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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:29 pm 
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More photos coming--and it would not have been possible without Karl Fey of http://www.dimestoredwellings.com and Howard Lamey of http://www.littleglitterhouses.com


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Looks GREAT, Maria. Thanks for posting.


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I can't believe the quality of the photos! How did you get such sharp images?


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Hi there--used a tripod and the Nikon D-90 which was given to me as a gift.


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Wow! Maria! Those are phenomenally good photos. I feel as if I'm there, tiptoe-ing among the houses. Beautiful job (and credit to Karl and Howard as well)!


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This is also a phenomenally beautiful Christmas display. I noticed you have each small scene around the tree on a separate styrofoam (?) platform, but the train in the middle is on what? Perhaps a cloth? Anyway, that is what I need, because my putz display is very limited in height. (And my storage is very limited too.) What did you use? A tablecloth, a piece of felt? The cotton I am using is too fluffy (even after ironing it) and my houses too light. Advice would be greatly appreciated.


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It's layers of white tissue paper over white paper towels--I use storebought snow to hide the seams here and there--the platforms I got on sale from LEMAX after Christmas for like six dollars a piece or so


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If I might also suggest Nan, in addition to the above, that you use the glass vase filler globs scattered throughout my putz in the photo. I use these globs, not only to add interest, color and catch the light, but they're great at holding down snow "blankets". I have even used the smaller ones inside my putz houses to weigh them down. You can find bags of these glass vase filler globs in the 99 cents stores.


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Great advice, Maria. Thank you. I can imagine using the glass "gobs" for holding down the putzes--nice. I seem to have a large bottle-brush forest for my village--thanks to my MIL's collection as well as some my daughter bought a couple of years ago. The tissue-paper-and-paper-towel idea is great--and very storage-efficient. I will try that next year. In the meantime, I dug out the most used and threadbare of 2-3 dozen white linen napkins inherited from relatives over the years--most date from 1900 to 1935--and it occurs to me that I would enjoy nestling the putzes and trees among artfully arranged napkins from the same general era. (Not that I can arrange napkins artfully, but I'll give it my best shot.) Really appreciate your comments.


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The nice thing about using the tissue paper is that you can sometimes find the kind that has little sparkles scattered throughout. Alas, I found that type AFTER I had set up my putz!


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