Kawaii Reviews, Subscription Boxes

Neko Box Zakka Kit Review

Posted on October 16, 2017 by

You might remember my review of the monthly subscription box from Neko Box back in February. They’ve recently added a new Zakka Kit so let’s have a look.

neko box zakka kit review

The Zakka Kit is a new subscription box just for Japanese stationery fans. Each mystery box has 6-8 quality items from well-known brands and could include stickers, washi tape, postcards, stamps, craft supplies and more. That makes it perfect for journalling, scrapbooking or just hoarding in your collection.

neko box zakka kit review

Since there’s only stationery inside, the Zakka Kit box is a lot smaller and affordable than the big Neko Box. There’s still some nice touches like the colourful sticker. The box got a bit of a bashing but everything inside arrived in perfect condition. Let’s see what I got.

neko box zakka kit review

neko box zakka kit review

neko box zakka kit review

Cat Sticky Memos

I’m a big fan of sticky memos and the Japanese ones are definitely the cutest. This set has lots of different cats and a mix of colours and patterns. While they’re perfect for studying, I love using them for trip planning as you can bookmark exactly which bit of the page you want to remember and write notes on them too. With this set you’ll have cute cats peeking out of your book.

neko box zakka kit review

neko box zakka kit review

Bunny & Goldfish Stickers

Yay, stickers! These are quite small sticker sheets but still manage to pack in a few different designs. I especially like the bunny sheet because bunnies, but also because they’re transparent so will look great on coloured backgrounds.

neko box zakka kit review

mt Washi Tape

I have quite a collection of washi tape but I’m always happy to add more as it’s so useful. This is official mt brand tape so you know it’s good quality. The design is a traditional flower pattern – not the most exciting option, but I actually love it when people gift me plainer styles since most of my collection is too cute to use!

neko box zakka kit review

Traveller’s Notebook Sticker Labels

Traveller’s notebooks are a popular choice for journalling as they come with a refillable cover and are great to use on the go. These stickers have a travel theme with stamps and passport style labels that would be nice for decorating a travel journal.

neko box zakka kit review

Sticker Envelope

This little envelope was filled with a selection of textured paper sticker flakes featuring traditional Japanese items – lucky cat, fan, daruma and temari. I love all the details.

neko box zakka kit review

Kitagawa Utamaro Postcard

And finally, a postcard. This one features artwork from Kitagawa Utamaro, a Japanese artist who made woodblock prints and paintings.

neko box zakka kit review

The Zakka Kit might not appeal if you only love kawaii stationery but if you love all things Japan then it’s a great mix of cute and traditional designs. For me, it definitely brings back memories of browsing in stationery and art supply shops on my Japan trips. If you’re looking to kickstart a Japan travel or trip planning journal, it’s a nice little starter pack and it would also make a great gift.

Autumn Zakka Kit

Zakka Kits cost $19.99 for a monthly subscription or $23.99 for a one-off box. You can sign up now for November’s box, which will have an Autumn theme. And while we’re here, November’s Neko Box will have a Cats theme!

Don’t forget that SCK readers get 10% off Zakka Kits and shop purchases and $6 off your first Neko Box. Just use the code SCK6 at checkout.

(Box was provided by Neko Box for review but all words and photographs are my own.)

Featured Posts, Halloween Crafts, Things To Make

Free Cute DIY Halloween Crafts

Posted on October 13, 2017 by

As a kid, Halloween crafts were always my favorite to make, and honestly…some things never change! There’s something about cool, windy days that just make you want to create cute things (or is that just me?). If you’re experiencing that same feeling, here are some of those cute (and spooky) projects to get into the spirit of the holiday!

Halloween crafts - Sugar Skull Kitty Plush

Sew Desu Ne’s free sugar skull kitty plush pattern is an absolutely adorable plushie that’s perfect for the season. The instructions are very thorough, making this project friendly for sewing beginners.

Halloween crafts - black cat amigurumi plush pattern

If you’re more crochet-inclined, Tarturumies has a Halloween kitten amigurumi plush pattern available for free on their blog (in 4 different languages!) It’s even named Misha. How sweet!

Halloween crafts - ghost embroidery

The cute ghosties embroidery hoop art by Flamingo Toes would be very cute and festive option for Halloween decor. It’s deceptively simple, so it’s a great option for embroidery beginners and veterans alike.

Halloween crafts - ghost printable tags

Looking for some cute printables for a Halloween party or get together? Damask Love’s “Hey Boo” printable tags are a fun option. Print them on some sticker paper, and you’ve also got cute Halloween stickers!

It wouldn’t be Halloween without bats, now would it? Creative Rachy’s kawaii bat charm is both cute and an easy make, so if you’re new to clay or don’t have a lot of free time to spend this month on crafting, this one’s for you!

If you like to make Halloween crafts, we’ve got lots more in the archives. Tag @sckawaii on Instagram if you try any of these out so we can see.

Pets Picks

Halloween Treats For Cats

Posted on October 12, 2017 by

Let your kitties get in on the Halloween fun this season with these picks that will keep them occupied and out of your candy sack!

Halloween cat toys

Candy for cats? This set of cat toys have such super cute faces, you might just want to play with them yourself.

Halloween cat bed

Set up your kitties with their very own haunted house and let the spooky fun begin.

Halloween cat toys

While you’re at Target, pick up a set of candy corn mice for play time.

Halloween cat toys

Does your kitty have a sense of humor? Then check out these Halloween inspired cat butt toys loaded with catnip by 2forksdesign.

Halloween cat bed

Maybe your furry pal needs a place to chill out after one too many parties? This cozy bed has the good luck of black cats!

Halloween cat costume

Boo! Dress your cat up in style with this cute bow collar by SammyMerlin. The print is full of Halloween treats in the form of spider webs, ghosts and pumpkins.

Need more ideas? Check out all our Pets Picks.

Giveaways

YumeTwins Giveaway Winners + November Box Theme

Posted on October 12, 2017 by

Sorry this is a day late – the Rafflecopter site was down. Let’s find out who wins a YumeTwins kawaii box.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to all the winners! If you see your name above, check your inbox for how to claim your prize, or email us.

yumetwins november box

If you weren’t lucky this time, you can still sign up for November’s YumeTwins box which has a Thanksgiving theme and promises items from Pokemon, Disney, Amuse & Sanrio!

Check back in a few hours for a new post and we’ve got more great giveaways coming up, starting next week.

Featured Posts, Let's Go Shopping!

Where to Buy Kawaii Squishies

Posted on October 11, 2017 by

Squishies are super popular at the moment and great when you’re feeling stressed. If you’re not sure where to buy the most kawaii squishies, here’s some of our favourite shops. There’s a lot of overlap between their ranges so I’ve chosen shops from all over the world so you can look for shipping offers near you.

yummiibear kawaii squishies

CreamiiCandy (Australia)

As well selling squishies from all the big brands, CreamiiCandy have their own line of Yummiibear squishies. These cute little bears (and cats and pandas) come in all sorts of different fruit and candy ‘flavours’ that make it hard to choose just one. If you’re not near Australia, you can find Yummiibear at some of the shops below too.

koala cookies kawaii squishies

Tofu Cute (UK)

Tofu Cute have squishies of all sizes but I especially like the mini ones as they can be attached to your phone or bag for squishing on the go. There’s lots of cute food designs including Koala’s March cookies, cat donuts and corn dogs!

bunny cake kawaii squishies

Silly Squishies (USA)

US squishy fans should check out Silly Squishies who have lots of cute food and animal designs. You might recognise this bunny cake from a Maqaroon cheesecake tutorial and now you can have a squishy version. They also have the Halloween Hello Kitty donuts from my YumeTwins review.

cat burger kawaii squishy

MostCutest.nl (Netherlands)

You can’t go wrong with cats and food and this big squishy cat burger looks so fun. MostCutest.nl have plenty more animal/food combos including panda buns and seal sushi.

sumikkogurashi kawaii squishies

Kawaii Panda (Portugal)

You’ll find all your favourite kawaii characters as squishies at Kawaii Panda including Rilakkuma, Little Twin Stars, Miffy and Loppy. I’m always happy to see Sumikko Gurashi, especially as cute coffee cups.

gudetama halloween kawaii squishies

Modes4u

You’ll find one of the biggest ranges of squishies at Modes4u who also have free international shipping! There’s realistic bakery treats, cute animals, kawaii characters and much more plus Halloween and Christmas designs. These Halloween Gudetama squishy sets are really cool – watch the video to see them in action.

Want more shopping tips? Check out our Super Cute Shopping Guide.