So here I am at week 1: The Plan. I decided if I was going to spend the time & money on something this big, those kids of mine better play with it. For more than 5 seconds too. So making each side interactive & good for loads of pretending themes was key. Each side is a different shopping experience: Market, Post Office, Bank & Ice Cream Parlor.
The market side will have (in theory) a door flap, removable basket and bins with fruits & veggies and flower pot.
The bank side will have an open window with roller shade, drop box for deposits and an ATM ('cause everyone needs to get money, am I right?)
The post office side will have a working mail box, bin with removable mail and stamps with velcro to attach to the letters.
The ice cream parlor side will have a window with shutters, a menu board and a cooler with ice cream scoops & cones that can be interchanged with velcro.
My table is 35"x35" and 29" high, so these are my guesstimates on what I need:
1 yd brown felt 1/2yd green felt
1 1/4 yd light blue felt 1yd light pink felt
1/2yd dark blue felt 1/4yd hot pink felt
1/2yd white felt 1yd tan felt
1yd cream felt
1/2 bag filling
Misc beads, embellishments, anything that would look decorative & fun
So now I need to get all my gear and get started! Fawnda's got some great reference ideas & links to other cool houses (including her own) for anyone who's looking to give making one a try. It's going to be fun sharing the experience as it goes and seeing what others come up with too. Come on & join in!