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Author:  Nan [ Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:55 pm ]
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I haven't had such fun in a long time. Before Christmas I rehabbed my late MIL's seven old putzes and made a new one for my daughter; since then I have made seven new ones in addition to the minis (previous post). Right now I have three in process (one a shameless appropriation of Howard's wonderful barn design) and 5 in the design stage. The five houses (well, buildings) I'm sending right now are from the most recent set. One is a copy of a friend's old putz (which I have promised to rehabilitate for her)--it's my first attempt at using Pete's new coconut, and I like the effect (thanks, Pete, and PapaTed for the doors and windows and advice). Paul and Howard also deserve my thanks for their advice at various times--your web sites are magnificent. Anyway, the little pinkish hacienda type is a redo of my first awful effort at doing my own house. There is an imaginary train station and a neighbor's house--both seem to have weird colors that I can't explain. The last is a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) time and space machine, in case there are any other Dr. Who fans out there. (Whoops! I exceeded my limit. Will send the last two as a separate post. Sorry this is so long.

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Author:  Nan [ Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:58 pm ]
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Paul, I hope you can make these smaller (or tell me how to do it). Seems they are huge. Anyway, here at the last two, the Train Station and the TARDIS.

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Author:  PutzinVT [ Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:15 pm ]
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Wow great job.

Love the Dr who one.

Author:  maria [ Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:50 pm ]
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THESE ARE WONDERFUL!

Author:  Lynn [ Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:33 pm ]
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These are all so nice!! I am getting ready to apply Pete’s coconut on a house I am finishing up. Yours looks great was it difficult to apply? Any hints you could share?

Author:  les [ Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:24 pm ]
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Great job, Nan. Love the windows on the pink hacienda!!

Author:  Nan [ Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:46 pm ]
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It's pretty easy using Pete's coconut. I used white glue thinned with water, and then sprinkled (and in a few places, lightly patted) the coconut in place. Used a spoon to sprinkle it. I would suggest you start with the darkest or brightest color first, so that it's easier to brush it up. Having a few lighter flakes on darker doesn't seem as out of place as the other way around. Also do small patches at a time--thinned glue dries quickly. It's a good idea to let one color dry thoroughly, and for a long time, so you can shake off all the loose pieces before starting a second color. I work over a sheet of white printer paper on top of a larger sheet of white art paper that I happen to have a pad of, so that I can catch the excess coconut and slide it back into the baggie. (People my age learned how to do that years ago!) Good luck, Lynn.

Author:  paulrace [ Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:55 pm ]
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Nan,
Thanks for the tips re: coconut. Also, Pete, if you see this, thanks for helping folks like Nan keep the dream alive. :-)

Author:  Lynn [ Wed May 09, 2012 7:39 pm ]
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I am just finishing up my first coconut house. The coconut does seem to be flaking a bit. Can this be sprayed to help eliminate this from happing? I believe someone mentioned something about this but I could not find it…

Thanks so much!! :)

Author:  Ruthann [ Sat May 12, 2012 8:33 pm ]
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These are gorgeous and so fun to look at! Makes me want to order more coconut from Pete- he is the best, isn't he?

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