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Indiana
« on: December 02, 2008 08:33:17 PM »







This is my current pride and joy. I made these houses, shops, church and gazebo from thin chipboard, painted and fixed them to a cardboard box which I cut in half and covered in green felt. Under the half-box, I poked holes through and fixed fairy lights in each of the buildings and then I sprayed with fake snow.

I'm happy with it but I hope that next year ill be able to expand my little village in to a town and hopefully Ill find some little model people in the right size.

I hope you like. Any suggestions or comments are welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2008 09:24:50 PM »

I love the attention to detail and I know you'll enhance it as the years go by. I can almost picture it. Absolutely fabulous! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008 09:42:32 PM »

Darling! I normally think Christmas villages are really cheesey, but I love this!
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008 10:28:25 PM »

That's wonderful. The colors are cheerful and soothing, and the light from those windows and doorways is so warm.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008 01:02:45 AM »

Beautiful! It's like a childhood Xmas fantasy  Smiley

I'm looking out my office window right now - we've got snow and all, but the real world is so much less pretty.. *sigh*

I'll go back to looking at your gorgeous little village - it makes me feel all Xmassy inside *lol*
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008 03:13:45 AM »

Wow, this is absolutely amazing Smiley

You did a fantastic job!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2008 05:40:32 AM »

so much nicer than the store bought variety!
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2008 07:06:40 AM »

I love it!  I have had this on my list of things to make for quite some time.  I am nuts over the vintage ones, but not so crazy about the amount of $ they go for.  And the new reproductions are just as bad.

These are just beautiful - I'm dying for details.  Did you use an exacto type knife?  Your window cuts are all so perfect.  How did you get chipboard to fold like that without breaking?  And was it somehow colored chipboard or did you actually paint it those colors?  And I especially love the glitter effect, is it a super-fine glitter?  So many questions.   Grin

Wonderful work!
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2008 01:04:42 PM »

Its beautiful!
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2008 01:24:31 PM »

Wow this is awesome, and so much cooler than those plastic ones they sell...
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2008 03:46:35 PM »

Excellent work! You should be proud:)
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2008 07:48:43 PM »

Hey Indiana, I'm a Hoosier transplant to Oregon.  Great work--the village is amazing and very reminiscent of the one my stepmama has populated with an amazing collection of vintage structures!  I am going to send her a link to your village--she will love it!  Happy Holidays!
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2008 01:22:16 AM »

This village is so cute.    I looks great and you have done a great job on making all those houses.
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2008 09:22:01 AM »

that's where i want to live.  I love this.
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2008 09:39:40 AM »

that's where i want to live.  I love this.
HAHA - I feel the same way! Cheesy
  I have some of my mom's Christmas tree ornaments, one of them probably from the 50's (before my time I might add  Wink) -it's a tiny sparkley house that remindsd me so much of your beautiful village.  What a great job!
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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2008 11:56:56 AM »

That's really nice, and peaceful/calm too!  You did a great job technically as well.


If you're interested in making some simple people to populate your village, check out some of the pages at my polymer clay site (many of them would work with air-dry clays too):
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Christmas.htm
...click on Sculpting... and on All Websites--Winter
(lots of the lessons for xmas-oriented figures like Santas, elves, angels, etc. would also work for regular little people, just dressed differently, no beard, etc.)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
...click especially on Whimsical under Websites
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/heads_masks.htm
...click especially on Simple Heads
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm
....click especially on Hair ...Beards... Clothing ...etc.

And for other little miniatures you could make too, check these pages:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/miniatures.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/houses_structures_gingerbread.htm (starting with Scenery, Landscaping, etc.)

Post again when you get around to adding more!

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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2008 04:57:31 AM »

Hi,

Thanks all for your replies. I'm glad you all like it. As i said, I hope to expand it next year so ill post again next Christmas and see how it's grown.

In reply to KarenLouiseM , I used the chipboard available from scrapbook stores (at least here in Australia anyway) and I used a Stanley/Utility knife to gently score the chipboard and then bend and glue the tabs together. The chipboard only comes in a brown colour here so I painted all the buildings myself and used a clear craft glue over the top and sprinkled on a very fine 3d glitter (which gets in to everything! I think my hubby even walked around with glitter on him for a few days and he wasn't even there when I did it! lol Smiley )

I actually got the idea from the Martha Stewart website (she's my hero!). There are some templates on there in the Christmas craft section but I got inspired and then made up my own  bulidings.

Also, thanks to Diane B. for the links, I will be a busy bunny next Christmas!

Thanks all. If there's anymore questions, I'm happy to answer them. I'm just happy that everyone likes it!

Have a great Christmas. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2008 06:56:05 AM »

Thanks for all the info!  This has been on my "someday when I have time" list for a while now.  I can't wait to make some cute little pink houses  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2008 10:11:27 AM »

Really nice. I love the light spilling out the doorways and the sparkly snow on the roofs.

You might want to check out using styrofoam, too. Very organic. Saw some nice stuff (http://hotwirefoamfactory.com/customer/gallery/gallery.htm) that makes me want to find more space to build my little world. Blows me away what can be done with it.

Nice job on your village. Maybe next year I'll have as nice a one to show.

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« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2008 01:22:53 AM »

Hey Artmutt,

Thanks for the link, I was actually thinking of using this technique next year when I make it bigger for the background as I hope to have mountains and apparently this styrofoam technique is used by people who make model cities/towns/landscapes for model railways.

Thanks again!

Indiana Smiley




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« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2008 08:05:24 AM »

oh my... these are beautiful! so warm and fuzzy with the snow and the lights inside the houses. feels like people really live there! reminds me of the fantasy village in Stardust Smiley magical!
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« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2012 07:16:11 PM »

This is my current pride and joy. I made these houses, shops, church and gazebo from thin ... I hope you like. Any suggestions or comments are welcome.

I like it a lot! I have an idea, you can convert your 3D decors into scrapbook materials, sort of like having a paper pop-up scrapbook version of your decors so they wont got to waste or in the attic, rather put them in a scrapbook. You can glue them directly or remove half of it before pasting them.  Then you'll have one more memorable decor, add your holiday photos, too.
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