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Cute Cross Stitch Patterns & Supplies

Posted on December 14, 2017 by

My favorite way to relax lately is sitting down and cross stitching. Counting out stitches and seeing a pattern emerge brings me lots of delight. I picked the craft up years ago and find it easy to learn – if you are curious, there are lots of online tutorials that can help you get started too. If you already know how to stitch then here are some cute cross stitch patterns to try out.

cute cross stitch patterns

I recently got this Hello Kitty cross stitch kit for myself. Inside there are supplies for two projects and patterns for new and classic Sanrio characters.

cute cross stitch patterns

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery has lots of unique patterns that bring in the seasons and celebrate everyday cute things.

cute cross stitch patterns

Magic Cross Stitch’s bunny pattern is perfect for those that enjoy their buns a little hardcore!

cute cross stitch patterns

Collect all the cats without another litter box to clean up via this cross stitch pattern from Capes and Crafts.

cute cross stitch patterns

Stitched Modern has free patterns, patterns for sale, supplies and tutorials. It’s a must check out site full of inspiration.

needle minder

If you are looking for a way to keep from losing needles then try this rainbow heart needle minder from Sublime Stitching. It’s a colorful way to keep track of your needle.


Hey Chickadee & Kawaii Panda Giveaway Winners

Posted on December 13, 2017 by

Time to find out who wins our last two giveaways of 2017!

pusheen giveaway

First up – and the moment you’ve all been waiting for! –  the very lucky winner of the Pusheen prize pack from Hey Chickadee is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

An – congratulations!

Kawaii Panda surprise box

And the two winners of the Kawaii Panda surprise boxes are…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Suissinho who wins the Panda Box and Keanne who wins the Harajuku Box.

Check your emails for how to claim your prize, or contact us.

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaways this year. We’ll be back with more in January.


Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 Highlights

Posted on December 13, 2017 by

I had an absolute blast at Hyper Japan recently and these are my top ten highlights of the weekend.

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 kawaii

1. All the kawaii

The major draw for me is always browsing the stalls and seeing all the cute plushies! Some of the weird and wonderful things which made me smile were the hotdogs and fruit hamsters at Tofu Cute and the Hello Kitty gyoza and Santa Gudetama at ARTBOX.

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 - Nicolette

2. Dressing up

I love seeing all the cute fashions and cosplayers and enjoy having the chance to dress up myself. I wore a doughnut-themed outfit on the Saturday with a doughnut skirt I made myself and a pastel Decora style on Sunday. I felt so kawaii!

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 Tofu Cute Tree

3. Tofu Cute Christmas tree

The kawaii tree was back at Tofu Cute and I made sure to make my wish for everyone to have a kawaii Christmas!

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 Magical Maidens

4. Meeting lovely people

We love to support small independent businesses at SCK and everyone I met was so nice and makes such cute things! Special shout out to Jaz from Magical Maidens for finding the Ditto pin I bought from her then promptly lost – thanks for reuniting us!

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 FEMM


I am completely obsessed with the album Femm-Isation so was super excited to see FEMM play at Hyper Japan. They blew everyone away by being carried onstage like mannequins then brought down the house with their electropop perfection.

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 goldfish lanterns

6. Goldfish lanterns

Part of the Illuminight exhibition featured lots of beautiful goldfish lanterns all strung up together. I particularly liked the white goldfish lanterns as they looked like ghosts.

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 bubble waffle

7. Bubble waffles

So good I had two! Miso Hungry make the best bubble waffles and my favourite was the peanut chocolate with Nutella, peanut butter, ice cream, chocolate sauce and mini Reeses cups – amazing!

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 Shinjo-kun

8. Shinjo-kun

I was really sad to miss out on meeting Shinjo-kun, the cute otter mascot of Susaki City, on Saturday but luckily managed to catch his dance performance on Sunday. I also got a photo taken with him to add to my collection of mascot photos!

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 Kokeshi doll painting

9. Kokeshi doll painting

It was fun but more tricky than it looks. I decided to paint myself in my doughnut skirt and even though I struggled a bit with painting straight lines, I really enjoyed it and love my unique kokeshi doll.

Hyper Japan Christmas 2017 purchases

10. Shopping

Some of my fave purchases were my plushie Maneki Neko and Pikachu soda from Tofu Cute, cute pins by Magical Maidens and Box Monster, doughnut kitty tee by Tea Kitty and pink holo bunny bag from Dreamy Bows.

You can see all my photos in the Facebook album.

Hyper Japan‘s next event will be in July 2018 in London. Follow them on Facebook for updates.

Gift Guides

Cute Christmas Gift Guide: For Journalling & Stationery Fans

Posted on December 12, 2017 by

Another gift guide to help you with your holiday shopping or wish list. This guide is especially for people who love to keep a journal. The bottom part is also suitable for fans of cute stationery.

Kawaii Journals

Any notebook with a good quality paper can be used for journalling, but it’s extra fun if it comes with a cute cover. Here are a few ideas.

Kawaii Journal

This Kawaii Journal by Christopher Hart is aimed at the younger kawaii fans. It contains cute illustrations and questions such as “what I love about school” and “this winter I will…”

tokidoki Unicorno kawaii journal

With 192 lined pages the tokidoki Unicorno flexi journal has plenty of room to write in.

kawaii 5 year diary

This Kawaii Skies 5 year diary can be used up to 2022! Record your daily doings and thoughts every day throughout 2018, then turn back to January 1st and do it all again.

Pens and highlighters

A pen is the only other item you need to keep a journal. Of course one pen would do fine, but using various colours and/or highlighters is great for a bit of variation.

kawaii journalling pens

At Rainbowholic Shop you can find various Japanese journaling materials, such as this sweet set of Pastel Sarasa Pens.

kawaii journalling pens sumikko gurashi

Six Seven Shop also offers a nice selection of kawaii writing tools, how about these Sumikko Gurashi ballpens?

kawaii journalling pens

The Zebra Mildliners are very popular in the journalling community. It has a standard chisel tip on one end for normal highlighting and a fine bullet tip on the other for underlining and writing notes. They are available at JetPens, where you can check out more planner gift ideas.

Cute washi tape and stickers

Washi tape, sticky notes and stickers are an easy way to decorate a journal. And my motto is that one can never have enough of these supplies ;). Do browse through the mentioned shops as they’ve got a lot of cute items in stock, I’ve just made a small selection.

kawaii journalling stationery

From left to right:
Washi tape from WashiWednesday | MT slim washi tape from Jetpens
Sanrio deco rush from SweetSuppliesStore
Mindwave cats sticker sack from YozoCraft | Crux animals sticker sack from Modes4U

kawaii journalling stamps

If you are looking for more inexpensive stationery straight from Japan, I can also recommend Kawaii Shop Japan.

Nim C shows how to create notebook covers, which is a nice and inexpensive way to make someone a personal journal. You could also write/handletter their name on it.

Seasonal Cute

Cute Christmas Enamel Pins

Posted on December 11, 2017 by

Enamel pins have been one of the biggest crazes of 2017 so why not finish off the year by adding one of these cute Christmas designs to your holiday outfits.

Christmas Enamel Pins Catmas Tree

I’ve already bought mine – a giant Catmas tree by The Pink Samurai! It looks perfect on my glittery Christmas jumper. It’s also available in pink and white glitter for extra sparkle.

Christmas Enamel Pins - gingerbread cat

Also at The Pink Samurai is the last few limited edition gingerbread kitties from a collaboration with Em & Sprout – so cute!

Christmas Enamel Pins rudolph cat

Doodlecats have a couple of Christmas cat pins including Rudolph the reindeer, cat style, with a glittery red nose!

Christmas Enamel Pins penguin

I love this cute penguin wearing a cosy Christmas jumper by Unicorn Jack. I already feel a bit warmer just looking at it.

Christmas Enamel Pins catmas wreath

We Are Extinct also have some adorable festive cat pins including this kitty in a wreath.

Christmas Enamel Pins snow bunny

And finally, one of my favourite Japanese things, snow bunnies! There’s not much snow near me but hopefully I’ll get a chance to make a real one soon. In the meantime, I might have to pick up this pin by Northern Spells.