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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