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Old 07-31-2002, 05:20 PM
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Hi Amanda,

I have looked through various forums, and have not seen anything pertaining to painting miniature houses. I do plaster and ceramic ones, and wondered if anyone else has done them, and if we could have a forum on the subject?
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Old 08-01-2002, 04:58 AM
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Hey, there, Blondie!!!

Try to re~word your thread. You don't want to 'ask' Amanda to begin a thread, you would rather want to initially do it yourself. You seem to want to get involved with other members, that have your same interest of the painting of your ceramics. You could try to introduce a whole new thread.... something like..."Would like to communicate with other painters of ceramics.... your techniques, etc."

After entering a new thread, email to either Amanda, or Sue, to see if the first could be omitted and your new one left in for future use. It's no real big deal. Only that I think that members are looking at the 1st. thread, and then just waiting for a response from Amanda, to write in.... could be wrong, but hope you do try a second thread, and see what happens... luv ya, me
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Old 08-01-2002, 01:25 PM
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You can also go to the Crafts Forum, click on the Painting sub forum and start a new thread there for "Painting Miniature Houses". You can post what you do and even pictures of your stuff.

I would love to see some of your houses if you have pics. of them.


Hope this helps a little,

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Old 08-01-2002, 05:22 PM
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Hi ajrsmom,

I wish I could send pictures of my houses, but this is only a webtv keyboard, and one can't do with this that which can be done on a regular computer. I wish I could, though.

I began painting these small houses after seeing some on display in Texas when my cousin took me to a mall at Christmas time. I just fell in love with them. I can't think of how many I have painted. I have given some away, but have a whole cabinet full of them that I keep. As I collected them I began to wonder where I was going to keep them without their getting dusty (I HATE dusting!), and when in a K-Mart, or Walmart one day long ago, I saw a glass-doored cabinet with shelves, and bought it on the spot.

I often take a lot of them out at Christmas time, and set things up on my dining room table. I use those little colored blinking lights to stand the houses over so it lights up the windows. As time went on I have collected small figurines, and fir trees, a small battery-powered train, and make a small village, with a skating pond made out of aluminum foil, sprayed with a little snow. I even use smallish twigs I pick up in the yard to make it look like they are bare trees, and spray snow on them to stand in the cotton base used for snow. Also stand things under our table-top tree the same way. We have an imitation white tree which we have used for over 20 years, When Christmas is over the tree gets put into a large plastic bag on its stand, and another plastic bag put over the top, and secured with twisties. Then it goes into the garage attic until next time. So simple!
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Old 08-01-2002, 05:53 PM
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Helloooooo, autumnmum!!

Didyou see it? I have my name on the forum!! Oh joy!!
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Hi Blondie! Your little houses sound so cool, and that village! Oh I bet it's a spectacular sight at the holidays!

Where do you get these little houses?

I have moved this thread over to the crafting forum under Tole & Decorative Painting.
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The village does sound just beautiful ! I would love to have a coolection of something like that for the holidays. My MIL have a beautiful village that takes her days to set out, complete with a train too.

After your response, I was going to move you here but Amanda beat me to it !! Hope you get lots of responses and meet lots of fellow house makers !
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I am soooo happy for you!! Hope you find others that share your interest. I only wish that the members could visually see your paint work, and just how beautiful it all is. Not only your Christmas village, but all the others ~ ~ ~ like Halloween, etc.
Again, am very happy for you.

Your youngun!!
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If you want to mail the pictures to me I could scan them and mail them back!
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Old 08-02-2002, 07:12 AM
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Hi Amanda,

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Between you, and Sue, my wish has come true. Oh Happy day! !

And,Sue, again I thank you. I honestly felt there might be some interest in this forum. Surely, I'm not the only one who does this.

Autumnmum--Sweetcakes--I love you to pieces. Yea, you are my young 'un!

Amanda, I am going to take some new snaps of some of the houses soon, and when I get them developed, if you like, I can send them to you to post. Okay?

I buy them at a craft store, unpainted,of course, and buy the water-based paints there also. Somtimes they all are on sale, but usually they are about $5.95 each, sometimes less. I have seen them all painted and at near the cost of the unpainted ones, but I began with the unpainted ones to have something to do with my time.--Retirement in my case is for the birds, and I was climbing the walls! I can spend HOURS doing it without realizing the time passing. Have gone without thinking of food, too, which was a plus for me. I turn on the TV, and listen, or a tape of music like, and go to it.

I cover the top of my card table with plastic, and tape it down all around, put my supplies on top, have two oleo containers of water nearby to rinse brushes, then pick a house, and decide on colors I want, and off I go. First, though, I use a nailfile to smooth the inside edges of all the windows and openings. The plaster houses are easiest to do, because the paint sinks in right away, and is dry while you do another part. Ceramics are different, because they don't dry right away, and so I have two or three I begin all at once. I do part of one,let it sit to dry, then move down the line the same way.

Since being on web, and F.C., I haven't had time to do any, but will have to do some soon. I miss them! --Have 39 ceramic ones sitting in a large plastic box, waiting for me.

I also date them on the bottoms with black magic marker.

Marilyn.
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