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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2008 03:46:35 PM »

Excellent work! You should be proud:)
« 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):
...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.)
...click especially on Whimsical under Websites
...click especially on Simple Heads
....click especially on Hair ...Beards... Clothing ...etc.

And for other little miniatures you could make too, check these pages:
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 »


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.

« 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.

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