You’ve all seen photos of peoples’ amazing kawaii toys on display and it’s a great way to show off your stuff and cute up a room. I have a printers type drawer that I’ve filled with tiny things and this week I’m going to show you how to start one yourself. The first part is over on my own Asking For Trouble blog, where you can read more about my type drawer and all the things I’ve collected, and below are some ideas for display shelves.
An old type drawer is the classic because it has so many tiny little shelves to fill. Luckily there are still loads of them about. Ebay is your best best – here are some type drawers in the UK. Prices vary according to condition – mine was filthy and I had to do some very tedious cleaning before I could use it.
Etsy also has some great vintage sellers who will have good quality stuff that’s ready to be used straight away. This is a really cute unit from Atelier de la Choisille in France.
Here’s another style from Best Favorite Things in the US – remember, you can always paint them to match your room. If you have any antique, junk or charity/thrift shops nearby it’s worth keeping an eye on them too – they’ll often have collectibles shelves for things like thimbles that can be re-used.
On the cheaper end, craft shops will often have plain wooden houses that can be painted or decoupaged. This one from Amazon is just £5.50 including shipping!
Another great and cheap idea is to head to IKEA or another big box store and buy some shadow box frames. Lay them out in a nice arrangement and then glue them together and paint. Emma at Emuse has a great tutorial for this.
Check back tomorrow when I’ll give you some ideas of things to put in your display shelves.
Good news for sticker fans (so, all of us…) as Kawaii Depot have 15% off all stickers for the rest of June with the code STCK15. There’s no minimum order and loads of stickers to choose from with glitter, puffy, felt and more from all the big brands including San-X, Sanrio and MindWave.
If you’re feeling crafty, Happy Kawaii Supplies have loads of cute supplies at bargain prices including these colourful lollipop cabochons. SCK readers get 15% off all orders with the code CUTIE.
Reinbo Neko’s new Cupcake Club collection includes necklaces, rings, hair clips and prints and you can get 5% off any order this month with the code HAPPY5.
There’s free shipping worldwide on (almost) everything at Society6 this weekend so snap up some kawaii art prints, tees, phone cases and more from your favourite artists. You’ll also find some cool Bunny & Panda stuff – these totes are super good quality and start at $18.
And if you’re headed to Sunnycon this weekend, make sure to look out for Frainy, who’s selling and cosplaying.
I collect art, my boyfriend collects art and some of my friends do as well. Art is nice to receive and to give. If you are looking to add a special touch to a room or give an awesome gift Society6 is the place to go.
I recently gave Deer Blythe Doll by Hungry Designs to a friend for a gift. He really enjoyed it! Hungry Designs has many cute pieces to check out.
Who could resist a pile of fluff? Pile of Cats by ZEPHI And The DEVIL is perfect for that cool cat lady in your life.
When the heat turns up reach for something cold like Yummy by Labayuba.
Naps are an essential part of my life! Are you a fan of taking naps? If you are not a fan of naps maybe Nap Flower by Yllya will get you to enjoy some shut eye.
Bring some joy to a room and in your life with Panda by Toru Sanogawa
Most of the art listed can come as a print (even framed) and on mugs, shirts and canvas book bags. Prices are affordable and Society6 often has deals worth checking out – there’s currently free shipping worldwide through Sunday. Owning cute art is a must to make boring walls happy!
It’s time for another Super Cute Creators interview. Today we’re finding out a little bit more about Ryan Zanfei, the artist behind the kawaii characters of Tasty Peach Studios (including the Meowchi plushie I reviewed yesterday). Read on for another inspiring look into the life of a kawaii creative!
Who are you, what do you make and what do you do in your spare time?
Hello readers! My name is Ryan Zanfei, I am the president and lead artist with Tasty Peach Studios Inc. We specialize in cute, original designs in plush, apparel, fashion wigs, and a ton of other goodies. In my spare time I’m usually still drawing haha! Tasty Peach Studios design work takes up most of my time, so in the rare free time I do get I tend to draw to get whatever random things that may be filling up the creative part of my brain. Other than that, when I’ve simply had enough of drawing for the day I will hop on Final Fantasy XIV! Or play any number of games on my 3DS (Story of Season!)
Where do you live and what’s it’s like there?
I live in Mishawaka, IN. It’s near the South Bend/Notre Dame area, and is a lot different than the Indiana most people imagine. We’re about 2 hours East of Chicago, and 2 hours North of Indianapolis, so it’s a well developed cluster of multiple small cities! There’s plenty to do in the area, lots of attractions, food, etc. The area we specifically live in is more developed with larger buildings in downtown South Bend, but we’re also very close to farming country so we’re able to venture out and get some great flea market shopping and food whenever we want! It’s the perfect mix of city and country depending on what direction you want to drive in for 20 minutes, and we love it.
What was your first experience with kawaii culture and why does kawaii inspire your work?
I’ve always been a fan of cute things, but the entire different culture of “kawaii” was probably introduced to me through Chobits. I fell in love with the cuteness of the series, and loved the Atashi rabbit character. That introduced me to Digi-Charat, and things snowballed from there. Now I’m a large fan of San-X, and Japanese simplistic minimalism inspires a lot of my work.
What cute products can you never resist buying for yourself?
Oh this one is easy! Korilakkuma from the Rilakkuma series by San-X. Only Korilakkuma (though I have 1 or two of the brown one~) really hit a soft spot with me. I have quite a large collection of her…it may be a bit big…outside of that I don’t really collect anything else you’d call overly “kawaii” unless Piplup (Pochama) from Pokemon counts. I have a problem with Piplups…
I’ve been a fan of Tasty Peach Studios‘ cute characters for a while now but have never actually bought anything. I especially love the Meowchi mochi cats plushies and when the limited edition Bumblebee Meowchi was announced, I got myself right in line and picked one up the second they were available. After an agonising wait, he turned up a few weeks ago and I have lots of photos to share.
This is what I saw when I opened the parcel! I love that attention to detail that makes it exciting from the first second. The actual packaging wasn’t that exciting, but it held up fine to international shipping and everything was perfect.
I also ordered a Chirii Balloon Bunny tee, so let’s have a look at that first. It’s a good quality t-shirt in a cute lavender colour with an adorable print that feels soft and not thick and plasticky. I ordered a large as that matched other t-shirts I’ve ordered from the US and it fits me perfectly, so much so that I’ve been waiting for a special occasion to wear it in case it shrinks in the wash. I might recommend ordering up a size unless you have one in the same brand (American Apparel).
On to Meowchi! I am so happy with this plush. I couldn’t really visualise what size it was before ordering but it’s perfect – big enough to hug but small enough that it doesn’t take up too much space. The first run came with a cute illustrated tag and it all feels very professional and high quality. The embroidered face and other details are all perfect and the minky fabric is so soft and cuddly. There are even some beans in the bottom so he stays upright.
Here’s a back view with fabric tag, stinger and those cute little wings. The embroidery there is a nice little touch. It’s definitely worth the $25 price tag. I’m really glad I bought it and he’s been hanging out on my couch ever since he arrived.
The Bumblebee Meowchis are currently sold out, but there will be a second batch later in the year. Up for pre-order just now are Reindeer and Candy Corn Meowchis, plus a cheaper range of coloured Meowchis. Keep an eye on the Plush section of the shop or on Facebook for updates.
Check back tomorrow for an interview with Tasty Peach owner and designer Ryan.
(This is not a sponsored post. Products were purchased with my own money and the photos are my own)
To be honest I started playing Blob Monsters because of the cute artwork, that reminded me a bit of Adventure Time. At first I thought it would be your average match game, but it turned out to be a chain reaction puzzle game.
Actually Blob Monsters is quite challenging; at each level you’ll have ‘pop’ all the monsters with a limited number of tabs. Luckily you can use hints and power ups to get through a level, I really needed them on several occasions.
When you ‘pop’ a pink monster it will shoot/explode in different directions. This chain reaction will change the colour of your blobs and kill all the pink ones. At the top right of the game you can see the sequence in which a monster will change. At first I thought it would be impossible to clear all the blobs with a set number of tabs, but I did get the hang of it (^_^). All in all it’s a very nice game to kill some time (and monsters) although you do need to use your brain.
You can download the game for free on Apple iTunes, sadly it’s not available for Android.
I love collecting handmade ceramics as they’re unique, useful and will last a long time, as long as you’re careful! Polkaros makes some of the cutest pots and dishes, painted with bright colours and happy faces and Ros has just restocked her online shop. I’d love to add that Dreamcatcher dish to my collection and you’ll also find fun pompom keyrings, printed towels and gift wrap in store so have a look.
Say hello to our newest sponsor, Reinbo Neko, a range of kawaii jewellery, accessories and stationery designed by Tia. She’s just released a new Cupcake Club collection with Strawberry Kitty, Matcha Panda, Blueberry Bunny and Lemon Puppy! You can get 5% off any order this month with the code HAPPY5.
If you’re feeling crafty, Happy Kawaii Supplies have loads of cute supplies at bargain prices including these packs of sweet pastry cabochons. SCK readers get 15% off all orders with the code CUTIE.
Kawaii Depot have added some awesome glittery sticker packs including hamsters, zoo animals, teeth and these sea creatures. Don’t forget there’s 10% off orders of $15+ with the code KDSS-10.
Yozo Craft have some cool new Totoro mini memo sets in 4 different designs for just $2.50. You’ll also find lots of new charms for crafts.
If you’re planning a picnic, you can get up to 40% off my kawaii characters on paper plates, lunch boxes and water bottles over at Zazzle, including Bunny & Panda (and Monsieur Le Bun). Use the code at checkout.
I’m a big tea drinker and use both loose leaf and teabags. While a kawaii mug does a lot to cheer up teatime, I’ve found some tea accessories that are both useful and cute.
This little cookie is the cutest and will hold on to your tea bag while it steeps. You can buy one from ThisCharmingStuff on Etsy or they’ve also put together a tutorial video so you can make one yourself!
These Shirokuma tea bag holders have a polar bear ice fishing with your tea bag and are handmade in Japan. If you want one, there’s a new batch being released today but you’ll have to be quick. If you miss out, follow their Facebook page for updates.
For loose tea, an infuser is a great option when you just want one cup. My absolute favourite is this whale, which is available in four colours from YesStyle.
You can also get mugs with a strainer included. Decole make some of the cutest ones, like this Red Riding Hood design.
I’ve never been to the US, but I would love to go to Los Angeles and visit the JapanLA store. They stock an awesome range of kawaii from Japan, but also design their own amazing stuff in collaboration with our favourite characters and brands. Here’s some of the cute new clothing.
The new Rilakkuma in Space range is obviously my favourite – this dress is so cute and there’s a sweatshirt and kimono too.
Hello Kitty meets The Simpsons in colourful kawaii style and there are so many cool designs. This tee is reversible with Hello Kitty on one side and Homer on the other. There’s also a really fun Itchy & Scratchy tank top and a pink donut dress.
There’s also a pastel Pokemon range – this tee is reversible too.
But the one thing I really really want is this Omocat Esperr tee. I love Omocat’s work and this is so adorable, even though I haven’t played any of the recent Pokemon games.
JapanLA ship worldwide so go check out all the cuteness.
We see a lot of cute polymer clay, but Melissa at Made With Clay and Love takes it to the next level with her micro animal figurines. These teeny weeny creatures are adorably cute and are barely big enough to sit on a fingertip! They’d look super cute in a terrarium, and would definitely earn a place in my own display of tiny things. You’ll also find larger pieces, ceramics, cupcake toppers and more in the Etsy store and everything is made to order.
As a washi tape hoarder I’ve made a storage box that contains my collection. But I also like to keep a few at hand for immediate use. Here are some dispensers that are convenient and will brighten up your desk at the same time.
These wooden cookie tape dispensers called ‘Crackie’ don’t come cheap because they are handmade, but I really like the look of them.
Isn’t this Alpaca tape dispenser the cutest? Find him and other cute animal shaped dispensers at MinkisLove.
Sweet Supplies Store has a nice selection of Sanrio cutters and wooden animals, that can hold up to 3 washi tapes.
This inexpensive tape box holds 10 rolls and you can also use it to bring your tapes along with you. Closed up this box resembles a vintage mail box, so sweet!
As a fan of Ghibli’s soot sprites, I love the new collection at AndSmile, which features what must be their cousins – adorable mischievous blobs that come out at night and party! There are prints, cards and brooches, but my absolute favourite is the sticky tape which has gone straight on my wishlist. Is there anything that wouldn’t be improved by a line of happy blobs?
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