Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas Presents

Excuse my cat's bum in the background! She loves to get in the middle of whatever I'm doing.. This year I didn't just get one, but two Christmas sets - my Sylvanian critters got plenty of presents under their tree(s) this year! Even though I said I like the chunky Christmas tree better, this one actually looked much better than I expected. The little decorations are very nice and I hadn't noticed the wreath underneath before, which looks really cute. I think my favourite toy is the little duckling on wheels! I noticed that the Father Christmas figure is a lot darker than in the picture - does anyone know what family he belongs to?

The Chocolate and Cottontail families are also new to Hazelnut Hollow. The Cottontail family has a little baby girl and the Chocolate family have a pair of twins. The twins also come with a little bottle and dummy, which I forgot to include in the picture!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy 2015 (filled with Sylvanian critters)!

Little Sadie Persis is wearing a Christmas cape and hat I made especially for the winter holidays.

Monday, 22 December 2014

New Stuff

Last week I went to SSK to pick out some Christmas presents, and of course I couldn't resist buying some bits for immediate unwrapping! I got the Drawing Room, Breakfast Set and Vegetable Garden.

The fire in the fireplace actually lights up, although sadly you can't see it in this picture. Also included, but not shown, are two little wall lights. I've not attached them to the wall because I'm going to use wallpaper.

I've actually got a ton of gardening stuff, as I went on a bit of a buying spree on eBay. I've used items from the following sets in the next pictures: Vegetable Garden, Flower and Ivy, Gardening Shed and Flower Stall. The see-saw is from a baby carry case.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Hotel Set-Up

Since I had the flat all to myself for a couple of days I decided to set up my collection so far. Because the only space I have for my Sylvanians is right in front of a very large window, I can't take very good pictures because of the back-light.

I used my Luxury Master Bedroom, Girls Bedroom, Country Bathroom, Dinner Party and Christmas sets, as well as a few new sets which I will show in more detail in a separate post. As you can see I don't have any kitchen furniture yet - I wish there was a slightly smarter kitchen available, because the rustic and country kitchens don't really suit the hotel (although I do like the look of them).

The left and right wing are mostly empty still, apart from the bathroom and some assorted pieces of furniture.

Sadly the hotel walls and floors are still bare, as I've not yet had any time to look into wallpaper and rugs.

By the way, the lovely lawn is a 'grass tablecloth' my boyfriend bought for his wargaming and my Sylvanians. It's perfect because it's huge, foldable and the grass does not come off at all!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas Set

The last two weeks were terribly busy so I haven't been able to spend much time on my new Sylvanian collection! My laptop decided to come down with a virus (which hasn't happened to me since about 2002), so I had to completely re-install Windows and reconfigure my whole set-up. I also traveled to Holland to see my family and sit an exam, I'll be flying back to London next Saturday. So today I went to this toy shop my mum had discovered a while back. It's quite difficult to find shops selling Sylvanians in Holland, so I was even more surprised when I found this Christmas set there! I think it's quite a difficult set to get hold of and was looking into buying it via Japanese auction, and here it was :)

Excuse the crummy pictures!

I'm very happy with this set, I think the bunny snowman is my favourite! I might try to flock it to make it look extra snowy. I also like this chunky tree much better than the one in the 'Santa set'.

I also bought two new garden-related sets recently, I will take some pictures of those when I get back!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

More Autumn Fun

Father and Mother Persis go on a romantic walk along a mossy path, while little brother and sister Persis discover a field full of gigantic turnips!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Autumn Outing for the Persis Family

My Persian cat family got to enjoy the outdoors wearing their new warm scarves, capes and hats! I created the little flower patch with berried from a nearby fir tree and flowers from a nearby bush. The wreath father Persis is holding is a new craft project, but it's not quite finished yet!

Grand Hotel

I thought I would start my collection with a large building, so I wouldn't have to buy lots of smaller homes! When I saw the Grand Hotel, I fell in love with it immediately.. I tried to find one on eBay, but it was difficult finding one in perfect condition that didn't sell for nearly as much as a brand new one. Then I found Cuthberts, a toy shop who was selling it online for £95, and they also had a 10% off deal - so that was an easy decision! The absolutely gigantic parcel arrived quickly, and barely fit through the door! It is absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to furnish it! There is one slight problem with at the moment though, I have absolutely no space anywhere to display it... My boyfriend and I live in a very small flat and the majority of 'extra space' is already taken up by my boyfriends' war gaming/miniatures hobby. So for now the hotel will have to be stored (and taken out for photographing) - but not immediately though, I want to be able to look at it for at least a little while!

Country Bathroom Test!

Little Lucille is testing out the new Country Bathroom set for me!

Crib Bedding Craft

When I got the Persian and Ginger babies, I thought their cribs looked a little bare, so I sewed some very simple blankets with a ribbon decoration. They look much cosier now!

Winter Accessories Crafts

I made a bunch of felt winter accessories for my Persian cats family, as I planned on taking them with me on a trip to the English countryside. Mother Persis turned out slightly more Victorian-looking than I had intended, but I'm still very happy with the results!

I used my boyfriend's winter war gaming scenery for this picture (it's got to be useful for something!).

eBay Purchases

Since I started collecting a little while ago, I have been scouring eBay for good deals on furniture sets and accessories. It's possible to find good figures as well, but often they fetch nearly as much as their retail price, so it's not really worth the bother. Furniture sets are also a little bit tricky however, as there are usually many accessories included (so it's easy to overlook missing ones) and the stickers are often missing, damaged or badly applied. 

I have been quite lucky so far, I was able to get the sets below (minus the Father at Home set) all in their original boxes. The Country Bathroom set already had the stickers applied, I had to re-arrange a couple as they were in odd places, but thankfully they came off very easily. Initially I though the mirror had a slight scratch, but I discovered it in fact still had its protective film, so after peeling it off it was in perfect condition! Both the Girls Bedroom and Flower Stall set came with unopened stickers. Currently the little stand for the seed packets and magazines is still on its way to me. I didn't mind the Father at Home missing its figure, because I got it very cheaply and I am planning on getting the entire Chocolate rabbit family anyway, so I won't end up with doubles.

First Trip to SSK!

I happen to be a very lucky collector, as I discovered I only live about half an hour away from the official Sylvanian Families Storekeepers shop (20 minutes to walk and 10 minutes by bus)! About a week ago I went there for the first time on a very rainy Sunday morning. It was magical to see such a huge collection in one place, and I must have spent an hour deciding what to get! The displays were also wonderful to see and the shop assistant was very friendly. In the end I decided to get a Luxury Master Bedroom set, a Dinner Party set (on offer!), a Luxury Pram and two babies (for my Persian and Ginger cat families). I can't wait to go there again!

My First Photography

These are the first pictures I took of my Sylvanian Families. The Persian cats are my first family, they were given to me by my parents when we were shopping in Harrods during their visit to London last October. I got the Ginger cats shortly after, on my birthday, as well as the Macavity baby in a see-saw carry case and the Persian twins. Sadly I didn't realise there were open and closed-hand versions when I got the Persian cats, I would have definitely waited as I much prefer the open hand versions (much more versatility for photo shoots!). I tried to swap the Persians for an open-hand family at Sylvanian Store Keepers, but since I hadn't bought it there, and they would rather not stock the closed-hand versions either, I wasn't able to. In a way I was sort of relieved because I really wanted to keep my first family :) I might be able to find an open-hand family on eBay, so I always have open-hand 'stand-ins' available, should I need them for photos!