I can't believe it's been six months since my last blog post. I haven't been very active - I'm sorry for all the e-mails and messages I never replied to. There has been a reason for that.
In December Zead and I split up. I made the painful decision to move back to my parent's place. My toy room is gone. My beloved Sylvanian Families, Littlest Pet Shops, My Little Ponies... All boxed away in the loft. There is simply no room to showcase them here, though it made me realise just how many pieces I have! This is the disaster-zone of moving the buildings and accessories into the house:
It hasn't been easy, but the days are getting better. I'm finding my feet again, and decided to venture onto here!
In February, my collection was featured in 'Take a Break' magazine:
They also would like me to do an article on CRPS (the illness I suffer with). I'm not sure I'm ready to do that yet. It's such a complicated condition to describe, but it was certainly warming and encouraging to know that there are readers of the publication that also suffer, and I'm not alone!
I hope to get back into the swing of uploading content onto this website. I've missed you all so much!
Lots of love from your Sylvanian friend,
x x x
I've been having conversations with the other Panda in my life (well, he's a Trunk Elephant really, but anyways...) about my collecting habits. As you all know, in addition to Sylvanian Families, I enjoy collecting a variety of other 80's and 90's toys.
He's been worried about the amount of items I have. Of course I *love* all my toys, and the wonderful little room they have... But it turns out he'd like to use the garage too. And I'm going to have to share. In a word - phooey.
I'm a little upset, as I feel I'm being made to choose between my Mr. Panda-who-is-really-an-Elephant and the one hobby I truly enjoy. But realistically, the love of my life comes before toys. I've been left feeling quite selfish, and a bit lost...
So Panda Patch, after much deliberation, is going UK only! No more Japanese, European, or American figures. Many items in my collection will be down-sized. All information on the website will eventually be altered to reflect this, also.
This website will also be made to accommodate my other hobbies and interests, not just Sylvanians.
Just giving you all a heads up :)
Panda x x x
It's certainly a very chilly day today in Panda Patch. Is it cold where you are, too? I hope you all remember to snuggle up nice and warm in the upcoming winter months by wearing your hats and scarves!
Speaking of scarves... Do you want to see where the DeBurg Penguins' have moved into? They got a brand-new home today!
If you recognise the building, it's actually Pingu's igloo! My younger sister used to play with this set as a child, and we recently unearthed it from the loft at my parent's house. She agreed to let me keep it, so thank you very much for giving my DeBurgs a new home!
That's all for today, it's just too cold to stay in the garage! Brr!
Panda x x x
*dusts away cobwebs* - it's been a couple of months since I updated here already, huh? Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday I was taking more photographs of my toys for you!
Pandas are very busy creatures. If we're not busy snacking, we're busy sleeping. Those things take up a lot of time and energy, you know!
In all seriousness, thank you for staying with Panda Patch, loyal friends. Your e-mails are always appreciated, and I apologise that I do not answer every single one.
It seems in the world of Sylvania a lot of our friends have stopped collecting. I would just like to say that I have not stopped collecting, but I'm at a comfortable place.
The garage does not have room to house any more buildings at present, so I have to be more selective with the items I choose to buy. I have also come to realise that I do not need to buy each variation or country version of a family either. I just need to stick to what I enjoy - which is why I made this website in the first place.
I've also realised that I like collecting other toys, too. My Little Ponies have always held a dear place in my heart, and I have to admit that I have spent more time recently with plastic ponies with brushable manes than fuzzy little poseable animals. Hence the lack of updates.
As I've been out the loop with Sylvanian Families as a whole, there are so many wonderful products and families now available. There are many things I'm going to add to my wish-list, so if I'm a good little Panda, perhaps I might get one or two of them for Christmas... If I'm lucky!
Happy Sylvanian Day!
I had a good clear around in the garage today, which gave me some time to make a new photographing area. I also opened a few of my farm sets that I'd been meaning to for a while. They look lovely altogether. I still have the new farmer's cart to open, and I haven't set up the farm shop, either.
I hope you'll enjoy these photographs!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Yes, I'm belated as always, but I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year celebrations. Zead and I spent it with his family in the super-windy-and-always-freezing Scarborough. His parent's friends Ron and Madeline also stopped by. A visit I was a little apprehensive about.
You see, Madeline is a sweet, Belgian lady. But a slightly demented one. The last time I saw her was a few years ago (also on New Years Eve) and we were sat eating dessert, when she marvelled at me: "Oh, look at the little girl, eating the ice-cream!"
Needless to say, I have been continually mocked by Zead's family for the hilarious comment, and I had been preparing myself mentally for more of Madeline's pearlers.
She did not disappoint.
Whilst at the dinner table, she asked: "Do you drink coffee?" I nodded. "With milk?" I nodded again. "Oh, you are quite normal!" The whole room burst into laughter.
Quite normal? Well I never! What a compliment!
The World would be a sad place without its share of Madelines.
What a busy little Panda I have been! My time over the last month or so has been spent trying to finish organising the Toy Room, and cataloguing / labelling / bagging all my Sylvanian Figures to make it easier to find specific figures for photo shoots. Not a small task, may I add! I still have to do the Tomy and Japanese figures... Waah!I've also nearly sorted out the appropriate lighting in the Toy Room, which has made taking photographs a little easier. I recently made some Christmas purchases from the Dolls House Emporium, which made for a perfect excuse for some snapping time! Here a few shots I took of my Tomy Santa and Christmas Ivory Dogs.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!
For my bestest, furthest away friend, who I love very much.
I'm sorry I haven't been able to keep up communications with you (stupid illness), so I hope a couple of pictures of us hanging out together will suffice!
Love from Panda x x x