This last week the muse seems to be in hiding, so I’ve devoted more time to unpacking. The best part of unpacking is working on the Sylvanians. Since I’ve bought a lot of families since I last set up Sylvania, I realized right away I’d need more furniture. However, this dictator-for-life of Sylvania has a rather limited amount of spending money at the moment. Furniture costs per a room as much as a family if you get the actual Sylvanian stuff… and it’s more fun and interesting to buy new families…
Thus we have an over-population problem. This left me wondering… is furniture a basic right? I might have a protest on my hands if I don’t do something soon. So, after seeing some of the punch-out furniture for sale on Amazon for a reasonable amount, I thought I might try it. One of the reviews suggested it was half the price at Michaels, so I waited until we went to Portland, and sure enough, for $5 at Michaels I could buy a kit that lets me make 30 pieces of wooden furniture. It’s government issue furniture!
It’s a bit small for most of the figures, especially the chairs, but they fit the baby animals, and babies need chairs too, right? They’re easy to punch out and put together at least, and I plan to paint them before they go in use.
Considering I need somewhere besides Sylvanian Heights to set them up, I took a deep breath and started unpacking the boxes. What a difference! Some of Sylvania will definitely be living in style with these couches and beds. However, the amount of families I stated finding in comparison to the number of houses in the boxes… well, let’s just say the furniture is going to be the least of my problems, whether its an inalienably right or not.
I have as far as housing two schools (Sylvanian 1990s and Maple Town 1980s, a store, five houses and the four Sylvanian Heights apartments. So, that’s nine places to actually live and… how many families?
I’ve been skittish having a census because I’ve been afraid to find out how many figures are lost! But I did anyway… and it turns out only four figures are lost out of a population of 224. I’m not sure if it’s coincidence two of the missing dibbuns (yes, all missing animals are babies) are Spike and Posy, two of the hedgehog quadruplets of Mossflower fame…
Still, population 224, ack! And that’s divided into about… 35 to 40 family groups depending on who lives with relatives… um, yeah. Can we say massive house shortage, even if I get out the old beat up My Little Pony house I have yet to unpack and make the two house kits from my mother.
Speaking of which, they are as difficult to deal with as the furniture is easy. Being older kits, they need to be sanded and glued. Ack! It took me all week to come across sandpaper, wood glue, and masking take as the instructions have requested. I’m still a bit intimidated by the stacks of wood. Sigh.
But if I don’t get cracking, I have a feeling they Sylvanians will set up a tent settlement on me and start picketing.