Thursday, December 9, 2021

December 2021 Calendar Picture

Hello everyone,

It's hard to believe, but it's the last month of 2021 already! And here I am with the picture for December in the calendar my dear friend Cutata sent me last year.

This is the last picture, which makes me quite sad! Thank you once again, dear Cutata, for sending me the beautiful calendar you made

Everyone, please do visit Cutata's blog for more lovely pictures and stories. I guarantee you'll be amazed by their quality.

This time we have the very lovely Hazelnut Dormouse family. They're truly adorable, and I don't see them very often in collector's pictures. Isn't this picture perfect for the holidays? Brother and sister Otto and Odette are decorating their Christmas tree, and baby Ned is already enjoying the sweets, haha! As usual, every single detail in this picture is well thought-of and absolutely perfect. Look at those gorgeous cookies and candy canes! Just lovely. 

This picture is part of this beautiful Christmas story Cutata posted back in 2019. Don't miss it! 

I don't think I'll be able to get a hold of a Sylvanian calendar for 2022, so unfortunately I'm not sure if I'll be able to continue my monthly posts. Posh Pear suggested in the comments of my last post that I make my own calendar. I'm not sure my pictures are good enough for that, but I was thinking that maybe I can do a monthly post featuring one of my past pictures and just write about life and my collection as I usually do, haha! What do you all think?

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the month, and Happy Holidays from me and the citizens of Arcfield!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

November 2021 Calendar Picture & "Candy" Photo Challenge

Hello everyone,

I'm quite late this month with Cutata's calendar picture, sorry about that!

And it's a lovely one once again!

(Please excuse the lightning, it's night-time here).
This time we have the lovely Marlowe family enjoying tea and delicious cakes together. I adore absolutely every miniature in this picture, and the figures don't fall back behind! I love how Mason's fur is completely black, and the girls have each differently-coloured ears. Don't you wish you could accompany them all in that beautiful living room? 

This lovely picture is part of a post where Cutata showed a vintage living room set from the 80s. Don't miss it! Such a lucky find!

I've been a bit absent from the Sylvanian community lately, and not very invested in Sylvanians in general, and the main reason is that both my boyfriend Marcos and I started new jobs a few weeks ago, so we're slowly adapting to our new routines. We're tired, but happy!

I didn't want to miss the opportunity, however, to take a quick picture for the new Photo Challenges in the SF Collectors' Forum. The first prompt is Candy!

Don't these babies look like they're having the time of their lives? Hehe!

I hope you all have a lovely month of November.

Have a great week-end!

Friday, October 8, 2021

October 2021 Calendar Picture

Hello everyone!

I hope you're all doing wonderfully. We are already in October and Autumn is finally here, at least in my part of the world. I'm glad for colder temperatures and the playful spookiness of Halloween. It's also my birthday month! 

Today, as every month, I bring you the page from the beautiful calendar my friend Cutata sent me.

Isn't this the perfect picture for Autumn? And it features one of my favourite families, the Hunter-Smyths, as well! I absolutely adore the naughty triplets playing with the leaves and the warm seasonal decorations. The colourful wreath is just beautiful! The adorable pumpkins were made by the talented Nina and they're just perfect for the scene as well.

You can find this picture, among many other lovely ones, in this post in Cutata's blog. Do check out her wholesome, cozy stories if you haven't already! :)

I hope you all have a wonderful month of October. Take care!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

September 2021 Calendar Picture

Hello everyone,

This month I am actually posting the calendar picture early in the month! 

We're in September, Back to School month in this part of the world. In my country, it's also the month in which many publishing companies start selling hobby manuals for people looking to start a new pastime with the coming of the colder seasons, and this month's picture in my friend Cutata's beautiful calendar perfectly illustrates that:

In this gorgeous picture we have Mr Lance Caramel in his beautiful studio in Sweet Berry Valley. We can see many easels and canvases with his lovely pictures, and his tiny, hand-made paint tools nearby. He's even wearing an apron, and thoughtfully put newspapers on the floor to avoid stains. The perfect painter's studio for sure!

You can see this picture in the story in Cutata's blog where she introduced the Caramels. I also highly recommend the follow-up posts where she showed their amazing Arts and Crafts Store and then told us about Opening Day.

I'm a huge fan of all of Cutata's stories, but as a stationery lover myself, I have to say these are amongst my favourites. I love tiny stationery supplies as much as the human-sized ones! :)

With the coming of September, I am too starting a couple of new courses. Wish me luck!

I have also been heavily re-organizing my Sylvanian collection lately. I have taken out one of my buildings to start working on a new story following the "Sleepover" prompt at the forum. I don't have many ideas, so it will probably be just a simple, slice-of life, hopefully cute story. Hope you'll enjoy it when it's done!

I hope you all have a wonderful month. Take care, everyone!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

A Recipe for Disaster

Hello everyone!

Right at the nick of time (the deadline is August 27th), I bring you my entry for the Summer 2021 contest in the Sylvanian Families Collectors Community: Cooking with Pearl Babblebrook.

I don't own any Babblebrook figures, so I had to get creative. I hope you enjoy this story!

Basil Hazelwood was in quite the predicament. As he stared at his notebook, still blank despite the long hours he had been sitting alone in his living room racking his brains, he felt completely stumped. The snacks his daughter Evie had brought him a while ago where still untouched, forgotten on the small side table.

There was a slight sound when the living room door opened quietly. It was Evie once again.

Basil's daughter looked worried as her eyes glazed over the untouched snacks. She seemed even more concerned when she looked at his expression, despite his best attempts to look calm and carefree.

"What's the matter, dad? Your tea has gone cold".

"I'm sorry, sweetheart". Basil replied, making a great effort to sound cheery. "I'm just worried about something from work. Nothing you should be concerned about".

"Why don't you tell me, daddy?" asked Evie, approaching him. "Maybe I can help somehow?".

Basil sighed; he didn't like to burden his daughter with his troubles, but Evie had always been very sensible and perceptive, and he knew she would keep worrying until she found out what was happening. It couldn't hurt to let her listen and maybe offer some words of support to him. So he told her about the difficult situation he was in:

Basil worked as a chef in a restaurant in Town, and his workplace was expecting the visit of a very important guest, an investor and businessman who had travelled to the area from quite far away. He would be coming with his family, and Basil's boss had asked him to make something truly spectacular, something truly "impactful"; the problem was that Basil was quite traditional in his cooking, and try as he might, he couldn't think of anything suitable for these special guests. Thus, he worried he would end up letting his boss down.

After hearing her father's story, Evie seemed pensive for a few minutes, and then, all of a sudden, her face lit up.

"I have the perfect solution, daddy!"

It turned out that one of Evie's classmates, Freya Chocolate, had told her a story about an elderly lady that lived in the same village where she and her family had resided before moving to Arcfield. This ageing rabbit, whose name was Pearl Babblebrook, always prepared a most astonishing dish for a local holiday, enough for the whole village to enjoy. Freya hadn't tried it herself, but it was a recurrent topic of conversation amongst the villagers. The taste was, apparently, unforgettable.

"Freya was smiling so widely when she told me about it, dad! It might just be what you need!" Evie said, beaming.

Basil also smiled widely at hearing this, and urged Evie to invite her friend over to talk to her and get the details on Pearl Babblebrook's amazing recipe.

Freya came to visit the Hazelwoods soon after and, sweetly grinning the whole time, gave them the rest of the details. Apparently, the "miracle dish", as she called it, had been a big pot of soup. Basil started swiftly taking notes as Freya described what she had been told about it, his experience as a chef letting him guess at the ingredients and techniques Pearl Babblebrook might have used to prepare it.

"From what you're telling me, there must have been a special ingredient. Something unique to this recipe that gave it that special flavour that everyone kept talking about. Do you have any idea what it might be?" Basil asked Freya, momentarily taking his eyes away from his notebook to look at her.

"Of course I know!" Freya proudly exclaimed then, letting a few seconds pass for dramatic effect before announcing her answer. "It was liquorice! Black liquorice!". 

Basil wrote this down as his wife and daughter looked at him with hopeful smiles. The three of them failed to notice the impish smile that appeared in Freya's face for just a split second at that moment...

And so, Basil ran to Arcfield's central plaza to speak with César López, who was usually there with his candy wagon. He seemed quite surprised at his request.

"A whole bag of black liquorice? Are you certain, amigo mío?"

"Yes, please, César! It's for a special recipe I need to make at work in just a couple of days, and there's no way the restaurant will be able to acquire it in time. Can you do this for me?"

"But of course! You can always count on me!" Grinning widely, the candy wagon's owner bowed theatrically, which made Basil laugh. The chihuahua's enthusiasm was contagious. 

Everything seemed to be working out, and Basil felt quite happy and contented. He had a wonderful feeling about all of this!

And so, the big day came. Basil spent the whole morning at the restaurant's kitchen, working on not only Pearl's famous soup, but a whole course of dishes containing black liquorice. He couldn't stop smiling as he cut and measured the ingredients, stirred the content of the pots and pans and gave the final touches to each dish. He was convinced his special menu was going to be a big success!

That afternoon, Freya and Evie went to Arcfield's bus stop to wait for Basil's return. When he got off the bus he grinned at them as they approached.

"How was it, daddy?" asked Evie, quite eagerly. Freya just looked at him with an innocent smile.

"It was a huge success!" Basil announced, and his daughter's yelp of joy at the good news kept him from noticing the look of confusion on Freya's face. He happily offered two sticks of liquorice at the girls, speaking as they took them.

"You won't believe this amazing coincidence, Freya, but it turns out that Mister Van Dyke was originally from the village where you used to live! He said that he had spent his childhood eating Grandma Babblebrook's dishes and that my soup made him feel amazingly nostalgic for his days as a young boy. He even made the manager call me to give me his compliments for the food in person!".

"That's wonderful, daddy!" Evie exclaimed, looking happily at Freya, that still seemed quite taken aback.

"B-but", the young Chocolate rabbit girl asked "did you really use black liquorice on the food...?"

"Of course I did!" Basil replied, smiling softly. "Well, truth be told, I didn't use pure liquorice root, of course, but the candy version that Mr López sells! Using the root would have given everything a very bitter taste. Although, from what Mr Van Dyke was telling me, the soup he had when he was young might have been made with the root; Grandma Babblebrook was probably intending to make a medicinal soup, you see. But my version was much milder, and I made sure that the other ingredients complemented the taste."

As father and daughter celebrated Freya just stood there, holding her candy liquorice stick and feeling quite perplexed. When Evie had come to her asking for Pearl Babblebrook's recipe, she had just thought of how hilarious it would be if Mr Hazelwood served the horrible, bitter soup she had heard about in the posh Town restaurant he worked at. She hadn't thought for a second of the differences between candy liquorice and actual liquorice. She felt as if Mr Hazelwood had outsmarted her without even trying to!

As she looked at Evie's father once again, she couldn't help but feel admiration for him. He had managed to turn one of Grandma Babblebrook's terrible recipes into a dish celebrated at a fancy restaurant! And, willingly or not, Freya had ended up helping him do it. She felt a strange sense of pride at this as the three of them walked away from the bus stop on their way back to the village.

She also made a mental note that some adults were much harder to prank than her mother and father. She would have to amp up her game in the future!


The End!

I hope you enjoyed the story and pictures, and I'm sorry if you're fed up with my naughty Freya appearing at every single one of my contest entries, haha! I wasn't planning to feature her this time, but my boyfriend Marcos is a big fan of her and her trickster ways and insisted, so I just had to. He also gave me quite a few ideas for the tale! :)

I had fun setting up the different scenes. I briefly considered buying the Town restaurant for the only purpose of taking pictures and then re-selling it, haha (since I don't collect the Town buildings), but in the end I decided to make my own scenes for the kitchen and the restaurant. I made Basil's tiny chef hat out of paper (I only have the shirt part of his chef outfit), and the liquorice sticks are tiny strands of actual black liquorice. I also had the opportunity to re-use my bus stop and to finally feature the beautiful Van Dyke otters!

Thank you for reading, and best of luck to all the other participants!

Monday, August 16, 2021

August 2021 Calendar Picture

Hello everyone,

I apologise as I'm quite late for this month's calendar picture! But our holidays got a bit longer than planned and we just got back home about a week ago.

Please check the beautiful picture for the month of August in the homemade calendar my friend Cutata sent to me:

Isn't this picture perfect for this month (in this part of the world, at least!)? Our favourite Sylvanian couple, Peter and Peace, are having a moment together while working at their beach bar. I can just hear the seawaves and smell the salt by looking at this picture! I adore the stand with all the tiny pieces and the couple's big beach chair. It's perfect for them with its fun colours and comfortable mattress. Peace's bikini is also very her, such a cheerful yellow!

You can see this picture and many amazing others in detail in this post from Cutata's blog.

I'm currently working on my entry for the forum contest regarding Pearl Babblebrook. I'm a bit short of time and unsure if I'll be able to make it by the deadline, but I'm going to try. I can always just post the story though. I hope you'll enjoy it! :)

I've also been trying to make some improvements to the blog. Now, when you scroll down, you'll see a leaf to the right of the page that'll take you back to the top. And in my "Families" page, I've started implementing a feature that will take you directly to each family's biography. That page is in dire need of updating, and I hope to keep working on in the weeks/months to come.

We're experiencing an awful heatwave in this part of the world. I hope you're all OK, wherever you are!

Hope the rest of the month goes well for you all!

Monday, July 26, 2021

A Mischievous Stowaway

Hello everyone!

As you know, I am currently away at my parent's house in the countryside, and all the calm and relaxation with my relatives is doing wonders for me.

We've been here for a little over two weeks, and we plan to stay some time still, since we actually got our first COVID-19 vaccine here and we're waiting for the second one before going back home. I'm happy that we'll be fully vaccinated when we return!

You might remember than on past summer vacations I took the Spinelli and the Waters siblings with me. This time, I thought no Sylvanians were coming along... Until I found Freya Chocolate hiding in my bag! She was, apparently, quite angry that I had never brought her along, so she came as a stowaway this time!

Luckily, I didn't have to pay much attention to her. She was content exploring by herself and making some new friends around here!

(I posted these pictures before in the SF Collectors forum, in the Penpals thread where my Freya exchanges letter with Mallow, her friend from the town of another forum user, Tenchibaka. I fully recommend you check that thread, Mallow is such a witty and funny character! The perfect friend for Freya! There's also other Sylvanian characters from other users exchanging letters here. It's such a cute and fun idea!).


If your mother saw you, Freya! 😱


Freya did unexpectedly meet some Sylvanians here! Serena and Romeo were quite friendly and explained that they travel often with their parents.

Freya told them that they should visit Arcfield some time. I wonder if they will!

Before saying goodbye, Romeo gave Freya a flower and assured her that he found her quite "enchanting".  There was something about him, though... Freya isn't sure if he's to be trusted.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures! I'm hoping to be able to work on a couple of stories when I get back home. Fingers crossed my motivation stays!

Have a wonderful rest of the month!

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

An Improvised Field Trip

Hello everyone,

Today I am back with a new story! This one is long overdue (like all of them lately, haha...); I started working on it some months ago, but took a long break due to Vega's (our new puppy's) arrival. I am very happy to finally be sharing it with you.

This story features the grey and white bear family, whose surname is Woodbury in my village of Arcfield. They have quite an unique lifestyle compared to the rest of the villagers, as you will see in the story.

I tried to cover several of this year's Sylvanian Families Collectors Forums challenges' prompts, namely Field Trip, Fishing and Beat the Heat.

I hope you enjoy the story and pictures!


In the village of Arcfield the ones in charge of driving the bus that takes both locals and visitors in and out of the village of Arcfield are the Woodbury couple, Yvonne and Henry.
First thing in the morning, after getting their bus ready, they drive to the village's bus stop to pick up the commuters that work in the Town.
Today, the ones waiting patiently, as usual, are Charles Hunter-Smyth and Basil Hazelwood, who work as a banker and a chef, respectively. Yvonne and Henry alternate being driver and conductor, but the one thing they both always do is to have a warm smile and a pleasant chat ready for everyone boarding their bus.

A bit later in the morning, the Woodbury couple return to Arcfield to drop off any visitors from the Town and pick up the local children to take them to the school, which is also outside of the village. 
The young ones are always impatiently waiting and excitedly chatting with each other. Some mornings, especially when he hasn't had time to have his second cup of coffee yet, Henry can't help but wonder, with a tired smile, where could these children get so much energy from.
Yvonne's daughters, Angela and Harriet, don't actually attend the school with the other children, as they're home-schooled. Today, however, they've come to the bus stop bring their parents their lunch!
"Muuum, you're so absent-minded!", grumbles Harriet, always annoyed at her parents and sister's easy-going antics." You really need to pay more attention!"
"I'm so sorry, my love" smiles Yvonne. "I'll try. But please, promise me you'll try to relax a bit as well".
Angela giggles, and Harriet grumbles again. The two sisters wish their parents a good day at work before returning home.

 "Is everyone ready?" asks Henry, as happily as if the children were going to the best party ever.
Everyone cheers and enthusiastically says "YES!". The Woodbury couple likes to make sure that the children enjoy their ride to and back from school. And they quite succeed!
After a few more bus trips and getting the children back to the village once the school day is over, the Woodbury couple pick up their baby son Oliver from nursery school and go back home to their daughters.

It turns out, however, that their home is not a typical house, but a clearing with a small pond in the mysterious woods surrounding Arcfield. 
Their bus, is, in fact, also where they live; it doubles as a tiny house. The seats can be taken out and exchanged for the few pieces of very versatile furniture they own and keep in the trunk; everything is removable and adaptable, made especially for them. It all works perfectly for this family who prefers a simpler lifestyle surrounded by nature.
The Woodbury family do have an outdoor table with a grill, but if they want to eat inside, the bus can be turned into a comfy living/dining room with a tiny kitchen where the family can eat, hang out, or, in the case of the girls, work on their home-schooling assignments.

When night falls, the table area can also be converted into a comfy bed for Yvonne, Henry and baby Oliver. The girls are happy to sleep in their hand-made hammocks!


One particularly sunny morning, the end of the school year fast approaching, the children of Arcfield receive a very upsetting last-minute announcement: a field trip they had all been looking forward to has been cancelled due to the teacher who was supposed to accompany them getting sick.

But Henry and Yvonne Woodbury, the bus drivers, won't just let everyone be disappointed; they decide to still pick the children up and take them on a field trip of their own, to the beautiful clearing in the woods where they live with their daughters and son.

The children of Arcfield excitedly get down from the bus to begin exploring the area. They are quite happy at the sight of the pond! Harriet, Angela and Oliver Woodbury are also delighted to have so many friends to play with today!

Once everyone and all the supplies are out of the bus, it's time for the fun to start! 
Isabella Hunter-Smyth is amazed at the grill on the outdoor table, where
Yvonne is already getting an early lunch started.
Fiorella Andes has challenged Freya Chocolate to a jump-rope competition, and even though nobody seems to be as intense as her about it, Frances Robinson looks a little worried! 
Julia Nielsen has brought a small cooler with ice-cream from her parents' shop, and her best friend Cleo López is already digging in!

In the meantime, looks like Henry is teaching the boys how to fish. Seems like they might have something to grill for lunch! Pablo López is very excited as Hector Hunter-Smyth nervously holds the fishing rod, trying to stay concentrated!

As Harriet Woodbury and Livia Spinelli, who are getting along like a house on fire, hunt bugs in the background, Coco Chocolate is only interested in swimming! 

The morning has passed, lunch time has arrived, and everybody gathers round to enjoy a well-deserved and fun meal in the company of friends.

The children stay for a few more hours and have a wonderful time at the Woodbury family's clearing in the woods. No one even remembers about the field trip they were originally supposed to go to! I'm sure a lot of these children will be returning to the clearing to visit the Woodbury family and have fun in the woods and the pond during the long summer holidays ahead.


I hope you enjoyed this simple story. There wasn't much of a plot, and yet it took so long to finish! Sorry about that.
I don't usually include a lot of figures in my pictures, but this time I tried my best, since half-way through I had the idea to feature all of the children I have introduced in my Arcfield stories so far (and then noticed I completely forgot about poor Miss Tiffany Grande! Maybe she's not enrolled at the same school as everyone else yet? Or maybe she didn't want to go on the field trip at all, haha!).
I want to send special thanks to my dear friend Berna, who not only made the casual outfits for Yvonne and Henry, but also the special modular seats and table for the bus, and even the hand-stitched hammocks! Thank you so much, Berna!

For this story I made a bus shelter following the tutorial included in a past issue of the SF Club Magazine. Thank you Cutata for sending it to me!

I had a bit of trouble and it's not perfect by any means, but I had fun making it and I think it served its purpose for this story. :)
I will be going away on vacation this week, as I told you on my calendar post for the month. I wonder if I'll have any Sylvanian stowaways on my luggage...?
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of July. Stay safe and healthy! 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

July 2021 Calendar Picture

Hello everyone,

It's hard to believe, but we're already in July 2021. This year has been going so fast! I hope that you're all staying safe! 

Today I bring you this month's picture in Cutata's beautiful handmade calendar.

This a lovely picture that is perfect for this month! When you are from Spain, like Cutata and myself, you quickly associate paella with summer, hehe! 

This picture can be found in this wonderful story from Cutata's blog, which she wrote for a forum challenge. We can see Amanda and Glenn Splashy enjoying a delicious paella with the owners of the Seaside Restaurant in Sweet Berry Valley, Caspian and Narrissa Neptune. I love both of these otter families, though I sadly only own the Splashies. I think they look adorable with their round heads and friendly expressions! 

The fact that you can actually see the sea from the window is just another testimony of Cutata's eye for detail. I love the tiny paella the fact that their glasses seem to be filled with white wine. A perfect, delicious summery meal sha
red between new friends!

I have good news regarding my planned Woodbury story which I wrote about last month; just today, I finished taking the pictures, so the "only" thing left is to write the actual story. I hope to be able to publish it soon, since next week Marcos and I will be taking Vega (our almost-4-month-old puppy) and leaving for a holiday at my parent's house in the countryside. It's been 10 months since I've seen them, and it's been even longer for the rest of my family, so I'm really looking forward to that!

We haven't got our vaccines yet, but it seems that for our age group that might be happening after July 18th, so we might need to travel back after that date. We'll see!

Speaking of Vega, I can't end this post without posting an updated picture of her, haha! So, here she is! She will be 4 months old on the 4th of July.

Her ears are already less floppy! I liked them that way, but Marcos has been hoping for her to straighten them up, haha! I think she's adorable no matter what.

She's also got an IG account, in case you want to follow her. :)

I hope you have a wonderful month of July. Happy Summer, everyone! Stay safe and healthy!

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

June 2021 Calendar Picture

Hello everyone!

Believe it or not, it's June already, and here I am with this month's picture in the lovely calendar my dear friend Cutata sent me.

This time the picture is part of the wonderful post Cutata made about Farmer's Market Day in Sweet Berry Valley. If you haven't already seen it, go right now! You will love every single picture, I'm sure!

The Cottontail rabbit family have set up their stand at the farmer's market, and everyone's taking the opportunity to buy their wonderful, fresh, home-grown vegetables. The customers we see in the picture are Mabel and Mack Periwinkle. I sure wish Epoch was still doing grandparents! They're so darling!

I love all the details, as always; the sign that says "Farmer's Market", the lovely tablecloth, and how carefully everything has been set up. This is a perfect picture for sunny June. :)

My story featuring the Woodbury (Bearbury) bears is still not finished, but this time I have a very good reason for that; we got a puppy!

About a month ago, my boyfriend Marcos and I adopted Vega, a mini-pinscher puppy. She's named after the brightest star in the Lyra constellation (Marcos, like mayor Nicholas McFarlane, is a big astronomy fan!). She was around 8/9 weeks old at the time, and let me tell you, it's been chaos, haha! My Sylvanians are stored away until she settles down a bit (I'm afraid she'll turn them to shreds or swallow any small pieces that might fall to the ground), but I think I might be able to keep working on taking pictures soon!

I can't end the post without posting some pictures of Vega. Enjoy! :D The last one is the most recent one, we just took it less than an hour ago. She turned three months old on the 3rd of May. She's growing so fast!


Stay safe and healthy, everyone, and have a wonderful month of June!