Baby Castle Nursery
The Baby Castle Nursery is the cutest nursery you ever did see! Sometimes the babies are having so much fun, they don’t want to leave and have to be coaxed away with a promise of a cookie and being able to come and play again tomorrow!
The castle shaped nursery has candy floss pink turrets, various flags and castle turret shaped windows, so you can pretend to princes and princesses overlooking your kingdom.
Inside there are lots of fun things for the babies to entertain themselves with. They can touch the clouds on the cute swing, whoosh down the slide or enjoy a fun story-time with the books. Gather round the piano for a sing-song or have a go on the seesaw – just add the flower wheels to the bench to convert it, isn’t that clever?
For even more adventures, you can connect it to the Baby Castle Playground and Baby Choo Choo Train.
Get the Baby Castle Nursery HERE.
Good morning to you, isn’t it a beautiful day? It’s a little chilly outside, but who doesn’t enjoy a brisk walk in the winter sunshine? I’m about to do just that and pop out to the local grocery market to fetch some ingredients for a home-made tomato soup. Speaking of which, did you hear the Grocery Market is up for sale? It’s perfect for all your Sylvanian shopping needs!
It’s the sweetest little shop with a forest green roof and orange-striped canopies. You can even move the tills and food shelves around to have the layout exactly how you like it.
Now, if you’re worrying about stocking up your shelves then there’s no need to fret, as it comes fully stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, a few tins, milk, a variety of juice and cereals!
With all that shopping, your customers may need a helping paw, so there are baskets and personal shopping bags to carry all their goodies. The check-out counter even has a working conveyor belt to slide their food into the bags, isn’t that clever? Don’t forget their points card when they pay!
Now let’s see, what else can I show you? Oh yes! The whole building can be rearranged to create a lovely outdoor stand so your Sylvanians can see all you have to offer while walking past! It might be best to wait until the weather warms up though – you don’t want your strawberries getting chilly, now do you?
Well, we’ve reached the end of the tour and I’m keen to hear what you think! So, will you take it? You will? That’s wonderful news! Why don’t you come with me to have a look around and we can discuss the details and warm up our paws over that soup.
Dressing up with Tiffany
Dress Up Duo Set
Hello dears! It’s so lovely to see you again, there’s nothing quite like a friendly face to warm you up on a chilly January morning! I must say, I love your outfit today; such a stylish get up. You must be turning all the heads in Town!
So you’re looking for something even MORE elegant? Well, that’s a tough challenge considering how fabulous you look. What’s the occasion? Mother Chocolate’s birthday party? Goodness me, that is a very important event. Let me have a rummage in my wardrobe of goodies and I’ll see what I can find. Ooh there, yes! Here we go, what do you think of this Dress Up Duo Set?
Now, there’s a small and a large dress, perfect for the most stylish pair in Town to twirl around in. They’re made of the silkiest fabric and come with matching handbags in complimentary colours - perfect for keeping all your belongings safe.
Oh and look! I almost forgot, we even have a matching hat for each dress, beautifully finished with a silky chocolate brown bow. These two dresses really are the crème de la crème, do you think they fit the bill? Wonderful, I’ll pack them up for you to take away today. Now you just need to organise the party and a present for her!
Last Minute Stocking Fillers
Christmas is just around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I still have lots of things to prepare! This year I’ve decided to make everyone their own little stocking, filled with the sweetest things to bring a smile to their face! Here I’ve made a list of some of the stocking fillers I’m going to get for some of my very closest family and friends - would you like to see it?
First on my list is the Baby Band Series Surprise Pack! These sweet little blind bags all contain a baby figure with their favourite musical instrument. There are 8 figures to collect and the best thing is, they’re always a surprise! Maybe by Boxing Day we’ll have enough to make up a whole band!
Next I need to get the Baby Sleigh Ride Set, with Milo Cakebread and Henry Periwinkle dressed up in the sweetest reindeer and Father Christmas outfits! They’re ready to give out presents to everyone in Sylvanian Village in their bright red sleigh, with their toy Sky Ride Adventure and teddy bear to keep them company.
Let’s see, what’s next on my list? Oh yes! Christmas isn’t complete without some sweet treats, so I’m going to spoil everyone with the Chocolate Lounge! It comes with the prettiest chocolates in truly delicious flavours - my favourite is the chocolate and caramel truffle!
Have you met the Maple Cat Family yet? They’re a very friendly bunch and you can usually find them in the Town, where Theodore drives the tram and Georgina owns the Creamy Gelato Shop.
I’ve saved one of my very favourite presents until last - a membership to the Sylvanian Families Fan Club! Everyone will love finding out all the latest news from Sylvanian Village, with four quarterly magazines, a yearly birthday card and certificate. It also comes with a unique Stella or Tiffany figure, those girls really are rather stylish!
Well, I must be off to go get the rest of my things! It was splendid to catch up and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
Around the House with the Silk Cats
Making a Homemade Sledge!
Hello there, little holly berry! It’s a little chilly, isn’t it? I’ve been keeping warm this winter with all sorts of crafting and making! Did you hear it’s going to snow next week? I’m super excited, as sledging is one of my favourite things to do in the winter. In fact, I’m about to make my very own sledge from things I’ve found around the house, so how would you like to lend a paw?
Follow me on through to my workshop and we can get started! Now, here are the things I’ve found to make my very own sledge. As you can see, I have a thick cardboard box - the thicker the better for this! I also have a very large, thick plastic bag which will help the sledge slip and slide along the snow. And for the final touches, here is some very strong cloth tape and a pair of scissors.
First things first, we need to open up the bottom of the box and cut off the short cardboard flaps so that we can squash it down nice and flat. *squish squish squish!* Remember to make sure the sides are folded inwards rather than outwards.
Next, choose which side will be the front then fold up the top flap and tape it down, nice and sturdily. Now we can stick down the bottom flap too, at a 45o angle. That’s it! It needs to be all secure so that the sled glides over the snow, whoosh! I always put some extra tape around the sides to make sure it keeps it shape.
Finally, let’s cut open this plastic bag and wrap up the sledge like a Christmas present! It might not look very pretty but this will help it slip and slide down those hills. Use plenty of tape to make sure it’s tough enough!
Isn’t it wonderful to step back and admire something you’ve made with your own two paws? I can’t wait to try it out – now we just need to snow to hurry up and come fluttering down!
Mother Chocolate’s Recipes
Hello there, my little mince pie! Christmas is just around the corner so it’s time to start planning all the festive activities! It’s getting quite chilly outside, so why don’t you warm yourself up by helping me make this year’s Christmas pudding? These cakes are extra special and you can make them a week or so before Christmas, but I think they taste even better if you let all the delicious flavours soak together for a few days beforehand.
Before we can start baking, we need to make sure we have all the right ingredients. This what we’ll need today:
· 180g Mixed dried fruits – I love sour cherries, raisins and cranberries but you can choose anything!
· 60g Dates – stoned and chopped
· 60g Glace cherries – chopped
· 60g Dried apricots – chopped
· 90g Plain flour
· 90g Fresh white breadcrumbs
· 60g Dark soft brown sugar
· 60g Vegetarian spread
· 60g Carrot – grated
· 60g Cooking apple – grated
· 30g Walnuts – finely chopped
· 1 Egg
· 1tbs Black treacle
· 1tsp Mixed spice
· Grated rind and juice of a lemon
First things first, we need a large mixing bowl and wooden spoon for mixing everything up in, and a 1.2 litre pudding basin for the cooking. Make sure you grease the sides of the pudding basin before putting in the cake mix or it’ll get horribly stuck! Then we just need some string and tin foil – did you know you can make a wish while you’re making a Christmas pudding? So keep your eyes tight shut and think of your very bestest wish!
Now we have everything we need, it’s time to start baking. The first step is easy peasy lemon squeezy! Just pop all of your ingredients into the bowl and mix together until it’s nicely soft and smooth. It needs to be just right, so to check, scoop up some mixture on the spoon and turn it upside down. If it stays stuck to the spoon, it’s a bit too thick and you need to add a tiny bit of milk.
Next, pour your pudding mixture into the greased pudding basin. There are so many yummy ingredients in the pudding it can get quite heavy, so it’s best to ask an adult for some help with this. Now cover the basin with tin foil and tie it on with some string. This has got to stay on while it cooks, so make sure it’s done up good and tight!
The best way to cook a Christmas pudding is to steam it, so make sure you have a grown up helper for this bit - we don’t want any burned paws. Get your grown up helper to place a steamer over a pan of boiling water, then pop in the pudding before placing a lid on top. Now you just need to wait until it’s done! This bit requires some patience so why don’t you go exploring and find some holly leaves to decorate the pudding? They aren’t for eating but they look rather lovely.
After the pudding has steamed for 5 hours, it will be ready to eat! Here at the Chocolate household we love to eat it with hazelnut ice cream but it tastes wonderful with cream or custard!
Around the House with the Silk Cats
Christmas Sledge Decoration
Hello lovelies, what a delight to see you here today! I’m just showing the little ones how to make an adorable Christmas decoration – a teeny tiny sledge, perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree, sticking on to presents or as a little Christmas ornament. Now, get yourselves comfortable and I’ll tell you exactly how to make your own.
All you need to make the miniature sledge is the following:
· Lollipop sticks (2 regular sized and 5 small per sledge)
· Strong glue
· Decorations and paint, it’s up to you what you use!
Now we’ve got everything ready, we can get crafting!
1. First things first, we need to make the seat of the sled. This is done by placing the four small lollipop sticks down flat, lining them up side by side, moving the two middle ones up about half a centimeter and gluing them together. It’s probably best to do this over an old newspaper to avoid making a mess!
2. Next, we need to glue the long lollipop sticks at a right angle to the seat, to make the runners. You may need to give it a helping paw by holding it in place until the glue dries. They should be on either side of the seat, just like a real sledge.
3. Now, turn your sled right way up and glue the last small lollipop stick flat across the front of the sledge. This will be the front bar of the sledge and helps you to attach it to the Christmas tree.
4. Now, where has that ball of string gone? Oh, there it is! Time for the finishing touches. Carefully cut the string and glue to either end of the front bar, so that you can pull it along. If you like you can finish here, just make sure you leave it to dry properly before popping it on the Christmas tree or mantlepiece.
5. If you would like to add a little more Christmas magic to your decoration, I just love to use little jingle bells and a sprig of pine. Just a tiny dab of glue should do it. You can also paint your sled, but I recommend doing this before you glue on any decorations.
For Sale: The Log Cabin
Brrr! The weather is certainly getting chilly, isn’t it my dear? Summer seems like a distant dream! Well don’t you worry your little nose about it, I have the cosiest cabin in all of Sylvania for sale for a very special price. Come on, let’s have a look around shall we?
This place is the height of luxury with the authentic pine walls and lovely wooden interiors. There’s even a small balcony, where you can sip a cup of acorn tea whilst listening to the nature around you – it has the bestest views of the surrounding woodlands!
You’re not an early bird you say? Then you can enjoy a lie-in on one of two hammocks inside. They’re so comfortable, you’ll be asleep in no time… zzzz. It really is the perfect spot for an autumnal weekend away, right in the midst of nature.
If you still need a little convincing, here’s a secret I don’t tell every Sylvanian about this sweet cabin: the front steps can be transformed into a hot tub! It’s a rather special feature and will certainly be a hit with your friends! Don’t forget to bring a towel out with you, as it’s a rather chilly dash back to the cabin otherwise!
Well, I think that’s it for the tour. Are you keen? Yes? Absolutely wonderful! I’m sure you’ll have some wonderful holidays here.
Learning with Patrick Petite
Hello chestnuts, you’re all looking rather smart today! I’m excited to announce the beginning of rehearsals for the annual Sylvanian Village Christmas concert. It may be early but there’s an awful lot to do - we’ll be practicing every week until Christmas, so that we can play the most beautiful tunes for everyone to enjoy.
First things first, who would like to play the piano? Freya! You look rather keen, have you played before? Wonderful, you can have a tinkle on the keys while we decide on the rest of the instruments. Now we need someone who likes making a lot of noise to play the drum. Joanna, you’re a little chatterbox, do you think you could manage it? Jolly good, just remember to keep a steady beat as we’ll all be looking to you to keep us in time!
Next we need a talented little Sylvanian to play the xylophone. How about you, Toby? Excellent, why don’t you ask Freya to start teaching you some of the keys? *tinkle tinkle* And finally, we need a violinist, a trumpeter and a flautist to complete our little band. Piers, Tiffany and Felix, I think you can get your paws into the tunes! Everyone else grab a bell, a shaker or a triangle and we can start!
Now, let’s learn an easy song first - happy birthday. Did you know it’s Veronica Cakebread’s birthday next week? It would be extra lovely to play this for her to say thank you for all the delicious cakes she makes us, don’t you think?
On the count of three, we’ll try the first verse. One, two, three!
“Happy *screech* birthday *whine* to *plink-plonk* youuuuu!”
Oh dear, I need we need a bit more practice! Wonderful start though children, I’m already looking forward to the next music lesson. Your only homework this week is to practice your instruments, as after all, practice makes perfect!
Gelato with Georgina Maple
Making Strawberries and Cream Gelato
Hello there and a very warm welcome to my Creamy Gelato Shop! I’m going to share one of my very favourite recipes with you today. Are you ready to lend a paw?
Before we start, you’ll need to gather up all your ingredients:
450g of fresh strawberries
175ml of milk
2tbsp of fresh lemon juice
120ml heavy whipping cream
You’ll also need a large spoon, a bowl, a whisk and a blender.
First things first, you need to wash your strawberries. Once they have been rinsed in cold water, remove all the stems and leaves. Using a straw is the easiest way for little paws to do this!
When the strawberries are ready, get out your blender and pop in the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Whizz it all up until it’s liquid and then it’s time to add the milk. Pour it in and whizz, whizz, whizz until you have a smooth mixture.
Now for the fun bit - whipping the cream! Get your paws on a whisk and mix up the cream until it’s thick and creamy. Then gently stir the cream into the strawberry liquid, until it’s all a pretty shade of pink.
Your gelato is now ready to pop into the freezer! Now, the trick to avoid lumps of ice in your gelato is to stir it every 30-45 minutes. Sometimes I have a little taste when I stir it, just to make sure it’s extra, extra creamy!
When your gelato is ready, use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to serve it. I love adding fresh strawberries and other berries as a topping for this flavour but you could add sprinkles, chocolate buttons or a sauce to. You could even serve it as a fancy dessert in a sundae glass. That’s if you can resist eating it all straight away!