Posted on July 10th 2015 by MissMuffcake in Events
For my birthday my boyfriend took me to see Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA. Being a Sanrio fan since a child I was super excited!
The festival had a lot of things to do and while one might think it is just for kids I think adults that grew up with Hello Kitty and her friends were enjoying it the most. There was interactive displays were you could snap a picture of yourself with cutouts. Every step you took there was an exhibit, a photo opportunity or something to look at.
Every 30 minutes or so there was a live performance with Sanrio characters, music and dancing. Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Chococat, Purin, Badtz Maru and My Melody were in most of the shows. There were also audience interactive shows like a fashion show and dance competition. You could also buy limited edition merchandise to take home, get a temporary tattoo, press a penny and write a postcard to Hello Kitty.
People came out dressed up in all their favorite Sanrio gear and wowed the crowed with creativity.
The event was three hours long. With so much to check out the three hour flew by. It was a super fun day that made me think of how much Hello Kitty and her friends have been a part of my life. I am lucky to have a boyfriend that took me and helped bring a big smile to my face on my special day!
Check the dates Sanrio has posted to see if the tour is coming near you!
Posted on July 9th 2015 by Nicolette in Look What I've Got!
I bought these two sweet mini illustrations from Knucker’s Hollow months ago but it took me forever to find frames small enough for them! The mounts are custom made by Picture Lizard, recommended to me by Marceline, and they set the pictures off nicely. I fell in love with the chubby axolotl and shy cactus but Holly has plenty more kawaii pictures to choose from in her Etsy store.
This little dino is all ready to watch Jurassic World at the movies with his bucket of popcorn
And who could resist this sad kitty all tangled up in a ball of wool?
Posted on July 8th 2015 by Marceline in Giveaways
Time for a new giveaway! If you read my review yesterday, you’ll know all about this cute new knitted story book from Anna at Mochimochi Land and now you can win a copy of your own.
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Posted on July 7th 2015 by Marceline in Books, Zines & Comics, Kawaii Reviews
Adventures in Mochimochi Land is Anna Hrachovec’s fifth cute knitting book and the first that is aimed at non-knitters too, as it’s partly an adorable story book set in Mochimochi Land, a weird and wonderful place where almost everything has a face.
As a big fan of the residents of Mochimochi Land, I was so happy to hear about this book as, while I do know how to knit, I’m unable to do so any more as I have RSI in my wrist. Without any hope of knitting up any of the patterns, I was never able to own any of Anna’s work. Until now!
Adventures in Mochimochi Land contains 3 photo stories – a giant donut on a rampage, an undersea election and an airborne escape from Carnivale, with each story told by a little chap called Ichigo the adventurer. While the stories are short on words (and thus suitable for all ages), they’re accompanied by many pages of fully knitted scenes – not just the characters, but whole backgrounds and funny little details. I can’t even imagine how much work must have gone into each page.
The first story is my favourite, with an ever-growing donut rampaging around town eating everything from skyscrapers to cute little bunnies (noooo!)
Once you’ve enjoyed the stories, you can use the patterns at the back to knit up 25 of the characters and create your own stories. The patterns are aimed at more experienced knitters, but there’s also a few pages of knitting tips and instructions for beginners if you fancy giving it a shot.
This is a great addition to any cute and crafty bookshelf and would make an excellent gift for any knitters with small children to entertain.
Adventures in Mochimochi Land is out now and available online from Potter Craft, the Mochimochi Land website, Amazon and from your local book stores. We also have a couple of copies to give away so check back tomorrow for that, plus we’ll have a Super Cute Creators interview with Anna next week.
(Book was provided for review but these are my honest opinions and the photos are my own)
Posted on July 6th 2015 by Marceline in Cute Shop Alert!
I wanted to post about these cuties when they first launched, but it all sold out so quickly. Luckily, a new batch is available so we have another chance. This adorable Spring Kittens range is a collaboration between I Love Crafty and Pony People, with each piece made of laser cut acrylic and adorned with hand-drawn details. The CATerpillar brooch is my favourite but everything is adorable. Check out the full range here.
Posted on July 3rd 2015 by MissMuffcake in Let's Go Shopping!
Summer is in full swing here in California. Besides experiencing the really high temps there is loads of stuff about summer I enjoy.
Everywhere you go right now is brimming with gorgeous fruit and I cannot get enough of these tasty treats! Berries are my personal fave of the season. Show your love for strawberries with this Betsey Johnson strawberry purse.
I am all about the soy frozen yogurt and coconut milk based ice cream this summer. If I could get away with eating it for dinner I would! This kitty cone sticker by The Sparkle Collective is super cute and will let you enjoy ice cream any time of the day.
Get your kitty or doggy in on the summer time fruit action with this series of nesting watermelon beds by Milky Pet Supplies.
Even if you are not going to spend any time at the beach or poolside, Hello Kitty will have you feeling the summer fun with this super fruity towel.
Send someone a cute hello with these ice cream cards from the Cute Tape shop. It’s the perfect size to write a quick note to brighten someone’s day.
I hope your summer is fun! Remember your SPF and to drink lots of water!
Posted on July 2nd 2015 by Marceline in Sales & Discounts
M is for Make is one of my favourite sites to shop for fabric. While not totally kawaii, they have a lot of cute stuff that’s great for dressmaking and pillows. Today until 8pm you can get 15% off almost all fabrics with the code summer. Here’s a few of my favourites that somehow all turned out to feature cute animals…
Smug foxes! (it’s actually called that)
Bears on bicycles!
And some cute little birdies. I might have my eye on this one.
Check out all the fabric at M is for Make and don’t forget to use the code summer for 15% off.
Posted on July 1st 2015 by Marceline in Pocket Money Picks
It’s another Pocket Money Picks post of cute products that cost less than £5/$8 including shipping to at least one country. This time I had a look around Tofu Cute as they’ve been adding so much cute stuff lately. UK shipping generally costs £2.50 (or free if you spend over £20) and international shipping starts at just £1.90. Here’s my favourites.
While you’ll need to save up for most of the amazing Amuse plush range, you can get a fluffy animal charm for just £1.50 or a pompom Alpacasso for £1.99. Mine’s the white bunny!
Tofu Cute have a big range of Pocky, with most priced under £2.50. I’ve never seen peach flavour before and now I want some.
These panda stickers aren’t just cute – they’re strawberry scented and glittery too! Quite a bargain at £1.99.
Write some super kawaii letters to your friends with this adorable hamburger letter set. It includes 2 kinds of writing paper + envelopes for £2.50.
I love all the designs in this card range but the gingerbread men birthday cake is possibly my favourite. Best of all, cards and some stickers ship extra cheap at 99p so you can get a few.
Well, I think I’ve talked myself into placing an order. How about you?
Posted on June 30th 2015 by Marceline in Let's Go Shopping!
Yesterday, I showed you some ideas for display units and now we’ll look at some kawaii to display. Filling the larger shelves is easy but finding tiny things for the smaller shelves is more difficult but also really fun.
Rement miniatures should be your first stop as they’re so perfect and totally kawaii. Modes4u have a great selection including this Rilakkuma supermarket range.
Etsy is a great source of tiny kawaii, whether you browse the amazing dollhouse miniatures or the tiny handmade creations of sellers like Made With Clay and Love we featured a few weeks ago, or SuAmi‘s teeny crochet creatures.
Gashapon /capsule toys are also great for tiny, cute and odd things. I always go mad on them when I’m in Japan, but there’s some cute things to be found in local machines now too. Online, you can find them at sites like YesAsia and AnyToys.
Iwako erasers are a cute and affordable collection to start with. UK folks can pick them up individually at Paperchase stores and Artbox have great prices on sets.
Kawaii Shop Japan have a whole Small & Tiny section, which is always filled with adorable little things. The shop is only open occasionally so check back later this week to see what’s new.
In my own display, I also have pebbles and pinecones from my travels, things I’ve made or that friends have made for me and stuff from my childhood. Have a dig around in the corners of your bedroom and you might find all sorts of interesting things. If you make a kawaii display, do send us a photo!
Posted on June 29th 2015 by Marceline in Home Cute Home
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.
Posted on June 27th 2015 by Marceline in Super Cute Sponsors
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.
Yozo Craft have also been adding some amazing new sticker sheets including lots of Sumikko Gurashi and some adorable moustachioed bunnies.
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.
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Posted on June 26th 2015 by MissMuffcake in Kawaii Artists
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!
Posted on June 25th 2015 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 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…
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Posted on June 24th 2015 by Marceline in Kawaii Reviews
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)
Posted on June 24th 2015 by Marceline in Giveaways
Time to find out who won the cute t-shirt and notebooks in our latest giveaway with Artbox. The winner is…
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Congratulations to Magda Zwolinska!
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If you didn’t win this time, you can pick up kawaii t-shirts from Artbox from just £9.90 with free UK shipping too. Check back later today for a super cute review post.