Pets Picks

Festive Feline Finds at Target

Posted on November 12, 2015 by

Since the haunted house I posted last month was a hit I wanted to share more Target feline finds as they have two kitty themed holiday hideouts. I went to Target last night and they are not out yet at my location but I know some cat parents have found them in store.


A sweet little gingerbread house for the holiday season.


My favorite is the gift box – because cats are an everyday gifts right?


Also my boyfriend spotted a haunted house on our trip last night. Our Target seemed to restock them last minute and now they are marked down 30% if you can find one.

I am not ready to get into the holiday spirit but wanted to bring these finds to you before they sell out like last time. Come December I will bring you some kitty approved gift ideas for your spoiled fur beasts!

FYI – Target has a pet care promo code – spend $60, enter code STOCKUP and get 25% off. The promo is in effect till 12/25.

PS. Target now ships internationally!


The Cute Quipster Giveaway

Posted on November 11, 2015 by

We’ve got super cute giveaways coming up every week until Christmas, starting with The Cute Quipster, who make cute and cuddly plush, badges and stickers.

The Cute Quipster giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a white donut cushion, transparent glitter envelope case with stickers, pop tart case, exclusive poster and a set of 5 badges!

The Cute Quipster donut cushion

Here’s a closer look at the donut cushion – each one is handmade by Kelsey and covered with sprinkles and glitter.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below for multiple chances to win. PLEASE 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 24th November 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 (eg. a Twitter account you only use for giveaways)
  • This giveaway is open worldwide.

Asking For Trouble Giveaway Winner

Posted on November 11, 2015 by

Winner time! I always enjoy reading your comments, but it’s especially fun when it’s my own shop – thank you so much for saying so many nice things about my characters and products. Anyway, the winner is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Jess G! Check your inbox for how to claim your prize, or email us at


Jess picked my Little Ghost tote bag as her favourite product and you can all have 15% off any order of £5 or more in my Etsy shop until midnight Saturday. Just use the code SCKNOV15 at checkout.

Check back later today for a brand new giveaway, and I’ve been scheduling in some amazing prizes for the rest of the year. You’re going to be so excited!

Cute Shop Alert!

Handmade by Allison Cole

Posted on November 10, 2015 by

Allison Cole

I still like to write down notes and send people handwritten cards. Snail mail just gives a little personal touch to a message and you can send small gifts along. If you feel the same way, then you might enjoy Allison Cole’s work. She uses her cute and fun illustrations on screen printed cards and stationery.

Allison Cole

Allison Cole

Allison Cole

Allison has made cards for many occasions so you might just find the message that you’re looking for in her shop.


Renegade Craft Fair London

Posted on November 9, 2015 by

I was in London last week and managed to squeeze in a quick visit to the Renegade Craft Fair before my train home. I saw loads of cute stuff and picked up tons of business cards so I’ll post my highlights today and some shop features later. I kept forgetting to take photos so some are these are borrowed from the makers’ social media – thank you!

yoyo the rice-corpse

One of the highlights was getting to meet Yoyo the Rice-corpse and ALXNDRA who were sharing a stall filled with their adorable illustrated products. Who can resist a box full of buns!


Me and Nic both squealed a lot at the sight of Revestreker from Norway’s stall filled with adorable plush toys. These cuties with their scarves and grumpy faces were almost too much to handle – I can’t even choose between the cat and the bunny. These don’t seem to be available online yet, but I hope that changes soon. You can follow them on Instagram in the meantime.


There was a super cute area filled with Brighton’s finest including Designosaur, whose stall was covered in piles and piles of colourful, glittery dinosaur jewellery. So hard to resist. Lovely to see all the new I Like Cats stuff in person too.


kekekaka was another new find with super cute brooches, mugs and matchbox friends.

gogo's chop shop

And look at all this fun stuff by Gogo’s Chop Shop!


I got to pick up a ghost pin of my own after featuring it here on SCK recently. The Japanese manhole cover ornament is by Woah There Pickle.

If you ever get a chance to visit Renegade (there are events in New York, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, LA and Seattle coming up) you should definitely go as there’s so much to see.

Super Cute Sites

Cute & Crafty Video Round Up

Posted on November 6, 2015 by

I’m away in London for a few days – check the SCK Instagram where I’ll hopefully be posting some kawaii from the Renegade Craft Fair and more. To tide you over the weekend, here’s some fun videos.

Love these alpaca cushions by 2 Cats & 1 Doll for Sweetorials. No sewing machine required either!

How does Maqaroon come up with such cute ideas? Look at this amazing Pusheen made from clay.

Tokyo Fashion has a couple of great videos from Halloween costume events in Japan. So many cool costumes!

I could watch Sumikko Gurashi videos all day. Nothing really happens in this one but it’s SO CUTE.

And finally, Bunny+Me Show teach you how to draw Kiki and Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service.

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Awesome Axolotls

Posted on November 5, 2015 by

Axolotls are so weird and so cute and sadly almost extinct. If you love them too, here’s my favourite kawaii axolotls.

petits pixels

This super cute axolotl pattern is available on lots of cool stuff at Petits Pixels‘ Society6 shop including tote bags.


KiraKiraDoodles has a kawaii axolotl pattern on Society6 too, but I especially love this t-shirt design. She has handmade pouches, sleep masks and more in her Etsy shop too.


There’s a whole gang of cute and colourful axolotls in this badge set by Colby Jack Rabbit, and they have printable gift wrap too.


Axolotls can look after your keys too with this sweet keyring by Drix Productions.

Peppermint Pop

And finally, one more Society6 pick – how cute does Peppermint Pop‘s axolotl look on the new travel mugs?

Games & Apps, Kawaii Reviews

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Review

Posted on November 4, 2015 by

happy home designer

I’ve been playing Animal Crossing since the Japanese Gamecube version and I’m still playing New Leaf daily, more than two years after it came out. Even so, I only had a vague interest in this new spin off, Happy Home Designer, until I started seeing screenshots on Tumblr and then I got more and more excited and pre-ordered it. These are all my own screenshots.

happy home designer

happy home designer

Instead of being the mayor of a town, in this game you’re just the newest employee at Nook’s Homes and help new villagers to design their homes according to their wishes. It sounds pretty repetitive, but new things are introduced all the time to keep things interesting. By the time you’ve worked through the designer handbook, you can decide everything about each home from the interior choices on furniture, rugs, lighting, doors and windows, sounds and more, plus how the house looks from the outside including adding any items to their garden. You can choose from lots of different plots by the sea, on a mountain top, in the desert etc., with each having different weather options. If you’ve got the time, you can create something that really suits your villager in every way.

happy home designer

happy home designer

After a few tutorial homes, you get let loose to choose which villagers to work with and each one will have a specific theme in mind that unlocks new items that you can then use again in future homes. The entire Animal Crossing cast of characters is in the game so it will take a long time to get though and I’m finding that characters I would normally find boring and annoying can be just as fun to design for as my favourite cuties. I’ve done everything from a chocolate theme to a haunted house!

happy home designer

happy home designer

It can get a little stressful with so many things to choose from, but they’re organised quite well and moving stuff around with the stylus is a dream compared to previous games. You have so much more control and can centre things on tables, hang clothes on the wall and even add extra rooms for a separate bedroom or kitchen. Apart from a couple of items the villager requests, everything is up to you and they’re always delighted with the results so there’s no pressure at all. You can also go back and offer them a redesign at any time once you unlock new items or have a fun new idea.

happy home designer

You also get to design a series of buildings for the town including shops, restaurants, an office, school, concert hall and hotel. These are much bigger projects with multiple floors and rooms and thankfully you can save your progress so you don’t have to do it all in one go. You can visit the buildings and individual villagers at any time later to find them working and shopping and cooking and move them around for fun photos. Any projects you’re really proud of can be uploaded to the Happy Home Network on the internet for other players to view and rate. You can check out my rock venue with the QR code below!

happy home designer

There’s also a card reader that you can use to design houses for special characters and use with amiibo cards, but it’s not necessary – I don’t have one. Add in special projects that can be downloaded from the internet and hotspots and a monthly challenge and I can imagine playing this for quite a long time. If you enjoy the design part of previous Animal Crossing games and wish you had more control over your villagers’ homes and the rest of the town, you’ll love this. If you mainly enjoy chatting to your villagers, doing errands and catching bugs, you might find it a bit limited. I’m enjoying it a lot and finding it’s really quite addictive!

happy home designer

Happy Home Designer is available as a standalone game or as a bundle with the card reader or new DS. It’s also available for download from the Nintendo eShop. Anyone else playing? I’m posting more screenshots at Quincy & Usagi, me and my sister’s AC blog.

(This is not a sponsored review – I paid for it with my own money and just love it a lot!)

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Kawaii Journals at Redbubble + 20% Off!

Posted on November 2, 2015 by

The Gingerbread Man journal in our latest giveaway is getting a lot of love so I thought I’d pick out some more cute journals from Redbubble for you. They’re really great quality in a cute size with a hard cover and artwork that covers the front and back, plus you can choose to have blank, lined or graph paper inside. Redbubble is full of kawaii illustrators so here’s a few favourites.

Maike Vierkant

I love space and astronaut foxes is a winner for me. It’s by Maike Vierkant who has a whole set of space animal illustrations.

Macy Wong

I love the colour scheme of this adorable hedgehogs pattern by Macy Wong.

Lisa Marie Robinson

This kawaii bacon and egg design by Lisa Marie Robinson might make you too hungry to take notes.

Missy Pena

The cutest little deer with roses by Missy Pena, who also has some really fun Pokemon fan art in her portfolio.


And the hugely prolific Sugarhai has tons of cute designs available including this sweet bunny cupcake.

There’s 20% off everything today at Redbubble so now’s your chance to shop. Just use the code HOLIDAY20 at checkout before midnight in the US.

You can also read an in-depth review of the journal I bought over at Asking For Trouble and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.