Sylvanian Families Betty's Toy Box

Hi! We will be looking at the second of the three cottage-type toy shops in the Sylvanian Families/Calico Critters line; Betty's Toy Box.

It was first released in the U.K. in January 2011. And unlike Hazelwood's Toy Shop, it only came with one figure; Betty Hazelwood.

Betty's Toy Box commercial packaging.
It was supposedly only available for sale at Tesco.

Sylvanian Families Betty's Toy Box contents
I did get this building brand new so I had all the correct bits and pieces. The display shelf is red instead of blue!

Sylvanian Families Betty's Toy Box contents
I forgot to take a reference picture of the contents--but these are all that's in there. The contents are very similar to the original release.

Sylvanian Families Betty Hazelwood front
Betty Hazelwood dons the same dress she does in Hazelwood's Toy Shop.

Sylvanian Families Betty Hazelwood front
I love the detail of the ribbon above her tail.

Sylvanian Families Betty's Toy Box front
The building's color scheme is different form the first one. Instead of blue on white, this building dons cream-colored walls and green windows.

Sylvanian Families Betty's Toy Box side
On one side of the building, there's a window that can be opened or closed.

Sylvanian Families Betty's Toy Box back
The back.

Sylvanian Families Betty's Toy Box
I tried to arrange all  the contents to reflect the promo image exactly.
I can't really choose which one is my favorite between the two releases. It's a bid sad that Oliver Bearbury isn't included in the box, but the two releases are generally similar except for a few minor changes.

I guess that's it for now. The last version of this toy shop I'll be opening is from the Calico Critter's line. Very exciting! See you again soon!(*^^*)

xoxo,
Jona

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Sylvanian Families Brick Oven Bakery

The Brick Oven Bakery was the first shop I bought after I got my very first Sylvanian Families house, the City House with Lights. Convincing myself in my first few days into the hobby that I will only really need one house and one shop, I chose this bakery.

The bakery became first available in Japan on April 2, 2015. The Toys R Us Japan gift set version later became available about 4 months later on August 8, 2015.

I bought the Toys R Us version myself.

Official promotional picture.

The giftset version includes two dolls except for Eleanor Bramble: Freya and Saffron. They wear  matching dresses. Also included are an outdoor table and chairs set with a couple of magazines, a lamp-post, and a variation of the cobblestone slab available for sale at the Japanese Premium Club Shop.

I thought these were really great additions! It was also a point in time when I only had the Buckleys residing in my village and a few more residents were badly needed. ; 3 ;

There is also another Toys R Us Version of this building released elsewhere.
Instead of Saffron, we get sister Abigail in a very cute dress. Freya is also included in a different dress. The table and chairs included are the re-color of the ornate garden table and chairs. The lamp post is also maroon red instead of the green one we receive in the JP release.

I'm so glad Eleanor decided to open up her business in my town!

Now let's take a close look at the bakery.

Cream walls and an orange roof to match the red brick oven. 

On one side is a large display window.

The shelves on the sides of the building can not be rearranged.

On the other side are pictures of some of the bread available for sale in-store.

I added a few extra bread and accessories in my shop.

But the amount of baked goodies included in the  set is enough to fill the shelves.


Uhhh. YUM!

Saffron is having a hard time deciding which is better--the turtle bread or the fish bread??

Freya, on the other hand is ready to check out!

Eleanor's lovely smile, aside from the wonderful baked goods she makes, will surely keep customers coming back.


It's a lovely building! I love the use of warm colors and the detail in every bread in the set. Plus I really enjoy setting this one up every time since the amount of items included isn't too overwhelming! XD

Do you have this building in your village?

xoxo,
Jona

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Sylvanian Families Hazelwood Toy Shop

Hello! Today we will be taking a look at the Hazelwood Toy Shop. I believe this is the first toy shop in the UK, released in 2004.

It has recently been quite difficult to find but I managed to score one!



The Hazelwood Toy Shop is one of three cottage-type toy shops in the Sylvanian Families/Calico Critters line. A couple of months back, a dear friend of mine helped me all three by sending me the Calico Critters version called the Main Street Toy Shop (Thank you, Terra!). So I will be posting about the three buildings in separate blog posts. ^^

Don't they look lovely together?



The set I got was missing but one piece--the toy box. The seller compensated by adding a first-aid kit box (not sure if this is Sylvanian) and a mini-blackboard.

Contents reference.

Everything is in lovely condition.

The building itself is white with blue windows. I do love these tiny cottage shops!

I tried to arrange the items as similarly as in the photograph as possible. You will notice an extra book is in the sample photograph. It is not in the items list, though. :O

Oliver Bearbury and Betty Hazelwood. They look glad to be out of the box!

Cottage-type shops are one of my favorites as they are smaller and ideal for collectors who don't have much space to spare. They don't come with a lot of items, however. But that just gives you a chance to get creative!

In my next blog posts, we'll be looking at the two other toy shops! See you then! ^^

xoxo,
Jona

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Getting Ready for a Rabbit?




Image lifted from boredpanda.com, if you own this photo please send me a message so I can properly credit you!
Image lifted from boredpanda.com, if you own this photo please send me a message so I can properly credit you!

So adorable, isn't it? Now that Easter is coming, many kids will ask for a pet rabbit, and many adults will indulge.

But, a rabbit is not a "starter" pet or a "cheap" pet to keep, as a lot of pet shops would tell you. They are a big responsibility, just like a dog or a cat. As a responsible pet-owner, it is YOUR JOB to know more about them before getting one!


I am by no means a bunny expert. But, I've had my fair share of handling rabbits and have studied about them enough for me to be able to share my knowledge.

For this post, we are going to look at some Bunny Supplies Essentials! ^^

 I'm going to do this by showing you my Amazon cart so you will also have an idea of how much it actually takes to start caring for a rabbit. Be forewarned, it is not cheap!

Note that all prices are in JPY as it's where I currently live in. (price conversion in Php are done via xe.com)

*Please note that this is not in the order of importance.

Without the cage, the bill has reached JPY 16,447. (7,368.16PHP)

Non-essentials in the list above would be the raisins (which I would use as a treat and for training), the carry case and the bottle I'll attach to the carry case (for taking your rabbit home and to the vet!), the hidey house, the scratching mat, the wooden chew, the fleece and the rabbit pet sheet (instead of using bedding I will use this).

Without those you will still need: 6385 JPY (
2,860.99PHP).

Essentials:
CAGE/enclosure
1. Rabbit food pellet
2. Hay
3. Water/food dish
 
Optional but recommended:
4.  Litter tray. Starting training from the get-go is the best!
5. Wood chews. Rabbit teeth are growing constantly, without anything to chew on, their teeth will become too long and pose health problems.
6. Fleece. If you are getting a wire-bottom cage, your rabbit needs a place to rest their feet, if you are getting a plastic bottom base, you rabbit needs the traction so they can move comfortably. Either way, getting fleece for your rabbit is a good idea. ^^

Now moving on to the cage. Many people misunderstand that rabbits only need a small space to live a comfortable life. This is just not true.

Many store-bought cages are unfit for a rabbit, no matter what the "experts" at the shop say. 

This diagram shows the MINIMUM space required for a rabbit.

You can easily see how a Google search for rabbit cages will yield misinformed results.

I've left some cages unmarked because I don't know the exact size. On the otherhand, a lot of the cages in the result has a bunny for reference and by that I can say that it is NOT a good size.

I marked hutches as "not recommended" as it is safer for rabbits to be indoors than out.

For a list of acceptable store-bought rabbit cages, please go here:
http://www.therabbithouse.com/indoor/rabbitcages.asp

From Amazon, the biggest rabbit cage available in Japan is the Ferplast Casita 120. I would prefer not to go less than 150cm in length, but this is the best one we have here. I am buying this cage for my rabbit. But NOTE that my rabbit will be outside of the cage 100% of the time when I'm able to supervise it.

The cage is an expensive 19,000JPY (8,538.59PHP)! This is why a NIC cage is the best option, really. If and when I find NIC cubes in Japan, I will immediately switch!

 

XL dog crates are also good rabbit cages!  But even an XXL crate will only be 0.75sqm, which is below the recommended minimum space. You can, however, make a second level on a crate to make additional space. ^^ On Amazon, this crate is 7,900JPY (3,549.76PHP).

MY total bill: 35,447 JPY =15,931.74PHP

So as you can see, getting a rabbit is not cheap.  This cost does not even include the cost of the rabbit itself. If you are getting (and you should be) from a reputable breeder, a rabbit isn't that cheap either!

Rabbits in pet stores in the USA would cost around $20. In the Philippines, you can get one for as cheap as Php50. Yes, $1. In Japan it's more like Jpy20,000. Moreover petshop rabbits are more often than not too young to be sold! Any bunny under 8 weeks old should not be taken away from its mother. Getting from a reputable breeder would make the price range a little more steep. In the USA, you would get it at around $75 or more (for pet types), in the Philippines for more than a few thousand pesos, and in Japan for at least Jpy40,000.

Moreover, a rabbit is a long-term commitment. Their lifespan can extend to up to 7-12 years. So unless, you are ready to care for another life for that long, please consider another pet instead. ^^
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((I have previously written a similar post here. But there are a couple of changes I've made and my knowledge about rabbits has grown since then.))

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On the move! (and bunny pics) :P

Spring time in Tokyo!


Ahh, Spring. The perfect time to start anew!

I think I started informing friends that I will be moving around a month ago, but I won't really be moving until the third week of April. XD

Anyway, moving in Japan is not too stressful if you have the money to spare. Movers will pack, move and set your furniture for you. Well I don't have that kind of money. Haha. Nor am I willing to spend some 200,000 yen for moving! :P So the packing up and setting of furniture will mostly be on me. ; 3 ;

I get home from work at around 8pm daily. By the time I'm home, between making dinner and quick clean ups, all I really want to do is to put my feet up and rest. So there isn't a lot of packing happening. On weekends, I get  to do some packing but not that much either. So yeah, the packing is taking a long time!

Moving in Japan is expensive! Here are some fees you'd need to pay according to Gaijinpot:

  • Deposit (one month’s rent) = 80,000
  • Key money (one month’s rent) = 80,000
  • Agency fee (up to one and a half months rent) = 120,000
  • First month’s rent = 80,000
  • Property insurance = 15,000
  • Maintenance fee = 10,000
  • Key exchange fee = 12,000  
  • Total: 397,000 yen! 
Yikes! This is about the same amount of money I paid plus another month's rent because I'm going to be keeping a rabbit. This plus the movers' fee and you would be roughly two months' salary poorer. T_T 

But it is worth it! I am actually so excited to move. Our new flat will be in an older building on the third floor. But we get two extra rooms! My Sylvanian Families collection will soon have its own room.:P On top of that, I will once again be able to keep a pet! Pets make our lives sooooo much better and I'm so excited to take a new bunny home come May!

My new rabbit will come from the Tokyo Rabbit Club president's line. I know what some of you are thinking! Adopt, don't shop! Easier said than done being a foreigner here in Japan!

My rabbit will be one of these babies (10 to 14-days old in these pictures):

10-day old baby bunny

10-day old baby bunny

10-day old baby bunny

10-year old bunnies

Which one do you think I should get??? :)

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Some Updates

Hello all!

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who joined my first ever blog contest. To be frank, I had more entries than anticipated. The winner was from the Philippines, my home country. Congratulations again! ^^

I am hoping to host more giveaways in the future. It was a lot of fun!

On another note, I'll be moving to a new house in late April to early May, so I've been doing a lot of packing! I know it seems so early but both me and my boyfriend work full-time, I leave home at 7am get get back home around 8pm, prepare dinner, yada yada yada. There really isn't any time and I didn't want to dedicate weekends to packing.

The reason for the move is threefold.

1. I would like a home closer to the station. It takes me an hour and a half everyday to and from my workplace. ; 3 ;

2. We need bigger space. My Sylvanian Families collection is frankly taking over our 1LDK flat. Haha. When we move, we decided we will have a dedicated hobby room and I can store and display my Sylvanians there! We are looking at a 3LDK flat right now! Big upgrade! ^^

3. We're getting a pet! Originally, we wanted a dog. An American Cocker Spanier, to be specific. But since we are barely home on weekends, we've concluded that it isn't good for an animal social during the day time. That's why we decided to get a rabbit instead. They are mostly active at dusk and dawn, from what I read! Plus, I've also cared for a rabbit before. So I'm familiar with their care. ^^

I can't wait for all these to happen, to be honest! I always like a bit of change!

In the meantime, please enjoy this photograph I took of the Buckleys!

シルバニアファミリー 和室セット

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WINNER ANNOUNCED! Sylvanian Families Fashionable Dining Room Giveaway / シルバニアファミリー おしゃれなダイニングルーム

Jona Wanders Turns ONE this year!

To celebrate 2017, the year my blog as "Jona Wanders" turns one, I'm giving away a Sylvanian Families Fashionable Dining room set. As I am based in Japan, this packaging is also in Japanese. ^^

I've recently been enjoying the world of these little critters and my Sylvanian collection has grown quite a lot since August of 2016 when Istarted with my first house. This set was one of my firsts and  all  the little details are just adorable!

The kitchen in my City House with Lights decorated with the Fashionable Dining Room set.


I won't write so much here. I know you're after the competition! So here it goes!

The following image are official photos. Please note that the figures are not included in the prize!




 Sylvanian Families Fashionable Dining Room Giveaway / シルバニアファミリー おしゃれなダイニングルーム

We officially have a winner! Our winner is entry 33! Action: Visit on instagram. Congratulations! I will contact you via the e-mail address you provided. Thank you for joining everyone! (*^^*)
 
FAQ
  •  I'm under 18, can I join?
    •  No problem! But be sure to ASK A PARENT/GUARDIAN before joining because if you win, I will need your address!
  •  Is this open worldwide?
    • YES! As much as possible, I'd like to accommodate everyone! But there may be cases that I can't send the item to you for whatever reason (not allowed in your country, etc.). But those are extreme cases.

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