Saturday, 11 March 2017

New Purchases

There's no better way to way to get back into Sylvanians than buying some new ones :)

These are some of my most recent purchases, both from the Sylvanian Families Shop in London, and from eBay Japan

Sylvanian Families Cottontail Rabbit Family
I finally purchased the Cottontail Rabbit Family, so the Cottontail Grandparents are very happy to be reunited with their family at last!

Sylvanian Families Brightfield Goat Family

Sylvanian Families Brightfield Goat Family Baby

I also mentioned a few blog posts ago how I am in love with the Brightfield goats, so I had to get those! The baby goat is too adorable!

Sylvanian Families Persian Cat BabySylvanian Families Persian Cat Baby Brightfield Goat Baby

The final thing I got from the Sylvanian Shop is the baby Persian cat, I just love how fuzzy she is :)

I think the most exciting and most anticipated purchase has to be the Wildflower Rabbit sister!!

Sylvanian Families JP Wildflower Rabbit Sister

I know a lot of collectors do not take theirs out of the box, but I really wanted to photograph her and be able to use her in my blog posts as she is so sweet

Sylvanian Families JP Wildflower Rabbit Sister

Sylvanian Families JP Wildflower Rabbit Sister

For those of you who don't know, the Wildflower bunnies are special rabbits that were exclusive to the official Sylvanian Families theme park in Grinpa, Japan! I am very lucky to have one :) They have a sister figure for each season with a themed outfit - I have the Summer one, but one day I would really like to have the Winter one too :) (see here

Have you made any new purchases lately? Let me know in the comments ^_^

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Sylvanian Families Care Home Part 2

To read part 1 of this story, click here :)

Quincy Marmalade had an excellent week; reading the newspaper, watching his choice of television with Mildred Mulberry, playing cards with Leonard Macavity, all accompanied with unlimited tea and homemade biscuits from Mrs Hazelwood.

To bid Quincy farewell, Mrs Hazelwood prepared a special meal for all of the residents.

Sylvanian Families Care Home Marmalade Bear

"Mrs Hazelwood, how kind you are, this is delicious!" Quincy Marmalade exclaimed. The others looked at him in shock - a week ago they could never have imagined grumpy old Quincy with a smile on his face! Carmen Cottontail previously could not stand Quincy Marmalade and his endless grumbling, but now she considered him a good friend.

Sylvanian Families Care Home Marmalade Bear

That night, as Quincy stretched out in his very own four poster bed for the last time, he thought about the wonderful week he had had. Possibly the best week since before his dear wife, Clementine had passed away.

Sylvanian Families Care Home Marmalade Bear

The next morning, Margot Marmalade arrived to collect her father. 
"I'm not coming home Margot" Quincy Marmalade said, dramatically. Margot nearly choked on her tea.
"What do you mean, Father? Of course you're coming home!" Margot said, insistently. 
"No, I'd like to stay, I really have had the most marvellous week Margot dear" Quincy continued.
"Well...well you don't know that there is space!" Margot desperately said.
"I asked Mrs Hazelwood at breakfast, she's more than happy to have me" Quincy explained. "And did you know, I get homemade biscuits here! And the most delicious food! And-"
"I don't have time to made homemade bisuits, I have four children to care for!" Margot interrupted, crossly.

After a long discussion, Margot finally calmed down, and decided to accept her father's decision. He would be happier here with his friends, and it would take a lot of pressure off of Margot.

Sylvanian Families Care Home Marmalade Bear Mansion

As Margot Marmalade left, she wondered to herself. She would visit him next week with her best homemade biscuits - and no one, not even Mrs Hazelwood's would be better!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Orchard Cottage Finished!

Wow, regular posting - am I alright?! I have dived back into the world of Sylvanians and I am loving it more than ever. I have made some new purchases and I plan to share those with you soon too :)

After I think, nearly three years (?!), Orchard Cottage is finally finished. To see the upstairs room and the repaint, see this post. The main reason, other than my procrastination, that it has taken me so long is that I could not decide what colour scheme to go with in the downstairs room. I would usually go for a muted floral in the kitchen/living area, but I felt with the very floral room upstairs, this room called for something different.

Sylvanian Families Orchard Cottage Decorated Renovated Wallpaper

Orchard Cottage isn't meant to be a grand home, so instead I went for a cosy theme with pale yellow. I wanted the walls to be white as this room is quite dark. However it ended up feeling too "plain" for a traditional Sylvanian home, so I ventured into the relm of making curtains.

Sylvanian Families Orchard Cottage Decorated Renovated Wallpaper

My sewing machine has given up on me, so I had to hand stitch all of the curtains - (I do not recommend this, just these three sets took me two whole evenings!). I do think they make the home look a little more cosy though.

Sylvanian Families Orchard Cottage Decorated Renovated Wallpaper

I also painted the floor in this room as well - I just loved the colour!

A lot of you have been asking who will be moving into this is a few hints!

Sylvanian Families Orchard Cottage Decorated Renovated Wallpaper

The Brighteyes bunnies have moved in and are very comfortable - even if it did take Mr Brighteyes three years to renovated ;)

Saturday, 11 February 2017

In the Garden

I found my old background and dollshouse grass, so I decided to take a few garden shots! 

This balcony with a pagoda underneath is from the Grand Mansion and I can't believe I haven't used it in pictures before. I added some flower baskets and ivy too, as I didn't really like the original flower baskets that it came with.

Sylvanian Families Grand Mansion Garden

Sylvanian Families Grand Mansion Garden

I think I am really overdue to make a new background for pictures... this one is peeling awfully and I feel like all my blog pictures look the same with it!

Sylvanian Families Garden

I am having a slight goat obsession at the moment - the Nettlefield goats are so cute but I have discovered there is a new style of goats, the Brightfield goats!

So unbelievably cute...guess who is ordering them ASAP! Really haven't been a fan of the newer Epoch UK figures but these and the Cakebread poodles have actually stolen my heart!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Orchard Cottage Renovation

Sorry to be gone for so long - my grandad sadly passed away and my Sylvanian room was being used to store his possessions so unfortunately I couldn't access my collection :(

It has all been cleared now so I can finally give my collection some love!

Something I have been working on for a while is the repaint and complete redecoration of Orchard Cottage. Currently I have only finished the upper room of the home, but I thought I would share some pictures!

 I didn't take any proper pictures of the inside but here is the cottage all taped up before the repaint!

And there is the cottage after the exterior repaint! So glad to see all the yellow gone.

To give an idea of what the interior looked like inside before, I found this picture of one on eBay:

I painted the ceiling white and then painted the beams "wood-textured". I also painted the floor the same colour. Makes it so much more traditional and quaint!

I wallpapered it in a faded-style Cath Kidston wallpaper and made new bedding for the bed as the original really didn't match the walls! 

Sylvanian Families Orchard Cottage Decoration

Sylvanian Families Orchard Cottage Decoration

The Tomy bathroom is just so cute - I love the fact that the toilet and bath are ceramic 

I am very happy with the end result! Now I just need to hurry up and finish the downstairs so a family can finally move in :)

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sylvanian Families Care Home Part 1

Margot Marmalade the bear stood outside Little Chestnut Care Home with her elderly father, Quincy Marmalade.

"No! I refuse to be dumped in a horrible care home whilst you go off on holiday!" Exclaimed Mr Marmalade. 

The rest of the Marmalade family were going to the Isle of Wight for a family holiday, but Quincy Marmalade gets awfully bad sea-sickness. So it was decided Quincy would go and stay in the Care Home for the week, rather than the whole family listening to the old bear grumble on. 

"Mrs Hazelwood will take excellent care of you, Dad. You can't just stay at home." Margot explained. Quincy Marmalade was rather wobbly on his paws nowadays, and she was worried he would take a fall.  

Gossip travels very quickly in Little Chestnut, and so the current residents of the Care Home were already expecting him.

"I hope he's not as grumpy as I remember!" Carmen Cottontail the bunny said.
"He certainly won't like Mrs Hazelwood telling him what to do!" Mrs Renard the fox said, looking up from her newspaper.

After much grumbling, and with the help of some of Mrs Hazelwood's best biscuits, Margot Marmalade managed to get Quincy settled down into a nice armchair.

The main lounge in the care home consisted of a mismatch of different sofas and armchairs, newspapers and tea pots. Mrs Hazelwood kept it very clean and cosy. 

"Is that the Sylvanian Times you're reading Mrs Renard?" Mr Marmalade said, nosily peering over.
"Yes, did you know we all get a free copy everyday?" Mrs Renard explained. Mr Marmalade tried very hard not to look impressed by this; the Sylvanian Times was the best newspaper around. 

Mrs Hazelwood got him his own copy of the newspaper, refilled his tea, and gave him some more biscuits. Quincy Marmalade was very surprised to find himself almost enjoying himself!

The other side of the room, Mildred Mulberry was watching television and sipping tea.
"Is that Classical Music at 6, Mildred?!" Quincy Marmalade jumped up from his armchair and bounded over to the television, completely forgetting his walking stick! 

"We don't have this television channel at home", thought Quincy Marmalade to himself as he settled down in front of the television. Maybe Mr Marmalade was going to have a better time than he'd expected....

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Baking With Grandma Cottontail

One day, Primrose Cottontail went to her Grandma and Grandad's house for the day. Grandma Cottontail wanted to make sure that Primrose had a lovely time, so she spent lots of time thinking about what they could do together.

Sylvanian Families Grandma

Whilst drinking her morning coffee, Grandma Cottontail was reading through her favourite baking magazine.
"Baking! What an excellent idea," Grandma Cottontail thought to herself.

"Hello Primrose my dear, would you like to bake some biscuits?" Grandma Cottontail asked.
"Ooh yes please, my favourite!" Primrose beamed.

"Could you whisk the eggs Primrose dear? My elbows are very stiff nowadays!" Asked Grandma Cottontail.

"Of course Grandma!" Primrose laughed, as she picked up a fork.
After a lot of giggles and messy flour, they put the biscuits in the oven to cook.

"These smell delicious!" Grandma Cottontail said, getting them out of the oven.

"And they look like they'll taste delicious too.." Primrose put her paw out to take one.
"No not yet my dear! You'll fry your whiskers if you eat that! Let them cool down first," Exclaimed Grandma Cottontail. Primrose grumbled to herself before finally agreeing she did quite like her whiskers the way they were already.

Finally the biscuits had cooled down, and Primrose helped her Grandma arrange them on one of her best plates. 

"Hmm," Wondered Grandma Cottontail. "I wonder who else would like one of these biscuits..."