Monday 18 January 2016

Kawaii Box Review and Give-away time!


Hello Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

There are a million things I miss about Asia - the food, Daiso, the sun, shopping malls.....

It is definitely harder to get anything kawaii here in England (or anywhere in Europe) and usually I spend a lot of money buying merchandise directly from Japan. If I'm unlucky, the package will get taxed and I end up moaning and groaning about how it is so annoyingly hard to get any kawaii items here.

Then I discovered Kawaii Box - a monthly subscription service that will actually hand-select various items from Japan and Korea then package it with love and ship it directly to you (no matter where you are!). This way you will receive around 10-12 items enough to kawaii-fy your life for at least a month.

The October Kawaii Box included:
  • Meiji DIY Sushi-Bar Gummies
  • Animal Sticker Sheet
  • Neko Emoji Mini Mini Pouch
  • Jewelry Seal Deco Stickers
  • Popcorn Rolling Stamp Set
  • Heart Shaped Nail Flakes
  • Unchi Kun Poop Shaped Lollipop
  • Patterned Envelope Set
  • Finger Family Monster Pouch
  • Lollipop Pen
  • Flan Dakigurumi Plush Pouch
Kawaii Box October (minus the Flan Dakigurumi Plush Pouch )
The great thing about the Kawaii Box is the mix of items that has been carefully selected so you get a variety of products to suit your lifestyle. The biggest plus for me is that they will always include Japanese sweets in each box. Every month you get to sample another new Japanese candy!

The blue and pink lollipop pen looks so cute in my pencil holder.
Lollipop Pen
The stickers were arctic animals themed so I thought they would be perfect to decorate hand-crafted Christmas cards. TIP: To make a kawaii Christmas Card, add stickers and paper snowflakes.

The patterned envelope was a great way to wrap up presents especially tiny ones like this Pikachu animal doughnut phone charm I made for a friend.
Animal stickers and patterned envelope
I've been studying how to read and write Japanese so I reward my hard work with a cute stamp from the Popcorn stamp set.
Popcorn roller stamp set
Flan Dakigurumi Plush Pouch isn't just another cute stuffed toy on my day bed. It has a zipper at the back so you can secretly stash items in there! The pouch is big enough to hold jewellery and cash. Nobody would suspect anything ^_^
Flan Dakigurumi Plush Pouch with my other stuffed toys
Kawaii Box understands how we are all crafters and makes sure that they include items that will get your creative juices flowing! Jewelry Seal Deco Stickers can be used to add some pizzazz to any craft project. I decorated this cookie keychain with Tamiya's deco cream and blue icing and used the stickers to add some sparkle!
Jewelry Seal Deco sticker (the heart diamante)
I don't paint or decorate my nails anymore because I do a lot of polymer clay modelling by hand. So instead of using the Heart Shaped Nail Flakes to decorate nails, I used it on my miniature food instead! Nail art items are great for miniatures since they are always made micro size. I used the heart flake and heart shape to decorate the new Valentine's Day collection.
Littlest Sweet Shop Valentine's Day pound cake and iced mini sponge cakes decorated with Heart Shaped Nail Flakes
Before I sign off, we would like to give you an opportunity to win a Kawaii Box for yourself! Anyone in the world can enter so don't miss out! Good luck :D
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Thursday 14 January 2016

New In! Valentine's Day 2016 Collection

Happy New Year Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

2016 will be a great year for Littlest Sweet Shop. We are introducing 3 new menu categories including a Japanese menu where you can find sushi and bento sets! There will also be a new International menu that will have a mixture of everything! Of course this new collection will be introduced throughout the year.

I'm also currently learning Japanese so that I can successfully communicate with our Japanese Littlest Sweet Shoppers. It's a tough language to learn but I will try my best! 

Our first post of the year will feature our new 2016 Valentine's Day collection. This time we have 6 brand new items for the collection and they are listed in our Seasonal menu.

Littlest Sweet Shop, home to Valentine's Day miniatures. The mini foiled heart chocolates can be found in our 'Sweets Boutique'
This year we also have a new girl joining us. Her name is Harumi and she's a Ruruko doll. She's an honorary Littlest Sweet Shopper helper and her pink maid outfit is almost similar to Akiko's.
Littlest Sweet Shop maids all in a row
Our first new item is the perfect Valentine's Day gift (when paired with a bouquet of red roses). This Valentine's Box of Candy is made from polymer clay so you can request your own in any colour of your choice. The one being showcased here is in pink pearl with a white bow.
Handmade heart shaped box with lid. The lid sits perfectly on top
This Box of Candy is so special because it comes with a dozen pieces of chocolate bonbons! Since we make everything bespoke, you can even select the type of bonbon that you (or the doll) prefer.
Each chocolate candy sits in its own individual compartments
Made perfectly to fit 1:6 scale dolls
The whole box is handmade with a fitted lid. Order yours in any colour!
Next, let's add some new cookies to the collection. This time they are Artisanal Chocolate Cookies that are intricately designed using soft pastel colours. I have levelled up in making detailed micro designs so I used the tip of a needle just to model the flowers! 
Artisanal Chocolate Cookies
Here is an update to the Heart-shaped mini cakes. This time, we only iced the top so you can still see part of the light fluffy sponge cake. Comes in chocolate and vanilla flavours.

If you prefer something that is more plain and simple, grab a slice of Valentine's Pound Cake. Each slice is even iced and decorated with cute metallic hearts.

The Double hearts chocolate and marshmallow pops is so tiny so you can use it for 1:12 scenes as well. Each pop comes in yummy chocolate fudge and has a layer of marshmallow on top of it.
Double hearts chocolate and marshmallow pops with pink and baby blue marshmallow
And our last item for this year's Valentine's Day collection is the heart shaped swirl lollipop. Just like our famous swirl lollipops but in a heart shape instead. The flavour is cherry red and ichigo pink! So sweet!
A bundle of Valentine's Day swirl lollipops
Everything is themed with bright pink and red! Akiko and Maya helps us to gauge the scale of the lollipop
Lastly, here are 2 cute new doughnuts that I made during Christmas holidays. Since winter is the worst time to do photo-shoots (and the macro photography using my novice camera needs real sunlight), here they are at last! You can also find them in the Seasonal menu. 
Frosty is a sugar frosted doughnut with chocolate mouth and eyes and Rudolph is a PB & J doughnut with a red gummy nose and mini pretzel ears. 
Xmas doughnuts featuring Rudolph and Frosty
Since Valentine's Day is only a month away, please make sure you order as soon as possible. The shop will be closed for the whole month of February until mid-March. Don't fret as the new Easter/Spring collection will be introduced in March after I get back. Me and my husband are going to the exotic islands near Borneo for a whole month to escape the cold and bleak English winter.  

That's all for now. I hope you like our new collection especially when there are so many new chocolatey treats! Please come visit again later next week for another Kawaii Box review!