Cute Characters

What’s New With Sanrio?

Posted on January 22, 2018 by

Sanrio’s cute characters have been very busy this month so here’s a round-up of what’s new.

sanrio cat plushies

Cat Plush

It’s supposed to be the year of the dog but the Sanrio characters are all dressed up as cats for these new plush, available at US Sanrio stores or online. I think the kitten sized ones are the cutest, especially Gudetama and Pompompurin.

Hello Kitty kawaii mobile game

Hello Kitty Basket Catch

If you need a new game, Hello Kitty Basket Catch looks fun and very kawaii. It’s a simple coin catching game but with round Pochadama version of your favourite Sanrio characters. Free to download for both iPhone and Android.

sanrio tokyo pixel stationery

Sanrio x Tokyo Pixel

The Tokyo Pixel shop is high on my list for my next Japan trip but you don’t have to go to Japan to get your hands on their Sanrio collaboration. JapanLA have pixel charms online now but the amazingly-cute stationery is only in their Los Angeles store at the moment so email to place an order.

Sanrio kawaii subscription box

Small Gift Crate

The new edition of Sanrio’s Small Gift Crate subscription box is now available to order. The theme is Naturally Cute and will have a sweet springtime style. These boxes are really good value with all-exclusive items so well worth signing up if you’re a Sanrio fan.

Gudetama 5th Anniversary

And finally – can you believe it? – Gudetama is celebrating his 5th anniversary! He’s heading into space and taking over the whole universe so watch the anniversary movie, check out the special website and wait for the new products to be revealed.

Super Cute Sponsors

Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on January 20, 2018 by

It’s our regular round-up of kawaii discounts, offers and news from our super cute sponsors.

disney japan kawaii stationery

Six Seven Shop

Six Seven Shop keep adding more cute products from Japanese brands including some really fun Disney stationery by Kamio. Look out for Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Ariel and more.

shinzi katoh kawaii fabric

Shugei Craft

Shugei Craft have been adding lots of new Japanese fabric, washi tape and craft supplies since we last caught up with them. The Shinzi Katoh fabric is so cute, especially this bee and flower print. SCK readers get 15% off any order with the code SCKAWAII.

kawaii dresses

Cakes With Faces

For the rest of January there’s a different offer every week at Cakes With Faces. This week, get 10% off dresses with code DRESSUP, until Friday 26th January. They’re all original designs, available in sizes UK 6 – 20  with worldwide shipping.

kawaii squishy grab bag

Kawaii Panda

Kawaii Panda have some great special offers on sale just now. These kawaii squishy grab bags contain 9 top brand squishies €40 while fukubukuro lucky bags start at €19.99. Don’t forget, SCK readers get 10% off all orders (excluding boxes and bundles) with the code SCK10OFF.

kawaii unicorn amigurumi crochet pattern

DIY Fluffies

Make a cute unicorn friend for yourself or a gift with this digital amigurumi crochet pattern by DIY Fluffies. Bella has a colourful rainbow mane and pink frilly dress but you can change the colours if you fancy trying something different.

kawaii shark sewing pattern


Prefer something a bit less sweet? How about sewing up Chebeto‘s plush shark! It’s very round and cuddly, and probably won’t bite.

Hello Kitty x Strawberry Shortcake

Kawaii Depot

It was Ichigo (Strawberry) Day in Japan recently so I have strawberries on the brain. Kawaii Depot have a super sweet Hello Kitty x Strawberry Shortcake memo pad with plenty room for your notes and messages. Get 10% off any $10+ order with the code KDSS-10 or 15% off a $50+ order with the code 15PER.

kawaii tofu phone charm

Cute Delight

Cute Delight have some fun new stationery, stickers, charms and squishies. How cute are these teeny tiny tofu charms?

kawaii greeting cards

Asking For Trouble

I’m having a price freeze in my Asking For Trouble shop. I’ll be raising prices on February 1st so now’s your chance to pick up some cute cards, badges, gift wrap and more at the lower price. There’s free UK shipping and flat rate £3 international shipping on all orders over £15 so stock up.

SCK newsletter

Have you signed up to get the SCK Newsletter? The next one will be sent out at the end of January with our top posts of the month, crafty ideas, events and more!

Things To Make

Year of the Dog Crafts

Posted on January 19, 2018 by

The dog is my Chinese zodiac animal, so I was happy to look for some projects I could share for Lunar New Year. While I adore cats, I’ve found that the internet definitely needs more dog crafts! If you’re looking to celebrate the occasion with crafting, here are some of the cutest DIYs.

Year of the Dog Crafts - pug amigurumi crochet pattern

Ohana Craft Amigurumi has a fit-in-the-palm-of-your-hand-sized amigurumi pug tutorial in honor of 2018’s zodiac animal, which is perfect for tiny craft lovers.

Year of the Dog Crafts - amigurumi crochet pattern

For a larger crochet project, Storyland Ami’s Year of the Dog pattern is perfectly described as “cuddle-sized.” It really is cute enough to cuddle!

Year of the Dog Crafts colouring page

Cute Chinese New Year coloring pages can be hard to find, but the Year of the Dog printable coloring page by LaSoffittaDiSte is an easy and inexpensive option for anyone that enjoys coloring.

Looking for some paper crafts? Kamikey Origami has several Year of the Dog videos that are super cute, including this origami doggy DIY. I love watching their videos because they are thorough enough for beginners to origami. There’s also a similar envelope version.

Year of the Dog chinese zodiac Crafts sewing patterns

Being a huge fan of Little Dear’s cute style and delicate embellishments, I couldn’t leave out Aimee’s Chinese zodiac sewing pattern set that includes an adorable puppy. (She has two other sets to round out the rest of the zodiac, too!)

Which one is your favorite? Is your zodiac the dog, or something else? Let us know if you try any of these projects!

Fashion & Beauty, Let's Go Shopping!

Ultra Violet Colour of the Year Picks

Posted on January 18, 2018 by

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. Below are my picks to get you into the purple vibe. From cute plushies to some cool makeup, this shade can be worked into many areas of your life.

Ultra Violet sugarpill lipstick

Let your lips do all the talking without saying a word with Sugarpill’s Spank lipstick. Not only is the color beautiful, the packaging is cute and the product inside is vegan and cruelty-free!

Ultra Violet meowchi cat plush

Take a moment to cuddle with a colorful kitty for a break from the day. This Meowchi plush from Tasty Peach Studios is taro flavour.

Ultra Violet glitter nail polish

I am a sucker for glitter and this meteor shower nail polish packs a punch!

Ultra Violet bunny hat

A floppy bunny ear hat by AnimeNoms will keep your noggin warm while making you look cute!

Ultra Violet velvet boots

These chunky velvet boots scream street style and will keep your feet cozy as you stomp around town.

Featured Posts, Guides To Kawaii

How To Buy From Japanese Web Shops With Tenso

Posted on January 17, 2018 by

Earlier this week, I showed you my Sumikko Gurashi order from San-X Japan and now here’s a guide to buying from Japan with Tenso.


What is Tenso?

Tenso is a forwarding service based in Japan, so this guide works for any online store in Japan. Basically, they act as a middleman – you order with Tenso’s address and they receive the package, work out the international shipping costs and send it on to you. They charge a small handling fee for this service but it’s very reasonable.

What do I need to be able to order from Japanese shops?

You will need a credit card that is accepted internationally (this includes most of the big companies – Visa, American Express, Mastercard etc.). Some sites may also allow PayPal. If in doubt, check with the site you want to shop with before joining Tenso.

What could go wrong?

There are a few risks with using Tenso (or any forwarding service). If the shop sends you the wrong thing or it doesn’t fit, you have no way to return it since they won’t accept international returns. There’s also the possibility of your package getting lost or damaged in shipping, though if you choose an insured option, you should be able to get a refund. Shipping and customs fees are also difficult to predict.

tenso website

Step 1: Register with Tenso

This is pretty easy to do. Tenso have an English website so have a read of the information and then click on the sign up button when you’re ready. You need to first verify your email and then complete a simple form with your personal details. To make things easier later, enter your name and address exactly as shown on official identification (passport, driving license, ID card, utility bills etc.) as you will need to verify your identity. You can change it later but it will delay shipping.

Tenso address

Step 2: Get your Tenso address

Once registered, Tenso will give you a Japanese address to use. This includes a unique user number – mine is blurred above – never forget to include this or your parcel may be rejected by Tenso.

San-X Japan

Step 3: Go shopping!

You can order from any Japan-based website. That includes the Japanese stores for brands like San-X, Sanrio and Disney (with exclusive products not available outside Japan), Japanese companies and shops that only sell in Japan, auction sites (Tenso can help you place bids), Amazon Japan (for sellers that aren’t part of Amazon Global) and anything else you might be interested in. The best thing about forwarding is that you get to shop yourself so you can set an alarm for a sale or limited item and place pre-orders or custom orders. If the site is only in Japanese, use the Google Chrome browser as it can translate the text automatically.

Step 4: Double check your order

Since you’re not really a Japanese customer, you can’t return items so make sure you’re ordering the correct size/colour and quantity. Use a currency converter to check the costs and remember that you have international shipping to pay on top once it arrives with Tenso and your country may also charge customs fees. It’s easy to get carried away, but don’t spend so much that you could have booked a flight to Tokyo instead! It’s best to start with a smaller order and see how it goes.

tenso japan shopping guide

Step 5: Checkout

Once you’re happy, continue to checkout and fill in your details. Remember to use the address supplied by Tenso, your registered name and your own email address.If the city/prefecture is a dropdown, your Tenso address is in Tokyo. If you get errors about full-width/half-width characters, you can convert the text. It may ask for your name in katakana. You can just enter your name in English again.

tenso japan shopping guide

For payment, enter your own credit card details (or PayPal if available) as usual. Do not try to use any of the local payment options. It’s fine that the billing address is your Tenso address – it shouldn’t reject your card for that. Have a last check of your order and submit it.

tenso japan shopping guide

Step 5: Delivery to Tenso

You’ll receive emails from the site you shopped at confirming your order and notifying you when it ships. Check these emails as it’s possible there could be a problem or delay. Once your package arrives at Tenso’s warehouse, they will email you. If it’s your first order, you’ll need to verify your identity by photographing ID/paperwork. This takes around 24 hours to be checked.

tenso japan shopping guide

Step 6: Arrange Forwarding

Tenso will hold your mail for a short time and consolidate multiple packages into one parcel so that’s worth doing if you have a few things to buy from different shops. With larger or heavier packages, shipping will probably be cheaper if you keep them separate. Tenso will offer you a range of different shipping services from express tracked to surface mail. It all depends how quickly you want the package and how much you want to pay. Surface mail is more likely to get lost but express is more likely to incur customs fees. I tend to use standard airmail. If your items are expensive or fragile, always choose an insured tracked service in case of damage or loss.

tenso fees

Here’s the costs for my San-X package. As you can see, Tenso only charge a small fee and the overall costs for shipping & handling are reasonable for an international order.

Sumikko Gurashi San-X Japan review

Step 7: Receive Your Parcel!

If you choose an express or airmail shipping service, you can expect your parcel within a week. One thing I loved is that it’s the original shop packaging and Tenso just put a new label on top. How cute is the Sumikko Gurashi packaging? You can see what was inside here.

Leave a comment if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer!

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