Sylvanian Families Sweets Store / シルバニアファミリー スイート ストア

I've been thinking of buying this store a while but I just never bring it back whenever I come to one of the shops that sell Sylvanian Families.

A recent purchase of the the Cake Set prompted me to buy it, finally! I don't have a cake shop in my village--and there was nowhere to put the beautiful set that I got. Space has also been a problem in the village--there are just so much stuff I want to display! So the Sweets Shop, I thought, was a good solution. It's compact but it has a lot of free space because the set itself has a few accessories.

Box and Set Photos

If you look at the promo picture, the shop seems a bit bare, doesn't it?





This is my favorite part of the building. I love how they chose this intricate design instead of just a flat roof!




You can see there aren't really a lot of "sweets" in the set... and an empty sweets shop is sad!!!

Also, Epoch Japan has released a new set of gashpon (capsule) toys that go with the Village Cake Shop. I loved how they chose to use green for the trays instead of pink, so I also got a few of those!





This is the entire set. I was able to get the first three! Those were the ones I really wanted so I thought I was lucky! But now I wanna play more because I want number 4 and 5, too... XD

My lovely cake set!

I realized it's a lot of stuff and I started to wonder whether they would all fit in. XD But they did, in the end... With a little space for my shop attendant--whoever it would be (recently, I've been switching up jobs in the village. ; 3 ; ).


Here is the result!!!

I thought it looked like a more enticing sweets store!
(There's no space for Gacha 4 and 5 though... lol)




What do you guys think? Do you have a Sweets Store in YOUR village? What extra accessories did you add, if you did?


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Sylvanian Families Photo Studio | シルバニアファミリー 森の写真屋さん

Hello guys and welcome to my very first Sylvanian Families review. I thought that I would start reviewing some Sylvanian Families sets/items from Japan because whenever I personally try searching for information online, any result in English is scarce!

Now I'm sure there are fans/collectors all over the world curious to see these items in order to decide whether they are worth their hefty price tags.

So, without further ado, here's the Sylvanian Families Photo Studio of the Forest!

Here's the front of the building. It isn't very big actually. So adding a few more accessories inside could make it quite cramped and crowded. The building measures about 26cm across, 20cm high and 16.5cm deep. It would sit on top of 2016 buildings like the Brick Oven Bakery but there would be a lot of space uncovered, thus making it quite unstable.

It comes with a sign reminiscent of the Beauty Salon. 

The display window has a beautiful embossed detail as seen above. The backdrop is removable--although the photos on it are not.

You can also remove and change the objects displayed on the ledge.

The design and feel of the building is the same as the Hospital and the Beauty Salon.

There's an arched entryway to the building. There's no door so I have no idea how the studio closes up at night! I mean, they use an expensive-looking vintage camera in there! Haha.


On one sie of the building is a big window for some natural light.

And on the other side is an advertisement that says Village Gallery. Four photos are on display representing each season and the activities the villagers take part in during those times.

Inside, we are given a clothes rack with four hangers. There are also two dresses included in the set. Some props are also provided--a stuffed animal and a tiara. And of course, there's a hairbrush so the critters can groom themselves before having their photos taken.

On the other side, we have the space for taking pictures. There's a couch, a mirror and a vintage camera.

A couple of framed photos comes with the set. One is of a family picture of the Cottontail rabbits and a group picture of school kids.

The sofa is gorgeous! It's flocked like the critters and is very nice to touch. I particularly like the upside-down tiara shape on its bottom part.

The backdrop for the photos is reversible. One is of a grand staircase.

And the other one is of a balcony with a view of a lake and mountains.

I personally think it's a beautiful building. As far as I know, there is only one of this type of building while others like the hospital has a more modern counterpart. The size is pretty modest so it's a good addition to villages with space restrictions! Haha. However, because of it's size, not much can be added inside without making it too crowded.

So there we have it, the Sylvanian Families Photo Studio!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,
Jona

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Autumn Leaves 紅葉 2016

Well, winter has come. This year, Tokyo had snow in November for the first time in 50 years and Autumn is cut short.

Autumn is my favorite season. I just love the colors of the leaves during this time! The Summer heat slowly being replaced by a comfortable temperature is also very welcome. Sadly, Autumn is usually shorter than the extreme seasons of Summer and Winter.

Luckily, before the snow officially signaled the beginning of the colder season, I was able to go to a park to enjoy 紅葉 or Autumn leaves! Here are a few pictures to commemorate the beautiful event!


Look at all the colors. Isn't it wonderful?




I wonder if they feel cold, too.

Well then, until next time!

xoxo,
Jona

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My Little Sylvanian Town - Elderberry Lane

Hi! I thought I'd give you a bit of an update on my Sylvanian Families collection. I've come a looooong way since the first building I bought. I've gotten a lot of new buildings and figures and it's just so awesome how quickly my street grew in a couple of months!

Although right now, I'm lacking space to add more buildings, so I guess I'll have to cut back on buying new stuff. ; 3 ; I do have a shipment coming in this month again, though! I'll be getting the green phone box along with other furniture (some from Maple Town -- my first from this line)!

Here are a few snapshots of Elderberry! ^^

One of my first buildings was this lovely bakery. My future purchases after this were all retired buildings... Haha. But I do not regret buying this piece at all. It's a very beautiful structure.


As you can see, the shop is pretty popular among Sylvanians.

One of my most favorite buildings, the Sylvanian Kitchen and my favorite figure, Spencer Maces. Although the Buckleys do have a special spot in my heart as well as they were my first family!

The Sylvanian Market also tends to be quite busy. They have almost everything you need-from food to clothes to medicine! They even have a little tea room! Seems like Lisa and Belle are enjoying a chat! (Lisa and Belle are made-up names for the Soyokaze and Nonohana sisters--they have no official names).

And the latest addition to my buildings is this lovely post office all the way from U.K.! I love the idea of snail mail. I think it's very romantic. And so, this building had been in my WANT list since I got the Sylvanian Kitchen (and my hunt for rare/retired items began).

Another interesting family to join my village are the Puddlefords. I decided that Beth will be the town seamstress instead of Bessie Buttercup--she deserves a relaxing retiree life in the big house!

The big house that I'm talking about is the House on the Hill. I've moved all the grandparents there. And although I'm not done decorating, I'd like to share some pictures of the current interior.

Ashley and Laura enjoying an afternoon of tea and nibbles with Louise Carrol (barely seen here-I'm sorry! XD).

And how lucky Angus is to have Bessie as his other half! I'd like to have coffee and food served while I'm in my bed, too!


Finally, the building that started it all. This is perhaps one of the most well-decorated buildings I have and I'm so happy to have bought this building to start off with my collection! I'm smitten. <3

Well that is all for now! I'll maybe post an update when my new lot comes in! Haha. See you all!. ^^

xoxo,
Jona

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Ari

I don't know what triggered it. Perhaps it was the endless hours of looking for Sylvanian Families steals on Mercari or Rakuma. Petite Blythe dolls would often model the items as well for size comparison. And I've seen them over and over but I didn't really pay so much attention. Then finally I saw gorgeous photos on Instagram. That was it. I had to get one!

Originally, I was going to get the October Blythe, Varsity Deans. I wanted to try my hand in customizing. So I watched YouTube videos over and over, box openings, customizations, the like. I realized it's not too simple and I would probably need practice... and I wouldn't do it on a brand new stock doll!!!

And that's how I got Ari. She's a My Best Friend doll. But now, she's my beautiful, beautiful girl!

This was the first night I met her. I wanted to make an unboxing video but I kept thinking I just wanna see her!

And was she lovely! I was so excited.

I quickly started buying stuff for her. lol

This was my first ever Etsy purchase--a cute coat with booties from Shel's Tiny Creations.

I also got her a Pure Neemo S body. Opening the head was a challenge being that MBF is an SBL mold!

But Ari is just perfect to me!

I've also started sewing for her. In this picture, I made her skirt and I modified the knit cap she is wearing.

My sewing is not very good and I don't even have a machine...

But Ari seems to like what I make for her anyhow! XD


My Ari is beautiful! Although I'm so, so tempted to get another Blythe (to be her sister or friend), I know I shouldn't!!! ; 3 ;

Takashi has been supportive of my Sylvanian Families (my village has grown so much! I'll take proper photos when I finally finish decorating my Oakwood Manor)  AND Blythe addiction, although he isn't ready to take them on trips yet. Lol But definitely Ari is coming to Osaka on our year-end vacation!

I'm so thankful and blessed that I can finally do the things I've always wanted to do and  even if there are people judging me (that I'm too old for toys), I don't really care! These "toys" are frankly more than toys if you know the work that goes into it.

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