Something about the explosion of pastel colors and imagery in kawaii design always made me happy. I still love that feeling of sensory overload when you first encounter a kawaii display, followed by the pleasure of slowly examining every small detail and little drawing on the packaging. All my work is strongly influenced by kawaii style because I really like designing things that make people smile when they look at it!

maqaroon

What cute products can you never resist buying for yourself?

I can never resist cute post-it notes, pens, notebooks and stickers, using the justification that you are never too old to use stationery! I’m also crazy for kawaii make-up packaging, especially Korean brands like Etude House and Tony Moly.

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Guest Post: Llama & Alpaca Love

Posted on October 16th 2014 by SCK in Let's Go Shopping!


This is a guest post by Miss Muffcake, who’s on the shortlist to become one of SCK’s new writers. Have a read and tell us what you think!

llamas

It happened a few months back…my boyfriend headed out to help on a film set in the country. We drove by a group of llamas and ever since I have been hooked. Llamas and alpacas (often mixed up, you can tell by their neck size: llamas have longer necks) are becoming more popular. From stationery to plush toys you can get your llama/alpaca love on.

otakumode

This fuzzy little Alpacasso backpack from Otakumode would be cute as a purse. Imagine all the cute goodies you can squeeze inside!

resubee

Bring some llamas into your kitchen with these super cute magnets from Resubee.

IkaBoushi

Send a note to your friend in style! Ikaboushi’s super cute llama letter set will bring a smile to a special friend. Plus sending mail instead of a text = super cool, a lost art form that needs to come back!

hello happy

Get your llama pride on and carry your essentials in style with this bag from Hello Happy.

Bitofsugar

Be pretty in pink and steal a smile with this sweet alpaca necklace from Bitofsugar.

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We’d like your input as we choose new writers so please leave a comment if you’d like to see more posts like this, or if it’s not your cup of tea (but please be nice!).

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Maqaroon Giveaway

Posted on October 15th 2014 by Marceline in Giveaways


It’s time for another giveaway, and this time we have a super cute prize pack from Maqaroon! We know you’re big fans of Joanna’s sweet jewellery and kawaii illustrations and this is a great prize.

maqaroon giveaway

One lucky winner will receive three Maqaroon Sticker Sheets, one Rose Gold Cherry Blossom Necklace and one Pistachio Tiny Macaron Bracelet. To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below for multiple chances to win!

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The giveaway closes on Tuesday 28th October and we’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!

Love Maqaroon? Check back later this week for an exciting new feature!

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Modes4U Decole Giveaway Winner

Posted on October 15th 2014 by Marceline in Giveaways


It’s time to find out who won the Decole Christmas giveaway with Modes4U!  And the winner is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Bonny Tran! Check your inbox for how to claim your prize, or email us at giveaways@supercutekawaii.com.

decole figures

If you weren’t lucky this time, you can still buy your own cute Decole ornaments from Modes4U – there are loads and they start at just over £3 each.

PS. Check back in a few hours for a brand new giveaway!

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Guest Post: Acrylicana

Posted on October 14th 2014 by SCK in Cute Shop Alert!


This is a guest post by Frainy, who’s on the shortlist to become one of SCK’s new writers. Have a read and tell us what you think!

Acrylicana, run by Mary Winkler, sells handmade necklaces, custom shoes and art prints featuring Mary’s amazing artwork! I have been a fan of her work for many years now and I have purchased many accessories and a pair of her amazing hand painted shoes in the past. In this post I will be featuring 3 different products from Acrylicana, and I’m sure you will love them!

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These Sailor Moon prints come in many sizes and are absolutely gorgeous! You can choose a print of your favourite Senshi or buy them all! I love Mary’s art style, and the way the colours pop out of the black background is striking.

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This Goldilocks necklace is part of the Acrylicana After Dark series, which features fairy tale characters that are a little darker than the original story books. I love the colours in this piece, especially that pretty blue chain that matches Goldilocks’ dress!

acrylicana shoes

The last product I am featuring are Acrylicana’s impressive custom shoes. Of course you can’t buy ones that are exactly like the ones in the photo above, but you can place a custom order by checking out her shoe section in her Etsy shop. You can get high tops, skate shoes or you can even send your own blank shoes to her to be painted! You can see some of her previous custom work on her website.

If you liked what you saw then make sure you go and check out Acrylicana on Etsy!

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