Isabel had a friend's birthday party to attend back in January (actually, there were 5 parties to attend back in January)
And I wanted to include something handmade into the gift.
The friend was horse crazy, according to her mother, so I made a barn-like stable to go with the pony she was getting.
Isabel pleaded with me to be allowed to play with it before having to wrap it up and head off to the party. It makes my heart warm when she is excited about something that I make, so I let her.
It was adorable hearing her made-up conversations between her horses.
I did not follow the tutorial to the tee -- I was in a "wing it" mood and therefore glanced at the pictures and took it from there
The dimensions of the stable was increased to be able to fit the horse that it was made for, I used felt and cardboard, and the way I fitted the cardboard into the felt and secured it were....not conventional.
The most fun portion of the project was in the details --- from the brooms to sweep the stable out, a pitchfork for spreading hay, to the individual stables inside.
I am very tempted to make a double story barn with window cutouts for Isabel
(so that the horses would actually be able to look outside, rather than staring dumbly at a blank wall -- although now I am talking about a toy being able to see, which may be a different set of problems altogether)