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Weekend Wrap Up

tomatoes

It definitely feels like Autumn now but I just had my first tomato harvest! It’s been a long process but amazing to finally have some tomatoes to eat – they taste great too. Quite a lot going on below and lots more to come this month!

Limited Time Shopping Offers

  • 30% off mugs and 20% off everything else in my Zazzle store today only with the code MUGZNMAGNETZ.
  • 20% off my Kawaii Japan book at Lulu through Monday with the code SAVETODAY.
  • Repeat customer offer: 15% off all Halloween products. Just login and check the cart page for the code. (How do you become one? Just place an order in my shop and you’ll have the option to create a customer account for exclusive monthly offers!)

Ongoing Shopping Offers

  • Get $10 off your first order at my Society6 store with this link.
  • Buy any 6 small vinyl stickers from my Redbubble shop and get 50% off.
  • Get 50% off your first personalised card at Thortful with the code TTSHUVNO.

News & Reminders

  • October wallpapers are available to download now, plus a printable planner.
  • If you missed the update, there were issues with my Little Ghost enamel pins and they made me send back the entire order so they won’t be available for Halloween (and maybe never. I’m kind of sick of the whole process now). SADFACE.
  • I’m delighted to be selling at Etsy Made Local in Glasgow again this December. I’ll be there on the Sunday with all these awesome sellers so join the Facebook event page for updates and reminders.
  • If you missed out on my Kawaii Japan Surprise Box, I’m giving one away on Super Cute Kawaii right now!

Surprise Box Giveaway at Super Cute Kawaii!

News

New! Little Ghost Enamel Pins

OR NOT. It seems I should have taken a closer look at all the pins in my order as 80% were damaged and the company insist I return the entire order so I can’t sell any. Halloween is ruined. I’m really sorry if you wanted one – I’m so disappointed.

little ghost enamel pins

Once I started making enamel pins, it was inevitable that my Little Ghost would be on the list. He’s got a lot of fans plus it’s perfect timing for Halloween! The postman tried to deliver them while I was away so I had an unbearable wait over the bank holiday weekend until I could see them, but they’re as cute as I hoped.

Little Ghost enamel pin

It was hard to decide on a metal finish, but I’m glad I went with black nickel as it’s a really nice contrast with the white enamel and will stand out wherever you pin it. They’re in my shop now for £7 each and come packaged up all nicely.

I'm trying to photograph the ghost pins but they're up to their usual mischief!

Here’s an outtake from the photography session where they all seemed to be doing a runner. I don’t know why my ghosts always get up to more mischief than any other character but that’s probably why we love them.

All my badges are restocked and I also got extra ghosts for freebies next month 👻🎃

PS. I’m giving away spooky freebies with selected orders until Halloween. Things that will make you more likely to get something: ordering ghosts, ordering lots of things, leaving fun drawing requests or nice comments in the checkout box, being a regular buyer.

Creative Work

10 Years of MOO

moo

Last week, I received two surprise packages from MOO marking their 10 year anniversary (and my Cake-iversary! It turns out that I was one of their first customers and have ordered every year since. I had no idea.

moo cards

I had a look on Flickr and here’s my first order! What an atrocious photo. According to the caption, I got them free via a Flickr offer and then ordered more. I remember swapping these with everyone back in those days.

MOO aren’t the cheapest or quickest printers so I don’t use them for a lot of my products any more but I keep going back because of three things:

stickers

The stickers! There’s something so enjoyable about MOO’s Sticker Books and you all love these stickers so much that I had to start selling them and making more and more – look at them all! This is the #1 MOO product for me and why I’ve been ordering every year.

Japan trip postcards

Printfinity! MOO’s USP as no-one else really does this. You can order 100 business cards with 100 different designs or a pack of 50 greeting cards for 5 different occasions. Most printers will expect you to order at least 50 of each design so MOO are perfect for testing out new ideas and making limited editions, like the Japan postcards I included in my surprise boxes.

Surprise parcel from Moo

It’s fun! Who else puts big YAY stickers on your order and packages every product like it’s a special gift to yourself? Not any of my other printers.

Notebook from Moo

I love it when businesses do things like this, and not just because I love free cake and stationery. I’m very loyal to good service but often that goes unrewarded while new customers get all the offers and attention. For MOO to notice something that I didn’t even know myself and send me such nice gifts was super nice and will keep me ordering in future. Plus those cupcakes were really good.

I wrote about this on li.st with lots more photos so go have a read: This is how you reward customer loyalty. I think it made a few new MOO fans too, judging by all the comments!

Happy birthday MOO!

Creative Work, Featured Posts

Inside My Kawaii Japan Surprise Box

surprise box

If you didn’t buy one of my Kawaii Japan Surprise Boxes then here’s a look at what you missed, and which of the contents you can still get your hands on, plus a chance to win one! If you haven’t received yours yet then LOOK AWAY (and also email me, because it should really have arrived by now).

Surprise Box contents

Here’s what you should have seen when opening the lid, though it probably all got shoogled about in the mail. The mini zine included details of the contents and an A-Z of my most recent Japan trip that won’t be reprinted anywhere.

Surprise Box contents

And here’s all the contents laid out neatly. A few items had multiple designs so it could have been slightly different.

Onigiri notelets

These Onigiri notelets were my favourite thing, even though I had to cut 150 of them by hand. I plan to make these available as a printable soon so you can make your own.

Mt Fuji notebook

You’ll have seen my Colourful Ghosts & Ice Cream Cones pocket notebooks but box buyers got a special Mt Fuji design. I’m keeping the extras for myself as they fit perfectly in my handbag.

Kawaii Japan stickers

Everyone loves stickers and these sticker sheets feature all my Japan characters. I have some left over so they’re available in my shop.

polymer stamps

The Surprise Box is what initiated the new smaller polymer stamp design as I really wanted to include one. They turned out so cute and each box contained either Mt Fuji or Onigiri. They’re both in my shops now.

Japan trip postcards

For a personal touch, I had some of my favourite photos from my 2016 Japan trip made into postcards. There were lots of different ones, so I hope you liked the one you got.

Surprise Box packing

Also included were my Mt Fuji enamel pin, Sakura badge, Kokeshi mini cards and a set of temporary tattoos. I really enjoyed making these boxes so there will definitely be more in future with different themes.

surprise box giveaway

If you liked your box, I’d be super grateful if you left a review or shared a photo on Instagram with the tag #askingfortroublesurprisebox. And if you’re kicking yourself for not getting one, head over to Super Cute Kawaii where we’ll be giving away one last box!

Featured Posts, Japan, Japan 2016

Japan 2016: JAXA Tsukuba Space Center

Rilakkuma at JAXA

As a lifelong space nerd, I did some searching to see if there were any space museums I could visit in Japan. There are a few, but I was especially excited to discover you can visit many of the JAXA space facilities. JAXA is Japan’s version of NASA and they have quite a few big space achievements under their belts including the largest component of the ISS. Obviously I had to go.

JAXA Tsukuba Space Center

The easiest facility to visit is in Tsukuba, which isn’t too far from Tokyo and can be reached by public transport. The Tsukuba Space Center website has an English guide and map, but I was still very happy to find a detailed post by Trip to Japan and used that as my guide. There is an English tour but you have to book it by phone well in advance and I didn’t have the nerve to do this, plus I wanted to keep my schedule quite flexible so I just decided to turn up and hope for the best.

Tsukuba Space Center

I’ve never taken a bus in Japan before and even with a lot of research it was quite nerve-wracking – I’ll add a guide at the end for anyone planning to visit. The bus takes about an hour and drops you off right at the entrance. From there, it’s just a short walk to the buildings and the famous Rocket Square. As you can see, it was a glorious day and I spent a while just hanging around taking photos and thrilling at the sight of JAXA uniformed employees going about their work.

Space Brothers display at JAXA

Visiting Tsukuba was especially exciting because I had been watching Space Brothers, a Japanese anime about two brother astronauts. They spend a lot of time at Tsukuba as kids and also do their astronaut testing and training there so much of it was very familiar from the show. There’s even a big banner at the entrance! You can watch Space Brothers on Crunchyroll and I really recommend it.

Replica Kibo ISS module

Sadly there was no English tour that day, but I was still free to explore the exhibitions, shop and cafe – I just missed out on seeing behind the scenes. The main exhibition is huge and shows off all the areas that JAXA covers – satellites, rocket launches, astronauts, the ISS etc. Above is the life size replica of Kubo, the Japanese module on the ISS. The Kubo mission control is here at Tsukuba!

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