It’s National Stationery Week in the UK, which aims to encourage people to send more letters instead of emails and texts (and remind everyone that it’s spelled stationEry not stationAry!). That also makes it the perfect excuse to buy more stationery so here’s some super cute writing paper sets from kawaii designers.
Milkbun’s new stationery sets come in happy succulent and sushi designs with 10 sheets of paper and some matching stickers that are sure to cheer up anyone’s letterbox.
Who can resist a squishy kitten? These sets by futska come with writing paper, envelopes and a notebook so you can keep track of all your penpals.
If you like a bargain, BonBons Kawaii’s unicorn letter writing set starts with a patterned folder which contains 10 sheets of note paper, 5 envelopes, 5 stickers, a ruled writing guide, a postcard and a journaling card, all for £3.50!
Sending a friend some dentistry-themed mail might be a little odd but when it’s this cute, I’m sure they’ll understand! LaPapierre sell the writing paper and envelopes separately so you can pick and choose how many you want.
If you have access to a colour printer then printable stationery is great value as you can print as many as you like. Miss Fright’s Delights has lots of cute designs including an Alice in Wonderland set.
Given an excessive amount of money, I’m pretty sure I would turn into a crazy Rement collector as their miniatures are all so ridiculously cute and tiny. Since they’re sold in blind boxes, I try only to buy a box when I’d be happy to get any of the sets.
Both me and Nicolette couldn’t resist the new Sumikko Gurashi House series and unbelievably, we both got our top choice! The cleaning ghost is my favourite character, closely followed by the dustball so I love all this so much and would pay quite a lot for a full size ghost brush and dustpan.
The rest of the sets are adorable too and I would have been almost equally happy with the garden set. If you’re a Sumikko fan, take your chances at Tofu Cute.
Also on my wishlist is this upcoming Rilakkuma British Tea Time series, which is currently up for pre-order at AmiAmi and should be more widely available next month. Being British, this is of course exactly what my life is like (so fancy!) and it’s hard to choose a favourite. Maybe the sewing basket or the tea set?
If you dream of visiting a cute character cafe in Japan, you can at least have a miniature cafe in your home with the Pikachu no Komorebi Cafe series! This is one I would be tempted to get the whole lot, though I’d need a dollhouse as well for the full effect.
While miniatures are adorable, they’re not exactly useful (unless you have a display shelf) but luckily Re-Ment also creates sets with phone charms and keyrings. This Kanahei’s Small Animals Snack Mascot set is the cutest, mixing two of my favourite things: bunnies and food!
The weirder Re-Ment sets don’t always make it out of Japan but you can still browse all the craziness at Amazon Japan – use リーメント in the search box. There’s all sorts of madness in there, from the huge Poseable Skeleton range to cats in underpants.
I am always excited to try out new food toys and gadgets, so it was a time for celebration when Marimo Marshmallow offered to send a Deco Party Pocky decorating machine for SCK to review! Easy to assemble and aptly named, the machine is meant to make it simple for the user to make their Pocky snacks cuter. The kit comes with everything you need other than some Pocky and edible decorations. It doesn’t even need batteries!
Marimo Marshmallow was also incredibly thoughtful enough to send some decorations so you can get an idea of what sorts of decorations you can use. This was very fortunate as I don’t normally have these things on hand.
There are three main pieces that make up the machine, a winding key, 6 plate attachments to hold the Pocky, and also a convenient display stand for your finished creations. The instructions are in Japanese, but they also come with very clear images on how to assemble the machine, so I was pleased that it was a non-issue. Initially I was a tad confused with which plates to use and on which end, but careful studying of the instructions solved that issue immediately. There are 2 plates for each type of Pocky size on the market- giant, original, and ultra slim.
Assembly took only a minute, and once complete, you should be ready to start decorating! For original Pocky, I used the two plates with the medium sized holes, and fit the base off the cookie into the appropriate plate. This step was a little irksome since I broke the ends off quite a few cookies during the process.
Once you’ve successfully attached a cookie, all you have to do is give the key a few winds, and flip the switch the way you want the Pocky to rotate (clockwise or counter clockwise). The machine is a bit finicky in that I had a difficult time figuring out the ideal number of winds. If you avoid over winding, it’s impossible to do a complete swirl in one go.
Here’s the final product. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something that’s just really cute about decorated Pocky!
If you want to see everything in action, you can check out Marimo Marshmallow’s video on the machine.
Overall, I had a lot of fun experimenting with this device, and it was definitely a lot easier and faster to create chocolate designs on the cookies using this product than it would have been to do it by hand. I think this would be a super fun activity for a group of friends, or even make a great gift!
You can find the Pocky Decorating Machine, over at the Marimo Marshmallow Store for $18.99 with shipping available worldwide, plus lots of flavours of Pocky too.
(Items were provided by Marimo Marshmallow for review but these are my honest opinions and the photographs are my own, except for the last one.)
Here’s what my collection looks like now (click the image on mobile to open in Instagram for maker tags) and below are a few more of my current favourites and recent purchases.
As previously mentioned, I love Easter so had to pick up The Pink Samurai’s two new pins – an Easter kitten in an egg and a lucky dip jelly bean cat with bunny ears! Fingers crossed for the glittery one.
Also piling on the glitter is KiraKiraDoodles with her happy sparkly shooting star pins. They might even make your wishes come true!
It’s almost a year since my last visit to Japan but I can relive some happy memories with my new Japan pin from Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes.
Halloween is a while away yet but I can never resist a cute ghost so this 8-bit pixel ghost by Precious Bbyz might be next on my shopping list.
And finally, bunnies! Sparkle Collective is well known for her cute cats and it’s great to see her branching out into other animals too. This herbivore bunny would make a great gift for a new vegetarian or vegan.