I’ve been a Hello Kitty collector as far back as I can remember. In 1976, when Sanrio found its way to Manila, I was among the very first to own their little knick-knacks and stationery sets. As I grew older, my collections also evolved with me, changing themes as I changed with the times. Now that I am much, much, much older, I have reduced the excess in my collection significantly, preferring function over cuteness, usability over kawaiiness.
Or so I like to think. 😀
With the fulfillment of my Sylvanian fantasies, I find my attention more and more focused on these inch-high critters. But I am loath to part with Hello Kitty; after all, she has been part of my life for so long. So, what better way to merge both my interests than to look for Sylvanian-sized Kitties?
The figures came at a time when I hadn’t even started looking. I have to credit my friend Allen for showing me that Sylvanian-sized Kitties even existed. After a while, though, I would find one pop unexpectedly here and there at the most opportune times. It almost felt like the universe was sending them to me.
The furniture, however, were harder to find. It actually took a while to find even a single boxed furniture, but eventually, I managed to round up a sizeable collection. It was down to the house, and this, it seemed, was an impossiblity… that is, until I met Madame C.
It was serendipitous, the way things fell into place. At the time the furnitures were pouring in, Madame C, a Sylvanian fashion and shoe designer, was on the lookout for better real estate investment. The old Hello Kitty Little Berry house she owned was getting too small for her home business, and the fixer-upper did not exactly inspire her creativity. When an Oakwood Manor opened up in the market, she decided to sell her old property- to Kittymama, who else!
And so it came to pass that Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, Kittymama and the kitty twins finally found a home.
Warning: picture heavy!
This is the Hello Kitty Little Berry House, released in 2002/2003 by Bandai. Due to age, this Victorian-style house has color spots and dicolorations. Despite its age and long history (this was a played-with, pre-loved house, even before it came into Madame C’s possession), it was in good condition. The plastic was neither brittle nor warped, and the hinges of the doors and windows all worked.
Brand new and boxed, it would have looked like this:
It even came without stairs!
The house will need some repairs before it becomes habitable but I set up some matching Hello Kitty Little Berry furniture just to show off the layout of this two-storey home.
Bed (it lights up!) and vanity/ side table with pink telephone
Bathtub and toilet sets (flushing and water sounds still work)
Kitchen (with water sounds too) with ref/china cabinet/four-seater dining set
Another view of the kitchen (see Alex perfectly framed by the window with the missing shutters)
Living room that’s still lacking chairs (ordered but not yet arrived)- with a working fireplace and television console
Garden set with plants and lamp post
Some baby furniture
The house,as I mentioned earlier, will need some repairs and restoration. The second floor balcony door is missing its railings and the window lacks window guards.
Then too, I have half a mind to recolor the whole thing and wash out the pink plasticky wall colors. Some white or gray slate, perhaps? I am still researching on colors most in used for houses in the Victorian era but if you have suggestions, please let me know. 🙂
A ground floor window was also missing one of its shutters so I took the other one out. Maybe a nice mock stained window using inkjet-friendly plastic acetate would be nice.
More lucky finds along the way have convinced me that this house was meant to be mine. First, I found the missing set of stairs! (See picture with television set.) Finally, Hello Kitty would no longer need to pull herself up by a rope to reach the second floor.
Second, who whould have thought this stray lighting actually belonged here?
Or that this odd shaped figure belonged to the front step of the house?
This hanging wall sign was also an accidental find, in one of the Sylvanian lots I purchased online. Talk about lucky!
I have a few more furniture sets coming in from Japan, courtesy of my friend Veronica. These are boxed and complete, so what the older furniture lacks, I’d be able to fill in with the new sets.
I never really thought Hello Kitty would find her own place in Sylvania. I am happy she has her own home at last. Sylvanian Families and Hello Kitty – what a perfect combination!
Update: More Hello Kitty Little Berry furniture arrived in November 2011. 🙂