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Kelsea Echo & Maqaroon Giveaway Winners

Posted on November 5th 2014 by Marceline in Giveaways


It’s time to find out who won our giveaway with Kelsea Echo. And the winner is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Nancy Chay! Check your inbox for how to claim your prize, or email us at giveaways@supercutekawaii.com. We never heard back form our Maqaroon winner – make sure you always enter with an email address we can contact you on, and check the blog to see if you won! We’ve picked another winner -Lưu Ly – check your inbox and get in touch ASAP.

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Check back in a few hours for a new giveaway that might be our most exciting one yet!

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Guest Post: Sew Kawaii Kitty

Posted on November 4th 2014 by SCK in Let's Go Shopping!


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

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I don’t know about you, but I love sewing and I love cats, so what’s better than sewing accessories with cats on! Etsy have some great stores to purchase cat related fabric, one excellent shop is Kawaii Meow. How adorable are these kitties playing on a red background.

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Which colour way to choose from these cute cats?!

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Cocoland fabric is always super cute; I’m tempted to buy it all!

But what should I make first – a dress, a cushion or a cute bag? So much to make, thank goodness I have lots of kawaii fabrics to choose from.

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Cute kitty sewing doesn’t have to end with fabric; there are plenty of pretty accessories you can find too. Such as this sweet cat face tape measure and these happy black cat buttons, both from Ebay, to inspire and help whatever you are making.

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Happy kawaii sewing!

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This is Lulu’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 Make a Kawaii Happy Apple Decoration and Back to School Treats.

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Champu Chinito Sandwich Plush

Posted on November 3rd 2014 by Marceline in Cute Shop Alert!


Champu Chinito

Squee! How cute is Mr Bread Slice? A plush toy created over in Mexico by Champu Chinito, he’s also available as a lunch box, backpack and mini charm. Of course, there’s a Mrs Bread Slice too, plus their pals, Cheese Piece, Ham Bit and Lettuce Leaf. I want them all!

Champu Chinito

Champu Chinito

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Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on November 1st 2014 by Marceline in Super Cute Sponsors


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There’s a Halloween offer running at Ji Ji Kiki just now – get 20% off everything with the code TREAT, including this cute fox bag. Ends Monday!

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There’s 10% off all orders (including sale items) at Nekomata Textiles – just use the code KAWAIINEKO at checkout. Who doesn’t need kitty fabric?

yozocraft

YOZO Craft are getting stocked up for Christmas and I love these accordian card sets! You get 5 different cards, plus envelopes and stickers for under $3.

artbox

It’s Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday today and Artbox are offering you 20% off everything in store with the code BIRTHDAY! It’s a good chance to stock up on stickers and stationery, plus there’s free gifts with orders over £8 and £15 and free UK shipping!

shana logic

Shana Logic have lots of adorable new things in store, including Inki Drop’s cute plush. There’s 10% off all new arrivals with the code MAGICAL too.

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My little ghost brooches have gone all sparkly for the Christmas season. Get yourself a Glitter Ghost for just £5 at Asking For Trouble.

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Don’t forget to enter the Kelsea Echo giveaway too – ends Tuesday! Plus we haven’t heard back from our Maqaroon winner yet – check if it’s you before we pick someone else!

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Super Cute Creators Interview: Mei of Amigurumei

Posted on October 31st 2014 by Marceline in Super Cute Creators


It’s time for another Super Cute Creators interview. Today we’re finding out a little bit more about Amigurumei, whose adorable amigurumis we’ve featured many times. They’re all made by Mei, who’s also just released a book of patterns featuring Hello Kitty and friends (read my review). Read on for another inspiring look into the life of a kawaii creative!

Mei of Amigurumei

Who are you and what do you make?

My name is Mei and I’m always (albeit secretly) pleased whenever someone refers to me as an amigurumi “artist”. Those outside my crafting circle, however, will know me better as a features writer and craft columnist for a local newspaper where I live.

I’m a 80s baby and I love all things Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, Blinkins, Popples and cute Tonka cupcake flip dolls. I love snuggling up to a good horror flick, but I also have these cravings for participating in Japanese conversations — that’s where my anime time come in.

I’m a self-taught crocheter and I have been making amigurumi for almost three years. I share my amigurumi adventures on my blog, www.amiguruMEI.com. I recently published my first book, Hello Kitty Crochet, in conjunction with Ms Kitty’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

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

I live in the sunny city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s been a little rainy lately, but that’s just a great excuse for me to pop out my Le Petit Prince umbrella, which I hardly use! We have a growing crafting community here, with a lot of talented home-grown crafters who are very much in the zakka phase. Due to our multi-cultural influences, most of us speak at least three languages, which we learn from school and at home. I recently picked up a fourth language – Japanese – in hopes that one day, I’d be able to watch anime without the subtitles. The classes, which I’m still attending, have been great help actually — since I can crochet and watch anime at the same time without having to look up all the time to read off my MacBook screen :)

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

While I and my siblings were huge toy hoarders (not collectors) growing up, I must say that it was not until I watched Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro did I really start becoming obsessed with the whole kawaii culture. I must’ve probably been in college by then. I’ve since watched each and every Studio Ghibli production, and I still squeal each time I chance upon Studio Ghibli merchandise. Part of the reason why I decided to learn how to make amigurumi was because I wanted to make my own Totoro dolls. Now most of my work takes inspiration from anime characters and the hopelessly-cute world that they live in :)

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Guest Post: Distroller Butik

Posted on October 30th 2014 by SCK in Let's Go Shopping!


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

Distroller is a Mexican company created by graphic designer Amparo Serrano, better known as Amparín. Her boutiques carry both handmade and factory-made products. There’s something for everyone, no matter the age or gender. Today, I bring to you 5 items that will most definitely appeal to kawaii lovers around the world.

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This Chamoy Cuddle Pillow is just plain cute, your bed will be happy to have her onboard.

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If you have a sweet tooth, why not have sweet dreams that go along with it with this Strawberry Cupcake Pillow.

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Go back to school with this pretty Cotton Mandi Backpack.

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And takes notes with this Chamoy & Friends Notebook.

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Finally, carry all your personal belongings in this delicious Cherry Purse.

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This is Pauleen’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 Kuma Crafts and Disney Tsum Tsum Plush.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 Nicolette 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!

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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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