KawaiiKraftsDesigns – Pokemon Cubone Terrarium

You guys know how much I love Pokemon, and especially supporting independent artists/businesses who create amazing stuff of things I love. So, today I’ll be merging both of these together to talk about KawaiiKraftsDesigns and my experiencing with getting a custom Pokemon terrarium!

KawaiiKraftsDesigns is a Birmingham based independent business who specialises in creating terrariums, but they do also sell keyrings, necklaces, 3D frames, hand painted, plant pots and more, plus, they’re all kawaii themed too, hence the name!

I discovered KawaiiKraftsDesigns at the UK Games Expo in June 2022 when I went to Dane and our friends. There were quite a few terrarium creators there, but KawaiiKraftsDesigns stood out to me the most, especially on Cubone design in particular. As we’d not long got to the expo we decided to walk around and get an idea for everything before we decided to do any buying. Alas, when I went back to the stall towards the end of the day, the Cubone terrarium I liked the look of had sold. I was gutted but made sure to grab one of their business cards so I could give them a follow on Instagram, their store, etc.

About a week later I decided to reach out to Jade, owner of KawaiiKraftsDesigns on Instagram to ask when she would be working on commissions again as I was interested. Jade was so lovely and replied relatively quickly to inform me she would be opening them again and asked what I was interested in. I’ve also loved the Cubone funko, it’s so adorable and as Cubone is one of my favourite Pokemon anyway, I knew it was one I would love in terrarium form. Plus, it’s the same Cubone I’d seen at the UK Games Expo, so I knew that’s what I wanted from a terrarium by Jade.

I proposed my idea and paid a deposit that covered the cost of the Cubone figure, as well as some materials. I decided to go for Cubone in a Japanese garden themed terrarium, so I was super excited not only to hear of updates from Jade on my commission, but when it was completed! When Jade was ready to start working in my commission she made a unique listing for me on her Etsy, which was the rest of the monies I needed to pay for my piece.

During Jade working on my piece she constantly sent me updates and photos of how it was going and made sure to ask if I was happy/unhappy with anything. Some ideas were proposed to me that I didn’t feel worked with the idea I was going for, so I politely declined these, but did suggest others. Jade was amazing to work with on bringing my commission to life and once it was completed I couldn’t wait for it to arrive!

Before I knew it, my Cubone terrarium arrived and I couldn’t wait to display it!

You get a little stand with your terrarium so you can display it easily without the worry of needing to make sure it stands up on it’s own, propped up against something, and more. I keep my terrarium near my desk at home so whenever I fancy looking at it whilst working, it’s not too far.

I don’t want to mention how much I paid for my terrarium as prices change all the time, and the last thing I want is for Jade to get guilt tripped for putting her prices up. One thing that I stand by with independent businesses and their prices is that they know their worth, and if we don’t want to pay them prices as shoppers, we don’t have to as they’re not forcing us!

The price I paid for my terrarium was incredibly fair, especially for the time, communication and quality of the item too. 🙂

Overall my experience with Jade and KawaiiKraftsDesigns was incredible and I couldn’t have asked for a better one to be honest. As I said previously, Jade was really thorough with any questions or suggestions she had for me with my terrarium and to boot she was also really lovely to talk to! As you all know, I love supporting and talking about independent businesses on my blog, but I especially love to talk about and share ones who are also from Birmingham like myself. 🙂

I know that Jade has stated on Instagram that her next restock is due this month with a date to be confirmed. I can only assume this is restocks, as well as commissions, so if you’d like to get something like mine yourself, or even as a gift for someone else, then make sure to follow her on Instagram. I’ll pop all the links below.

If you have any questions in regards to commissions I highly recommend going to KawaiiKraftsDesigns Instagram page and view the highlighted stories. All the information will be there for you, and if it isn’t, you can always drop Jade a message on Instagram or Etsy. Both are linked below.

What do you think of the Cubone terrarium I got? Would you like a Pokemon or any other kawaii themed terrarium of your own? If you already own one, what do you have in yours? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time all, take care and have a lovely weekend!

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September Wish List ’22

It’s officially September and not only has the weather been showing this, but the start of the earlier nights have been a reminder of this too. If you know me, or have been reading my blog at any point over the past ten years, you’ll know I LOVE autumn, and usually the month of September too. Autumn is just a beautiful season, and September always reminds me of fresh starts due to education. I’m hopeful this month will be a good one and fingers crossed, a fresh start for me in more ways than one.

This month has already been an expensive one for me, with too many purchases/treats. I need to stop, or at least be stopped. 😛 To be honest, with the idea of a potential Japan trip next year, I need to save up now more than ever!

That aside, this months favourites does include a couple of items I would love to get in the next few weeks, as well a some I would like to pick up payday at the end of the month. I hope you enjoy this months wish list anyway! 😀

  • Bath & Body Works Ghost Car Vent Clip – (link)

This is an item I’m hopeful I’ll get before the end of the month! I’ve sourced it through a proxy server, so just waiting for an invoice now. I’ve always wanted one of the Bath & Body Works car vent clips, but bided my time until a cute one came along. I’m a sucker for cute ghosts and bats, so this one is perfect! Plus it lights up, so will look really cute on drives home from work in autumn and winter when it’s dark. I’ve also asked for some of the fragrance refills too, in one of my favourite Bath & Body Care scents, crisp morning air.

  • Poroful Pokemon Dragonair Lake Pin Banner – (link)

I could really do with another pin banner as mine are all full, with any new pins in tins. Ideally I’d like this one as it’s such a gorgeous design and would look cute on my dressing table with an assortment of pins on it. I can’t justify purchasing this at the moment, but I guarantee when payday comes at the end of the month I’ll be picking it up. The Dragonair design is just so adorable, and as the Dratini evolution line is one of my favourites, I can’t not get this!

  • Essence Vault Home Reed Diffuser 444 – (link)

Essence Vault is a store I’ve wanted to buy from for as long as I can remember now and soon I might bite the bullet and actually order myself some nice perfume, but I love the idea of my home smelling of some of my favourite perfumes! 444 is a dupe of Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry EDP, but with the cost of the official perfume, trying a dupe would be amazing! The idea of my home smelling of cherries is on of my favourite things. I’d definitely keep this reed diffuser for my bedroom. I also wanted to share this this month as I feel something like this would make a great gift too and with Christmas pretty much around the corner, you may as well start getting ideas now. The only issue I personally have with Essence Vault’s reed diffusers if you can’t buy refill bottles…

  • Nintendo Switch Bear and Breakfast – (link)

I have been so excited for this game to come out, BUT even more so for the Nintendo Switch! The game actually came out July 28th, so myself and other Switch fans have been waiting over a month for this to come out on that platform. Bear and Breakfast is pretty much the name, you’re a bear who runs a bed and breakfast. I tried the demo earlier this year and really enjoyed it, so have been eagerly waiting for the game to come out on Switch. I’m toying with picking this up when it comes out in a few weeks, but I may bide my time and wait. I already have games to play and it’s not like I’m itching for something new.

  • POP! Vinyl: Pokémon Cubone – (link)

Finally we have a Pokemon item and one I’ve wanted for as long as they’ve been launched. We’re getting more of the Pokemon POP! vinyl figures to the UK now and with Cubone being one of my favourites, it’s a figure I have wanted for quite a while. I’d love him to keep on my desk at home, or at least somewhere in our office. The prices for him vary and at some point in the future I’ll be sure to pick him up for sure!

So there we have it guys, this months wish list post from me! What do you guys like from my list above?

Plus, what items do you guys have on your wish lists this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time guys, take care and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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Shop Small UK Guide – Christmas 2021

We are officially less than two weeks away from Christmas now and DAMN it’s starting to feel real! I’m just about finished now with most of my Christmas presents in the run up to the big day, but in some cases I’ve been and still am in need of some inspiration. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve really struggling this year to find the perfect gifts for Dane, my friends and especially my mom! My dad has been the easiest person to buy for this year, which makes a change. 😛

Alongside my Christmas present woes, I always enjoy writing and sharing gift guides with you all and this year is no exception. Last year I wrote about independent businesses in the UK that you should buy from and I wanted to do that again this year. The past twenty-one months has been hard for everyone, especially independent businesses, whether or not they existed before or after COVID began. This doesn’t just apply to the UK, but I’ve seen a lot of small businesses struggle lately, and in worse cases close down due to not being able to make enough sales to keep going.

I really want to continue to do my bit in helping these businesses as much as I can. Not only do I hope it helps you gain some new gift ideas, but I also hope it introduces you to some businesses you may not have heard of before and decide to shop with going into the New Year!

I still love a lot of the small businesses I mentioned last year, so I will link that post here! I won’t be mentioning businesses again that I spoke of last year, just so it’s fair on other businesses mentioned here.

Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy this blog post today! I’ll be mentioning stores last dates to order for Christmas too.

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SplashJaguarCo – Kawaii home and stationary items inspired by Animal Crossing. Rugs handmade in West Midlands, UK.

Last date to order for Christmas – 2nd Class 18th December and 1st Class 21st December. However, as Royal Mail are struggling at this time of year due to Christmas AND the new COVID variant, please bear in mind delays may occur. If you want to guarantee item(s) to arrive for Christmas order as soon as possible.

If there is one thing people have been really loving towards the end of the year, it’s been Animal Crossing! With the new update and Happy Home Paradise launching at the start of November, Animal Crossing fans have gone mad even more than ever. If you know someone who loves Animal Crossing, as well as stationary you should definitely check out SplashJaguarCo! Not going to lie the Cookie washi tape pictured above is on my Christmas list and I really hope I get it this year. I plan to use it to decorate my diary for 2022 and more. There are various characters to choose from to have on washi tape including Maple, Marshal, Tangy, Roald, Stitches and more! A roll or two of these cute little washi tapes would make perfect gifts for any Animal Crossing fan of any age or gender, whether it be for Secret Santa, a stocking filler and more.

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BeaconCandlesUK – Scented candles for Gamers, Readers and Film Fanatics handmade in Manchester, UK.

Last date to order for Christmas – The store will be closing on Sunday 19th December. However, as Royal Mail are struggling at this time of year due to Christmas AND the new COVID variant, please bear in mind delays may occur. If you want to guarantee item(s) to arrive for Christmas order as soon as possible.

BeaconCandlesUK is a brand I’ve known about for as long as I can remember now and have always wanted to order from. I can’t remember how but I discovered them through their Lavender Town candle that is clearly inspired by the town in Pokemon. Not only does it sound amazing, but it looks really cool with the Cubone skull and bone on the top of the candle too. Alongside Pokemon candles you can also get some inspired by Final Fantasy, Animal Crossing, Lord of the Rings and more! The scents sound delicious and I’m sure these would make great gifts for any candle lovers out there! I’m contemplating buying some of these for friends this year for Christmas. I feel like candles make amazing gifts for people and it’s one of those where even if you aren’t sure what smells someone will like, if you bought a Pokemon fan one of the Pokemon candles, they would be so thankful!

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Image taken from PokieMinx

PokieMinx – Terrariums and vanity desk gifts inspired by Pokémon & The Moomins. Handmade in South Yorkshire, UK.

Last date to order for Christmas – Unfortunately orders for Christmas have now ended. This being said the store IS still open with items being sent 1st Class tracked and signed so they arrived within 1-2 business day. However, as Royal Mail are struggling at this time of year due to Christmas AND the new COVID variant, please bear in mind delays may occur. If you want to guarantee item(s) to arrive for Christmas order as soon as possible.

I couldn’t not share PokieMinx and her adorable creations! These would make perfect gifts for any Pokemon or The Moomins fan out there, especially if they’re like myself and have started to work from home part time. A terrarium with their favourite Pokemon inside sitting on their desk could really brighten their day. Or maybe a mirror? The Cubone one shown about is gorgeous and I can’t stop looking at it whenever I venture over to PokieMinx’s website whenever I take a look at it. Anything from PokieMinx’s store would make amazing and personal gifts for any Pokemon or The Moomins fans, especially as everything is handmade by Kimmy! There are also enamel pin/earring stands too so if you know someone who has started to get into collecting pins or earrings, these would make amazing gifts too.

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ARTBOX – Cute character goods from Japan and Korea. Based in Covent Garden London, UK.

Last date to order for Christmas – Not known at the time of writing this blog post. If you’re based in or around London, the Covent Garden store will be open on Christmas Eve from 11am until 4pm. However, as Royal Mail are struggling at this time of year due to Christmas AND the new COVID variant, please bear in mind delays may occur. If you want to guarantee item(s) to arrive for Christmas order as soon as possible.

I wanted to mention ARTBOX here as whilst it isn’t as independent as some Etsy sellers and independent stores might be online, it’s a great place to buy Japan and Korea based items, whether it be online or from their store in London. I’m yet to come to the day where I actually order something from them, which might be later today! 😛 ARTBOX would be a great place to get items for your friends and family who love Sanrio, Pusheen, Rilakkuma and BT21. There are all sorts of different items to buy from and at all price ranges so it’s perfect for anything and everything. Personally I’m toying with treating myself to the PomPomPurin plush shown above, which you can pose and dress up! How cute is that?!

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Image taken from Stitchtothepast

Stitchtothepast -Video Games Cross Stitch, Patterns & Kits! Based in the UK.

Last date to order for Christmas – Not known at the time of writing this blog post. However, as Royal Mail are struggling at this time of year due to Christmas AND the new COVID variant, please bear in mind delays may occur. If you want to guarantee item(s) to arrive for Christmas order as soon as possible.

The final store I wanted to mention on today’s post is about Stitchtothepast, which is a store I discovered in the summer. If you’re a newbie to cross stitch, or a “pro” like me there is loads of choose from. Personally for gifts the cross stitch kits from their store would make great gifts for anyone, especially if they’re into Nintendo video games series such as Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Zelda, Kirby and more. I personally really love the look of the Animal Crossing Celeste cross stitch kit where she’s stargazing. It’s such a gorgeous design and one I would love to do and display in my house in the future. The kits are really good and come with a cross stitch guide, a wooden hoop, thread and a thread organiser, pattern, a needle and more. If you know someone who would like to get into cross stitch in 2022, one of the kits might make a great gift for them!

So, there we have it, my 2021 guide to small shops you should buy your Christmas gifts from this year! All UK based of course. 🙂

What do you guys think? I didn’t cover off as many stores and themes as I did last year, but I felt like last years post was so detailed, I couldn’t really improve on it as good this year. Please do check out last years guide too, those stores are still around and amazing to boot!

Honestly guys, I hope you enjoyed this post today as much as I enjoyed writing it. I watched Christmas movies whilst writing, as well as chilling with Dane in our office. It’s made a lovely change sitting at my desk to do blog work.

Are there any small shops in the UK that you feel I should know about? Make sure to let me know and I’ll take a look for next time and promote on my Instagram page before the big day. 🙂

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend. 😀

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Wish List Wednesday – Pin Badges

I haven’t written a wish list Wednesday for quite a while now, or at least I don’t recall… Actually it’s only been over a month. Jeez am I getting that old I forget so quickly? 😛 So I thought why not do one now! I seem to have grown a new love of pin badges lately and I actually don’t know why. I used to love them growing up and would collect them as and when I could, but sadly that little hobby died although I do still own all the pin badges I collected back in the day.

So thanks to beauty bloggers Instagram pages I have now formed a new hobby, pin badge collecting. They’re mostly all geeky ones too and especially Pokemon themed. So why not make a wish list post about what pin badges I want to have in my new collection and shape my new hobby!

  • PinPalzUK – Sailor Mew Pin -£5.00 (link)
  • SpaceCadetCollective – “Blottertung” Lickitung Pin – £9.94 (link) and “Kantodex” V Pin -$23.00 (link)
  • ReallyBigDill – Togepi Surprise Pin – £8.90 (link)
  • TheSundayCo – Pokeball Deathstar Pin – £5.72 (link) and Hey Gurl Pin – £5.72 (link)
  • CosmeticMermaidPins – Free to Good Trainer Pokemon Pin – £11.45 (link)
  • AgainstMarj – Cubone Pin – £8.29 (link)
  • SourAttitudeClub – 8bit Eevee Pin – £8.70 (link), 8bit Surfing Glitterchu Pin – £8.70 (link) and 8bit Ditto Pin – £8.70 (link)

I know I usually write about each item, on wish list posts but I really don’t feel the need to on this one. All of the pins are Pokemon related bar one which is Adventure Time. My favourite pin badge out of the bunch is the Kantodex pin by SpaceCadetCollective. It opens up and is glittery, what isn’t to love? I’d stick it on my bag or on one of my jackets.

Do you like pin badges? If so which ones do you own or are lusting after? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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October ’16 Wish List

Hello to autumn, Halloween, hot chocolate and of course October. Not my favourite month of the year but pretty damn close. I’m excited for so much this year due to living in the house. WOOHOO!

I have my eye on a few things at the moment but I constantly think that Christmas is looming so I may as well wait. Well it’s under 15 Sunday’s now until Christmas… WOW! Those will fly by. So it’s time to start thinking about what goodies I want from Father Christmas. 😛

I kid it’s too early for that!

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  • Romantic Bear WOW Long Lasting Lip Colour 6 Pack – £2.75 (link)

These are such a bargain! You get 6 for that price, not just the one. Which is amazing! I think this is a cheap brand and I was cautious at first but after reading the reviews everything about them sounds pretty damn good from both reviews on the item on Amazon as well as from YouTubers. I have a feeling Dane may have ordered these for me whilst I’ve been writing this post due to how cheap they are. If he has I will be so excited for them! 😀

  • Disney Store 101 Dalmatians Glazed Mug – £9.99 (link)

I nearly bought this in September but I had to be good and left it… That and I have a lot of Disney mugs in our cupboard at the moment. BOO! It’s a really nice sturdy mug that would be great for hot chocolates. I may still pick one of these up in the future… I love Disney mugs too much, especially when they’re 101 Dalmatian or Lady and the Tramp themed.

  • Pokemon Kanto Edition Monopoly Board Game – £27.53 (link)

I have been on the search for this in stores for MONTHS! I’m not even exaggerating that! Me and Dane want this as a part of our house and we have found every other Monopoly board game other than this. I did find it on eBay for £29.99 and ages ago on Amazon for a staggering £45.00! It’s currently under both those prices from a seller on Amazon and I’m hoping it’ll still be there on payday.

  • Berrisom Lip Tint Cleanser – £7.42 (link)

I never knew about this until I started to search for the lip tints on Amazon and it looks pretty good. It’s a cleanser that you use on the lips to remove the lip tint. It looks and sounds fairly straight forward to use and sounds like a good idea. If and when I get the Berrisom/Romantic Bear lip tints I’ll be picking this up too to go along with them.

  • Pokemon Center Original Kuttari Sleeping Cubone Plush – £13.55 (link)

I love these plushies that the Pokemon Center in Japan have released and I have two. A mew and an Eevee which Dane bought for me. This alongside Ampharos are definitely on my Christmas and birthday wish lists this year! Dane bought me Mew for Christmas last year and Eevee for my birthday this year so I’m hoping he will repeat this again. I want a nice little display of them in our  living room cupboard.

  • Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint 6 Pack – £14.03 (link)

These are the lip tint tattoos that everyone is talking about and either going crazy for, or aren’t that arsed about. I recently found some of these for sale in TK Maxx and went to buy one, but at £9.99 each I thought they were a bit pricey… I’m glad I never because for under £20.00 you can get all 6 shades which I think is great! Like the Romantic Bear ones I think Dane may have ordered these for me too. I hope he has as I have wanted to try these since YouTubers started to discover them.

  • Mafia III on PS4 – £39.99 (link)

I am so damn excited for this game to come out! Less than a week and it’ll be mine. I plan to get it the day it comes out so I can play it all of my weekend off of work. I swear I saw this for £35.00 earlier last week on Amazon and I wish I had ordered it there and then!!!

So that was my wish list for October! I actually forgot to add some Kat Von D goodies but that can be for another post I guess. I would have also added some Christmas Lush items but that can be put into a separate post for sure!

What goodies do you have on your wish list this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments below.

Until next time take care all and I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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My Favourite Pokemon

I have never ever EVER thought about making a post like this until recently when I read Olivia’s post over at Dungaree’s & Doughnuts (link to her blog here) about her favourite Pokemon.

Regular readers of my blog will know how much I LOVE Pokemon. I’m 26 by the way people… I should really act my age and be into adult things such as interior design, but meh that’s boring. 😛

So due to this love I thought I would give this sort of post a go myself and talk about my favourite Pokemon. There’s probably too many to mention, but here’s my top 6 that I would have in my party!

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  • Mew

This is by far my favourite Pokemon! I remember when the original games came out and it was the holy grail if you managed to get a Mew. My cousin helped me get a Mew of my own, and it’s on one of my newer games now. Crazy, huh? I just love the look of Mew, the way it fights on the games, and just how damn cute it is. I can’t say I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Mew!

  • Eevee

Another one of my favourite Pokemon, in fact the whole Eeveelutions are my favourites in the whole game… But it would have been pretty boring having all of the Eevee Pokemon on this list. It reminds me of a dog crossed with a fox, which is obviously what it’s meant to be. Considering both of those are my favourite animals, I fell in love with Eevee from the start. So I love this little cutie.

  • Dragonite

I always wanted a Dragonite when I owned Pokemon Red, but I was never able to get one. When I was older a bit more savvy about Pokemon I was able to finally get myself one, and like the original Mew, this is on one of my newer games too! I just love what a strong Pokemon it is, whilst looking adorable too. What caused me to fall in love with this Pokemon was in the Pokemon Movie when the Dragonite arrives and delivers a letter to Ash and the gang. SO CUTE!

  • Ampharos

The only Pokemon on this list who isn’t from the original 151! OMG! Ahem… Ampharos is beautiful! I remember in Silver getting a Mareep and saying how cute it was, only for it to evolve into an even cuter form as Flaaffy! I love electric Pokemon too, and as everyone loves Pikachu I thought this sheep Pokemon made a nice change. I’ve recently eyed up a cute little plushie from the Pokemon Centre in the form of this cutie that I want to pick up… Might have to soon. 😛

  • Cubone

This is probably an odd choice going by all the “cute” Pokemon I have chosen beforehand, and which I’m sure a lot of girls and women alike flock towards too. But I love Cubone. He is cute to me, and I just love the idea of its back story too. How it places its mother’s skull on its head. There are a lot of fan made theories made up that Cubone is the baby of Kangaskhan and I would like to think this is true… But sadly I very much doubt it is. 😦

  • Vaporeon

My final choice in this list, and of course it had to be one of the Eeveelutions! My favourite being Vaporeon. I love water Pokemon, alongside fire, and they’re usually my first Pokemon of choice with my starters. If there is a term for someone who has a weird love of water, then I am one of those people. I love the way it looks, feels, etc, so of course I also love mermaids, and anything water related. So Vaporeon is a strong choice for me.

So those were my favourite Pokemon! I don’t know if I’ll make another post if I think of more I wish to mention. I’m sure if I do it’ll be around on my blog soonish.

What are your favourite Pokemon? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re have a great week.

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