Sunday, 25 June 2017

Australian Plangon Doll fair

Today my daughter & I went to a Doll fair, it's the second that we have gone this year & we have enjoyed both of them. This one was hosted by the Australian Plangon Doll Collectors Club (

We enjoyed it immensely! here are some photos of the exhibits & displays

Including a huge Sylvanian Families display (which I have uploaded a video of on YouTube )

(can you see my sneaky little Teddy Bear story girl in this photo)  

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Building Neptune Island

The past few weekends I have been working on a rocky outcrop for my lighthouse. Unfortunately I don;t have photos of the whole process, but I will describe what I did & then show what photos I do have.

1.Cardboard frame. Glue sturdy cardboard (mine is a recycled box) into the frame shape you want. I used a glue gun, but you can use PVA glue if that what you have.

2. Build sides. I scrunched up pages of newspaper into balls & glued them on to the side of the frame, I made the layers thicker at the bottom as I wanted a hill shape. Then I glued a couple of flat newpaper pages over the top of the whole lot.

3. Paste. I mixed a paste of : 1 cup wheat flour,  1 cup water, a pinch of salt. You can use papermache paste of you like. I spread this in a moderately thick layer over the top of the newspaper until all of it was covered & damp. You must let this dry fully, which would be at least 24 hours, longer is better. If you have paste left over place it in an airtight container & save it for the next step.

4. Cover. For this next layer I used a type of butchers paper (moderately thin, & wide pieces) I saved these pieces from my last batch of chips from the Fish & Chip shop. Place them over the top of your frame & then paste using the same method as before. Let it dry fully once again. If you don't have a single piece big enough to fully cover your structure, use multiple pieces, but let them each dry before putting the next one on.  Repeat this step as necessary.

5. Paint. Using your chosen colours paint your structure. As then is a rocky island I used a grey water based paint & brushed over it lightly allowing some of the paste to show through for effect. Be careful using the water based paint though as too much will cause your paste to loosen. I had to allow this to dry for over 24 hours to be sure the paste & paint both were dry & stable. 

Using this method you can create many structures like hills, rocks, a burrow for rabbits or moles, or even a hobbit hole I guess.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sylvanian Town building comparison to cosy cottage & room set up

In my last post I forgot to add the dimensions of the building. Well here they are!

It is 26cm long, 15cm high & 10cm deep.
not very big at all.

It is about half as high as the current cosy/starter cottage

but as you can see it is still the same width

& it looks about half the depth

Also I had some people ask about the furniture set up, which is quite tricky!
Here are some of my photos of different ways of setting it up
The first is my favourite.

As you can see the sofa is a bit big for this little room & you have to get creative otherwise it blocks the door. When it is used for a child that wouldn't be so much of a problem, but for us adult collectors who want realism it is a bit of a put off.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Sylvanian Town items: Designer Studio, Poodle Older sister, Blue & Green dress set

Sylvanian Town Items parcel

The items I bought from the new Japanese Sylvanian "Town" line were:
  1. The Designer Studio
  2. The Poodle Big sister
  3. The Green & Blue dress set

The Designer Studio is like a very small apartment (or part of it at least)

The box shows ways it can be stacked & displayed with the other Town buildings

There is a list of contents (I love this about the newer boxes!)

Also there are instructions on the inside flaps of the box, which even though they are in Japanese are easy to understand (for those of us who don't read Japanese)

I love how ornate this building is! Very 1800s.

It isn't as wide as other Sylvanian buildings & that does take a bit of getting used to.

Every part of this building has ornate details, the floor, the walls, the doors... every single part!

Even underneath is ornate & styled so that when stacked it can easily be used as a ceiling.

It comes with 2 removable fence pieces
which can be placed in the 4 slots

2 slots shown here.
Here is some more pictures of the ornate moldings on the building...

This piece can be placed above the doors so the fa├žade has a slightly rounded top (found in many buildings built in the 1800s)
The Designer Studio also comes with this lovely looking couch\settee. Which although it is plastic, still looks quite nice (I think they were going for a faux leather look).
There is also a coffee table, cup & saucer, plate , fork & tart, but at the time of these photo I didn't have the chance to take them out of the box. (without small children wanting to touch them)
This set also comes with the chocolate rabbit older sister, who I am going to call Peppermint (as this is the name given to the older version of the sister)

Here are the Poodle sister & dress set

I bought this dress set as I loved how it looked on the poodle sister in the short movie Epoch did of the Town (on their YouTube channel: )
The dresses are all satin & a bit stiff, but soften up quickly with a bit of fiddling.

In all I like these sets, but some people might find the shallow buildings a bit off putting & I know the satin isn't for everyone. I can barely wait to get more buildings to try out the stacking options!

In my town the poodle older sister is called Vanessa Gateau.

Veronica & Melinda  are visiting Vanessa at her Town apartment which she shares with Peppermint Chocolate.

Thank you for reading  

Monday, 20 February 2017

Sylvanian Adventurer

This week I had a thought; Would any of my Sylvanians like to keep me company when I travel alone in the car?

So I asked them. Most politely said no, they were content to stay safe in the village. But one young bunny excitedly told me she would love to come explore to big world. So I introduce to you Opal Babblebrook, youngest (& most adventurous) child of Cliff & Pearl.



I finally figured out how to crochet sleeves!
This is a game changer! I mostly still use very basic stitches, but now I can make jumpers & t-shirts too.

Monday, 13 February 2017

New crochet outfits

I've been working with some smaller cotton thread the past couple of weeks, & here are some of my newest creations. I've only learned a couple of basic stitches, but I hope to learn more soon!

This little fellow is so cute! 

A new family & a surprise.

I started writing this quite a few months ago, finally I have a chance finish this part of it!

The Murdoch Jrs were excited, the day they had been waiting for had finally arrived!

After months of paperwork, short visits & much waiting they were getting to take their new adopted son Jason home! They could hardly wait.

As they drew near to the Orphanage entrance they could see Jason & a few other children playing outside, under the watchful eyes of Nanny Timbertop.

Teddy & May were so excited, they rushed over, Jason saw them & began running to them!

As Teddy and May cuddled Jason, Nanny Timbertop came over to usher everyone inside.

"I have some interesting new for you two." said Nanny
May & Teddy sighed, even now there seemed to be more work to do before taking their little boy home!

"Teddy, May, sit down & we can talk for a short while, Here Jason why don't you sit with your new Mummy & Daddy while I tell them the news." said Nanny

"Nanny, please just tell us! Do we still get to take Jason home today? Has something gone wrong?" asked Teddy

"Teddy dear, Nothing is wrong as such, let me tell you a little story & them you'll understand."

"Jason here is not an only child. He has an older sister, who was very sick when they came to us. So sick in fact that no one knew if she would live. She has been living in the Potterville Hospital children's ward for the past 12 months, & is finally well enough to be released! Reverend Waters has gone to pick her up & they are due back today. I wanted Jason to have the chance to see her, he hasn't been able to visit her since we moved to Slydale Hollow & I know both children have been looking forward to seeing each other. Also I wanted you both to meet her. As you have already adopted her brother Jason, I thought you might consider adopting Eva as well. Just meet her & think about it..."

When Nanny finished May & Teddy sat for a minute in shocked silence, but suddenly the door opened & in came Rev. Waters & a young girl.
"Hello everybody, we are back! Jason look it's Eva."

Jason rushed over to cuddle his big sister. Teddy & May looked at each other, wondering what to do! They had just finished all the paperwork & been approved to adopt Jason, did they really want to go through all of that again? Could May's delicate health handle bringing up 2 children? So many things to think about!

Jason ran back to May & began saying, "Come meet Eva Mumma May! You'll love her, she is the bestest big sister!"

"Jason, don't rush them buddy. I've only just got here. It's ok Mr & Mrs Murdoch, I can understand if you are a bit unsure. I heard Nanny just telling you about me as we walked up. You don't have to adopt me, but I would like it if I could visit Jason sometimes, if that's ok with you." said Eva, in a quiet shy voice
Suddenly May felt so much love for this brave little girl. May knew how much courage it took to live for a long time in a hospital, away from the ones you love. And this poor girl was only just released & her only family was going to live with them! May rushed over & gave her a hug. "Eva, sweetie, you come visit when ever you feel up to it, & we will bring Jason to see you too."

Teddy decided to speak up at that moment, "Nanny, Reverend, we would like to take Jason home today, & from the look on May's face I think we are agreed on giving Eva a home. We will bring Jason back tomorrow to see her & we can discuss more then."
Teddy looked at May to see if he was right & she was absolutely beaming!

"Well, who would have thought that WE would be having 2 children!" said May "I couldn't be happier."