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Cheddar Cottage - Angelina Ballerina themed, but of interest to Sylvanian fans, too


I went crazy a few weeks ago and won an auction for a brand new Cheddar Cottage inclusive of the AB bedroom set and Henry, the little boy mouse - all of this brand new, too.

I know some of you are not so happy that Meadowcroft Cottage was "stolen" for AB, but look at it this way: It's the same building, pretty much, but the likelihood of getting one that's in good nick is much higher, because it's newer.

The biggest difference to Meadowcroft is that the floors are also plastic, and I think that's not bad, since they weather things better this way - see previous point.

Anyway, so I have been getting AB things recently, and I am totally in love. This is very surprising, because I have zero interest in ballet, and never had any as a little girl either - I am just not what you'd call athletic or graceful, I'm more likely to fall over my own feet than ever stand on my toes. emoticon I also don't like the gender stereotypes that are purported through ballet-themed toys (and, to be fair, through Sylvanians as well), but let's not get into that or we'll be here all night.

What I think it is about AB is that the figures and accessories are really pretty, sort of story-book-looking. And because I don't know the AB story and have no interest in reading it I am making up my own version.

I spent a really long time making the cottage look nice, and it was so soothing to the nerves! Of course, most of the furniture is Sylvanian, AB has only got the bedroom and a kitchen, and I am still missing the latter.

In my version of the story, Mrs Mouseling is the mother and Henry, the little boy mouse, is Angelina's brother. (I'll add their pictures to my website soon, too.)

And now here are some of the pictures I took:

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As you can see, I didn't go with realism that much. There is no bathroom, and no room for poor mum. Also, I didn't have a hearth that would've fitted in. But at least I gave Henry a space in Angelina's bedroom. emoticon

Sorry for the long ramble, I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

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This looks wonderful Mel! Absolutely lovely! And I completely agree with you on the storybook like characters... Glad it was able to soothe your nerves, sounds like you have been running at a 100 miles an hour recently so a step back into something calm and lovely, I'm sure, was such a relief.

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You've done a great job here mel! Your decoration is beautiful. I really like the kitchen and the cozy living room! emoticon
I find setting up sylvanians scenes relaxing, too!

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I love the house, I also collect AB figures for my daughter, who is in ballet. She LOVES AB. We have the theater but not the house.

Side note, Angelina doesn't have a brother. She has one sister Polly, Handy is her annoying cousin. I suppose if you are making up your own story then it doesn't really matter.

The decorations are lovely :-)
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I love this house, so cozy and feels more natural than Cedar Terrace and the new modern houses. Being 100% realistic when setting a home together isn't always worth it, sometimes things just have to be in your head, like the other half of the home where bathroom and adult room isemoticon
Liked your pictures and they sure look like they are very comfortable

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i prefer this version of the house, the floor looks nicer and its lighter. i really like the ab things do, i hope you manage to get all the little [sign in to see URL]
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I didn't even know AB had a line of toys!!! I like the AB books but the cartoon annoys me. Your house is really cute and you made the furniture fit nicely in there! I wonder if that house would be sold in the USA but I doubt it! (time for me to do some search lol)
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PetiteCherie, there are loads of different toys for AB! Most are stuffed animals, and those are still available. The Sylvanian-like ones were available between 2002 and 2005 I think, and are now rather hard to find. You can find the cottage on UK eBay relatively frequently, but it's usually quite expensive. Shall I point any out to you that I see?

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Lovely set up! emoticon I used to watch/read Angelina Ballerina when I was a child - it was one of my favourite shows emoticon

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I realised I never thanked you all for your lovely comments. emoticon Thanks, everyone, it's nice to share my joy for this project with you all!

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