playhouse side 1

after finding the cutest idea EVER on homemade by jill, i embarked on my newest project: making a playhouse for my uh-dorable girls.  it seems like the perfect idea since we are trying to save some money this Christmas season and the girls are just the right age to enjoy it! 

so, where to begin?  google, duh.  i googled the crap out of "felt playhouses" for a few days, which gave me a plethora of creative ideas (and not just for the playhouse, sigh...).  next i had to figure out the dimensions.  there are loads of playhouse instructions that are designed to slip over a card table.  how awesome is that?  but, since most card tables are only 28" tall i decided to make mine taller and build a pvc pipe frame for the house to slide over.  then, it is time to design each side.  what to put on each side was my chance to be creative and, of course, go WAY overboard.  i have so many things i want to do, it would take me 3 or 4 playhouses just to make them all!  ok, slow down.  let's just start with one. 

when it came to the "drawing board", that is literally what i did.  i drew some juvenile pictures of the 4 sides i would be making.  then i colored them in.  too much?  nah, just made it that much easier when i shopped for all the felt fabric. :)  pattern time!  wouldn't it be awesome if someone already made all the patterns for animals, flowers, birdhouse, etc.  and all you had to do was trace it?  humpf, there is!  miss pretty pretty on etsy sells them for 20 bucks.  are you kidding me?  click, added to cart.  in a few short minutes, she had emailed me my very own e-book of patterns to download.  suh-weet.

here is the first side.  the front of the playhouse. 

the mailbox opens for the mail delivery.  i made 6 "letters".  nope, no bills, only the fun stuff.  here's a close up...

the flowers in the pot are "pickable".  my guess is that these flower stems will go limp after a few plays with sadie the brute.  might need to tweak this idea...

i cannot wait to start the next side and the next and the next and then, waa laa!  best Christmas ever, momma!!

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