Thursday 20 November 2014

Kawaii Box Giveaway

Hey Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

Remember my review of the Kawaii Box service last week? Want to win a box of kawaii goodness for yourself?

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Wednesday 12 November 2014

Kawaii Box review


Hello Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

Today's post is all about Kawaii Box. Kawaii Box is the cutest monthly subscription service. Subscribe Now and receive a box filled with hand-picked kawaii items from Japan and Korea directly to your home every month. Your box will be shipped in the beginning of each month and the shipping is absolutely free, anywhere on the planet! Each box includes 10-12 cute, original and licensed kawaii items.

Before we check out the items in my Kawaii Box, let me show you how much I love my kawaii world. It's not a big surprise that Japanese culture and anything kawaii (literally means cute in Japanese) is a big inspiration for Littlest Sweet Shop. I love clashing my Sanrio items (and I only get the original My Melody items from Japan) with my favourite English and Scandinavian decorative items like GreenGate, Cath Kidston, Laura Ashley and Tilda. Check out the shelf in my studio/room:
I keep most of my tools in kawaii tin boxes (and display the Tamiya decoration series) and the rest are stationary and various knick-knacks
The best part about the Kawaii Box service is that it arrived at my home in England in less than a week! I was so thrilled to receive it so quickly. It was fun opening the package since you don't know what you will get and each month will be another new surprise! Here is my box for the month of November:
My Melody socks, Mini Calendar, 'OMG' key-chain, Pocky sticks, Mini notes, Macaron deco squishy, Zipper bracelet, Panda stickers, Kitty plush key-chain and lace tape
I was most delighted to receive this pair of My Melody socks. My only concern is that it looked a bit small for my feet (I have LONG feet T_T). For now it will be sitting in the sock drawer with my other favourite socks.

My collection of stickers has grown with the addition of this cute black and white Puffy Panda stickers. 2 rows of the panda stickers looked like it was doing a Piroutte which I found to be really sweet and precious.

The lace tape is brilliant for cardmaking and scrapbooking. I made a birthday card for a friend in just minutes using this tape and some puffy stickers.

The people at Kawaii Box were quite thoughtful about what to include in each Kawaii Box. This practical 2015 Calendar will sit by my window. It's in a shape of a cute sheep which reminds me of my favourite puppet / stuffed animal called Lambchop. Unlike almost everybody who uses a smartphone (I don't even own one), I actually prefer using physical calendars that I can write/mark on. 

Every month the Little Sheep makes a different expression and the best part is that it starts with November 2014 so I can start using it right away! Thank you for being so thoughtful Kawaii Box people :D

The Macaron deco squishy can be attached to anything - phone, keys, bags and the 'OMG' key-chain is perfect for any drama queen (that's me!).

The zipper bracelet is so unique and made up from pink and baby blue zipper teeth - my favourite colours! Definitely adds a touch of quirkiness to my wardrobe.

How cute are these little post-it notes? It's super kawaii especially amongst my other stationary and Iwako erasers.

The cat plush key-chain coincidentally matches my new University of Cambridge Satchel in a very sweet colour called 'Cambridge Blue'.

And finally - a food element! There will be a sweet treat in every Kawaii Box and I got a box of chocolate Pocky sticks in mine :)

My husband LOVES Pocky and was pleasantly surprised when I gave him a whole box of it. The English version is called 'Mikado' and not nearly as nice as the original which is crispy and salty like a pretzel. I would usually get a box of Pocky Almond Crush and Japanese groceries when I'm in the Japan Centre in London. Getting some Japanese sweets via the post is definitely easier than having to go to London!

So if you would like to receive an awesome box of kawaii goodness like this every month - click on the image below.


Friday 7 November 2014

New in - Super Kawaii Doubutsu Doonatsu and other new products

Hello Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

I present to you our most super kawaii product available now in the Bakery menu:

Stacks of Doubutsu Doonatsu AKA Animal Doughnuts
They are known in Japan as Doubutsu Doonatsu which literally means Animal Doughnuts. Aren't they just too cute to eat? They are priced slightly higher than normal doughnuts as each doughnut requires a lot of icing and a lot of time to draw their faces. This 1/6 scale version is no bigger than a penny!

So far I have created 13 new and unique designs. As usual, you can choose a design here or a custom design of your choice.

'Yellow cat'
'Cow' with a gold ring on his nose and black spots
'Seal' in grey
'Cat' design with patched ear. Each cat has a paw design on the body as well
'Chocolate cat'
'Dark chocolate' cat
Animal Doughnut parade! Each fluffy doughnut is coated with a thick layer of sugar icing and individually decorated. The face is the toughest part to draw.
Akiko loves our new doughnut collection especially the cow

Each animal doughnut is carefully designed with extremely fine and cute details
Our next new item is a cupcake variant now available in the Cupcakes menu. It is made from 6 layers of creamy rainbow frosting and topped with a cherry.
'Rainbow Cherry' cupcake
Another new item is a variant of our popular French macarons. These are heart shaped and slightly bigger than a standard macaron and filled with whipped cream. Now available in the French Pastries menu.

The final new arrival in the shop is a 1/3 scale Bubble tea. Bubble tea is a popular milk tea drink with 'pearls' from Taiwan. Our Littlest Sweet Shop variant includes whipped cream to make it even more rich and lush! 

Littlest Sweet Shop's Strawberry bubble tea
Each bubble tea starts with a base of milky flavoured tea (which you can have in any colour/flavour) with lots of gooey pearls (the black bits that sit on the bottom)
My facebook fans were given a preview of the new Doubutsu Doonatsu a week ago and many Littlest Sweet Shoppers were already interested in commissioning them! I made 2 of these into earrings for a special commission.

Custom design made into earrings for a Littlest Sweet Shopper/friend
In other news - MY FIRST BOOK CREDIT!

I made non-food (and some food) miniatures for this book that is available in all major bookstores. You can find it here on Amazon. 
The book shows you how to make 50 polymer clay charms which are no bigger than 2cm tall which you can use for almost anything! I made a few charm variants with explanations on how to make them. Here are a few screenshots of the charms I made for the book and my credit that you will find on the last page. 

Ok. That's all for today. Make sure you visit Littlest Sweet Shop for all your doll's sweets and treats. Dolly tea parties will never be the same again!