I'm so excited to finally post this project! Welcome to apartment 9 ...
So far, these flowers in the window box are Oscar's absolute favorite. They last about 2 seconds in the box before he has plucked them all, and then drags them around all day. The stems have a pipe cleaner in them to give them support, and as a bonus, makes them satisfyingly bendy.
A close second favorite for Oscar is passing items through the mailbox. In, out, in, out ... he could do it all day long.
Woof, woof. We are not really dogs-in-the-house kind of people, but we love seeing them when we go on walks. I think this faux-Sharkey makes the perfect pet.
The animals on this side of the house were also made with borrowed templates. The squirrel is from matsutake, and the owl is my interpretation of the Petit Collage template on marthastewart.com.
I added this mesh (formerly a laundry bag) to the windows over the weekend after Oscar made repeated attempts to jump through the window panes. So for those of you interested in making one of these yourself, consider either making the windows small or adding some kind of mesh/vinyl/etc. I almost did clear vinyl, but I wanted to keep the air flowing inside. A felt house can get stuffy!
Apple picking time! I tried to make this tree look pretty similar to the one found in Oscar's quiet book. He has been enjoying picking apples and can even put them back on the tree. I think I'm going to make lemons for the tree for a little variety.
On the back of the house, you'll find a big garden, ripe for harvest. The soil has many pockets to fill with veggies (with room to grow as I make more).
I think the corn on the cob is my favorite part. It was my brilliant basket-weaving mom's idea to weave the white and yellow felt together for the corn cob. Too cute! It slides easily in and out of the husk.
Hungry for a BLT? We have lettuce ripe for picking.
I could probably write up a month of posts on this playhouse, but I'll try to stick with just a few more.
UPDATE: I have posted some playhouse templates here and here. See the felt playhouse Q&A post for frequently asked questions on the playhouse. Thanks!