Weekend Wrap Up

Wrapping up a cutie fruity Valentine gift for a customer. Hope they like it

Quite a lot of secret projects going on this week, as well as wrapping up surprises for my customers’ Valentine’s Day. Thanks everyone who bought something of mine! My weekend is going to involve a lot of fabric ordering as I have new patterns and products planned. I also booked the last of my hotels and flights for Japan so I can relax with all my hundreds of guide books now and decide what to do when I get there.

Current Shopping Offers

  • 20% off everything in my Zazzle store this weekend with the code ZAZZWELOVEYA.
  • 25% off all my decals and wallpaper at Walls Need Love with the code STICKWITHLOVE.
  • Free shipping on my Kawaii Japan book and diaries at Lulu through Tuesday with the code FEBSHIP.
  • Repeat customers get 20% off all Jammie Dodger products in my shop. Just login and check the cart page for the code.
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Recent Purchases

I haven’t been buying too much lately (because JAPAN), but I couldn’t resist any of these things, and can you blame me?


Let’s start with the cutest! These fox slippers from Boden were on my Christmas wish list and I managed to snag them at 70% off! I also picked up a sparkle striped t-shirt, which I love. It’s quite thick material so nice and warm for winter.

Spent some of my Christmas money on SPACE THINGS. How cool is that rocket bag?

The post-Christmas splurge involved space things, namely this space shuttle cushion by Wyatt Design that I’d been coveting on Society6 for years. I got it in the crazy sale with free shipping and I’m so pleased with it. It’s a great size for lounging on the sofa and the cover and insert are both excellent quality. Now I want more.

Rocket bag

You’ll spot my new rocket bag there too – isn’t it amazing? I saw a robot bag in Accessorize and made a note to look for it in the sale as I really lack a fun little bag for things like Christmas parties. Turns out they had a rocket too, so obviously I got that instead. It’s still on sale – £10.50, people!

Yay, my calendar mug arrived from @society6! It turned out super nice. ALSO there's 20% off everything & free shipping worldwide today if you want one too >> society6.com/marceline

Also from Society6, I bought one of my calendar mugs. It turned out super nice and is my current favourite mug.

My Neko Atsume washi tape arrived from Strapya World and it's so cute!

Neko Atsume was my go-to game over Christmas. I’ve collected all the cats now but I had to get some of this adorable washi tape from Strapya World. One has all the special cats and the other is a never-ending garden of cats!

New friend - Nagomimakuri! He's a salamander

I also got this little plush of Nagomimakuri, one of San-X’s less popular characters. He’s a salamander and also a screen cleaner.

It's my favourite time of the year - bunnies everywhere!

And finally, let’s just enjoy the super cute Easter packaging at M&S. I was pretty restrained just getting these.

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Happy Pancake Day!


Pulling this out again, because it took me ages to make last year. I hope you all have many pancakes lined up. I’m going to make some for lunch.

Pancake Day

Since it’s this guy’s favourite day of the year, you can get a massive 20% off all products featuring Pancake (and his breakfast friends) in my shop, today only. Just use the code PANCAKEDAY before midnight GMT.

Pancakes at Zazzle

There’s also 15% off at my Zazzle store today with the code ZAZZARTGIFTS, so you could pick up something cute there too. Pancake is one of my more neglected characters on Zazzle so he’ll be needing a calendar design soon.

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Weekend Wrap Up

Got my swatch of cotton spandex jersey from Spoonflower and it turned out super cute!

Another busy week with lots of freelance work and decisions about Japan. I think I have decided on my route for the week I have a rail pass but more on that once I’ve booked hotels. My cotton spandex jersey swatch arrived from Spoonflower and turned out super cute. I hope you’ve been receiving yours too – tag me in any photos you share!

Current Shopping Offers

  • Free worldwide shipping + 20% off throw blankets and pillows at my Society6 store today with that link only.
  • Society6 are also giving away a free product of your choice to 6 winners on Instagram today.
  • Strange lack of offers in my Zazzle store this weekend! There is 25% off lamps with the code AWESOMEITEMS and there’s always a special Sunday deal.
  • Repeat customers get 20% off all Jammie Dodger products in my shop. Just login and check the cart page for the code.

News and Reminders

  • Valentine’s Day is coming up fast! I recommend ordering by 10am on Monday, but orders placed by 10am on Thursday should still get there in time.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s just over a week until Valentine’s Day so don’t leave it too late to pick up something cute for your sweetie (or yourself!). Here’s a few of my cutest picks.

Which Jammie Dodger brooch is your favourite - felt heart or painted heart?

Jammie Dodger owns Valentine’s Day in my shop and my wooden brooches are full of love with an extra handmade touch – choose from a painted heart or a felt one. Brooches come packed in a little hand-stamped gift bag so that’s wrapping sorted too!

Cakeify & Friends polymer stamps

You could also make your own wrapping paper, tags or cards with my polymer stamps. There’s a full sweet set of Cakeify & Friends or pick and mix just your favourites from my whole collection.

We Make A Great Pair Card

Do you and your valentine make a great pair? Then this is the card for you!

cotton candy ghost brooches

My shimmery pink Cotton Candy Ghost brooches make an extra special gift as they’re limited to 50 pieces.

UK folks can order from my Valentine’s Day collection up until next Thursday morning (though this weekend would be safer). If you’re in the US, my on-demand partners can get stuff to you in time if you order soon.

Valentine's Day gifts at my Society6

Society6 have tons of cute products with my characters and there’s free worldwide shipping + 20% off throw blankets and pillows through Sunday if you use this link.

Personalised Valentine's Day cards at my Zazzle store

And over at Zazzle, there’s 15% off everything today with the code THREEDAYSALE. Almost everything there is customisable so you can take my cute card designs and add your own message or add a name or date to everything from mugs to watches!

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I'm Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I make illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii.

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