DENY Designs have been adding some great new products to their line-up, and they’re currently doing special deals for 12 days. Today’s offer is on these cute jewellery boxes. They’re made from bamboo with the design printed on the lid and inside too. If you’re not a big jewellery wearer, they’d also be good all round the house to stop the clutter. Order a medium box today and you’ll get a small box absolutely free! That’s $59 for two boxes, plus there’s free US shipping too. Hurry though, the clock is ticking!
Make sure you follow DENY Designs to see what’s tomorrow’s deal is. You’ll also find daily offers in my Society6 shop ($6 offt-shirts today) and Zazzle (last email I got, there was up to 75% off!).
Some more interesting links I’ve been saving for you, starting with adorable donuts again, because squee! These are all by Floresta, who have loads of branches in Japan and Asia. You can see even more of their animal donuts here.
Staying on a food theme, RocketNews24 also have a feature on crazy Japanese pizza, which is kind of fascinating. I would probably eat most of them. 101 photos from old Japan is definitely worth a browse too.
Tokyo Cheapo is becoming one of my favourite Japan sites, with articles like special deals you can get on your birthday in Tokyo and a new series of podcasts covering day trips, Takeshita Dori and more. If you’ll be in Japan this winter, make sure you check out their tips for the best illuminations too.
As a fan of Japan’s station and attraction stamps, I loved looking at Kyoto Journal‘s display of calligraphy and stamps from the 88-temple pilgrimage in Shikoku. So pretty!
Berrysprite has posted about her stay in Osaka and it really makes me want to go back. We really didn’t get enough time to explore.
Polkaros posted about the Joshibi Festival, a 3 day open event at Joshibi University of Art and Design. Lovely photos of the textile departments!
Hello Sandwich has an interesting post on Momiji ichi, an outdoor art and craft market by the Tanagawa River that looks well worth checking out if you’re around at that time of year.
And finally, if you’re not following Little Miss Paintbrush on Tumblr, you’re missing out on some super cute illustrations about all things Japanese. I like these dining etiquette tips, and the bento maker game.
Instead of me telling you what I think are my best products for Christmas gifts, let’s see what everyone has been buying.
Busy Bee Organiser, Meal Planner and Shopping List Notepads
I feel like every order this Winter has included one of the above, and sometimes all three! These are great gifts for just about anyone. They’re also great to get yourself organised for Christmas or the New Year and at £5 each they’re perfect for Secret Santa too.
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Little Ghost and Happy Banana Brooches
You have no idea how delighted I am that these are selling like crazy. Maybe I need to design more things that I just think are hilarious. They’re only £4 each so perfect stocking fillers.
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5 A Day Tote Bag (and Seasonal Food Magnets)
These fruit and veg characters have been instantly popular (and again, were designed for my own amusement). The tote bag is great for grocery shopping to avoid those carrier bag charges! Magnets have been so popular I’m all sold out, but the postcards are just as handy, and bigger too.
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Cookie Cute Polymer Stamp and Sad Cookie Wooden Brooch
My cookies are always popular at Christmas and both the happy and sad versions have been getting lots of love. Crafty types can use the stamps for tags and cards, and my sad bitten cookie makes a cute Christmas accessory.
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5 Year Diary
This is my third year of selling 5 Year Diaries and they’re still proving popular. I’m still managing to keep mine up to date and it’s so interesting seeing what I was doing the past two years – sometimes exactly the same thing! Don’t forget they’re only on sale for a short time and pre-orders end tomorrow! There’s still an ex-display copy going cheap too.
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Christmas Delivery Reminder!
If you’re in the USA or Western Europe (excluding France) you can still just squeeze in if you order before Thursday. UK folks – you have until the 19th, but don’t leave it until the last minute as I am running short of quite a few things.
I think this week has been the craziest ever – I’ve put 64 parcels in the post since Monday! The blog is really suffering but my diary is pretty full of exciting events so I’ll hopefully get some more interesting posts up soon. In the meantime, here’s a few photos from the last week. That’s George Square looking as festive as always.
If you were one of those 64 people, you probably received some of my pretty new packaging, which I picked up from Riky&Nina. Don’t click that link unless you want to spend all your money on paper bags and bunny stickers. Believe me, my order above was very restrained! Oh dear, there’s 10% off just now as well…
I also got a new duvet cover! I love it but I keep losing all my stuff because TOO MUCH GREY. Can you spot my roll of magic tape? Took me a good few minutes to see it, perfectly hidden as it is. My Kindle, DS and iPhone blend in beautifully as well. It’s probably a bit weird to like grey as your favourite colour but it’s the best.
SALES & REMINDERS
- Last call for 5 Year Diaries is the 10th of December. Yes, THIS TUESDAY.
- Monday is also my last shipping day for Christmas if you’re outside the UK. Don’t delay!
- DENY Designs are doing 12 Days of Christmas offers so check the site daily if you’ve got your eye on something.
- Zazzle are also doing something similar. To be honest, I can’t keep up with all their offers so go follow them!
- Society6 have extended their free worldwide shipping offer til Sunday plus you get $5 off any item! Use this link to get the deal.
- Spoonflower are doing 12 Days of Giveaways and they’re pretty amazing, like a year’s worth of gift wrap! Go enter!
Judging by my Instagram feed, everyone has started putting up their Christmas trees (though I certainly haven’t!). If you’re in need of some cute ornaments then I have just the thing! I’ve been adding new designs to my Zazzle store so you’ll find lots of festive cuteness, plus some of my favourite characters if you want to mix things up.
The ornaments are ceramic and the designs are double-sided. You can add your own message or date on the reverse or some have two matching characters. I’ve ordered these ornaments before and they’re really nice quality. Ornaments usually cost $16.95 but if you buy today or tomorrow you’ll get 50% off. Just use the code HOLIDAYSMADE at checkout. There’s also 50% of wrapping paper, cards, t-shirts, mugs, plates and more!
Thank you so much for all your orders this weekend. This was the scene on Monday afternoon – it took me almost six hours to pack and ship everything, definitely the busiest day ever at Asking For Trouble! It was especially nice seeing all those not quite perfect brooches and things going off to new homes.
A few notes on stock
- Busy Bee Organisers are almost sold out. I will have more in about a week, but that’ll be too late for Christmas delivery outside the UK so grab one now if you need one.
- Seasonal Fruit & Veg magnets are totally sold out. I’ll be ordering more, but probably not in time for Christmas. You can still buy the postcard versions though, or sign up to be notified when the magnets are back in stock.
- Anyone waiting for a 5 Year Diary – it will ship on Thursday! If you’re outside the UK, order a diary by December 8th and I will ship it out on the 9th, while stocks last (email me if you want to check first). UK pre-orders will ship on the 19th as stated in the listing.
And finally, one last offer before Christmas – free gift wrapping on any product! If you’re buying gifts, I can save you some time and even send your gift direct to the recipient. Or if you’re treating yourself, you can make it extra special, all for free. Just choose from four of my gift wrap designs and leave the rest to me.
Happy December! I made it through a whole year of free desktop wallpapers. I did have my doubts but I managed fine. Here’s a snowy calendar for the last month of the year. I hope we get some snow!
As always, it’s available in two sizes for desktops, and also in a non-calendar version, if you want to use it other times of the year. As an end of year bonus, you’ll also find a snowman wallpaper for iPhones included! You can download the whole lot right here.
I will probably come up with a different monthly challenge for next year but you can find all the previous wallpapers and lots more freebies on my Free Things page.
I know shipping costs are getting super pricey for my international customers so this weekend I want to say thank you and cover the costs myself. Yes, that’s free shipping worldwide all weekend on orders over £10. Get shopping now!
If you’re outside Europe/USA/Canada, make sure you order by Sunday evening so I can get your order posted on Monday as that’s the last date for Christmas delivery.
The Sample Sale has been very popular in the last 24 hours but there’s still some great bargains – grab them quick as they’ll be gone after Monday whether they sell or not!
Plus, keep an eye on my Week of Sales post as I’m updating it with new offers as I see them, including 50% off at DENY Designs!
Zazzle have been sending out tons of offer emails recently and I have been amazed to discover new products I hadn’t heard about yet. The most exciting was definitely lamps! I’ve started adding designs and you can buy most of them on both table lamps and pendants. You can even pick your own trim and base colours, plus the shades are available in a few types of material.
The lamps have US plugs and shipping is probably a killer internationally, but I still really want one! Prices start at $42.95 for a table lamp and $89.95 for a pendant, but keep an eye out for deals.