Cute Characters

What’s New With San-X?

Posted on February 19, 2018 by

Since we’ve caught up with Sanrio and Pusheen, now it’s time for the San-X characters.

Rilakkuma is celebrating his 15th anniversary (!) with quite a few fun collaborations and a new Strawberry Party collection. There’s the usual adorable video and free wallpapers.

San-x Rilakkuma Strawberry Party

The products are all super sweet too, especially this incredible plush toy recipe set! There’s also bags, purses, small plush and a lot of cute stationery that I have my eye on. This is all released next month so if you need something, read our guide to ordering with Tenso and be ready for release day.

san-x corocorocoronya cafe japan

Corocorocoronya are quickly becoming some of my favourite San-X characters and they have some really cute new products coming soon with an ice cream theme. I’m mostly mesmerised by all the Instagram posts from their pop-up cafe at Tower Records in Tokyo. It just ended yesterday but we can still enjoy looking at all the kawaii food.

san-x sumikkogurashi plush pillow

Sumikko Gurashi went back to school recently for a new collection about studying. My absolute favourite product is this plushie book that opens up into a pillow so you can rest your head on the pages! There’s also a similar pouch.

san-x sentimental circus pouch

We never really feature Sentimental Circus on SCK but the new Sleeping Forest collection is very cute with a pastel watercolour feel. There’s lots of sweet plush, stationery and bags including this pouch set.

san-x kokujira jinbe san plush

And if you’ve got a spare £200, you could do a lot worse than spend it on a giant Kokujira plush! Kokujira is a very round baby whale friend of Jinbe San and it looks so huggable.

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Super Cute Sponsor News

Posted on February 17, 2018 by

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

kawaii stationery memo pads

Six Seven Shop

Six Seven Shop have added some new kawaii memo pads from Japanese stationery brands. There’s lots of cute designs to choose from including animals and food, and they’re all just $1.99 each.

kawaii donkey amigurumi crochet pattern

DIY Fluffies

If you were one of the people to suggest a donkey in our recent giveaway with DIY Fluffies, you’ll be glad to hear that Mariska has now created an amigurumi pattern! Bernard the donkey is suitable for intermediate crocheters and the PDF pattern is available for instant download.

Cakes With Faces

Planning a trip to Japan? Cakes with Faces are making a series of travel guide videos to help you! Here’s the first one, about how to get around Tokyo on the trains and metro, with lots of tips and advice.

kawaii my little pony toys

Kawaii Panda

Kawaii Panda have added some super cute new products featuring My Little Pony and Pusheen, as well as lots of fun Japanese candy! SCK readers get 10% off all orders (excluding boxes and bundles) with the code SCK10OFF.

kawaii japan label printer

Cute Delight

Cute Delight have Tepra Lite label printers in stock and they look so much fun! You can print text with a choice of fonts plus icons, frames and more on to the cute patterned tape. Great for organising your craft supplies, gift wrapping and journalling.

kawaii apple fuji enamel pins

Asking For Trouble

I have two cute new enamel pins in my Asking For Trouble shop! Choose from a happy apple or a new Mt Fuji that just wants a hug. They’re just £7 each and if you mention SCK at checkout, I’ll include a free sticker in your order.

Shugei Craft Kawaii Fabric Giveaway

Shugei Craft Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter our Shugei Craft giveaway for a chance to win all this cute Shinzi Katoh Japanese fabric – ends Tuesday! SCK readers get 15% off any order at the Shugei Craft website with the code SCKAWAII too.

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Kawaii Reviews, Things To Eat

Popin’ Cookin’ Crepes DIY Candy Kit Review

Posted on February 16, 2018 by

It seems like every time I turn around there’s a new candy kit being released! Marimo Marshmallow was generous enough to send us a few candy kits to try out and show our readers. The first review is below and we’ll share the whole making process on Instagram soon.

Popin' Cookin' Crepes DIY Candy Kit Review

The first up is the Popin’ Cookin’ Crepes kit, which I’ve been looking forward to testing out very much.

Popin' Cookin' Crepes DIY Candy Kit Review

After busting everything out of the box, it seemed that there were a few more supplies than is standard for a Popin’ Cookin’ kit, namely the “crepe maker” and more mixes than usual.

Popin' Cookin' Crepes DIY Candy Kit Review

There are quite a few instructions on the back of the box, which made it a little intimidating, but there are still plenty of photos to go by. I used RRcherrypie’s video when I was unsure about something (i.e. microwave times.)

Popin' Cookin' Crepes DIY Candy Kit Review

It was step-heavy in comparison to the previous candy kits I’ve made, so it took me a bit longer. Once the crepe batter is mixed, you have enough to make 3-4 crepes, which does contribute to that. If you’ve gotten bored with a kit because it didn’t take long to finish, you would probably like this one.

Popin' Cookin' Crepes DIY Candy Kit Review

My final result didn’t quite turn out like the photo, but it doesn’t really matter since I had fun making it! Taste-wise, like most other kits, everything was very sweet and artificial tasting, but that’s honestly to be expected. I think the popularity of these kits are based on the enjoyment of the creation process, whether not you eat it. I really enjoyed this kit and recommend it!

Popin' Cookin' Crepes DIY Candy Kit Review

So what do you think? If you’d like to try it out yourself, you can buy the Popin’ Cookin’ Crepe kit from Marimo Marshmallow’s website for $5.99 USD. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the rest of their assortment of candy kits and other goodies!

(Kit was provided by Marimo Marshmallow for review but all words and photos are my own.)

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Kawaii Stationery Supplies For Happy Mail

Posted on February 15, 2018 by

After last week’s review of the Happy Mail book, I thought I’d share some of my must have mail supplies. When sending a letter off, I like adding a few special touches. These kawaii stationery supplies will turn a blah letter into something more magical and exciting to get in the mail.

kawaii stationery gelly roll pens

Sakura Gelly Roll Pens are so fun to use and come in so many interesting colors and finishes. This Midnight set is for writing on dark paper.

kawaii stationery food stickers

Stickers are great to decorate a plain envelope. Sticker flakes make sending some cuteness tucked into an envelope extra easy if you are up to sharing supplies. Try these Yum Yum Snacks by Mind Wave at Stationery Heaven.

kawaii stationery cat washi tape

Cats make anything better – even bills! Washi tape is something I love using on outgoing mail. So many patters to collect and it is easy to use for those into mail art and crafts. Stock up and save 10% when you buy 5 rolls from Darling Supplies Shop on Etsy.

kawaii stationery cloud rubber stamp

Stamping the same stamp using different colors makes an interesting mail delivery. This cloud stamp from Japanese Rubber Stamps will bring a smile even on the cloudiest day.

kawaii stationery cat memo pad

Make a little note stand out with these mini kitty memo sheets at Six Seven Shop.

kawaii stationery unicorn pen

Add some magic to your correspondence with a unicorn topped pen from Paperchase.

Short on cash? Remember to raid your own supplies and try what you have on hand. Repurpose magazine cutouts and use up some of that mountain of washi tape you have.  Have fun without spending a dime.

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Kawaii Bags For Every Day

Posted on February 14, 2018 by

If you’re anything like me, you probably own quite a few kawaii bags that are not very practical. These bags below are all super cute but will also be useful for everyday.

Kawaii Bags gudetama

This whole post could have been from Loungefly’s range- they have so many kawaii bags featuring Pokemon, Star Wars, Disney and more. This Gudetama crossbody bag caught my eye as it looks really well made and has handles and a detachable shoulder strap.

Kawaii Bags tokidoki ita bag

You can always rely on tokidoki for a practical kawaii bag. Their new California Dreamin’ range has a cool beach theme and even includes an Ita bag with a clear pocket to display your pins, charms, plush, stickers or anything else.

Kawaii Bags fluffy pastel unicorn satche

I find Smiggle stores to be slightly terrifying but this fluffy pastel satchel is pretty amazing and would cheer up any day.

Kawaii Bags ice cream pom poms tote

If you prefer a big tote to cram all your stuff in, how can you resist pom pom ice creams! Tokyo Otaku Mode have this bag available in four colours – hot pink, black, lavender and green.

Kawaii Bags cats backpack

Society6 recently added backpacks and duffle bags to their range so if your favourite indie artist sells on there, you’re in luck. They’re not cheap but they’re high quality with padded back, adjustable straps and a lots of pockets. How cute is this Cats Love String pattern by Little Odd Forest?