Things To Make

Mother’s Day Makes

Posted on March 13, 2017 by

Mother’s Day is on different days all round the world but here in the UK it’s next weekend. There’s nothing mums like better than knowing you made something just for her so here’s a few cute crafty ideas to get you started. If you’re not in the UK, bookmark them for later!

iManuFatti

A felt daisy in a pot will last a lot longer than fresh flowers and make a cute decoration for home or work. It’s a PDF pattern by iManuFatti so you can make it any colours you like.

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This printable tea shop gift box by LittleLuxuriesLoft would be perfect for filling with fancy tea bags, sweet treats or a handmade gift voucher to take her out to tea. There are lots of other gift boxes in store too including a flower shop and cafe.

Crochet up a coffee cosy and pair it with a reusable travel cup for a great gift for busy mums. This rainbow and stars design by Flying Mio isn’t too complicated or try your hand at their adorable mint bear cosy.

These polymer clay kokeshi spool dolls by 2 Cats & 1 Doll can be customised in lots of ways so you could make one that looks just like you! Wind on cute ribbon or striped twine and it will come in useful for sewing projects and gift wrapping too.

If your budget is on the non-existent side, origami is the way to go as all you need is paper (try gift wrap) and patience. Paper Kawaii has put together a great playlist of Mother’s Day origami projects including this clever little photo stand that you can finish off with photos or drawings.

Kawaii Reviews

Kawaii Fabric Review

Posted on March 10, 2017 by

kawaii fabric modes4u review

Kawaii Fabric is a craft supply shop that launched last year as a sister shop to Modes4u. In all honesty, it’s nothing short of a wonderland for kawaii crafters! They offer a wide array of sewing and crafting supplies, including lots of notions like buttons and patches, and a staggering variety of cute Japanese fabrics. They have an enormous section of Hello Kitty fabric to browse through, and even fabric bundles. Keep reading for a review of a few of their items!

kawaii fabric modes4u review

I do not think any photo can do this mint green animal double gauze fabric justice. I was super excited about how cute it looked online, but as soon as it arrived I actually squealed a little! It’s a soft, lightweight, high quality, 100% cotton double gauze fabric. Since it is a gauze fabric, it is somewhat sheer and thin, so I would not suggest it for anything where heavier-duty fabric is called for. However, I do feel it is still rather versatile! You could use it for anything from something like a scarf to a kawaii pastel patch quilt! How cute would that be?

kawaii fabric modes4u review

This light pink pinhead polka dot fabric is 100% cotton and a simple, extremely versatile fabric. This fabric is quite high quality as well, and could be used for virtually any craft project, including things like pencil pouches and plushies. Do keep in mind that storage could be a struggle since wrinkles are just in the nature of cotton fabric. I always try to use these types of fabrics as soon as possible.

kawaii fabric modes4u review

Crafting bits and bobs as cute as these are like cherries on a sundae to me! Kawaii Fabrics offers many officially licensed Sanrio notions to choose from, such as buttons, patches, and iron-on transfers, which means high quality items with minimal flaws.

kawaii fabric modes4u review

They even have lots of notions with lesser-known Sanrio characters including the stick-on Hummingmint deer patch and CherinaCherine mouse button I received. I don’t see those characters very often, so I was excited! The nice thing about notions is that they’re an inexpensive way to spruce projects up, and you don’t necessarily have to be a sewing expert or regular hobbyist to enjoy using them. They can be added very easily to things like clothing and accessories to make them cuter.

(As a bonus, they were also kind enough to throw in a cute little panda deco tape! While not strictly fabric related, I just thought it was too cute not to share.)

kawaii fabric modes4u review

If you’re in the market for new sewing supplies, I would highly recommend checking out Kawaii Fabric. They have so much to offer, it is impossible not to find something to inspire your next sewing project. Look out for a special tutorial using these items on SCK later this month!

(Products were provided for review by Kawaii Fabrics/Modes4u but all words and photos are my own.)

Look What I've Got!

Cute Cat Blind Boxes

Posted on March 9, 2017 by

It’s easy to let the cat out of the bag (or box) with these new blind box series items!

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First up is Purrfect Pets Cat key chains. There are 11 possible cats to get.

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I got an Exotic Short Hair. I love the sturdiness and size of the keychain on top of the cute kitty design.

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Pusheen is also back with another blind box series – this time she brought her friends. The kitties and boxes in this series are interchangeable. I got a chubby Calico kitty in a box!

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Do you enjoy collecting blind box toys as much as me?

Giveaways

CandiWare Miniature Food Jewellery Giveaway

Posted on March 8, 2017 by

Time for a new giveaway and this time it’s with CandiWare who makes cute scented miniature food jewellery.

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One lucky winner will receive this super sweet Berry Cheesecake & Latte miniature food necklace. It’s handmade by Candice and scented with cherry and coffee! Look how tiny it is…

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To enter the giveaway, visit the CandiWare shop and then come back here and leave a comment on this blog post telling us Which is your favourite CandiWare product?

Then use the Rafflecopter widget below to register your entry and open up more chances to win. Confused by Rafflecopter? Here’s a great guide.

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The giveaway closes on Tuesday 21st March and we’ll pick a winner at random. Good luck!

Books, Zines & Comics, Featured Posts, Kawaii Reviews

Kawaii Sweet Treats Book Review

Posted on March 7, 2017 by

Kawaii Sweet Treats

Shirley Wong, better known as Little Miss Bento, has a passion for Japan and kawaii food. She loves to make bento, sushi art, breads, tarts and sweets. Her new book Kawaii Sweet Treats has just been released in Europe and the USA. We would like to give you a sneak preview (^_^)

Kawaii Sweet Treats

Shirley shares a wide variety of kawaii treats in her book. She often includes matcha and other tea flavours in her recipes. This way the treats will get a nice flavour and natural colouring to them.

Kawaii Sweet Treats

Kawaii Sweet Treats starts with descriptions and pictures of all the basic tools and common ingredients. I think this is very helpful, as a guide what to look out for in (Asian) supermarkets and stores.

Next up are 12 pages with basic techniques for the recipes. You’ll learn how to prepare cookie dough, bao, momoyama wagashi and more. The accompanying pictures really help to understand these techniques.

Kawaii Sweet Treats

Now on to the core of the book: the kawaii recipes! You get to choose from 33 recipes, divided into various sections: pudding & jellies, cookies, snacks, bao and cakes.

Kawaii Sweet Treats

The recipe pages are very well laid out. At the top left you’ll find the difficulty level, ranging from 1 to 4. Many recipes fall into level 1 and 2, but there are 8 recipes at a higher level to keep you challenged. The ingredients list and instructions are very clear. The only information that I missed was the total preparation time. All the recipes come with one beautiful large picture and if needed some smaller pictures to explain the techniques.

Kawaii Sweet Treats

Not all the recipes have got kawaii faces and about half of them are more generally cute, such as the Button Cookies pictured above. This way you can also prepare treats for people who aren’t big on character food. Luckily Shirley does seem to share my passion for food with faces :3

Kawaii Sweet Treats

I can’t wait to try the recipes, starting with the Chick Pull-apart Bao for Easter. I’m not that experienced with baking yet, but the level 1, 2 and 3 recipes look very achievable. Since I haven’t tried a recipe yet, I can’t say anything about the taste. But judging by the ingredients the treats shouldn’t be too sweet or artificial, which is a plus in my book!

Kawaii Sweet Treats

Kawaii Sweet Treats has been released in most countries, a timeline is available on the website. It’s also available at Amazon UK or Amazon USA and the Dutch website Bol.com.

(This book was provided by the publisher for review. All opinions are honest and all photos are my own.)