Wednesday, March 2, 2011

General Plans for the Panda Project

It's Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and I'm thanking my lucky stars I haven't had a moment to sit down and order things for the nursery yet.  I completely changed the basic structure of the interior.  The colors are still the same, as is the theme, but the painted mural on the inside is out.  Instead I found an awesome panda mural to put on the outside of the roombox.

On the inside I'm going to use white wainscot around the base of the walls and paint a pale blue above it.  That way I can hang green, black, white, brown, or whatever-color things on the walls and not a) make it look too busy or b) cover up a hand-painted mural.  My friend who offered (as a last resort) to paint the original mural is happy she doesn't have to now.  But she's not getting off that easy.  I'm going to ask her to paint some bamboo on the bashed Michael's hutch that I'm using as a shelf.

The floor will likely be hardwood, either real wood or some of that nice hardwood look paper from the UK. 

The dimensions of the roombox kit I'm ordering are 15.25"w x 10.25"h x 9.75"d.  Plenty of room for furniture, toys, and other accessories.

And speaking of those things here's a list of the plans for those things:


cradle: I've chosen the mahogany version of the Lincoln cradle at; I'll be placing the order for it, the roombox, and construction materials after I'm done typing this post

changing table (with some accessories):- I received an email from a wonderful lady (I will call her N.W. here until she gives me permission to use her name or her blog alias) who has offered to make the changing table.  I can't find a blog for you, N.W.  If you have one please let me know.

child's bench: Kathi at Beautiful Mini Blessings has offered up an adorable bench that she's decorating

bookcase/toy shelf: I'm kit-bashing a Michael's hutch from my stash

rocking chair: I have one in my stash I can use.  I think it will look nice once it's repainted

high chair: I don't know if I'll use one in the scene, but I have one in my stash that will look nice once it's repainted... it's the same "dollar store red" as the rocker

*edit-I knew I forgot someone! Sorry Sans!*
Sans of The Dollhouse Diaries: My Maharaja's Palace was one of the first people to offer to help.  Not only is she on the lookout for panda beads, buttons, or anything that will become a mini, but she's sending some furniture items all the way from Singapore!  Talk about above and beyond the call for help.  Thank you Sans! 

Decorative items-

I'm planning on doing several things myself: lamp(s), the height chart, a few stitched receiving blankets, some toys, framing a picture of the baby for the wall, crocheting a crib blanket, and I found a punch needle kit of a panda in my stash that might look like a latch hook wall-hanging if I can figure out how to make it work without stabbing myself

I have a few baby bottles in my stash that Katie sent me a while back for my own nursery projects.  Somehow I doubt she'll disown me if I use one or two in this room.

Again some changing table accessories are being made by the wonderful N.W.

A.Wright from Every Little Thing has offered up some spare things from her own nursery project

 I'm on the lookout for various things I can't make like bottles of baby shampoo, lotion, tubes of diaper cream... those sorts of things.  I'm also looking for more children's books.  I have a few, but I think more would look better. 

There will be poly-clay pandas being sculpted soon, in various sizes.  I'll have the car on Thursday so I can go look for little bear-shaped buttons to paint or regular ones to use as part of a lamp base.

I apologize if I've forgotten someone who's offered to contribute.  Just email me and I'll amend the list.  Also if anyone else would like to contribute, please send me an email.

I saw my friend on Tuesday morning and told her about all of the wonderful ladies who are making minis, on the lookout for items, and coming up with ideas.  She was overwhelmed with emotion.  Quite frankly I know many of you ladies via your blogs and I'm still overwhelmed.  Thank you again, this time from both of us.

Debie from Piskies and Poppets is making one or two panda bear toys.  This way all the bears won't look the same.

Kim from Flowers and Art has volunteered to try and make a panda bear rocker.   


Debie Lyons said...

There is nothing like a project like this to pull peeps together. Dont forget if I can do anything (sculpting) please let me know.

Lorra Luffies

Debie xxxxxxxxx

Sans! said...

Kat, I was one of the people who offered to look for Panda beads or buttons in an earlier post. I also have some nursery furniture . I am leaving for India tomorrow and back only on 17/3/2011. Not sure if it is too late. But I will try and put some of the little nursery stuff together for you 1st and see if I can send them out tomorrow morning. I hope they can be of some use.

Kathi said...

Great ideas Kat! Love the mural! I'll repaint the bench so it will match those shades of blue and green. I like the stitching you are doing too. The rug will be wonderful!
Please email me your address so I can send the bench to you.

MiniKat said...

Ladies I've sent you all emails. You are fantastic!

Sans, I've corrected my error. Please forgive me as I wrote that blog post after midnight my time.

Katie said...

lol...If you need more bottles, let me know, I still have a bin full:) And I found a little brown panda for you...a toy...still have to look though the rest of my stuff to see what I can find...Oh and for the floor, u should look at Home Depot/ Lowes in their laminate tiles(sticky floor tiles)..They have one that looks like wood! It is so easy to use...Just a thought:)

Kathi said...

A bear's gotta eat! I just made a little bamboo plant. :D Hope you like it!

Kathi said...

PS I have a bamboo placemat that you might be able to use? I'll send that too. :D