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 Post subject: Hello! I'm KathyS
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:33 am 
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Hi everyone!
I am a new registered user, that has been lurking in your midst for probably 3 or 4 years.
I live in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
I am ga-ga crazy for anything vintage Christmas, but especially putz houses.
I have a modest collection of putz houses, mostly small ones.
I didn't even realize there were large houses until I found your website.
My husband and I have 2 teenage boys, and 2 golden retriever puppies.
Last year my older puppy decided to taste several of my houses, and unfortunately destroyed 3. I was heartbroken!!
This year I will be displaying my collection behind glass in my china hutch. I cannot trust either one of them! Scoundrels!

I have had quite a hard time finding putz houses in Idaho. I think it is probably because the older generations of Idaho-ans, had to be so practical.
Not a lot of extra funds for extravagant decorations, and honestly not a lot of places to purchase them.
I have enjoyed the hunt however, and keep my eyes open for those glittery treasures!

I have a secret also...
I have used your .svg files for windows on a laser engraver.
I work at a trophy/engraving shop, and we use our laser engraver primarily for engraving steel and plastic plates.
BUT you can also cut with the laser... I haven't quite dialed in the precise specifications to cut out window or doors without burning or melting.... but I'm working on it.

Something to think about if you have a local engraver with a laser... you could take the .svg file to them on a thumb drive and have them cut out your paper or chip board.

So nice to be a part of your group!!
Thanks for letting me be a part!
Kathy


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Welcome Kathy! I too am a new person here. Like that idea about the engraver machine.


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Hello, KathyS...like Will said..."Welcome"...by the way...it's ok to be a lurker"...but thanks for joining!...

My very best regards...Howard...


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Nice to have you KathyS. I live in a small town and have never seen any houses at antique shops, etc., but ebay can be a wonderful source, although mighty pricey at times.


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Welcome!


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Welcome Kathy!! I can empathize with you and understand the heartbreak of a puppy gnawing and destroying cardboard houses. I finally got mine to leave the houses in the village alone. Once in awhile though I would find a tree from the village in the dog beds nicely chewed and in little pieces. The joys of having our dear pets!!!


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Regarding using etching machines, etc. to cut out putz house frames, if you guys all chip in and buy me one of these, I promise to write articles about it. :-)

http://glowforge.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Hello! I'm KathyS
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:lol: Ha ha Paul!
We use an Epilogue Helix... it's an AMAZING machine!!
Still trying to find the best settings....
It's a challenge, but I love it!!
:) Kathy


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Hi Kathy

Welcome, glad you joined our Putzing family!

Lynn


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Welcome to the forum Kathy! Looking fwd to reading your posts! :)


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